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Welcome to Year 5


Mrs Rimmer, Mrs Broderick and Mrs Way would like to warmly welcome you to the year 5 class page. We hope that you will be regular visitors so we can keep you up to date with what we have been learning, any class news and other key activities or events that may be taking place. 
Please look through the site below for our most recent learning, achievements and useful information such as letters and topic overviews.


We are looking forward to getting to know everyone over the next few weeks and are thrilled to be sharing your child's learning journey with you. 


If you have any questions or queries that you'd like to discuss, please don't hesitate to contact us via the school office. 

Year 5 Teaching Staff

Picture 1 Mrs Rimmer (Monday and Tuesday)
Picture 2 Mrs Alison Way - Teaching Assistant

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Please find our homework grid for this term in the "Useful Documents" section below

Year Group Letters


Our Year group letter can be found below

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Summer Term 2


Welcome back! We hope ebveryone enjoyed thier half term break and that the children are ready for their last half term in year 5!

This term we focus on 'Carnival' and have already made a great start with our Samba lessons in music where we looked at layering rhythms....we also learned a new mnemonic for 'ryhthm' to ensure we spell it correctly! Rhythm Has Your Two Hips Moving!


Here is a snapshot of our 5 days at Kingswood!


The children have already commented that they feel closer to their classmates since their trip and apart from being exhausted by the end of it, everyone had a fanstasic time! 



We are currently putting information packs together for the up and coming Kingswood trip. These should be with you by the beginning of next week so look out for this information via email. All medical and dietary information will be required to be returned as soon as possible so please look out for the information and return at your earliest convenience. In the meantime, here is a copy of the kit list to help with your preparations! Thanks in advance. Year 5 team. 


The items need to be packed in a small suitcase, which the children can wheel or carry competently by themselves. All items must be named.


  • Old trainers– that don’t matter if they get wet and mucky
  • Wellies preferably or walking boots
  • Plastic bags – so the children can separate wet and muddy clothing
  • Wash items – shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste etc
  • One towel
  • Long sleeved t-shirts – this is a health and safety requirement for ALL the activities. Please make sure they have plenty of them
  • Long trousers/combat trousers – another health and safety requirement for ALL the activities. At least a couple of pairs as they may get wet and muddy!
  • 3/4 length trousers – these will be ok for when the children aren`t doing climbing activities, or to wear for dinner etc
  • Jeans – as above – not practical for muddy or wet activities
  • Nightwear – pyjamas -the boys and girls are separated, however, pyjamas are preferable in case we need to evacuate because of fire.
  • Disco clothes
  • Hair bands – it is essential for health and safety reasons for girls to tie their hair up for all activities
  • Waterproof clothing – a waterproof jacket is essential, trousers would be advisable.
  • Jumpers  - a couple of jumpers would be beneficial as we are on the coast
  • Sunglasses/cream/hat – the children will be responsible for applying their own sun cream
  • Named refillable water bottle
  • Shoes/trainers – these will be needed for the evening activity which won`t be one of the messier ones! Also for during the disco!


This list should cover everything. If the weather forecast is for particularly warm weather (which I have booked!!) then shorts and t-shirts for the “chill out” times would be advisable.

Children may bring a named disposable camera. Please do not send anything of particular value.



Welcome back to the Summer term...and at last the sun is out!

Our new value for this term is 'Simplicity'. To start off our learning in this area we all read 'A Squash and a Squeeze' by Julia Donaldson and discussed what we felt were the simple things in our life that we should appreciate and be thankful for. As a class some of our most treasured simple things that we appreciate were our health, our family and friends, that we had a roof over our heads, food and water to drink, a bed to sleep in and opportunities to 'be children' and do things like play football!


We are hoping to make the best of any good weather and due to the unpredictable nature of the British summer..... please can ALL children ensure that they have their outdoor PE kits in school every day. Thank you!

Wow ....It has only been four short weeks but my goodness have we had fun. Year 5 you have been amazing, thank you for believing in the forest school ethos, taking those risks and most of all enjoying the outdoors with me. 


You each have have shown great understanding, compassion and team work whilst we have been down in forest school. We have enjoyed our mission immensely even with the cold, wet weather, it hasn’t deterred anyone from having a super time.


Continue to enjoy the outdoors ..........




This weeks Forest school mission for year five was to find a rare tree that’s found only in the grounds of Edlesborough school! It’s called a friendship tree and this is where we are basing our forest school journey on; building our forest school community and securing relationships with our friends and the out doors. 


Following on from last weeks “mud bath” we were invited to bring along an old t shirt to mud paint, this can please be sent along every week to go over clothes to minimise the mess 😉


We experienced some excellent team den building as you can see and some budding artists showing us their work. 


Good fun for all and we hope to continue our experience into next term so please keep sending all the correct outer wear. 



This week year 5 kicked off their forest school adventures by thinking of a team name and logo for their weekly meetings.....the winning design was by Ash and will be shared with you once the editing is complete! Watch this space!

