Class Information

Welcome to Year 5

Teacher:       Mrs Samuels

Teaching Assistant: Mr Cotterill, Mrs Averre, Mrs Evans


Welcome to Year 5!
We are a passionate, enthusiastic and intelligent class who love to learn. In particular, we love it when our learning is fun, has a purpose and inspires us to be the best. Successful is what we aim to be, so we do this by keeping the following areas as our focus, in everything we do:
Taking a risk

On Thursday 6th February, Mr Cross (from Penair) came to Kea School and did a music workshop with Year 5 focussing on a Latin piece of music called 'Arriba'. We learnt a lovely melody which had a complicated rhythm. Once we had mastered the melody, we all got to have a go improvising a melody using a Pentatonic Scale. 

Listen below to hear Y5 playing the main Arriba melody!  

Junior Life Skills Workshop 

On Wednesday the 29th of January 2020, Y5 went on a trip to learn about Junior Life Skills at Pydar Pop Up. We went around in groups of 10. Our group started off with the Transport Police. They went through the safety rules that everybody needs to follow whilst being on the Platform and the train. Next, we went to the Fire and Rescue workshop where we had to be investigators and workout a crime. They started of by showing us some clues. The crime was outside a shop with skid marks and a boys phone and we had to work out what happened (this was a real crime). After that we went to the Firemen, we learned all about hazards and that if there was a fire what could be dangerous. We also learned that nail polish is flammable and having stuff all over the stairs is very dangerous. If you put charging electronics under a pillow it could start a pillow fire. It could even set a house on fire because of a tiny or big pillow.

By Ivy 

Spring Term 1 - Ancient Rome 
Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In Humanities, the whole of KS2 are going to be learning about Ancient Rome!

We are going to be finding out: 
  • Who were the Romans and where did they come from? 
  • How did the Roman Invasion change life in Britain?
  • Why was Boudica important? Plus much more!
In literacy, Year 5's class novel for the term is the amazing Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. From this book, Year 5 are going to be imagining what life would be like if stranded on a desert island ... How would you survive? What would you eat? How would you signal for help? We are going to be writing descriptive diary entries from Michael's perspective. Watch this space for some examples of our amazing writing!
Rockets with Penair Science Teacher

We were so excited when Mr Love came into our class, because it was a surprise, and we made paper rockets with him. The best bit was firing them across the classroom  (no children were in the vicinity). One of them went towards Miss Reeve (don’t worry the rocket is still ok and Miss Reeve was trying to get the best shot).

Mrs D didn’t think they would fly as well as they did but was delighted at the learning. 

Mr Love only brought some tape, some paper tubes and lots of coloured paper. All the rockets were highly decorated with bright and colourful patterns. Some had drawings and paper wrapped around. Lots of rockets managed to carry across to the far wall and window. Weirdly, Ivy’s group had their cone on a different angle, which caused it to go straight when others went up, especially Xavi’s group which had tapered wings. The reason that Xavi’s groups went higher was because they had their wings facing up. We had so much fun.

Thank you Mr Love!


By: Jaymee-Leigh, Poppy M, Toby and Henrietta.  


Gingerbread Marble Treat


We made gingerbread cookies as our Christmas themed marble treat. We used ground cloves, honey, flour, cinnamon, caster sugar, egg, ground ginger, a wooden spoon, two bowls and scales. We had so much fun making them and after we decorated them with icing and sprinkles, we ate them. We did it in different groups but it took us about thirty minutes.

We got very messy but we still had lots of fun, we loved it. Mr Moyse wasn’t there, so he was sad that we didn’t save him any, but, oh well. We also did other fun things that day, including making friendship bracelets, a treasure hunt, also making baubles for the Year 5 Christmas tree.

We didn’t even share then with our families; they were that good. We loved eating them. Yum, yum!


By: Toby, Poppy M, Skye and Jaymee-Leigh.
A smile & a 'thank you' can go a long way! 
In art lessons, P.S.H.E and English speaking & listening lessons, we have been working on our class target of 'kindness and appreciation'.
We have discussed how a smile can make all the difference, how holding the door open and helping others, goes a long way and how we should never ever take for granted what others do for us- especially our families- especially the small everyday things.
So please help us with our quest to make the world a better place each day by returning a smile, giving someone a compliment or saying a well done, helping with a chore at home, passing on a favour or simply saying 'thank you!'  
Art work...on its way!
Year 5 Roles
We are now becoming experts at our roles in Year 5 and are making an impact across the school.
Our recyclers have shown real initiative and are reducing waste by giving classes feedback and advice. They have started a competition, where classes can win an extra treat for the least amount of recycling in the school over a half term. They even come into assemblies and discuss this with their peers!
Our J.R.S.O's have been keeping the car park a safe place to be - even when it has been pouring down with rain- showing real dedication. 
First Aiders have been keeping children calm and getting them treated quickly and efficiently by the adults whilst providing a smile and reassurance.
Playground buddies have helped our youngest children settle into Kea School life easily and have been setting up assault courses and games whilst ensuring no child is alone. They even make sure the shed is kept clean and tidy!
Our groundsmen have been ensuring the school is clean and tidy but are having their first meeting with Mrs Hunkin this week to discuss ideas they have to transform the school grounds. 
A huge well done to you all- you are making us proud!
Fun-tastic Filtering!
As part of our work on changing materials during science, we have started to look at filtering. It was good to remind ourselves that like the Victorians over a hundred years ago, there are still many people in the world who do not have access to clean drinking water. We looked at a water filtering plant video about how our water is cleaned and purified in the U.K, ready for drinking, and then put this knowledge to good use by planning how we would clean dirty water ourselves. We had step-by-step guides and filtering systems made from sieves, cotton wool, filter paper and even our class marbles! Here were our results- we were pretty impressed with ourselves- what do you think? 
Autumn Term 1
'The Victorians'
This term, Year 5 will be learning about the truly magnificent Victorians. As part of this wonderful topic, the children will be learning about Queen Victoria, key events including education and the lives of children at that time; the amazing exploration, engineering and inventions and will visit Lanhydrock House.
Take a look at links to the grammar we have been learning this term!
Lanhydrock Trip
We had a fantastic time at Lanhydrock House where we got to see a real Victorian family home. We also got to see how the 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' lived! Discovering a bread oven which took 4 days to reach optimum temperature, to numerous kitchens run by the cook- Mrs Candy, discovering the tragic but heroic life of the eldest son to secret trapdoors and lots of grandfather clocks! We learned lots.
Marble Treat
It was no surprise that Y5 achieved their first marble treat so soon as they have been working very hard. Last week, to end 'National Recycling Week', we had a recycling day. No...we didn't spend the day taking the rubbish out; we spent the day finding new ways to recycle more unusual things!
Firstly, we created some excellent pieces of Victorian art using recycled materials we could find within the classroom- watch this space- they have a hidden surprise!
Then we went on a scavenger hunt around the school to collect as much 'rubbish' as we could find to create some 3D sculptures to spread the word about recycling.
Lastly, we thought about food which often doesn't get used in time and ends up in the bin. We created some excellent recipes, which we had to then make and try...