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Term 6

Enquiry Overview: What mght Skellig be?

Term 6 Newsletter

Year 5 Reflections

"My favourite moment of this year was when we went to @Bristol in the Planetarium!" Reggie.

"My favourite moment was when we got to make art out of milk bottles because it was messy but fun!" Ellie.

"The best part of this year was when we learnt about how to maintain a healthy diet." Bongzy.

" I really enjoyed learning about the solar system!" Millie.

Prove it- Skellig Clay

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.

Class Assembly

Today we had great fun sharing all of our amazing learning that we have done this year!


We enjoyed soaking up the lovely sun during this afternoon when we played a fab game of rounders!

Parachute Drops

We tested how quickly a parachute dropped depending on its size. We were shocked by the results!

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3D Models

We have been studying the artist Romuald Hazoumè who was born in 1962 in Porto Novo. This artist is famous for creating 3D models out of jumk, particularly milk bottles. Using his work as inspiration, we created 3D models of Tim the Ostler and the Highwayman from out book, 'The Highwayman'.


Today, we have started to thinking all things forces! We discussed that a force is either a push or a pull and though 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. 

Power of Reading

'I told myself I was stupid. I told myself I'd been dreaming. I told myself I wouldn't see him again. But I did.'


In Term 6, we're immersing ourselves in Michael's world as we join together our Power of Reading text, Skellig, with our enquiry: What might Skellig be? Using different mediums of art to piece together our thoughts about what Skellig might be, we will join Michael on his voyage of discovery as he ventures into the garage and discovers this intriguing stranger. Our challenge will be to create what we think Skellig is using clay.

Bess is Taken!

We acted out the part of our story, The Highwayman, where Bess gets taken away.

Term 5

5ZB Term 5 Newsletter

Enquiry Overview: Why do we have day and night?

RE Overview: What would Jesus do?

Computing Fun

Today was out computing day and we had great fun exploring Scratch using our Lego Wedo kits! We made warning signs to help out Bess, a character from The Highwayman, escape danger.

Charity Research 

This afternoon we researched Christian charities and what they do for the community. We couldn't believe how many amazing things can be done from even a small amount of money.

Team Sports 

This afternoon we have been working on our team skills. We played some very competitive games in houses to see who could come out as the champions!

Printing Artwork

We explored the art of printing, considering items we could use to print and the effects these items had on our paper. We began by creating a night sky from our book, Moonman, using sponge and cotton buds to create stars and the moon. After this, we thought about using templates to print a woodland scene. Finally, we put all of our skills together to create the scene from Moonman when he crashed into the forest.

Recreating the Solar System

This afternoon we learnt all about how big our Solar System is, exploring the size of the planets and the distances between them. We couldn't believe how giant this amazing system is!

Freeze Frames

We acted out a part of our POR text, 'Moonman', where he crash-lands on planet Earth. We are really enjoying this story and can't wait to find out what will happen next!


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

5ZB Newsletter

Enquiry Overview: Can change always be reversed

Term 4 Reflections 

"I really enjoyed listening to the first two pages of The Highwayman. I can't wait to find out what else happens in the book!" Olivia.

"My favourite part of the term was when we did an experiment with diet coke and mentos because it made a massive explosion!" Oli.

"I really enjoyed the Easter Service this term because we got to sing along to all of he songs that we have been working on during singing assembly." Anna


Easter Service 

We had a fantastic time celebrating Easter with a brilliant serve run by 4BG. We learnt a lot about the true meaning of Easter whilst also having he chance to sing some songs with the rest of the school.


We had a fantastic afternoon taking part in the annual Chocolottery. Even though not all of us were lucky enough to win a tasty treat, we really enjoyed taking part whilst also raising money for charity.

RE- Why are Festivals Important  to Religious Communities? 

Our WOW was to create our own  festival, considering what the main theme of the festival would be, who would be invited and what stools there would be.

Joe's Fantastic Bike Skills

We had a fantastic morning watching a BMX bike display. We watched Joe, a very talented bike stuntman, performing some amazing tricks! We learnt how to improve our bike kills whilst also keeping ourselves safe.

