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Monday 1st June 2020


We have moved most of our learning to Seesaw - you should have received an email with your child's log in details from school. Contact us if you did not receive this. 

Seesaw is completely secure online learning classroom and we have added activities for maths, english, guided reading for your child to complete. We get to then offer comments back and the children can add messages for each other in the journal. We can also share work in this area. 


Also we are now in school, teaching other year groups and key worker child, so this means we may take a bit longer to answer email, or reply on Seesaw. We are working as a year 5 team to ensure we still cover these aspects as Rhino and Elephants are so important to us and we miss them so much. We are still here for you. 


We hope you all got your Flat Teachers and are really enjoying them, we love seeing the pictures in Seesaw of where we are and what you have been up to. 


Enjoy Term 6, 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Popel and Mrs Williams (our one!) 


Here are Mrs Williams lego, superflex and gremlin activities for you. 



Cogheart Chapter 18

Our very own Mrs Williams reads chapter 18 of Lily, Robert and Malikin's adventure.

Monday 18th May 2020


Good morning lovely Year 5's, missing you all very much this morning! 

Hope you enjoyed seeing us on our Lockdown Laughs video, pop to YouTube if you haven't seen it! 


We have some interesting learning jobs for you this week, if you have been enjoying your Oak National Academy lessons please carry on with those, they are a great recap of maths we have covered in class and will help you to remember your writing skills. However if you have had enough of those, why not try these: 


Maths: BBC Bitesize adding and subtracting Fractions within 1, you can all do this already but excellent revision and some of the questions might get you thinking.


English: BBC Bitesize Percy Jackson activity - I love Percy Jackson! Listen to this extract and then learn how to summarise and retrieve information. Maybe then watch the film later - it will be learning honest...


Computing: Run Don't Walk this is a set of lessons helping you to design a Maze game in Scratch. You are all amazing at Scratch so you will be able to amaze us with your Mazes!


Please do remember to go onto MyMaths and Reading Eggspress - email if you don't have log ins please! These are great to keep your skills going, same with TTRS and Doddle Maths and English. We can see your activity in these systems so it is great for us to see how you are getting on. 


Missing you all, Year 5 Team

Friday 15th May


Hello lovely Year 5s.


Hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely weather today.


You may have heard that Times Tables Rock Stars is attempting a Guinness World Records challenge and would like you to all be part of it. All the information is contained in the document that is uploaded above.


As ever, if you would like to email in any work that you complete at home for us to comment on or just to show us your brilliant home learning then please email us on:


We really love to hear from you.

Wednesday 13th May 2020


We hope you all understand that, as it says on the school main page, we are trying to process lots of information about what things might look like in school. We are still here for you guys but at the moment we aren't able to answer any questions about opening and Mrs Williams will let you know more as she can. We so want to see the children but we do want things to be safe. 


National Numeracy Day

 Today is national numeracy day, celebrating the way in which maths is round us every day in so many ways. You can find out more and take part in the challenge here, let us know how you get on!

Also why not try out our sporty maths challenges - see attached documents. 


Lego, Gremlins and Superflex

Our Mrs Williams has once again done her great sheets for you if you want a lego challenge, if you are finding times worrying and if you find you need a bit of support with emotions this week. Everyone can try these, as we all feel these feelings and sometimes need help to manage them well. 


We miss you all very much, have a fun day! 

Year 5 Team




Monday 11th May 2020


Morning, hope all had a fantastic VE day and enjoyed the sunny weather. I am not sure what has happened to the sun shine today, but know it will be back soon to make us all feel more cheery. 


It looks like we have another few weeks apart and we know how up and down it can be. Please do email us, we can call you - it just takes us a bit of time to juggle with our own home lives but we will call you back. Also both children and adults can email us to just show us what you have been doing at home, it doesn't have to be learning related it can just be you guys enjoying this time. 


Our emails are: and 


This week's learning suggestions: 

Maths - again why not try the Oak National Academy Year 5 lessons, which are on converting grams to kilo's etc. We have covered this in class so these lessons should make lots of sense and be a good bit of revision for these skills.

Email us any work you want us to look at or questions. 


English, as above this week has reading comprehension and writing based on a diary entry. We have covered this genre in class so a good revision opportunity. 


Topic - you can learn more about Maya via BBC bitesize and then use your knowledge to inspire a piece of writing, drawing, modeling, make a video, music let your imagination take over.


Science why not have a go as a family at these STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) ideas for the week. Send us photos of what you get up to!


Remember, MyMaths, Reading Eggpress, TTRS, Doodle Maths and Doodle English are all there for you to keep up your basic skills. 


Stay safe and well, 


Year 5 Team 



Wonderful Wednesday


Good morning year 5, the sun is shining again! 


Just a quick reminder we have some really good ways for you to learn at home: 

  • MyMaths
  • Doodle Maths and English
  • TTRS 
  • Reading Eggspress 


These are all online and are quick and a really simple way to keep your skills going. 

If you don't have your log in details then let us know and we can send these over. 


Have a great day! 

Year 5 Team

Weekly Lego, Gremlin and Superflex 


Here is this weeks activities from Mrs Williams. Let us know how you get on with these ones. 


Year 5 Team 

Good Morning Year 5


We hope Monday finds you all safe and well.


We have found some more learning opportunities for you to have a look at this week. 

Remember keep your basics going, this will really help and also keep your brain happy and active. 


Also we love seeing your work (what ever you have been doing - doesn't have to be school type work) so please email us! 


English and Maths

This week we are recommending that you try the lessons on Oak National Academy. This is the website with teachers doing a set of lessons and activities, it's more like being at school. There is a lesson video to talk you over the idea first then a task. Each day it builds up, just like we normally do. The maths this week is Time which is perfect as you can do so much practise at home, grab a clock and off you go! 

English is Persuasive letters/writing again something we have done in class before so you should be ready to test out those skills. Maybe you can apply it round the house and persuade your adults to let you do things or what to have for dinner. Maybe time to write to Mrs Williams and persuade her to change something at school. Lots of opportunities to apply this writing and we can't wait to see it!

(In case the link doesn't work, you search Oak National Academy, the schedule in the top right, then pick year 5, then look at English and Maths. 


Let us know how you get on, 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Cogheart chapter 17 part 2

Cogheart chapter 17 part 1

Cogheart chapter 17 read by Mrs Popel. Don't forget to check out the powerpoint with the reading activity.

Hi Year 5,


Mrs Popel has made a little video for you all about The Mayans, which is on Youtube. It has a fun little activity at the end which you can do by searching through your cupboards and by looking online. A link can also be found above.


As ever, please share your learning with us! We love to see it!

Lego Club, Superflex and Anxiety Gremlin


Mrs Williams (our one) has created a new lego challenge for you, along with Superflex and Anxiety Gremlin activities. Remember these are for everyone but will be really useful if you normally go a group with Mrs Williams. 


Don't forget to send photos of anything you create as we love to see what you are doing! 


Year 5 Team 

Reading Eggs 


Reading Eggs is the name of the overall programme but Year 5 should be then going on to Reading Eggspress (the logo with wings not eggs). 


I can see that some people have done really well on some year 1 and 2 assessments in Reading Eggs, so sorry if we weren't clear, new system and I didn't know they could do that. smiley


Happy Monday Year 5! 


We hope that Monday morning finds  you all safe and well. 

I know that all the year 5 teachers enjoyed the lovely weather over the weekend, see the sun out makes everything seem so nice and lovely. My garden is full of the spring and the tree in our front garden has gone from bare, to buds and then to full leaves. It is full of birds and we have even got out the bird book, it is amazing what you can see from your window. 


