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Friday 24th June


Hopefully the children have all enjoyed their bikeability experience. Our 2 week disruption to the year 5s has come to an end and normal service resumes next week!


We were very fortunate and had the author 'David Solomons' come in to talk to KS2 about all things writing-related. There was opportunity for a Q and A session at the end. The children waited patiently for their signed copies of their books.


In DT, the children have been practising making their pop-ups with cereal boxes. We came to the conclusion that it's not a bad idea to practise cutting to avoid wasting precious material. Thank you for sending in the boxes. In RE we discussed humanism and christianity, referring back to the creation story and sinful man originating in the garden of Eden. As usual, lots of discussion was generated. 


Enjoy the school fair and have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 team

Friday 17th June


Phew! It's been a scorching end to this week!  The children have been accustomed to the NFER tests and have built on their resilience and resolve.  Another round of testing done and dusted. A huge well done to all the children.  In DT, the children are still in the midst of planning their pop up books. Could we ask them to bring in one or two cereal boxes so that they can practise making their pop-up, levers and sliders? 


In literacy, we have spent time on our show, not tell skills and described a few emotions in class by examining facial and body expressions along with how our voices might sound.  In Geography, we discussed why national parks are important to us. We tried to compare it with a special object we have and how we need to preserve it for future generation and how we would do that.  In Science we designed a task to look at the planets' relative distance to the sun out in the playground. Feel free to ask them about 365 days, 24 hours and a month!


Next week bikeability continues and this time it is Stoats' turn + the other half of Polecats. Disruption to classes continue. We are also fortunate enough to have an author visit KS2 on Thursday morning.


Have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 team

Friday 10th June


We have had a fabulous return to school this week.  In English we have started reading Varjak Paw and looked at atmospheric writing. We are actively encouraging all the children to use the skills learnt this year in their writing. In DT the children have started to design their own pop up book, which must include a slider, pivot and pop up. In Geography, the unit of work this 1/2 term is on national parks. Earth and space are our topics for Science and many questions have been generated already!


For the next two weeks there will be some disruption to our normal timetable due to the rescheduled bikeability.  Week commencing June 13th is scheduled for Otters and some of Polecats. Week commencing June 20th will be Stoats and the other half of Polecats' turn. A letter has already gone home with the children so please do check their bags. Bikes can be parked in the MUGA near the year 6 and children should come into school in their own, comfortable clothes. They should be dressed for all weather eventualities so waterproofs are also recommended.


Finally, on Thursday 16th June class photos will be taking place. Those children on bikeability will have their photo taken first so please make sure they are in school uniform.


Thank you for your support. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 team 

Friday 27th May


Well the sunshine certainly came out for our platinum jubilee celebration this afternoon out on the field. We were treated to song, dance, poetry and music from the Salvation Army. 


Year 5s completed some art inspired by Jackson Pollock and sang their hearts out to Rise up and Serve.

We've had a very busy half term and the children have worked really hard. We hope you all have a restful half term break. 


A reminder that there is no school on Monday 6th June. It is teacher training day on the 7th June so we will see the children back on Wednesday 8th June.


Year 5 team

Friday 27th May

Friday 20th May


Another busy week of learning. We immersed ourselves in the short animation of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' and created a wanted poster for the villain. We started to look at character and setting description. In Maths we are coming to the end of our decimal unit. In RE, we talked about Christian Aid and the work that they do and tried to link it to Christian beliefs. Thank you for all the slices of bread for Science. We are eagerly waiting to see the mould grow.


Next week we have a full timetable. On Tuesday at 11am, we will visit Exeter School as the English Touring Opera are visiting. This will be a one hour performance and we will be back for lunch.


On Thursday and Friday, we will be celebrating the Queen's platinum jubilee. Fun activities have been planned and we will round up the week with all the children from each year group doing a performance out on the field. Further information has been sent via the school app. Let's hope for sunshine and great weather next Friday.


Have a good weekend!

Year 5 team

Friday 13th May


Year 5 were incredibly understanding this week during the Year 6 SATS. They were very accommodating with all the changes that happened with their own timetable so thank you very much from us!


Learning-wise, we are coming to the end of our final write up of our Cracking Contraptions. Some are fine-tuning their diagrams and we look forward to reading them all. In Maths, we are still knee deep in decimals and the children have been problem solving this week. In RE we have discussed prayer in Christianity and why people prayer and what it means to them. We finished this lesson with the children writing their own modern day prayer.


Finally, year 5s were lucky to have the fire service in on Wednesday delivering a fire safety talk. We hope they returned home with some important information that they should always retain.


We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 team

Friday 6th May


We have been blessed with the fantastic sunshine this week while we went on our walk around Exeter Quay, looking at the Custom House, Wharfinger's house and various warehouses. We also took the opportunity to look at the bridges to tie in with our bridges unit in D & T last term. The children enjoyed the trip and managed to complete a few sketches along the way.


Next week is SATS week for our year 6s. The children have been reminded of this. As a result, PE for Stoats only will move to Monday morning. An app message has been sent.


On Wednesday we have the Fire Service coming in to deliver a talk to our year 5s.


