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Welcome to Year 5

The Highway man

What a start to Y5! To start the year we have had an in depth look at 'The Highwayman' poem written by Alfred Noyes. This has formed the basis of our writing over the first part of the year, starting with some descriptive writing and diary extracts from different points of view from the poem. We looked further at the descriptive vocabulary used this has provided the inspiration for our art work.



For the art work we combined using shading with chalks on black card mixed with paints to create the illusion of fog in the trees. We then paired this with adding different layers on top to create the foreground.




Sign Language

To decorate our class door we though we would try something a bit different. Can you work out what the children have spelt out in British Sign Language (BSL). 


AS part of our materials topic we have looked at how we can separate suspensions and solutions. We have also looked at how changes can be reversible and irreversible (including the classic mix of coke and mentos; vinegar and bicarbonate of soda and heating popcorn) and how these form new substances.  

As part of this unit we spent time researching different material scientists and how they use the properties of materials they know to form new useful compounds. We looked at how Spencer Silver invented the glue for postit notes by accident and how Ruth Benerito saved the cotton industry by inventing wrinkle free cotton and well as others.


Tag Rugby Tournament

In PE this half term we have been looking at invasion games, in particular tag rugby. We built up our skills through PE which culminated in a Y5/6 Tag rugby tournament at Biddick Academy. Whilst there we each played a round robin of games in different groups and one of our three Barnwell teams finished in third! Well done everyone there!


Odd Socks!

Year 5 have celebrated our individuality during antibullying week through odd socks day!



 AS part of our Autumn geography topic we have focused on map skills. As part of this unit we looked at how maps need to be to scale and use different size scales. Building on this we measured out our school yard to create to scale maps. Unfortunately, the weather had other ideas! 

The Street child

In class we have been reading ‘The Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. This story about a Victorian orphan has formed the basis for our writing this half term.


World Book Day

As part of world book day we focused on the story of ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’. In the story a young boy’s crayons all quit his pencil case because he either over works the popular colours or under works the unpopular ones. In year 5 we decided to taker a different angle on the story and write to Duncan from the point of view of different colour all applying to be part of his new and improved pencil case. As part of this writing we focused on the presentation used in the book and how we can get across personalities of the different crayons.


Another world book day activity we took part in was decorating a chair and lettering for our reading corner. We decorated these using copied of the artwork found in the book ‘Where once we stood’. This book is all about the 12 men that walked on the moon and uses a rage of water colours to create a range of distinctive art work.




In science this half term our topic has been all about the Sun, Earth and Moon. We have focused on their relative motions and looked at the phases of the moon.


Design Technology

We have been designing our own night lights! As part of this DT topic we have had to consider how to create the electronics as well as the aesthetics and them put them all together!


Bike Ability

This week year 5 completed their bike ability course! Well done to everyone who took part!