Merry Christmas!

We have had a very festive few days in Year 5 doing a variety of things, ranging from making snow globes to decorating biscuits. We have had a fantastic first term and we can’t wait to see what 2019 brings.

From all of us in Year 5, we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.


Year 5 Trip to Pemberley House

We could not be more proud of our Year 5 children for the way in which they have demonstrated the Christmas spirit and brought pure joy to the elderly residents of Pemberley House.

In class, every child created a finger print Christmas card for a resident of Pemberley and wrote a heartfelt Christmas message inside. A group of children were then picked at random to deliver these to the residents with Miss Thomas and Mrs Poole today.

The happiness on the residents’ faces was incredibly moving as they shared conversations with our pupils. One resident even got out his harmonica and we all had a little Christmas sing along around his bedside! What a truly special afternoon!

We are so keen to continue this really special link with Pemberley House and hopefully see the residents more in 2019.

Year 5 Homework

There were lots of children who forgot their Reading Logs today, so here is an update on the Year 5 homework.

SPaG homework is pages 12 and 13, which is due in on Wednesday 19th December.

Maths homework is to go on TT Rockstars at least 4 times this week, which we would like done by Thursday 20th December.

There will be no homework set next week for over the Christmas holidays.

We hope you have a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Year 5 Team.


North America

We have had a fantastic time over the last few weeks learning all about the continent of North America and the different areas within it. Last week, we looked at all of the different biomes across the continent, ranging from Tundra, to Grassland and Temperate Forests.

In English, we started the half term by exploring Yellowstone National Park and we created travel guides for this amazing destination. More recently, we have been creating our own fables after studying the different language techniques fables contain. The teachers have been very impressed with our creativity when we were writing our own fables, and the morals found within.

We have continued the North American theme within dance, in which we have been studying a variety of North American dances from throughout history. We started learning Native American dancing, focusing on how the Native Americans used to dance to the beat of a drum, differing to how we dance to music today. Then we moved onto line dancing, learning the well-known dance to the song 5,6,7,8 by the band Steps. The children really seemed to enjoy this dance and have been keen to keep practising it within all dance lessons as warm ups. This week we have/will be moving onto traditional Hip Hop, in which the children will need to consider the differences in music, actions and formations compared to the other two styles of dance.

We are well underway with Christmas Carol singing, and can’t wait to see you all at the carol concerts over the next couple of weeks.
Year 5 Team

Rockstars Competition: Who has the fastest Rock Speed?

It’s been lovely to see so many more children using RockStars to practise their times tables. If the children play enough in ‘Garage’, ‘Studio’ and ‘Sound-check’, their speed is measured to show their progress.

Last week, we looked at who had the fastest rock speed in the school. Here are the speediest players in each year group:

Year 2

Kalel ‘Sean Hulsey’ = 17.65 seconds per question

Kayla ‘K.Scogin’ = 23.08 seconds per question

Year 3

Benjamin ‘Al Who’ = 5.22 seconds per question

Aiden ‘Five Blackpoolrock’ = 12.24 seconds per question

Samuel ‘Terry Sherwood’ = 12.5 seconds per question

Year 4

Ayush ‘Justin Reading’ = 1.29 seconds per question

Daniel ‘Vic.T.Hendrix’ = 1.67 seconds per question

Jonathan ‘Johnny Hatrix = 1.78 seconds per question

Year 5

Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ = 0.93 seconds per question

Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ = 1.52 seconds per question

Leo ‘Benjamin Rockpaperscissors’ = 1.67 seconds per question

Year 6

Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ = 0.96 seconds per question

Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ = 1.13 seconds per question

Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ = 1.16 seconds per question


Well done! Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your RockStars certificate this week.

Next time, the winners of each year group will be those children who are showing resilience in learning their times tables. This will be children who are practising a lot at home and not giving up, even when they are finding their times tables tricky. These children will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Our past competition winners are displayed outside Year 3 in our RockStars ‘Hall of Fame’ – come and take a look if you can.





Half Term Rockstars Competition

Battle of the Bands!

The ‘Battle of the Bands’ has been running for 5 days now and it’s great to see so many people playing at home.

Only 2 days left in the competition so how are the scores looking?

Year 2 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 4 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 4.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 6.

Overall, it seems that Year 2, 4 and 5 are practising lots at home. Year 3 and 6 are going to need to up their game a little in order to beat their opponents!

Log on to gain points for your Year Group’s ‘Band’ whilst also earning yourself lots of coins to spend at the online shop.

Rock on!

Well Done RockStars!

We re-launched RockStars a few weeks ago and what a hit it has been!

It looks like most children have logged on to learn their tables and increase their speed but we thought it was worth giving a few children a special mention who have clearly been doing lots of practice! Each time a game is played, the children earn coins so the more coins, the more practice they have had. Here are our top three scorers in each year group – a huge well done!


Year 2

Alfie ‘Tom Bragg’ has earned 10,854 coins

Luke ‘Fats Styler’ has earned 9,652 coins

Heath ‘Royal Rockaroundtheclock’ has earned 8,700 coins


Year 3

Jack ‘Thunder Palace’ has earned 18,647 coins

Igor ‘Billy Alvin’ has earned 14,697 coins

Archie ‘Strike Durst’ has earned 10,103 coins


Year 4

Sophie ‘Sugar Slim’ has earned 56,020 coins

Ethan ‘Royal Dornacker’ has earned 35,904 coins

Edward ‘Ed Cyrus’ has earned 32,966 coins


Year 5 

Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ has earned 106,708 coins

Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ has earned 91,639 coins

Carolina ‘C.C. Winter’ has earned 18,506 coins


Year 6

Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ has earned 188,708 coins

Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ has earned 126,022 coins

Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ has earned 61,847  coins


Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your special ‘Highest Earner’ certificate when you are back at school!


Half term is a perfect time to practise times tables and a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition has just been set up. This is a competition between different year groups – the more you practice, the more points you get for your band (year group).

Children can see their ‘bands’ progress when they log on. Who will win by the end of the half term holiday?

Happy Rocking!

Maths Team


Flap Books

For the last couple of weeks, Year 5 have been looking at audience for their writing. We started by looking at the differences between formal and informal writing and have moved onto the differences in language between writing for adults and writing for children.

After writing a news report aimed at adults, we moved onto creating flap books aimed at young children. We spent the day yesterday creating these books that we were very proud of.

After we had finished, we then went to share our stories with Year 2. We were able to read our stories to a few different children. A lovely way to share our love of reading.

Year 5 Homework

Just a quick note to apologise for the mistakes on the homework last week. We know that some of the children struggled as the pyramids didn’t quite add up.

Therefore we are asking the children to bring in as much as they could manage so that we can check their calculations, not the final answers in the boxes of the pyramids.

We will be talking to the children about the homework and discussing the mistakes and what we would like to see instead.

Sorry again,

Year 5 Team

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