Year 5

Matthew 5:9 -‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’

Welcome to Year 5 Silverstein.

Our teacher is Miss Bill.

Our class TA is Miss Kayleigh.

Our LSA are Miss Lisa and Miss Tami.



Class Updates

Friday 27th January

Happy Lunar New Year everybody!

Today, we had two special visitors in Year 5. We began with a workshop with Keat (Jean’s dad), who explored the Lunar New Year traditions, and the children even got to have a go at calligraphy. We then danced our way through the rest of the afternoon in a Tai Chi session.

You may have heard that we are lucky enough to have Miss Syivak working with us in Year 5. She has spent a lot of time planning fun lessons for the children this week and will continue next week.

In English, we have been looking at modal verbs to indicate the degree of possibility. We practised using these in a piece of writing to persuade the main character, Ade, to flee the dangers of London in ‘The Boy in the Tower’. We also gathered emotive vocabulary, which we ordered based on the strength of the emotion i.e. flustered is not as powerful as despondent.

In Maths, we continue to work on fractions. We have been ordering and comparing fractions less than and greater than 1. To do this, we have to find a common denominator and turn any mixed numbers into improper fractions.

In RE, we began to look at how different religions deal with death and their beliefs. The children gathered information to present to the class. Next week, similarities and differences between the religions’ beliefs will be drawn upon.

In RHE, the children discussed the differences between cyberbullying and bullying. Bullying can include hitting, whispering, pushing, shoving and shouting, whereas, cyberbullying involves sending inappropriate messages, images and videos on social media platforms. We discussed how they both involve intentionally hurting someone’s feelings through unkind words and language and are continuous.

In Art, we continued with our Lunar New Year celebrations by creating rabbit themed cut outs because it is the Year of the Rabbit! These are now hanging in our classrooms and are all brilliantly unique!

In History, we looked at the developments of warfare during WWI. The children used images to identify warfare that was used during WWI and explored how these advancements lead to a stronger battle, which was known to be the ‘war to end all wars’.

Next week, we will going on our Spanish trip to the BFI, on Thursday, and will be celebrating the NHS’ 75th anniversary, on Friday, by learning about some of the different jobs in the NHS – addressing stereotypes and diversity.

Have a lovely weekend.

Best wishes

Miss Bill and Miss Hall

Friday 20th January

Today, we took to the stage again to debate ‘Should mobile phones be banned in schools?’ There was a proposing team and an opposing team and the audience were able to take part with POIs (Points of Information) to challenge the proposals. It is a real skill to stand up, present an idea and even challenge another’s opinion. Well done Year 5!

This leads us perfectly to our quick message for you all! We are aware that many of the children in Year 5 now own mobile phones. We kindly ask that these remain at home. Only Year 6 children are permitted to have a mobile phones in school and these are handed in at the office in the morning and collected at home time.

In Maths, we’ve carried on with fractions, looking at converting a mixed number to an improper fraction and vice versa. Some of the children have begun comparing and ordering fractions and some even reached a ‘Crossnumber’ challenge (like a crossword but with maths!).

In English today, we began our new topic ‘Persuasive Writing’, where we will be using the book, ‘The Boy in the Tower’. Today, we focused on the reading skill ‘predication’ by using the cover to predict and infer what the story could be about – it’s amazing how much children can get from one image! We then read chapter’s 1 – 2. In week’s ahead, we will be asking you to read some of the chapters at home in preparation for the following day’s lessons.

In RE, we looked at what Christians believe about death and explored our own ideas about what heaven is like. In Art, the children looked at designing a piece of 3D art with a message. The children thought about what they care about- they were incredibly well informed about some of the issues in the world. Using collage and colouring pencils they designed their own conceptual artwork. In Computing, the children continued to look at the reliability of websites with more independence. In History, we continued studying WWI, specifically, life in the trenches. We looked at many pictures from the time and inferred what life must have been like for soldiers. In Science, we discussed how the Earth rotates on its axis which gives us day and night, and how the Earth’s orbit around the sun takes one year.

If your children are looking for something to do this weekend, here is an idea:

Red Card to Racism Art Contest

On Monday, Miss Hall introduced all the children to the Red Card to Racism Art Contest that is running. Children can make their entries at home and bring them into school to enter into the national competition! Please return all entries to either Miss Hall (Year 5 Blackman) or Mrs Allen (Year 1 McNaughton).


