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I feel very lucky to be teaching such an amazing class for two years in a row! Let's make Year 5 even more fun, memorable and successful as Year 4 was!


Please visit this page as the year progresses for updates, and to find out a little more about what we have been learning about in class.


Communication, both to celebrate the good things and tackle any problems or concerns, plays a principal role in ensuring the very best education for your child. Parents/guardians, please do not hesitate to contact me on the school number, or via email:


Alternatively, feel free to arrange a meeting- or simply pop in for a brief chat.


Many thanks,

Mr Roycroft

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Welcome back everybody, and a Happy New Year to you all! 


This week kicked off in its usual exciting fashion with a challenge from the mysterious 'Maths Man'. Each class had to work together to solve clues which were sent to teachers by email at random points throughout the day. Luckily, all the children correctly solved their clues to reveal their reward: a whole day of maths through art with every other teacher in the school! Check out some of the pictures below.


As well as the maths art day and the exciting clue hunt on the first day back, the pupils got to team up with children from other year groups, to take part in a quiz against other mixed-year teams! Not to mention an afternoon of fun on Friday, embracing the outdoors for some real world maths.


We have more exciting maths-related fun in store next week- keep an eye on the newsletter for more!

Maths Art Day 2019

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This week, we had a fun-filled afternoon of DT, during which we worked in teams to create our very own rubber band-powered vehicles, based on our designs from last week. We wrote a detailed set of instructions before getting stuck in to the construction and decoration of our cars. Check out some pictures and videos below!


Year 5 enjoyed a very engaging visit from West Yorkshire Police, where we had some very fruitful discussion around discrimination. The visitors were blown away by how articulate and engaged the children were throughout the whole talk.


Year 5 also enjoyed a very entertaining pantomime on road safety from Leeds City Council- I'm sure this will help us all to be extra cautious on the roads this winter. 


And so the time finally arrives next week to finish up a very busy and fun-filled term. Let's all remember to get plenty of rest, eat lots of delicious food and spare a thought for those less fortunate than us this holiday. A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 



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What a fantastic week of story writing in Year 5! 

We focused exclusively on plot, exploring the author’s clever use of links between start and finish, as well as exploring the effect of a clever twist ending on the reader.

We then use a planning format to generate a plan for our own short story with a twist.


We went on analyse two different short stories and identify the clever twist at the end of each one. We then took our highlighters and explored a range of text, sentence and word level features to generate a personal criteria checklist. Some of our criteria included:

  • Write in paragraphs
  • Range of punctuation: “” , ? ! ‘ () – ; :
  • Balance between narrative and dialogue (speech)
  • Powerful verbs and adverbs
  • Similes
  • Fronted Adverbial e.g. Moments later,
  • Adverbial phrase after speech
  • At least one modal verb e.g. ought, might
  • Range of openers


In maths, we have been using the bar model to represent a variety of reasoning-style questions. This has really helped us to unpick questions that confuse us to begin with. Roll on next week for some Christmas-themed maths problems!


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This week in English, we have really stretched our brains by summarising the introduction to or class novel, War Horse, drawing out the key events. We then rewrote the first few chapters from the perspective of a different character. The novel is written through the eyes of Joey, a horse who is bought on a whim by a rather grumpy farmer. We chose to rewrite the introduction in our own words, through the eyes of Albert's father. This required precise characterisation so that we could retell similar events but in a very different, contrasting mood. This helped us to empathise with a character that we had previously regarded as a little mean and short-tempered.


In maths, we have looked at square and cubed numbers, identifying all the square and cubed numbers up to 100, then applying our multiplication skills to work out what the cube of larger numbers would be!




As we near the end of a busy week, the children have been excited to start a brand new book, which they will be analysing in depth on a Thursday and Friday with Mr Smith. In maths, we have been developing our fluency skills and unpicking a range of problems to solve, including the difficult skill of reasoning.


We were delighted to give parents a snapshot of Reading VIPERS and maths in year 5- Tuesday's reading session involved applying our VIPERS skills to a  film called 'Beyond the lines': an emotional short which provoked a lot of deep thinking from the children. Our maths challenge involved helping Mr Hough with a problem set to him by Mr Roycroft... can you solve it??? (scroll down for the solution)...


Mr Hough has been asked to plant 10 new trees to make a stylish orchard in the corner of the field.

Mr Roycroft has given him the challenge of creating five rows, with four trees in each row.

How can he arrange them to meet these criteria?

We used PE cones to represent the trees and explored various arrangements...

