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20/1/20 - Well done to all the children who successfully participated in Bookman's 12 Reads of Christmas Reading Challenge! Enjoy your well deserved chocolate bars!

20/1/20 - Well done to all the children who successfully participated in Bookman's 12 Reads of Christmas Reading Challenge! Enjoy your well deserved chocolate bars! 1

17/1/20 - In DT, we tried different soups and thought about which one Mrs Brakes would like best. We are creating soup for a mountain climber (Mrs Brakes - she taught us all about climbing mountains last term). After finding out her favourite soup is leek and potato, we researched on the laptops a recipe for leek and potato soup. Then we looked on supermarket websites to compare the prices of the ingredients.

10/1/20 - BOOKMAN VISITS KANGAROOS! We had a surprise visit from Bookman this afternoon. He came to see how we have been getting on with our reading. We told him about our new class book 'Wolf Brother' which we are really enjoying. He also presented certificates to those children who managed to read 5 books (or more) in Autumn 2. Well done to all the children who managed to do this! Miss Reed and Bookman are very proud of you.

10/1/20 - We had lots of fun on the Computing programme 'Scratch' today. We created animations and we made some amazing things!

10/1/20 - Wire Sculpting in Art

9/1/20 - In History, we enjoyed playing a board game to help us learn about James I. Afterwards, we discussed whether we thought he was a successful or unsuccessful King.

16/12/19 - We had a special visitor today! The new school book superhero, BOOKMAN, came to see us! He has set us a reading challenge over the Christmas holidays. Make sure you participate Kangaroos... Bookman will be checking!

10/12/19 - Check out what we are learning about in the Spring term by clicking on the file below!

8/11/19 - Singing a song to help us remember numbers up to 10 in French!

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8/11/19 - Exploring forces in Science. Ask us about gravity and air resistance at home!

8/11/19 - Today we learnt about what Parliament is. Parliament is where they make and change laws and debate important issues.


As part of our learning, we played a special version of the board game ‘Monopoly’ which focused on democracy. It made us think about and discuss issues in the world we live in. We know that we have the right to have an opinion about different things and for our voices to be heard and that this is what living in a democracy is all about- the right to have an opinion and for it to be heard.

6/11/19 - Interviewing Papa Georges (Mrs H) after toys were stolen from his toy shop!

6/11/19 - Interviewing Papa Georges (Mrs H) after toys were stolen from his toy shop! 1

31/10/19 - Well done to the Year 5 children who managed to read 5 whole books last half term. We are very proud of you and can't wait to hear about what you read next.

28/10/19 - Learning our new WAGOLL text which is a newspaper report called 'A Trip to the Moon'. We then talked the text in our co-op groups.

Curriculum Bulletin Autumn 2 


In English. we will be looking at 'The Inventions of Hugo Cabret' as our focus text and writing newspaper reports. We will then be moving on to comparing the film with the book.


In Maths, we will be looking at multiplication and division this half term. 


In Science, we will be learning about forces.


In Geography, we will be learning all about mountains.


In DT we will be making our own birdhouses in our co-op groups.


The Christmas countdown is on! 


Please see the curriculum letter for more information.


Miss Reed

7/10/19 - Harvest Festival Church Service

2/10/19 - Our new text map in English.

2/10/19 - Our new text map in English.  1


We were very lucky today to experience a poetry day. Neal Zetter, a children’s poet with many published books, came to visit. We learnt one of Neal’s poems called ‘Angry Shopping Trolley’ and performed it in the school’s Poetry Slam at the end of the day after lots of rehearsing. Our performance was so brilliant that we won the Poetry Slam (alongside Chimps class with their performance of Neil’s poem ‘Bubbles’). Our prize was a copy of Neal’s latest poetry book about superheroes! Scan the QR code below to watch a video of our performance!

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27/9/19 - Learning about the Moon Phases in Science... with oreos!

13/9/19 - Modern Slavery


Today, we participated in a workshop all about Modern Slavery led by Helen and Joe from ‘Just Enough UK’. They helped us to think about what modern day slavery looks like through role play – all of which we joined in with.


We learnt that slavery is where one person has absolute power over another and controls their life, liberty and fortune.


We were shocked to hear that there are an estimated 40-45 million slaves in the world today. A staggering £150,000,000,000 is made through slavery every year.


Helen and Joe taught us an acronym to help us remember the 5 signs of modern day slavery:


S – Suspicious person guarding them

L – Local language is a struggle

A – Any gender, any age, any nationality

V – Valid travel documents

E – Emotional and abused


Welcome to Kangaroos!


I am feeling very lucky and extremely excited to be teaching Kangaroos this year. It doesn’t seem 5 minutes ago since we were in Year 3 together… I just know we are going to have another fantastic year together already! 


Autumn 1 learning


We have lots of exciting learning coming up this half term. Here’s a little insight in to what we will be learning about…


Maths: We will start by learning about numbers to 1,000,000.


English: We will be writing non-chronological reports about mythical beetles (inspired by the most wonderful book: Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard).


Science: We will be learning about Earth and Space.


History: We’ll be going back in History and learning about the Tudors. In particular, we will be thinking about who the most powerful Tudor monarch was and why there was so much religious tension during the Tudor reign. 


RE: The focus question that we’ll be studying is ‘What does it mean if God is holy and loving?’


Art: We will be focusing on our drawing techniques – sketching in particular to begin with!


Design and technology: Our focus will be ‘Structures’ and you will be working throughout the Autumn term to create a bird house with you co-op group.


Music: Woaaaah! Livin’ on a prayer! We’ll be rockin’ as our focus is Rock music!


French: As this is a new language we will be learning, we’ll begin the term by learning how to greet one another, 5 colours and numbers 0-10 in French.


PE: We will be swimming during Autumn 1 during our PE lessons. More information about this is below.


C4L: Our focus is ‘Families and Communities’. We will learn about Human Rights and democracy within this.


Useful information


Support in class

Mrs. Selves is our teaching assistant.

Mrs. Heighton (HLTA) is working with children across both Year 5 classes.



PE is on a Friday. Please ensure bags and kits are clearly named. During Autumn 1 we will be swimming on a Friday afternoon. All children will need the following: Swimwear, swimming hat, towel. Please ensure earrings are taken out at home (if they are worn at school it is the children’s responsibility to take them out) and all long hair should be tied up to go swimming please. If your child wishes to wear goggles, please send a note in to me. Children will not be allowed to wear goggles unless they have a note from a parent.


Reading at home

Now children are in UKS2, they will no longer have a reading record. We still expect the children to be reading every single day and the expectation is that during a half term, each child reads at least 5 books so please do encourage this at home. At school, children will write in our class ‘Book Tracker’ each time they read a whole book and state whether they enjoyed the book or not. It will be monitored by the Year 5 team regularly to ensure children are reading regularly at home. If your child reads 5 books in a half term they will get a special certificate in assembly. If they read more than 5 books in a half term, they will be awarded a ‘Superstar Raffle Ticket’ which will be entered into a drawer where they have the opportunity to win some special reading goodies!


Water bottles

Please remember water bottles every day as our classroom does get very warm. Please make sure the water bottle is clearly named and is only filled with water or squash only. Thank you.



Homework will be set weekly. Please ensure your child is completing their homework.


Start & end of the school day

Children will be lining up in the morning outside Kangaroos door and will be going in to the classroom to complete their morning activity at 8.50am. They will be released from the same place at the end of the day.


Please feel free to speak to me for any further information.


Miss Reed


P.S. Please keep checking our class pages for updates and snapshots of our learning throughout the year!