You can find out more about the competition by following this link: ​


Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Bill and Miss Hall

Thursday 12th January

Another busy week in Year 5…

This week was the Relationships and Health session with an expert from Coram Education, who are an organisation that use data to inform how we teach Relationships and Health at St Stephen’s. I have since received an email telling me how enthusiastic and articulate the children were and how they were a pleasure to teach. Always lovely to hear. In class we talked about risk – when it is a good idea to take one and when it is not!

In History, we started our topic on World War I by laying out the key dates and thinking about the series of events that led up to war being declared. The children seemed to really enjoy it. We will go on to look at life in the trenches, the role of men, women and children and the development of weapons.

In Science, we looked at the relative size of the sun, moon and Earth. We linked this to real life objects to give an understanding of their scale. After this, we recorded their actual diameters and distances between them. We will go on to look at the Earth’s rotation and its link to day and night.

In Computing, we began our digital literacy topic ‘Stop! Check!’ The children were presented with two different websites and they had to decide which one was reliable and which one was unreliable. From this we generated a checklist, reliable websites should: look professional, have a known domain in the URL, be grammatically correct and contain factual information.

In RE, we talked about loss and bereavement and wrote a ‘Helping with your Loss’ advice page. The children made suggestions of things that could be done to remember and commemorate someone or something e.g. light a candle, plant a flower or create a memory book.

Our focus in English has been grammar in the build up to writing our debate next week. The children looked at using adverbials and conjunctions to develop cohesion. We discussed how this can make an argument more persuasive and put it into practise debating whether ‘School should be a four day week’! Next week, the children will be writing an argument and delivering it in a practical debate session on Wednesday.

In Maths, we’ve continued to develop our understanding of fractions. We began by revising unit and non-unit fractions and discussing the word equivalent. From this, we began to look at equivalent fractions. This needs consolidating and has been set as their Mathletics for this week. We will continue to work on it next week in school too.

Tomorrow, we will be creating 3D art using a chair as our starting point, transforming them into something imaginative and amazing using recycling and objects from around the school. Sadly, we couldn’t do it today because of the rain but will look forward to doing it tomorrow!

Friday 6th January

What a great few days back!

In Maths, we are revising and assessing multiplication and division and starting our Fractions topic. We are going to continue to push times table fluency in class, however, we still need support from home to embed these.

In English, we have started a topic on argument and debate. We have started by developing balanced arguments about a statement. We will now be building up to writing our own persuasive arguments for the statement, ‘Should phones be banned in schools’. We will develop our grammar techniques, such as, using adverbials to build cohesion to support our argument. Once the arguments have been written the children will be having a real debate.

In Science, we are learning about Earth and space. In the first lesson, we looked at how the Earth, moon and sun are spherical bodies and the evidence to support this.

In RE, we are starting a topic called ‘The Journey of Life’. We began by looking at life’s journey, identifying past and future (hoped for) milestones. We will be discussing loss and bereavement in future sessions. If you have any concerns about these lessons, please email us so we can discuss.

In RHE, our new topic is ‘Keeping Safe’. We have attached the knowledge page to our class blog so that you can see what is being covered this term, lesson by lesson. This week’s lesson was about habits and thinking about how we can break a bad habit and develop a good one.

In art, the children discussed their installation artwork inspired by Cai Guo Qiang. Next week, we will be creating installation pieces using a chair as our starting point but creating something imaginative and unique using props. The children have been told that they are allowed to bring in objects from home to use in their creations.

Next week, we will continue with these studies and begin our History topic of WWI.


RHE Lifebus session about Friendship – Blackman have their session on Tuesday and Silverstein will have theirs on Wednesday.

February 2nd School trip – BFI event, see email from Mrs Perreira

How Maths is Taught – a Workshop for Parents & Carers

9am Friday 20th January – Music Hall

This very brief workshop aims to give parents & carers an overview of how we teach Maths from Early Years to Year 6. You will see the structured stages of how mathematical concepts are developed year on year in a progressive way that lead your children’s learning in a comprehensive and systematic manner. With much focus on reasoning, we’ll also have learners on hand to help you have a go at some reasoning challenges.

No sign up needed, just come along promptly and enjoy!


Looking forward to seeing you – add it to your diary today.


Mr Gane & Miss Whiting


Have a great weekend.

Miss Bill and Miss Hall

Friday 16th December

What a term it has been! From meeting our wonderful new Year 5s to Bike Ability, our Black History tour, class assemblies, Scientist in Residence, sports competitions, our trip to Gunnersbury’s Park and with the perfect ending last night, our annual Christmas Carol Concert! It has been jammed packed and lots of fun.

