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Swift Class

P.E days: Monday (Orienteering/Tennis) and Friday (Skipping/Basketball). Please ensure correct P.E kit is worn on these days. No jewellery should be worn to school on these days. 

Pencil case: Please make sure your pencil case includes the following: a blue handwriting pen, a red pen, a whiteboard pen, a pencil, ruler, rubber, a pair of scissors, a sharpener and glue stick.  

Home learning

Maths: Purple Mash: Hundredths and Tenths 

Spelling: Spelling shed: -ei and -ie words. 

Class Reader

Blooms question: What does the title have to do with the plot of the book?


                   Hit the Button                       Carroll diagrams - Multiples                      Childline games


Week 6 

Our new English unit is Beetle Boy, our focus is writing an information text. We have looked at the features and how information is organised effectively in information texts. To support this, we played 'true or false' with some factual information - some facts being true and others created ourselves. This linked to a previous unit we completed in Computing, where we completed internet research. It is always important to to check facts to establish if the source is reliable or not. 

Key questions to ask at home:

What are the features of an information text?

What themes would provide a breadth of information? 

Week 5 - Take One Picture Week 2024

This year, we focused on one artist, Claude Monet, as our inspiration for TOPW. We focused on water lillies, exploring the element of space. We thought carefully about depth and the illusion of depth through the use of space in a picture. Some of us created larger final pieces, whilst others focused on depth within a drawing, experimenting with techniques and developing our understanding as Monet as an influential impressionist. 

Week 4

Marvellous manipulatives! To explore our fractions unit in a different way, we have been using equipment to help us visualise our reasoning and problem-solving questions. By using digit cards and multi-link, we were able to quickly move the manipulatives to 'pull out' the arithmetic problem within the longer word problems. 

Key questions to ask at home:

How can I multiply a fraction by an integer?

What is the method for finding a quantity of a fraction? 

Week 3

This week we used our new French knowledge of the weather to write postcards. With the help of Mrs Horner, we were able to write and present a postcard just like a native French speaker would! We were very happy with how they turned out, despite some holidays seemingly not having the best weather! Quel désastre! 

Key questions to ask at home:

Quel temps fait-ils? 

Week 2

Incredible irreversible changes! Sometimes, mixed substances react to make a new substance. These changes are usually irreversible. By mixing bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, food colouring and washing up liquid, we created an irreversible change. 

Key questions to ask at home:

What is an irreversible change? 

What substance was created in our experiment? 

What happened after we shook the bottle with the lid on? 


Week 1 

Our new DT unit is Game Design. Our first session focused on 'What is a cam?' We will be creating toys for a younger target audience with the cam mechanism inside. We were able to create a plan for the mechanism, including a cam, followers and crank handle to operate the toy. 

Key questions to ask at home:

What makes a good toy? 

What is a cam? 

Who are my target audience? 


Week 14

We have spent two weeks writing and publishing our own narratives based on Raymond Briggs: The Snowman. We have worked hard to include all the Year 5 non-negotiables that we have learnt so far this year. Thinking carefully about the audience, we were then able to enjoy sharing our stories with Year 1 this week. With beautiful description and snowy scenes, our stories have allowed us to feel truly Christmassy! 

Key questions to ask at home:

How can the audience affect the style of writing? 

Week 13

As part of our music curriculum, we have been learning how to compose. By using our new music books, we can create pieces of music to practice, learn and perform. We have worked hard to ensure our notes are drawn correctly and are written to resemble the correct musical notation we have chosen. 

Key questions to ask at home:

How many beats in a 4/4 bar? 

How many beats in a crotchet?

Week 12

Cultural afternoon 

As part of our Cultural afternoon, we researched New Zealand, Thailand, the Netherlands and Egypt to find out more about the heritage of children in our class. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the culture, history and important events that have happened in that country. We finished our afternoon by learning the Haka, a ceremonial dance for the Maori people. It represents pride, strength and unity and that's just how we felt after our afternoon! 

Week 11

2nd place in the National Spelling Cup!!!

