We will be publishing what we are learning during each term throughout the year. Watch this space to see what is happening in Term 3 in and out of the classroom and for useful information for Beech and Sycamore classes.

Celebrating successes

We were delighted that Tulisa and Arthur shared their achievements with Sycamore class from their recent Cheer competition in Manchester. Their cheer teams won 2nd and 3rd place in the competition which is a phenomenal achievement. It was great to hear of their experiences and see how proud they were. If you want to get in to cheer, ask Tulisa and Arthur about their experiences!

Pupils with their Cheer competition medals

Year 5 WOW! – Viking Battle

Year 5 had a phenomenal afternoon creating their Viking Battle! This term, they have enjoyed learning about the first Viking invasion at Lindisfarne when the Vikings migrated from the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark to find new land to farm on in Great Britain. Year 5 pupils have used sources to learn about Viking weaponry, battle techniques and formations. With their fantastic home learning creations and the helmets that we created in school, they were ready for battle! Beech and Sycamore class each created their own unique longship figurehead used to taunt the enemy! Through freeze frame drama, pupils re-enacted some battle scenes that they have learned so much about.

A wonderful WOW afternoon was had by all!

Investigating materials and their properties

Year 5 are investigating materials and their properties this term. They have tested different materials and classified them by their properties. Continuing their investigations, they found out what happens to a solid when it dissolves. This allowed them to refine their skills around creating a fair test with particular focus on  independent, dependent and control variables. Working collaboratively, they carried out experiments to answer their learning question: What happens when materials dissolve? This will lead us into finding out whether a dissolved solid can be recovered from a solution.

The key objectives in this unit of learning are to:

  • compare and group materials based on their properties (e.g. hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, [electrical & thermal], and response to magnets
  • test materials based on their properties. Pupils will
    give evidenced reasons why materials should be used for specific purposes.
  • describe how a material dissolves to form a solution; explaining the process of dissolving.
  • describe and show how to recover a substance from a solution.
  • describe how some materials can be separated. Pupils will
    demonstrate how materials can be separated (e.g. through filtering, sieving and evaporating).
  • know and can demonstrate that some changes are reversible and some are not. Pupils will discuss reversible and irreversible changes and explain how some changes result in the formation of a new material and that this is usually irreversible.

Exploring balance In Gymnastics

Year 5 are enjoying their gymnastic unit of learning in PE. With focus of balance and form, pupils warmed up their bodies with ‘points and patches’ – balancing on different small and larger body parts. Pupils were challenged to explore balances that were not immediately obvious to them and think beyond their initial idea.


Pupils also discovered the different balances they could perform through a range of different shapes. Using their name initials, we worked in pairs to create the letters, again thinking beyond their initial thoughts and considering one another’s ideas.


In preparation for a performance, pupils continued their collaborative work in pairs to practise three balances and join these together. Each balance had to be held for 5 seconds to demonstrate their flexibility, control and balance. Reflecting on each performance, pupils were invited to offer constructive feedback, which will be used to improve future performances.


Fantastic home learning projects!

We are so proud of the Year 5 pupils for their fantastic home learning projects! We were astounded by the effort that went into the projects and the engagement of the children. We had Viking shields, fact displays and even a Viking boat!

Home Learning Project

Pupils enjoyed presenting their projects with their peers and what was really lovely, was that many even shared how they made them from recycled items from their homes, inspiring others that they could do the same. Thank you, Year 5, for taking the time to make such wonderful outcomes and for sharing them with us!

Edward the Confessor

Year 5 classes have been learning about Edward the Confessor in their Vikings topic. Edward the Confessor was king of England for 24 years. He earned his nickname because of his religious devotion and was later made a saint. Pupils learned about the life of Edward, how he was crowned King and his achievements throughout his reign. To support their understanding, pupils worked collaboratively to rehearse and perform freeze frames to act out the key points in Edward’s reign. After this, they discussed whether Edward the Confessor was to blame for the battle in 1066 and voted on who should have become the rightful King after he died.

Freeze Frame of Edward the Confessor being crowned King and the construction of Westminster Abbey
Left: Edward the Confessor is crowned King.  Right: Edward orders the construction of Westminster Abbey.

Freeze Frame of Edward orders the construction of Westminster Abbey
Above: Edward orders the construction of Westminster Abbey.

Freeze Frame of Edward marries Edith of Wessex
Above: In 1045, Edward married Edith of Wessex, the daughter of Godwin, the Earl of Wessex.

Freeze Frame of Edward and Godwin disagreeing
Above left: In 1051 there was a disagreement between Edward and Godwin because Godwin refused to follow Edward’s orders. Edward forced Godwin to leave England. He later returned with an army but Edward and Godwin managed to come to a peaceful agreement.
Above right: On 4th January 1066, Edward the Confessor died without any children to inherit the throne. There was much disagreement about who should become King. Did this lead to the battle of Hastings in 1066? Year 5 are finding out!

WOW: Pupils create their own Viking messages

Beech and Sycamore Class pupils had a very creative afternoon to kick-start their Vikings topic. Pupils learned that the Vikings were skilled communicators and great story tellers. Believing in different gods, their beliefs were often communicated through symbols and images. The children spent the afternoon investigating the different symbols that were often used by the Vikings and the stories and beliefs behind them. They also learned that symbols called ‘runes’ were used to communicate written messages applying their new learning to write their own messages.

We discovered that some of the symbols and images were very detailed, especially the ornate stone and wood carvings. However, the children really did show their perseverance often creating several attempts to get their finished outcomes.

Can you work out some of the Year 5 messages?

Viking symbols

We hope that you enjoy our outcomes from our WOW afternoon!

Where next

Term 2

We will be publishing what we are learning during each term throughout the year. Watch this space to see what is happening in Term 2…

Term 2

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