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'Learning to change the World' 'Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God' - Micah 6:8
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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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Key Information:

5BD have indoor PE on a Thursday and outdoor PE on a Tuesday. 

5BD's entrance and exit points are the playground. At the end of the day, children will be realeased from the coloured spots on the upper  part of the playground.

Term 6

This term, we are finishing off our enquiry with explored Earth and what makes it unique. We are then going to be investigating the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality. The focus of our learning will focus on the question "Why are so many children prevented from going to school?" Our ambition for this term will be to create a song or rap about the hardships faced in countries which result in less opportunities for quality education. Alongside this enquiry, our writing will be based on the book 'The Magic Pencil' which tells the story of Malala Yousafzai.  Please check our class page for updates on our fantastic learning!

Being an Artist- Today we have participated in a clay workshop with a Teacher and students from Mangotsfield Secondary School. We have all created a clay coral reef . First ,we made an upside down bowl using a athumb and pinching technique. Then, we learnt how to attach different pieces of clay onto the original bowl in a shape of different  types of corals. We enjoyed the workshop enourmously.

Being an athelete, SPORTS DAY!:

 Last Tuesday was the day it was scheduled for but sadly it was heavily raining, They re-scheduled it to this Wednesday as it looked to be better weather at first it was sunny all as planned but halfway through it heavily rained again but we still persevered and carried on to compete in our activities and we were all amazing and we tried as hard as we could. 

No Pens Day!

We researched Malala Yousafzai during our writing lesson so tommorrow we can start writing our biography.

We talked about problem solving during our maths lesson using diennes squares and made up our own problems to solve for others.

In the afternoon, we have learnt about what it is like to be a teenager and we have designed a card  ( using vector drawings) based on what we are looking forward to the most during this time.


Being a theologian:

 Today we had a woman from the gurdwara we recently visited about hereos in  the sikh faith.

Being an artist:

Today ,we walked to Mangotsfield Secondary School to go to an art workshop. We created  mehndi patterns on a clay bowl in a shape of a hand. First, we had to plan out our design on paper, then we scratched in into clay and finally we glazedit so it could go to the kiln to be fired in 1100 C degrees.

Being a Musician:

On Friday, we explored a website called Charanga we listened to a song and discussed what features and instruments it has, and thought about what genre it was;EDM [electronic dance music] after that, we looked at the lyrics and tried to memorize them then we perfomed the song called you can see it through.

This was us performing you can see it through

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Being a athlete- Today we have been practising our batting and over arm  and under arm bowling skills.We also helped our team to go and collect the tennis ball after they had hit it which is called fielding.

Careers week:


Thursday, for careers week ,we had special visitors come in and tell us about what they do for a living to widen our knowledge of what we want to do when we are older.

Katie Hayes our French teacher told us about what it's like to teach french and how her journey started.

Rob Channon chemist medical reasearcher told us about his daily life as a scientist

Mike Skinner and Lynne Dennis Co-op funeral directors told us about alot of things they have to come across as  funeral directors they also had a competition to see who would get a prize with things such as bottles teddy bears flower seeds and coluring pencils.

Being a scientist- This week, we have been creating our fabulous exhibition pieces as part of our final ambition for the enquiry 'What makes Earth,Earth?'. We have created paintings, 3D models, fact-files, google presentations and  a lego-model.  We have enjoyed turning our knowledge into amazing exhibition pieces.

Being an athlete-This term,we have been introduced to orienteering.  As part of our first lesson, we have been making letters, words and shapes with our bodies. We used our school value of humility to help us work as a successful team.

Term 5

Knowledge organiser: What makes Earth, Earth?

Now that we have finished our enquiry which explored why the Mayans disappeared, we are now ready to begin our next exciting enquiry, 'What makes Earth, Earth?'. Throughout this enquiry, we will be exploring the Solar System and the planets that make this up, we will be learning about day and night, human and physical characteristics of countries and how these relate to where people decide to settle. As well as this, we will be exploring the artist Kathe Kollwitz and using her style of line drawing to help us replicate what Earth looks like from Space. Alongside this enquiry, we will be exploring Global Goal 11 which looks at sustainable cities and communities. As well as this, our class book, 'Phoenix by SF Said' will be used as inspiration in some of our writing tasks. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Being a Scientist- How do shadows change overtime and why?


We have been conducting an experiment to find out about shadows. We measured the length of a shadow of a stick at different times of the day. We found that the shadows move,as the sun appear higher in the sky the length of the shadow got smaller.




Being an athlete

This term , during our outsdie PE lesson with Mr Williams, we have been learning to throw the javelin, practice shotput and perfect our technique of the triple jump. We have been enjoyoing learning about these new aspects of athlethics.

The Celebration of the Coronation of King Charles III 

Today, we celebrated the upcoming coronation of King Charles III by creating crowns and bunting. We thought carefully about the jems that we used. We even made a quiz to test others on their understanding of King Charles III and this contained lots of interesting facts about him.

