Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

2022/23 Academic Year


Welcome to year 5! In year 5, we aim to provide an inclusive environment where children are able to develop a love of learning, challenge themselves to take risks and develop their resilience. There are two classes in Year 5, Mrs Bell and Mrs Bradwell, who are job sharing and Miss Woods-Booth are the class teachers and Mrs Pearce and Mrs Needham will be there to support in the classroom.


Together, they will be keeping the children on their toes, challenging their learning, corroborating with their ideas, encouraging them in their strengths and supporting each child as they demonstrate determination, perseverance and resilience, in order to make the very best of themselves and their personal progress. And who could forget - having fun along the way! There's always a surprise never too far away when you're in year 5.

Autumn Term 2022

Friday 23rd September

In PE, our dance lessons have been inspired by our science topic of Earth, Sun and Moon. In today's lesson, they have created a dance routine to represent the movement of the planets.

Thursday 22nd September

We are really enjoying our new book in English, Clockwork.

Yesterday, we loved getting cozy turning our classroom into the White Horse Tavern.


As part of our Romans thematics topic we are organising a trip to Northumberland for Thursday 13th October. In the morning we will visit Vindolanda – an active archaeological site of a Roman fort. We hope the weather will then hold for us to visit Hadrian’s Wall to have our picnic lunches there. After lunch, we will visit the Roman Army museum which includes the experience of a 3D film about life for Roman soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall and a session in the holographic classroom.

Due to the distance, we will be leaving school around 6.45am and arriving back to school around 7-7.30pm depending on traffic. These times will be confirmed closer to the date.

There is a lot to see and experience at Vindolanda. We are looking forward to a great day out where the children will be able to learn more about what life was like in the time of the Roman Empire.

Important dates for this half term.


This year we are continuing to focus on improving standards in reading and in particularly building on our love of reading and the enjoyment that it can bring. If you can encourage a child to read for pleasure, they will reap the benefits. Research has clearly shown that reading for pleasure can be directly linked to a child’s success throughout their education and even into adulthood. Reading for pleasure opens up new worlds for children. It gives them the opportunity to use their imagination to explore new ideas, visit new places and meet new characters. Interestingly, reading for please also improves children’s well-being and empathy. It helps them to understand their own identity, and gives them an insight into the world and the

views of others.


This year, we will not be sending home daily reading record books but instead we will focus on recording and monitoring pupils’ current reads, and celebrating the books that children have read. Children will be coming home with a book they have chosen from their class libraries.


Please encourage your children to read their book regularly at home and also remind them to bring this to school with them every day so they can read their book during daily reading time.


They will have already recorded this book into their own Reading Log books which will remain in school so that we can monitor what they are choosing and celebrate the books they have read.


We have invested in Reading Challenge Trees for each class with new high-level texts to expose the children to a greater diversity of books and challenge even the most able of our readers.


Every Friday, we will be holding a ‘Book Club’ in each class to encourage reading for pleasure. We will spend time exploring and discussing the books we have chosen, give recommendations of books to our peers and listen to the class reading book.

We have invested time and money into re-organising and updating each Class Library but we need your help to improve these areas further for our children.


If you have any books at home that your children have read and loved but no longer read, please consider donating them to school so that we can keep our Class Libraries up to date and well-stocked for our children.


Thank you so much to the parents who have already donated books both this year and last.


Thank you for your continued support.



A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language kills.

Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increase in general knowledge and a better understanding of of other cultures.


Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what is printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. Even if your child does not understand every word, they will hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

With a very busy timetable, teachers currently do not have the time to listen to their children read as much as they would like to. You can help your child by encouraging them to read or by reading with them at home every night, for at least 10 minutes.

We hope that you and your child create many loving memories as you explore books together. Sharing a book together with your child is time for bonding, relaxing and gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child.

Top 10 tips to help children enjoy reading.


To help make reading enjoyable and fun, here is what the experts and authors recommend to help get children reading

1. Make books part of your family life – Always have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Stories can be shared with the family so why not invite siblings or other family members to join in. Take time to look together at the words and pictures in a story and when reading take it in turns.


2. Join your local library – Get your child a library card. You’ll find the latest video games, blu-rays and DVDs, plus tons and tons of fantastic books. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.

3. Match their interests – Help them find the right book - it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. Don't be afraid to use funny voices - it's a great way to make your child giggle.


4. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading and it is all good.


5. Get comfortable! – Snuggle up somewhere warm and cosy with your child, either in bed, on a beanbag or on the sofa, or make sure they have somewhere comfy when reading alone.


6. Ask questions – To keep them interested in the story, ask your child questions as you read such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’ When you talk to your child about what is happening in a book, give them plenty of time to respond.


7. Read whenever you get the chance – Bring along a book or magazine for any time your child has to wait, such as at a doctor’s surgery.


8. Read again and again – Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.


9. Bedtime stories – Regularly read with your child or children at bedtime. It’s a great way to end the day and to spend valuable time with your child.


