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Year 5

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Year 5 Home Learning- Week 5

Year 5 Home Learning- Week 4

Sports Week- Watford FC Workshop

Year 5 Home Learning Week 3

Playleader Training

Home Learning Year 5- Week 2

We have had an exciting afternoon recording the famous radio broadcast from Neville Chamberlain in 1939 declaring the war between Great Britain and Nazi Germany. In our computing lesson today we were introduced to Audacity where we used headphones to record a broadcast and edit the sound quality using different effects. 


Miss Warne and Year 5

Computing-Recording a World War II radio broadcast

Year 5 Home Learning-Summer 2- Week 1

STEM Week- Science Boffins Workshop

STEM Week- Designing packaging and making a pizza

Home Learning Week 4

Good morning, 


The children are currently working on a DT project with Mrs Bartram, creating masks. As part of the project, we would like each pupil to bring in a medium/large box to keep their mask in. The children know how big their mask is so will know how large their own box needs to be. Please bring these into school by Tuesday 21st May (next Tuesday). 


The children look forward to showing you their completed masterpiece!


Many thanks, 


Miss Warne



Home Learning Week 3

Home Learning Week 1

Dear Parents, 


May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very restful break and a very Happy Easter!


What a super term we have had, with lots of hard work, growth and happy memories created. Thank you as always for your ongoing support and I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays. 


In terms of Easter homework, I would like the children to have a well-deserved rest, but have put up some SPAG activities to complete on and have provided them with their logins and passwords to use. Lots of reading over the holidays please Year 5! 


Happy Easter to you all and I look forward to seeing some of you at church tomorrow morning. A quick reminder that the school day finishes tomorrow at 1.15!


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning Week 5

Year 5 Home Learning Week 4

Year 5 Home Learning Week 3

Year 5 Home Learning Week 2

Dear Parents, 


Welcome back to Spring 2!


We have a had a great first week back, starting our new topic 'World of Wizardry'. Our focus text for the half term is 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' by J.K. Rowling, and it has been great to see so many of the class with their own copies, enjoying following the story, please feel free to bring in a copy if you have one at home or could borrow one from someone else. In Geography this half term, we will be learning about Europe, with a comparative study between some other European cities and London. In Science, we are looking at materials and changing states of matter. The children are excited to be carrying out many practical investigations within this unit. 


In Maths, our current learning sequence will be looking at converting units of measurement, starting with metric units. Today we were understanding the concept of how to convert kg-g, L-ml and km-m, by multiplying and dividing by 100. The homework this week will reinforce this learning from today. This sequence will continue next week.


Next week we have world book day on Thursday (am) and our tag rugby competition at The Reach school in the afternoon. Please could I ask you to return the forms, giving permission for this event, either in person or electronically via email by Monday. 


Have a great weekend!


Miss Warne

Spring 2- Week 1- Home Learning

Year 5 Home Learning Week 5

We had a fantastic day yesterday (although a rather long coach journey) visiting the Globe Theatre in London. We were lucky enough to be able to stand on the actual stage that many actors and actresses have performed on. We really enjoyed our adventure into London and represented St Marys in an excellent way.

We had a fantastic day yesterday (although a rather long coach journey) visiting the Globe Theatre in London. We were lucky enough to be able to stand on the actual stage that many actors and actresses have performed on. We really enjoyed our adventure into London and represented St Marys in an excellent way. 1
We had a fantastic day yesterday (although a rather long coach journey) visiting the Globe Theatre in London. We were lucky enough to be able to stand on the actual stage that many actors and actresses have performed on. We really enjoyed our adventure into London and represented St Marys in an excellent way. 2

Dear Parents, 


Two quick reminders for the next two weeks. 


On Wednesday we have our class trip to The Globe, please ensure your child is in school on time, brings a packed lunch (see letter for details) and wears comfortable shoes (these can be trainers). 


The second reminder is that we have our class assembly next Wednesday (13th Feb) at 2.30pm. The children are really excited to perform for you and would love for as many of you to be there as possible! You are in for a super treat!


Many thanks for your ongoing support, 


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning Week 4

Year 5 Home Learning Week 3

Happy Friday Year 5 and families!


We have had a fab week filled with lots of History and Science. We persevered with our tricky Maths topic-fractions but felt very proud at how far we have come in a week! Growth mindset is playing a vital part in our development as learners. We also introduced ourselves to our new text- Macbeth! We acted our the first two scenes that included the characters Macbeth, Banquo and the three hideous witches... more to come next week. We had a fantastic first session at Forest School (even in the freezing temperatures) and are already looking forward to our next one on Thursday. Please remember to wrap up extra warm and bring in outdoor footwear and clothing!


Have a lovely weekend, home learning is attached below.


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning- Spring Week 2

Year 5 Home Learning Spring Week 1

A very happy new year to you all and a warm welcome back to school!


