Category: Class 5

Year 5 – 51 things to do before we’re 11¾

Class 5 went to Wollaton Park on Friday to build homes for wild animals – one of our 51 things to do before we’re 11¾!

Year 5 channel Archimedes!

Ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes said, ‘Give me a place to stand and I will move the Earth.’ Class 5 put this to the test by measuring how much force was needed to lift 100g at different distances from a fulcrum.

Year 5’s Mighty Maths Challenge

Class 5 have been getting active in our maths lessons. We used cubes to help us work out a formula for the volume of  a 3D shape.

Then it was time for our Mighty Maths Mission. How can we calculate the height of  tree that we cant reach the top of? Thales the great Greek mathematician and his similar triangles to the rescue!

Year 5 create a Greek menu

Last Friday we looked into what traditional Greek food is. The children designed menus for a 3 course meal and we then picked a starter, main and dessert to prepare and eat as a class. We loved chopping and cooking all the dishes together and most of us enjoyed tasting them too!

Year 5 build the Parthenon in Sheffield!

Class 5 had a fabulous trip to the Weston Park Museum in Sheffield.

We met some gods and some slaves (the slaves didn’t look very happy!)

It was all hands on deck to build the Parthenon 😊

After a busy morning building and acting we had a lovely picnic we explored the Ancient Greek items in the rest of the Museum.

Year 5 at Into University

It has been a very busy week in Class 5! On Tuesday we went to Into University. Class 5 were stars , they had a long walk in the rain but there were no complaints. The class worked very hard and were rewarded with wristbands and a class prize. We all had a lovely time and learned all about what to expect at University. There’s even a Chocolate Society at Nottingham University!! 😊

Year 5 hook day

Class 5 built working prototypes of Lunar Rovers for our first hook day. We evaluated them based on their speed, grip and the distance they travelled, then improved them based on the results.

Year 5 maths challenge morning

We had a fabulous time at the Nottingham High School Maths Challenge morning with a few of our Year 5 pupils. It was great to see our children so engaged and enjoying their maths.

Year 5’s science becomes art!

Class 5 dissected lilies to find and identify the sexual reproductive parts. We then created artwork from the different pieces for our display!

Year 5’s experiment update!

Week 2 of Class 5’s geranium and willow watch. The willow is starting to produce runners but the geranium is yet to show signs of asexual reproduction. We’ll update you after half term!

Year 5 investigate plant reproduction

Will this soft geranium or willow reproduce asexually?

Class 5 will keep you updated over the next few weeks!

Year 5 – Bikeability

Class 5 took part in Bikeability this term and have been awarded certificates and badges to congratulate them for taking part and passing levels 1 and 2!

Year 5 make Greek god statues

Class 5 have been making statues of Greek gods as an introduction to our new Project!

Year 5 revise perimeters

To revise perimeter, Class 5 measured objects in the classroom. Next, compound shapes!

Year 5’s amazing project homework!

Thank you to all children (and the adults who helped them!) for the amazing Project homework this term. We have proudly put them on display in the classroom (or happily eaten, in some cases!). Can’t wait to see what you bring next term!

Year 5 create chemical reactions!

As part of our ‘Properties of Materials’ topic in science, Class 5 have been looking at reversible and irreversible reactions. Today we blew up balloons by mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to create a chemical (irreversible) reaction that produces carbon dioxide!

Year 5 How far are the planets from the sun?

As part of their project based learning, Year 5 had so much fun and learned lots by working together to produce scaled representations of how far the planets are from the sun using toilet rolls!!

End of term music performance

Years 4, 5 and 6 played their guitars and flutes beautifully in the end of term music performance.  It was clear to see and hear the progression through the year groups and the impact of weekly lessons.  It is also true that most children respond so well to music and art sessions within the curriculum.

Year 5 – National Space Centre trip

Class 5 visited the National Space Centre as part of their Space Project, and to help answer their Essential Question, ‘Who Won the Space Race?’. We watched a film about training to be an astronaut in the amazing Planetarium, then got to experience some of the training ourselves. It was out of this world!

Year 5 – It IS Rocket Science!

Class 5 have really enjoyed the challenge of building and testing their own rockets. There were problems to solve and flights to be measured. We definitely have some budding engineers here!

Year 5 Mighty Maths Challenge

We challenged Class 5 to discover the relationship between the distance between objects and their orbital period. They donned their lab coats and were off!


Year 5 at Nottingham Contemporary

Class 5 visited the Nottingham Contemporary on Thursday 27th September as part of this year’s GARCIA project. We spent some walking around the gallery, looking at sculptures by the designers Trix and Robert Haussman, and at an exhibition by Mexian artist Pia Camil. Afterwards, the children got to work with an artist to start creating their own piece of art, which will go on display at the Contemporary in November!

