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Our Learning this week


This week, we have continued with learning about units of measure in maths. The children have continued to convert measure, including ml to l, cm to m and mm to cm. They have also learned more about converting time, timetables and volume.

In English, the children have finished their newspaper writing and shared their work with the whole class. They have discussed the challenges they have faced and the areas they are most proud of.

In science, the children have been learning about levers and have completed an experiment to deepen their understanding of how levers work and why we use them.    

Boat Building Workshop 12.7.19


The children had great fun on Friday and were a credit to the school, not only in their behaviour and conduct throughout the day but our visitors also commented on their great teamwork and deep thinking.  The day was focussed around the world of work, particularly in maths, science and engineering subjects and fields of work linked to the docks.  The visit to Portbury and Avonmouth docks was extremely interesting.  We were also lucky to have Mr Rogers, our reading volunteer, with us.  Mr Rogers used to work as a captain on one of the tug boats - he was able to share some of his experiences with the children and tell them about the nature of his job.


Children worked with focus and enthusiasm in the afternoon to build their boats, which will be fitted with radio-controlled engines and raced in the Bristol Harbour Festival this Saturday (20th July) at 12pm. Please do come along to cheer on your team's boat.


We are very grateful to Polly and Hugh from My Future, My Choice and our other volunteer, Richard, who, worked with the children to build their boats.  The visit and workshops wouldn't have been possible without the sponsorship from the Bristol Port Authority.  We hope that we can further these links with our local community to plan some more exciting workshops and visits that will tie in with Y5 and 6 topics next year. 


Do visit the Y5 photo gallery to see pictures of the children at work on their boat building. 


Children have spent a lot of time in the ICT suite publishing their news articles.  They are quickly developing familiarity with Microsoft Publisher as well as learning how to move between multiple documents, save their work in an organised way and use editing tools.   In maths we have moved on to metric units of measure, drawing on skills of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.  Our topic work has had a geography focus - children have been using atlases to explore the geography of Greece and its neighbours and have improved their knowledge of European geography, both physical and political.


We will begin to send work home next Friday.  Please could children bring in a bag to take home their books and some artwork.


Next week's learning:

English / ICT: finish publishing newspaper articles.

Maths: metric and imperial units of measure.

Science / topic: investigating levers; What is modern day Greece like?



In English this week, children have enjoyed working collaboratively to put together a newspaper about recycling.  They have been doing further research and have begun their articles, which they will then proof read and edit with their team's support.   

In maths, our focus has been on geometry.  Children have been reasoning about 2D and 3D shapes, using key vocabulary from their prior vocabulary. 

In topic sessions they have been exploring geometric patterns from Greek pottery and using these to decorate their pots.  There are some pictures of their pottery on the photos page - we'll upload some pictures of the finished artwork as soon as it's done. 


Next week's learning

English: continue with CREW newspaper task, typing and publishing.

Maths: reflection and translation; metric units of measure

Topic: exploring modern day Greece - goegraphy focus



We have been so proud of the children this week - they have truly excelled in their singing performances for our production of Aladdin and have been great ambassadors for Trinity once again when our visitors from Waitrose came in to talk to us about recycling.  The children asked some fantastic questions, showed great problem solving skills and engaged passionately in the discussion about what supermarkets and consumers can do to reduce plastic waste.  We've sent them home to share what they've learnt and to encourage an even stronger ethos of being ethical consumers. 


Their creativity and perseverance has come to the fore in designing and making their Greek pots.  Photographs of the process as well as pictures of our Greek Wow day and Waitrose visit are now on our photograph page.


Next week's learning

English: CREW challenge to follow up the recycling workshop.

Maths: further geometry investigations including measure and parallel and perpendicular lines.

Topic: painting and decorating Greek pots.


