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Friday 28th January


The children have been working tirelessly on their writing for our wordless book 'Flood' by Villa Alvaro.  You will have a chance to admire and appreciate their work as it will be displayed at the year 5 assembly. May we take this opportunity to remind you that the assembly will be on Friday 18th February at 2:15pm. Please mark it in your diaries!


We've been lucky enough to have 3 coaches from Exeter City come in on Fridays for PE. One lesson is based in the classroom (so far they have measured their heart rate and worked out how their heart rate increases depending on the exertion) and one lesson is outside. This will continue until the February half term.


For any children isolating at home, please do look at the year 5 page and click on the yellow star for remote learning. If you have any problems, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher(s).


Have a great weekend.

Year 5 team

Friday 21st January



There has been some fantastic learning this week! In literacy, the children have learnt to use dialogue to show the feelings of a character as well as use the appropriate punctuation. Armed with this knowledge they are continuing to write their own version to our wordless book 'Flood'. 
Our focus on climate change has meant that in art the children have learnt about endangered animals and they have started to sketch them, thinking about their own 'Tree of Extinction'. 
The children are currently using schemas within RE, Geography and Science to support them in linking and articulating their learning- these schemas are attached below and your child should be able to talk you through how they use these.

Have a great weekend,

Year 5 team

Friday 14th January 

This half term, Year 5 are exploring the question ‘How is climate change affecting the world?’. The children have started the art unit by looking at an American artist called Alexis Rockman. They discussed the message behind his paintings before focusing on a piece of art called ’Tree of Extinction'. We then had a go at drawing our own trees of extinction.

January 5th 2022 – Welcome Back!

Happy New Year from Year 5! We hope you have all had a very enjoyable Christmas and we are really looking forward to inviting the children back to continue with their learning. This half term, we are going to be exploring the topic of ‘Climate Change’. In Geography, we will be looking at how climate change is affecting the world. In Art, we will be studying artists who are trying to raise awareness of climate change and using this to inspire our own artwork. In Literacy, we will be studying two books. The first is a narrative called ‘Flood’ and the second is a non-fiction text called ‘Are Humans Damaging the Atmosphere’. We will then use this knowledge to host a Year 5 Assembly on Climate Change (more details to follow). If you would like to find out more about all of the learning we will be doing this half term, please take a look at our Spring 1 Learning Web below.

Best wishes, 

The Year 5 Team

Merry Christmas from Year 5! 

As we near the end of term, the Year 5 team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! The children have worked so hard this term and we are all really impressed with how they have approached their learning and their start to Upper Key Stage Two. It has been a very busy, but exciting, couple of weeks. Last week, the children visited Exeter Mosque where they watched an afternoon prayer, heard the Imam chant a prayer and watched how a prayer cleans in the wudu (all things we have been learning about in school this half term). 


This week, we have been getting into the festive spirit and have been busy with a range of Christmas activities. This has included: making Christmas cards for the Salvation Army; attending our Christmas Service at St Leonard’s Church and listening to the Salvation Army Band in Wednesday’s Singing Assembly. On Thursday, it is Christmas Jumper Day and our Christmas Lunch (here is a link to our Just Giving Page  Followed by our Year 5 Christmas Party on Friday! Please remember to bring in a bag of party clothes, a nut-free snack (e.g. packet of crisps, biscuit) and a game, if your child would like to bring one in.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this term and we look forward to welcoming the children back in the new year. The Year 5 Team. 

Year 5 had a fun Art Morning this week. The children were learning about how to build up layers of colour. We discussed what we meant by 'colour' and how colour is really important in art. We talked about how the choices of colour and the relationships between colours has a huge influence on how a piece or art or design looks and feels and the emotions it provokes. The children looked at colour wheels to understand the difference between primary, secondary and tertiary colours. We then looked at artists who use lots of colour in their prints (such as Henri Mattise) and other artists such as Margaret Taylor Burroughs, who use layers to build colour. The children used their polystyrene printing blocks, that they designed last week, to create their Mayan repeated patterns using acrylic paint. Here are some photos of our amazing designs! Well done Year 5. 

The Secrets of School

In Year 5 Literacy, we have been studying the non-fiction text ‘The Secrets of Stonehenge’. This has inspired us to write our very own book … ‘The Secrets of School'.  Here are some of our final pieces. 


Mayan Prints

This half term in History, Year 5 are studying the Mayans. The Mayans were famous for their amazing repeated patterns. In Art, we have been exploring making our very own repeated patterns which have been inspired by the Mayan prints we have studied. This week, we had a go at designing our very own patterns onto plain paper and then producing a simple print. Next week, we will begin to use polystyrene printing blocks to create repeated Mayan patterns. Here are some photos of our designs.

Reduce - Reuse - Recycle! 

