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Welcome to Year 5

Hello and welcome to the Summer term here at St. Hild's! I hope you all had a lovely time over the Easter holidays and are ready and raring to go for the next term together. As always in Year 5, we have a lot of exciting opportunities planned that will keep us all very busy! smiley


Our topic this term is 'One Moment in Time' and this thread will run through a lot of the work we do across the curriculum. In history, we will be learning about World War Two and how this conflict has shaped the world we live in today. Whilst in geography, we will be learning all about wartime evacuation, focusing on where children were evacuated from and to and why. Our art topic will focus on the work of Abram Games - a WW2 propaganda poster printer. 


Our PE this term will be on a Wednesday afternoon so please come to school wearing your PE kit on this day. You will also need your reading book every day. 


I will keep you up to date with the exciting things we are getting up to via our Class Dojo page but if you ever have any questions, let me know. 


Mr Grant and Mrs White smiley

Partner Balances

In gymnastics, we worked with a partner to practise counter balances that relied on our partner to keep us steady!

Fun in the snow!

Multi-Faith Day

Pandora Reports

We completed non-chronological reports about the planet Pandora and presented them across a double page - they look fantastic!

Picasso Inspired Self Portraits

In our art unit this year, we focused on the work of Picasso and tried to draw our own self portraits in his style - they look great!

Kindness Poetry

End Zone with the SSP

We had a great session with Caitlin from the SSP who showed us a brand new game called 'End Zone' which we thought was great!

Finding Square Numbers

Leadership Afternoon

Year 5 had the chance to take part in a leadership afternoon this term to help develop our confidence and teamworking skills. Half of the class went to Maiden Castle to help deliver a sports event while the other half spent time in Early Years helping our youngest children in the forest school.

Lumiere Artwork

We were very lucky to be chosen to work with local artist Mick Stephenson this year to contribute to his Lumiere installation. It was great to be able to see our hard work on display in Durham city centre!

Taste Testing

Chartwells visited us today and delivered a session where we taste-tested foods from a variety of different countries. We thought most of the new things were delicious (but a few didn't go down too well!). 


We worked with our visitors from the NSPCC to discuss what we can do to keep ourselves and others safe in difficult situations. 

European Day of Languages

To celebrate the European Day of Languages, we researched and practised how to say 'hello' in loads of different languages!

Year 5 September 2022 - July 2023

Captain Chemistry

Our morning session with Captain Chemistry was so exciting - we could have kept going all day! We were hands on with a range of experiments including making our own acid detecting, colour-changing liquid, and (our personal favourite) The Whoosh Bottle!

Quidditch Festival

The Quidditch festival we took part in was so much fun - we even had our very own Golden Snitch!

Hoopstarz Session

Honey Flapjacks

We spent a few weeks of our summer term learning and writing about bees: where they live, about their anatomy, and how they make honey. To finish the unit, we made honey flapjacks to enjoy (and wrote a secret recipe card too!).

Separating Mixtures

In science, we experimented with how to separate individual components of a mixture by using techniques such as filtering, sieving and evaporating.

Competition Winners

How Vast is Space?

We went out onto the playground and measured how far apart each of the planets are (to scale) and couldn't believe how huge the distances became for planets like Neptune!

Liz Million Visit

Our visit from Liz Million was awesome and the artwork we produced was so impressive!

First Aid Session

We learnt some valuable, life-saving skills in our First Aid workshop!

Solar System Posters

We showcased our learning about the Solar System by creating these artistic posters to show a whole range of features :)

Coronation Picnic


We loved trying Scatterball with the SSP - it was a great new sport which got us all active (and very competitive!)

Coding a Google Logo

Pizza Making

Our DT unit this term was all about making Italian food. On Thursday, we tested a variety of different pasta sauces to find out which flavours we liked before following Gino D'Acampo's recipe to make pizza from scratch on Friday. It was a busy two days but the results were delicious!

Lego Competition Winners!

We were thrilled to find out that our entry into the Lego 'Build the Change' challenge was chosen as the winner from the whole of the UK! We won 10,000 Lego bricks for the school (which we had to give a thorough testing to) and also had a professional photoshoot - it was a super experience! smiley

World Book Day!

We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day in Year 5. We enjoyed our annual parade in the hall to show off our costumes before spending time creating our own books, listening to stories, and - most importantly - doing some reading of our own! :)

For our art project this half term, we created Roman tiles using the mosaic style. We tried to create images in the centre of our tiles using the mosaic effect. 

Cooking with Chartwells

We enjoyed our session with Chartwells about the importance of healthy eating. We learnt about the Eatwell Plate, thought about our snack choices at home, and made some delicious chocolate and banana hummus to taste! smiley

Roman Catapults

Our history work on the Romans and our science work on levers and pulleys coincided when we made our own Roman catapults! We tried to stay historically accurate with how the catapult would have been fired but we also used our science knowledge about levers to make it fire as far as possible!

Prayer Spaces with Pete from Emmanuel Church

Pete from Emmanuel Church came to spend an afternoon with Y5 to show us how we could run our own prayer space. The activities gave us all a chance to reflect on what is important to us and helped us to think about how our behaviours can impact on other people.

Getting Started with MicroBits

We have loved coding with the MicroBits this term - there are so many different ways to code them that it was like a big investigation every lesson!

Making Parachutes

In science, we explored the force of air resistance by comparing how an object falls without a parachute and then with a parachute. The children gave some great answers afterwards as to why the parachute they made helped slow down their 'skydiver' :)

DT Moving Toys

Our DT project this term was to create moving toys using a CAMs mechanism. After designing and planning our toy, we got to use saws to cut the wood to the right length and then use different techniques to join everything together. They turned out really well!

Christmas Time!!!

As always, the time before Christmas was exceptionally busy this year but we had a great time enjoying our Christmas parties, Christmas lunches and Christmas treats! smiley

Natural Art

While half the class were in the forest school, the other half gathered as many loose, natural materials as they could to create these lovely pieces of natural art which were inspired by flowers at the edge of the school field :) 

Vector Drawings

Our first computing unit this spring was looking at vector drawings. These are pictures that are made up of smaller shapes combined together to make a larger image. Some of our trial artwork was excellent smiley

Fraction Walls in Maths

At the start of our unit on fractions, we created our own fraction walls to help us spot equivalent fractions!

Onomatopoeic Pop Art

Our art this term has been focused around the 'Pop Art' style. The children really captured the vibrancy of this style with their artwork - they look like they could have come straight out of some comic books!


This term, we have enjoyed working with Marie-Claire from the SSP to develop our gymnastic skills of balancing, rolling and travelling. The final routines the children came up with were excellent! smiley

Maths How-To Videos

We had a great time in maths recording how-to videos explaining the methods we use for addition and subtraction. The children were naturals in front of the camera and made sure their videos were informative and entertaining!

Willow Weaving