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Summer Term - Week 5 - 21st May


This week, we have continued writing our diaries as Robert Scott. We have used a variety of techniques and sentence structures to engage our readers.


During our maths lessons this week, we have been practising multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1,00. We have also used our knowledge or decimals to find patterns in sequences to work out missing terms. On Thursday and Friday, we practised drawing line graphs using a variety of data sources.


To continue our learning about space this week, we have researched the length of a day and length of a year on the different planets before looking for patterns in the data. We found out that the closer the planet is to the sun, the shorter its year.


In our weekly PE lesson, we used our teamwork, map reading and communication skills to complete challenges.

Summer Term - Week 4 - 10th May


This week, we have begun a new writing unit about Scott of the Antarctic.  We have been reading diary entries from Scott and his team, had two experience days to understand how it must have felt being in those small tents and pulling the heavy sledges, as well as using parenthesis within our writing for detail. 


This week in our math lessons, we have been continuing with our work on decimals. We have been learning how to add and subtract using whole numbers and decimals, as well as solving problems with them, too.


We have been focusing on the skill of recording and presenting data within science. This week, we conducted an investigation of moon craters and their diameter, depending on the size, weight or drop of a meteor. We recreated this in class with flour (for moon dust), a range of balls (for the meteor) and a ruler to measure the drop and width. 

Summer Term - Week 3 - 3rd May


This week, we have planned and written our own stories based on 'The Present'. We have used a range of sentence structures and writing techniques to interest the reader.


In maths this week, we have continued our work on decimals. We have practised adding and subtracting decimals with the same number of decimal places. During lessons, we have been particularly focused on answering reasoning and problem solving questions.


This week, we have learnt about the planets in the solar system. We found out about their orbit of the Sun.

Summer Term - Week 2 - 30 April 2021


This week, we have continued our writing unit of 'The Present'. We have written sentences using a range of writing lenses and used a range of both positive and negative intend to extend our writing.

This week, we have been continuing with our story 'Sky Song' by Abi Elphinstone. We have been focussed on characters traits and personalities to build a top trumps card, based on the character of Flint.

Earth Day - Science

Last week, we focused on the word 'innovate' for our Science Week. We continued with this theme for our Earth Day project in which we designed and created our own recycled and eco-friendly toys. We had to collect our own resources and follow our own designs, take a look!

Summer Term - Week 1 - 23 April 2021


This week, we have begun our new unit of learning 'The Present'. We have written sentences using onomatopoeias, subordinate clauses, similes and metaphors. 


In maths, we have been exploring the relationship between multiplication and division writing related facts. We have applied these skills to answer number problems.


This week has been Wooden Hill's science week so we have been completed lots of investigations. To start the week, we designed classrooms of the future using the results of our investigation, which took the form of a survey. On Tuesday, we explored different types of paint and used our observations to come up with a question to investigate to 'Which is the best paint?'. We then planned our investigations making sure they were fair tests. Questions we investigated included: 'Which paint dries the quickest?', 'Which paint has the best coverage?' and 'Which paint is visible from the furthest distance?'.

Spring Term - Week 10 - 24 March 2021


We have been coming towards the end of our balanced argument about 'screen-time is making children lazy'. We have gathered views from a range of sources through interviews: senior, community and pupil view. We have enjoyed having this debate with one another and are regularly changing our own minds from the information!


This week, to conclude our work on fractions, decimals and percentages, we have been investigating this within real world problems. We have been deepening our understanding of the relationship between each of these areas and been learning how we can explain our knowledge to each other, too.


We have been continuing to build our knowledge on the reproductive cycle of animals. So far, we have talked about mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. This has been a great opportunity to extend our knowledge further and learn some new interesting facts. For example, “the Common Cuckoo uses a host nest and never actually brings up their offspring!” – Evan.

Additionally, we have been comparing these cycles to one another and identifying both similarities and differences across them.


Since we have been back at school, we have really pushed the importance of our mental health and wellbeing both in school and online!

Spring Term - Week 9 - 24 March 2021


In English this week, we have been continuing our learning on how to write a balanced argument. We have been developing our formal vocabulary and gathering further information fom different viewpoints to support our agrument. 


