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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.

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Half Term Reading Raffle Winner


This half term our reading raffle winner is...


Lucy! Well done Lucy!

Remote learning plan

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Visit 


Thanks to a lovely thank you letter written by our Maisie, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service offered to come and visit our school. Dave and Ali from the Ambulance Service brought an ambulance in for us and the whole school got to have a look round it and learn about what the service do for us. Year 5 also had a go at practicing CPR, too! They really enjoyed themselves. We all said a huge thank you to Dave and Ali for coming and, most importantly, Maisie, for making it all possible! Here's the message we got from Dave and Ali after their visit...


On behalf of myself, Ali and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service we would just like to say a huge thank you to Cobden Primary School, it’s staff and most off all its students for the way we were received on our visit yesterday. Particular thanks have to go to Maisie for her kind letter she sent.

Your pupils are polite, respectful, and engaging, definitely a credit to themselves and to the school.


Please can you pass on our thanks again to everyone, we hope you all enjoyed the visit as much as we did.


Best wishes


Dave & Ali

Half Term Reading Raffle Winner


It's Casey! Congratulations Casey! It was definitely well-deserved - you have been really trying to build your independence in reading and we are all so pleased for you!

Rhinos PE sessions


We've been lucky enough to have the Leeds Rhinos working with us this half term in PE. They've been teaching us invasion game and athletics skills as well as working on our all -important social skills. These skills have also been helping in our communication and teamwork in other lessons in class, such as PSHE and even English where we've been using persuasion in a letter to Mrs Head about Robinwood.

Robinwood interest letter 12th May

Maths fun!


We've been working with money in maths. It's been a great way to work on our understanding of how to use formal methods to calculate using the four operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - as well as working on place value, including decimal numbers. We had fun with menus and shops, working out how we can calculate what we would need to pay for multiple items and most importantly, making sure we have the right change! Year 5 have really risen to the challenge and showed off the understanding in real life situations.

Our Class Novel - Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

New class novel!


We are excited to share our new class novel with you! It's written by one of our class authors, Michael Morpurgo, and has already gripped our class with its dramatic plot! We've had some great arguments and discussions about the pros and cons of travelling around the world by boat and it's already inspired the children to produce some great writing. We've written letters to parents explaining why we should (or shouldn't) go on a round-the-world boat trip and we're planning to write a ship's log entry (a little like a diary about a ship's journey) as if we were Michael, the main character in the story. We can't wait to see what amazing diary entries the children write!

Easter reading raffle winner


We would like to announce our reading raffle winner this term...


It's Lucy!


Congratulations Lucy, it was absolutely well-deserved as you always do lots of learning at home! I have to say, you also had some stiff competition from some other children in the class, too. Ruben has been reading nearly every night and Tiffany, Karis and Sasha have also been regular raffle ticket collectors due to their great reading habits. So, well done Year 5 readers! You have been doing a great job!

Welcome back


We've had a lovely first couple of weeks with all the children back in school. We've really missed them all and are so pleased with how well they have adjusted to being back in the school routines. We've had a big focus on wellbeing during these weeks and helping the children with all the feelings and issues that lockdown has brought up for them. We've been working on understanding emotions in PSHE and have been having regular "circle times" and discussions with the class. We've also had to make sure that we've got on with our learning, too. We've checked in with every child to see how they're doing with their reading, times tables and spellings. As well as this, we've done some independent writing and the children have produced some lovely pieces! It's really good to see the impact of the home learning the children accessed in their work in school, too. Well done Year 5!

Christmas festivities!

We've had a lovely fun-filled few days in the run up to the Christmas holidays. It may not have been the usual last week or two, but we've still managed to find lots of ways to celebrate! We've got crafty with making decorations, calendars and cards. We've had a delicious Christmas dinner. We've watched a virtual panto. We've all taken part in a Christmas performance of The Night Before Christmas and watched videoed performances from the other classes around the school. We've had our first Zoom assembly so we could all see who was nominated as Pupils of the Term. We've had a Christmas party with games and goodies and even squeezed in watching Home Alone (after all, what's Christmas without a Christmas film?!).

We hope you all have a lovely peaceful Christmas and enjoy a your break. See you in 2021!



Christmas reading raffle winner...

Believe it or not, our raffle prize winner this term was also Yassine! Well done! It could be something to do with how many raffle tickets you have managed to collect with your regular reading, of course! I hope you enjoy your brilliant graphic novel and goodies.


End of term Reading at Home Raffle Prize

Last term the winner of our reading raffle was Yassine. Well done Yassine! You definitely deserved to win it with all the reading you do at home! Remember to update your reading records every time you read at home - show them to us at school and you will get a raffle ticket in the draw for each time. The more raffle tickets you get, the more chances to win this fabulous prize! We have a copy of this excellent graphic novel in class and everyone who has chosen it as their reading book has loved it! Good luck everyone!

Christmas Crafts!


STEM project - Polar Explorers

Last year's Year 5 made these prototype grabbers, as a design for collecting samples. The design worked on the basis of pulleys and levers that we had been studying. This year, we have been studying the same project but when we looked at the results of last year's prototypes, we realised that they could definitely be improved upon. So, like the true engineers we are, we followed the design process. The previous class had already made the prototypes so we jumped into the process at the test stage! We tested their designs to see if they could pick up samples - some could but there were definite flaws in the design such as the string sticking and the plastic arm bending. We have evaluated the prototypes and thought of possible improvements - in particular, the use of different materials. Our new designs, based on this testing and evaluation process, should hopefully work better when get the materials to make them in the next couple of DT lessons! Watch this space...

Pedestrian Skills Training

The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell

World Mental Health Day


To mark World Mental Health day this weekend, we did a session on "What to do about worry". The children had a good understanding of what worry might look or feel like for the person who is experiencing it. They were also able to suggest ways that someone might deal with worries. We found it trickier to decide which ways might be the most effective in dealing with worries but were able to discuss their ideas to come up with the best solutions together. We used a "worry tree" to follow steps and make a plan to deal with a worry. Below is the worry tree to follow and Haasini's reponses to it for what to do if you were worried about meeting new people. 


Could you try using the worry tree to help with dealing with your worries?


Scientists and artists!


We've really enjoyed our cubist artwork and the results have been great! Lots of the children already have their artwork featured on our Picasso display (see above), with more still to come! We've also been creating artwork inspired by one of the BBC's Ten Pieces - a piece of classical music by Stravinsky called The Firebird - designing artwork from our imaginations. In our science lessons, we've been looking at forces and have tried out an experiment to see how levers can help us. Our experiment focused on the difference the length of the force arm makes and the children were genuinely shocked at the results! 

Can you explain to someone at home what happened with our lever experiment?

What a fab first few days!

It only took a couple of days and Year 5 were back into the school routines (along with all the new bits they now have to remember!). They have been great! We were all feeling a bit rusty at first, but it hasn't taken them long to get back into some very positive learning behaviours. They've taken on challenges in Maths and are in the process of planning some exciting story extracts based on our new graphic novel Ghostopolis. We've also all been having a go at being cubists - trying to copy our class artist Picasso's interesting style. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished results!

Welcome back Year 5

I'm very glad to be welcoming you back to school after what was a very different school year. I'm also looking forward to having you as my class again after having had you last way back in Year 2! I know you've all changed lots since then and I'm excited to hear all your news. We have a fun and learning-filled year ahead of us!


Below are some of the exciting memories that children who are currently in Year 5 have experienced since starting school.