Year 5

Y5 Home learning 1st June



We officially ”break up” today for the Easter holidays although these are also going to be a bit different this year. Childcare provision is continuing over this time for those who need it but I am very keen for my staff to have a proper break over the next two weeks and spend time with their families too. Therefore, there will not be any work set over the Easter holidays but I am sending home a list of physical, mental and skills challenges today that might keep some children active and engaged over the next two weeks. These are of course optional as I would like families to have the chance to relax over the holidays but I will be trying some out with my boys at home! If you do have a go, why not post on our Twitter account so we can all celebrate in your successes. I am also sending home a list of websites that you might find useful too.

We “return” to school on Monday 20th April and more home learning will be emailed home to you at some point during that day, to cover the period of 20th April – 1 st May (more will be set after this etc). This work will be similar to that that has been set over the last two weeks but does include some more guidance for those who would prefer to take a more structured approach. We acknowledge though that all family circumstances are different and therefore it will be left flexible enough for you to decide how it works best for your family and your child.

Here are copies of the websites, letters and leaflets sent home over Easter;

challenagesFrimley’s Easter Challenges learning websitesWebsites for home learning internet safety
Internet safety leaflet
well beingPractical strategies and Advice to Support Mental Health websites Primary 5Ways Poster



5Ro Blossom

5M Ava

 5R Amelia

Year Group Information – Topic maps, homework and newsletters

Meet the Teachers 5

Year 5 yearly overview 

Autumn 1

Topic: Curious Creatures

Topic map




Autumn 2

Topic: Adventurers (South America)

Topic map




Spring 1

Topic: Innovators (Samuel Cody)

Topic map




Spring 2

Topic: Stargazers (Space)


Newsletter to come out at the end of term

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Curriculum Support


(objectives that the children are working to within each year group)







English Support

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Year 5 spellings


Year 5 grammar glossary

Grammar Coverage

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Addition progression ladder

Subtraction progression ladder

Multiplication progression ladder

Division progression ladder


Spring 2 2019/2020

year 5 homework

Spring 1 2019/2020

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Autumn 2 2019/2020 


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Autumn 1 2019/2020

Autumn 1 homework and topic map:

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In computing we have started to warm up each lesson by completing a 5 minutes touch typing activity.  As most junior and secondary schools use iPads or laptops in their lessons it’s important that children gain speed and accuracy while typing and we are hoping that typing little and often will help the children in this area.  The children are already looking at their own accuracy percentage and words per minute and are striving to beat their previous target.  

Here are the websites we currently use for touch typing;






On the iPads we use an app called Ghost Type

Summer 2 2018/2019 Invaders and Settlers

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Outdoor Learning Week

A very busy first week back after half term for Year 5! We were privileged to have the Shooting Stars Science circus visit us on Tuesday. We were all taught new skills such as plate spinning, unicycling, flower stick juggling, stilt walking and juggling. Throughout all of this, we discussed the different forces that are needed to perform these circus skills, e.g. push, pull, gravity, twist, friction etc. We all had a great time and all got to try out and perform new skills that we have never done before.

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As part of outdoor learning week we have been learning about the different colours in French. As part of outdoor learning week, we have been exploring how Claude Monet used different colours in his paintings.

We used our outdoor learning space to create a painting in the style of Claude Monet and discussed the colours that we used in French.

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For our outdoor learning week, in 5W we very kindly had a visitor (George’s granddad) come to help us to plant some tomatoes, sunflowers and other flowers in our Year 5 plot in the Science garden. He showed us what to do and gave us some great tips on how to keep the plants growing throughout the year. Thank you!

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Summer 1 2018/2019 Food Glorious Food


We have been using Excel this half term and have enjoyed creating spreadsheets.  Many children are talking about how their parents use Excel at home or at work and have been excited to learn how to create a range of formulas and see what their parents to do at work. 

First we learnt the basics and added, subtracted, multiplied and divided numbers.

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Then we started to get technical!  We had to create a spreadsheet that a shop could use and when we had the correct formula we could then investigate ‘Can you buy 14 items for exactly £10?’

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We then learnt about the =sum formula, we enjoyed this lesson as we could choose any subject to make a spreadsheet on such as football results, swimming times, music charts, house gem totals etc…

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We then looked at other calculations our spreadsheet could solve for us such as =min, =max and =average.

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What spreadsheets can you make at home?  When you’ve made one, come and tell Mrs Doe and Mr Callow about them.

