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Key Stage 2 - Year 5 and 6 (Mrs Denise Wake)

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Woodlands Presentation Evening

Each group presented the power point they had made for one of the days at Woodlands - well done everyone for speaking clearly and with enthusiasm. (see below for the power points)

Computing with Lego

We followed instructions to build a Lego model. We then connected the motor to the computer and wrote a program to make our birds dance and even sing! We also used our knowledge about pulleys and gears (from our science lessons) to make the birds turn in different directions and at different speeds.

Transition afternoon

Year 4 spent the afternoon working with Year 5. We had a go at making balloon powered cars.

Our school production - Pirates and mermaids

We have enjoyed taking part in our school production this year. 

Year 6 celebrating their fantastic SATs results

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Follow up to our Woodlands trip

We have been working in groups to produce power point presentations ready to share with our families on Wednesday 15th July at 6pm.

Making volcanoes

This week in our topic on Natural Disasters we have been finding out about volcanoes. As part of this work we made volcanoes from form and dry and then used a mixture of vinegar, food colouring, washing-up liquid and bicarbonate of soda to make the lava.

Science - Investigating gears

More work on simple machines - this week we started to investigate gears by putting two gear wheels together. We discovered that the direction of movement changes when you use two connecting gear wheels. We also investigated what happens when you put different sized gear wheels together. We recorded how many times the smaller gear wheel went round when we turned the larger wheel once.

DT - Making and testing umbrellas

We finished making our prototype umbrellas and tested them out to see if our designs worked.

(Extra photos have been added to the umbrellas section below so you see our results)

Science - Investigating pulleys

We are continuing to look at simple machines in science. Over the past two weeks we have investigated fixed and moveable single pulleys to see if they make moving a load easier.

Making umbrellas in DT

Last week in DT we looked at umbrellas and how their shape helps to keep the rain off. We poured water onto different 3D shapes to see which shapes could be used for an umbrella. We then looked at photographs of different umbrellas - most of them were very similar shapes but we also found a few new designs. After that we tried designing our own umbrellas. We came up with many different designs including umbrellas for two people walking side by side, hands-free umbrellas, umbrellas that could be used on a bicycle and even one to keep your dog dry!

This week we chose our favourite design to make into a prototype. We used card, straws and plastic bags. 

Key Stage 2 Elections

As part of our PSHE/Citizenship lessons we have been learning about how our country is governed and how parliament is organised. We looked at how MPs are elected and how our voting system works. We are learning more about the election system by running our own Key Stage 2 election.

Each group (party) has

  • come up with a party name
  • decided on a colour and symbol to represent them
  • written a manifesto (an activity that all the school can do)
  • written a speech
  • produced posters and leaflets
  • designed their own rosettes

On Monday each party will make a speech to try to persuade the electorate to vote for them. This will be followed by a secret ballot at our polling station. Results will be announced on Tuesday.


Everyone has been very keen to promote their party with many children making posters and leaflets at home and during break times.

Science - Investigating levers

We started our new topic on Forces by looking at levers. We looked at examples of everyday objects which use levers and identified where the pivot, load and effort were for each one. We found out that some levers make jobs easier.

Maths investigation

As part of our work on 2-D shape we carried out an investigation to see how many different triangles we could make with a certain number of lolly sticks. We recorded out results in a table. By studying our results we were able to find some patterns and make predictions.

Science - Investigating sound

As part of our topic about the BBC 10 pieces, we worked with Years 3 and 4 to carry out experiments to find out more about sound. We thought about how sounds are made and how they travel and we found out how to change the pitch and loudness.

See Year 3/4 page for photographs 


The visit from John Foster last week inspired us to write our own poems. John shared some poems he had written about letters of the alphabet. If I were a ....

We used dictionaries to find powerful and interesting adjectives to put in our poems. 

See below for our poems.

