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New skills and fun…

This week saw 5E visit the Sustainability Centre. Again, we had 3 days experiencing living sustainably and finding out all about the diversity of the South Downs. We all have new skill sets to add to our repertoire; confidence and leadership skills were gained as well as learning about our environment.



There are lots more photos, which the children have seen at the end of today. They thoroughly enjoy trying to find themselves in the photos taken!

I hope they have a good rest, ready for school on Monday.

Have a restful weekend,

Mrs Edge, Mrs Moore and Mrs Jonas

Busy penultimate week!

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of our first half term in year 5. The children have settled into their new routine they have grown in confidence, knowledge and skills. It is always such a positive difference from when they entered at the beginning of September with a mixture of nerves and excitement.

This week we continued our multiplication using formal methods and used our metacognition thinking to solve a complex problem and in English, we continued to learn and practise different sentence techniques for descriptive writing. In RE, we started our Prayers, Saints and Feasts units looking at prayers and how they can influence our thinking and strengthen our faith. In Science, we continued to investigate different forces and investigated how adding salt to water affected buoyancy.

Home Learning:

In the yellow Home Reading Journal, children are expected to complete a book review about a book they have read or are reading. This is due on Thursday 21st October.

In their red Homework Book, children have this week’s vocabulary task to complete along with spellings and maths. This is due on Thursday 21st October.

Reading passports – please continue to check these, to see which books need to be read. Children can access books in their library session on Thursdays.

Must Reads – please encourage your child to continue to read the Must Reads. There are 6 books over 6 half terms.  We have copies in school for the children to borrow.


  • Next week is Week 1 – P.E. kits need to be worn on Monday 18th October.
  • Any contributions for harvest festival assembly would be gratefully appreciated. Tins, packets, or any non-perishable goods please.


5E Residential Blog to follow.


Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 5 Team

5SC Residential Trip

This week saw 5SC visit the Sustainability Centre for 3 days to experience different activities about the environment and how to live sustainably. A great time was had by all and we all gained new skills, confidence in our abilities and an appreciation for our environment.

We’ll meet again…

We ended our week with an evacuation of the children – they experienced life as an evacuee making tags, ration books and I.D cards, experienced an air-raid siren and having to find shelter and walking to station, saying goodbye to their school. They also created their own propaganda posters, played some 1940’s playground games and were lucky enough to have a visitor who brought World War artefacts to show them.  A great day was had by all!!!



Home Learning:

In the yellow Home Reading Journal, children are expected to complete a book review about a book they have read or are reading. This is due on Thursday 7th October.

In their red Homework Book, children have this week’s vocabulary task to complete along with spellings and maths. This is due on Thursday 7th October.

Reading passports – please continue to check these, to see which books need to be read.


  • Please send in any completed medical forms for the residential visit as soon as possible.
  • Next week is Week 2 – P.E. kits need to be worn on Monday 4th October.
  • 5SC Sustainability Residential– arrive at normal time on Monday (8.30am onwards) No school uniform is required for the trip.


Have a super week,

The Year 5 Team

I am a rock, I am an island…

This week, in English, we have been planning and starting to write our evacuation diaries. In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of place value and number to add or subtract using formal written methods. We have also used this knowledge to add or subtract with decimal numbers. We’ve looked at how we can live the Beatitudes in our daily life (R.E.) as well as thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of the UK being an island during WWII (Geog.)

We also celebrated Mass on Tuesday (please see Mr Cunningham’s blog page) which was a lovely event. Well done to the Year 5’s who read the prayers so beautifully. At the end of Mass, the pupil chaplains were asked to affirm their promise to share the Word of God around the school and beyond. Each pupil chaplain was given their own special candle.

Home Learning:

In the yellow Home Reading Journal, children are expected to complete a book review about a book they have read or are reading. This is due on Thursday 7th October.

In their red Homework Book, children have this week’s vocabulary task to complete along with spellings and maths. This is due on Thursday 30th September.

Sent home today, is a creative homework task – children need to make their own gas mask box ready for being evacuated on Thursday 30th September.

