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Welcome to Year 5! We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead working with all of you. We will be using the blog to keep you updated on what we have been doing in class and school. This is also a place where you will be able to find information such as any school trips and/or upcoming events.

For more information PLEASE come and speak to myself or any member of staff. We are always there to help with any queries ūüôā

Kind Regards

Miss Simmons

Curriculum Homework- Y5 Autumn 1 Homework project

Curriculum Newsletter- Y5 Parent Pamphlet Autumn Term 1 Year 5

Week beginning 3.12.18

This week has been fun-packed! We had a fantastic time on Thursday with our visiting athlete who told us all about his journey to become an 800m runner representing the GB athletics team. We took part in a variety of keep-fit activities to raise money for a great cause. Today has been particularly exciting with our visit to the Centre for Life. We had terrific fun skating at the ice rink; learned all about what it’s like to be an astronaut in space and even had a ride on the Polar Express. What a wonderful adventure!


In our Maths this week we’ve been learning all about fractions. We’ve found out all about different equivalent fractions, as well as converting fractions into decimals.


This week we’ve been writing our own comparative non-chronological reports. We have written about what it’s like for astronauts living on the International Space station. We’ve reported on how they eat, sleep, keep clean and stay fit and healthy. Perhaps we have some future astronauts on our hands?


This week we have been looking at the work of the great artist Vincent Van Gogh. We have closely studied the colour, technique and style of his paintings. Our favourite painting was Starry Night which we then tried to recreate for ourselves. The children created some very colourful works of art!


Please remember to send in your sponsor money as soon as possible. Also can I ask that you please return your homework and bring your reading books in to school next week. Please also ensure that you bring your PE kits to school for our lesson on Thursday.

Week beginning 30.11.18

We’ve had lot’s to keep us busy in year 5 this week, getting ready for the Christmas fayre. We had a great time making Christmas decorations, which I’m sure will go down a storm!


In our maths this week we’ve been getting to grips with the long multiplication method. The children found it very tricky at first but they kept persevering until they got it! We have been working hard to master our times tables too which came in very handy.


This week we have been looking at a non-chronological report about a alien academy. We have looked at the features of the report and had a go at writing our own. We have tried to include a range of features from relative clauses and parenthesis to technical vocabulary. Our writing has been simply out of this world!


We’ve had a geography focus in our topic this week as we learnt about the African country of Morocco. We have identified the country on a map and looked at it’s physical and human features. We have enjoyed learning about it’s culture, food and it’s architecture too!


Week beginning 05.11.18

We’ve been very busy in year five this week! We particularly enjoyed our trip to Silksworth Sports centre on Friday, where we took part in an excellent sports leadership workshop. Some children from Year 5 were super lucky this week and got to be interviewed by Tim West – a presenter at SunFM radio station. Tim came into school to record all of KS2 singing a Christmas song for the radio, and some Year 5 children were chosen to do a special job for him which will be played on the radio in a few weeks time! How exciting!


In our Maths lessons, we have been learning all about prime, square and cubed numbers. We have been able to identify these numbers and explain what type of numbers they are. We have solved some tricky reasoning problems too!


In English, we have been continuing out class novel, Cosmic. We have explored how the author chooses descriptive and comic language to make the story interesting for the reader and have written our own descriptions. We have also looked at how we write a dialogue, as well as finding out all about modal verbs.


This week we have been finding out about planet Earth and how it moves through space. We have learned that it spins around on its own axis, as well as orbiting the Sun. We have also found out some fantastic facts about the other planets in the Solar System.

Head Teacher’s award: Casie Humphrey for being an excellent role model and helping out in class.
Maths award: Charlie Morris for great work identifying square numbers.
English award: Tilly Clifford for excellent descriptive writing.
Golden table awards: Cole Moss and Jordan Turnbull.

This week’s attendance was _____%


Please ensure your child brings in their full P.E kit on Thursday. English, Maths and Spellings homework have been given out and should be completed and returned to school by Monday. Also please remember to read regularly with your child. We recommend that they read 3 times a week.


Week beginning 29.10.18

What an exciting week in Year 5! We had a fantastic Halloween day on Wednesday where children attended a spooky disco! Sweets, treats and games were available and everyone’s costumes were fantastic!


In Maths this week we have been looking at multiples and factors of numbers. We have been identifying multiples of numbers up to 100 and identifying factors including common factors of whole numbers. Tricky work but the children worked very hard!


In English this week we have begun to look at our new class text ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The children have predicted what the story could be about and have answered questions about the first part of the text. We can’t wait to find out what happens next.


In Topic we looked at the importance of Armistice Day and wrote emotive poems to honour the war veterans and soldiers who fought for us. We have begun to look at our Earth and Space topic which we will develop next week.


Head Teacher’s award: Freya Pennington for brilliant listening and working hard in all lessons

Maths award: Jayden Beckwith for excellent understanding of multiples and factors

English award: Miley for excellent inference and deduction skills

Golden table awards: Tilly Clifford and Esther Conrady


This week’s attendance was _____%


P.E in Y5 will be on a Thursday. Please ensure your child has brought in their full P.E kit for that day. English and Maths homework has gone out this week as well as Topic homework and Curriculum Newsletters.

