Welcome to Year 5
An overview of Year 5’s curriculum:
To find out more about Year 5’s curriculum, please click on the current newsletter below or speak to your child’s class teacher / Year Leader (Miss Khan).
Year 5 - Latest News
This week, Year 5 has been continuing on our topic of the Anglo-Saxons. We learned about the types of jobs that were expected of men, women and children during this time as well as researching the religion of the Anglo-Saxons which involved the worship of gods such as Odin, Loki and Thor (not the Avenger!).
Our knowledge of the Anglo-Saxons has also been assisting us in the writing of our invasion story in Literacy. We have to consider how the people living in an Anglo-Saxon village would react to a Viking invasion and how they would defend themselves.
In numeracy, we are continuing with fractions, decimals and percentages and evaluating visual representations and reasoning to expand our understanding.
‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W. W. Jacobs continues to feature in our reading lessons and has really gripped the children’s attention throughout. As mentioned before, if you have not read it before, we highly recommend it.
Thank you reading the Year 5 Blog!
Year Group Events
School Linking - 22nd January 2019
Hamilton School linking at Stockwood Discovery Centre
On Tuesday 22nd January 2019, Hamilton class met up with Hawk class from Southfield Primary School.
The day was filled with friendship building activities, where the children interacted and worked collaboratively. The children from both schools explored the museum collection; looking at Caravans, Carriages and Lorries .The activity involved measuring ‘wheel sizes’ and answering questions using information from the information cards.
The artefacts in the museum were intriguing and encouraged thought provoking ideas from all children. This was followed by a practical activity, where the children from both classes, worked in groups to construct a carriage from Meccano. The children formed good relationships and worked in teams to construct a carriage that could carry a member of the group across the hall.
All in all, it was a fantastic day and we look forward to welcoming Hawk class to Downside Primary School.
E-Safety - Year 5 - January 2019
This term the children will be learning about encryption and password security in their ICT lessons. Through their ICT lessons and e-safety lesson, the children will learn how to create a secure password, and the importance of creating strong passwords and why we have passwords when using the Internet.
The website the children can check our secure passwords are is
Fire Safety Assembly
On Wednesday 5th December, we had a special visitor in to speak to Year 5. A member of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue service came to talk to us all about the service and their important role in situations where a rescue is needed.
The purpose of her visit was to inform us how to stay safe from fire, in water and on the road, so that we can avoid any situations where we would need rescuing. She gave some useful pieces of advice for us to take on board to help us to keep safe!
Below are some pictures of our assembly.
Parliament Day - 12th November 2018
Today was a special day at Downside. Today was Parliament Day!
The children learned all about the UK Parliament and the Government.
Year 5 and 6 were very lucky that they got to meet the MP for the South of Luton – Gavin Shuker, who told the children lots of information about what a Member of Parliament does.
The children also held debates within their classes about issues that were important to them.
A great day, and the children learned so much about the UK Parliament.
Rainbow Homework Autumn 1
Anglo Saxon Day - 3rd & 4th May 2018
On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of May Year 5 experienced an Anglo Saxon day.
The children learnt about the Anglo-Saxons through activities such as handling artefacts, writing with ink and feathers and battle move training.
The fascinating day was led by Cathy Murphy, an expert in Anglo Saxon history and experienced teacher.
Summer Term 2018
This half term in Year 5, we shall be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons. The children will have the opportunity to experience what life was like in these times, and learn more about Anglo-Saxons in a creative workshop, as well as our own Topic lessons. This term, the children will also write a newspaper article about a Saxon artifact discovery, and an invasion diary.
Art inspired by the poem Tyger Tyger by William Blake
In literacy Year 5 have been studying the poem Tyger Tyger by William Blake. This has also been the inspiration for some art work in which the children experimented with water colour paints and oil pastels.
