Learning in Year 5


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An excellent painted picture of Mars, linked to year 5’s Science topic.

Year 5 Trip to Mountfitchet Castle

Year 5 spent a great day in the outdoors exploring the grounds of Castle Mountfitchet. The children were able to travel back in time over 900 years and truly witness life in a medieval Motte and Bailey castle. Throughout the day they had fun discovering the Castle and roaming through the Norman village hidden behind the walls, wandering in and out of the many houses and view scenes, smell the log fires burning and feel the ambience of a long ago lifestyle. They even got the opportunity to try out the stocks and various other horrifying torture and punishment methods! Not only this, the children even got to experience what it might be like to live alongside some furry and feathery friends; chickens, goats, deer and even a peacock were all out and about to join in the fun and games!

Year 5 Clarinet Concert

Year 5 children took to the stage for a second time this academic year to wow audiences with their musical talents and show everyone just how much they have progressed throughout the Spring term.

With concentration on their faces and puffing cheeks, we were treated to some brilliant renditions of ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Ode to Joy’. The competition was on when the classes had to compete between who could play the softest version of the lullaby ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and it was rounded off with a fantastic solo of the Pink Panther theme tune!

A brilliant effort all round and huge thanks to James and Oneke!




Space Workshop

Year 5 kick-started their Space topic with an interactive workshop delivered by Robin Mobbs.

Mr Mobbs, a lead educator at the National Space Academy and a Space Ambassador, visited each Year 5 class to tell them all about Space. The children were able to analyse rocks from Mr Mobbs’ collection; one rock was thought to be from Mars! It also turned out that Tim Peake, the astronaut whose steps we followed last year, was very pally with Mr Mobbs himself!

Following our classroom workshops, Mr Mobbs invited us to his assembly, which was all about what it felt like to be in, stay in and work in Space. One of the funniest moments was when one lucky pupil was chosen to dress up in a makeshift astronaut suit which consisted of inflatable pads on the arms and legs and skateboards for shoes! The children listened very carefully to the key information and could successfully answers questions about what they had found out.

This certainly was a great opportunity and an intriguing way to ‘blast off’ into our Space learning. We would like to thank Mr Mobbs again for a wonderful session together, and look forward to our Science lessons after Easter!


Exploring Gravity

5B had fun using a range of sports equipment to explore the effects of gravity acting upon a moving object.

Fireworks Art

5S made their very own firework stencil out of straws and used glitter and paint to create a colourful fireworks explosion.

Year 5 Shakespeare: The Tempest

Brimming with enthusiasm, Year 5 have thrown themselves into exploring the magical world of The Tempest! They were fortunate to take part in a brilliant workshop, where together,  they actively retold the wondrous play. Not only this, the pupils got the chance to see the play in action at The Millfield Theatre performed by The Young Shakespeare Company and lucky Isabella received the role of ‘Good old Gonzalo’ and took to the stage with the actors. What a treat!


Learning The Clarinet

This term every child in Year 5 is being given the opportunity to learn the Clarinet. In these pictures we were playing the song ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ using the notes C, D and E.


Investigating Air Resistance

5F used spinners to investigate the effect of air resistance of different sized objects – Huseyin predicted that ‘even though the bigger spinner had a greater mass it would fall slower because air resistance would be greater too’.