Year Five

Devon and Cornwall Fire Safety Talk

Last Friday, year 5 had a visit from Devon and Cornwall Fire Department. We learnt all about how to check smoke alarms, the dangers of hoax calls and the importance of planning an exit route in our houses in case of a fire.  We all really enjoyed it and feel much better educated on the subject of fire safety.

Saxophone Quartet at Powderham Castle

Year 5 visited Powderham Castle this afternoon to listen to some live music in the James Wyatt Music Room. Phase Saxophone Quartet, who all currently train at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, played a selection of pieces including Little Fugue in G minor by Bach and Shotgun by George Ezra. The children thoroughly enjoyed the live music and behaved impeccably throughout. We also enjoyed the bus journey despite the rain.

French in Year 5

We have been combining our learning about Earth and Space. Having looked at this in science, we decided, through our Pupil Voice, to research the topic further in French. In teams, we created a guide to the planets. This resulted in the development of our vocabulary and sentence structure. We enjoyed working in teams and sharing all we had learnt.

Y5 Tag Rugby

Today, Y5 took part in a tag rugby tournament at South Dartmoor Community College. We joined  a two hundred strong group of children and played rugby in the sunshine. Great fun wa had by all, we scored some tries and managed to meet all of our Rainbow Values.
A fab way to end our first half term.

Year 5's visit to the Planetarium today

Today Year 5 had a fantastic opportunity to experience a planetarium. We entered through a nearly pitch black tunnel which two door monitors held open. We had to enter in small groups so the dome didn't deflate too much. As we entered, we saw a central light that represented the sun. We then looked at the rotation of the earth and the different phases of the moon. Next, we saw images of the planets. We learnt that if you walk on any gas planet you would fall through to the centre. After that, the lights dimmed completely and we observed the star constellations. We found out that the North Pole star does not move across the sky but stays constant always pointing north. We really enjoyed this experience.

Science - Earth and Space

In science this week, we posed the question 'How can observing and measuring shadows help us demonstrate the spinning of the earth?' We discussed possible ways to carry out this experiment and decided that we would track the sun's shadows. Throughout the day, we drew and measured the lengths of the shadows cast by a pole. We found out that as the day progressed the shadows became shorter. Unfortunately in the afternoon, the cloud cover increased so much that we were unable to carry on.
We all really enjoyed this and could clearly see that the earth does indeed spin because the shadows moved.

A visit from healthcare professionals

Today we were very fortunate to have 4 visitors talk to us about their role in  hospitals and doctors surgeries. It was very practical and we enjoyed learning about all the different jobs nurses do. These range from injections to taking blood pressure. We then filled in what we liked about the job and the qualifications needed. Finally we rated our interest in the career out of 10.

Careers Week

Careers Week has been so interesting for year 5! We have already had some great visitors in to talk to us about their career pathways. On Monday we welcomed a Police Sergeant, an ex Royal Navy bomb disposal diver and an ex Army Officer. They taught us a lot about what their jobs involved.Than you Nathan, Steve and Elliot for giving up your time to talk to us.


Because Year 6 are on residential, we get to look after their ducklings. They are called Marcus and Spencer. Marcus is the duck that has black and white unique patterns. Spencer is the duck that is calm and gentle.

We are taking care of them by making sure they are hydrated and making sure they have enough food.

3D models ( not to scale)

In Year Five we have been creating our own 3D models from Harry Potter. We had to chose from 4 different rooms: Hagrids Hut, Snape's Potion Room,  the Great Hall and the Quidditch Pitch.
To do this task, we were put in groups of 3 or 4 to make it easier to create the models.
We had to  cut the size down by dividing the length by ten but some of the lengths were really big for instance the Quidditch pitch was 1.56 metres and the great hall was 1.10 metres long.

Seaside Bunting

We have had lots of fun designing, creating and using the screen prints to create our seaside bunting. We were visited by Dawlish Community College and some ex students. We all had lots of fun!
Please come and have a look at the Summer Fair.

Our completed screen printing.

Over the weekend, our screen printing (that we started on Friday) dried completely. We are really pleased with the result and are looking forward to seeing it hanging up.

Screen Printing

In Year 5  we have been doing art. Teachers from Dawlish came in to teach us skills involved in screen printing. First we had to draw a picture with a seaside theme. Then we cut it out around the outline of the shape. After that we carefully cut out the details with a craft knife and added tissue paper. Finally we had to put a screen with paint over the top of the bunting. Please have a look at the finished product!

We The Curious

Our trip to Bristol was fantastic! We loved the Forensics Workshop and had a great time looking at all the interactive exhibits.


We have been trying to prove what conditions cress seeds need in order to grow. We have prepared our seeds and given them different conditions to grow in to see if they will germinate. Today was the last day of our experiment and we took photographs to show what has happened to our cress. As you can see different growing conditions have really had an impact on what happens to the seeds.

GOAL Home Learning

We shared some of our super GOAL home learning today. We have been very creative!

The Daily Sportsman

Well done to Thomas who became a reporter for the day at St James' Park when Exeter City played Colchester on 5th May. Thomas watched the match really carefully from the reporters box and then wrote an article with the headline 'Lincoln here we come!' for the Daily Sportsman newspaper. Thomas remembered all the top tips he had been taught when working on Journalistic writing in Year 5 and put his skills to great use. Well done Thomas!

Getting to know each other better!

In GOAL today we mixed up right across our year group so that we could work with our peers from the other class. Joe said: ' I love that we could sit with people you don't usually sit with and work with people you don't usually work with.'
Olivia commented: ' It has helped my presentation because some of the other children are really neat!'
Eleanor said: ' Not only to you get to see different people, you also get to be in a different classroom and use different resources.'
Well done year 5 for being so inclusive this afternoon.'

GOAL Homework

This term we are exploring 'Curious Scientists' for homework. We have a list of people to choose from and we need to try and find out what they were best known for. Steven Hawking, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton and Christian Barnard are people that we have investigated this week. Take a look!


This week in Year 5 we have been looking at a variety of different poems. One of our favourites was the Limerick.
A Limerick is a poem with 5 lines and all the lines have to link together.
The lines one, two and five have to rhyme and also lines 3 and 4.
Here is one we have been working on.

There once was a boy called Joe
who always seemed to say no
his bird flew away
because he said no way
but his sadness did not show.

By Daneal and Greg

Exploring Artefacts

We have had a busy afternoon exploring a whole range of different artefacts. They made us very curious as we tried to decide what they might have been used for. We drew the items, looked closely at them, picked them up and examined them carefully. Mrs Sydenham is very grateful to Olly at Toby's Reclamation for letting us borrow these precious items! (And we didn't break any!)

Celebration of Work

We celebrated another busy term in Year 5 by sharing our Dance project and Natural Disasters homework with each other and our Parents/Carers on the last day of term. Thank you to everyone who came to share in our learning!

Reading Cafe 5NS

5NS had a lovely time at their Reading Cafe today. Thank you to everyone who came to share stories with us!

Reading Cafe

In Year 5 today we had a selection of fiction and non fiction books. We talked about the different skills that the children would need to be good readers. We had lots of fun sharing the books with our grown ups.