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Year 5

I came so that you may have life and live it to the full.

John 10:10

Welcome to the Year 5 Webpage


Mrs Devine, Mrs Rigby and Miss Shanahan welcome you to the Year 5 page.  We look forward to showing you all of the wonderful things that happen in our class throughout the year.


General Information


The school day begins with registration at 8.55 am and we really appreciate prompt time-keeping to get the children off to a good start. 


Reading books should be brought in daily as the children may be asked to read throughout the week. It is important that the children read to an adult each night and their diaries should be signed and a comment written to inform of their progress. We will collect reading records in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 


Times tables will be given out on Monday so the children can practise each night and hand them in on Thursday


Spellings are given out each Thursday and the children are tested on these the following Thursday.


Maths and English homework will be given out during the week to reinforce work completed in class. 




The children go swimming each Tuesday. It is important that earrings are taken out prior to this as otherwise children will be unable to join in with the lesson due to Health and Safety rules at the baths. The children will also need their swimming costume, swimming trunks, a towel and caps are required for both girls and boys. 


PE takes place each Friday and it is important that the children have their full kit in school for the lesson. 


Important Dates:


Monday 9th April

School opens

Monday 7th May 

Bank Holiday Monday 

Friday 25th May

Break up for Half term. 

Monday 4th June 

Back in school

Healthy and Active fortnight begins. 

Thursday 14th June 

Trip to the International Slavery Museum. 

Friday 15th June  

Colomendy Fun Run. 

Monday 18th June

Cycling Proficiency day 1

Friday 22nd June  

non-uniform day bottles.    


Monday 25th June 

Cycling Proficiency day 2

Wednesday 27th June   

Sports Day

Wednesday 4th July 

Beach trip (attendance). 



Autumn Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

Polling Day 

A big well done to everyone who took part in the school council elections and put themselves forward to be a councillor. The standard was very high and it was a very difficult job for the children to decide who to vote for. After listening to each candidates' manifestos they went to the polling station to cast their votes. Congratulations to our new year 5 councillors! 

Our Polling Station

Our School Mission 

During our first we back at school we spent time reminding ourselves of the school mission statement and how important it is to our lives in school in each day. For this years display we decided to draw pictures of ourselves as we are the ones who live out the statements every day in school. Year 5 children were also involved in this years Mission Collective Worship. 

Place Value

Maths lesson start with place value and we worked together to represent the place value of numbers up to 200,000. 

Our Place Value Maths Museums

Keeping Safe 

Year 5 discussed and researched the rules of the Green Cross Code and how we can keep ourselves safe when crossing the road. We then worked together to produce a poster to remind ourselves how we can cross the road safely. 

The Ancient Egyptians. 

In history we are studying when and where the Ancient Egyptian civilisation existed and we are learning about some of their may achievements. This week we had an Ancient Egyptian play in a day where we learnt about many different aspects of Ancient Egyptian life, including: building pyramids for the Pharaohs, that the Pharaohs were buried with their prized possessions to take on to the after life, that many people lived by The River Nile and would farm land there and the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb. 

D&T Day - making a Sarcophagus.

We worked with Steph the specialist D&T teacher again today to make an Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus. We used cardboard to make the box and lid and then used syringes to make a hydraulic system so that the lids open by  themselves to reveal a mummy inside! We had a great day and the end results look fantastic. 


Anti-Bullying Workshop. 

During anti-bullying week 2017, we had the opportunity to watch a play all about bullying. The bully in the play didn't know the effect he was having on the victim. After a trip to school for superheroes the victim decided he had to tell someone. It worked and the two boys ended up quite liking each other in the end! 

Following the play we took part in an anti - bullying workshop and learnt all about how our body language and words can make knock someone's self confidence. We also thought about how we can shift the power from the bully to the victim. 

Viking Play In A Day

we also took part in a Viking Play In A Day. We learnt all about these Pirate Raiders from Scandinavia and how after a number of years they came to settle in England and made York or Jorvik their main city. 

HMRC Tax Facts 

During our maths lesson we were lucky enough to be vistied by two ladies who worked for HMRC. They came to tell us all about what Tax is and what it is used for. We learnt that we all pay tax, often without even realising it and these taxes are used to fund some very important things that we all rely on. For example our taxes are used to to fund the NHS, education, the emergency services, to keep are roads in good order, the armed forces and even the museums we visit. We also learnt about some very peculiar taxes from many years ago!! 

E - Safety 

In computing we learnt about how to keep safe online. We learnt about the SMART rules and produced a multi-media presentation about it to help spread the important message. 



Viking Long Boats D & T 

In Design and Technology we made Viking Long Boats. We learnt how to make and use a hinge to make the boat bob about in the water. We also used design skills to design the boat decorating it with card. 

Other Faiths: Judaism. 

As part of other faiths week, we will learning about Judaism. The week began with a visitor who taught us all about hisJewish faith and traditions. We really enjoyed the workshop and are looking forward to learning about the Story of Exodus and the importance of the Seder meal.  

