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Term 1

Powerful Poetry

We thoroughly enjoyed poetry week! We began by experiencing the best part of Autumn - the crunchy leaves! We found conkers and acorns while exploring the reflective garden, and focussed on collecting vocabulary describing how we felt and what we could see, hear, smell and touch. Back in the classroom we developed our ideas into high-level phrases using thesauruses for synonyms, then we positioned our ideas on a Zone of Relevance, deciding as a class whereabouts a word or phrase deserved to sit. This set us up for writing cinquain poems, which only use few words, so each one has to count! After lots of clapping out of syllables we followed the pattern required in a cinquain, using phrases such as 'dry leaves twirled like ballerinas', 'flowing carpet of rust-orange hues', 'rich vibrant mosaic flashes'.  

Incredible solar system projects

Year 5 have worked really hard to create inspirational projects that showcase their learning this term all about Space and the solar system - what a brilliant display!

Practising left and right as well as counting in French

Deux pas à gauche, trois pas à droite...

We now recognise this vocabulary, having practised outside moving left and right according to the instructions. 'Pas' means step so we moved two steps to the left, then three to the right - we quickly got the hang of this and starting taking turns to create and give instructions to the rest of the class. 

Super Science

We were fascinated by the phases of the moon, some children were keen to point out their own observations - many have been making the effort to look up at the night sky as a result of our learning this term! Many had noticed the different shapes the moon appeared to have on different nights and were surprised when shown via a model that the moon does not actually change shape. The entire sphere is always there, but the position of the moon and Earth in relation to the sun determine how much of its reflected light we can see from our position on Earth.  

Negative numbers


On Monday, we were busy in Maths, applying our understanding of negative numbers to temperature. In our pairs, we practised moving up and down a thermometer, to practise this understanding in real-life scenarios. 

Conversing in French


We are becoming more and more confident to speak in French! Today we practised short conversations, and by including French discourse markers such as 'Eh bien', and 'Voyons', instead of English, 'erm' or 'well' we felt super confident we sounded as French as possible! We are now able to ask for and understand where buildings are in a town. 

Star of the Week and Reader of the Week


Here is our very proud Star of the Week, Ella, who received the yellow jumper for super effort for her solar system homework project as well as a beautifully written Big Write. With her is another proud face, Dixie, who was given the Star Reader of the week for her enthusiasm reading - so much so she has bought our class text to read at home as well as in school!

Well done to both of you, you shine brightly in our class and inspire others too.

Speaking and Listening


We practised our speaking and listening skills in English, preparing questions to ask the incredible cosmologist Stephen Hawking. Having read his biography, we knew some information about him but we had many questions! Using the drama technique of hot-seating the character we interviewed 'him' and found this highly engaging. 

Space Race


The children love learning about the Space Race, and were hooked on the question in today's History lesson, 'Did the moon landings really happen?' Loving the idea of conspiracy theories didn't mean they were fooled! They were able to assess and evaluate the evidence which was distributed around the classroom walls. In pairs, they had to find a piece of evidence, determine whether it suggested the moon landings were real or faked, then evaluate it's value. By the end of the session, everyone was convinced the overwhelming majority of the evidence supports the scientific community rather than the conspiracists - the moon landings did happen.

Place value


We have gained so much confidence in applying our understanding of place value in Maths! We were able to add and subtract 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000 from  a range of 3,4,5 and 6 digit numbers, recognising that knowing which column to look at made it easy! 

Complex sentences


In English we have been learning about complex sentences. We are beginning to be able to recognise them in texts and create our own. We like the WHITEBUS acronym as a useful way of helping to remember the subordinate conjunctions, and working in pairs, we used the scaffolds to help us put together examples of complex sentences.



Learning about the planets Top Trumps style! In pairs, we discussed and compared information about all eight planets in our solar system, then moved round to work with different people so we all received data about all the planets. Then we were able to produce a piece of work detailing the planets in the correct order, and facts about each.   

Ordering and Comparing


In Maths we have been ordering and comparing numbers. Here, in a practical session, we move the numbers around to compare them, then work with a partner to determine the correct order. We can accurately use the vocabulary ascending and descending now!



In PE we are working hard on our fitness levels. This week we practised techniques for sprinting, and we all noticed the difference in our bodies when we jog compared to when we sprint.

'Hands go from pocket to mouth' was a new technique we had not heard, it helps us to remember how to use our arms effectively when running. We all made progress in the lesson; some getting faster; some showing better technique and some developing more control.



In Maths, we like to make learning fun, so this week to consolidate our learning about rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 we challenged each other in a game. Using our understanding of rounding, our partners tried to choose tricky numbers (the 6 or 7-digit ones are the best!) for us to round. Everyone scored points, showing our progress with rounding.

Role play


In English, we used drama to imagine ourselves in role as journalists, in preparation for writing newspaper articles next week. A journalist interviewed either Neil Armstrong or Buzz Aldrin about their experiences on the moon.

Then we recorded our favourite question and answer from the interview on whiteboards, applying speech punctuation rules.