Summer term

Physical Education
In PE Mr Simmons in teaching the class fielding and striking skills. Striking/Fielding Games are activities in which players score points by striking an object and running to designated playing areas or prevent opponents from scoring by retrieving the object and returning it to stop the play.In week 1, 5G used cricket bats to strike a ball. 
PHSE - to remember the lives of inspirational people
HRH Prince Phillip
We watched the bbc News round programme and learnt about the life of Prince Phillip. We found out about Prince Phillip was the longest serving consort and had supported The Queen for over 60 years.
We found out about the many charities which Prince Phillip supported.
We all agreed that whilst the death of Prince Phillip is very sad, he was an inspirational person who led an interesting life. 
Science - to understand that light travels in straight lines.
In science, we looked at how light travels. We looked at how light beams travel in straight lines. Shadows are evidence of light travelling in straight lines. An object blocks light so that it can't reach the surface where we see the shadow. Light fills up all of the space before it hits the object, but the whole region between the object and the surface is in shadow. We used card with gaps to show where the light could travel. Shadows appeared where the card blocked the light, this is because light beams can not travel around corners.
In music, the children worked with Mrs Bedell playing chime bars to mark the beat  of the music for the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The children marked the beat using the A and D blocks. The children discussed the rhythm, tempo and structure of the music. 
Today marked the beginning of Ramadan. The children looked at the PowerPoint below and found out how and why Ramadan is celebrated by Muslims. 
Children discussed how they could do good deeds during this time. We discussed fasting and why Muslims find this an important part of Ramadan. 
We wrote a letter to a Muslim family to find out more about Ramadan.
Victual Assembly 
We have put together a short video assembly based on the Not all Superheroes wear capes work which we did just before Easter. We hope that we can return to normal class assemblies soon. 
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Reading is a great way to develop our imagination which will them help to develop our writing skills. Alfie has just completed his level 7 reading chart which means that he has read a massive 280 times at home. Keep up the great work Alfie. 
We have continued with our sewing. We have cut out a template and we are planning on making a bird template. We are going to sew two pieces of the template together to make a 3D bird. 
St George's Day
On 23 April, many people across England celebrate the country's patron saint St George. Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over all areas of life. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all have their own patron saints.

St George isn't just the patron saint for England. He also holds this position for Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice (second to Saint Mark).

The flag of Saint George - a red cross on a white background - is England's national flag and is incorporated into the Union Flag (the UK's flag).


We found out about St George and the legend of the dragon. 

Bradford Cathedral Choir
Today we were visited by via zoom by Bradford Cathedral. The Director of Music, Alex Berry, is responsible for overseeing the music at the cathedral and trains the choirs. The music sung by the choir is varied, ranging from medieval plainchant to contemporary repertoire. The choir continues to establish an enviable reputation for the standard of its singing.  Mr Berry explained that they have a choir and are looking for children to join  it. We did some singing warm up exercises and sang some songs. 
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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
What is an expanded noun phrase?

An expanded noun phrase is a phrase made up of a noun and at least one adjective. 

If one or more adjectives are listed to describe the noun, a comma should be added to separate the sentence. 

We have been looking at writing expanded noun phrases correctly and punctuating them with commas. Listen to some of our sentences. 

Multiplying and Dividing by 10 and 100
In maths we have looked at moving digits up and down the place value columns when we multiply and divide by 10 or 100.  Today we made our own place value charts on our desks and worked on moving the digits the correct way. 
Understand that we need light to see and that when light is blocked a shadow is formed. Plan different types of scientific enquiries.
We have looked at what happens to shadows when the light source is closer or further away from the object. We found that when a light source is closer, the shadow is bigger. 
Science - to plan a fair test
To find investigate if the position of the sun changes the size and position of a our shadows. 
We wanted to find out if the position of the sun changes our shadow. During our planets unit, we found out that the Earth moves which make it appear that the sun is moving. We looked at how the sun seems to move throughout the day. With this in mind, we wanted to know if this would change our shadows. We planned an investigation to see if our shadows changed.
We drew the outline of our shadow on the playground at different times of the day.
We drew our shadows at 9.30am, 11am, 1.30 and  3pm.
To make it fair, we drew our footprints so we stood in the exact same position each time. 
My 11.30 the shadows had moved position and got shorter.
We drew our shadows again at 1.30
We found out that our shadows change length throughout the day. This is because the angle at which the sun shines on stationary objects changes with the Earth’s rotation. For example, early in the morning, when the sun is near the horizon, it casts long shadows when an object blocks the light. Alternatively, when the sun is high overhead during the middle of the day, the shadows become shorter, as the angle of the sun has changed.