 Active Maths

This week we did an active maths lesson revising our knowledge of fractions and decimals. We played a game called ‘Get Across’ where we had to run from one end of the hall to some hoops to collect cards with decimals and fractions on them. We then had to run back to our team and match the fractions with the correct decimal card. E.g. A number with a 7 in the tenths could be 43.72.

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English – Survival Guide

In English this week, we have been writing survival guides to give advice to Michael (the main character in our book Kensuke’s Kingdom) who is stranded on a desert island. We planned and wrote our survival guides and even got the opportunity to publish them on the computers.

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Spring 2 2018/2019 To Infinity and Beyond continued

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Sadly, we have finished our ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ topic for Spring Term. Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work with topic homework- they were all fantastic! However, on the last day of term, we had our immersion day to introduce our new topic ‘Food Glorious Food’ for the first Summer term. We spent a day learning all about chocolate, where it is from, how it is made etc. To celebrate before our Easter break, we each got to make Easter nest cakes from scratch and take them home. It was great fun and they tasted lovely!

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This term we have been learning how play Tennis, focusing on the different tennis strokes and how to score points against your opponent. We finished off with an Interhouse tournament, getting the chance to play against people from across the year group and from different house groups.

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Last week we wrote a transmission from space, pretending that we were stranded in space due to a failed mission. This week we made our writing come to life by performing them. We used an app on the iPads called MSQRD which creates face filters. We used this to make it look like we were wearing space helmets. We also stood in front of a green screen and were able to immerse ourselves in a space themed background as well. It was great fun and we produced some wonderful performances and pieces of writing from this topic.

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We have had a very busy and exciting week in Topic to link to Space. We have started a D&T project to build our own purposeful moving Mars rovers. We have researched and designed what we wanted to make; measured and cut out our own wood using junior hacksaws; built an electric circuit to power the motor, using switches, batteries and wires; and started to build the top of our rovers to make them purposeful for space exploration! It has been really fun, but we have not finished yet, so we cannot wait to complete them in the coming weeks.

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First few weeks back…

In English we have been reading a book called The War Of The World by H G Welles. Linked to this, we planned and wrote our own radio broadcast in table groups about the first falling star – a large, metallic cylinder which landed on Horsell Common in chapter two. We performed it to the class thinking about what our next steps should be. Mrs Reehal recorded them.

In maths we are learning all about fractions. We started off exploring equivalent fractions using a fraction wall. After discovering and finding out more about equivalent fractions, we also got taught how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators. For example we learnt that when adding and subtracting fractions, the denominator, which is the bottom part of the fraction, must be a common denominator. We have worked on investigations where we have had to find all of the possibilities. Lots of people found this tricky!

In RE we have learnt about how new life is celebrated in other religions. Mandy the midwife came in to tell us what a midwife does. Everyone got the chance to write down three questions to ask Mandy about her job! We had some very good questions like: How many babies have you delivered? Who is normally at the birth of a baby? What presents do people give new babies? How do people choose names for their babies? Maybe some people in our year will become a midwife like Mandy…

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Spring 1 2018/2019 To Infinity and Beyond

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This half term the children are focusing on spelling strategies, as this will be class based there will be no weekly spellings sent home. 

Year 5 art competition

This fun art project has been organised by Mrs Roberts for Year 5.  Click on the 2 images below for advice and the rules. If you have any questions, Mrs Roberts will happily answer them for you.  

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In Science this week we have been learning about the Solar System. We have looked at how the planets are ordered, how big they are and how close they are to the sun. We used our knowledge to create a paper version of the solar system. The strips of paper were to scale with 1cm representing 50 million kilometres. Mercury was the closest to the Sun (just 1 cm away), Neptune was the furthest away (90 cm). We also looked at the different phases of the moon and used a plastic cup to create a model to demonstrate the different phases of each Lunar Month.

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First week back…

Our first full week back at school has been action packed.

Matthew came in on Tuesday with his inflatable learning dome for our super start. We learnt about night and day and how the sun appears to move across the sky, when in fact it is us who are rotating rather than the sun. He showed us the different phases of the moon and how they are created. Using his specialist equipment, we were able to see the constellations that are visible in our night sky at the moment. We identified the plough and the Big Dipper, as well as the North Star and many more constellations. We really enjoyed his visit and learnt a lot.

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In English we have been using Pixar’s La luna film as a stimulus for our writing. We wrote instructions for the little boy for when he has to go to the moon for the first time without his father and grandpa. Some of our instructions reminded him about how to create the different moon’s phases, to ensure it was kept clean and what to do if a shooting star approaches.

We have been creating line graphs in Maths and answering questions about them. We recorded how exercise affects our heart rate on a line graph. First we took our resting heart rate and then took it again after doing star jumps for 30 seconds. We continued this for 2 and a half minutes. Later on in the week we explored different types of tables and the data represented in them.

