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Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping busy. Mrs Boughton and I are really missing teaching you all. Because we miss teaching you so much, I've recorded a lesson and uploaded it onto our school's You Tube channel; please use the following link to check it out:


Stay safe and be good for whoever is looking after you in these difficult times,


Mr Watkins

Problem of the week:

How many prime numbers can you make by adding two square numbers?

How many square numbers can you make by adding two prime numbers?



I have attached the recipe for the Egyptian bread that we made in class, which many of the children requested. We were also due to be making hot cross cookies in RE this week so I have included that recipe too. 

Egyptian artefacts

In Year 5 we had various Ancient Egyptian artefacts to look at. The children looked at the in details and used the information provided to work out what each one was. After exploring the artefacts, they chose their favourite to draw a detailed sketch of and annotated it with infromation about what it told them about Ancient Egypt.

Chemical changes

Year 5 were happy to be taking their learning outside this afternoon. By mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar, they created carbon dioxide which was able to blow up a balloon. We also mixed milk and vinegar in an attempt to create casein plastic. Unfortunately, we were not successful with this but the children still left the lesson with an understanding of irreversible changes.

Egypt's Got Talent

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Year 5 spent time researching different Ancient Egyptian pharaohs. They then thought creatively about presenting their pharaoh in an Egypt's Got Talent competition. It was hard to tell which of the children were playing the role of Simon Cowell on the judging panel; they were a very tough audience!

Shrove Tuesday

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On Shrove Tuesday, Year 5 started the day with a pancake on a plate with a positive affirmation. In RE this term, we are studying Christianity so we discussed the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and Lent. 
To begin our topic, Mrs Boughton performed the mummification process on a willing participant (no children were harmed!). Year 5 were fascinated by the gruesome method and were keen to have a go themselves. In order to avoid injuries, they just had a go at the step of wrapping mummies. This activity got the children excited about their learning and they had many more questions that they are interested in finding out over the next few weeks.

3...2...1...Blast off!

After weeks of researching, designing and making, Year 5 finally had the opportunity to try and launch their own rockets. Although they weren't all successful, there was a lot of discussion and learning that took place. Following on from their own rocket launches, they came up with questions to investigate further: Would adding more alka seltzer tablets create a more powerful launch? Does more or less water affect the success of the launch? They discovered that less water gave a better launch and having more alka seltzer tablets also produced a stronger launch.


Astronomy Roadshow

Year 5 really enjoyed their visit from the mobile planetarium. It was an exciting experience and they gained so much knowledge and information about the topic of Space. Peter, the space presenter, told year 5 about the high possibility of seeing the International Space Station (ISS) and Starlink Satellites in the sky this week. If you have the chance, please take the opportunity to go outside and see if you can spot them:


28th Jan 5.25 pm                          29th Jan 6.15pm

30th Jan 5.30pm                           31st Jan 6.15pm

1st Feb 5.30pm                              2nd Feb 6.20pm

 3rd Feb 5.30pm



28th Jan 5.15pm until 6.50pm

29th Jan 5.40pm until 6.20pm

30th Jan 5.40pm until 6.10pm

Lewis created a information Powerpoint which he presented to the class. It is great to give the children the opportunity to impart their own knowledge and share the things that they have created. Well done Lewis! 

Tudor sewing experts

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Year 5 worked hard to try and get their sewing finished in a short space of time. They did an excellent job and were proud of the end results!

Tudor Homework Project

What an amazing effort Year 5 have made for their homework projects! All the teachers have been really impressed with the quantity and quality of the work. Whenever anyone comes into the classroom, they always comment on the homework. Well done Year 5, we hope you have enjoyed the different activities and we look forward to seeing what you can produce for our Space project.

Tudor money pockets

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In DT, Year 5 have researched, designed and started to make their own Tudor money pockets. They have really enjoyed sewing and they can't wait to show their final pieces with you.

Properties of materials investigations

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Henry VIII was planning a big banquet and the children in Year 5 were selected to join the 'materials committee'. They had to carry out an impressive array of tests to identify which materials were up to the job for a variety of banquet needs!
Year 5 had a fantastic start to the new topic (Off with Her Head) with a trip to Hatfield House where they met Henry VIII and Catherine Parr. The class performed a song for the king and luckily he was impressed! As well as having so much fun, the children gained so much knowledge ready to bring back into the learning in the classroom.

Beast Creator Assembly

WOW! What a fantastic presentation Year 5 gave! They showcased so much of what they have learnt this half term in just 30 minutes. It was so nice to be able to share their hard work with their friends and family. We had feedback from one parent who said " It was absolutely brilliant!" Well done Year 5, we are all so incredibly proud of you all. 

Report writing

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Vanishing Venetian mask- crime scene

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On Monday morning, year 5 entered the classroom to a crime scene; throughout the week they took on the role of police detectives to try and solve the mystery of the missing Venetian mask. To solve the crime they had to complete many tasks: gathering evidence, conducting interviews and writing police reports.
In Year 5, we had a Road Safety Education session. We has a Road safety presentation, which included some informative and useful video clips. After that, we put what we had learnt about the Green Cross Code into practice. Louise provided us with lots of information and things to think about to ensure we keep ourselves safe. We wanted to spread the message of Road safety so spent the afternoon creating our own posters and leaflets to help others.

Charles Darwin sketches

During Art, we have been really concentrating on detail to ensure our sketches look realistic like the sketches of naturalist, Charles Darwin. Over just a few weeks, year 5 have really improved and they are feeling much more confident with their abilities after watching a video about Austin's butterfly. They took inspiration from Austin, who aged 6, made 6 attempts at drawing a scientific sketch of a butterfly before finally producing the most wonderful picture. You can see from the selection here that we seem to have our very own Charles Darwin's in our class.
As part of our Science topic this half term, we have been learning about reproduction in plants. We have learnt that not all plants need two parent plants to reproduce and that plants can reproduce asexually. When a plant can reproduce on it's own, it creates a plant that is genetically identical to itself. They are clones. We decided we wanted to see if we were able to clone our own plants, so set up an investigation. We will keep you posted about our progress.

Beast Creator topic launch

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To begin our topic we went on a minibeast hunt around the school grounds. We used different equipment in our search for living things in our local environment. The class enjoyed taking their learning outside and were very successful at finding Mrs Boughton's least favourite creature...SPIDERS!