Year 5 Blog


Year 5 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

16th September 2022 Posted by Year 5

Welcome back, after a long, hot summer. We are really looking forward to getting stuck in to our new academic year.


English

This term we will be reading Room 13 by Robert Swindells. There will be a focus on deeper understanding of the text through higher order questioning and discussion. Using themes from the book, a range of writing genres will be explored while paying close attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling.


Maths

The autumn term will begin with revision of quick mental and written strategies that form the building blocks for more complex application including: place value, partitioning, multiplication and division by powers of ten, factors, multiples and prime numbers . You can really help by supporting your child with the revision of their times tables try www.ttrockstars.com or www.transum.org and click on tables master for a great way to practise. ‘Hit the button’ is another great way for your child to learn as they play.


Science

In Science we are learning about Earth, and what lies beyond in our solar system. This will give the children an understanding of the various methods of scientific enquiry used to answer different types of question.


RE / PHSE

Our topic in RE this term explores the different ways in which we can help others including the care of animals and our environment.


Wider curriculum

We are going to start the year studying perspective and the artist Charles Sheeler. Then we will move on to study framed structures, with pupils designing and creating bird hides. Later in the term will look at Invaders and Settlers, studying Romans, Vikings and Anglo Saxons and their effect on Britain.


Computing

Ready for a year of coding and game design, we are preparing the children this term, with a course in e-safety.


PE/Games

In Games we will be developing our teamwork skills with a variety of activities designed to help us work together efficiently, after a long summer.

Please observe the following safety rules:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E. lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We encourage the use of our Learning Hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at our Virtual Library.

Class 5H - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Mr Hogarth

We have had an incredibly busy, but fun filled last half term.

In our wider curriculum topics, we studied the work of Antony Gormley, and looked at the different techniques artists use to create sculptures. We then had a go at creating our very own Antony Gormley inspired sculptures. Recently, we have learnt about how different switches and alarms work, and then applied our new knowledge into designing our own alarm systems.

In English, we have explored a range of non-fiction and fiction texts. We particularly enjoyed creating our own playscripts and then bringing them to life by acting them out to an audience. We certainly have some budding actors in our class. We also produced some excellent recounts, writing from the perspective of a survivor of the Titanic disaster.

In computing, we worked together to make and code our own Lego model using the Lego WeDo program. It was great fun.

In P.E., we have mastered the skills required to compete in different athletics events, such as the javelin, the long jump, and the relay race. We also put our teamwork skills to the test when tackling a series of challenges.

In maths, we started with translation and reflection, and then moved on to converting measurements and time. We also recapped and practised the four operations (amongst other skills). Once again, I have been impressed with the determination and resilience shown by my maths class.

We have loved our Science topics this term. We learnt about the life cycle of humans and animals and the different stages we go through and how they affect us. On Science Day, we particularly enjoyed creating informative posters to raise awareness of diversity in science-related jobs.

5H have had an excellent term and school year. It has been a pleasure to have been a part of their learning journey and I am proud to have been their teacher. I would like to thank all parents for their support across the year, and I wish every member of 5H the very best in Year 6 and beyond. Enjoy the summer.

Mr Hogarth

Class 5JW - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

Wow! We made it through a whole year without interruptions, and hasn’t it flown. We have competed some great topics and pupils have made lots of progress in all areas of the curriculum.

Our Anthony Gormley sculptures were super. Pupils used their imagination and skills to create lots of interesting poses.

In Computing, there has been some fantastic coding going on with pupils able to use coding to make some complex counting machines.

In English, we enjoyed finishing ‘Stormbreaker’ and made some interesting comparisons between the book and the film. We have also completed some different genres of writing based on the Titanic story, which has also captured our imagination.

In Maths, we have focused on properties of shape, converting units of measure and also position and direction. Using coordinates we have been reflecting and translating shapes.

In Science, we have researched and investigated the different stages of the human life cycle and carried out some pattern seeking investigations.

During P.E., we have been working on our teambuilding skills and developing trust. We have also been polishing up our athletics skills. Sports Day was a big hit, with everyone participating enthusiastically.

It has been a pleasure to teach 5JW this year and I look forward to seeing them develop and progress through Year 6.

Class 5LW - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Miss Wade

We started the Summer term off in style this year!

In English we finished our spy thriller ‘Alex Rider: Stormbreaker’. We loved reading all about Alex and his escapades as a secret agent. We all really enjoyed the twists and turns within the book! I was blown away by the fabulous pieces of writing the children had created. I was particularly impressed with their non-chronological reports about jellyfish (which we discovered are not actually fish).

In Maths we have been looking at position and direction as well as converting units of measure. We explored these concepts in a number of different ways, using a range of physical resources and diagrams to help us to show our understanding and explain our answers more thoroughly.

Our wider curriculum topic at the start of the half term was focused on Art. We explored the work of the sculptor Anthony Gormley (who created the Angel of the North statue). The pieces that the children created look fantastic! Following this, we moved onto our D.T. topic all about alarms. The children had the opertunity to explore different electrical circuits before having a go at creating their own alarm system.

We have been looking at athletics in PE this half term. The children perfected their techniques in a range of events ready for our Sports Day. We saw some amazing performances from all of the children. I was particularly impressed with their javelin throwing. I would like to apologize to the parents and staff who were watching this event....I don't think any of us were prepared for just how far 5LW could throw those foam javelins!

It has been a wonderful end to a superb year. I would like to say thank you to all of their children for their incredible hard work this year. I would also like to thank all of our families for all of their help and support. It has been an absolute pleasure to have every member of 5LW in my class this year. Our Year 6 teachers are very lucky to have you all next year.

I hope everyone has a long and restful summer. See you all soon!

