Year 5 Archive

Blog Archive


28 June 2022

Banksy: Art or Crime?

Friday 15th July – Information Communication has been sent out to you regarding the whole school parade on Friday 15th July and a reminder will be sent in...


24 June 2022

Sports and Cardio

This week has been very exciting and full of exercise! First, the Year 5 and 6 cohorts took part in Sports Day on the Eddington sports field. It...


17 June 2022

Aesthetics – What is beauty?

NOTICES Weather: Please ensure your child is now wearing suitable clothing for the summer weather. They should also bring a sun hat, sun cream and a water bottle...


10 June 2022


Special Notice As highlighted in today’s newsletter, please can we have your help in gathering 2l plastic drinks bottles (rinsed out and label removed) for our Year 5...


20 May 2022

Fractions, Coding and Poetry

Our thoughts and ideas are beginning to come together in English and our narrative poems are taking shape. These poems are based on the setting, characters and events...


13 May 2022

Buildings and Bridges

Year 5 have shown real maturity this week in making sure the quad was a quiet, calm space for year 6 during their SATS week. They responded positively...


6 May 2022

Our Capital

This week Year 5 have enjoyed developing close-up sketches of some of London’s famous landmarks and bridges. These will be published in an intricate book of sketches. We...


21 April 2022

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Welcome to the summer term – and what a week it’s been: full of drama, Shakespeare, art, Science and more! Our new topic is ‘Our Capital’ and is...


25 March 2022

Al fresco learning

We have made the most of the glorious spring weather with the children collecting data outside in maths, enjoying free reading in the afternoon sun and boosting their...


17 March 2022

A great volume of learning!

We started our week with our termly writing showcase in English. This time, our inspiration was the importance of a healthy diet and the children wrote a narrative...


11 March 2022

NAO Robots and more…

Our week started with a visit from the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge, which included an overview of robotics history and a demonstration from their very own...


4 March 2022

Pancakes and Potential Prizes

We started the week in winter, end it in meteorological spring (although it doesn’t necessarily feel that way), enjoyed pancakes mid week and celebrated our love of reading...


23 February 2022


Welcome back, we hope you all had a restful and enjoyable half term break! We embarked on our new topic of Humanoids this week, focusing on the text...


12 February 2022

Children’s Mental Health Week

Happy Half term! We have ended this very short term with a wonderful celebration of the end of lockdown and the diversity within the families in our school...


4 February 2022

Hopeful Skies

A vivid rainbow covered the skies over UCPS at the end of another super week of learning. The atmosphere in Year 5 feels very positive as children begin...


28 January 2022

Standout Scientists

Alfred Russel Wallace. Charles Darwin. Mary Anning. All are significant scientists from the world of natural sciences that we have been investigating this term. Not only have we...


21 January 2022

Fascinating Fossils!

This week, Fuji, Olympus and Sagarmatha have been authors of some fantastic biographies of a hidden hero: Alfred Russel Wallace. There has been a lot of progress already...

Stella Stein (aka Ms Kinnear)


14 January 2022

Rocking out to Times Tables Rock Stars

And there endeth our first full week back, filled to the brim with an exciting and challenging curriculum. The children have embraced Times Tables Rock Stars (TTR) with...


7 January 2022

Book week

Year 5 have enjoyed a new year with a difference! This week we have been immersed in books and reading, with the story of ‘The Brave Tin Soldier’...


16 December 2021

Happy Holidays everyone!

Thank you to all pupils, parents and carers for your hard work, support and commitment this half term. We’ve had a great first term in year 5, with...


7 December 2021

Terrifying Tsunamis

This week in our learning the children have been continuing to build on their understanding of natural disasters by looking into the causes of tsunamis. The Boxing Day...


26 November 2021

STEM Day 2021

On Thursday, the whole school paused from our usual learning routines to take part in STEM day. Each year group had a different investigation exploring various aspects of...


19 November 2021

Erupting with ideas!

The past few weeks studying types of volcanoes, volcanologists, tectonic plates, seisometers and the structure of the Earth came to a head this week as year 5 produced...


14 November 2021

Reflecting and Remembering

It may have been a four-day week but Year 5 has been as busy as ever! In addition to our normal curriculum, we have also taken time to...


5 November 2021

Happy Diwali!

It has been, without a doubt, one of the busiest starts to a half term! Year 5 have jumped into a new topic called ‘Force Majeure’ which explores...


23 October 2021

‘Gearing up’ for half term!

Thank you all for a fantastic half term! The children have worked so hard and should be very proud of themselves. We hope you have a restful break...


15 October 2021

Forces, Fiction and Feta

It has been another busy week in year five! Firstly, a huge thank you to all the children for responding so flexibly, positively and maturely to the assessments...


9 October 2021

Ganges, graphs and gravity!

We stripped our learning right back in English this week, recapping what a clause is: What is a clause? From this, we then looked back at the work...


