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Year 5 Information

Spring Term

This half term Year 5 are focusing on the World’s mountains and rivers, whilst thinking about survival skills. We will also look at the water cycle. We will focus our English lessons on flashback stories and explanation texts about how to survive in the mountains. In Design and Technology we will be designing and sewing our own hand-warmers. Our Science lessons will focus on lifecycles and plant growth. Our PSHCE and RE lessons will look at different cultures, communities and how these can be celebrated.

We are keen for parents to support the children’s learning at home as much as possible. To help with this we produce Topic Overviews for each term outlining our main topics.

Please download our Information Booklet to find out more about the routines and expectations in Year 5. You may also wish to take a look at the Y5 Curriculum Map, which shows you the topics we will be covering in different subjects over the course of the year. Please talk to us if you would like more information.

Optional Homework

No Nonsense Facts

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5.1 Giraffe Class

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5.2 Zebra Class

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Ancient Britain

We had a fantastic time with Gripping History learning all about Ancient Britain. We had a go at writing in runes, learnt about the diet and battle techniques of people in Ancient Britain.


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Space Academy

We had lots of fun taking part in a range of activities that might prepare us for an adventure into space. We worked on our balance, reflexes and team work. We also teamed up with our Year 1 buddies to share what we had learnt about space. We were also visited by an astronomer who shared a fascinating presentation about the planets, black holes and stars.


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Hot Seating

In English we watched the cartoon Baboon on the Moon. We then took it in turns to be hot seated as the baboon so that we could ask questions to find out more about his life. We worked hard to think of interesting questions and how we could give relevant answers.


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In Science we have been learning all about forces. As part of this we used the Newton meters to measure the force that was need to move different objects. We recorded what we found out carefully in our books.


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Leader in Me

For the first 8 days of the Autumn term we have been introducing all the children to the 7 habits and our new whole school project: The Leader in Me.
Please see the link to our daily newsletters which introduced parents to each habit and our celebration day on Friday.
We are seeking to teach children that they are the leader of themselves and with the 7 habits they can become leaders of others.



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We were so excited to see the fire brigade coming to help up fill up our pond! Some of us even got to wear the fire fighter’s helmet and jacket! A great big thank you to the Cambridge fire service.


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Arts Festival

On Tuesday 2nd July, Queen Emma enjoyed an Arts Festival where all classes enjoyed a mix of art, English and musical activities. We had a great day (as you can see by the pictures below).

Nursery enjoyed a musical sessions with Rat-a-Tat and lots of outdoors activities. Reception and KS1 listened to local group Shake, Rattle and Roll who brought  a range of exciting musical instruments in. Year 1 also had an amazing morning working together to paint outside. Year 2 created some weird and wonderful magical potions and investigated ‘The Air we Breathe.’

KS2 enjoyed a musical performance from members of St John’s Choir. Year 3 also loved a recorder workshop and made beautiful natural clay faces. Year 4 decorated tiles with stunning Islamic patterns and Year 5 made origami to hang in school. Year 6 enjoyed a performance from The King’s Men at Queen Edith before making dreamcatchers.

Special thanks must go to volunteers from the community who came in to run some of the activities. It was greatly appreciated and the whole day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


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KS2 Sports Day

We were very proud of all of our children in KS2 who took part in our sports afternoon on Friday 28th June. Everyone demonstrated great sportsmanship,determination and teamwork skills, which made it a very enjoyable afternoon for all.

Huge congratulations to Hawking house who were victorious with 775 points.


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What a wonderful show! Congratulations to Musical Theatre Club who entertained their friends and families with a wonderful performance of ‘Hoodwinked’ on Tuesday 4th June.


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Ancient Egypt

In history, Year 5 have been learning about the timeline of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation; we were amazed to learn that it started in 3100 BC and ended in 30BC! Working as a class, we made a timeline starting from 3100 BC until modern day, which was 52 metres long! When we understood how to order the dates, we then made our own Egyptian timeline by working in groups. We look forward to the rest of the topic.


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African Masks

Year 5 have been busy creating their African masks as part of our D&T lessons. They started by sketching their chosen animal before creating the mask by building up layers of cardboard with papier-mâché. After the masks were created, the children painted them to produce the final affect. We had a great time creating our masks and the children should be very proud of their creations!


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Activities Week

The children in Year 5 had a fantastic opportunity to take part in a week of exciting activities!


