Category Archives: Year 5

Week 4

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see many of you at the class meeting earlier this week.  If you were unable to make it and would like notes from the session, please ask your child to request a copy from me.  The children are making great progress with writing explanation texts.  They have pretended to be recruitment officers for Rainforest Incorporated and written job adverts using generalisers.  They have also written super book reviews using conjunctions to show cause and effect.  In Maths they had great fun solving a puzzle where rounding numbers led to a secret code enabling them to escape from a spooky funfair!  In PE, Year 5 have began to build their own Haka dance putting words and actions together.  They have been very creative!

I hope you have restful weekends!
Mrs Hunter


Don’t stop believing!

We have had a lovely week in Year 5 and are working hard to learn all about Explanation texts.  We have consolidated our knowledge of place value over the past 3 weeks and are now moving on to formal addition and subtraction.  The children particularly impressed me with their artwork this week, producing some detailed sketches of flowers and grasses with their growth mindsets firmly in place!  In music, we are focused on the song ‘Don’t stop believin” and it was fantastic to have 5 of the children bring in their own musical instruments (3 guitarists, a recorder player and a drummer) to accompany our singing.

Hope you all have a great weekend (despite the slightly pessimistic weather forecast!)
Mrs Hunter

Second week in Year 5

The children have thoroughly impressed me this week with their positive attitude towards learning and their enthusiasm to embrace a growth mindset.  This has stood them in good stead whilst exploring numbers to a million (ordering, comparing, multiplying) and writing descriptive and narrative poetry.  We also started our music unit this week, looking at the song “Don’t stop believin'” with the children demonstrating that everyone can sing and enjoy music!

I hope you have restful weekends,
Mrs Hunter

Welcome to Year 5

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer break!

It was so lovely to welcome the children to Year 5 this morning.  They were full of enthusiasm and excitement!  We started the day with an outdoor game and then thought about our Classroom Promises.  Next on the agenda was the launch of our new topic ‘Rainforests’.  The children used books to research some of the features of a rainforest and then created ‘rainforest boxes’ in small groups for our display.  We finished the day with some maths activities around place value.

Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter



Goodnight Mr Tom

I was so proud of all the children yesterday as we visited Chiltern Open Air Museum for our ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ day.  Every museum staff member we met praised the children, describing them as ‘delightful’ and ‘beautifully behaved’.  First, they experienced what the Blitz would have been like.  They then visited Mr Tom in his cottage (polishing brass, cleaning shoes and exploring the concept of an outdoor toilet!).  Next, they crossed the Green to see Mrs Brant in her 1940s prefab with running water and electricity.  They helped her with her washing and played some 1940s children’s games.  Finally, the children were immersed in a 1940s school room, using slates and fountain pens with ink wells.  They were all shocked at how strict the school room was!  Pictures are in the Year 5 Gallery – here are a couple below!

Mrs Hunter

Happy Half Term

We have had such a busy few weeks I can hardly believe half term is upon us.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed their Space topic and have really impressed me with their inquisitive minds and curious questions.  Their final piece of writing this half term was a non-chronological report based on their own invented planets.  They showed fantastic use of the language features of such a report as well as superb creativity when imagining their planets.

We have benefited from an experienced Rounders coach who has really challenged the children to play their absolute best, significantly improving both their batting and fielding skills.  And Year 5 continues to go from strength to strength when completing their Mile A Day.

After half term, we will focus on World War II as our topic and are very much looking forward to our school trip to immerse ourselves in life in the 1940s.

I hope you all have a restful half term.
Mrs Hunter

Week 4 in Year 5

After a beautiful Bank Holiday weekend, we were lucky enough that the sun stayed with us into the school week.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed our sunny Rounders lessons where some fantastic fielding and impressive batting could be seen.  We have also made a start with our gardening plot, in which we are creating a Victory Garden to tie in with our World War II theme next half term (when we hope our vegetables and herbs will be harvested).  The children have worked their socks off creating their Journey stories in literacy, drafting and re-drafting their work to show off their ambitious vocabulary and editing skills.  Maths has seen us move on from decimals to Angles and the children have had fun exploring protractors and measuring angles around the classroom.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Hunter

A Space focus for this half term

It was lovely to see all the children back from their Easter holidays!  We have a busy half term ahead of us.  We will be looking at Space in both Science and History, to understand our solar system, seasons and night and day, as well as the history of space exploration including the Space Race and telescopes.  The children have created a fantastic Space display in our classroom, painting beautiful planets which show their comparable size to Earth.  In Literacy, we are hard at work looking at The Firework Maker’s Daughter and will be writing our own journey stories in a couple of weeks’ time.  In Maths, we will focus on decimals and percentages.

Wishing you a lovely bank holiday weekend!
Mrs Hunter

Happy Easter Year 5

We have come to the end of our Spring Term – although the weather doesn’t quite appear to be Spring-like just yet!  The children have made super progress and have worked their socks off at fractions, learning all about Medieval Britain and writing some fantastic rap songs over the past week.  We finished our term with a surprise ‘Celebration Day’ yesterday where the children created Coats of Arms for their teams, designed a board game based on the ‘Black Death’, competed in an outdoor Treasure Hunt, put their minds to solving word searches and crossword puzzles and finally explored Medieval Music.

Next term we are beginning our new topic of Space.  We will be looking at Narratives in Literacy and Decimals in Maths.  In PE, we will be playing rounders.

Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Easter holiday.
Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter

Traction Man leaps into Year 5 (wearing combat boots, battle pants and his warfare shirt)!

We have had lots of fun during Creative Week, which this term was based on Mini Grey’s book ‘Traction Man’.  The children have participated in hot seating, role play, freeze frames, small world scenes, diary writing and slime making!  We managed to find some time for Maths too! The children have been ‘working their socks off’ to compare and add fractions.  Next week, we will continue with fractions, looking further at addition and introducing subtraction.  We will also start our new topic of Medieval Britain, looking at the Bayeux Tapestry and Domesday Book.

Of course, we are also looking forward to celebrating World Book Day next week too!  We are inviting the children to come dressed up as their favourite ‘hero’ from a book.  We have discussed with the children that when choosing their hero, it is best to think of a book, rather than a film or comic.  We will also be holding ‘drop everything and read’ breaks throughout the day and children are welcome to bring a favourite blanket or pillow with them, to make the reading breaks cosy and fun!

Mrs Hunter