Year 5

Jemma Deller
Jemison Class Teacher

Marjorie Delahaye
Sharman Class Teacher

Sue Banks
Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Jemison Class had a great time performing dish shapes using their whole body. They focused on balance and holding their core muscles in order to keep their shape. Some children performed their movements and held their positions not only by lying on the floor but on benches and higher apparatus.


Jemison Class and Sharman Class have been investigating in their science lessons and have been asking the question, is a solid always hard?

They compared the properties of butter and a brick and then investigated the hardness of other solids such as jelly and marshmallows. They then had to sequence a range of the solid materials according to the property of hardness.They went on to create branching data bases using Yes/No questions to sort them.


In music, we have been listening and learning the lyrics to:

‘Living on a prayer ‘ by Bon Jovi. We made body percussion to follow the pulse of the music. 

On Tuesday morning Jemison class were playing 'Snap a Decimal' in Numeracy to reinforce and consolidate their ability to recognise fraction and decimal equivalents.

Cupboard catastrophe!

One of the shelves in the resources room had collapsed and many containers had been tipped out and mixed up. The mixture had been swept up, including a couple of dead spiders! Year 5 used their knowledge of the properties of materials to separate them by using science equipment around the room .They were challenged to make their own sieves which would separate materials of different sizes.


Today in Jemison's PE lesson the children were learning to develop their shoulder flexibility. Working in pairs they were encouraging and supporting one another. Than began by using two hands and feet to perform the crab position, ensuring their trunk 'tummies' were parallel to the floor. Gradually they worked up into the bridge position ensuring to not over-arch the back, to push through the shoulders and eventually some children were able to press their legs straight with their feet flat on the floor to perform the bridge.


Sharman Class have been investigating how solids dissolve in liquids. They planned a fair test and then compared their results. They discovered that stirring sometimes affects how much a solid will dissolve.

Year 5 have been reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.They have been using a comic strip website to create scenes for their play script.


In PE, Jemison Class have been exploring the apparatus in order to demonstrate different pathways and flight. They have also been learning to work effectively with a partner by mirroring shapes that have been created with at least one part of their body.


Last week in Maths Year 5 were focusing on time by estimating and measuring duration in seconds. They were able to use the stop watch on their iPad's to see how accurate they had been. 


Today Sharman class created kitchen safety posters and planned the making of next week’s food technology lesson. They watched a video on dangers in the kitchen and discussed safety rules with their partner.


Jemison class have been analysing and tasting Greek food linked with their DT and Topic work of 'Uncovering Greece.' They had a selection of food to taste both sweet and savoury and had to think about the texture of the items as well as the smell and overall taste. As you can see from some of their faces not all items were liked but everyone gave it ago and had to rate the food out of 5 explaining their reasons for liking or disliking it.


Sharman class ended the year by making stuffed vines leaves. We chopped the herbs and vegetables before mixing them  with rice and pasta and wrapping them in vine leaves. We baked them and ate them at our Christmas Party.


Our new topic is Earth and Space. We considered a range of statements about Earth and space and debated whether they were true or false, justifying our reasons. We proposed further questions from our discussions and researched them using iPads. We represented fruit as planets and created a scaled version of our solar system. 


During Numeracy, Jemison Class have been making symmetrical shapes and patterns. They have done this by cutting out symmetrical shapes from a folded piece of paper and completed a symmetrical pattern using a given line of symmetry. 


Two of our pupils designed and created their own board game based on the Ancient Greeks for their home learning project.


Year 5 visited Lesnes Abbey to take part in two literacy workshops. They used role play and shadow puppetry to develop their ideas.


Year 5 had a visit from a parent today who came to talk about mental health and how following the Golden Rules can help us. Treat others as you would like to be treated was her leaving message.

Sharman class used Oreo Cookies to demonstrate the changing phases of the moon today in their Science lesson! Yum!

Sharman and Jemison Class have started to make Trioramas of the Gobi Desert. They are creating a 3D setting from their class book ‘Cosmic’.


This term, Sharman class have been practising a series of moves ending in a balance. They have all worked well with their partners, giving positive feedback and advice.

Sharman class took advantage of the lovely weather to record their podcasts outside. The podcasts cover a range of topics that the children have been learning about including keep fit, phases of the moon and America.

Sharman class have been using scientific calculators to check the order of operations in order to solve number sentences.

13 children from Jemison Class have either become a Support Act, Headliner or Rock Star/Legend on TTRockstars! They even have a Rock Hero! Well Done Jemison Class, practise makes perfect!!!!

Sharman class made the most of the good weather last week to use force meters to measure friction between two surfaces.


Jemison class visited Plumstead Manor last week to celebrate International Women’s Day. Out of 10 local primary schools (115 pupils) a member of Jemison class was awarded highly commended for her poem #Balanceforbetter. We are extremely proud of her!

Sharman Class have received their new certificates for their hard work in learning their times tables.

Year 5 went to the Royal Observatory to find out more about the universe and our galaxy in the astrodome. They asked questions of astrophysicist Dr Colin Forsyth about the Sun and the aurorae. 

Sharman class conducted interviews for potential spies this week. There were interview panels, tough questions and some very original answers! This work is in relation to the study of their class book Strombreaker.

Some of the children in Sharman class have been taking the competition very seriously and have been improving their TT Rockstars scores today during lunch play.

To introduce their new book, Floodland, Sharman class composed and annotated freeze-frames to show the feelings, emotions and reactions of the main character Zoe in the beginning of the story.


This week some of our year 5 children visited Plumstead Manor School to take part in a Maths Masterclass led by Mrs Yusuff. The masterclass concentrated on Möbius Bands. The children had to investigate the faces and edges on a strip of paper with twists.

Throughout the investigation the children were able to improve and focus on using speaking and listening skills, motor skills and were able to improve their social skills through interaction with other schools.

Thank you to Philippa and Sita for taking the children to Plumstead Manor.




Sharman Class have been following their eco pledge of uploading their work onto their iPad to save paper.




Jemison class have been exploring making bridges out of a variety of materials as part of their DT work. Some were more successful than others.


Year 5 took part in workshops that looked closer at the features of a river and trade across the world. Neil from @ThamesExplorer trust led assemblies on the job of the Port of London authority on the River Thames. 


On Tuesday Year 5 set free the butterflies that they had been caring for that came to us as caterpillars. The children were able to observe the life cycle of a butterfly in conjunction with their David Attenborough project.

Some of the butterflies were reluctant to leave and found sitting on the clothes of the children and their fingers very comforting. #davidattenborough #takeoneperson






Year 5 Latest News

Sports day success!

Posted: Friday 12th July 2019, 11:34am

We had some egg-cellent competition entries this year.

Posted: Friday 5th April 2019, 8:16pm

What a show! Thank you Joe!

Posted: Friday 5th April 2019, 6:01pm
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