This week has been filled with finishing our current studies. We completed our science, R.E., geography and RHE end of unit quizzes. The children showcased how much they have learnt over the half term. In English, they wrote a brilliant, and factual, information text. Through this, they showcased their ability to apply the grammar, punctuation and spelling rules that have been taught over the half term. In maths, we continued with multiplication and division and will continue to consolidate this after the Christmas break.

There will be no homework over the Christmas holidays. Enjoy a well-earned break together with your families and friends. We look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Miss Hall and Miss Bill

Thursday 8th December

We are into the Christmas countdown everyone!

This week, in Maths, we have continued with our Multiplication and Division unit, covering; cube numbers, square numbers and finally multiplying by 10, 100 and 1,000. Next week, we will be focusing on division and doing our end of unit test. The children all need to continue working on their times table fluency over the Christmas break.

In English, the children have continued researching their animals for their information texts and practising relative clauses. We also worked through a grammar test which included topics covered and uncovered so we can better record the children’s progress through the year and to identify any focus areas for next term. Next week, the children will be writing an information text about their chosen animal, including the features covered and factual language. Their grammar focuses for this text are relative clauses and parenthesis besides applying the recent spelling rules.

In RE, we have been designing Christmas cards and listening to carols, identifying the common themes, particularly through imagery. The children then took some of the ‘classics’ and used them write their own carols, maintaining the Christmas theme, but with their own touches! Some were even brave enough to perform these to the class!

In RHE, the children have been discussing discrimination and the importance and advantages of being part of a diverse society. They spent their drama session with Mark last week exploring this in detail using scenarios and a lot of discussion.

In Geography, the children were identifying and naming features of seas and coastlines.

Tomorrow, the children will be continuing with their art installations inspired by Cai Guo-Qiang. The children will be photographing their work once completed, using the mini lego figures to help them imagine the experience from a viewer’s perspective.

We will be doing lots of end of unit assessments next week to wrap up the term, making enough time for Christmas celebrations on Friday with a KS2 quiz and a Christmas surprise from the Year 5 team!

Have a lovely weekend. Stay warm and well!

Miss Hall and Miss Bill

Friday 2nd December

Just two weeks to go! Time is flying.

Reminders for next week


– Gym kit (Blackman only)


– Carol Singing practice. Please make sure the children learn their lines which should be in their bags.


– Scientist in Residence (Silverstein only – Blackman are the final week of term)

– Christmas Jumper day for Christmas lunch (remember to bring a ‘socking’)


  • Own clothes day, please bring something in for the tombola in return!


This week in English, we have been identifying the features of an information text by reading exemplars. We identified: heading, sub-headings, pictures/diagrams, factual language, third person and present tense. Next week, we will continue planning our own and learning grammar features to include.

We have kick started multiplication and division by looking at factors, factor pairs and common factors. We will continue to look at prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers next week. Please make sure the children continue to work on their times table and division facts.

In Science, we looked at sexual reproduction in animals and how some animals’ eggs are fertilised internally and some externally. Some even do it all by themselves – hermaphrodites! We looked at how the environment can impact this process.

In RE, we finished our Monastic Community topic and did the end of unit quiz. We are now starting our next unit called ‘Seeing Christmas through Art and Music’. The children will be considering what makes artwork sacred and how Christmas is depicted through art and music.

In RHE, we have discussed the terms discrimination – through the story of Rosa Parks – and diversity. The children also consolidated this through discussion in drama with Mark.

We continued to learn about the UK in Geography, this time by looking at the range of mountains. We represented this through a bar chart, which highlighted that Ben Nevis was the highest mountain in the UK.

Finally, we started creating our own art installations in our shoe boxes – thank you for bringing these in! The children made stencils and attached these to the ‘walls’ of their box, which they have transformed into the setting for their installation art. The children then rolled their sleeves up and were dipping, throwing and sprinkling powder, rice and paint at their boxes to create different effects. We will complete these next Friday and photograph the lego people inside as if entering the installation.

Have a great weekend!

Miss Hall and Miss Bill

Friday 25th November 2022

Well done to all the children for doing so well during their Bike Ability sessions!

This week in English, the children wrote a report based on the ‘The Lighthouse’. After they wrote their first draft, they used their success criteria to make edits and improvements, specifically looking for the correct use of direct speech, parenthesis, commas, spelling words and formal tone. I was extremely impressed by the children’s final draft reports.

