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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5W

Dear Parents/Carers, 


Welcome to Year 5! I hope that you have all had a lovely summer. I am very excited about the year ahead working with your children. We have all had a very positive start to the year and the enthusiasm the children have for their learning is incredibly encouraging.  


Please do not hesitate to contact the school office if you have any queries and I will get back to you.


Thank you for you continued support,


Miss Watts

Year five topics include:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
A step in time A step in time The Unsinkable The Unsinkable Greeks vs Mayans Greeks vs Mayans

Laches Wood Residential

The Greeks vs Mayans

The Greeks vs Mayans 1 The children have helped with the display.
The Greeks vs Mayans 2 We have made Greek pottery.
The Greeks vs Mayans 3 The pottery were made out of mod roc and clay.

The children enjoyed learning about the Titanic last term and have learnt lots!

The children enjoyed learning about the Titanic last term and have learnt lots! 1

Art outside for Mother's Day!

Art outside for Mother's Day! 1
Art outside for Mother's Day! 2
Art outside for Mother's Day! 3
Art outside for Mother's Day! 4

The phases of the moon using Jaffa Cakes!

Year 5 Trip to Jodrell Bank

Jodrell Bank by Eleanor

As I stepped down the frosted steps belonging to the helpful, purple bus I looked around me and saw many building which would include exciting space activities. It was Monday 28th January 2019 and it was 10am (an hour after we had left school), and Year 5 were going to Jodrell Bank. We had travelled with Miss Watts, Miss Miles and Mrs Bowyer. Our topic from last term was space so that's why we went.


Incredible inflatable planetarium

Our first of many activities was the inflatable planetarium which was the shape of an igloo. Firstly, we were told to sit at a table and wait for the instructions. A kind man called Christian led us into the dome where we had to sit side by side in a circle. We studied all the planets and their moons and where the sunrise and sunset appeared. My favourite though was the star symbols and the best symbol was the Gemini twins.


Pretty Planet Pavilion

When we entered the planet pavilion, I was surprised to see a mini model (Orrery) of the Solar System hung from the ceiling. A woman came and greeted us and we filled out a sheet with questions about the Solar System. Around the walls were fact sheets about galaxies and our next activity was to find the names to four different galaxies. Did you know... that the Orion Nebula is 1,300 light years away from the sun?


Soon after, we all filed into a single line for lunch and strolled into the Comet Lodge which was a sweet little cabin filed with park benches and a cosy fireplace. Once we had sat down, I ate my delicious meal adn a short bottle of apple and raspberry water. I sat next to Emelia and Ben whilst Miss Watts look a picture of us.


Special Space Pavilion

Similar to the Planet Pavilion, we had to fill out our worksheet which included true or false questions, and we got to look through an eye piece to say what galaxy it was. I took home an interesting Lovell Telescope ticket which was for the radio waves check on Thursday 24th January. There was also a cool room which contained a video about the Telescope being made. Apparently, the telescope is 62 years old and is currently under construction replacing the old, rusty tiles with new, clean tiles. Did you know that the dish could hold 153 billion Coco Pops or 94 billion litres of milk?


Tremendous Tim Peake

Our last stop of the day was to experiment all the training that Tim Peake had to go through just to board the International Space Station. He spent 6 years training and 6 months working and living on the Space Station. A generous man named Jamie showed us a PowerPoint about Tim Peake and how he was the first British astronaut on the Space Station. The last activities were to do with fitness and circuits. Our circuit challenges included working as a team to light a bulb and then we build them separately. Poppy's time was 20.61 seconds, Ben's was 13.43 seconds, mine was 35.61 seconds and Emelia's was 16.57 seconds. On the Fitness test we used test tubes to check the astronauts wee then we did a strength test and my left arm was surprisingly stronger than my right arm.


After my awesome journey at Jodrell Bank we had to go home but I would love to come again and I certainly recommend it to the next Year's. I learnt so much on our school trip to Jodrell Bank.

Book list


Year five recommended books


This is a list of books which I hope your child will enjoy reading. I hope you find these suggestions informative and helpful in promoting the reading habit.


A Pilgrim’s Progress – Geraldine McCaughrean
Perseus – Ger
Granny the Pag – Nina Bawden
The Peppermint Pig – Nina Bawden
aldine McCaughrean
Stop the Train – Geraldine McCaughrean
The House of Rats – Stephen Elboz
A Rag, a Bone & a Hank of Hair – Nicholas Fisk
Black Jack – Leon Garfield
A Far Away Place – Harriet Graham
When a Girl is Born – Pamela Grant
Carried Away – Michael Harrison
Follow Me Down – Julie Hearn
Chandra Frances – Mary Hendry
Journey to the River Sea – Eva Ibbotson
How to Train your Parents – Pete Johnson
The Knight & The Squire – Terry Jones
Cart & Cwidder (Series) – Diana Wynne Jones
The Coldest Winter – Elizabeth Lutzeier
The Octave of Angels – Margaret McAllister
Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo
The Hounds of Morrigan – Pat O’Shea
I was a Rat – Philip Pullman
Clockwork or All Wound Up – Philip Pullman
Mortal Engines – Philip Reeve
Harry Potter (Series) – J K Rowling
The Silver Sword – Ian Serraillier
Beyond the Deep Woods – Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah



The Molly Moon Series – Georgia Byng
The Lion Boy Series – Zizou Corder
The Emily Windsnap Series – Liz Kessler


Poetry books

Pip – Tony Mitton
The Works 2, Poems on Every Subject – Brian Moses & Pie Corbett
The Walker Book of Classic Poetry & Poets – Michael Rosen

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