West Bridgford Junior School


Year 5

Year 5 2017

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Week Beginning: 26th February 2018

Monday: INSET day

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Tuesday: Start Cottages Finish Cottages

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Class 7 - Outdoor Games - Don't forget your kit!

Wednesday: Start Main School Finish Cottages

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Class 9 - Outdoor Games - Don't forget your kit!

Thursday: Start Cottages Finish Cottages

World Book Day - Come to school in your pyjamas!

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Parents' Reading Workshop 6pm @ Main School

FridayStart at Cottages Finish Main School

Bring in your bedtime stories

Class 8 - Outdoor Games - Don't forget your kit!



Thursday 22nd February 2018

Happy half term, everyone!  Whether you're spending your week here at home or are off in far flung places, we hope you are having a great break.  This is just a brief note about our activities during the last week of half term, which seems a while ago!  

We continued work on Victorian samplers and had a go at designing various patterns and pictures before recreating them  in stitches; we were pleasantly surprised by the skills of the children and the lack of sewing related injuries!  In maths, we looked at different ways in which division problems can be interpreted and how to solve them using partitioning and known facts.  Literacy work focussed on writing descriptions of garden settings and characters we may meet there.  In history, we heard the sad but heroic story of Eyam, the village which self-imposed a quarantine when the plague arrived.   Our science work was based around revision of solid, liquid and gas properties.  The main event for our week was a reprisal of the Young Voices concert at the Methodist Church.  Well done to all who took part in the performances - what talented children you all are!  You must get it from your teachers! surprise


Enjoy the rest of your break (no broken legs though all you skiers) and get picking out which book you're going to bring in to celebrate World Book Day!


Saturday 10th February 2018

The children had us in stitches this week, literally, as we looked at examples of Victorian samplers this week before reminding ourselves or the stitching work we did last year for Art Week.  We tackled running and cross stitches in preparation for creating our simple samplers next week.  In science, we dissolved sugar (the solute) and made careful observations of how the water (the solvent) changes as it became a solution - check us out using science words!  Our topic work found us recruiting Roundheads and Cavaliers to fight for the Parliamentarians or the King during the Civil War. Meanwhile, our literacy and maths work continued with more work on Tom's Midnight Garden and multiplication respectively; next week, we are moving onto division methods and will be writing atmospheric descriptions.


Our Learning Champions were Iris, Ji-Ji and Oscar C and our Historically Great were Liv, Charlotte, Mitchell, Sam CH, Alfie N and Georgia - great work, everyone.


Friday 2nd February 2018

We began our week using coding skills to create a game where your task is to save a phone from falling down a toilet. Much fun was had when the children were let loose and multiple phones made their way towards multiple toilets! In maths, more multiplying was on the cards as we learnt how to use the expanded and compact method for multiplying 2 and 1 digit numbers and how this method is used for calculating area. Tom’s Midnight Garden provided the basis for our literacy work; we looked at how brackets are used and wrote character profiles about Tom. In our topic work, we reviewed our visit to St Giles Church before we moved on to investigate the legend of Robin Hood. After using several sources, did we really believe Robin Hood (or Robert Hood, or Robyn Hod!) existed and was he from Nottingham or, in actual fact, a Yorkshireman? We’ll leave that for you to decide yourself!


Our Learning Champions were Annie, Dan and Kitty (well done) and our Historically Great awards were given to Izzy, Milan, Alastair, Ella, Jacob and Missy – congratulations!


Sunday 28th January 2018

Another whirlwind of a week in Year 5. Members of St Giles’ congregation welcomed us on Monday afternoon as we paid a visit to learn about the history of the church and our local area. The extension of the church, at two different times, is a reflection of how West Bridgford has grown and we are looking forward to finding out how and why that happened over the term.

Tuesday was, of course, Science Day and we were extremely busy investigating who had taken Mrs Cox’s special biscuits and finding out the best way to clean up the mess left by the culprit. In the end, after identifying a mysterious powder and using chromatography to spot that a black felt tip pen had been used to write the ransom note, Mrs Stephenson (Yes! We’re still in shock too) was unveiled as the biscuit-napper! The children and the adults had a fun day and even learnt some things too – amazing! Just a few photos are below and there are some on our Twitter page if you fancy a look.

Wednesday saw West Bridgford (or maybe that should be Wet Bridgford) deluged by rain and we got a little bit wet on the walk to Cottages from main school. Actually, that’s not very accurate – we were completely drenched and a sea of socks and shoes surrounded Class 8’s radiator!


