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Year 5 - Summer 1 - Week 6

Date: 25th May 2023 @ 7:39pm


How have we reached this point already? The end of the penultimate half term of Year 5 for this amazing class! Throughout this half term, we have achieved so much and you have hopefully gained a snapshot of our incredible learning either within this blog or via our class Twitter page. This week was no different in terms of memorable moments in learning with plenty to report…


In our Maths learning, we have been focusing on 2D and 3D shapes. A particularly fun lesson was our active Maths lesson which involved finding different shape challenges hidden around our classroom and the outside area. The children then had to apply their knowledge of regular and irregular shapes to successfully solve each challenge question. Other lessons have included identifying the properties of 3D shapes in a practical lesson involving building skeleton shapes using blu-tack and art straws. 


In English, we completed our author book work which was the culmination of our writing from throughout the half term. The children were tasked with creating a hybrid persuasive-information piece using their knowledge gained from our lessons on environmental awareness alongside our focus picturebook, ‘The Paperbag Prince’. Their impressive writing was also accompanied by some equally impressive artwork.     


We also completed our final AR (Augmented Reality) project in Computing which we started last week. This involved us using our creativity to create our own “scenes” and then bringing them to life through AR within our classroom. The children enjoyed seeing their creations come to life and projecting their scenes and images around the room.


Our Collective Worship work continued our focus on our monthly value of ‘Courage’. We explored two powerful videos; one showing physical courage (a bird learning to fly) and the second video representing moral courage (Desmond Tutu discussing the resistance to apartheid). The children discussed these poignant videos in such a deep, meaningful way and applied their understanding of courage brilliantly.  


What a week and a fitting way to end this half term. See you all in a week’s time for the FINAL half term of Year 5. We’ll be sure to make it the best yet!



-PE lessons next half term will still take place every Wednesday and Thursday.


-There is no set Maths and English homework for next week, however the Year 5 ‘Virtual Classroom’ has been updated and attached to this blog, which includes links to a variety of websites and resources. All pupils' individual passwords can be found on Google Classroom. Don't forget, there is also the ‘Practice’ section on Mirodo where the children can choose any topic they wish to practise for Maths, Reading, SPaG or Science.


-School re-opens on Monday 5th June.

Year 5 - Summer 1 - Week 5

Date: 18th May 2023 @ 8:22am


A brilliantly busy week in the Year 5 classroom! Here are just some of our highlights…


Our Ancient Greece focus led to an exciting (and challenging) Art lesson in which we learned about how sculpture was very popular in ancient Greece and lots of sculptures and statues still survive today. These sculptures tell us a lot about life in ancient Greece and the people who lived there. After exploring lots of different examples, we then replicated one of the structures by carving into soap. Great care and attention was taken by the children as they knew that, rather than adding features such as noses and eyes, they had to consider how to carve away the soap to reveal them. Perhaps some future sculptors in the making!  


In RE, we continued our focus on Women in the Old Testament as we delved into the life of Jochebed (Moses’ mother). The children considered the reasons why Moses’ mother put him in a basket to float down the river and the significance and the impact of her doing so. A great deal of deeper thinking was employed as the children used green thinking hats to empathise with Jochebed and relate to the decision that she felt she had to make given the circumstances.   


In Maths, we have continued to work on our understanding of fractions and applying this to multiplying whole numbers, mixed numbers and improper fractions. Next week, we will begin our geometry/shape focus as we move onto identifying regular and irregular polygons and also exploring the properties of 3D shapes in lots of practical lessons!


Our week ended with our Computing day which was focused on the world of AR (Augmented Reality). Alongside this, we also explored how to read and create our own QR codes too which would be essential within our final projects. A fun QR code hunt around the school helped us to take this even further! Later, after exploring a variety of apps and websites that use AR, we were given the challenge of designing our own games that use AR. We look forward to creating the final versions of our games next week!


You may also have noticed the installation of our Community Book Swap Box here at Trinity St. Peter's. This has been installed in memory of Margaret Blake, a past Governor here at TSP, who loved coming in to school and hearing children read. It is located on the wall (near the defibrillator) and the idea is for the whole community (adults and children) to use this book swap box so we can share our love for reading with all!


An excellent week and we hope that the sun continues to shine long into the weekend. Enjoy and see you on Monday!



-Homework will continue to be set via Mirodo (as usual) for this week and spellings will continue to be set via Google Classroom.

-As per previous reminders via School Spider, next week is RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) week across the school.


Year 5 - Summer 1 - Week 4

Date: 10th May 2023 @ 12:23pm


Another shorter week but no less full of highlights and excellent learning taking place!


Our Ancient Greece focus led us to discovering more about a key part of their culture and leisure time – theatre! We focused on the two main types of plays that the Greeks performed: tragedies and comedies. We learned about how the Greek actors wore masks so that the audience could clearly see their expression and whether the character was happy, sad, angry or frightened. Also, how the masks had large mouth holes so that the actors voice could project well. After this learning, it was then time to make our own! This involved newspaper, Modroc casting plaster and a whole lot of fun (and just a bit of mess) putting them together. Take a look and see what you think!


In Maths, we have been focusing on multiplying fractions as well as converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers. Next week’s lessons will continue our fractions focus.


Our Collective Worship work has allowed us to consider the monthly value of Courage and the various associations of this word. We associated this with the courage of a lion in particular and enjoyed listening to some motivational speeches about how courage is within each of us and, although it can be difficult to find, it is part of us when we need it.


So that’s the end of another shorter school week. Just think of how much we will be able to achieve in five days rather than four next week! Until then…enjoy the weekend!

Year 5 - Summer 1 - Week 3

Date: 3rd May 2023 @ 11:56am

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A shorter week but still equally full of highlights and achievements for our brilliant Year 5 class! Here are just a few of them…


In History, we explored Greek mythology and the various heroes, monsters and gods/goddesses in the many mythical tales. This involved us playing against our shoulder partners in an exciting board game where we had to “collect” as many mythical objects as we could, all to appease the gods. We also finished the lesson with a game of ‘God, Hero or Monster?’ which further added to our knowledge base as we had to demonstrate various actions to show our thinking.


We have also been busy exploring how artists through the ages have told stories visually – e.g. the Bayeux Tapestry. We then had the opportunity to tell a wordless story of our own using textiles. This involved lots of creativity as well as important skills such as layering fabrics to create a desired effect.


In PE, we have been playing different variations of cricket in order to practise our batting, bowling and fielding skills in abundance. Diamond cricket was a particular favourite where the batters had to be on guard at all times as the bowlers shifted between four sets of stumps selecting which was best to target. This was a frantic game that required a real team effort and concentration throughout.