The Queen's 95th Birthday 

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born on 21st April 1926.

Since her coronation, The Queen has celebrated two birthdays each year. Her actual birthday is today (21st April) but her official birthday is usually the second Saturday in June.

We found out why the The Queen has two birthdays and how they are usually celebrated. 

Children in 5G have been learning the Spanish names for classroom equipment. The children played a game of matching Spanish words for equipment to pictures of the item. 
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
We have been looking at different words and what word classes they belong to. We sorted words into verbs, adjectives, adverbs, nouns, determiners, and prepositions. The children thought of their own words to add to each word class group. 
Today we composed our final piece from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air music.
In computing we are working on Stop Start amination.  We are going to make a short video using clay and the stop start animation programme. Today, we made a background for video. We used the Greek Olympics as a theme for our backgrounds. 
Bradford City Penalty Shoot Out 
Today we had our Bradford City Penalty Shoot Out again Billy Bantam. The proceeds from the shoot-out are split 50/50 between the school and the Community Foundation (a non-profit making charity which puts all the money back into the community for future projects). As an incentive for the children to try raise money, any child raising over £20 gets a Bradford City FC football and a medal, if they raise over £10 they receive a Bradford City pump bag and a medal, every child raising over £3 receives a Bradford City Medal and the child who raises the most gets a signed Bradford City football. If a child raises over £30 they will receive all 3 prizes, football, pumpbag and medal. All balls, pump bags and medals will be paid for by Bradford City FC Community Foundation.
We all had lots of fun and we found some good strikers. 
We have continued to make our soft birds by sewing together the two cut out templates. We have almost finished and the final product should be ready in our next session. 

To know how Anglo Saxons learnt to read and write.

Anglo Saxon Runes

When the Anglo-Saxons became Christians, they began to use the Roman alphabet for writing (as we still do today). Before that time, they wrote in runes like these:

The Runes

Each rune had a name, such as 'joy' Joy or 'ash tree' ash tree. The runes were all made of straight lines, which made them easier to carve. Runes were often carved on precious objects - like an ivory box - or on stone monuments. Sometimes runes told the maker's name.

You can see that some of the runes are quite like our capital letters:

The word RUNE means secret or mystery. Runes had a religious meaning and were used in religious ceremonies. They were a charm or a spell as well as a way of writing messages.

This is why TO SPELL (meaning to put down the right letters in the right order) and A SPELL (as in a magic spell) are the same word in English. The Anglo-Saxons believed that if you used the right runes in the right order, they could have magical powers. For example, a prisoner could magically release himself by carving certain runes.

Even our words READ and WRITE are connected with runes. The Anglo-Saxon words

writan (= to carve runes) and ridan (= to interpret runes) became our words write and read.

Why not try using runes like a code to write secret messages to your friends? Look at the alphabet of runes again. As you can see, Anglo-Saxon had some sounds (like æ - ) that we don't use any more, but some letters you might need (q for example) are missing. You can make up your own runes for these. Remember to make them out of straight lines.

We had a go at writing messages in Anglo Saxon runes. 

