Spring Term

Spelling Punctuation and Grammar
The children revised what each word class is and the function of each word. Children worked in groups to discuss the words on the word cards and sort them in to word class.
Children to needed to listen to each other and discuss their answers.
Greta's Story
To use reported and direct speech 
In English we are looking at Greta Thumberg's story. Greta Thunberg is a teenage activist from Sweden who has become the face of the youth climate movement. In the summer of 2018, Thunberg started sitting outside the Swedish parliament every Friday as part of a climate strike. On September 20, 2019, Thunberg led the largest climate strike in history.
We have read the first chapter of the story and agree that she is a hero. We looked at reporting on the strike so looked at questions we could ask Greta and thought about how she would answer them. We looked at using reported and direct speech. 

Learning about Special Educational Needs

Disabilities and special needs cover a wide range and could be anything from a speech delay to a significant medical diagnosis. Some disabilities are obvious, such as a child with a physical disability who uses a wheelchair. Some disabilities, such as speech delays, sensory integration problems, learning disabilities or autism spectrum disorder may not be as obvious.

It is safe to assume that at some point your child will have a classmate, neighbour or relative with a disability. To make children aware and understanding,  you can help your child learn about disabilities and encourage him or her to be a friend and advocate of children who have disabilities.

Whilst reading the Greta Thunberg book, we found out that Greta was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. 5G were surprised to to find out that such an amazing person had a disability This lead to a discussion about other hidden disabilities. The children asked lots of questions and were interested to learn more.  

British Values - Rule of Law and Democracy 
Today class 5G took part in a virtual tour of the Houses of Parliament. Britain's Parliament consists of two houses: the House of Lords and the House of Commons. They hold their meetings in the Parliament buildings in London, England. The Parliament buildings are also called the Houses of Parliament or the Palace of Westminster. The children had a tour around the House of Lords and House of Commons and found out how new laws are made. We also found out some of the rules of the houses for debating.
Class Councillor 
This morning, the school council worked with PCSOs Kirsty Newton and Paul Ellis-Feather. The children learnt about the dangers and the consequences of speeding. Watch out for our team of councillors with their speed guns next week. Our class councillor, Hollie, designed a poster to encourage parents to drive and park safety.
Maths - multiplication
Children in 5G have been showing their confidence at multiplying 3 digit numbers by a 1 digit number and explaining their working out to their peers. The children applied the method to solving problems with multiplications.
Discussion / debate.
In class we have thought of and agreed some talk rules for the class. We used the talk rule to discuss if it was right for Greta to go and strike and miss school. The children were much better at listening to each other views. 
Discussion / debate.
In class we have continued our work using the agreed some talk rules for the class. We used the talk rule to discuss if it was right for Greta's parents to let her miss school. We were much better at communicating and taking turn to talk. 

Online Relationships

I can explain how someone can get help if they are having problems and identify when to tell a trusted adult.

In class we discussed the following questions:

What does ‘supporting’ someone mean?  How could you do this online?

What difficulties do you think others may experience online?

What things can you do to help support others online? 

Would you involve others?  If so, who and how?

How could you report worrying issues?

Why might some issues not be reported? 

When or why would you choose not to report some issues?


We used the PowerPoint and discussed where we would go for help in each situation. 

to plan a fair test
to investigate materials and their properties.
In science we have been learning about insulators and conductors. We have investigated which materials are good insulators. Insulators are materials which keep heat in.
We investigated which material would keep water the warmest for the longest. We used fabric, plastic, foil, paper, and cotton to insulate cups. We then added hot water and took the temperature every 5 minutes.
We made sure that we planned a fair test to help us investigate. 
To introduce ourselves and our mood.
We have been looking at introducing ourselves in Spanish. 
Sending and Receiving with control 
In PE we have been working on sending and receiving the ball with control. The children are enjoying these lessons and working hard to improve their ball control. 
Persuasive language
We have been looking at using persuasive language. Persuasive language is used for many reasons, for example, to help to sell products or services, or to convince people to accept a view or idea. Politicians often use persuasive techniques to get their audience to agree with their views on a particular topic. 
In English we used persuasive language to try and persuade Greta to give up her school strike and return to class. I am so impressed with the letters.
Roads Safety 
After looking at the road survey we did in Autumn term, we have now looked at the dangers of the road outside school.
We found that parents were causing the most risk by parking in dangerous places such as on the yellow zigzags. The children in 5G have produced leaflets to hand out to parents. 
Greta Thunberg
We have studied Greta Thunberg and found out about her life and her fight to raise the awareness of climate change. The children have produced some fantastic work and we wanted to showcase it on our class display. 
We have been looking at family and learning the Spanish names for family members. Children in 5G have been asking who each other live with and responding in Spanish. We used the word mats to help us remember the names. 


To investigate which materials are soluble and insoluble.

We investigated which materials dissolved in water.

We used a range of materials including:
BBQ sauce powder
gravy granules
Before investigating, we planned a fair test and discussed the variables and non variables for the test.

Why are science experiments important?

By completing Science experiments, children are able to come up with a hypothesis as to why something may or may not work, test whether they were correct and draw up their findings as an informative conclusion. 