10. Rhyme and repetition – Books and poems which include rhyme and repetition are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.


Irrespective of whether they are fluent readers or not, you can play an important role in helping to keep them interested in books. Find out what interests them, help them to find books that will be engaging and fun, and spend time reading the books they bring home from school together.

Homework


We set homework in both maths and English each week. The homework maybe followed up in class so it is essential that your child completes this at home in order to keep up with what they are learning in school. Spellings will be sent home on a weekly basis for your child to practise at home.


Homework is usually sent home on Friday and is expected to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. If it is not returned, it may result in them missing a playtime in order to complete it.


Times Tables

Practising times tables at home is really important. Knowing times tables facts really helps children to feel confident in Maths, and enables them to make progress in areas such as calculating, fractions… even shape work can involve times tables – when we think about angles, for example. The National Curriculum sets out expectations for times tables knowledge and states that by Year 4 children should be able to recall multiplication and division facts up to 12x12. Knowing the tables facts (including division) means having rapid recall – being able to say the answer within about eight seconds, not counting through the times tables to work it out.


TT Rockstars is a carefully sequenced program of daily times table practice. This extremely popular online resource has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools. Please encourage your child to use this fantastic resource at home.

If you do not have access to a computer, we have many resources in school to help, just speak to your child's class teacher.


Full details of the Curriculum can be found on our Teaching and Learning page of our website.



2021/22 Academic Year

Summer Term

Friday 2nd July 2022

Today, children across the school have had a fantastic time during our 'Maths Measures Day'. The intention of the day was to help children become more hands-on and familiar with measures whilst having loads of fun!

15th, 16th and 17th June

We couldn't have wished for better weather during our 3 day residential at Kingswood. It was a fun and action packed few days but one that we all thoroughly enjoyed.

24th May 2022

Yesterday, during English, we went to court!


One half of the year group argued that the Highwayman is innocent whilst the other argued that he is guilty. They all spoke formally and persuasively. We were very impressed at their professionalism! We ended with a blind vote and the defence team won.


Well done to all involved.


12th May 2022

Taylor Shaw are running Fun to Cook sessions where we are learning basic cooking skills. Today, we made pizza!

Over the last few months, we have been getting to know a class from another school in Sheffield. We have learnt about their school values and how they are similar/different to us. We have even swapped some work. We finally got to meet them via Zoom today! We had lots of fun asking questions and playing charades.

28th April 2022

This afternoon, we have been learning about the different reproduction processes of plants. As part of this, in groups, the children have had a go at planting a potato. We will be keeping an eye on them over the next few weeks!


25th April 2022

This week, we have started a new English topic around the Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes. Today we created freeze frames for different scenes, thinking carefully about their body language and facial expressions.

Spring term

1st April 2022

Today, we have learnt about the English composer Gustav Holst and his orchestral suite 'The Planets'. Holst didn't write a piece for the Earth so in groups the children made their own.


Peer Mediation is a process where those involved in a disagreement volunteer to discuss the issues and explore how best to take matters forward.


Children can be more comfortable talking to someone their own age who understands their concerns and their perspective. Pupils learn to listen to others' points of view and to accept differences. Children who are trained as peer mediators develop additional skills in communication, negotiation, understanding and problem solving. Acting as mediators helps to promote young people's emotional and social skills and builds self-esteem and confidence.


The children are trained in year 5 and will act as mediators on a rotational basis. Two different children each day will act as the mediators for Year 3 - 6 in the playground during lunch-time. If a problem arises which requires mediation, playground supervisors will seek out the mediators to help diffuse the situation. Children involved in a dispute will wait at a 'Peer Mediation Pit-Stop' until the mediators arrive. Mediators will only work with issues that are deemed minor conflicts. If a resolution cannot be reached, the issue will then be handed on to the class teacher to deal with.


The class teacher will always be informed of the issue, regardless of the outcome.


25th March 2022

This week, the children have been researching survival techniques based on their Geography topic all about South America.


In English, we worked in groups to create scripts for a survival video and today went out into the school grounds to record the videos using our school iPads.


We were really impressed by the standard of the children’s work… and it was nice to do a lesson in the spring sunshine too!


Science Day - 18th March 2020


In the morning, we investigated irreversible changes - materials which cannot be changed back to its original form.


They created carbon dioxide by mixing white wine vinegar and bicarbonate of soda.


They also mixed white wine vinegar and warm milk to make casein plastic.


In the afternoon, they investigated reversible changes. They used magnets, filter paper and sieves to see if they could separate different mixtures.


Thursday 17th April

Today, children in year 5 enjoyed a 'Maya day', where they have learnt all about the Maya and how they were once an advanced, powerful civilisation.


They analysed clues around the classroom to guess what made them so special. They then focussed on Maya architecture, making tourist leaflets for the different structures.


A great learning day was had by all.


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World book day - 3rd March

We have had a fabulous day! The effort and imagination that has been put into their costumes has been fantastic.

Thank you for all your support.

