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Summer 2- Kangaroos

We have a really exciting last half term of Year 5 coming up!


In English, we will be using the Michael Morpurgo book 'Wreck of the Zanzibar' for inspiration when creating our own diary entries. 


In Maths, we will be learning all about measurement, volume and area and perimeter.


In RE, we will be exploring Humanism and their beliefs.


In Science, we will be continuing to explore the human life cycle and building our understanding of the seven life stages of development.


In Topic, we will be finishing off our Ancient Greek topic and then moving on to learning all about the world around us in Geography.


PE and Swimming will continue to be on a Tuesday.

We shared some of our setting descriptions with Year 1 as well to finish off Storytelling Week...

We have been studying 'Leon and the Place Between' for our National Storytelling Week. You can read some of our final setting descriptions about the Circus, based on the book, below...

This week, for one of our Home Learning tasks, the children were asked to come up with a poem or a rhyme to help them remember the order of Henry VIII's six wives and their fates. Five children created some stand out poems that can be read below...


By Connie L


The six wives, the six wives, who came first?

Katherine of Aragon, of course.


The six wives, the six wives, who came second?

Anne Boleyn, Anne Boleyn.


The six wives, the six wives, who came third?

Jane Seymour, the love of his life.


The six wives, the six wives, who came fourth?

Anne of Cleves, she wasn't so keen.


The six wives, the six wives, next Katherine Howard.

His penultimate wife.


The six wives, the six wives, finally the last.

Katherine Parr, who survived Henry VIII!


By Katy S


Catherine of Aragon was divorced.

Anne Boleyn beheaded.

Jane Seymour had an infection and days later was dead.

Anne of Cleves was also divorced.

Katherine Howard beheaded.

Katherine Parr survived, as King Henry fell down dead.


The Wives of Henry By Lucy M


The first wife of Henry,

Catherine of Aragon,

was divorced for having

one daughter, not a son.


The second wife of Henry,

Anne Boleyn he wed,

called a witch and a traitor

and so lost her head!


The third wife of Henry,

lovely Jane Seymour,

died having baby Edward.

He looked for wife four.


The fourth wife of Henry,

German Anne of Cleves.

Divorced, he didn't like her

so she was made to leave.


The fifth wife of Henry,

unlucky Catherine Howard.

Lost her head in the tower,

she was no coward.


The sixth wife of Henry,

Lucky Catherine Parr,

outlived her husband,

but she thought 'hoo-rah!'


By Freya J


Old Cath from Spain was number one,

she tried so hard to give Henry a son.

When this failed and she started to age,

Henry's emotions turned from sadness to rage.

He started to plan a possible divorce,

but had to ask the Pope for permission, of course.

The Pope declared 'no' to the split,

but this didn't stop Henry, not one little bit.

He made himself the boss of a new religion

and asked himself for special permission.

Divorce from Old Cath, of course, was granted.

'Onto wife number two', he excitedly chanted.


By Madison R


Catherine of Aragon was loved, of course,

but sooner or later Henry wanted to divorce.

Anne Boleyn was Henry's second wife,

however, she got beheaded, 'cause she wasn't very nice.

After the news that his precious Jane had died,

Henry, his majesty, cried and cried.

To Henry, the king, Anne of Cleves was forced,

but once again, Henry wanted divorce.

Because Catherine Howard had had her rumours spread,

'We're going to behead her,' Henry's advisors must have said.

For love and happiness, Katherine Pass must have strived,

'cause out of Henry's wives, she was the only one to survive!


Spring 1 Updates


Welcome back Year 5 to our second term! The school year is whizzing by fast and we have learnt so much together already.


Some updates for you regarding this half term...


- PE will now take place on a Monday afternoon. Children are reminded to bring in their kit every week as PE is an important subject within our curriculum in order to stay fit and healthy.

- Reading continues to be encouraged. We worked hard last term and ended up winning the overall prize for the Reading competition. Let's keep it up and aim for those 5 reads a week! Reading records will be checked every Monday morning.

- Homework will continue to be handed out on a Thursday to be returned the following Tuesday.




Our topic this term is The Terrible Tudors. A letter will be sent home shortly regarding our Tudor Day in March. More details to follow.


We will be studying MacBeth in English, timetables, graphs and fractions in Maths and materials in Science. 


As always, any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask.

Space Centre Visit

Operation Christmas Child- Packing Shoeboxes This Afternoon

Manipulating Subordinate Clauses in English

Being Newspaper Detectives...

Our Second Week in Year 5


Another week complete and another five days of brilliant Year 5 learning has taken place. I'm very impressed with some of the work that the Kangaroos have completed this week. Read on for a brief overview of our learning this week...


English- Our reading of Hugo Cabret has continued this week and we more secrets have been revealed as to how Hugo has ended up in the circumstances he is in. We have practiced our note taking to learn more about the origins of the story, revised how to use apostrophes and homophones in our writing using the old man's toy booth as inspiration and built upon our descriptive vocabulary by shared writing a setting opening together as a class.