Thankfully, we had dried out by Thursday when we celebrated the efforts and achievements of 6 of our children in our new weekly awards. Watch out for homework linked to the eponymous awards in the next few weeks. The first recipients were Sophie Wy, Zak, Henry, Sean, Amelia M and Shelby; well done, everyone.  As a year group, we also managed to collect the all-important 60 Time Machines which we are banking and putting towards a bigger treat.

In maths, we have been working hard to secure our understanding of multiplication and we will continue with this next week. In literacy, we have focussed on writing descriptions about our time machines, linked to our topic and our class read, Tom’s Midnight Garden.

Saturday 20th January 2018

What a week! We had a rainy start which meant only Class 9 made it out for lacrosse before the heavens opened. It meant classes 7 and 8 had plus de temps pour le français (or more time for French in English!). We spent our topic lesson searching out facts from different centuries and adding them to our own timelines which many of us found interesting.

Tuesday was of course Young Voices for most of the children. The concert was the culmination of months of hard work. It was a long day with a long rehearsal at the arena before the show began but it was worth every minute. What a performance! What an atmosphere! What fantastic memories we have taken away!

Then it was Wednesday morning. For many, including some very tired teachers, Wednesday was hard work due to arriving back from Sheffield after 11pm. However, we worked through it and no one fell asleep on the desks; we actually enjoyed some oral story telling as part of our literacy work.

A scene from Young Voices before the show


During the week, we have carried out our own scientific investigations to find out which was the bounciest ball from a selection – did the size and weight of the ball make a difference? Next week, we have a Science Day on Tuesday, which we are very excited about. Photos to follow next week, we hope.

Year 5’s Learning Champions this week were Arian, Lenny, and Niamh and we gave our final Animal Awards (we begin our newly themed awards next week) to Amelie W, Freddie, Mia, Violet and Thomas. Well done everyone.

We hope you all have a relaxing weekend.


Sunday 14th January 2018

Welcome back, everyone. We hope you had a lovely Christmas break; it does feel a very long time ago now.

The children have had a busy first week back as we worked through reading, SPaG and maths assessments. Everyone persevered and several ‘Time Machine’ tokens (our new year group reward tokens) were given out in acknowledgment. Lacrosse lessons began on a very chilly Monday morning with Mike Aspinall, who has taught Year 6 for many years now. This is the first time Year 5 have had the pleasure of his experience and the children seemed to enjoy the drills, in spite of the bitter cold. We launched our new topic on Local History and wrote letters to our future selves. ‘What would we be doing in 25 years?’ the children were asked and they produced some lovely letters. These should make their way home in the next few weeks (if they haven’t already) with the hope you will store them away to be read and enjoyed in the future. Our science topic on materials and their properties found us rummaging through a bag of Mrs Moss’ kitchen wares and thinking why the items had been made from particular materials. Most of the children have been practising songs and dance moves in readiness for Tuesday’s Young Voices concert. Mr Martin has sent home a letter with the final details and there is a copy in the newsletters section of the website; it should be a lovely event.


Saturday 23rd December 2017

We've reached the end of term!  This week, we've enjoyed our Christmas party (not a spill in sight - well done!), performed as part of the recorder group in the Christmas carol service at St Giles and showed off more talent in the talent show; what a week!  There was even maths and literacy work going on in the form of reading line graphs and writing alternative lyrics to the 12 days of Christmas.  Our term ended with the usual Serious Assembly and carol singing on the playground. 

It's now time for a well deserved break with our families.  Whatever and wherever you are spending Christmas and New Year, we hope you have a wonderful, restful time.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Year 5 team - see you next year!

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Sunday 17th December 2017

First, let's start, for a change, by congratulating our Animal Award winners. Beatrix, Lola, Mathilde, Max D, Martha D and Juliet had their efforts recognised this week; well done.  Now as if putting on a production wasn't enough, we had our final mindfulness session with Mrs Crawford, our final swimming lesson and a day of Bikeability!  We  managed to look at relative clauses in Literacy and reviewed our mental strategies in Maths.  Christmas dinner was enjoyed by many on Thursday and some of us even braved eating... SPROUTS! 

But of course, the highlight of our week, if not the term, was our production which can be summed up with some familiar words below.  Huge well done to all of you!  You have some very proud teachers! frown


We finally made it!