We have started tag rugby in PE and are enjoying learning the skills of the game.

Autumn 2 2018/2019 The Greatest Showman

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(New spellings are given every Friday)

02.11.18,  09.11.18,  16.11.18,  23.11.18,

The Last Week

We’ve had another busy week in year 5 this week. On Monday we had our Fantastic Finish where lots of parents joined us to hear all about Samuel Cody and the impact that he had within our local area. Afterwards we all went out onto the top field to fly our kites.  The weather was perfect and it was lovely seeing all of the brightly coloured kites whizzing by.

In English, we looked at an old Sainsbury’s advert called ‘The Greatest Gift’. We have thought about what the greatest gift at Christmas would be and written Christmas cards for the important people in our lives. We hope you like them.  See the link to the advert and some examples of our own versions of the song.

In Maths, we have started exploring the perimeter and area of rectilinear and composite shapes.  We enjoyed investigating the Nrich challenge ‘Numerically Equal’ where we explored the possibilities of a square and other shapes having a perimeter and area that is numerically equal. We spotted lots of different patterns within our findings and used these to prove that there could only be one possibility for a square.

It has been French week this week and we have been learning all about musical instruments and how to express our feelings about them. We learnt the song ‘I am the Music Man’ and then performed it as a class.  It was lots of fun!

Link to the advert

I can’t see my kids in a play

Because my bus is delayed

I’ve don’t know what to do.

I’ve missed my mate

Because my taxi is late

I feel so bad I do.


Buying endless cards

Playing endless charades

I’m begging for advice.

There’s a party at work

The boss is trying to twerk

I’ve taken antibiotics twice!


It’s the first of December

There’s loads to remember

It’s a catastrophe.

I’m cold and alone

I’m sitting at home

Where are my family?


Samuel Cody and the circus

This week, we have revisited our ‘Greatest Showman’ topic about Samuel Cody and have been learning all about his life in the circus. We looked at some videos of what his Wild West Show and circus performances would have looked like back in the 19th century. We all made our own circus posters in the style of the ‘Adam Forepaugh and Sells Bros Circus’ posters.

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This week in Science we started looking at Forces.

On Tuesday, we made parachutes to explore the effects of air resistance. Some groups dropped parachutes from different heights; some made different size parachutes and some adjusted the weight of the object under the parachute.

On Thursday, we dropped different shaped plasticine  ‘torpedoes’ into a cylinder of water. We found that more streamlined shapes travelled through the water faster.

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Growth Mindset, Macbeth and Samuel Cody.

We’ve had a great start to this half term and another action packed week.

We have started our new text, which is Macbeth by William Shakespeare, and have spent the week exploring the language Shakespeare used. We acted out different parts of the play in the roles of the witches, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Macduff. We chose the person in the group who we felt was using intonation, tone, volume and actions to best convey the feelings of the character. They then performed in front of the class.  Next we acted out the battle which took place at the beginning of the play between the Scottish and the Norweigans to help us understand how we would feel before, during and after the battle.  Next week we will plan and write our battle narratives.

In Maths, we have continued our unit on multiplication and division and have explored common factors and prime numbers. We carried out Nrich’s Sieve of Eratosthenes to find all of the prime numbers up to 100.  We explored different patterns on the hundred square made by the multiples of 2 to 7 and made predictions about the numbers not crossed out.

Our focus in the afternoons has been Topic. We became historical detectives and looked at different primary sources to find out about Samuel Cody and his importance in our local area.  Did you know that his real name was Samuel Franklin Cowdery? In his showman days he took on the surname of Buffalo Bill Cody but they weren’t related.

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On Thursday, Tim Hall, a growth mindset coach, came in to talk to us about the importance of a positive growth mindset. Throughout the day, we challenged ourselves to learn new skills, thought about what ‘being successful’ means to us, and worked together in teams to create a tepee.

By the end of the day, we had realised what amazing things we can achieve if we put the effort in.

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First Week Back

We have had a great first half term settling in to Year 5!

In English this week, we have been planning, writing and performing our own television news reports based on King Kong’s escape in New York. We used green screens to immerse ourselves in to our backgrounds and to make our television reports more realistic.

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In PE this week, we finished off our Football topic with an interhouse tournament as a year group. Each of the 4 houses played each other to see who would be victorious, but we all had great fun taking part and playing with and against our friends.

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In Topic, we have been getting inspired by American Pop Art. This week, we designed, made and evaluated our own ‘Pop Art Onomatopoeias’ using card, paint and different layering techniques. They turned out great!