Planet exploration

This morning, we have been exploring the Solar System and the planets within it. We have be exploring these planets in great detail and have learnt lots of exciting facts about them!

M-Shed Trip

Today, Year 5 had a wonderful trip to the M-Shed in Bristol. During our trip, we learnt all about the history of the Bristol docks and how these were used for trade, famous Bristolians and what they were known for, World War 2 and how this impacted Bristol and so much more!

Easter in a Box

To start off our new term, we had a morning with Lisa and Regan from St Stephen's Church. They told us all about the Easter story and the key events in this. We got to make our own Easter story boxes to help us remember what happened in the story.

Term 4

Why did the Mayans disappear?

We will be beginning this term by continuing our exploration around the Mayans and the mystery of their disappearance. We will be continuing to consider how the Maya left their mark on us today through art, mathematics, literacy and democracy too.

RockSteady Concert!

This afternoon, we were lucky enough to watch a rocking concert hosted by some of our very own musicians! We really enjoyed the show!

Outdoor PE - Hockey

This term, we are very lucky because we have the sports coaches teaching us hockey. In this lesson, we learnt the rules, how to control our movements and how to pass.

Air resistance experiment!


Today, we made parachutes and observed how the size of the parachute changed the speed at which an egg dropped. It is safe to say there were no egg-survivors in this experiment however we noticed that, the larger the parachute, the slower the egg dropped.

No Pens Day


We have learnt more about how to correctly use our oracy strands when we talk. Top practisce this we have done a presentation on how the droughts affected the Mayans and whether this was the main reason behind their disappearence.


Term 3

Why did the Mayans disappear?

This term, Year 5 will be going on a Mayan adventure, travelling back to the Maya civilisation. We will be using our historian skills to explore this famous civilisation, considering their legacies, laws and democracies and how these have impacted us in present day. We will be using our geographer skills to locate and explain where and why Mayan people settled. As well as this, we will be using our artist skills to create 'day of the dead' inspired masked. Finally, we will be using our writing skills to create our ambition which will be an orally presented newspaper report which explains why the Mayan civilisation disappeared!

Middleworld by J&P Voelkel

Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading the book Middleworld by J&P Voelkel. This book tells the story of fourteen-year-old Max Murphy, video-gamer extraordinaire, who is furious when his archaeologist parents cancel the family vacation to go on a dig in Central America. However, things go from bad to worse when Max is summoned to join them, only to discover that his parents have vanished! We will be using this book to inspire our writing which will be exploring the use of embedded clauses, direct speech and reported speech.

RE - Visit to St Stephen's Church

To help answer our question 'If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?', we visited St Stephen's Church. When we walked in, we were asked to sit down and we all discussed why we thought people came to church. We came up with ideas such as to pray, to get together as a Christian Community and to be forgiven for our sins. We spoke about how God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and even though God is a spirit, how did we know he was still around. Filip was asked to put a blindfold and walk to the front. This was to show us how something can happen or be there even if we can't see it.  After, we explored the church to help us think of any questions we might have. We really enjoyed our visit to the church and felt we learned so much. 

Term 2

Were the Vikings vicious or victorious?

This term, we will continue to learn all about our enquiry question which explores the Vikings. During this term, we will be delving into some Viking-inspired art, Viking settlements and working on our debate skills in preparation for our ambition which will be a debate held in front of parents and carers.

Rocksteady concert

This afternoon, the whole school was lucky enough to enjoy a wonderful concert hosted by Rocksteady. In this concert, we got to listen to some amazing singers, drummers, keyboard players and guitar players too and we were so impressed with what we heard!

Term 1

Enquiry Overview: Were the Vikings vicious or victorious?

Learning Overview

Were the Vikings vicious or victorious?

In our first enquiry in Year 5, we will be going on a voyage to explore the notorious Vikings. During this enquiry, we will be discovering all about the Vikings including their settlements, beliefs, achievements and their legacy. We will be comparing the Vikings with other civilizations such as the Egyptians, Romans and Anglo-Saxons and, drawing upon all of our learning, debating using oracy skills whether Vikings were indeed vicious or victorious.

Viking Boy

Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading the book Viking Boy by Tony Bradman. This story is an action-packed blend of historical adventure and fantasy for junior readers; a blast of uncensored Viking adventure. We will be using this book as inspiration for diary entries, letters, character descriptions and setting descriptions as well as some of our artwork.


Being an Athlete- This term we have learnt about tag rugby. We learnt that we can only pass the ball backwards, you cannot tackle anyone but you could tag someone with a ball. We also learnt that tag rugby is a non-contact sport. We really enjoyed playing a game.

Being a Theologian - Today we shared 4AH's Havest Celebration at St Stephen's Church. We thought about other's needs and being humble by sharing when other's are not as fortunate as ourselves. 

St Stephen's singing at Church

Uploaded by Katrina Crossfield on 2022-10-08.

Engage Day! Article 4 Access to Quality Education

As part of our engage day, we took part in a Viking workshop where we learnt lots of interesting facts about Vikings, explored some Viking weapons and armour and even re-enacted a Viking burial!