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Dear Parents,


Please find some additional work for you to complete at home if you are unable to come to school due to the ongoing bus strikes.


Kind regards

Year 5 Team



Welcome to Year 5 2022/23

Outward Bound - Participation Form

Thank you for your attendance at the Outward Bound meeting last Thursday, in school.  Below is the Participation Form link which must be filled out in order for the children to attend.  


Weekly Important Dates:



Please send children into school, in P.E kits



Homework will be set on a Friday.

Reading comprehension and spellings, will be paper based and in children's bags. 

Mirodo homework tasks (online) are also set on a Friday. 

Homework is to be returned the following week by Thursday, which will be marked by the student as the class teacher goes through questions with the class, explaining any tricky questions and misconceptions. 


Year 5 will change their reading books on a Tuesday, so please ensure children bring them back in to be changed.



Dates for your diary:

-Trip to ThinkTank Tuesday 17th January  

-5PW Swimming Monday 23rd January - Friday 27th January 

-Trip to Hippodrome Thursday 26th January 

-5MT Swimming Monday 30th January - Friday 3rd February 

-Year 5 Outdoor Day - Monday 6th February 2023



Lewis Hamilton by Ryan

What have we been up to?  

Spring 2 - Week 3…And that's a wrap!
An outstanding performance from every child in our Year 5 assembly this week - we are so proud of them. Clear reading, brilliant singing, fantastic dancing and some budding actors! A huge thank you to all parents/carers who came to watch and for your support over the last couple of weeks. Your very generous donations have helped us raise over £50 for our Lenten charities. 

In English this week, we began our new text ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’. The story takes place in France as a young boy tries to find purpose in his life. We have found the mixture of pictures and text to be fascinating, especially as we had to infer the story for the first forty-four pages! We got the chance to act in role, as news reporters by reporting live from Paris, informing people of the incident between Hugo and the old man at the toy store. 

We enjoyed building frame structure in D&T this week, using the Eiffel Tower as inspiration. It involved a lot of team building and problem solving to accomplish our goal. 

English - The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Science - Evaluating Scientific Evidence

PE - Orienteering

D&T -Frame Structures

Spring 2 - Week 2
On Tuesday, the class created timelines of Brian Travers' life to remember the amazing life he lived. The timelines share highlights during his career in UB40. These will be sent to the band to show we remember Brian and celebrate his outstanding career. Some children even wrote prayers for his family - such a loving class.

D&T - Tallest Structure Challenge

Spring 2 - Week 1
UB40 visit St Edwards!

On 27th February we were privileged to welcome UB40 to St Edward's as they listened and watched our assembly dedicated to their music. We had great fun and thoroughly enjoyed listening to them and also how they appreciated the efforts that were put into the learning of the songs and lyrics, in addition to the research we undertook of the band. A huge shout out to Angel and Miss McDonald.. who made it on TV!

Spring 1, Week 7 - Computing Day

We enjoyed our Computing Day this week, when we learnt about Infographics. Using Microsoft Sway, we created our own dual coded vocabulary cards for our Spring 2 topics. 

Computing - Infographics

Spring 1, Week 6 - Outdoor Learning

 Despite the (very) cold weather on Monday, we had a fantastic time learning outdoor. In keeping with our Space topic, our first challenge was to design an outdoor activity or game themed around Earth and Beyond. There were some really creative ideas ranging from “Night and Day” which had rules similar to What’s the Time Mr Wolf, to ‘Asteroid Attack’. We are looking forward to introducing these to other children on the playground. 

In the forest, we designed training courses for astronauts with a focus on agility, balance and speed. It was fun to watch each other try our courses and beat our best times. 

To end mental health week, year 5 had their pyjama day. We rounded off the day by enjoying a hot chocolate and time outdoors for golden time. 


Spring 1, Week 5 - History of Space Travel

Q&A with an Astronaut!

Music - Learning an original

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This week, we learnt how to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow, by Judy Garland, on the xylophone.


Spring 1, Week 4 - Swimming and The Pantomime 

Music - Programming and Looping

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In Music this week, we explored how sounds can be looped and put together to make a piece of music. Can you guess the song we created using the iPads?


Aston Villa

Spring 1, Week 3 - ThinkTank 

What a busy week we’ve had this week! On Monday, we were joined by Mr Hunton who led an Eco workshop on the dangers of plastics to the environment. We discussed the importance of recycling and trying to reduce the number of single use plastics we use each day. 5PW are eager to try and be more ‘Eco Friendly’ members of society.  Using recycled materials, we each made a fish to represent the damage being done to our oceans by plastic waste. 

On Tuesday, we visited the ThinkTank in Birmingham. We visited the Planetarium and were able to see the night sky up close (without having to leave the comfort of our seats!). We learnt more about the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and the resulting seasons and how the Earth’s rotation on its axis results in night and day. 5PW were fascinated by the range of constellations that can be seen in the night sky, although not all of the looked like their name sake! After the planetarium show, we had time to explore the rest of the museum. We visited the Futures Gallery, Wild Life and Marines World, Things About Me, We Made It and Move It!


Our English and History lessons this week continued with work on Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan. We drafted, edited and published a letter to King Charles III, asking him to consider giving Katherine Johnson a posthumous recognition for her valuable work to Science. 