As part of World Book Day yesterday, we invited children to take part in a whole school homework competition.

Their task was to decorate a toilet roll as a book character of their choice.

We have had some brilliant entries, which were judged after school yesterday and the winners announced in Collective Worship this morning.

Well done to everyone who took part and to our winners, who were allowed to choose a new book from a huge selection chosen by Miss Danks and given £5 gift voucher.

On World Book Day, we based our celebration of reading all around the book, ‘The Barnabus Project’.

During the day, children have taken part in activities based on this wonderful book. The book is all about a secret lab which is hidden deep underground beneath Perfect Pets, where children can buy genetically engineered "perfect" creatures. After reading and discussing the book, children across the school have created their own perfect pet.

Here is a selection of some of their work.

2nd March 2022


Flight is a movement in gymnastics, where the child's body has no point of contact with the ground. Numerous sports use this technique; basketball, football, long jump and volleyball to name just a few.


Today, children in year 5 have been practising the three points of flight - starting position, flight and finishing position.



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28th February

Children in year 5 and 6 are very lucky to be the first to use some brand new IT software - The Crumble. Crumble kits are an easy to use programmable microcontrollers, aimed at getting children into programming and Design and Technology.


It’s easy to use and they learn how to connect switches, motors, buzzers and LEDs.


Yesterday, children in year 5 got to use the kits for the first time. They were able to to use it to control a LED by turning it on, getting it to flash and change its colour.


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Tuesday 25th January

Our new theme topic is South America and the children have chosen a country to research and make a poster about.


Here is some of their finished work.






18th January 2022


In PE, we are learning sport related dances from around the world. Today they had great fun learning The Haka, which is a type of ceremonial Māori dance. Haka are usually performed in a group and typically represent a display of a tribe's pride, strength and unity. Actions include foot-stamping, tongue protrusions and rhythmic body slapping to accompany a loud chant. The words of a haka often poetically describe ancestors and events in the tribe's history.


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Autumn

10th December 2021

This term, we have been learning all about the Romans. Over the last few days we have been practising our DT skills to make Roman Catapults.


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25th November

This afternoon, the children in year 5 have been learning about water resistance as part of their forces topic in science.

First, they investigated how the shape of an object affects water resistance by creating different shapes with plasticine and timing how long it took them to fall through the water. Then, they had a challenge to make a boat out of plasticine that would hold the most marbles (i.e. the boat creating the most water resistance).

The children really enjoyed the experiment and lots even chose to use their reward time to continue the experiment and refine their boat designs! One boat managed to hold 21 marbles.


19th November

In Science, we have started our new Forces topic. We have learnt the difference between mass and weight and used weighing scales and Newton metres in our investigation.


In the next lesson, we learnt about air resistance by creating our own parachutes, We used different materials and cut them to be different sizes to see which worked best.

17th November

This morning, we had a virtual meeting with children's author Cat Welden.


She writes funny fantasy stories with a particular interest in fairy tales and world mythology. Her debut novel How to be a Hero was published in January of this year. During the online workshop she talked about being an author, her books and the children had the opportunity to ask questions.


A great way to inspire children with their writing.

Developing fluent and legible handwriting is a requirement under the National Curriculum. At St John's a pen licence is given to children as formal recognition for consistently meeting the handwriting standards expected.

It is a great motivator to encourage children to work on improving their handwriting and a sense of pride when they are awarded the licence.

We are exceptionally proud of these two children, the first in school, who have just been awarded their pen licence.


Miss Woods-Booth is so impressed by all of the half term Science projects she has received from her class. Here are two particularly creative and unique ideas!

A solar system cake and an educational solar system game on Scratch.

Brilliant work!

Y5 Trip to Roman Vindolanda and The Roman Army Museum Tuesday 12th October 2021

As part of our Romans thematics topic we organised a trip to Northumberland. In the morning they visited Vindolanda – an active archeological site of a Roman fort. The museum there includes many items found at the site over the years. They had time to study the remains of the fort and explore the museum. After lunch, they visited the Roman Army museum which includes the experience of a 3D film about life for Roman soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall and a session in the holographic classroom.

There was a lot to see and experience at Vindolanda and we had a great day out where we were able to learn more about what life was like in the time of the Roman Empire.


Friday 24th September

In our second computing lesson, we used different search engines to search for the same thing.

We began to understand the vast amount of web pages on the World Wide Web and how to better refine our searches using extra words and 'advanced search'.


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Thursday 23rd September

Today, we have taken their learning outside to help them explore the question 'What is a year?'

They have learned that a year is a full orbit of the sun, which is a different length for each planet, and the further away from the Sun, the longer the year length.

Additionally, they have also found out that an Earth year is actually 365.25 days and how those quarter days accumulate to make an extra day every 4 years.

What a great way hands on way to learn.


Monday 20th September

Children in year 5 have been learning about Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist, who is known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action on climate change.

After finding out about her campaign, year 5 came up with their own ideas on how to help stop global warming.