As before, please don't get overloaded and worried by home school, do what you can and what you enjoy. We are finding each day is different with learning in our house, some days we are all really into it, other days just the basics get done and sometimes we do art/sport/walks/chats/TV watching instead. Keep focused on doing what works for your family each day, that is what is important and we don't ever lose the ability to learn so it will all be okay. 



We are calling our basics a little bit of work to keep you going: 

  • Doodle maths, Doodle English, Times Tables Rock Stars 
  • NEW - Reading Eggs, you should have had the details from school last week - let us know if not and add this to your basics to keep your reading comprehension skills going. It is very like Times Table Rock Stars so you can earn "eggs" to make your avatar your own. 

English and Maths Extras 

As per last week (look below) there are some amazing resources out there, have a look find ones you enjoy and follow that interest. 


This weeks challenges!! 

We are focusing on Art History this week and the teachers are a bit over excited... basically you research a famous painting and try to recreate it, using what you can find around the house. If your parents are on Facebook they  can check out Child's World Art Sketchbook Challenge 4. Or if you Google if you search "recreating famous paintings" you will find the idea.

Then take a photo and send in, so we can create an online gallery. 

If you want to extend, tell us all about the painting, artist and why you chose it. 


Reading if you would like an uplifting reading then the Literacy Trust has a free Book of Hopes This is a book of words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain, its really nice to share and might help on those days when things aren't feeling as good or if any worries bubble up. 



If you fancy a bit of drawing then John Lewis and Waitrose are starting their Christmas planning and have a competition you might want to enter. It's to design a superhero bear that will be turned into a real toy and sold in the shops at Christmas. 


There will be more updates during the week to the web page and we are working on the phone calls, and so hope to speak to more of you this week. Email us with work, stories and to tell us what is going on with you. We miss you all very much. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 

Making a Mayan Mask


Below are a picture of some instructions from my Mayan book on how to make a Mayan mosaic mask.


You will need:


An A4 piece of black paper or black card (if you don't have this you could colour a piece of paper black)

Small pieces of white and red paper (again colour them in if you don't have them)

An A4 piece of green paper

A drinking glass


A glue stick or glue.

Some string or elastic - don't worry if you don't have this.


If you fancy giving yourself a challenge, why not research into other Mayan masks. They would often make masks that looked like different sacred animals like Jaguars. Then create an animal mask.




Mrs P

Making a Mayan Mask

Outdoor Maths Basic Skills


Hello Year 5!


Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine. All this lovely weather made me think about how we can take our learning outside and I had a brainwave - why not do our basic skills outside either in the garden or even on the pavement outside (as long as you stay 2m away from others and allow people to walk past freely.)


Below is a web page called Third Space Learning which has some lovely indoor and outdoor activities you can do with little or no resources.


I liked the sound of these ones especially:


Multiplication / Division Hopscotch. Simply draw a hopscotch frame in chalk or using a stone (like I used to do when I was little) and fill the squares with multiplication and division facts. Then throw the chalk or stone (being really careful) onto the frame and hop to that square giving the answer as you go. Try to challenge yourself by practising the Multiplication table you find tricky. You can also play with younger siblings too!


Giant Clockface telling the time.


Draw a giant clockface and fill it in without the hands. Then lie in the middle - you are the hands! Ask a sibling or adult to call out different times. Show those times on your giant clock using your head as the hour hand and your legs as the minute hand! I'm sure it will be lots of fun - like a time based Twister!!


Lego, Superflex and Anxiety Gremlins! 


Our Mrs Williams (not the head teacher one) says a huge Hello and wants you all to know that she has been thinking about you. 


One of Mrs Williams many talents is her groups for Lego, Superflex and Anxiety Gremlin, she knows that some of you might be really missing these activities and also some of us all might need to or want to have a go at these during this strange time. So she has done some sheets for you to have a look at and activities to try! 


I am going to give the Lego a try! Send us any pictures of your creations. 


Remember we are all missing you very much! 


The Year 5 Team x

Here is part 2 of Cogheart Chapter 16 read by Mrs Popel.#




Cogheart Chapter 16 part 2

Cogheart Chapter 16


Hello Year 5.


Here is the first part of Cogheart Chapter 16  read by me, Mrs Popel, and some questions to answer. Unfortunately, I'm having some problems uploading the the second part. I will try and sort this by the end of the day so you can have a go.


Hope you enjoy!


Mrs Popel

Cogheart Chapter 16 part 1

Welcome to Term 5


It’s a bit different to how we were all expecting but here we are! We hope you and your families are safe and well in these extraordinary times.


Below is lots of information on home learning ideas and suggestions – it’s all designed to be helpful and supportive not to add any pressure to parents or children. Remember follow what is right for your family, we are all doing our best in strange times.


We have been contacted by Bristol Old Vic about a herd of Giraffes! It’s an art project encouraging everyone to draw and display a giraffe during the weekly clap for carers. They are they going to turn this into a video, we are sure there will be some amazing Barley Close giraffes, find out more here if you fancy this arty project:


Remember it is fine to do what suits your family and your needs in this time, we are here to support you all with ideas and suggestions, not to add to any pressure or stress you might be feeling. If you need us please email in and we will do our best to get back to you, we are all parents too so all in the same boat.


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Email addresses:



Term 5 Home Learning Suggestions


To support your home learning this term we have had a look at lot of the options that are available and come up with an outline you could follow. These are suggestions to help you have a positive routine at home but please remember this will be completely different for each family and learning at home is very different from school, so there is no pressure.

Remember follow your own interests, ideas and preferences as the more enjoyable learning at home is, the better the experience will be.


Daily quick activities

  • Doodle Maths,  the “a – day” option
  • Doodle English, the “a –day” option
  • Times Table Rockstars

These are you basic skills that will help you to remember all the basics that we would use every day in school. Doodle Activities can take as little as 2 mins, so this section might take you about 20 minutes a day to complete.



 You need to find a way to do maths that you like and that works for you, our recommendations are:

  • MyMaths, this is easy to use and has explanations and will mark it for you.
  • White Rose Daily Maths lessons, these have a short video to explain the concept and then a worksheet that you can print, or you can write on a piece of paper. There is a separate answer sheet for you to self-check or if an adult wants to check.
  • If you find learning at home via the above tricky or not for you then try Guardians: Defenders of Mathematica. This is a game style of showing your maths skills so is more fun and feels like playing rather than doing a lesson but it is excellent maths practise so have fun and don’t worry!


We would say if you spend 30 minutes on maths that is great, do more if you fancy but don’t worry if not, remember activities such as cooking, drawing, lego, crafts all have maths in them and you can spot lots of maths in everyday life.



We have searched for some things we thought would be easy to follow and help you to do your best at home. These are all options to look at and see what works for you, remember you can email us any writing and we would love to read it!


