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Year 5 - Hornbeam Class



Hornbeam had another wonderful session on HSBC this morning. This time, we were discussing sustainability and how we can make cost-savvy and eco-friendly decisions. The children discussed fast-fashion and were astonished at the high number of clothes that get sent to landfill each year.

We also discussed how we can make better decisions at home, such as turning off the lights and saving water. It was great to see how many of these wonderful ideas the children are already using in their everyday lives!



A HUGE well done to Cooper for being the runner up in our Wimbledon final on Friday! 

Summer Fair


The children were lucky enough to have some time out of their school day to go on the bouncy castles and climbing wall before the hustle and bustle of the fair started!

Westfield Taster Day


Year 5 were welcomed to Westfield Academy. They took part in a range of fun and engaging workshops including science, food and nutrition, dance and art. In the science workshop, children were studying different forms of light and working with refraction, different chemicals and..... playing with fire!!

In food and nutrition, the children practised their measuring skills and followed a recipe to make pizza pin wheels - they were delicious!

In art, the children learnt a variety of new techniques to make their wonderful masks!

In dance, the children had great fun learning a series of movements to make a dance.

Preston School Academy Maths Challenge


The children were lucky enough to have a visit from Mr Singh and Ms Thompson from Preston Secondary School. They ran an exciting maths challenge afternoon where the children practised their skills and developed their ability to think outside the box!

Performing Arts Workshop

We had a slightly different start to the week this week with a performing arts workshop!

The children got stuck in and weren't afraid to push themselves out of their comfort zones! 

Talent Show

The week finished with an exciting talent show! All the performers were fantastic, but a special mention does need to go to our very own Siobhan, Florence, Kacper and Harry W, who put on a magical performance and did us proud in Hornbeam class! 

The Bear Trail!


Year 5 had the BEST day ever this week visiting The Bear Trail!

We put on our old clothes and fully emersed ourselves in the muddy fun! I am so proud of every single child, who all had a go at everything and really enjoyed themselves!

It was so fantastic to see the teamwork between the children, especially those who were more confident that were helping those who needed a little more support! 



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Science Dome


Year 5 were lucky enough to enter the science dome that visited, which was like stepping into space! The visitors were very knowledgeable and could answer all the questions that the children had! 

Year 5 worked with Year 3 to officiate a range of games including handball, golf and doctor dodgeball among many others. All children from each year group were fantastic at running the games and participating alike. 

HSBC Financial Session


Year 5 benefitted from a first of two sessions with HSBC. As more people are using cashless payments in society, the session looked at how things are paid for without physically exchanging cash. The session also built an understanding of how credit/debit cards work and managing bank accounts online. 

Sports Day!


Year 5 had a fantastic day competing in sports day! They took part in a range of activities across the day including discus, shot put, long jump and multiple relay races!

Well done too, to the dads and grandads who put on a fantastic show in the Y5 dads and grandads race!

Melbury Estate and Farm


Year 5 had the opportunity to visit Melbury Farm and Estate this week. During the course of the day, children learnt about the conservation of the grounds, fruit and vegetables grown, forestry and tree care among much more. 

In the afternoon, they went to the farm where they found out that every day 36,000 litres of milk is produced from around 1000 cows! They also had the opportunity to learn about silage and how is is created and conserved over the year to ensure livestock is fed.



The children had great fun celebrating the Platinum Jubilee this week. As a class, they created a large version of the queen with the Union Jack behind her.

As our year group were looking at the 60's, the two classes worked together to create a collage of key events that happened in the 60's and turned the 0 into the moon. They also created tie dye t-shirts to fit in with the 60's theme!

The children also worked well with a partner to create a presentation about the Queen and her reign.



Wow! What a spectacular job the children did when performing their play!

As staff, we are so incredibly proud of them! Their voices were clear, their singing was beautiful and their acting was superb!

A HUGE thank you to parents and carers for your efforts in putting together the children's costumes as they all looked fabulous!



As well as performing and practising our play this week, we have been busy getting ready for our Jubilee festivities!

