Year Five

Miss O'Brien

My name is Miss O'Brien and I am the Year 5 teacher here at Shafton Primary Academy.

Our Teaching Assistant is Miss Smith.

This half term (Spring 1) we will be exploring the following subjects:

Science: Forces

History: Anglo-Saxons

Geography: Mountains

Art: Picasso

D&T: CAMs and Moving Toys

ICT: Creating and Publishing e-Safety

PSHCE: Living in the Wider World

RE: Sikhism

Spanish: The Time, Linking with Daily Routine

Bespoke Learning: Australia!

Our topics (Autumn 1)


This half term in history we will be exploring the amazing Aztecs! I am so excited to learn so many interesting facts with you in our history lessons. Here is my favourite fact about the Aztecs! Did you know that the Aztecs were the first people to discover chocolate!

At the end of the half term, we will be having an Aztec afternoon! I wonder who will be brave enough to try the Aztec chilli hot chocolate? Who will be the first the hit the pinata?

In our history lesson, we became investigators! We answered a series of Aztec based questions by reading, exploring and decoding information packs. Here is some of our amazing work!

Geography (Autumn 1)

For the whole of Autumn term will be learning

about Rivers and the Water Cycle - this is an area of geography I find incredibly interesting and I hope you will too!

Here are some pictures of year five creating their very own rivers using modelling clay! In our lesson we discussed how rivers are divided in to the lower, middle and upper course. We had such a fun and interesting afternoon!

Science! (Autumn 1)

In science this term we will be exploring everything to do with properties and changes of materials!

There are so many experiments that your children can do within this topic - which is awesome! Here are some pictures of our latest experiment, we were investigating which material would be the best thermal insulator for our lunch boxes.


(Autumn 1)

This half term in art we are exploring and applying shading skills. We have had a really exciting lesson where we discussed shading techniques and the drew some of the enormous temples that stood in the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. Can you spot your child in the pictures?

Can you get to the top of our class leader board?

Times Tables Rockstars can be played on mobile devices, tablets and on PC.

Your login details are stuck inside your reading record.

Also if you play in the studio area and earn a certificate keep a look out in your school email for it.

What is Times Tables Rockstars?

Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.

Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.

This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools - both primary and secondary - worldwide.

Click here to practice our brand new, whole-school song `Thank-you Lord for this New Day`...

Spellings will be given out on Wednesday and the test will take place on the following Wednesday. Make sure you encourage your child to practice their spellings as much as possible as it has an enormous impact on their scores.

Let's have a quick look around our classroom

in year five!

We have an amazing interactive maths area where we can challenge ourselves in maths! In year five we always strive to push ourselves to the limit in maths.

Grab a book and let your imagination run wild in our Starbooks reading corner! Once the children in year five have finished reading a book they will be able to write a book review. I look forward to reading all their reviews - especially the David Walliams reviews!

Recycling Week

21st - 27th September 2020

In our class we have learnt all about what we can recycle and what happens to our rubbish when our bins are emptied. Our school now have bins in classrooms that are for paper and cardboard recycling only. We all designed a poster and wrote a speech about why we would like to be nominated to be an Eco Representative for our new Eco Group.

Miss O'Brien was absolutely blown away by the number of children who wanted to be considered for the Eco Group! Here are some pictures of children who had wrote a speech!

Our year five Eco Representatives are:

Buddy & Eden

Harvest Day!


In year five today, we have created some awesome 'sock pumpkins'! All the children worked incredibly hard to create their own sock pumpkin which will proudly be displayed in school.

Children all started with one sock, some cotton wool, some string, two hair bubbles and a little glue. Ta-da!

Well done year five - they look fantastic!

Music in year five!

(Autumn 1)

Towards the end of the Autumn half term, we discovered BoomWhackers! During our music lessons we explored musical notes and discussed how many beats they all represent. After creating our own Aztec beats, we used our BoomWhackers to test them out. Afterwards, we had a little time recreate some BoomWhacker songs such as 'Old Town Road' and 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight'. Look at the concentration on their faces!