In Maths, we continued to cover Position and Direction. We looked at lines of symmetry, completing a symmetric figure and reflecting shapes and coordinates. We finished this unit by doing a position and direction assessment – the children were very pleased with their results. Next week, we are back in Maths classes and will be beginning multiplication and division. Please ensure your child is practising their timestable and division facts.

In Geography, we recapped the four countries of the UK, their capital cities and the counties that make up England. We then looked at locating the ‘major’ cities of the UK on a map. In another colour, we also pinpointed some towns. We discussed how a town could become a city, either through having a cathedral or being granted ‘city status’ by the Royal Monarch.

In R.E., the children completed their leaflet which answered the question ‘What is a Monastic Community?’ The children did a really great job of creating informative leaflets which detailed the lives of monks and nuns.

In Science, we learnt about plants that reproduce asexually. There was a lot of new scientific vocabulary introduced which we will keep revisiting to embed: ‘fertilise’, ‘pollinate’, ‘runner’, ‘plantlet’, ‘sexual’ and ‘asexual’, just to name a few! The children were comparing the fertilisation of different plants using this language.

In Computing, we were practising our computer science skills. We used scratch to code an animation in preparation for creating our own game in the coming weeks. We used a range of ‘tiles’ to create an algorithm that allowed our ‘sprites’ to move, generating an animation. Some children even managed to add sound!

Shoeboxes! If you have any lying around at home, please send them in for our art installations, which will start taking shape next week!

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Bill

Friday 18th November

This week, the children have planned a report based on the visual media, ‘The Lighthouse’, and will be writing their reports next week, using direct speech, parenthesis and formal tone.


In Maths, we have worked as a class to cover Position and Direction which the children have enjoyed. We have been plotting and describing coordinates, as well as translating and reflecting coordinates and shapes. We will continue this next week.


In Relationships and Health, the children thought about what good listening looks like and how to have a ‘kind conversation’.


And how could we forget, our class assembly…

On Thursday, Silverstein had their class assembly and did an amazing job! Their projection, tone, intonation, singing and dancing created a wonderful performance. We are so proud of each of the children!


We ended the week by going on a trip to Gunnersbury Park and Musuem. We took part in an interactive workshop where the children formed part of a Victorian classroom. The children loved the experience (although at times looked terrified!) and stated, ‘I will never forget this experience!’ We really have been immersed into the life of The Victorians this week!


Next week is our Bike Ability week…

– Children must come to school on Monday with their bike and helmet.

– P.E. kit is to be worn to school all week.

– The weather has been very wet recently, so warm clothing (hats and gloves) and a waterproof is a must!


One last note:

Shoeboxes! If you have any lying around at home, please send them in for our art installations, which will start taking shape next week!


Have a lovely weekend!



Friday 11th November

Another busy week in Year 5!

At 11am this morning, we fell silent to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict. We also spoke about the significance of wearing a poppy.

We started the week by beginning our new English topic, ‘Writing from Visual Media’. We are using the short film, ‘The Lighthouse’, as a stimulus for writing a report. We began by using our prediction skills to predict what would happen from looking at four images. We have also been inferring and retrieving information to allow us to find out more about the main character, The Lighthouse Keeper. We then took on the role of reporters and made initial notes using the 5 ‘Ws’ and interviewed people from the scene. We will use this work to help us write our report in the coming weeks.

To support the children with this, if you have any child-friendly newspapers or reports, it would be great to allow your child to read them/bring them in to form part of our class library. This will allow the children to become increasingly familiar with a report’s features and the specific formal, journalistic language reporters use.

In maths, we are continuing to consolidate our knowledge of addition and subtraction, specifically focusing on missing number problems and multi-step word problems. Over the next two weeks during Bike Ability, maths will continue to be taught however not in set maths classes. During these two weeks, we will be covering ‘Position and Direction’. Please can you continue to encourage and support your child with learning their timestables. A rapid recall of multiplication and division facts is crucial.

In geography, we are continuing to learn about the UK, this week specifically looking at the counties that make up England.

In science, we began our new topic, ‘Living Things and their Habitats: Life Cycles’. We labelled the parts of a flower, categorising them into male and female parts. We then explained the sexual reproduction of a flower using the two key words: pollination and fertilisation.

In R.E., we used chrome books to research, ‘What is a Monastic Community?’ From this research, the children will be creating an information leaflet about how nuns and monks live their lives.