  • El Dorado, The Lost City of Gold – this is a writing project you can follow by watching films first. The online lesson takes place every day via you tube and you can download reading materials and then complete the activities. It will lead you to write a South American Pirate adventure and is a very well structured programme. You can access via and then follow the links for El Dorado the lesson is at 10.30 each day on YouTube. There is a facebook group for parents and you can share work and ideas.
  • Our next one is by the Talk for Writing team, which is famous in teaching world, they focus on the idea that talking builds better writing and have released a unit of work for year 5 called The Game, it is based around the idea for the film Jumanji and is more of a workbook style of learning that you can work through at your own pace. You can access via this link then Year 5 is down the page
  • If you want a bit more choice then this is for you! On Literacy Shed Plus you can browse some films or books and then choose from a range of writing activities. Each one comes with a booklet of ideas to help parents and children and has lots of options. This is good if you struggle to think of something to write about or get interested as the film options are great and really get you thinking. The reading comprehensions are great if you are missing guided reading and reading skills lessons. You can access them all here


Again these are ideas to try, we are suggesting these because we think they look good options for both children and parents. We would say 30 to 40 minutes a day is perfect and following a writing option that works for you is the best way, no stress or pressure we want the children to find a reason to write and be engaged and happy. If that is writing in a journal, a letter to grandparents, instructions for lego then we are really pleased, all writing and all reading is brilliant the format isn’t important at the moment.


So that is loads!


We have a lego challenge from our Mrs Williams (Year 5 Teaching Assistant) to add and we will be reading Cogheart still for you.

But otherwise there is so much online that we feel overwhelmed!


The BBC bitesize new lessons look good and are a chance to follow an interest, learn some Italian, do a science experiment, geography, history, computing, PE… there is so much out there. We mainly want you (both children and parents) to feel happy and manage this strange situation. That is different for all us and is different every day, we are all doing our best and if that means a day with no “school” then that is amazing, as it is what you all need.

Remember no one is dealing with this perfectly all the time, or even half the time, so be kind to yourselves and look after each other.


We are here for questions, remember to email us with work, photos, and pictures or anything you think might put a smile on our faces! We miss you all every much and this is a great way to feel like we are still in touch.

Mayan Research Project


Next term's topic is the Mayans. I've just uploaded some documents for you to have a look at to help you with a Mayan Research Project. Below are some instructions, an e book and a powerpoint presentation with some weblinks. 


Hopefully all these will help you create an amazing presentation all about the Ancient Mayan people. Please take your time over this. It is designed to be completed little by little when you have a spare moment.



Chapter 15 of Cogheart

Hey Y5, Chapter 14 is on the Barley Close Youtube, read by the wonderful Miss Cripps.

Have an amazing Easter,
Mrs Hyde

Good Morning Year 5


Happy Friday Year 5. I've just uploaded some writing activities for Cogheart. You can pick and choose the ones you would like to do. I recommend planning before you write - even if it is just a mind map to help you with what you want to write and to make great vocabulary choices.


I've given some examples to help you get started. 


Please do email them to us when you're finished so we can read your amazing writing!


Year 5 team




Cogheart Writing Tasks

Topic Work


Hi Year 5 Mrs Popel here, hope you are all well. 


I will attach a nice little Fingerprints activity you can do at home with your family. All you need is a pen or pencil (or inkpad if you have one), some Sellotape and a bit of paper. You can check what type of fingerprint everyone in your family has and look at how everyone has a unique set of prints.


Maybe then, you could research into why the police use fingerprints to solve crimes.


I've also attached a persuasive writing task. Write a letter to Queen Victoria asking her to abolish (get rid of Capital Punishment). 


As always, please send us any work that you would like to share. We love seeing it!


Have fun!


Mrs P


Cogheart – Chapter 13

Chapter 13 keywords

Groggily – dazed, confused

Hysteria – uncontrolled emotion or excitement                                       

Omen – a sign of something that is going to happen

Barrage – repeated amount in a short amount of time (barrage of fists = loads of punches)

Engulf – sweep over, surround and cover, swallow up

Bickering – arguing

Rivulets – a small stream of water

Apex – the top or highest point of something

Protruding – sticking out


Remember you can stop and listen to the reading again to get the answers to the questions:


1. What does Robert think is a bad omen?

2. What does he think the bad omen means?

3. Which phrase is closest in meaning to “Thaddeus beckoned his son”?

a) He called to his son                                    b) He walked away

c) He pulled a face                                           d) He made a gesture with his hand

4. When Roach says “your father’s had a rather nasty accident, but if you open the door maybe we can help him.” Why doesn’t Robert open the door?

5. Has Robert’s father had an accident?

6. Why does Malkin lick Robert’s fingers?


Remember you can email us with answers if you want to or feel free to just listen and enjoy the story. 


Chapter 13 of Cogheart

Hello Y5, Mrs Hyde here! I hope you are all really well and are adapting to our strange new situation. I couldn't wait to find out what happened next to Lily, Robert and Malkin, so we will be uploading audio files of us reading the story to you one chapter at a time. At the start of the video, I meant to say this is a little bit *behind* where we were, Rhinos, but as usual I missed a word and didn't make sense.

We will also upload some questions you might want to think about whilst you're listening.

Speak to you soon,

Mrs Hyde

Tuesday 31st March 2020


Honestly Cogheart is coming, I had a few technical issues - take two today! 


Meanwhile for those of you who would like to attached is the Year 5 and 6  Spelling list. You can pick a few and work over them, asking a grown up to test you. Enjoy. 


Year 5 Team

Monday 30th March 2020


Good morning Year 5! 


This week we have some new things to try, but first a reminder of the things we would like you to try and do every day: 

  • Doodle Maths - the quick questions, this could be 5 -9 questions and you get stars for completing. It takes about 5 minutes and will keep your maths skills sharp. Email in to us if you don't have your password. 
  • Doodle English - the quick questions, again simple and quick way to keep your spag skills going. 
  • TTRS - try and play for 10 minutes each day to keep your skills up 
  • Read or listen to a book - there are so many free books online at the moment and authors reading books to you all for free. Try to set aside a bit of quiet still time to read or listen to a story. This is really good for your writing as well as your reading. 


New things to try this week: 

  • There is a rainforest reading and writing task below you can try
  • For maths we are going to try these online White Rose Lessons - they pick up from our last few days together working on decimals. There is a short online lesson and then a work sheet and an answer sheet for your grown ups. You will need to write down the answers which might be easier than trying to print out the sheet.  Then go to week 1, lesson 1 and you can work your way through the week. Let us know how you get on.
  • Cogheart - so today Miss Cripps is going to carry on reading where we left off (Elephants, I think Rhino it might be a re-cap for you as you were slightly ahead of us) Then I will post some questions about what we have read so you can answer. 
  • Art Challenge based on Malkin in Cogheart we are challenging you to draw a fox! Here is an easy You Tube video to follow and see what you can do. All the year 5 team will be having ago too and will be posting our drawings. Please email yours in so we can make a bit of a gallery.


Please remember that doing a little bit of work now will help so much when we are back to school, there are so many amazing "celebrity lessons" online to try to, Jane Considine writing lesson each day is great if you are missing writing. There are science, computing, extra maths etc so much you can do. We are also having to take extra time to just relax too, it's still a very different and new experience so be kind to yourselves and your grown ups and don't put too much pressure on yourselves. 


Year 5 Team 

Hello from your Teachers


Hey everyone,


Just a quick message to let you know that over the next week your teachers will be in contact with you to see how you're getting on. It will be a nice, friendly chat to see what you've been up to and to see if there is anything you'd like to ask or share with us.


The calls will becoming from a withheld number. So if you get a private number call you, it's probably us! If you can't answer, we'll leave a message.


Take care and speak soon,


Year 5 team

Reading skills with writing task

Attached is a Reading skills worksheet for you. It contains a diary extract, some questions and a writing task. Once again, feel free to split this up. It doesn't need to be done in one big hit!




It's already Friday! 


Today is "Tell Me" maths so your number is 38. 