Our Maths work has focused on plotting coordinates across four quadrants and we have extended this to translation using coordinate grids too. Next week, our focus will shift to multiplying fractions.


Friday brought a particularly fun day in which we celebrated King Charles’ Coronation. This included the opportunity to perform ‘New King’ – a song which looks at the qualities that children would want from a monarch. We have enjoyed learning this song alongside the rest of the school in our Sing & Praise sessions. The day also involved a Coronation picnic, a Year 5 ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ show, some collaborative artwork and more. This allowed us to mark the significance of the weekend ahead.


Speaking of which, have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Year 5 - Summer 1 - Week 2

Date: 28th Apr 2023 @ 12:32pm


As another week races by, it is now chance to reflect on just how much we have managed to fit into this time! Once again, the Year 5 children have worked really hard and with excellent resilience, energy and enthusiasm. Well done to them all!


In Maths, we have focused on co-ordinates and finding the missing co-ordinates of shapes. This included a game of ‘Battleships’ against both the teacher and then our shoulder partners. Next week, we will extend our learning to finding coordinates in four quadrants and also translating (moving) shapes within coordinate grids.


Ahead of the upcoming King’s Coronation, we have also been learning an exciting coronation song, to mark King Charles III’s coronation on May 6th 2023. Written from a child’s perspective, ‘New King’ explores what one would do if they suddenly became king.


We are well underway with our brass instrument lessons with Mrs Hughes from Sefton Music Service. Our first few sessions have been familiarising with our new instruments, whether trumpet, baritone or trombone. We have also enjoyed some old favourites including the Forbidden Rhythm game where we all know, “Don’t play this one back!”


Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, Year 5! See you back in class on Tuesday 2nd May!



-Homework will continue to be set via Mirodo (as usual) for this week and spellings will continue to be set via Google Classroom.


Year 5 - Summer 1 - Week 1

Date: 20th Apr 2023 @ 9:05pm


Welcome to the Summer Term! It was great to welcome back the Year 5 children after very varied and exciting activities during the time off that were great to hear about. This week, we achieved so much and really did pick up where we left off. Here are just a few highlights…


We enjoyed our PE lessons in the sunshine that focused on both Hockey (on Wednesday) and Striking & Fielding with Formby High School (on Thursday). It will be great to see just how the children’s skills develop in these areas as the term progresses.


In English, we have commenced our new focus book for this half term. It is titled ‘The Paperbag Prince’ by Colin Thompson. Before reading even the first page, we did a lot of work exploring the upcoming themes and content of this picturebook. Much of this linked to the environment and the importance of reducing both pollution and waste on our planet. To unpick this further, we watched several videos, including David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, which showed the horrors of plastic waste in the ocean and the detrimental effects that this is having on marine life. This led to many passionate discussions and many thinking skills were used as we reflected using green thinking hats and also completed a Diamond 9 model to help further guide our reasoning. We look forward to getting stuck into this book from next week!


Our Maths work has focused on measuring angles with a protractor and a particularly fun lesson involved measuring and checking different sized angles that we had drawn onto our own tables alongside our shoulder partners. Accuracy was the key and this led to many dojo points being awarded too! Next week’s Maths will focus on coordinates and translation, including translating shapes and symbols within coordinate grids.


In RE, we began our new unit that focused upon ‘Women in the Old Testament’. The aim of this is to widen the children’s knowledge and understanding of the role and significance of women in the Bible and God’s big story. Our first lesson involved us completing some code breaking activities that provided us with the name of a significant female biblical figure and their role. This enabled us to expand our knowledge base.


Have a brilliant weekend, Year 5 - I look forward to seeing you on Monday!



-Brass lessons will take place every Friday throughout this term.

-Year 5 PE lessons will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week for this half term. Please ensure that your child attends school in their full PE kit on these days.

-Please also note that homework has been uploaded as usual to Mirodo as it will be each Friday throughout this term. As previously, the homework will be set each Friday and should be completed on or before the following Wednesday.

-Weekly spellings have also been uploaded to Google Classroom, which will be tested next Friday (28th).



Year 5 - Spring 2 - Week 6

Date: 30th Mar 2023 @ 7:56pm


.A fun and typically busy week to bring an end our Spring Term!


In our English learning, we were extremely proud to write up the “top copy” of our biographies on Commander Chris Hadfield for our Author Books. Accompanied by some watercolour artwork, the children worked hard to present their work in the style of a biography whilst also ensuring that their handwriting was neat and showcased their best. After all the hard work writing was done, the children were able to select their layout and organise their paragraphs accordingly. Very impressive…take a look at the pictures above if you need further proof!


In Maths, we have been focused on understanding and estimating angles in our lessons with Mr Burke. After half term, we will move onto measuring angles using a protractor before progressing onto coordinates and translation of shapes and points.


In our RE learning, we learned about the ‘Stations of the Cross’ which, traditionally, is fourteen separate pictures which represent Jesus’ last day on earth. This connected well with our Easter focus and the children learned about how the stations serve to represent the footsteps that Jesus had walked. We used this learning to create our own virtual version of the Stations of the Cross using Google Slides.   


The end of the week brought lots of Easter fun as we were paid a visit by the Easter bunny and a dance-off too. We took part in an Easter egg hunt in our houses teams of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The children also sang beautifully in the Key Stage 2 Easter Service led by Year 3.


A fitting end to the week with Easter just around the corner! The Year 5 children deserve an enormous amount of credit for all of their efforts throughout this term and we hope they enjoy and make the most of their two-week break. Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable time with your families. See you in the summer term!



-PE lessons next half term will take place every Wednesday and Thursday.


- There is no set Maths and English homework for the Easter break, however the Year 5 ‘Virtual Classroom’ has been updated and attached to this blog, which includes links to a variety of websites and resources. All pupils' individual passwords can be found on Google Classroom. Don't forget, there is also the ‘Practice’ section on Mirodo where the children can choose any topic they wish to practise for Maths, Reading, SPaG or Science.


-School re-opens on Monday 17th April.

Year 5 - Spring 2 - Week 5

Date: 23rd Mar 2023 @ 9:27pm

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Where does the time go? The penultimate week of this half term reaches the end and the weeks really do keep on flying by!

This week, we welcomed Mr Burke to the Year 5 team. He will be with us until early July and the children are looking forward to some of his lessons next week.

In Maths, we have been 100% focused on all things percentages! We have added to our skillset by finding percentages of amounts and this culminated in a percentage scavenger hunt which involved us navigating around our classroom, cloakroom and school hall to find the cards and answers we needed to succeed. Above all, the children did give 100% effort and enjoyed the task too.