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Autumn 1 2018/2019 North America



Spellings – New spellings are given every Friday


(no spellings given on 12/10/18 due to Values day, continue with 5.10.18)

French—The Weather

This week we have been learning French. We heard a fun song called Il Pleut (It’s Raining)

We learned phrases to describe the weather, we learned the verb ‘to go’ and we learned the points on the compass. We were then able to put all we had learned into practice and write our own weather report.

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King Kong speeches and formal written method in Maths

It has been another action packed week in Year 5.

We are really enjoying reading King Kong in English. This week we planned, wrote and performed our speeches where we revealed King Kong to the World at the auditorium in Times Square, New York, using DoInk’s Green Screen App. Our focus was on including powerful vocabulary and the use of descriptive and persuasive phrases to excite and create tension in the reader.

In Maths, we have been using the formal written method to add and subtract numbers with more than 4 digits. We competed against our talk partners to create answers with a total or difference closest to a target number. Next we applied our understanding to various word problems.

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Our block subject this week was RE. We have been looking at how our actions impact people all over the world and how we can be better global citizens by trying to understand and see things from other people’s points of views. We looked at the make-up of the world by comparing it to a world with only 100 people in it. Next we looked at how bananas get to our local supermarket for us to buy. We took on the different roles of the people involved in the process and decided how best to share out the cost of a banana. Some of us felt that the money should be split evenly whereas others had their own reasons for sharing out the cost in other ways. We were shocked when the true breakdown was revealed.

Conductors and Insulators

In Science this week, we have been learning all about conductors and insulators. We have completed lots of experiments to test which materials are the best thermal insulators and which would be best to use to make a mountaineer’s jacket out of. We have had loads of fun doing this and made lots of new discoveries.

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In English, we have started our new book called ‘King Kong’. We have done some fantastic character and setting descriptions all week, building up to meeting King Kong himself on Skull Island. We also took part in a conscience alley, to decide whether we should save Ann- Kong’s bride- from capture, or whether we should leave her with King Kong.

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This week in Science we have been learning about the properties of materials.

In one lesson we tested absorption, magnetism, transparency, flexibility and whether materials could conduct electricity. In another lesson we learned about the difference between mixtures and solutions and looked at whether or not flour, coffee, sugar, salt and sand would dissolve or sink.


First week back

We’ve had a busy, but great first full week back at school.

 In Maths, we have been looking at the place value of numbers up to 100,000. We have represented numbers using lots of different resources, compared and ordered different numbers through a game called Nice or Nasty and rounded them. Next week we’ll be exploring numbers up to a million.

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 In English we have started reading Snow White in New York, which is linked to our topic – North America. We have have become reporters this week and have been interviewing those who were near to Snow White when she suddenly collapsed and died at her celebration party. We will be writing up our reports this week for the Frimley Times.

We have already had our first block of topic and have been looking at the geography of North America. We explored its physical and human features by going on a QR hunt around the school. We put all of the information together to write a detailed description about what would be the best place to visit and why.

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Summer 2 2017/2018 Anglo-Saxons

Year 5’s Trip to Wintershall

On Thursday 22nd of June 2018 Year 5 went to watch the Wintershall Life of Christ performance in Bramley. The acting really brought the story of Jesus Christ to life for us. There were live animals such as horses, donkeys and sheep in the performance, and a real baby who played the part of Jesus in the first scene. We all had great fun and really enjoyed the day.

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This term, we have started reading a new book called Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. We have been introduced to a spine-chilling character called Grendel, whose character we have been looking at in more detail. We completed a role on the wall for his character, with his dark inner feelings and emotions on the inside, and his terrible actions and frightening looks on the outside. We discovered that he is really not a pleasant character! We then used this to create some fantastic character descriptions of Grendel, which were full of detail and excellent vocabulary. We are really enjoying the book so far and can’t wait to read more.

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Our new topic this term is Anglo Saxons, and this week we became historical detectives. We were given a range of primary sources (artefacts) and secondary sources (pictures, internet information) about the Anglo-Saxons and we had to try and find out who they were and where they came from. It was a difficult task, but we used our enquiry and inference skills to ask questions and build logical conclusions from the sources we were given.

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Summer 1 2017/2018 Food Glorious Food

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Week beginning 14.5.18

Seated Vollyball

On Monday the weather was lovely so we practised our seated volleyball outside. It was more challenging than being in the hall because we had more space and the ball did not bounce as well on the grass. We have really enjoyed playing this game this half term and we have improved every week.

