Year 5

Year 5 have been investigating thermal insulators and conductors by means of a whole class 'fair test'.  We identified our independent variable (different types of insulating material), and we identified the dependent variable to measure (the temperature).  We kept all the other variables the same - the same pot-size and shape, the same amount and temperature of water, for example.   We also made some fantastic predictions about which material would prove to be the best insulator.

Thermal insulators and conductors

Today, Year 5 have been making comparative tests of different types of kitchen roll, in order to see which is the best buy.  We have been thinking about the different properties of materials, such as flexibility, durability and permeability (how waterproof a material is).


We know that one of the most important properties for kitchen roll is its absorbency - how well it mops up spills, so we designed a test to find this out!





Comparative testing in action

Examples of our amazing Spelling Homework posters!

Playing with Place Value in Year 5!


Year 5 have been developing their understanding of place value in larger numbers.  We used spinners to take turns to create numbers... to begin with, the object was to create the greatest value, and then we tried to get as close as we could to 50 000.  We realized that there was a great deal of strategy involved - and this helped us to appreciate the value of digits in different parts of the number!

Place Value Games...

Year 5 Edvard Munch- 'The Scream' - Art Project

Year 5 have been studying the artist Edvard Munch, who was a symbolist painter.  He was born in Adalbruk, in Norway in 1863.  Munch did not paint observational art, but instead used his paintings to express his feelings.  Munch suffered from a fear of wide open spaces.  He used crayons, prints and paint to create different versions of 'The Scream', which is probably his most famous and iconic work.  Munch explained that he called his painting 'The Scream' , not because the figure appears to be screaming, but because Nature itself is screaming at the man. 

We created print blocks using cardboard, PVA glue and string, to represent the figure in 'The Scream'.

Munch was born in Norway in 1863. He was a Symbolist, who used his art to express his emotions. We chose colours reflecting our feelings for our collage work.

We analysed different versions of 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch.

Year 5 Final Art Project


This term's Theme project has been called 'The Tudor World'.  In our art work, we have explored the representation in art of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I as well as many other famous Tudor personalities; we have analysed the symbols in the portraits to work out what each person wanted to say about themselves.  We have also studied the work of Andy Warhol and his treatment of celebrity figures. We have worked hard to develop the technical skills of proportion and shading when drawing portrait figures, and we have explored a variety of different media and styles of portraiture.


To complete our project, we have created our own self-portraits, selecting from a range of materials and techniques we have learned, in order to come up with some amazing, original art work.  Some of used observational approaches, while others created work influenced by Andy Warhol.  Some of us placed symbols about ourselves either inside the portrait or around it, to provide clues about our identity. We wonder if parents and carers could work out whose portrait was whose!?


Year 5 Class Assembly

This year, each class has taken a turn to create an assembly based on 'British Values'.  The theme of our Year 5 assembly has been 'tolerance.'  


We have focused on what it means to be tolerant in everyday life, and to show respect and consideration to all the people we encounter in our lives.  Please enjoy our PowerPoint and listen to our class poem!

Our assembly PowerPoint, on the theme of Tolerance.

Our class poem, called 'Tolerance'.

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World Music Day in Year 5!


Today we celebrated World Music Day in Year 5!  We found out about the music of China.  Traditional musical instruments in China were made of natural materials like wood, clay, stone and animal hair.  Perhaps this is why the music we appraised sounded so beautiful and tranquil!  The piece we listened to was called 'The Fisherman's Song at Dusk'. We learned that it was played on a Chinese zither.


We also learned about pentatonic scales.  A lot of Chinese traditional music and music from other ancient cultures is based on this scale (which uses only five notes).  We used an online piano app to improvise using pentatonic notes, and to compose our own, original melodies.  We hope you like them!




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Listen to some of the melodies we composed, using pentatonic notes...

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Composing our melodies using the pentatonic notes on a virtual piano...

Music is used for relaxation, and in yoga, sound can help yoga practitioners develop their mindfulness...

Our amazing Science homework project on investigating how gears work...

Computer Modelling...

Mrs Smith has been sharing her expertise Year 5!  She has helped us to create some fantastic models using Purple Mash!  Have a look at our hard work below! 

Work in progress!

Year 5 investigate friction

Today, we learned that friction is a force created when two surfaces slide or rub over one another.   To investigate, we pulled trays containing different masses over different types of surface and used a force meter to measure the force needed to move the tray each time.  We also explored the effect of changing the size of the mass within the trays. We noticed that rougher surfaces such as carpet created more friction.  We also found out that the greater the mass, the more friction was created.

Investigation of friction

Writing in Year 5...

We have been reading 'The Prince and the Pauper' as part of our work in English.  We have been exploring the character of Tom Canty, who is a poor boy, a pauper, who exchanges roles with young Prince Edward Tudor.  We have been writing letters and diaries in role as Tom...

Some of our amazing diaries and letters, based on 'The Prince and The Pauper'...

Henry VIII portraits...

As part of our work on the Tudors, we have been exploring one  of Henry VIII's portraits.  We spent some time discussing and analysing what type of image Henry wanted portray of himself.  His wide stance, broad shoulders and muscular legs meant he wanted to be seen as a powerful and strong man;  the beautiful fabrics and jewels he is wearing were meant to show how rich he was.  


Have a look at our collaborative art work!  We each took a quarter of the image to work on, then, working as a team, we recreated our own sections of the picture, which we then put  together like a jigsaw.

Some of our collaborative pieces of work!

Today Year 5 celebrated NSPCC Number Day with a range of exciting activities!  We used Maths and times table skills in our PE lesson when we played 'Sheep in the Pen'.  We experimented with different factors of 28 (we had 28 children in school today!) and thought about which numbers would make equal groups, and which would not...

