Welcome to Year 5
Welcome to our page and thank you for visiting! Here, find out what Year 5 are up to, view some of our amazing work and keep up-to-date with notices and dates important to our year group.
Learning from Home
As detailed in the 'Home Learning Procedure' sent out on Friday 20th March, children will be able to access daily school work from the 'Pupil Secure Area' within the 'Pupil Zone' tab above. Please refer to the leaflet provided for access to this area (username and password). To contact your class teacher during this period of Home Learning, you can use the following email addresses:
5EL@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk for Miss Leonard
5DT@leasowes.staffs.sch.uk for Mrs Thomas and Mrs Davies
We thought this would also be a useful time and place to provide you with websites that we as professionals use in school to support your child's learning. Many of these websites are offering free subscriptions to parents at the moment.
Step 1: Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer
Step 2: Enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS to sign up for free.
My Mini Maths
Completely free to use and have produced multiple 'Home School Learning Packs' for different year groups in KS2. The Mini-Maths section also allows quick warm ups where you can practise the same concept for 5 days in a row. They also have something called TT38 (times table challenge) based around the premise that when you remove the easier times tables they call the basics, there are 38 core facts to know. Children practise these core and basic facts, alongside the related division facts in a rotation of ten days. Find more information here... https://myminimaths.co.uk/tt38-times-tables-skill-builder/
White Rose Maths
This is a resource we use frequently in schools to support children with reasoning and problem solving. The team at White Rose are currently working at putting Home Learning packs together.
Times Table Rockstars
Children continue to be able to use this as part of our whole school subscription to practise daily times tables. If you click on the NumBotslogo within TTRockstars, children are now also able to use this feature to practise arithmetic.
Once Upon a Picture, The Literacy Shed, Pobble 365
These websites are packed full of fantastic stimuli for writing, from pictures to video clips. There are often teaching suggestions to help, story starters and questions to ask.
Children can also continue to use the whole school subscription to the Reading Cloud by using their individual barcodes in their Home School Records. There are some ebooks that they can access to read from home. They can also search for books and write their own reviews.
Espresso and Education City
Children can also continue to use Espresso and Education City as part of our whole school subscription. They have passwords for these within their Home School Records. Here, they can also watch clips, complete activites and play games for a varying range of foundation subjects too like history, geography and languages as well as the core subjects. Espresso is a great website for science.
An endless resource of free books, timelines and activities to name just a few. This resource is American and some of the spellings, vocabulary and wording is reflective of this but a invaluable resource non the less.
Audible, Amazon's online collection of audiobooks, have allowed children working from home access to a collection of child fiction. There is not all books available on there but the collection available is still vast. Perhaps when you're going to bed, or playing a video game you could choose a story for in the background.
Thanks for your continued support,
Miss Leonard, Mrs Thomas and Mrs Davies
'Work Like an Egyptian'
During the second half of the Spring Term, pupils in Year 5 worked on an Ancient Egyptian topic. Within this unit of work they learned about the process of mummification, the hierarchy of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation and particularly how vast this period of time was in comparison with other history units studied. In English they used a film stimulus to create their own adventure story based on the Tadeo Jones character and wrote mummification instructions – you have been warned! Art and Design were key aspects within this unit and the pupils loved researching ancient civilisation headdress and recreating Egyptian style replicas of the work of Marcos Román. Sadly due to the closure of school Year 5’s museum of Ancient Egypt was not able to happen but the work that was brought into school was incredible and it evidently aided their learning in school.
'To Infinity and Beyond'
Autumn 2 - Spring 1
We should not be bias but ‘To Infinity and Beyond’ is by far our favourite topic of the year 5 calendar. Space fascinates us and we hope that your child feels the same way after this fun filled term. As we love to cover a broad curriculum at Leasowes, we knew that ‘Earth and Space’ did not directly link to Geography and History so we have incorporated the ‘Amazing Americas’ by exploring the history of space exploration and the continents’ vast history alongside a more independent Geography study of North and South America.
We have focused on the text Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce, which is hilarious, to guide our writing and reading lessons. Many children have found themselves hooked on the author and have in turn dove into his other fantastic novels: Framed, Millions, Sputnik and Broccoli Boy.