World Book Day 

We have had a fantastic day celebrating World Book Day. We shared stories dressed as our favourite book character!

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

Classifying properties of materials

We sorted materials according to their properties using a Venn diagram.


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!

Fuzzy fun!

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Prior knowledge

Term 3

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

RE Overview: If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?

Key information:

We will have indoor PE (swimming) on a Tuesday and outdoor PE 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. 

This term, as historians, we are investigating the question: ‘What was it like to be a Viking?’ Throughout the term, we will learn all about who the Vikings were, how and why they travelled, settled and invaded and what impact they had on our land. To end the term, we will put all of our knowledge to the test to complete our challenge which is to produce a non-chronological report explaining Viking life. What an exciting enquiry, we can’t wait to get started!

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Today we were lucky enough to take part in a yoga class run by Miss Perrett. We really enjoyed learning new yoga positions as well as ways to warm up and cool down.

Safer Internet Day

Today we have been focusing on how to create, connect and show respect online. We have had a great, informative day full of exciting activities!

RE Prove it!

Our RE 'Prove it' was to answer the question, ' If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship'. We had lots of different answers to this question but we really enjoyed listening to and sharing our different views.


We got creative and imagined what our ideal place of worship would look like. We thought about the key features of different places of worship and adapted these to match what we would like in ours.

Class Assembly

We had a fantastic day today sharing our learning with the rest of the school. We really enjoyed sharing our work and showing off our fantastic singing voices in the process!

Computing fun

Today we learnt all about circuits, conductors and insulators as part of our computing day. We got to use Makey Makeys to create our own game controller! We then tested these out on Scratch. We couldn't believe that we included celery in our designs.

Collaborative Learning

This afternoon we had the chance to work on our collaborative learning skills by creating Viking inspired creations. We made a variety of interesting and informative things that showed off everything that we have learnt about the Vikings.

Gassy visitor

This afternoon, 5ZB had a surprise visit from a particularly gassy person! Although some of us were happy to see him, others were definitely not!

Crafty collage 

Today we have been learning about the art of collage. We practised the skill before creating our final pieces of art. 


Yesterday, we began our exciting new topic-The Vikings. To kick start our learning, we began our day dressed as vicious Vikings, creating our own colourful shields that we could have used in battle. We then created our own runic name and explored other things that Vikings used to say and do. Finally, after a quick run around with Bristol Rugby, we created our own Viking jewellery. We cant't wait to continue our amazing learning!

Term 2

Key Information

5ZB will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday.

Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday.

Enquiry Overview- How Does Art Enhance Storytelling?

The Princess' Blanket

During this enquiry, 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 Power Of Reading text is 'The Princess' Blanket'  and we will be reading and exploring this book alongside our enquiry. As we read this story, we will get to know the cold princess and figure out if she will ever find a way to stay warm. Our final 'Prove it' will see us put together a class e-book starting with a music composition to introduce our innovated stories which will be told through the mediums of art, prose and spoken work.

Term 2 Reflections

" My favourite part of this term was reading The Princess' Blankets. I loved hearing about all of her unusual blankets!" Millie. C

" I really enjoyed our visit to the Gurdwara this term. I think that it is a really interesting place." Bongzy

" My favourite part of this term has been out outdoor PE lessons because we have been learning all about hockey." Jake

" I loved writing my own version of the Christmas Story using all of our targets!" Belle

Visit from a very unusual Santa!

This morning we had a visit from an unseal Santa! We were lucky enough to meet Lizzy the Iguana and find out all about her!

RE Prove it

To end our fantastic RE learning, we created annotated diagrams of a Gurdwara and a Church which showed the clear differences between the two places of worship. 

Oil Art

We recreated the forest blanket using Autumnal oil paints. Although this was very messy, we had a great time and we are thrilled with the end results!

Computing fun!

Today we got to explore lots of exciting programmes during our computing day. We became experts at coding and we are now very familiar with the tech vocab that we need to use!