Miss Wade

Class 5W - Summer 2nd Half Term

18th July 2022 Posted by Mrs Walker

We can't quite believe another year has gone by. 5W and set 2c maths have worked incredibly hard; the wonderful progress they have made is evident in their books, and we are already revising the skills we needed to, based on the assessments we did this half term.

Science has been about the human lifecycle, and we have used our scientific skills to investigate all sorts of questions that arose while we were learning about our species. We had a whole day focussing on the concept of, ‘A scientist like me,’ where we learned about great scientists from diverse backgrounds, then planned, implemented and evaluated our own investigations in small teams.

We have finished our last novel in English, and are covering any areas in grammar that need clarification.

YPC has been art based, with some stunning sculptures produced in various styles (have a look on Twitter).We still have a few sunny afternoons of sports to look forward to (it might get us in the mood for some sporty family time this summer holiday).

Thank you to our wonderful children for their hard work, humour and resilience this year, and thank you to the lovely families who have made all the progress possible. Have a great holiday and see you in September 2022.

Year 5 - What's happening this half term (summer second half term)?

10th June 2022 Posted by Year 5

Yes! The final half term has crept up on us: the children have worked so hard to catch up, this year, and the evidence of their progress is clear in their demeanours, and their work. So we only have a few weeks to go, and we are going to make the most of it.


English

We have finished our class novel: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, so now we are going to use the last few weeks to explore a range of non-fiction and fiction texts (including poetry). Please return to the spelling list in your child’s planner and ensure they can spell, understand and use the words in context. Reading at home with your child at least three times a week will support them as they become more familiar with language and literature.


Maths

Measurement and conversion, translations and time are next on the menu, in maths. We will continue with practising the four operations (amongst other skills) in our fluency sessions. You can get additional support on BBC bitesize.


Computing

We will be covering Kodu, Scratch, Lego Wedo and Sketch up (design package) depending on which class your child is in.


P.E.

Athletics and team building activities will be going on this term, culminating on our sports day (click here for details).

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


Y.P.C.

World geography, including studies of Antarctica and the adventures of Shackleton, are among the phenomena we will be exploring this term. We are really looking forward to investigating the fascinating environments on our planet, and the way humans have been affected by them, and harnessed them for their own advantage. We will also be designing and creating our own 3D sculptures, inspired by Anthony Gormley, in clay.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

This term, we will be looking at being thankful, and the growing responsibilities as one becomes a teenager. We will also continue with our work on the UNICEF rights of the child.

Science

This term we will be learning about the human lifecycle, and the different stages we go through, including how they affect us.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We encourage the use of our Learning Hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at our Virtual Library.

Class 5H - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mr Haigh

What another excellent half term! In English, we have been busy reading ‘Stormbreaker’, which is keeping us thoroughly entertained with lots of action and plenty of twists and turns. Through reading the spy novel we have discovered lots of new vocabulary. I have been impressed with how 5H have incorporated lots of the newly acquired vocabulary into their creative writing pieces.

In Science, we have been studying living things and their habitats. Our focus has been on learning about the life cycles of the different animal groups, and using classification to identify, group and name a variety of living things. We discovered some very weird but incredibly interesting facts when learning about the life cycle of parasites. This week, we have enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a flowering plant.

In Maths, our focus at the start of the term was on understanding shapes and their properties. We learnt how to identify 3-D shapes from their net, and we now know how to distinguish between regular and irregular polygons. More recently, our focus has been on how to calculate the area and perimeter of both compound and irregular shapes. Once again, I have been impressed with both the determination and resilience of my maths class.

In YPC, we have completed our work answering the question ‘How do artists create and use pattern?’. We enjoyed learning about the different techniques and tools that Bridget Riley used to create her Op Art, and Pablo Picasso used to create his famous lino prints. We then had a go at creating our own artwork inspired by these incredible artists. We are now busy tackling our next challenge, answering the question ‘How is everyday life different in Antarctica?’.

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable but incredibly busy half term. Make sure you get lots of rest during the break. I’ll see you in the final term of the school year.

Mr Hogarth

Class 5JW - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

Another half term flies by and we have managed to fit in lots of interesting activities.

In English, we have been enjoying getting to know the teenage spy Alex Rider in ‘Stormbeaker’. We have already created some fantastic adventure stories and researched lots of amazing facts about Jellyfish. We have used these in our own non-chronological reports. Many of the class are now using a greater range of vocabulary and punctuation. The tension is building and we’re looking forward to his future adventures.

In Maths, we have been developing our knowledge of 2-D and 3-D shapes, their properties and how to sort and classify them. We have also been calculating areas and perimeters of a variety of different shapes and developing our reasoning and problem solving skills.

In Science, we have reminded ourselves about the characteristics of different animal groups and researched their life cycles.

In YPC we have looked at the contrasting artists of Bridget Riley and Pablo Picasso. We have used their different styles to inspire our lino printing designs. We have already started our next topic based on World Geography, with a focus on the incredible expedition of Ernest Shackleton.

Have a relaxing break. We have lots more great things to do next half term.

Class 5LW - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Wade

We started the Summer term off in style this year!

In English we went on an adventure with our new book ‘Alex Rider: Stormbreaker’. We love reading all about Alex and his escapades as a secret agent. We cannot wait to see what happens next half term! I was blown away by the fabulous pieces of writing the children had created. I was particularly impressed with their adventure stories which they were able to fill with plenty of drama and suspense.

In Maths we have been looking at statistics and properties of shapes. We explored these concepts in a number of different ways, using a range of physical resources and diagrams to help us to show our understanding and explain our answers more thoroughly. The children really enjoyed analysing the Premier League table during our statistics topic to see a real life example of a table.

Our YPC at the start of the half term was focused on Art. We explored the work of Bridget Riley and Pablo Picasso in order to create our own lino tiles ready for printing. The pieces that the children created look fantastic! Following this, we moved onto our Geography topic looking at Antarctica. I cannot wait to continue this topic next half term.

