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Welcome to Year 5!

The Year 5 staff team is made up of class teachers: Miss Brayshay and Miss Clark and teaching assistants: Mrs Woods and Mrs Walton. 


Year 5 is an exciting year with lots of great learning challenges and opportunities.  You can find out more about what Year 5 are learning further down this page as well as lots of photos and information showing the children in action! At the bottom of this page you will find links to websites that may be useful to support your child's learning. If you have any questions about Year 5 please contact the Year 5 class teachers who will be happy to offer support and help.

Year 5 Curriculum

To find out more about the Year 5 curriculum, please click on the link below which will take you to the Curriculum Newsletters.  These provide a detailed description of the learning that takes place in each subject every half term.  If you have any questions about the Year 5 curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact the class teachers, who will be happy to discuss any queries with you.

Learning Log Summer 2

Hello all! Here is your learning log for Summer 2. This time we have decided we would like you to choose four pieces to complete. We had some outstanding homework last half term so we cannot wait to see what you produce this half term!

Thank you

Miss Clark and Miss Brayshay

Find out what Year 5 have been getting up to...

Here you can find out more about different events, trips and general learning Year 3 have been doing.  We hope you enjoy reading about Year 5's learning and looking at the photographs!

5B Restaurant night 14.07.16

On Thursday night the children hosted their long awaited restaurant nights. 5 different restaurants opened in the school and the reviews were superb! The children have worked incredibly hard to create an amazing experience for families to enjoy and although tired at the end of the night, they thoroughly enjoyed the evening and it was proclaimed 'The best topic EVER!' A huge thank you has to go to all 5B families who have supported the restaurants and helped the children to raise an amazing total which they can spend next year on something of their choice. Thanks also go to Miss Ross, Mrs Hayton, Miss Clark, Mr O'Dwyer, Mrs Walton, Mrs Woods and Sarah Lively for supporting the children in their own time. The whole class appreciate their help! Please find below some pictures from the evening, as well as from the trip to ASDA that the children took in order to purchase their ingredients.


Making Potato and Leek soup 6.7.16

Children have been practicing their chopping and peeling skills following a recipe for leek and potato soup. They have also learnt how to use a hob correctly and safely. The end product was fantastic! The children realised that is isn't that difficult to make a vegetable based soup and are looking forward to trying this at home. Here are some pictures of the children in action in the school's new kitchen 'Chef's corner'.

Making Coleslaw 30.6.16

Today children in Year 5 have been making their own coleslaw. We decided to make this a masterchef style challenge, giving children different ingredients and instructions to follow. Each group had varying products for example, some were branded products and others were home brands. As well as creating a fabulously tasty dish, children were practicing their chopping holds and grating techniques. This was difficult for some children but after some practice they all managed to participate in some way or another. The most important lesson we took from this activity was that onions do make your eyes water! Here are some pictures of the children in action.

Safety Rangers

On Monday 13th June, Year 5 visited Stanningley fire station to take part in the Safety rangers event. The afternoon consisted of four different activities, all lead by members of the emergency services. Children received important safety messages about keeping safe on railways, keeping safe online and what to do should there be a fire in their home. The children engaged with all the messages and the staff that went with them were extremely proud of how well they represented the school. 

Introduction to the restaurant topic 

Children have had a wonderful time being introduced to their restaurant topic. There were a carousel of activities to get children excited about this topic. This included; setting a restaurant table, using iPads to research the food pyramid, a tasting table with a range of treats, designing a cover page for their topic books, designing a restaurant layout and creating a three course menu. Children thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to their topic and can't wait to start designing their menus for the restaurant evening. 

The Queen's Birthday 10.6.16

Today, the children have been writing letters to the Queen. The children had many questions they wanted to ask Her Majesty and I am interested to see if these will be answered. After spending the morning drafting a letter, editing and improving it then re-writing it, some children took our letters to the post office. 

We are really hoping we get a response so, fingers crossed!

Reading for pleasure 9.5.16

This week whilst Year 6 have battled on with their SATS, Year 5 have been involved in extra PE lessons and some reading for pleasure. We made the most of the sunshine on Monday and read our class novel Beowulf under the shade of the trees on the school field. It was fantastic to see children enjoying this book with their friends. Children were reading quietly on their own, in groups or with a friend. 

Revealing our class novel 

This half term our topic is 'Are you an invader or a settler?' We have linked our class novel to this topic and decided that we will read Michael Morpurgo's Beowulf. Before we revealed the class book we had a lesson based around prediction just using the blurb. Children had to retrieve and interpret information from the blurb to predict what the story may be about, what the front cover might look like and what characters may appear. All of year 5 have been very enthusiastic about this and couldn't wait to unwrap the book and see if their predictions were correct. 

When we unwrapped this book, children were surprised that the author was Michael Morpurgo. The children love Michael Morpurgo and enjoyed reading his book Private Peaceful in Autumn. Overall, they are very enthusiastic about this novel and can't wait to start reading it!

