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Year 5

Contact us on our class email: obama@summerswood.herts.sch.uk


Week beginning 17th June

We have had a fabulous couple of weeks in Year 5. We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to Mod Pizza and enjoy a look behind the scenes, build pizza boxes and eat delicious pizza, what wasn't to love!! We have enjoyed writing persuasive letters and have consolidated our learning on angles and are now working on time in Maths. We have had fun auditioning for Summerswood's Got Talent and enjoyed Walk to School week.

Week beginning 3rd June

We have had a fabulous, exciting science week. We have carried out a number of experiments, investigations and challenges. On Monday we had a visit from a champion bike rider which was very impressive. On Wednesday we had a workshop to build our own catapults from KNEX. 

Thank you to all the parents who attended open morning and helped with our Alex Rider mission. Below is the homework for this half term and a plan of the sex education curriculum to begin on Monday.

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Week beginning 13th May 2019

Year 5 have been fabulous this week. We have shown resilience and support of others while the year 6 SATS have been running. While out of our classrooms we have enjoyed using the ICT suite to publish some fantastic and spooky suspense stories. 

We have also enjoyed science experiments separating mixtures. Today we brought home letters about forthcoming exciting trips.

Don't forget homework is due in next Friday.

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Week beginning Monday 22nd April 2019

Welcome back and we hope you have had a lovely Easter break. This week has started with an exciting celebration of British Values. Year 5 spent the day enjoying a range of activities and ending with exciting debates on controversial subjects. 

We have begun our exciting new topic linked to the novel 'Stormbreaker'. We have learnt about percentages and have carried out a fun activity on trade.

Year 5 produced some excellent homework last half term. Good luck everyone with this half term's challenge.



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Week beginning 18th March

We have had such a productive week in year 5. We have been enjoying our Alice in Wonderland topic and have begun planning and writing some fantastic versions of part of the story using adverbs of time, place and manner. We have included parenthesis and and conjunctions. We have also linked this to maths this week and planned and designed Alice in Wonderland worlds using areas of regular and irregular shapes. Our art has been in the style of John Tenniel. In science we have been discovering thermal conductors and insulators.

We have been extremely proud of our focus, quality of work and enthusiasm for learning this week.

Week beginning 11th March 2019


This week we have loved continuing out Words in the Wood book The Whisperer by Nick Butterworth. We were lucky enough to have a visit from Nick himself which really inspired our own work. We have studied Romeo and Juliet and written our own playscripts in the style of The Whisperer. 

We have looked at properties of materials in science and recapped written strategies for addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

The children have brought their homework home to enjoy.

Week beginning Monday 11th February 2019

What a brilliant end to the half term with 'feeling good week'. Year 5 have really enjoyed a number of activities, carried out acts of kindness and 5O have baked valentines cookies. Well done those of you who have produced some excellent homework. We have enjoyed writing persuasive texts in English and imagine the children will be using their persuasive language over half term!

Have a great break everyone.

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Week beginning Monday 21st January 2019

We have had a great week of learning in year 5. We had an interesting and thought provoking workshop on Esafety so please ask your children what they have learnt. 

In English we have been making links to the South African Apartheid and reading Journey to Jo'burg while answering inference and literal questions. 

In Maths we have understood improper fractions and mixed numbers.

We have learnt about the life of Nelson Mandela and written about metamorphosis.

We even had the fabulous opportunity of enjoying the snow (photos to follow).

Please remind your children of the kit required for their PE lessons - see list below:


  • White PE t-shirt
  • Navy blue, black or grey jogging bottoms (outdoor PE)
  • Plain navy blue, black shorts (indoor PE)
  • Socks. Please note tights are not allowed so if your child is wearing tights in school they must have a different pair of socks for PE
  • Trainers – Please ensure these are different from school shoes


Many Thanks,


Year 5 Teaching Team

Week beginning 14th January 2019

This week both Year 5P and 5O completed "Play in a day " workshops! The children learnt facts and statistics about the environment and the importance of travel. They needed to consider the impact transport has on our environment and what we can be doing to improve the situation. They then learnt a play as a way to inform others and performed this to parents and other year groups. 

The children did a fantastic job and put on a fun but educational play - huge well done to both classes and a very big thank you to the parents who were able to attend!