We have been looking at adding and subtracting fractions with unalike denominators. Today children were asked to solve the pyramid problems by adding the two blocks next to each other to find the total of the block above. In order to add, the children had to find the common denotators for each fraction. 
In the Spanish, we have continued to learn the names of classroom objects and how to pronounce these words in Spanish. 
Computing -Stop Start Animation 
Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back.
Last week, we made the backgrounds for our short films and today we looked at making a figure and using it to make our film. We made small changes to the figure to the the impression that the figure was moving. 
We used the the activity - Don't judge a book by the cover, read the first sentence.
We all look at front covers of books and make a judgement. We often use the front covers to help us choose what we want to read, this may be by looking at pictures, titles or seeing our favourite authors. 
Sometimes we don't give great books a chance. Today children read the first sentences of some books and chose which one they wanted to read more about. When the children had chosen an exciting first sentence, they unwrapped their book. Some children were surprised when the cover didn't look like what they expected but everyone decided to read on to see if the rest of the book was as interesting at the first sentence. 
Stop Start Animation 
We have begun to put our stop start animation films together. Here is an example of one. This was our first attempt and next week will do our final videos. 
History - Anglo-Saxons
In our topic of Anglo-Saxons, we have looked at how and why the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain. We have found out how the Anglo-Saxons lived including looking at the houses, clothes, job roles, kings and leaders, food and drink, beliefs and how they used runes to write. 
We have looked a different sources of information and discussed the difference between Primary sources and Secondary sources. We looked at how sources of information can contain bias depending on the persons views. 
We have displayed our work on a class display.
RE - Eid 
While the Islamic calendar celebrates two different Eid festivals throughout the year – Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha - both are celebrated for very different reasons. Eid ul-Fitr is a three-day celebration that takes place at the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, at the start of Shawwal, the 10th month of the Islamic calendar; Eid ul-Adha takes place following the annual Hajj pilgrimage on the 10th day of the 12th month, Dhu al-Hijjah.
We have looked more closely at Eid ul-Fir and discussed how and why it is celebrated by Muslims.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar 
This week we have been looking at different parts of the spelling, punctuation and grammar curriculum. Each day we have revised some of the grammar rules that we have been learning. To test how secure we are on each rule, we have completed a short test on Mrs Gould is extremely impressed with the results. 
 Stop start amination 
We have completed our stop start animation videos. Take a look: we are very pleased with how  they turned out. 
We have completed our sewing topic.  After making our birds, we discussed what we could improve and what we would do differently. 
We evaluated our final product with a partner. 
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The Magic Box - Poetry
Today we read ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright and asked the children to identify the sights, sounds, smells, tastes the writer puts inside the box. We asked them why they think the writer has chosen these things. We Discussed the idea that the poem is about the writer’s identity. We then discussed the pattern of the poem and how the last two paragraphs change to become what the box is made from and what the writer will do with the box. As this is a magic box anything can go in it. The children then wrote ideas for their own poem.
Read the poem and see what you think.
THE MAGIC BOX, by Kit Wright
I will put in the box
the swish of a silk sari on a summer night,
fire from the nostrils of a Chinese dragon,
the tip of a tongue touching a tooth.
I will put in the box
a snowman with a rumbling belly
a sip of the bluest water from Lake Lucerene,
a leaping spark from an electric fish.
I will put into the box
three violet wishes spoken in Gujarati,
the last joke of an ancient uncle,
and the first smile of a baby.
I will put into the box
a fifth season and a black sun,
a cowboy on a broomstick
and a witch on a white horse.
My box is fashioned from ice and gold and steel,
with stars on the lid and secrets in the corners.
Its hinges are the toe joints of dinosaurs.
I shall surf in my box on the great high-rolling breakers of the wild Atlantic,
then wash ashore on a yellow beach the colour of the sun.
Our finished Magic Poems
We made a display to show off our final Magic Box poems. We are very pleased with how they turned out. 
Mental Health -PHSE assembly 
We looked at Mr Sidebottom's assembly. We saw examples of different jigsaws. Each piece of the jigsaw puzzle is like a different person in the school. Each person in our school is unique and wonderful, you might have a different hair colour, or different favourite hobbies, or different roles in the school. But just like the jigsaw, we all fit together in our school community to make it whole.
We made a jigsaw to represent our class.
Sports Day
Today Year 5 did their annual Sports Day competition. The children supported each other and worked together in their house teams. The children competed in a range of activities and showed great effort, team work, determination and support in each activity. 
Well done Year 5. 
Following the Penalty Shoot Out in April, all sponsorship money has now been collected, with over £4000 being raised! Wow! Half the amount has been sent to Bradford City F.C. and our school has received the rest. Many pupils collected enough to receive a prize from Bradford F.C. - medals, pump bags or footballs. Well done to everyone!
Science - Forces 
Air Resistance 
Today in class, the children investigated air resistance. Following a short video of The Egg and Parachute experiment, the following questions were posed. What is air resistance? Can we see air resistance? What does it look like? Can we feel air resistance? What does it feel like?
The children set out to find the answers. Using different sized card the children ran around the playground to see if they could experience air resistance. Further questions were asked - Does the size of card make a difference? What difference? Did you run in the same direction with each piece of card? Did you run the same distance? Did you run as fast? and What were your findings?
The children found that the size of card made a difference to air resistance and answered the questions: Can we see and feel air resistance?
Back in the classroom a fair test was set up to answer the question; Does the shape of the front of a truck affect air resistance?
The children set the control result as just the truck without any additions. They used a hair dryer to replicate increased air resistance and released a truck down a ramp and measured the distance it travelled. The children made different shaped and sized card to put on the front of the truck to see which had the most air resistance and therefore travel the least distance. Looking at the different shapes and sizes they made predictions of how far the truck would travel. Everyone understood why the truck would not travel further than the control result as the truck didn't has the least amount of air resistance.
All the children were engaged and could easily answer all questions posed by the end of the experiment. 
Children also learnt key skills, the importance of a fair test to produce clear results and how to modify an experiment to produce and record accurate results.
Enjoyment through hands on learning really helped the children with this tricky content.
Science - Forces 

A Newton meter is a piece of equipment that is used to measure the forces acting on an object. It is also known as a spring balance or spring scale.