Orienteering 26.4.16

This week Year 5 were invited to Farsley Farfield to participate in a morning of outdoor activities and orienteering. Children were split into teams of ten and played a number of team building games including one of their favourites the river crossing. They were then given the task of finding hidden letters that had been placed around the school's playground and field. Children loved this activity and were able to interact with children from both the year 5 classes and children at Farsley Farfield. 

Anglo-Saxon Trip 19.4.16 and 21.4.16

To start the Year 5 topic children went on a trip to Dunstan Hall, where they experienced and were involved in an Anglo-Saxon reconstruction. The children began the day learning about how the Anglo-Saxons invaded and settled in the local areas of Yorkshire. During this, they were given a talk about how England was split into different Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms and how some of these areas still hold the same or very similar Anglo-Saxon names. Children were then split into 3 different groups; slaves, workers and the upper class. They were then sent out onto the farm to collect wheat grains to make their own bread. It was during this that children learnt about the typical day-to-day life of an Anglo-Saxon and what kinds of foods they would have eaten.

In the afternoon, the children learnt all about a local Anglo-Saxon battle, known as the Battle of Winwaed. Then came the most exciting part of the day. The children learnt how to defend themselves in a typical Anglo-Saxon style, using wooden shields and wooden swords. Children were lined up with shields chanting across the fields of Temple Newsam as if heading into battle! In addition to this, children were given wooden swords and in turn able to charge towards a target and attack! All children (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the day and the staff at Dunstan Hall made it all the more exciting encouraging everyone to get involved.

The day ended with the children huddled together in the barn for an interactive retelling of one of the Beowulf tales. Overall, this was a fabulous day full of hands-on learning, in which all children were able to participate. 

Here are many pictures to show you just how much fun we had!

Space Exhibition 30.3.16

This half term Year 5 have been learning all about space and exploring the question 'Is there anybody out there?' Children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and have become very interested in space exploration, science and the solar system. This has definitely been evident with the abundance of outstanding homework we have received from ALL children.

Over the week we have been putting all of this work together to review our topic and to prepare for our space exhibition, to show what we have learnt to parents/carers. The children wanted to create some space themed games for parents/carers to play, based on the work they have done over the half term. Children created a timed game - under time constraints, adults had to order the phases of the moon. Another group re-created the planets of the solar system for adults to try and place in the correct order. We had children explaining why the Earth is round and why we have day and night. Two groups made true or false cards to try and catch people out, whilst another group created teach me tell me cards for the adults to have a go at. At the exhibition we also introduced parents/carers to our science project for next half term - this is a project set up by ESA (European Space Agency). The ESA have sent seeds up to space with Tim Peake and schools across the country will be sent these seeds in the Summer Term to experiment on!! We also showed our moving toys and a group of children explained how they should work extremely well. 

Finally, we had a group that had designed new compartments for the ISS (International Space Station) including a reconstructed bed compartment for astronauts to sleep in. 

Thank you to all the children's hard work! You made this exhibition fantastic and enjoyable for all. We are very proud!


Moving Toys Project 20.3.16

Year 5 have been working extremely hard over the past 2 weeks to create moving toys using rods, cams and followers. We began this project with a cardboard box and covered it in either blue, black or purple paper. The children then designed the front of their boxes using pastel colours and pictures of outer space to inspire them.

Next came the tricky bit! The children had to follow detailed instructions on how to add their rods, cams and followers to their boxes. This was a fantastic test of patience and resilience for the children. Many managed to successfully complete their moving toys. This took a long time as children had to ensure all their parts fit together accurately so that when children turned the handle on their toy the rods would turn. 

The final touch to our moving toys were two planets, space crafts or rockets - that children added to the top of their rods (see pictures below). 


Budding journalists! 2.3.16

Year 5 practiced their journalistic writing by creating headlines and captions in response to unusual pictures from around the world. We looked at the features of a headline and used our knowledge of alliteration, puns and rhyming to draw our readers in. Children were also challenged with creating different headlines for each picture in order to hook different audiences. This helped the children learn how their language and vocabulary choices can affect the meaning of a sentence.

Final Shields 2.3.16

Below is a selection of photographs of the children's finished Athenian or Spartan Shields. The children worked really hard to use mixed media in order to create some really striking designs. Look out for the finished ones coming home soon!

Why can't we walk on the ceiling?

This half term the science question hass been ‘Why can’t we walk on the ceiling?’ This topic has been very experiment based and we have covered areas of forces such as air resistance, water resistance, gravity and friction.  Science has been taught through very practical investigations and children have hadchance to become parachute makers and boat builders in order to test predictions, ideas and questions that are raised during their learning.  Children have explored different areas of the forces topic each week, focussing on scientific enquiry. 


Year 5 Greek Day 7.1.16

Year 5 have had an interesting start to their Ancient Greek topic. An archaeologist, named Katerina, came in to teach the children about the way the Greeks used to live. In the morning children were able to handle reconstructed Greek artefacts. They had to think like an archaeologist by drawing and naming the different objects shown to them. Before lunch the children had to decipher words written in the Ancient Greek language. Everyone rose to the challenge and even began writing their own words and names in Greek. 