Egyptian Death Masks
Brampton and Fitzroy class explored how Egyptian death masks could be created using plaster casts. The children took casts of one another’s faces and then painted them using the colours and patterns of original death masks.
Shortenills - 2018
YEAR 5 ` ROOTS OF FIRE` FUSION CONCERT
On 10th November 30 pupils from year 5 went to the UK Centre for Carnival Arts in Luton to perform in a concert with Amjad Ali Khan who is a famous musician from India. He has written a new work called Roots of Fire, a fusion of Asian and English traditions, in collaboration with renowned conductor David Murphy. We were one of only three schools in the country chosen to take part in a series of workshops in school with David to learn rhythms and vocal techniques from India to perform with Amjad Ali Khan. He brought some musicians to the workshops so that we could learn about different instruments, and also gave pupils the opportunity to practise conducting.
At the concert we performed excerpts from `Roots of Fire` with the Sinfonia Verdi Orchestra and Amjad Ali Khan under David`s direction. One pupil sang a solo backed by Amjad and the orchestra. Another pupil had the opportunity to conduct the orchestra. After the concert we had photos taken with David and Amjad. The orchestra and Amjad Ali Khan went on to perform the whole of `Roots Of Fire` at a more formal evening concert and used some of the pupils` ideas in that concert. The whole project was an exciting and enjoyable learning experience and we thank David Murphy and all those involved.
Design Technology Day
In October, the children in year 5 had a technology day where they made a cushion on the theme of the Great Barrier Reef. Firstly, the cushion material was tie- dyed in a range of colours. Next, the children had to sew up the cushion sides and fill out the cushion. The cushions were decorated with felt and sequins to show an underwater scene. The children enjoyed the challenge of the skills involved in needlework.
Year 5 trip – Sea Life Centre
On Wednesday 11th October, the whole of year 5 travelled to London to visit the Sea Life Centre on the South Bank.
Upon arrival, the groups made their way around the aquarium, studying the sea creatures and learning facts as they went.
The children were able to touch starfish, hold the biggest shark’s tooth that has ever been found and even run their hands along a piece of shark’s skin.
The giant Sea turtles, Blacktip reef sharks and the seahorses proved to be some of the most popular creatures.
The children all had a great time and supplemented their learning in topic lessons.
Year 5 - Bikeability
Over the last few weeks, all Year 5 children have had the opportunity to take part in cycle training. They started learning control skills in an off-road environment and then, once everyone was competent to control their cycle, they moved on to quiet residential roads where they learnt road positioning, right of way and how to deal with other road users, using a logical, confidence building framework. The children have developed a valuable life skill and they thoroughly enjoyed it
Archived News from Year 5
This week two of our classes met up with their School Linking partners. This is when we visit other schools in Luton and get to know the different activities and learning that takes place.
In maths we are continuing with fractions, decimals and percentages.
We continue to look at the Anglo Saxons in our topic lessons and have been focusing on the different jobs the adults and children used do in those times.
Reading lessons continue to have us hooked. We are now reading the ghost story ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ by W. W. Jacobs. If you have not read it before, give it a go!! It has us hooked.
Thanks for reading Y5 blog!
Week ending 8th March 2019
We’ve had an exciting week in Year 5! In Literacy and Topic, we’ve been reading and enjoying Skellig, and in Maths, we have been comparing and ordering fractions with different denominators.
The most exciting part of this week however was celebrating World Book Day on 7/3/19, completing a range of activities based on books we have read.
In Wilson and Hamilton class, we created board games, in Fitzroy we created puppets of different story characters and in Brampton and Mackay, we made ‘story boxes’ of settings from stories.
Take a look at some of our creations!
Week ending 25th January 2019
This week in Year 5 the children continued with their suspense stories, and they thoroughly enjoyed writing them! We have looked at different extracts that use suspense language and have used some in our writing. The children created a mummy character that was horrific to look at by using lots of description.
In Numeracy, the children learned how to use the short division method – sometimes called the Bus Stop method – and worked on remainders and fraction remainders.