We have also spent time this week practising for our upcoming class assembly. Thank you very much for supporting your child in learning their lines and the song – it has made the process a lot smoother! We are really looking forward to our assembly next Thursday. A few reminders before then:

–       On Monday, all costumes are to be brought to school in a labelled bag.

–       On Thursday, children are to arrive to school for 8:30am prompt before the assembly.

Parents’ Evening:

It was so lovely to meet you all, albeit not in person, to discuss your child’s progress. With the time restrictions, unfortunately some conversations were cut short, and even mid-sentence! If you have any further questions or any points you would like to discuss in more detail, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Have a restful weekend!​

Miss Bill

Friday 4th November

We hope you all had a great half term! We’ve had a busy first week back, which in true St Stephen’s-style, of course has included a lot of singing, acting and some dancing in preparation for our class assembly in two weeks. Please continue to support your child with learning their lines.

This week, the children have loved continuing with our poetry unit, writing their own riddles, and free verse poems bringing together the poetic devices and figurative language we have covered. We finished the unit by writing a piece about a special place, inspired by Karl Nova’s poem, ‘The City of my Birth’ about London. It was really enjoyable to listen to the children read their free-verse poem aloud, the use of emotive language allowed us to all feel the love they have for their special place.

In Maths, we have consolidated some of the trickier parts of the addition and subtraction unit, specifically missing number problems and using the inverse, before doing our end of unit assessment.

In Science, we finished our ‘Forces’ unit. The children used cogs to understand how gears can use a smaller force to create a greater effect. The children could recognise that smaller gears turned more than bigger gears when one was moving the other and whether a gear was turning clockwise or anti-clockwise.

We have started our first Geography unit about the UK. Some of the children need to spend some more time identifying the 4 countries that make up the UK. The children then worked independently, then in small groups to answer general knowledge questions about the UK.

In Relationships and Health, we will be starting our Valuing Difference unit.

Next week notices:

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th November 2022 – Parents Evening, see Parentmail.

As ever, email me with any questions. I’m looking forward to meeting you all/seeing you for Parents’ Evening next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Bill

Friday 21st October

What a brilliant half term! The children have worked really hard and are really starting to rise to the challenge of Year 5. It is a step up and we have been really impressed by the children’s determination and resilience.

In recognition of Black History Month, we have continued using the poetry of Malorie Blackman as inspiration and a springboard for our own poems.​ We looked at personification, specifically of clouds, using Blackman’s famous poem ‘Cloudbusting’ as a starting point. The children continued the poem with their own verse personifying the clouds. Finally, we looked at limericks. We learnt the associated ‘rules’- using an AABBA rhyming pattern and a certain number of syllables per line. The children then wrote their own and were able to perform them to the class. The children loved the freedom to play with words, be a bit silly and not have to worry about punctuation- for once!

On Tuesday, Year 5 had a special visit from the famous poet Kat Francois. The children loved joining in as Kat performed some of her poems. They were then guided through planning and writing their own free verse poem using their senses as a starting point.

In Maths, we have continued with addition and subtraction, looking at using the inverse to solve missing number problems. The children can recognise that the greatest number needs to be in the top bar on a bar model and can recognise the 4 number sentences represented.

In History, we learnt about the gory details of hospitals and medicine in Victorian Britain. The children made comparisons between hospitals then and now. The children learnt the meaning of some new vocabulary, such as, ‘chloroform’ and ‘anaesthetic’. We then learnt about how the middle and lower classes started to enjoy more leisure time for the first time in the Victorian Era. The law that protected workers from having to work more than a certain number of hours and the boom of industry meant that suddenly people had the time and money to live a little! We looked at how they spent their time and the origin of ‘Punch and Judy’, circus and trips to the seaside.

In Relationships and Health, we discussed our emotional needs and how we ensure they are met. We shared some strategies for times when we feel they are not being met.

Friday is Show Racism the Red Card day. The purpose of the day is to recognise that racism exists within society and to think about how we can take action to be anti-racist. This is only one day, but we want the learnings to have a lasting effect and help us to contribute to making society a kinder and fairer place.

We have some exciting topics ahead, next term:

  • Art topic focusing on 3D sculptures featuring artist Cai Guo-Quiang
  • Geography topic all about the UK and geographical features within
  • RE topic on monastic traditions
  • Maths continuing addition and subtraction
  • English finishing poetry and then fictional writing using visual media as a stimulus
  • Relationships and Health will be about ‘valuing difference’ and will continue some of the discussion raised during black voices week

Please may the children bring in a shoe box for our upcoming art project.