Making a Stop Motion film

We had our first go at making a stop motion film today using the ipads. We all enjoyed making the short films and were very pleased with the results. In the next few weeks we hope to make films to fit some of the pieces of music from the BBC 10 pieces.

Science - changing materials

This week in science we made careful observations as we heated different types of food. We used bread, chocolate, margarine, jelly, egg and cheese and heated them over a tea light. We were surprised by how some of the foods behaved, especially the bread, egg and jelly. After leaving the foods to cool down we made some more observations and decided if the reaction was reversible or irreversible. Most of the time this was easy to decide but there were some differences of opinions about some.

Mayan masks

We looked at photographs of ancient Mayan masks to find out how they were made. We then tried making our own versions using card, coloured paper, tissue paper and ribbon. It took a long time to stick on all our mosaic pieces but we are pleased with the results.

Preparing Mayan food

As part of our topic on Ancient Maya we found out about the food they would have eaten. We prepared tortillas and a tomato salsa (see photos below). We enjoyed eating them and drinking hot cocoa (see photos on Year 3/4 page).  

Science - testing properties of materials

Which material makes the best thermal insulator?

We worked as a class to investigate this question. We wrapped plastic cups in different materials - bubble wrap, newspaper, sweatshirt, cotton wool, fake fur, towel and kitchen roll and we also left one uncovered as our control. We filled the cups with hot water and recorded the temperature every two minutes. We found out that all the materials insulated but the best was the newspaper.

DT / Topic

We have been making Mayan pendants and brooches based on traditional designs (see photos below).


We also worked in groups with years 3 and 4 to make a building from a Mayan city, we used lego or card to construct our building. We also used books and the internet to research what the building was used for, we used our research to fill in an information card (see photos on Year 3/4 page)

English - poetry

We read "The Commentator" by Gareth Owen and then had a go at writing our own versions of a commentator style poem (see below).

Maths work on measuring

In maths this week our topic has been measuring. We have looked at scales on measuring instruments trying to work out what each mark on the scale is worth. We have also been converting between different metric measures. We also practised our estimation skills with a game of Estimation Golf (see photos below). In the game each member of the group estimated before measuring the length, capacity, mass, temperature or time depending on the "hole". The person who was closest to the actual measurement won that hole.

Testing materials

We started our new science topic "Properties and changes of materials" by testing different materials. We tried to answer these questions:

  • Which rock is the hardest?
  • Which materials are the most absorbent?
  • Which materials conduct electricity?
  • Which materials are magnetic?
  • Which materials conduct heat?

For each test we made predictions before we carried out the test.

Term 3

Welcome back and a Happy New Year.

See below for our plan for Term 3.

Christmas wrapping paper

We used the shapes and drawing tools on Word to make our pictures and then we copied them to make our wrapping paper. We turned our wrapping paper into boxes for our homemade chocolate marshmallow fudge and peppermint creams.

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Making boats

We have continued to investigate boats in DT. We made rafts by lashing together short lengths of bamboo and then we added a sail. We then went on to make a paddle boat from balsa wood, lolly sticks and rubber bands. As you will see from the photographs they worked well.

My Magic Box

We read the poem "The Magic Box" by Kit Wright. We then imagined what our magic box would look like and thought about the things we would put in it. We wrote our own versions of the poem and created our magic boxes in maths.

The Magic Box by Kit Wright

Science - Different food groups

In science this week we have started to look at why we eat and how food is used in our body. We worked in groups to sort food into different food groups. We then decided where the different groups should go on our "plate" according to the proportion we should be eating for a balanced diet.

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Maths - investigating nets for 3D shapes

In maths this week we started looking at 3D shapes. We used the magnetic polygons to help us investigate nets for 3D shapes. We made the shapes and then "opened up" the shape to make a net. We then sketched the nets. We found out that there is more than one net for each of the shapes.


In RE today we found out about mezuzah. We then made our own mezuzah (see photos). We wrote our own wishes or prayers for our family to put inside and then decorated the case with things that are important to our family.