Some of Year 5 have had their School Linking trips to Stockwood Discovery Centre, so be sure to check out the photos of these trips!
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Week ending 18th January 2019
This week in Literacy we have started our unit on suspense writing. The theme of our story writing is Ancient Egypt which ties in with our topic for this half term. We have watched a film about an explorer which was quite funny in parts. The purpose of watching this film was to give us ideas for our story.
In maths we are continuing with multiplication and division.
As mentioned earlier we are studying Ancient Egypt in our topic lessons. It is a very interesting subject. So many things were invented or started in Ancient Egyptian times.
Reading lessons continue to have us hooked. We continue to read ‘Pheonix’ by S F Said. It was and still is an excellent choice.
Thanks for reading Y5 blog!!
Week ending 7th December 2018
This week in Literacy we have started our unit on information texts. The focus has been the Solar System. We have chosen four areas from our topic work and have researched each one. We will be using the information when we come to write our information text next week.
In maths we have started our unit on area and perimeter.
The Solar System continues to be our topic and we have been researching about the moon and the different types of satellite that orbit Earth.
Reading lessons have us hooked. We continue to read ‘Pheonix’ by S F Said. It was and is an excellent choice.
Thanks for reading Y5 blog!!
Week ending 30th November 2018
This week in Literacy, we have been writing our Science Fiction story, focusing on building suspense and describing Sci-Fi settings.
In Maths, we have been finishing off our Multiplication and Division unit. We have been learning how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. We’ve also done some reasoning work around it.
Topic has been really interesting this week- we researched about different planets in our Solar System. We then used this research to create a ‘postcard’ to a friend back on Earth telling them all about the planet.
It’s also been an exciting week as some of us received items from our link school, so we have been enjoying learning all about them. We’ve been working hard to send a box back over. Hopefully they’ll enjoy looking at ours as much as we enjoyed looking at theirs!
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Week ending 19th November 2018
This week in Year 5, the children have been reading Phoenix by SF Said. The children absolutely love the story so far, and have been learning how to write their own Science Fiction stories.
The children have been working hard in Numeracy – looking at multiples, factors and prime numbers – and investigating these types of numbers.
Topic has had the children learn more about the Solar System and look at the features of the Earth.
Week ending 9th November 2018
This week in Literacy we have started our unit on Science Fiction writing. To accompany our work we will be reading the book ‘Pheonix’ by S F Said. It is a story about a normal human boy who finds himself mixed up in a war in his galaxy where humans and aliens are deadly enemies. It should help us with our story writing.
In maths we have continued to work through our unit on Statistics. We have specifically looked at different types of timetables.
The Solar System continues to be our topic and we have been researching about the different galaxies and our Milky Way.
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Week ending 5th October 2018
This week in Literacy we have continued with our suspense story and after a lot of hard graft we managed to complete our final draft. It was a new experience for us to write up our first drafts of the different parts of our stories in our Y5 draft book. A lot of work was put in by ourselves and our teachers to edit, correct and improve our writing before we put it into our literacy books. A job well done!!
In maths we focused on multi-step problems and have got used to breaking down a word problem and working it out in stages to reach the final answer.
In our topic we compared the Great Barrier Reef with the English Channel.
Science work continued with us looking at electricity and circuits.
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Week ending 28th September 2018
This week in Literacy, we have been using our reading from The Iron Woman last week to write our own suspense story set in The Great Barrier Reef. We’ve been focusing on using a variety of sentence types, creating cohesion in our text and also looking more closely about how we can impact our reader.
We’ve been able to use all of our research from our Topic lessons in our story, too. We’ve learnt all about different animals that can be found in the ocean as well.
In Maths, we are using what we have been learning about place value to help us with addition and subtraction, focusing mainly on our reasoning skills and doing some tricky missing digit sums!
