Week 10

All different. All Equal


This week in Year 5, we have taken part in anti bullying week. On Monday, we began by celebrating our differences. The children created mini books that their classmates filled with positive messages. Watching the children read these was a real joy and I wish I could have captured all of their facial expressions on camera. They were truly filled with happiness and felt incredibly valued. Not only did they enjoy the aspect of receiving the compliments, they discussed how much they enjoyed building each other up being the reason someone smiles.

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On Tuesday, we took part in a class discussion about the times when people aren’t kind and at what point it becomes bullying. We explored ways of dealing with it and how we can support each other.

On Wednesday, they children used their knowledge of the Lectio Divina to listen to, mediate, pray and reflect on a piece of Scripture about not judging others. They considered how they would apply it to their everyday life to support the anti bullying message.

On Thursday, we turned our attention to cyber bullying. We looked at the impact of it and created posters that showed how we can help ourselves or others who are experiencing it.

Overall, the children showed great maturity and sensitivity to the issues we discussed.


Traction Man is Here!

Alongside the rest of the school, we have been looking at the book ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey. We have focussed on retelling the story through drama and story maps. We also empathised with our main character by holding a press conference for this fearless hero!

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Have a great weekend


Mrs Lines



Home Learning




Spelling: Credible, edible, horrible, legible,possible, resistible, responsible, reversible, sensible, terrible and visible.


Book 4 – ‘Using times tables’ pg 22 and ‘Factor Pairs’ pg 24

There has been a little confusion about what maths work to cover! Last time, I referenced incorrect page numbers. Some children completed the task based on the page, and others based on the title. I will list below the titles and pages that need to be covered. Children can complete the activities they did not do last week.

Book 5-

‘Multiples’ pg 18.

‘Factors and Primes’ pg 19 and 20

‘Multiplying by 10, 100  and 1000’ pg 21 and 22.


Week 9

Year 5 have been getting green fingered this week by planting our bulbs in the class garden. I look forward to seeing the results in the spring.

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As it is the month of Holy Souls, we have also been remembering those who have passed away. Many children have made bookmarks, or written the names of loved ones on our prayer list.

In R.E we have been learning about a prayer form called Lectio Divinia. The children have been able to see how this is a deeper form of prayer and have discussed the parts.

In computing, we have continued to build our knowledge of algorithms. We have been programming sprites to draw shapes, ensuring we are using the most efficient method to do so.

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This week, we have completed our free verse poems about a classroom after school. The children used some beautiful imagery to describe the scene:


‘And the pencils

Like logs

Lay on a blue carpet sea’- Sara


‘On a creamy coloured walls

Hung posters

Overcrowded with work’- Marco


‘Chapter books show off their pages’- Sophia  D


‘Dirty tables were proud of their mess

as they stood

in their favourite spots’- Thomas


‘Vacuums start to hum

The monster has arrived

Objects hide

At the thought of being captured

In its naughty jaws’ – Olivia


Worn out pencils on the floor

like useless logs in a forest’ – Jude


The indignant, dirty windows cried for help

Because they were no longer transparent’ – Toju



Home Learning

Maths- Mathletics

English- Skills test 3 and comprehension

Spellings- Debt, thumb, comb, climb, numb, lamb, doubt, crumb, tomb, bomb, limb and subtle.


Have a fantastic weekend


Mrs Lines


Week 8

Welcome back. I hope that you enjoyed your time as a family over the break. It has been fantastic to hear about all the exciting things the children got up to.

This week in literacy, we began a poetry unit about a city at night. We have been looking at powerful vocabulary and in particular adjectives, verbs and use of personification, simile and metaphor. The children really enjoyed taking part in some readers’ theatre and performed stanzas of ‘Last Night, I saw the city breathing’ by Andrew Fusek Peters.

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Our computing learning on programming had us thinking about processes this week. We used flow charts to create algorithms for automated control systems. We were also able to create charts for everyday activities, such as making a cup of tea. We discovered they could range from very simple, to more complex.


In science, we turned our attention to forces. We went outside to see if we could demonstrate some forces.


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In our topic learning, we found out about Anglo Saxon village life. We then used this information to create a map of a Saxon village by using natural items found in our playground. See if your child can explain the key features to you.

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In R.E, we have been learning about Judaism. In particular, we have discovered more about Bar and Bat Mitzva. We compared this Jewish rite of passage with the sacrament of confirmation that we studied last half term.