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Week beginning 1.5.18


This week in English we have been writing survival guides to help those who are stranded on a desert island, like Michael, survive comfortably. They included the best places to set up camp, how to find drinking water and food, and how to make fire on the island.   We also included top tips about what to do if you are stung by a jelly fish, how to avoid mosquito bites and how to stop getting sun burnt. We worked in pairs to plan, write and up-level our guides. We have had great fun writing our survival guides.


As part of our fractions, decimals and percentages unit, we have been using the formal written method to add and subtract decimal numbers. We have been focusing on the place value of each digit and ensuring that we line up each digit correctly. We have applied our understanding to a range of different investigations such as the book fair. We only had £25 to spend on some books. We weren’t allowed to go over our budget but did get different percentages off depending upon the number of books we brought.

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In PE we have been playing a game called Seated Volley Ball, which is much like regular Volley Ball except you are sitting down. The aim of the game is to successfully land the ball in the opposing team’s part of the court without it being caught by the other team. As part of the game, we looked at different balances and how they helped improve our body positions so that we could catch or intercept the ball. We ended up playing a tournament against each other, which was great fun. The winning team ended up with 41 points. By Sam and Lucas.  

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Week beginning 16.4.18

This week in maths, we have been carrying on looking at decimals. We learnt about ordering and comparing decimals. We used cards that showed decimals in numbers, words and as a fraction. We had to match up the decimals with their pairs, and then order then from largest to smallest. This tested our knowledge on decimals but we all succeeded well!

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This week in maths, we have been carrying on looking at decimals. We learnt about ordering and comparing decimals. We used cards that showed decimals in numbers, words and as a fraction. We had to match up the decimals with their pairs, and then order then from largest to smallest. This tested our knowledge on decimals but we all succeeded well!


We have started to look at living things and their habitats as our new topic in Science. We focused on flowers and plants this week, and we learnt about how they reproduce. We ‘dissected’ our own flowers in lesson, to see all the different parts of the flower and learnt all about their important roles in the pollination process.

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Spring 2 2017/2018 Up, Up and Away


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Easter Service

In year 5 we have been learning about the Easter story. We have been working very hard practicing a play that represents the events of Holy Week, which help us to remember Christ’s death and resurrection. On the 26th of March 2018, we finally performed it at St Peter’s Church in Frimley Green.  Lots of parents came to celebrate with us.  Everyone worked really hard to learn their lines and songs.  We are extremely proud of ourselves for putting on such a fantastic performance. When we had finished, the audience gave the whole of year 5 a humongous round of applause.

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Fantastic Finish

This week, Year 5 had their Fantastic Finish and it really was a fantastic end to our space topic! We have been working with our music teacher Mrs Bailey for a number of weeks, practicing different renditions of popular space themed music from Interstellar, Doctor Who and Star Wars. 5V performed Interstellar using the glockenspiels and keyboards, as well as 5R, but with a rendition from Anya on the harp. 5R also performed a percussion version of Doctor Who using beaters, which was very original. 5W finished off the performance by playing Star Wars on the glockenspiels and keyboard, with Charlie performing a solo. Hannah and Olivia created and performed their own piece as well, which was lovely to see their extra work paying off. Overall we all really enjoyed learning and performing for our Fantastic Finish, and we hope the parents enjoyed watching us too!

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This week most of Year 5 took part in a Bikeability course, to learn the basic skills and safety rules of riding a bike. We learnt key skills such as how to get on a bike, how to put a helmet on, how to ride safely and much more. We all enjoyed taking part in this course and are looking forward to learning more next year.

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World Book Day

On Tuesday 6th March 2018, Frimley celebrated World Book Day by coming into school dresses as their favourite book character.  We had an amazing range of creative costumes and the whole school looked fantastic.

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Week beginning 19.2.18


This week in Maths, we have been looking at fractions. Specifically, we have been learning how to convert improper fractions in to mixed numbers and vice versa. We used loop cards to help us do this, to convert the fractions and find the matching pairs.

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We have started reading our new text for the term: The War of the Worlds. So far, we have read the first two chapters of the novel about the ‘falling star’ and we listened to the famous ‘panic broadcast’ by Orson Welles. We have been planning and writing our own radio broadcasts in groups about the falling star, ready to perform them next week!

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In science, we did an experiment to test the acidity of a solution, using Universal Indicator (UI) test paper. We used cups of vinegar and added different amounts of bicarbonate of soda to form a solution, which fizzed and reacted a lot! We then tested the acidity of the solution, but we were aiming to neutralise the acid in the cup. If we achieved this, this meant that the UI test paper would turn green and the PH would be ‘7’ which means it has been neutralised. We had great fun doing the experiment and we recorded the results in our own individual ways, using tables, graphs and pictures to show what we had found out. Even though the classroom didn’t smell too great after it!

