A Week of Changes!

This week saw the children begin their R.S.E lessons with the ‘smelly talk’! We set the ground rules for these sessions and the children were really respectful and asked some great questions about personal hygiene and how that will change when their hormones start to increase. You may have already had discussions about this session as we continue next week into girls and boys sessions, the children may come home with further questions.

Also, this morning saw the first of the transition sessions to your child’s new class. Your child should bring a letter from their new teacher(s) home today and I’m sure will tell you all about their morning in Year 6 with Mr Land and Mr Pratley. Another session is planned for next Monday afternoon and Friday all day so there will be lots of opportunity for your child to ask questions to their new teacher.

General Reminders

  • PE is on Wednesday 7th July.
  • Chichester Harbour trip is on Tuesday 6th July. Please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch, water bottle, rainmac or coat (if rain is forecast), hat/suncream (if hot weather is forecast) and study shoes to walk on a coastline terrain. If your child requires medication and it is not already in school, please bring this in to school for the trip.
  • Anyone who has not returned a medical form for Fairthorne Manor, please do so. We have extra copies in Year 5 if needed.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 5 Team

Sporting heroes are off to India

It’s been another week full of exciting events – we’ve had our KS2 sports day, which wasn’t dampened by the drizzle at the start of the day. Everyone worked together as a team to gain points towards the sports day cup. The running races were hotly contested – there are definitely some future Olympic sprinters in the year group – with the winners of the heats racing in the finals. Well done to everybody who took part. We all had a great time, had fun and showed off some fab dance moves too.

We have also come to the end of our country study. India is an amazing country, which is geographically diverse, making it so interesting to learn about. The culmination of our country study was showcased at the carnival today. Thank you so much for the effort you put into the children’s outfits – they looked incredible.

We have started a new theme in English based on the environment and the problem of plastic. In maths we have been finding equivalent fractions, converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa, and multiplying fractions or mixed numbers by a whole number. We start our new topic of Coasts next week, with our trip to Chichester Harbour (6th July) supporting this geographical study.


Children need their PE kits on Monday 28th June.

Homework is due on Thursday 1st July.

Reading passport entries are due on Thursday 1st July too – the two winner from each class will get to spend time with a chocolatier, making their own tasty treats!

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Year 5 Team

PE kit

Correction for PE kit:

PE kit will be needed for Wednesday 23rd June not Monday 21st.

It will also be needed on Tuesday 22nd June for KS2 sports day… as long as the weather holds.

Apologies for the misinformation.

The Year 5 Team

Not even hayfever or rain could dampen our week!

Quick reminders for next week:

  • PE kits to be worn Monday (PE lesson) and Tuesday (Sports Day).
  • Homework set on Sumdog and English work is stuck in homework book.
  • If hot weather forecast – please don’t forget water bottles, hats and suncream. If your child suffers from hayfever and needs medication, please administer before school.


As we battled with hayfever and rain during this week, we completed our Little Freak unit by writing an emotive monologue from the viewpoint of Little Freak. The children’s writing contained some really wonderful emotive language which really got to the heart of how this character was feeling. The children voiced how much they enjoyed this unit.

Maths saw us recalling previous fraction knowledge and applying this to problem solving. In RE, the children created pictorial representation of the different names of the Holy Spirit.

Our main focus this week was our country study in Geography and DT with making our Indian dishes. We returned to our design sheets from last week and reminded ourselves of the ingredient choices of our samosas and mango chat. On Wednesday afternoon, we made our dishes in the unity building and on Thursday morning we tasted and evaluated both dishes. It was amazing to see how many children actual liked chickpeas when surrounded by fruit!


Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 5 Team

Football’s coming home by way of India!

Whew! What a jam packed first week we’ve had.

We have been working on converting units of time and using timetables in maths, while continuing the ‘Little Freak’ unit in English – looking at using emotive language and sentence structures to build empathy in the reader.

On Tuesday we managed to have a Year 5 Mass with Father Mark, from Hayling Island, to celebrate Pentecost and discussing how we can use the gifts God gave us in our everyday lives. Mr Cunningham has posted photographs of this event on his blog page – please have a look.

On Thursday we had an afternoon filled with smelling, tasting and evaluating different herbs, spices and foods that we may put into our vegetable samosas and mango chat. Lots of people were pleasantly surprised by some of the tastes – others didn’t enjoy certain tastes!

Today we welcomed the start of the Euros. Most children had opted to play football and were mixed in teams with other Year 5’s and Year 6’s. We had a brilliant morning playing football, showing great sportmanship and having fun. Those who opted to stay in class, spent the morning designing football kits for different countries based on their flag colours. Later on, they came out to watch the ‘final’ of England vs Belgium. In a hotly contested game, it finally went down to penalties. England were the eventual winners.


P.E. kit will need to worn on Monday 14th June.

Reading passports should be completed by the 1st July. The Year 5 Must reads need to be completed at this time too.

Homework this week:

The red homework book should be completed along with Sumdog online and a book review needs to be handed in (yellow book) by Thursday 17th June.

Have a fantastic, sun-filled weekend,

The Year 5 team

Here comes the sun… just in time for the holidays.

Our last week of the half term has seen the children complete their unit of measurement in Maths. They will begin a new unit based on Time when we return after the holidays.

