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I am very proud to be teaching Year 5 this year. Our first week has been filled with lots of fun and I am very much looking forward to the achievements the year will bring. 


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 Portch



This week we have been concentrating on adventure stories, culminating in Year 5 planning and writing their own short stories. This has been lots of fun and there have been many great ideas - I can't wait to read them!


In maths we have been building on our knowledge of multiplication and division, using concrete resources to deepen our understanding. Everyone has made great strides and the effort has been great to see.


We have been discussing what to do for our presentation concerning climate change.... and have settled on a debate between climate change activists and Donald Trump, as we are also concentrating on North America this half term. Best get a blonde wig!


It's been lots of fun, and we can't wait for next weeks learning.



It's been a fun week in Year 5.


Firstly, we have managed to fit in two PE lessons despite the weather. On Tuesday we learnt some basic gymnastics and on Wednesday we concentrated on teams building.


During maths we have been gaining confidence with the process of multiplication - with everyone making great strides. English has been spent adding detail to our Alive and Kicking story, which has been great fun.


In science, we have been concentrating on Space and the environmental impact of the USA.


All in all, there is a lot going on! 



Welcome Back!


The highlight of our first week has been the visit of the Alive and Kicking Theatre Company. As a class we were provided with a mysterious object (a portrait with the eyes removed) which had lost it's history. Through combining our imaginations we used drama to create an epic tale located in a haunted mansion - I can't wait to see where the children are going to take the story next....



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What a really fun week at school!


We have been creating shape poems and writing our own short stories in English. In maths we have been working really hard to complete all of our challenges and to master the complexities of perimeter. 


In PE we have been practicing our football skills.


Finally, i'd like to say thank you for all the hard work - its been a really enjoyable term!


Have a great Christmas!

Wow, what an eventful week!


We have got the bit between our teeth when reading and analysing War Horse in English. This has lead to us really empathising with the character of Joey and we can't wait to read more. No nagging required!


In maths, we have been understanding squared and cubed numbers as well as incorporating line graphs in to our English.


Friday, was Take Over Day, where we sent our student's to different classes to support learning. A great day was had by all on what was a very successful event.




Sorry for the lack of a post last week, there were some technical issues that needed resolving.


This week has been really interesting for Year 5. In English, there has been a real focus on reflecting and improving our work, and that of our friends/peers. This is a skill which takes real maturity, and I have been very impressed with how Year 5 have reacted.


Within Maths, we have built upon our knowledge of factors and have now turned our attention to prime and squared numbers.


Finally, we have also really enjoyed our ICT lessons this week, where we have been taking the first steps towards coding our own games.


Well done Year 5.




It's been a really busy start to the half term!


In science we started to learn about Sir Isaac Newton and different forces. This has enabled the children to perform their own research in order to make their own fact files next week.


In maths, we have been rounding off statistics by solving problems related to timetables - if there is any extra work you can do on the 24-hour clock, that would be great!


We have also received a talk regarding body confidence and have been studying the Haka. 


It's been a really enjoyable week.


Have a good weekend.

It's been a really busy week in Year 5.


We've been really lucky with the weather, with the sun shining on our tchoukball session. The skill levels of the class are going through the roof and we are having some really competitive games.


In the classroom, we have been preparing our recount of the Gun Powder Plot and researching more horrible facts! Maths has been spent solving problems related to line graphs, with everyone making great progress.


Finally, in science we have been concentrating on which materials conduct heat and which insulate.


Thanks for a great week.



It's been a fun week in Year 5!


In English we have been researching Guy Fawkes and concentrating on improving our descriptive writing. Maths has been really enjoyable, with an emphasis on reasoning and problem solving. Everyone has made great strides and the improvement is staggering! 


In PE, we continue to play tchoukball on Thursdays. The game requires teamwork, fitness and co-ordination and is lots of fun. Art has also been a hot topic, with lots of work going in to perfecting our masterpieces.


Finally, we got to spend some time with our Reception buddies, which always puts a smile on our faces. 



This week has produced lots of brilliant work, with Year 5 excelling themselves. We started off by finishing our newspaper reports and then compared the diaries of famous people and fictional characters.


In maths, we have been building on our knowledge of addition and subtraction and pushing ourselves to answer some really tricky reasoning and problem solving questions.


Finally, I am very proud of the Year 5 pupils who have been elected for various roles within the school. It is their hard work that helps make the school run smoothly.


Have a nice weekend.



Year 5 have had a really nice week. 


This week in maths we have spent time using our place value skills to order and compare large numbers, aswell as builing upon our knowledge of negative numbers. We have also spent time investigating the Gun Powder Plot through art and drama.


Prior to our church service on Wednesday, we also individually decorated our candle. This montage of individual 'stain glassed windows' worked really well - thank you Miss Goodison!



Wow! What a week we've had in Year 5!


In maths we have been improving our rounding skills, and really enjoyed testing our arithmetic. In spelling, 8 of our class got 10 out of 10, which is a really great achievement.


However, our week came to fantastic crescendo on Friday afternoon when we created a protest to raise awareness of climate change. Years 1 to 6 came outside to support us, sign our petition and ask questions. It was a great time..... and the sun was shining! 

Climate Change Protest

Climate Change Protest 1
Climate Change Protest 2



Sycamore Class have had another great week, rounded off by Roald Dahl Day. A massive thank you to everyone who dressed up and got in to the spirit of thing! To celebrate the day we have been writing our own revolting rhymes and designing our own Willy Wonka style sweets.


We have also been lucky enough to receive a fascinating talk about modern slavery and have really polished up our rounding skills in maths.


Have a great weekend everyone.

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day 1
Roald Dahl Day 2



Our first week has been packed full of team building and fun activities. As well as learning about what each of us have been up to over the summer, we have also conducted our very own Book World Cup. Despite being so busy, we also found time to have our first taste of playing tchoukball!


During our normal timetabled lessons we have conducted baseline assessments and concentrated on improving our ability to reflect on our work.

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