1 October 2021


This week Year 5 enjoyed investigating what makes a parachute stay in the air. We were exploring the concept of air resistance and its impact on a falling...


24 September 2021

Giacometti inspired creativity

Art has taken centre stage this week. Inspired by the work of Swiss sculptor, Alberto Giacometti, Year 5 have produced an incredible array of sculptures designed to embody...


17 September 2021

What a mystery!

Our inspiration for English this week was the book Letters from the lighthouse by Emma Carroll. We used her style of writing to learn how to develop a...


10 September 2021

Welcome to Year 5!

A very warm welcome to all families to Year 5 and Upper Key Stage 2! What a wonderful first week we’ve had! It has been a busy, varied,...


16 July 2021

Pursuing Pax

From Olympus reporters: We have immersed ourselves in Pax this week.  What makes wild things wild and tame things tame?  That was one conundrum we grappled with. In...


9 July 2021


What an amazing week. We hope you kept up with all of our adventures over on Twitter @Year5Caythorpe! Next week: Back to usual timetable including relationships education sessions...


2 July 2021

Sports Day!

Thank you to Fuji reporters this week! This week on Wednesday Year 5 and 6 had Sports day and everyone had fun. During Sports day, we did events...


24 June 2021

A Week of Creative Arts

From our budding reporters: During this week at school we have been participating in an arts week. That consisted of drama, song writing and poetry.  So we interviewed...


18 June 2021


By 3 Fuji reporters this week: Enterprise week This week was enterprise week. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed creating extraordinary commodities for adults and...


11 June 2021

Tinkering with wind powered vehicles!

Thank you to Fuji reporters: This week, for STEM day (science, technology, engineering, maths) we were making vehicles powered by wind out of straws, plastic containers, axels, kebab...


28 May 2021

Year 5 Blog

From Olympus guest reporter: This week in English, Olympus have been working on 3 activities to do with our guided reading book, Malamander, from 9 choices. These activities...


21 May 2021

Is globalisation a good thing?

We’ve had a week getting to grips with climate change in Bright and Breezy and grappling with globalisation in our writing. Both big thoughts to get our head...


13 May 2021

Challenge, cricket and climate change

Guest contribution from Olympus reporters: Glo-blog-isation This week in English, Year 5 started learning about the Silk Routes and looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the early...


7 May 2021

Found words, newly appreciated creatures

Thank you to a reporter in Fuji class who worked overtime to do this for us this week! This week, we have been painting, mechanising and finalising our...


29 April 2021

A (short) week as poets and engineers

This week we have exercised both our creative and logical muscles as we’ve written beautiful poetry about unconventional creatures, inspired by the Lost Words of Robert Macfarlane. We’ve...


23 April 2021

Year 5 Blog(fish)

From our roving reporters: This week, we have been choosing some weird and wonderful creatures that have been overlooked. Some of the animals that have been chosen are...


16 April 2021

Bright and Breezy

Parts of this have been written by our Fuji and Olympus correspondents- thank you! This week, in Year 5, has been full of action. We’ve been thinking like...


8 January 2021

Directory for online learning resources

Writing   Reading (free for 30 days)   Spelling   Maths Upper KS2 Daily Maths: Upper KS2...


4 January 2021

Online Learning January 2021

The Fox and The Star Booklet


17 December 2020

Happy Christmas!

Written by our Fuji class reporter this week: This week has been jam-packed with end of term activities. This week, Fuji got to do some pretty cool things:...


11 December 2020

Reading Rocks

We have enjoyed a week of festive art, creative writing, poetry appreciation, and investigative science. Art in a flash by an Olympus reporter On Tuesday, we did some...


4 December 2020

A fanciful notion

From our Year 5 reporters this week: This Monday, Year 5 had a visitor from the Lancaster University planetarium. We were taken on a tour of the night...


27 November 2020

Is spending money on Space Exploration a waste?

A huge question to grapple with, but the children are developing arguments about the benefits and drawbacks of space exploration which they will produce as a written response...


13 November 2020

Ever-expanding brains (and Universe)

From our Year 5 reporters and paparazzi this week: Ever-expanding universe? In Topic, we have been learning about the expansion of the Universe and its origins. We began...


6 November 2020

Blast Off

From our Year 5 reporters this week: Astronomer Visitor On Tuesday, we had a visit from Dr Aybuke Yoldas of the Institute of Astronomy at University of Cambridge,...


23 October 2020

Midwife Maths • We Will Remember Them

From our Year 5 reporters: This week, we learnt about the properties of regular and irregular polygons in Maths, and found out about the Friendship Run, a Daily...


16 October 2020

Before and After

From our own Year 5 correspondent: In Year 5 this week we have been linking guided reading, or GR for short, with English.  We’ve been putting ourselves in...


9 October 2020

We Are Scientists

We have had an eventful, action packed week this week, being writers and scientists on top of all of our other skills! We were completely delighted to remotely...


