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Here is our Spring Newsletter

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The Land of Neverendings

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Our new book is a dazzling story about a world powered by imagination.  In 'The Land of Neverendings' we enter a world of silliness where humans and their toys live on long after they have left the Hard World...


We've just started reading this book put we can't wait to share with you the work we'll be doing around it.

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Science activities

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We explored the moon's phases with oreos then investigated weight and gravity by dropping balls into flour and coco powder.
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Centre for Life trip.

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We visited the planetarium, robot exhibition, science theatre and curiosity zone.


Shea said, "It was interesting to learn that Uranus lies on its side because scientists think something bumped into it."

"I really liked the actor robot because it could tell whether you were smiling and then gave a response!" exclaimed Josh.

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We've started reading our thrilling class novel. The story is about a young girl whose dad goes missing. Can she persuade her new friends to help her find him?

An epic quest across wild Scottish highlands and islands begins, where friendships will be made and broken, lies will be untangled and the children will face danger and excitement at every turn…


We've already completed some fantastic written work based around the story so far. Take a look!


Welcome back to another exciting year! We hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed the glorious weather.

This year, Mrs Patchett and Miss Dawson are thrilled to be working with Year 5 and Mrs Jones will continue to teach your child P.E.



























Work by the wonderful Year 5 class of 2017-2018 

What we have been learning

As part of our PRIDE week celebrations in school we based our maths and English lessons on a relevant topic. In maths, we collected and analysed data about the different types of families within school and created line graphs using this data. In English, we looked at the different types of families and created our own recipes on what makes a family. 

Transition Day

As a class we were invited to attend a transition day at Greenfield Community College Sunnydale Campus to experience what comprehensive school is like. During our visit we experienced a range of curriculum subjects and activities which the children will never forget. We made slime in maths, held organs in science and bounced on trampolines. We thoroughly enjoyed our Greenfield experience and we look forward to visiting other local comprehensives in the coming weeks.


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In anticipation of our World Book Day celebrations we have been looking at biographies in English. We have looked at the life and successes of Usain Bolt. The children have shown particular interest in topic this half term as we have focused on world countries and the Viking invasion of Britain.





As a class we were lucky enough to be selected for the Mini police programme. The club runs on a Tuesday night and helps to educate our children about appropriate social behaviour and how to be a responsible citizen. As mini police officers we have our own uniforms and in the near future we will be educating our peers about what it takes to be a responsible citizen. If you have any questions about extra-curricular opportunities please do not hesitate to ask. 

In P.E we have been creating our own gymnastic routines to a piece of music. We have looked at balances, travelling and how to effectively use the apparatus. We will perform our routines to Year 6.

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As a school we celebrated Chinese New Year. We took part in a range of activities which focused on the story behind New Year, the symbols associated with New Year and the decorations used in celebrations.



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Our work with Bowes Museum


Year 5 had the opportunity to visit Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. We learnt about Josephine and John Bowes and more about their original home, Streatlam Castle. We created a coat of arms which is to be made out of glass. Our design represents us as a class.

You can find out more information by visiting the website. We look forward to working with Bowes Museum to complete our Arts Award.


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Year 5 were lucky enough to have a taster session of Judo, they loved it. If anyone would like further information of the clubs in Bishop Auckland or extra-curricular opportunities feel free to come into school and ask.

Prince William Award


As part of the Prince William Award, we invited parents into school to take part in activities which help to build confidence, teamwork and resilience. We would like to thank parents for their continued support.

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Autumn Term Newsletter

As a class we have been selected to take part in the Prince William Award. By participating, the children will be provided with opportunities outside of the classroom to develop; self-confidence, social skills, teamwork and decision-making abilities. 


Year 5 have already visited Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle) to visit The Clockwork Garden, which is an interactive exhibition. During the visit, we looked at art inspired by Fiona Banner and other artists. The pupils had the opportunity to create their own Typography.

Weekly Timetable

  • P.E every Monday morning and Thursday afternoon (Please bring in your P.E kit in on a Monday and leave at school all week). 
  • Reading books and reading journals to be brought in and took home daily. 
  • Homework to be handed in on a Monday.
  • Spelling test and timetables test on a Friday (New spellings and timetables given out on the same day.

Y5 Curriculum Map

To celebrate Safety Week, Year 5 and Year 6 have been working with Miss Errington and what first aid looks like in school. 
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Week beginning 15th May 


In Maths, we have measured reflex angles. The children had to decide who had the 'perfect' dab. 


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Our new book in English is Gangsta Granny. 

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On Thursday the children went to see Gangsta Granny at the Sunderland Empire Theatre with year 3 and 4. The children absolutely loved it! 


In maths we have been looking at Roman Numerals. We have learnt a useful mnemonic to help us remember what each letter is worth.








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Week beginning 1st May


The children visited Greenfield Community Primary school for a curriculum day. They investigated who had kidnapped Perrie Edwards, finding clues in each lesson. 


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The children had Nikki come into school on Thursday from the Prince William Award. She worked with us all morning and set us team building tasks. 

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Our topic in English and Geography is Fairtrade.

In English, the children have created informative posters and written a persuasive letter to the kitchen persuading them to use Fairtrade products.

In Geography, the children have explored through the use of an Atlas and iPads where Fairtrade products come from. In detail the children have focused on South America and learned the countries within it. The children have looked at the production line of bananas, coffee and chocolate in detail, learning how much profit each person within the production line earns. 

Prime Numbers Rap Song Typography (Math)

Currently in maths we are learning about prime numbers. The children rehearsed and performed this rap to year 4 to teach them about prime numbers.



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The books we are looking at this term are:

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Bowes Museum

We have been very lucky to have the opportunity to visit Bowes to take part in an art project. This project is in conjunction with artist Mark Clarke and author/illustrator Jessica Shepherd. The children were able to look around the exhibition and meet Jessica, the children had the opportunity to sketch and make prints of their sketches. Our final piece of work will be displayed in the gallery as part of the exhibition. More photographs of our visit to Bowes Museum to follow. 


We planned, designed, created and evaluated our own space buggies!

Curriculum Map

Below is a link to our curriculum map. Have a look at the different topics we will cover over the year. 


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We have read the following books as a class:

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In English we have written our own humorous animal poems using poetic features such as alliteration, repetition and rhyme. 
In Science, we have looked at Earth and Space as our topic. We have made our own mnemonic to remember the order of the planets, made fact files about planets and looked at the phases of the moon through the use of oreos. 
In Art, we have looked at shading using cross hatching through the use of chalk, charcoal, oil pastels and pencils. The children created a piece of art using a planet of their choice and also of the solar system. 
In Design and Technology, the children got to design and create their own moon buggy. The children had to think about the surface of the moon and what features would be best for their buggy.