Year 5 Danny Champion Class

Welcome to Danny Champion Class

This amazing Year 5 class is taught by Mrs Queen, supported by Mrs Skuse, Mr Insley and Miss Lavis. The class is named after the hero of the Roald Dahl Story, ‘Danny the Champion of the World.’

Who will you find in Danny Champion Class?

Mrs Queen - Class Teacher

Mrs Skuse - Teaching Assistant

Mr Insley - 1:1 Teaching Assistant


Please make sure that a PE kit is in school all week. The scheduled times are Monday and Friday but sometime these change, due to the weather, so PE kit needs to be in school every day.

Monday Mornings

The class have Thrive Time in the morning and at present the class are listening to a talk by a member of the class each week. The talks have been very successful and everyone has enjoyed learning about their friend’s interests and hobbies.

Autumn Term Learning

The theme for the term is ‘WHERE DO I BELONG?’ The children discussed this and suggested topics they wanted to learn about linked to this question. The two themes they are covering are ‘My Place in Space’ and ‘Family Matters’.

The class really are champions and have been working hard to learn about all aspects of space. They have compared planets, written space adventures and composed poems. More recently they have designed, made, launched and redesigned a rocket. As well as this they have taken part in a drama day linked to a journey in space. Another highlight was taking part in a virtual space workshop. As part of their work they have considered stories and ideas about how the world was made. This formed part of the class’s RE work and the class showed that they are very creative thinkers as well as scientists.

The work after half term continues the theme of, ‘Where do I Belong?’. For the second half of the term the class will be looking at their place in Cornwall and their place in a family. This will give a good opportunity to develop mapping skills and to research family history. Part of the topic will involve looking at important cultural and scientific events which took place after 1960 so the children can learn about their grandparent’s and parent’s generations. We hope to make a display of artifacts from these decades and the children will be invited to bring things in if they are able to. As you see we have lots to look forward to.

This half term we learnt about rockets! We made our own out of paper, cardboard and tape and used a high pressure air gun to shoot them up into the sky! Some managed to fly over the entire school playground!


Written homework for English and Maths is sent home on Fridays. This needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. Spellings and a Times Table for the week are given out on Monday and there is a weekly test on Friday. The children are expected to read each night and get their book signed. The Reading record book is checked each day.


Activity 1 - Speed Spelling

Give your child their spelling list. Get them to write the first spelling and then time 30 seconds on the clock. They need to write that word as many times as they can in 30 seconds. Move on to the next word and repeat. When they have finished all of their spellings, get them to mark what they have written. Have they spelt every word correctly? Can they identify where they may have made any mistakes?

Activity 2 - Flash Spelling

Show your child their spelling words one at a time. Give them five seconds to study the word. Hide it and get them to write the word down. Once finished, get them to mark their spellings.

Activity 3 - Spiral Spelling

Draw a spiral. Starting from the middle, your child needs to write their spellings around the spiral.

Activity 4 - Spelling Story

Write a short story using all of your spellings. Underline/highlight where you have used those spellings.

Activity 5 - Word Search

Create a wordsearch with your spellings in them.

Activity 6 - Dice Spellings

You will need a dice.

1 = Write your word in a sentence

2 = Rainbow write the word (each letter a different colour)

3 = Draw a picture of your word

4 = Write the word with your opposite hand

5 = Write the word with both eyes closed

6 = Write the word upside down

You can also make up your own tasks for each number of the dice.

Useful Websites:

Woodlands website - this school website has fantastic online, interactive learning resources to help develop children's understanding of different topics.

Missing co-ordinates - use this website to revise how to find missing co-ordinates on a grid.

Couch to 5K challenge - Maybe you would like to join in with our class challenge too!

Building Blocks Website - this fantastic method of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division will help children's understanding of word problems using the four calculations.

BBC Bitesize Revision - fantastic interactive revision website.

Maths Frame - great maths games for KS2

Education Quizzes - this website tests the children's knowledge on different aspects of their learning.

Nrich Website - excellent website with a variety of mastery questions and games.

Top Marks Websites - Times table activities