We have been working on our batting and bowling skills in PE! We really enjoyed our Cricket and Rounders topics, in which the children were able to set up their own matches. I was amazed by the control and skill shown in our Tennis topic, which we found out was harder than it looks!

It is safe to say that this half term has been an excellent one. I hope everyone has a restful break before our final half term. I cannot believe that it is here already!

Class 5W - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mrs Walker

That felt like the shortest half term in history. We knew it was going to fly by, so got down to work straight away.

YPC has been as creative as usual, with studies of great artists such as Bridget Riley and Picasso: how they used shape, pattern and colour to create beautiful works, sometimes with optical illusions. The children have made their own observations and annotations, which led to creating their own lino prints.

Maths Set 2C have continued to challenge themselves with fluency tasks involving angles first, then all the properties of polygons and polyhedra (2D and 3D shapes). Some of us have even progressed on to reasoning and problem solving with skills like finding perimeter and area.

Our thriller/action novel: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz is proving to be full of excitement, and we are refining our reading and writing skills so we may start Y6 with finesse.

Believe it or not, there is so much more we have managed to cover in science, P.E, R.E, music and Spanish but I'll leave it to the children to fill you in.

Have a marvellous half term everybody and make sure you get out and about (in a generous coating of sun cream) in the lovely weather.

Year 5 - What's happening this half term (summer first half term)?

29th April 2022 Posted by Year 5

We can’t quite believe how quickly this year is progressing, and how delightful it is to see how much your children have developed since the autumn term.


English

This term we will be reading Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. We will be using the text to explore a range of writing genres including recounts, formal letter writing, thriller stories, play scripts and film narrative. Please return to the spelling list in your child’s planner and ensure they can spell, understand and use the words in context. Reading at home with your child three times a week will support them as they become more familiar with language and literature.


Maths

There will continue to be a focus on geometry, statistics and time.

We will also develop our understanding of the 4 main operations and apply them to multi-step problems. Our calculations will include numbers up to 6 digits, decimal numbers, negative numbers and fractions. Learning about imperial and metric equivalents for measure is and how to convert between them, is also on the menu.

Computing

During the first part of the summer term we shall continue to learn about coding using Kodu, you can download a free version at home if your child would like to practise.


P.E.

In PE and games we will be developing our striking and fielding skills: playing Rounders. We will also be learning about teamwork through outdoor adventure activities.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


YPC

Next up is a study on Bridget Riley where we will look at her work and critically assess it (especially optical illusions). Then we will compare and contrast with the linoleum prints created by Picasso. Sketchbook work will include experimentation with different techniques for creating pattern and optical illusions. We will utilise all the skills we’ve learnt to create our own lino print work, in the style of Riley or Picasso.

We will then move on to a Geography based topic where will look at different climate regions, comparing Birmingham with Heimay in Iceland.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

This term, we will be looking at discipline and how events can affect our behaviour. We will also continue with our work on the UNICEF rights of the child. We also look at what makes a healthy friendship and relationships.

Science

Animals and their habitats are next up in science: we will be studying vertebrates (animals with a backbone). This will lead onto classifying these animals into different groups. Finally, we will look at their different life cycles and how they have adapted to their surroundings.

Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We encourage the use of our Learning Hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at our Virtual Library.

Class 5H - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Hogarth

We have come to the end of another action packed half term.

5H enjoyed a great day at Brighouse at the start of the term. We put our teamwork skills to the test by completing a series of fun challenges, we enjoyed a stroll through the woods, and we learnt how to start mini fires. Some pupils were also fortunate enough to spend three days on the Bell Heath residential trip, completing numerous fun activities including zip wiring, archery, and orienteering. On both trips pupils showed great maturity and were a credit to our school.

In English, we continued to read ‘Cogheart’. The twists and turns in the plot kept us guessing right up until the very end. We had some excellent discussions around the language, characters, and themes of the book, and we produced some interesting creative written pieces.

In maths, we have used a range of resources to help us to further understand place value, rounding decimals, and the equivalence between fractions, decimals, and percentages. In recent weeks, we have moved on to recognising different types of angles, and how to measure angles using protractors.

Our focus in Science has remained on materials and their properties, with investigations conducted to learn more about dissolving, filtration, and reversible changes. 5H particularly enjoyed burning different materials to discover whether burning is a reversible or irreversible reaction.

In YPC, we completed our mountains, volcanoes, and earthquakes topic. 5H had fun practicing earthquake drills and enjoyed building our own earthquake proof buildings. In recent weeks we have been learning about CAMs. 5H successfully rose to the challenge of making our very own ‘Cogheart’ inspired CAM toys.

We have learnt a range of new skills in P.E this term. We started with archery, learning how to aim at targets high and low, near and far, with accuracy. We also enjoyed learning the basic skills and rules required to play cricket.

Our computing lessons have provided us with some interesting facts and information this term. 5H were amazed to learn that data signals travel all around the world at the speed of light via submarine fibre optic cables laid in our oceans.

It has been a thoroughly enjoyable, but very busy term. Make sure you get some rest over the Easter holidays. Wishing you and your family a nice break. I'll see you in the summer term.

Class 5LW - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Wade

What another fantastic half term! In English, we continued with our story ‘Cogheart’ . The children have completed some outstanding pieces of writing based around our book this term. This half term we have been focusing on our fiction writing skills. They have been thinking carefully about their vocabulary choices when composing their sentences. We have been thinking carefully about different types of figurative language that we can use. This has led to the production of lots of fantastic character and setting descriptions.

We started off this half term by looking at fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths. We built on the skills we had already learnt in our fractions topic to answer a variety of different questions. Following this, we moved onto our new topic: Properties of Shapes. This was a great opportunity to learn about angles and use a protractor to draw and measure angles.