Year 5 Tea Party


The theme for Mental Health Week has been loneliness. The children have been discussing how we can prevent loneliness and what we can do to help each other.

We talked about the impact that COVID has had on people of all ages, and in particular spoke about the residents at West Abbey Care Home.

Children from across the school have come up with letters and cards that we have sent to the residents to remind them that they are not alone!

This week we had our last Healthy Futures session.

We reminded ourselves of the different systems in our body and did the bleep test again to see if we could improve our score!

Well done especially to those who showed fantastic perseverance and kept going when they wanted to give up! 

What a busy end to the term we have had! The children enjoyed finishing off their Ancient Greece topic by creating their own mythical creatures out of clay! They all turned out absolutely fantastic! We will leave them to dry over the holidays and the children will then bring them home to show you all!

Earlier in the week, the children created their own scripts in the style of David Attenborough to talk about ilfe cycles of different animals. The children enjoyed sharing these with the class and it was a great opportunity to practise their public speaking skills!


We hope you have a restful holiday and look forward to welcoming the children back next term!

Healthy Futures


Hornbeam class had their penultimate session with Mr Kennard from SASP this week. We had a go at the bleep test and talked about the changes to our bodies before, during and after. Well done to all of the children who persevered and didn't give up as soon as they got a little bit tired! 



Our topic this term has been life cycles of plants and animals. This week, we have looked at asexual reproduction in plants. Mrs Casmore bought in her spider plant from home and showed the class the runners that it produces. We then snipped off one of the "spiderettes" and popped it in water to allow the roots to grow. We will then plant it in soil and hopefully see how the plant has reproduced by itself!



We were lucky enough to have a visit from Animals2USouthWest this afternoon and the children got to meet a range of exciting creatures!

They impressed with their knowledge of animal classes and facts about mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish and invertebrates.

I'm so proud of the children who faced their fears - especially by touching or holding the snake!

Our School Library


Each week we have been choosing a few children to take their class reading books into the library for quiet reading. The children have enjoyed reading in a different space and it is great to see them recommending their favourite books to others! 

Healthy Futures


Our third session was focussed on dental hygiene. We looked at different ways to keep our teeth healthy, as well as what may happen if we don't look after our teeth!

We also matched up key words with their definitions and put drinks in order from least sugary to most sugary. The children were shocked to see how much sugar flavoured water had!




As part of our Ancient Greece topic, we have been comparing the states of Athens and Sparta. The children were horrified to learn that, similar to in the Victorian era, women and girls were seen as less than men and were not allowed to take part in democracy in Athens!

Maths Day


We started off the week celebrating International Day of Mathematics. 

We looked at how we can use shapes to create patterns and pictures. The children thought about how William Morris, who we studied in a previous art topic, repeated patterns to create a variety of images.

Greek Story Vases


Having designed our vases, we have now started the messy task of creating them!


Happy International Women's Day!



The theme for International Women's Day this year is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” As a class, we discussed what equality meant, and how it has changed over the years. We looked in particular at Emily Davison, a well-known suffragette, and how her actions have changed our lives today. Using knowledge from our previous History topic - Victorians - we discussed the role of women throughout the years and how that has changed. 

The children asked fantastic questions which sparked some healthy debate in the classroom! They all showed great passion, particularly when finding out how unfair things used to be!

Whilst waiting for work to be uploaded on a Monday, please use the time to complete the following:




Read your book

Have a go at the "Ollee" monster detailed below.


Your logins for each of these are in the front of your reading records.

As a start to our Ancient Greece topic, we have started to plan our DT project - making Greek Story Vases

Year 5 enjoyed their first session of Healthy Futures this week, discussing the effects of exercise on our bodies.

Wellbeing Resource


There is a fantastic, free, interactive app called “Ollee” it’s aimed at children aged 8-11 years and is funded by Children in Need.  It allows children to personalise their monster buddy and interact with how they feel which leads onto what is making them feel a particular way, ie. Anxious.  You -the parent/carer - can link it to your phone so the child can ask the app to send them an alert/info of how the child is feeling, without having to say it themselves.

