Mrs Hawes and Mrs Lund – Year 5 and 6

Autumn Term 2018

Week Beginning 15th October 2018

Our final week of this half term has been a busy one. We started the week by completing the Sci-Fi stories we have been working on independently. We also reviewed our arithmetic and reasoning skills. In Science, Year 6 put their independent investigative skills to the test. Later in the week, Year 6 spent some time crafting their assembly and Year 5 went to Kingswood on their residential trip. From all reports, Year 5 enjoyed some great activities and beautiful weather. Photos are here!


We wish you all a restful half term holiday.

Week Beginning 8th October 2018

Year 5 and 6 children in Owls and Kingfishers have had a busy week. Throughout the week we have been crafting our new Sci-Fi stories independently. We have made use of our previous narrative writing experiences to support our vocabulary usage and sentence crafting. On Tuesday, Year 6 took part in a STEM challenge day at Soham Village College where their Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical skills were put to the test. Whilst Year 6 were away, Year 5 completed a mixed skill project day. On this day, we made hedgehog bread, completed mixed media Autumn project boards and worked through an engineering challenge (to design and create an effective catapult) in small teams. In addition to all this, we have also reviewed bar models in Maths, learnt about WW1 in History and had Korfball training in PE.

Week Beginning 1st October 2018


This week, we have been planning and writing a Sci-Fi story in stages. During the writing of our ‘Mission to Melarina’, the children have had opportunities to: plan out the five stages of their story arc; complete a vocabulary capture and craft sentences in various styles, some of which contained some advanced punctuation and structures.



We have continued to look at stories of faith this week but our focus religions have changed. This week, we enjoyed Sikh and Islamic stories which contained morals.


In our Invasion Games unit this week, we used shadowing techniques to improve our ability to intercept a football or hockey air flow ball.


How do we have Day and Night? What causes the changes of season? These are just two questions we have been researching this week?


We have been discussing how to be better learners by developing our listening skills. Through some small group debates, we discovered how to be both a good contributor and a good listener.

Week Beginning 24th September 2018


We have been developing our understanding of number further by looking at negative numbers. We made use of number lines to support this skill. We then applied our understanding when problem solving and looking at reasoning questions. We also created self-marking tests on EXCEL as a way of revising Place Value.


This week’s focus has been to look at Stories of Faith. We have focused on stories about Jesus told in the four books of the New Testament by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.


Year 5 and 6 enjoyed an opportunity to review their dribbling, passing and attacking skills in our Invasion Games unit.


Week Beginning 17th September 2018


We have been demonstrating a more secure understanding of place value this week. We have made use of our place value knowledge to support our activities involving rounding.

Year 6 Choral Day

On Tuesday, children in Year 6 were invited to attend a choral workshop hosted by Kings School in Ely. The vocal coaching was provided by vocal coach/ musical leader/ singer Rachel Staunton and members of the Kings Ely music department. As a group we trained our voices and learnt various songs in the recital room at the Hayward Theatre and the Lady Chapel in Ely Cathedral, before finally giving our concert to parents and onlookers under the Octagon in Ely Cathedral. Those of you able to join us will agree that the final sound our children produced was incredibly impressive, especially remembering that we were some of the youngest children there and learnt all of the words without lyric sheets.



This week’s Science lesson included a knowledge harvest of our current knowledge on the topic of Earth and Space. We recorded our knowledge in a variety of ways to best demonstrate our understanding.

Year 5 in the Explorers’ Area

While Year 6 were at their Choral Day, Year 5 went down to the Explorers’ Area. Whilst there, we enjoyed opportunities create, record (using charcoal) and tell our Stone Age stories around the camp fire. We also tried our hands at crafting shelters from natural resources. Later, we created pots out of clay similar to those created in the Stone Age.

Week Beginning 10th September 2018

NSPCC Workshop

Representatives from the NSPCC visited us this week. They shared their ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ Campaign with us. Now we are all aware of our rights and responsibilities.


We have continued to use the book ‘Flotsam’ this week to inspire our writing and provide us with opportunities to revise the GPS topics of parts of speech, noun phrases, fronted adverbials and punctuating dialogue.


This week was Biscuit Week in Science. We investigated which type of biscuit made the ‘best dunker’. By following the scientific method, we have given structure to our investigation.


Week Beginning 5th September 2018

Welcome back Year 5 and 6! We have enjoyed our first few days back at school and have settled into our new classes well. This week, we have tried several activities including:


After our initial discussions about Place Value and Number, we investigated combinations of digits using dice.



We began our year in Art by discussing how we combine colours to create tints, tones and shades. We focused on creating tints of a pure colour as a background for our Stone Age artwork.



This year’s English lessons started with some role play. We stepped into some ‘strange scenarios’ and then recorded our ideas from those role plays. Later, we used these ideas to inspire our first piece of writing: a diary entry.


Year 5 and 6 had a healthy start to the year by completing some activity circuits to raise our heart rates in PE.