Have a wonderful half term, thank you for all your support this half term, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know your children and teaching them.

Miss Hall and Miss Bill

Friday 14th October

Another busy week in Year 5!

In Maths, we have continued to work on addition and subtraction, practising the column method. You will see this forms part of this week’s homework. I’m sure you will be as impressed as we have been! In English, we started our poetry unit by reading, analysing and performing ‘Facing the Truth with Haikus’ by Malorie Blackman. In Science, the children made catapults to explore how a lever can use a small force to create a bigger effect.

On Tuesday afternoon, we, alongside all of KS2, took part in a cross country competition. It was so great to see the children showing resilience even if they found it tough.

Over the past two afternoons, we have been focusing on our DT project, doodlers. We began by creating simple series circuits and naming the components. We then analysed an existing motorised product and doodler to allow us to understand how the electrical energy converts to a rotational movement using an axel. This afternoon, we made our doodlers and they are well under way, if not completed! The children will be able to bring these home by next Friday.

Key messages for next week:

Black Voices Week

We will continue to read, analyse and perform poetry by Malorie Blackman.

Black History trail in our local area – Wednesday 19th October 2022

Red Card to Racism Day

On Friday 21st October, we will be holding our annual ‘Red Card to Racism’ day. For those of you unfamiliar, this is an opportunity to show support and raise money for the UK’s largest anti-racism charity. On the day, children can wear their own clothes and we encourage them all to wear something red. If you are able to, we ask that children make a contribution to the charity in the buckets that will be in the playground before school that morning.


A message from Mr Gane.


Mathletics is our eco-friendly homework setting system for Maths and children’s weekly work is monitored and assessed in exactly the same manner as traditional written homework.

Homework tasks set on Mathletics are expected to be completed on rough paper, with the final answers then entered in to the device – unless specifically stated, it is NOT mental Maths, so ‘workings out’ are expected/required at home, but not to be handed in. Remember that most questions have an animation that explicitly explains the method, demonstrating each step to solve the problem, if your child needs a reminder of how to complete the task.



We have checked that your child’s login details are correct, if in doubt do ask the teacher to check again. That means that for any other issues, parents/carers should contact the Mathletics helpline, as it will be an issue with your internet set up at home, or iPad setting or browser or any other number of issues – we can’t help there. See the information below that might help.

Mathletics can be accessed by PC/Mac, iOS and Android devices as well as Windows tablets and Chromebooks – on the laptops at school we find that it works best using either the Microsoft Edge or Chrome browsers. See for more details and if you experience difficulty in loading the Mathletics website at home please contact Mathletics ‘LIVE Chat Online’ help or email via


Thank you again for your support.

Friday 7th October

Buenas dias parents and carers!


Today has been Hispanic Day and what a great day it has been! In celebration of all countries Hispanic, the children sang the Spanish song ‘La Cucaracha’, which they have been taught in their Spanish lessons. The children took part in a Mexican folkdance workshop this morning. They then had an amazing workshop with Aunt Joan (related to the Priors) who kindly came in to sing to and with the children and tell them about her incredible life, growing up in the Atacama desert and her memories of the Andes mountains. Later we will be seeing the Mariachi Band in the main hall, before hometime.

On Wednesday, we took part in ‘No Pens Day’ Wednesday which is in recognition of dyslexia. The children enjoyed talking a bit about dyslexia and really enjoyed using -almost – no pens all day! We focused on inference skills in English, starting by looking at an image and inferring the weather, emotions of the people and other information that is not specifically given but can be interpreted. We then read a small passage of text, answering questions by reading ‘between the lines’, putting our inference skills to the test.

In Science, the children ran their own experiment to prove or disprove the statement ‘The flatter the object, the less water resistance there will be’. They used balls of plasticine and a cylinder of water to run their experiment. We discovered that the greater the surface area the greater the water resistance and, therefore, the slower the object travelled to the bottom.

In History, the children continued learning about the Victorian times and specifically about the horrible conditions of the slums. The children wrote report compiling some of the key facts they gathered during the lesson.

In Maths, we have started our addition and subtraction unit. The children have now all completed a Place Value test which will use to inform us of what needs to be revised and where support is needed.