In the afternoon Katerina used artefacts such as; swords, helmets, spears and shields to teach us about the Athenian and Spartan army. 

To end our day we all played a Greek strategic thinking game, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Overall, the year 5s had a wonderful day and we would like to thank everyone at home for making an effort with the fantastic Greek costumes!! 

We hope you enjoy the pictures of this wonderful day!!

Written by 5C! 

Time Travelling Archaeologists 6.1.16

We have started our new topic which is Are the Ancient Greeks a myth? To begin we have been looking at different historical periods over time, dating back over 65 million years ago. The children have shown a real enthusiasm for our new topic and have loved their archaeology experience so far. A historical skill children have acquired from these lessons is to be able to order events chronological on a timeline. 

Super solution scientists 2.12.15

Our science topic for this half term has been Can you drink dirty water? On Wednesday, we planned and carried out an experiment to investigate what could be hidden in our water through the process of dissolving. This involved using our observation, timing and  team working skills to test a variety of substances to see whether they would dissolve. 

Springbank Please Help Save the Amazon Rainforest

On 11th December Year 5 are hosting a save the Amazon Rainforest day. We would like to invite all Springbank children and staff to dress up as an endangered animal and bring a small donation. Our mission is to raise enough money to buy an acre of the Rainforest, maybe even more!!

Throughout the day Year 5 will be working with each year group teaching the children about the importance of the Rainforest and what it provides for us. We appreciate that at this time of year there is a lot going on but any donations would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you Year 5 children and staff!

Persuasive advert to save the Amazon

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Remembrance Day Performance 11.11.15

In English we have reading remembrance poetry from WW1. We have looked at poets such as Laurence Binyon, Wilfred Owen and Sgt Andy McFarlane. Children were inspired by these soldier's experiences and were very enthusiastic about writing their own WW1 remembrance poems. On the build up to Remembrance Day children were put into groups to create some 'Freeze Frame' performance poetry, reading For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon. Year 5 have worked incredibly hard on their poetry and we decided all this hard work needed to be appreciated by the school during our Remembrance Day Assembly.Coming soon will be a video of some of the Year 5 children reading out their own poems and then the famous verse from For the Fallen.  

Year 5 Trip to Tropical World 5.11.15

This half term we are learning about endangered animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest. As part of this Learning Challenge we decided children would benefit from going to Tropical World to look at some of the animals that live in South America, in the Amazon Rainforest and in the Amazon River. Children thoroughly enjoyed this trip and were able to come back to school with a better understanding of what the Amazon environment may be like and which animals you may find there. 

Brazilian Leaf Art 22.10.15

In art we have been studying the Brazilian artist Gabee Meyer. She is a very interesting artist who paints symmetrical folk-contemporary designs onto leaves. The children were fascinated and inspired by her wonderful, creative designs so we had a go at our own. 

First, we went onto the field to choose our leaves. We then practiced the designs on a template of a leaf before transferring our ideas onto the leaf we had picked from the field. 

Here are a few photographs showing the process of how this was done. 

Place value dice game 12.10.15

In maths we have been consolidating our understanding of place value. We have been using our knowledge of number to create the biggest 6 digit number using rolls of the dice. We added extra competition by playing against our learning partner to see who could strategically place their numbers to create a larger number than their partners. 

Fairtrade Chocolate

This week Year 5 have been looking at Fairtrade and it's effect on farming and cocoa production in Brazil.

The children were split into ten different groups, all representing different strands of the chocolate production line. There were consumers, Fairtrade farmers, independent farmers, Big Choco Company and Fairtrade Chocolate company, and Supermarkets. Every ten minutes the season changed. With changing seasons, children had to deal with Black Pod disease causing a crop failure, an over production of cocoa beans and a consumer push on Fairtrade products. Children soon realised that the farmers and producers of Fairtrade cocoa and chocolate bars were better off as they had a guaranteed price which did not change with the world market, compared with the independent farmers who were affected by a drop in price for their beans. The activity really highlighted how important Fairtrade co-operatives are to farmers across the cocoa producing world, and children are now much more aware of how their choices as consumers affect the world market.

Real PE lessons

Both year 5 classes have really enjoyed their new style PE lessons. The children have been practicing not only their physical skills, but also their social skills during the fun and fast paced lessons. They have had great fun practicing the 'stork test' where they were tasked with standing on one foot for 60 seconds with their eyes closed. Sounds easy? Give it a try! The children also take responsibility for themselves and each other in PE, by giving the order to stop without even speaking! This is something that both classes found tricky at first but are now taking great ownership of.

Numicon Masters

This week in maths the children have been learning all about prime numbers. We did lots and lots of problem solving, and children were posed with such questions as 'Is 13 a prime number and how can you prove it?'. The children's effort and attitude was fantastic and they used mathematical images with numicon to show that they really understood the concept of primes!

Useful websites to support your learning

Below you will find lots of links to websites that can help you with your learning.  Find out more about the topics you are learning about.  Why not spend some time practising your maths skills using Mathletics or practise your typing skills on Dance Map typing?