We’d been in panic mode for days,

We gave it our best and final shot

To pack a punch and hit the spot,

And now we’re standing tall!


We dug out the costumes and the props again,

There were lots of auditions

The quirky and often outrageous!


It was the greatest little show in all of history.

We raised the bar

There was ‘oohs’, and ‘aahs’,

Photo opportunities and Razzamatazz!


We wore such things

As tea-towels and angels wings,

Tinsel halos, silver paper crowns.

And stood in public in our dressing gowns!


We were busy people with a never-ending

List of things to do,

But with skill and determination

We pushed on through.


Oh what a wonderful night!

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 Sunday 10th December 2017 - 5.30pm

It's stopped snowing.

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Ah well.  It was exciting while it lasted!  Hopefully you got chance to build a snowman (or a snow mouse at least) and stomp about in your wellies.  The excitement of snow may be fading but we have much to look forward to this forthcoming week in the shape of our PRODUCTIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNN!  We're a little excited.

There are a few more rehearsals this week and several props to finish off but we're almost stage ready.

Last week, we had a few runs through different scenes and managed to visit the Baptist Church on Friday to get a feel for our venue.  We also managed to squeeze in some descriptive writing in Literacy and looked at some mental strategies in Maths.  On Thursday, we tested out a couple of the production songs as part of the Friends of West Bridgford Concert and were met with smiles - phew!

We shall run through arrangements with you all again, including costume checks so your only job is to keep practising those lines in your best loud stage voice!

Whilst we didn't have time to fit in our Animal Awards, Ben, Sophie and Evie were rewarded with Learning Champion certificates for their good work.   Well done, you three!

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Sunday 3rd December 2017

December!  How did that happen?  That means our production will soon be here!  Arrrrrrggggghhhh! Nobody panic!

Thankfully, we have had 3 days of Advent calendar chocolates to help keep us calm - how many of you have eaten them mindfully, I wonder...

There was more work on play scripts (as well as fronted adverbials) in Literacy and in Maths we used data loggers from the Science cupboard and used the data they provided to create our own graphs.   We made our decorations for the hall; we can't wait to see how they will look when put together with the rest of the school's work.  There was more dance and coding too.  We even had a few flakes of snow on Thursday - very exciting. 

Congratulations to Esme, Alfie L and Jacob who were this week's Learning Champions.


 Sunday 26th November 2017

Rehearsals are now underway for the Christmas production and the children are doing a sterling job of learning their lines and the words to the songs. In Maths, we spent time learning about the angles around a point and on a straight line and moved on to look at angles within rectangles. There was more coding and dancing (though not at the same time) and we continued with our mindfulness lessons by learning about the insula and how to recognise our feelings when we experience ‘wobbles’. Next week will be filled with more rehearsals and prop making as well as learning about fronted adverbials in Literacy and practising using addition and subtraction in the context of statistics.

Many thanks to those of you who came along to the Christmas Fair on Saturday; we hope you enjoyed it! A big well done to Henry who won the Year 5 Bake-Off with his creation of a sleeping Santa; well, he does have a lot to do at this time of year!

Congratulations to our Animal Award recipients: Tahseen, Josh, Amelie E, Zak, Alex R and Gi Gi. Our Learning Champions this week were Rais, Raul and Jenna. Well done to all of you.


Sunday 19th November 2017

Busy, busy, busy is the best way to describe our week, with a little fun (did we really say that?) thrown in!  The children studied play scripts in Literacy and the properties of shape, with a focus on perimeter, in Maths.  Science saw the children labelled with various vocabulary and finding links between themselves; the result of this was lots of good recapping and discussions about lifecycles.  Monday afternoon was production time and we read through our script having discovered which parts everyone had been cast in.  On Tuesday, Mrs Crawford paid us another visit and we got to eat chocolate (yes, you read that correctly) mindfully - what a treat!  It was Groups 3 and 4's turn to undertake Bikeability training on Wednesday whilst the rest of us continued learning our lines, created dance motifs and programmed Microbits.  On Friday, we enjoyed seeing, amongst other outfits, the assortment of onsies owned by Year 5 as we marked Children in Need.  Thank you for your support; anyone who saw the programme on Friday evening couldn't have failed to see the importance and impact this event has on children's lives.