We have a very exciting half term planned in Year 5 with many learning opportunities for the children to enjoy. Our topic this term is 'Time-Travellers'. 


In English this term we will be looking at William Shakespeare's Macbeth and as you can see from the letter yesterday, we will be taking a trip to the Globe Theatre on the 6th of February. 


In History, our focus will be The Victorians, learning about the reign of Queen Victoria and the life of children during this historic period. We will be looking at the work of William Morris in Art, which links directly to our History topic. 


In Science we will be focussing on the topic 'Forces' which will involve plenty of scientific enquiry and investigations in and out of class. 


Year 5 will be the first class to start Forest School this half term, which will run parallel to our PE curriculum topic which is orienteering. I will send out a letter with more details next week regarding Forest School. 


Curriculum booklets detailing the exact National Curriculum statements we are covering this term, will be uploaded on to the website by the end of the day. 


I will attach the homework for this week in the next post. 


I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 


Miss Warne



Please could I remind all parents to return their consent forms to agree whether or not they allow their child's photograph to appear on the website (blog). I would really appreciate this ASAP so that I can attach the photos to the page. This can be emailed to the school office or form returned if you still have it from parents evening. 


Many thanks, 


Miss Warne

Happy Friday to all!


This week for Home Learning please complete whichever task (reading comprehension or mystery story) that you did not complete last week. If you have completed both tasks already, please ensure you have learnt your lines for our performance. For spellings, we will have a marathon spelling test next Wednesday testing all spellings from this half term, so please revise carefully!


A reminder that we have our Nativity performance on Tuesday evening at 6.30 at the church. The children have all been working so hard and it sounds fantastic! We look forward to seeing many of you there. On Monday please ensure that you drop your children off at the church for a dress rehearsal, either coming in costume (with uniforms in a labelled plastic bag) or in uniform (with costumes in a labelled plastic bag). We will walk back to school following the rehearsal. 


We have had a wonderful week with lots of fabulous learning. Today we embarked on a Science and DT project, constructing a model Solar System in small groups. It was fantastic to see the children engaged and putting all of their learning into practice in a creative way (photos to follow). 


Have a wonderful weekend,


Miss Warne

Happy Friday to my wonderful Year 5 class! 


I hope you have all had an enjoyable week, Mrs Allen tells me how fab you have all been whilst I have been away!


Forest school training was very interesting and I have learnt a lot of new things that I can't wait to share with you all. I am very excited to see you all on Monday. I have attached below the home learning for this week (no getting away with no homework even when I'm not there!) but please enjoy the start of the festivities with your families, especially if you are attending our school Christmas Fair! 


I look forward to seeing you bright and early Monday morning!


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning Week 11

Miss Warne trying to dry out and keep warm by the fire at Forest School training - we are pleased that the wind has not blown her away today!

Miss Warne trying to dry out and keep warm by the fire at Forest School training - we are pleased that the wind has not blown her away today!  1

Miss Warne learning to use a bow saw on her Forest School Training week

Miss Warne learning to use a bow saw on her Forest School Training week 1

Year 5 Home Learning Week 10

Year 5 Home Learning Week 9

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable half term! The children have come back to school rejuvenated and excited to learn which is fantastic. Our new topic this half term is 'Intergalactic Odyssey' focusing on Earth and space and in English, writing mystery narratives. 

Our focus text for the next three weeks will be 'The Boy in the Tower' by Polly Ho-Yen. If you would like to borrow this from the library or perhaps purchase your own copy the children may bring these into school to support our learning. There is of course no expectation for this as I have the book in school. 


I look forward to seeing many of you on Monday or Wednesday at parents evening where I will be providing you with some resources to support your child's learning and discussing their next steps and progress so far. 


The home learning for this week is attached. 


Have a wonderful weekend.


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning Week 8

Happy Friday to all!


Year 5 have had a wonderful week. Our trip to the zoo on Wednesday went fantastically and the children learnt lots of new things about endangered animals and what impacts humans are having on habitats. We almost had the whole zoo to ourselves! Our model habitats are coming along nicely and we are very excited to invite you to our class showcase next Friday to see all of our work that we have been producing this half term.


Homework is attached below for this week.


Have a super weekend!


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning Week 7

Dear Parents,


A quick reminder to please bring in a shoebox/small box tomorrow morning (Tuesday 16th October) in order for the children to start their DT project. We will be starting this activity this afternoon, so if those who have not brought one in already please could you tomorrow. We are looking forward to sharing these with you next week.


Kind regards,


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning Week 6

Dear Parents/Carers,


We are starting a DT project next Monday and would kindly ask you to collect some items the children could use to build their projects. Each pupil will need their own shoebox (or similar) and any other materials that could be used for constructing a model conservation area for an animal they have chosen (they have planned their own design in class so are aware of what they will need). This could include: newspaper, tissue paper, cardboard, cereal boxes, cotton wool, lollipop sticks and twigs. Please send in the items with your child on Monday ready to begin the project. I know that many shops have old shoeboxes out the back in the stockroom if you are struggling to find one at home.


