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Welcome to Years 5 and 6

Transition morning

For our transition Year 4 joined Year 5 for the morning. We worked together to make straw gliders. We started by making a basic glider and thought of different ways to change it. Finally we made our "best" glider to enter the competition to see which one would fly the furthest.


We enjoyed making Lego models and then programming them to make them move.

Mystery at Magpie Manor

At last we got to put on our costumes! Don't we all look great in our 1920s style outfits.

Making vehicles

We discussed the problems we had getting the wheels to move on our junk model vehicles before designing the vehicles we are going to make from wood. We then measured and cut the wood to make the frames. We are now adding the wheels, thinking carefully about how we place the axel and wheels.

At last we have finished our vehicles - we tried them outside and most of them worked!

Making pinhole cameras

In our science lesson this week we revised how the eye worked and then made a "model eye" or pinhole camera. We tried to make the image clearer by changing the size of the pinhole and by putting different lenses in front of the hole.

Maths investigation

We have been working on finding the volume of cubes and cuboids. Our investigation involved finding the cuboid with the biggest volume that could be made from a sheet of paper 20cm by 20cm. We made boxes without lids by cutting off a square from each corner. As you can see from the photos this involved careful measuring and calculating. 

Celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday

Making coil pots

We looked at photographs of early clay pots that have been found by archaeologists. We then tried making our own clay pots using the coiling technique.


Now you can see our finished results.


Topic work

We have been looking at how houses changed during the Stone Age to Iron Age - from caves and tents made of animal skins to hill forts. We then had a go at making a round house or a tent.

Rocket Science - Update 2

Day 17 and nearly all the seeds have germinated and are growing well. As yet there doesn't seem to be any difference between the two packets of seeds.

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RE - The Trinity

We have been learning about The Trinity in RE. We looked at verses in the bible and decided if they showed God as the Father, Son or Holy Spirit. After that we looked at how artists have show the idea of The Trinity from early paintings to modern sculpture. We then made our own representations of The Trinity using paints, pastels, collage and pencils (see the results below).

Rocket science update 1

Monday 25th April - our seeds have germinated.

The seeds have germinated in all the 8 trays.

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Rocket Science

We are very excited about being part of the "Rocket Science" experiment. This is a nation wide science investigation looking at how seeds that have been in space grow compared to seeds that have stayed here on Earth.

On 2nd September 2015 2kg of rocket seed were taken by the Soyuz 44S to the International Space Station. The seeds were then stored in microgravity by Tim Peake (the first British astronaut) before returning to Earth in March 2016.

We have been given two packets of seeds to sow (100 in each)- one red packet and the other blue. One contains the seeds that have been in space but we don't know which (although most of the class have already made predictions that it is the blue packet!). The experiment will last for 35 days. During that time we have to record data which will then be entered into an online database.

We will keep you informed of our progress.

Cave paintings

During our topic lesson this week we looked at another source of evidence about Stone Age life - cave paintings. We discussed how the paintings may have been made and what they show us about life in the Stone Age.

Starting our new topic

Our new topic is "Stone Age to Iron Age". For this period of history, known as prehistory, there are no written records so we talked about what evidence there might be and how people access it. We came up with archaeology. We started our topic by taking on the role of archaeologists (see photos on Year 3/4 page - you will need to scroll down the page and click on the icon). There was a lot of discussion about what our finds showed us and what things would be there for people to find in the future.


Plan for Term 5

Science - making parachutes

Our challenge was to drop an egg from the climbing frame without smashing it. We looked at photographs of parachutes and talked about how they worked. Each of us then designed a parachute to lower the egg safely. We then shared our ideas with our group and chose which designs to make. After making our prototypes we tried dropping them from the climbing frame - we came to the conclusion that our parachutes were not big enough! Next came the real challenge of making the parachute to lower the egg. As you can see from the photos below some of us were more successful than others.

Europe topic

We are working in groups to find out about a country in Europe. (see photos on Year 3/4 page)

World Book Day

As you can see from the photos below we all had fun dressing as our favourite book characters today. We worked in pairs taking it in turns to interview each other. We had to answer the questions about our character in role. We used the notes we made to tell the rest of the class about our partner's character. 

Science - investigating air resistance

We continued our topic on forces this week by investigating air resistance using paper helicopters. We started by thinking about what might affect the speed of the paper helicopter and then we chose which variable to change. We tried changing the size of the wings, the shape of the wings, the weight, the size and the material we used. We carried out each experiment 3 times and then calculated the mean average.


DT -Pizza making

At long last the day arrived when we could make our pizzas.

Over the past couple of weeks we have: tasted pizza toppings to find our favourites; made questionnaires to find out what type of pizza our partner would like; designed our pizzas and listed the ingredients and equipment we would need.

Today we made the pizza dough and shaped it and then added the toppings to make a bespoke pizza for our partners. As you can see from the photos below they were all a great success. Well done everyone! 

Science investigation

We have been finding out which surface has the most friction by measuring the distance the toy car travels. We took care to make our tests fair and made sure we repeated each test run three times. Our results showed that carpet and the surface in Foundation stage outside area had the most friction and the table tops and work surface had the least.

Animal day

Today we all came to school dressed as animals. The school council had organised this dress down day with a difference to raise money for the Oxfordshire Animal Sanctuary. As you can see there were many different animals (can you guess who was dressed as a lobster!)

Maths - Body measures

Here are the results of our investigation on body measures from the past and how our body measures compare. The investigation involved measuring using Imperial units and working out mean averages and even adding fractions.

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Do objects weigh the same in air and in water?

