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27th November

Winter is fast approaching, and the weather is getting colder, we have been predicted a slightly colder winter this year.

As we enter into that season of good will and joy, Year 5 shall start to practice their parts in the school yuletide production. I have created a costume list for all the different parts. Well done to everyone who auditioned. They all appear to be happy with their parts.

In Maths we are still looking at fractions of amount and its relationship to measurement.

In English we are studying Dickens A Christmas Carol, and completing our biographies of Moondog.

So all go here in year 5.


Mr Stevenson



20th November

It was very nice to see everybody last week at the parents evening, it was a very positive two days and I was so pleased to be able to show you all the progress the Children are making.

Now onto this week…

This week’s maths is all about measure, from shape, perimeter and area to volume and capacity.

In English we are writing the Biography of the blind musician Louis Hardin, better known as Moondog the Viking of 6th Avenue.

Science is all about those unseen non-contact forces which surround us and in Geography we will be taking a – metaphorical – trip deep into the Amazon Basin.

And  then we will start to rehearse the Yuletide extravaganza…


Mr Stevenson


6th November

Well we’ve been back a week and managed to cram  so much learning into just one week. I am constantly amazed at how well the class copes and is able to rise to the occasion time after time.

This week we are looking at angles and finding out their names and how to work out the properties of different polygons.

We have also looked at The Tyger by William Blake and Silver by Walter De La Mare. And the class are now writing their own moon sonnets.



18th October 2017

It’s the final week of the half term. What a half term it has been! we have covered so much,  learned so much that in such a short time. I am  so proud of all the class, and have been amazed at their progress so far.

Well done everyone!



10th October 2017


So we’re ready for another week in Year 5. In English we are concentrating on The Iron Man -the Ted Hughes novel, not the Marvel comic. We will start writing some reports all about this mysterious visitor from nobody knows where.

In maths, we have covered all the ground bases and secured our knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and divio resemble little Tasion. So we’re ready to start fractions!

In science we are still floating around the solar system, before landing in Athens way back in the Bronze age (in History).

Two reminders, homework projects need to be in next Monday, and also can all Children bring in an oversized shirt or some overalls for Monday as well as they will start to make their Greek Columns.


Mr Stevenson



27th September 2017


Here we go with another week of wonder and learning. For the previous couple of weeks we have been looking at fairy tales, Myths, Legends and Folktales. At the moment we are examining the story of King Arthur and The Sword in the Stone. Is it Legend or Myth? Now that is an interesting question.

We have started to build up word-hoards to help us describe our characters and build our vocabulary. So Merlin is no longer just a magician, he is now a sinister secretive sorcerer.

But this isn’t the only close study of language we have been doing. We have also been learning how to crack word problems in maths. Special mention must go to Lila, whose amazing explanation of why even though you need to use negative numbers to solve a question, your answer has to be given as a positive. Wonderful attention to the semiotics of a tricky maths question!

We have also dug down do the centre of the Earth. Alas, no lost explorers on a Vernesque mission were there to found. However, we did discover that the pressure down at the core would be close to having 50,000 Elephants standing on your head! We also found out that when the magma pushes through two separating tectonic plates, BANG! Volcanic eruption!

We have just got to go into battle with the Athenians and the Spartans to complete a very interesting week!

Mr Stevenson


11th September 2017

So that is the first week over for the new year 5’s. What a busy week of learning we’ve had. No messing about here, just straight into the curriculum, Maths English and Science. A very fast start to the new year and I’m proud to say that they all rose to occasion magnificently.

Well done to everyone!

This coming week we will be doing more of the same, only more so!

In Maths we will be learning all about decimals and rounding. In English we continue with our Fairy Tale theme, and start our first proper Big Write.

In Science we will look more in depth at our place in the solar system – The Third Rock From the Sun.

We will start studying the Ancient Greeks in History and the impact the Hellenic civilisation has had on the world.

And finally in PE we start to dance!




3rd July 2017


Well it’s been a busy week again in Hartsbourne. I hope everybody enjoyed the Summer Fayre, it was brilliantly put together and I certainly enjoyed myself.

