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Welcome to Year 5!

Welcome to our Year 5 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

Our Year 5 staff:

Mrs  Dowdle – Teacher (Monday and Tuesday)

Mrs Olver – Teacher (Wednesday – Friday)

Mrs Hughes – Teaching Assistant


The countdown to Christmas is on! This week year 5 have been really busy preparing for the Christmas Fair. We have made some amazing pine cone pets and some delicious festive jam. The children really enjoyed the learning how to sterilize jars, prepare the fruit and make a jam from scratch. We had a sneaky taste before we put it into the jars and it was really tasty.

Some of the children this week have also been out of school to visit Durham cathedral with the choir and our play leaders visited Biddick Sports Academy to take part in the change for life training. Showing the children how to stay fit and healthy with a balanced diet and regular exercise. The children had a fabulous time.

Congratulations this week to:

Declan for winning the headteacher’s award

Mia for winning the core value.


Lots going on this week in year 5! This week has been Anti-Bullying week and we have had lots of class discussions and lessons on the different types of bullying and how we should treat one another with kindness and respect. The children had the opportunity to work together and create a fantastic display for main entrance of the school.

We also had Children in Need this week! Both children and staff came to school in their pajamas to raise as much money as they could for the charity. During assembly, the children were thrilled to received a lovely visit form Pudsey bear himself.

We have also continued with our space topic this week understanding why we have night and day and why we need timezone. Thank you to the lovely Raj for making us some star shaped cookies for the class to enjoy.

Congratulation to:

Charlie for receiving the headteacher’s award for independent writing.

Libby for winning the core value unique, voted for by the class.


This week in year 5 we have been continuing our topic ‘Destination Space’. The children received a mysterious NASA space package including: photographs, a book from Chris Hadfield (astronaut), rocks from the Moon and a cast of the footprint from the Moon’s surface. The children were delighted to read his letter and we will be replying to him soon. We have also been learning about the size of the Earth, Sun and Moon in relation to each other. We found that the Moon (which is the smallest) has a diameter of 3,474 km. The children were unsure how big this was so we took the trundle wheels outside to measure how far 1 km was. We gave up after 300 meters as we realised it was going to take far too long.

The children also had an opportunity this week to make poppies for remembrance Sunday. Each child made their very own poppy and added it to our school display to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Congratulations to:

George for winning the head teacher’s award for 100% effort in English.

Ethan for winning the class core value vote for respectful.


Wow, what a first week back we have had!  On Wednesday we held our first ‘Halloween Day’ at Fatfield Academy. Year 5 had a fabulous time, watching a spooky film (in the dark), creating pumpkin pictures, making delicious mummy biscuits and playing Halloween games in the hall. The children all looked amazing in their costumes and even the grumpy teachers dressed up for a day of terrifying fun.

This week year 5 have also started their new exciting topic of ‘Earth and Space’ and we are all excited to discover new facts and start our journey through the solar system.

Congratulations to:

Lydia for winning the headteacher’s award for excellent effort in Maths.

Emily for winning the core value vote, respectful.


This week in year 5 we have been continuing our topic ‘The Ancient Greeks’. For their homework projects, several children have brought in some delicious Greek food for us all to try. Nathan brought some tasty meatballs and pitta, Emily made some almond and lemon Sparta biscuits and Lydia made homemade tzatziki with a whole bulb of garlic in it and the classroom still stinks! In English we have been focusing on character and setting descriptions and have started writing our own Greek inspired stories. We nearly had a new class member this week with the arrival of ‘Harry’ the hedgehog but we decided just to feed him and let him go back to sleep.

Congratulations to:

Nathan for winning the headteachers award for adding suspense and tension into his written work.

Emily for being voted the most responsible class member in our core vote.

A super week, well done year 5.

Friday 5.10.18

During topic this week, the children have been learning about the battle of Marathon and why we still have a 26 mile race called a marathon today. We discussed the tactics the Greeks used to beat the Persian army and acted out these formations in the hall. We have written in-depth recounts of the battle using some of the skills we have been learning in English. In DT we have finally finished designing our Trojan horse inspired money box, and have started to construct this using either wood or clay. Lots of fun.

Congratulations to:

Taiven for receiving the head teachers award for being a fantastic role model to some of our younger children.

Jack for being voted the most unique class member.


Friday 28.9.18

Such a busy week in year 5. The children have been bringing their Greek inspired projects into school and they are fabulous. Such a talented bunch! We have had swords, shields, helmets, baklava (sweet Greek dessert pastry) and a labyrinth. We have continued with our one mile daily run, written a newspaper report in English and conducted experiments to test friction in science. To complete the week we raised over £400 for our Macmillan coffee morning. Phew!

Friday 21.9.18

Another fantastic week in year 5! We have been really lucky to have Bikeability in school this week. The children have been out and about on their bikes, learning road safety and how to signal correctly when on the roads. We have also continued with our class topic ‘The Ancient Greeks’, learning about English words with Greek origins, looking at ancient Greek weapons and planning and designing our Trojan horse money boxes in Design and Technology. This week also saw the start of our ‘mile a day’ challenge, where the children were asked to either run or walk for one mile. This was much more difficult than the children expected.


Congratulations to:

Charlotte for receiving the head teachers award for 100% effort in her work.

Isla for receiving the class vote as the most supportive pupil.


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