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Year 5 – Oak & Maple

Welcome to the Year 5 Team


with Mrs Hinton, Mrs Dunne & Mr Biddulph


So what's happening in the Spring Term 2021?

We've had a very different start to the term, after our unexpected 3rd national lockdown, but as always, as a nation and school community, we are upwards and onwards. Our curriculum may be slightly adapted to suit a mix of remote and school learning. However, we are very excited to be starting our whole school project called Green, Clean World.


In Year 5, we will be focusing on the Amazon Rainforest, looking at the different biospheres and climate zones, using atlases and google maps to locate and understand the physical features. We explore the effects of deforestation, the palm oil industry and other human activity that poses a threat to our chimpanzee and orangutan population.

To help us understand climate change, we will be inspired and learn from the speeches of Greta Thunberg.  


In Art, we hope to develop our drawing and  shading techniques, all on the theme of rainforests and the animals that live there. Look out for our toucans and tigers! Later this term, we hope to design and make healthy, vegetable pasta dishes, if Covid allows.Our Science unit looks at life cycles of plants, animals and humans so that we can explain and make comparisons.

We will be using our personal iPads to enhance our learning and present our work.


Our class book for the Spring Term is The Last Wild by Piers Torday, which is a fantastic (and rather apt) story of a strange red-eye virus that destroys the animals in the wild. Can they be saved?





Take a look at some of our Story Maps done as part of our remote learning. We imagined what the island setting in The Last Wild might be like.

We were inspired by Greta Thunberg and created factfiles about her life and protests. She helped us begin to understand some of the reasons behind climate change.

Some well-being time spent on these circle doodles and colouring by our home-learners.


Autumn 2020 - So what's happening in Y5 this term?

Welcome back to the new school year - after a very strange six months. This September, we are excited to start our whole school Identity and Diversity Project called 'The World and My Place In It.'


In Y5, we will be getting creative with some graffitti art to undertsand and learn about our own cultural and personal identity.  Our history slant will be looking at the British Empire and understanding the positive and negative effects it brought. We aim to create a timeline and explore the slave trade, focusing on the people  who helped bring about the abolition. As part of our BLM teaching, we will explore motivational speeches and quotes from inspirational people such as: William Wilberforce, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Nyaeem Hudson, Les Brown, Michelle Obama, Eric Thomas, Will Smith, June Sarpong, Clarke Carlisle and many more. We will challenge stereotypes and create our own graffiti-style statements to share our Identity & Diversity messages - hopefully in a public place in Nottingham.


During the second half term, we will take a more 'technology' themed focus, looking into black inventors and the many life changing creations they developed from the touch-tone telephone, caller ID system, home security alarms, filament for Eddison's light bulb and even the Super Soaker water gun... to name a few. Our History angle will be to study the advancements in computer technology and the world of opportunities they have opened up for us. We'll then consider our future and how the job industry will change because of computer technology.                     

We're looking forward to some very informative and interesting discussions in Y5!


Y5 Topic Web & Parent Letter

Our class book is..  

The book is about Twig who awakens in the afterlife, with a pocketful of vague memories. He has a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him as he sets out to piece together what has happened, who he is and his way home. It is a story about finding your true identity and overcoming the many obstacles that life throws at us.

We plan to enjoy the text together and learn about what makes us who we are, from our family and cultural roots,                                      to the experiences, obstacles and choices we make in life.                                        

                       The Lost Soul Atlas was published in July 2020 so we are even more excited to read                                   something that's so recent and fresh!




Our Spring Term Topic 2020 is Conflict, Peace and Equality.           

We are focusing on the Crisis in Syria and how we can help.



Our class text is Welcome to Nowhere

A celebration of some of our Space-themed Homework

DogsTrust assembly and workshop

A mix of activities and celebrations so far this term!

Our Autumn term topic 2019 is Green, Clean World - Saving the Rainforests

Developing our sketching skills by creating a leopard! Impressed with the outcomes so far 👍

Celebrating our creative homework pieces

Our Christianity and Christmas workshops

Just a few of our Veggie Election speeches and mascots, using modal verbs!

Our IPad launch day! Our iPads for 1:1 use In Y5 have arrived and we love our personalised covers. We can’t wait to get started on exploring how we can use iPads to enhance our learning!

Food tasting in preparation for our veggie pasta dishes

Multi-cultural day: in Y5 we explored Hungary by looking at the inventions created and we also explored Hungarian rock music using Garage Band.

Music production using Garage Band on the Ipads

Planting our baby spider plant...grow, grow, grow 🌱 Whose spider plant will grow the quickest...Oak’s or Maple’s?

Check out our published 'Save The Apes' work, displayed in Carlton Library

This week we have finished creating our 'Save the Chimps' leaflets to raise awareness about how chimpanzees are endangered creatures. Some of us wrote these by hand and used our creative art work skills! Some of us also used our technology skills and used 'Pages' on the Ipads to create them.

Check out some of our Rainforest toucan art work!

Flower dissection in Science

Integrating technology and art: We enjoyed exploring 'Sketches School' on the Ipads to create self-portraits

10 mins of mindfulness time spent exploring the 'Mark up' tool on the Ipads, using everyday objects.

Our 'Dorm Dream Teams' and 'Awesome Attitude' Winners! These children were awarded these certificates and recognition for their awesome attitude and responsibility and organisation shown whilst on the Youlgreave Residential- it was a tricky decision to make- well done!

A few photos of our time whilst on our residential in Youlgreave, Derbyshire

PE and homework 'need to know' information

Mindfulness time spent getting outdoors to enjoy some sunshine and exercise by tackling the 'Sheriff's Challenge'!

Maple's 'Star of the Week'. It's so lovely to see such supportive members of our team, celebrating their friend's success!

Y5 have settled well into team Oak and Maple. We're very much looking forward to their learning journeys this academic year! Keep up the great work Y5! Below you'll see a few snaps of what we've been up to so far.

Editing our descriptive writing with our peers

Our introduction to 'A Green Clean World'! Each group had a global issue to research, using texts and the Ipads. Using teamwork, they created a poster and then shared their knowledge with the rest of the team.

Building on our knowledge of 'Growth Mindset', our learning powers and how we approach challenges!

Resilience: designing our own bounce-ability characters

5th January 2021 - until further notice, school is open only to vulnerable children and those of 'Key Workers'


Current Term:

  • Autumn 2020-21 - 96.9%
  • Attendance Year to Date - 96.9%
  • Last week (wb 07.12) - 96.6%

Previous Term:

  • Autumn Half Term 1 - 96.8% -
  • Autumn Half Term 2 - 97.0% -
  • -

Overall: 2017/8 96.8%; 2018/19 97%; 2019/20 94.6%

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