The children debated whether children should have to wear school uniform. Here is what they had to say. 
In Science we looked at reversible and irreversible changes. Reversible changes – where a change is made physically and can be undone, or reversed. For example: freezing water to make ice. Irreversible changes – where the change is made chemically and can't be reversed into its original states. For example: baking a cake.
We conducted an experiment. Our experiment was looking at reversible changes. We used hot water to melt some chocolate, which changed from a solid, into a liquid. We then left it by the window and let it cool. It returned back to its original form of being a solid
In Spanish we have recapped on how to introduce ourselves and greet people when we first them. 
Outdoor PE - Net and Wall
Physical Education - Tennis 
  • To identify and describe some rules of tennis.
  • To serve to begin a game
  • To explore forehand hitting
In Pe today, the children looked at the rules of tennis and began to look at ball control. The children worked on making serves to each other. 
Net and Wall games - Learning objectives:
  • To continue with further ball control and developing hand-eye coordination.
  • To develop accuracy and consistency when sending the ball.
Indoor PE - Dance
Learning objectives:
  • Introduction to dance.
  • Refining basic movements into sequences for a dance routine to the song 'Waka Waka' by Shakira.
Learning objective for year 5 indoor PE lesson - Dance:
  • Move in a clear, fluent and expressive manner.

The class have been working really hard to perfect their 'Waka Waka' dance by Shakira and have now moved on to a new dance routine to the song 'Sax' by Fleur East.


Learning objective in PE - Dance:
  • Work in groups to create your own dance routine .

Today we have been working hard in our groups to come up with ideas and refined movements that we can link together to create our own dance movements to fit in the dance routine to the song 'Sax' by Fleur East

In Year 5 we set a reading challenge over the half term holiday to see who could read the most books. Ella read 22 times over the holiday and as you can see, she found some interesting places to read her books. Well done Ella. 
To introduce our magic week, we started off with a magic show assembly on Monday morning. The children watch Darren, the magician, perform a number of exciting tricks. 
Magic - prompt for writing
Today Dazzling Darren came to 5G to teach us some magic tricks. The children learnt tricks and then performed them to each other. 
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Open Classroom
Today we had an open classroom to showcase the children's work. Children and parents could look at books and read the children's work together. The open classroom was well attended this year
Star Writer 
Josie is a keen writer. She writes for enjoyment and is often bringing in work and stories which she has completed at home. She enjoys producing work and doing pictures to go with them. 
Keep up the great work Josie. I enjoy reading all of your work. 
Bradford City Penalty Shoot Out
Today we  took part in penalty shoot out. Children had three shots to try and score against Billy Bantam. 
The Billy Bantams Penalty Shoot-out is an initiative launched by the foundation which provides a sponsorship programme, free of charge (inclusive of all equipment) to schools in our community. BCFC ran an initial assembly presentation to our school, laying out the initiative, which then eventually culminated with a sponsored penalty shoot-out. 
The children enjoyed the shoot out and raised lots of money. 
Computing - video editing 
lesson 4
Today the children planned their story boards ready for filming. When they had planned their filming, they used the ipads to film 3 shots with speech and actions.
When the children had finished filming, they evaluated their work discussing the filming techniques that they had used. 
Today the children have been practicing asking about the weather and responding with the appropriate weather type. Children are developing their pronunciation of the Spanish words.
SCARF: Safety, Caring, Achievement, Resilience, Friendship
Today we had a workshop in 5G we had a workshop delivered by the SCARF team.
Learning Outcomes 
Understand that there is mental as well as physical health and what they can do to maintain or improve their mental health.
Recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs (including medicines) and lifestyle on the way their bodies function. 
Understand the importance of self-respect and how this links to their own happiness. 
Know the importance of respecting others, even when they are different from them or make different choices or have different preferences or beliefs. 
Understand the need to manage conflict or differences and know ways of doing this, through negotiation and compromise. 
Understand that increasing numbers of young people are choosing not to smoke or drink alcohol 
Understand that the body gets energy from food, water and oxygen and that exercise and sleep are important to our health. 
Understand some of the key risks and effects of smoking and drinking alcohol. 
Understand that for most people the internet is an integral part of life and has many benefits, and about the benefits of rationing time spent online.
To know about festivals and why they are celebrated 
Year 5 visited St Cuthberts Church to learn about the festival of Easter and why it is celebrated by Christians. Easter is the biggest festival for Christians. During the visit, children planted sunflowers to celebrate growth and new life. 
Easter 2022 occurs on Sunday, April 17. However, Easter falls on a different date each year. Easter Sunday and related celebrations, such as Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday, are considered “moveable feasts,” although, in western Christianity, which follows the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Easter typically falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the spring equinox.

History / DT –

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
We have come the end of our topic on Ancient Greeks and we are now using our DT skills to plan to build a Greek Temple. 

Every civilization needs a place to worship the divine. The ancient Greek were no exception. The ancient Greek temple had one primary function: to provide a shelter for the statues of the gods. It was believed that in the statues dwelled the spirits of the gods. Thus, it was only natural for the Greeks to bring forth constructions that would befit the majesty of their gods.

Furthermore, temples were the most important and most widespread building type in Greek architecture. The ruins of many Greek temples survive in South Italy, Turkey and Greece still to this day. However, due to their large number, this article only presents some of the most important ancient Greek temples found in Greece today.

It's great to hear that Jack enjoyed the DT topic so much that he went home and continued using his skills to make columns for a temple at home.