Our YPC topic, Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquake, came to an end this half term. We thoroughly enjoyed learning about earthquakes and practising our very own earthquake drill. At the children’s request, we talked about tsunamis and how to spot the early warning signs of a tsunami. Once we finished this topic we moved onto a fabulous DT topic all about CAM toys. The children had an opportunity to explore CAM toys. After this, we designed and made our own toys based on our English text ‘Cogheart’. I am so impressed with how the children worked collaboratively to come up with their imaginative creations.

We have been extremely lucky this half term to take part in lots of off-site activities. At the start of the term we went to the Brighouse Outdoor Centre. With the help of Miss Pearson and Mr Jones, we had a go at a variety of different outdoor activities. Everyone enjoyed our walk to the woods to have a go at making some woodland art. But not as much as we enjoyed our cup of hot chocolate on our return! Towards the end of the term, half of our class went on a residential trip to Bell Heath. This was a great opportunity for these children to work on their independent learning skills as well as their cooperation and maturity skills. All staff who went were incredibly proud of the way that the children conducted themselves. Their manners, thoughtfulness and respect for others really shone through. They have made everyone at Yardley Primary School extremely proud.

I hope that you all have a restful break and I cannot wait to see everyone in the Summer Term! – Miss Wade

Class 5JW - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

This half term has certainly flown by. We have been busy reading Cogheart, which is keeping us entertained as it has lots of twists and turns. The new vocabulary we are learning is continuing to develop our vocabulary. It’s been fantastic to see lots of it being used correctly in our creative writing in the last few weeks.

In Maths, we have focused on our understanding of fractions and making links to decimal place value and percentages. We keep finding more links to our times table knowledge, which continues to highlight how important learning our tables is. We have started looking at shape and have been investigating and measuring different types of angles and finding missing angles.

In Science, we have been looking at reversible and irreversible changes. We have enjoyed some exciting investigations and opportunities to make careful observations of different changes.

In YPC, we have now completed our work answering the question ‘How does land change over time?’. We have discovered lots of facts about Earthquakes as well as work on volcanoes and mountains. Our next challenge has been to create moving toys using cams. We have based our ideas on Cogheart.

Some of us have had an exciting time at Bell Heath and we also enjoy our visit to Brig House. Let’s hope the sunny weather returns for the holidays and next term.

Have a lovely break.

Class 5W - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mrs Walker

Due to a taste of warmer weather, we've already had some fun outside, playing cricket in P.E. lessons, without being frozen. In geography, we’ve learned all about volcanoes and earthquakes, and have even designed an earthquake proof building, based on our research.

English has had an adventurous theme with the continuation of our epic mystery: Cogheart, by Peter Bunzl. The text includes some really challenging concepts and vocabulary, so we've handled it comprehensively, checking prediction, inference, retrieval and summary skills along the way. We are using contexts, prefixes, root words, word families and even hunches to clarify new words, and are becoming incredibly sophisticated as a result.

Maths in set 2c has been fun - we can now see the relationship between fractions decimals and percentages, and carry out a wide range of operations using each form of expression. Everyone is doing very well despite the fact that we have dealt with a few problem solving challenges which took clear reasoning and annotation to get round.

Make sure you read over Easter, and get out in the fresh air as well. Don't eat too much chocolate. Have a lovely break.

Year 5 - What's happening this half term (spring second half term)?

4th March 2022 Posted by Year 5

Spring is just around the corner! We hope you had a lovely half term holiday, and managed to catch some decent weather in our local parks, having fun as a family.


English

We will be continuing with Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. It’s great to hear every child read, and so good for readers of all levels to be heard reading aloud. The children are getting brilliant at skimming and scanning to find answers in the text, and they will have plenty of opportunities to show off what they have learned during writing lessons this term.


Maths

We will continue on our work with fractions moving on to decimals and the percentages. During this will look at decimal place value, rounding of decimals to 3 decimal places, equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages.


Computing

Each class will be having a go at Lego Wedo during the spring and summer terms – they will build moving structures to specification, then write the programs to animate them. When it’s one class’s turn with the equipment, the other classes will be designing buildings on SketchUp (which is available as a free version to download at home).


P.E.

Next half term our focus will be on cricket and archery.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.


YPC

In YPC we will finish our work on Mountains, volcanoes and Earthquakes by focusing in Earthquakes, and their effects on communities who live in these regions. Once this is complete will move on to a D.T. project using cams to create moving toys.

We will also have the opportunity to visit Brighouse and carry out some more Forest School skills.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

In R.E. will be visiting work on ‘Participating and Willing to Lead’ and also ‘Being modest and listening to others’.

In P.S.H.E. we will continue to celebrate differences in society and individuals.


Science

In Science we are continuing to learn about materials. We will investigate materials that dissolve and form a solution. We will also investigate reversible and irreversible changes and also think about how to separate different mixtures.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We encourage the use of our Learning Hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at our Virtual Library.


Video Parents Evening

If you haven't booked an appointment already, we would like to invite you to attend our Video Parents Evenings, taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March 3.40pm - 5.40pm

  • Wednesday 16th March 3.40pm - 6.20pm

Visit our Video Parents Evening page here to find out more and to book.

If you have already booked an appointment, please test that your device will work for your appointment. Click here to see how to test your appointment.

Class 5H - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Hogarth

We have come to the end of another busy half term.

In English, we have been reading the excellent ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl. We have been gripped by the events unfolding and we all look forward to finding out what happens to Lily and the other characters when we continue to read the book after the break. Using themes, characters and settings from the book for inspiration, 5H have produced some excellent writing pieces.

In Science, we have had lots of fun conducting experiments to find out more about different materials and their properties. Recently, we completed a comparative test to discover which type of cups make the best insulators. In another comparative test, we added materials around the cups to discover which materials make the best insulators.