Croxteth Hall's Victorian Christmas. 

Year 5 stepped back on time to enjoy a Victorian Christmas at Croxteth Hall, hosted by Lord and Lady Sefton. We all dressed up as Victorians and spend the day in role working hard in our various roles. Some of us were very lucky and were invited to come as guests and made Christmas Crackers for the party. Some of us had to get to work in the house and were house maids and footmen. Others were kept busy in the kitchen as kitchen and dairy maids. The rest of us were given important jobs outside on the estate and were responsible for collecting the wood for the fires (there are over 100) or were stable hands looking after the horses. We had a great day and learnt a lot about our past. 

Why Are Square Numbers Called Square Numbers?

Grammar Projects: 

The pupils worked very hard on their grammar projects. They had to make a poster or grammar dictionary explaining what the different word classes are and give examples. The pupils did a great job and have been using them to help them with their grammar work in class. 

British Values 

Year five were lucky enough to have an extra Play In A Day this year, focusing on British Values. We learnt all about what it means to be British. We learnt about the importance of tolerance and respect for others and that although we are all different we can still get along. We learnt about democracy and how, once we are 18, we all have the right to vote for who we want to govern out country. Did you know the queen is the only person who is not allowed to vote because she has to stay impartial? We also learnt about individual liberty and that, in our country, we are free to do whatever interests us and makes us happy as long as we keep within the law of course! We learnt that all these things make Britain great and wonderful place to live. 


British Values Assembly: Individual Liberty. 

Year Five presented an assembly on Individual Liberty. We made posters to explain that it meant that we all have the freedom and the choice to do what we want, think what we want and say what we want in our country and our school, as long as it is within the law. We thought about all the choices and freedom we have within our school and that we were lucky to have this responsibility. 

E Safety 

On this years International E Safety day some of us were lucky enough to visit Anfield Football Club to learn about how to be responsible and respectful online. We met the chief executive of Liverpool Football club who has been Vice-President of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division, overseeing the Xbox and Xbox 360 game consoles, and president of SEGA of America. He spoke to us about how wonderful the internet can be but we must all be responsible when using it. We also listened to a police man who is in charge of internet safety. He taught us how to keep ourselves safe online by keeping our details private and how the dangers of spending too much time online. We must aim to get the balance right. 

Our Digital Footprint

On International E safety day we learnt about what a digital footprint is and what it means for us. We learnt that a digital footprint is a record of what you have done online, images your post, websites you visit and comments you make. We must always think carefully before we use the internet and think about whether we are using it responsibly. We wouldn't want to regret our actions later in life. We drew what our positive digital footprints look like. 

Other Faiths:

As part of our other faiths topic in R.E. we have been learning about Hindusim. We were very lucky to have Mrs Mistry come to visit our class to teach us about some of the different Gods and Goddesses which are important in the Hindu faith. We also had the opportunity to try on some traditional clothing and a Henna design on our hands. We really enjoyed our visit from Mrs Mistry. 

Calculating Area. 

For our introdcution to Area, we used the Numicon boards and Numicon pieces to make a design then calcuate the area. This helped us when we went on to investigate how many different rectangles could make a given area. 


Crucial Crew. 

On the Crucial Crew trip year five learnt about how to keep safe from the professionals. On the trip we met two police officers who taught us about stranger danger. We learnt that you always say no to a stranger and run away to tell an adult. The transport police told us all about the dangers of the railway line and that we should never ever play on a railway track. Next, we met two lifeguards who told us that of we see the red flag waving we know this is danger and this must stay away from the water. They also said that if we ever fall into very cold water we must create a star shape and float for a minute. Then when our bodies are used to the temperature we can begin to shout and wave our arms to attract attention. During the trip we also learnt about how to keep healthy and active and how best to keep ourselves safe on the roads. It was a great afternoon and we all thoroughly enjoyed it! We also learnt a great deal from the hardworking people who keep us safe. 



Science Escape Rooms. 

Today was a very exciting day! It was Science escape rooms day. We worked in groups to solves a series of science based problems which gave us a code we could use to unlock another box. Inside that box was another set of clues and we had to solve all the clues to unlock all of the boxes in 1 hour. We all had to work together to share our science knowledge as the problems were quite a challenge! It was a great activity which really made us think and work as a team!

Fraction Museum 

to start our work on fractions the children used the concrete equipment to represent their fraction as many ways as possible. They also used a tape measure, a jug and pictorial representations of the fraction. The children were able to use equivalent fractions in their museums. 

Equivalent Fraction Posters. 

The children had to prove that the fractions were equivalent The children used pictorial representations of the equivalent fractions and the used common multiples or factors to show the fractions were equivalent. 


Move It!

The children have been following the Move It program this half term. We learn about the importance of a balanced diet for our health and why we need the different food groups to keep us healthy. We also get outside and get active with lots of fun activities to get her heart pumping. 

Maths - Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers. 

