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Welcome to our class webpage where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find information  about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Year 5 Newsletter

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We have our own 5JW email! If you with to contact us, please do so with the secure form below- we will be checking it regularly. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Term 4

Key information:

We have outdoor P.E on a Tuesday and indoor P.E on a Thursday.

Enquiry Overview: Can change always be reversed?

Staying Safe as a pedestrian

We had a very interesting lesson today with Andy who helped us to understand how to stay safe when crossing the road. He told us all about the green cross code and told us about the different places that are safe to cross. 

Staying safe when crossing roads

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Observing and Recording

We have been finding out about which materials are soluble and insoluble. We did this by creating an experiment. We made sure it was a fair test by measuring the exact same amount of water in each glass. We added the same amount of material to each glass and stirred five times. We recorded what we observed. We found out that salt and coffee is soluble and when mixed with water a new solution is formed. Flour is insoluble and creates a mixture. 

Soluble and insoluble materials

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Prior Knowledge

To help us think about what we already know, there were several questions set up around the classroom. We walked around and added our answers and thoughts. It was really interesting to see what other people had put.

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For our Science WOW, we looked at everyday ingredients that react strangely with one another. We put mentos into diet coke and watched as a volcano of fizz erupted from the bottle. We also made our own gloop out of water and corn flour. One moment it was a solid and the next it was a liquid. Very strange! We can't wait to find out more about this enquiry!

Diet Coke and Mentos

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Term 3

Key information:

This term the children will have indoor PE or swimming on a Tuesday and outdoor PE with Bristol Rugby on a Wednesday.

Please ask your child about the exciting new reading prompts to help with reading at home.  A selection of questions have now been stuck into your child's reading record and an e mail has been sent offering tips and help. 


Enquiry Overview: What was it like to be a Viking?


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Today we were lucky enough to have a yoga session with Miss Perrett.  We connected with our bodies, focused on movement and noticed our breath. We also gave ourself time to relax - Mrs Williams loved that bit! 
We had lots of fun today learning how we can stay safe online. Whilst online, we know we have to be a good friend and always show respect.  Take a look at our stay safe information. 


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It's Okay to be different! 
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RE Overview: If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?

We designed our own places of worship. 

Secret Garden Observations

We can't believe how much the secret garden changes each term. Since we visited it in Term 2, we have noticed that it is a lot muddier and all of the leaves that had fallen have now gone. It was nice to see the sun was out even though it was cold and frosty. We don't think it will be too long until we start seeing some new life on the trees! 

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Makey Makey Madness

For our computing this term, we discussed how a keyboard and a mouse works. We then explored a Makey Makey. 

We realised that it replaced the need for the mouse. Because we understand how a circuit works, we used this knowledge to create our own game controller. We investigated conductors and insulators to help us make our controller. It was lots of fun!

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Perfect Publishing

We have been determined to achieve our very best handwriting today ready for display. We have been publishing our Non-chronological reports on Viking life. We are making sure all our letters are a consistent size, sat on the line and that our ascenders and descenders are clear. 

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Observing Over Time

In Science, we have been observing over time. In Term 1, we recorded our height and arm span. This term, we re-measured our height and arm span and were surprised to see the difference! We will continue to observe how these measurements change over the course of the year and then plot our results in a line graph.

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Salt Dough

These are our final products from our WOW day. Once our salt dough had dried, we painted them. We think they look just like viking jewellery. 

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Collaborative Learning

We were challenged to work collaboratively to produce a product to display our understandings of The Vikings so far.  Some of us made posters and others made games. We had lots of fun playing the games and we deepened our understandings at the same time. 

Our art skills are progressing really well. We can now add collage to our skill set. To produce these Viking Longboats we combined all our skills of sketching, painting and collage to create masterpieces. 

What was it like to be a Viking?


What a great start to 2018. Design, make, act, draw, research..... you name it we did it! Our WOW day really got us thinking about what it would be like to be a Viking. We can't wait to get stuck in and learn all about these brutal warriors. 

Term 2

Key Information

5JW will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday. Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday.

Merry Christmas everyone! We all had so much fun making our gingerbread Ruldolfs.

Enquiry Overview- How Does Art Enhance Storytelling?



"I liked making the Picasso faces!" Cameron.


"I liked writing the newspaper report and reading it out in assembly." Sienna.


"I loved the harder maths this term!" Luke.

This term our enquiry is, How does art enhance storytelling? We will be investigating and evaluating a range of storytelling methods, including plays, audio books, stories told through music, art and text. Our final 'prove it' will see us put together a class e-book starting with a music composition to go alongside our descriptive writing based on our Power of Reading text. 
We enjoyed another great art session today using oil paint to produce a forest blanket. We explored textures, colour, depth and pattern. Mrs Williams was super proud of the outcome. 

Trip to St Stephen's Church

Today we were lucky enough to visit St Stephen's Church and learn all about marriage. We learnt all about what marriage means to Christians and even got to act out a marriage ceremony! 

Trip to the Gurdwara

Today we were lucky enough to spend the morning in our local Gurdwara.  We learnt all about the Sikh religion and how a Gurdwara is used.  We explored the Langar Hall, where we had biscuits and squash, and then moved on to the Holy Room where all prayers take place. It was a very interesting trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Observing over Time

For our Science enquiry, we have been observing the Secret Garden. We went outside and compared the Secret Garden with photographs we had taken from Term 1. We noticed that there were far fewer insects and hardly any leaves on the trees. We can't wait to go back in Term 3 to see what else might have changed.

What happens as we age?

