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Week Commencing 7/5/23


Week Commencing 24/4/23

We have another busy week ahead in 5FB this week!

We will continue to enjoy and improve our reading skills using our class text, The Adventures of Odysseus.  Thank you also to those children who have brought in Greek Myths to share with the class during our Reading for Pleasure sessions too - it has been great to read different versions and see how some of them link together.


We will also begin to read the book, Who Let the Gods Out by Maz Evans, as our 'Reading for Pleasure' text for this half term.  This links with some of our work learning about mythology but is also quite funny!

During our writing lessons this week we will be writing our own poems before starting to think about the Manchester 500 words competition.  For this, we will be working on writing stories that build tension and fear, using this picture as a stimulus:

In maths, we will be beginning a block of work on Shape.  This week begins with a series of lessons all about angles, looking at different types of angles, estimating and measuring angles with protractors.

As well as that, we will be learning about the Ancient Greek Agora and using our skills as historians to look at pottery that depicts life in the agora.  We will also be continuing to learn about the 5 Pillars of Islam.  Our friends who celebrated Eid on Friday will also have the chance to tell the rest of the class how they celebrated.

Over the next few weeks, we will be learning to sing The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Make You Feel My Love as we will be taking part in a very special concert in July.  More details on this to follow, but for now, the lyrics are in the downloads section so that everyone can get rehearsing!


Week Commencing 17/4/23



We hope you are all having a wonderful half term holiday and can't wait to welcome you back on Monday 17th. Please be ready to share everything you've been reading and don't forget to update the class Padlet. It's officially the start of the Summer Term, which brings a change of topic and science. In science, we're moving on to study Living Things, and will kickstart our learning with flower dissection as we explore how flowering plants reproduce. Maths will be all about statistics, as we develop our skills with graphs and data. As historians, we'll dedicate our learning to Ancient Greece throughout the summer, looking at everything from Greek Mythology to the Olympics. On Monday, we'll have a Topic Ignition Morning, dedicated to igniting our excitement for history with a focus on whether the Minotaur was real! 



w/c 20th March 2023

Welcome back to another busy week in 5FB.   

We have started the week today by investigating parachutes as part of our learning about air resistance.  

We have also continued with our work on Shackleton's Journey in English, thinking about how we can find out the meaning of unfamiliar words and learning about the features of a formal letter.  Over the next few days the children will be writing their own letters to Shackleton, applying for a place as part of his crew on Endurance.

In maths, the children have been working hard to understand equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages.  During the rest of the week, we will be finishing this unit and beginning to learn about area and perimeter.  We will also do some practise on arithmetic.

As geographers, we will be using satellite images to help us understand what is happening to areas of ice on Earth.

Our R.E. work on different places of worship is also continuing, as the children will find out about different types of synagogue.

The children will also be learning a little about the Persian New Year celebrations from one of their classmates.

Have a wonderful week everyone,

Mrs Bowes


w/c 20th February 2023

Welcome back to another half term Year 5!  I hope you all had an enjoyable break last week.  We have lots to look forward to this half term and we will be starting some new topics this week, which I'm quite excited about!

In maths we will continue our learning on decimals.

In reading and writing over the next couple of weeks, we will be basing our work on The Lost Happy Endings.  This is the school book for Book Week and is a great story with fantastic illustrations.  Get thinking about your costumes for World Book Day next week too (if you wish)!

In Science we are starting a new topic all about Forces.  We have some great investigations and enquiry lessons planned.

In DT we will link our work to Science, by learning about pulleys.  This should give us some ideas on how we can design our Lunar Rovers so that they actually drive.

In Geography, we are starting a new topic this week, which follows on nicely from our Biomes work, focussing on the polar regions. 

Plus we have lots more interesting learning about PSHE, Computing, PE and more!

There was no homework over the holidays, so nothing to return on Wednesday.  Do go on Spelling Shed and practise your spellings for Friday though please.  Don't forget to add a comment on our class Padlet too.

Mrs Bowes


First of all, well done 5FB for a super performance on Friday afternoon at the celebration assembly.  Everyone remembered their lines and you appeared confident, loud and clear.  All of the staff (and I'm sure your parents) were very proud of you!

Hopefully you have all had an enjoyable weekend and are getting ready for a final week of learning before the half term break.

This week, we will be looking at fractions and decimals in maths.  In English, we will be planning and writing persuasive speeches for the Trafford-wide competition.  Get thinking about sustainability and why recycling is important!  


Also this week, we will be doing some artwork for an 'Altered Books' project that Mrs Brownsell is organising in school, in preparation for Book Week which is early next half term.  The finished books will go on display in Altrincham Library.  Thank you to Mrs Davidson who has very kindly provided planning and resources for some Space-themed artwork that both Year 5 classes will be able to complete as part of our Altered Book.