Have a great weekend,

Year 5 team

Friday 29th April


Year 5 have returned back to school rejuvenated after their Easter break and have immersed themselves straight into learning. They have been busy writing introductions on their cracking contraptions and learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. In art they have started mind-mapping themselves so that they can create their own coat of arms. 


Next week, each class will be walking down to the quay during school hours as part of their history learning.

We will stop and have a snack on our walk and we will be back in school for lunchtime.


Otters: Tuesday

Stoats: Thursday

Polecats: Friday


Have a great bank holiday weekend.

Year 5 team

Friday 8th April


Thank you all for your valuable time at parents' evening. We hope you found the meeting useful.  


It's been all about poetry this week as the children have been busy writing and presenting their final version based on the book 'I am Cat'.  They have been enthusiastic and have worked hard! Well done year 5!


Thank you for all your support this half term.


We look forward to seeing the children, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, on Monday 25th April.


Happy Easter!

Year 5 team

Friday 1st April


What a busy week in year 5! We want to congratulate the children on their resilience and how they have dealt with the cancellation of Bikeability this week. A new two week slot has been arranged for the summer term. Details to follow.


We have been busy reading a poem called 'I am Cat' and they children have explored figurative language with this text. They have begun drafting and editing their own poems with titles such as 'I am Car, I am Fish'. They have been thoroughly engaged in writing their poems and it has been wonderful to see their enthusiasm! 


Thought-provoking questions have been asked by children on the Shabbat within Judaism and on the Falklands War in History.


Next week is our final week before Easter. Parents' evening will take place on Tuesday and Thursday. If you have not made an appointment yet, please do contact your class teacher to see if we can make alternative arrangements. We look forward to meeting with you.


Have a great weekend.

Year 5 team

Friday 25th March


We have had another busy week of learning in year 5.  As part of the immersion into their new literacy book 'Cracking Contraptions', the children split into small groups and prepared a 'Dragon's Den' style presentation where they had to sell the 'Bully Proof Vest' to the rest of the class. There were some impressive Dragons and potential entrepreneurs.


In Science, we took out experiment outside this week and tested friction with a teddy bear attached to a coat hanger and we used different material for the zipline. We had fishing line, wool, string and cord.  We predicted which material we thought would be the fastest and which would the slowest. There was pertinent discussion from the children beforehand where they made connections with everyday examples of friction including, riding a bike, F1 racing, skiing and simply rubbing their palms together. 


In RE we explored the Ten Commandments in Judaism and then wrote about our own ten commandments, rules we live by in class, in school, at home and in wider society. Finally we ended by discussing what life would be like without rules.


Bikeability is due to start on Monday. There will be some disruption to the normal timetable depending on when the sessions take place. A reminder that bikes should be brought in on Monday and placed in the MUGA. Children should come appropriately dressed for the outdoors and they may like to bring a change of clothes in case of inclement weather.


Have a wonderful weekend.

Year 5 team

Friday 18th March


It has been a 'testing week' in year 5. The children have been working very hard in their NFER tests this week and we are very proud of how they have conducted themselves in class.  They have had great fun dressing up and raising money for Comic Relief. Thank you for your continued support.


In DT there has been evidence of some fantastic team work in building spaghetti truss bridges and testing them out. In Science we tested water resistance with two long plastic tubes and a whole lot of water!


Have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 team

Design and Technology - spaghetti truss bridges

Friday 11th March


Year 5 have been working very hard this week finishing their non-chronological report on 'Are humans damaging their lifestyle.  They continue to be immersed in all things fraction-related. We have also been discussing what some Jewish beliefs are in RE and we have started learning about bridges in DT.


Orders of non-fiction books have been placed from our class budget after consulting with the children on what types of books they would like to have in class. We cannot wait to add these books to our class libraries. 


A reminder that next Friday 18th March is Comic Relief Day. Children can come dressed in their own clothes. Donations to Comic Relief can be made directly to the class teacher or on via the school's Just Giving page.

Thank you for your support.


Have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 team

Hello from the Year 5 team!

Friday 4th March


Thank you so much for all your support with World Book Day! We have had a fantastic day celebrating all things book related and it's been truly wonderful seeing all the children dressed up and participating in different activities.

We hope the children have lots to tell you when they return home and long may their reading continue!


On a side note, if you haven't yet booked a place on the Bikeability course being held, weeks commencing 28th March and 4th April, there is still some availability.


Please visit the Year 5 section, via the link below, to view the letters named 'Bikeability - Parents Level 2' &  'FAQ & Yr 5 - Bikeability 2022' . Please sign up using the online link in the 'Bikeability 2022' letter.


Have a great weekend,

Year 5 team




Monday 28th February


Welcome back after half term!


Friday 4th March is World Book Day at St. Leonard's. Please read the PDF below for further information.


Year 5 team

Friday 18th February


A huge well done to all the children in year 5 for their informative assembly.  We are very proud of all the work they have done this half term on climate change. Thank you very much to all the parents who came to the assembly. 


Have a wonderful half term and we look forward to seeing the children back on Monday 28th February.


Year 5 team 

Friday 11th February


Preparations are in full swing for our year 5 assembly. A gentle reminder that it will place on Friday 18th February at 2:15pm. The children are really looking forward to showcasing some of their work from this half term.


Have a great weekend,


Year 5 team.

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

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