2 October 2020

Measuring, Rounding, Estimating, Budgeting, Negotiating

The children are taking hand hygiene seriously.  Please continue to reinforce this at home as we have had better attendance this week and want to maintain this. Thank...


25 September 2020

And we’re in!

This week, we have continued to develop our knowledge of place value in Maths, dived deeper into our The Silver Donkey story and continued to make sense of...


18 September 2020

Going over the top

We have begun to settle into a purposeful learning routine as we complete week 2 of the term.  It is lovely to see the children enjoy being back...


11 September 2020

Welcome to Year 5!

It has been wonderful to welcome the children back this week and see so much enthusiasm for learning.  We have revisited the Golden Agreements and practiced our talk...


10 July 2020

Online Learning w/c 13.07.2020

Welcome to the final week of the UCPSpace Project! We hope you have enjoyed the activities of the past two weeks. Now that you’ve found a fuel source,...


3 July 2020

Online Learning w/c 06.07.2020

Welcome to week 2 of the UCPSpace Project! We hope you enjoyed the launch of our new learning projects last week. This week, the anticipation is building as...


26 June 2020

Online Learning w/c 29.06.2020

And we have lift-off! This week, the University of Cambridge Primary School is embarking on a three week project that will culminate in the children meeting their new...


19 June 2020

Online Learning w/c 22.06.2020

This week you will receive a message from the class teacher on Monday, topic and extra-curricular videos on Tuesday and Thursday and a further reading for pleasure video...


12 June 2020

Online Learning w/c 15.06.2020

This week you will receive a message from the class teacher on Monday, topic and extra-curricular videos on Tuesday and Thursday and a further reading for pleasure video...


5 June 2020

Online Learning w/c 08.06.2020

This week you will receive a message from the class teacher on Monday, topic and extra-curricular videos on Tuesday and Thursday and further reading for pleasure videos on...


29 May 2020

Online Learning w/c 01.06.2020

This week you will receive a message from the class teacher on Monday, topic and extra-curricular videos on Tuesday and Thursday and further reading for pleasure videos on...


15 May 2020

Online Learning w/c 18.05.2020

This week you will receive daily English and maths videos Monday-Wednesday, followed by topic videos on Thursday and Friday. Last week we introduced the “Unlock Challenge”, a set...


7 May 2020

Online Learning w/c 11.05.2020

This week you will receive daily English and maths videos Monday-Wednesday, followed by topic videos on Thursday and Friday. This week we are also introducing the “Unlock Challenge”,...


1 May 2020

Online Learning 04.05.2020

This week you will receive daily English and maths videos Monday-Wednesday, followed by topic videos on Thursdays and Fridays. Please find here a reminder on how to stay...


24 April 2020

Online Learning w/c 27.04.2020

This week you will receive daily English and maths videos Monday-Wednesday, followed by Topic videos on Thursdays and Fridays. Please find here a reminder on how to stay...


17 April 2020

Online Learning w/c 20.04.2020

Please find here a reminder on how to stay safe online. Welcome back, we hope you had a restful and enjoyable Easter break! From today, we will be...


29 March 2020

Online Learning w/c 30.03.2020

Thank you all for your continued support and understanding as we navigate these unique times. Online learning will return on Monday 20th April 2020 with a new blog...


23 March 2020

Online Learning w/c 23.03.2020

Good day, pupils and parents of Fuji, and welcome to the first installment of your online learning blog! This blog will be updated daily with resources, worksheets and...


19 March 2020

Five out of four people have trouble with fractions…

A letter from Dr. Biddulph to the children of UCPS. Following our immersive and interesting STEM week, year 5 wrote a recount about everything they did during the...


12 March 2020

STEM Week!

Please find here information on how you children can use smartphones safety. The whole school took part in an immersive and outdoor focused STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)...


6 March 2020

“Police? I have an incident to report…”

Please find here a guide to being safe online, for you and your children to read together. We had an exciting visitor to start our week; welcoming on...


28 February 2020


We embarked on a two-week writing cycle this week in English, focusing on the video of the Girl and the Robot, with the end goal being an official...


14 February 2020

Book Week

This week, we immersed ourselves in the world of character! Our inspiration was the book Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers and we focused on one character from...


7 February 2020

Origin of Species – a review

Please find here a guide to the app TikTok, of which we have become aware that some children in year 5 have their own accounts for. TikTok is...


30 January 2020

Jemmy Button

Our text focus this week was Jemmy Button by Jennifer Uman, Valerio Vidali and Alix Barzelay. Inspired by the life of Jemmy Button – a native of Tierra...


24 January 2020

Evolution vs Creationism

We looked at how to multiply and divide by 10, 100, 1000 this week in maths, moving forwards and backwards over the decimal. We used a place value...


17 January 2020

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin was our focus in English, and we started the week by exploring advantageous inherited traits and tried our hand at cross-breeding dogs to create new adapted...


10 January 2020

Evolution of the peppered moth

Welcome back to a new year and a new term! It’s been an exciting and engaging week in year 5, with lots of new topic information and vocabulary...