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Tennis skills activities for Sports Week


Sports Week 2015


The sports week kicked off to a good start with many children in Year 5 walking the Golden Mile before school, everyone seemed to enjoy it and thought it was a good way to start the day. This morning Year 5 were able to sample a variety of sports set out for them by Mr Fyfe, these included tennis, hockey, basketball and football shoot out. Please remember to make sure your child has a PE kit and trainers in school this week, a hat would be a good idea too if the hot weather continues. 

Maths outdoors


Recently, we played a crazy golf style game in order to learn about negative numbers.  The children particularly enjoyed being able to use the term "bogie" without being told off!



Come and See


As part of our RE Topic, we have been looking at Islam.  We created paintings using primary colours, colour washing to create a dramatic skyline.  We then drew the outline of a townscape and painted it black, to contrast with the sky.

Picture 1
Picture 2

Summer Term

We hope that you have all had a wonderful Easter and are eager to begin our new topic.  Please find below the curriculum overview for the Summer term and the topic related homework for this half term.


Forthcoming School Trip

Thursday 4th June - Farming Day at Writtle College.  More details to follow.  We have not made final arrangements, but we may need to have one or two helpers on the day.  If you are available on this day and are happy to look at various farming related exhibits, whatever the weather, please let us know.  We will let you know if we need your assistance, but please don't be offended if you are not chosen or asked.  Many thanks.

Mrs Broadhead and Mrs Chandler

Some of our memory boxes for our Come and See topic Memorial

Some examples of mystery stories based on a short film clip

Easter Competition Winners

Easter Competition Winners 1


The British Isles

This week in class we have been sharing our work about the British Isles. We have had poems, menus, biographies of famous British people, models of famous landmarks, mystery stories and quizzes. The quizzes were varied , questions such as what is the commonest Pub name in Britain? How many counties in Britain? How long did it take to build the Shard? We particularly enjoyed the food tasting, sharing such delights as sausages, Cornish pasties, flapjacks, cakes, Scotish shortbread and tablet and cream tea! We were amazed at the variety and quality of the children's work. They are now expert on everything British, well done Year 5!   As they have worked so hard we are not setting any homework for the holiday but we want them to come back rested and raring to go for the last term in Year 5 ! They can always go on Mathletics, BBC bit size or Topmarks websites if they want to keep their skills going. Happy Easter to all of you .

Best wishes Mrs Chandler and Mrs Broadhead. 






Year 5 went to Maltings Academy where they did some experiments in the Science lab, they made a collage to show the water cycle and made their own rocket and fired it from a rocket launcher. Everyone enjoyed their day.


10 March


Year 5 had a brilliant day at Abberton reservoir today. We learnt where our drinking water comes from and saw the process of cleaning the water at the Essex and Suffolk waterworks site.

   We then went to Abberton Reservoir where we filtered water making it as clean as possible using natural materials. After lunch we did some pond dipping and acted out the water cycle. The children also learnt how to save water at home. Tomorrow they will bring home their Aquanaut pledges to save water at home for a fortnight. Please sign their booklets at the end of 2 weeks so they can receive their medals at our class assembly.  We were so lucky with the weather and even managed to eat our lunch in the sunshine! The children were praised for their excellent behaviour and I feel very proud of them all.

Mrs Chandler 









Dear Parents

Today your child has brought home a short topic homework to be completed by the end of the term. Details are on the sheet and you can also view this homework on this page. 

Next week we are looking forward to two days out. Our trip to Abberton Reservoir and our visit to Maltings Academy. Both these visits are linked to our topics in Geography and Science. Please don't forget to send waterproofs and a packed lunch with your child on Tuesday. The letters detailing these trips can also be viewed on this page.

It was lovely to see the children dressed up as their favourite book character, they had all made a fantastic effort.


World book day costumes

World book day costumes 1

Our memory boxes as part of our RE topic - Memorial

Maths problem solving using division facts


This week we have been using our growth mindset to solve division problems.  Well done children for persevering and not giving up!