Please find more information in the links below.

Multiplying Decimals

Children's Mental Health Week


This week's theme for Children's Mental Health Week was "Growing Together". As well as planting sunflowers, we drew our brain trees and discussed growth mindset. The children talked about the types of words that might be on the roots such as: resilience, determination, effort, belief.

Ice Cream!


A huge thank you to the PTA for the very generous ice cream on Wednesday afternoon! 

Maths Day


To celebrate Maths Day this year, we completed a few new activities. The children worked hard to workout the answer to a tricky NRich activity - only to find out the answer was actually impossible! Great perseverence was shown by the children!

They also enjoyed completing a variety of arithmagons, numbers squares and other number puzzles!

Team Building


One of our class Christmas presents from Father Christmas this year was a team building game.

We took it in turns to work as a team to get the ball from one end of the classroom to the other. It was great to see those natural leaders take charge, as well as work hard together as a team. There was lots of laughter and cheering from everybody!



As a class, we have been recently discussing the definition of Democracy and what that means to us.

The Houses of Parliament put on a virtual guided tour that gave us more information about what happens in the Houses of Parliament and why it is also called Westminster Palace. We were particularly excited to learn that King Henry VIII was the last monarch to live in the Palace of Westminster because we learned all about the Tudors in Year 4!

Our favourite fact from the tour was learning that the politicians have a "naughty step"! If a person is getting too 'enthusiastic' in the debate, they are guided past a white line in the carpet which means they are not allowed to take part in the debate - their very own naughty step!



This week, selected children from Year 5 made the most of having the Chinese Dragon gazebo in the library, ready for Chinese New Year. They made the most of the cosy area and read their books peacefully!



Hornbeam class discussed the meaning of the terms 'voluntary' and 'pressure' in PSHE this week. We also read a scenario where "Mo" volunteers to help his community clear the river of litter. The children had great fun Hot Seating different characters and discussing the impact that Mo's actions had on their lives!



As a class, we have been discussing our British Values and in particular, democracy. We discussed how our lives would be different if we did not have democracy. On the opposite side to this, we also looked at dictators and the children were able to name a few.

On the Houses of Parliament website, the children were able to tour various rooms and discovered that they recognised the House of Commons Chamber from various news clips that they had seen! They were able to read more information about different rooms and corridors. The children are really looking forward to their online guided tour that we have booked in for February!




We have continued with our vector drawings this week, which involved layering shapes to create more images.



This week, we really enjoyed learning how to separate solids. We used different tools to separate a mixture of flour, rice and marbles. We also discussed how we could use filter paper as a tool if we needed to.

Computing - creating media - vector drawings


In this unit, we will start to create vector drawings. We are going to learn how to use different drawing tools to help us create images. The children will recognise that images in vector drawings are created using shapes and lines, and each individual element in the drawing is called an object. We are going to layer our objects and  begin grouping and duplicating them to support the creation of more complex pieces of work. 

Our music topic for this term is Keeping Fit. This week, the children have learnt to sing syncopated rhythms in the song, 'Body-popping skeleton'.

Hornbeam's positivity video

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Hornbeam class have worked extremely hard on their "positivity project". They brainstormed a variety of techniques that they can use to cheer themselves up and put them into a video. Our mental wellbeing is extremely important, especially during winter when it is cold and dark!
Please feel free to check out our Wellbeing part of the website for more information and tips!

Hornbeam's Christian value is community.


Therefore, as a year group, we decided to make and send some Christmas cards to the Care Home this Christmas. Due to COVID, we haven't been able to be as involved with the care home as normal, so we thought spreading the Christmas cheer would be a wonderful thing to do! 

Year 5 were lucky enough to have Ruth come and lead our Christmas Service in the hall this year. The children spoke beautifully, telling the story of the birth of Jesus. We also talked about the importance of remembering our Christian values over the holidays.


We hope you all have a joyful holiday!


Merry Christmas!

We had great fun presenting our Powerpoint presentations on the Victorian era this week!