In English, the children wrote their first draft of their myth and edited it by responding to our marking. Our next step is to bring together all of our practise of joined up handwriting and write it out beautifully including our edits.

In R and H, the girls (the boys were at football) talked about the importance of being assertive. They then read a practise trying to use their voice and body language to be assertive. We talked about sometimes it is not appropriate to be assertive and that being assertive does not mean being aggressive or rude.

In computing, the girls continued working on their blog entries, next week both classes will be commenting on each other’s blog posts.

In RE, the children were focusing on the synagogue and what can be found inside one.


Reminders for next week

Monday 10th October

6pm – Online Safety Workshop

Contact us if you need more information


Tuesday 11th October

KS2 Cross Country, please see Parentmail


Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October

DT afternoons. We will spend both afternoons creating something using a circuit!


Friday 14th October

Individual photos, please see Parentmail



Have a great weekend everyone!

Miss Hall and Miss Bill

Thursday 29th September

Year 5 are really into the swing of things now and it has been a lot of fun getting stuck into our learning for the half term. We did do a times tables test last Friday and noticed that there is still a lot of work to be done here. Please practise these as much as possible to help the children become more fluent. Here is a suggestion of a site that they might enjoy practising on:

Reminders for Next Week

  • The boys have got a football game against Weatherby School on Thursday afternoon (Clare and Al are looking into a game for the girls later in the term).
  • Friday is Hispanic Day: the children need to wear blue, red and white in line with the colours of the Cuban flag.
  • As part of Dyslexia Awareness week, we will be taking part in No Pens Day Wednesday and have planned accordingly (apart from Maths which was unavoidable…We really tried!)

Black History Month

  • October is Black History month. Alongside the diversity embedded in our curriculum, we will be focusing on a specific poet in recognition of this important event. We will spend every English lesson for a week focusing on their work and using their poetry as inspiration for our own.

This week the children started planning their own Myths. They loved dreaming up their imaginary worlds and had some amazing ideas. Their target now is to write these up next week using: relative clauses, interesting vocabulary, fronted adverbials, inverted commas for speech and parenthesis. These have been the grammar focus’ that we have either revised or learnt in Year 5. We look forward to reading these next week.

In Maths, we have wrapped up Place Value by looking at negative numbers and powers of 10, 100 and 1,000. We will be moving onto addition and subtraction next week. If your child isn’t fluent in their number bonds to 10 and 20, it would very benefitial for them if you could revise them before next week.

In RE, the children are now confident at identifying different Jewish artefacts, so this week we zoomed in and learnt more about the purpose and importance of the Torah. Tomorrow we will be learning about Shabbat.

In Science, we were back out experimenting, this time with the force of air resistance. The children shared stopwatches and we had a large and small parachute to help us understand the relationship between air resistance and surface area. The greater the surface area of the parachute the slower the object falls and this is due to it having more air resistance acting against it. Next week, we will be looking at water resistance.

In Relationships and Health, we talked about healthy and unhealthy friendships. We discussed some famous friendships. We then identified what an unhealthy relationship might look like. We talked about what we could do if we were in one. The children then created a ‘Friendship Cake recipe’ where they created ingredients and a method for a friendship. For example, 100g of kindness, a sprinkle of laughter and lots of shared interests etc.

In History, we learnt about the Industrial Revolution. The children recorded the advantages and disadvantages of being alive at the time.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Miss Bill

Friday 23rd September

Another great week in Year 5. Once again, the children did brilliantly in their spelling tests so thank you for all your support. If anyone has a strong opinion ‘for’ or ‘against’ the new spelling scheme (Spelling Shed – more focused on the understanding of a spelling rule) please email us as we are trialling it. Google Classroom will not allow us to add text boxes to work currently so for now please can the grammar task be completed in homework books. The children have been told.

In English, we have been consolidating key grammar and punctuation objectives: fronted adverbials, relative clauses and inverted commas. We identified these in an exemplar myth. We also gathered and defined high-level vocabulary which the children loved. You could have heard a pin drop…

This week, in Maths we have been rounding and comparing numbers and even started looking at numbers to one million to great excitement. Next week, will be the end of our Place Value unit and we will be assessing the children’s understanding with a short test (very low key).

In RE, the children continued learning about different Jewish artefacts and their purpose and meaning. The children created a glossary for some of this new vocabulary to help embed the meaning and for future reference. In the coming weeks, we will be learning about the Torah specifically and the Synagogue. If anyone knows of someone of Jewish faith who would be willing to come in and talk to the children about their experience of a specific Jewish festival, please let us know.

