Year 5CR: Blog items

Science Investigations

Date: 20th Oct 2021 @ 11:40am

Last week, we completed two very exciting science experiments!

In the first experiment, we were investigating the effect that friciton had on shoes. We measured the amount of force was required to move a shoe across grass, concrete, wood, lino and carpet. Then the children identified the surface which created the most friction with the shoe - most children found that it was the carpet because it was a rougher surface.

In the second experiment, we made paper helicopters and dropped them several times from the same height. Then, we added paperclips one at a time to see if the increased weight made a difference to the speed it fell to the floor. The children found that more weight meant greater speed because it caused the helicopter to spin more which increased the air resistance.

Everybody worked really scientifically, recording their results very well!




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William Morris inspired artwork!

Date: 18th Oct 2021 @ 12:36pm

In art, we have been studying the work of William Morris, who was an artist who lived during the Victorian times. His work is often recogniseable by his use of images found in nature. He wanted to bring nature into people's homes in the cities during the Industrial Revolution and his work could be found in repeated patterns on wallpaper.

We produced our own William Morris inspired tiles. Aren't they eye-catching?!

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Maths this week

Date: 12th Oct 2021 @ 1:28pm

This week in maths, we will be learning about the properties of 3D shapes. Take a look at this website to give you some practice at identifying them!

Visit to Quarry Bank Mill

Date: 11th Oct 2021 @ 7:14pm

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In Year 5, we have been learning about the Victorians. To find out more about what life was like for children working in the factories in Victorian times, we went on a visit to Quarry Bank Mill which was a cotton factory. We found out about the numerous injuries children suffered from after working with heavy machinery and the long hours they had to work. We decided that we are very lucky to go to school instead!

¡Juegos de ordenador españoles!

Date: 9th Jul 2021 @ 4:24pm


5HW love learning Spanish! They have asked for some online games to be made available so they can practice at home.

Have a look at the links below and aprendner un vocabulario nuevo 😀

Vamos Portugal!

Date: 25th Jun 2021 @ 4:13pm

Year 5HW are going to be supporting Portugal in the Euro 2020 football competition. Have a look at our fantatsic fact files and posters that we have created!


Maths Links - Percentages and Telling the Time!

Date: 18th Jun 2021 @ 2:58pm

Year 5 have been looking closely at the links between fractions, decimals and percentages. In order to help understand, 5HW have asked for some online learning games and activities to help.

Click on the links below and practice the tasks!


Also, some of 5HW have been asking for help telling the time! Even though it is something we practice in school, it can still be very confusing. Try the activities below for a boost of knowledge!


Keep up the hard work 5HW!

Spanish Flamenco Dancing!

Date: 10th Jun 2021 @ 10:18am

We launched our brand new learning for this half term, exploring the big question:

'Why is Spain such a popular tourist destination?'

We had lots of fun learning 5 basic Flamenco steps, before putting them together to form our own sequence of movement. Each step makes a slightly different sound; we practised:

golpe - stomp (whole foot)

planta or media - ball of the foot

tacón - heel lift

punta - toe tap

latigo or latiguillo - snapping the toe (literally means whip)


Check out our videos and photos to see how we got on!

We made 'Space' Burritos!

Date: 26th May 2021 @ 10:16am

Another really fun morning in our classroom today! For our Connected Curriculum experience, which draws together lots of our learning this half term, we pretended we were astronauts on the ISS and made 'space' burritos! We had to plan which ingredients we would use, making sure we had a balance of the different food groups, and then apply the foods to the tortilla in the way we had watched the astronuats on the ISS prepare their food. This involved squashing up ingredients to make a sticky paste, which then worked like 'glue' to help ingredients like rice and sweetcorn to stick. 

Most of us were brave enough to taste - some of us ate the whole thing!

Los Animales Domesticos!

Date: 21st May 2021 @ 2:42pm

Today in Spanish, 5HW have been learning different animal names. We have even started to put our vocabulary into sentences!

Who can tell Miss Wendt what 'el gato dice meow' means?

The link below may help!



Space Food Tasting!

Date: 18th May 2021 @ 10:22am

We have had a very exciting morning here in 5HW!

As part of our Nutrition unit of work in D&T, we have been finding out about how astronuats eat a balanced diet whilst living on the International Space Station (since we are studying Space in Science!). As part of that, we have tasted freeze-dried food this morning, which is the type of food the astronauts would have eaten on the first space missions in the 1960s!

We have tried 5 foods:



Cinnamon Apple Wedges (the BIG favourite!)


Neopolitan Ice Cream


Have a look at our photos - can you work out which food is which on the plate?

We've raised....

Date: 27th Apr 2021 @ 8:51am

Last half term, we created two pieces of amazing artwork inspired by two Greek artists - Nikolas Georgoudakis and Mike Karolos. We framed our chosen piece and were so proud of them. As part of our study, we explored issues facing modern Greece today, including the fact that many refugees arrive in Greece in search of safety. We were very moved by the CBBC news reports we watched, and wanted to do something to help. A charity called Refugee Action supports refugees in Manchester, so we decided to sell our artwork in order to make a donation to this charity. 

Our final total has come in today, and we have raised…


We're so pleased! Thank you to all our parents and carers who supported us in our fundraising mission!

Easter Creations

Date: 1st Apr 2021 @ 12:43pm

Wow - what a creative class 5HW are! 

There were so many wonderful entries for our Easter competition, it was incredibly hard to choose the two winners for most creative and most independent. 

After much deliberation, our two winners are:

Alexander and Felix!

Well done to both of you, and to everyone who entered.

Have a look at the attached photos to see what was made!

5HW's Amazing Art Work!

