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Year 5

Welcome to Year Five

Class Teachers: Mr Cattermoul and Mrs Taylor


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


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

WELCOME BACK TO YEAR 5 - We hope you had a lovely summer and it is lovely to see the children back in school.

Please see the Newsletter below.

September Newsletter

Week beginning 23rd January

What a super week we have had in year 5 this week. Well done to all the children who achieved their 10m and 25m badges in swimming. We have finished off writing our story based on the animation Kitbull, which thankfully had a happy ending. On Thursday, our trip to Armley Mills was a great success - the children were a real credit to our school and asked and answered loads of questions about life in Victorian times. Some even said they would prefer to be in a Victorian classroom! On Friday we had an amazing Lego Workshop. The children extended their learning about engineering, coding, technology and there was even a bit of maths in the session. All the children found it great fun. Below are pictures from our Trip to Armley Mills and the Lego Workshop. 

January 16th

A short week this week but one full of unusual and interesting activities. We had a session entitled Mindful Minis in which the children learned some very useful Yoga techniques to help with their focus and regulating their emotions. Today we had a visit from a steam engineer who brought in a miniature steam engine and two steam driven machine mechanisms. It was an interesting talk and demonstration and good preparation for our Armley Mills visit next week. Hope you have a good weekend everyone. 

January 9th

A week of hard work and fun!!  The children have continued their multiplication maths work and everyone has progressed very well indeed. In English we have been watching Kitbull and writing about the story - will the cat and dog become friends?

History has been interesting as we looked at how and why the population of Leeds increased during Queen Victoria's reign. This afternoon we did some mono printing in art and I have put some examples of the children's work below. 

Our stars of the week were Peyton for her amazing maths work and Abbie who wrote a very thoughtful Code for her life based on our RE lesson (see below). Very well done to both girls. 

A huge welcome back and a very Happy New Year to all our children and parents/carers. It has been a great week as we have started our brand new topic on the Eighteenth Century and the Victorians. The children constructed their own time line in history noting down a lot of interesting key events. We also started our new book 'Street Child' which has proved to be very popular with the children. In maths we have been looking at strategies for multiplication. We hope you have a good weekend and are not too tired after your first week back. 

5th December

We have had another successful week in Year 5. The children have produced some really good English work about the novel Kensuke's Kingdom which they are really enjoying. We have reached an intriguing part of the story and there have been some interesting predictions regarding what will happen next. In maths it has been fractions again but the questions have become increasingly more difficult. Everyone has been challenged but have really risen to the occasion. Today has been Christmas Jumper Day and we have had some really great outfits (see pictures below). Our elves are now on the tree but hopefully won't create too much chaos over the weekend unlike a lot of the elves that you have at home!! Have a good weekend everyone. 

28th November

Another week, which has led us into December! In maths it has been another week of fractions. All the children have made great progress and are feeling much more confident about this area of maths. In English we have been learning about and using modal verbs and there have been a lot of 'could', 'should' and 'might's' in our writing. Today however, we got into the Christmas spirit and began to make our elf Christmas tree decorations. It was great fun and they will be finished and on the tree next week. See below for photos.

Have a great weekend everybody.    

November 21st

A great week this week but very busy for the children. In maths it has all been about fractions. Proper and improper fractions and mixed fractions, the children have certainly needed to concentrate but they have done extremely well with this area of maths. In English, they have written the beginning to their own story about being stranded on a desert island. There have been some lovely descriptions of the island and the animals there. 

Why does hair go grey? That was the question posed to the children in science. They used the internet to research and answer the question. So if you have ever wondered about this your child will be able to explain!!



November 14th

Back to school after a very busy weekend at Robinwood. The children were fantastic and very well behaved. We had many comments from the leaders at Robinwood saying how wonderful the children were. Despite being tired on Monday the children have got straight back into their school work this week doing some 3D shape and fractions in maths. They have been learning about similes and metaphors in English and they are making a real effort with their handwriting.

We have had a go at building a cam mechanism with quite a lot of success and experimenting to see if drinking water affects our reaction time in Science.


October 31st

It was lovely to welcome the children back  and we enjoyed hearing about their 'Trick or Treat' experiences. 

In maths this week we have been using long multiplication strategies. The children have shown great resilience and determination with this strand of maths and we are very proud of their attitude towards their work. 

In English we have looked at punctuation for direct speech and the children have been thinking carefully about where and how to place inverted commas, commas and capital letters. They have done a great job with this!