We celebrated the achievements of Sam CH, Aniyah and Martha H in our Learning Champion assembly and Alex W, Amelie W, Dylan, Charlotte, Ayaan and Sam W in our Animal Awards - congratulations children.

Next week sees more work on our production and on geometry.  Don't forget that we begin at Cottages on Monday morning and will finish at Main School.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Saturday 11th November 2017

First of all, just a thank you to all of you for remembering to give your parents your parents' evening slips - very brave of you!  It was lovely to meet so many of you and have the chance to talk about how well Year 5 have settled into life at Cottages.  Poetry has been the focus of our literacy work and we have used a variety of autumnal photos as the stimulus for our free-form poems.  The children have demonstrated the range of figurative language they have absorbed over the years and we've enjoyed reading their work.  Next week, we are studying play scripts which is very fitting as production rehearsals are about to begin!  We have been getting to grips with using a protractor to measure and draw angles in maths; not so easy!  Geometry will continue to be our focus next week. Don't forget Bikeability is on Wednesday so bring your bikes, locks and helmets in!

Well done to Norah, Jiahan and Liam who were crowned our Learning Champions this week.

Right, I'm off!   Strictly is on - I'm still coming to terms with Aston leaving.  Aston! Sniff sniff!


Thursday 2nd November 2017

Our weekly blog is a little earlier than usual so that we can enjoy watching the fireworks this weekend.  If you're off to a display, please keep safe!  The highlight of this week has been... PRODUCTION! Ta dah!  We started the process of casting and were genuinely amazed (yes, really) at the huge talent displayed by the children; it's made the job of deciding roles much more difficult!  Our Literacy work has focussed on the language used in poetry, namely Daffodils by Wordsworth, and this topic will continue.  Measuring and drawing angles is on the maths menu next week after we have spent this week working on multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 100.  We enjoyed our final session of Paceball on Wednesday; we move on to dance next week in the warmth of the hall!


There were no awards this week because of INSET day but well done to everyone for turning up after half term!


Sunday 22nd October 2017

Another crazy week - when don't we say that?  Mrs Cox spent the beginning of the week in Shropshire with Year 6 at PGL so Class 8 were taken care of by Mrs Cresswell.  Class 8 were able to set their butterflies free on Monday morning before Hurricane Ophelia made herself known.  In Literacy, the children wrote persuasive texts against the deforestation of the rainforests.  Rounding numbers to the nearest tenths was on the menu in Maths and in Geography, the children were amazed by the vast size of the trees in the Amazon after looking at graphs comparing the heights of said trees with those typically found in the UK.  Using Henri Rousseau as our inspiration, we sketched different leaves found and collected from the garden at Cottages.  On Thursday, Mrs Cox returned and was very thankful that the children had earned some Golden Time so she could sit quietly in a corner, drinking tea and thinking of her comfy bed! 

Our Learning Champions were Sophie Wy, Isaac and Holly and our Animal Awards went to Liv, Aryaan, Arian, Mitchell, Alistair and Daniel.  Well done, everyone.

After half term, please remember that we do not return until Tuesday.  Children who are in Groups 1 and 2 for Bikeability will need their cycles and helmets as they have their training on the first day back.  The next set of swimming lessons begin too and children in Class 7 and half of Class 8 will need their kits.

Have a lovely, relaxing half term, keep safe and see you all soon!


Sunday 15th October 2017

What a week! In amongst researching facts about logging in preparation for writing a persuasive argument, practising mental maths strategies and written methods of addition and subtraction, we were busy taking care of our new arrivals; 13 painted lady butterflies emerged over the week bringing much excitement and fascination with them. On Friday, Class 7 and 9 released their visitors into the garden and they made their way to hopefully warmer climes - that’s the butterflies, not Classes 7 and 9! Class 8’s have been a little slower to appear so will be set free next week.  If you fancy taking a look, Mrs Cresswell added a video of one of our newly hatched butterflies on our Twitter feed .

Congratulations to our Learning Champions - Bryleigh, Layla and Izzy, and to the recipients of our Animal Awards – Gi Gi, Mathilda, Phoebe, Dan, Iris and Bertie.

A few special mentions this week too; Max C represented the school at the Rushcliffe Pupil Parliament this Friday and took part in a discussion with the council alongside representatives from other schools in the borough. Mitchell, Leah and Gi Gi also represented the school when they took part in a school’s sports festival. Well done to all.