It has been another very busy week with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings on Tuesday through our Mathsfest.  Children worked with children from other classes to complete a series of maths challenges involving alien code breaking, calculating distances between planets and investigating rockets.  In English we have revisited the discussion genre, exploring and debating different issues.  As well as rehearsing for next week's performance, children have also taken part in a SARI workshop (Stand Against Racism and Inequality).  This has complemented previous work on anti-bullying as well as drawing out some meaning links with this year's topic work.  We were proud of the children's deep thinking and maturity when discussing and debating difficult issues.


Next week's learning

English - discussion writing - Athens and Sparta

Maths - angles and further geometry

Topic: staff from Waitrose will be visiting Y5 to run a recycling workshop in response to the letters they received from children earlier this year. 


We hope that as many children as possible are able to return to school on Wednesday for our evening performance of Aladdin.  Rehearsals are going well and the Y5 singing is fantastic.


Please send children into school wearing their brightly coloured t-shirts and dark skirts / leggings / trousers on Monday as we will be doing two performances to the rest of the school.  No need to bring school uniform.


The children have enjoyed a busy and fun-filled week, the highlight of which was our Greek Wow day on Thursday.  We started off the day with our choral theatre performance - thank you for coming - and then learnt about the Trojan War from our visitor Nikolaides of Corinth!  The children then worked collaboratively to find the answers to a quiz on all sorts of aspects of Greek life, before playing the strategic game, Petteia and solving some Pythagorean maths puzzles.  In the afternoon, the children leant about Greek armour and weapons.  There were opportunities to try on helmets and handle weapons before marching in formation and practising battle strategies.  They then went on to complete in a mini-Olympics and then reenacted the story of Jason and the Argonauts.  It was an amazing day - we can't believe how much was packed into it.  The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, learnt a huge amount about our topic and were great ambassadors for the school.   We will shortly upload some photographs and children's writing about the day.


In between this, we've also managed to cram in some grammar, focussing on subordinate clauses - the children are much clearer about how to use these in their writing.  In maths we have been revisiting some previous topics ahead of next week's assessments. We also took a diversion from our topic work to learn about the D-Day landings.  


Next week's learning

English: reading and grammar assessment; further grammar, spelling and punctuation revision.

Maths: assessment; continue work on measuring and drawing angles

Topic: further research the legacy of the ancient Greeks 



In English this week children have been reading and listening to different types of poems and have worked creatively together to write some poetry of their own in various forms.  They have been reviewing and editing their Greek myths, focussing on the inclusion of grammatical features that can enhance their writing.  In maths, we have moved on to learning about angles, including measuring angles with a protractor.  

  Children have been busy practising for sports day and we've also packed a lot of science into our afternoons, observing and measuring the seedlings as well as refreshing their knowledge of the reproductive parts of a flower.  


We hope you all have a restful half term and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for our Greek choral theatre from 9 - 9.15am on Thursday 6th June. 


Narrative Poems based on Greek Mythology

Haiku poems based on Greek mythology


Children have enjoyed writing their own Greek myth this week and are looking forward to sharing them with you soon.  As usual with their creative writing, we have threaded some grammar elements through their writing, particularly noun phrases, relative clauses and fronted adverbials to add detail efficiently.

In maths, children have been developing their skills in multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

In science, children have been learning about life cycles in plants.  They have searched the school grounds for different kinds of seeds that are dispersed in various ways and have started to grow their own seeds in order to make careful observations of the stages of their germination.


Greek Choral theatre

Children have been practising some choral theatre in their performing arts lessons, which we would like to share with you all.  Please accept our apologies for the lack of communication about the date - there have been some technical problems with Parentpay!  As a result of this as well as some feedback from parents about the date, we have now arranged to do this on our Greek Wow day - Thursday 6th June from 9 - 9.15am.  


Walk to School Week

Next week will be national Walk to School Week.  Children have been considering the benefits of walking or cycling rather than driving, both for their own health and for the impact on their encironment.   We'll be doing a survey each day to find out have children have travelled to school.  It's a really good week to see if there are any small changes that you can make to your morning routine that could result in using the car less.  If you live further away, then walking part of the way to school will still be included as walking in our survey.  