Remember you can write down anything you know about this number. It could be multiplication, division, addition, place value, time, money, angles, percentage, decimals, ways to make - as many things as possible. 


Attached is some more maths - this time place value based round the numbers after the decimal point. Remember to have a go at Doodle Maths and English, they are super quick ways to keep your maths and english brains ticking over. Email in if you don't have a password for these. 


Have a great weekend, remember to keep up your reading. 

Hi there Y5,


I know we have put a lot on the website but the next couple of bits are to be done when you feel you have the time.


Mini Maths


Lots of websites are putting together free packs for home learning and Mini Maths have just put out pack for Year 3 - 6.


They are available here: 


Jigsaw PSHE


Jigsaw is the lovely PSHE scheme we follow. They have put together some online resources for families. They recommend these are for ages 5+ but they include a story and discussion so younger family members can listen in too. There is also a Calm Me section, which encourages children to be mindful.


No password is needed for this site.




Mrs Popel

Wednesday arithmetic answers: 

  1. 75.237 - 9.2 = 66.037
  2. 591 + 23.019 = 614.019
  3. -19 + 27 = 8
  4. 257891 + 257498 = 515389
  5. £157.99 - £25.64 = £132.50
  6. 2.4 km is how many meters? 2400m
  7. Round 5.24 to the nearest TENTH 5.2
  8. One and three quarters multiplied by four equals = 7 wholes 
  9. Write three hundred and ninety-two thousand, nine hundred and sixty-seven as a number 392967
  10. 513705 - 25798 = 487907

Wednesday 25th March 2020


Good morning! Hope you are all okay this morning. Please remember it is okay to feel not great, we are all getting used to a huge change. We will get there but remember be kind to yourself and your adults. 


Maths Place Value

We know you are all amazing at Place Value so we have started with some nice activities on the attached powerpoint. Give them a try  smiley


Arithmetic Answers and new 


Wednesday new questions: 

  1. 75.237 - 9.2 =
  2. 591 + 23.019 = 
  3. -19 + 27 =
  4. 257891 + 257498 = 
  5. £157.99 - £25.64 = 
  6. 2.4 km is how many meters? 
  7. Round 5.24 to the nearest TENTH
  8. One and three quarters multiplied by four equals
  9. Write three hundred and ninety-two thousand, nine hundred and sixty-seven as a number
  10. ???? - 25798 = 487907


Tuesday Answers 


  1. 58767 - 598 = 58169
  2. 75.204 + 9.54 = 84.744
  3. Half of 3934 = 1967
  4. 30% of 100 = 30
  5. two fifths of 95 = 38
  6. 257 + 4.501 = 261.501
  7. One and two thirds multiplied by four = 6 and two thirds 
  8. -17 - 5 = - 22
  9. Write twenty three thousand, four hundred and seventy two in digits 23,472
  10. How many thousands in 4578351? 8 or 8 thousands 


Usborne books have made all ebooks 99p - this includes Cogheart and the other books in the series such as Moonlocket.


You download via Kindle, if you don't have this it is a free app for phones, kindles, ipads. Then you need an amazon account and to pay 99p to your grown ups if they agree to buy it for you or offer to do a job around the house - just an idea!! smiley


Meanwhile we are checking with the author and publisher if they are happy for us to finish via online video, as soon as they reply we will let you know. 

Arithmetic Answers and new questions

Well things all were a bit odd in our house (Miss Cripps) this morning so we took some time together so we all felt happier again. It's lots to take in and lots of change for both children and grown up so please do take your time if you need to. Remember to email in if you don't have passwords to Doodle Maths/English they are a super quick way to keep your skills going. Check the website tomorrow for some place value maths powerpoints to try at home. 


  1. 58767 - 598 = 
  2. 75.204 + 9.54 = 
  3. Half of 3934
  4. 30% of 100
  5. two fifths of 95
  6. 257 + 4.501 =
  7. One and two thirds multiplied by four = 
  8. -17 - 5 =
  9. Write twenty three thousand, four hundred and seventy two in digits 
  10. How many thousands in 4578351? 



Arithmetic Answers Monday  

  1. 24879 + 257 = 25136
  2. 5.247 -1.024 = 4.223
  3. -14 + 9 =  - 5
  4. 9794654 + 52471 = 9847125
  5. Round 85.147 to the nearest whole number 85
  6. 20% of 120 = 24
  7. 375 + 7.821 = 382.821
  8. 2000 + 400 + 70 + 9 = 2479
  9. Three quarters of 100  = 75
  10. Three fifths + three fifths = six fifths or one whole and one fifth

Reading Inference - to be done in 3 small sessions!

Tuesday 24th March 2020


Morning Year 5, hope you are doing really well and getting used to our 'New Normal'. Weird, isn't it? smiley


I've logged on today to pop on a Reading Inference task for you. Please don't feel you have to do this all at once. It can take place over 3 days at your pace. I've added some instructions for you and the people at home to have a chat about. I will upload that after this message.


I had a go with my son at the Joe Wicks PE session yesterday and it was really fun. It's live every day at 9am but you can watch it again on YouTube on The Body Coach channel.


Each day, my son and I have been doing little challenges in the afternoon. Yesterday we made a potion in the garden and today we  are going to do a Lego challenge and see what he can build in 30 minutes! 


Can you think of any creative challenges that you can do at home?

Good Morning Year 5


Well I am sure we are all feeling a bit "different" on this historical Monday. I know that I (Miss Cripps), I am feeling a bit odd, so we just have a few messages for you today: 


Firstly, of course, please stay home and help everyone to stay safe. Remind everyone at home that this is the right thing to do at the moment. If you have an essential trip to make then you need to "social distance" - this is where you stay 2 meters away from other people. So your first school based challenge is "What is 2 meters?"   If you have a small 15cm ruler at home how many times or repeated addition will you need to get 2m away from people? See if you can work it out at home and make sure you understand this piece of life saving advice. 


Secondly, join in with PE via Joe Wicks or I am going to do some cosmic kids yoga as I feel  I need something calmer this morning to deal with our new situation. 


Then we would like you to do a little bit of light settling down work: 

  • Arithmetic (10 questions like always, posted below) 
  • TTRS - there is an Elephant Vs Rhino battle at 11.30 to 11.45 
  • Look through your home pack (you don't need to do anything)
  • Check you have paper and pencils and all the things you might need
  • Do you have log in details for MyMaths, TTRS, Doodle Maths, if not email in and ask so we have this organised and ready, check they work, do the TTRS battle and the short 5 - 9 questions on Doodle Maths
  • Read a book 
  • Talk to your family, check everyone is feeling okay and that you are all managing with our new way of living. If they are not be kind to them and ask if they want to do something with you, play a game, listen to some music, read, watch birds in the garden
  • Be Kind to yourself, this is new and it's going to have ups and downs, so be respectful to yourself and others. This is not a time for rushing, so take some time to adjust and think about what positives we can take from this time. I am starting small by having porridge for breakfast as I never ever get time for that on a normal Monday! 



  1. 24879 + 257 = 
  2. 5.247 -1.024 = 
  3. -14 + 9 = 
  4. ???? + 52471 = 9847125
  5. Round 85.147 to the nearest whole number
  6. 20% of 120 =
  7. 375 + 7.821 = 
  8. 2000 + 400 + ??? + 9 = 2479
  9. Three quarters of 100  = 
  10. Three fifths + three fifths = 


We have been all sharing music at home this weekend, so my cheerful song for you to google is Barry Manalow - Let's hang on to what we got - honestly we have been dancing round the kitchen to this! Give it a try, more suggestions to follow.


