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  • Place value problems in Year 5

    Published 10/09/21, by Andy Mari

    Place Value Problems!

    In Year 5, we have been diving deep into Maths problems involving large numbers (including millions!) The focus started with using place value counters to represent different numbers and reading them effectively. We progressed to writing these representations in digits and words. The children are steadily gaining in confidence with large numbers – they would much rather have £1,000,000 than £100,000!

    The children will be progressing onto more complex concepts such as rounding and estimating in the coming weeks. Until then, here’s some images of children working together on their maths. Their challenge was to use 20 counters to create a number, whilst their partner had to try and read/write the number accurately.

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  • Geography week in Year 5

    Published 18/07/21, by Andy Mari

    This week Year 5 have been continuing with their topic about plastic pollution as part of Geography week. They have been busy writing a persuasive pitch to try to convince Ms Young that we should be a ‘single use plastic’ free school. There are some very strong arguments, so we feel she will be convinced!  

    During the afternoons, we have been delving deeper into the topic. We carried out experiments with elastic bands to see how difficult it is for wildlife to remove plastic from the beaks and necks if they get caught up in plastic that has made its way into the environment. The children then made use of the facts they had researched in literacy as well as their findings from the experiment to produce posters to encourage people to not use single use plastic and be more careful when disposing of it.  In addition to this, Year 5 have learnt about the recycling process and produced flow diagrams to explain what happens. They have learnt that although recycling is great it is not the best option and refusing to accept and use the ‘big 4’ (plastic drinking straws, plastic cups, take away hot drinks cups and lids and single use plastic bottles) has a bigger impact on helping the environment and making our world a better place for the future. 

    On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 explored the camp on the field. They spent time chilling in the tents and then toasted marshmallows over the fire and drank hot chocolate. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed the experience. 

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  • Year 5 Blog: Play-Doh Problems!

    Published 13/06/21, by Andy Mari


    In Year 5, we were exploring water resistance, using the forces of gravity and ‘upthrust’. We wanted to see if we could get a ball of Play-Doh to float in the water. On reflection, we thought maybe using plasticine was a better idea! Still, we enjoyed making a lot of mess and colouring a lot of water.

    Take a look at our successes (and nearly successes) below with other pictures attached.

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  • Eid in Year 5

    Published 20/05/21, by Andy Mari

    Miral and Moaz have been fasting during the month of Ramadan. They produced a presentation, which they shared with Juniper class, to explain why they have done this and how they celebrate the end of Ramadan with Eid. In addition, they brought in some items to help our understanding further. These included lanterns, wooden toothbrushes (they use these to do their teeth as using toothpaste would break their fasting) and their Qur'an. They explained how this is not read as we read books and showed the class the letters which are very different to the English alphabet. Miral even read a section of the book and wowed us with her fluency in a different language. Juniper loved finding out more about their religion and the celebrations they have. We are very proud of the commitment they have shown to their beliefs.

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  • Victorian day in Year 5

    Published 19/05/21, by Andy Mari

    Last week, Year 5 got dressed up as Victorian children and enjoyed taking part in a role play day.  First, we had to choose a Victorian name which we would be known by for the rest of the day. Before entering the classroom, we had to line up silently and in height order. The boys had to be at the front of the line and the girls behind them. When we entered the classroom, ‘Ma’am’ and ‘Sir’ checked our hands for cleanliness and we had to chant a rhyme, ‘cleanliness if next to godliness.’ A few children were told off for being dirty or biting their nails.  

    The first part of the day was filled with the 3 Rs – Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic. Victorian education wasn’t very interactive so we spent most of our time chanting (times tables and poems) and we weren’t allowed to ask questions! We also read text from a Victorian book about kings and queens and read a poem which explained how the Union Jack flag was created.  

    Everyone had the chance to practise their handwriting using a pen and ink as well as writing on a slate – we ended up with some very messy children.  

    During playtime, we played some games that Victorian children would have played. These included: pass the slipper, throwing bean bags at a target, hoops, hopscotch, skipping and tug of war.  

    After play, we got creative and made out own spinning tops, a thaumatrope (which is a Victorian animation made from card) and chalk observational sketches of leaves.  

    During the afternoon, we watched a production by Hobgoblin production company about a boy called Harry who escaped from the workhouse and ran away to London. This was a really interesting play which helped our learning come alive as well as teaching us more facts about Victorian times.  

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  • Year 5 exploring drama techniques

    Published 01/05/21, by Andy Mari

    Year 5 have continued to be immersed in their learning about the Victorian era and have started reading the book – Street Child by Berlie Doherty. Both classes loved taking part in an experience day where they had to act out the first chapter of the story. They explored the different ideas and feelings in the scene and thought about how they could use expression in their voices and face. Acting out the scene really helped the children to understand the scene and get a better grasp of how the characters were feeling at this point in the story. We can’t wait to find out what happens to the main character Jim and his family next.  In groups, we acted out the first chapter called ‘Shilling Pie. We focused on the main events:

    - Jim arriving to the shop   

    - Shopkeeper attitude towards Jim           

    - Buying the pie       

    -The reactions of the family     

    We shared our performances to the class and analysed with two stars, one wish.   

