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Mr Caswell's Year 5 Blog


13.03.20 Congratulations to our Year 5 children who took part in the Dance Project this week. This was the culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication over the past two half terms. The children should be really proud of themselves - what an exciting, memorable and inspirational event to be a part of! 


Also this week, we have extended our knowledge of the war of the roses in preparation for our closer examination of the battle of Bosworth next week.We are coming to the end of our English unit on discussion texts and the children are showing incredible confidence with their abilities to add, subtract and multiply a range of fractions


05.03.20  Class 5A surpassed themselves this week with some fantastic homework showcases. Firstly, our class embraced World Book Day in full potato fashion, with a plethora of starchy characters ranging from 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne to Mr Tickle! Additionally,  our class presented their creative kick starts for Spring this week and we were treated to a range of Tudor projects including research, quizzes, and artwork. Our rehearsals for the dance project have stepped up a gear this week in readiness for our performance at 'The Venue' next week and we have also completed our third challenge in the building buddies challenge.


27.02.20 The highlight of this week was unquestionably 5A's class worship - bringing the stations of the cross to life through some wonderful artwork, singing and drama - the class should be very proud of themselves and their hardwork, bravery and commitment. Please find photos below in our class gallery. This week started off with a lively debate sparked by Mrs Dicks' proposal to make changes to the St. Mary's Wavendon uniform. Following consideration of both sides of the argument, we will be going back to Mrs Dicks with a compromise solution to be considered by the senior leadership team. This half term we are working hard towards the Music Festival event in June, with our first rehearsal with the other schools taking place later in March. Please find below links to some of the songs on YouTube and the lyrics to the songs.


14.02.20 We have had an incredibly busy, exciting and fun end to the first half term of 2020. On monday we had our Number Day and our much anticipated 'rap off' against Year 4 with our class in full 90's retro mode with their version of Will Smith's 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' - the overall consensus was a draw with Year 4 also performing a fabulous anti-bullying track. We have started preparations for our class assembly this week by exploring how the stations of the cross relate to our school values. We have also continued our work on fractions and finished our persuasive writing where the children wrote an advert related to the spy gadget they designed as part of their homework. To end the week, we have visitors from David Wilson and Barratt Homes in our class, where the class presented their designs so far and discussed ideas for the next part of the task - 'Create a wildlife friendly garden for Barratt and David Wilson Homes'. The winners from Task 1 and Task 2 were then presented with their awards - congratulations!





07.02.20 This week we have started our final English writing topic of this half term: Persuasive adverts. In Maths we have continued our work on comparing, ordering and simplifying fractions. The children have enjoyed their computing unit this half term, where we have created a number of artistic styles using a variety of pieces of software; this week we created optical illusions in the style of the artist Bridget Riley. We ended the week with a DT day where we recreated the stations of the cross in a stained glass effect in preparation for our class worship in a few weeks time.


29.01.20 This week we have had an engaging, lively, informative and enjoyable talk by Father Brendan Seery at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Woburn Sands. The stations of the cross were brought to life in incredible fashion and all the children left more curious, enlightened, informed and excited from the experience. We are now looking forward to developing the stations of the cross in a stained glass effect as a part of our D&T module for this half term. These art works will form the cornerstone for our class worship on the 27th February where the story of the cross will be retold, linking to our school values.


Also this week, we also looked at the reformation of the church and Year 5 role played as King Henry VIII, listening to the views of catholic parishioners, the pope as well as Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, in deciding whether to split from the Catholic church.


24.01.20 This week we had a wonderfully informative and engaging trip to the Zainabiya Islamic Centre in Bletchley. The class learnt about all of the features of mosques, rituals for Islamic prayer and the pillars and fundamental beliefs of Islam. The children were also fascinated by their talk on arabic writing. Please see photos below in our class gallery.



