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2021-22 Year 5 Otters and Woodpeckers

Welcome to Year 5


Meet the team......


Miss Griffiths                                                               Mr Edwards

Otter class teacher                                                      Woodpecker class teacher

Monday - Thursday


Mrs Whiteman                                                              Mrs Millman

Otter class teacher                                                      Teaching Assistant



Term 3 - The Tudors

Big Bang


To start the term, we spent some time learning who the Tudors were. We looked at timelines, family trees and spent some time learning about the key events from the Tudor times. 

We really enjoyed learning about the Battle of Bosworth, King Henry VIII and his wives, Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada. 

We are excited to find out more about what life was like during the Tudor times. 





Lego Club


Over the past 2 terms, 10 children from Year 5 have been taking part in Lego club. They have been learning to programme a robot to complete different missions. They have also completed an innovation project. All their hard work has been building up to taking part in the Lego League competition. 

Term 2 - Trapped!

Becoming Polar Explorers


This term we are learning about Ernest Shackleton and his expedition to the South Pole. We all replied to his advert and took part in a multi-stage interview process. Part of this interview was a physical task where we had to show our physical and leadership abilities. We were given many challenges, including crossing the swamp!

At the end of the week, we were all given our identities aboard the expedition and recreated the original team photo.                          





Colour mixing


In art this term, we thought all about colours and creating and using different colours and brush techniques. We thought carefully about how to mix different colours to create our artwork focussing particularly on the colour blue. 





Our amazing Visitor - Al Sylvester


To end what has been an exciting and interesting topic, we were lucky enough to have a visitor in school. Al Sylvester, an experienced explorer, visited us to talk about life as an explorer. He told us all about his own exciting and dangerous journey to the South Pole. Just like Ernest Shackleton planned to, he trekked across the Antarctic most of the way to the South Pole. He told us his amazing story, shared photographs with us and allowed us to try on some of his kit! It was one of the most interesting mornings we had and we learnt so much about life as an explorer. 

He also reminded us that we can do whatever we want to do, if we have confidence and believe in ourselves. 



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Term 1 - The Vikings

Big Bang!


To start off the term, Year 5 took part in a Viking day. We started the morning with a treasure hunt. We had to find pictures, which were clues to help us work out what we would be learning about in History. We founds different dates, maps and pictures of shoes, boats and coins. We worked out that we would be learning about THE VIKINGS! 




In the afternoon, we took part in 3 activities. 


Activity 1 - making trollkors. 

We used pieces of wire and twisted them around to make a trollkor or a troll cross. The Vikings believed that they would ward off the dangerous sorts of magic and evil trolls. 




Activity 2 - writing in runes in clay


Activity 3 - weaving

The Vikings used a loom to weave their own clothes. We had a go at weaving - it was much harder than we thought!




In Science this term, we have been learning about fair testing. We learnt how to ask a question and set up an experiment to test it out. 


One of our questions was

What would happen to the size of the gummy bear if we changed the type of liquid it was placed in but kept the colour of the gummy bear and the amount of liquid in each container the same. 


The following day we observed what had happened and we were surprised by the results - some of the bears had grown! We used see saw to take photos and voice record our findings. 



We have been making dragons out of plasticine. We are going to be writing non-chronological reports about them.

Making our dragon's eyes out of clay

Our finished dragon's eyes - we are very proud of them