Year 5 2019 -2020


Miss Gold, Mrs Murdock and Miss Bennett.

Welcome to Year 5! Please scroll through our page to find important information and to see all the exciting things we have been up to :-)

SCIENCE - Properties and changes of Materials.

Year 5 pupils enjoyed stretching their knowledge and understanding of materials by focusing on separating materials. They had to use a range of equipment (not their hands!) to separate rice and sugar, sand and water, stones and paperclips / iron filings and oil and water. They had to work as part of a team, using scientific vocabulary, to decide how to do this effectively so that all materials were fully separated. Children could choose filter paper, magnets, sieving or de-cantering to achieve the desired results. Fantastic team work and effort by all - well done Year 5!  

Who were the Anglo-Saxons? The Anglo-Saxons were a group of farmer-warriors who lived in Britain thousands of years ago. Made up of three tribes who came over from Europe, they were called the Angle, Saxon, and Jute tribes. The two largest were the Angle and Saxon, which is how we've come to know them as the Anglo-Saxons today. Watch the video above to discover more.

P.E and swimming - SPRING TERM.

Please note that swimming for Year 5 is every Friday. Children are to bring their swimming kits to school every Friday morning.

Our normal P.E sessions within school will now be on Monday morning's (instead of Tuesday afternoon) to accommodate Year 5 and 6's R.E sessions on Baptism and Confirmation. Pupils must ensure their P.E kits stay in school unless otherwise advised.

Thank you.

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Freeze Frames.

Working in small groups, the children created a moment that shows the action in our focus narrative frozen in time, as if the pause button has been pressed. This allowed them to think about what is going on for each of the characters in the frame, and to consider what is happening from different points of view.

Parents, please take the time to read the important message on the home school page regarding an App named "UNICO LIVE". West Midlands Police forwarded a message on the 03/12/19 stating that there is some inappropriate content on the platform and parents must be vigilant should their children have access to this app. Thank you.

The Museum of Cannock Chase - Thursday 14th November 2019.  The children had a fabulous day learning more about World War II and experiencing first hand what it might have been like to live throughout wartime Britain. An ARP (Air Raid Precaution) warden guided us through a full day of memories, sights and sounds of this particular time period. Highlights of the day were to dress up and role play in 1940's clothing and experiencing a mock air raid and blackout - Year 5 listened for the siren and ran for shelter as fast as they could! 


Children, please learn the lyrics to the song above for our class assembly. Thank you.

UNITED NATIONS DAY! Year 5 proudly showed off their national dress / country of origin on Thursday 24th October 2019. On this date in 1945, 51 countries came together to create the United Nations, or the U.N. Its purpose was to promote peace and cooperation around the world and the event was to be observed by all member countries. United Nations Day continues to be celebrated globally, as part of United Nations Week.


Please see below a list of useful websites which can help to support learning. These websites are geared towards Numeracy, Literacy, Reading and Science. The list will be updated regularly so keep a look out for new websites that may be useful. - Maths support - well designed and good fun with lots of interactive resources - All the Year 5 Maths objectives in one place! Games and activities to support learning. - packed with games, comics, reading tools and more that are all geared towards being just as entertaining as they are useful for learning. - targeted learning according to age and skill level. - Maths learning programme used by more than 30 Million children for fun Numeracy practice.  All things Science! providing multiple types of teaching exercises that range from videos and PowerPoints, to tests and easy-to-read articles. - provides fun experiments and exercises that will teach children how to research and think scientifically.   - helps children harness the creativity of writing and design. Children are encouraged to design their own newspapers, flyers, or even brochures with tools for writing and image placement. - safe search engine for children. - created to provide a visual resource for helping children learn even the trickiest equations. It also tests them on their tables to make sure they're secure, thanks to an interactive “drag” system that they control. - Nat Geo Kids uses lots of fun games, interesting videos, puzzles and cool photos to make the world feel like a smaller, exciting place.


As an additional support tool for leanring, the CGP Year 5 (Key Stage 2) books for Maths Reading, Spelling & Grammar may be useful. 'The Study Book' in particular is very informative on how to work through problems with a step by step approach.

PRIME NUMBERS...Take a look at the video above to help consolidate your understanding of prime numbers and how they link to factors. 

FACTORS.. what are they? Take a look above to help with your understanding. 

Year 5 visited Shree Geeta Bhawan Hindu Temple this morning (Thursday 2nd October). Children took in the colouful sights around the temple, learnt about the many different deities of worship and got to experience a Hindu prayer in practice. Pupils received many Dojo points for their impeccable behaviour throughout the morning. Well done Year 5!

On Friday 13th September, our Key Stage 2 children took part in an overnight experience at school to gain an understanding of what it is like to sleep rough. Our Year 3 and 4's were in an overnight shelter (school hall) whilst Years 5 and 6 slept outside in cardboard shelters they put together themselves. This has been a significant event which links with this term's topic on Dignity of the Human Person and has underpinned many of our thought provoking discussions around Homelessness and other social issues.



Year 5 have been learning about the circulatory system and the different components that make up our blood. Ask your child to tell you what the functions of the following are:-





We made blood smoothie's to represent the different components.


Children enjoyed learning how their heart rates can increase or decrease depending on the physical activity they partake in. Year 5 carried out a series of fair tests and checked their pulse within a given time frame to see what the impact of the activities had on their heart rates.  


Rationing was a means of ensuring the fair distribution of food and commodities when they were scarce. It began after the start of WW2 with petrol and later included other goods such as butter, sugar and bacon. Eventually, most foods were covered by the rationing system with the exception of fruit and vegetables.


John Allpress was evacuated with his school during the World War 2. He was 10 years old. Here he shares his experiences as an evacuee.


British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain gave this speech to the House of Commons on September 3rd, 1939, just hours after Hitler's troops had invaded Poland.

Chamberlain and others had spent years negotiating with Hitler in order to prevent another war in Europe, two decades after the Great War in which an entire generation of young men had been wiped out.


Year 5's have kick-started their Literacy lessons this academic year by immersing themselves in Poetry Literature. They have been studying a wide range of poetic styles and identifying the many different features that make for an exciting poem. WWII poetry has been a large focus area, making cross-curricular links with our History topic. The children of Year 5 did an excellent job of performing class poems in small groups to the  rest of the class. Well done Year 5!