Reading passports – please continue to check these, to see which books need to be read.


  • Please send in any completed medical forms for the residential visit as soon as possible.
  • Next week is Week 1 – P.E. kits need to be worn on Wednesday 29th September.
  • WW2 Evacuation Day – in school – Thursday 30th September.


Have a lovely week,

The Year 5 Team

Full steam ahead!

It’s been full steam ahead during this first full week of school. Children have been covering number and place value in Maths while they have started their evacuation topic in English. The children empathised with evacuees through the drama we did at the start of the week. We’ve had some great discussions and questions in History, finding out about the reasons behind the outbreak of World War II and investigated the use of forces in our Science lesson.

Home Learning:

Your child now has their Homework diary. Please spend some time going through the first 6 pages together, recollecting different prayers, going to Mass and life in the church.

Children now have their yellow Home Reading Journal which were given out this week. Their first piece of work is to decorate the first page with a representation of their favourite book or a book they have really enjoyed. It will need the title and author but they can decorate it any way they wish. This is due on Thursday 23rd September.

They will also have received their Homework Book with spellings to learn, some vocabulary home learning and the maths they are expected to complete. Year 5/6 spellings are stuck on the inside front cover and the different spelling strategies to use are stapled to the inside of the back cover. This is due on Thursday 16th September.

In their Homework book, they also have their creative homework task ideas for the autumn term – one piece should be completed each half term.

Reading passports have been sent out. The autumn completion deadline will be given in due course.



  • Week 1 – children will need to come dressed in their P.E. kits on Wednesday 15th September. They will have PE with CM Sports on that day.
  • Year 5 Welcome Meeting – online – Monday 13th September 4 – 4.30 pm.
  • Residential Information Meeting – online – Tuesday 21st September 4pm.
  • Please send in any completed medical forms for the residential visit as soon as possible.
  • WW2 Evacuation Day – in school – Thursday 30th September (Please note the change of date.)


Have a fantastic weekend,

The Year 5 Team

Welcome Back!

It was lovely to see the children back in class in their smart new uniforms ready to begin learning again, albeit through a few yawns! 🙂

As with the start of a new Autumn term, there is a plethora of letters and new information to take on in the first couple of days.

Notices for the New Term:

  • Term dates 2021-22 letter was sent out yesterday for this year which included Inset Days. Next one is Friday 1st October 2021.
  • Home School Agreements and Home Learning Expectations letters will be coming home so please read these with your child as we will be encouraging children to be completing their daily tasks at home to consolidate and practise the skills they are learning in school. This is especially beneficial  to those children who find aspects of Maths and English challenging.
  • Home learning in Maths and English will be set on a Thursday to be returned by the following Thursday. This will be stuck into your child’s home learning book weekly.
  • Home Reading Journals will be issued next Thursday and a book review will be expected every two weeks. Dates to follow.
  • Creative homework for the Autumn term will be linked to our WW2 topic. There are suggested activities for your child to do but if they have ideas of their own linked to the topic then we would love to see their creativity. Expectation is 2 pieces of creative home learning over the whole term.
  • The Y5 Must Read list of 6 books has been sent home. The expectation is for your child to read a book every half term. However if your child would like to read more then they can. If your child finds the texts challenging to read independently, we would encourage maybe listening to an audio book version or reading together so your child is exposed to hearing rich, quality vocabulary and narrative. Copies of the books will be available in the school and local libraries.

Daily Reminders:

  • End of school time is 3.15pm and as Year 5 are a playground classroom we will be exiting the building promptly. If you would like your child to exit the North Playground independently then will need a new permission letter, email or note from parents to allow this in this new academic year. Copies of school letters are available from the office or your can email the office or send a note in with your child.
  • PE kits will continue to be worn in on PE days – Next PE day for Year 5 is Monday 6th September.
  • Please continue to provide your child with a water bottle and if they wear glasses, please send those in too.
  • If your child has existing or any new medical information or medication that the school requires please let the office and class teacher know to make sure we are prepared for a medical need.