Next week's learning

English: poetry

Maths: dividing decimals by 10, 100, 100; understanding and measuring angles

Science: life cycles of plants, including the parts of a flower



In English this week, children have been continuing to explore the style and themes of Greek myths and legends. They have enjoyed reading another Greek myth - Daedalus and Icarus - and have discussed and answered questions related to the text. They have now planned their own Greek myth and will be ready to write this next week.

In maths, children have continued to work on adding and subtracting decimals, as well as moved on to ordering decimals by value from greatest to least or least to greatest.

In our topic work, children have been researching the Golden Age of Athens and comparing it to Britain in the same period.

Next week's learning:

English - children will write their own Greek myths based on their understanding of the style and content of the genre.

Maths - children will move on to problem solving using decimals and multiplying decimals.

Topic - children will continue to explore and compare day to day life during the Golden Age in Athens with the Celts of Britain.



This week in English children have been becoming familiar with the style and themes of Greek myths and legends.  They have enjoyed readingTheseus and the Minotaur and some children have compared themes in this myth with the story of Perseus and Medusa.  Children had an interesting debate on gender steroetypes in the stories and considered how female characters are being portrayed differently in recent versions of traditional tales. 

  In maths children have been adding and subtracting decimals.  We have introduced a weekly times tables test - results from this and their spelling tests will be recorded in their homework books so that you know how they're getting on with these.

  In our topic work, children have been debating whether they would prefer to live in Athens or Sparta, trying to convince their classmates to join one of the city states.  


Next week's learning:

English - children will plan and write their own Greek myths based on their understanding of the style and content of the genre.

Maths - children will use different methods, models and strategies to add and subtract decimals applying to different types of problem solving.

Topic - children will be finding out about what day to day life was like during the Golden Age in Athens.



We hope you enjoyed a relaxing Easter break.  The children are excited about their new topic - Ancient Greece.  They have started the topic with a C.R.E.W task to produce a timeline of the Ancient Greek eras.  Some children were elected CAPTAIN of their team, managing their time, resources and workload; all children needed to ROW TOGETHER, working collaboratively to share tasks and work to a deadline; they all brought different skills and talents to their task, reminding us that EVERYONE IS UNIQUE and finally, all children were working to the best of their abilities, demonstrating the CREW value of WE AIM HIGH.  We have been using this vocabulary across the curriculum to embed these values and traits.  Children worked really well together and produced creative and unique pieces of work.


In maths this week we have been learning about percentages.  Children have been converting percentages, decimals and fractions.  We have been reading the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, which children will be retelling next week.  Children have also been considering how we find out about the past through primary and secondary sources. 


Next week's learning

English - Greek myths and legends

Maths - adding and subtracting decimals

Topic - Athens and Sparta


This term, PE lessons will be on Thursdays and Fridays.


This week, the children have continued to work on fractions, however they have begun to concentre on the relationship between fractions and decimals. They have been recording decimals, understanding and recording thousandths and converting decimals to fractions.

In English, Year 5 have written their own fantasy stories using the plans they have created in the past week or two. Some children have illustrated alongside their narrative whereas others have written their narrative then illustrated their narrative separately.

In topic, the children have completed their Banksy artwork using a painted background and an individually made stencil. 


We hope everyone has a great Easter break!


Jeremy Strong's visit on Wednesday this week was timely as it coincided with our unit of work on narrative writing.  Children have wowed us with their story writing.  We've seen some great plots, characters, settings and descriptions.  Writing their narratives over a longer period of time has given them a great sense of how authors work to redraft and perfect their creations.  We have seen a marked improvement over the course of this year in their editing skills - a really valuable aspect of their writing. 