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Spring 1 2017/2018 Up, Up and Away

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Week beginning 5.2.18


This week we used Art to create different pictures representing the view of Earth from Space.  We used different coloured pastilles and blended the colours together using a range of different techniques. Light and shadow helped to create a 3D effect. We got quite messy, as did the classroom, but it was really worth it as we had so much fun!

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This week in English, we have been writing non-chronological reports about our own planets.  First, we planned our reports using mind maps and box-it up templates.  Next we used the computers to create our reports.  Inspired by Pandora, we have really enjoyed using our imagination this week to create lots of interesting and diverse planets, such as Candyland, Scooterland, Dorrito Land and Enchantland. We plan to create a book for our book corner that contains all of our planets.

 By Amelia & Isabelle

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Week beginning 29.1.18

Pandora Animal Non Chronological Reports

In English this week we have created non chronological reports based on the animals that live on the fictional moon Pandora. If you have watched Avatar, you will probably remember this fascinating planet. We spent last week finding out about the animals. It was exciting to have the opportunity to practice our Publisher skills and try to turn our reports into a printed fact file.

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Planet Presentations

For Topic this week, we got into groups and researched the different planets in our solar system. Each group focused on a different planet. We were able to practice our Powerpoint skills and create a presentation for our planet which we presented back to the class. Some of the animations and effects used in the Powerpoint presentations were very impressive.

Our Powerpoints:




Week beginning 22.1.18


In science we have learning about day and night. When we are facing the sun it is day and when we are facing away from the sun it is night. We have also been learning how the Earth rotates and how long it takes to rotate.

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In English we have been learning about Pandora, a great moon with strange creatures and here are some of them…

The Hexapede, The Stingbat, The Direhorse, The Sturmbeast and the Mountain Banshee.

We wrote a non -chronological report about one of these Pandora animals. They are fast, furious animals/creatures that get hunted down. This is what we have learnt in year 5 this week.

By Phoebe and Annabelle.

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Week beginning 15.1.18


This Week in English, our writing inspiration has come from the short Pixar film ‘La Luna’.  We have been writing instructions to help the little boy carry out his job, sweeping the moon, for the first time independently.

To explore the language and layout features of instruction writing further, we wrote instructions for our talk partners about how to make a jam sandwich. It soon became clear that they needed to be clear and precise or our partner would have a sandwich with butter and jam everywhere!  We have had so much fun exploring instructions.

 As there is no dialogue in ‘La Luna’, next we worked in groups to write the dialogue between the different characters for parts of the film.  We are looking forward to rehearsing, and then creating a class voice over for the film.  We had a class vote for the best voice over, the winners have made it on to this website!

This voice over has been recorded by Zachary and Oliver in 5R

This voice over has been recorded by Alfie, Sam and Nathan in 5V


Use this picture link to see the whole video of La Luna


This week we have been working on different multiplication methods.  In the warm ups we have been focusing on practising our times tables.  We particularly enjoyed the tables beach balls, which we threw around the classroom to each other whilst answering the times table calculation our finger was on when we caught it.  Using number cards and dice, we have been creating our own calculations and using the grid and formal written method to answer them.  Place value counters have come in very handy to help us see the value of each digit.

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In Topic, we have been finding out what it takes to become an astronaut.  We carried out several tests to see if we had the appropriate skills needed, such as spatial awareness, physical stamina, reasoning, hand eye co-ordination etc.   For example: We had to see how many times we could catch a tennis ball in 30 seconds with our left hand and then right hand, we had to build a rocket out of lego whilst wearing oven gloves, we had to see how many times we could hop over a stick or hurdle in 30 seconds, as well as lots of other reasoning tests.  We will analyse our results next week and put in our application to NASA.

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Week beginning 8.1.18


On Thursday 11th January, Mr Hume visited us with his Space Dome Planetarium. The dome was set up in the hall. When it was inflated, we had to crawl through a tunnel to get into it. Inside Mr Hume projected pictures of the sun, the moon and the Earth. We talked about the phases of the moon, which he demonstrated using a ‘moon on a stick’ and a lamp. The best bit was when he turned all the lights off and projected the constellations around the dome. The sky was exactly as we would expect to see it this week if we looked outside. The moon was a crescent and just below to the left we could see Jupiter. We also saw Orion with his belt and the Plough (also known as the Big Dipper or the Saucepan). Two of the stars on the Plough point to the North Star. Mr Hume answered some of our questions at the end.  We really enjoyed our visit.