We look forward to sharing our projects with you at our end of half term showcase.


Many thanks for your continued support.


Miss Warne

Another week has flown by in Year 5 and the children have been working as hard as ever. We have been completing the research and creation stages of our learning journey where we have been creating our own explorer guides. We will be producing the final versions of these next week. We look forward to sharing these with you at our showcase. 


In maths we have been looking at prime numbers, factors and multiples and have worked hard to find ways to remember how to recall these correctly. Our portraits of famous explorers are now on display for our school peers and any visitors to see and the children are extremely proud of their work.


Please find attached this week's home learning tasks. Remember to continue reading as much as possible over the weekend, try to find the types of books that you enjoy reading the most!


I hope you and your families have a restful and enjoyable weekend.


Miss Warne

Year 5 Home Learning Week 5

Dear Parents,


Another week has passed us by in Year 5 and the class have been making excellent progress. I have seen some really conscientious attitudes in many pupils which is great to see.

In maths this week we were exploring the concept behind place value within the realm of negative numbers. The activities were designed to provide a concrete understanding of this mathematical concept which is essential for much of the learning we will do throughout the year. Today, we have had a brief overview of Roman numerals- children perhaps you can remind your families how to write their birthdays in Roman numerals!

In English, we have started to design and create some material for our explorer's guide booklets. Next week we will be focusing on writing the content and beginning to produce elements to include. Year 5, over the weekend you could revise what a modal verb and an expanded noun phrase is with your parents. In Science we continued our topic on living things including animals and plants, focusing on sexual and asexual reproduction which is linked to this week's home learning on life cycles.


In maths next week we will be looking in depth at multiplying and dividing numbers by 10,100 and 1000, deepening our understanding through a variety of methods and strategies. It would be great to revise this over the weekend in preparation should you have time.


I hope you all have a lovely and restful weekend, ready for another exciting week.


Miss Warne

Week 3 Home learning

Dear Parents/Carers,


Please find attached this week's home learning for the children to complete and hand in by Wednesday. In maths the learning is based on our class work this week and requires the children to add decimals, please show all working out. Our spelling words will be tested on Wednesday morning within sentences. The English homework this week is another comprehension activity- we marked the answers together in class which proved to be very helpful in supporting the children to understand what makes a good answer and how to improve their own work. I am hoping to see even more improvements in the quality of answers this week.


In class this week we have been looking at using an atlas in Geography to find various areas across the world and in History we looked at the famous explorer Captain Scott who explored the South Pole. The children wrote insightful diary entries from the Captain's point of view which I really enjoyed reading. In English we have introduced the use of Modal Verbs and incorporated these into our writing based on the explorations of Bear Grylls. In Science we started our new topic looking at plants and animals, focusing on how plants reproduce in different ways. Today we have made cuttings to see if we can reproduce a Geranium plant through the method of asexual reproduction. In PE the children have started their unit on dance and everyone showed their best effort during the lesson.


Our new feedback style is working very effectively in class and the children are making excellent progress during their reflections. It has been very positive to hear feedback from parents that their children have come and shared what they have been learning in class and how proud they were of their work.


Thank you to those who have already paid their contribution towards the ZSL trip on the 17th of October, if you have not done so already, at your earliest convenience, please use the gateway to make a payment and complete your consent to allow your child to attend on the day.


Have a wonderful weekend.


Miss Warne

Dear Parents and Carers,


This week in maths we have been focusing our learning on decimal numbers within the topic of place value. In tomorrow's lesson we will be looking at decimals and their equivalent fractions such as 1/4 being equivalent to 0.25. It would be most helpful if you could take a brief look at this tonight with your children in preparation for the lesson.


We have also started our topic on 'how to be a world explorer' and today watched a short clip of Bear Grylls on one of his many adventures to support the activity. Some of the children mentioned that they have Bear Grylls books or similar at home and asked if they could bring these in to share. This would be great to promote the topic, however I would just ask that these books are clearly labelled to avoid any confusion.


I hope you are all having an enjoyable week.


Many thanks,


Miss Warne



Home Learning Week 2 Year 5

We have had a very exciting first two weeks back at school in Year 5. In Maths we have been looking at place value in numbers up to 1 million (1,000,000) the children have really challenged themselves choosing challenges that stretch their learning and reflecting using our new in class feedback. In English, we have been focusing on building our vocabulary, we watched a clip from Planet Earth and took inspiration from the way animals move to create our own poems. Spelling mats have helped the class to identify which graphemes are used in tricky spellings and we will continue to use these to improve our spelling as the term goes on.


Next week we are continuing our work on place value in Maths, specifically looking at adding and subtracting decimals. We will be starting to look at our first key text which is 'How to be a world explorer'. Over the weekend the children may want to research some key explorers from the past.


This week's home learning is attached in the next blog post.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Miss Warne