Year 5 Class Teacher / Science Lead
PPA Teacher / Deputy Head
Year 5 and 6 Teaching Assistant
SEN Learning Support Assistant
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Year 5's class page. In Year 5, the teacher is Miss Woodhouse; Miss Dymond teaches for half the day on Tuesdays for PPA cover. The Teaching Assistant that helps with our learning in Mrs Goff. We also have Mrs Bland, Mrs Riezzo and Mrs Souyad who help children with their learning.
Our PE days on Tuesday and Friday, but please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school every day.
Home learning is set on a Tuesday and handed in on a Monday. We set English and maths, with the expectation that children will also be learning spellings from their Year 5 and 6 spelling list. Over holidays, the children may be set more practical tasks linked to their topic. The children are also expected to read for at least 30 minutes a day, and then reflect on their reading in their own reading diaries.
Spelling Bee - Monday 24th April 2017
On Monday 24th April, we will be having our school Spelling Bee. Please support and encourage your children to learn this spellings. A list of the spellings is below. There are a range of strategies to support these (please see below). The children particularly enjoy 'say it silly'. Ask them to teach you how to remember yacht, guarantee, bruise, vegetable and vehicle.
Thank you for your continued support in your child's learning :)
Set: Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Due: Monday 27th March 2017
Set: Tuesday 21st March 2017 - Due: Monday 27th March 2017
Maths: Complete word problems where you need to consider the remainder and apply it appropriately to the context of the questions.
English: Complete SPaG sheet. Please try and encourage your children to complete this independently.
Design: The children have been asked to create an Easter bonnet/hat for our Easter bonnet parade on the last day of term (due in Friday 31st March 2017)
Red Nose Day - Friday 24th March 2017
Today, the children came to school dressed in either red, spots of stripes (as chosen by our school council). We designed our own red noses and has joke competition - doing something funny for money.
We also had Matt Upston, a PE teacher from St. Luke's, along with our year 6 PE leaders, conduct an inter house competition - it's been a very exciting and busy day, which we have enjoyed greatly!
Marvellous Maya Masks
This half-term, we have been exploring the ancient Maya. As part of this topic, for our art we used air dry clay to create our own Maya masks. We researched Maya masks, designed them, made them out of the clay, allowed them to dry and then painted them using acrylic paint.
We also painted some Maya logograms (Maya writing) onto material to create our own bunting! We have very much enjoyed it and made a great display in our art area!
Visit from Local Artist - Thursday 23rd March 2017
This afternoon, Year 5 and 6 were visited by local landscape artist, Alan Cotton. Alan came in to talk to us about the Otter Project that will be happening on Dartmoor over the summer. Alan, along with 99 other artists from all over the country have all designed and painted an otter that will be put on a trail along Dartmoor.
The project is hoping to raise awareness and encourage people to visit Dartmoor. Like other trails, such as the gorilla and rhino trails, the otters will be placed at different locations for you to try and find. When the otters have been placed across the moor, there will be a booklet which will tell you where each one is located and where you can also tick off the ones you have seen.
Once the trail is over, the otters will be auctioned in the hope of raising £100,000 for Dartmoor National Park.
Alan showed us his otter which is a beautifully painted landscape of Dartmoor across the four seasons, autumn, winter, spring and summer. He has named it 'Otter for all seasons'. We also saw photographs of two other artists work. We can't wait to complete the trail!
Fire Fighters Visit - Wednesday 15th March 2016
Today we were visited by Dan and Gareth from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. They came to teach us all about how to keep safe with fire. We had an interactive session, including use of their new questions pads, a role play and a race to see who could get dressed into the clothing the fastest.
We learnt about the importance to test our smoke alarms once a week, have a planned escape route with our family, using 'Get out, Stay out and Call 999!'. We also learnt about not doing hoax calls and also how important it is to know our address including our post code. We had a great time and Gareth is going to come back to judge our Fire Safety information posters.
