Elm C of E Primary School

Elm C of E Primary School

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Year 5 Blog 2019 - 2020


This term, Year 5 are fortunate in that they are partaking in weekly ‘Bits and Bytes’ sessions. During these sessions, the children are building on their communication, team work, problem solving, and creative skills. The children formed groups of three or four, and will remain in these teams throughout the sessions.  During the first session, the children worked in their teams to complete several challenges. These challenges tested their ability to communicate and follow instructions. One member of each team was blind folded and had to remove a piece of Jenga from a tower. The remaining team members were instructing their every move. Despite finding this tricky, each team successfully managed this task due to their effective listening and communication skills.

Our topic for this term is Invasions. In English, Year 5 have written to the Prime Minister informing him of the upcoming ‘Alien Invasion’. The children have developed their understanding of persuasive devices, using these effectively when persuading Donald Trump to take action.

During this week, the children discovered the importance of recycling. The children successfully created functional notebooks using recycled paper, cardboard and maps.


Year 5 came into school on Tuesday and made an alarming discovery. Despite writing to Borris Johnson urging him to take immediate action, the aliens did in fact invade. The class enjoyed making observations on their discovery whilst undertaking the role of an astronomer.

We have read Chapter 2 of War of The Worlds and identified the key vocabulary. To support the children in understanding the meaning of these worlds, we played a game of charades during which each child acted out one of the ten key words.

In topic we have been looking at Earthquakes. The class enjoyed creating their own comic strips to represent the causes of Earthquakes.


We began this week exploring how the Harvest Festival is celebrated in different countries around the world. Year 5 were fascinated at the range of different ways that the festival was celebrated across the world. The children worked together in large groups to learn and recite Harvest Festival poems. Their hard work and resilience evidently paid off as they put on a fantastic performance at the church on Tuesday.

In topic this week we have been exploring the cause and effects of Earthquakes. Year 5 were shocked to understand the serious implications caused by Earthquakes. They used their newly acquired knowledge to write fantastic diary entries after getting in the role of an individual who had everything destroyed due to an Earthquake.

In their weekly Bits and Bytes session, the children have been deepening their understanding of themselves and their future. The children completed a questionnaire allowing themselves and their coaches to understand their current planned career path. The children also self-assessed their performance and attitudes towards school and wider life.


The children thoroughly enjoyed creating and delivering a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch. Building on their understanding of Earthquakes, the children worked in small groups to create a device that will protect individuals during an Earthquake. They then pitched their design to their peers in an attempt to win multiple investments.

On Wednesday afternoon the children participated in a Teams Building session. During the session, they worked in groups of 8 to complete a range of tasks. These tasks required the class to efficiently communicate, retain information and persevere through the challenges faced.

Year 5 have worked incredibly well this half term. I wish them all a safe, enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing them after.


This week we have been identifying and exploring forces. We began by looking at gravity and now understand that it is a force which pulls objects toward the centre of the Earth. Year 5 explored how gravity was discovered and who discovered it. We then undertook the challenge of designing a parachute. We discovered that air resistance was working against gravity. In terms of the parachute, air resistance was slowing down the amount of time taken to reach the ground. We carried out an experiment to see how changing the size of the parachute affects the amount of time it takes to fall to the ground. We discovered that the larger the parachute, the longer it took to fall to the ground as there was greater air resistance.


This week, Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their PE session. We have been working on developing our speaking, listening and communication skills during our Skills Builder sessions as well as our Bits and Bytes sessions. During our PE session the children worked as a team, using their problem solving skills, to complete a range of activities.


Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed being Artists this week. As our topic is Invasions, we have been looking at the work of Mark Garlick. The children analysed numerous pieces of work created by Mark, noticing that his work is based around the Solar System. Year 5 were amazed at Mark’s fantastic use of colour. They noticed that he uses similar colours for each piece of work which are carefully blended, causing an impressive effect. The children selected elements of his work that they liked, and began sketching them in their books. During the next few sessions, the children will be building on their skills as artists in order to create a piece of Art in the style of Mark Garlick. 


Year 5 have had a fun packed week! They spent Monday having a whole day of science activities. This was a fantastic experience for them to become Scientists and expand their scientific knowledge through practical exploration. As Mathematicians, Year 5 were exploring roman numerals. They recorded their birthdays in roman numerals before getting into age order.   The class also completed an Anti-Bullying workshop. They explored how bullying can occur in certain situations and how these can be solved.