In maths we have continued our work on fractions but with a focus on converting fractions to decimals and recognising fraction and decimal equivalents.  We have mixed up the groups this week so that they get the opportunity to work with different children in a slightly different dynamic.  We will continue to mix the year group for some of our maths lessons, but might group them differently each week to enable them to get to know each other and share their own strenghts and strategies with a variety of their peers.


In topic, we have continued our Banksy street art.  Children have learnt about Bristol's role in the slave trade, finding out about the sugar and tobacco industries in the 17th and 18th centuries.  We have had some discussion about the philanthropist Edward Colston, who made a significant amount of his money through the slave trade but who also supported a lot of charitable causes locally.  There is much more discussion to be had on these difficult subjects - children might want to explore some of these issues further with you at home. 


Next week's learning:

English: finish story writing

Maths: decimals and percentages

Topic: Bristol and the Windrush generation


Please let us know if you are able to walk to church with us next Friday morning. Thanks.


This week, the children have been working on fractions again - they have been multiplying fractions by whole numbers as well as multiplying mixed numbers by whole numbers and finding fractions of amounts.

In English, Year 5 have been exploring the fantasy genre in preparation for writing their own fantasy narratives. They have been immersing themselves in the genre by listening to stories being, watching video clips and completing storyboards about a given text. They have also been writing character and setting descriptions.

In science, the children have been recording their knowledge of air and water resistance as well as recording the location of local counties in topic. 

Next week's learning

English: narrative writing - fantasy.

Maths: recording decimals and decimals as fractions

Topic: continue exploring Banksy Artwork and learn about Bristol's links to the transatlantic slave trade


This week, the children have been continuing their work about fractions in maths. They have learned how to multiply a fraction by a whole number as well as answering word questions on this subject.

In English, Year 5 have been writing their newspaper reports all about John Cabot's journey to Newfoundland and Labrador. They have been continuing to improve their writing skills by using a set success criteria which included writing in mostly past tense, third person and using a variety of sentence structure.  

In science, the children were exploring different forces, such as air and water resistance - they made some great paper airplanes and tin foil boats and had lots of fun testing their proficiency. We hope that all parents who attended our after school science display enjoyed their experience.

Next week's learning

English: narrative writing - fantasy.

Maths: multiplying fractions.

Topic: record location of local counties


This week children have been learning all about John Cabot and his voyage to Newfoundland.  This has generated some deep and interesting discussions and debates about issues from immigration to the war in Syria!  Children have been developing their geographical knowledge of the world through looking at maps and atlases and have also been gaining a deeper understanding of what the world was like, including people's world views, at the time of Cabot's and Columbus's discoveries.  

  In addition to our topic work, children have completed maths and English assessments.  They have been or will be given feedback about their progress and the outcomes of the assessment will help to inform our future planning for English and maths.


Next week's learning

English: write news reports about Cabot's journey and discovery.

Maths: problem solving with fractions.

Topic: Science week - we will adapt the British Science Week theme of 'Journeys' to explore some of our science objectives on Forces. 



This week we have introduced our topic for the term, which is all about the history of Bristol.  We have had some great discussion and debate about the work of the graffiti artist, Banksy, and the political and cultural messages in his artwork.  Children will be designing their own artwork to stencil onto a wall or background.   We have also been thinking about physical features in geography and debating where we would choose to build a settlement.  This will lead into our work on the geography of Bristol.   In English, children have been learning about the style of newspaper articles.  They have been practising writing different aspects of articles in preparation for their own historical news story.   Our maths work has been a continuation of adding and subtracting fractions.


Next week's learning

English: Reading and GPS assessment; planning Cabot news  article.

Maths: Mid-year assessment; subtracting fractions


Children will start swimming lessons on Thursday.  Thank you to the parent volunteers - we now have enough people for walking.  This will also be World Book Day, so please ensure that children bring a change of clothes / shoes if what they are wearing is not suitable for walking to and from the swimming pool. 