In RE, we have been focused on our key question linked to Easter, ‘Why do Christians believe that Easter is a celebration of victory?’ We discussed the meaning of this key word and connected various definitions and synonyms to its true meaning. To demonstrate our understanding, we each made a victory collage which included different images and representations of victory and being victorious.

It was time to begin writing our biographies in our English lessons. We have been busy researching Chris Hadfield, one of the most accomplished astronauts of all time and the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station. As we shared our biography plans on Twitter, we were delighted to receive a “like” from Chris Hadfield himself and this has motivated us further to get writing. We will add the final touches next week before recording our final pieces within our Author Books.

We have also been delving further into our learning about Ancient Greece. We created some digital art by putting together a bespoke Ancient Greek art gallery according to our main interests about the topic so far. We also created some mosaics online utilising Ancient Greek patterns and style.

With that, another week reaches a close. See you after the weekend for the final week of this term. Enjoy!



- The KS2 Easter Service (led by Year 3) will be at St. Peter’s Church at 9:20am on Friday 31st March.

- Friday 31st March is also a Mufti Day for Autism Awareness Day.

- Friday 31st March is the end of term and a 1:00pm finish.


Year 5 - Spring 2 - Week 4

Date: 16th Mar 2023 @ 5:52pm


Another brilliant school week is in the bag as this half term continues to tick on by!


We enjoyed marking British Science Week with an experiment based on the book, ‘George’s Marvellous Experiments’ which is inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic tale. This involved the children investigating liquid density. To achieve this, we used a variety of different liquids including honey, maple syrup, dish soap, water and vegetable oil. Using these items, we predicted which items would have the highest or lowest liquid density before then testing it. Afterwards, we took our experiment one step further by dropping in items such as a screw, cherry tomato and ping pong ball to test whether they would float or sink and, if so, to which liquid layer. Great fun with an abundance of scientific thinking and discussion throughout.


We also marked Brain Awareness Week by learning all about how our brain functions; how we learn; how we stay “brain healthy” and also lots of different brain gym exercises that put our own brains to the test. Most impressive were the children’s brain poems which reminded us to remain optimistic and resilient when learning which linked to our school value of Hope as well as our school Learning Curve. The children also created brain hats (see the above picture) which outlined the different parts of the brain and their many functions.


In our English work, we have completed our journey through picturebook, ‘The Darkest Dark’. Using the information we have learned about main character Chris, we are beginning to research further information about his achievements in later life too. Using this information, alongside further research next week, we will be planning out a biography about the life of Chris Hadfield before then recording within our Author Books.


In Maths this week, we practised the method for converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. We will move onto finding percentages of amounts next week.


In our Collective Worship learning, we continued to focus on our monthly value of forgiveness. We discussed how true forgiveness links to “moving on” and “letting go” rather than holding grudges. This led to conversations discussing different scenarios where this may be difficult but that forgiving others who ask for it links to our value of Serve and following Jesus’ example.


What a way to end the week with both a school trip AND our class Comic Relief celebrations. Our trip took us to the National Trust in Formby as the final stage of our social action project alongside the Liverpool FC Foundation. Wearing our uniquely designed t-shirts, we met with Paul who listened to our various ideas and work so far as we all discussed further ways to raise awareness and make a difference to ongoing animal conservation and animal protection. Well done, Year 5, for standing up for what is right and for truly trying to make a difference within our local community!


To mark Comic Relief, we took part in a range of different challenges including Play Your Cards Right, a quiz, a unique counting game and other ‘Beat the Teacher’ style games too. Such enjoyment, resilience and friendly competitiveness was displayed throughout, all in the name of fun!


A brilliant and jam-packed week and we’re already looking forward to the next. Before that arrives, have a fantastic weekend!

Year 5 - Spring 2 - Week 3

Date: 9th Mar 2023 @ 9:30pm


A fantastically busy week in Year 5 where we were joined by some Trinity St. Peter’s alumni who returned to the school on work experience. It was great to see them as they took a trip down memory lane and helped the class out with their learning throughout. Once a member of the TSP family, always a member of the TSP family!


Some of our highlights definitely include our History lessons where we brought our learning about the Maya civilisation to a close. Our first lesson involved using our white and grey thinking hats to compile evidence for why the Maya might be considered ‘bloodthirsty’ or ‘civilised’. Following this, we considered the reasons for the decline of the Maya using a range of historical sources and theories. We learned that, in fact, there have been over 88 theories posed for explaining the decline of the Maya and it was likely a combination of different theories including: drought, warfare, invasion, disease, revolt and more. The children enjoyed debating in their teams as they tried to convince each other about the impact of their particular theory upon this once great civilisation.


In Maths, we have worked incredibly hard whilst tackling some assessments that will check our understanding of the learning that we have encountered this year so far. Alongside this, we have also focused on reading timetables and even became TV producers as we created our own TV channels which incorporated our understanding of 12- and 24-hour time. Next week, we will move onto finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.


We marked International Women’s Day with a discussion about why the day actually exists and the importance of seeking gender equality for all. The children listed many female role models that they were already aware of before we carried on reading our class focus text, ‘Great People Who Reached for the Stars’ by Louise Page, however focusing on the female role models within the book including Evelyn Glennie.


We have also proudly elected a Class MP this week following some impressive campaign speeches that were well put together and, clearly, lots of effort had been put into preparing them. Well done to all the children for their courage in running for this position. Each child should be proud of themselves for their efforts.


The end of our week was quite different altogether as we awoke to heavy snowfall across Formby! After arriving to school, we were (of course) keen to get outside and enjoy it while it lasted. A fun morning of snowball fights; building snowpeople/snow sculptures; snow angels and just general snowy adventuring awaited as we made lots of memories alongside our friends. As the sun shone throughout the day, most of the snow had melted by lunchtime so we were really glad to have made the most of the experience.


So another great week comes to an end and the weekend awaits. See you all on Monday!

Year 5 - Spring 2 - Week 2

Date: 2nd Mar 2023 @ 9:18pm


Yet another busy, busy school week! The Year 5 children continue to give their all and it’s time to share just some of our highlights…


On Thursday, we had a tremendous World Book Day! The effort put into the children’s creative and varying costumes brought much fun and enjoyment to such a special school day. Our activities were wide-ranging and included using the Chat GPT artificial software to generate a range of exciting blurbs from the mysterious book titles that were fed into it. The children selected one of the blurbs and became illustrators as they created their own appealing and intriguing-looking front covers for the blurb of their choice. Such creativity on display and perhaps some illustrators of the future!