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!

Secret Garden

This afternoon we explored the secret garden to see how it has changed since September. We were surprised at how different it looks!

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.

Anti-Bullying Campaign Videos

To present all of the great thing she that we had learnt during anti-bullying week, we created campaign videos to help spread the word about bullying and make sure it is stopped for good!

Anti-Bullying Campaign Video

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Anti-Bullying Campaign Video 2

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Anti-Bullying Week

To raise the awareness of bullying, we have been focusing on ways to stop bullying and rise awareness of bullying in school. We created 'Words Can Hurt' posters which explained the effects words can have on people and gave examples of more positive words that we can all use.

Picasso Perfection

Today we have been learning all about the famous artist, Picasso. We studied his main techniques, exploring how we made his artwork so unique. We then created flame-inspired artwork which focused on form and composition. To finish our learning, we created The  Princessusing Picasso's style of painting.

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. 


To introduce our new maths focus, length, we discussed what estimating means, what units of measement are used in length and what objects we could measure in the classroom. Once we had estimated those objected, we measured them accurately and recorded our results.

Decision Alley- Should the King let the stranger marry the Princess?

We discussed what we though the King should do and set up a decision alley to help him decide!

Connor the King

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Outdoor learning- Leaf fires

We were set the task of creating a colourful, warming fire for the princess made purely of leaves. We think that she would love what we made!

Acting out The Princess' Blankets

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We have had a fantastic, art-filled day in 5ZB today! To begin this great WOW day, we slowly revealed part of a story and we had to guess what the story was about. We then listened to a classic story involving three clever pigs and one nasty wolf- can you guess what it was? We then acted out scenes from this well-known story. Before lunch, we then used images from a story to help us predict what the story was about. In the afternoon, we explored how music can be expressed with artwork.

The Three Little Pigs

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Term 1

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. 

Enquiry title: Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?

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

Term 1 Reflections 

"My favourite part of this term was our Zumba taster session during P.E. It was fun and energetic!" George.


" I have really enjoyed writing about the Amazon this term!" Hugo.


" I have loved moving on to Prove it this term. Writing my own story was so much fun!" Olivia.


" The highlight of this term was 60s day. I loved all of the fun activities that we got to do!" Anna.

60s Day

Today we travelled back in time to the 60s! We had great fun learning about the different music, fashion, money and lifestyles people in the 60s had! We then ended the day watching a traditional 60s cartoon-The Pink Panther!

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.

Wanted- God

We read extracts from the bible to gain information on what God is like. Using this knowledge, we created wanted poster that explained what God was like without using a photo.

Term 1: Why do some people believe God exists?


This term, 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 in him. For our challenge, we will write a newspaper including points of view from believers and non-believers.

Prove it!

Our challenge was to incorporate everything we have learnt about the Amazon in a high tech video to help spread the word. 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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Computing Classroom

We have had a fantastic day bringing our learning to life with Chromebooks! We have been using Google Classroom to complete online tasks based on RE work that we will be completing next week, using online editing to check our work and using our Purple Learning powers to persevere when the tec wasn't doing what we wanted!

Reception fun!

Today we were very lucky because we got the chance to visit a class in reception. We created mini life cycle books based on 'The Hungry Caterpillar' and read them to a reception child. They loved them!

How does a flower reproduce?

This afternoon, we have been exploring how a flower reproduces. We had the opportunity to dissect a lily and explore what was inside of it!

Science Week

To kick start science week, we researched living things and sorted them into groups according to their characteristics. We can't wait to continue our scientific enquiry!

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. 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 great a parrot sketch.

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.

Secret Garden

This afternoon we explored the secret garden, noting down what we could see, hear, touch and smell. We will use these notes to help us write a setting description tomorrow.

Goldilocks, Anchor and Step-on words

We explored some of the key vocabulary for our topic, sorting the words into words we already know the meaning of (Goldilocks), words we might know the meaning of (Anchor) and words we don't know (Step-on).


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