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Y5 Learning Blog

For the most recent updates, please scroll to the bottom of the page. Thank you. 
Hello and welcome back to school to all our wonderful Year Fives. We have been working hard over the summer to get school ready and we cannot wait to see you all again and get going on an exciting learning journey. 
This webpage will be used as a space to celebrate pupil's achievements and to provide information, where needed, to parents and carers.
We will be starting the year with a mini theme all about who we are. We will be looking into our heritage, the idea of equality and the strength community has when it is diverse.
Parents and carers, if you need to contact your child's teacher the best way to do so is to use the following email:
Please put your child's class and name in the subject line and we will try and get back to you as soon as possible.
Here's to a successful year.
Your Year Five Team,
Mr Goodhand, Mr Bainbridge, Mr Adebola, Mr Fieldsend, Mrs Ahmed and Mrs Blacksell
Staying Safe At School
Here is a presentation we will be sharing with pupils about how we will be staying safe whilst back at school.
Year Overview
Our Year Overview is a working document and so it changes quite a lot each year and throughout the year so that we can match the best learning to the children. This is how it currently looks as we kick-start the new academic year.
First Day Back
We've had a lovely, calm and focused first day back in Y5. It was great to see all the children and hear about their summer experiences and adventures. We'd also like to say a big thank you to all the children for being so sensible and safe when following our new safety guidance - we've been very impressed. 
Poetry Corner
This week, in Y5, we have been learning all about what units our fantastic school community and what units our country as a whole. As part of this we have studied our school's Secrets of Success and the four British Values (Democracy, Individual Liberty, Rule of Law and Tolerance and Respect). We have been very impressed with the high levels of engagement from all Y5 pupils and their strong understanding of these complex concepts.
Alongside producing some art work, the children have also all written recipe poems inspired by Benjamin Zephaniah's poem The British. We will hopefully upload some of these soon to the class gallery pages as they were brilliant. 

Overarching Theme:

Where We Are In Time And Place


Central Idea:

Everyone on Earth is equal


Lines of inquiry:

What causes people to leave their homes?

How can knowledge of our past help shape our future?


After a fantastic first few weeks back, we are moving into our first major theme of the year which is outlined above and on the unit Knowledge Organiser. In this theme we explore Britain’s colonial past, the Atlantic Slave Trade and the current situation with refugees affecting our world. We will explore the many reasons that people leave their homes and use the past the hopefully help change the future and prevent mistakes being repeated.

The children have made a great start to this topic and shown the mature attitude that studying these serious themes requires. We’re very impressed so far!

The Island – Armin Greder

We have started our first book study in Y5 and we are currently working our way through The Island by Armin Greder. This fantastic picture book is all about a stranger who finds himself washed up on an island. It explores how the people of the island respond to this new arrival and ties in wonderfully with a theme work looking at why people move around our world.

Maths No Problem

We have really hit the ground running with our maths this year in Y5. We have been working our way through the Maths No Problem curriculum and have so far covered Chapter One which focuses on all things place value. We have looked at reading and writing numbers, comparing and ordering numbers and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, 100,000 and even 1,000,000! The attitude and confidence of the children with their maths work has been fantastic to see.

We have now moved onto studying addition and subtraction where the children continue to impress us!

Maths Knowledge Organisers
These maths knowledge organisers are great for understanding the different maths topics we have been covering in school. They are also a fantastic way to revisit, revise and practice the key skills by making up quizzes. 


What causes people to leave their homes?

Here is a quiz we have looked at during our theme work in class. We have been exploring the different reasons people might come and live in the U.K. for. We have focused on 5 countries in particular: Syria, The West Indies, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia. Children began by locating these countries on a map before learning about why people have left these countries and moved to our nation.  

Key Concepts
We have been exploring three key concepts so far this half-term. 
Connection - we have looked at how our work on equality and British values is linked and connected to our work on slavery and the British Empire. 
Perspective - we have been studying the perspective of both slaves and slave owners.
Causation - we have considered what causes people to leave their homes and find new homes across the globe. 
Descriptive Writing
In our writing, we have looked at using expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials to make our writing more detailed and descriptive. 
How Slavery was Justified and What Effects of Slavery are Still Felt Today
We have been looking at how slave traders justified slavery at the time and have explored religions, economic and racial reasons that people used to explain why they believed slavery was 'okay'. 
We then looked at what effects of slavery can still be seen and felt today including the inequalities in society, the financial benefits which are still having an impact and the movement of people on Earth.
In Y5, we are currently having a weekly session of Rodocodo on our school iPads. Rodocodo is a game based way of teaching children all about coding and computer programming. It also helps children to apply our school secrets of success as children are encouraged to try new things, never give up and work hard. Children are also required to concentrate and focus in order to problem solve using their imaginations.
Whilst the Y5 children did use Rodocodo last year, we have recently set up their accounts to a Year Five level which means their computing learning is more focused this year. 
Online Percussion Project
We are currently taking part in an online music project. This involves an external music professional 'zooming' into our classrooms to deliver a comprehensive music lesson each week for each class. In the first session, we looked at dynamics and tempo whilst singing and performing actions. The children really enjoyed the session and learnt a lot of key vocabulary relating to music.
The Y5 Slavery Museum
The year five children have showcased their learning about slavery, the British Empire and Ancient Benin on a virtual museum. 
We'd love for you all to check it out and leave a comment if you can. 
It can be found
We have all been so impressed with how the children have responded to this challenging theme and we are very impressed with their amazing website. 

Welcome Back Autumn Term 2


As we welcome the children back for Autumn Term 2, we will be continuing to explore the central idea “everyone on Earth is equal.

Last half term, the children really impressed us with their work on the British Empire and the horrors of the Atlantic Slave Trade and this half term we move forward in time and take a detailed look at the current refugee and asylum crisis on our planet. We continue to explore the many different reasons people have for leaving their homes and in what ways these people are supported. We will also draw on our knowledge of the past from last half term and see how this relates to our future.

During our theme work, we hope to have a virtual visit from the Sheffield based asylum charity, Assist. We hope to hear a little about what they do in Sheffield and hear first-hand from some refugees who have arrived in our city about their experiences. We will also hopefully see if we can do anything to support this charity.

In writing, we will be specifically looking at writing balanced arguments and in reading we will be studying, amongst other things, some refugee poetry. Maths will continue to follow the MNP scheme picking up where we left off with multiplication and division.

Here’s to another fantastic half-term.