We also took part in an EXTREME reading activity where the children were tasked with getting a photo of themselves reading in a variety of unusual and wonderful ways. Such efforts included reading whilst doing a headstand; reading in a tree and reading in a wheelbarrow. Many children used their technology skills too in order to ‘Photoshop’ themselves reading on top of mountains, buildings or in outer space. We aimed to show how reading can be done anywhere and at any time…well, kind of!


Our fun certainly didn’t stop there as we took part in a ‘Guess the Book quiz’ from a range of picture clues within the classroom. We also took part in a World Book Day class quiz with every question linked to, you guessed it, BOOKS!


In our Collective Worship work, a new month welcomed in a new monthly value: Forgiveness. We have discussed the meaning of the word and how this links to our value of Serve and following Jesus’ example. We were also reminded of our class forgiveness poster and how this links to our school values. We look forward to exploring this value further throughout the month!


In Maths, we practised converting between 12-hour and 24-hour time as well as reading timetables and finding the difference between time intervals. Our learning will continue into next week where we will also tackle some assessments that will check our understanding of the Maths that we have encountered this year so far.


After such a busy week, a weekend always follows. We hope that you make the most of it and we look forward to seeing the children again on Monday!



Year 5 - Spring 2 - Week 1

Date: 23rd Feb 2023 @ 8:56pm

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We welcomed back a well-rested Year 5 on Monday following our half term break and it was great to see them all! As always, we started the week by sharing our experiences during the week off and also familiarising with our new shoulder partners and table partners in class.


Following that, it was business as usual as the children picked up where they left off last half term by working with impressive resilience, effort and enjoyment across so many different subjects.


Our RE journey delved into the key concepts within Christianity. We explored a range of illustrations that represented a different aspect of our religion. The children connected their knowledge brilliantly to interpret what these pictures attempted to represent. After revealing the answers, the children were then tasked with ordering the Christian concepts according to the bigger story of the Bible itself.


In Art, it was time to put our sculpting skills into action as we created clay vases in the style of the Maya. During the last few lessons, we have been practising creating Maya patterns before then completing a vase design. We also then used various implements to practise adding these patterns to playdough in preparation for moving onto our final clay vase creations. Take a look at the pictures above to see how it went!


In a hard-working week of Maths, we have been learning how to use long multiplication using the column method, with impressive results. Next week’s Maths will involve converting between 12-hour and 24-hour time.


A really excellent and exciting week to begin this new half term. The weekend now awaits and we will see you all on Monday. Enjoy!



-Year 5 PE lessons will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays each week for this half term. Swimming sessions will not continue this half term and both PE lessons will therefore take place in school. Please ensure your child attends school in their full PE kit on these days.

A polite reminder that the correct PE uniform should be worn: Charcoal ‘V’ neck grey sweat shirt with school logo, charcoal grey jogging pants or black shorts, white T shirt or white polo shirt, black pumps or suitable trainers. Further information regarding uniform can be found on the school website -


-Yoto is the official partner for World Book Day this year! Their aim is to bring more ways to read for children and families through audiobooks. They can help more children access books and stories, and give all families new ways to have story and reading time together. They will be making a selection of audiobooks available for free via the Yoto App (app available for free on AppStore and GooglePlay) and will be donating £1 from the sale of selected Yoto Cards to the World Book Day Charity. A range of free audiobooks are also available on the World Book Day World of Stories page.

Year 5 - Spring 1 - Week 3

Date: 19th Jan 2023 @ 9:21pm


A tremendous week was had in the Year 5 classroom as we continued our learning journey and challenged ourselves across so many different areas of the curriculum.


Our hard work has extended across so many subjects and most definitely within our Maths learning. Here we have been focusing upon comparing and ordering fractions with different denominators. Alongside this, we have also tested our fraction skills in different games such as bingo, loop games as well as online games of Blooket. These were competitive and fun to observe. Such fraction work can be challenging and, as always, the children approached their learning with resilience and built on their understanding and confidence levels.


We have also continued on with our grand, class times table battle with this current series approaching a very dramatic end. Quite unbelievably, there is a tie as we go into the final battle and a tense wait to find our eventual winning team next week. Both teams have given their all…but there can only be ONE winner. Good luck to all involved!


In English, we have continued our focus on the text ‘Arthur & the Golden Rope’. We have enjoyed reading the beginning of this rather unusual myth as well as using it as a stimulus to write a short Norse poem containing adventurous noun phrases and linking in relative clauses from last week’s learning too. We have also honed our skills of speech punctuation and have enjoyed writing scenes involving the characters from Arthur & the Golden Rope interacting with one another about the disaster that hit their Icelandic village.


Our History learning delved into the Mayan civilisation as we considered why exactly we are studying the Mayan empire in school. To do so, we speculated and made deductions from a range of visual clues that were laid at different stations across our classroom. This allowed us to appreciate the range of Mayan achievements and how they were one of the most sophisticated societies of their age with a strong belief system.


In Collective Worship, we considered our monthly value of Humility and how we can apply this within our daily lives. A video stimulus involving a table tennis player over-celebrating winning a point was a good discussion point for how being humble and considering other’s feelings is an important and respectful way to live.  


Once again, another brilliant week with Year 5. Have an excellent weekend everyone – you certainly deserve it!

Year 5 - Spring 1 - Week 2

Date: 12th Jan 2023 @ 9:10pm


Our first full week of school in 2022 has flown by and I think it’s fair to say that the hard work and efforts of the children have continued into the new year. Above all, what a busy and exciting week we have had too! Here are just a few of our highlights…


We commenced our new History theme this week which is based on the Mayan Civilisation. To begin, we were each given a poster stating some of the key periods and events in both UK and World history. Following this, the children were challenged to organise themselves into a human timeline whilst taking note of the different “start” and “end” dates for each period, event or civilisation. This prompted some interesting discussions as we recognised how, in history, there is a lot of overlap and it is not as simple as one period ending exactly as another begins. Afterwards, the children were introduced to the new Maya theme and completed a circle map to record their existing knowledge about the topic. We will re-visit this circle map at the end of our learning to add our newly learned knowledge too!


In RE, we also commenced our new unit titled ‘Jesus the teacher’. For this first lesson, we first reflected on our teaching and learning experiences in throughout our lives so far. Using our ‘brace map’ (thinking map), we selected three teachers who were responsible for teaching us an important skill or fact that will always stay with us. A lot of deep and meaningful reflection took place as the children chose a variety of teachers from: school itself, their families, sports clubs that they attend, their friendship circles and even wider!


In Maths, we have been practising how to recognise, find and compare equivalent fractions. The children have worked hard to apply these skills and, towards the end of the week, enjoyed applying their knowledge to various problems provided by the LBQ website. We also had the opportunity to learn about the Mayan number system in Maths which involved some extra brainpower as we had to apply our skills to the different symbols used whilst also applying our arithmetic skills to do so.


