Cam Toys

Year 5 have had an amazing DT day today making toys using cams mechanisms. They applied creativity in their designs and resilience when trying to make the mechanisms turn.

The Pandora theme park rides look amazing so far and we are really proud of the children’s teamwork as they worked in pairs.

Year 5 Topic Web & Knowledge Organiser

Our ‘Connections’ topic is well underway in Year 5 and the children have already been practising lots of Space facts and discussing many concepts.

Attached are our Topic Web (half term overview) and Knowledge Organiser – both of which are also coming home in paper copies this afternoon. Please stick the Knowledge Organiser somewhere prominent and practise these key facts at home. Practise makes permanent and we would love for these facts to be permanently embedded into the children’s long term memory.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

The Year 5 Team

Times Tables RockStars

RockStars proved to be hugely popular last year and helped the children to make considerable progress in learning their times tables facts.

As it is a new school year, we have reset the children’s RockStars accounts. Teachers will be handing out their logins this week.

RockStars is continuously improving with new features; this year, it has some new tools which help to assess where your child is currently with their times tables knowledge in order to tailor some of the questions to suit their needs and also give feedback to their teacher.

When your child first logs in, they will first need to choose a new ‘rockstar’ name. It would then be beneficial for them to play the ‘Gig’ as this gives an initial assessment and a baseline speed so that they and their teachers can see their progress over time.

If you have any questions, please pop in and speak to the class teacher.

Welcome to Year 5!

Hello and welcome to Year 5!

We have been enjoying getting to know the children over this first week and have already got stuck into our first topic of Space, as well as Maths and English.

As we’re sure you have heard, we had a fantastic day at Winchester Science Centre on Tuesday. The children were given the opportunity to explore the exhibits independently, take part in a workshop and then enjoy the excitement of the planetarium in the afternoon. The planetarium was awe-inspiring and was a fantastic addition to the start of our topic, leaving many children curious about life outside of Earth.


Don’t forget it’s our Curriculum Morning tomorrow, between 9am and 10am, where a brief overview of the Year 5 Curriculum will be given followed by a focus on how Maths is taught at St Mark’s. You will also be invited into the classroom to join the children in their Maths activity. We hope to see you there!

Year 5 Teachers