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  • Victorians in Year 5

    Published 15/04/21, by Andy Mari

    This week, Year 5 have started a new unit in history about the Victorians. They received a letter from Mrs Jarman’s sister who has recently moved house. Whilst putting things in the loft, she found an old tin hidden away and covered in dust. The house is Victorian and therefore she felt that Year 5 would be able to help her. Within the tin, there were a number of artefacts which the children enjoyed exploring and deciding who they might belong to. They also made some predictions about what it would have been like to live in this period of time.  

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  • Insect challenge

    Published 23/03/21, by Andy Mari

    Today we also took part in a paper engineering challenge. It required us to have a lot of patience and perseverance - but we did it and we produced some great insects! We also learned a lot about different ways to join paper together.

    The Challenge from STEM:

    • To ‘Create’ an Insect using 4 sheets of plain or coloured A4 paper only (from your recycling bin/crate)
    • Only use scissors and engineering skills to create the insects.
    • No glue, sticky tape, staples or paper clips to be used
    • Take no longer than one hour, including practising techniques

    At Roebuck, we are scientists and engineers!

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  • Science day in Year 5

    Published 23/03/21, by Andy Mari

    Making lava lamps and slime
    On science day, we learned how to make lava lamps and slime. We learned that cornflour, food colouring and water makes a non-newtonian fluid which is neither a solid or a liquid. It was both runny and solid when we were playing with it! We explored solids and liquids by studying the oil and salt in the lava lamps. The oil was less dense that the water so it stayed on top whereas the salt was denser and dragged droplets of oil down with it! When the oil reached the bottom, it then floated back up to the top. These activities helped us understand more about the properties and changes of materials which is our science topic for this half term..

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  • World Book Day in Year 5

    Published 07/03/21, by Andy Mari

    Today we enjoyed taking part in lots of different activities about books. We dressed up as our favourite book characters and brought in our favourite books to share.

    Testing our knowledge of books

    We started off the day by taking part in a World Book Day Quiz whereby we tested our knowledge of authors, well-known places in books and characters. Its was lots of fun!


    We then went outside and enjoyed Storienteering! We were given 15 clues which we had to read and work out what picture they were describing. Once we had guessed the picture, we had to go and hunt for it and find the matching book cover. We really enjoyed it and we worked well as a team.

    Gaining inspiration for authors

    Next, we watched a live session on the World Book Day website where we listened to different authors talking about how they get their ideas for their books. It was really inspiring and it also helped us to decide what books we might buy with our book tokens.

    Story Writing

    Next, we became authors! Every class in Key Stage 2 wrote a paragraph for our story entitled ‘The Heroic Caterpillar’. We used our skills that we have learned from The Write Stuff and Alan Peat sentences to complete the story. We are very proud of what we have produced.

    Reading Rainbow

    We gathered up some books from our book corners and made a reading rainbow!

    Masked Reader

    We watched more of the masked reader videos in class and tried hard to guess which member of staff was reading the story.

    Afternoon Activities

    In the afternoon, we choose from a menu of activities including origami book marks, making a book character out of a potato, designing alternative book covers from our favourite books and designing our own World Book Day Quiz. We also collected some pupil voice about the day!

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  • Year 5 Mars Learning: Expressive Reading

    Published 27/02/21, by Andy Mari

    This week, we have been learning all about the magical planet of Mars. Using videos, articles and websites, children have gathered many facts and figures about this fascinating world outside of Earth (linking heavily with the Space learning in Science last half term).

    Using this knowledge, the children are going to turn it into a speech from another planet. Firstly, we decided to read a speech from a film linked to Mars (The Martian). Mr Downie read it first. Unfortunately, it was so boring and monotone, we nearly fell asleep! Therefore, we needed to show how to read it with expression. Here’s some snapshots of us practising!

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  • Year 5 Cooking as Anglo Saxons

    Published 10/02/21, by Andy Mari

    As part of our Anglo-Saxon topic, Year 5 have made honey, oat and spice cakes. 

    The children learnt that as sugar hadn’t been discovered yet, the Anglo-Saxons sweeten their puddings using dried fruits and honey. They would have been cooked in a heavy iron saucepan with a lid over a fire however in Year 5 we used an oven!

    The children at school, and those that made them at home, really enjoyed making these oat cakes and everyone seemed to enjoy the finished product. However, we did think they needed a bit more honey to help stick the oats together as they were very crumbly.

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