Year 5 at Nottingham Contemporary Garcia Project

Class 5 had a wonderful time exploring globalisation through art and creating patterns based around a T-shirts journey to screen print onto mirrors. We are looking forward to seeing our work exhibited at Nottingham Contemporary Museum.


Year 5 & 6 Maths Trail

Children from Class 5 and 6 enjoyed an exciting and engaging day at Nottingham University Jubilee Campus developing their maths skills.

Led by Secondary Maths PGCE students, are pupils had to complete a variety of maths activities including: problem solving, measure, geometry and calculation.

Based around the World Cup, pupils worked in teams gathering clues to identify who had stolen the world cup.

Our pupils demonstrated great team work, resilience, problem solving skills to list just a few. An amazing day was enjoyed by all!

We’re already looking forward to next year!

Year 5 Ancient Greece Day

An excited Class 5, travelled back in time to Ancient Greece to investigate life as a Greek child!  The day commenced with pupils role playing the story of ‘Kronus: The King of the Titans’ – the beginning of the first generation of Gods and Goddesses. Fantastic drama skills were displayed by those involved, creating a highly entertaining show!

Using math skills, pupils worked as a team to solve Archimedes puzzles and played strategy games.  Followed by a quiz hunt, pupils were keen to gather more information about that period of time.  Two leaders were then chosen to persuade their fellow classmates to join either a democratic or dictator led state!

Eager to learn more, children developed their knowledge and understanding of battles between City States, soldier armour and tactics used against their enemies!  Our pupils enthusiastically repeated battle commands and actions as they performed battle training!

Finally, our exciting and fun-filled day ended with ‘The Olympics’! Boys and competed against each other to win their team crown by participating in a variety of events!  Records were broken to cheers of joy, as pupils showed great athletic skills and a determination to win!

Throughout the day all pupils displayed were truly engaged and participated in all activities.  They showed great teamwork and a genuine interest in their quest to learn more about Ancient Greece.

Class 5 Chemical Reactions Investigation – Science Week

As part of Science week, pupils in Class 5 investigated chemical reactions! Following their own off lines of enquiry, pupils mixed different reactants and observed chemical reactions to see if new products were created. Some pupils furthered their investigation by independently changing one variable to see if the result differed.

Pupils enthusiastically explained if a reversible or irreversible reaction had taken place. Using scientific vocabulary, they could explain how carbon dioxide and casein plastic were created, making links with many products that are used today.

A fun and educational afternoon was enjoyed by all!

Year 5 PSHCE – Government Spending Debate

An afternoon debate started with a discussion of the role of the government and the services they provide for their people. Working in teams, pupils had to imagine they were the Government of our country.

After pupils were given 15 cards displaying goods, services and laws/rights on which the government could spend their money. The teams had to decide which 10 they believed were important. Children took turns during discussions to argue for and against spending on items they believed to be important.

Once a consensus had been agreed, they had to make an even tougher decision to keep only five! All pupils actively participated during discussions giving sound reasons for their spending. Children were able to say which items where luxury goods or necessities. The children were also able to argue strongly for the need to address environmental issues and peoples human rights.

Year 5 – Southwell Workhouse visit

Class 5 pupils travelled back in time to experience life as a child living in a workhouse. Linked to their project and Shared Reading book ‘Twist of Gold’, children went back to 1847 to learn about life for those children who were forced into the workhouse due to the Great Famine.

On their arrival, pupils were separated into boys and girls and did not mix again! After changing into clothes representative of that time, pupils met the House Master, Madam and school teacher! They were very strict! Once the rules were understood, pupils learnt about the roles of boys and girls. Boys were expected to farm and undertake labour intensive jobs, whilst the girls where introduced to cooking, cleaning and servant roles! Nevertheless, education was important, so the day always began with learning to read, write and maths.

The pupils developed their knowledge and understanding about the harsh living conditions such as: daily timetable, food and meals, work, sleeping quarters, healthcare, separation from family, punishment and compulsory attendance at Church every Sunday.

Year 5 – What Is The American Dream?

Through our class novel ‘Twist of Gold’ by Michael Murpurgo, pupils have been learningabout the impact of the Great Famine, which led to the mass migration of Irish people  to the USA. In search of answers to our class project ‘What is the American dream?’, pupils researched information about The Statue of Liberty.

In class, we have been discussing if the symbolisation of freedom and democracy, has been achieved by those in search of the American Dream!

Through Art and Design, pupils recreated the Statue of Liberty’s iconic features. After they took still images of their peers in pose.  Finally, through the development of line drawing and shading skills, pupils created self portraits.

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