In English we finally met our character, Little Freak,  in the short film by the same name and used empathy to infer meaning as to the life of Little Freak. The children will work towards using emotive language to write a monologue from the viewpoint of Little Freak.

In RE, we have entered Pentecost so the children reflected on how the gifts of the Holy Spirit influenced Jesus’s disciples actions and how Christians actions within their own lives.

In Geography, we continued with our country study of India and used our map skills and geographical terms to reproduce a map of India and its neighbouring countries within the continent of Asia.

On Thursday, the children took part in an online Road Safety workshop which focused on how to keep yourself safe whilst cycling and walking on/by roads.

A selection of more creative homework and work from this half term:


PE  after half term – Wednesday 9th June 2021.

There will be no formal homework set over the half term – however, please encourage your child to keep reading daily and practise any times tables and related division facts they need to secure through Sumdog or TT Rockstars. Also, if they wish to create a piece of creative homework on Ancient Egypt, we would love to see that after half term.

We wish you a sunny, restful and relaxing half term and look forward to seeing the children on Monday 7th June.

The Year 5 Team



Inspirational India

We started our new topic this week and it forms part of our country study. For the next few weeks we will be studying India. To fully immerse ourselves in our new topic, we have attended workshops over the past two days. We did some painting based on Indian patterns, have taken part in some Indian dancing and today, took great delight in making lots of noise with some Indian drumming. The children have watched some of the video clips of their dancing and drumming at school. See below for images of our workshops.


P.E. will be on Monday 24th May this week.

Homework  is due on Thursday 27th May – red book only this week.

If you have a copy of Boy in the Toer at home, please could you bring it back to school.




More Indian artwork and dancing



Enjoy a blustery weekend,

The Year 5 Team

A mummy covered in chocolate and nuts has just been discovered in Egypt!!!

Archaeologists believe it to be Pharaoh Roche!!!

The children continued their Egyptian topic this week by looking at mummification. They were fascinated at how the body was prepared for burial and how the organs were removed and placed in canopic jars… the more gruesome the better.

This week saw the children complete their report on their chosen extreme sport. We were so pleased to see the detail and effort the children included and the sense of pride they took in their writing and presentation. We begun a new unit in English this week based on an character image and more will be revealed over the next week.  In Maths we begun our measures unit focusing on converting measure in capacity and length, using our place value knowledge, and then applying this fluency to problem solving.

Next week we start our country topic of India in Geography with a Diya painting and Indian dance day on Thursday.


PE is on Wednesday 19th May.

Homework is due on Thursday 20th May as usual.  A book review is due this week too.

A poem called Peer Pressure was given to each child last week, please encourage your child to continue to practise to learn off by heart by the end of the term. We will be doing this performance as a class.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 5 Team


Walk like an Egyptian…but don’t eat the bread!

This week we have been planning the sections of our Extreme Sports news article, based on the home learning research completed at the start of the unit. We have also started writing our sections , which will need some refining and editing before we complete our articles.  In maths, we’ve had a short break from number work to practise working on  reflection and translation of shapes and coordinates. Next week, we will be starting to look at measure – looking at converting units of metric measurement using our knowledge of place value. We will be concentrating on l’s to ml’s and m’s to cm’s. We will then apply this knowledge to solving problems.

For history, we have been continuing to study the ancient Egyptians through looking at artefacts and matching them to names and descriptions. This has helped us to understand how and why objects were used during that time. We also made comparisons to modern day life, deciding whether the objects still had a place/ use in today’s society. Making bread certainly did but we weren’t too sure about eating the 3500 year old loaf that was found in a tomb! Well done to the children who are bringing in some very creative ancient Egyptian homework. See some of the examples below, with more to follow.

We also had a visit from Lee Haywood, our cyber-safety adviser, who talked to us about how many online sites worked and how we could keep cyber safe. This is very important as Year 5 become more independent with the use of electronic devices.


P.E. is on Monday the 10th May – children need to come into school wearing their P.E. kits.

Homework is due on Thursday 13th May.

A poem called Peer Pressure was given to each child so that they can begin practising to learn off by heart by the end of the term. We will be doing this performance as a class.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Year 5 Team


What did the old Egyptian get by staring at the river?

What a lovely week we have had… we continued to look at extreme sports and evaluate different article layouts to prepare ourselves for writing our First News style article/report as well as practise our sentence structures to present our information about our chosen sports. In Maths we continued with our formal written methods in multiplication and division and applying our strategies to solve multi-step problems. RE saw us depicting the four parts of the Easter Vigil and in History we travelled along the Nile where the children created an annotated map of why the Nile was so important to the Ancient Egyptians.


  • Homework has been given out and stuck in the children’s’ home learning book. It is due in as usual on a Thursday (6th May).
  • A book review is due in Thursday 6th May.
  • Chichester Harbour trip letter has been sent home this week (please check bags). Dates and details of the cost of the trip are on the letter. You can pay on SCOPAY or send money in with your child.
  • PE day – Wednesday 5th May.
  • Please ensure your child has a coat/jacket/rainmac in with them if the weather is forecast for rain as we will send the children out in light rain so that they are able to play and get fresh air. Some children were caught out on Wednesday this week when the rain appeared for lunchtime.  Thank you.

Enjoy your spring bank holiday weekend and we will see the children back in school on Tuesday 4th May.

The Year 5 Team


Answer: See-Nile!