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Week beginning Monday 10th December 2018

This week we have been very busy learning exciting new things. We have carried out experiments and learnt about how volcano's work. e have been revisiting place value and rounding and enjoyed creating imaginary workings for household appliances. We enjoyed the KS1 Christmas play and have had lots of amazing homework brought in to look at. We are excited to be going into our last week before the Christmas holidays.

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Week beginning Monday 3rd December 2018


We have had a fabulous week this week. We have used all our maths, english, social skills and team work to make gingerbread melted snowmen. We loved the pantomime and have enjoyed halving and doubling.

Don't forget homework is due next Friday.

Week Beginning Monday 19th November 2018

Year 5 had a great week during Road Safety Week. Some of our class took part in Bikeability which was great fun and a fantastic way to learn how to ride safely on the roads. Against the elements the children rode the streets and passed their tests, congratulations. We also enjoyed many activities, a competition to design bike helmets, discussions on road safety and fun scenarios to help keep us safe.

Week beginning 12th November 2018

This week we have been learning all about Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. We have written diary recounts using past tense to track his incredible mission. During maths we have focused on the understanding and links between multiples, factors and prime numbers. It has been anti bullying week this week so we have spent time discussing how to be the best we can be, understanding more about the meaning of bullying, teaching and playing new games to develop our feelings of belonging, and looking at inspirational heros that can help us to strive to be our best.


Week beginning 5th November 2018


Welcome back everyone after half term. It has been a busy and exciting week for year 5. We have begun our new topic 'To infinity and beyond' and had a fabulous visit from the Planetarium where we learnt so much about space. We have also had parents evening an have exciting homework to bring home tonight. 


Week beginning Monday 15th October

This week we have been working incredibly hard in English. We have begun writing some exciting Viking myths and have created some truly fantastic poems based on a poem called 'The Magic Box'. 

We have been making Viking helmets in preparation for our Viking feast next week.

Don't forget we have year 5 open morning from 9am until 9.30 for the children to show you a sample of their work and enjoy spending time in class with you. 

Week beginning Monday 8th October

Year 5 have had an extremely exciting and informative wee. We had a brilliant Viking workshop where we learnt all about Viking, life, invasions and even learnt how to battle like a Viking. We have had non uniform day today to raise money for Indonesia, enjoyed a dance at the school disco and are ready to write our Viking myths. 

Don't forget homework needs to be in next Friday 19th October.

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Week beginning Monday 1st October 2018

This week we have been working on rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100,1000 and 10,000 in Maths and using these skills to work out word problems. 

In English we have been editing and improving our myth rewrites and beginning to plan and write out own myths.

We are using paper mache to start our Viking helmets and are learning about long ships.

Please remember to sign and bring in the slips for the Viking workshop that takes place next Wednesday 10th October. Unfortunately even if you have paid on line, a slip still needs to be brought in to school. There is one on line for you to download or you can get a copy from the school office.

We are excited to see the different costumes children will come to school in that day.

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Week beginning 24th September 2018


This week we have been working in numbers up to a million in Maths. In English was are reading Viking myths, using fronted adverbials and re writing parts of the myth in our own words. We are beginning to design our own Viking helmets so please begin saving any equipment the children may use, foil, paper clips, cardboard, newspaper. Have a chat with your child about anything they thing they may need. We will provide lots of things in school but there may be some extra's to really improve the helmets. 

The children have begun bringing their weekly spellings home, this will come home on a Wednesday for the children to write a sentence for each and to learn. They need to be back into school by Tuesday for the test.

We sent letters out last week about our exciting Viking workshop on 10th October.

Week beginning 17th September 2018

We were excited to meet lots of parents last week during our meet the teacher evening. The children showed great enthusiasm when they took home their homework for the half term so we are looking forward to seeing some impressive results.

This week we are focusing on Viking myths and legends, looking into the Viking Gods. We are learning about place value in maths using numbers up to a million. 

Please help your children to bring P.E. kits in for everyday at school and to have smart school uniform and shoes. 

Week beginning 10th September 2018

Welcome to year 5 everyone! The children have made a fantastic start to the new year. They are coming in smart in the morning, walking around the school brilliantly and are ready to learn. This term our topic is Vikings which will be very exciting. We are looking forward to our Meet The Teacher evening on Thursday. Please remind children that they need to have their P.E. kit in school every day and need black school shoes, not trainers.

We look forward to a very exciting year ahead.

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