It has been lovely to catch up with you all this week to celebrate your children's achievements and share their learning.  We really enjoy those times in the year where we look back over the year so far and take stock of what the children have achieved.  We're really proud of their progress and continually growing focus and maturity.  Thank you all for your support, partnership and involvement in their learning.


We're officially half way through the year now and have come to the end of our Space topic, which has been extremely enjoyable and has challenged our thinking about the world around us.  Children have written some wonderful free verse poems to describe their planets this week.  They have also been developing their fluency with fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with the same and then with different denominators.  


Next week's learning:  We will launch our new topic, which is based on the history of Bristol, linking our English work to their topic learning.  In maths, children will continue to add, subtract, order and solve problems with fractions.  Please continue to support them in developing fluency in times table quick recall through regular or even daily practise on TT Rock Stars. 


This week in maths, Year 5 have continued with fractions. The children have been comparing and ordering fractions - firstly, comparing fractions with the same denominator then by comparing fractions with different denominators. They have also started to explore fractions as division through the use of pictorial representations.

In English, the children finished writing their space diaries which were all about what life is like on the International Space Station. They particularly concentrated on every day tasks such as brushing their teeth and washing.

In topic, the children explored the different phases of the moon and addressed many misconceptions. 

Next week:

Maths - adding and subtracting fractions

English - space poetry

Topic - day and night   

31.1.19 - we are visiting St Peter's Primary School in Portishead next Friday (8.2.19) and would appreciate any support from parents in regards to walking there and back.


In English this week, the children have been exploring what life is like for people working on the International Space Station. They have been discussing differences from living on Earth and have been exploring space diaries in preparation for their own writing.

In maths, the children have been learning about fractions - in particular, they have been learning to find equivalent fractions and how to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to improper fractions.

In topic, the children have been working hard to produce a poster about their own fictional planet. They created a galaxy through the use of splattering white paint; they used oil pastels to create their planet and title; they used last weeks non-chronological report to write information about their planet and add it to their poster. You can find these wonderful posters on the Year 5 classroom doors.

Next week:

English - diary entries about life on the International Space Station.

Maths - ordering and comparing fractions and fractions as division.

Topic - moon phases.

Walking to St Peter's to share Charlie and the Chocolate Factory narratives which were written last term.


In English this week the children have been drawing on their research of the planets to write their own creative text about a fictional planet that they have discovered.  They have enjoyed working imaginatively and their writing also shows a fantastic understanding of space and the solar system.  There is a buzz of enthusiasm for our topic that was made even more exciting by our Explorerdome visit yesterday.  (Thank you to FOT for contributing to the cost of this). We all learnt so much more about our solar system and saw some amazing photography from the depths of our galaxy.   Children have taken inspiration from their research and learning to draw life forms that might exist on their planets. 


In maths children have been applying their tables knowledge and understanding of multiplication to learning short division as a standard written method.  They have been solving division problems with remainders.



Next week's learning:

English: Diary / explanation of life on the International Space Station

Maths: equivalent fractions

Topic: publishing creative planet non-chronological reports and using mixed media to create a poster to display the information.



This week, Year 5 have been multiplying 1 digit by 4 digits, 2 digits by 2 digits, 2 digits by 3 digits and 2 digits by 4 digits in maths. They have been practising using both the short and long methods of multiplication as well as using a grid method which requires partitioning.

In English, the children have finished their research on their chosen planet in The Solar System and have written most, if not all, of their non-chronological report.

In topic, they have researched specific details about the planets in The Solar System (such as their length of day, length of year and temperature) and compared them.   

Next weeks learning:

Maths - dividing and dividing with remainders.

English - complete and edit non-chronological report on a chosen planet.

