This week in English we have continued to use the short animation film called The Lighthouse. The children have written a newspaper report that contains an attention-grabbing headline, a clear introduction using the 5 Ws, paragraphs that recount the event and quotes for additional information. We have encouraged the children to edit and improve their work using the feedback given to them. We have finished reading The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo and have enjoyed discussing the language used and themes in this book.

In maths we have continued to focus on time by looking at the relationship between different units of time. We solved problems involving the relationship between seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. For example, how many minutes is 360 seconds? Which is longer – 3 years or 1000 days? We then moved on to looking at how data relating to time is represented on a line graph. We practised using data to draw a line graph and then used the graph to answer some word problems.

There are has been such a buzz during our topic lesson this week as we began to look at the reliability of sources that describe who was responsible for the disappearance of the princes (the sons of King Edward IV). There was much debate on what might have happened to the princes and the motives behind the various accounts (or accusations) that were made during the time but also many years later. We talked about why accounts may be biased and therefore if there are reliable. We also discussed the discovery of the remains of two children in the Tower of London and why despite today’s advances in DNA technology, we still do not have an answer to what happened to the princes.



This week in English we have looked at another short animation film called The Lighthouse. The children wrote an alternative ending to the film that included sentences that built tension and suspense. They worked hard on looking at the main problem in the film from different characters’ perspective, which helped them in their planning of a newspaper report. They have come up with headlines, quotes and developed their introduction using the 5Ws (who, what, where, when, why). These will be used in the writing of a newspaper report about the plot of The Lighthouse.
In maths we began the week by looking at the use of the 12 hour clock and the 24 hour clock. We learnt when we needed to use am and pm and how to tell the time using the 24 hour clock. After this, we focused on calculating time by first finding the duration and then finding the start or end times when given a duration. The children used the number line to support them with this but also as a way to check their calculations.
The children are very enthusiastic about our history topic on Richard III. We have continued to find out more about him through research. With the information found, we have constructed a timeline of key events relating to Richard III’s life, ascension to the throne, his death and the discovery of his body. While studying Michael Morpurgo’s book The Fox and the Ghost King in reading, we also discussed the reputation of Richard III and how sources and depiction of him could be bias. We are very much looking forward to the Year 5 class trip on June 7th so that we can learn more from the exhibition and workshops at the King Richard III Visitor Centre.
In the past two weeks, both classes have had the pleasure of a physics workshop led by two science ambassadors from Robert Smyth Academy. The children learnt about forces, made a rocket in groups and then launched them using a pump launcher. They loved it! This week’s learning log homework is related to this.


We have continued to use the short animation The Birthday Boy as a basis for our writing. The children have written a monologue by the character Manuk and also described a flashback with the moments leading up to it and after it. We have focused on using emotive language and describing the feelings and reactions of a character in response to what he sees and hears. Following this, we have planned and written a newspaper report about Manuk’s village that was destroyed in the Korean War. We have created headlines, written captions for pictures and included other features such as the by-line in our newspaper report.

In maths this week we have learnt about imperial and metric measure. We have practised converting between them which has required the children to use their times table knowledge. The children also needed to remember how to convert between larger and smaller units of metric measure.

We have begun our new history topic on Richard III. We have learnt about where this particular period of time is in history and related it to other monarchs and ancient civilisations. The children were also very keen to share what they already knew but also what they would like to find out. In guided reading, we are reading a book by Michael Morpurgo called The Fox and the Ghost King, which is based on the buried king in a Leicester car park and Leicester City winning the Premier League in 2016.

Please continue to support your child with their reading and times table practise.


In English we have used a short animation film called The Birthday Boy as a stimulus for writing. The story is set in Korea 1951 and tells of a boy alone in a desolated village that has been damaged by war. The children have worked hard on developing their descriptive sentences using expanded noun phrases and sentence starters. We also looked at what a monologue is and how to write one as the main character Manuk.

In maths, we have continued with measurement. We have looked at reading measurements accurately by looking at scales and the intervals. One of the lessons we estimated items’ length, weight and capacity and then found the correct measurement. The children have then used their understanding to solve word problems. They needed to apply what they have learnt about the relationship between units of measure and identify the operation required within the problem.

This week we have had the pleasure of Mrs Rodger leading a clay workshop with the children. The children were taught how to make a small pot which will be fired in the kiln and then decorated. To celebrate our unit on the Aztecs, we also had a feast where the children tried out different types of food. There were tortillas, a bean stew, chillies, sweet potato, butternut squash, avocado, sweetcorn, hairless dog (hotdogs) and more. The children enjoyed trying out different foods and had a great time!



This week in English we have used the events of the end of the Aztec Empire as a source for our writing. We learnt about how the empire came to fall and how Hernan Cortez was able to seize the main city Tenochtitlan with relatively small resistance. The children have written first person recounts as an Aztec witnessing the arrival of the Spanish. They have also written as Hernan Cortes in diary form to recount the events leading to his success. The children were encouraged to use skills that have been taught and practised throughout the year, such as expanded noun phrases, relative clauses, fronted adverbials and different sentence starters. We spent time developing the emotions and feelings of these people by thinking about their actions and behaviours too.

In maths, we have started to look at measurement. We began with converting a measurement from a larger unit to a smaller unit then moved on to converting a smaller unit to a larger unit. We focused on converting between m and cm and km, kg and g, ml and l. When doing this, we also consolidated our understanding of multiplying and dividing by 100 and 1000.

This week’s topic lessons has focused on completing the children’s Aztec masks. We have also started to look at the food and drink that the Aztecs had so that we can start thinking about creating an Aztec menu fit for an emperor.





Last week in English the children continued their work on explanation texts but with a new stimulus. They were given a picture of a cleaning robot and asked to generate ideas about all of its functions. The children enjoyed this and came up with some fabulous ideas. They then looked at organising their ideas to explain the different functions and how to expand their ideas using causal conjunctions. They also used a variety of connectives to link their ideas.
In maths, we continued to learn about decimals but in relation to money. As the week progressed the children were working on problem solving involving money. This included planning a party on a budget and the children have had to apply all four operations to help them solve the problems.
Last week’s topic lessons focussed on learning about Aztec masks, what they looked like and what they were used for. The children then chose a design they liked or adapted one to create their own design before drawing it. They then created a final version of the mask on card. The children thoroughly enjoyed this topic work and showed some real artistic flair.
Please continue to support your child with learning their times tables and related division facts. Please also encourage your child to read at home at least three times a week.
For the remainder of this half term PE sessions will be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon so please ensure your child has a PE kit on these days.

Year 5 – 23/3/18

We have started to look at Explanation texts in English this week. We read many examples to help us identify the purpose and features of this text type. To link with our Aztec topic, the children gathered information about why and how the Aztec made sacrifices and used this to write their own explanation text. We will continue with this after half term.In maths we have continued learning about decimals. The children have used their understanding to consolidate written methods for addition and subtraction by using decimal numbers. Using our understanding of the number system, we rounded decimals to the nearest whole number and completed some problem solving and reasoning activities to deepen our understanding.To those who attended the ukulele concert, thank you for coming and we hope you enjoyed it.There is no homework set this week.Have a wonderful Easter holiday!Year 5

Year 5 – 16/3/18

This week in English the children have completed their discussion piece on ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?’ They were able to include both sides of the argument and include different connectives. This week, we have based our discussion on the book we are reading – ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. The discussion question was ‘Should Stanley Yelnats have been convicted?’ We had a very interesting discussion about this using information from the text and our inference skills. We created a list of reasons for Stanley’s guilt and innocence which was then written into a discussion piece. The children were encouraged to use a variety of connectives that added more information as well as those that introduced an opposing opinion.

In maths, we have begun to learn about decimals and the relationship between whole numbers, tenths and hundredths. The children looked at how decimals related to fractions and what happens when a decimal number is divided or multiplied by 10, 100 and 1000. We will continue with this next week.

This week’s topic lesson has focused on looking at secondary sources to learn more about the Aztec civilisation. We also learnt about their religion and the significance of their gods, sacrifices and rituals.

This term, the children have been working really hard to learn their times tables and recall them quickly and accurately. We have had daily times table practice and quizzes to support the children. Please continue to help your child with learning these multiplication facts. We greatly appreciate it.

We hope to see you on Wednesday 21st March at 2.30 -2.55pm for our Year 5 Ukulele concert. The children are very excited.


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