In maths, our focus has been on fractions. We have learnt how to compare, order, multiply, add and subtract fractions. I have been very impressed with the attitude and resilience of my maths class, tackling each new lesson with determination and positivity. Well done.

YPC has been lots of fun this term. We started our new topic, Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes. 5H enjoyed learning about how mountains are formed, and discovered the names and locations of some of the significant mountains in the UK and around the world. We also learnt lots of interesting facts about Mount Everest. Did you know that Everest grows by around 2cm each year! Recently, we created our own volcanic eruption, and after the half term break we will begin to learn about earthquakes.

P.E started with hockey. We had lots of fun learning how to correctly control the ball, dribble, pass, and shoot. We particularly enjoyed playing King of the Ring and being able to dribble the ball past Mr Hogarth. Recently, we have been working on our strength and fitness by completing lots of boxercise activities.

In Spanish we have been learning how to introduce our friends and family members. There are many in 5H who are now able to ask and answer questions fluently.

In computing, 5H have been designing their own houses using Sketchup. Some children even managed to add swimming pools, gardens, cars, and interior furniture.

It has been a very busy and tiring term, so please make sure you get some rest and enjoy a well deserved break.

Mr Hogarth

Class 5LW - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Wade

We started the Spring term off in style this year!

In English we went on an adventure with our new book ‘Cogheart’. We love reading all about Lily and her exciting (and mysterious) journey through Victorian England. We cannot wait to see what happens next half term! I was blown away by the fabulous pieces of writing the children had created. From backstories to persuasive letters, the children really have shown that they can turn their hands to any genre.

In Maths we have been focusing on fractions. We explored fractions in a number of different ways, using a range of physical resources and diagrams to help us to show our understanding and explain our answers more thoroughly.

Our YPC topic was very exciting. We were incredibly lucky to take part in the ‘From City of Empire to City of Diversity’ topic which focused on how Birmingham and its people have changed in the years following WW2. We loved finding out about our own family histories and discovering interesting things about our loved ones.

Following this, we moved onto our topic all about mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. We learnt all about the different types of mountains and how they formed. We studied in some famous mountains in detail. Afterwards, we looked at volcanoes and explored the structure of a volcano. It was fantastic to see the children working as a team to create their own volcano fact files.

This half term we have been getting our blood pumping in PE! We really enjoyed our boxercise topic where we were leaning all about different types of boxing moves all while completing some very intense exercise circuits.

Class 5JW - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

It’s been another busy half term. During YPC, we were lucky enough to have a visit from the ‘From City of Empire to City of Diversity’ exhibition. Pupils were able to view portrait photos from the past and discuss the reasons why people had these pictures taken. They also started to look at how historians can find evidence about different times in history from photos. We are now using our geography skills to learn about how mountains and volcanoes are formed.

In English, we have started reading Cogheart, which is an exciting adventure set in the past. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary during our reading and have been using it to support out writing. We have used the plot of Cogheart as a basis for some interesting writing genres including: a persuasive letter, a newspaper report and a non-chronological report. We are continuing to establish accurate use of punctuation and identifying spelling rules that can help us.

In Maths, we have moved onto focusing on fractions. We have been identifying how to make equivalent fractions, compare fractions, find fractions of amounts and also add/ subtract and multiply fractions. During our starters and on our Numbers day, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed, we have focused on having rapid recall of times tables.

During Science, we have been learning all about conductors and insulators of materials, both thermal and electrical. To investigate these we have carried out comparative and fair tests.

Class 5W - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mrs Walker

We have had an action packed half term in 5W and 2c (Maths) .

Our topic curriculum (YPC) began with a history project based on the photographs from the Dyche studio in Balsall Heath. Following that, we learned about mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes in geography.

Writing is coming on beautifully as the children start to implement targets, including increasingly sophisticated punctuation and clever vocabulary choices. We have recently worked on poetry, news reports and persuasive letters.

Why the Whales Came and Cogheart (our class novels) are both proving to be as gripping as we expected, and we are making sure we clarify any complex or ambiguous vocabulary as we go along.

Our scientific research on materials and their properties forces has built upon the knowledge we acquired in previous year groups, with investigations into electrical and thermal conductors and insulators.

During our maths lessons, the children are learning how to become more resilient and logical: we have tackled multiplication and division, in many forms, as well fractions, and the children are starting to solve tricky problems by spotting the relationship between the concrete and the abstract.

Everyone is working hard and it’s lovely to see your children’s confidence grow. Have a super week off, and we’ll see you soon.

Year 5 - What's happening this half term (spring first half term)?

7th January 2022 Posted by Year 5

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a wonderful break over Christmas, and that you had quality time as a family, whether you celebrate or not. We have some exciting plans for your child in 2022, and look forward to seeing them grow and progress with us.


English

This term we will be reading Cogheart by Peter Bunzl. Everyone will take turns to read aloud in class, as we clarify vocabulary, and work on any queries along the way. Using themes from the book, a range of writing genres will be explored while paying close attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling.


Maths

In Maths, we will continue to work on our vital times table recall and also look at written methods of division. We will them move onto looking at fractions including decimals and percentages. We will order and compare fractions, recognise and convert improper fractions and mixed numbers and recognise the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages.


Computing

Each class will be having a go at Lego Wedo during the spring and summer terms – they will build moving structures to specification, then write the programs to animate them. When it’s one class’s turn with the equipment, the other classes will be designing buildings on Sketch Up (which is available to download for free, at home).


P.E.

In P.E. will be carrying out boxercise in the first half term, working on our overall fitness and strength and then we will move on to hockey.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your P.E. days.


YPC

We have been selected to work on a special ‘Heritage of Birmingham’ exhibition. Looking at the changes in Birmingham (especially migration) from the 2nd world war up until the 1960s. Following that, we will be learning about volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

Our topic in R.E. this term explores being honest and truthful and in P.S.H.E. we will be looking at future dreams and goals.


