Year 5

Year 5 Pullman and Morpurgo 2023/2024

Year 5 have made a super start to the Autumn Term and we are settled into our routines and timetables. We have two classes in the year group named after the popular authors Phillip Pullman and Michael Morpurgo.

In Maths, we started our year looking at place value where we have looked at numbers up to millions.  We have also covered negative numbers and addition and subtraction looking at how to calculate various sums and word problems. We recently looked at prime, square and cubed numbers and will also cover multiplication, division and fractions this term. Our lessons always start with a ‘While You Wait’ activity to consolidate the previous weeks topic and previous days topic too. We also carry out a weekly mental maths activity and this runs alongside our times tables revision on the Times Tables Rockstars programme.

Our reading book this term is ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf.  It is the story of a refugee called Ahmet and his journey from war torn Syria to joining a school in England. Through working on the book, we have been built on our literacy skills, while we undertake varied tasks related to the book including writing in different styles and answering questions about the story. We also complete weekly grammar activities and spelling assessments.

We are thoroughly enjoying our Science and have already completed our topic on Space and it was really interesting finding out about astronauts from different countries.  This term we have started looking at materials and will soon be doing a big practical experiment to separate a mess!

Our history took us back to the Viking age and we learnt about why the Vikings were called Invaders and where they settled in England.  Over half term we made some amazing Viking ships which are on display in the main school corridor.

Our geography topic this term is looking firstly at the water cycle and we started this on one of the wettest days last week!  This leads us into looking at the journey of a river and by the end of the term we will be presenting our own rivers projects.

PSHE started with the pupils preparing their own learning charter and discussing rules, rewards and consequences.  For the latter part of this term will are looking at different cultures and equality and racism.

For our RE subject, we were lucky to have Insight visit us and support our work and we are thinking about ‘Should every Christian go on a pilgrimage?’ and ‘How do Advent and Epiphany show us what Christmas is really about?”

Year 5 use ICT and chrome books as much as we can in class.  In order to save paper some of our classwork is uploaded and within our computing lessons we have been looking at databases and will be creating some short videos.  We also use the chrome books for research.

In physical education we have been very active taking part in both indoor and outdoor activities.  We started with handball and moved quickly onto playing small games within our classes finishing with a house competition between with our year group. For our indoor PE we were very luckily to go to Surbiton Rackets and Tennis club for squash coaching.

Some of our year group have also take part in a number of sports fixtures including hockey, basketball, netball and cross country.  Our year 5 boys team came second in the cross country and we presented with silver medals.

In January we are going to take part in the Yong Voices Concert at the O2 Arena and we are enjoying our rehearsals and getting to know the songs and the actions to accompany the songs.

Year 5 are active members of our school community and our classes take turn to be “The Green Team” and the pupils complete weekly recycling collections.  Some of our pupils are also “Junior Supremos” and they will soon be supporting games and activities at lunchtimes.

Active travel is important in our school and we are very proud of the 36 pupils who completed their Bikeability training in October.

What a great start to the year and so much more to look forward to.