We are sorting out book talk via you tube but again take this this day to settle and be kind to you, it's a different day so the main thing is to stay home, stay safe and we can work out the rest from there. 


Missing you all on Monday morning already! 


Year 5 Team 


Hi All,


I hope you are all doing really well. We are very lucky to have a free trial of Doodle Maths and Doodle English. If you would like to access this at home, please contact Mrs Popel, Mrs Hyde or Miss Cripps on our emails below.


Also on Monday at 9am, Joe Wicks  The Body Coach, is becoming the nations PE teacher and leading us all in an energetic and fun PE session. Rope in whoever is at home to join in. Rhino class love doing these videos!




Year 5 Team

Wednesday 18th March 2020


Well we don't have the full picture yet but Mrs Popel, Mrs Hyde and I all wanted to say how sad we are to know we aren't going to see you guys for a few weeks. Although we have lots of work to do and rules to follow, you lovely young people are the highlight of our jobs. We love helping you to make progress, achieve and grown into amazing humans. We will miss being with you each day. 


BUT, we will use all the online and technology solutions we can to still feel like a class and to still help and support you on your learning and growing journeys. Remember we are now living primary history sources and so very important people. We can be the kind helpers in the world and make this a positive experience.  


We will enjoy our last days in the classroom and then find you all online, for a new adventure in learning! Exciting times. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Popel heart

SO SORRY!!! This weeks children who are cooking, I forgot to give you the letter on Friday night! It is the 10 children who haven't cooked pasta yet. The letter is here so you can still get the ingredients ready for Wednesdays session. 

Whizzing Week! 

Last week just flew by! 


We started our healthy me cooking project, where each week we take 10 children to learn how to cook a simple, healthy and cost effective family meal. The children loved doing this, they were so proud of their dishes and were so reasonsible while making. We are sending out letters on the Friday before you child cooks, but the ingredients are also on the web page under last week. We hope you enjoying sharing a meal together. 


This week coming is parents evening, we look forward to seeing you all, remember just let us know if you can't make the days and we can work out a time with you. We are in the hall for appointments. 


Also it is test week, so no spelling test this week of our class spellings but just the "test" spellings of 20 words. So spelling from our class system will be tested next week. 


Letters home: 

- attendance letters for some children only

- football club (external) 

- cooking letters (some children only - list also on the door) 


Any questions please let us know,

Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 

Week 2 Term 4


We had a great start to term 4 last week. The children really impressed us with their attitude to learning a new skill in maths - multiplication by two digits (for example 2346 x 23=) with everyone cracking this by the end of the week and applying their new knowledge to word and reasoning problems. Well Done Year 5! 

In English we continue with Cogheart by Peter Bunzl, this time using inverted commas to punctuate speech correct and move our action on with dialogue between the characters. More on this next week as we re-write the Prologue. 

Science has seen us dissecting flowers at the start of our All Living Things unit and discussion how plants reproduce. 

Computing is all about our online lives and conduct, expect some outrage as we look at the terms and conditions of popular apps! 


Crime and punish is still our topic this term and we are just working out the details for "crime and punishment" day, which is going to be fun! 


We are also covering Healthy Me this term and so will be taking groups of children to learn to cook a healthy, quick and cheap family meal. This will start this week, Wednesday, and the children who are cooking each week will bring home a letter and be on the class window notice board.  will be making pasta with a vegetable sauce. Children should bring in their ingredient and a container to take their meal home to share with you. We will have some spare ingredients if children forget but please do try to support us in this life skill lesson. 

Pasta with Vegetable Sauce Ingredient list

  • 200 grams Pasta dried (your choice of shape/wholewheat etc) 
  • 1 x tin of tomatoes 
  • 1 x small onion
  • 1 x pepper (your choice of colour) 
  • Container to take the food home


We will have shared olive oil, herbs and tomato puree in school. Please do advise us of any allergies if you have not already let school know. 


Parents evening sign up sheets are on the door or please ring and we can book you in, also let us know if you can't make these evening and we will do our best to sort out a time slot. 


This weeks spellings are: 

unfinished, infinitely, defining, unattached, reattaches, detachable, geographical, telegraphs, photographic, calligraphy


Reminder - World Book Day on Friday - wear pj's all day. 


As always please don't hesitate to get in touch, 

Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel



Term 4

Wow term 4 already! 


We hope you all had a lovely half term break despite the weather.  


Term 4 always seems very busy so a quick reminder on the basics: 


PE - Monday, outside, children need a change of shoes as we are using forest school. 

Friday, inside. 

Please try to have school uniform PE kit. This is plain black/navy bottoms and a school hoody or white t-shirt, blue/black sweatshirt. Hair should be tied back for safety and ear rings should be taken out or tape brought into school to cover and prevent injury. 

Thank you. 


Reading - we ask that you hear your child read at home at least 3 times a week and sign quickly in the yellow book to let us know. We monitor yellow books on a Monday and put our class percentage in our window. This is celebrated in school with the class with the highest percentage winning biscuits, extra break time, class points etc So please support us! 


TTRS and MyMaths Children have log ins for these and can play on Times Table Rockstars (TTRS) to get coins, points and to join the hall of fame. A great fun way to get those times times in the memory. MyMaths is a chance for children to practise skills we use in class so they feel more confident. We add units of work and set homeworks that are optional but if your child says something was hard in class, why not give this a try at home to help them gain extra confidence for class. Let us know if you haven't got log in and we can give these out again. 


Spellings - spellings go home on a Friday (apart from this week) and are tested the next Friday. They are always put on the web page in case they don't make it home. Or please ask if you need these given to you directly etc. 


Parents evening sign up sheets will go out first thing on Wednesday morning. Please ring the office if you are not in school to sign up. We are looking forward to seeing you all and discussing our successes so far. 


Letters - we normally list the letters that have gone home in the week on the web page so you can check if you have them. 


Get in touch Please don't hesitate to get in touch if there are any problems or successes to celebrate. 


It it great to be back, the children are all amazing and they really do work hard. We had a fab term 3 and do pop into the hall or the year 5 and 6 building to see our wonderful Macbeth writing. Term 4 has lots in store, healthy cooking, crime and punish day, world book day to name just a few, we can't wait to share it with the children. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

The children all worked so hard last week, during test week. They showed lots of determination and really enjoyed seeing their hard work pay off. Well done year 5! 


In English we added adverbs of possibility, such as certainly, to our balanced argument texts. We will continue next week writing about Macbeth and his changing personality during the play. The children have done really well with our Shakespeare text and we have been impressed. 


In Maths we have tackled angles, using protractors to measure and draw. We all did really well and produced some accurate drawings and were precise with our measurements. Next week shape. 

We have been playing on TT Rockstars too and remember we have the Ignite Battle running at the moment so all those points count. 


Elephants - Last Friday of Term

The last Friday of term we are joining with reception class to do some Pirate themed buddy maths. If the children have eye patches, hats, scarves etc that they want to bring in to wear, it would be great. 


Letters home this week: 

  • Home school agreement - some children only, these should be signed and returned as soon as possible please


Any questions or concerns please let us know, 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Well last week seemed to fly by so quickly! 


We were writing setting descriptions in our writing about Macbeth, the children all did a great job and created atmosphere with figurative devices such as personification (the leaves danced in the breeze). We were really impressed with the results and the hard work on show. We can't wait to get some of it on display in the hall and on our year 5 boards. 


