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Y5 Mindfulness Day

After the events of Friday evening, Year 5 had a day to rest their minds, and reassure each other that we are ready to go again. We started the day with ‘3 Hellos’, followed by creating ‘Worry Wheels’, mindful colouring, a toilet roll competition, and a film. Obviously, none of this was possible without biscuits and popcorn…



Y5 London Trip!

Here are a selection of photos from an amazing trip to London. Everything from riding the Tube, to going up the Shard and a tour around the Houses of Parliament (we couldn’t take any photos inside there though, sorry!).

Families and Loving Relationships

Today, we took a step back from the science being life, children and how we grow physically, and we focused on what it means to be loved. We discussed all the different varieties of family that there can be, and shared the difference structures of family within the class. We also explored the messages within this very powerful, beautiful video. Here are some comments from the children:

‘A relationship is a relationship; it doesn’t matter as long as you’re loved’

‘No relationship is different. They all show that you care, and love someone.’

‘ At least they are showing each other love, and not hate. I’d rather live in a world of love.’

The Human Life Cycle

We have had an incredible start to our science question ‘How do humans grow and develop?’, and have learnt so much in just a few days!

Today, we have explored how a baby develops inside the womb, and the amazing things they can do before they are born. Below are a few photos of us creating a fetus from plasticine to show different development stages. Some of them may not look quite like a fetus, but it really helped us to see which parts develop first and how we grow inside the womb.

Sea Turtle Documentaries

To finish our Science question ‘What events take place in a Sea Turtle’s life cycle?’ we explored explanation texts in English, and created our own documentary in the style of Sir David Attenborough.

After watching clips of Blue Planet and reading explanation texts of different creatures, we looked at the features required to make it engaging and interesting for the audience. To watch our documentaries use a free QR scanner app, and it will play! (I’ve tried it, and it does work!)


Virtual Velodrome and Mile a Day!

We’ve had a very busy afternoon back after the Easter break.

Due to our hard work with the BikeIt crew, we had a ‘Virtual Velodrome’ experience to see who could do the fastest lap! It made us realise how incredible the athletes are who compete in these competitions. The top times were all 23 seconds around the 200m track. Mr Paxman and Mr Cooper also had a go!

After this, we also completed our first mile run of the term. As a lot of you might already know, Totley Primary are taking part in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ to raise money for playground and sports equipment. If each child (and staff member) runs a mile for the whole summer term, we would have ran around the world as a school!

Government support leaflets

Just before the Easter holiday, we hosted a ‘Q&A’ session during afternoon break to try and help other people understand how our Government works.

We created leaflets about local MPs and constituencies, how a General Election works, and a who’s who of people you may see on the news.

How Does Government Work?

After looking at the history of our monarchy, and the reasons behind the Magna Carta, we have finally travelled ‘back to the future’!

Today, we had a HUGE discussion about how a political party becomes Government. It was full of questions, debates and mature thinking. Here’s the video for anyone who would like another look to help understand constituencies, voting and structure of Parliament.

Message to the class :)

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that there is a Times Table Rock Star battle underway in Year 5, so keep practising!

Also, here is the link to the website which gives you access to free extracts, and explore a range of books

Make sure you ask permission for an adult to sign up (it’s free) and start exploring!

World Book Day!

Yesterday, Year 5 took part in World Book Day 2019. We dressed up as our favourite characters, and brought in books to recommend to our classmates.

We kicked off the day by writing our own poetry about the pleasure of books. After this, we met with Y2 Blyton, and supported them with their reading.

In the afternoon, we did some ‘Speed Reading’ where we read our friends recommended books, and jotted down the title and author of the ones that we thought were interesting. Some of these include Ice Monster by David Walliams, Birthday Boy by David Baddiel, and Geek Girl by Holly Smale. Now we can’t wait to go and buy the books!