Star Learner


Chloe from 6PW

Congratulations to Chloe who has been chosen as Star Learner. She not only wrote a fantastic piece of descriptive writing but she has also been to Mr Grosvenor's office, with good work, on six occasions this year. Wow!

Links for Week 2 English (Thursday)

Year 5 – Learning like Greece Lightning

Welcome one and all to the Year 5 page.  Mr Smith and Miss Burke are really looking forward to the year ahead, and are sure that the year will be a mixture of new experiences, tough challenges and well deserved rewards.

We hope you all have had a wonderful week off and are ready to go again.

 Term 2

Foundation subjects

We will be swimming on Wednesdays this term.  P.E will be on a Thursday; this will be strength and conditioning session with the purpose of improving core strength, flexibility agility.

In Geography this term the children will be researching modern Greece and working towards creating a tourist information leaflet for Greece.  We will become travel agents as we try to persuade potential customers to visit our tourist attractions.

We will be exploring Forces in Science; Why does a feather appear to fall slower than a ball? How do aeroplanes fly? Why do heavy boats not sink? Will an egg break if drop it on the floor? How can I make it fall slower?  The best scientists ask the best questions – our understanding of  how the world works is directly related to the questions we ask.

In music we will be commencing our preparations for our Upper School Christmas celebrations

We are cryptographers is the subject of our computing topic this term. The children will learn more about communicating information securely. They will investigate early methods of communicating over distances; learn about two early types of cipher, and consider what makes a secure password.



What is oneandoneandoneandoneandoneandoneandoneandoneandoneandoneandoneandone…and one?

This term will see us trying to tackle maths in fun and inventive ways.  We will be using place value, times tables and number bonds to further deepen our understanding of number and apply our understanding in a variety of different contexts.    The coming weeks will see us dabble with decimals, dice with division, master multiplication, meddle with measurements, get serious about subtraction, become awesome at addition and fiddle with fractions.  In short, we will be very busy indeed.  There will be bi-weekly homework to help support our understanding of the new techniques that we are tackling.  Each homework topic will contain examples so that children can be supported at home if required.  In our daily warm-ups we will continue to look at fun and exciting ways to learn and apply our knowledge of our times tables. This too can be supported at home, whether it be through maths games on the computer (some websites are suggested below) or through real life problems like going to the shops or measuring ingredients for recipes in the kitchen.  Maths really is everywhere!!


* (Target 1)

I can recite and recall multiplication facts to 12×12 and complete 40 club in 5 minutes or less.

** (Target 2)

I can use mental strategies for halving and doubling to solve x4,x8 questions

*** (Target 3)

I can apply my knowledge of multiplication tables to 1 and 2 step word problems.

Useful websites for maths



Our learning in English will see us engrossed in stories from other cultures.  We jump back in time to Apartheid South Africa (1981) as we explore the story of Naledi, and her brother Tiro, as they embark (on foot) on a 300km journey from their village of Umtata to the sprawling city and outlying townships of Johannesburg. Searching for their mother, to whom they must bring the news of their sick little sister, their journey will help us to understand other cultures and allow us to develop empathy with the central characters. By doing this we will be able to achieve our reading targets (below).  As the term progresses we will use the ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ to help create playscripts, letters and persuasive texts.

Each week, we will also be exploring a range of literary techniques to extend and improve our writing.  Our grammar lessons will, in turn, be supported by grammar activities in our daily guided reading carousel.  Weekly spelling will be issued on Mondays and tested on Fridays.  This terms spellings will follow a pattern and have been chosen to support each pupil’s development. To help with spelling practice at home we have attached links to some very useful resources below.

Everyday,  we will be diving in to books from a rich selection of high quality authors (Journey to Jo’burg by Beverly Naidoo, The Sheep Pig by Dick King-Smith, Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, The Prime Minister’s Brain by Gillian Cross). In guided reading we will have the opportunity to interrogate these texts in detail, our focus will centre around inference and comprehension.  We will be commenting on the writer’s choice of vocabulary to help us develop our own and putting ourselves in the shoes of the charters from these stories.  Children should still be reading at least 3 times per week at home (the current record stands at 22 times in one week), and we urge children and grown ups to share a book when and wherever possible.  After all, reading remains the key to becoming a successful learner.

Spelling cards

There are also several apps available in the Apple App store (There are similar Android ones too), for example;

* (Target 1)

I can understand unfamiliar words by re-reading and reading ahead to check for meanings



** (Target 2)

I can comment on the writer’s use of language for effect (adjectives similes, metaphors and personification)

*** (Target 3)

I can identify how a character feels and explain their actions that way and explain using evidence from the text.



* (Target 1)

I can carefully choose vocabulary to engage and impact the reader.

** (Target 2)

I can develop a character through action and dialogue.

(Using direct speech and adverbs)


*** (Target 3)

I can use different sentence types to add detail in order to interest the reader.

(Using sub-ordinate clauses, sentence openers etc.)