Topic - Explorer Dome



Happy New Year and welcome back to a new term.  Thank you so much for all of your generous gifts at the end of last term.  We've all had a peaceful and restful break and are ready for an exciting and productive new term.  Children are enthused by their new topic, Earth and Space, and have fascinated us with their research findings and prior knowledge about planets, the solar system and beyond.  They have been conducting research about a planet of their choice this week in preparation for some writing.  In maths our focus has been various written methods and representations of multiplication with larger numbers.  Please see our calculation policy on the maths page if you're unsure of how we introduce this.  We're  looking forward to our visit from the Explorerdome in a couple of weeks.  You should have now received a parentpay message regarding this.


Next week's learning...

English: non-chronological reports about the planets

Maths: standard written methods and representations of division with larger numbers

Topic: investigating patterns in planet data.  e.g. Does the size of a planet affect the length of its day?  Do larger planets have a stronger gravitational force?

Friday: Times Table Rock Stars Day!  Don't forget to dress up and come ready for a fun day of maths. 


This week, children have continued to learn how to calculate perimeter as well as learning how to calculate, compare and estimate the area of different shapes. All children have worked hard this term in maths and we would like to continue to encourage all of the great maths work parents are completing at home.

In English, they have explored persuasive texts, planned their own persuasive letter and written a persuasive letter to the person or company of their choice. We have asked the children to write a final draft letter at home over the holiday period and to bring in an addressed envelope with a stamp attached so they can send their environmental letters off next term.  


Next week's learning:

English: a non-chronological report about space and planets.

Maths: multiplication and division.

Science / topic: space, earth and the moon.


Both Mr Houghton and Miss Sparks would like to wish all Year 5 children and parents a very happy Christmas and New Year.

See you all in 2019.


Children have been learning to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 in maths as well as calculating perimeters.  In English they have written instructions for making bio-plastics.  They have developed their thinking about packaging materials further in science through setting up an observation of foods wrapped in different materials in order to discover which best preserves it.   


Next week's learning:

English: planning and writing a persuasive letter re plastic packaging

Maths: calculating area

Science / topic: recording observations and drawing conclusions from practical work.


Please let us know if you are able to walk with us to church on Friday.  So far we have no parent volunteers for Year 5.  Many thanks. 



This week, Year 5 have continued to learn about multiplication - the children have particularly been exploring square and cube numbers. In English, they have written a final draft narrative; all of the children spent a long time on perfecting their narrative writing skills as well as making sure that their presentation and handwriting was better than their previous best. The children are very proud of their final Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapters.

In science, they have made bio-plastic using last weeks home learning - the children separated the potato shavings from the water, filtered the water then used the starch, along with white vinegar and glycerine, to create this.


Next weeks learning:

  • In maths, the children will continue to multiply numbers before moving onto area and perimeter.
  • In English, they are going to write instructions to make bio-plastic.
  • In science, the children will be observing the effectiveness of packaging over time.



This week children have been learning about multiples, factors and primes in maths. In English they have finished their stories. We have been impressed with how they have all responded to feedback to improve their narrative writing. In science they have completed their chocolate investigations and have been drawing conclusions. 

Next week’s learning:

English - editing and publishing

Maths - further problem solving and reasoning with multiplication 

Topic and science - learning about the environmental impact of packaging and making bioplastic. 



This week, Year Five have enjoyed learning about timetables and line graphs in maths. The children have been improving their skills by interpreting single row tables and tables with multi rows. They have all interpreted data from line graphs as well as drawn their own line graph, making sure to label the axis correctly and input given data.

In English, the children have planned a narrative chapter using Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They have all planned a brand new chapter to add to the book, and written an introduction, using last weeks home learning to support their writing.

In science, all children have planned an experiment in groups to determine how quickly a variety of chocolate will melt. On Friday, Parsley class, with the support of Mrs Fowler, completed their experiment with a range of different and interesting results - Parsley class showed great scientific knowledge and investigatory endeavour.


Next weeks learning:

Maths - multiples, factors and prime numbers.

English - continue with narrative writing.

Topic - Tarragon class to complete melting experiment. Write up results from experiment.