[This was Children in Need day - just in case you are wondering why we are all in our pyjamas when you look at the photos!]

We carried on with our topic on boats, today we looked at which shapes are best at moving through the water. We cut polystyrene into different shapes and tried them out in the water trays.  


Today we had our first lesson with our new iPads - as you can see everyone concentrated very hard to move beebot around the mazes.


In DT this term we are going to be making model boats. We started by looking at photographs of different boats and discussed the materials they were made from, their shape and what made them move through the water.

Our challenge was then to get a ball of plasticine to float! This took quite a lot of thought and several trial runs but we all managed in the end. Have a look at our designs.


In art this term we have been looking at texture. We started by looking for examples of texture in our environment. We made sketches and took photos of what we saw. We then made careful pencil drawings trying to match the photos. Finally we turned our drawings into clay tiles which we then painted. Here are some examples of our work.

RE - Making a sukkah

This week in RE we have been learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot. During this festival the Jewish people live in temporary shelters called sukkahs to help them remember the time when their ancestors lived in the desert after escaping from Egypt. A sukkah has three sides and a roof made from leaves and branches, they are sometimes decorated with fruit.Take a look at our model sukkahs (see photos).

Making fruit salads

In DT today (2/10/14) we made the fruit salads we have been planning over the last couple of weeks(see photos).

In our first DT lesson we tried various fruits from around the world, we also looked at how the different fruits grew. After that we used out computer skills to produce a questionnaire to give to our partner to find out what they would like in their fruit salad. We used the information from our questionnaires to write a recipe. Today we used our recipes to make the fruit salad. Everyone enjoyed making the fruit salads but the best part was eating them! (Delicious!!)

Exploring the world

Our topic this term is "Exploring the world". We have used an atlas and the globe to find places in the world that we have visited. We can name and locate the continents and the oceans. We have also looked at the different climate zones around the world. We started this outside on our large chalked world map, where we noticed how the average temperatures around the world changed (see photos). We also worked in groups to match typical weather, climate zone and continent with particular countries (see photos of us at work).

Finding out about day and night

We used the Children's University of Manchester website to explore what happens to the number of hours of daylight during the year. In groups we came up with possible ideas as to why this happens. We then tested out our ideas using a model world and a torch to represent the sun (see photos).

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Class information


Years 5 and 6 are mostly taught by Mrs Wake with the help of Mrs Campbell who supports specific children.

Art and music are taught by Mrs Fell and French is taught by Mrs Campbell.



Your child will be doing PE on Wednesday and Friday, except for the terms when they do Forest School then there will be no Friday PE.

What we do in PE changes term to term but you will be informed at the beginning of each term whether your child needs a P.E. kit or swimming kit for Wednesday's PE lesson.


PE kit should contain shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit and trainers. Please make sure that all items are named.

Your child will be given spellings to learn on a Monday and will be tested on the following Monday. If children do not get a sufficient amount correct in their test they will come back on Wednesday lunch time to be tested again.


We ask all parents to encourage their child to read every day. Most children will be reading independently by this stage but it is still important to talk to your child about what they are reading and share books with them. This can help them to understand new vocabulary and ensure good comprehension.


Homework is handed out on a Thursday and needs to be brought back into school on the following  Monday. Your child will usually have 2 pieces of homework to complete.


In addition to this, it is important for children to practice their mental maths skills regularly. Knowing their number bonds and times tables, including the division facts, will help them with many different areas of maths.

In our class there is a times tables test every Wednesday. The start of most maths lessons includes mental maths work.


Helpful websites to support mathematical learning:






Please see the schools calculation booklet, which we sent home after our maths evening, for other practical ideas to help your child with their maths. If you have any questions please come and see me.



To view our daily class timetable and Autumn Term plans please click on the documents below. Please be aware that this timetable is flexible and may be altered for special events, trips and extended learning activities.