We have been exploring what happens as humans age. As part of our research, we explored the life cycle of a human. We then considered the facts and presumptions that people make about people as they age. To show off all of our fantastic learning, we created an end product collaboratively that could be shared with the class.

We had fun in maths today estimating the weight of lots of different items.  It got very smelly at one point when everyone tried to estimate the weight of their shoe! 

Anti-bullying Week


We have been thinking about what bullying is. We know it means Several, Time, On, Purpose. We decided to think carefully about what it means to be a good friend. We were all given a secret friend and asked to look out for them and do something nice. We brought in sweets, gifts and notes to show our friend how much they mean to us. It was so exciting! We also created anti-bullying videos to show what bullying is and what we can do if we think we are being bullied. 

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The Ocean's Blanket

As a class, we created our own blanket to swamp the Princess. We thought about the things we might find in the vast ocean. We then zoomed in on our image so it became abstract, thinking carefully about shapes, colours and textures. We all created our own mini pieces of art and then created a large blanket of all things from the ocean.  We then developed our painting skills and re produced another blanket, created flames and then created our own princess in the style of Picasso. 

The Ocean's Blanket

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The Stranger Arrives!

We read the part of the story where the stony eyed stranger arrives at the palace. We thought carefully about the description given in the book and what people from the palace and village might of thought about him. We then went outside and created some role plays to show what the local might of said about the mysterious stranger. 

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Fun With Fire

Our poor princess is bedridden because she is freezing cold. Using this as inspiration, we created our own fires using natural resources. 

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We have worked have to learn the opening of the Princess' blankets off by heart. We used actions to help us remember.

Our Power of Reading text this term is The Princess' Blankets

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For our WOW, we took part in lots of different activities that explored how art can enhance storytelling. We read extracts from stories, performed well known fairy tales and had a go at sequencing stories just from looking at the pictures. In the afternoon, we listened to a a range of music and explored how music and art can be linked. We have had a brilliant day and can't wait to start reading our new text.

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Enquiry Overview: Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?

R.E Term 1: Why do some people think God exists?

This Term, we will be exploring the Amazon and asking ourselves: 'Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?'Through this enquiry, we will explore where the Amazon is situated and understand how the climate differs from here to there. We will discover the wonderful creatures that inhabit it and explore whey this incredible biome is under threat. 

Our reflections for term 1


"I loved the zoo trip!" Ashton.


"I can't believe how many shocking facts I have discovered about the rainforest." Eve.


"I loved the green screen and especially writing our own script." Alexandra. 

60s dress up day. 


Happy birthday St Stephen's Junior school.  We had lots of fun dressing as if we were born in the 1960s. We also loved learning about how different fashion, music, money and life in general was back then. 

R.E. Prove it

To celebrate all that we have learnt in R.E this week, we wrote a newspaper report about Hurricane Irma which explored the views of a Christian and an atheist on the event.

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Why do some people believe God exists?

This term, in R.E, we are answering the question, ‘Why do some people believe God exists?’ Throughout this enquiry, we will be finding out about the different types of believers and discussing why some people choose to believe whilst others don’t. We will use evidence from the bible to try to gather a picture of what ‘God’ might look like and use this to think about why people choose to believe. For our challenge, we will write a newspaper including points of view from believers and non-believers.

Prove it

Take a look at our persuasive campaign videos which inform the public on ways which they can make a difference and help protect the Amazon Rainforest.  We hope you enjoy them.

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Targets Targets Targets!

We love targets in Year 5. Today we have been looking at our new target - T3: Use adverbs to show possibility.

We thought about different degrees of possibility and went outside and ordered the different adverbs. This helped us to see how possible or likely something was.

This skill is really going to help us when writing our own campaign videos to persuade people to save the Amazon.

"We definitely need to make a change to help save the Amazon!"

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Reception fun!

Today we were very excited to visit the infant school and show the new children our mini life cycle books.  We based our stories on 'The Hungry Caterpillar.'  

Science Week

What a great start to our science week.  We used our Purple Learning Powers to research living things and sort them into groups according to their characteristics.  We also enjoyed finding our own insects and thinking about how we might group them.

'Prove it' basket!

We are very proud of our writing in 5JW this week. Our awesome mastery basket really inspired us. It is really exciting to be able to use our imagination and write about something in the 'prove it' basket. Making sure we include our targets of course!

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Rainforest Artwork

We have been working on our sketching skills using the Austin's Butterfly concept. We had a go at sketching a butterfly and then shared these with our partners. Our partners then gave us areas to improve on. After getting our feedback, we then had another go at sketching using their suggestions to help. We repeated this three times and we couldn't believe the improvements in our sketches! As well as this, we focused on fine lines, tones and shades to produce a great  parrot sketch.

Magical Maths

We have been working hard on rounding. Working with 6 digit numbers and rounding them to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and even 10,000! Miss Dent has taught us a song to help us to remember.

"It's 5 or above you round up. If it's below 4 you round down!" 

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The Great Kapok Tree

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This term, we will be reading the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree'. Through this text, we will be finding out why the Amazon is such an important place and discussing what we can to do to persuade people that it is worth saving.

The Secret Garden

In order to help our writing come alive, we went and explored the Secret Garden. We used our sense and thought about what we could see, hear, smell and touch. We created mini books full of our ideas. These ideas will help us to write a setting description. We can't wait to get writing!


As our Wow, to introduce our enquiry on the Amazon Rainforest, we went on a school trip to Bristol Zoo. While we were there, we took part in a workshop on rainforests. We learnt lots of interesting information about the different layers within a rainforest and the animals that live there. We met some different animals too: a stick insect that camouflages itself as a leaf, a hissing cockroach and a tenrec. We had great fun and are looking forward to learning a lot more during our enquiry