Red Squirrel Class and Fox Class (Year 5)


Topic: Map Skills

Term Highlights...

Road Safety workshop

Planning our route around Canterbury!

Houses of Parliament trip for School Councillors

Exploring different gardens

Science - Reproduction

This term we have been investigating how plants and animals reproduce and have explored our own gardens and identified a variety of ways that seeds can be dispersed. We have even grown our own spring onions using cuttings as an example of how plants can grow using asexual reproduction, leading to a genetically identical copy.


"My favourite part this term was looking carefully at the flowers and identifying the different parts" (Joey)

"When we first started the spring onions were so small but now they have grown so much! They are an identical copy genetically to the parent plant!" (Kaydie)

"It surprised me how quickly the spring onions grew using asexual reproduction!" (Freddie H)

"We used a cutting to grow the spring onions. I couldn't believe it and I would now like to see if carrots can reproduce this way" (Enola)

"I loved exploring the gardens and found different plants that reproduce sexually and asexually" (Poppy)

"We compared the life cycles of different types of animals. I enjoyed looking at the insects that use metamorphosis!" (Jason)


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Topic: Space

Term Highlights...

Investigating Martian Soil

Creating a narrative based on a constellation

Using a variety of techniques and paints to create beautiful paintings of planets

Using 'Ground Control to Major Tom' to inspire our Writing


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We have been extremely lucky this term to welcome badminton coaches in to help develop our understanding of badminton. We started by playing 'polar bears and seals' to help us learn the different movements and footwork needed and have also learnt to hold a racket properly and pass the shuttlecock between each other. Each week, two children are chosen as Star Players of the Week. We are so excited to apply these skills into game situations and play a tournament towards the end of term!

"We have learnt about the different grips needed for different shots." (Kaydie)

"The thumb grip is my favourite. It feels most natural for me." (Jason)

"I love the different games that we play. My favourite was where we had to quickly get our shots away!" (Bethany)

"We used an enormous shuttlecock to see how it moves" (Freddie)

Science Week 2024

In Science Week this year, Year 5 became astronomers and conducted a variety of experiments to enhance our understanding of Earth and Space. On Monday, we investigated how craters are formed and conducted an experiment to see if the size and weight of the asteroids impact the depth of the crater left behind. On Tuesday we conducted a variety of tests on three different soil types to decide which soil is most like Martian Soil. In the picture below, Jimmie and Lola are seeing how quickly water passes through Soil Sample B! Hopefully one day we will get to see some real Martian Soil on Earth! On Wednesday we undertook the scientific skill of assessing and conducting research and found out how the moon moves. On Friday we concluded our Science Week by gaining an in depth understanding of a variety of planets within our solar system.

Science week

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Topic: Titanic

Term highlights...

Creating a meal fit for a first class passenger

Who can build a ship that will encounter the least air resistance and be the fastest?

Plotting the journey of the Titanic

This term Year 5 have delved into their Titanic topic, encompassing many subjects, such as Engilsh, Science, Geography and Design and Technology. For example, in English, the children have been reading 'The Titanic Detective Agency' by Lindsay Littleson and have discovered how the author has used real events and people to develop her fictional narrative and characters. In Science, the children have considered the effect water resistance can have on ships and have created their own Titanic ships with the aim of creating the least amount of water resistance and have a faster ship as a result. In Geography, the children have used lines of longitude and lattitude to plot the journey of the Titanic. In Design and Technology, the children have designed a meal fit for a first class passenger and will be preparing, eating and reviewing this as the term progresses.

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Creating a meal for a first class passenger...

"Cutting the red onion was difficult - I tried so hard not to cry!" (Tilly)

"I now make bruschetta at home." (Poppy)

"I loved sitting down as first class passengers and having our own posh banquet. We did some toasts." (Ivy)

"We had to research the meals they would have eaten in all the different classes. I can't believe they ate sardines!" (Mia)

"The bruschetta making was my favourite because I always want to try new foods." (Riley)

Iceberg Dead Ahead...

"I liked learning about the icebergs. I never knew they could be so many different colours!" (Ruby)

"I loved the Geography lessons because it was fun to learn about the icebergs and how they are formed." (Freya)

"I enjoyed learning about co-ordinates and finding the co-ordinates for the wreck of the titanic." (Freddie)

"I liked learning about lines of longitude and latitude and usnig this to find the wreck of the titanic." (Declan)


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Term highlights...

Future Foundry lantern workshop

Counterbalances on apparatus!

Christmas disco

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Term Highlights...

Trip to the White Cliffs - "It was amazing to feel and look at the chalk. We used this in our art work." (Leighton)

"It was the first time I felt the White Cliffs. It felt bumpy and chalky." (Zachariah)


Art Week - "I really enjoyed having the artists in to help us because they showed us some amazing techniques. They have inspired me." (Ivy-Ann)

"I loved exploring what cyanotypes are and creating our own." (Kaydie)


Building suspense by adding sounds to Anglo-Saxon Boy retelling - "I felt like adding sounds meant that we changed the whole feel of the story!" (Oskar)

"It was really fun. Our result sounded really nice!" (Bethany)


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This term Year 5 are reading 'The Anglo-Saxon Boy'.

We have used this story about the Anglo-Saxon to consider how the author builds suspense and have even added our own sounds to a retelling to build some suspense of our own! 

We have looked at the high level vocabulary the author has used to describe the characters in detail and have implemented these techniques into our own character descriptions.

"It is a really interesting story. It has taught us a lot about the Anglo-Saxons." (Bethany)

"My favourite character is Earl Harold Godwinson. He is a really interesting character. He is really strong and wealthy and never gives up. I wonder if he will become King." (Oskar)

"Hakon is my favourite character because he is brave, fierce and burly. He is a housecarl that delivered Magnus to his father's chamber." (Jimmie)