Animals and Habitats Workshop

Science - The Planets Research

Spring 1 - Week 2

This week’s highlights;

  • Celebrating Mass with our friends from 4GK,
  • Outward Bound meeting,
  • Learning about the amazing work Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Dorothy VaughanThese African-American women made NASA’s early space missions possible.
  • Aston Villa coach teaching our Outdoor PE lesson.

Outdoor PE - Aston Villa Coach

Science - Pulleys and Levers

In Science, we looked at how pulleys can be used to lift heavy objects.  As you see Mr Worthington was very excited that the demonstration worked!

Pyramid Words Spelling Strategy

Maths - Negative Numbers

Spring 1, Week 1 - Happy New Year

It has been wonderful to welcome everyone back after the Christmas break. I have been so proud of how the children have settled back in to their school work and how hard they have been working. 

This week, we started work on our new topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond’. Our guided reading session focused on the invention of the telescope and its impact on the study of astronomy. We studied the work of Peter Thorpe in our art lessons and evaluated some of his famous space themed art work. 

Peter Thorpe - Scraffito

Autumn 2 Computing Day - Computers for communication and collaboration. 


We have been;

Thinking about how we can communicate with others through technology

Discussing how computers have changed (Year 5 were very amused with Mrs Taylor/Mr Worthington's stories of what computers/the internet was like when they were in school!

Sending emails 

Reading and writing morse code messages


Autumn 1, Week 7- Recycling and Upcycling

What a busy end to our (very busy) half term! Phil Hunton visited our class this week to give a Recycling and Upcycling workshop. His message of living sustainably and caring for the environment, really struck a chord with the class and it was wonderful to hear their plans for looking after our environment. Take a look at the pictures showing the notebooks we made from recycled materials. 

In Science this week, we looked at different types of chemical reactions. We noted that some reactions, such as ice melting, are reversible. A reversible reaction is a change of state. Others, such as toast burning or baking a cake, are irreversible and involve a chemical change. Mr Worthington demonstrated an irreversible reaction by adding bicarbonate of soda to vinegar and showing how a gas is produced by inflating a rubber glove. 

Our English work this week has focused on Show not Tell sentences. This technique allows the reader to experience the story through actions, words, thoughts and feelings rather than through the author’s description.

Recycling and Upcycling

Autumn 1, Week 6- Maths Week


This week we have been celebrating Maths Week. We have been focusing on a renowned and inspirational mathematician - Pythagorus. Pythagorus is best known for his work on right angled triangles and the famous theorem named after him. He started a group of mathematicians, called the Pythagoreans, who worshiped numbers and lived like monks. He had an influence on Plato. I have been amazed by the amount of detail in the projects brought in by the children.


On Thursday, we supported our Reception buddies with their school blessing. It was wonderful to be a part of their special moment and we were blown away by their beautiful artwork, fantastic singing and confident reading of the bidding prayers. It was also the Feast Day of Saint Edward the Confessor which gave us another opportunity to work with our buddies by making crowns with them and teaching them some facts about Saint Edward’s life. 


St Edward’s Feast with Buddies

Autumn 1, Week 5- Making New Buddies

Our Reception Buddies

Autumn 1, Week 4- Little Way Week


The children have learnt about St Therese of Liseux as we celebrated 'Little Way Week'.


Little Way Week is inspired by St Thérèse of Lisieux, patron of mission. As a child St Thérèse dreamed of being a missionary. With age she understood that very few of us are called to make big and radical gestures, but that through small, loving actions we too can deliver God’s love to the world.

Science Dissolving

Autumn 1, Week 3- Outdoor Learning

We had our first Outdoor Day on Tuesday and spent the day exploring our school grounds using our orienteering course. We used our map reading skills to find the markers dotted around the school grounds and work out the answers to a set of clues given to us. 

On Wednesday, Miss Avery led a whole school ‘wake up, shake up’ on the playground, to celebrate National Fitness Day. We were certainly left feeling invigorated and refreshed!


In Mathematics this week, we have been revising some key Place Value concepts such as rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and identifying the value of each digit in a 4 digit number. In English, we have been looking at ways to improve our writing by using different sentence starters and developing our proof reading skills. 

Outdoor Learning

National Fitness Day

Autumn 1, Week 2- Art Week ‘Good to be Me’

What a busy week we have had! On Monday, we were taught how to play Quidditch and learnt the role of the ‘beater’, ‘seeker’, ‘chaser’ and ‘keeper.’ We are looking forward to playing Quidditch next week during our Outdoor Day. 

On Tuesday, Mrs McGowern led an assembly to launch the new Modern Foreign Language we will be learning in school - Italian. This will be an exciting opportunity to learn about Italian culture.


This week has been Art Week on the theme of ‘Good to be Me.’ Our class artist is Maria Rojas, an artist who uses printing techniques to create pieces of art. 5PW have had so much fun working on their Art skills, whilst focusing on the following questions;

-Which print making technique gives the most detailed image?

-How can I show 'me' in a self portrait?

Art Week

Thursday 15th September


Year 5 enjoyed a PSHE and Safeguarding theatre performance, provided by Loudmouth Theatre Company, followed by a workshop. 

During the session, children reflected upon ways of how they can keep themselves safe, in both real life situations and online. 


The session enabled children to:

  • Understand that their body belongs to them
  • Encourage children to tell a trusted adult if something is worrying them
  • Reflect upon the trusted adults that they have in their life (safeguarding paws)
  • Discuss a variety of situations, explore the dangers and think about who they could confide in

Loudmouth Theatre