We carried out an investigation to find the answer to this question. First we weighed the objects in the air using a Newton metre and then we weighed them in water. We discovered that the objects weighed less in air and the objects that floated weighed 0 Newtons.


We have been finding out how people in ancient times used parts of their bodies as measures e.g. cubit, foot, thumb joint. We are finding out how our body measurements compare with these.

Stop motion films

In our computing lessons we have been making stop motion films for a verse from "The Highwayman" poem. Here are some examples (unfortunately some of the files were too big to be uploaded to the website).


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Making Roman shields

This week we have been making Roman shields using cardboard and other scrap materials. The designs we painted on our shields were based on the shields the Roman army used. 

Roman feast

All of Key Stage 2 were involved in cooking Roman dishes for our Roman feast this week.




Roman sweet and sour carrots


Pear soufflé

Roman honey biscuits



(see Year 3/4 page for photos)


The Highwayman

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been studying the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes in our English lessons. In particular we have been imagining how the different characters would be feeling at various points in the story. We have all been involved in role play - playing the part of Bess tied to her bedpost; hot seating in the roles of the Highwayman, Bess and Tim; scripting and acting out a television news report on the death of Bess and retelling the story from Tim's point of view.


In computing we are working on producing a stop motion video to go with part of the poem (see photos below).

Visit from Titus

We all enjoyed the visit of Titus the Roman soldier on Tuesday (for photos see Year 3 and 4 page).

Takeover day

Friday 20th November was takeover day - where the children and adults switch places for the day.

Well done to all those in years 5 and 6 who took on an adult role (see Latest News for photos).


Felix set us some challenging maths problems in his Maths Vegas lesson. We had fun making bubbling potions in Claudia's science lesson. For our Forest School session in the afternoon we walked to the woods led by Felix and Claudia and supported by Austin. In the woods we were set the task of working in groups to make part of a Roman town from the natural materials around us. We all had a great day.

Children in need

Well done to Year 6 who organised a very successful day (see latest news for details and photos).

Museum workshop

On Tuesday 3rd November we all took part in a museum workshop as part of our topic on the Romans. There were lots of different activities for us to do:

  • finding out about the Roman army and dressing up as a Roman soldier
  • finding out about how Roman roads were made
  • looking at and handling Roman artefacts
  • playing Roman games
  • finding out about what Romans wore and how they kept their clothes clean


We all enjoyed the workshop and learnt a lot. Thanks HOOH (Hands on Oxford Heritage).

Plan for Term 2 2015 - 16

Topic- Our Roman Town

Over the past two weeks we have been working with Years 3 and 4 to make a Roman town. Each group was given a building from the town to research using books and the internet. Using our research we produced an information poster and made a model of our building. Finally we used the information posters from all the groups to help us answer quiz questions about a Roman town. 

Science - Separating mixtures

Our challenge was to find ways to separate different mixtures: sand and staples; sand and water; flour and rice; salt and water; flour and water; coloured pegs. We had a choice of equipment including: magnets, sieves, kitchen roll, cotton wool, funnels, coffee filters, tweezers, cups, spoons, petri dishes and plastic dishes. We managed to separate most of the mixtures but we found the salt water more of a challenge. We have left some in the dishes to see what happens - we predict that the water will evaporate and leave the salt behind.



English and Topic- Roman House Adverts

In English we have been looking at how advertisers use persuasive language to help sell a product. We used the internet to look at the way houses are advertised. We also used the internet and books to find out about the houses of the rich and poor in Roman times. We then wrote our own adverts to sell an ancient Roman house or villa (see below)

Maths -gathering data

We have carried out various measuring activities:

  • measuring the length of a rubber band as weights are added to stretch it
  • measuring the length of pencils in mm
  • measuring our heights
  • measuring the height of a candle after it has been burning for a set time
  • measuring the depth of water in a cup with a hole in
  • measuring the temperature during the day in the classroom and outside
  • measuring the temperature of hot water as it cools

We recorded our results in tables.

Next week we will draw graphs to show these results.

Science - Mixing solids and liquids

This week in science we have been mixing solids [salt, flour, sugar, rice, washing powder, dried yeast, bicarbonate of soda and coffee] with water. We predicted what would happen and then made careful observations when we mixed them. Some of them surprised us.

Topic and DT - Our Roman Town

We are working in groups with Years 3 and 4 to research a particular building in a Roman town. The information we find will be displayed on a poster for the other groups to look at. We are also using our DT lessons to make a model of our building. All the buildings will be displayed in our Roman town.

Photos of us working on this project are on the Year 3/4 page.

DT - Making Roman style sandals

We started by looking at pictures of Roman sandals and talked about how they were made and fastened. After that we designed our own Roman style sandals. Next we made a prototype to test out our design. After making any necessary adjustments we then made our final versions and tried them out.

Science - Is it a solid or a liquid?

We thought we knew the answer to this question until we started to investigate. We tried different tests - stirring, pouring, keeping its shape, run test and using a sieve. We found that salt and sand behaved like liquids! [We discussed why this was and worked out that we really needed to have tested just one grain of salt or sand]. The tricky ones were toothpaste, hair gel and shaving foam they sometimes behaved like a solid and sometimes like a liquid.

Story telling

This week in English we have been looking at "Just so" type stories. We started by learning the story of the first koala and then retelling it in groups. After that we worked in groups of three to retell a different story. We made sure we spoke clearly and with good expression, some groups even used actions to help with their retelling. 

Our first day in Years 5 and 6

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Plan for Term 1 2015-16

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, 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 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.