In Relationships and Health our focus question was ‘What are key qualities of friendship?’ The children answered quiz questions in pairs about the ‘right’ response in a friendship situation. Some things raised discussion, such as, when an adult needs to be involved and when a situation can be resolved independently.

In Science, the children had the opportunity to run their own experiment to investigate the effect of friction on different surfaces. The children used forcemeters and worked in teams to run a fair test. They had to pull a weighted pot across three different surfaces and record the force of friction in Newtons in each case. They then drew a conclusion; the smoother the surface the less friction.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Bill and Miss Hall

Friday 16th September

This week we have really hit the ground running with the Year 5 curriculum. First off, we were all really impressed with their spellings results. Thank you all for your support. The correctly spelt ‘unseen’ words (not part of the learnt spellings) go to show their understanding of the rule! It’s working! Long may it continue…

We started our history topic about the Victorians by learning about Queen Victoria. This lesson was very apt as the children were able to make links to our own late Queen and the response to her death.

In Maths, we have been learning about numbers up to 100,000, recognising their place value and rounding. We also learnt about roman numerals, converting any number to 1,000 to a roman numeral and vice versa.

In English, the children put their acting skills to the practise by re-enacting Pandora’s Box. We also spent some time reading creation myths and turning a chosen one into a comic book strip which the children were completely engrossed in. This was a great chance to see their comprehension, summarising and writing skills in action. In terms of grammar, we have been recapping fronted adverbials (very good) and teaching relative clauses (working progress!). We will continue this next week and the children will have the opportunity to practise this in the homework.

Science – what a force to be reckoned with (sorry)! This term we are studying forces. This week we specifically learnt about the Earth’s gravitational force. We carried out an experiment using flour to recreate the Earth’s surface and different objects to represent meteorites falling onto it. The goal was to understand how the weight/size/shape effected the crater created by the object.

In Relationships and Health we discussed how to resolve problems and did some pair work responding to different scenarios. This half term the focus is ‘Relationships’.

Have a restful bank holiday.

Best wishes

Miss Hall and Miss Bill

Friday 9th September

Year 5 Silverstein have done a fantastic job at settling in and taking everything in their stride this week. We went to the church this morning to recognise and celebrate the life of our Queen. Denis spoke about the Queen’s amazing sense of duty and helped the children to reflect on their individuality and what mark they want to make.

In English this half term we are starting a topic on Myths. Today the children did a reading comprehension to help us understand their comprehension skills. This also allowed the children to dive right into the mythical world…

In Maths we focused on place value to ensure that the children have a solid understanding of number before we move onto the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). This week we focused on reading and writing numbers to 10,000. Next week we will look at Roman Numerals and then move onto numbers to 100,000.

The children learned about the life of the artist Frida Kahlo. As Kahlo did, the children then took inspiration from their own heritage to create a self portrait. The children were encouraged to include fauna and animals from the cultures and countries that form part of their own identity, just as Kahlo did with her own Mexican inspired portraits.

‘We Are Britain’ is a display in all our classrooms and is an opportunity for the children to write about their own heritage, their families and the languages they speak. It is always amazing to explore the diversity of our classroom and school.

In computing the children researched their class author and created a fact file about their lives. We also used this opportunity to make sure all the children were able to login to their Google Classroom accounts which they will need to do moving forwards to access their homework. For this week the homework is saved to the blog to avoid any problems.

Dates for the diary

September 30th – Family Supper

October 7th – Hispanic day

October 14th – Individual Photos

October 21st – Show Racism the Red Card

November 1st – PGL Meeting Year 5

November 9th and 10th – Parents Evening

November 10th – Class Assembly Blackman

November 17th – Class Assembly Silverstein

November 18th – Trip to Gunnersbury Park for a Victorian School experience. ​

Have a lovely weekend and stay dry!

Always email us if you have any questions.

Miss Hall and Miss Bill

Class Information and Homework


Calling all creative writers (and I know we have lots!), please see Mrs Perreira’s post about Daunt’s story writing competition:



Please find the link to our timetable below:

Silverstein Year 5 2022-23


Our curriculum map for this academic year:


RHE Spring 1 knowledge page:

Year 5 Keeping Safe


Our poem this half-term is ‘Every Thing On It’, by Shel Silverstein. The children need to learn this poem as they will perform it in the last week of this half term (WC 17.09.22).

Aut 1 Poem