In English, it is almost time to commence our new writing focus text based on the world of Norse mythology. For this week’s work, we continued to expand our vocabulary and also learned about relative clauses in our SPaG work, which we later applied to writing sentences about the Norse Gods using character profiles to guide us. In doing so, the children were able to produce a ‘Top Trumps’ card on one of the ‘Avengers’, which many children were familiar with from the Marvel film that is based on many of these mythological beliefs.


A busy week but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you on Monday!



-Homework for Maths and English has been set via Mirodo and should be completed on or before the following Wednesday (18th January).

-Weekly spellings are accessible via Google Classroom.


Year 5 - Spring 1 - Week 1

Date: 5th Jan 2023 @ 9:11pm


Wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2023!


It was great to welcome back the Year 5 children who were recharged and refreshed after an excellent festive spent with family and friends alike. Although a shorter week, it is fair to say that we made the most of it and it was great to be back together as a class team once again. Here are just a few things that we got up to…


Our new writing theme allowed us to delve into the world of Norse mythology. We expanded our vocabulary and explored the many weird and wonderful beliefs of the Viking people. We enjoyed expanding our vocabulary as we labelled and decorated our own Yggdrasil World Tree before employing impressive thinking skills to create a brace map of the ‘three levels of the universe’ (according to Norse mythology). This knowledge will serve us well as we delve further into all things Norse as we begin our new class text…


Our Geography learning connected seamlessly with our new writing focus as we continued exploring Scandinavia. First, we recapped our knowledge from the previous half term through some ‘Connect 5’ activities. We then did some active learning as we completed fact files for Norway, Denmark and Sweden by finding the different information that was hidden in and around the classroom. Following this, we completed a double bubble map to compare an area of Scandinavia to an area within the UK. We then used this to inform a more extensive comparison of the different human and physical geographical features within each locality.


In Maths, we have been learning a method for long multiplication. The children have honed their understanding of the ‘grid method’ and can apply their skills with much greater confidence and accuracy. Well done to you all for your resilience and accuracy when approaching this method!


A great, albeit shorter week to welcome in 2023. Enjoy your weekend everyone and see you all on Monday!




-Year 5 PE days for this half term are Wednesday (Swimming) and Friday (school PE).


-Maths and English Homework will resume next week and will be set, as usual, via Mirodo on Friday 13th. This should then be returned on or before the following Wednesday (January 18th).


-Spellings have been set from this week and the weekly test will take place next Friday (13th).


-For more information on what we will be learning about this term, please click here.


-Some recommended Reading at Home resources can be found here.

Year 5 - Autumn 2 - Week 7

Date: 14th Dec 2022 @ 11:26am


The time has come to step into Christmas!


What a brilliant final school week of 2022 to cap off what has been a fantastic term spent with this Year 5 class. Each child has made us proud with their achievements on a weekly basis and the end of term is a perfect time to reflect upon just how far the children have come in this time. Roll on 2023! However, not before a well-deserved Christmas break for the children and many memories created with loved ones.  


In a very festive week that was packed full of highlights, let’s delve into just a few…


The week started with Christmas Movie Day where we enjoyed the absolutely timeless classic, Home Alone! We are very grateful to Team TSP for the various snacks and drink choices which made for an even more enjoyable experience.


We also completed a Design Technology project this week which, it is fair to say, made our moods even more festive. To achieve this, we  designed, analysed, created and then evaluated…Gingerbread Houses! First of all, we had to research existing edible houses and then create a design brief which listed the various criteria that we wished our design to meet. Following the creation of our design brief, we then planned and annotated our final product ready for creation. Now that we had identified the various ingredients (mainly festive sweets) to decorate the exterior of our houses, it was time to get to construction. The children put their ideas into action as they used the cement (icing) and the bricks (gingerbread) to build the structure for their edible house. Great fun was then had completing the design and well done Year 5 for some great teamwork and for creating some creative and (mostly) stable gingerbread houses!


There was also a bit of a mystery this week as the children were convinced that some elves had visited our classroom? The adults in Year 5 were none the wiser but we are told that these elves played all kinds of tricks, jokes and caused festive uproar both within our classroom and around the school too. Who knows!


Later in the week, we delved into our “online lives” as part of our Computing Day. This started with discussions about the different social media apps that we use. We discussed the many positives of the internet and how communities can be established amongst friendship groups or as part of a gaming community. We then delved deeper into what online reputation means; how technology can impact upon health and wellbeing and also tested how secure our passwords are. A very informative morning which we are sure will help the Year 5 children to use the Internet to its full potential whilst remembering to always stay safe!  


Our busy week ended with the Key Stage 2 Christmas Service at St. Peter’s Church. This reminded us of last year where we had the starring roles so we were keen to join in with the different songs and carols that we remembered well in order to support our friends in Year 4. A poignant way to finish this term with a reminder about the true meaning of Christmas.  


All that is left to do now is to wish you all the most amazing Christmas and New Year. Just to also take the opportunity to say a massive, heartfelt thank you for the generous gifts, cards and well wishes received by Year 5 staff throughout this week. Thank you for your generosity and it really does mean an awful lot!


Make the most of the time together with your family during the festive period and I look forward to seeing you all in 2023!


Merry Christmas Everyone!


Some reminders for after half term:

-There is no set homework for next week, however the Year 5 ‘Virtual Classroom’ has been updated and attached to this blog, which includes links to a variety of websites and resources. All pupils' individual passwords can all be found on Google Classroom. Don't forget, there is also the ‘Practice’ section on Mirodo where the children can choose any topic they wish to practise for Maths, Reading, SpaG or Science.


-The Year 5 children will have their PE sessions in the Spring Term on Wednesday (swimming) and Friday (PE). Please remember that children will need to arrive to school in their PE kits on both of these days.



Can you hear the ring of jingle bells? Love Reading 4 Kids have released their mid-December newsletter. There's still time to order your Christmas books; their Christmas Gift Guide is full of festive treats for all ages, and you can also find more ideas for your perfect presents in their round-up of the best fiction and non-fiction books of 2022.


Year 5 - Autumn 2 - Week 6

Date: 8th Dec 2022 @ 2:47pm

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Another week races by in the Year 5 classroom with Christmas now just around the corner! As ever, we have achieved so much and there are so many highlights in what has been such a fun, busy, whirlwind of a week.


On Tuesday, we had the amazing opportunity to attend a ‘Discover Music’ event which took place at Litherland High School. Here, we watched a live band who had us rocking and some children had the chance to try different instruments under the guidance of some specialist music teachers too. We are sure that our budding musicians in Year 5 are now even more inspired to play!


