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Welcome to Year 5 / 6 

Mrs Irvine is the teacher in Year 5 supported by Mrs Cockcroft. 

Mrs Burnett covers the class when Mrs Irvine is not in. 


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Snow Alert

I have added some activities to ensure you continue learning whilst we are not able to get into school because of the inclement weather.  

Please scroll to the end of the page to see them


 I have added more activities and tasks for you to do whilst we are closed on Friday.



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Our Value This Half Term

Our Christian value this half term is Forgiveness. 

We will learn what Forgiveness means to Christians and to ourselves. We will look at ways of forgiving and asking for forgiveness. 

In our worship we will look at Bible stories to gain a deeper understanding and investigate how these stories impact on our life. 

We will learn about famous people who have shown forgiveness even when faced with great adversity. We will try to learn through their experiences how to forgive more readily.


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Knowledge organisers are given out before the holidays, each one gives information that children will need to develop their curricular skills the following term. The children should read and understand the information and begin to learn some of the facts it contains. We will use the knowledge organisers throughout the  half term in lessons.

Our maths and English homework is given out weekly on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Thursday. Mrs Irvine explains homework with the children in detail before it is given out.  The homework tasks will vary each week, some of the tasks have a fixed outcome and others are open ended. All tasks given can be completed by the children, though we encourage parents to help and support.  As presentation is a priority in school, please complete the tasks using a pencil or a blue pen for writing and pencils or coloured pencils for drawing  and always using your best presentation.


I  addition to homework tasks children will have reading books to read and will be given weekly spellings to learn. Spellings will be tested each Friday. Children will also need to learn and revise timestables at home. They should know all timestables and related division facts by the end of year 4 so for most children this element of work at home, will involve revising or playing games related to rapid recall of facts. Should any children or their families be experiencing difficulties with homework, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Irvine for support. 

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We should all know all our timetables to 12 x 12 now but they will need to be revised. You can use these to help you to rehearse them or make up  games of your own.   

Times tables 2 to 12 | Reggae Beatz easy learn times table songs

Learn times tables quickly with the Reggae Beatz times table song collection (2 -12). There are a few tricks which make it easy to learn the tables and singing is by far the quickest and most practical way!

BBC have recently launched Super Movers. 

We have been using this as a fun way to revise our timetables. You  can practise them at home by watching the videos and rehearsing the grooves. Some of the timetables are missing so we thought we would could make our own Super Movers video for them. Watch this space for it as we will upload it as soon as we have completed it. 


Year 5 Spelling List

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We deliver a topic based curriculum through which the children learn National Curriculum skills using an interesting theme to create interest and enjoyment. Each half term the topic will change to ensure all children are engaged in stimulated learning tasks. 


Curriculum Maps

You will find the curriculum map for each half term's topic here. 

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Spring 2 Half Term

This half term we will learn about the region of Europe known as Scandinavia. Our literacy work will focus on Iceland where people have some very interesting beliefs. In Geography we will, as a class,  choose which area we learn about. we will look at the different countries and their capital cities and then decide which we would like to learn about. Each of the countries in the area is slightly different but most share similar geography. 

Our learning Journal went out before the half term holiday and children will need to read and understand this and begin to learn some of the interesting facts it contained. 

There is a copy on this page to use if you can't access yours. 

We will be using learning journals in class as they contain the facts we need to apply our skills to in lessons. At the end of the half term we will be having a fun quiz to see how much we have learned and remembered.  


Knowledge Organiser - Spring 2

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Our Learning in School

Science Investigation

Science Investigation 1 Investigating the process of osmosis
Science Investigation 2 Skittles and water represented our blood

Making It in Burnley Project

We combined our DT topic of moving mechanisms with our Science electricity topic to create a vehicle with moving wheels powered by pullies and cams. We created some fantastic models and most of us managed to move them move both forward and backwards. 

Preparing for the living museum

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We invited the infants to come and see our learning about the history of Burnley. We explained how cotton is spun into thread and how the spinning industry changed from individual spinning wheels to mills spinning hundreds of bobbins at a time. 

The infants were then given their own cotton to turn into tread. 

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A very Special Visitor!

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Enterprise Event

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Our enterprise event was extremely successful. We raised £350.00 which we will use for an event for all of Key Stage 2 children. We will let the School council what they would treat they would like for the children. As soon as we have decided we will let everyone know. 

Solving time problems

We attempted time problems in pairs and on our own. Using practical equipment makes solving problems easier so we used clocks and number lines. 

Talk 4 Writing

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We have been learning the legend of Robin Hood. We mapped the story so that we could use its features to write a legend of our own. 

A visit from Bolton Peace Museum

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Jude from Bolton Peach Museum visited as part of our PSHE learning. 

The children learnt about the Crowther brothers and their differing views about war. The children then explored their own views about war. They recorded their  views and presented them to the rest of the class. Their explanations were really well considered and they all delivered their reasoning with confidence. Jude was extremely impressed. 

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Activities to Support Learning

You will find lots of fun activities to support your learning. These are all short and have instructions to allow you to complete them independently. Some of them will need you to think about learning we completed a while ago. Read instructions carefully for each one. 

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We have added extra activities to support your learning whilst School has to close for the bad weather. 

Use the snow to develop your learning. 


Can you build an igloo?

What do you need? how do you build it? Is any sort of snow suitable. There is a lot of science linked to igloo building can you find out what? Write an explanation, draw a diagram and most importantly of all take pictures to share with the class. 


Build a snow man and then write about an adventure he or she goes on.


Build the tallest snow structure you can. How tall is it? how much snow was used to create it? Create a presentation of what you did and found out and share it with the class. 



RE and Art Activities

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A selection of web sites to support current learning

Remember to go to our online safety page to find tips about staying safe online. 


Things to remember this year:

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  • You need a PE kit in school for the whole half term.  PE lessons are on Monday and Friday afternoons but we will be completing the mile project so we need PE kit, in particular trainers,every day. and   Please make sure that earrings are removed.


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Reading is a whole school focus this year. Our class have a number of initiatives to encourage children to read. 

  • Reading book bags (and reading books) need to come into School every day.  
  • Children are given a prize draw ticket every time they read at home. At the end of the term ta name will be drawn to receive a very special prize. 
  • Just a few extra minutes spent reading every day will make a significant difference to your child's reading ability. 
  • Once children are proficient readers they will begin to enjoy the imaginary places an exciting book can take them. 


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Learning to learn

We have been discussing learning and challenging ourselves to increase our learning ability. We found that when we are faced with something really difficult, many of us would panic, which would mean we stopped learning. We now know it is OK to feel like this but when we do, we should understand that if a task is challenging it means we will learn something new and for that we should feel proud when we  complete it. 


Handwriting is extremely important. It is the first way in which our hard work is judged and most people will judge how good the content of writing is by looking at how well it is presented. we want to feel proud of our work and we know we can do this if it looks good. For these reasons we have been working really hard to make sure we form letters and their joins correctly. Some of us have worked so hard we have even earned a pen licence.