We finally completed our William Morris topic this week by finishing off our lino prints! Last week we carved our designs so that we were ready for printing!

We learned very quickly how putting too much ink on our lino can dramatically effect our prints!

This week, we combined History with Computing by working together to create a Powerpoint presentation on the Victorian Era.

We had a wonderful time at the Pantomime this year - thank you very much to the PTA who allowed this to happen!

Mother Goose - Panto!



This half term, we have been studying properties of materials.

A few weeks ago, we tested different properties of a variety of materials.

This week, we focussed soley on thermal conductors and insulators. We looked at everyday items and discussed the materials they are made out of and why.

For example: Hot water bottles, radiators and saucepans.


The children enjoyed comparing the handles of a metal, plastic and wooden spoon that had been in boiling water, as well as sorting materials into insulators and conductors.

Victorian Day


Well, what a day!


Travelling back in time to 1881, the children entered a very different classroom this morning! From morning exercise and showing their clean hands to writing their times tables on slate, it was as if they really were in a Victorian classroom!

The morning was spent perfecting their sewing technique, practising handwriting and studying artefacts from the Victorian times.

They also chose their very own Victorian name and created a name tag that they wore for the day.

Funnily enough, a lot of the children said they preferred the stricter classroom!


In the afternoon, the children spent time participating in classic Victorian parlour games, including the memory game!


Thank you for the almighty effort you all put into the costumes - the children looked fantastic!

Using protractors to measure and draw angles

PSHE - Friendship qualities

Climate Change


This week, the focus of our extended write was to write a persuasive speech. There has been a lot of focus on climate change recently, particularly with the COP-26 being held in the UK. Therefore, we decided to write a persuasive speech to the World Leaders, to encourage them to make a change and help save our planet.

Hornbeam class did fantastically, in not only including the relevant features, but also in the way they delivered their speech to the rest of the class.

They are so fantastic that we are going to be sending copies to 10 Downing Street!

Supporting our year group in the Year 5/6 football match


This week, we are focussing on reflection, translating and plotting coordinates. The children made a fantastic start looking at the symmetry of a shape and then moved on to drawing the reflections in a mirror line.


Our 2nd art lesson on William Morris found us going out into nature and collecting our own leaves. We then used these to create our own William Morris inspired pictures!

Virtual Visit - Jacquline Wilson


We were lucky enough to have a virtual visit from the wonderful author, Jacquline Wilson.


The visit included:

  • A presentation by Jacquline Wilson about how she started writing and her career
  • Her secrets for creating much-loved characters 
  • Ideas for re-imagining a classic story for a modern audience, inspired by The Primrose Railway Children, a re-imagining of E. Nesbit’s classic set in the present day  
  • Pre-recorded videos from the illustrator Rachel Dean 





For Remembrance this year, we looked at blackout poetry. We read through the poem In Flanders Fields and highlighted the key words in each stanza. We then drew a related picture as the background, blacking out any word other than those highlighted.


At 11am, Key Stage 2 gathered (socially distanced) on the playground to listen to Year 6 perform readings and poems, and Mr Lush play his bugle. We then acknowledged the 2 minutes silence whilst thinking about those who have given their lives for us.

Remembrance blackout poetry - In Flanders Field



Our first music topic of the year has linked nicely with our science topic of Space. We have learned many songs - a particular favourite has been Sunblast, which is a very catchy tune and I can only apologise!

The children also learned about rhythm and timing, which was particularly important when splitting the class into groups and exploring accenting during our rap!



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William Morris


Linking nicely with our history topic of the Victorians, we are studying William Morris in art. This week, we learned when he was born and the types of art he created. We then had a look at a plethora of pictures from a variety of artists and successfully managed to pick out the ones by William Morris.

We finally copied some of his art into our books, in preparation for the next lesson where we will be creating our own pictures in a similar style using nature around us.

Trip to Ashford Water Works


As part of our rivers topic, we had the opportunity to visit a water treatment centre, near to Bridgwater. This was a fantastic and enriching day for all involved, as we explored a variety of stations around the facility including the factory, reservoirs and local streams!