We used PE cones to represent the trees and explored various arrangements... 1
We used PE cones to represent the trees and explored various arrangements... 2


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A warm welcome back to everybody after what sounded like an eventful half term holiday! Our week kicked off with a fizz and a pop as the children enjoyed a friction masterclass from a visiting scientist! I know many of the children in Year 5 are keen to partake in the after school science club offered by the company. This half term's theme is 'Let's be Curious'- where children in Year 5 will be exploring the field of Scientific Enquiry.


In maths, we have been brushing up on our arithmetic skills, to give us all the necessary tools to fluently answer the reasoning questions we will face next week. We have also recapped on the concept of division, using concrete apparatus to represent division calculations. Check out some photos below!

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This week, we have been exploring how to use commas in greater depth. We identified commas used for specific purposes, including:

  • items in a list
  • fronted adverbials
  • commas for parenthesis
  • subordinate clause
  • to clarify meaning


We then planned and wrote Newspaper Reports on the Gunpowder Plot.


In maths, we have been using the bar model to solve addition and subtraction sums, including extremely challenging ones (see below!) This is an extremely helpful tool for parents to use with children to help unpick what steps to take to solve a problem. Ask your child to show you how to use a bar model!

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This week in English, we have explored the world of Year 5 Grammar, Punctuation and Vocabulary. We have looked into how commas can be used in a variety of ways (lists, after a fronted adverbial/ subordinate clause, to clarify meaning etc). We also explored nouns in great detail, editing and redrafting texts along the way. We played around with collective nouns, and learned some very entertaining facts about names of groups (dating back to Medieval times).


In maths, we have worked on fluency, reasoning and problem solving within the topic of addition and subtraction. We have continued to hone our skills in mentally adding/ subtracting with increasingly large numbers. Ask us for a quick method to add or subtract numbers such as 28, 198, or even 960!



Check out some photos of our coffee morning from last week!

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This week in maths, we have explored mental addition and subtraction in increasingly large numbers. We found patterns as the numbers got larger, and we realised that once we have grasped the basics, much larger numbers are less scary than we thought!


In English, we have been writing up the final drafts of our Gunpowder Plot information texts. We have learned to edit and improve our work using ARMS and COGS, just as we did last year. I have been absolutely blown away by the amount of pride every child has taken in their work...I sense great things to come!

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This week, we have become experts on the infamous Gunpowder Plot (or as I repeatedly mispronounced it: The Gunplowder Pot angel).


The children were extremely enthusiastic about taking a trip back in time, just as they always were last year. We helped to understand the characters better by partaking in an activity called 'Moving Archetypes', in which we walked around the room interacting with each other in the role of various individuals from the story. We then used our notes to write up a fact file so that other people can become experts like us.


In maths, we have explored complicated fractions and decimals- with a focus on the concept of thousandths. We explored thousandths in concrete/ pictorial representation, before completing number sequences and complicated problems involving thousandths in fraction and decimal form.



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This week has seen a deeper exploration of poetry as a follow on from last week. We began by recapping on our list poems from last week, then looked at a completely different approach: shape poetry. The children analysed a wide range of shape poems from different authors, including ones done by other children. We then had a go at some shape poems of our own...check out our English books to be blown away by the children's creativity!


In maths, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10000. Maths is going to look a little different on Fridays in Year 5, as we will all be boarding the 'Maths Express'. Watch this space for more information!

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This week, we have explored the use of drama to depict a range of complex emotions. We used body language and facial expression to show blatant emotion, then explored the use of subtle clues to show the same emotions in a less obvious way. We explored a range of emotions including regret, jealousy and pride. After becoming equipped with a deep understanding of each emotion, we created pictures of our chosen emotions using watercolours. We used a range of things to represent the idea of each emotion, including landscapes/ objects/ weather/ colour patterns… anything other than humans!


We moved on to exploring the use of these emotions in a poem about New Years Resolutions. We discussed the various emotions we may feel throughout Year 5 and composed a similar poem of our very own.


In maths, we really hit the ground running by looking at place value up to one million and beyond! The children were all very excited by the prospect of one day seeing numbers this size in their bank accounts. Here's to hoping!


Exploring emotion through drama



This week, we hit the ground running with some baseline assessments to help us track our progress throughout the year. We pulled out our very best writing, watercolour painting and maths to help put the finishing touches to our brand new classroom displays. On top of our normal timetabled activities, we took part in some challenging team building games, including a card-stacking task which truly got our hearts racing. The only catch: before we were allowed to use a card, we had to figure out something the whole group shared in common!

Card Stacking

Diversity Balloons

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