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On Friday 12th January, we had a Judo demonstration. Judo club is on Tuesday after school and they are very keen to recruit more girls. Nathan and Tahj already come along to the club and so wore their Judo kits. They demonstrated how to land safely and how to do some easy throws. We practiced the throws on each other. We ended the session with a game of Judo Bulldog, where you had to get across the mat but if you were tagged you had to compete to throw your competitor. We really enjoyed the opportunity to try Judo.

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Jam Sandwiches – Instruction writing

In English this week we have been investigating how to write accurate instructions. We had great fun on Wednesday when we were writing and following instructions on how to make a jam sandwich. It sounds simple enough but you’d be surprised how many of the small details we forgot to include. The best part was when we followed our partner’s instructions and made real jam sandwiches.

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Week beginning 1.1.18

Book Corners

To kick off our English lessons for this term, we have created our own class book corners, linked to our topic ‘Up, Up and Away’. We designed our own book corners in our books and then discussed our ideas together to come up with a class plan that aimed to include everyone’s ideas. We always have lots of fun making our book corners and we think they look great!

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This term we are going to be learning all about the different skills and rules of how to play cricket. We were taught by John and we really enjoyed our first session. The focus this week was on throwing, catching, teamwork, respect and encouragement. By working as a team, we found it easier and more rewarding when we succeeded in a task and we showed respect to the other team that won/ lost as well, showing great sportsmanship. We did a throwing and catching activity which we had to reach one end of the court to the other, without dropping the ball as a team. This meant we had to give and receive well thrown passes to catch them and give each other lots of encouragement to keep going. We are all looking forward to the next lessons and the fun activities we will get to do.

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Autumn 2 2017/2018 Home Sweet Home


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Kite Workshop

On Thursday 14th December 2017, Juliet from Hands on Science came in to talk to us about the history of aviation and how to make a kite. Juliet showed us a PowerPoint about the Wright brothers and Samuel Cody and about what kites where used for in the past.  Next we spent the morning making our kites and took them on to the field to practice flying them.  The materials we used were a tail, a plastic rod, a sheet of plastic and reel. We had to make them in partners because it is easier with 4 hands and supported each other to make our own one.  Our kites all looked amazing and colourful.  Amazingly, we got to fly them in the sky. We are really proud of them!

Thank you to Juliet for coming.

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By Henry and Bethany

PE – Jumpball by Heidi and Tilly

Over the past few weeks, we have been playing an exciting game in PE called Jumpball. We are a very energetic Year group and keen to get started. The teams were very competitive but also sportsman like and no-one minded if the other team won a round. The aim of the game is to stand in hoops and pass a tennis ball to knock footballs off of cones. Over the weeks we came up with our own rules including:

No more than one person can be in a hoop

There are three defenders

Only one ball can be played with at a time

You can’t move with the ball

We loved this game and we’re looking forward to finding out what we will be doing next term.


Christmas GIFs!

In Computing this week we created Christmas GIFs.

A GIF is an animated image. We made our Christmas tree lights flash different colours.

Click on the images to see them in action!

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GIF’s designed by: Alfie, Florrie, Hannah, Amrit, James and George.

Square and cubed numbers

In Maths at the start of this week, we tested our knowledge of square and cubed numbers. We had to finish a jigsaw, matching up the questions with their correct answers, e.g. 2² + 2³ had to match up with the triangle with the answer 12. It was certainly a challenge, but we all persevered and worked hard to complete it!

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Levers and Pulleys

In Science this week we have been experimenting with levers and pulleys and how much force they require to lift an object. Using string and a meter stick, we created our own pulley mechanisms and tested how much force each one required to lift up the same object. We had lots of fun making them and experimenting with different types of pulleys.

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TopicCircus Acts!

This week we have been learning about Samuel Cody’s life as a Wild West stunt performer in the circus.  We created our own persuasive adverts for the circus. As part of the lesson we also had the opportunity to perform a circus act to our class mates, which we had practised at home. We really enjoyed watching some great acts including Charlotte’s magic, James’ coin trick, Catlin’s and Tessie’s dance act, Mia’s contortionist act and Chloe and Cameron’s mind reading. All of the class enjoyed this and thought it was great fun discovering everyone’s talents.

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In science we have been using newton meters to measure friction. We made predictions about which of the surfaces would create more friction and hence require more force to move it.  Using newton meters, we pulled an object across a variety of surfaces and measured the friction between the object and different surfaces. It was good fun and nice to carry out our investigation outside.