Upcoming dates:

  • Year 5 Welcome Meeting – online – Monday 13th September 4-4.30pm (details to follow)
  • WW2 Evacuation Day – in school – Tuesday 21st September (details to follow)

Year 5 teaching staff are  available at the end of the school day on the playground if you wish to ask any questions about our new year.

Enjoy your weekend,

The Year 5 Team

In the summer time…

We’ve had a really busy week to complete the end of the Year 5 – we finished off our Sacraments unit; finished off our Coasts topic and completed the RSE unit.

We all wanted to say a huge thank you for the gifts, cards and kind words you have sent this week.

Enjoy a fantastic summer,

The Year 5 Team

3…2…1…Lift off!

On Wednesday we hosted Father Jeremy in both classes. He answered some very in-depth and thought provoking questions about the commitments he made when taking Holy Orders. This is part of our sacraments work for R.E.

Today we performed our poem, ‘Peer Pressure’ by Karl Nova, to Year 4. They were very impressed! We will share their performances next week.

We have also had the last of our STEM days today – making launch towers and rockets. This would have usually taken place in the spring term with our Space topic. They had to make the tallest launch towers using only spaghetti and marshmallows. Later, they had to create a rocket that would match the size of their launch tower. We launched them across the playground to see which one would go the furthest.


P.E. kit is needed for Wednesday 21st July AND Thursday 22nd July next week.

Have a glorious, sun-filled weekend,

The Year 5 Team

Crabs Glorious Crabs!!!

Quick reminders:

PE kits on Monday 12th July.

Last Y5 homework is due on Thursday 15th July. No book review needed.

Chichester Harbour Trip – Tuesday 6th July

Our trip to Chichester Harbour:

We went down to Oakland’s to get on our double decker bus and we had to sit in partners. Then we began on our Chichester Harbour experience, we saw loads of lily pads and houses on water as soon as we got closer to the harbour. When we got there, the other class got off the coach to the sailing school while we went off to the Education Centre.

 At the Education Centre:

At the Education Centre, the people who worked there showed us through a PowerPoint on where Chichester Harbour is and where all the grassland, salt marshes and woodlands are etc. We saw that the water around Chichester’s Harbour looked like a dragon and some people said that it looked like a dodo bird! After the PowerPoint we saw a time lapse video of the beach and the tide from 8AM to 8PM the tide went in and out a lot during the day, then we saw a video of some cute seals that live somewhere around the harbour.


Art and rock pools

We then got onto doing some art. We had a piece of card with double sided tape that we had to peel off then the staff found some interesting things on the beach that we could stick onto our card to make a picture. Some people made boats, some people made animals or some turtles. Then the staff showed us some rock pools, most of the things in the pools were underwater in the shallow bit of the sea or they were on the shore or they were washed up. They had some seaweed, shells, rocks, snails and crabs. There was a certain snail called a Periwinkle snail and it was really tiny!


We then got on to crabbing! When we were crabbing, we stood on the pontoon which was really wobbly. We had some bits of bacon in a net that we had to bait the crabs with. At first our group didn’t have any crabs but then we hit the jackpot! So we got a huge crab! Then we started to find out what was man – made and what was natural. But then it started to rain. Then a few minutes later we had lunch.

 Walking along the shore and fields:

We started to go for a walk towards the Marina, but the weather was a bit weird as it kept raining then got sunny every few minutes! We walked along the beach then got up to the field when there was a lot of long grass. We walked past the farmer’s field it went quite far off into the distance. There were some prickly bushes by the fence to stop people and dogs walking through the field and destroying the crops that we need to eat. We then saw a gap in the trees and bushes, where the World War II soldiers flew their planes through when they had to get ready to drop bombs or something. After walking through all the mud, we then went through a woodland which took about 5 – 10 minutes to get through it had a lot of puddles and was very muddy. We then got to the Marina, and we went through the locks and saw some fish swimming in circles and we even saw a jellyfish we didn’t know how it got there


 Floating houses and going back to school:

We then came across some floating houses and some were very modern! We then had to remember where we went on a walk by matching the letters with the numbers. Then we saw a few ducks drinking the water. Then sadly we had to go back on the coach to school. The Chichester trip was so fun! My favourite bit was crabbing and walking.

