Year 5, Mrs Banks

Long Term Plan: Long Term Plan 2016-17 Y5.pdf

When I Grow Up

Topic Letter:Year 5 JWhen I Grow up topic letter.pdf

Fabulous Fables

Topic Letter: Year 5 Fabulous Fables.pdf


We went to Crosby Beach, to see Another Place by Antony Gormley. We thought the statues were amazing. We had seen photos of them but they were even better close up. The sea had made them rust. We watched them disappear as the tide came in.

We looked at the sea defences, which protect the coast from sea erosion. We saw erosion of the sand dunes.

In the afternoon, we went to Tate Liverpool. The artwork was amazing. We saw a painting by L.S. Lowry, his figures were brilliant close up.

We liked Tracey Emin’s bed. It was a self-portrait. We think she was sad at the time as her bed was very messy.


In Art we have been learning about Antony Gormley. He is an sculptor who made artwork like The Angel of the North and Another Place. We use clay to make figures like those Antony Gormley makes. We looked at lots of his artwork and used this as inspiration.

We used the clay to sculpt from one piece of clay. This was much harder than we thought it was going to be.

We also used coils of clay to make caponic jars.



We have been working on our French with Mrs Johnson. We have been learning how to talk about our family and where we live. We have been revisiting saying hello and our numbers. We have started to look at how french words are written. 


We read The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo and investigated traditional stories from other cultures. We found out that the theme of the story was the same as the traditional version of the story that we knew. We used this to write our own Cinderella stories. We chose settings we were familiar with and this meant the type of shoe which was lost varied. 

We liked our stories.


In Science we have been investigating air and water resistance. We made helicopters and timed how long they took to fall to the ground. We then thought about the changes we could make like shortening the length of the rotors or making the whole helicopter bigger. We then tested the changes. We found out that helicopters with bigger rotors fell slower than the original ones and helicopters with shorter rotors fell quicker. We found out this is because with a bigger surface area of the rotor more air resistance is created and it takes longer for the helicopter to fall.


We also used Plasticine to investigate water resistance. We made a sphere, a cube and a cone out of plasticine and measured how long it took to fall through a set height of water. The cone fell the quickest and the cube fell the slowest. This is because the cone is more streamlined so experiences less water resistance, the cube had large flat surfaces so experienced more water resistance.


The Ditch Diggers

Topic Letter: Year 5 The Ditch Diggers topic letterY5.pdf


In Literacy and Guided Reading we have been learning about play scripts. We have looked at lots of different play scripts and identified the features of them. We have taken part in reading plays aloud and in acting some of them out. We have even written our own with a partner and one our own.

In Drama we thought about the story of The Canal Diggers and which parts were our favourite. We then made freeze frames to show that part of the story. We thought Albert standing up to the bully, Mr Frost was one of the best parts. We also liked the part where Albert makes a friend in Jed and they work together on the canal.


In maths we are learning about fractions. We spent some time taking apart a fraction wall to understand that fractions are a whole one divided into parts. The parts are called fractions. We investigated that the smaller the number of the denominator the bigger the fraction if there is one of them. We also used the fraction wall to find identify bigger and small fractions and how to order them by size. We also investigate equivalence. It was a very busy lesson and we love fractions now.


In art we have been investigating L.S. Lowry. He is from Salford and painted around lots of the places we visited on our last trip to Manchester. We walked in some of the place he did and we sketched some of the places he did. This inspired us to find out more.

We found out about his life and the art he created. Some of us liked his paintings, but others thought his sketching was his best work. We had quiet a discussion about it. We listened to each others opinions and shared our thoughts respectfully.

We had an art day where we learned and practised some of the techniques Lowry used. We learned how to draw figures without taking our pencil or pen off the paper, how to mix water colour paints to create a background and how to shade with a pencil or pencil crayon to create different shades. We also learned how to use collage to create different textures on our artwork.

We are very pleased with the results.