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This week we have started a new text called ‘I know what you did last Wednesday’ by Anthony Horrowitz.  We have been looking at how to create suspense within our writing and used the different grammatical features used to have a go ourselves.  Everyone was excited when our teachers read the first couple of chapters and we cannot wait to read more, as they left the story on a cliff hanger!!!!!


In maths we have been learning about squared and cubed numbers. We have found quick strategies to work out squared and cubed numbers and explored the patterns between them. We created arrays for different squared numbers and built and drew cubes for different cubed numbers. We have had a lot of fun in maths so far and are enjoying the challenge it offers.

By Amelia & Isabelle

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Autumn 2 Topic Homework – Home Sweet Home

It is halfway through the term and topic homework is coming in thick and fast. We are enjoying seeing the variety and quality of homework. There have been some magnificent models of Cody’s aeroplane and some very artistic sketches of the Cody Monument.

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English – Macbeth – Conscience Alley

We went through a conscience alley listening to good and bad reasons for Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Reasons to go ahead with the murder included “You will become King”; “People will respect you and bow down to you,” and reasons not to go ahead included, “You will experience guilt”; “Others might try to kill you”. We enjoyed this lesson a lot and thought it was our favourite Macbeth task.

By Bebe and Roxie

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This week in year 5 English, everyone took part in a slow motion battle scene outside, related to our book Macbeth. It was so much fun! We also planned and wrote our own narrative from Macbeth .It was past tense and it all went successfully. We managed to complete our success criteria which was using modal verbs and adverbs in our writing.

By Kate

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In science this week, we have been looking at air resistance. We watched a video about why heavier objects fall faster on earth because of the air resistance and gravity. Whereas in space there is hardly any air resistance so the heavier objects fall the same as the lighter objects. Year 5 also did a spinner experiment where we chose whether to experiment how weight affects the time it takes to fall, the height it was dropped from or the size the spinner. We showed the evidence in our books and we all had great fun!
By Emily

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This week in maths we have been looking at two-way tables.  We have had lots of fun using the information in them to answer questions and solve problems, even though the questions have been quite challenging at times. To create our two-way tables, we went round and collected data from everyone in the class about when their birthdays are.  Next we used the information to draw a two-way table. When we had finished we made up some challenging questions for our learning partner to answer.

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In science we are starting to look at forces and carried out an experiment about gravity. We were looking at how different objects make different sized craters and why. Different weighted objects, such as batteries, weights, corks, marbles, were dropped from the same height into flour. We found out that the heavier objects had the greater gravitational pull and hence created deeper craters.  We had lots of fun doing this experiment, even though we got a bit messy as the flour got onto our clothes.

By Amelia, Oliver, Lucy and Isabelle

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Autumn 1 2017/2018 North America


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News Reports

This week in English we have been writing and performing our own television news reports about King Kong. We worked in groups to write a script about our news reports, which helped us when we were performing to practice our lines. Then we rehearsed, performed and filmed our television news reports. Some of us used green screens to present our television news reports to make it look as if we were really there, live at the scene!

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Totem Poles

In topic we have been making our own totem poles to represent our own Native American tribes. We chose up to 4 animals that we relate to, with the animal that we most relate to being at the top of our totem poles as our ‘guide’. Every totem pole was different and unique, relating personally to each of the children. Most importantly, we loved making them and showing them to our families at our Fantastic Finish in school!


Native American Creation Story

In RE, we have been looking at how the world was created. This week we looked at different Native American creation stories.

In 5R, our story was a Lakota myth about another world before this one. The people of that world did not behave themselves so the Creating Power decided to start a new world. He sang 7 songs to bring rain and caused a flood. Only Kangi, a crow, survived. Kangi pleaded with the Creating Power to make him a new place to rest. So he decided to make a new world. From his old scruffy pipe bag he pulled out all types of animals and birds. He chose 4 animals known for their ability under water. He sent each animal to get some mud from the bottom of the water. All failed apart from the turtle, who was down there for a long time, but managed to succeed and popped back up to the surface with a handful of mud.

Singing, the creating power shaped the mud in is hands and spread it across the waters to create land. Feeling sadness for the dry land, the creating power cried tears which became oceans and streams. The creating power took many animals and humans and spread them across the land. He asked the people to take great care of this new world and treat it with respect. He gave them a pipe to live by and left them alone.

We recreated the different stories using collage materials.

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Science – Properties of Materials

In Science this week we have been investigating materials that will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and thinking about how to recover a substance from a solution. Materials we have looked at include salt, sugar, stock cube, sand and plaster of Paris.

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