Last week, we qualified first in our region to take part in the National Spelling final. For two days, Year 5 worked hard on their spelling knowledge from Year 1 all the way up to new Year 6 style spellings! Their determination and exceptional spelling knowledge enabled Langrish to place 2nd overall, with the highest percentage of correct spellings (90%). Surely, that proves just how amazing our Year 5 spellers truly are! 

Week 10

This week has been anti-bullying week. On Monday, we wore odd socks to celebrate difference and created our own video based on this year's song: 'Make a Noise' by Andy and the Odd socks gang. We talked about what it means to 'make a noise' about bullying and all week we have thought about what we would do to stand up to bullies, including our power poses from our drama workshop. 

Key questions to ask at home:

Who are my trusted adults? 

What does it mean to make a noise about bullying? 

Week 9

We took part in a Blue Cross webinar about animals in war. Horses, pigeons and dogs were used to support humans in the war; dogs were used to lay telephone lines and provide companionship, horses were used to pull machinery and ambulances and pigeons were used to send messages. Did you know that they sent messages via pigeon by attaching the message to their leg? To commend their bravery, all three groups of animals were rewarded with medals of bravery after the war. 

Key questions to ask at home:

How many dogs were used in the war?  How fast can a pigeon deliver a message?  What do the different coloured poppies represent? 

Week 8

We have been looking at the purpose of grid references. We started by recognising some OS map symbols and then used this knowledge to find the symbols on an OS map. We learnt that grid references help to locate places easily on maps. 

Key question to ask at home: 

What is a four figure grid reference? 

What OS map symbols might be found at the top of Butser Hill? 




Week 7

Concrete resources supporting our new mathematical learning! This week we have been using counters and cubes to help us visually see our learning. When looking at factors, multiples and cube numbers it has been extremely useful to represents this as arrays and in 3D shapes to apply our learning from our books. We were also able to see which numbers didn't fit the patterns!

Key question to ask at home: 

What is a prime number? 

What is a square number? 

What is a cube number? 

Week 6

Our focused element of art this half term has been line. We concentrated our work around the artist, Henri Matisse. After analysing his work and using it as a stimulus for our own pieces, we have replicated his technique 'painting with scissors' in our final designs. We discussed closely his use of different types of line, positive and negative space and layering to add effect. 

Key question to ask at home: 

What is positive and negative space? 

How many different types of line can you think of? 

Why did Matisse begin using 'paint with scissors'? 

Week 5

This week in Forest School, we focused on imbedding our science curriculum. We started with a game to encourage discussion around characteristics of animals and classifying our own animals into specific groups. In the classroom, we have been learning about fossils and evolution. We know that fossils are the main source of evidence for evolution. This includes trace fossils such as footprints and even fossilised poo! With clay, we were able to recreate some footprints of animals that could be used by palaeontologists to identify evolution. 


Week 4

Horrid Hands! To support both our PSHE and science curriculum, this week we were visited by the NHS to remind ourselves of how to stop the spread of germs and the importance of handwashing. The 'glitter hands' experiment clearly highlighted how fast germs can spread and the importance of good hand washing practice. 

Key question to ask at home: 

What are the four types of germs? 

How fast do humans sneeze? 

Week 3

Through drama, we took on the role of two characters from Friend or Foe. We explored tone of voice to help convey the characters effectively in our writing. We thought creatively about positioning to develop our setting description and dialect to enhance our speech. We could then positively assess each other's performances to enhance our understanding of character, ready to implement in our writing. 

Key question to ask at home: 

What is the moral dilemma David and Tucky face? 

Week 2

Scientific drawing. To draw scientifically you need to look at the specimen carefully and draw only what you see. We used pencil and created large drawings that showed the features clearly. By using magnifying glasses, we could see which fossils we were drawing and could label and annotate correctly. 

Key questions to ask at home: 

What are the different types of fossils?

How do you draw scientifically? 


Week 1

Welcome back! The first week has been full of expectations and routines. Year 5 has spent time thinking carefully about what makes a successful learner and creating our UNICEF Rights Respecting Charter - this includes the rights they most associate with at school. 

Key questions to ask at home: 

What will you do to be successful in your learning this year? 

How will you enact upon the chosen rights at school? 

Our Awards

  • Arts Mark Gold
  • RRSA Silver
  • Platinum Sports Mark
  • Music Mark
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