In Science, we have continued our work on electricity and circuits by learning about different symbols for different parts of the circuit.
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Week ending 14th September 2018
In Literacy, we have been reading a story called ‘The Iron Woman’.It is a suspense story and we have been writing about it, looking at the features the author has used. Soon, we will be writing our own suspense story.
In Maths, we are trying to challenge ourselves by focusing on reasoning skills. Our Maths is all to do with place value at the moment.
In Topic, we have been researching the Great Barrier Reef. The coral reef is a beautiful place, but it is getting destroyed.
In Science, we have been experimenting with electricity and making circuits. We have been using bulbs, wires and switches. Last week, we added a material to see if it was a electrical conductor or insulator.
Thank you for reading our blog! We look forward to learning more next week!
Week Ending 7th September 2018
Welcome back! We have had a busy first week in Year 5.
The children have worked around practical activities based on Place value. They have been challenged with developing their understanding on place value through the use of reasoning activities.
We have started the term with Poetry. The children have looked at the author’s use of language in the poem ‘The Call’ whilst considering the impact on the reader. This was followed by the children writing the series of events in the poem into another genre (informal letter).
We have also commenced our book study ‘The Lion, the witch and the Wardrobe’. Reading lessons involve inferring from the text and considering deeper meanings to author’s use of language.
We have started the ‘Great Barrier Reef’. Children have researched this and will begin to write an information text next week.
W/C: 10th July 2018
Last week, year 5 spent an enjoyable couple of days in their new year 6 classes. They produced some natural disasters inspired art, wrote a persuasive letter to Miss Hooker asking her to award them the role of school prefect and even experienced their first year 6 spelling test! We hope that the children will continue reading a wide range of texts, practise their times tables and even find some time to write over the summer holiday, ready for a smooth start to year 6 in September.
In maths, year 5 are applying all the skills they have learnt over the year to new problems and contexts. This week, they will be applying their knowledge and understanding of shapes and interpreting data to complete ‘Picture Maths’ problems.
In literacy, year 5 are working towards their poetry recital. Each class has selected two poems to learn off by heart, ready to perform in front of the year group. This week, they will be concentrating on their speaking skills to ensure that the poems are performed fluently and with clear enunciation.
The children in the year 5 Brilliant Club are looking forward to attending their graduation ceremony at The University of Warwick this weekend. Congratulations to all children involved.
End of year values reward
Those children who have retained all ten values points are eagerly awaiting their class values treat this week. Some classes are visiting the cinema, some are going bowling and others are cooking!
W/C: 25th June 2018
We have had a busy few weeks and more to come towards the end of the school year.
Last week, the PE team put together a World Cup Football Tournament, which saw all the year 5 classes competing against each other. All the class teams played fair and we saw some great football. The overall winners were Fitzroy, but all the children enjoyed spectating and playing.
On Friday, the children visited The East of England Show as part of their Healthy Living topic. The day consisted of the children learning more about farming and healthy foods and where their foods come from. It was a great day, and the children learned a lot about farm animals and how food is produced.
For the school fete this year, Miss Hooker will be doing the tombola stall. We have asked the children in year 5 to bring in stationery items for people to win. There will be a prize for the class whom bring in the most, so please see if you could bring something for the stall.
W/C: 19th February 2018
Welcome back after half term! This term the children will be studying a book called Skellig. They will be linking Literacy, Topic and Reading through this text and will do lots of exciting activities to really deepen their understanding of the text.
Some of the children will be going on their residential trip to Shortenills – can’t wait to hear what they get up to!
This term, the children will also be introduced to a new mindfulness concept called Mind Up. This will allow children to understand more about how their brains work, how we store memories, and what happens to our brains when we experience human emotions. As part of Mind Up, the children will also take part in daily Brain Breaks, which are chances for children to switch their brains off from their busy days and focus on breathing and relaxing for short periods of time.
Lots more exciting activities and experiences are to come this term, so keep checking our website page for examples of work and photos!
