Welcome to Year 5!
Week Ending 12/05/2023
Last week, for the King’s Coronation, we completed a variety of royal-themed tasks. We designed Union Jack bunt for the courtyard, discussed the history of the monarchy and what it would be like if we were King or Queen and, by junk modelling, we created castles fit for a King!
Week Ending 21/04/2023
In Science this week, Year 5 have been learning about the life cycles of different plants and animals. We looked at the life cycle of a chicken and compared it to the life cycles of butterflies and frogs, learning about how animals change as they grow and how some undergo metamorphosis as they become adults. For our tasks, we thought of many different creative ways to present these life cycles vividly and in a clear way.
Week Ending 24/03/2023
Throughout this week, Year 5 have been working on their Art, focusing on Expressionism and, in particular, the works of Edvard Munch. We discussed the different ways he portrayed emotion through the use of brushstrokes and colours and we practised these techniques using different emotive photographs. As a final piece, we used photos of ourselves showing different emotions and painted over them, using what we had learned from the expressionist paintings, to emphasise these emotions.
Week Ending 17/03/2023
In English this week, Year 5 have started their topic all about dragons! First, we studied the book of Dragonology to investigate the different types of dragons, their habitats, their diets and their temperaments. We then used this to design our own dragons and we wrote reports outlining their different features with labelled diagrams and warnings about sightings of them in the sky. We are now moving onto using descriptive techniques such as similes, metaphors and personification to describe our dragons and their lairs in detail, preparing to write adventure stories about them in the coming days.
Week Ending 10/03/2023
This week, Year 5 started their Geography topic studying the Vikings as explorers. We discussed how the geography of Scandinavia was a significant factor which led to the Vikings becoming raiders in the first place; they needed to expand their territory as their population was growing and the North of Sweden and Norway was too cold and mountainous for them to live. In our first few lessons, we have looked at the different countries the Vikings travelled to and for how long they stayed; they even travelled as far as North America!
Week Ending 03/03/2023
Throughout this week, Year 5 have been reading a book called “The Barnabus Project”. It is all about a creature called Barnabus who is thought to be a ‘failed experiment’, is kept in a bell jar and yearns for freedom. We focused our English learning around the story of Barnabus with a wide range of exciting activities; from creating our own creatures, completing lab reports about the creatures and even making comic strips to tell a story of how the creature escapes!
Week Ending 24/02/2023
This week, Year 5 completed their Mini-Police Project! As a final activity, we had to plan and prepare an assembly to show what we had learned over the course of the project. Everyone in Year 5 demonstrated a real enthusiasm to showcase what they had learned and they really did themselves, and the school, proud with their wonderful assembly! Really well done Year 5, you are now officially Mini Police of Hertfordshire!
Week Ending 10/02/2023
This week in Year 5, we have started our new topic all about the Vikings. To begin, we discussed the main events that occurred during the Viking and Anglo-Saxon conflicts and we designed and created a timeline to clearly present this information; we also had the opportunity to add a little Viking flair to our timelines!
Week Ending 03/02/2023
Throughout this week, Year 5 have been learning all about different tints, tones and shades in Art. We practised mixing colours with black, white and grey to see how the colours changed and we matched the colours to certain aspects of landscape paintings by famous artists. At the end of this week, we then put all our learning into practise and we created our own landscape paintings using tints, tones and shades to create a wide range of colour.
Week Ending 27/01/2023
Well done on your fantastic class assembly Year 5! You were all brilliant!
This week, the Year 5 Mini Police Project also got into full swing! We practised the different activities police do when marching and on parade and the children had a great time practising the ‘bleep test’. While doing all this, we even got a chance to wear our formal Mini Police uniforms!
Week Ending 20/01/2023
In Year 5 this week, we started a new book which our next few English lessons would be based around, called ‘Tales from Outer Suburbia.’ First we looked at a few illustrations of outer suburbia and we discussed what type of place it was. At first glance, it looked like a very ordinary, maybe even boring, suburb. However, when we looked closer, we could see that not everything was as it seemed; the streets were far too quiet and empty, the houses were far too similar and there were even animals hidden in the trees! In the first tale, we met a lonely water buffalo who lived in a vacant lot in outer suburbia. He was good a pointing to give people directions but he never spoke. We then gave the buffalo a voice so we could practise how to create different types of narrators; some of us made him a moody buffalo and others a very cheerful one. They were definitely suited to the weird and wonderful world of outer suburbia!
Week Ending 13/01/2023
This week in Science, Year 5 have been studying gravity as a force. We have conducted a variety of experiments, just like Galileo did many years ago, to prove the existence of gravity. We looked at how gravity acts on objects when dropped from the same height, the difference between mass and weight, and even how gravity acts on different planets!