Date: 29th Mar 2021 @ 2:56pm

We have created some amazing art work this half term, inspired by two Greek artists: Nikolas Georgoudakis and Mike Karolos. We have chosen our favourite piece and framed it; click on the link to see a mini tour of the art - don't they look beautiful!

As part of our study of Greece this half term, we have explored how Greece has received many refugees who are unable to live in their own countries safely. We have also discussed how some people are seeking safety in the UK and, more specifically, Manchester – we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for us to show our support and care to our community by giving a donation to Refugee Action, a charity which helps refugees build safe and hopeful lives in Manchester. We'll let you know how much we manage to raise!

Non-Chronological Reports

Date: 16th Dec 2020 @ 1:23pm

We have written some super non-chronological reports about an invention of our choice. We worked really hard on including additional information using parenthesis marked with commas or brackets, and making sure our ideas flowed well together using different conjunctions. We created our final versions using PicCollage so that they look like an authentic page from an information book! Check out some of our reports in the photos!

Bridge Building

Date: 16th Dec 2020 @ 1:14pm

It's clear 5HW are a class full of budding engineers and architects! 

We've had such a fabulous morning putting into practice all of the skills we've explored in order to create our bridges. Our design criteria was to make a bridge that was free-standing, had moving bascules and had a span of at least 0.5m. 

The collaborative and teamwork skills were exceptional as teams of 4 worked together to make beam and shell structures, and create pivot points using skewers and screw eyes. What a brilliant time, check out our photos to see us working on our designs and our finished bridges. 

You'll see EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US is on the Outstanding Star today!

CC - exploring beam structures

Date: 10th Dec 2020 @ 10:00am

It's an exciting morning in 5HW today - in preparation for our bridge building, we're exploring ways of securing cardboard to create strong beam structures. We already know that square and triangular beams are strong shapes, and we've worked out how many folds we need in order to create one side with two layers of cardboard so it can be secured. We're exploring using split pins, sellotape, glue and plastic screws to fix our beam structures into shape. We're also practising using a stanley knife (under extremely close 1:1 supervision!) in order to cut our cardboard neatly to size.

We're definitely feeling confident in knowing which way to turn a screwdriver to tighten or loosen a screw now...helped by the rhyme Mrs Hodges still says to herself: "righty tighty, lefty loosey". Does anyone else still say that?! 


Date: 2nd Dec 2020 @ 12:08pm

We're really enjoying our Dance this half term - the two main skills we're working on are 'mirroring' and 'retrograde'. We've explored mirroring side by side, facing each other (2m apart!) and in a line. It seems very easy when we talk about it, but making sure our movements are synchronised perfectly is much harder than we first thought! Retrograde is the dance technique of performing movements in reverse. 

Our the next couple of weeks we'll be putting the final stages onto our dance which incorporates these two skills, and is inspired by Victorian transport inventions. For now, check out this video of a perfectly mirrored step which is aiming to give the impression of a steam train. Well done girls!

CC Launch - Making Structures!

Date: 12th Nov 2020 @ 11:59am

We launched our new Connected Curriculum topic today, "Why does the world need great inventions?" 

We had an exciting (and competitive!) time creating structures which would hold the weight of a toy car. We could only use 2 pieces of A4 paper and some Sellotape. We had 15 minutes to create our structure - if it held the weight of a toy car for 10 seconds without falling, we won 5 house points each. The pair with the tallest structure were awarded an extra 10 housepoints each! 

We worked collaboratively and had some fantastic conversations about what makes a strong structure...which will lead us perfectly into looking at incredible bridge inventions which have had a huge impact on transport and the economy as part of our D&T learning later this half term! 

New CC Learning!

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 10:26am

We've started our new unit of learning in our Connected Curriculum today, exploring the big question:

"Why does the world need great inventions?"

We've had a great time designing our new front covers for our books, and some of us had time to make a start on some different Lego inventions! 

Our FABULOUS digital wallpaper! (2)

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 12:08pm

We have had the BEST time creating digital wallpaper today using our William Morris inspired artwork. We used PicCollage to duplicate our tiles and rotate them until we achieved a repeated pattern that we thought was most effective. We then repeated the duplication process until we had created stunning repeated patterns which are just as good as William Morris' wallpaper designs! (in our opinion...)

We hope you love our digital wallpaper and download it to create a background to your phone, tablet or laptop!

Our FABULOUS digital wallpaper! (1)

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 12:07pm

We have had the BEST time creating digital wallpaper today using our William Morris inspired artwork. We used PicCollage to duplicate our tiles and rotate them until we achieved a repeated pattern that we thought was most effective. We then repeated the duplication process until we had created stunning repeated patterns which are just as good as William Morris' wallpaper designs! (in our opinion...)

We hope you love our digital wallpaper and download it to create a background to your phone, tablet or laptop!

A morning of art!

Date: 3rd Nov 2020 @ 12:42pm

What a fantastic start to the new half term we've had - a whole morning to continue our William Morris inspired tiles, working first with oil pastel and then textiles. We've displayed wonderful concentration as we created our templates, cut out patterns and then used sewing skills to add additional colour and detail. Have a look at the photos to see how our art is progressing!

Home Learning!

Date: 19th Oct 2020 @ 12:21pm

Hello Year 5!

Please click on this link to access your learning on Padlet!

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We are artists!

Date: 13th Oct 2020 @ 11:49am

We are having such a wonderful morning exploring the patterns of Victorian artist, William Morris. We're using his intricate, beautiful patterns to guide us as we create our own nature-inspired art using oil pastels. There's such concentration and creativity in our classroom today! We'll be continuing our art study of William Morris designs through textiles...keep your eyes peeled to see what we get up to on this blog!

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Contact:  Maureen Hughes - Headteacher

Contact:  Jo Wendt - SENCO

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