This week children have been completing assessments in Maths, Reading and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).  They have approached their tests with enthusiasm and resilience, which is great preparation for next year's SATs.  We will be using our analysis of children's attainment to inform our future planning, making sure that any areas of learning that proved tricky are revisited.  Well done to everyone.

  In science this week, children have observed different types of chocolate and their melting rates.  They have been discussing and planning further scientific enquiry based on their observations.  Children will need to bring in their own chocolate samples for next week's practical work.  NO NUTS PLEASE!

  Children have also participated in an anti-bullying workshop in which they explored different types of bullying an its impact on the victims of bullying.  Children approached this in a mature and sensible manner, engaging in some deep and reflective discussion.  We will continue to follow up this theme through our Jigsaw work on celebrating differences. 


Next week's learning:

English: planning stories to extend 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Maths: Statistics and data handling

Topic: investigating melting chocolate


It has been great to welcome all of the children back to school this week after the mid autumn break - they have returned fully refreshed and ready to learn.

In English, we have concentrated on achieving a limited amount of criteria through the use of quick writes; children have been given a set amount of time to write about a given picture to increase pace and thought processes. Year 5 enjoyed this task and were eager to share their writing with the class.

In maths, we have completed our unit on addition and subtraction as well as completing an oral mental maths challenge. We have an emphasis on quick mental recall in Year 5 and would appreciate the continued support of parents - the KIRFs on the school website are a great way to test mental maths knowledge.  

Finally, the children loved the Cadbury World trip we went on yesterday. They experienced more Aztec culture and where chocolate originated from, as well as enjoying a 4D cinema experience and tasting lots of lovely chocolate. We would like to thank all of the children for representing Trinity amazingly well and all of the parents who supported us too.


Next weeks learning:

Maths - interpreting graphs and tables.

English - narrative writing

Topic/Science - observation of changes (burning, melting, mixing)


It was lovely to meet you all this week and to celebrate the great learning that your children have been doing this term.  It has been a very long and busy term, but children have worked tirelessly right to the end.  Well done, everyone.   


Children have been developing their understanding of inverses in maths this week and using these to estimate and check answers.  We have also focussed on mental addition and subtraction, which is something that they can continue to improve through regularly looking at their KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) and knowing these by heart.  The list is on our maths page.  In English, children have been designing their own chocolate bar, which they have really enjoyed.  We've also been doing some more practical science, discovering different ways of separating solutions.  This has led to a recap of the science of solids, liquids and gases and an understanding of evaporation and condensation, which links to this week's homework.


Next week's learning:

English: we will start a new unit of work on persuasive writing, focussing on Fairtrade issues.

Maths: solving problems with addition and subtraction.

Topic: focussed around or Cadbury World visit.


This week our maths focus has been addition and subtraction.  Children have been recapping standard written methods and deepening their understanding of the inverse relationship of these two operations.   In English they have been looking at key spellings from the Y5/6 list and developing their dictionary skills.  They have enjoyed writing an independent explanation about what children get up to when they're left home alone, which has been very enjoyable and interesting reading!  We're sure you'll look forward to seeing these on parents' evening next week.


Children have also been getting involved in practical science, discovering what happens to different materials when they dissolve and finding out whether the changes are reversible or irreversible.  In PSHE we have continued to learn about British Values and have had a recap about keeping ourselves safe.  Children have revisited and discussed the NSPCC pants song.


Next week's learning

English / Topic: persuasive posters about new chocolate brands

Maths: reasoning and problem solving with addition and subtraction



This week, in maths, the children have been working with negative numbers and finding sequences. They have been adding and subtracting numbers and moving from positive to negative numbers and from negative to positive. In English, the children have been writing their explanation texts about the process of making chocolate - they have written about harvesting, fermentation, drying, roasting and the final cocoa block product. In science, the children have continued to complete dissolving experiments; as a class, we tested whether the sugar coating of an m&m would dissolve in different liquids, such as vinegar, water, soda water and baby oil.  