Overall, this first week back has flown by. Not only did we take on a range of learning, but over half of the class represented the school by singing at the Royal Albert Hall. While they were signing their hearts out, the rest of us went to OLSV for All Saints’ Feat Day mass. I’m not sure how we managed to fit it all in a week! The children have been bubbling with excitement today about their weekend firework plans. As a more creative home learning, I have given the children the option of creating a firework poem. It would be great to see them using the poetic features we have discussed this week to describe this wonderfully sensory event.

Family home learning!

Today we dug over our Year 5 garden in preparation for planting on Monday. Many of the children have told me that they have keen gardeners at home and they would like to design it with you. We have some spring bulbs and need a plan for where we should plant them. See the link below to view the selection we have. I look forward to seeing the designs. The theme of the garden is ‘Resurrection’ as they should flower in time for Easter.

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Home learning


Maths book 5- Multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. Pg 19 and 20.

Maths book 4- Counting in multiples. Page 6

Dividing by 10 and 100. Pg 36 and 37

Reading comprehension.

Spellings- Suppose, surprise, therefore, although, thought, through, various, weight, women.

We are now at the end of our year 3/4 word list and so there are only 9 spellings this week.




One World Week


Year 5 had a bonza week exploring all things Australian. We started the week with our very own bush tucker trial, where vegemite was on the menu. Take a look at Year 5’s faces and see if you can guess how they felt about the popular Aussie spread! We then followed that with a children’s party favourite, Fairybread.

In Geography, we used atlases to locate the country and discover its states. We also looked at the official and Aboriginal flags, finding what they are made up of and the meanings behind them. In history, we made connections between Britain’s and Australia’s past by looking at primary resources of transportation. The children were amazed to find out how young some of the convicts were.

In art, we took inspiration from the Aborigines and made paintings of bush wildlife using a dotted technique.

Year 5 loved making lamingtons, a cake coated in chocolate and coconut. They proved a far greater hit than the vegemite!

We also learnt about Australian music. We discovered the meaning of Waltzing Matilda, a well-known bush ballad. With a clear understanding of the lyrics, Year 5 sang beautifully and with amazing enthusiasm.

I have been really impressed with the children’s home learning this week. The posters, models and power points showed the children’s enthusiasm for learning. Well done children!

One World Week has been a fantastic end to our half term. It has been wonderful teaching the children again and it was lovely to see so many of you at our celebration morning. I wish you all a wonderful half term break.

Mrs Lines

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Home Learning

As per the school newsletter, there is no formal home learning over the half term break. Some activities have been provided on mathletics and, should you wish you child to complete them. Passwords have been sent home again if you not have a copy at home.

Spelling have been given, these will be tested on the first Friday back:

Probably, promise, purpose, quarter, question, recent, regular, reign, remember, sentence, separate, special, straight, strange and strength.






Week 6

This week, we have been writing biographies in English about author Anthony Horowitz. We have researched his life and found out what inspired him to write. Many of the children have taken books from our ‘Featured Author’ area to read his work.

In maths, we have been learning about negative numbers and using our knowledge to reason and problem solve.

In geography, Year 5 improved their map reading skills by identifying symbols and finding out what they mean. They focused on their local area to see what they could find.

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In science, we learnt about night and day. We saw how we can tell the time by using shadows and how the sun’s position changes in our sky. The children then wrote explanations of why this happens.

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Next week, you have the opportunity to join us in our classroom twice! Our class mass is on Wednesday and the children will be bringing home invitations for you today. On Friday, we have our Harvest Festival Assembly, followed by a celebration morning. We will be sharing all of the exciting things we have learnt about Australia.

Home Learning

As it is One World Week next week, a creative homework for the whole school has been given. If you would like to consolidate some of this week’s class objectives, home learning has been supplied on SPAG.COM and Mathletics.


Naughty, notice, occasionally, often, opposite, ordinary, particular, peculiar, perhaps, popular, position, possession, possible, potatoes and pressure.


Have a fantastic weekend


Mrs Lines


Week 5

What a busy week! On Tuesday, Year 5 had a fantastic time at the Science Museum. The children enjoyed looking at the space gallery and loved the 3D IMAX experience. It allowed us to explore space and imagine life on the International Space Station. Back at school, we reflected on how beautiful our planet is and the amazing images we had seen. A real highlight of the trip was the Apollo 11 simulator. We bumped and jolted along and felt like we were on the moon! There were so many smiles throughout the day that it made the coach journey worth it!

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Today Year 5 did a wonderful job on teaching the school about St Francis. They spoke so clearly and received many compliments from staff for their performance. Well done Year 5!