Black History Month

1st October - 31st October 2020

Here at Shafton Primary School, we have all been exploring and celebrating Black History Month. In year five, we decided to learn a all about the former president of the United States of America - Barack Obama. In class, we have used our iPads to research the former president, held class discussion where we identified interesting fact about Barack, then finally we complete a reading comprehension all about Mr Obama. Here are a few pictures of our beautiful work displayed around our school.

Design & Technology

(Autumn 1)

This half term in DT, we have been designing, measuring, cutting, gluing, sticking, and painting our Aztec houses - phew! The children have used 'tabs' to build their Aztec houses from carefully selected cardboard. The children have worked incredibly hard during D&T and have demonstrated huge amounts of resilience (as at times this activity could be very tricky!) so I believe they deserve a huge well done! Take a look at the progress of our houses so far...


(Autumn 1)

This half term we have been working on our Netball skills in PE. Year 5 have kept Miss O'Brien incredibly busy in PE with their endless energy! Here are a few pictures from some warm up and warm down activities throughout the half term. Can you spot your child in the action shots?

Aztec/Mexico Day! (Autumn 1)


After all their hard work in history this half term, year five were treated to an Mexico themed day on the last day of half term! Throughout the day, we explored Dia De Los Muertos, drew some sugar skulls, obliterated a piñata, played 'pin the tail on the donkey' and watched the Disney film Coco, whilst eating all the sweets and chocolate from the piñata! We had such a lovely end to a fantastic half term - well done year five!

Science (Autumn 2)

We have continued our learning of properties and changes of materials this half term! The children have been busy predicting, conducting and reviewing a scientific experiment this week. We have explored different material and tested them to measure whether they are a electrical conductors or insulators.

It's official!

(Autumn 2)

Last half term, we had a piñata as part of our last day treat. Well, we just could not part with the piñata and have now taken the official decision (as a whole class) to keep him as our class mascot. However, there is some uncertainty as to whether he is 'Derek the Donkey' or 'Larry the Llama'.

Can you spot Derek/Larry in the picture.

Keep an eye on our webpage for more pictures of our mascot!

Diwali 2020 (Autumn 2)

Saturday 14th November

This week in year five we have produced some incredible writing! I am so proud of the work that the children have produced on an imaginary visit to a Diwali celebration, they truly have blown my socks off. Keep up the great work! Can you spot your children in the photos?

Our writing focussed around an imaginary trip to a Sikh Diwali celebration, in our writing we described what we could see, smell, hear, and touch. A lot of research and preparation has gone into this piece of writing, and you sure can tell!

RE (Autumn 2)

The Creation Story

Part of our RE learning his half term has been all about the Creation Story, and the children loved it! We spent sometime discussing our beliefs and opinions on the Creation Story and also managed to spend sometime watching a mini movie all about the Creation Story and Adam & Eve. Whilst watching the mini movie you could hear a pin drop, I have never seen the children so quiet! They must have really enjoyed their learning! Finally, we produced some fantastic writing about the Creation Story in our books, I was blown away! Well done year five!

Below, you will find some delightful photos of our class enjoying Christmas dinner and creating our very colourful 2021 calanders!

We also have some photos of our class completing some absolutely amazing Christmas themed writing! I was blown away whilst marking these! Well done year five!

Additionally, find some pictures of our Christmas party day too!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the children in year five, parents and carers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing you all in January :)

Christmas 2020

Here are some pictures from our class during the festive period, tis the season to be jolly! So far, we have enjoyed creating our Christmas cards! Can you spot your child? We have also been practising our Christmas songs too, keep an eye on our website for a Christmas surprise soon!

We have also spent some time this week completing our place mats for Christmas dinner!

A Christmas Carol!

Dear adults, parents and carers,

After such a turbulent year, the children in year five decided on two lovely Christmas songs to sing for you all! We really do hope you enjoy watching!


The awesome year five!