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This week in Year 5D

This week in Y5D we have been working really hard. In English we have been reading more of our novel ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’. We have been reading detectives and have picked out clues from the text about the main characters, Naledi and Tiro.

In Maths we have been using our times table knowledge to work out equivalent fractions. We really love Times Table Rockstars and are going to keep practising to know all our times table facts and division facts up to 12 x 12.

In Science we have begun our new topic ‘Properties of Materials’ looking at a variety of vocabulary linked to the topic and working out their definitions.

We have been developing our map reading skills in Geography, using atlases to create labels and keys to show continents, locate South Africa and mark cities surrounding Johannesburg, including the capitals Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein.

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This term in Y5D, we are travelling to South Africa!

We will be reading the novel Journey to Jo’Burg by Beverley Naidoo, creating a diary extract as one of the main characters Naledi as she travels to Johannesburg with her brother Tiro. We will be analysing the main characters – drawing on their appearance, actions and speech within the story.

Jo'Burg Front Cover

Friday 12th October

This week, we have continued to measure and draw angles with protractors to the nearest degrees along with finding the perimeter and area of compound and irregular shapes.

We all enjoyed our trip to the Warner Bros. studios and had a fantastic day handling real props used on the sets of all of the Harry Potter films as well as fighting the dark Death Eaters on Hogwarts Bridge. We loved seeing the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 3/4 and even managed to enjoy the Forbidden Forest.

We continued to look at reversible and irreversible changes in science and carried on improving our tactical knowledge in hockey.

Attendance: 98.1%


Friday 5th October

This week, we have explored angles looking at the different types of angles, measuring angles correctly with a protractor and drawing angles to the nearest degree. In English, we have completed our diary as Harry Potter as he enters Diagon Alley. We have also re-drafted our work to ensure it includes highly effective vocabulary and emotive language to show Harry’s feelings and thoughts at different stages of the day. In science we have looked at scientific vocabulary related to dissolving, including understanding the difference between soluble and insoluble materials. In P.E. we have continued to improve our hockey skills and tactical knowledge by playing 3 vs 3 matches. We have had a huge push on presentation and handwriting this week ensuring we are achieving our ‘Gold Standard’ consistently.


Well done and have a wonderful weekend.


This term in Y5D, we are entering a world of magic!

We will be creating a diary extract as Harry Potter as he walks through, in amazement, down the mystical yet very strange ‘Diagon Alley’. This week we have been analysing the character of Dudley – drawing on his appearance, actions and speech with the story.

Harry Potter Pic for Blog