To get them started, the children created the forest schools community circle where they all introduced their forest school characters...these were invented by the children so ask them to share them with you!  Throughout the afternoon there was lots of exploring, adventuring and of course getting muddy! Within the forest school sessions, we are encouraging the children to make choices and take risks and chances in a safe and secure environment.. the essence of forest schools is summed up in this nature poster which we wanted to share with you. 

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As we are sure you can see from the photos, and from your children's clothes on Tuesday, the recent weather has left our forest school area particularly wet and muddy! To ensure the children continue to explore without inhibition, please can we ask you send them with waterproof over clothes and wellies! We can then ensure these are removed at the end of the day and put in a plastic bag to bring home. Thank you for your continued support.


If there is anyone who would be able to join us on a Tuesday afternoon to support our forest school sessions, please get in touch with the office.



This term our Maths learning has been based on mastering fractions! We have looked at equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, ordering fractions, converting fractions between improper fractions and mixed numbers, adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts! We have all become masters of fractions and to celebrate (and consolidate our learning) we played a fractions game with the prize being.....chocolate! When the children returned from break on Tuesday, there were three chairs at the front of the classroom.... one had one bar of chocolate on, one had two bars and one had three bars. One by one the children had to decide which chair they wanted to stand behind, knowing that once everyone was in a line, each of the chocolate bars on that line's chair would be shared between the number of people in that line! It was easy to start with... but soon we were comparing fractions like a third, two sevenths and three eighths.....! See the photos below to see how we kept calculating the fraction of chocolate we would have....! 

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From books to breakfast to 101 Dalmatians to.......Gangsta Granny (two of them!!!), we celebrated World Book Day in style this year! All the children went to great effort to dress up as their favourite book characters and we were very impressed. Thanks to all the parents who came and shared books with their children over breakfast- it was great to welcome you all to our classroom. Remember to use your book day vouchers at our school book fair which is coming on Wednesday 8th March until Tuesday 13th March after school. Hope to see you there! Have a scroll through the fab photos below and see if you can work out which characters we are!?! 



Well almost!! Earlier this week, Year 5 were lucky enough to visit Mexico and experience the awe and wonder of Chichen Itza without leaving the school premises! Our virtual reality tour to Chichen Itza was amazing! We were able to walk around the ancient site, exploring the ruins and seeing up close all the landmarks we had been learning about. We were able to see the Great Ball Court where Pok a tok was played, attempted to count the steps up the side of El Castillo and learned about the Temple of the Warriors! 

Thank you to Mrs McClean for organising for us!

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Tolerance is our new value! Within this we will be exploring what is means to be tolerant as well as what it means to be intolerant. This week we have explored what racism and respect mean and the ideas that are associated with both. We were quick to identify that racism and all involved with it are very negative ideas whereas respect and tolerance is all about positive thoughts, actions and reactions.

Next week we will be exploring stereotypes and how these impact our tolerance and acceptance of others....! 

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This week we have been learning all about ways to help keep ourselves safe on the internet. In preparation for our School Cyber Cafe on Thursday, we have been making leaflets to present all the information that we have researched and learned in our computing sessions. 
We thought about what advice we wanted to share and the best way to present this to parents and other children. Using our IT skills, including using a search engine, inserting pictures, changing font size and direction and word processing, we designed our information leaflets! We look forward to sharing our finished article on Thursday! 

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Hope: Our Spring Value


It's been a busy start to the Spring term where we see our value for the term focus on 'Hope'. The children have all introduced themselves by illustrating a self portrait with what they see as their character traits and what hope means to them. Some of their definitions were exceptionally thought provoking and mature.  

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Alongside this, the children have taken part in discussions around what their hopes are, including individual hopes for this year and on a wider scale looking at hope for others and the world where they made posters to encourage people to use less plastic and save our seas!
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The Firework Maker's Daughter

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Our reading and writing has been focussed on our class text, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Phillip Pullman. In our literacy, the children immersed themselves in the text and thought about the relationship between the key characters. Once they had explored the characters, we thought out the features of diary writing with a focus on audience and viewpoint and how this affects the writing style. These features were then used to write our own diary entry from Lila or her father Lalchand. Please see a few examples below, with more being displayed in school soon. 

Dear Diary....

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Footprints in the Past

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Almost half way through our topic of footprints in the past, the children have been learning all about the Maya from Mesoamerica. The topic has begun with a geography focus, looking at the location of the Mayan civilisation and how this area has changed over time. The children have explored the different countries the Maya inhabit, both in the past and present, and learned about the climate and physical geography of these areas. Currently the children are exploring the artist, Frederick Catherwood who was an English artist remembered best for his meticulously detailed drawings of the ruins of the Maya civilisation. We will be exploring how he used tonal qualities to show light and shadows in his drawings and sketching our own replicas. Watch this space for updates on our sketches! 

Idol and Altar at Copan by Frederick Catherwood

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War Breaks Out!


We are well underway with our Autumn topic, and children have begun to explore the causes of World War II. We have produced some excellent writing in History and created some fantastic "Blitz Art" depicting the London skyline during the Blitz.


We have also listened to Neville Chamberlain's declaration of War and thought about what it might have been like to have been evacuated to the country during the War!