Blogs: Y5 2016-17

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Monday 10th July 2017

Today in 5SJ, we looked at six different diary entries from Melanie. We read her diaries and took down important words or phrases which showed how she was feeling. She had recently found out that she was moving to another school and she was devastated. As the weeks went past, she experienced a rollercoaster of emotions: sadness, anger, shock and excitement. Over time, she started to settle in and not feel so sad. This was helped by her new friends and speaking to others about how she was feeling. She still kept in touch with her best friends from her old school and they even sent her letters in the post! Her new teachers suggested she should join the County Netball team because she stood out on the court. What a feeling!

Melanie’s story showed us that change is not always as bad as you first think. She went through emotions that she never experienced before and managed to cope with them with the support of her inner circle. Although she moved away from her best friends, she made new ones at her new school.

Soon we are also going to experience change and new challenges. We will be moving to the top of the school and will be trusted to be responsible and lead by example. We are excited and nervous at the same time!

Written by 5SJ 

Friday 30th June 2017 
5TM Attendance Celebration!
What a treat 5TM had this afternoon and it was truly deserved! The class were awarded £20 to spend, for beating our attendance target TEN times! We decided on a Pyjama Party... it was so cool! We spent the money on the film Moana, some cosy blankets and treats to eat whilst we watched the movie. Mrs Hazle spoilt us by waiting on us hand and foot! We ate sweet AND salted popcorn then strawberries for dessert, we washed it down with some apple and orange juice! This afternoon was the best! Check out our photos - but try not to get jealous! We are definitely going to continue working on our attendance!
Thursday 29th June 2017 
Here we come NCA!

What a fantastic celebration of all the work we have done and the fun we have had at NCA over the past year. It was lovely to see so many year 5 children showing us what they do best. There were awards and certificates for the best scientists, mathematicians, ballistics experts, news and sports presenters and much more. Hilarious but brilliantly well made videos reminded us all about the terrifying virus which gripped NCA earlier in the year. We saw presentations highlighting the aspects of NCA which the children had found the most exciting, and we remembered the awful crime we were called on to solve, only weeks ago!

But a real highlight was the all singing, all samba drumming performance which rounded off the afternoon. We are so impressed by the children's performance of Uptown Funk, remembered perfectly from 2 whole weeks ago! And we hope all the parents who attended enjoyed the show and the school tour as much as we have. Many thanks NCA and Mr Kelly!
Monday 20th June 2017 
Yesterday, 5TM Maths became builders!
We were learning to build 3D shapes using modelling materials. We used art straws and playdough. We had to use our knowledge of properties to ensure they were accurate. For example, all the edges of a cube needed to be equal. Through reasoning, we identified that we could not make a cone, cylinder or sphere, because they have curved edges. Some of us really challenged ourselves by making a hexagonal prism! Check out our creations!

Thursday June 15th 2017 



Today we visited NCA for an Arts Day. We began by touring the school – we were given professional cameras to take photos of all the things we liked and got to ask pupils some questions, such as what school trips they go on. Did you know, they have a boxing ring? And a wall clock display with clocks they have personally made of their favourite things! We used our IT skills to make eye-catching powerpoint presentations of what we found out about the school – we learnt how to upload photos to them! Miss More praised us for our excellent teamwork.


Next, we went on a quote hunt – NCA have them written on their walls, for example, ‘Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.’ They’re really inspirational. Well done Inaya, Theresa, Tyler Jolley and Jakub… they were the first to complete all the quotes!


The afternoon was so much fun… we learnt to play Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars on drums AND learnt a dance routine to it! Come and watch us perform on Thursday June 29th, at the awards ceremony! Check out the photos to see a sneak preview! We hope to see you all there!


Friday 9th June 2017

Today, our very own space expert came to visit Year 5! Mike came to share his knowledge about space and the solar system with us. We were curious and excited to find out what the morning had to offer!

Check out some of the fascinating facts which the children found out from this very informative morning!

Firstly, we learnt that Venus is the death planet! This is because you'd get squashed (because there is too much air), poisoned (because of the poisonous gases in the air), dissolved (because of the acid clouds) and burnt (because it is 450 degrees Celsius - that's hotter than your oven at home!) all at the same time.


Did you know that Pluto is too small to be a planet and that's why we call it a dwarf planet? Did you know that if you make a footprint on the moon, it stays there forever? This is because there is no wind or no air to get rid of it.


At the beginning of the lesson, Mike taught us that there are only 8 planets but there used to be 9. This is because Pluto is too small to be considered a planet. Did you know that the moon moves around the Earth in around 27/28 days?


Jupiter is the biggest planet in the Solar System and Mercury is the smallest.


We found out that the reason Mars has a red brown colour is because it is mostly made up of rock. This rock contains iron and we know that this normally rusts!


Year 5 would like to say a massive thank you to Mike for the fantastic morning and Ms Taylor for arranging it.

Thursday 8th June 2017 

Who said Economy Week just focused on maths?


Today, 5TM carried out a science experiment using coins – we wanted to test if they were magnetic. First, we used our prior learning to write a prediction. Lots of us predicted that no coins would be magnetic because they are made out of gold, silver and bronze, all non-magnetic metals. Others predicted that darker coins would not be magnetic because they are old.


Then for the fun part! In partners, we tested lots of different coins with a magnet. We had to record the type of coin, the date it was made and whether it was magnetic in a results table. Our results suggested that in fact, some coins are magnetic, so our predictions were incorrect. We found that most of the more recently made coins are magnetic! Do you know why? It is because base (common) metals were becoming more expensive, therefore, the 'ingredients' of 1p and 2p coins was changed from bronze to copper-plated steel in 1992. Since then all 1p and 2p coins have been made with copper-plated steel, with the exception of a quantity of 1998-dated 2p coins, which were produced in the traditional bronze. 5p and 10p coins were changed to nickel-plated steel in 2011. Steel is a magnetic metal. Check out the photos of our experiment and write-up!



Tuesday 6th June 2017

This week is Economy Week!

Today, we were set the challenge to purchase playground equipment in order to improve our Key Stage 2 playground. We were not allowed to exceed £5000! We looked at different equipment from the ESPO catalogue and we decided on suitable items which we could purchase. Check in tomorrow to see what items we chose in our budget request!

Monday 15th May 2017 
Do you know why square numbers are called square numbers? 5TM DO! It's because when they are arranged in an array, they make a square. 
In maths, we have been learning all about square numbers, they are a product (multiple) of a number that has been multiplied by itself, for example, 25 is a product of 5 x 5 (5 squared). You write square numbers like this: 52. 
5 is the square root of 25. Isn't all the mathematical vocabulary we have been learning impressive?!
We also learnt about cube numbers - these are numbers that are a product of numbers that have been multiplied by themselves 3 times, for example, 27 is a product of 3 x 3 x 3. This can be written more efficiently as 33. They are called cube numbers because they make a cube! Check out the cube numbers we made! 
Friday 5th May 2017
The teaching staff in year 5 are blown away with some of the writing that has been produced today by the children! They've been recounting their experiences of our day at the North Cambridge Academy. Check out some of the fabulous work below!
Thursday 4th May 2017 
Today, North Cambridge Academy called upon Year 5 to support them in a crime scene investigation. A teacher had been murdered. There were four suspects and we had to find the culprit! 
We used our maths knowledge to identify what weapon was used. The formula involved converting between units of measure and square numbers - real tricky stuff! We even got to use calculators!
The science experiments were awesome! We tested if distance effected blood spatter, we found that the higher we dropped the blood from, the larger the blood pattern became. We really impressed the teachers at NCA by using our science knowledge to explain why... because there is more force with gravity. This proved that the further you shoot from the target, the bigger the blood spat. We worked out the culprit must have shot the victim 400 m away from the scene. We looked in the area and found the perpetrator's shoe! 
Our favourite science test was where we got to use BUNSEN BURNERS! We did a flame a test with the soil that was found from the culprit's shoes at the crime scene. The flames turned different colours - check out the photos! 
We also loved the finger print testing - did you know your finger print never changes? There are three types: Loops, Whorls and Arches. We got to identify our own finger prints! We called the suspects in and matched their finger prints to those found at the crime scene. We concluded that there was strong evidence for Suspect C. We put forward our case and luckily, he admitted his crime and was taken away by detectives. 
We had another fantastic day at NCA; learnt so much and got to experience lots of cool equipment! What a privilege... Thank-you NCA! We look forward to coming again. 
Wednesday 26th April 2016 
A massive congratulations to the children that represented Shirley School in the Cambridgeshire Year 5 Maths Challenge 2017 this evening! They worked fantastically as a team! And were commended for their excellent estimation! They did themselves and the school proud!
Go Shirley Team!
Tuesday 25th April 2017 
3...2...1... BLAST OFF! Into Year 5's Summer term topic... Space Explorers! 
And what a way to start! First we learnt how rockets travel to space. Did you know, it takes a combination of 3 things? Hydrogen, pure oxygen and ignition (for example, a flame). 
Then, our challenge was to create a space rocket that could travel through the air from Earth to the International Space Station aka one side of our playground to the other. This required us to use our science knowledge of how things travel through the air and our skills - our abilities to make something to travel through the air. 
We began by designing our rocket. We had a selection of materials to choose from, such as plastic bottles and containers, card, cardboard, string and tin foil - thank-you Shirley Staff for bringing these in! We then worked together to build our rockets - this took great teamwork and is demonstrated in our finished models... check them out!
Finally, it was the big test... we took the rockets outside and each threw them in the air to see if they would fly to their destination. They ALL did! That's because we used our science learning and built rockets with pointed, aerodynamic noses! 
We cannot wait to learn more about space explorers!
Friday 21st April 2017
Welcome back to the summer term! The children have had a fantastic start to the term and we're so impressed with their excellent attendance. A massive well done to 5TM with 98.8% and well done to 5SJ with 96.7%. Both classes have reached their class target and move one step closer to receiving their attendance reward of £20 for the class!
In class this week, we've been thinking about our identify and what makes us unique in our PSHE lessons. The children were asked to collect items over Easter which explain who they are and what they are like. First of all, we decided to get creative and we decorated our very own shoe boxes to house these special items. On Friday afternoon, we started presenting our special memories to the class.
Check out the pictures so far of our PSHE learning this term.
Friday 31st March 2017
The staff and children from Year 5 would like to wish you all a Happy Easter! To celebrate this special occasion we've designed our very own 'Hoppy Easter' cards.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 19th April for the beginning of our final term together!
Wednesday 29th March 2017
What an exciting week for 5SJ! It is our first week to win Punctuality Panda! We've been working incredibly hard making sure we attend school and arrive on time. Our efforts have paid off because we've received the honour of minding this cuddly creature for the week. Our first outing: a sunny trip to the hut!
Friday 24th March 2017
It's Red Nose Day! The children in Year 5 did an excellent job of dressing in red in order to raise money for a fantastic cause. Check out some of our outfits!
Friday 24th March 2017 
I spy with my little eye, something beginning with P... PLAYSCRIPTS! 
That's the text type we're learning in Year 5. We started off by identifying the features of playscripts, these are: cast, scene, description of the setting at the start of the scene, stage directions in brackets (    ) and finally the character's name with a colon : (these take the place of inverted commas, otherwise known as speech marks, and the reported clause). 
We then had a go at acting out a playscript - this was so much fun! We were all particularly good at following the stage directions and stepping into the character's shoes, even if we do say ourselves! Check out an example of our excellent acting skills! 
Next, we adapted an extract of our class book, 'There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom' into a playscript. We have predicted what will happen next in the story and on Monday we are going to apply our learning and create our own playscript!
We can't wait to share them with you!
Wednesday 15th March 2017
5SJs wrote a fantastic poem on 27th of February to celebrate the diversity in their class and what better week than 'Diversity Week' at Shirley School  for 5TM to catch up with a poem of their own. Here is out celebration of this unique little community. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Do scroll down to see 5SJs poem and the original poem by Benjamin Zephaniah: 'The British'.
Tuesday 14th March 2017
What better way to kick off Diversity week than with some cooking! 5SJ were honoured to have the fantastic Mrs T teach join them in the DT room for a spot of cooking this afternoon. The task? To make a batch of Carrot Fata'er.
Carrot Fata'er are pastry parcels which are an important part of the Moroccan culture. They contain carrots, parsley, spring onions, halloumi cheese, ginger, sesame seeds, black seeds, eggs and salt. We were able to get stuck in by peeling, grating, slicing, chopping, whisking, frying and sprinkling. We had the best time!
Check out the pictures below to see some of our fantastic cooking in action!  
Tuesday 14th March 2017 
5TM Maths Class appointed 26 new maths teachers today... all from Year 6! 
Year 5 and 6 have been learning all about fractions.
What better way for Year 6 to consolidate their learning than explaining it! They created their very own reasoning and word problems, involving fractions, to challenge and extend Year 5's knowledge. They then had to demonstrate how to solve these and support Year 5 in using them. 
Year 5 rose to the challenge (check out the spiciness of some of the questions!) and solved problems which involved adding and subtracting fractions, with DIFFERENT denominators; simplifying fractions, converting fractions to decimals AND percentages; and calculating fractions of amounts! 
Year 6 were FANTASTIC teachers! Check out the Year 5 comments about all they learnt today!
Friday 10th March 2017
Did you know there's been an outbreak of the Vanavaro Virus at the North Cambridge Academy? Did you know that they called Shirley for reinforcements to help investigate and discover its devastating impact?
49 of the finest Shirley pupils made their way to the North Cambridge Academy on Friday 10th March 2017. Their task? To learn more about this virus and the impact it could have on the community. They also had some fun along the way!
Throughout the day, the children took part in a number of different workshops. In Science, they investigated the physiological effects of the virus. In maths, they calculated its ability to infect and multiply rapidly. This could happen through a simple handshake! In humanities, they learnt about decision making and discussed how important it is to make good decisions when threatened by a virus and in English, they developed their skills of scanning and condensing texts. They then demonstrated their acting skills and created their very own live TV broadcast.
The children had a fantastic day and we would like to thank the staff and students at the North Cambridge Academy for this memorable day!
Monday 6th March 2017 
Year 5 not only work hard in school, they work hard out of school too!
Look at the eye-catching E-safety posters, displaying important advice about how to stay safe online, they have designed for their homework. 
Keep up your excellent effort!
World Book Day - 2nd March 2017!
What a fantastic day we have had! Everyone made such an effort... check out our awesome costumes below!
Year 5 embraced the theme of Beatrix Potter and celebrated World Book Day by creating our own tale, based on the story of Peter Rabbit. We hope you enjoy reading them! Beatrix was famous for her beautiful illustrations, therefore, we worked hard on the pictures to accompany our stories - look at us in action. In 5SJ, we designed WANTED posters, for an alternative villain to Mr Mcgregor... check out our broad vocabulary choices! 
We cannot wait to trade in our voucher for a FREE book from any book store! Happy reading :) 
Monday 27th February 2017
This half term our PSHE learning is all about diversity in the community. Today in our PSHE lesson, 5SJ studied the poem 'The British' by Benjamin Zephaniah. We discussed the important messages of the poem and how Benjamin's view is that Britain is made up a range of nationalities, cultures and ethnic groups.
We decided to recreate this poem using 5SJ as our stimulus. We really enjoyed writing this together and feel it sums up how diverse, unique and special 5SJ really are.
We hope you enjoy!
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Look Mrs Neild, we can do it with our eyes shut!
Today, 5SJ practiced finding coordinates on a grid. Once we remembered the rule was, 'along the corridor, then up the stairs' we found filling in our grid easy. But what about starting at (0,0) and getting to (7,3) by counting steps with your eyes shut!

One of us (you know who you are!) made a great pirate map and we found the treasure and a special shell hidden in the sand.

Friday 3rd February 2017
Well what a FANTASTIC day Year 5/6 are having! We began the day by working in teams to create the tallest spaghetti and marshmallow tower... we all managed to achieve a free-standing structure (even if it was just for 30 seconds)! The winning tower was 89 cm tall! We worked excellently as teams!
We then played 'Guess the Year.' Miss More played a song and we had to guess what year the song was released... We particularly loved 'Can't Touch This' by MC Hammer! Some of the Shirley staff kindly brought in some memorabilia from the past for us to look at... there were records from the 60s and 70s, a coin from when Queen Elizabeth married Prince Phillip, historical football programmes AND stamps from over 40 years ago! It was fascinating! 
We are now researching all about different decades from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Catch us after school... we'll be able to tell you lots of interesting facts!
Thursday 2nd February 2017
Morning! The children are already up and raring to go for their first set of morning activities!
The Big Zipper, mountain biking and the Tree Top Trail await Miss Joomun and Mr Finlayson's group today. The assault course, archery, Airjump and orienteering await Mr Frett and Mrs O's group.
We can't wait!
Hope you're not missing us too much!
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Greetings from Hilltop! We've all arrived safe and sound and are ready to take on the challenges.
The weather may have dampened our clothes, but it NEVER dampened our spirit! Check out our photos from the 1st day.
Tuesday 24th January 2017
Today was our Maths Workshop! Parents and carers were invited into school to find out about what, and how, we learn in Year 5. We got to join them! We showed them our new approach to maths, which involves us explaining our understanding, using mathematical knowledge and language, and working together to solve problems. They were very impressed at how we rise to the challenge! Year 5 would like to thank-you for coming!
Friday 20th January 2017
What a day we had today! Kate Richardson-Walsh visited Shirley Primary School to share with us some fantastic stories of teamwork, resilience, determination and co-operation. She even brought along three of her winning medals for us to see including the gold medal from Rio 2016! You wouldn't believe how heavy they were! Her visit was truly inspirational and showed us that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible.
"Shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
Check out our pictures from the event!
Thursday 19th January 2017 
This week, we are learning all about measurement conversions. Today we explored litres! We looked at the capacity of containers, the amount they hold. We learnt that containers can be different shapes but still be the same capacity. We found out that there are 1000 ml and 100 cl in a 1 litre. We also found out that there is an 'e' next to the measurement on containers, and this means that the measurement is approximate... go and check out some of the items in your food cupboard!

Wednesday 18th January 2017

Year 5 have been thinking about gravity in science this week.

After a quick moonwalk we decided that the Earth had more gravity because it has more mass (the technical word for ‘stuff’).  Gravity is a pull force, but just like magnetism, which we studied last term, it’s invisible! We tried to make it visible with arrows:


While devising our experiments to show gravity’s effect on objects, we had to think carefully about what to use and do to make sure that gravity was the only force moving the object. We recorded our experiments making sure our diagrams showed the invisible forces at work. Can you explain what a reaction force is? (hint – check the diagram).

Friday 13th January 2017 
Today, in Shirley School, we had... FRENCH DAY! It was awesome, we learnt French language for particular topics. In Year 5, our topics were Geography and weather. We had a language hunt, where we had to find all the flags of French speaking countries, we were really good at this after our quiz in IPC! Then we practised using: nord, sud, est, ouest to say the locations of different cities in England. Can you guess what these words are in English? In Miss Joomun's class, we learnt how to comment on the weather! Check out some of our fantastic posters showing all the French we have learnt today! 
Thursday 12th January 2017
When presenting our continuous data, we learnt that the bars go side by side. Our data showed us that most children in our class are between 1.40m and 1.49m. Have a look at some of our graphs to find out what other information you can find out about 5TM maths class!
Monday 9th January 2017 
This week in 5TM, we are learning all about statistics. Today we collected our own data on each other's heights. This is a type of continuous data because it can be measured and can involve numbers that are not whole, for example, one of us was 1.23m tall. We had to use our previous knowledge on measurements to help us! Next, we are going to learn to present continuous data. Make sure you check out our graphs! 
Friday 6th January 2017
Welcome back and Happy New Year! Year 5 have had a great start to their learning already this term! We've kick started off our brand new topic, 'What a Wonderful World'. There was no better way to start then having a quiz! 5SJ demonstrated some fantastic knowledge of flags from around the world. They used their prior knowledge of great sporting events to help them remember.
We then discovered some fascinating information about Sir David Attenborough and why he is such a well known figure. We couldn't help but feast our eyes on a snippet of the amazing documentary series, 'Planet Earth'. What a great way to spend our first afternoon of 2017!
Friday 6th January 2017
In 5SJ, this term we will be solving more maths investigations and puzzling questions which make us think! Today, we had to investigate the following statement, 'when you add odd numbers, you always get an even number'. We used our prior knowledge of odd and even numbers to investigate this statement.
What do you think? Is it always true, sometimes true or never true?  
Monday 19th December 2016
In Year 5, we are getting into the festive spirit. First, we wrote the opening to the story of The Snowman. Check out some of the examples - they have lots of description and really powerful verbs! Then we chose a Christmas activity - some of us did Word Searches, some of us coloured and some of us finished our Christmas cards! Have a look at the festive fun that has been going on in Year 5...
Friday 16th December 2016
Do you know the story of the Snowman? It is a magical tale of adventure! Year 5 discussed the six key points in the story and created their very own storyboards today. Check out some of our close ups!
Wednesday 14th December 2016
What an amazing Christmas lunch we had today! Year 5 would like to thank all of the kitchen staff for their hard work today. It was delicious! Check out our hats which we created for the occasion.
Monday 12th December 2016
Guess who visited our English lesson today? Our very own Sprout Boys! They motivated us to get some fantastic writing started. We can't wait to share it with you very soon. Watch this space!
Thursday 8th December 2016
Have you ever heard the sad tale about a young vegetable called Sprout Boy? Sprout Boy was a lonely, isolated sprout who couldn't find anyone to share Christmas with.
Will it be a happy ending? Will Sprout Boy be accepted and welcomed this Christmas?
You'll have to wait till next week to find out!
Thursday 9th December 2016
What other way can you learn about equivalent fractions other than getting stuck in! Today, we raided the maths cupboard and dug out some fantastic resources to help us understand this concept.
Check out how we got on!
Tuesday 6th December 2016
Year 5 had an ICT day today and we were learning lots about programming! Check out some recounts of our learning experiences today.
Firstly, we learnt all about inputs and outputs. But what do they mean? Input means putting information into the computer. Output means feeding information out of a computer. Did you know that a microphone is an input and a printer is an output?
An input is when you put information into a device like a microphone. An output is when information feeds out of a device like a printer. Some devices are both like an IPad or a Smartphone.
We learnt about technology and went on a hunt for it around school. We then looked at traffic lights and their sequences. In the playground, we played 'It'. We followed an algorithm to play this.

We spent the whole day learning programming!

Not only did we create programmes, we de-bugged them too. What does THAT mean?

This means to spot and correct an error so that our programmes work how we want them to. 

You do not need to use a computer to learn porgramming! We de-bugged algorithms for games such as Piggy in the Middle and Stuck in the Mud on the playground!

We began to look at algorithms that include choice. This is called selection. Some of us became the “experts” and taught the class. 

Monday 5th December 2016
It all got a little Christmassy in 5SJ today! We decided to make our very own Christmas cards using doilies. Who would have thought they'd make such a classy Christmas tree! Check out our pictures below to see how we got on.
Friday 2nd December 2016
Miss More was beaming with pride today because of the fabulous homework produced by the children in 5TM.
Check out two fantastic pieces written by Inaya and Cole. Keep up the great work!
Wednesday 30th November 2016
Let's get our maths brains working! Today was all about collecting information and presenting it in tally charts. Can you guess what information was collected?
Friday 25th November 2016
That can only mean one thing...PAY DAY!
For lots of children in 5SJ, Friday is known as pay day. Well it's Token Economy of course! Lots of children have been busy working hard all week to earn their valuable tokens. These children have been saving up their hard earn tokens to purchase something special for themselves or their friends and family. Check out what some of the children in 5SJ have purchased this week.
Friday 25th November 2016
This morning, we were editing our very own narrative poems with our black editing pens. We knew it was so important to get our punctuation correct or else the poem might not have made sense. We needed some extra eyes on the class so Miss Joomun appointed some Punctuation Police. They did a great job of keeping us in check! Take a look at the officers in action!


Wednesday 23rd November 2016

It’s all about data!

5SJ’s maths class were creating data posters in our maths lesson. We were able to interpret and present our thinking about a variety of different data. Have you learnt something new from looking at our posters? We hope so!

Monday 21st November 2016
Christmas has come early in 5SJ! The children have been designing a Christmas card for Daniel Zeichner, our local MP.
Check out some of our designs so far!
Friday 18th November 2016
Happy Children in Need Day!
Each child had to pay £1 to have CRAZY HAIR! Check out some of our amazing hairstyles!
The children of Shirley School raised an amazing £513.29 for Children in Need! What a fantastic event!
 Monday 14th November 2016
This week is Anti-bullying week.
We kick started off our learning by investigating what bullying is and isn't. We discussed many different scenarios and we discovered that bullying happens several times on purpose. STOP!
We then started to design our very own bullying awareness posters.
Take a look at how we've got on so far!
Friday 4th November 2016
What an exciting afternoon we had in Year 5 today! We designed and created our very own bunting for Team Shirley!
First of all, we designed our patterns on our bunting template. Then we suited and booted up in our aprons and got painting!
We hope Team Shirley are pleased with our designs. Check out our pictures below!
Monday 10th October 2016
Today was the day! We started to create our very own mythical creatures. Our creatures all had the strong, muscular body of a horse. What about the head? Well that was up to us to create!
Check out some of our fantastic designs so far!
Friday 7th October
History - Come and Join the Spartans
We've had a great afternoon learning about The Spartans and think they had a much better life that the Athenians did in Ancient Greece. Listen to our shared persuasive text to hear the reasons why...
Friday 30th September 2016
Today was Environment Day and Year 5 did some fantastic learning! In the morning, the children learnt about solar energy and how solar panels convert light energy into electricity. We had a look at some solar powered toys and we had a go at designing our very own! We knew that our designs needed to have a visible solar cell in order for them to work. Check out some of our fantastic designs!
The top three designs will be announced at the end of next week.
Friday 30th September 2016

In 5TM, we learnt about how high and low tide causes turbines under the sea to generate electricity to our homes. This is called Tidal Energy. We discovered that tidal energy is renewable because there will always be high and low tide. We became Engineers and had to work together in groups to design and build our very own tidal turbines! Check out our attention to detail throughout the process.

Friday 30th September 2016
5SJ would like to congratulate Jakub on becoming our School Council representative. It was a close race! Kiemute has been voted our vice and we know they will both do a fantastic job!
Monday 26th September 2016
In 5SJ, we've started looking at addition! We discussed that there are lots of different words that mean the same as addition. We worked with our talking partners to generate a list of different vocabulary.
This will come in really handy when solving our addition problems tomorrow!
Friday 23rd September 2016
What an exciting afternoon we had today in 5SJ! We decided to visit our friends in Year 2 to do some reading! First, we allowed the Year 2 children to choose some of their favourite picture books. They chose some classics! Then it was down to Year 5 to carry out their best story telling. What a fantastic afternoon we had! 5SJ would like to thank Miss Munnelly and 2EM for their hospitality. We can't wait to come and read again soon!
Monday 19th September 2016
Today we looked at different word categories in our SPaG lesson. We were given a selection of different words and asked to categorise them. The categories were: adjectives, nouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions. We can now tell you lots of information about these six different word categories!
Friday 16th September 2016
Year 5 have had another fantastic week of attendance! Thank you to all the parents and carers for getting your child in school and on time!

23rd of February 2017

Look Mrs Neild - We can do it with our eyes shut!

Today the 5SJ Maths set used coordinates to find their way around a grid with their eyes shut!Once we knew that the rule was ‘along the corridor, up the stairs’ it was much easier to find the right spot. We started at zero and counted our steps across and up before opening our eyes to check.


Wednesday 7th September 2016

5SJ have had a fantastic start to the Autumn term! We have been busy exploring our brand new topic ‘The Great, the Bold and the Brave.’ Today we became classical architects and were employed to recreate some famous buildings of the past.

Can you tell what buildings we have recreated?

5SJ would like to say a big thank you to Mr Finlayson, Mrs O Sullivan and Mr Reynolds for helping us with our construction. We couldn’t have done it without you!

More pictures to follow!

Monday 5th September 2016
Welcome back! Year 5 have had a terrific start to the Autumn term and we are so impressed with how smart all the children look in their new school uniform. Keep it up!
Miss Joomun would like to say a massive well done to Lyubov and Dihak for their excellent and informative holiday homework!
We can't wait to display this in our classroom for all to see.