In maths we started to look at finding the common factor for fractions so we could compare the size of the fractions, this was a new skill so we will need to work at this again next term to really get secure. We also looked at multiplying fractions with drawings to support. 


Letters home this week: 

  • CAN group flyer (only for some children) 
  • Data collection letter (some children only and parents would have had a reminder text also) 
  • Well being booklets - will go out on monday. 


As always please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need to discuss any aspect of school life. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March

“Bring Back the Bedtime Story”

To celebrate World Book Day we are asking all children to come to school dressed in their PJ’s or Onesie and bring a favourite book or story to share. During the day classes will be taking part in Buddy Reading activities to share the idea of reading stories together, especially at bedtime.

It seems to have been a really busy week in year 5! 


We have tackled short division and the children all did really well and worked really hard. Next week in maths fractions, decimals and percentages. We are really moving at a pace now and the children are starting to realise just how helpful times tables are in their maths. So any support on Times Tables Rock Stars would really help their maths skills. Also we are in an inter-school battle so all points count! 


In English we are continuing with Macbeth and using our figurative language to describe settings. The witches on the heath this week and the battle next week. The children are really enjoying Shakespeare and feel very grown up tackling this text - well done year 5. 


Letters Home This Week

  • Drama club - orange letter
  • Swap - wellbeing club - in school and free, learning about health and well being


Spellings for this week are attached. Both classes had much better results for home reading this week, thank you and please keep signing those yellow reading records we check on Mondays. 


Any concerns, issues or positives please let us know, 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 


Class party this Thursday (23rd Jan) please bring in pj's to change into and food for sharing. 

We will watch a film, probably a PG rating so let me know any concerns. 

Well done Elephants. 

We had a fab time at the workshop this week, both classes were so engaged and we got so much drama and comprension learning from our short time with Liz, from Story Cellar. 


We used drama and acting techniques to help our understanding, used our whole bodies and built trust. The children all got involved and even our "shy" ones gave the activities their best - it was lovely to see. The workshop ended with a dramatic lifting of "Macbeth's body" by the whole class, they held the body aloft, rotated and lowered to then have his head chopped off with swathes of blood (clever use of fabric).  Huge well done to Maisy and Lennon who were our dead Macbeth bodies and the rest of their class mates who supported the lift with trust and safety. It was a very dramatic end to the day! 


We have also had lots of success with our maths this week, as we moved on to multiplication by 2 digits e.g 28 x 17. The children were so determined to learn this new skill and really have worked so hard this week to master this new method. We were really proud of their learning attitudes and their maths skills - Well done Year 5! 


This week we continue with Macbeth and look at setting descriptions in our writing, using our workshop to support us. In maths we look a division vis short division (bus stop method), we will be covering remainders and then applying this method. This is where times tables are so helpful so please do support your child by using TT Rock Stars and/or finding songs, games, rhymes for learning times tables. 


We have an NSPCC workshop and assembly on Monday 20th January and children can wear green to show support for the messages and NSPCC on Friday 24th January. 


Reminder - Reading, please hear your child read 3 times a week at home and note/sign their yellow reading record. 


Letters home this week: 

  • Tae Kwon Do classes flyer 


As always please don't hesitate to contact us, 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Popel 

Excellent 2020! 


We had such a great start to term 3! It was lovely to be back in class and the children were showing us how much of year 5 learning they remembered and were very much on target with their attitudes and conduct - thank you Year 5 for such a great return to school. 


We have started our new book for this term - Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The children are completely on board with the murder, blood and treachery, they have loved it! We also have so much interest in Shakespeare and lots of acting and drama skills coming out. It's really amazing to see how excited they are and how it fuels the maturity of the class and writing. 

We have our Macbeth acting workshop on Thursday 16th (this week) so expect lots more acting and talk of characters to come up! There are lots of child friendly versions of Macbeth if you want to watch or read these together at home. 


In maths we started with Addition and Subtraction, we pushed ourselves hard by applying our skills to working with statistics and also perimeter calculations. It was tough but we all had smiles on and there was a very buzzy atmosphere. It is hard to be pushed out of the comfort and the children were working on this skill too. Next week multiplication, we move on to multiplication by two digits in the expanded method first. 


Spellings for this week are attached. 


Once again, it was a great start to term 3 and we can't wait for another fab week. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

A Flying Start to 2020!

Happy New Year! 

Mrs Popel and Miss Cripps have both had a great morning back in year 5 today! 

It certainly looks like 2020 is going to be a good year. 



PE has changed to a Monday and Friday for both classes. 

Monday is outdoor adventures, which means mud and being on the field. So please make sure old shoes, trainers etc and PE kit that can get muddy. Also please think about warmth and wet weather.

We will warn you if we are going to do anything that might need a whole change of clothes! 

Friday is indoor so normal school uniform PE kit. 


Reading at Home

Home reading tracking will start again on Monday next week, so make sure you have those 3 signatures to say you have heard your child read, thank you. It is the one thing that makes a real difference to children's learning at this stage so please try to find the time. 


Otherwise it's all back to normal! 

Please do let us know any concerns, or positives that come up, 

Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 

Christmas afternoon


We had planned that Thursday afternoon from 2.15pm we would be outside by the fire sharing hot chocolate, marshmallows and stories - however the weather forecast looks awful. So we have decided to move back inside! 


We will still have marshmallows and hot chocolate! We look forward to seeing you then, Rhino's are in Rhino class and Elephants in Elephant class room. 


Thank you 


Year 5 Teachers

Counting Down


The count down to Christmas is on this week with Elf Shelf, Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper day! We have managed to fit in lots of learning around our Christmas activities. 


This week in maths we did fractions, helped by Smarties. The children were really engaged in find the the fractions of colours in the tubes and then explored the changes and number patterns if you ate a one! It was great fun but we also un-did lots of fractions fear and misconceptions. This supported our fractions work all week. 


In writing we have been exploring clauses and positioning them within sentences. We brought this work together this week by writing a Viking Saga opening and then the first steps of the story. The children worked hard to bring atmosphere and to thinking of the context of the Viking saga. 


Another busy week to come, but lots of fun too. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 


Viking Day


Viking day was fantastic! 

We really hope the children enjoyed it, they looked fab in their costumes and everyone joined in and had a try at everything. 


We made our stew, the children all chopped the vegetables using the sharp knives, then had a go at cooking on the hobs. We made Viking flat bread and curd cheese. The bread was cooked in the pizza oven and we ate our feast round the camp fire listening to Viking Sagas. 


It was a great day full of experiences. 


Busy, but amazing week!


All the Year 5 teachers and TA are a little bit exhausted, but we are very happy! 

This week we let creativity and construction go wild, with our Viking day preparations. 


Using scrap from the Scrap Store we have created Viking shields and weapons. The children have used hack saws and the glue guns. We didn't have any cuts or burns and no cut tables or damage. It was really worrying as adults, but amazing for the children, we had to be so trusting and let the children have a go. They did themselves proud, they grew in confidence and worked in teams to get the cutting done. It was fab! 


It was also very very messy. Big thank you to our cleaners who had a lot to deal with this week. 


We also made Viking style curd cheese on Friday afternoon, which generated great questions and recaps on science, maths and history knowledge as well as discussions of sustainability, health eating and choices. The 3D printer has been out all week, making Viking replica brooches. These were given out on Friday and can be painted with nail varnish, acrylic or a sharpie style permanent marker. The you can add a safety pin and attach to the costumes or school uniform on Monday.