In the previous week we have learned all about how to start a business, how to become excellent orators and how create pop art collages. So we have all been keeping very busy indeed. Well done to all in Year 5,  I was so proud of how they managed to rise to all of these challenges.



19th June 2017


WOW! what a fantastic assembly,  I am sure you will join me in congratulating Year 5. They kept us all entertained and performed excellently. It was wonderful to see the class pull together and perform as an ensemble. I was very proud of each and every one of them.

This week is SPORTS WEEK! So please remember to have your PE Kit, I’m  sure nobody would like to miss out on the activities we have planned.

It is going to be another HOT week, so don’t forget to keep your water bottles filled and ensure that you are keeping yourselves hydrated.


Mr Stevenson


9th June 2017


We have had an exciting week this week… it was science week.

The class made some paper helicopters with Mr Harper and, experimented with gravity and buoyancy Miss O’Sullivan.

We also tried to turn our literacy into science experiments, creating Mobius strip poems – with a re infinite.

Well done to Tanaiya, who created her own at home.

Next week,  is our class assembly – we will be practicing very hard to put on a good show.



Mr Stevenson   



26th May 2017


Wishing you all a happy half term  holiday. Isobel and Aaron D have decided to set all the parents a maths problem which they have created.


In a ball shop, there are 516 balls. There are 4 types of balls. Golf balls, basket balls, foot balls and tennis balls.

There are 219 tennis balls.

The amount of basket balls is 1/3 of the amount of tennis balls.

The amount of footballs is double the amount of basket balls.

How many golf balls are there?






23rd May 2017


Nearly the end of the half term, and what an enjoyable half term it has been, we have had many exciting lessons and activities, from the K’Nex challenge, to reading The Hobbit and investigating interesting problems in Maths.

This week (Thursday) we are going to make some fruit Kebabs, which should be healthy and tasty. Just a brief reminder, don’t share your fruit with anyone else, we have to be very mindful of allergies.

This week as well we finish writing our quest stories, which has been a very long progress, but I think the children have all benefitted from allowing our imaginations the freedom to go where they will.




16th May 2017


It’s going to be another exciting week in year 5.

this week Year 5 are completing a massive Tolkienesque writing task. They are creating a fantasy quest story, a summation of all they have learned so far, I expect to be spellbound, enthralled and gripped.

This week we shall also be looking at more complex division and finding solutions to some quite interesting problems – including decimals.

In ICT we are going to continue with our animation programmes, I have been very impressed by the children’s ability and aptitude in making these computer generated little animations. Watch out PIXAR is all I can say!


Mr Stevenson


8th May 2017

I have been greatly impressed with the children’s writing capabilities. We have been looking at how to incorporate some very high level writing techniques into our work. The children, have used all these techniques to write some very scary descriptions, I think they might have done a little too well, as I have been having nightmares all week!

In maths we have studied the effects of rotation and symmetry. I think everyone will agree that it wasn’t as easy as they first suspected. However, they are really starting to get to grips with geometry and show real understanding.

This week we are going to shift focus and start studying weights and measures. A great skill to master as when used in the kitchen it is the only maths problems that you can eat!

Mr Stevenson



2nd May 2017

I hope you all had a happy May Day, I’m sure all the children appreciated the break after a busy week in Year 5.

On Tuesday we had the K’nex Challenge. The challenge, which is run by SETPOINT hopes to introduce enginnering and design into schools. Around 200 schools take part with a prize for the winning design.

 The children were given the task of building a moving bridge that could not only withstand a whopping 5g of weight but also looked aesthetically pleasing.It was a very difficult challenge and all the children worked hard to solve this rather complex engineering task. But in the end there could be only one winning team.

Well done to Hailey and Isobel who won in Year 5.

The challenge fit quite nicely into our maths lessons, during which we explored the properties of 2d and 3d shape. No doubt this extra insight helped the children visualise their creations before setting forth with their building.

Thinking about it this week in literacy we are looking about how to build suspense and tension into our writing using techniques such as different sentence lengths and repetition.

I wonder if creating a suspension bridge in the challenge will help?


Mr Stevenson