Welcome to the Wonderful Year 5 Webpage
Summer 1 – 2020/21
This half term’s Learning Journey is ‘The Vikings’!

PURPLE MASH: www.purplemash.com
MYMATHS: www.mymaths.co.uk
Times Tables Rock Stars: bit.ly/2Oz7Vnm
Google Classroom: classroom.google.com


Week Ending: 30.05.21

In English:

This week:

The children carried on their unit of writing from the previous week, whereby they focused on describing the character of Grendel! They began the week by describing Grendel from outside of Heorot (the mead-hall), before moving on to describing his murderous rampage! In the next lesson, they made a series of changes and improvements to their description, before ending the week by producing a final draft!

Next week:

Next week, we will be looking at setting descriptions, describing Grendel’s lair!

Online work: 

Th children have been set a few tasks on Purple Mash.


In Maths: 

This week:

The children were looking at symmetry and reflections. The children began the week by identifying lines of symmetry in different shapes, before moving on to drawing their own reflections of various different shapes and patterns. The children then incorporated co-ordinates into their translation work.

Next week:

Next week, the children will be working on conversions of measure.

Online work: 

There are some tasks on My Maths to complete.


Reminder: Swimming, week commencing 26th April 2021

As I am sure you are aware, Year 5 will be taking part in 5 weeks worth of swimming lessons at Arnos Grove swimming pool. Miss Hammond has spent time talking to the children about the kit/clothing situation, and the Year 5 teachers have spoken to the children about water safety both in the pool and in the local area.

For classes 5M & 5O, it will be normal drop-off and pick-up times.

For class 5R, the children will finish their swim session in the pool at 3pm and will return to school by 3.45pm. 5R children will be brought back into the school gates (the main gate where you would normally exit from) where Ms Messiter-Tooze will dismiss to parents/carers. You will need to wait outside of the school gates until pick up time at 3.45pm.

The children will be travelling by a private coach to and from the pool. It is a requirement by the coach company that all children are to wear a face mask to and from the pool. Please provide your child with a face mask on Mondays, which will be collected and hygienically kept safe for the children whilst not on the bus.

Due to the quick turn around time, the children need to wear their swimwear to school with suitable loose clothing (i.e. PE kit) over the top. As it will be more difficult for children who are wearing one piece swimsuits, they can be brought separately in their swim kit bag and they can change into them at school just before they leave for their swimming session.

Swim Kit:
• Swimsuit (worn to school)
• Goggles (only if you require your child to wear them and with written permission)
• A towel
• Plastic bag to put wet swimsuit in after the session
• Swim hat

The children will have use of the changing rooms at the end of their session to change out of their wet swimsuits into their clothing.

To enable your child to gain the most from their swimming sessions, it is important that the swimwear is safe and will not hinder their ability to learn.

Children should wear:
• A one-piece swimming costume OR
• A one-piece burkini (make sure material does not go see-through when wet) OR
• Swimming trunks or short shorts above the knee
• A swimming hat if hair is long or goes in their eyes when wet
• Verruca socks if needed

Children should NOT wear:
• Two separate items such as bikinis or tankinis
• Burkinis that have long skirts attaches
• Underwear or wetsuits
• Outdoor footwear such as flip flops, crocks or reef shoes
• Leggings and t-shirts (in the pool)
• No jewellery is to be worn or taken to the pool

The use of goggles is not recommended as they can be dangerous. Written parental consent is required if you would like your child to wear them. This letter should be given to your child’s class teacher, who will pass it on to the swimming instructors. The instructors will make sure the goggles are safe to wear. Diving and snorkelling masks are not allowed.


Reading at home – MORE PLEASE!

As you know, reading is REALLY important. It helps the children to widen their vocabulary and broaden their ideas when it comes to writing. Ideally, they should be reading for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. From now on, we will be checking the children’s reading records on a daily basis to ensure that they are reading at home. If you could please encourage them to read and record in their reading records, and remind them to bring their reading records into school every day, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your support.


Times Table Rockstars: Keep practising, Year 5!

Carry on practising your times table rock stars and try to beat your scores!

