Year 5

Welcome Team 5! We are already having a very exciting time in class and are busy getting stuck into our new topic. We have lots of lovely people to help support us with our learning. Mrs Willoughby and Mrs Whiting are our class teachers (Mrs Whiting will be with us on a Monday and Mrs Willoughby from Tuesday to Friday). We are very lucky to also have Miss Anderton during Maths and Mrs McCollum during Literacy.                                                                                        

Year 5 Maths Knowledge Organisers                

Term 3 & 4 – Knowledge Organiser

Term 3 

Archbishop of York – This term we have been working on our Archbishop of York award and we have been enjoying it very much.

For our topic we have chosen so look into the issue of homelessness. It has been very interesting.  We have found out so many new facts that we never knew before and we have decided that we would love to help people living on the streets. The challenges /games we have been playing during the archbishop lessons have been really fun but some of them were pretty stressful. The game we specifically liked was the bag challenge. Mrs Willoughby gave us all newspaper and some basic instructions to help build a paper bag. We had to make a certain number before we could earn any money. We found out how hard it is for others to earn enough money to pay for food and look after family as well as hospital bills and unexpected costs. We’ve also had a special visitor (Cassidy’s mum), who works to help find a home for people who are currently homeless. It was really fascinating to find out what it’ s like to see homeless people and it was really amazing to find out how she helped those in need.  We’ve really realised actually how horrible it is to have little or no help and finding yourself suffering on the streets. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to in our assembly.

The Big Breakfast – As we have been learning all about homelessness and how it can make people feel, we have decided to host a big breakfast at school to raise money for local homeless charities. We want to be able to help make a change in our community. We have been writing letters to the local supermarkets to persuade them to donate shoes and socks for people sleeping rough. We really hope they help us.

Space – During term 3 we have been learning all about space and the earth. We have been learning about how we know the earth is spherical and why we have night and day. We have also learnt some really cool facts about the planets and some new words along the way too. We have been enjoying it thoroughly and cannot wait to learn some more. Our new class book is all about black holes. It’s really funny.

The Dance Festival – In March we have got the dance festival at the play house and can’t wait to do it.  We have been practicing and practicing and we have been having so much fun it has been hard to learn some moves but we have been really enjoying it hopefully we will get it in time for the playhouse.

PE with Mr Millard – Athletics with Mr Millard is really fun and we really enjoy being challenged. He makes it really fun and competitive and is teaching us loads of new game skills.  Mrs Willoughby also joins in and she is really funny. We cannot wait to carry on in term 4!

By Tilly and Livvy.

Term 1 & 2 – Democracy in EnglandKnowledge Organiser  & Curriculum Letter

Team Five’s Blog: Term 2


Team five have really enjoyed learning about the Battle of Bosworth and how Henry VII took his victory and defeated Richard III on the battle field. They also loved learning about the actual battle and all of the gruesome details. Using Lego, we had the chance to re-enact the battle (this made it much easier to remember and it was really fun).

Writing and editing:

To make our writing stronger, Mrs Willoughby has given us all editing passes. These help us to concentrate and build stronger ideas and paragraphs in our writing. We really like these because they help us edit more easily by focusing on one thing at a time.

Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award:

We’ve started doing our Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award, which Team five are loving. We have started thinking about how we want to make a change in our community and have started doing the challenges in our books (we love this!) The challenges are really fun and get us working together, like guiding our partners around the tables blindfolded and stacking cups using ONLY elastic bands (this was a hard one but we got there in the end). We love doing these challenges because it’s fun, exciting to do, nerve-wracking and challenging. We are all working really hard at this award because we all want to achieve our badge at the end of it.

Dance Festival Preparations:

We have some exciting news, we’re going to the Dance Festival. Mrs Willoughby arranged for a real life choreographer to come into school and help us with our dancing. We have already finished one dance and still have another to learn. Miss Rees was so good at teaching us our new moves (for some people in team five it was the first time they had ever danced before). We can’t wait to carry on dancing and learning even more. It’s so  fun and gets us moving. The boys have really enjoyed it and Louie even gets to do a knee slide!

TT Rockstars:

TT Rock stars day was amazing because Team Five got to dress up in their own clothes and act all cool (not that team five aren’t already cool).

Cross Country:

All of team five are really enthusiastic about exercise and fitness. They especially like cross country with Mr Millard – he’s a North Somerset Athletics coach. Everyone always tries their best to push themselves and their limits.  As Josh said, like our school moto, ‘if you ‘believe, you can achieve and succeed’.

Dogs Trust:

We wanted to thank the lady from Dogs Trust who came in to talk to us all about dogs and keeping safe. Team five learnt all about how to stay safe around dogs and the importance of being kind to animals. The biggest thing we learnt was the ‘x factor’ (which is what you do when a runs up to you).

Christmas Fayre:

Team five worked really hard on their great plant pots, which were sold at the Christmas fayre. The Christmas fayre was a success seeing as so many members of team five helped out. Mrs Willoughby couldn’t have done it without Team Five.


Scarlett and Holly

Term one blog

Team Five have had a fantastically busy and exciting start to the term. Before we begin to discuss our learning and share with you our fun experiences, I would first like to welcome two new members to our team: Lily and Solomon. Solomon and Lily have settled in brilliantly and are already very important individuals within our class.

We have kicked off our year embedding our learning around the multifaceted topic of democracy. We have been looking at the origins of democracy – more specifically King John’s reign and the establishment of the Magna Carta. Loving the topic so far, the children have become avid researchers and historians in the process, feeding their new found knowledge into their wider lessons.  

Our biggest moment so far has to be our incredible trip to London. Team Five were engrossed in all things politics as they explored the corridors of parliament and learnt about the two-House system. Excitingly, we also had the opportunity to ask questions to a real Lord. I was incredibly proud of the children; they asked some really interesting and sometimes controversial questions which led to stimulating discussions…they were truly brilliant.

After visiting parliament, the children walked to the National Portrait Gallery. Here, they had the opportunity to explore. As well as looking at the artwork, some children ‘quick-sketched’ – a skill that we have been practising in class.

We’re looking forward to showcasing our work with you all and are keen to get stuck into Term Two.