Wednesday, 24 October 2018

African Drumming

As part of Black History Month, the whole school had sessions where they took part in either African Drumming or African dancing and storytelling. Year 5 were lucky enough to have a go at the drumming.

Individually, the children are very talented when it comes to their musical ability. However, when drumming as a whole class, we seemed to struggle. It certainly took us a few attempts before we found our rhythm. Although once we had, we produced some really good music.

This was a fantastic session which the children really seemed to enjoy and take a lot from. It really seemed to resonate with a lot of children and I am proud of how they performed.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Museum Visit

Welcome back to our Year 5 blog.

We have started our topic of the Egyptians and the children have really started to show an engagement and enjoyment.
To kick off the topic, we went to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery where we took part in sessions to learn about how the Egyptians mummified their dead and the artefacts that have been found from the Egyptian era as well as looking at the items the Museum have on display.

During our first session we learnt about the mummification process.

We learnt all about how the Egyptians would remove some of the vital organs and store them in Canopic jars while they would pull the brain out through the nose.

We then went for a wander around the Museum and sketched some of the items that were on display from the museum.

During our afternoon session, we looked at some of the different artefacts that we were allowed to handle. The children became young archaeologists and had to categorise some of those objects.

We certainly did learn a lot while having fun. Looking forward to the rest of the topic now and what more we might learn.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Science Focus

As we approach the end of the year, we are still working hard in Year 5. We have been ensuring  we cover the remaining science topics in as practical a way as possible.

We started by looking at levers, gears and pulleys. The children were given a cotton reel, string, clamp and piece of wood and had to attempt to create a pulley system to help lift up a 1KG weight easier. We had some interesting attempts to start with:

Eventually the children figured it out and made some excellent pulley systems:

Then we moved onto levers and looking at how the placement of the fulcrum could make lifting heavy objects easy:

Our final practical experiment involved finding out how much friction different surfaces create. The children were given the equipment and were asked to come up with their own way of recording and method to find out which surface created the most friction. 

Monday, 25 June 2018


We are starting our new topic in Year 5. For the final half term our topic is 'Allotments'. This is our Geography focus where we will be looking at our local area, map work and completing our locality studies. But to start the topic we wanted something that would capture their imaginations so we started with some D&T.

The children looked at some examples of allotments and then they had to try and create a 3D representation using the materials that were available to them.

Take a look at the finished product. I think they are fabulous.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Converting units: Outdoor Maths lesson

We have been very busy with our Maths topics recently. With so much to get through, it would be easy to forget about using the Concrete, Pictoral, Abstract approach we have adopted throughout the school. However, with this approach so key to helping the children understand key topics, we decided to take our Maths lesson outside. 

The children were given instructions to draw shapes. Each instruction was written in either km, m, cm or mm. The children had to convert the different measurements into the same unit and then use a ruler and a protractor to draw these on the floor of our playground in chalk.

This was an interesting activity to introduce the topic and get the children engaged with the work.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018


We are starting our new topic of Stargazers in Year 5. Here we will learn all about the different planets in our Solar System, as well as learning more about Earth. We will explore forces in Science, programming in Computing and so much more. Of course, it is important to try and engage the children as much as we possibly can with each topic so we have put up this wonderful display. Thank you to Mrs Devi and Ms Bennett for the creativity and hard work that went into it. The children already have so many questions they would like to have answered.

Residential Trip to Brighouse

Last week, we had the opportunity to take half of the year group on an overnight residential visit to a remote location near Atherstone, Tamworth. It is an excellent location as we were about half a mile away from Legion Wood, a place where we could go, play with our friends and enjoy each others company without bumping into anybody else. Brighouse itself is filled with all the necessities needed to facilitate a comfortable and enjoyable stay.

When we arrived at Brighouse, the children had to choose, then make, their beds. This in itself was a challenge as fitting sheets inside the sleeping bag was a new task for some of them. We encouraged independence from adults and teamwork throughout the trip and this was the first opportunity to do so.

Once we were settled, sorted out beds and had eaten our lunch, it was time to go for a walk through Legion Wood. This presented many challenges for the children as they were given the freedom to explore different directions (so long as they stayed as one group). Some of their directions led us through deep, soggy mud, leading to quite a few squeals and a couple of shoes coming right off. Overall, the journey to the centre of the wood was very enjoyable.

After we made it to the middle of the woor, we could start with our team building games. We started with a scavenger hunt where the children had to work in teams to find some of the most interesting things that they could. Then we set out a course for the children to navigate in pairs. Only issue being one partner was blindfolded and the other could only guide them with their mouths. This promoted teamwork and communication skills, as well as being really amusing for those watching.   

When we had finished playing we made our way back to our home for the night. The children cleaned themselves up and were given free time to play with each other. One of the joys of this residential is the absence of electronic equipment the children are so used to having. This causes them to make their own games up and encourages them to play with each other. The children also went around the site, finding all of the points on the orienteering map.

For dinner, the children had to cut up and add toppings to a pizza. This was joined with chips and beans once cooked (the adults handled all of the hot equipment).

After we had had dinner and pudding, it was time for our night walk. The children wrapped up warm, grabbed their torches and set off into the night. Once more, we went for a walk around Legion Wood, although, this time, were led around. It was a new experience for many of the children as they are unlikely to have experienced darkness like it before. The children were very brave and none were particularly worried about the darkness.

Back at Brighouse, we cleaned ourselves up, had a hot chocolate and settled into bed for the night ready for more walking the next day.

The next morning after breakfast, we got dressed up in warm clothes ready for a walk across a muddy field to Merevale Abbey. We had a look around the graveyard of the Abbey, answering quiz questions to find information about who was buried there. Again, the children had to work in groups giving the children some independence away from the adults. We finished off our activities with a look at some ruins of an old castle which were very interesting.

We made our way back to Brighouse where the clean up operation commenced. We packed up our beds, our suitcases and tidied the dormitories until they were spotless. We had our lunch and tidied up the shared area so that it looked like we were never there. Finally, we packed ourselves into the mini buses and waved goodbye to a brilliant couple of days as we were on our way back to school.

We are very proud of all of the children who came on the residential. They worked well in teams, developed independence, showed resilience and had a fantastic time. We hope they learnt skills that they can use throughout their days while enjoying themselves.