Week Ending 16/12/2022
Throughout this week, Year 5 have been completing a variety of Winter-based activities, such as learning about advent in the lead up to Christmas as well as the festival of Hanukkah. Today, we designed and made our hats ready for our Winter Party next week!
Week Ending 09/12/2022
In Geography this week, we have been delving into our topic of ‘Investigating the World’. We looked at the different zones of the Earth, from time zones to climate zones and even vegetation belts and biomes. We then moved onto studying the human geography of the Earth, discussing the continents of the world and many of their features and we have managed to organise all this knowledge in many different forms, from tables, to fact files and even top trump cards!
Week Ending 02/12/2022
This week in English, we completed our first poetry topic of the year! We were looking at cinquains; five line poems about a single theme with a very specific structure. We planned and shared ideas for different cinquains, making sure we followed the structure, and then we had the opportunity to design and create our own poems!
Week Ending 25/11/2022
Throughout his week, Year 5 have been continuing their topic of Space and it was time for us to turn our attention to the moon. We looked at the moon’s different phases, discussed why it looks different throughout the month and why it is lit up at all! To show what we had learned, we used Oreo biscuits to demonstrate the different phases and everyone just about managed to resist the temptation to eat any of their moons!
Week Ending 18/11/2022
It has been Anti-Bullying Week this week and, to mark the occasion, Year 5 have shared many discussions about what bullying is; rather than being bystanders and allowing bullying to take place, we spoke about how be an upstander and stand up to bullying. We also designed ribbons filled with kind words and positive encouragement to help us understand we are all amazing in our uniqueness!
Week Ending 11/11/2022
This week, Year 5 have had various discussions about Remembrance Day, sharing what it is for and why it is important to remember the bravery and sacrifices of all soldiers who have fought to protect our freedom. To commemorate the event, we took part in an online, nationwide assembly and we also used the work we have done on watercolour painting to create an image of what we imagine the poppies would look like in the fields of Flanders.
Week Ending 04/11/2022
Throughout October, for Black History Month, Year 5 have been looking at the difference in the way black people were treated from the past to the present and what more can be done to make sure we can achieve equality for all. For the final week of the month, we looked at the work of the artist Aboudia Abdoulaye Diarrassouba, who often depicts black children living on the streets in his artwork; he does this to tell their stories and give them more of a voice, believing that everyone deserves a chance to be heard, regardless of wealth or colour.
Week Ending 21/10/2022
In Art this week, Year 5 have been studying a range of different artistic techniques to prepare for their final taotie pattern designs. We sketched the Ancient Chinese taotie designs and we practised with watercolours and pastels as we will need to apply skills using these when completing the finished piece after half term. For a first practise, the children’s use of watercolours was wonderful!
Week Ending 14/10/2022
This week, Year 5 have been using the app, Google Drawings, to practise their digital art in preparation for our finished pieces to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our school. The pictures may look simple, but every individual shape has been created, formatted and placed in the correct layers to make the final product. I’m looking forward to seeing our final pieces as we will have opportunity to showcase all the different techniques we have learned during our week of digital art!
Week Ending 07/10/2022
Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been learning all about Ancient China; we studied many different primary sources of evidence, from oracle bones to chariots, and we even found out about the legend of the warrior Queen, Fu Hao! Using this evidence, we then created a variety of wonderful pieces of work to demonstrate what we have learned about Ancient China so far!
Week Ending 15/7/2022
For our last full week of the year, Year 5 have had the chance to be more creative with their curriculum work. In English we have been working on storybooks for younger children, focusing on more simple stories with a clear moral and lots of fun characters! We are just adding the finishing touches and the last few illustrations on Monday and then we’ll hopefully have the chance to read them to some of the younger years!
Week Ending 8/7/2022
This week, we have discussed having a Year 5’s Got Talent show at some point near the end of term! However, Mr Costi is not sold on the idea as of yet, so in English we learned about persuasive writing and created formal persuasive letters to help convince Mr Costi that the talent show should go ahead. To show their dedication to the task, Year 5 also created advertising posters to spread the word about this wonderful event!
Week Ending 1/7/2022
This week, Year 5 had their willow weaving workshop! Each group was going to create a 3-D turtle out of willow and tissue paper; it sounded like a daunting task! However, after learning how to weave willow in a variety of ways to form the base structure and with a large dose of teamwork, the project all started coming together. We then had to cover them in strong tissue paper (and glue!) and then add a coat of colour on top. We all had a wonderful time creating our turtles and we certainly learned a lot! The finished designs look fantastic, but you’ll have to wait until Celebration Afternoon to see those ones!