In maths, we used Numicon pieces and Numicon Pegs to represent an improper fraction. We then counted the number of wholes and the remainder. This helped us to convert the improper fraction to a mixed number.  


Science: Investigating Forces (Friction). 

In science we planned a fair to investigate friction. The scientific question was: 

How does the material of the surface affect the distance the car travels? 

We then worked in groups to send the car down the ramp and changed the material of the surface and measured the distance the car travelled. We made sure the test was fair by changing just one variable (the material of the surface) and kept all the rest  the same. 




Geography - Rainforest Homework Projects. 

In geography we have been learning about the Rainforests of the world. For our homework project we researched rainforests and created our own projects from models to fact files, to paintings and drawings. Each project contains great facts about the rainforest and reflects all our different talents and abilities. 



Year 5's Prevent Assembly 

Year 5's assembly tackled a difficult yet very important  issue for us all. We are all aware of the terror attacks that happened in Manchester, London and around the world last year. We learnt the meaning of some important words we hear on the news such as: extremism and terrorist attack. 

Most importantly, year five had some important messages about how to keep ourselves safe. We also made a video to the track 'Where is the Love?' because, although it was written 13 years ago, before we were all born, we thought it had a very important message for us and our world. We should love one another more!

Which Helicopter Is The Best? 


The pupils formulated their own scientific questions and planned their own fair test, making sure they changed just one variable whilst keeping all the others the same. The pupils investigated:

How does the materials affect the speed the helicopter falls? 

How does the number of paperclips (weight) affect  the speed the helicopter falls? 

How does the shape of the wings affect the speed the helicopter falls? 

Multiplying Fractions 

The pupils had to develop their understanding of multiplying fractions by making the multiplication, using Numicon, drawing it, writing it as a number sentence and words, as repeated addition and then make up a story to go with it. As you can see the children could represent the multiplication in a number of different ways, demonstrating their understanding. 

Rainforest Artwork. 

In Geography we have been learning about the rainforest. We enjoyed learning about all the wonderful animals that live there and read the book the Great Kapok Tree. We used the illustrations in the book as inspiration for our own artwork. We drew the animals and leaves and outlined them with black oil pastel and then used chalks to add colour to the animal and leaves. We learnt that the leaves and animals are made up of different colours and shades of colours and shaded the chalks to create different effects. 

Problem Solving

In our problem solving lessons in maths, we have been working on problems which require us to identify the patterns and find the rules. We then test the rule to check it is correct and use it to find numbers further on in the sequence. 

Making Churros 

The children made traditional churros with Senorita. They were delicious especially when dipped in chocolate. We also worked together to translate the recipe and wrote it out in Spanish. 

Quad Kids Competition

Well done to all the Year 5 children who took part in the Quad Kids competition, they represented our school and did us proud!

Healthy Eating

We have been learning about how to eat a balanced and healthy diet. We looked at the plate of healthy eating and learnt about the different food groups and why each one is important for our bodies. We also learnt that the different sections of the plate are different sizes as they help us to eat a balanced diet, eating the right amounts of the right foods. 

The Great Healthy Pudding Challenge

During Healthy and Active week we thought about the importance of a balanced diet for our health and realised a lot of the puddings we eat are very bad for us. We measured out the amount of fat and sugar in three popular puddings and were shocked to find that all of them contained more than our recommended, daily intake of sugar! We set about designing and making our own healthy puddings which were low in sugar, low in fat, looked good and tasted delicious. Thank you to everyone for your wonderful cooking skills and we thought they tasted better than the unhealthy puddings!  

Investigating Puddings

Testing the puddings out

Taste Test and Evaluating

Healthy and Active Week!

As well as learning about healthy eating, we also tried out a whole range of activities to get us all moving and keeping out bodies' healthy. We took part in sessions on Football, Athletics, Multi-skills, Gymnastics, Dance, Intra-school Rounders Tournament, Scooters, Go-Karts and a FUN RUN!!! As you can see there were lots of sports for us to try and activities for everyone to enjoy!  



Our Trip to The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool 

Year 5 visited the International Slaveyr Museum in Liverpool as part of their topic in history, learning about the slave trade. 

We learnt how slavery was accepted hundreds of years ago because of greed and ignorance. We learnt about the terrifying experiences of those who were enslaved and Liverpool's role in the slave trade. 

It was a very interesting visit and we really been to understand that our human rights and the individual liberty we have today should not be taken for granted.  


The Colomendy Fun Run. 

Well done to all the children for their fabulous fancy dress costumes and managing to run laps around the field in them! The fun run was a huge success and everyone had a great time whether they were dancing, running or cheering the classes on. 

Junior Chef! 

We all had the chance to take part in a Junior Chef workshop. We learnt about different fruits and got to try different flavours. We then learnt to chop ingredients to make a healthy, super food rice salad packed full of delicious ingredients. We learnt that brown rice is a slow release carbohydrate which keeps us fuller and energised for longer!