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Year 5's Imaginary Continuum about if there is life out there in space! Most of Year 5 believe that there is life out there!

Welcome to our Year 5 class page. Here is our key learning information  about our topics, class events and activities. Not to mention photos and videos to show off our learning!

Spring Term

Welcome to Spring term in Year 5! We are certainly off to a different start this term but Year 5 continue to amaze by working so hard both in school and at home. Our topics this term are Global Trade and the Windrush. In English we will be reading and completing work around J.K Rowling’s latest book, ‘The Ickabog’. Following this, we are going to look at a semi-biographical novel  - ‘Windrush Child’ by Benjamin Zephaniah. This will cover extremely important issues around racism, prejudice and discrimination. 


Please find further key information on our class newsletter and more about our class learning below!

Cricket Morning

Year 5 were lucky enough to have a morning with coaches from the Northumberland Cricket Board. They focussed on key skills such as throwing and catching and then applied these to a game. Not only did they develop their PE skills but also their determination and resilience! 

A special visitor...

We had a special visitor in Year 5 today - an eyewitness who saw the Empire Windrush arriving in Southampton. Can you believe it?! The children came up with questions and then took it in turns to ask our eyewitness what it was like when the Empire Windrush arrived. They then wrote up their questions and answers in the form of a transcript. Year 5 were very engaged and enjoyed being in role. 

Autumn Term

Welcome to Autumn term in Year 5! We have lots of exciting learning planned this half term and I think you will enjoy seeing Year 5’s work based on our topics - The Victorians and Natural Phenomena (Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes). Our Science topic is Space and we have already had brilliant and inquisitive conversations about our solar system! 


Please find further key information on our class newsletter and more about our class learning below!

Creative Maths 

Year 5 have been working so hard recently with their maths work and have been developing their knowledge of multiplication and division. They have been working on improving their accuracy of varied fluency activities, as well as their resilience towards tackling reasoning and problem solving questions. Rather than complete their maths learning in their books, today they used flip chart paper and coloured pens/ highlighters. Year 5 were encouraged to use diagrams and pictures to help solve calculations and to use different colours to pick apart problems. I think it is safe to say, they enjoyed this type of maths learning! 

                                      World Mental Health Day

#worldmentalhealthday was Saturday 10th October. Last week Year 5 looked at ‘diversity’ and what it means. We then took a closer look at what makes makes us different from others, based on our families, interests and what makes us special. We created reverse silhouettes and filled them with all of the things that make us, us!

Academic Year 2019-2020

Home Learning

Find out more about what we will be learning this half term by having a look at our Class Matrix below. Our Class Newsletter is also there, in case you would like to remind yourself of any important information.

Class Matrices and Newsletters

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term

Year 5 Reading Challenge

Can Year 5 read the height of Mrs Bridges?

Our reading challenge is well underway! Keep an eye on the picture below to see how well the children are getting on. Can Year 5 read Mrs Bridges' height in books to win the star prize: a movie afternoon with popcorn? Get reading Year 5 - pages mean prizes!! 

We are so close to the gold prize. Lot's of reading over half term everyone!

Amazing learning so far!

In November, Durham University brought their planetarium into school for us to learn all about the planets and our galaxy. We learnt so much and are now really enjoying using the Chatterpix app to share all of our new knowledge and understanding (watch this space for the finished presentations...)
Year 5 enjoyed the house day all about Burradon and its mining history so much that one of our children brought in his great grandad's mining lamps to show the class. What a fantastic piece of Burradon's history!

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Ouseburn. We spent the morning completing the Ouseburn trail as part of our historical enquiry into the life of Lizzie Dowson. We saw what was left of the leadworks where she worked, where her house used to be and even managed to find where her brother went to school (although the building isn't being used as a school any more).


In the afternoon, we explored the Victoria tunnels, learning about how they were used for mining in the Victorian era. We learnt all about Victorian money and the types of job Victorian children would have had; we even met Basil whose grandparents were real Victorians! 

We had the best time understanding how to use a programmable robot - a Sphero - to create our own robots for our Robot Wars battle. Have a look at some of our creations...
For our DT project, we took on the challenge of making toys with a CAM mechanism. We learnt about different types of CAM and how they can be used to change motion. Enjoy having a look at our finished products, and the design process.

Photos of our learning...