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Welcome to Year 5

Year 5 class teachers this year are;

5JT                                            5KW

Mrs Tordoff                         Mrs Walker

Miss Stowe                           Miss Hyatt

Miss Brunskill

We give out Maths homework on a Friday and English homework on a Wednesday every week;  please check your child has done it! Every child has a diary which contains their weekly timetable of lessons. They will use this to write their homework in and we may also use this to communicate with you. You can use it to communicate with us too, or feel free to see one of the adults in year 5 before or after school, there is always someone at the cloakroom door.


Your child will be swimming once a week with the girls starting off on Monday 24th April and the boys on Wednesday 26th April. Outdoor Learning takes place on alternate Thursdays with 5JT starting on Thursday 27th April.  These  are fantastic opportunities for them to learn important life skills fostering self-confidence.


We are, once again, having a whole school push on times tables, there are lots of activities online to help your child learn them (you can use the links here to access some great activities):Table Trees,Maths Magician and Woodlands Maths (Eastwood Community School does not take any responsibility for the content of external websites).


Please also make sure your child reads at home every night and you are asking them questions about their books (these can be found in every child's reading record). 


Thank you,

Mrs Tordoff and Mrs Walker.


Our last half term is proving to be very busy with 5KW involved in the BBC music Day at Bradford and 5JT taking part in a historical pageant at Cliffe Castle celebrating the opening of the newly refurbished Winter Gardens.  We will also be visiting 'The Deep' to assist with our studies 'Discovering Nature's Kingdom' in Science.  In English, Cap'n Patch may well have some more commissions for us to assist his developing holiday resort.  

During the Summer term we have been focusing on persuasive writing around the story of 'The Night Pirates'. Cap'n Patch has been advised as to his best course of action after his treasure was stolen and has decided to turn his island into a holiday resort. We are now writing radio adverts for him. In our geographical theme of 'Around the World' we have been journeying to different continents, identifying their features both human and physical.

Fishing, archery and the allotment have been enjoyed by four groups in Outdoor Learning with children visiting Far View Lakes.  We are continuing our competition to see who can catch the largest fish and  our skills with a bow and arrow are improving.  In the allotment seedlings have now germinated and have been planted out.  Watering them has been quite important over the past few weeks.  Our trip to the Countryside Day was a great success. We learnt about ferrets, dragonflies, owls, made corn dollies, and saw wood turning.

Electrical energy was focus in Science and we have considered the advantages and disadvantages of both renewable and non-renewable power generation.  This linked with our geography theme by highlighting our impact on the environment.



During the Spring term we studied The Victorians, discovering what life was like for rich and poor children.   We visited the Mining Museum and experienced what life was like for the young children who worked down the mines in the 1840's.  To link with this our focus in English  was 'Oliver Twist' .  We wrote our own chapter to continue the story and explored the character of Mr Bumble. Through a comparison of the film and the story we saw how the two versions differ and wrote our own play scripts. 


Our Science work focused on 'Fantastic Forces' and gave us the opportunity to plan and carry out fair test investigations. We studied the variables that affect how slowly a spinner will fall after noticing sycamore seeds during Outdoor Learning and saw the effects of air resistance.  We also investigated water resistance and friction.  

In Outdoor learning we were finding out about the different bird species that make our school playground their habitat and spotted twelve species including three rare waxwings who were winter migrants from Norway. Other groups studied the woodland floor, discovering fungi and lichen and solved problems through working more effectively as a team. 


During the Autumn term we studied Earth and Space. We worked together to form a hypothesis about the relative sizes of the Earth, Sun and Moon and presented our ideas to the class.  We made models to demonstrate the orbits of the Earth and the Moon in our Solar System.  As part of our creative homework, we made rockets and planets out of recycled materials and turned our classroom into Outer Space.  We really enjoyed showing our model in assembly.

Ancient Egypt provided the focus for our themed studies.  We explored the role of pharaohs and learned about mummification and life after death.  In English, we read the story of Rhodopis, The Egyptian Cinderella and compared it to the tale of the traditional Cinderella.  We created freeze frames to illustrate the emotions of the characters when Rhodopis (the slave girl) is given a pair of valuable rose-red slippers by the master, to the horror of the other servants.  The culmination of our studies was a visit to the Manchester Museum to see a real 'live' mummy.  We were able to choose Ancient Egyptian artefacts for Asru (the mummy) to replace the ones that had been looted from her tomb.