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Welcome to Year 5! 

Miss O'Brien

I am so excited to be your new teacher, and thoroughly enjoyed our transition days back in July. 


Our PE days for Autumn 1 will be on Tuesday and Thursday so please make sure you are wearing your PE kit to school. We are very lucky to be working with Coach Colm and Coach Dylan on Tuesdays and Aston Villa on Thursdays!


I am really looking forward to seeing your Ancient Greek project that was set for homework over the summer holiday. They're going to look amazing with our Ancient Greece display! 

As you know, our first class text will be 'Who Let the Gods Out', which is all about Greek Gods. This will link really well with our History topic!


On Wednesday 15th September, Miss Broadbent and I will be holding a workshop where your grown-ups can come into school and find out about Year 5 and ask any questions they have! 

The beautiful thing about learning, is that nobody can take it away from you.

Welcome to 5MT!
Class of 2022/23
Miss McDonald and Mrs Taylor

Weekly reminders:


P.E will be every Friday, for Summer 2. Please send your child into school in their P.E kit, every Friday. 



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. Please find the link below.


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. 

Reading books:

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

What have we been up to?  

Summer 2 - Week 5

What a busy week! On Friday, Year 5, helped Mrs Taylor pilot, ‘The Hour of Code’ which Mrs Taylor wants to run next year. It was a huge success! Well done year 5!

In year 5, we have been describing characters and creating them, using ‘Holes’ as our inspiration. 

Summer 2 - Week 4
This week, we have been converting between mm, cm and m. What better way to do this than practical Maths?! Children were sent around the school to measure each year groups handspans, convert them and then work out the average handspan for each year group. A brilliant bit of learning!

This week we have been working scientifically and developing our skills as Scientists. It has been a fantastic week with lots of exploration! The children worked well as part of small groups to problem solve and carry out a range of investigations. 

Summer 2 - Week 3

This week, we have had ‘Sports Week’. What an amazing week we have had, trying a variety of different sports, including; 

Zumba, Drumba, karate and many other different sporting activities! 

Summer 2 - Week 2

After working hard all week, writing our own version of a traditional tale (Egyptian Snow White), 5MT enjoyed reading their stories to their buddy’s. 

Summer 2 - Week 1
We can’t believe that we are in the final half term, or year 5! What a busy first week back. 5MT have been reading ‘Egyptian Cinderella’ and have planned their own versions of a traditional tale, focusing on Snow White, with an Egyptian twist. 

Summer 1 - Week 6
Mr Duffy delivered a 'Bee Workshop' for us today to celebrate National Bee Day! The children learnt so much about the bees: their roles in the world, how to look after them and how honey is made! The children even tried some honey - they thought it was delicious! Thank you Mr Duffy!

Summer 1 - Week 5
The children had the opportunity to chat to a journalist! Matt Whittle was greeted with lots of excited children with many questions, such as:
- Why do you enjoy journalism?
- What has been your favourite report to write up to date?
- What research and writing goes into a match report?
- Who has been the nicest athlete you have interviewed?
- On average, how long does it take to write a report?
The children were FASCINATED at the fact he has met Phil Foden, Harry Kane and many more!
Thank you Matt!

On Thursday, 5MT spent some of the afternoon with their Reception buddies & what wonderful buddies they are! 

For mental health week, 5MT have been focusing on positive affirmations. We have been outside for our PSHE lesson, focusing on the good, what we are grateful for and how we can make a positive impact, on the lives of others! 

Summer 1 - Week 4
Can I produce a Coronation scene? 
We have some amazing artists in 5MT. Take a look at some of our wonderful artwork! 

In English, 5MT have been researching news stories as journalists.  Next week we will be planning, writing, editing and publishing! We can't wait to read their final news reports - they've been working so hard! 

Summer 1 - Week 3

On Wednesday, we had a fantastic English workshop with NewsWise, where 5MT were transformed into journalists for the afternoon. We can’t wait to see the work they produce over the next few weeks! 