Science

In Science we will continue our work on forces, looking at the simple mechanisms such as pulleys and gears. We will then look at properties and changes in materials.


Work at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We encourage the use of our Learning Hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at the Virtual Library on the website.

Class 5H - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Mr Hogarth

We have come to the end of another very busy, but very enjoyable, half term. A huge well done goes to every member of 5H. Not only has your attendance been superb during this term, your attitude and work ethic has been excellent throughout.

In YPC, we have been busy researching and learning all about the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, to find out who had the greatest impact on Britain. A particular highlight of the term came when we went on our first school trip together, visiting Wroxeter Roman City, where we learnt all about what it was like to live in Roman Britain. Another highlight came with a visit from Professor McGinty, who taught us lots of weird and interesting facts about the Vikings and made us chuckle with all his silly jokes.

In Science, we have been investigating forces such as gravity, water resistance, air resistance and upthrust. 5H enjoyed conducting an experiment to find out why different shaped plasticine models either floated or sank to the bottom of a water tank. Next term, we will continue our investigations to learn more about levers, gears, and pulleys.

Our English lessons have been lots of fun this term. Despite the tricky vocabulary, 5H were able to produce some superb diary entries and modern-day poems inspired by Alfred Noyes’ ‘The Highwayman’. We have also started to read ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo, and we look forward to finding out what will happen next.

‘Dream Big Week’ seems like such a long time ago, but we had such a fantastic week, learning all about inspirational figures such as Malala Yousafzai and Katherine Johnson. 5H produced some fantastic work which is now on display in the school. 5H also created a lovely Remembrance Day display in memory of all those who have fallen.

In Maths, we have continued to improve our place value knowledge and tackled some tricky four operation calculations and word problems. Using inverse, we have been able to double check our answers.

In Spanish, we have learnt how to introduce ourselves and how to talk about our family and friends.

It has been a very busy term and each of you deserve a well-deserved break. Put your feet up, enjoy the festivities, and come back to school refreshed and ready to learn.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. See you in 2022.

Mr Hogarth

Class 5LW - Autumn 2

15th December 2021 Posted by Miss Wade

What a super half term! There has been lots of exciting things going on this half term.

In English we have been looking at narrative poetry. The children really enjoyed our poem ‘The Highwayman’. Despite it being a tricky text with lots of complicated vocabulary, the children have produced some outstanding pieces of work. Including a diary entry written from the perspective of one of the characters in the poem. The children were able to get into character and really understand how the characters were feeling throughout the poem.

In Maths we have been working hard on our multiplication and division skills. We have been using our times tables knowledge to help us to solve lots of problems.

During our Science lessons we have been looking at different types of forces. We have had lots of opportunities to investigate the forces around us. The children were extremely sensible and mature when conducting their investigations in order to make sure that they recorded accurate results.

Our YPC topic this half term has been action packed! We have been learning about ‘Invaders and Settlers’. We went on an incredible visit to Wroxeter Roman City in which we learned all about what it was like to live in Roman Britain. We also learnt about the Anglo-Saxons and how much they have impacted on our lives today. We had a visit from Professor McGinty who taught us about the Vikings. At the end of our topic we had a debate to decide who had the biggest impact on life in Britain.

I hope that you all have a lovely Winter break. I can’t wait to see everyone again in the New Year!

Miss Wade

Class 5JW - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

Christmas is rapidly approaching and we have come to the end of another half term. We have been extremely busy finding out about Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings and the effect they had on Britain. We have discovered lots of amazing facts, such as the fact that mud is a Viking word. We even got to visit a Roman city and we lucky enough to have a visit from Professor McGinty, who gave us even more information about the Vikings.

In Science, we have been investigating the forces around us such as gravity, air resistance, water resistance and upthrust. We will continue this topic next term finding out about levers, gears and pulleys.

In English we have produced some great pieces of writing inspired by the poem ‘The Highwayman’. We have written diary entries and our own modern day versions of this narrative poem. Next term we will be reading the book ‘Cogheart’ and continuing to develop the range of punctuation we use and expanding our spelling skills and vocabulary.

In Maths, we have been building our understanding of written methods of addition and subtraction, including inverse methods. We have recently started looking at multiplication. It is really important that we have rapid recall of our times tables as this will help us in lots of areas of Maths.

Next term we are taking part in an exciting Heritage Project, so it might be interesting to chat to your families and find out a bit about your family histories.

Our class library has expanded with the book fairy delivering lots exciting new books that the pupils have requested.

It’s been a long term. I hope everyone gets to have a lovely break and we will back together in January.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Class 5W - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mrs Walker

What a busy term we have had! In maths, we have been developing our fluency skills, confidence and speed with the four main operations, alongside a special focus on multiplication and division methods, patterns and relationships.

We have started another book: Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo; everyone is getting a turn to read aloud to the class, and we have worked on the vocabulary in the text in order to enhance our enjoyment with better understanding. We’ve also looked at some narrative poetry: The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, and had a go at writing some poetry ourselves.

Practical investigations and model making to support them (parachutes and gyrocopters) have been good fun; we've learned all about forces this half term during our science lessons.

There's been some stunning art produced (Malala pictures) and we've enjoyed developing our handball and gymnastics skills. We also impressed Mrs Hodgkiss with our angelic rendition of Con mi Burrito Sabanero.

Now it's time to have a rest, and enjoy a quieter Christmas this year. If you don't celebrate Christmas, have a lovely holiday anyway. Well done 5W, you have come a long way in such a short time; promising things are ahead, and I'll see you in 2022.

Feliz Navidad

Mrs Walker

Year 5 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 5

We hope you had a lovely half term, and it's great to be back!

