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Year 5 Newsletter

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Term 6

Key information:

5JW have indoor P.E on a Monday and outdoor P.E on a Wednesday.

Enquiry Overview: What mght Skellig be?



"This Year I was so proud when I won my 600m race by 40-60 metres at an athletic event." Luke


" I thought World Book Day was great! I loved dressing up!" Evie


"Moon Man was a great book. I couldn't wait to see how it was going to end!" Poppy


"Our trip to 'We the Curious' was amazing! I loved the Planetarium." Archie


" I loved sports day! It was hot but lots of fun!" Dan



Tidiest Classroom!


Because we have kept our classroom the tidiest for the whole year, we had a party! It was great fun! We have a water fight and ice creams! An amazing way to celebrate all our hard work. 

Terrific Tessellations!


We have also been using different programs to create some art work all around tessellations. We were amazed at the patterns we were able to create. 

iMovie Madness!


For our computing this term, we have combined our science learning of forces to create our own science shows on imovie. We have been able to add titles, cut clips, add transitions and even use slow motion to show the forces that are acting on a moving object. It was great fun! 

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Prove it

To finish off out fantastic learning about Skellig, we made a clay representation of what we thought Skellig looks like. We have had great fun reading this book and thoroughly enjoying being kept on the edge of our seats throughout the whole book!

Water Resistance

We have been investigating how water resistance slows down an object that is travelling through water. We had a great time investigating which shapes were best. We predicted that a pointy, dart shape, made out of modelling clay, would be the quickest at travelling through the water because it was streamline. Our prediction was correct.


We have been investigating how friction affects moving objects. We worked in pairs to plan a fair test. We made sure we carried out each test three times and calculated the average time to took for the car to stop after it had traveled down the ramp. It was lots of fun!

3D Art

We have been studying the sculptor Romuald Hazoumè who was born in 1962 in Porto Novo. We looked at how he had created works of art using junk materials. We were amazed at how simple yet effective they were.


We decided to link our art to our Power of Reading text, ‘The Highwayman’. We started by sketching the Highwayman and Tim the Ostler. This helped us think about the type of characters we were trying represent in a 3D form.


For our final piece, we used milk bottles and papier mache to create the base of our character. We then added different materials to bring our characters to life.

Air Resistance

In Science, we explored air resistance. We conducted an experiment to observe what impact a  a bigger parachute had on how fast it would fall to the ground. We carried out the investigation three times to get accurate results. We then used our maths skills to find the average. 

Science- Try it


Today, we have started thinking about all things forces! We discussed that a force is either a push or a pull and thought about what air resistance and friction do to a moving object. Later this term, we will be carrying out some experiments to investigate these different forces further. 


This afternoon, we entered the classroom to find a very weird sight, There was a huge DANGER sign up on the board and feathers scattered around. Why were they there? How had they got there? What does it all mean? We can't wait to start our new enquiry and uncover the mystery. 

Wonderful Writing

This term we are working incredibly hard to include all of our targets in our writing. We are bringing all of the skills together that we have learnt and we are producing fantastic pieces of narrative. Today, we wrote a story opening of the Highway Man and we couldn't be prouder of what we have produced. 

Term 5

Key information:

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

Enquiry Overview: Why do we have day and night?

R.E Enquiry Overview: What would Jesus do?

We used Scratch to programme lego. 
We have really impressed our teachers this term with our writing.  We have especially really improved our editing skills. 
We have had so much fun during our printing art day.  We got all of our inspiration from our book- Moon Man. After trying and using our skills with basic prints of space and a forest, we then combined everything we learnt to create our final masterpieces where the Moon Man crashed to earth. 

The Planets

Today, we were learning about the different planets in our Solar System and the relative sizes and distances of them.

We did an experiment to show how huge the solar system is.

1 square of toilet paper represents 16 million km!

The Earth is about the size of a cherry tomato when the sun is represented with a giant exercise ball.

Did you know that the sun is so large that the Earth would fit inside it more than a million times?

We can't believe how huge our solar system is!


We enjoyed making quizzes and fact games with everything we learned. 

Bristol Rovers

This afternoon, we were visited by Jake from Bristol Rovers who spoke to us about the importance of keeping fit and healthy. We thought about why exercise is important. Did you know exercise helps your brain to refocus and is really good for helping you to learn?

Freeze Frames

We became very immersed in our book 'Moon Man' through lots of drama techniques.  Can you match the freeze frame to the correct sentence? 


The noise brought hundreds of people from a nearby town.  

Soliders sped to defend the earth.

Firemen hastened to quench the flaming light.

The ice cream man hurried to set up the stand for the spectators. 

Freeze Frames


For our WOW, we visited 'We the Curious'. It was amazing! We got to visit the planetarium where we experienced a space show in 3D! It was great fun and we have learnt so much about space already. Did you know that Pluto isn't  a planet anymore but actually a dwarf planet?

Prior Knowledge

Before our WOW tomorrow, we started to think about what we already know about space.

We thought about what a whole rotation means, why we have seasons and why there are 365 days in a year.

We had some fantastic discussions and can't wait to find out more about our fascinating Solar System.

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?

R.E Enquiry: Why are festivals important to religious communities?

Term 4 Reflections


" I loved the science this term. The experiment was great fun when we had to separate the different materials." Alexandra.


"I enjoyed creating my own festival in R.E!" Marion


"My favourite part of this term was the alien soup lesson. It was so exciting!" Richie


"Wake and shake is great. It is a great way to start the day because it puts me in a good mood." Sienna


Why are festivals important to religious communities?

For our R.E enquiry this term, we have been answering the question: Why are festivals important to religious communities? We have linked our question to Sikhism. We started by carrying out research into festivals that Sikhs celebrate. We found out about Vaisakhi festival which was really interesting. Four our challenge, we designed posters to show why festivals are so important. 

Global Goals

We have been thinking about Global Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation.

Did you know that 1 in 3 people do not have clean water? We were shocked by this fact! We looked at how the water in our tap gets there and then thought about ways we could lessen our water wastage.


This global goal inspired us to develop our photography skills. We thought carefully about how we could show the power of water. We used the cropping and editing tool to make our photographs more dramatic. 



Enjoy this poem!

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Reversible and irreversible changes

We loved investigating reversible and irreversible changes.  The alien soup challenged us to use all of our skills and knowledge to separate all of the materials. We filtered, sieved, evaporated and even used magnets to separate the mixtures and solutions. 

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

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

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.

Prior Knowledge


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! 

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! 

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!

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. 

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.

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. 

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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Secret Friend

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

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. 

Role play

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


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.

Term 1

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.

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!"

Possibility Adverbs

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!

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!" 

The Great Kapok Tree

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