Monthly Archives: November 2020

This week in Year 5!


In Maths this week we have been learning about …


Theo: This week we have been working on multiplication and we have been doing 4 digit numbers. For example, 2.804 x 5,682. Multiplication can be done in column multiplication. Multiplication is the opposite of division.

Polly: We have been learning about square numbers and cube numbers. Square numbers are numbers that you get when you times a number by itself twice, cube numbers are numbers you get when you times a number by itself three times.



In Science this week we have been learning about …


Rylan: How things dissolve in hot and cold water, like coffee, salt, oil and flour.

Jack: We put 3 spoons of salt in the pot with the water, then we had to spin it 3 times. Then we waited a couple of minutes for the salt to dissolve and you couldn’t see it. If you tasted it it would have tasted terrible because it had salt in it.

Leo:  Materials and how they disintegrate in water. Every row had a different item to put in the cold and hot water to see which dissolves. We had salt to add, in the cold water it didn’t dissolve but in the hot it did. I was surprised that salt didn’t dissolve in cold water.

Rylan: We put 3 spoons of salt in to see if it disappeared. It dissolved better in hot water than it did in cold water. I was surprised that flour went all lumpy, I thought it would have dissolved. The oil just floated on the top of the water.



In English this week we have been learning about …


This week in English, we’ve started a new topic focused on setting descriptions. We were given a range of extracts that showed good examples of what a setting description should look like. Using a table, we analysed the different texts, identifying sentences including the five senses or using figurative language (for example, similes, metaphors and personification.) We are excited to create desert settings next week!  

Bonnie Scotland

This week we have been learning all about Scotland. 

As part of our EXPLORE challenges we have had to: make a Scottish landmark, design our own tartan and paint pictures of the Loch Ness Monster. 

Our favourite facts about Scotland have been:

The national animal is a unicorn.

The Scottish eat Haggis (stuffed sheep’s stomach)

Some Scottish men wear a type of skirt called a kilt. 


We had great fun learning to Scottish dance in PE. The highland fling was certainly exhausting!

In English, we have been writing our own stories based on “Stuck”. This time we had a naughty elf who was throwing all kinds of toys and winter objects into a Christmas tree.

Maths has been learning all about partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and ones.  We have been practicing saying and writing our teen numbers.

In ICT we have been having a go at completing some Expresso coding. The children have impressed with their confidence and focus. 

Ten in the Bed

Ten in the Bed

We have had a week full of stories that involve counting. We looked at ‘Ten in the Bed’ and ‘Ten go Hide and Seek’ by Penny Dale. We also explored books such as ‘Five Enormous Dinosaurs’ and ‘One Mole Digging a Hole’. Perhaps you have some counting books at home you could look at?

We have continued looking after all the babies in our baby clinic as well as practising our road safety skills outside. The children have really enjoyed getting very messy whilst exploring colour mixing with powder paints. They’ve really shown their creative skills in the making and designing area. We have seen everything being made from wings and crowns to houses and rockets.

  • Our cooking activity next week will be making fairy cakes. We will be using: eggs, dairy and soya free margarine, self-raising flour, sugar and icing sugar.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school, we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.


Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into, he, she). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading.

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help!