Exeter Cathedral Lego and Tour Visit - Tuesday 14th March 2017
Along with years 4 and 6, year 5 eagerly walked down to the Cathedral this morning to place their very own Lego brick on module 25 of the Cathedral's scale building. Whilst at the Cathedral, the children were able to look at the building so far, an amazing 35,000 Lego bricks have already been placed with a further 265,000 to go! After placing their Lego brick, we had a tour of the Cathedral and learnt some great facts - such as, in the newest part of the Cathedral, that was bombed during World War Two, the stone masons put a cat into the wall, as when it was bombed there was a cat that died. We also saw the fantastic stained glass windows and learnt that they are positioned to the west so that when the sunsets the sun will shine through the window. When we returned to school we reflected on our learning and discoveries in our spirituality ad reflection books. We have had a really great morning!
Exeter City PE Lessons
This half-term we are very lucky to be joined by Exeter City FC encourage physical activity, promote nutria education and build awareness of the importance of a healthy diet and active life style. Stuart Davies from Exeter City FC are going to join us once a week. Each session will comprise of a 45 minute practical session (2x football, 2x handball, 2x dodgeball) followed by a 45 minute session on topics related to the body, nutrition, the importance of exercise and information of food groups, in line with the recommendations outlined in the Government’s ‘Eatwell Guide’.
We are really enjoying it so far!
This half term, in science, we are investigating irreversible materials. We conducted a small experiment and created a new material (carbon dioxide).
From the video below you will see and hear how exciting it was!
We also made fizzy rockets, the video below shows - during the lesson they went much higher than this but it was difficult to capture it on camera! Again, from the video, you will see it was really exciting!
We investigated fire. We wrote things we wanted to be forgiven for and burnt them. This allowed to see the product (ash). We also explored the fire triangle and experimented with oxygen. We had four different sized jars and predicted which one would allow the candle to last the longest. Which do you think?
In PE we have been challenging ourselves to complete more difficult balances in groups of 4! It was tricky, but we persevered at eventually had some great balances!
World Book Day - Thursday 2nd March 2017
This morning, the year 5 children arrived eagerly to school dressed up as their favourite book character. Beginning the day with an assembly from local author, David Heath, the children were transported to different places listening to the magical story teller. We also listened to some children perform some poetry - it was really inspiring!
The children have been discussing their favourite books and completed a book review to share their favourite story with their friends. We have had a very enjoyable day!
Time to Reflect!
Year 5 voted, thinking about their British Value of Democracy, for reflection time during the day. We decided that everyday, before we go home, we would have time to reflect. During our reflection time, we light a candle and sit quietly. We can draw, write, read or just sit and think. We also reflect on the nature that is around us in our school grounds - thinking about pictures we have taken and how these make us feel.
In year 5, we have been learning about all the forces that are around us. We have researched arguably the most important force - gravity - and also found out Sir Isaac Newton's role in discovering it. We have conducted investigations and explored the effects of gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.
Amazing Ancient Greeks!
This term in year 5, we have been learning all about the ancient Greeks. We have compared ancient Greek democracy and our current democracy, investigating the UK's Parliament and researching who our local MP is. We have designed and painted our own ancient Greek style vases. We explored the ancient Greek Olympics and compared them to our modern day Olympics, creating freeze frames of the different sports. We then enjoyed learning about Greek gods and goddesses, exploring myths and writing our own.
Ancient Greek Day - Thursday 9th February 2017
To celebrate the end of our topic, we had an absolutely fabulous ancient Greek day, which the children very much enjoyed!
We all came to school excited and dressed in our Greek costumes; we then had a fun filled, busy day creating, making and having a great time. Firstly, we were set the challenge to design a mask that represented ancient Greek gods and goddesses. Whilst we did this, small groups went out with Mrs Goff to prepare and cook some delicious Greek food, including a Greek pie with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, along with some Greek salad. After break, Mrs Riezzo, who lived in Greece for a number of years, taught us how to write the Greek alphabet and how to say, 'hello' and 'how are you?'. Using our new knowledge, we wrote our names and practised greeting each other. As the day progressed, we made our very own headdresses, which is what would have been awarded to the successful athletes in the Olympics. Once these had been made, we ventured outside to complete our very own Olympic games, including running, chariot racing and javelin - it was very competitive and there were some very strong competitors. Finally, cold but still with very high spirits, we shared our food and reflected on our brilliant day!