Favourite Children’s Books

Over the Easter Break, we are researching the greatest children’s books of all time.  We are going to be interviewing as many people as we can to find out what books they enjoyed as children and the reasons why, so that we can make a definitive list to help Year 5 to make more informed choices in the future.

We will return to school on Thursday, 20th April with a presentation, in the format of our choice, to share with the class.

The Book Trust’s Top 100 Children’s Books

If you don’t have the opportunity to share your favourite children’s book with our class, then please comment below so we can learn what your recommendations are.


Remember, children are also expected to be practising their target times-tables and reading regularly with an adult each week.  Also, children can help continue with the fantastic progress they are currently been making by continuing to access MathleticsBug Club and Languagenut over the holidays.

The Iron Man

One evening a farmer’s son, a boy called Hogarth, was fishing in a stream that ran down to the sea.  It was growing too dark to fish, his hook kept getting caught in weeds and bushes.  So he stopped fishing and came up from the stream and stood listening to the owls in the wood further up the valley, and to the sea behind him.  Hush, said the sea. And again, Hush.  Hush.  Hush.

Suddenly he felt a strange feeling.  He felt he was being watched.  He felt afraid.  He turned and looked up the steep field to the top of the high cliff.  Behind that skyline was the sheer rocky cliff and the sea.  And on that skyline, just above the edge of it, in the dusk, was…

What did Hogarth see?  How did he react?  Write the next section of the story, focusing on action and description.

A short animation of the opening scene of The Iron Man, where the Iron Man makes his first appearance.

On Monday, you will be sharing which times-table you are currently working on and the different methods you are using to practise them.  Does anyone at home have any good tips you can share?

Remember, you also need to make sure that you are accessing Mathletics to continue with your learning of fractions, decimals and percentages and Bug Club to help with your reading!

Inventions That Will Blow Your Mind

What are the best 10 inventions that we use in our lives?

For homework this week, research about the 10 most important or interesting inventions of your life and create a time line of them.  They might go all the way back to the beginning of time or they might be only recent inventions, so really think about what is important to you!

The Dubai Expo 2020, which is a modern day equivalent of Prince Albert’s ‘Great Exhibition’ have created a really fascinating poster about what they think are the key inventions.  What do you think?  I personally agree with ice cream cone but I think I’d have the hamburger rather than a hot dog.

10 World Expo Inventions That Will Blow Your Mind Infographic


Insulation Experiment

In Year 5, we have been investigating the properties of different materials to help in our quest to design and make a drink container suitable for Shackleton to keep his hot chocolate warm as he explores the Antarctic.

To ensure we use the best materials to insulate his cup, we have created prototypes and tested them to see which would keep the drink warmest for longest.

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Which type of cup do you predict will insulate Shackleton’s drink the best?

Which colour cup will insulate Shackleton's hot chocolate best?

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Home Learning 03/02/17

This week, in Maths we have been exploring the world of 3D shape and learning how to use our key mathematical vocabulary to describe the different shapes with precision.

For our home learning this week, we are to select 5 different 3D shapes and describe their properties, before finding examples of them in the real world.

Remember, the words we have been using are:

  • Faces
  • Edges
  • Vertices
  • Apex
  • Parallel
  • Perpendicular

If you want to investigate more about nets of 3D shapes, try this site which has lots of examples that you can print out and build.

Memorable Event Reminder

Year 5’s Memorable Event for our ‘Water, Water, Everywhere’ topic has had to be rearranged for Friday, 16th December due to a clash with the school pantomime on its original date.  Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The memorable event will celebrate all our learning and raise funds for WaterAid, so we look forward to seeing you all.

Visit WaterAid UK

Homework 18/11/16

5F have been reading non chronological reports in Guided Reading.  This week children are to create a page for our class book about a fictional or real animal that lives in a river based habitat.  This could be an animal that lives either entirely or partially in the water.

Think carefully about how the non-chronological reports are structured and the different sections of information you believe the reader will need to understand all about your animal.

If you need any tips try visting National Geographic on http://www.ngkids.co.uk/

Homework is due in on Friday, 25th November