Week beginning 15.10.18


In Maths this week we have been developing our addition and subtraction knowledge, including using our problem solving skills to answer word problems. The children have worked really hard on some tricky numbers!


In English this week we have been writing a narrative linked to our learning of The Alchemist’s Letter, the children wrote some fantastic narratives using lots of different language features. Well done everyone!


Our learning in topic this week has been linked to Science. We have been learning about forces and we completed an investigation this week – check back soon to see some photos of our investigation!


Head Teacher’s Award: Casie Humphries for always making good choices.

English Award: Kenzie Johnson for using good descriptions in his story.

Maths Award: Jayden Beckwith for never giving up!

Golden Table Awards: Leo R and Charlie P


Our attendance in Year 5 this week was ______%

Well done everyone ūüôā¬†

Week Beginning 8th October 2018

Remarkable Runners!

The children had a fantastic time when 5 of our children went to Silksworth Sports centre to represent  Burnside in the fun run! Well done to Charlie Morris who won from Year 5!

It has been a wonderful week of performance for the children of Burnside. The Houghton Feast was spectacular and our Houghton Children’s Choir was wonderful!

In English this week, we have been writing a narrative and continue to work hard to edit our writing and improve our vocabulary.

In Maths we have been calculating perimeter by measuring and counting the lengths of sides on shapes.

In topic we have learned about the Battle of Marathon in history and created Greek pots in our Design Technology.



Class Attendance: 95.9%

English Award: Aaliyah Hawthorne for fantastic phrases in her writing

Maths Award: Jayden Beckwith for wonderful attitude and effort in maths

Head teacher Award: Freya Pennington for a super attitude to school and always trying her best.

Golden table: Charlie Morris and Kenzie Johnson

Week beginning 1st October 2018

Super Skipping Stars!

Year 5 had an amazing afternoon with HOOPSTARZ

We learned so many tricks and are now professionals!

(we have a certificate to prove it!)

In English this week we have been writing the narrative of the Alchemist’s letter. The children have thought carefully about the vocabulary they have used and have improved their presentation throughout their story.

In maths we have been subtracting this week with increasingly larger numbers! WOW it has been tricky-why not have a go at home and create a subtraction snake!

Our topic this week has focussed on art and we have been designing Greek vases ready to make them.


Don’t forget this week it is the Houghton Feast, year 5 are singing in the opening ceremony on Friday 5th October 7pm ¬†out side of St. Michael’s church!

Class Attendance:

English Award: Miley Wardle for outstanding writing this week

Maths Award: Jordan Turnbull for outstanding maths work this week

Head teacher Award: Tilly Clifford for a super attitude to learning

Golden table: Katie and Rhianna

Week beginning 24th September 2018

We have had a great week this week preparing for the Houghton Feast! We are lucky enough to be singing at the feast and enjoyed our rehearsals with Miss Taylor.

In English this week we have been writing letters in role as our character Verideon from ‘The Alchemist’s Letter’ the children have used wonderful vocabulary and focussed on time and feelings.

In maths we have worked on mental calculations with increasingly large numbers. We have solved problems and used our maths questioning to reason about our answers.

In topic this week we focussed on democracy and how the Ancient Greek government was created. The children also wrote diaries linked to their topic of a person who lived in Athens or Sparta.

Class Attendance: 94.7  for week beginning 17.9.2018

English Award: Jack Steel for excellent letter writing

Maths Award: Kenzie Johnson for persevering in maths this week

Head teacher Award: Katie Teasdale for working hard each lesson and trying her best


Week beginning 17th September 2018

What a great week we have had this week! The children have really shown off their talents in writing by using some powerful language to write diary entries in the role of the Alchemist’s son.

Maths has been a week of decimals and fractions (thousandths) and place value. We have all worked hard to understand that fractions and decimals are written in two different ways.

In PE this week we have been working on Hockey skills. this is something that we have really enjoyed and worked hard to control the very slippery ball with the stick!

Our visitor Miss Taylor came to work with us on the Houghton Feast Project http://www.houghtonfeast.co.uk/

Year 5 children have been chosen to come along and sing with the massed choir of 9 schools at the event. A very exciting time for all of us for the Greatest Show!

Class Attendance: 96.3% for week beginning 10.9.2018

English Award: Jack Steel for his great independent work in English

Maths Award: Leo Wilkinson for trying hard with problem solving in maths

Head teacher Award: Mackenzie Naisbett for being a ‘Great Showman’ in our music rehearsals

Week beginning 10th September 2018

This week in year 5 we have been writing about The Alchemist’s Letter.

It is a wonderful story about father who makes a machine which turns his memories to gold, but he becomes too greedy and loses everything.

Watch the video here yourself: https://vimeo.com/125527643

In maths we have been counting to 1 million and identifying the place value of 6 digit numbers. We have counted on in steps of 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000 and 1 million.

In topic we have been identifying the features of modern day Greece and its landscape.



Class Attendance: 96.3% for week beginning 10.9.2018

English Award: Aaliyah Hawthorne for her fantastic writing in about the Alchemist’s letter

Maths Award: Rhianna Husband for trying so hard every day this week in her independent work

Head teacher Award: Jennifer Smart for being a real credit to herself joining her new school



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