Star Learner


Gracie Gunstone 5B

Congratulations to Gracie, who is named as Star Learner because of the incredible Iron Man homework she completed recently. What a Star!

Year 5 Amazon homework project

Complete 2 (or more) of the tasks below.  Homework is due in on Monday 22nd February. Projects will be marked on effort and quality of presentation. [click the link below for the file attachment]


homework rainforest


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Year 5 had alot of fun scrambling around with parachutes for our eggs this week. We only lost handful which was an eggstremely good result.  It is no yolk, but our parachute eggsperiment was a complete success – well almost.

Year 5

Amazing Arithmetic, Glorious Gravity and the Awesome Amazon

Happy New Year and welcome to Term 3! It’s great to be back and we are all so excited about our new topics this term!


This term we will be reading the fantastic novel “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes. This book uses some amazing figurative language which we will be learning how to use in our own writing. Our focus will be on using figurative language and re-ordering sentences to engage the reader.  We look forward to creating our own Science-fiction stories set in our own imaginary worlds.  Have a look out for examples of simile, metaphor, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia and alliteration in your own reading books.




* I can identify, in detail, how a character is feeling (beyond happy or sad) using evidence from the text ** I can formulate questions based upon the text and illustrations. *** I can identify  examples of figurative language and suggest alternatives.


* I can use similes and metaphors to create an image. ** I can use personification to create an image. *** I can use a range of figurative language to create an image and re-order sentences to start with -ing, -ed, -ly.



We have a busy couple of terms ahead as we strive to master the new curriculum.  Each week we will be honing our mental arithmetic skills, reflecting on past performances and highlighting our future steps to success in guided maths sessions. We will continue to explore mental and written methods for all 4 operations, applying them to various worded problem.

Later on in the term our focus will shift to fractions and decimals. We will compare and order fractions as well as identifying fractions of amounts.

E.g.  A jumper costs £15 in December, it is reduced by 1/3 in the January sales. How much does it cost now?


I can add and subtract using 3 and 4 digit numbers, including missing digits/ numbers. I can multiply and divide using 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers, including missing digits/ numbers. I can solve 2 step problems using + – x and ÷ that include square2 and cube3 numbers


In Humanities we are learning about the Amazon rainforest, its climate and physical Geography. We will then be learning  specifically about  the river Nile and its water cycle.

In Science we are exploring the force of gravity as well as the forces that act against it. We will be conducting a number of experiments that test how these forces act in air and water and how they have an effect on our daily lives.

In Music we are learning about rhythm and pulse as we make our own compositions adding layers of percussion and melody.  Later on, we will be composing our own song  using a very well known Pop music chord progression as our starting point.

In P.E. we are working on our ball skills as we get to grips with basketball.  Over the coming weeks we will improve our control over the ball and learn about defense and attack as we play invasion games. We are also lucky enough to be able to improve our swimming strokes every Wednesday afternoon at the pool.

We will also be learning how to order drinks in a French café in term 3. We will be recycling some of the language we used to buy ice creams in year 4 and extending it with a very useful phrase – ‘je voudrais’, I would like. This is called a conditional tense and gets extra marks in assessments!

Please remember!! Children to bring swimming costumes, towel and a hat every Wednesday!

Outdoor P.E. kit will be needed every Thursday (jumper and tracksuit bottoms)!

In R.E we are learning about why certain journeys and places are important for different people and religions.

In P.S.H.E we are discussing healthy lifestyles and what we need to do to be able to stay fit and healthy.

In Computing we are manipulating shapes in order to create tessellating patterns. This will feed into our Art work this term where we will be exploring various printing techniques.

Homework and spellings will continue to be set on a Monday and collected in/tested on Friday. Children should also be reading at home every  evening and please show your support by signing the reading record book 3 times a week.

Mr Smith and Miss Burke

Online times tables games to help support children at home: