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Working with James Nash

This week, Year 5 were very lucky to work with the distinguished poet James Nash. He talked to us about how he writes his poems and how to generate ideas. We then wrote our own poem linking to the idea of "portals" as this links to our previous class reader (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) where the children use their wardrobe as a portal to another world. We drafted and redrafted our poems before reading them out during a whole school assembly. We loved working with James and having the opportunity to write poetry.

Wardrobe building

We made our own wardrobes in Design and Technology. We had to: design them, select and use appropriate materials to build them and then construct them in small groups. It was challenging but we enjoyed it.

Garage Band

As part of our Computing work in Spring 1, we learned how to use Garage Band to create and record pieces of music. It was great fun!

Robinwood Residential

Some of Year 5 went on a fantastic residential trip to Robinwood. They did lots of amazing activities including: caving, zipwire, giant swing, canoeing, rock climbing, bouldering, archery and more! They had an amazing time.

Spring 1 text map

This half term, Year 5's text map is a setting description about Narnia.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

For Spring 1, our class reader is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe & our Literacy work is to do with writing setting descriptions of Narnia. One day, we found a mysterious wardrobe in our classroom that was filled with Turkish Delight... and a note from Edmund! We were very excited to try the Turkish Delight, though not all of us liked the taste!

Magnificent Maths

Here are some photos of some of our lovely practical Maths lessons.

Beowulf Hook

As part of our writing about newspaper reports, we learned all about Beowulf and Grendel. We came into class one day to find that Grendel's mother had left us a spooky note!

Autumn 2 Year 5 text map

This half term, Year 5's text map is a newspaper report about Beowulf & Grendel.


In our Geography lessons, we used: maps, atlases, google earth and globes to locate our countries of origin and significant places linked to our topic work. We especially enjoyed using google earth.

Marvellous modals

In one of our writing lessons, we ordered modal verbs on a continuum from possibility to certainty.

World of Work week

During world of work week, Year 5 were visited by: a doctor, a composer and the fire brigade! We learned a lot about different career options and began to think about what jobs we might want when we are older.

Hard workers!

In Year 5, we have been working really hard to improve our Reading, Writing and Maths skills. Here are some photos of our learning.

Literacy hook lesson

For one of our hook lessons this half term, we roleplayed as the children in our “Journey to Jo-burg” class reader. We imagined how it must have felt to set off on a daunting journey for a difficult reason. We also found oranges that had been hidden around the classroom. Then we ate the oranges and imagined it was our first time tasting them, like Naledi and Tiro. This helped us to write our own story.

Autumn 1 Topic Homework Menu

As part of our Geography lessons, we have been conducting fieldwork around the school and school grounds. We then presented our findings through tables and written explanations.

Fencing fun!

In some of our P.E lessons, we were lucky enough to learn how to fence! This included wearing the appropriate equipment and how to lunge accurately at your opponent.

Clay tiles

We learned about Islamic history and how to make geometric shapes on clay tiles. It was quite tricky but we think we got the hang of it in the end!

Hatching chicks!

In Year 5, we were very lucky to have some hatching chicks. We waited patiently while the eggs were in the incubator until their finally hatched into baby chicks. We had five to look after and we named them: Billy, Torchic, Fluffy, Louie and Queenie.

War time recipes

As part of our World War 2 unit, we have made war pancakes and carrot scones. They were surprisingly tasty!

Lotherton Hall trip

In Summer 1, Year 5 visited Lotherton Hall as part of our work on World War 2. We spent the day imaging what life was like as an evacuee. We learned: how to bandage wounds, how to use Morse code and how to transform a house into a hospital.

Festival of Science

Year 5 attended the Festival of Science at the University of Leeds where they took part in a "Bee is for biodiversity" and "Fossil hunting" workshop. We learned lots of interesting facts, including the fact that it takes a honey bee it's entire lifetime to create less than one teaspoon of honey.

Science: new materials

In one of our Science lessons, we conducted some experiments to see how new materials were created. We discovered that warm milk and bicarbonate of soda create a new type of plastic, while bicarbonate of soda and vinegar produce carbon dioxide... enough to inflate a balloon!

D.T wardrobe building

As part of our Design & Technology work, we had to use dowel and string to create wardrobes in small groups. This involved: measuring dowel and string, sawing the wood to the appropriate length and fixing each piece of dowel together with a special tying method. We found it difficult but enjoyable!

James Nash

Year 5 worked with the poet James Nash to create some poetry of their own. They used the idea of the wardrobe in 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' as inspiration for the idea of "a portal" to another world. We had some fantastic ideas, including: magical glasses that transported you to other lands, globes that span you to other planets and paintings that sucked you into other dimensions. We loved being creative!

Wriggly Roadshow

In February, Year 5 took part in the "Wriggly Roadshow" where they got to learn about, hold and stroke a variety of interesting animals including: a skink, a snake, lizards, a tenrec, a frog and more.

Robinwood Residential Trip

18 children from Year 5 took part in a residential trip to Robinwood Acitvity centre at Dobroyd Castle with Miss Blackstone and Miss Boyd. We had an absolutely fantastic time and took part in an amazing range of activities including: canoeing, rock climbing, trapeze, knights quest, caving, escape room and piranha pool!

Year 5 Homework Topic menu
Year 5 newsletter Spring 1
Performing poetry

In our Reading lessons, we were looking at how to prepare poems to read aloud and to perform. We chose "The Sound Collector" by Roger McGough. In small groups & pairs, we practised the poem and created sounds and actions to match the different lines.

Garage Band

For our Computing lessons this half term, we are getting to grips with the app "Garage Band". We have used it to listen to the sounds made by a variety of instruments and had a go at making some beats of our own. We are aiming to create a piece of music to match the characters from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (as this is our current class reading book).

Bio Blitz

In our Bio Blitz Science workshop, we looked at the birds and minibeasts that could be found around the school. We managed to spot a variety of each, including: robins, ladybirds, earthworms and more!


Our class reader this half term was Beowulf. As part of our hook lesson, we created our own mythical creatures. We really enjoyed reading Beowulf and writing our own newspaper reports about him.

Baking Bread

For our D.T work this half term, we baked loaves of bread. We learned about food hygiene, weighing ingredients accurately and oven safety. We tasted out bread at the end and it was delicious!

Wonderful workers

In Year 5, we always try our best. Here are some photos of doing some fantastic work from this half term.

Spectacular Science

We love doing Science work with Mrs Smith. Here are some photographs from one of our many fantastic experiments.

South African fabrics

As part of our D.T work this half term, we researched geometric South African patterns & used this research to design and paint our very own patterns. We think we did a fantastic job! We hope you agree.


In Year 5 this year, we have begun learning to play clarinets. We are really enjoying it so far and we can all already play an E note independently!

Lovely Literacy

For one of our hook lessons this half term, we roleplayed as the children in our “Journey to Jo-burg” class reader. We imagined how it must have felt to set off on a daunting journey for a difficult reason. We also ate oranges and imagined it was our first time tasting them, like Naledi and Tiro. This helped us to write our own story.