Can you beat your record? Can you improve your speed?


https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/14729 or bit.ly/2Oz7Vnm


Also this week:
This week, the children continued with their PSHE work by looking at the difficult issue of dealing with loneliness and loss linked to the current pandemic. The children were INCREDIBLY mature when talking about what is understandably a sensitive topic. In fact, a number of the children expressed how reassured they felt when taking part in this lesson. The children also took part in yet ANOTHER Science experiment! This time, the theme was solubility. The children investigated whether or not sugar, salt, chalk, flour, sand, instant coffee granules, rice and gravy granules (Mr Roberts’s classroom now smells like a Sunday roast) were soluble or insoluble. The next part of this lesson involves the children determining the factors that can affect the rate of dissolving.


Values Certificate Winners:
5O –
5M –
5R –
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Dates for your diary!

Friday 11th September 2020 – Year 5 Big Bang
Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th or Thursday 15th October 2020 – Parents’ Consultations (to be done by telephone)


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Important Notice

As you may know, Year 5 is an incredibly important year for your children. As a result, we highly advise that they be reading at home as often as they can. Ideally, they should be reading every day for a minimum of 30 minutes. This serves two purposes: firstly, it helps them to develop their reading skills, especially if you are questioning them whilst reading. Secondly, it allows the children to develop their vocabulary – something they will definitely need this year. We recommend reading a wide variety of texts (e.g. non-fiction, fiction, poetry, playscripts, etc) as these are likely to come up in Guided Reading.

In order to support the children’s writing, I highly recommend recapping the SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) from Years 3 and 4, as well as working on the Year 5 grammar. The CGP SPAG books (both the revision guides and the workbooks) are particularly useful in this regard. A selection of CGP SPAG books can be found here. Furthermore, the children will be receiving a paper copy of the Year 5/6 Spelling words, which are different to the Year 3/4 Spelling words. The list can be found here.

In relation to Maths, again, the CGP books are fantastic. I thoroughly recommend purchasing the revision guides and the workbooks, which can be found here. It is also vital that the children continually practise their times tables. Throughout Year 5, we will be doing a lot of work on times tables, but practise at home is also very important.

I really hope that as parents, you encourage your children to take their work seriously and to be prepared to put the work in at home. As always, if you have any questions, please come and speak to me, Mr Roberts, in 5O. Thank you.

Calling all parents…share your talents & passions!
Our upcoming Learning Journeys for the year are as follows:
Autumn 1: Blow Your Mind
Autumn 2: Lost in Space
Spring 1: The Life of the Buddha
Spring 2: Our World In Danger
Summer 1: The Vikings
Summer 2: Ancient Egypt

If you have any particular interest, knowledge or speciality in any of these areas/topics, we would love to hear from you! Some parents have expressed an interest in delivering informal workshops or talks to the children, linking to our current learning journey. Please talk to your child’s teacher or Year Leader (Mr Roberts) if this is something you are interested in. We appreciate what a great asset our parents are at Hazelwood in supporting our children with their learning. A big thank you in advance to any volunteers!

PE Kits/Swimming Kits:

Please ensure that your child has his/her PE kit in school. This year, Year 5 will be having PE on Wednesdays. At the end of Year 4, you should have received a letter about swimming. The children will be given a safety talk on Monday 9th September 2019 in class, and this will include what they are/are not allowed to bring to their lessons. Swimming lessons will commence on Monday 16th September. Occasionally, the class that goes swimming last may arrive back at school slightly late due to traffic. If this does happen, please be patient; the class teacher will do their best to keep the school informed of any lateness.


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On Tuesday 10th September, Year 5 took part in their Big Bang – Mad Scientists Day! The children took part in three workshops. The physics workshop, run by Ms Mowlem, involved the children trying to defy gravity by building egg parachutes! The aim was to stop the egg from cracking when dropped from a height. The biology workshop, run by Ms Costi, involved the children making snot! Finally, the chemistry workshop, run by Mr Roberts, involved the children making their own bathbombs. The children combined sodium bicarbonate, essential oils (inspired by Arabic perfumes!) and colouring to create their bathbombs. The children will be taking their bathbombs home on Friday – they will need to add a very small amount of water to the powder in order to mould it into a ball shape. The children then ended the day by watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Overall, they had a fantastic day and some of the costumes were BRILLIANT! Pictures to follow soon!


Useful Websites:

CGP Revision Guides and Workbooks
BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling & grammar
BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling : Play
Crickweb | KS2 Literacy
spelling – Topmarks Search
English Spelling Games and Activities