This half term saw the now infamous year 5 sleepover return, where the children were able to star(moon) gaze and begin to gain the independence they need ahead of Condover in Year 6. The children approached the event with real maturity and it was a pleasure to spend the evening with them – even with the lack of sleep. They competed in mixed ability training squads to see who would be able to pass the rigorous astronaut training procedures. From mental and physical agility to their ability to drink liquid through a straw, nearly all children were able to tackle the tasks set. ‘Galaxy Girls’ however pipped the other teams to the post and came out victorious – with a special reward whilst watching a film before bed.
To mirror our studies in History and Geography, the children’s writing has thrived again since October. From tension writing around the sleepover (see below pictures), to non-chronological reports about the solar system or persuasive letters to Mrs Bettany the children have really developed their standard of vocabulary as well as their ability to suit formality to the reader.
At the half way point of this academic year it is clear to see the children maturing and developing a confident sense of curiosity about the changing world around them.
'We are not amusements'
Autumn 1 has been one of the longest half terms in my teaching career and most probably one of the longest your child’s education. That being said 5DT really rose to the challenge and showed courage and determination from start to finish.
This half term saw our Victorian classroom day and an in depth study into the era. The stand out Art/DT task for 5DT was most definitely the creation of their zoetropes – which still need their finishing touches. Some parents might be lucky enough to see them at home and observe all the hard work that went into them.
To mirror our beautiful art and DT work, the children’s writing has really flourished over the last 8 weeks when predominately focusing on the novel ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl. 5DT particularly enjoyed writing descriptions of some of the more villainous characters in the story and simile poems which summarised the entire novel. We were even lucky enough, thanks to Miss Reeves, to be gifted a sneak preview of Shadowsea, the final (of 4) instalment in the Cogheart Adventure series. Another key favourite for the children was writing a survival guide in the style of ‘Dr Noel Zone’ – expect to see some of his books and the Cogheart sequels on the children’s Christmas/birthday lists.
Science has shown a focus on forces. Our lessons have been bursting at the seams with curiosity and practical experiments, which has shown a classful of budding scientists.
It has been a lovely first half term with this cohort and we cannot wait to see what the run up to Christmas brings.
New year information
Hello all, and welcome back to another year at Leasowes Primary School. The children have all arrived back with their thinking caps on and ready to learn.
Please note, that this half-term Y5's P.E days are Wednesday with Mrs Moores and TBC with TBC.
French will be taken by Miss Quimby on a Wednesday afternoon.
Homework days remain as in Y4, with homework issued on Wednesday and due in the next Monday.
Much of our learning for the first two weeks of term will be focused on a picture book, "The Atlas of Imaginary Places" by Mia Cassany. We have made predictions and are beginning to create wonderful structures and artwork surrounding 'The Tallest Lighthouse' and 'The Lush Green City'. We look forward to transforming our phase corridor with artwork, writing and DT inspired by the book.
Next Tuesday is our "Meet the Teacher" evenings. Please keep in mind that the Y5 presentation will detail information about your child's education this academic year. Year 5's sessions will be at 5:00 - 5:30 or 5:45 -6:15 in the 5DT Classroom.
Please remember that if you have any queries, I am available each afternoon on the school gate.
Here, we will post important dates and information.
Wednesday 16th October - Harvest Festival
23rd/24th October - Parents' Evening
Friday 29th November - Christmas Fayre
Monday 16th December - Carol Concert
Friday 20th December - INSET
BBC Bitesize KS2 - English, Maths and Science videos, games and more.
Spelling Frame - A simple website for practising the Year 3/4 and 5/6 spelling lists.
Espresso Learning - A site school has bought into; see your teacher for your login.
Compare4Kids - Some free activities, including Year 6 SATs 'online boot camps'.
Sumdog - Online maths games. Please see your teacher for your login.
Parkfields Links - Links to a raft of helpful sites for revision.
iXL Maths - a subscription site, with limited free activities. Great for focusing on specific maths skills.
Clarity Maths - A site with links to old style Key Stage 2 Maths Papers, Maths Tutorials as well as Maths Games. Some of these games are linked to Memory and would therefore help pupils to retain key information.
Mad4Maths - Click on “For Kids” to access some fun games to practise speed of recall of times tables.
Crickweb - A range of English games and activities.
KS2 Literacy - Activities to reinforce and practise a range of spelling rules.
Spellzone - A range of activities and games to practise a range of spelling rules and patterns.