We also took part in the Santa Dash adorned in Santa hats, headbands and all kinds of festive wear. The weather made for an even more festive occasion as the children dashed around the track on what was a brisk and frosty morning. Great fun was had and we ho-ho-hope the children all enjoyed it!


In our English work, we reached the culmination of our work on the twisted fairytale, ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. Using inspiration from the story-within-a-story, where the witch ultimately met her downfall, the children used their imagination and creativity to write their very own versions of Jub’s ‘Golden Pen Story’. You could hear a pin drop in the Year 5 classroom as each child was determined to make their final pieces the very best that they could be. After writing them up in their Author Books, the children then had the task of accompanying their work with some artwork and illustrations. The final versions are really impressive and a credit to the hard work that the children have put into this work throughout this half term!


In Maths, we have focused on times table revision and an overview of place value and number in our calculation work. Next week’s Maths will be festive themed!


To end our week…Christmas Party Day! We had a fantastic time sharing games, toys and music with our friends. Christmas spirit certainly continues to grow with just one more school week left. Time flies!


This term (so far) has been brilliant with this class of amazing, hardworking children. To have watched them flourish from the start of the school year has been a privilege and they continue to make us so, so proud.


Roll on next week and please see below for lots of reminders of our festive fun in our final school week of 2022…



-Monday 12th December: Christmas Movie Day in school hall (am). Clarinet will still take place in the afternoon.

-Tuesday 13th December: Christmas Sing-Off

-Wednesday 14th December: Christmas Dinner Day

-Friday 16th December: KS2 Church Service at 9.15am lead by Y4. School finishes at 1pm.


Year 5 - Autumn 2 - Week 5

Date: 1st Dec 2022 @ 9:05pm


December is here and things have already turned very Christmassy within the Year 5 classroom! On the 1st December, the Year 5 children turned into Christmas elves as they were responsible for decorating our classroom (both inside and out) with an array of decorations whilst accompanied by, of course, Christmas music. They certainly brought the festive spirit in abundance and we ho-ho-hope this same spirit continues throughout the month. In fact, we’re absolutely sure that it will!


After an exciting start to Advent, this was followed by an amazing day at the Team TSP Christmas Extravaganza on Friday! There were so many festive activities for the children to try and thank you to all at Team TSP for organising such a brilliant day for the children.


The start of December also signalled the beginning of our new monthly value focus in our Collective Worship work. It seemed very fitting to use a Christmas advert as the stimulus for our first discussions. The children were introduced to the animated film, ‘#Justino’, which features a security guard at a mannequin factory. Since Justino works the graveyard shift, he has very few chances to interact with his coworkers. With a little bit of creativity, Justino devises ways to connect with his colleagues by using the factory’s mannequins to create situations both amusing and moving. His coworkers appreciate his playfulness each morning, and find a way to repay his generous spirit in kind. This advert incorporated so many of our school SHINE values due to Justino’s optimism, creativity, kindness and serving of others. The gratitude and appreciation that he receives in return is what makes this advert so powerful and made for such great discussions in our classroom.


In Maths, we have been working on calculating the area of rectilinear shapes as well as estimating the area of irregular shapes. Next week’s Maths will involve problem solving with a festive twist!


Our English work has involved planning our own fairytales…with a twist! Bring on our author book work next week where we will write our final top copies.


Another really fantastic week with an equally fantastic class. Well done for all of your efforts and enjoy a well-deserved weekend. See you all on Monday!



-The Santa Dash will take place on Thursday 8th December. Children can bring festive accessories or costumes to change into for the race.

-Christmas Jumper Day takes place on Friday 9th December.

Year 5 - Autumn 2 - Week 4

Date: 24th Nov 2022 @ 6:26pm

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Well, another typically busy week in Year 5 draws to a close! With plenty to choose from, here are some of our main highlights…


We were lucky enough on Tuesday to have the opportunity to take part in a Christmas Recycling Craft Workshop from the Recycling Discovery Centre. Following a fun and interactive assembly (including a ‘wrap battle’), it was time to head back to the Year 5 classroom to get creative with recycled items. The children had great fun creating their Christmas crafts and learning how items can be repurposed rather than simply disposed.


In RE, we completed the final lesson of our unit focused on the Bible. We used this lesson to explore Christianity as a living faith through the inspiring story of Desmond Doss. Desmond Doss was a Christian combat medic who was awarded the congressional medal of honour for saving the lives of 75 men. He was a conscientious objector who never carried a gun. He is also the subject of the 2016 film, ‘Hacksaw Ridge’. First, we completed a circle thinking map using only picture clues to infer what we could about Desmond. Then we further learned about his life and his honourable actions that all came about because he fervently stood by his beliefs. This helped us to really explore Christianity as a “living faith” and to unpick our key question, ‘how can belief affect people’s actions?’.


In Maths, we have focused on finding the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes. We extended this to a much-enjoyed problem solving task on Friday as we designed our own robots according to specific criteria. This built on a similar task that the children completed in Year 4 but in a way that further stretched and challenged the children whilst still being thoroughly enjoyed by all…not to mention the creativity in designs too! Next week, our focus will shift to further area and perimeter problem solving challenges.


In English, we completed ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ which has been our focus within our writing lessons throughout the half term to date. There were shocks and gasps across the classroom as we brought this story to a close due to the shocking (and quite gruesome) twist at the end of the story. This led to an excellent class discussion where the children explored the critical question: ‘Is Jub the villain?’ There were impassioned responses from the children as they justified their views and applied reasoning to back up their thinking. We are already looking forward to next week where we can write our own fairytales…with a twist!


Wednesday brought our first Swimming session of the academic year. This will now inform our second PE lesson with Year 5 PE lessons being Wednesdays (Swimming) and Thursdays (school PE).


An excellent week with plenty more to come as we tick down towards December and all things Christmas! Enjoy the weekend and see you Monday.

Year 5 - Autumn 2 - Week 3

Date: 17th Nov 2022 @ 8:33pm

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We have had a busy but brilliant week following the release of our ‘Celebration of Kindness Week Video’ for 2022. This jam-packed week tied together Kindness Week, Anti-bullying Week and Children in Need, which has provided much learning and many opportunities for the children.


To mark Celebration of Kindness Week, our main project involved us showing a bit of entrepreneurial spirit. Year 5 will be leading on the school tuck shop which will spread kindness across our school community through some much-needed fundraising for the school we know and love. Many children will also be dedicating their time to help run the tuck shop and to ensure that it is a success! Our first task involved different teams of children taking on advertising, branding and research roles to develop our tuck shop business before next week’s grand opening. We are already excited to get going!  


