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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Class Teacher: Mrs Willacy



This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.

It will be updated every week of the school year to let you know what is happening in school.

Please look at the top of this page to see the great learning that has taken place since we started school

Autumn Term Newsletter and Topic Map

STEM science lesson 28.11.19

Week beginning 25th November:


This week has been our RE and culture week at Cobden. We have been learning about special places and pilgrimages in all religions. We also looked at why religions have rules. We compared these rules in different religions and saw that they have a lot in common. We had Christian lady come and talk to us about her religion and the rules she follows, called the Ten Commandments. The children then wrote their own rules that they thought people should live by. The whole class contributed really well to all our discussions. Caiyden and Joseph did a particularly good job with their subject knowledge, contributions in class and their own version of the Ten Commandments so were chosen for Well Done Assembly! We have also been working on our Science unit all about forces and have carried out some fun experiments with levers, as you can see above. 


Is it easier to lift a weight with a long or short force arm?


Week beginning 18th November:


Here's a small selection of the hundreds of photos we took during our brilliant residential at Robinwood this year! We will be inviting parents and carers into school shortly, so that the children can share their favourite photos with you, in person. They are in the process of putting these together for you!

Week beginning 4th November:


This week we had an inspector come into school for two days. He came and looked at our maths lesson in Year 5, and talked to Joseph with the other school councillors. He told our class that they showed very good learning behaviour! On Friday, we had fun finding out some more about Pompeii and Vesuvius (we learnt about them last year in Year 4) because Mrs Willacy went on holiday to Naples and took lots of photos for us. She even brought some lava rocks to hold from the top of Mount Vesuvius, when she climbed it! Then we played some maths and English games and watched a movie for our bonus choosing time. Mr K came to tell us more about our trip to Robinwood - we are all so excited to go! Only 14 days to go!!

Trixii and Skylar

Homework treat for a record 22 children this half term!! Well done Year 5!!

Week beginning 21st October:


Like you see above, today we have been decorating biscuits for our homework treat. We had 22 people who did almost every piece of homework so they all got to have the reward and only 5 people didn`t but some of them were so close. We are the best class in the school for homework. Mrs Willacy always brags to the other teachers about it! Happy half term everybody!

Skylar and Gracie

Week beginning 14th October:


This week we started our Polar Explorers STEM programme. The children have had a great time finding out about the polar exploration vessels and the important scientific research they do. We have then had a go at some research ourselves. We started out looking at the atmosphere, linking to our topic on biomes, and created our own layered atmospheres using chromatography. We have also used our science, maths, geography and English skills to explain what three pictures of a glacier in Alaska, taken over a 30 year period, showed. We used this evidence to support our own arguments about the effects of climate change.


What did you notice about the glacier? What did this evidence show?

Week beginning 7th October:


This week in ICT we carried on making our games. We finished off the rest off the levels, then edited it. In English, we learnt about possessive apostrophes, then we wrote a Ghostopolis spell.In maths, we learnt about rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000. Now we can use rounding in the professional ways. In geography, we have been learning about biomes. We had to do, in our books, a map of the different biomes. We had to colour the map in. Then do labels about the different biomes. We have been really good with our homework - nearly everyone in class has read at home and done their homework! We are also good at reading at home with our parents. But we almost forgot that we have lots of HOUSE POINTS this year because we are reading at home. In reading, we have almost finished the book that we are reading. It is called Ghostopolis. It is good so far because Garth has been stuck in the afterlife for ages but Vaugner is trying to catch him.

Skylar, Kaleigh and Gracie-Lou 

Week beginning 30.9.19:


This week in ICT we started creating our games - we loved it! We had to choose the theme, then plan the rest of the game. The next day, we started making the first level of the game.

In PE, we have learning how to play basketball. We practiced our skills: shooting, dribbling and many more! We also have a warm up called Hi Baby - it's where you give a high five to the first person you see and a low five to the next person.

Gracie-Lou and Skylar

Week beginning 23.9.19:


This week has been History Week at Cobden and we have all been working together to create a giant timeline to show all the different eras we learn about throughout school. Because we have only just started in our new year groups, each year created a section about the eras they had studied last year. Year 5 looked at the Iron Age, the Romans and the Anglo-Saxons, creating some brilliant, factual and informative posters to form part of the whole school timeline. They showed some very good knowledge and understanding of the eras, as well as the impact they had on life in Britain today! Well done! In PE this week, we have been working on shooting skills in basketball, and also the ability to encourage and support our team mates. This is an important sports skill that Year 5 are working on building.


We will be starting our geography unit next week, looking at biomes. What are the main differences that you know of, between different areas of the world? Why do you think there are these differences?

Week beginning 16.9.19:


This week we've been focusing on decimal numbers in maths - checking our understanding of place value and moving on to formal methods of addition and subtraction. In English, we have written our own story extracts for our class novel, Ghostopolis, and will be putting these together into a class book! In Art, our Picasso portraits are complete and will form part of a lovely display in our classroom. Two of our "Well Done" children, this week, were chosen for their brilliant work on this, together with evaluations of their own artwork. In music, we have learnt our second note on the recorder and Mrs Perkins was very impressed with how well the class followed instructions, to play a short tune. In PE, we've been working on our ball skills (passing and dribbling), to build towards playing games of basketball.


Next week is History Week at Cobden - what facts can you remember from your history lessons in Year 4?



Week beginning 9.9.19


This week, we have begun our work on place value in maths - working out what the different digits in a number are worth, including decimals! The children have got the hang of it really quickly and we will be moving on to trying out adding decimal numbers, using the column method, soon. In English, we have been reading Ghostopolis and using inference and questioning skills to understand the story. Because there is less text to read, the children have had to really focus on picking up clues that the author has left for us in the pictures and in the dialogue between characters. They have used this information to write about the characters and describe their personalities. In art, we have moved on to trying out some cubist techniques, drawing people from different angles in one portrait. We've also had a visit from D-side, who helped us with our new PSHE topic by looking at the risks involved with some substances and how to keep ourselves safe. 


What new information did you learn from D-side Dave and how did it help you understand our new PSHE topic?

Week beginning 2.9.19


Welcome back! We've had a brilliant first week back, getting settled into our new class! We've been busy, straight away, finding out about our class artist and interpreting and evaluating some of his artwork. In maths, we've been showing off what we already know about the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. To start our new topic in English, we've been looking at graphic novels and have been introduced to the novel Ghostopolis, which the children have really enjoyed so far! Well done Year 5 for getting on straight away - our attendance has been good and our behaviour has been exemplary! What a fabulous start to the new school year!


What has been your favourite subject so far in Year 5?