Year 5@Hewish 2017-18


‘The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
Plato(BC 427-BC 347) Greek philosopher.

Term 3 Week 3

This week we are continuing to learn about politics but, this time, in the context of ancient Greece. The children began their learning, thinking about who holds the power at home in their families. They then developed their thinking further and began to think about who has influence in their families and the wider community. They learned about the five forms of government that existed in ancient Greece: monarchy, tyranny, aristocracy, oligarchy and democracy. After unpicking what each political party would look like, they got into groups and became one of these parties, devising policies and rules that would persuade the other members of the class to vote for them. The Tyranny party (Storm Break), that consisted of Jack D and Harley, won the vote with some very controversial policies (let’s just say none of the girls voted for them!). Great learning.


A democracy             A monarchy              An Oligarchy

Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on.’     Thurgood Marshall

Term 3 Week 2

Happy New Year to everyone! The year 5 crew have kicked off their learning theme Who Holds the Power? by learning all about the UK Parliament and Government. They  spent all day last Thursday learning about the ins and outs of Parliament and then devised questions for John Penrose, MP for North Somerset, who visited on Friday afternoon. We were really proud of their listening skills and the level of engagement that they demonstrated during the Q and A session with John Penrose. They are also really knowledgeable about how Parliament works now – we are very impressed!


“It is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities.” J.K. Rowling

Term 2 Week 6

The crew officially began their Christmas learning theme this week by finding out all about how Christmas is celebrated in Japan. They became investigative journalists this afternoon, pondering the question, ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?’ They examined passages from scriptures from a range of religions and looked at the evidence, creating a fantastic working wall in just one session!

Term 2 Week 5

This week was Super Teach week… after carefully unpicking where we think the children are, their teachers have prepared tasks designed to move them forwards in their learning. This has included revision of Roman Numerals (they now know Mr Sawkins’ age!) and rounding in maths. In English, the crew have applied the writing objectives they have learned to their discussion texts, producing some amazing second (and even third in some cases) drafts. 

Term 2 Week 4

Check our our fantastic films which are now live… visit our school’s very own You Tube channel to enjoy a selection of fantastic film making.

St Anne’s You Tube Channel

Term 2 Week 3

Another successful week  has seen the crew working more on their frames. See below for some very careful decoration and design from six of our pupils. We continue to work on our discussion skills in English and have tackled some tricky maths involving the multiplication of prime numbers. 

Term 2 Week 2

We have had a successful week in the Year Five crew, working on different types of numbers (including factors, multiples, squares and cubes). Children have enjoyed using their mathematical reasoning skills to find odd ones out and mystery numbers. In English we have explored, through our discussion text, whether or not cyborgs such as Daleks should be allowed to co-exist on Earth with us.

The crew demonstrated great progression in athletics on Friday @ West Wick where particular individuals modelled (and taught some of their peers) excellent technique in standing long jump and tripple jump. 

Term 2 Week 1

Welcome back! What an exciting week it has been in the Year Five crew so far. With saws and glue guns at the ready, children began exploring their design skills in order to start making photo frames to house their beautiful artwork later in the term.  After analysing a range of products, they designed and made their own. Families can look forwards to viewing the final, decorated products later in the term.

Term 1 Week 7

We have reached the end of term one and what a busy term it has been! Today the Year Five Crew finished their class text, The London Eye Mystery, finally discovering the secret behind Salim’s mysterious disappearance. Children have also completed a tricky maths challenge – ask your child about the circumference of the ‘bicycle wheel in the sky’! Finally, the crew learned about different filming techniques ready for their upcoming filming days next term. They practised panning, dollying and tracking as well as reognising and taking long, medium and close-up shots. Watch this space…

Term 1 Week 6

What a busy week! We are so very impressed with how our crew members reacted to our visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday, modelling fantastic learning and excellent behaviour. Children have explored the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ in awareness of mental health day this week. They thought about what made them happy and will have brought home a worksheet to continue outside of school. Please ask your child to share information about this important learning with you. 

Term 1 Week 5

We have seen some excellent collaborative learning this week with the crew working together to solve maths problems. They have also begun work on generating ideas for the films they will be making soon. 

Children have been honing their creative writing skills through the use of metaphor and simile this week, creating a descriptive piece about the London Eye. Below is an excerpt from Jack’s fantastic first draft showing great use of personification.

Term 1 Week 4

This week we have been working hard on consolidating column addition and subtraction as well as using it to enhance our mathematical reasoning skills. Children have also enjoyed role playing key characters from our core text in order to find out what has happened to Salim.

The crew became scientific investigators this week when learning about fores.They made parachutes fit for a Lego Queen in order to gain a deeper understanding of gravity and air resistance.

Term 1 Week 3

The crew are continuing to enjoy the text we are reading – The London Eye Mystery, especially as Salim has now disappeared… This week saw some fantastic acting from the crew, who used their dialogue to then explore the use of speech punctuation in their writing. We have been tackling negative numbers in maths this week and children are gaining confidence with explaining their mathematical thinking and reasoning.

The arrival of the sun on Friday meant we were able to investigate shadows – the crew have explored why and how shadows form and why they take the shape of the objects that cast them.

Term 1 Week 2

Another great week which has seen further development in the crew’s understanding of number (specifically rounding). We have started our class text, Siobhan Dowd’s thrilling London Eye Mystery which has already gripped the whole class. The children are desperate to find out what will happen to Salim…

The crew have explored photography this week and are learning to be expert picture takers as well as investigating light. Please ask your child about how light travels!

Term 1 Week 1

What a fantastic first week we have had. Mrs Coulton, Mrs Webb and Mrs Loach have been so impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement of all the new Year Five crew.

In addition to building a new classroom community, the children have already kick started their learning and have been busy performing and writing poems as well as brushing up on the place value in maths.

Wednesday was a WOW day, seeing the children complete a design challenge to build a structure that would safely transport tomatoes down a mountain. Children worked collaboratively and creatively.

Welcome to the Year Five Crew @ Hewish.

Mrs Coulton, Mrs Webb and Mrs Loach are very excited about meeting about the new Year Five Crew. We have some fantastic learning planned for this term. Watch this space to find out more…