Week Ending 24/6/2022
This week, Year 5 reached the end of their land art topic. The outcome was to create a free-standing installation made from natural materials; not an easy task! After the design process, where we sketched and labelled our wonderful (and ambitious!) designs, we then set out to craft the installations. Part way through the making process, we soon realised that most of these designs were perhaps a little too ambitious! However, the children showed great initiative and quick thinking to edit and adapt their designs to match what was possible with the time and resources we had available. In the end, all the finished pieces looked wonderful and I hope we are all now looking forward to our workshop next week when we can apply the skills we have learned on an even larger scale!
Week Ending 17/6/2022
Continuing with our land art topic, this week Year 5 designed and created their own low relief art made entirely out of natural materials. We decided what shapes we wanted to make and which materials to use based on their properties; we ended up with some lovely and clear reliefs!
Week Ending 10/6/2022
This week, Year 5 have started their new Art topic linked to Sow, Grow and Farm. We looked at different types of land art and earth art, discussing their shape, texture and even what we thought their meaning was! We then used our sketching techniques to replicate the examples and practise for when we start to plan our own designs.
Week Ending 26/5/2022
This week, the whole school have all been completing different jubilee themed activities; in Year 5, we used a silhouette of the queen and experimented with blending colours to create a vivid design. Our experimenting certainly paid off as all of them turned out brilliantly!
Week Ending 20/5/2022
This week, Year 5 have read Journey to Jo’burg and used the story as a stimulus for their writing. At the beginning of the week, we identified the features of a letter and explored using subordinate conjunctions to create compound sentences. We then finished the week by writing a letter of our own from a character’s perspective. In maths, we moved on to measurements and looked at the relationships between different units of measurement. In the afternoons, we continued to work on our geography skills by exploring different climate zones and identifying which one is needed to grow different things.
Week Ending 13/5/2022
This week in Year 5, we have continued with our topic of Sow, Grow and Farm, with more of a focus on Geography. However, we have also still been monitoring the process of our plants; lots of them are showing excellent progress and the seedlings are looking wonderful! Soon they’ll be too big for their pots and they’ll need to be moved into the allotment!
Week Ending 6/5/2022
For the past few weeks, Year 5 have been working through their topic of Sow, Grow and Farm with a focus on Science. We look at plant life cycles and the different ways they reproduce, followed up with a study of the different parts of a plant. Now we have started an experiment by planting some seeds to see these weekly changes for ourselves; we’ll hopefully be seeing a few seedlings soon!
Week Ending 29/4/2022
Throughout this month, Year 5 have been focusing on different artistic techniques all linking to springtime. We have sketched different natural objects that represent Spring, such as baby animals, flowers and trees, focusing on our use of mark making with a pencil. We have also used pastels to create leaf rubbings and prints, experimenting with different colours and types of leaves. This week, we have focused on creating perspective within sketches of landscapes. All this will then build into our knowledge and understanding of our overarching topic of the term: Sow, Grow and Farm.
Week Ending 22/4/2022
With Spring in full flow, Year 5 went outside to complete their Art this week. We were focusing on leaf rubbings and printing and we experimented with different colours and leaves to see which would stand out the most. In the end, we created some lovely colours and vivid leaf designs!
Week Ending 1/4/2022
This week, Year 5 have been working on capacity in Maths. We converted different amounts of ml and l, we read different amounts on measuring jugs and today we applied our knowledge by making our own mixed juice drinks! We have now created a tally of our favourite drinks and we will convert this into a bar graph to see how data can be collated in a real life setting.
Week Ending 25/3/2022
This week, Year 5 have started their new Science topic of Life Cycles, just in time for Spring! We have looked at the life cycle of a chicken, a butterfly and a frog so far and we have discussed the similarities and differences between them. We have also gathered a batch of frogspawn from our school pond to see the process of metamorphosis for ourselves! The frogspawn has now hatched into tadpoles and some of them are getting quite large already!
Week Ending 18/3/2022
It was Science Week this week and the main theme this year was all about growth! So to mark Science Week, Y5 created posters to show different aspects of natural growth; there were some really wonderful and creative ideas and they all ended up looking lovely!
Week Ending 11/3/2022
Throughout our Art topic this term, Year 5 have been learning about print-making techniques. First, we practised a large variety of sketching techniques to identify how artists create texture by only using a pencil. We then took inspiration from the repeated patterns of William Morris and we created styles of our own. Using these styles, we formulated a final design, embedded this onto a polystyrene block before covering it with paint and using it to then print our finished patterns onto paper.
Week Ending 4/3/2022
On Thursday this week, it was World Book Day and it was lovely to see everyone’s smiling faces in their colourful and creative costumes! Throughout the day, we completed a whole host of different activities, from describing the joys of reading to designing our favourite book characters on potatoes!
Week Ending 25/2/2022
Over the past few weeks, Year 5 have been learning all about the Vikings! First we discussed when the Vikings existed and how long ago they lived, comparing their time in History to the Ancient Egyptians as well as our own. We then discussed the main events that occurred throughout the time of the Vikings and we mapped out a timeline to demonstrate this clearly, complete with a little creative Viking flair!