This week, we have been continuing to learn about decimals and making links between fractions, percentages and decimals. We have been using resources to support our understanding as well as deepening our knowledge through open-ended reasoning questions. 


We have been furthering our knowledge of life cycles. Last week, we focused on a daffodil, this week we looked at amphibeans and kangeroos. The children found this very interesting, and loved the 'oracy' based unit we have been unit to develop discussion in the classroom.


Both classes have been doing different units since we've been back. Woodpeckers have been improving their Frisbee skills and Jays have been working on their tennis skills.

Spring Term - Week 8 - 10 March 2021 

It has been so lovely to have everyone back together in school this week!


In English this week, we have started a new unit. We have read an example balanced argument and have collected research and vocabulary ideas ready to start writing our own balanced arguments about screen use and well being next week. The children have read research articles, watched videos and even interviews Mrs Lagares and Mrs Critchlow to find out what they think.


To start the week, we demonstrated what we knew about fractions. We did some short quizzes and made fractions outside, which we then shared facts about. During the remainder of the week, we have started to learn about decimals. 


To begin out 'Life Cycles' topic. We learnt about the life cycle of a plant. We finished the lesson by dissecting a daffodil and explaining each part's role in reproduction. 


This week we have been thinking about respect. We have considered what it means to respect ourselves and others. We started by creating our personal islands to show what is important to us and finished the week by thinking about what respecting ourselves, our family, our community and our world would look like. 


We began learning to play the guitar this week with Berkshire Maestros.

Spring Term - Week 7 - 22nd February 2021


For our first week back after half term, we have started our new writing unit based on 'Cosmic' by Frank Cotrell-Boyce. We have been learning all about luxury cars, as this is the theme in our book. We have role played different emotions and looked into a range of ambitious vocabularly to create exciting sentences for our adventure story.


This week, we have been reading the poem 'The Dreadful Menace' - we have loved this! We have enjoyed investigating how performance can add to the meaning of the poem and how particular vocabulary creates an atmosphere. We have also looked into the metaphorical language that this poem create as well as it's interesting imagery.


For maths, we have been continuing to work with fractions. At the beginning of the week, we found this rather tricky as we were subtraction two mixed number fractions. Yet, we wrote a detailed success criteria and continued to work hard until we understood the process!


As part of a two week project, we have been developing both our geographical fieldwork skills and vocabulary. We have learned how to use a 6-figure-grid reference map, what map symbols are used for and so much more! 

Spring Term - Week 6 - 8th February 2021


In the final week, we have been finishing our work on The Highway Man. We have developed a range of new writing features as well as learning about narrative poetry and the history of the highway men. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their writing in this unit, especially the gory stuff!  Here is an example of some of our writing chunks:

Lightning danced.

Where did that come from?

The branches rattled.

What was that?   (Kabir)

“Silent! Hurry up! Watch out!” Remarked Lord Burley. (Benett)

This was the night for jewels to be stolen, throats to be cut and hearts to be shattered. (Neveah)


And the highway man was scheming-

Scheming – scheming-

The highway man was scheming with violence in his mind.


And the highway man cam clanging –

Clanging – clanging –

The highwayman came clanging,

With stealing on his mind. (Carmen)

Stopping with a sharp jolt, they saw him – handsome, romantic, and gallant. (charlotte)

His pistol shots were loud – as loud as a clash of thunder. (Lennon)


And the highwayman was attacking –

Attacking – attacking –

And the highwayman was attacking,

In the dead, dark night…


Thump! Wallop! Smash! The coachman was ambushed.

Kapow! Smash! Thud! His lifeless body crashed onto the ground (Ashlynn)

“Should we hide?” whispered Lady Burley

“Who will help us escape?” he cried desperately (Issy)

The turn of the door. The footsteps of the clomping feet. The click of the pistol.

The swallow in their throat. A murmur of help. The pin drop of the click.

The dribble of blood. The motionless eyes. The blood stained evening dress. (Ellie)


And the highwayman was unrelenting –

Unrelenting – unrelenting –

The highwayman was unrelenting,

To the family on the coach.


