Welcome to Year 5, where the Palmers Cross Learning Journey continues. We have an action-packed year planned, including a trip to Birmingham Art Gallery to take part in a Greek Art Masterclass. 



As mathematicians in Year 5, the children will be focusing on mental maths in our oral mental starters, learning times tables and number bonds. We will also be learning about properties of shapes, measurement and statistics. This year percentages will also be on the maths menu alongside funky fractions and delicious decimals. Children will also consolidate their understanding of written calculations. Don’t forget to check out our calculation policy on the school website. Throughout, we will practise applying our knowledge to test style questions – in preparation for Year 6!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


The children will be learning how to develop their use of punctuation (e.g. using commas, brackets and colons). We will cover film narrative, poetry and persuasive letters and texts. The children will have spellings to learn on a weekly basis from both myself and phonics teacher. Children are also encouraged to read regularly and to enjoy it. And not forgetting we will need our legendarily reading journals completed each time a book is finished.
As scientists, this term we will learning about states of matter. We will be looking at everyday objects and looking at their properties as well as dissolving and recovering a range of substances. We will also be looking at reversible and irreversible changes.
Our PE sessions during Autumn 1 are: Wednesday and Friday
                            during Autumn 2 are: Monday and Wednesday
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Should you wish, PE kit can be purchased from the school office. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days.

For more details about our learning this term, click on the Autumn Term Curriculum Overview.
Children in Year 5 receive regular homework. Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested on the following Thursday. Children are still expected to complete a reading journal activity of their choice after every book. Children should aim to complete at least one reading journal activity per week (examples of reading journals activities will be stuck inside their Reading Journal Book). Additional creative homework (purple book) will also be given out throughout the year.  

November 2018

On Tuesday 13th November, Class 5 had a fantastic visit to Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum. They took part in an Greek Art master class and a Greek Gods workshop. They got the chance to paint using the red figure technique and etch into card to create geometric patterns.  In the other workshop they got the chance to act out famous myths by dressing up and using props. 


We enjoyed a range of activities for Armistice Day. They have written some superb emotive letters from soldiers, made trench cake and completed a range of art activities. 



October 2018

We have been investigating whether or not butter melting is a reversible or irreversible change. 


 We have been investigating irreversible reactions in particular acid base reactions. 


We are making fantastic progress on our bikes!

September 2018

Year 5 enjoyed time outside this morning learning how to ride a bike. 


In netball we have been learning how to shoot. 


In Science, we have been learning how to separate a mixture using: filtration, sieving, magnetism and evaporation. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you for your continued support.

Miss A Laver

Photos from 2017/2018

Class 5 showed off their fantastic PowerPoint quizzes to Class 6. The children have worked hard to create a PowerPoint quiz in pairs, their PowerPoints' were linked to multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. 


May 2018

Class 5 had a wonderful day celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan. They had light refreshments during the day served by the staff and enjoyed making a commemorative plate. In the afternoon, Class 5 joined Class 4 for a games hour where they played rounder's and British bull dog.





On Thursday 3rd May the Animal Man came into school. We had a fantastic time looking at lots of different animals and learning about their diet, habitat and how to classify them with in the animal kingdom.

World Book Week

March 2018

For World Book Week, Year 5 emerged their selves in the Asian Culture. We looked at a Japanese and Korean book and animation.  Also we learnt about the Japanese method for multiplication and Tangrams.  We produced some fantastic pieces of writing looking at inference on a setting and character and ended with a superb diary entry. In addition to the mornings, we also looked at origami and blooms trees in the afternoon. 



Chinese New Year 16th February 2018

Year 5 looked at Chinese numbers and did some formal written methods using Chinese numbers. In addition, they investigated Chinese blossom trees and did their own piece of art. They also  looked at Chinese New Year Facts.




This week in Science we have been looking into water resistance and the forces that act when a boat moves.
We were also lucky enough to have a Staff Governor Mrs Wadge attend the lesson and take part in a boat race.



Year 5 have been practising their cooking skills at Aldersley!

Week 1 We made apple crumble today.



Week 2 We made pizza bread.

Week 3

We made delicious, fresh bread. We learnt what is needed to make bread rise, how to kneed and how to glaze the dough to give it a lovely golden look.  We have also developed our team work to ensure we wash up after ourselves.


Week 4

Butter biscuits were on the menu this week  - yummy!



Year 5 took part in a NSPCC workshop. We learnt the slogan 'Speak Out Stay Safe'. During the workshop we were asked some tricky questions and we started to think about the right and wrong decisions we can make. We all learnt that abuse is NOT ok and it is NEVER a child's fault.


 Autumn Term 

We have been looking into reversible and irreversible changes in year 5. We have looked at melting butter and mixing vinegar with bicarbonate of soda to see what changes happen.


During Black History month Class 5 researched the life of Rosa Parks. We created fact files about her life.


We have been also been looking at the different parts of a flower. We have labelled them in our books and then dissected a lily to embed our learning. 


During class week beginning 6th November we put our pens and pencils down to observe a two munities silence on Friday 10th November.   

We also watched The Big First Aid Lessons where we learnt about how to deal with burns and choking!

Class 5 represented Palmers Cross during Young Ambassadors training at Aldersley Leisure Centre.  They took part three workshops to help the develop their leadership, ambassadorial and communications skills.