One full week left at school before half term!! What a busy half term we have had. Let us tell you about some of the work/activities we have been doing.
In Literacy we have been focusing on Ancient Egypt (which is also our topic for this half term). We had to take on the role of an archaeologist and carry out a hunt for a pharaoh’s treasure. In our story we had to write about all the scary things we came across as we tried to escape with our pillage!! The stories we produced, after all the planning and research, turned out really good. We were well pleased and so were our teachers.
In Science we have been looking at the topic of ‘Light’. You would think it a simple thing to just look at an object and you see it!! It is a bit more complicated than that. Light travels in straight lines. But the light reflects off the object before it reaches your eyes. If there is no light source, it is dark!! Therefore you will not see the object. Not as simple as you thought, eh?
As we mentioned above, our topic has been Ancient Egypt this half term. We have had the opportunity to watch short videos and research in to the life of this civilization from a long time ago. We have learnt about Tutankhamen and the many treasures that were found by the archaeologist Howard Carter in the boy king’s tomb. Investigating mummies and pyramids threw up some interesting facts that we never knew e.g. the pyramids were built by a river so that the builders could transport the stones, needed to build the pyramids, by water, which was a lot, lot quicker.
To finish this half term, we are off to the British Museum. One of the many displays in the museum is based on Ancient Egypt. We know it will be very busy but we are determined to have a good time.
What a half term!!.
Year 5 children
Week beginning 22nd January 2018
This week, the children are continuing to write their historical narrative stories in which the main character enters a tomb to retrieve a piece of treasure but not everything is as it seems! The children have been working really hard to engage their reading and to ensure that the suspenseful mood is maintained throughout.
In Numeracy, Year 5 have been refining their addition and subtraction skills when working with decimal numbers. We have revisited our place value knowledge to ensure that our digits are lined up correctly in our written methods.
See if your child can spot the mistakes here:
The topic of ‘Light’ has been continuing in science lessons. This week, we have investigated what happens to our reflection when looking at a piece of flat and scrunched up foil. The children have worked hard to accurately show this process in a ray diagram. Ask your child, ‘Why is our reflection clearer when the foil is flat?’. Can they tell you what happens to the amount of light that is reflected and explain why?
Week Beginning 8th January 2018
This week the children have begun learning about how to write a historical narrative story based on the Egyptians. They have watched an animation where the mood was humour, and the children will learn how to change this mood into horror, and then write their own story.
In Numeracy, the children have worked really hard and have learnt how to change improper fractions into mixed numbers, and how to multiply fractions by whole numbers.
Here is an example that your child can have a go at! x 4
In ICT this week, the children have begun to look at codes and how we can communicate using them. The first code the children had to decipher was ‘semaphore’. This is where coloured flags are held in positions to represent a letter.
Have a look at Brampton Class demonstrating these!
In Topic this week, we have been archaeologists! We have learnt the skills required to dig up ancient Egyptian artefacts, and then found out what these artefacts were used for. The children found artefacts in the sand using brushes and trowels.
W/C 8th January
Welcome back. We have now started our new Egyptians topic which we are really excited about! The children have also received their new rainbow homework tasks and will need to complete four of these by the end of the term. Last term’s were absolutely fantastic and we can’t wait to see what the children produce this time.
In Literacy we have read a poem called the Malfeasance. We have made sure that we really understand it and have discussed what it might actually be about. We have also been working on writing it from a different perspective.
During our Maths lessons, we have been continuing our work on fractions and have been learning how to convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers.
Can’t wait for the rest of the term!
As Christmas is edging closer and closer, the weather has become more colder and snowier. As such, the school had to be closed on Monday due to the weather. Nonetheless, this did not stop us from continuing with our work on the topic of the Solar System.