The Kangaroo’s Shared Writing Paragraph


Gleaming so bright, the Eiffel Tower shimmered in the darkness like a diamond in the sky.

The freezing, cold, white, sparkling snowdrops drops from the night’s sky, touching your eyes from high above.

The snow blew into the travelling people, the noise of the ticking clocks annoying them.

The burning coals from the trains lingered through the station, giving the people a sickening feeling.

The tangy smell of smoke, as thick as woolly fleeces, wafted through the hallways, making people cough.

The rustic smoke from old cigars forced the people to cough thunderously.

Warm tasting food tempted them into the café.



Maths- This week, we have continued our learning of place value. We have looked at comparing numbers using the language of 'greater than' and 'less than'. We have also looked at number sequences and how we can use our knowledge of place value to identify the rules of these number sequences.

Our First Full Week in Year 5


We have had a brilliant first week in Year 5. All of the children have settled in well and have enjoyed producing some fantastic work this week. I'm very proud of how well everyone has transitioned into Year 5 life!


English- We have begun to read our focus text this week 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret'. So far, we have been introduced to the character of Hugo who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris in the 1930's. He spends his days winding the clocks of the train station and lives alone... which is very mysterious as he is only a young boy. His story has begun with an old man who works in a toy booth taking Hugo's notebook... We are thoroughly enjoying the book so far.


Using the book as inspiration this week, we have created our own poetry around an image of Hugo's eye.

The children produced some amazing poetry, which you can read in their English books. Each poem was then performed to the rest of the class.



Maths- This week, we have started our topic of 'Place Value'. The children have been working incredibly hard to understand place value up to 1 million. This has included partitioning numbers, comparing numbers and understanding the value of digits in numbers.



Science- We took part in our first Science lesson of the year this week and began to explore forces within our universe. We engaged in a class discussion about gravity, upthrust and air resistance and why objects remain stationary on Earth unless a force is being placed upon them. We then took part in an investigation, exploring the creation of a parachute and the effect of air resistance as a parachute falls to the ground.





Year 5's WOW Day to Space!!!


Today has been a gruelling day as we prepared for our launch into space. Training to be an astronaut was tough; tougher than I ever expected. First of all, we had to prepare for life in space. The best way to do this was to pack a bag full of essentials—water, plasters and a teddy bear for the road. Next it was straight off to space training where we all took part in some rigorous exercise routines to get our bodies ready for the journey. Then we had to experience a rocket flight in a simulator—it was terrifying! Finally, once we landed back on Earth, we created our own picture of a planet of our choice. It’s been a brilliant day!




Welcome back, Year 5! We hope you are ready for a brand new year after a restful Summer!


PE will be on a Wednesday this term. All children will also be given the opportunity to swim each term. Your child will be made aware if they need their PE kit or their swimming kit. For now, please ensure that PE kits ANA swimming kits are in school each Wednesday so your child does not miss out. A gentle reminder that children will need a swimming hat (which can be purchased at the school office if needed) and a complete bathing suit while swimming. Earrings must also be removed. PE kits must consist of a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and suitable trainers please.


Home Learning will work alongside what we are teaching your child in school this year. Children are expected to return their home learning books every Tuesday, which will be marked and ready to go home again each Wednesday. There is a Homework Club available on a Wednesday lunchtime for those children who would prefer to do their home learning within school. Times Tables and Spellings must be practiced weekly!


The Reading Challenge has been reinstated this year and we are encouraging children to read as much as possible. 5 reads or more a week will be rewarded with a raffle ticket, which will be entered into a draw to win prizes. Please ensure your child has a book and their Reading Record in school every day. Reading Records will be checked every Monday morning to record the number of reads each week.


There will be a school trip this term to the National Space Centre. More details to follow.


If you have any concerns at all this year, please do not hesitate to come and speak to any member of the Year 5 team (Miss Scane, Miss Donkin, Mr Such, Miss Kirton, Miss Rogers or Mrs Heighton). We are available every morning on the school playground and after school to discuss any issues.


What to look forward to this coming half term...


We have begun our school year by blasting off to Space for our Space WOW Day! Children also trained how to be an astronaut, discussed what they would take to Space with them and created their own Space art. Photos to follow. This kicks off our Space topic which we will be studying until Christmas.


In English, our first text will be 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret' by Brian Selznick. We will be working on writing newspaper articles, poetry and setting descriptions. The story will transport us into Paris where we will follow Hugo, a young boy living in the train station walls as he embarks on a wonderful, mysterious adventure.


Maths will focus around place value before looking at written methods for addition and subtraction and related word problems.


Forces will be our focus in Science, where we will look at levers, pulleys and gears, as well as a forces all around us.


Please keep checking our class pages for updates and snapshots of our learning throughout this year.


The Year 5 Team :)