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Spring 1



What we will be learning this half term:

English - Writing outcomes: Newspaper report, character and setting description and a narrative.

Texts: Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

The Flood by Alvaro F.Villa

Guided reading: Kensuke's Kingdom

Maths - Fractions / Multiplication and Division B

Science - Properties of materials

Geography - Water and Rivers - focusing on North America

Computing -  problem solving

Physical Education 

Religious Education - What is it like being a Muslim in Britain?


Music - Living on a prayer

Values - Aspiration

Learner Attitude - Curious Questionner

Week 6 - 

Monday 6th - Friday 10th February 2023

Achievers of the week: Nicole, Myah and Scott

Mathematician of the week:  Will

Writer of the week:  Casper and Darcy

This week has been another super jam packed week in 5R!


This week, we have celebrated Internet Safety Day.

We took part in an assembly on Tuesday to discuss being safe online and what to do if we feel uncomfortable with anything we see online and Mr Holstein shared top tips with us for staying safe online. Then, we took part in an activity in class about the ways we can stay safe when using the internet.


We also took part in Children's Mental Health Week

We took part in an assembly by Miss Ellis and came 'Dressed to Express' ourselves on Friday to raise money for Children's Mental Health.


In Maths this week, we have been continuing with our understanding of multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers.

We've continued to practise our fluency methods and applying these to problems. We also began our first few lessons on short division. We began by using place value counters and moved onto the short division method, which 5R have really impressed me with their understanding after just a few lessons! 



In English, we continued to work on our bunny stories inspired by Birthday Bunny. We began planning our ideas for our stories and then we worked on grammar focus using commas to mark subordinate clauses, -ed, -ing and simile openers. As a result of lots of hard work this week, 5R have written some fantastic story openers.


In PE, we enjoyed our last Tag Rugby lesson with Sale Shark coaches. We enjoyed playing team games against each other to put all of our new skills to practice!


In Spelling, we were learning about some of the year 5 and 6 challenge words, their meanings, sorting the words into a caroll diagram based on the number of vowels and whether or not they were an adjective, sorted the words into groups based on their syllables and discussed where the words originated from.

Week 5 - 

Monday 30th January - Friday 3rd February 2023

Achievers of the week: Faryal, Alaiyah and Arion

Mathematician of the week:  Renee

Reader of the week: Freddie

In English this week, we have started our new text 'Birthday Bunny' by by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett.

Alex has been given a saccharine, sappy, silly-sweet picture book about Birthday Bunny that his grandma found at a garage sale. Alex isn’t interested—until he decides to make the book something he’d actually like to read. So he takes out his pencil, sharpens his creativity, and totally transforms the story!

Birthday Bunny becomes Battle Bunny, and the rabbit’s innocent journey through the forest morphs into a supersecret mission to unleash an evil plan—a plan that only Alex can stop



We enjoyed reading the first version of Birthday Bunny and then LOVED the edited version 'Battle Bunny' with the amazing illustrations, which created many laughs in 5R! After that, we then got our thinking caps on and began to think of our own ideas for our own edited version of the Birthday Bunny.

In Maths this week, we've been practising our multiplication skills. We've been learning how to multiply 4 digit numbers by 1 digit and multiplying 2 and 3 digit numbers by 2 digits. We've enjoyed practising our fluency skills through whiteboard practise, rally coaching and testing our buddies.

Fluency practice - testing our buddy

As part of Aspirations day this week, we enjoyed talks from various visitors to tell us all about their job.

We enjoyed a visit from a lady from SheTech who explained to us all about the different jobs involved with space travel and we also enjoyed creating our very own space suits. We also enjoyed our visit from Alison who taught us about her job of being a sports physio for amputee football and Catherine who taught us about her job as a radio 4 producer! 

Our Space Suit Designs

Week 4 - 

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th January 2023

Achievers of the week: Josie, Faryal and Seb

Writer of the week: Liz

Mathematician of the week: Will

Reader of the week:

In Maths, we have been learning all about converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions. We used our knowledge to add and subtract fractions. We ended the week subtracting fractions with different denominators from a mixed number including breaking the whole. We completed our fractions assessment and also have been working on our written methods for multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers.


In English, we have been working on developing ideas to describe the island in the story Kensuke's Kingdom. We worked on retrieving information from the book and using our inference skills. We've been spending time building up vocabulary and ideas using our senses. This week we wrote our setting and character descriptions and they were brilliant! 

During our values and attitudes session this week, we have been discussing and learning about the importance of sleep and how it helps our bodies and minds to develop. We enjoyed creating our own posters and leaflets for this which we've put into our class book.


In Science, we have been continuing our knowledge about properties of materials. This week we tested different materials to find out if they were soluble or insoluble.

In Geographywe have been continuing our topic of rivers. We were learning about the stages of a features and the different features of a river's journey.