Year 5 have been busy composting the school’s fruit and veg waste in order to improve our school’s green footprint! We are looking forward to using our compost in the Spring term! 

The Secrets of Stonehenge

In Year 5, we have been fully immersing ourselves within 'The Secrets of Stonehenge' (our new Literacy book) and creating our very own 'Stoathenge',  'Polehenge' and 'Otterhenge'. See our wonderful creations in the pictures above. 

Friday 5th November - Return to School 

We have had a great return to school this week. The children have started our new historical topic on the Mayans. In Literacy, we started reading our new book ‘The Secrets of Stonehenge’. The children have been enjoying finding artefacts around the school to write about. In Maths, the children have been learning about ‘statistics’ and interpreting information from line graphs. If you would like to support your child from home with their learning in school, please go to the ‘Home Learning’ tab to find out how you can do this.


We are continuing to learn about the properties of materials in Science this half term and we will using our scientific knowledge to give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. 


In Art, we have started our new unit on printing! At the end of the term, we are going to be designing and making our very own Mayan patterns. This week, we have been exploring what a pattern is and researching lots of different patterns in order to help us with our designs.


If you would like more information on the learning we are doing in Year 5 this half term,  please go to the ‘Our Learning’ tab and look for the ‘Year 5 Learning Web – Autumn 2’ PDF.


Well done to all of the children who have continued to read, practise their spellings and complete their Maths home learning. If you have any problems regarding this, please let your child’s class teacher know.  


Thank you very much for your support. 


The Year 5 Team

Seasonal Soup!

We have had another exciting week in Year 5 - making soup on an open fire! In Design and Technology this half term, we have been enjoying designing and making our own class seasonal soup. Each child took it in turns to peel and cut the vegetables. Once we had finished preparing, we went outside to cook the soup on an open fire. We firstly fried the onions in oil and then added the rest of the ingredients to a large soup pot with vegetable stock. We brought the soup to a boil and then allowed it to simmer over lunchtime (some of us stayed by the fire over lunch to stir the ingredients). Once the vegetables were soft, we shared it amongst the class and added coriander if we wanted to. We all thoroughly enjoyed evaluating our mugs of warm soup sitting around the open fire, despite the rain. Well done Year 5 on a very tasty vegetable soup! 


The River the sea!

Year 5 were lucky enough to visit Budleigh Salterton Beach to continue investigating rivers. Apart from the fantastic weather, our outside learning environment inspired great learning and creative art application. We played 'River Bingo' focusing on lots of words we knew, what we had heard of and ones that were brand new, as one activity. Another activity involved seeing how rivers are transporters of both good and bad things into the sea. What can we do about this? Finally, we released our inner creative side by designing and painting pebbles. 

What a brilliant day!

Science Morning

Science Morning

Year 5 spent a morning learning about 'reversible' and irreversible' materials. This involved sorting different materials and discussion within their groups.

The children experimented with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar producing an explosion which they thoroughly enjoyed. They also investigated what would happen when a candle was lit, was this 'reversible' or irreversible'?

Throwing away our fears!

Based on the book 'After the Fall', we annotated a paper airplane with our fears and threw them away!

Hi and welcome to Year 5!


Year 5 have had a fantastic first 2 weeks in school. The teachers have been really impressed by the children’s attitude to learning and enthusiasm for the start of term and it has been wonderful welcoming them all back into class.


In school, we have been enjoying our new class book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’. Year 5 have been writing stories which have involved being stranded on desert islands and using atlases to map Michael’s sailing journey across the world.


This half term, we are going to be focusing on our geography skills and investigating the question ‘What is a river?’. Now is a brilliant time to go exploring local rivers and wildlife if you can! However, Year 5 will also be having a trip towards the end of half term to a local river. Full details on this will be provided in the next couple of weeks.


In Design and Technology, the children have started to explore seasonal products in preparation for the designing and making of their own seasonal soup for a family autumnal walk.




Reading Record Book

This week, your child will be bringing home a purple Reading Record Book alongside their in-school reading book (AR book). This book is for you and your child to record their daily reading. Please can you encourage your child to read for at least 15 minutes every day and to record the number of pages read in these books. If your child finishes a book, they will be able to complete a ‘AR Quiz’ in school and select a new book for the following day. We love books in Year 5, so if you also happen to be reading another book at home, we would love to hear about this too. There is a full list of ‘recommended books’ for Year 5, which you can find under the ‘Useful Resources’ section of the Year 5 class page. There are also further links to learning that you can do at home if you would wish to.


PE Kits

Year 5 have PE on a Wednesday with Mr Doku and a Friday with their class teacher. We would recommend that your child brings in their PE kit on a Monday and leaves it in school until Friday afternoon to ensure they have their PE kit in school when needed.


Thank you very much for all your support and we are really excited about the year ahead!


The Year 5 Team


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Be The Best You Can Be

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'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,'Hebrews 10:24

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