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Year 5


Welcome to Year 5

"I came that they may have life and live it to the full."                         John 10:10



Mrs Rigby and Mrs Devine would like to welcome you to the Year 5 class page for 2019-2020. Our aim is to keep you informed of the things that are happening in our class. 


School Closure Information

Covid-19 Information Poster

R.E. Support Materials

Home Learning Activities 

Spring Term

2019 - 2020


Dates for Your Spring Diary


Spring 1


  • Wednesday 22nd January: Science Escape Rooms. 

  • Friday 31st January: Trip to Liverpool Museum

  • Tuesday 4th February: Safer Internet Day. 

  • Friday 7th February: Non-uniform day (unwanted gifts).
  • Thursday 13th February: school closes for half-term  at 3pm.
  • Friday 14th February: INSET Day.


Spring 2

  • Monday 24th February: school reopens.
  • Wednesday 26th February: Year Five Play-In-a-Day, The Maya! 
  • Monday 2nd March: Pupil Progress meetings. 
  • Friday 13th March: Non-uniform day (Comic Relief). 
  • Friday 27th March: Non-uniform day (chocolate). 
  • Thursday 2nd April: Easter Service (church 7pm). 
  • Friday 3rd April: Easter Bonnet competition and Easter Raffle. Term finishes at 1:30pm

Earth and Space

The Planetarium


The children had the opportunity to learn about the Sun, Earth and Moon in the planetarium which came to visit our school today. We were able to see the other planets in our Solar System, we learnt that Earth is spherical and what is was like to travel to and land on the moon. The images were beautiful and and we all found the experience 'out of this world!'  

The Planetarium

Play In A Day 

The Maya 


The children in Year 5 started their new History topic on the Maya with a Play - In - Day. We learnt about where the Maya existed, when they existed and some very interesting facts about them. We will be using this knowledge throughout the topic as we learn more about the Maya. 


Show Racism The Red Card

Everton 2020


A group of children from year 5 were very lucky to attend the Show Racism The Red Card event at Goodison. We learnt about what racism means and its impact on people. We learnt that we should never judge a book by its cover and that is how we should treat others: we should never judge people by how they look. We learnt that racism is treating others differently because of their: nationality, culture, religion or skin colour. We also had the opportunity to ask a panel of people about their experiences. The Lord Mayoress of Liverpool told us that racism should never hold people back and stop us from achieving our dreams! 

Show Racism The Red Card

British Values

Individual Liberty 


The children in Year 5 led an assembly on individual liberty and created posters to give examples of it in our school. We learnt that in our country we are lucky to have the freedom to make choices, have opinions, follow our dreams and do what we enjoy doing as long as it is within the law of the U.K. We thought about the liberty we enjoy in our school, for example we can choose the after school clubs we attend based on our talents and interests, we can voice our opinion through the school council, we can make choices about the homework projects we create. We learnt that around the world not everyone enjoys the individual liberty that we do! 

Individual Liberty Posters

Children's Mental Health Week

Inside Out Day.  


The children came to school wearing their jumpers inside out to raise awareness of Children's mental health week. We thought about how people seem on the outside may not reflect how they are feeling on the inside. We learnt about how important it is to stop and think about how others are feeling and always try to be kind to others because they may be struggling inside. 


Inside Out Day


Hokusai's The Great Wave 


In art the children have been inspired by Hokusai's The Great Wave. Hokusai cam from Japan which is a country made up of 7 islands. Because the sea was never far away, Hokusai was inspired to paint the water and often included Mount Fuji in the background. We used his artwork as inspiration for our own. We developed our skills in colour mixing, drawing and painting. The artwork is going to look beautiful on display.  


Drawing and Painting

History - The Ancient Egyptians 

School Trip 


The children in Year 5 went on a school trip to Liverpool Museum to find out about the Ancient Egyptians. The children took part in two workshops where they they found out about Ancient Egyptian life and the how to mummify a body why this was an important religious ceremony. The children had the opportunity meet archeologists and Egyptologists and got to ask the experts questions. The pupils also learnt how to handle the the ancient artefacts with care. We had a wonderful day and learnt a lot! 



Ancient Egyptian Trip to the Museum


Square and Cube Numbers


The children have been investigating square and cube numbers and why they are called squares and cubes. We used arrays and and bricks to help us find out the answer. We discovered that we get a square number when we multiply a number by itself and this means the array makes a square. When we cube a number we multiply the same number by itself and then by itself again. We could make cubes to represent the cube numbers. 

Square and Cube Numbers


Finding Factors 

In Maths the pupils used arrays to show what a factor of a number is. We remembered that we use factor bugs to help us find the factor of a number and created a class definition: 

"Factors are whole numbers that divide exactly into another number with no remainders"

Next we are going to explain why numbers are not factors, find common factors and investigate statements about factors. 

Finding Factors



The Tempest Act 1: scene 1


Year five have begun their new text: The Tempest in English. After looking at clues as to what the story may be about, the children read Act 1: Scene 1 from the play. They developed an understanding of what is happening in the opening scene of the play and acted their parts superbly! 



The Tempest Opening Scene

Science - reversible and irreversible changes


Making Bath Bombs

As part of science lessons on reversible and irreversible changes, the children in Year 5 were set the challenge and designing and making a bath bomb. using their scientific knowledge the pupils had to design a bath bombs with an insoluble element, that would create a chemical reaction, causing bubbles, froth, hissing and fizzing and decide on the best material to wrap up the bath bomb depending on its properties. The most popular material for wrapping up the bath bomb was cellophane because it was transparent and you could see the bath bomb inside and waterproof to protect if from the rain. Everyone's design turned out even better than they had expected - well done!