This week, we have been putting together all of our learning from this half term together. We have created information spreads about 'Chemical Reactions', ensuring all the key information is there and clear for the reader.


In art, we have been looking at the artist Alberto Giacometti and evaluating his art work. We later designed and made our own versions using household items like tinfoil. 

Spring Term - Week 5 - 1st February 2021 


This week, the children have started to write stanzas of a poem in the style of The Highway Man.


This week in art, the children have designed, created and evalutated their won sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. 



The children have continued to keep active during lockdown using Miss McGowan's lessons.



The children have enjoyed learning about rhythm and pulse. They have started to learn about basic notation and use it to write their own short rhythms. 

Spring Term - Week 4 - 25th January 2021

This half-term has been a little different so far but the children in Year Five have continued to produce some amazing work.


This week, the children have published their amazing stories. 



This week, the children have been learning to identify and find equivalent fractions.



In science this week, the children have been finding out about properties of materials and completing tests to see which properties a range of materials have.


Autumn Term - Week 13 - 7th December 2020

Year Five were very excited to be the first in the school to watch 'Robin Hood and his Socially Distanced Men' on Wednesday. They were giggling all the way through and Jay class even joined in with the singing and dancing.

This week, the children have finished writing their sentences to build a biography of Hatshepsut. They have been producing some amazing work including ambitious vocabulary and excellent writing techniques.

In preparation for writing their independent biographies to practise the skills they have been learning, the children have begun researching Alfred the Great. They have been using a range of sources and have worked really hard to find lots of information. Their research has also rounded off their topic of the Anglo- Saxons.

In maths, the children have been learning to calculate area. They have calculated the area of compound rectilinear shapes and irregular shapes using appropriate methods.


Autumn Term - Week 12 - 30th November 2020

This week, we have been finishing off our Archery and Golf unit within PE. The children have had so much fun learning these new skills and learning how to work together as a team, too. 


In English, we have continued to learn a lot more about Hatshepsut and her reign as the most successful female pharaoh. We have looked into the difficulties of being a woman in power through the ages, power dressing and so much more! We have all become particularly more passionate about this topic as we've progressed. We can't wait to write our own biographies soon.

In Year 5, we have also started book clubs this week! The children chose the text that interested them the most, set themselves challenges on how much they're going to read and will meet weekly with their teacher to discuss their thoughts and predictions. This has really sparked the passion for reading again, across the year group. This has been lovely to see! 


Autumn Term - Week 11 - 23rd November 2020

This week, we have begun our new writing unit. In this unit, we are learning to write a biography. We started off by reading an example and learning about the ' shapes' of a biography before researching Hatshpsut who we are going to be writing about over the next week. 


In Geography this week, we have been learning about land use and have explored how it changes over time. We have compared photos of Bracknell from now and 1988 and suggested why the land use has changed. We have also explored natural causes for changes to the land including coastal erosion. 


Autumn Term - Week 10 - 16th November 2020

In maths, we have been doing lots and lots of revision. We have been focusing on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000. This is a vital skill to be confident in, and we have really worked hard to understand the 'steps to success' with this.

For English, we have been planning and writing our own adventure story. We based our ideas on the book Gorilla by Anthony Browne and researched four destinations we would want to travel to. We spent a long time during the writing and editing process to make sure our stories were brilliant! 

In science, we have continued to look into simple machines. We were investigating levers this week, trying to explain how they work by creating our own levers. From this investigation, we learned that levers allow a smaller force to have a greater effect, similar to pulleys and gears. 

We also wanted to show you our amazing art work. We finished both the poppies and our Andy Warhol inspired art this week. Take a look for yourself! 

Autumn Term - Week 8 and 9 - 4th November 2020

So far this half term, we have been learning about a range of new things! In our maths lessons, we have been learning about factors, common factors, prime numbers and squared numbers. We have been using arrays to help us in all of these areas.

In science, we have been learning about air resistance, pulleys and levers. We were using everyday objects in our classroom, like rulers, glue sticks and water bottles, to create a small machine that could move a heavier weight. We had lots of practical fun in this lesson and look forward to learning more.