We enjoyed re-creating our own diagrams of the features a river. I'm sure you'll agree they look fantastic!

Week 3 - 

Monday 16th - Friday 20th January 2023

Achievers of the week:  Troy and Lucie


Another fantastic week this week in year 5! This week for our achiever's focus was pupil choice. It was lovely to see the reasons and explanations the children gave when voting for each other. This week Troy and Lucie were chosen for a working hard and always trying to achieve their best. Well done.


On Wednesday was Poetry Day and we had an inspiring session with Manchester poet, Matt Goodfellow. He explained his story of how he became a poet, shared some of his poems with us and gave us the tools we needed to start making our own poems.


In maths, we've been continuing to build our expertise in fractions converting between mixed numbers and improper fractions. I've been blown away by the children's understanding and deeper thinking about fractions this week. We definitely love fractions in 5R!


In English, we've been gathering and generating ideas about our book character Kensuke in order to be able to write our character descriptions next week. We've been using the book to find quotes and facts and using our inference skills to find out more. We've been practising our skills of using relative clauses and ing/ed openers through a slow write and building ideas into descriptive sentences. I can't wait to see what 5R produce next week.


In Geography, we've been learning about rivers in North America. We enjoyed using the atlases and developing our team work skills to work together to find and locate different rivers. We then researched key information about each of the rivers.


In PE, we also enjoyed another session with Sale Sharks using our team work skills. 


Week 2 - 

Monday 9th - Friday 13th January 2023

Achievers of the week:  Scott, Phoebe and Will

In Maths this week,  we have continued learning all about fractions. We have been learning about equivalent fractions, converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers, comparing and ordering fractions less than 1. I've been extremely impressed this week by the focus and determination but also by how confidently the children were able to explain their working out using accurate mathematical language.

In English, we enjoyed reading some more of our class text 'Kensuke's Kingdom'. We continued to explore the structure of a balanced argument and drafted our introductions and conclusions. We learnt about the editing process using editing stations and focused on editing our punctuation this week.  We have also been using our VIPERS reading skills to explore chapter 3 and 4. We have been focusing on using evidence from the text to support an answer.


In Geography, we recapped the key features of the water cycle. We also discussed what a river is and used an atlas to locate rivers around the world.



In computing, we continued with the topic problem solving. We revisited the four key techniques to computational thinking: decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition and algorithms. We learnt what abstraction. We focused on using the most important and key parts of information. We used this to give clear and simple instructions.

Week 1 - 

Tuesday 3rd - Friday 6th January 2023

Achievers of the week:  Lucie, Phoebe and Harry


What an amazing start to spring half term in 5R. I've been really impressed with how enthusiastic we've come back after the holidays.

In Maths this week, we have been learning all about fractions. We've been learning all about equivalent fractions of unit and non-unit fractions. We started by folding paper into half and then into quarters and eighths and comparing them with our buddy. We found it interesting that 2/4 and 4/8 are equivalent fractions to a 1/2. We've been investigating different equivalent fractions using paper strips, fraction walls and using different representations such as number lines and pictoral representations. We've explored different questions solving equivalent fractions and ended the week with reasoning and problem solving with equivalent fractions. We enjoyed ending the week playing an equivalent fractions game with our buddy!

Playing our equivalent fractions games

In English, we have started our new text 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morporgo. We've read the first two chapter and can't wait to read the rest. We've been practising our VIPERS reading skills by answering different types of reading questions and analysing a variety of balanced arguments to identify the structure and key features. This week, we are building up to writing a balanced argument about whether or not Michael's family should go on a around the world trip on the boat - the Peggy Sue.

We started to collate reasons both for and against and learnt how to expand and elaborate on our ideas. We've been learning how to use a range of conjunctions in our writing such as: in addition, also, furthermore, likewise. We then used our ideas to draft our for and against paragraphs. In our reading sessions, we discussed the skill of re-reading and how it helps us to become better readers. We re-read chapter 2 and answered VIPERS questions and also retrieved information about the key characters we've met so far. 


In Geography, we started the first lesson of our water-rivers topic. We started by recapping the key terms from year 4 science: evaporation, condensation and precipitation. We used this knowledge to learn about the water cycle.


In PE this week, we had our very first session with Sale Sharks learning about tag rugby. We learnt how to correctly throw and catch the rugby ball and enjoyed playing a team game where we were only allowed to pass the ball backwards to our team mates.


In computing, we've started our topic on problem solving. We learnt that there are four key techniques to computational thinking: decomposition, abstraction, pattern recognition and algorithms. 

We learnt what decomposition is; we were learning how to decompose a problem into small parts.

We played a game of Guess who. Guess who requires you to decompose the characters into their different characteristics and "guess who" your opponent has. We thought about the best questions to ask to find who our partner had. Then, we wrote simple instructions and facts to see if our buddy could guess our chosen character.