Now that the children have settled in so well, we look forward to seeing their progress in the run up to Christmas. There are so many exciting things planned for forest school, Spanish, a visit to a Roman fort and a visit from Professor McGinty. We are kicking off this half term with Dream Big week - a topic week based on inspirational role models from all sorts of backgrounds


English

This term we will be starting off with Alfred Noye's poem: The Highwayman. It's a narrative, full of rich, archaic vocabulary, and figurative language - so there will be lots of new skills for the children to enjoy mastering.


Computing

We will be looking at staying safe online, we will be focusing on online relationships.


P.E.

This term we will be playing handball: we will start with the different throws and catches alongside learning some rules. We will practise shooting and defence, then had some fantastic games. Later in the term will move onto gymnastics looking at balances, rolls and forming sequences.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


YPC

We started our Invaders and Settlers topic, at the end of last term, with investigations into the lives of the Romans; we will continue our studies by looking at the Vikings and Anglo Saxons to discover how they influenced British culture, power and economics.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

In R.E. this term our focus will be on friendships and hopes for the future.

In P.H.S.E., we will look at UNICEF Rights of the Child and celebrating difference.


Science

In Science, we will be focusing on forces, starting with gravity and then looking at other forces. Then how forces are used in simple mechanisms such as levers, pulleys and gears.


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We encourage the use of our learning hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at our Virtual Library website.

Class 5H - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Mr Hogarth

A big thank you to each member of 5H for the wonderful start to the new school year. It has been lovely getting to know you, learning more about your character, your hobbies, and interests. I have been impressed with how quickly you have settled, and how you all strive to model the school values each day.

In English, we have thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells. It is a real page-turner that has had us on the edge of our seats. All members of 5H are eager to read the last few chapters to find out what will happen to Fliss and her school friends. Linked to this book, we have written our own suspense narrative, reported on Dracula being on the hunt for young blood, and produced a persuasive writing piece to convince people to visit the wonderful (and spooky) Whitby.

In Science, we have been helping Dr Zorg to learn more about ‘Earth and Space’. We have used our scientific and investigative skills to research and learn more about our solar system, the shape of Earth and the planets, and why we have daytime and night-time. 5H enjoyed a particular investigation - charting the changes in length of shadows over time.

Our YPC started with D&T. We looked at different examples of framed structures and joins, in preparation for designing and making our own bird hides. 5H were very sensible and mature when using the equipment and demonstrated excellent teamwork to produce some excellent bird hides, which are all still standing strong weeks later. We then looked at the art work of Charles Sheeler, learning about perspective and vanishing points, and had a go at creating our own perspective masterpieces. After half term, we’ll continue our research on the Romans, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxons.

In maths, we have developed our place value knowledge, tackling questions on rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, adding and subtracting, and identifying the value of larger numbers. We have also practiced our times tables with frequent games of Hit the Button.

It has been a wonderful 7 weeks for all. At home, over half term, If you would like some extra practice, then our school website has links to some great educational games.

My advice, however, is to get some rest, and to be ready for the next term!!

Have a lovely week. I look forward to seeing you in November.

Mr Hogarth

Class 5LW - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Wade

Our first half term has been a super one! I have really enjoyed getting to know all of the children in 5LW.

In English we have been reading Room 13 and investigating the strange events taking place in The Crow’s Nest Hotel. We have had lots of fun learning all about Whitby and writing pieces of work that create suspense and tension.

In Maths we have been thinking carefully about number and place value. We have used these skills to help us to: round numbers, add and subtract, as well as solving lots of tricky problems.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed our Earth and Space topic in Science. We have learnt about the planets in our solar system and why we have day and night. We conducted an investigation over time and found out all about shadows. The children have been extremely curious and have asked lots of thoughtful and relevant questions.

We started the term in YPC by designing and making our own bird hides. The children were incredibly sensible using the saws and worked well in their teams. Following this, we learnt all about perspective and drew our own perspective pictures. I cannot wait for next half term where we will be continuing our Invaders and Settlers topic.

I hope that you all have a restful half term and I cannot wait to see everybody again in November.

Class 5JW - Autumn 1

17th October 2021 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

It’s been a busy first half term, we have covered a range of different skills. In Maths, we have been focusing on the number system and place value, being able to identify the value of larger numbers and also Roman numerals.

In English, we have been enjoying the book ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells. It has kept us on the edge of our seats and has shown lots about using suspense writing, which we have had a go at ourselves. We have also found out about the town of Whitby and created our own non-chronological reports.

In Science, we have learnt about Earth and space and have investigated why we have night and day and worked at developing our Science skills. We have created line graphs and looked for patterns in results.

In D.T. we have also created some amazing framed structures, creating bird hides and using saws to cut wood and then creating strong joints. In Art, we have been developing our perspective skills, learning about vanishing points.

We have lots to look forward to next half term, such as finding out about the Romans, Vikings and Anglo Saxons and having a visit from Professor McGinty.

Have a great half term break. Have fun, stay safe!

Class 5W - Autumn 1

12th October 2021 Posted by Mrs Walker

What an excellent start to the school year, with new teachers, topics and special days to celebrate. I'm proud to say that 5W are settling down beautifully and are beginning to show the potential that we hope for. Lining up and moving professionally round the school has improved tremendously, as we are aware of how we appear to others. Class systems are coming together; we know where to find what we need and what is expected from us presentation wise.

Our first topic in Science has been all about our solar system, and we have enjoyed learning the names of the planets, and how they all orbit around the sun.

Design Technology has been successful, resulting in the creation of our fantastic bird hide models, so YPC ( our Yardley Primary Curriculum for humanities) has been great fun.

Standards in English have been set, and everyone is doing their best to get their joined handwriting to the standard currently required by the government. Excellent grammar, good spelling and accurate punctuation are vital this year, so we are being encouraged to check our work ourselves and correct any mistakes before handing work in.