This week is also Children's Mental Health week, so Year 5 will be doing some work in relation that that.

Last but definitely not least, we will be finishing off our Space work by learning about the phases of the moon and, most excitingly, with a trip to Jodrell Bank.  We can't wait to learn even more about space from some of the Jodrell Bank experts, as well as explore the exhibitions and view the telescope.


Please remember that it is 5FB's celebration assembly on Friday (3rd February) at 2.15pm.  We would love to see you there if you are able to make it.  


Please find your 15 minute writing homework in the downloads section - we have a focus on biomes and climate change this week!

EDIT:  This is now also available in pdf format for anyone who struggled to download the Publisher version.  It will remain on the webpage for an extra week in case anyone would like to complete it but hasn't had time this week due to download issues.


5FB had another very successful week last week.  They have been hard at work, learning all about written division and writing some excellent non-chronological reports on their Pandorian Hexapods.  I have been delighted to see them extending their sentences and varying the types of sentences that they are now starting to use.  Well done everyone!

The children have also been working on their Modigliani-style self portraits.  Here are some photos of some of them hard at work:


Mr Smith and I were incredibly proud of the children who represented school in the dodgeball game last week.  They were a real credit to the school and showed exceptional sportsmanship, attitude and behaviour.  Plus, they won!

Keep up the good work 5FB :)

Mrs Bowes


12/1/23 - Well done 5FB!

This week I'd like to give a big well done to 5FB.  They have really worked hard and persevered with some tricky learning and I am so very proud of them!

In maths we have been working on long multiplication.  This has been challenging but all of the children now know the steps to go through and just need to keep practising!  Maths homework this week will help with this but do let me know if you get stuck.

At the start of the week, the children began writing up their research on biomes.  They did a brilliant job of presenting their work and we can't wait to have them finished and on display in the classroom.

We have also started to do some more research on Space this week, learning about the planets of the solar system, as well as the difference between asteroids, meteoroids, meteors and meteorites!  We will be writing these up next week and the children have lots of their own facts to add too so they should be great.

In English we are getting into the Jamie Drake Equation and learning more about his dad's mission on the ISS.  We also did some related reading, finding out more about the ISS itself.  The children have designed their own hexapods from Pandora and have begun writing their reports.  We have more to do on this next week but I am loving the creativity so far.

Tomorrow, a group of children from Year 5 will be representing Oldfield Brow at a friendly dodgeball match.  We wish them luck and know they will do us proud.  All of the children enjoyed some friendly dodgeball games as a class in our PE lesson this week too.  They demonstrated excellent team spirit.

As well as all of that, we have been learning about places of worship and lunar rovers.  Plus some work on anxiety and stress in PSHE!  It has really been a very busy week but very productive and good fun.

Keep up the good work year 5

Mrs Bowes

6/1/23 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome back to a brand new term 5FB! 

The class have made a fantastic start to the new term, and we're all very excited about our new topics of Space and Biomes.  We've kicked off the new topics with learning about the shape of the Earth (roughly spherical) and researching 6 of our planet's major biomes.

Our new class text is The Jamie Drake Equation, which we have just started and predict that it is about a boy called Jamie Drake who is interested in Space.  From chapter 1 we now know that his dad is an astronaut.


In our writing over the next couple of weeks, we will be writing about a creature from the fictional planet Pandora.  Everyone loved watching the video clip about Pandora this week. There was a lot of new vocabulary to learn too!

Thank you for remembering that our PE days have changed this term.  They are now on a Tuesday (Fitness with Mrs Bowes) and Friday (Football with Mr Smith).

We are looking forward to lots more learning over the coming weeks and I will add some photos soon too!

Mrs Bowes


SPRING TERM PE DAYS: Tuesdays and Fridays


15/11/22 - Padlet update

**  Our new-look Padlet has arrived! **

The link for Padlet has not changed, but the layout of it has.  We hope that it will improve how we use Padlet as a class reading record.  Please take a look - all of the details are in a pdf which has been added to the 'Downloads' section on this webpage.

Happy reading everyone!

Mrs Bowes


Year 5 have had a great start to this half term and we have all been enjoying reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone together.  The children have been doing lots of writing work based around the book, with a particular focus on different word classes.  This week we have looked in more detail at modal verbs so the children should be able to tell you all about them!

In maths we have been looking at multiplication and division, learning about factors, multiples, primes, square numbers, cube numbers as well as multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

This week in Science, the children tested some cleaning materials and discovered that J cloths and flannels would be worth buying, whereas toilet roll is definitely not a good choice!  They also confirmed that blue paper towels really aren't as absorbant as I would like.

We have also been drawing together all of our Viking knowledge ready to move on to a new topic soon...more on this to come next week!