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In English, we have begun looking at biographies. We have compared them to autobiographies and identified the features of each. In maths, we have been rounding numbers in a range of ways.


Have a great weekend


Mrs Lines

Home Learning


English Skill Book- Section 1, Test 2

Reading comprehension


History, imagine, increase, important, interest, island, knowledge, learn, length, library, material, medicine, mention, minute and natural.



Make Me a Channel of your Peace

Hello Year 5, here is the link to our song for some last minute practise. See you in the morning.


Mrs Lines



Week 4


This week, we have continued to work on our persuasive techniques in English and have been adding and subtracting powers of 10 in maths. We have also looked at the symbols, actions and words used in the sacraments of initiation and discussed their meanings.

On Tuesday, we went outside to learn more about our school environment. The children learnt how to take leaf samples and then identified the leaves we had collected. We also had a look at some similarities and differences in the shape, look and feel of the leaves. The children made some fantastic observations and can now name many of the trees.

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Today, we spoke about what the moon looked like in the sky and why it seems to change shape. We each created mini moons and coloured half of a ball black to represent the dark side. We then went outside and mimicked the moons orbit of the earth. This allowed the children to see why the moon looked different in the sky.

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Home Learning


Book 4

 ‘Ordering and Comparing Numbers’ Pgs 10 and 11.

‘Roman Numerals’ Pg 15

Book 5

‘Ordering and Comparing Big Numbers’ Pg 8

‘Roman Numerals’ Pg 11



SPAG.COM, Reading comprehension and spellings. 





Week 3

Welcoming Others

In R.E this week, we talked about how we welcome people into our homes, school and church. We thought about the words, actions and symbols we use to make others feel included, and on Tuesday we had the chance to welcome someone into our classroom. Fr Shaun came to visit and the children took the opportunity to get to know him better by asking some questions. These ranged from ‘what is your favourite Gospel story?’ to ‘What super power would you like to have?’ The children were very interested to hear about his travels and the dangerous animals he encountered along the way.

Space Travels

After writing some factual reports on their favourite planet, Year 5 are getting creative and trying to sell it as a holiday destination. They have considered the climate and terrain and what activities would work best. They also identified persuasive techniques and used them to perform advertisements. We definitely have some gifted salespeople among us! Next week, they will formalise their ideas and create a brochure- I can’t wait to see the outcome.

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Fitter Futures

Our Fitter Future Journey began this week. We have taken part in some workouts and the children seemed keen to get involved at home too. I hope you enjoy taking part in the family challenges.

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Puzzles and Codes

In maths, we have used our place value knowledge to understand Roman numerals. This involved completing puzzles and cracking codes.

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Living Streets

It has been great to see so many children making an extra effort to walk to school this week. The children are always keen to log their journey to school on our travel tracker. Most of Year 5 are well on their way to earning their next badge. Thank your parents for supporting your children by parking further away and walking.

Home Learning

Maths- Mathletics.

English- Section 1, Test 1 from the English Skills book and reading comprehension. There are also spellings in their books.


Week 2

Roald Dahl Day

On Wednesday, we celebrated Roald Dahl day. We began with a treasure hunt, where the children followed clues about his books to take them to questions involving place value. The children showed excellent teamwork skills and lots of energy to find and solve the clues.  It was then time to go back to the classroom, where their reward was a sweet treat that even Mr Wonka would have been proud of! With the taste of chocolate on their tongues, we all watched film clips of Charlie and the Chocolate factory. This helped us to imagine being there and create a description of the setting.

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In science, we have been learning about our solar system. After finding out the order of the planets, we began thinking about their size. By using fruit we were able to understand how big they are in relation to each other. See if your child can tell you about which was the smallest/largest and make comparisons to the size of Earth.

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Home Learning

Maths- Using the Text book, complete the test on the previous year’s objectives. Also complete the following, depending on which book you have:

Book 4- ‘Place Value and Partitioning’

Book 5- Complete ‘Place Value in Big Numbers’

Literacy- Complete the comprehension. Answers should be in the book, not on the sheet.  There are also activities set. The children have written their passwords and usernames in their home learning books.

Apologies for not sending out the SPAG information sheet as discussed at our meeting. I will print this and send it home with the children next week. Until then, you can view the document here.

Spelling home learning has also been set. We are consolidating our year 3 and 4 words and so there are more than usual. In the green spelling book, they should read, cover, write and then check. There is space to do this twice in this book. As this is their first week, the children are of course not expected to practice last week’s spellings.


All home learning is due on Tuesday, with the exception of spelling, which is Friday.


Enjoy your weekend,

Mrs Lines