There has been a welcome influx of fabulous books, at school, and children should be asking to read with adults at home. They may help themselves to any book on the bookshelves, although it's lovely to see children bringing in favourite books from home too.

Never forget the value of reading for pleasure, alongside the enormous benefits when learning new vocabulary, spelling and language structure.

The children are working hard in maths, the best way you can help is by playing times table games together or online - the odd informal test on a journey is always helpful, and don't forget to get your child to log in to MyMaths and Timestables Rockstars for extra practice.

We have so much to do and so little time. Thank you for your support (as always).

Mrs Walker

Year 5 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 5

Welcome Back!

We are so incredibly happy to see all the children returning to school with smiles on their faces, showing enthusiasm and curiosity. We are looking forward to teaching them lots of exciting lessons and useful skills. We shall all work together to have a great term with new, inspiring topics.


English

This term we will be reading Room 13 by Robert Swindells. There will be a focus on deeper understanding of the text through higher order questioning and discussion. Using themes from the book, a range of writing genres will be explored while paying close attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Computing

Ready for a year of coding and game design, we are going to start with a programme called Scratch, where we are going to create a maze game.


P.E.

In Dance, we will be developing our skills, of breakdancing. For P.E. we will be studying Netball.

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E. lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


YPC

We are going to start the year studying framed structures, with pupils designing and creating bird hides. Then we are going to study perspective and the artist Charles Sheeler. Later in the term will look at Invaders and Settlers, studying Romans, Vikings and Anglo Saxons and their effect on Britain.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

Our topic in R.E. this term explores the different ways in which we can help others including the care of animals and our environment. In P.H.S.E., we will look at UNICEF Rights of the Child and goals for the future.

Science

In Science we are learning about Earth and what lies beyond our solar system. This will give the children an understanding of the various methods of scientific enquiry used to answer different types of question.

Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon.

We encourage the use of our learning hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at the Virtual Library on the website.

Class 5A - Summer 2

20th July 2021 Posted by Mr Abraham

Our final half term in Year 5 has been a busy one!

We finished Stormbreaker and completed a piece of non-fiction writing informing readers about the weird and wonderful world of jellyfish. We also tried our hands at a few different types of poetry - the haikus in particular were stunning.

We began to look at statistics in maths, looking at bar charts, line graphs and timetables, as well as learning to reflect and translate shapes across the x and y axes.

We started the term in YPC with a D&T focus, designing and making our own moving toys using CAMs, and then exploring optical art and foam printing through the work of Bridget Riley.

Sports Day was really fun, though it was a shame that parents couldn't join us.

Finally, on the morning of my final day at Yardley Primary School, I'd like to say thank you to all of the staff, parents, pupils, and particularly this year's 5A, for making my time here so special, and for teaching me so much. I know that the class, and the school, will continue to go from strength to strength.

Class 5JW - Summer 2

19th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

Another busy ½ term with lots going on.

In English, we finished ‘Stormbreaker’ and also did some non-fiction writing, investigating fascinating jellyfish. We all learnt lots about these amazing creatures and created some fantastic non-chronological reports. We also put our poetry hats on and had a look at some different styles of poetry, including haiku.

In Maths, we revisited fractions and decimals, as well as looking at some work on graphs and time.

We had a very practical YPC half term, creating toys using CAMs. Pupils showed great skills using saws and showed great problem solving, whilst getting their toys to bob up and down, spin or both. We also looked at the art of Bridget Riley and created colour prints using foam tiles, with great success.

Pupils participated enthusiastically on Sports Day and it was a pity they couldn’t be cheered on by more than their class mates, perhaps next year we will be able to be a more of a family affair.

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching 5JW and am impressed with their resilience with dealing with the various interruptions caused by COVID. I wish them a successful time with their various teachers next year and hope it can be more settled for everyone.​

Class 5W - Summer 2

12th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Walker

We can't quite believe another year has gone by. 5W have worked incredibly hard; the progress they have made is evident in their books, and their improved confidence and maturity.

During our science sessions we have been learning about the reproduction cycles of living organisms; there has been some fieldwork involved, and it has been helpful to expand our general knowledge and observations ( for example - all the 'fluff' that's been around in the air recently, came into our discussion of seed dispersal).

Maths has included a unit on geometry, one on statistics, then some work on fractions, decimals and percentages. Remember to remind your child to use Mathletics over the holidays to consolidate their knowledge.

During English lessons, we really enjoyed our class novel, Stormbreaker - and managed to get some great pieces of writing done whilst using it for inspiration.

YPC has been D.T. and art based, with some stunning work produced in various styles (have a look on Twitter).

We still have a few sunny afternoons of rounders to look forward to (it might get us in the mood for some sporty, family time, in the park, this summer holiday).

I have had the best time teaching this class, they are a wonderful bunch of young people, and I am going to miss them tremendously.

Thank you to your gorgeous children for their hard work, humour and resilience this year, and thank you to the lovely families, supporting them, who have made all the progress possible. Have a great holiday and be ready for Year 6 in September.

Hasta luego,

Mrs Walker

Class 5T - Summer 2

9th July 2021 Posted by Mr Thacker

A personal message from Mr Thacker:

What a strange and challenging year it’s been! Your children have been incredibly resilient, hardworking and a delightful distraction from the outside world. Considering the amount of school they’ve all had to miss due to lockdowns, their progress has been very good and they have continued to show a huge amount of enthusiasm and effort during lessons.

This will be my final year at Yardley Primary School. After thirty years of teaching here, I’ve decided that now is the time to move on to other things. I will miss working with children and seeing them develop and grow - both emotionally and academically - and I feel very lucky to have worked with such an amazing team of teachers over the past three decades. I’m also delighted that Class 5T will be my last ever class as they have made my final year of teaching in the classroom very enjoyable.

Thank you, goodbye and best wishes to you all.

Mr Thacker​