Globe Trotting

Topic Letter: Y5 Globe trotting.pdf

Trip Letter: Year 5 Manchester tour trip letter.pdf

Our Trip to Manchester

We went on a walking tour of Manchester for our unique experience. Our trip was with, John met us at the Charter Street Mission. This was a school for ragged girls and now it is a shelter and food bank for homeless people.

We went up to Angle Meadows and St Michael's Flags. We were amazed at this green space in the middle of the city. We were really surprised to find out there were 40,000 people buried in a mass grave under our feet. We learned the NSPCC was founded here because of the poverty and living conditions in this area of Manchester.

We went up to the Co-op buildings which were designed to work with the environment and to be environmentally friendly. The Cooperative was also founded in Manchester by a group of merchants who wanted good food at reasonable prices for poor people.

We visited Victoria Station, the Arena, the Baronial Hall built in the 1400s and then moved onto the Cathedral. The Cathedral was built as a chancery chapel, it has the widest nave in Britain.

We went through China town to Picadilly Gardens. Here we saw brutalist architecture and a concrete jungle.

In the Northern Quarter we saw some of the One World murals which have been painted recently. We were amazed by all the street art and had quite a discussion about what we thought of the pieces.



In Geography we have been learning about countries and cities around the world. We have also found where they are in the world and looked at the shape of the countries on the map.

We found out about the different climates around the world and how these affect the lives of the people, plants and animals who live in them.

Separating Mixtures

In science we used a variety of equipment to separate mixtures of solids and solids, liquids and solids and liquids and liquids. We used magnets, sieves, colanders and filter paper to help us separate the mixtures. We had to choose the best equipment for the job. We found separating the liquid and liquid (oil and water) the hardest. We couldn't work out how to do this we tried lots of different ways and it was very messy! Mrs Banks had to tell us how to do it but we had fun trying to work it out and we learned that science experiments do always go the way you expect.

Design Technology Day

We have investigated foods from around the world and found out that some strange foods are eaten around the world. We didn't want to try camel or frog's legs!

We investigated what makes a healthy diet and which types of food are grown in the UK. We investigated seasonality and found out that different types of food are best eaten at different times of year. We also found out that we can now get most foods throughout the year because they are grown in green houses or are imported from other countries.

We tried lots of different tinned soup, some of them we liked others we didn't. Minestrone was the least popular, tomato soup was the most popular. We investigated the labelling on the packaging to find out the ingredients and how healthy the soups were. Some of them had lots of salt and sugar in them. 

One of our objectives was to follow a recipe so we used Mrs Banks' vegetable soup recipe.  We peeled, chopped and grated potatoes, carrots, parsnips, swede and onions to make our soup. We used vegetable stock as our base.

We all thought our soup was the best and it was also the healthiest as we didn't use any salt, sugar or fats.

War Of The Worlds

Design and Technology

In Design and Technology we designed tote bags for Tim Peake to take to space on his next mission. We designed tote bags as they are strong and can be packed away easily when they are not being used. We took our inspiration from Peter Thorpe the artist to decorate our bags using applique. We used paper patterns to cut out the fabric for our bags and for the felt pieces for our appliqued design.

ICC Celebration of Languages Day

We went to visit ICC to take part in their Celebration of Languages Day. We were able to experience lots of different activities from speaking with puppets in French, learning head, shoulders, knees and toes in German and a bit of Bollywood dancing. We enjoyed our morning at ICC and learned a snippet of lots of different languages.


In science, we have been learning about space. We investigated the solar system and the order of the planets, using a speed dating activity. We shared the notes we made about the planets and then worked out the order. The order is Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. We learned alot about the planets by asking questions from our planet experts.

We ordered them and then we looked at how the planets orbit the sun. We went onto the field to make a human model of the orbiting planets.


Our big question in RE is What is God like?

We have been learning some new vocabulary. We found out that a theist believes in God, an atheist does not believe in God and an agnostic is not sure whether God exists. We played corners on the field to see if we could decide whether character descriptions where theist, atheist or agnostic. We were very good at this.

We have also written descriptions of what we think God is like.

 Our Class Prayer

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