A particular highlight this week came in the form of the ‘Book World Cup’. This involved 32 different books which all had the opportunity to be voted in as the next class novel for Year 5. The decision was entirely in the hands of the class! Before the voting could commence, the children had to familiarise themselves with the various books in the competition. This involved the children spending time exploring the different books, reading the blurbs and extracts to each other, looking at the covers and chatting generally about how they felt about them. This first stage was filled with rich book talk. Next, it was time to vote. After some close battles as each book went head-to-head, we were able to  narrow down the 32 books to just one winner. As chosen by the children, our new class novel of ‘The Silver Sword’ was crowned!     


In Maths, as it was also assessment week, we recapped all of our learning so far this term. Next week, we will be continuing to focus on the perimeter of compound shapes and will extend to problem-solving activities relating to real-life scenarios and the visualising of shapes.  


In English, we are continuing our focus on a fairytale…with a twist. ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ has stimulated some fantastic writing from the children so far and we can’t wait to see what next week brings especially as the story will soon take a dark and sinister turn. Wait and see… 


What an end to the week too as we took part in a House event and school fundraiser! This event was to support Team TSP who have kindly sourced a stall at Formby Christmas Lights to help raise much needed funds for school. In their respective houses of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the children were tasked with creating either reindeer food, Santa sweets, reindeer pine cones or sweet jars. We had great fun getting creative in a festive way and supporting our school and Team TSP!


Take a breath now that a brilliantly busy week has reached an end. Though we wouldn’t have it any other way and we are grateful for the many opportunities that we have had. Enjoy your weekend and see you all on Monday!  



Year 5 have the opportunity to take part in a Christmas Recycling Craft Workshop which will take place during the school day on Tuesday 22nd November. This will be an opportunity for children to bring in some recycling and turn it into a fun Christmas craft. Could we kindly request that your child brings in at least one of the below:

  • Milk bottles (2 litre if possible, other sizes will work)
  • Cardboard cereal boxes
  • Steel food cans (sharp lids removed)
  • Newspaper/Magazines
  • Wrapping paper

Each piece of recycling will make one craft. If children would like to make more than one of the different craft ideas, they can bring in multiple items of recycling.

Any spares also appreciated too! If items could please be brought in on or before Tuesday 22nd November.

Year 5 - Autumn 2 - Week 2

Date: 10th Nov 2022 @ 4:57pm



Blink and you missed it! This week has sailed by so let’s take this chance to reflect on just a few of the many highlights.


A definite highlight was our Science lesson which focused on the phases of the moon. To represent the lunar cycle, we used Oreo cookies which were particularly adept at representing each phase, all the way from a new moon to a full moon. The children took great care in scraping out the filling of each Oreo and resisted the temptation to eat them…at least for the duration of the lesson! Take a look outside at tonight’s moon which will be in a Waning Gibbous phase.


Following on from our school trip, we also took part in an ‘Our Place in Space’ educational workshop during Friday afternoon. This involved using the Scratch Jr app via our iPads to create a space-themed digital game. We loved this opportunity and our coding skills were put to the test to achieve the desired results.


We also marked Remembrance Day by joining Year 4 and Year 3 at the war memorial in St. Peter’s Churchyard. Here, we laid wreaths on behalf of each class within the school. Our Year 5 children also delivered some poignant readings to further mark the occasion and all children beautifully observed the two minute’s silence.


In Maths, we have focused on identifying prime numbers, composite numbers and also drawing factor trees to represent the prime factors of a given number too. Next week is assessment week where we will recap all of our learning so far this term!


Homework continues to be set on Mirodo and information regarding next week’s spellings can be found on Google Classroom. Please remember that the children can also access their virtual classroom on Google Classroom if they wish to access further learning at home.


Also, 'Love Reading for Kids' have released their early November newsletter. This includes a first look at their Christmas Books and Gift Guide which is full of great ideas for all readers. Books really do make the best presents so please do take a look! 


We really hope you enjoy watching our Celebration of Kindness video and share a laugh with your families. Plus, don’t forget, the video is only the start! We are sure the children are very excited to take part in a range of activities next week, which will encompass three events taking place: World Kindness Day, Anti-Bullying Week and Children In Need. Enjoy your weekend and see you all on Monday!

Year 5 - Autumn 2 - Week 1

Date: 4th Nov 2022 @ 11:44am


What a brilliant week we have had! As our Year 5 children returned from a well-deserved week’s rest, we really enjoyed welcoming them back and hearing about all of their family time and activities during the time off. As we commence this brand-new half term, we are very much looking forward to the many exciting opportunities and learning that awaits!


Could there be a better (and more fun) start to a new half term than filming for our Celebration of Kindness video? Without giving too much away ahead of the big reveal, many laughs were had between the Year 5 children as we were reminded to ‘Laugh More and Worry Less’. We are very much looking forward to watching the final version at the end of next week!


A new month also meant a new monthly value focus. As we moved onto the value of ‘Peace’, we are beginning this month by remembering and learning about the symbolism of the poppy. This is a particularly important time of year as we approach Remembrance Day where those who gave their tomorrow for our today will be honoured and remembered. Keep an eye out in Formby village where the children’s poppies are to be displayed in the windows of Cockbain & Associates who pledged to donate £1 to the British Legion charity for each poppy designed by children in our class and school!


In our Maths learning this week, we have focused on understanding and applying the Maths terminology of factors and extending this to common factors. A lot of this learning relied on our times table and division facts knowledge and fluency! Next week, we will move onto multiples, prime numbers and prime factors.


We also headed into Liverpool City Centre this week to walk the ‘Our Place in Space’ immersive sculpture trail of the inner planets within our solar system. As we arrived, we were greeted by our tour guide David who was incredibly knowledgeable about all things space. He also answered our many, many questions about different planets, galaxies and sections of our universe and all of the children received badges along the way for their excellent questions and answers too. As David guided us from the Sun all the way to Mars, it is fair to say that we learned an awful lot and the children returned with a wealth of facts and extra information to add to their ever-expanding space knowledge. We also enjoyed taking the opportunity to complete some kindness video scenes in the centre of Liverpool. We are certainly the first Trinity St. Peter’s class to take the kindness video into the city centre and we enjoyed this novelty. It is fair to say that we definitely laughed more and worried less (or not at all) about the many watching members of the public and passers by who caught a glimpse of our dance moves!


A really enjoyable first week of this half term has been had. Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy any firework displays or bonfires that you may be attending. Stay safe!



Homework will also resume from this week and has been set for on Mirodo for Maths and English on Friday (4th) and is due to be completed on or before the following Wednesday (9th). Weekly spellings have also been set which will be tested next Friday (11th).



Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Week 7

Date: 19th Oct 2022 @ 11:47am


We can’t quite believe that it is already the end of the first half term of the school year! Time has absolutely raced by and it is more than fair to say that Year 5 have worked extremely hard and have already achieved so much.


In our English work, we completed our first Author Book pieces of this year based on our focus text, ‘Queen of the Falls’. The children completed their final pieces of writing with such focus, care and pride and each was a pleasure to read. These diary entries have made an excellent opening page to our Year 5 writing journey. Well done, Year 5!


In RE, we continued to explore the Christian Bible with its many books and stories. We considered the word ‘sacred’ and its meaning and what it takes for an object to be thought of in this way. To do this we thought of items that we hold dear and that are treasured within our own lives. We then connected our items to the sacred nature of the Bible by making comparisons and establishing differences.


In Maths, we have focused on inverse operations and multi-step word problems involving addition and subtraction. We enjoyed putting our skills to the test through some different Maths games too including a spooky, themed game on Blooket where frighteningly quick Maths was the aim of the game.


Our final day of this half term brought our Computing focus day which centred around the world of vlogging and what it means to be a YouTuber. We learned a lot about the positives and negatives of this career path, lots of safety tips and we also created some video logs (vlogs) of our own.


Thank you, Year 5, for a great first half term where I have loved getting to know each and every one of you. There are plenty more highlights to come throughout the rest of the year but, in the meantime, go and enjoy the half term break!


Some reminders for after half term:

  • Spellings have been set as usual via Google Classroom and will be tested at the end of the first week back at school after half term.
  • There is no set homework for next week, however the Year 5 ‘Virtual Classroom’ has been updated and attached to this blog, which includes links to a variety of websites and resources. All pupils' individual passwords can all be found on Google Classroom. Don't forget, there is also the ‘Practice’ section on Mirodo where the children can choose any topic they wish to practise for Maths, Reading, SpaG or Science.


Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Week 6

Date: 13th Oct 2022 @ 6:18pm

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.Where has this week gone? Let us take this chance to reflect on some of the many highlights from a typically busy (and fun) week!


In our Collective Worship work, our October focus on the monthly value of Generosity continued. Our learning focused on a particular kindness video titled ‘One Day’. This powerful video demonstrated a kindness boomerang where the camera tracks an act of kindness as it was passed from one individual to the next until eventually managing to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion. We discussed how we can pay generosity forward through small acts of kindness such as those within this video.  


Our Science work continued to delve into the great unknown…outer space! We are fascinated by this topic and have been adding to our knowledge with each and every lesson. This week, we took ourselves to the school field as we needed a large, open area for what we were going to do. Here, we created a human, scale model of our Solar System! With our Sun at the centre of the field, the children (each responsible for a certain planet) had to take a specific number of steps away from the sun in order to represent their scaled distance in outer space. So, our Mercury and inner planet teams didn’t need to take all that many steps to represent their 48 million+ kilometres from the sun. However, our Uranus and Neptune teams certainly raised their step count and ended up near the outskirts of the field. We hope that this fun activity helped to create a greater understanding of just how vast our solar system actually is. Following this activity, we gave a mini presentation in small teams based on the planet that we were responsible for. The children enjoyed listening to each team's presentation and giving their feedback too!  


This week’s Maths lessons have focused on interpreting negative numbers and finding the difference between sets of negative numbers or between negative numbers and positive numbers. Next week’s Maths lessons will focus on understanding and using inverse operations before moving onto word problems involving addition and subtraction.


In English we have been creating newspaper articles which reported daredevil Annie Edson Taylor’s arrival to Niagara Falls in October, 1901. To prepare us for this task, we first became newspaper reporters who had been given an exclusive interview with Annie herself! After some role play and hot seating in these roles, we were well prepared to put our reporting skills into writing our front-page articles. Next week is our final week focused on our gripping ‘Queen of the Falls’ text. The children have been hooked throughout and, although they are desperate to know the final outcome of Annie’s stunt, I know they will be sad for it to end. However, with the end of one book and story there always starts another…


Another excellent week in Year 5 and, after a well-deserved weekend for the class, we move onto our final week of this half term. Time flies!



- The Team TSP Glow in the Dark Disco will take place on Thursday 20th October in our school Hall. The time slot for Year 4 to Year 6 is 4.45pm to 6pm.

 -On Friday 21st October, we finish for half term.

Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Week 5

Date: 7th Oct 2022 @ 4:08pm

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What an excellent and busy week in Year 5!


Our Maths lessons have focused on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We used DJ Casper and the ‘Cha Cha Slide’ to help learn the technique for applying each method with the same dance moves but using slightly different lyrics. “Multiply to the left…divide to the right.” We also played some Maths games to further hone our skills. Next week’s Maths lessons will focus on negative numbers.


In English, we continued on with our focus on the incredible tale of ‘Queen of the Falls’. This has sparked some impressive debating in Year 5 as the children pondered the critical question – “Should Annie go over the falls?” We also used thinking maps to develop our vocabulary of words to describe Annie as well as some setting descriptions on Niagara Falls itself. Next week, we will apply our skills to letter writing and find out what happens next in Annie’s somewhat bizarre plan at finding fame and fortune.  


We have got quizzical this week in our Geography learning as we have explored the many differing climates within the continent, South America. We were introduced to a range of new STAR vocabulary such as temperate, arid, tropical and more. After using our black thinking hats in an activity to try and commit such language to memory, we then explored a climate map for South America and how to interpret such maps most effectively. Next, it was time to create a ‘true or false’ quiz based on the climate map. The children’s quizzes were later attempted by different members of the class and great fun was had in this activity; all the while accompanied by some traditional South American music.


Our PE lessons focused on Quadkids Athletics with both lessons based on improving our running skills. We took part in some fun running games that went a lot towards helping us to work on our stamina and we also attempted the classic Beep Test to truly put our skills to the test. This is ideal training for the 2022 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon event which we will be completing next week! It is also fantastic practise for the Quadkids Athletics House Competition which will also take place next Thursday!


In Collective Worship, we commenced our new monthly value for October: Generosity. We were reminded how Jesus nurtured and Jesus loved to show us how the Father loved and we have lots of activities planned to spread generosity around our school throughout the rest of this month!


So that’s another week in Year 5 done and it’s onto the weekend. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!



-Parent-Teacher Meetings will take place via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 11th October and Wednesday 12th October.

-Maths and English homework tasks can be found on 'Mirodo'. An additional link to support the children's Maths homework has also been added to Google Classroom.

- Weekly spellings can be found on Google Classroom.

-Children should continue to return their reading records every Tuesday.