Monday 2nd December is Viking day. Dressing up in Viking style if the children want to and bring in any homemade shields and weapons. We do have some costume bits in school if you don't have anything at home. If children don't want to dress up its fine, they can wear their brooch or just be themselves. We will be making a Viking meal, cooking flatbread in the pizza oven, cooking on the outside fire, doing Viking war chants, having a mock battle and we have Kevin Potter (ex BC parent) coming into talk about being an archaeologist and bringing some Viking and Anglo Saxon artefacts - thank you Kevin! 


We are really excited and hope it is going to be a memorable day! We actually don't think the children will forget the mess the polystyrene made for a long time, it was hilarious! 


Otherwise we have completed assessment tests and all the normal! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

These are the correct the spellings - the weeks on the documents got muddled! 

A fantastic assembly by Rhino Class this week! 

A really good showcase of how much we have been learning through our Viking and Anglo-Saxon topic work. We have covered not only the history but art, music, dance, computing all through this one topic, not to mention our writing and reading too. It's so nice to share with you, I think you will agree Loki the Joker is very catchy!! 

Well done Rhinos! 


This we week we have our termly rising star assessments starting and we continue to write based our class book The 1000 Year Old Boy. Otherwise we think it's a normal week, which will be nice! 


Don't forget Viking Day on the 2nd December - dressing up if we would like too. We will be outside cooking, making and have an Archaeologist coming in to talk to us about careers as well as share artefacts  and details about their work locally. 


Spelling for this week are attached and please can we nag about reading at home 3 times, yellow reading records are checked on Mondays. Please just sign to say you have heard your child read - thank you. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening this week, if you missed making an appointment then let us know and we find a time to catch up about how your child/ren have settled into Year 5. 


Again a very busy week, with Mrs Popel and Miss Cripps on a Maths course, road training for Rhinos and the church trip for Elephants. The church walk to Christ Church in Downend was lovely and both classes really enjoyed it. Thank you to Helen and the church for making us so welcome and answering all our questions about her faith and what happens in a church. The children were so well behaved and asked really excellent questions. Thank you to both classes for their support with our walks and road training, it makes a huge difference to have helpers and makes going out and about into the community so much easier. 


The children all looked great on Children in Need day and we had a great time doing our whole school dance in the hall at assembly. 


Coming up we are looking at division in maths and moving on to embedded clauses in our writing. Spellings are always included here for those who might forget their spelling books. 

We do need to have a nag about home reading, sorry, but year 5 classes were really low again this week. Please listen to your child/ren read at home 3 times a week and record in the yellow reading record. We collect these on a Monday so please make sure the children have it. It can be a quick signature to say you have heard them read but its still a really important skill to build. Thank you. 


Reminder:  we have Viking day on Monday 2nd December, Christmas Crafts on Thursday 19th December and it it Rhino Class assembly on Friday this week. 


Thanks again for your support, 

Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 

Week 2

A busy week for both year 5 classes with trips to the church as a part of our RE big question for this term and our crossing the road training starting. Thank you so much to our parent helpers we are so grateful for your support. 


We have sent home a letter about Viking day on Monday 2nd December - we would love it if the children dressed up in Viking costumes - we will be doing lots of activities in the day and it should be lots of fun! 


We look forward to seeing you all at parents evening and please contact us if you need an appointment. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

PE Update


We have had to swap - not too bad but we are now: 

Wednesday - OUTDOOR 

Friday - INDOOR


Thanks Year 5 Team

Term 2, Week 1


Welcome back we hope you all had a lovely half term and are ready for a busy term ahead! 



PE changes as we no longer have the coach or the swimming pool. 

Our days are now: 

Wednesday: Indoor PE

Friday: outdoor PE 

Please make sure you are in PE kit on the those days and check the website for details of the schools PE kit if you are not sure. 


Spellings & Reading

These came home today for a test on Friday. We are revising plurals so this isn't new learning and recapping on the year 3 and 4 spelling lists. Reading, please read at least 3 times a week with your child, a quick note in the yellow book is enough to tell us you have listened to a reader. 


Parents Evening

Sign up sheets are on the door in each class, please contact the office if you can't use this way of signing up. 


Other Key Dates

  • Tuesday 5th November - Road Safety Training starts, please return the permission letter for the walking sections, if the slip doesn't come back then your child can't take part.
  • Road sections are on 6th November Elephants, 15th November Rhino
  • Church walk - both classes are walking to the church, so please make sure they have coats in school and good shoes. Rhino 6th November, Elephants 13th November.
  • In the Week of the 2nd of December we will be having a Viking Day, we are hoping that everyone will want to dress as a Viking - more details to follow
  • Thursday 19th December - PM is our Christmas Parents event - more details to follow but please book this afternoon off work or pencil it out so you can come in and join us. (We will probably start about 2pm but TBC) 
  • Rhino Class assembly is on the 22nd November at 2.30


This tends to be a really busy term with lots going on and we will try to keep you as up to date as we can! As always please do let us know if you need anything. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel


Week 7 

Wow, how is it week 7, a long term but it has just flown by and only four days until half term (no school for the children on Friday) 


It was assessment test this week, with our normal Rising Star assessments. The children all coped really well with the changes and showed lots of resilience when making lots of mistakes. We love a FAIL (first attempt in learning) in year 5 and have spent lots of time talking about testing techniques and how to manage time, which is so positive. We spend time going over the answers as well so it has been a great learning experience. 


Next week we are covering shape in maths and doing some joint class fun maths and learning more about Viking Longships for our writing. 


Spelling test will take place on Thursday and we will still monitor reading books on Monday. 


Then it will be half term, I know the children will be rest for a rest, they have been working really hard in class so they certainly deserve it. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Week 6


Another busy week has flown by! 

We all felt the pressure of the weather with the constant rain! However, it gave us the perfect chance to explain the word "dreary" from the poem we have been looking at, The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe. We all enjoyed the poem and specially the Simpsons version ;-) The children have worked really hard in their writing based on the poem and are gathering more skills every time we write - we are really impressed with their effort and commitment to their writing. More work on the Raven in the coming week. 


Maths - we have been looking at telling the time. This is a really key skill and one you can support at home by getting your child to tell the time via a range of different devices. This really helps time work in school. Mobile phones and tablet devices all have a range of different clock settings so you can use these to help as we need to be able to tell and convert time in a range of ways. 


It's is getting near to half term and we have noticed the children are getting a bit more tired and this tends to lead to a few more disagreements and things seeming more overwhelming. We are here to help the children with this and please let us know if your child needs a bit more support during the next two weeks. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Popel 

Week 5 


This week seems to have flow by so quickly! 


We have been covering decimals in maths with lots of ordering and comparing to 3 decimal places and then finished off with rounding decimals again to 3 places. This took a bit of practise and we were in the purple zone especially with the Prove it questions this week. 

The children all showed great resilience and use of our Emerald learning powers. 


In our writing we have been working on description using a range of features such as expanded noun phrases. We have been so impressed by the children's attitude to their writing. They have worked really hard and have produced some fantastic pieces. They are listening carefully and trying to use new ideas in their work all the time. We are really proud of all of them. Well Done Year 5, you are going to be an amazing group of writers! 


Homework - can we just remind everyone that homework is Reading at least 3 times a week. Please record in the yellow reading record. These are collected in on a Monday for stamping and stickers, then Mrs Daniel produces our % of readers. We have been getting higher each week but we are still not all reading at home. Please do make time for this, it makes a huge difference in learning. Spellings - these come home on a Friday and are tested the next Friday. If your child forgets they are here on the website. TTRS and MyMaths these are both optional to use online, the children love TTRS (times table rockstars). MyMaths is more classroom style learning tasks but gives your child a chance to repeat something we have learnt in class if they are not sure or want to build a bit more confidence. 