We have also been rocking the classroom in music with our new song 'Livin on a Prayer' by Bon Jovi. The children really enjoyed the lesson and maybe we have some budding rock stars among them. 

We hope you have a good time if you are celebrating Bonfire Night - stay safe!

October 17th

This week in Year 5 the children have been very busy. In maths they have  reviewed the strategies for multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000. They have then applied this knowledge in a variety of ways to solve different types of problems. 

In English the focus has been poetry. The children have been reading and learning a humorous poem by Shel Silverstein in preparation for a group  performance. The poem we chose is called 'Sick' and tells the tale of Peggy Ann McKay who definitely is too sick to go to school. Please see the video below to enjoy the children's performance of this excellent poem. 

Greek Gods was the theme in history this week and we set the children a challenge to research and write a fact file about one of the gods. We were delighted with the results which were detailed and beautifully presented. Our two children in Well Done Assembly, Riley and Charley, wrote particularly good fact files and deserved their Well Done Certificates for such super work.

Next week is half term and we hope everyone has a great holiday. We will see you back on Monday October 31st. 


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October 10th

Another busy week in year 5. In English the children have planned and written a non - chronological report about the Olympics in Ancient Greek times. They have produced some fantastic ( and very neat) work not just about the sporting events that took place but also about the religious and social events that were a part of the games.

In maths this week, we have been learning about factors and square numbers  and  the children did very well with these mathematical concepts. Some children challenged themselves to find the value of the squared teen numbers!

In swimming a very special mention goes to two children who have found swimming lessons rather daunting. This week they were confident enough to lift their feet off the bottom of the pool, a real achievement and very well done. 

Finally our two superstars in Well Done Assembly were Harvey Seed for a great arithmetic test result and maths work and Tyler for some brilliant history work.  


October 3rd

Into October already we go! More great work from the year 5s this week. They have completed their writing of 'The Present' and are now compiling their own epilogue of what happens to Jim and his new dog and they are making a great job. Lots of children have impressively included embedded relative clauses in their writing.

This week in our Science lesson we had a visit from the Leeds Countryside Rangers who took the class on a seed collection workshop around the school grounds. We collected lots of seeds and other natural things (see pics below).

In Art, some of the children completed their Cantrell style masks (see pics below) and these are now on display in the hall.

Seed collection Workshop

Cantrell Style Masks

September 26th

This week the children have been working very hard in maths continuing their work on place value. They have been introduced to negative numbers and sequences of numbers among other things. They all did very well understanding that numbers do not stop at 0!!

In English, the children have continued writing about the short film The Present. This is a story about boy given a puppy which is not quite perfect. As the story has unfolded  they have produced some really thoughtful work.

Our superstars in Well Done Assembly this week were Kieran for great PHSE work and Millie who did some fantastic maths. 

And finally, Friday is music day and today we have learned to play the chorus of 'We Will Rock You' on the glockenspiels as well as beginning to learn how music is written. Please see the photos below. 


September 19th


This week we have continued with our place value work in maths -  reading, writing and ordering numbers up to 1,000,000. In English we have continued our writing based on the animation - 'The Present.'  Some of the handwriting has been excellent this week.


In History the children have been finding out about Alexander the Great and in Art we have designed our Kimmy Cantrell style masks which look excellent.

September 12th


Another super week of learning in Year 5! 

This week the children started their swimming lessons and we were delighted to see so many children doing really well. They obviously enjoyed their session at the pool.


On Thursday we had a fantastic drama workshop based on the Ancient Greeks. Mrs Whitfield led the children through a series of acting activities which resulted in some very convincing and entertaining animal impersonations. Following on from this the children learned about Greek Choruses and how they differ from a chorus in the present day. Finally using the skills that they had explored in the lead up activities the children performed an Ancient Greek play. Every child had a part and many surprised 

 us with their acting ability. All in all a great day.


We chose two children for Well Done Assembly who particularly shone at the workshop and they were Jessica and Xander, Well done to both our acting stars.

September 6th

We are very impressed with the way the children have come back to school and settled really well showing a great attitude to their work. We have been busy learning about word classes in English, place value (including Roman numerals) in Maths. The children have completed some great cubism pictures in art in the style of Picasso. In Science we looked at the life cycle of flowering plants and tried to order the different stages of a plant's life (see pictures below)

We are delighted to say that Riley and Sophie are our first Star's of the Week in this new academic year. They have both had a super attitude to their learning and this has shown in their great work. Well done to both of you.