Summer 1 - Week 2

The children created tryptichs on the Holy Trinity. We discussed the meaning of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. The children decided how they wanted to draw the Holy Spirit. How many ways can you see? What a beautiful RE display!

Green Shoots Workshop

PE with the AVFC Coaches

Summer 1 - Week 1
Outward Bounds! What a week! Please visit the link below to see the pictures and videos.
The children were amazing and we loved spending time with them outside of the school environment.
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Spring 2 - Week 5
On Tuesday, children made wind chimes for out outdoor area. The chimes were made from recycled materials, that were going to be thrown out (bells from Miss M's sons toddler group). We chose the outdoor area by the Prayer garden, because the children enjoy spending time there: learning, reflecting and praying.


Spring 2 - Week 4

This week, the children had an assembly to remind them about the importance of speaking out and staying safe. The children in 5MT reflected on this afterwards and practised NSPCC's number using actions: 08001111. 5MT understand the importance of speaking out to stay happy and safe.

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. heartheart

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. Please see the timelines below - the children took such pride in them.

Science - Evaluating Scientific Ideas

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 our very own Angel and Miss McDonald.. who made it on TV!

Spring 1 ~ Week 7

In English this week, we have been studying a variety of poems. Today, children practised and performed ‘Lady Winter’s Rap’ focusing on voice, body language and performer confidence. They performed them in front of the class. We have some budding West End performers!


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Computing Day - Infographics

We have been focusing on friendship in our PSHE. We’ve been thinking about what makes a good friend and the kind of friend that we are.

Spring 1 - Week 6
Outdoor day... what a triumph! The whole day was based on the theme of SPACE. The children started the day creating their own invasion games: some children based their games on the first moon landing and some children were running around the field like planets! Then, the children were set the task of creating an agility obstacle course in our forest school area. They had to think about the qualities an astronaut needed and based their obstacle course upon this. Children had the opportunity to test each others - Miss McDonald even had a go! After lunch, the children used their orienteering skills around the school to find greek words for our planets. A fabulous day!

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

5MT have started to prepare for World Sick Day, which is on the 11th February.


5MT have had a fabulous week swimming! The children behaved wonderfully, both on the coach and whilst at the swimming pool. We had loads of fun and saw great improvement in all of our children and their swimming abilities.

Q&A with an Astronaut

Spring 1, Week 4


5MT are the 'Dog Mentor' Class of the week.

We are really proud of you 5MT, keep up the hard work!

Mrs Taylor and Miss McDonald

Music - Programming and Looping

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? Next, we need to learn the dance!

Music Looping

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Spring 1, Week 3

In year 5, we have been studying Peter Thorpe and his amazing artwork. 

We have used scraffito technique, to create our new door display, focused upon our new book 'Cosmic'.

Spring 1, Week 3 - ThinkTank 

What a busy week we’ve had! 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. 5MT 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. 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.

Spring 1, Week 1 - Happy New Year

It has been wonderful to welcome everyone back after the Christmas break. We 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. 

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 2- 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

Week beginning 19th September 

On Tuesday, we had our first 'Outdoor Day' of Year 5.

The children of 5MT could not wait to tell Mrs Taylor, all of the things they did during their day of outdoor learning.

Here are some of the things 5MT loved:

  • Spending the whole day outdoors in the fresh air

  • Some time for free play at the end of the day, to explore

  • Building things in forest school (there were some imaginative creations)

  • Climbing the trees

  • Playing together

  • Rolling the tyres down the hill

  • Spending time with 5PW

Some suggestions for our next outdoor day:

Hot chocolate
Den building competition
Roasting marshmallows
More time in our forest school
•To have Mrs Taylor and Miss McDonald attend Outdoor Day
Teacher VS Student game/competition

Week Beginning 12th September

5MT, 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?


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