Thank you for reading about our Year 5 Chichester Harbour experience.

 Georgia 5SC


Our School Trip To Chichester Harbour

We started our school trip at Oakland’s where we found our double decker bus. On the way there we saw many natural beauties ranging from birds and mammals. When we got there we dropped off the other class at the marina where they would begin their trip. A few minutes later, we had arrived at a field where we would depart from the bus. The walk down there was only a couple of minutes but when we arrived, we were greeted by four of the Chichester volunteer staff.

When we were showed to our centre, we were shown a PowerPoint talking about the beauty and wildlife of Chichester. A.O.N.B which stands for Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We were stunned by the amazing facts about this one place. It was amazing to think that such a small area can mean a huge thing. Once we were shown the PowerPoint our class was split into two. Fifteen went outside to go crabbing while the others stayed in the class. Those of us inside were again split into two groups, one looking closer at all the marine wildlife while the others made art work out of things found around the sea. Outside while we were crabbing, many crabs were caught. One was rather large compared to all the others. We decided as a class to call him Big Chunggus. Once we had done all the activities we went inside to wash our hands.

We were chatting about all the different thing we had done whilst eating our lunch. We had about twenty minutes before we began our next activity. We went outside and one of the ladies called Jan gave us maps and pictures. We were told to find where the exact place was by using the map. On completion, the other class had arrived. It began raining so we put our coats on and set off.

When we began walking Jan turned around and gave us a sheet of paper telling us to find the different sea defences – one concrete, wooden, glass and metal. We went up a small hill and began walking past fields. We loved hearing about what had happened here in World War Two – it was used as an air base for the British. They took us past a woodland filled with nature and life. We had passed many things walking such as sea defences, salt marshes (which bring in 4x the amount to trees and double the Amazon rainforest of CO2), mud flats and fields.

We eventually arrived at the marina where we would begin our journey around it. We saw many yachts and house boats. We arrived at the lock which stops water releasing and opens to let boats through while bringing water in. We saw a white jelly fish and many grey mullets. We then walked down to a stone which was the figure of a head. It was directly next to a waterfall and canal.

Then came the end to what was a wonderful day. We all hope to come again.

By Leo


Our School Trip To Chichester Harbour

We started our school trip by getting on the coach and driving to Dell Quay. It was a 30-minute drive to reach there. There we saw ponds full of lilly pads and small ducks swimming in the pond. A lady was waiting for us as we departed from the bus. As we got off, we walked along the road minding muddy puddles. We soon then arrived at the Education Centre where we met some kind workers who had helped us learn about the sea and which different types of animals live in the sea such as crabs and seals.

We were separated into two groups; each group did a different activity. First, we looked at a tray full of seaweed, shells, and crabs. We looked at how baby crabs hide inside of shells to shelter from prey. We looked at how they camaflouge to look like seaweed. Next we did crabbing, we used a net, a winder and of course some bacon. Crabs like bacon, so we put bacon inside the net and waited patiently for a pull. Most of us caught crabs, some didn’t.

We then were separated into groups of 5 to identify which objects were man-made or natural. We then gathered together as a whole class to share our ideas to each other.

We then started exploring the coastline, we saw alot of seaweed, shringles and salt marshes. We then started walking through paths and exploring the farmland along with crops. We walked through the woodlands inspecting the mud flats also filled with nature. A kind lady by the name of Jane gave us a map and we had to figure out where we were on the map. We saw yachts parked along the side of the marina. We looked at the locks filled with water flowing with grey mullets (type of fish).

A.O.N.B was the name given for an Area Of Outstanding Beauty. We really enjoyed exploring the coastline and identifying the key features of the harbour. We learned how the sea works and what it produces. We also learnt about sea defences and how they stop and protect the land from the sea. We really enjoyed our trip to Chichester Harbour. Hope we can come again one day.

By Johan 5SC

Enjoy the football and the warm weather.

The Year 5 Team