We then looked at the first main events involving the Vikings that occurred in Britain: mainly, the raid at the monastery of Lindisfarne. We talked about the reliability of historical sources and the definition of bias before looking at some very exaggerated reports about the raid from the Anglo-Saxon scribes! We then created our own reports about the raid from two different points of view. First, we narrated the report from the point of view of an Anglo-Saxon monk full of hysteria, and then from the point of view of a historian with a more factual assessment of the event.
Next we will be looking into the lives of the Vikings themselves, such as their laws and their beliefs; there is more to them than the bloodthirsty raiders that they are made out to be!
Week Ending 11/2/2022
In English this week, we were finishing our work on the Tales of Outer Suburbia. In our last tale, we needed to design an expedition through Suburbia to a strange missing point on the map; some of our designs were very in-keeping with the wacky and wonderful world of Outersuburbia!
Week Ending 4/2/2022
We are getting ever closer to creating our final prints for our artwork in Year 5. In Art this week, we looked at different William Morris patterns and, using his style, we creating three designs of our own, each with a repeating pattern. We now need to choose our final design and the final printmaking can begin!
Week Ending 28/1/2022
In PSHCE this week, we talked about our different personalities and what makes us all individuals. To demonstrate this, we each started with a blank picture of a dog and we added the different features of ourselves; such as our hobbies and our goals.
Week Ending 21/1/2022
Throughout this term, we have been learning all about forces in Science, focusing on gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. We have conducted many different experiments to investigate what these forces do, how they affect different objects and how we know they actually exist at all!
Week Ending 14/1/2022
This week, we have started our new Art topic all about printing and William Morris. We looked at the works of many different artists over the 19th century and we compared and contrasted them with some of William Morris’ styles and techniques. Afterwards, we had a go at a quick sketch of one of the paintings we studied; our sketching techniques are coming along brilliantly!
Week Ending 10/12/2021
This week, we finished our Mini Police Project which we had been taking part in for about eight weeks. For our grand finale, Year 5 demonstrated the different things they have learned from the project by showing them through drama in a series of events; this included anti-social behavior, different forms of bullying, road safety, marching and the bleep test! Year 5 performed brilliantly and they have thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the project!
Week Ending 3/12/2021
This week, we have started looking at our D.T. project for the term and we are going to be designing and creating water rockets! In our first lesson, we researched existing products to give us some initial ideas for our own designs. Our rocket needs to be streamlined enough to go high, but it also needs a safe landing!
Week Ending 26/11/2021
Throughout this week, in ICT, we have been looking into the program: Google Drawings. We had some time to experiment with the different tools and applications for the program and used a variety of lines and shapes to create pictures. We have been sharing all our ideas and discoveries collectively as a class and together we have created some wonderful and wacky images!
Week Ending 19/11/2021
For Children in Need, we all took part in Joe Wicks’ special fitness session for a healthy early morning workout! We then spoke about what Children in Need is for and why it is important; we designed and created posters to help others understand this and what we can all do to support.
Week Ending 12/11/2021
As part of our learning for Remembrance Day, we found out about what the war was like for soldiers; we did this by reading a few diary entries and looking at photos of the time in the trenches. We then completed a collage of a red poppy with a newspaper background about the day the armistice was signed to make sure we never forget the service they gave for all of us.
Week Ending 1/10/2021
Continuing with our work on Egypt, we studied Ancient Egyptian tombs and what they believed about the afterlife. After collating our own notes about an Egyptian’s journey to the afterlife, we created leaflets to clearly present the information. This included the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony, the dangerous journey through the underworld and the final Weighing of the Heart to prove themselves worthy of the afterlife!
Week Ending 24/09/2021
Throughout this week, Year 5 have been delving into the mysteries of Ancient Egypt! We have learnt about many of their traditions, such as putting the organs of the dead into Canopic jars as well as their language of hieroglyphics. In Art, we replicated the techniques the Ancient Egyptians would have used when creating hieroglyphs; we used different mediums and decided which we thought was best for the different symbols.
Week Ending 17/09/2021
This week, Year 5 continued with their journey into the depths of Space. We studied the moon and we learned why it appears to change shape in the sky throughout the months. To demonstrate the phases of the moon in the clearest way possible, we used Oreo biscuits; we even managed to resist the temptation to eat any of them! Make sure you look out for the moon in the next few days; it won’t be long till we have a full moon in the sky!
Week Ending 10/09/2021
In Science this week, we have been learning all about Space! We looked at the different planets and their sizes and distances compared to one another and we created a pastel piece to help us remember the order of the planets from the sun. We have also had lots of wonderful discussions and interesting questions all about space and its many mysteries. I’m looking forward to more great discussions next week!