Year 5 Learning Update – The end of term!


Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to the amazing children of Year 5 for their hard work this term. We really have worked them so hard in all subjects, playing catch up from missed Year 4 learning, teaching the Year 5 curriculum and all whilst adapting to all the new schools rules too. We are really proud of their maturity and how much they have grown and developed since September. Go Team Year 5! The children definitely deserve a rest over the Christmas break. 


As mentioned in our last website post, the children have been writing stories from new perspectives, based on the story ‘Midnight Fox’ by Betsy Byar. The children have finished publishing these creations this week and they are sensational! Have a look at some example pages below.




As the children have completed their study of North America, they have also finished their maps drawn of the USA, with line drawing use to depict some of the differences across the country. They have spent many afternoons producing these to such a high, detailed quality. Well done children!




All that leaves us to say is… Happy Christmas! Have an amazing few weeks and we look forward to seeing you all, bright-eyed and bushy tailed, in 2021!

Mrs Poole, Mrs Stone, Miss Thomas & Miss Fowler.

Year 5 Learning Update – Globe Trotting Around North America


What a busy few weeks we have had in Year 5. The children have immersed themselves in our topic – Globe Trotting Around North America – and have been learning about all the differences that can be found across the continent including the biomes that can be found there, the land use and the different ways that different tribes have lived depending on their origin.

Big News! We have our class ‘State-Off’ coming up next week so would love the children to practise naming as many of the 50 states from the USA as they can. Which class will be victorious? We will find out soon! 


‘The Midnight Fox’ by Betsy Byars is a traditional tale set in North America and we have been focusing our English all around this book. The children are currently rewriting the story from the fox’s perspective but last week, they wrote the most exceptional letters!

In the story, Uncle Fred goes fox hunting and when the children were faced with a recent newspaper report about fox hunting, they become so passionate about the topic! The children learned that Jeremy Hunt MP wanted to have a free vote on whether the ban on fox hunting should remain or be lifted and they wrote persuasive letters to him to encourage him to either leave the ban in place, or allow a free vote on the issue, depending on their own personal opinion. Please see some outstanding examples below.


Design Technology

As mentioned above, the children have been learning about the different tribes that live, and have lived, across North America. They have learned about how, depending on their origin, these people lived in homes ranging from teepees to igloos, lived on everything from deer to seals and wore a range of clothing and colours. From this research, the children have begun designing and completing their own weaves. Here are a few examples from last week.


We are excited to share the children’s other pieces of artwork with you at the end of term and hopefully some of their stories too. Look out for our final website update for 2020! We are so proud, as always, of how hard the children are working and particularly with how hard they have worked in their assessments over the last few days. Their results will be shared with you soon when you receive their end of term reports. 

Many thanks, 

The Year 5 Team

Odd Sock Day – Monday 16th November

blankDuring the week beginning Monday 16th November, we will be celebrating Anti-Bullying Week at St Mark’s! The theme this year is ‘United Against Bullying’. To kick the week off, we will be starting with an Odd Socks Day on Monday 16th November!


Odd Socks Day is a key part of Anti-Bullying Week! To celebrate that we are all unique, we ask that children wear odd socks to school on Monday 16th November. Last year over 13,000 schools took part in Odd Socks Day and this year, we are joining them!

Andy Day (Cbeebies/CBBC) and his band Andy and the Odd Socks are supporting the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help bring Odd Socks Day to life again this year. Have a listen to the brilliant song they have recorded especially for Anti-Bullying Week – The Kids Are United!


The day sends an important message to pupils that they should be allowed to be themselves, free from bullying and helps us celebrate Anti-Bullying Week in a fun and positive way. We will be reading a great fiction book under the Odd Socks theme this year and also completing other fun activities during the day, which will help us celebrate both our differences and our unity within our St Mark’s community.


Just make sure your child wears odd socks to school TOMORROW! 

Year 5: Remembrance Day

We could not be more proud of how respectfully and thoughtfully the children participated in Remembrance Day today. This children began the week by decorating the classroom windows and we are sure that you will agree with us when we say that they look incredible!

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Then today, the children kickstarted their day with a wonderful worship from Rev. May, where they thought about the importance of today and they were also keen to share their own experiences of family members, past and present, who have had connections to the World Wars in different ways.

Then, at 11am, the children stood so respectfully for their two minute silence on the playgrounds whilst they were treated to a bugle performance, which was really moving. 

Finally, after learning more about the symbolism of poppies and reading the ‘In Flanders Field’ poem, the children painted their own silhouette images to reflect the act of remembering. 

We are so proud of the children today, and always. 

The Year 5 team. 



Magnificent Maths in Year 5

The children in year 5 have been amazing over the last few weeks at a range of different aspects of maths. Last week we finished our unit on column addition and subtraction, where the children were challenged to add and subtract numbers with up to 5 digits. They all worked extremely hard on this and were also able to solve a range of different challenges using these written methods.














This week, we moved onto Statistics, where we have started by looking at bar chart, pictograms and line graphs. The children have been reading information from the graphs, solving problems about the graphs and starting to draw their own graphs. We look forward to see how they continue to amaze us with the rest of our statistic unit for the rest of this week and next week.

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A little reminder – please don’t forget to book a parents evening appointment if you haven’t already. There are still slots available. 

Year 5 Team

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