5HG 2016/17

Welcome to 5HG.


Autumn 1:

This half term we have been learning about the Romans.

We have been reading the book ‘Julius Zebra’ by Gary Northfield in class which is set in the Roman period. We did a class assembly featuring an extract from the story and lots of facts that we have learnt about the Romans so far this half term. Enjoy watching our great performance (below).

5HG Class Assembly 

In our first week of Year 5 we learnt about the work of the artist Georgia O’Keeffe and created lots of artwork inspired by her paintings. We used sketching pencils, pen and ink and charcoal to sketch flowers from observations. We took our own photos and edited them.

We created contemporary 3D collages using flowers we painted.

We also printed using polyprint.


This term in Science we have been learning about the properties and changes of materials. We have learnt a lot about thermal insulators, magnetic and electrical conductors and different ways of separating different mixtures of materials.

Fire Safety Talk:

London Fire Brigade visited 5HG and taught us all about fire safety.

In Guided Reading we learnt poems and performed them with our actions.

Autumn 2:

In Autumn 2 our topic was the Victorians. We learnt a lot about Victorian inventors and wrote newspaper articles about some of the new developments which were invented in this period that changed the world. We have also studied the ‘Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, which was written during the Victorian period. We wrote a modern version of the story set in the 21st century.

We went on an exciting trip to an Old Operating Theatre in central London which was used in Victorian times. We learnt how operations in Victorian times were very gruesome. We also went to a Victorian apothecary and learnt how they made medicines from natural products and herbs. Have a look at the pictures from our trip.

We also had fun dressing up in Victorian costumes and pretending to be at a Victorian School. We wrote in chalk in our neatest handwriting, practised times tables and learnt tongue twisters. We learnt that Victorian schools were very different to modern schools.

We also used interactive experiences to learn more about our topic. The story told through the headphones took us back in time to life in the Victorian period. We learnt about how life was different for rich and poor children.


In Maths we have been practising our times tables. Please continue to practise your times tables at home. You can use this website for lots of times table games you can play on the internet.

In Maths we learnt about capacity, we learnt how to read scales and made our own fruit punch recipes.

We also used scales to measure weight. We measured the mass of ingredients and we then made rice crispy cakes.

We were lucky enough to work with Aris, a Indonesian puppet specialist. He taught us how to play Indonesian instruments and make shadow puppets. Take a look at our Gamelan performance!

Spring 1:

In Spring 1 our topic was London. We read the book the ‘London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd. We learnt the story through a story map.

In order to discover how the main character Salim went missing we went on the London Eye to try and figure it out. We also really enjoyed the bird’s eye view of the city. We could spot Wembley Stadium in the North and Crystal Palace Tower in the South. After our ride on the London Eye we visited several major landmarks on our guided tour including: Big Ben, Westminster, 10 Downing Street, The Cenotaph, Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.

We painted a composition of famous landmarks in the style of Patrick Caulfield. Check back soon for our final paintings.

In Spring 1 in Science we learnt about Forces. We carried out experiments with helicopters to test gravity, parachutes to test air resistance, boats to test water resistance and upthrust. We also tested different materials to experiment which material would make the best break pad for a bike – learning more about friction.

Spring 2:

In Spring 2 our topic was Mexico.

We created some 3D globes and used atlases to help us place the continents and seas correctly. We also learnt about the placement of the lines of Longitude and Latitude and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

We created maps of Mexico looking at the geographical and human features of the country.

Check back soon to see examples of our biographies and portraits of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist.

In Science we have been learning about life cycles of plants and animals. We were visited by Stu, The Ranger who bought mammals, insects, reptiles and birds for us to learn about. We were lucky enough to see an owl, an giant African snail, an tarantula, an armadillo, a snake, a tortoise and a meerkat.

Science Week:

In Science Week we had a workshop where we learnt about dry ice and the process of sublimation where it changes from a solid directly to a gas.

We created bath bombs in class using citric acid, baking soda and food colouring.

We also tried to create a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows. Our tallest tower was 63cm high!