As always please do come and chat to use about any problems or to tell us good things! The children are all working so hard and we are really proud of year 5. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel


Week 4


We were so lucky with the weather for our trip to St Fagans this week, we managed to dodge the rain! The workshop was great and the children really impressed us with their questions and their knowledge of history from the Roman times (covered in year 4). They really conducted themselves well. 


In class we have been recapping on Addition and Subtraction and working hard on our maths language and explanations. We move on to decimals in week 5. 


In our writing we have been looking at expanded noun phrases for description and trying to add a preposition to expand the phrase further. For example, Under dusty brown soil. We will continue with this in week 5 writing setting descriptions for the Chinese Gardens from our book How to Live Forever. The children are listening carefully in our writing lessons and their writing is moving on in style already. 


Class hamster, Mo the Syrian hamster moved with Miss Cripps from Year 2. She is currently living in Elephants as Miss Cripps is a bit protective of her! She will be ready to go on home visits from this weekend. If you would like to have Mo please sign up at Elephant Class. She comes with a bag of sawdust, food, treats and her ball. She can be handled and is a very busy hamster who loves chewing and climbing about her cage. 


As always please let us know any problems or concerns and we can't believe we are half way through the first term already! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Week 3


We have all really settled in our routines now in year 5. 

Please note that we are all finding the mornings really busy, teachers too so we are aware. We are doing a few short lessons one after the other and it is feels quick! We will get used to it and it is nice to get us going and into our learning but please do let the children know that we are all still finding it a rush so not to worry if they are too! 


Elephants enjoyed the walk to the library this week, it is a lovely library and really well stocked so a good way to read all the latest books without the cost. Thank you to Mrs Hyde for arranging this one for us, it was lovely. 


MyMaths - letters with user names and passwords have gone home and there are maths activities if your child wants to do them. We don't set this as homework but its there if needed. We have matched to what we have been doing in class so if a bit more practise is needed or your child said it was tricky or hard they can have another look at home. 


Reading at home

We ask for reading at home 3 times a week please. Just sign quickly in the yellow book and both classes check the books on Monday. Children can read books from school, home, library, magazines, ebooks etc it all counts please just sign in the yellow books. Thank you. 


Next week - we have our trip on Thursday. Please send children with a packed lunch, drinks and clothing to match the weather. The site has a lot of outdoor areas and we will be moving around so we can see as much as possible. We are not going to the shop on site so no money is needed. Thank you to those who have paid, we have to cover any non-payment from our class budget so please do contribute. Thank you as well to the volunteers to come on the day. 


We are really looking forward to another great week. Please let us know any problems or if you need any information. 

Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel

Week 2 Round Up


Another great week in Year 5! 

The timetable is starting to swing into full gear and the children have done a great job and getting fully into life as a Year 5. Both classes are stacking up the class points quickly, which is a great start to the year. 


We have completed our first week of English, our book is How to Live Forever by Colin Thompson. It's a picture book with lovely illustrations and we have been discussing if we would want to live forever. We have also been learning modal verbs - turns out we knew them all the time but didn't know they had a special name! Modal verbs are words such as should, would, might, may, ought and we have used them in our writing this week. Next week  will be be trying to persuade Peter to read the book in a letter. 


In maths we have been looking at comparing and ordering numbers up to 1 million, we have been excellent at this and enjoyed looking at houses and car prices to test our knowledge. We then moved on to a quick refresh on negative numbers. Next week rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000, 100 000 and Roman Numerals. 


We have smashed Times Tables Rock Stars - especially Elephants who showed they were up for a challenge and have done us proud!! Keep going, we need to win the local school battle! 


A reminder that homework is spellings, times table rockstars and reading at least 3 times a week. Book changing and stamping is on Monday's in both classes. Spellings will be on the website each week in case they don't make it home. 


It was great to see you at meet the teacher but remember we are here for you anytime, just let us know and we can organise times to meet, we are here to help. 


Elephants are walking to the library on Wednesday pm, Rhinos really enjoyed their trip and loved learning about the category system. 


We are looking forward to another fab week! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Popel and Mrs Hyde.


Week 1 - Done! 


Year 5 have smashed it this week, with a great start to the year.

All the Year 5 teachers think we are on for the best year ever! As teachers we went off to the weekend with smiles and spring in our steps, we hope the children did too.


Overview of the Year

The overview the year is attached, this shows you the books, topics and areas we are going to be covering this year. 


Spellings, Times Table Rockstars and Reading


The spellings came home on Friday in the red spellings book, in case they don't make it home we will add to them to the web page each week so that there is a plan b. 


TTRS, user names and passwords went home for Elephants and Rhinos (will go home on Monday due to a printer issue). We have not "set" the tables but ask the children to let us know if they find all 12 x a bit much. Most importantly we have a TTRS battle with Blackhorse Primary School. So please encourage playing as much as possible, as we would LOVE to win! 


Reading - please read 3 times a week at home, its a quick sign in the book and can be done anywhere. It would be good to start the year with 100% of Year 5 reading. We did put a note in the front of the yellow reading books with ideas to support. 


Meet the Teacher

This is on Wednesday this week at 3.30 until 4.30. We will be in class rooms to meet you and just chat about Year 5 or just to say hello! It's very informal and just a chance to see the classroom and us if you need to. Again we are here to help and to support the children and you so please come to us any time you need to and don't worry about contacting us. All the Year 5 teachers are working parents so if you are too then we know it can be tricky to see us, please drop a note or call in and we will find away. 


Letters and Trips

This week there were letters for: 

  • Flu vaccination 
  • Pride in Play and Football Clubs 
  • Trip to St Fagans - on parent mail and if it didn't go Friday it should be with you on Monday. 

We won't always remember to put letters on the web page but the flu one is important so just wanted to let you know in case any did not make it home as we all got back in the swing of school life. 


As above it was a brilliant start to the year and we are looking forward to Monday and getting into our full time table. Say thank you to the children for making us all feel calm and settled this week, we have had a lovely week - long may it continue! 


 Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde, Mrs Popel 





Great Start to 2019 - 2020!


We have had an amazing morning in Year 5 today! It was lovely to see all the children again and make such a positive start to the year. 


We have organised our swimming and PE timetable so for Term 1: 

Monday - Swimming 

Thursday - PE outdoor

Please remember that children wear their outdoor PE kit to school, it should be the school uniform PE kit and please ensure proper footware. If you need more information about the uniform please check the main website.. 


Trip - We have also organised our first school trip, it is to St Fagans in Wales and we will be visiting the Celtic Warrior section and having a workshop to link with our topic for term 1 and 2 - the Anglo Saxons. The date of this will be Thursday 26th September information will be via parent mail/school email system. 


It was a great start the year this morning and we can't wait for tomorrow! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 




Welcome to Year 5

We hope you are enjoying the summer holidays! 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel have been into school and we can now say the classrooms are looking ready for welcoming our new Year 5's back in September. 


If you are starting to get bored, remember it never hurts to do some reading or a bit of maths work to keep your brain active. There are so many free games for maths, spelling apps and reading is everywhere! 


We can't wait to see you in September and we are all looking forward to our school year together. 


Miss Cripps, Mrs Hyde and Mrs Popel 

Year 5 Elephants and Rhino teachers. 

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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