Through our history and geography unit, we have been learning about the end of the Roman Empire in Britain and the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon age. We have learned about why they wanted our land so much and for what we have to offer. We have also been looking at the types of geography (physical, human and topography) with examples from around England, specifically the local area.

In our art lessons, we have been learning about Andy Warhol, who inspired the ‘pop art’ movement. We have been looking at his famous print work and began to recreate our own versions of this.                                                  

We have also been looking into Remembrance Day, focusing on why we remember and the importance of the poppy. To commemorate this, we learned how to draw a field of poppies.

Autumn Term - Week 7 - 16th October 2020

This week, Year Five have completed their final lessons about the Romans. They have found out about the effect the Roman empire had on daily life in Britain. They have also begun preparing a Roman inspire invasion plan with their partners. They will continue to work on these next week before presenting them to the class. 

Each week, Year Five continue to practise their maths key skills including number bonds, doubling and halving, formal and mental methods for the four operations and times tables. They practise these skills in different ways to improve their speed and accuracy. Time Table Rock Stars is a good way to continue this practise at home.

In maths this week, the children have been taught to read, interpret and create bar charts and pictograms. Next week, they will be focusing on line graphs.

After weeks of learning sentence writing skills and writing techniques, the children have planned their own journey stories this week. They are ready to write next week and we are really looking forward to reading them!


Autumn Term - Week 6 - 9th October 2020

This week, Year Five have continued  with their learning about the Roman's in History. They have been taught about Hadrian's wall and Boudicca's revolt. The children have written some fantastic newspaper articles and diary entries to demonstarte their understanding of the events.

This week in maths, the children have learn to check their answers using estimation and the inverse and have applied their knowledge of addition and subtraction to word problems. 

Autumn Term - Week 5 - 2nd October 2020

Throughout this week, we have been continuing with our learning of 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. We have been loving this story so far and truly love learning about these new literary devices that we have been experimenting with. On Friday, we had our third 'experience day'. We went outside to forage for resources to build our teeny tiny raft, just like the characters in our story! (You can see some of the pictures below!)

In maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction of numbers of up to four digits or more. We have been reminding ourselves of column method and how to use it successfully. We will be continuing to work on this over the next week.

In our topic lessons this week, we have been focussing on science and PSHE. In science, we have been learning about water resistance and testing the question "What affects the speed of a boat through water?" You can see some of our experiements below! 

In PSHE, we have been learning about 'sterotypes' and how these can affect opinions of people. We looked at how we can challenge those sterotypes!

Autumn Term - Week 4 - 25th September 2020

This week, Year Five have begun their English unit based around the book 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell. They have written some fantastic sentences (some of which can be seen below) using a range of devices such as similes and metaphors and have experimented with sentence structure: creating complex sentences, adding fronted adverbials and using short sentences to build tension.

In maths, the children have continued to build their understanding of number and place value. They have ordered and compared numbers up to a million, practised rounding and have used Roman numerals to write numbers up to three thousand. 

Year Five have also begun their history topic 'The Romans' this week. They have found out about Julius Caesar and Claudius and have used a range of sources to gain an understanding of what life was like in the Roman army and why they were so successful.

Autumn Term - Week 3 - 18th September 2020

This week Year Five have been reading the book 'After the Fall' by Dan Santat. After reading the story, which is about Humpty's life after his fall, they wrote stories titled 'After the Wolf'. 

In Science, the children explored air resistance by testing parachutes to find the best one for future adventurous eggs. They discussed how to carry out a fair test and were taught to write conclusions that clearly linked to their results.

In maths, the children have been continuing to develop their understanding of place value in large numbers up to one million. They have also been rounding to the nearest 10,00 and 100,000.

Autumn Term - Week 2 - 7th September 2020

This week Year Five have been reading the book 'Where Happiness Begins' by Eva Eland. They though carefully about what their ingredients for happiness are and used watercolours to paint their own happiness jars.

The children also completed their first Free Write Friday. They wrote stories about a character overcoming a problem. They thought carefully about what their character would see, hear, smell and feel during their adventure.

In maths, the children have been focusing on developing their understanding of place value in large numbers. They have also been rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.