Year 5 - Hazel & Hornbeam Classes

Term 2

The last two weeks have flown by! The children have had two weeks packed full of exciting learning opportunities.


Hastings Storytelling Festival

We have particularly enjoyed the Hastings Storytelling Festival. We have engaged with the text The Raja and The Rice. Miss Pluss and Mr Brown worked really hard to be a fantastic storyteller to our classes on Monday morning. We were so engaged with their stories because they used fantastic expression, engaging actions and movements within their stories. Throughout the week, we did lots of activities to help us remember the story. We've engaged in drama activities, we've created a story map, we've summarised the story and we've collected our feelings about the story to show how the story made us feel emotionally. Take a look at some of the photographs of our learning.


As well as engaging with our story some of us had the chance to watch a puppet show on Tuesday evening, we all participated in a Kathakali singing and dancing workshop, watched a Kathakali performance and some of us attended a talk by Lauren Child at The White Rock Theatre. How lucky are we!


'Barvember' Madness


On Monday 6th November 2017, Year 5 and 6 began a competition. Every day we are being set a challenging bar model question that allows us to use all of our mathematical knowledge. Each day one child from each class is selected as a class winner. Miss Pluss then has to decide which person has calculated the most efficiently and effectively. They then become the Year 5 and Year 6 winner so they get their work displayed on the wall in the corridor and win a chocolate BAR. Who is going to be the next BARVEMBER winner?


Big Sing at The White Rock

Year 5 are busy preparing their songs for their performance at The White Rock Theatre on 29th Novmeber 2017 at 7.30pm. We hope to see all of the parents and carers in the audience.

Term 1

Wow! What a busy term Year 5 have had! We have begun our learning at 100 mph. The children are responding well to their learning and are beginning to show their great behaviours for learning.


Blast off! The children now have a secure understanding of our solar system. The children can:

-  explain the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative t the Sun in the solar system,

- describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth,

-  describe the shape of the Sun, Earth and Moon,

- use the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.

To achieve these objectives, the children have made fact books about the planets and our Moon and created bar graphs and line graphs to show data that we have collected.


During the term, the children have learnt about different aspects of the UK. The children have learnt about the different countries within the UK, named counties across the UK and found out about hills and mountains in the UK. Ask your child: Which is the tallest mountain in Wales?


This term, we have designed and made flags for our mission to Mars. The children chose a shape for their flags and created symbols out of felt to sew onto their flags. The children learnt the running stitch, the back stitch and the blanket stitch. They should be able to help you to sew on a button or sew up a hole in their clothes. 

Welcome to Year 5

We are really looking forward to the busy term ahead where we have lots of exciting learning planned. The children have settled in well to the new term and are showing us that they are enthusiastic learners.

This year we will be focusing on our vision statement 'Pride In All We Do'. This includes:

- Personal Pride

- School Pride

- Community Pride

We will also be looking at how we can challenge our Year 5 children with their reading. This includes choosing books from a range of genres. We will be supporting your children to choose appropriate books in the library as well as suggesting fiction and non-fiction books that link to our topic.

We look forward to working with you all this year. Please make sure you check the website regularly as we update it with photos, examples of work and key messages.