Next week:

English - dictionary and spelling work.

Maths - addition and subtraction.

Topic / Science - dissolving experiments and reversible changes.


This week, the children have continued to deepen their understanding of place value, in particular they have been ordering and comparing numbers to 1,000,000 and rounding to 1,000,000 - they have found this work both challenging and enjoyable. In English, we have been exploring explanation texts and discussing their features as well as comparing these features to the features of a non-chronological report and instructions. Furthermore, the children have been learning about the chocolate making process and making detailed notes ready to write their own explanation text. In science, the children have continued to order and classify materials, with an emphasis on understanding scientific vocabulary. 

Next week:

English - children will be writing their explanation texts about chocolate

Maths - number sequences and end of place value unit checks.

Topic / Science - we will continue with dissolving experiments



Children have enjoyed tackling Roman numerals in maths this week and continue to embed their understanding of place value.  They are enjoying working with our new Power Maths books, which are supporting them in develop a deeper understand and application of the concepts they are learning.  In English our focus has been on grammar and spelling this week.  Children have been consolidating their understanding of simple, compound and complex sentences in order to support their creative writing.   They are continuing to redraft their sketches of Montezuma's serpent jewellery and have done some great observational drawing.  Their critiquing skills are developing as they are giving each other kind and specific feedback in order to improve their artwork.


Next week:

English - explanation texts about the process of making chocolate

Maths - numbers to 1 million; negative numbers; ordering and comparing

Topic / Science - dissolving experiments 


Although it seems a long way off, we are already preparing for our visit to Cadbury's Chocolate Factory on Thursday November 8th.  Please do let us know as soon as possible if you are able to come with us.  Many thanks. 




This week, Year 5 have continued to concentrate on place value in maths, in particular recognising numbers up to 100,000 and using a number line to record their understanding.

In English, the children have written a recount about Henan Cortes conquering the Aztec Empire for Spain; they edited their work on Friday using a rubric and a purple polishing pen.

Year 5 had a great afternoon on Thursday as they had the opportunity to taste and rate different types of chocolate - unsurprisingly the chocolates with the most sugars were the most popular.


Next week:  

  • Maths - ordering, comparing and rounding numbers to 100,000.
  • English - Year 5 grammar focus (simple, compound and complex sentences).
  • Topic - investigating cocoa beans. 



We've had another great week and the children are really settling well into their new routines.  We've placed a big emphasis this week on our Trinity value of 'Aiming High', encouraging children to see if they can dig even deeper with their thinking, problem solving and attention to detail in their work.  Children have been really proud of their efforts when looking at their second drafts of work or their 'polishing up'.  

In maths we have continued to develop an understanding of place value in numbers to 10,000, including rounding.  Children have been gathering information about the fall of Tenochtitlan at the hands of the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes, in readiness for writing a detailed recount.  In topic work, they have enjoyed learning about Aztec life and the fall of the Aztec empire.   


We look forward to seeing you at our Year Ahead meeting on Tuesday 18th September at 2.30pm, during which we will share with you more information about the year to come. 


Next week's learning

English: independent recount writing

Maths: ordering and rounding numbers up to 10,000

Topic: Aztec life and culture


Mr Houghton and Miss Sparks would like to welcome all children and parents to Year 5.


This week, the children have come back to school in an extremely positive manner and we have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of your children individually. 

In maths, we have began to explore place value as well as introducing all children to the Year 5 KIRFs - the KIRFs are a great home learning tool which we will encourage throughout the year to help improve your child's mathematical knowledge. 

The children have had numerous opportunities to share their holiday stories, through verbal feedback and through writing a recount of their favourite event or day on Friday. 

In topic work, the children have been introduced to the first Year 5 topic, Chocolate: from bean to bar. We have started to explore the origins of chocolate and how chocolate was introduced into Europe. 

We hope your children have enjoyed their first week in Year 5 and are looking forward to next week. 




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