Newton meters contain a spring connected to a metal hook. The spring stretches accordingly when a force is applied to the hook. The bigger the force applied, the more the spring will stretch.

Newton meters come in different shapes and sizes. They have different sized springs to measure objects of different weights. When using Newton meters, you must make sure that you are using the correct sized spring to ensure the reading of how many Newtons it is is as accurate as possible.

Sir Isaac Newton came up with the theory of gravity and the idea that forces are what cause objects to move. He was born in 1643, and worked on many areas of mathematics and physics throughout his lifetime. He developed his theories about gravity and gravitation when he was only 23 years of age.

 Newton’s ideas and theories were some of the most integral discoveries in the history of science. His theory of classical mechanics was one of the most important achievements in science ever.

5G used Newton meters to measure the the mass of gravitational force on different objects.


Robert Swindells 

Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, Swindells worked for a newspaper after leaving school aged 15. He served with the Royal Air Force and held various jobs before training as a Primary school teacher. While in training he wrote his first novel, When Darkness Comes, which was published by Brockhampton Press in 1973. He combined writing with teaching until 1980 when he took up writing full-time. He was still writing as of his 71st birthday (March 20, 2010).

We have already several of Swindells' book but we are now focusing on the book 'A skull on Shadows lane'. We have displayed our work on the display outide our classroom. Niamh (the artist of 5G) helped to design the display board. 

Science - Forces
Floating and sinking - Buoyancy 

When something is in water, there are two forces acting on it. Its weight and the force of the water pushing up, the upthrust.

If the weight is equal to or less than the upthrust, it floats. Things that float are buoyant.

If the weight is greater than the upthrust, it sinks.

We looked at a range of objects to see how the upthrust and gravitation push worked against each other. 

Watch the clip to see how this works. 

Science - forces
Today we set up a familiar experiment, but were testing Friction rather than air resistance.
To set up the fair test we used the same truck and ramp. Our questions were - Do different surfaces make a difference to the distance the truck travels? & Do smoother surfaces allow the truck to travel further?
We set up the experiment with the truck travelling on different surfaces such as the playground, grass, the door mat, new carpet and lino. We measured the distance the truck travelled on each surface and then analysed the results. 
The results showed that the smoother the surface the further the truck travelled as we had predicted.
We discussed the use of friction and how it would be unsafe to have really smooth roads.
We also tested why, even though the corridor was the smoothest, we did not slip. This is because of our shoes and that even with little or worn grip the rubber material is not slippery and caused a lot of friction. We compared the use of rubber tyres for cars to draw comparisons.
The children, as always, enjoyed the practical experiment.
One Britain One Nation 

One Britain One Nation brings us together, not to focus on our differences but to celebrate the values we share: tolerance, kindness, pride, respect, and a tremendous desire to help others.

Today’s Britain boasts a wonderful array of cultures. It is our multicultural identity that makes Britain so unique.

Our diverse cultures are inextricably linked by the sole fact that we are British. It is this fact that has prompted OBON to reinforce and revive what collectively unites us.

OBON aims to give a new impetus for the creation of a harmonised society, to make Britain an international model of moral rectitude.

We wore red, white and blue to celebrate OBON Day and Mr Froud joined us for an assembly about understanding differences and showing respect. 

Maths - Measuring with a protractor 
There are 6 types of angles which we have been measuring:

There are six different types of angles that you should be measuring with KS2:

Acute Angle - between 0° and 90° degrees.

Right Angle - a 90° degree angle.

Obtuse Angle - between 90° and 180° degrees.

Straight Angle - a 180° degree angle.

Reflex Angle - greater than 180° degrees but smaller than 360°.

Full Angle - exactly 360° degrees.


We have used protractors to measure to angles. When measuring reflex angles, we used maths knowledge to subject the inner angle from 360.

Cyber Bullying and Harassment 
Children and young people spend a lot of time online, which is completely normal and mostly harmless. But children do also face risks such as cyberbullying or seeing content that's inappropriate. That's why it's important for children and young people to know how to stay safe online.
Today we looked at types of bullying and the consequences for these actions.
The leaflet attached was sent out to parents to help them to know what to do if their child receives inappropriate or offensive messages.