Category Archives: English


We’ve been working really hard in Year 5 on our spellings. The children have been taking part in investigations to put words into groups according to their sounds such as: tough, drought and although. They all contain the “ough” sound yet all sound different. It’s a challenge but they’re Not giving up.

Writing descriptions

As part of Year 5’s English topic, we are focusing on writing setting and character descriptions.

We started today with a photograph of a setting and we created a mind map of words and phrases we could use in a description.

The children then began to write their own setting descriptions

Take a look at some of their starting sentences…

In the distance, there was a thick layer of fog covering the mountains. – Callum

In the distance, there was a cloud as white as an Artic Fox. – Sophie M

In the distance, mountains as tall as giants were hidden behind a thick layer of pale white fog. – Tiffanie

In the distance, there were mountains as large as giants towering over the village. – Millie

Miss Edwards can’t wait to see these finished!

Video: Poetry performance

Year 5 did brilliantly this morning, performing their poem as part of World Book Week.

They performed “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

So much effort was put into learning their lines and making sure their voices could be heard clearly by everyone.

We were very proud of Jamie for learning his line after being away most of last week and Jake who was put on the spot at the last minute to deliver an extra line!

True teamwork Year 5.

Well done to all the year groups.

Understanding feelings

On Friday, Kestrels class were introduced the book Piggybook, written by Anthony Browne. They started their discussions looking at the front cover of the book and thinking of what the story could be about. We then started to read the book and stopped half way through. This gave us a chance to predict what would happen in the rest of the story. We discovered that the story was based around the mom of the family doing all of the work! They mum called the dad and the boys pigs because they were treating her pretty badly, we discussed how this was a brilliant metaphor.

In today’s lesson we looked at the characters in the story, how we could describe them and how they might be feeling in the story. We described mom as being fed up and feeling like she is taken advantage of. The boys and the dad we described as being useless and lazy!

Tomorrow we will be planning our piece of writing from a characters point of view.

Video: Presenting our findings

Year 5 continued their research on famous chemists this afternoon. It was a great chance to make sure they had all the details sorted, ready to present their findings. Some of the scientific words were baffling at first so using a dictionary effectively and efficiently was important.

The children went on to present some of their finding. Our presenting skills are getting better and better.

An eye witness account

Today Year 5 had an exceptionally important visitor!

It seems as though there was a terrible incident in the local area. A “creature” was seen devastating the local McDonalds last night!

A witness to the event was found and Year 5 were lucky enough to interview her for their newspaper reports.

We welcomed Mrs Dolly Butter-Smith into our class and the children began their investigations. They were extremely professional- they introduced themselves and which paper or company they represented. We had reporters from BBC Live, BBC News, First News, The independent, The Bells Farm Bugle, The management at McDonalds and even a worker from McDonalds.

The questions were very probing. They found out lots about the incident: Where it happened, when, why, how Mrs Butter-Smith felt and exactly what she saw. She was a little emotional at times but the Year 5 reporters made sure they gained as much information as they could.

It seems this hideous creature has not been seen since and there is possibly another witness to the event which has not yet identified. Year 5 are appealing for any witnesses to come forward. Any information will be gratefully received.

Spelling Investigation

Today Year 5 carried out their first spelling investigation. They were sorting a list of words into groups in order to spot a pattern. They decided to group words by suffixes such as: ant, ance ancy, ent, ence and envy. The children were then able to see which endings needed to be added to each word. They loved the ‘hands on’ activity and are looking forward to next week’s lesson when they will be tested on their new knowledge.