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  • Victorians in Year 5

    Published 15/06/24, by Andy Mari

    Year 5 dived straight into their history topic this half-term with a trip to the British School Museum in Hitchin. We began our day learning about the great hall and how many children would have been taught by just one teacher, 800 children to only 1 teacher in the early days. We then explored the old headmaster's house and spent time in each room discussing how life would have been different in those times for the people living there – including the lack of electricity, heating and running water! We looked at the creative ways they kept the bed warm, washed and dried their laundry and discussed what the pots were used for under the bed! We discussed the difference in the lives of the poor and rich and how life would have differed for boys and girls. Later we were transported back in time and took part in a Victorian style lesson learning the 3 R’s (reading, writing & arithmetic). The children completed their work using slate and pencil and then tried out the ink - dipping their pens in the pot on the table.  Some of our left-handed children even tried writing with their right hand as they were told, 'The right hand is the right hand to write with!'. To make the experience as authentic as possible, a child was selected to wear the dunces caps and we even had one caning (well, a very good actress that made it seem believable anyway!). We finished our day with a PE lesson – drills in the yard – and then played with Victorian toys. All in all a fantastic day filled with memorable experiences and crammed full of learning.


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  • Latest news in Year 5

    Published 11/05/24, by Andy Mari

    Year 5 have had new topics coming in from all angles! (You'll see the pun later) 

    In literacy, we have started our new literacy topic based on the book kick where we will be writing a letter to a professional sportsperson to try and persuade them to wear clothes with a label that show their clothes come from child-labour free zones. We have completed our research and will begin starting our writing process. 

    In maths our new topic, you guessed it, is angles! 

    We have been looking at the different types of angles and have been practising using a protractor to measure the angles accurately.

    Take a look at our books and us practising using our protractors. 

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  • Designers in Year 5

    Published 27/04/24, by Andy Mari

    Since returning from Easter, Year 5 have continued our maths topics, focusing on decimals. We have been looking at rounding, adding and subtracting decimals of up to 3 digits. Next week we will be starting our new topic by looking at percentages. 

    We also started a new narrative in literacy based on the Michael Morpurgo book 'I believe in unicorns'. We have enjoyed our sentence stacking lessons based on the book and are going to be writing a similar story based on a special place of our own. 

    In Year 5 we have some talented artists! We have been looking at architecture as part of our new topic in art and have been sketching some observational drawings of houses. Take a look at some of our wonderful work!

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  • Latest news in Year 5

    Published 02/04/24, by Andy Mari

    Year 5 have been busy this week with our DT topic all about structures. Our focus was on bridges.
    We looked at questions such as; which shape is the strongest for a bridge? What materials would make the best bridge? We looked at arch, beam and truss bridges. We practised the method of creating a truss bridge using spaghetti and masking tape which created quite a lot of mess
    and was a good challenge. We all agreed after that a bridge of spaghetti was not the best choice as it isn’t a suitable material for the purpose of a bridge.
    Over the last 2 days of term we have been using a number of skills and different pieces of equipment to build our very own truss bridges. We sawed our pieces of wood into the correct
    length and angles. We used glue guns to put all of our pieces together to create our final products which we will then evaluate at the start of next term.

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  • Latest news in Year 5.

    Published 02/03/24, by Andy Mari

    Year 5 have had a busy start back to the half term. 

    In maths, we continued our topic on fractions, now looking at not just adding and subtracting, but also multiplying fractions. They're geniuses! 

    We will also be visited every Tuesday by Herts cricket coach Matt, who is going to teach us the key skills of cricket. After the first lesson, we have noticed some natural talent already. 

    We have also begun our new topic on North America in Geography where we used compass directions and an atlas to match up different countries to their position in relation to each other. 

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  • Latest news in Year 5

    Published 10/02/24, by Andy Mari

    In Year 5 we have been continuing our science learning on materials and this week we were looking at the best ways to separate different materials using their unique properties. As you can see, we had a lot of fun using different pieces of equipment to sort out the mess left by the adults. 

    We have also planned our writing of a non-chronological report about an animal that lives in an extreme habitat. We used Chromebook’s to research an animal of choice and collected as many facts as we could! We will start writing these up next week and can’t wait to see and share the final pieces of work.

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  • Healthy learning in Year 5

    Published 29/01/24, by Andy Mari

    Over the last 2 weeks in Year 5 have been visited by Stevenage Football Club, who have been coming in and teaching the children about healthy lifestyles and the positive impact of exercise on our bodies. As well as in class lessons, they have also run a number of practical PE lessons encouraging our children to try and be as active as possible and reduce our screen time at home. 

    We have also recently finished our independent writing in literacy, where children across the year group wrote lovely stories based on the short movie and picture book ‘the Varmints’

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  • Latest news in Year 5

    Published 16/01/24, by Andy Mari

    What a lovely start to the new year we have had in Year 5! In science, we have been investigating materials and the differences between the particles of solids, liquids and gasses. As you can see in the pictures, it was a tight fit for some! (pictures for this will follow) After looking at this we sorted a number of different things into each of the 3 states. Do you think cream is a solid or a liquid? 

    In maths, we have started our new topic focused on reading and understanding timetables and graphs. We have got off to a great start in this topic, working well in groups and pairs to find answers and investigate the line graphs. 

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  • Latest news in Year 5

    Published 09/12/23, by Andy Mari

    This week, in Year 5 we finished off our independent writing where we wrote diary entries from the viewpoints of the videographers who recorded the BBC Dynasty series in the Antarctic. Next week we are going to be performing some poetry to finish off the term!

    This week we have also planned and given our arguments in a debate whether there should be a hydroelectric dam built in Stevenage. We looked at the positives and negatives of hydroelectric dams and some very good points were made. 

    We look forward to our DT topic which we are completing in the next week, all about electronic greeting cards, which is perfect timing for a certain event coming up....

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  • Latest news in Year 5

    Published 25/11/23, by Andy Mari

    This week year 5 have started their new literacy topic, writing a diary based on Scott’s trip to the Antarctic. 

    To prepare, we had an experience day using camping equipment to ‘camp out’ in the school playground. Some of us got rather cold!

    In maths, we are coming to the end of our multiplication topic where we have been multiplying 2,3 and even 4-digit numbers! They have done a great job and shown real resilience throughout the topic. 

    In science, we have continued our investigations into forces and their effects on objects. We have looked at how different amounts of mass can stretch an elastic band. 

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  • Latest news in Year 5

    Published 11/11/23, by Andy Mari

    In maths, Year 5 have been revisiting multiplication. They have used multiple methods to answer questions, which have included concrete, pictorial and abstract strategies. Ask your child, "Show me two methods to work out 1345x3".

    In English, we have finished our unit called 'One Small Step' and have planned our own narratives based on our dream jobs. Year 5 are looking forward to writing these next week. 

    In Science, Year 5 continued to explore friction. Last week, we carried out an investigation to discover how we could get a piece of plasticine to become buoyant. Ask your child, "What forces acted upon it?" 

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  • Anglo Saxons in Year 5

    Published 14/10/23, by Andy Mari

    Year 5 participated in a fantastic Anglo-Saxon workshop, where they learnt all about the 7 Kingdoms, ancient artefacts, played traditional games (Merels) and completed a quiz. They also got to compete with the opposite class by challenging them to spear wrestling. Overall, they had a brilliant day and consolidated their learning. In maths, Year 5 have been adding and subtracting using a range of methods. These included number lines and column method. In English, they wrote their own persuasive speech.

    Well done Year 5! 

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