17.01.20 This week we have used our wonderful experience at the panto last week to rewrite the Aladdin story from a different perspective and we have started to learn the process for long division. In preparation for our visit to the mosque next week, we have been learning about the key features of mosques and why they are significant to muslims. Our Science for this half term focuses on the properties of materials and their suitability for different every day tasks. We have started to learn our second dance for the dance project, which will be to the 80's classic - 'Footloose'. Feel free to ask your child to show you some of the moves as the half term progresses


09.01.20 Welcome back to all our Year 5 children! In our first week back we have started our new English unit - mystery stories! We successfully cracked 'The Case of the Missing Poodle' together as a class and started our new story for this half term: Kat Wolfe Takes the Case by Lauren St John. Within Guided Reading we are studying The Firework Maker's Daughter by Philip Pullman and using this as a stimulus to practise our reading skills.


Our trip to the Milton Keynes Pantomime was enjoyed by all the children and we will be using this experience to inspire our writing next week.


Please see photos below in the Gallery.


Within Maths this week we have moved on to studying multipication and division; it is essential that all children have a rapid recall of all their times tables and division facts





20.12.19 Merry Christmas to all the Year 5 children and parents! We have had such a busy, exciting and productive term! The last week of this half term culminated with the children practising their DT and art skills through the creation of pop up cards, which should be arriving with the lucky recipients shortly! We have completed a number of seasonal activities in our guided reading and maths and the children have produced some fantastic descriptive writing about Ebeneezer Scrooge, practising their 'show not tell' skills. 


In other news, we have completed our second book of the term: Matt Haig's  'A boy called christmas' and we are looking forward to reading a book by award winning author: Lauren St John next half term.


Please also see a link below (with the photographs) to a video, featuring a year 5 pupil who represented the school in an admissions video aimed at all parents in Milton Keynes with children starting school in September 2020. Both children involved did a fantastic job!






12.12.19 This week we have had a focus on Science and our topic of Forces. We investigated air resistance by experimenting with different shapes, sizes and materials for parachutes. We looked at levers and how to both balance on a fulcrum and use a lever in the most effective way to lift a load. The children worked in groups to create different pulley systems from a range of materials to move a load both vertically and horizontally.  The children used Newton meters to measure the force required to pull vehicles across different surfaces, giving varying levels of friction. Lastly, the children created a system of gears to replicate how their bicycles work. The week culminated with Year 5 leading the Toy Service, where they did a wonderful job of projecting their voices.


06.12.19 We have had an incredibly busy and creative week in Year 5 with the fantastic production of

'I'm Gonna Shine' and Year 5 certainly did that! Well done to everyone for their hard work on the show! This week, we wrote our last extended piece of writing for this half term, with the children writing their own versions of 'Cloud Tea Monkeys' - a book by Mal Peet, which we have been studying for the past 4 weeks. The week culminated with D&T on Friday, with Year 5 producing Fruity Flapjacks, which were an absolute triumph with the children further practising their food preparation, measurement and cookery skills, whilst learning abut healthy eating (children can find the recipe at: Please see photos below from another busy week in Year 5. Mr Caswell.


29.11.19 We have had a great end to the week this week, making our pasta salads in DT whilst learning about hygiene, safety and healthy eating - see photos in the Class Gallery below. We have also written some very high-quality, precise instructions for making our boats (which we sailed at Cranfield University last week); the class are getting very good at their use of colons and semi-colons and adding variety to their sentence starters. We have been busy preparing for our Christmas production too and creating our own musical compositions using musical notation including crotchets, quavers, minims and semibreves.


21.11.19 We are having a fantastic start to the second half of our autumn term! Following our successful first class worship before half term, we are now working on our Christmas nativity and our new topics: Forces, Healthy Eating and 'Game Developers'. This week, the children really enjoyed their visit to Cranfield University where they had the opportunity to test their own boats against the force of a real wave machine! This was a wonderful opportunity to see real science in action and develop their passion for this subject. After finishing the incredible, 'Secrets of a Sun King' by Emma Caroll, we are now reading Matt Haig's, 'A Boy Called Christmas', which has won a number of awards and is being made into a film which is being released next christmas. We are focusing on multiplication in Maths and instruction writing in English at present and we have so many wonderful opportunities and events which we are looking forward to over the next four weeks