Friday 6th October 2017

October?! How did that happen? It's been photo day and Harvest Festivals this week.  Many thanks for sending in donations for this.  We went back to basics in Literacy and focused our work around word classes and sentence structure this week; much hilarity followed a game of Madlibs.  In Maths, negative numbers and counting using powers of 10 were on the menu.  In other news, we finished our drumming lessons with Mrs Blackburn, looked at butterfly life cycles, thought about people who appear in the Bible and continued our work on South America.  Maths next week will focus on shape and Literacy will be built around research and persuasive texts.  We're are also about to embark on our French lessons - c'est vrai!

Our Learning Champions were James, Missy and Theo and the recipients of our animal awards were Oscar M, Milan, Kitty, Cas, Leah and Emily - bravo!


Saturday 30th September 2017

Sunshine once again!  Let's hope it stays a little longer this week.  We've been busy busy busy yet again in Year 5.  We've written character and setting descriptions, continued our work on place value and looked at different ways plants can reproduce - the potatoes are sprouting wonderfully in Class 9!  Our caterpillars have formed their chrysalides and have been moved into their hatching nets.  In Computing, we created posters to help us remember how to stay safe when using the Internet. 

Next week, we are having a grammar focus in our Literacy work and will be looking at negative numbers in Maths.  It's also school photos on Tuesday so remember to wash your face and brush your hair and teeth!  The Harvest Festival assemblies are on Wednesday so please bring in any donations for this.  More details are on Mr Arnold's newsletter.

Well done to our Learning Champions who this week were Natalie, Ji Ji and Henry.  Our animal rewards went to Max C, Alfie T, Charlie G, Jonny B, Kaye H and Oscar C!  Good work everyone, keep it up!


Sunday 24th September 2017

Hoorah, sunshine! Hope you’re enjoying this spell of good weather. How many of you have been out watching (or taking part in) the Robin Hood Marathon events today?

In Year 5 this week, we have been settling into the routine of Cottages – no animal visitors this week although our caterpillar classmates are growing at quite a rate and it shouldn’t be long before they begin to form their chrysalides!  Maths has focussed on place value and number work whereas Literacy has been based around our text, ‘Keeper’. We continue with this next week. In Science, we have begun to learn about the life cycles of plants. In amongst paceball, hockey, swimming, e-safety and music lessons we also created our Christmas cards (yes, you read that correctly) and these should have made their way home to you in the hope that you will order some and help raise funds for the school.

Our Learning Champions were Charlie P, Georgia and Lottie – congratulations on your efforts. We also said well done to Ella, Alfie N, Ben, Anastasia, Chloe and Mia who were the recipients of our first year group awards.

We held our class councillor elections this week. It is great that so many of our children engage with this aspect of school life and put themselves forward to be their class’s representative. In the end, Chloe, Max C and Isabella were chosen by their peers for this role. Well done; we know you’ll do a great job!


Thursday 14th September 2017

Our first full week back and what a way to start! Beth from Zoolab visited Cottages on Monday and brought along a few friends: Mr Twig the stick insect, Mildred the millipede, Tracy the tarantula, Fergal the tree frog, Colin the cockroach and Cornflake the corn snake made an appearance and most seemed very happy to make friends with us – Mrs Cox was very excited by this as you can see in the photos. It was a fantastic experience and kicked off our Tribe topic wonderfully!

How did we follow this? With toucan paintings, story writing, rock painting, samba drumming, paceball, swimming, hockey, place value work and getting soaked in the rain; this highlighted the need for a waterproof coat and change of PE kit!

This week marked the start of our new school reward system and we congratulated Isobel and Aryaan who became our first learning champions. Well done to both of you!





Thursday 7th September 2017

Wakey wakey rise and shine! Time for school. We shall see you all shortly at Main School at 8.45. We'll be the ones smiling and trying our best not to look too sleepy! 


Wednesday 6th September 2017

Well, it's almost time for you to head back to school and into Year 5 and Cottages - whoop whoop! We hope you've had an amazing summer, despite the lack of sunshine, and are rested and raring to go!  We've been busy cleaning and sprucing up Cottages and are excited about getting back to work!  Yes! Really!  Ok, so perhaps we're not looking forward to the early mornings but we have lots of new experiences for you to enjoy!  Have a good sleep tonight, a good breakfast in the morning and we shall see you at Main School in the morning.  Remember, the teachers are on duty from 8.35 and school begins at 8.45Pick up will be from Cottages at 3.15.