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 Group Events
Brampton Class - School Linking - February 2020
What a week! We have begun our school linking with a trip to Stockwood Discovery Centre were we met our partner class from Beech Hill School. After taking off our coats and bags, we all had to sit down in a hall opposite thirty nervous-looking pupils (we were nervous too). I know we had exchanged some activities already so it felt like we knew a little about them but it was a bit strange seeing them in the flesh.
A lady named Eleanor was leading the activities and she soon managed to get us all jumbled up with the children from the other school so that we were all talking and laughing together. Once we had started, we all felt a lot less nervous and began to have some fun.
Soon, our classes were halved, mixed up and send off to do different activities. Mr Henry to a group to explore the museum which allowed us to find out a tonne about Luton’s history. There were loads of artefacts like tools and coins but also an actual skeleton from the Stone Ages!
The other half of the pupils had to make carts that could carry at least one person across the hall. Our groups were all mixed up and we had to plan and build the cart together. Teamwork was essential and it was dead fun competing against each other. Some peoples cart designs were really cool and I think everyone had a fun time building it.
We will be meeting up with our partner classes in the future two more times. One when they will visit our school and the other will be when we visit theirs. I can’t wait!
Hamilton Class - School linking at Stockwood Discovery Centre
On Monday 20th January 2020, Hamilton class met up with Larks class from Tennyson Road Primary School.
The day was filled with friendship building activities, where the children interacted and built friendships. The children from both schools explored the museum collection; looking at the history of Stockwood. The artefacts in the museum were intriguing and children from both classes worked collaboratively to find answers to questions. 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 Larks class to Downside Primary School.
Wilson Class linking with Dove Class, Tennyson Road
Today, (13th January 2020), Wilson class visited Stockwood Park to meet our partner class. We have been sending and receiving things between the two schools, so were excited to finally be able meet them in person and put some faces to the names.
We started off the day with some ice breaker activities to get to know the other class, then split into two different groups (half of the group were from Wilson, half of the group were from Dove class). Throughout the day, we completed two activities. One activity was a really interesting walk around the Discovery Museum, where we learnt lots about Luton and Bedfordshire at different stages in the past. We used this time to chat to the other children and get to know more about them. The other activity was really exciting! At the Discovery Centre, there is a small museum full of different types of carriages from different periods in history. Using special building equipment called Quadro, we made our own carriages that we even got to test out and ride in! Have a look at the pictures of some of the carriages that we made.
We had a great time today, and can’t wait to visit Tennyson Road later on in the school year.
E-safety assembly by Google - Be Internet Legends! '
On Tuesday 17th September, children from Year 5 and 6 took part in a special e safety assembly by Google – be internet legends!
The assembly was informative and taught children the importance of staying safe online. Children can visit the website : https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk/interland to access Google’s Be Internet Legends . This is an educational programme that empowers younger children to be safe on the online world.
Knife Crime Assembly - June 2019
On Wednesday 12th June, an officer from Bedfordshire Police visited Year 5 to deliver an assembly regarding knife crime.
The aim of the assembly was to inform children about the potential dangers associated with carrying knives or other weapons, but also to ensure that the children know what to do if faced with potentially dangerous situations, and also how to report crimes (or information) to the police.
She provided the children with a website, www.fearless.org , where children can anonymously report any information they have.
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.
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.
Archived News from Year 5
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