Using our growth mindset!

Absorbency investigation and testing hardness of rocks




Dear Parents

Welcome back to a new term and a very Happy New Year to you all. By now you should have received the thematic planner for this half term, if you have missed it you can view it below on this page.    

As a school we are encouraging a growth mindset and perseverance approach with the children to their work. This week the children have watched several videos with this message in mind. You may have already been told about Ormie the Pig, if not you can view this on YouTube, it is funny but it's message is very important. In class we watched the video of the two young men who reached the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, what perseverance that took!


This term we will be visited by a group of students from St. John Payne School, they will be working with the class on a PSHE lesson. On Friday 6th February the children will be visiting SJP to see their production of Dracula. On Thursday 12th March, Y5 are spending the day at Maltings Academy where they will be learning about Forces in Science and work related to our Geography topic. We also hope to arrange a visit before Easter related to our Water Cycle topic, details to follow.





This half term we have decided not to set topic homework as it is a short term, we have decided to send home spellings, Maths and Grammar homework each week instead. This work is differentiated and will be based around work done in class during the week. Therefore your child should be able to reinforce their learning and be able to complete this work themselves or with some support. As usual we send work home on a Friday and expect it back in school by the following Wednesday. If for some reason your child cannot complete it by then please drop us a note.             


As always thank you for your support and please contact us if you have any worries about your child. 





Science - materials and their properties

Artwork based on landmarks of the British Isles

We have been using Bloom's Taxonomy to develop our learning.


Still image for this video

Learning Blues with Mr Welton

Intrepid Explorers Spring Term

After School Reminder


Please be reminded that children can only be collected by their parents, unless staff have been notified by telephone/letter by their parent.  If we are unsure we will send the child to the office so that their parents can be contacted.

Swimming Reminder

Swimming lesson begin on Monday 12th January.  Children will need to be collected from the swimming baths.  If there is a problem, please let the class teacher know.


Egyptian homework


Once again the children have all excelled themselves with some fascinating topic homework.  Those children who have completed their work have had their photo taken and their work put on display.  We can't wait to see the rest of the completed homework, and will upload their work as soon as it is completed.  We'll done Year 5! 


Egyptian topic homework autumn term

As a class treat today, children made ice cream without a fridge or freezer.  They had great fun and will no doubt want to make some more at home over Christmas.

Our Winter display

Christmas Production Rehearsal

Just a reminder that our Christmas Production "Countdown to Christmas" starts this Tuesday and Wednesday.  Year 5 have been working very hard and look forward to seeing you there!

Our completed work from Maltings

Our completed work from Maltings 1

Thursday 20th November

Today Year 5 enjoyed a history day at Maltings Academy, they wrote their name in hieroglyphics and did some beautiful artwork designing their own sarcophagus. The children were complemented on their excellent behaviour, well done Year 5!


Home School Agreement, please share with your child


Welcome to Year 5!


The year has got off to a good start, the children have settled in very well and we have both been pleased with the effort they have shown from the first day.

The week before last we sent home the half term thematic planner and this half term’s topic homework based on our science topic, Space. We decided to continue with the topic homework as it proved very popular with all of the children and it was nice to celebrate their amazing work at the end of the half term.

As last year, we will send homework home on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday. In addition to the Space topic homework we will send home weekly spellings and Maths or Literacy work. Please help and encourage your child with their homework and if there are any problems do not hesitate to contact us.

Your child has a reading book for in school and another book to share at home, please try to hear your child read every day, they can do AR quizzes on any books they have read.

The children will have PE outside every Thursday, weather permitting, please provide a pair of old trainers for them to keep in school as the field is beginning to get wet.

As always if you have any concerns about your child please make an appointment to come and see either of us.


Mrs Broadhead and Mrs Chandler

We were so pleased with the quality, originality and variety of Space homework from our class this half term.  We are extremely proud of their work.  Children have been working very hard this half term, getting to grips with the new curriculum and their old teachers!

What we've been up to this half term!