This week, we have loved finishing our forces topic before delving into our new topic of life cycles.

First, we looked at water resistance and the effect it has on objects moving through water – we noticed that the more streamlined an object, the less water resistance. Therefore it is able to move quickly through the water. We then completed an investigation, looking at different shapes of a boat and made predictions about which boat would be able to glide through the water the quickest. The children then had a go at making their own boat! Such fun!

After that, we begun our new science topic – life cycles! We dissected a plant and looked at its features, making a note of the male and female parts that allow a plant to reproduce and so continue its life cycle. Take a look!


Throughout this half term, the children have become immersed in the Ancient Egyptians and have loved learning about them, their society and their beliefs. They were all asked to research and Egyptian God and present it however they wished, they then had the opportunity to share this with the class. The year 5 team are so impressed with what they have produced – take a look!


We have had an imaginative and creative week in 5W this week, we have delved into the Ancient Egyptian beliefs and practices and reflected on our topic (migration) and thought about how feathers and birds are a symbol of freedom, peace and justice. Take a look at what we have been up to below!

First, we explored a remake of Tutankhamun’s tomb and analysed some of the sources found inside, making a note of all the things we could learn about the pharaoh and the Ancient Egyptians – take a look below:

We then learnt about the mummification process and completing the steps ourselves.

Step 1 – Wash the body and remove the brain (ewwww)

Step 2: Remove the organs and place in the canopic jars

Step 3: Dry the body in natron salt for 40 days and prepare the death mask

Step 4: Wrap the mummy in dried linen (or in our case – toilet roll)

Step 5: Add any lucky amulets and the death mask and you have yourself a mummy!

In Art, we reflected on the process of migration and how this can be represented through birds and their lack of boundaries, we then created observational drawings of wings and feathers – the results were amazing! Take a look!

What a busy week in 5W!

Wow – we have had a busy week full of learning and fun in 5W this week. We started the week by learning all about the Ancient Egyptian pyramids, their purpose, their significance and how they were built. We then created our own pyramid fact files.

We also played a fun homophone quiz to help us with our spellings – some of us were super at using the clues to help us guess!

We got creative in DT, with our Egyptian themed toys! We learnt about cams, axles, frame structures and used our sawing techniques to create our toy, take a look below:

We finished the week with two presentations from Yawar and Lawand and Nura and Zura on Ramadan and Eid – they were fabulously researched and presented. Thank you for sharing and well done!


This week, we are so proud of our two classmates Jake and Zara, who represented year 5 in the school spelling bee. They did amazingly well and reached the ‘final, final’ and encountered some really tricky words; the rest of the class were watching the spelling bee live and cheering for their classmates while having a go themselves. Well done super spellers in 5W!

Kitty is also a superstar in 5W this week, as she has won a competition held by a local residents’ association, which asked for children to create a design to be painted on a media/electricity box in Alwoodley. Kitty came first and her design will be painted on a box in Alwoodley. We are so proud of your artistic skills Kitty! Take a look at her design below:

Fun in maths and science!

In maths this week, we have undertaken the challenge of learning how to use protractor for the first time. The children have risen to the challenge and we have played some fun games to practise our skills. Take a look at the children playing a game in pairs below:

In science, we have been exploring forces – this week we focused on gravity and air resistance and completed an experiement to find out how the size or the material of a parachute affects the speed of the descent. Take a look below:

Congratulations to Zara and Jake who will be representing year 5 in the school spelling bee – good luck!!

Performing our model text – Coral Ocean

Throughout school, we have adopted a new approach to teaching and learning in writing. We are internalising a model text which we will then innovate and make our own. Take a look at the children in 5W performing our text Coral Ocean. This story is a character change story, where the main character (Amira) is in a bad situation at the start of the text but by the end her situation has changed. Take a listen!


Throughout our space project the children in 5W were asked to create a space project and present it in anyway that they wished. Then to develop their oracy skills children were asked to present this to the rest of the class. Take a look at the video below to see children sharing their skills.

We have also completed our cosmic art project the children used their pastel skills and a range of resources to create the looks of craters and tectonic plates of the moons in our solar system. Take a look below!

All things fun in 5W

We have had an amazing week of learning in 5W this week. In history, we learnt about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the heroism of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States of America in the 1950s and 1960s. The children were asked to perform a key part of the bus boycott and explain the importance of this event within the Civil Rights Movement. Take a look at our photos below.

In art, we started a cosmic art project. The children were asked to practise their pastel techniques and use cotton buds and wet wipes to create the look of craters and tectonic plates on our moons. Take a look at our practise session below:

Skipping ropes in 5W, this week in 5W it was our week with the skipping ropes. The children adored playing with these and got really creative with their skipping skills. Take a look below!