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Mini Enterprise

Year 5 completed their ‘Mini Enterprise’ topic with their biscuit making day. The children worked in their baking team and made the biscuits they had designed and planned using a very basic recipe. The children were very creative and the biscuits were very yummy! Once the biscuits were made, the children were able to sell their biscuits. After this, the children analysed and evaluated their products and suggested improvements. Well done Year 5.


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Maths Investigation

Today year 5 completed a maths investigation using multilink. The children had to work systematically to add different fractions together to make one whole. We had a great time adding fractions in a practical way.


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Zebra Bakery

The Zebra class bakery is officially open! The children are now in their baking teams and have chosen their own baking name and designed their logos. Here are their designs:


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Adapted Multi Sport Competition

Four children from our school took part in the annual Primary Adapted Multi Sport PLUS Competition which took place with school children from across the Cambridge & South Cambs School Sports Partnerships.

The morning was full of activity and excitement with children competing in pairs as they rotated around four different sports: Polybat, Boccia, Table Cricket and New Age Kurling. For many of the children this was their first experience of representing their school and taking part in competitive sport so the event was very much about the children having an enjoyable experience and trying out some new sports, with an element of competition added in. The points from each activity were added together to give each pair a total and determine the winners.


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Flashback Stories

Having completed their flashback stories, the children worked in groups to act them out. They focused on some key aspects of drama, such as body language, voice projection, physical gestures and facial expressions.


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Today year 5 worked collaboratively to create posters representing multiplication through build it, say it, write it and draw it!



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Flashback stories

Our new English unit is flashback stories and Year 5 had en exciting ‘hook’ lesson to get things started. Working with a partner, the children decided where each of the mysterious items had come from and the story that each item told. We shared some amazing ideas – from dragons guarding castles to hidden treasure beneath the desert!


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Year 5 have already been very busy in 2019, in our maths lessons. We have been learning to multiply using concrete resources (base 10 and place value counters) before moving on to the abstract calculation. The children always have access to the concrete resources should they need them.


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Space Day

Year 5 had a fantastic end to our topic with Space Day! During our day we tested our dexterity skills; worked on our teamwork; ensured we hand great hand-eye coordination and even landed some Mars Rovers! We finished the day with a talk from an astronomer Mathew and graduated from the Queen Emma Space Academy. We would like to thank the parents who helped the children with their costumes.


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88 Pianists

Year 5 had a terrific day with our visitors, 88 Pianists.  We learned a little bit about pulse and rhythm, before we constructed our own mechanism for playing a musical note.  Later, we explored our creativity when designing a unique way to play the piano.  We would like to thank our visitors from 88 Pianists for taking care of us and making our day so enjoyable!


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Space Poetry

In English the children have been performing space poetry as part of our poetry unit. The children agreed that it is important to practice reading poetry, as this develops our speech and acting skills. We had a great time thinking about expression and actions.


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Cross Country Championship

The children in KS2 had a fantastic morning at Netherhall taking part in the annual Cambridge CSSP Cross Country Championship! The key theme of this year’s event was ‘determination’ and the Queen Emma team certainly were determined! We were so proud of all who took part. We look forward to returning again next year!


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Football Tournament

Queen Emma entered their first ever football tournament this year. The children played extremely well together, demonstrated amazing support for each other and played fairly. All of which helped win the tournament! The children, parents and staff are all excited about progressing to the next stage of the competition.


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In Maths, the children developed their understanding of perimeter during a practical maths lesson outside! They took rulers and measuring wheels with them, to measure the perimeter of the school playground.


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In music, the children have been focusing on songs based on the solar system. This week the children learnt the term ostinato (a repeating pattern). We then played the ostinato in the song ‘A Starry Night’ using the glockenspiels .


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Painting the Moon

As part of our topic, the children have been creating their own paintings of the moon. To do this, the children practised mixing black and white paint to make numerous shades of grey. The varying shades, were then used to create a detailed painting of the moon and its many craters.


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Building Structures


To kick start our year, Zebra class made the tallest structure they could, out of spaghetti and marshmallows. This enabled us to work on our team building skills and was a lot of fun!


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The children have been using the maths resources to create different numbers in our place value lessons. Even in year 5 it is important to use the resources available. These will always be accessible to the children in their lessons (should they need them).



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West Stow


Year 5 immersed themselves in their Ancient Britain topic with a visit to West Stow. We had an exciting morning exploring some reconstructed homes of Anglo-Saxons and in the afternoon, observed some ancient artefacts in the museum.