Year 5

Year 5 - Mrs Hemingway

Welcome to Year 5

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Grace.

On Wednesday morning we have Spanish with Mr Ruiz and Geography with Mrs Stephenson.

General Information- Autumn Term 2018

PE days: Monday (indoor) and Tuesday (outdoor)

Please can you make sure that all items of uniform and PE Kit are clearly labelled with your child's name.

Indoor PE kit - shorts and t-shirt

Outdoor PE kit - warm tracksuit and trainers

Spellings: New Spellings will be given out on a Friday, then spelling test will take place the following Friday.


Reading is REALLY important in our class. The children love their new reading corner and enjoy sitting in it, to relax with a good book!

Children are expected to read at least 3 times per week at home to an adult. Reading to someone else is different from reading to ourselves - we have to use expression, take notice of the punctuation and understand what we're reading.

We have a Reading Stars Reward Chart in class. If a child reads 3 times in a week to an adult at home and this is recorded in their Reading Record, their name moves up the chart. Every time a child reaches Planet Jupiter, they will earn a certificate and can also choose a prize out of the prize box.

Spanish Day

Wednesday 3rd October

We thoroughly enjoyed our Spanish conversations with Mr Ruiz during our Spanish Day.

We all had the opportunity to create a Spanish Flag!

We used our research skills to create a fact file of a famous Spanish footballer.

Did you know that The Iberian Lynx is native to Spain and is almost extinct?

We used our ICT research skills to create a fact file for this amazing Spanish mammal.

Dressing up in our Spanish themed outfits, added to this fun day!

Safety Day

We loved discussing the different road safety scenarios!

During our safety day we learned about the importance of:


After watching some important road safety video clips, we designed our own bike safety leaflets.

We needed to consider:

* Protection

* Visibility

* Maintenance

* Road Rules

Our Harvest Wreathe

Year 5 had to consider what Harvest meant to each of them, before they wrote their interpretation of Harvest on their leaves.

Scroll down to see what learning was like in Year 5


Practical Science Experiments

Today we had to investigate which surface allowed our moon buggy's to travel the furthest.

We also learned how to draw conclusions from our practical investigating work.

We had to consider fair-testing in order to gain accurate results!

Working outside added

to the fun!

Today we had fun observing chemical reactions.

The Volcano Experiment was very messy, but amazing to watch!

We discovered that when bicarbonate of soda is mixed with vinegar, a gas called carbon dioxide is created.

When we covered the top of the container with a balloon, it began to inflate.

We found out that this chemical reaction was irreversible !

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their Royal Wedding Themed Activities

The Royal Wedding

Spring Term


We have had lots of fun baking Gingerbread Men and Hot Cross Buns, during our baking sessions with Mrs Grace!

Our Gingerbread Men biscuits tasted absolutely delicious! Thank you Mrs Grace

We baked Hot Cross Buns

to celebrate Easter!

Earth and the Planets

In Science during the Spring Term, we have been learning about Earth and the Planets.

In ICT, we have discovered some amazing facts!

Did you know that you can learn a mnemonic to remember the order of the planets? e.g.

My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas

Look at our wonderful illustrations!

For homework, we have been encouraged to design and make our own rockets and also create our own Earth models. All of our fantastic work is displayed in our classroom.

Our Visit to the National Space Centre

Everyone had a magnificent day discovering the Universe!

Riding in the lift, enabled us to appreciate the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower!

Lunch in the indoor picnic area!

Exploring the interactive galleries was great fun!

Our experience sitting in the UK’s largest planetarium was totally fascinating.

Seeing the theatre setting transform into a huge galaxy was mesmerising!

We had a fun-packed, informative day and the children were an absolute credit to our school. Well done Year 5!

Following our visit to the National Space Centre, we completed a formal letter writing task.

We also wrote about our simulator experiences.

Thank you Miss Bell!

We were really sad when we had to say goodbye to Miss Bell at the end of February. Year 5 would like to say, "Thank you for all of the amazing activities that you planned for us and we hope to see you again soon!"

Design and Technology

With Mrs Stephenson, in Design and Technology we have been exploring different cams. We have worked in small groups to make a prototype. Our next challenge will be to design and make our own!

We had great fun making our prototypes!

World Book Day

We loved dressing up as our favourite book characters!

During the day, we studied 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl. We completed book reviews, compared book characters and designed our own chocolate bar wrappers! We will be using our new inventions to create a TV advert during drama. Eating chocolate was the best treat of the day!

Autumn Term

In Science during the Autumn Term we have been exploring 'Forces and Magnets'.

Our practical investigation involved testing the strength of the magnets. We all managed to make clear predictions.

We then learned the importance of changing only one variable and why it is necessary to keep other factors the same, if we want to plan a fair test.

We had great fun experimenting!

During one of our practical investigations, we looked closely at the iron filings and we could clearly see the magnetic field surrounding each of the magnets.

In Design and Technology we have been making models of 'A River System' with Mrs Stephenson. We had to think very carefully about the features of a river, before making our models.

Working as a team proved to be great fun!

Our Class Visit to the National Coal Mining Museum

After collecting their protective helmets, batteries and lamps, Year 5 then travelled 140m underground (via a lift) to complete their 'Hands-on History Tour' with Mr Paul Grace.

Our 'Underground Tour' was fascinating!

Through role-play, we were able to experience what life would have been like working down the mines before, during and after the Victorian Period.

We had so much fun!

We met the ponies...

Finn, Eric and Bud!

During our 'Underground Tour' we discovered why pit ponies played an essential role in mines. We were shocked to learn that during the Victorian Period, pit ponies would work down in the mines for 50 weeks per year.

Pit ponies would then be given a holiday break of only 2 weeks, where they would be lifted to the surface to enjoy grazing in a field during the month of August; before returning back to work again!

Did you know that...

Canaries were used to help protect the working miners?

We discovered that canaries were used to sense the presence of gas. This enabled the miners a chance to escape to safety!

We had fun exploring the Galleries.

Dressing up as a modern day miner proved to be so exciting!

We finished our visit exploring the New Adventure Playground!

Following our visit,during English we produced a recount of our visit. We also extended our research skills by finding out about the incredible work of Lord Shaftesbury.