Year 5

Hello and welcome to Class 11 and 12! We are a cohort of brilliant and hardworking Year 5 children and our teachers are called Mrs Cassidy (Class 12) and Miss Groves (Class 11). Class 11 will have Mrs Baker on a Wednesday afternoon whilst Class 12 are taught by Mrs Baggley on a Friday.

WE Schools Workshop

Some of the children in Year 5 were visited by Trae from the WE team. He taught the children all about how they could help change the world for the better. The children discussed the issues that were important to them and decided that they would like to launch a school action project on climate change. They have researched all about this topic and are preparing an assembly to tell other children in the school why this issue is so important and what they can do to help.


In English we have been reading the text ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We used this text and our Topic work on volcanoes to inspire us to write our own descriptions of Pompeii and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. We developed our use of clauses and improved our description by including details of all our senses and writing using metaphors, similes, personification and onomatopoeia. Here are some examples from our writing:

I saw jaggered lightning dance through the air.

The children, who once played on the streets, now lay in a bed of ash.

While the volcano was erupting, thunder roared in anger.

The cloud of smoke lurked above Pompeii.

Nottingham Poetry Festival at Clifton Library

As part of the Nottingham Poetry Festival, Some of the Year 5 children were invited to see the poet Valerie Bloom perform. Valerie’s poetry is influenced by her Jamaican background and the performance began with a crash course in Jamaican Patois. The children had a fun and interactive experienced and really enjoyed listening to the poetry.

Nottingham Poetry Festival at The Nottingham Girls’ High School

Four of our talented Year 5 pupils were picked to take part in a poetry day at Nottingham Girls’ High School. They had the pleasure of hearing poetry from Georgina Wilding, Nottingham’s Poet Laureate and CEO of Nottingham Poetry Festival 2019 and Steve the Zombie, aka Alistair Lane, poet and author. Inspired by the monstrosities of the morning, the children designed their own creative monster and wrote their own imaginative poem.

Click on the link to read their monstrous poem: The Lonely Monster.

Following this the rest of the year 4 and 5 have been writing their own monster poems and the best 10 will be submitted and published in a book.


In Maths we have been learning all about fractions. Some of us have practiced finding fractions of amounts whilst others have compared and ordered them; we can recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions and can add, subtract and multiply fractions. We have continued to work on improving our arithmetic skills and our strategies for solving reasoning and problem solving questions.

Times Table Rockstars

We are continuing to play Times Table Rockstars at the beginning of every Maths lesson and are really improving our speed at answering times-table questions. We are also playing the games at home. Our teacher can see who has the most coins and the quickest time. We can play it on a tablet, phone or computer.


We have been learning about life cycles and comparing the life cycle of birds, amphibians, insects and mammals. We have looked at different animals from each group and observed how they live, grow and reproduce. We have studied the animals that live on our school site.

Mr Shaw delivered an interactive rock classification lesson in Class 11 which links to our volcano topic. He bought in a range of volcanic rocks and we had to decide what type of rock they were using classification charts.

Geography Topic

Our Topic has been about Volcanoes and we have been exploring the question ‘How do volcanoes affect the lives of people on Hiemaey?’. We have learnt all about Iceland and the distribution of volcanoes around the world. This enquiry has supported us to understand some of the key physical processes that shape the Earth, and to also recognise and evaluate the interaction of people with these physical processes. We have been able to appreciate how environments can change over time and how this might bring advantages and challenges to the people who live or work in this environment.


We have been using the internet to research information to support the work we have done in class. We have researched all about mammals that do not live in the UK. We have shared this information by presenting it to the rest of the class.

We have also researched the topic of climate change and how this is impacting on the world’s wildlife.


In Year 5, the children have completed work on ‘Worship’. They have explored what this is, what it means to religious believers and how believers worship differently.


Class 11 have been practising their athletic skills in preparation for Sports Day in Summer 2. Class 12 have been learning to play table tennis with our coach Steve.  As a cohort, we also take part in many afterschool clubs including: Table Tennis, Tag Rugby and Football.

P.E will continue to be taught throughout the year and will usually be taught on a Thursday (Class 12) and a Friday (Class 11). We need to make sure we bring our full P.E kits into school on Monday and leave them in school throughout the week. There may be unscheduled P.E activities that take place at different times during the week and we need our P.E kits ready so we do not miss out.

We are looking forward to another fun year! Watch this space for lots of interesting and exciting updates about our work in Year 5!

Year 5