Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Vikings

Our topic next term is all about the mighty Vikings.



Over the Easter holiday we would like you to carry out some research on the Vikings. In particular, we would you to find out:

1. Who were the Vikings?

2. How did the Vikings fight?

3. What was life like in Viking Britain?

Good luck on your research and have a lovely Easter!



Maths Support Summer Week 1

Next term, we are focusing on place value, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000.

We use place value headings like 10, 100, 1000. These help us do sums and see which numbers are bigger than others. A number is made of one or more digits. The number 683, for example, is made of the digits 6, 8 and 3.

The position of a digit in a number is very important. A digit’s value depends on its position in the number. Use place value headings to work out the value of each digit in a number.

Example of using place value headings

So the number 351489.3 is three hundred and fifty-one thousand, four hundred and eighty nine, and three tenths.


Maths Support Week 4

Next week the children will be learning about how to estimate volume of a shape and solving statistic questions.


The volume of a shape measures the 3-dimensional amount of space that it takes up. Volume is measured in cubes.

A 1cm x 1cm x 1cm cube

A cubic cm has sides of length 1cm. It has a volume of 1cm3 (1 cm cubed).

A 2 cm x 2 cm x 3cm cuboid

This cuboid contains 12 cubes. Each cube has a volume of 1cm3. So the volume of this cuboid is 12cm3


Data means information. Graphs, charts and tables are used to represent this information and make it easier to understand. Bar charts are one way of showing the information from a frequency table. This bar chart represents the data from the table on the previous page:

A bar chart showing the number of bikes sold. 3 rangers have been sold, 5 outdoor bikes have been sold, 0 tourers were sold, 2 starbusts were sold, and

The heights of the bars in this bar chart show how many of each bike were sold.

Science Lever Investigation

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This week in Science, the children have been carrying out an experiment to determine which is the easiest way to lift a weight up on a lever. The children investigated which position of the fulcrum was best suited to lift the weight. They found out that when the fulcrum was closet to the weight it was a lot easier to lift the weight as there was more space to push down on the ruler (applying more effort force).


Maths Support Week 3

Next week the children will be learning the names of 3D shapes, by looking at the nets and deciding which shape will be formed from the net. Can they name this shape?
pyramid net

They will also be using their knowledge of the total of all angles in triangles and rectangles when added together, to find a missing angle. Therefore, if the angles of a triangle total 180° what would the value of the missing angle be? If the children are given the lengths of two sides of a rectangle, what is the value of the missing sides?

triangle angles

World Book Day

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For ‘World Book Day’ the Year 5 children dressed up as space characters from the book ‘Cosmic’. The children had a wonderful day, discussing the importance of reading as well as their favourite books. They designed and created their own bookmarks and showed off their costumes during assembly. Each child received a book voucher for them to go and purchase a free book of their choosing.

Maths Support Spring 2 Week 1

Hi everybody,

Next week in maths, we will be looking at fractions. In particular we will be recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions, converting from one form to the other, writing mathematical statements.

Improper and mixed fractions

An improper fraction has a numerator that is bigger than its denominator, for example 10/7

9/4 is an improper fraction. It means nine quarters. If you think of this as cakes, nine quarters are more than two whole cakes. It is 2 1/4 cakes.

Fractions blog


1/4 is a mixed fraction because it has a whole number and a fraction together.

Spaceport Trip

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As part of our new topic on Space, Year 5 visited the Spaceport expedition in Liverpool. The children learnt about the different planets that make up the solar system as well as the role of astronauts. In particular, the children looked at Tim Peake’s adventure into space and how he operated in the International Space Station.

As well as learning about Space, the children travelled on the Mersey Ferry, seeing the beautiful sites of the Historic city of Liverpool.