Playing Sheep in the Pen! We explored factors and times tables as part of our PE session...

After lunch, we tried out a very well-known investigation to do with frogs on lily-pads.  The aim is to move your frogs from one end of the row to the other, by sliding or hopping over the frogs from the other end. We had to use a range of problem solving and pattern spotting strategies to do this.  We worked out the fewest possible number of moves to achieve our aim...


Then we expanded our investigation to see what would happen if we used three frogs at each end.  Would this mean more moves?  A different pattern of sliding and hopping? We were about to find out!


For the investigation, see 

Fun with frogs!

Our third activity of the day was to learn how to play draughts (also known as checkers).  To do this we needed to use lots of positional language to describe how we were moving our pieces across the board; we also had to problem solve, develop strategies and make decisions to try to win the game - we enjoyed the competition and really built up our skills!

Using our decision making and problem solving skills in draughts (aka checkers)!

Northlands Science Week 2021

Today we had the opportunity to apply some of the skills we have learned over the week.  It all started when a mystery letter appeared on the classroom door...

This strange letter got us thinking! Who would say such a thing??!

We decided to use our newly learned skills in chromatography to work out who the mystery letter writer was! We were quite sure it was an adult who had written this, trying hard to disguise their writing! 


First, we took a sample from the original letter to make a chromatogram of the ink that had been used.


Then, we thought about who the adult suspects might be... and we gathered up all the black pens we could find belonging to those adults within or near our Bubble.  We  tested each pen, to see if its owner could have been the one to have written the letter...

Testing the ink... who will be our final suspect?

At last - a match! We have found our culprit!

We wrote an incident report to tell our head teacher what happened!

Northlands Science Week 2021

Today we learned more about Sir Isaac Newton and his experiments with light and colour.  We learned how to create a Reverse Rainbow Spinner!  This is an optical illusion where we learned how to trick our eyes into thinking the rainbow colours had 'disappeared'!

Creating our Reverse Rainbow Spinners... we used our Maths skills to work out how to create six colour sections for our spinners. We coloured each section in sequence...

Testing out some of our Reverse Rainbow Spinners...

Northlands Science Week 2021

Today's challenge for Science Week was to build a 'density tower'. 


First we had to learn that objects (or liquids) can be lighter or heavier for their size; this is called their density.  We predicted whether different solids would float or sink in water - onions, small toys and a tangerine! There were some surprising findings!


Next, we identified that different liquids can be light or heavy for their volume and we found that we could create layers of different liquids forming a liquid tower in our glass! We chose from a range of different, colourful liquids, which looked amazing!

A 'density tower'

This 'tower' of different liquids is made from baby oil, vegetable oil, coloured water, colourful washing up liquid and finally, glycerine.  The layers look impressive, a bit like a rainbow!

Building our liquid 'density towers'...

Having created our 'density towers' using the different liquids, we began to test them!  We tried dropping different solids into our glasses to see whether they were more or less dense than the liquids already in there... We found that the coin sank right to the bottom, but that the grape floated in the washing up liquid. This told us it was more dense than the oil, but less dense than the glycerine at the bottom.  We found that the plastic lid and the sponge were even less dense than the oil, because they floated! 

Admiring the results of our work!

Northlands Science Week 2021!

In Year 5, we have been exploring chromatography.  We have been separating the the colours of our felt tip pens to see what pigments were used to make them...

We made predictions using our prior knowledge about felt pens and what happens when pictures get wet...

Here are some of our chromatograms- it was so exciting to see the results!

Spectacular Seven in Seven Northlands Experience!


 The Science Museum Challenge!

For our Seven in Seven Experience, Year 5 became scientists for the day... The first job was to dress the part!  

We got down to the serious business of being scientists!  We learned how to prepare slides using a stain and used a microscope to look closely at onion cells - they were very beautiful and looked almost like a brick wall!  We could see the strong cell walls and the nucleus under different magnifications...

We then did a virtual tour of part of the Natural History Museum in London.  We learned about the recent travels of 'Dippy' the diplodocus who lives at NHM. (Mrs Hunt got to see him on tour in Dorchester!)  Then we learned how fossils are actually created over many thousands of years.


Mrs Bain brought in some huge fossils for everyone to have a look at!  We then used magnifiers to look closely at some other fossils and we made some detailed drawings of our observations...

Finally, we did a quiz to see if we could 'Spot the Scientist.'  We realized that scientists can be male or female, young or older - in fact, we realized that we are all scientists in Year 5, because we were all exploring ideas and asking questions about the world around us!

Warwick Castle Watercolours...

In Year 5, we have been studying the Normans and motte and bailey castles.  We have discussed and explored different artistic representations of Warwick Castle.  We created our own images of Warwick Castle using different media.  Here are some of our final watercolour pictures...

Disposable Nappy Science!

Year 5 have been hard at work planning investigations to find out why one disposable nappy brand is more effective than another!


We thought hard about some of the important design features of nappies and we even took one apart to find out how they are made! 


We then planned our own investigations to compare brands of nappy - we wanted to find out which was the most leak proof!  We also considered which nappy might be more comfortable for a baby's needs! 

Planning the investigation and testing the nappies out...

Bringing Home the Bread...


Year 5 have been hard at work completing their Design Technology project on bread!  They have been bread tasting, identifying where in the world different types of bread come from and designing their own bread! 


Now we are ready to bake their bread- we linked this to what we had learned about irreversible changes of materials from our Science learning.  We selected, measured, mixed and baked our own combinations of tasty, extra ingredients for that little bit of extra creativity!   


Fantastic work Year 5! 

Bread making...

The final product! Some amazing and unique bread recipes to take home and taste!