Throughout the week, all of the Year 5 classes were given the opportunity to create the information texts on the Solar System that we had been preparing in our literacy lessons. We used Microsoft Publisher to achieve this and we were quite pleased with the pages that we created! (click on the names below to see a few examples:-
In our topic lessons, we were learning about meteorites and how craters are created. To help us to understand more, we conducted an experiment by dropping rocks into a sand tray and measured the length and breadth of the crater created in the sand. We were then divided into groups and investigated whether changing the size of the rock, the height the rock was dropped from and the dampness of the sand affected the size of the crater. This was tons of fun!
Using the materials we brought in from home, the Year 5 classes worked in creating our very own Mars Rovers. We used things such as cardboard and lids to make buttons and shape our individual rovers. We then covered them in tin foil when we had finished. Scroll below to see some of our Mars Rovers!
We were treated to two pantomimes this week in Year 5. Firstly, on Wednesday, we all attended ‘Aladdin’ (which was held in the assembly hall). It was fantastic! On Thursday, some Year 5’s attended ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ in Luton Library Theatre. The songs were very catchy and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it!
With just a couple of weeks to go before the Christmas holidays, things are really hotting up in Year 5. We know the holidays are approaching because the Christmas trees have arrived in school!!
In our literacy lessons we have completed our marathon look at science fiction. As well as ‘The War of the Worlds’ by H G Wells, which we thoroughly enjoyed, we looked at an extract from a book by John Christopher called ‘How we were tracked by a tripod’. Other short stories were called ‘The Specimen’ by Tim Stout, ‘The Boy, the Dog and the Spaceship’ by Nicholas Fisk and ‘Bobo’s Star’ by Glenn Chandler. If you have the opportunity to read any of these, we thoroughly recommend them. We have now moved on to information texts and we are linking it with our Topic, Science and ICT.
Our Topic and Science subject for this half term is the Solar System and already we have found out so much about space that we didn’t know before. In our ICT lessons we are creating a web page about a planet of our choice. Good fun all round.
We have been told by our teachers that one of the many highlights of the first term in Year 5, is when we get the opportunity to build our very own Mars Rover. Stay in touch with our weekly blog to see our results!!
Our meetings with our partner schools for School Linking all went very well. We had a good time meeting the children from The Meads and St Martins up at the Stockwood Discovery Centre. We will be meeting them again next term.
Year 5 children
2nd November 2017
What a busy first week back at school it has been. We have just started our topic for this half term which is the Solar System. Our first lesson was investigating the important people who have been involved and very important in our understanding of space (Galileo, Pythagoras, Edwin Hubble and Dr Al Globus). Did you know Dr Globus thinks we will be living on other planets in our solar system before the end of this century!!!
One of the things we enjoy in maths is using different equipment to calculate, construct and interpret. This week we have been learning how to read and draw angles using a protractor. Difficult at first to understand but when you get the hand of it, it is really cool!!
Science fiction is our focus in literacy and we have started off by reading parts of ‘The War of the Worlds’ by HG Wells. In parts it is quite a scary story. Imagine if Martians came to our planet today? What would they look like and what would they do?
We are also preparing to meet our School Linking partner classes this half term. Our link schools are The Meads and St Martins.
One really good thing about our first week back was that our teachers had to come to work on Friday and we didn’t!
Year 5 children
This week we start our reading project, which is based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. Over the next few weeks we will carry out many activities to help us understand the story. A few of us in Year 5 have seen the film but we have been assured by our teachers that the book is much more exciting!!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
At the end of last week, we spent some time thinking about recycling and how very important it is for the environment. We discussed the 3 R’s. After a lot of discussion we then had to create a ‘model’ or something to do with the ocean floor (our topic this half term). To make the model we used all of the recycling material we had collected over the week and brought in to school. It was a good day of working on something completely different.
Over the next few weeks all of the year 5 children will be having training on how to ride a bike. The training includes things like, understanding how a bike works and more importantly, the rules of the road! We are all looking forward to it.
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