Making Bath Bombs

The Daily Mile Challenge 


Pupils in year five have been taking part in the Daily Mile challenge and have been working on building up stamina and fitness.Well done everyone, keep going! 


Daily Mile Challenge

Advent Service 2019

Advent at the Cathedral 


The Year 5 children attended the annual schools' Advent service at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. The theme this year was Let Your Light Shine Brightly. The children also donated a gifts which will be given to Nugent Care, helping those less fortunate than ourselves this Christmas. Thank you for your generosity. 



Advent Service

Design & Technology - Textiles 

'Trashion Show'


Well done to everyone who took part in this years 'trashion show' - your designs were fantastic. The children have been working hard to design and make a new stylish product from an old T. shirt. Some people made new creations, cushions, bags and hats.. The project made us think about the importance of recycling, so that we can cut down on the waste we produce and look after our world better. 

The Catwalk

Design & Technology 

Making Cam Toys


The children created toys that moved using a cam, a follower and a slider. They had to create a frame from wood and the cam mechanism from wooden dowels and cardboard. Pupils also had to use a variety of tools to cut and join the materials, including hacksaws and glue guns. They were fabulous and all created a toy that would rise and fall as the handle turns. 


Subtraction Strategies 


The children worked together and discussed which was the most efficient strategy to calculate the answer to the subtraction. The pupils used strategies such as rounding and adjusting, partitioning, counting up from the smallest to the largest number, knowledge of place value and the formal column method for subtraction. 

Subtraction Strategies

Collective Worship 

Remembrance Day


Our focus for collective worship was Remebrance Day, we took time to think about all those who have lost their lives so we can have the freedom and peace we enjoy today. We also remembered those who are currently far away from their families, putting themselves in danger to save others. During the collective worship we listened to a reading from the Old Testament and a prayer which teaches us that we should always work for peace in our own lives. 


Remebrance Day

History - The Ancient Egyptians 

Homework Projects 


Well done for all the fantastic homework projects. The children were given the challenge to create a project on the ancient Egyptians over the half term break. The children could choose to focus on something that really captured their interest and used their talents. They created some amazing projects from pyramids to canopic jars and from amulets to fact files. We have all learnt a lot!!



Homework Projects - Ancient Egyptians

Friendship Week 

Anti-bullying performance. 


Altru-drama came to work with the whole school and put on a great performance focusing on the issues of bullying. The children learnt about the effects of bullying and how best to deal with it. We also learnt that other people who are witnesses to the bullying can have an important role in helping to stop the bullying.   

Anti-bullying performance




The children in year 5 were lucky enough to take part in the anti-bullying workshop. having watched the performance they used their drama skills to get to know the characters further. They thought about how the characters felt during the play and the effect bullying has on people. They also worked together in groups to explore different scenarios and think about how the problems could be overcome. We learnt that we can help others by including them, being kind, telling trusted adults and always think about how our actions make others feel. 

Anti-bullying workshop

Science - Filtration

How can we make the dirty water clean? 


The children have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes in science. They were challenged to use what they had learnt about filtration in previous lessons to make the dirty water clean.  


Art - Printing

Printing Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. 


In art the children were inspired by the images of Gods and Goddesses we have seen when studying the ancient Egyptians. Using them, we created a polystyrene stamp and used inks to create three different prints. They turned out a lot better than the children first thought and they are really proud of their art work. Well done Year 5.  

Making Prints


Reversible Changes (Filtration) 


The pupils worked together to investigate which materials worked best to separate sand from water using the process of filtration. After our investigations we discovered that the paper was the best materials as the water came out clear and the sand stayed on the paper.  

Testing Materials

Maths - Negative Numbers 

Negative Numbers with Concrete Materials


The children used Numcion pieces to create a negative numberline. We looked carefully the numbers and came up with some very insightful conclusions. Next we used the numberlines to help us find the difference between positive and negative numbers. This lesson will help us as we move onto more difficult questions involving larger numbers and bigger differences. 

Negative Number Numberlines

Design & Technology

Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus


In D&T the year five children created an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus from a flat piece of card. They learnt how to create a box shape, with a lid. They also created tabs so that the pieces could be stuck together. Once the sarcophagus was made, the children used syringes and tubing to create a hydraulic system so that the lids opened to reveal a mummy inside. We used a linkage so that the mummy would pop up as the lid opened. The next step in the design was to decorate the lid with 3D decorations, inspired by our topic on the ancient Egyptians.  The result were fantastic!

Our D&T Work


Wonder by R.J. Palacio 


In English lessons we will be reading the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. We will use the book as a stimulus for writing and its themes as the basis for discussions about the text. If you enjoy reading this wonderful book, you may enjoy some of the other books written by R.J. Palacio about the characters we meet in this story. 

Other Titles By R.J. Palacio

History Play In A Day

The Ancient Egyptians

The children in Year 5 took part in a Play-In-A-Day, learning all about life in Ancient Egyptian times. The pupils learnt about how important the River Nile was, why the pyramids were built, who built them and we were introduced to Tutankhmen. It was a great way to start our history topic on the Ancient Egyptians and we will use what we have learnt to help us later on the topic. The children performed the play to an audience at the end of the day and really showed off their drama skills. Well done Year 5! 

Play In A Day: The Ancient Egyptians

British Values - Democracy

School Council Elections

This week the children took part in the school council elections. There were a number of candidates who put themselves forward to be a school councillor. After listening to each manifesto the children headed to the polling station to complete the ballot papers and cast their votes. The candidates were of a very high standard and it was very difficult for the children to decide who to vote for. A big well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to our new Year 5 councillors!

Polling Day