Children will bring their usual maths and writing homework home tomorrow (writing pictures will be uploaded to the downloads section).  We will be tweaking our reading Padlet very soon to hopefully make some improvements so for now, please continue to add to the current Padlet but look out for more updates on this over the coming few days.

Also this week, children have been thinking about Remembrance day and have done some artwork making Poppies.  There will be a special assembly about this tomorrow.

As always, thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Bowes

21/10/22 - Half-Term Sponsored Read

To celebrate and encourage a lifelong love of reading at home and school, we are running a sponsored read over half term 22/10/22-30/10/22. 
The project is being organised in conjunction with our local Usborne Partner, and all the money raised will go towards brand new books for our school. In addition to the sponsorship money, Usborne will also donate up to 60% of the total raised in EXTRA FREE BOOKS to the school. So, for every £600 raised, we will get an extra £360 in FREE Usborne books! 
We always aim to beat our last year’s target which was £1000 in sponsor money with Usborne donating an additional £600 of books for free if our target is met. This will give us a total of £1600 to spend on new books and resources for our children. 
Please help us to enhance our reading resources for pupils by encouraging your child to spend a small amount of time each day either reading to themselves, to others, or being read to. They can read books, comics, magazines, newspapers, menus, websites, recipes, poems, leaflets, instructions – anything with words!  For younger children in EYFS they can listen to the adult read their books and that still counts. 
The class who have the most recorded minutes will win an extra free book and a small treat! All children will receive a certificate for taking part. 
If you are able to support our sponsored read, please find on the reverse a sponsorship form and an extra reading log for your child if they wish to use it to record their reading.  Please send any money in a named envelope with the class name and the amount raised alongside the forms by Friday 4th November. 


Well done this week 5FB, you have really worked your socks off!  We have had a very busy time finishing our Viking story-writing, completing our work on addition and subtraction as well as doing a few assessments so I can see all of the new things that you can now do all by yourselves.

We also rounded off our netball work in PE with a netball tournament.  Even the rain didn't stop 5FB from putting everything they've learned into practice.  

Have a good final day of the half term with Mr Smith and a wonderful break over half term.  

Stay safe, stay well and have fun!

Mrs Bowes


5FB have really been enjoying their work on Vikings this week.  Our classroom is being decorated more and more with the fabulous shields that you have all made - thank you!  The children have also enjoyed teaching me a few things this week - they know some incredible facts about Vikings, materials and random general knowledge.  I have loved hearing their fascinating facts!

We have continued to read Viking Boy this week and have started to write our own version of a chapter from the book.  The children have been working hard to include various types of figurative language and we have been looking out for these features in our other reading too.  Perhaps the children can even include some figurative language in their written homework this week?

Our class padlet is looking great so far.  If you haven't contributed so far, please try to post on there this week.  The details can be found on this week's homework planner (in downloads).

The writing homework this week is slightly different so please watch the video clip and do your writing based on what you watch.  I can't wait to hear your stories.

This week we have also done 2 different science investigations related to our materials topic, looking at the properties of materials and thermal insulators.  The children also learned that keeping a snowman wrapped up in lots of layers should help him last longer, which came as a surprise to the whole class!

Well done so far this week 5FB!

Mrs Bowes



5FB have had another busy week this week!

In Maths we have continued our work on place value and have spent time learning about how to round numbers.  Please practise this some more at home by completing this week's homework!  Also, it would be great to see more children having a go on TT Rockstars and trying to improve their speed.

In English we have been reading Viking Boy, which has become very bloodthirsty and gory already.  We have learned about subordinate and relative clauses and 5FB have written some fantastically descriptive sentences.  Today, they wrote brilliant preposition poems for National Poetry Day.  We also listened to some poets reading their poetry online (Micheal Rosen and Valerie Bloom).

Mr Smith was very impressed with 5FB's viking knowledge this week in their computing lesson, where the children were creating Powerpoints.

This afternoon we also had a lovely visit from our reading buddies in 2RP - we hope that Year 2 enjoyed listening to their Year 5 buddies read aloud.

This week's homework documents are saved in the downloads section on this page.  The link to our padlet page is on the homework planner so please add your contribution 5FB!

Well done for your hard work so far this week everyone - keep it up!

Mrs Bowes



What an amazing visit we had to see Cressida Cowell (the famous author of the 'How to Train your Dragon' series) launch her new books at Stockport Plaza today. She told us lots about the characters in her new book as well as lots of tips for writing. We learnt about her childhood, with summers spent on an island off Scotland where she hunted for dragons in the cliffs. Her advice was to follow in her footsteps and enjoy writing and drawing for the sheer pleasure of it, right now in primary school - to keep our own notebooks for research and ideas. The creation of our own dragons was strongly recommended and so, utterly inspired, we changed our plans and that's exactly what we did this afternoon. We'll be adding the finishing touches to our dragons in the morning and look forward to writing about them. Perhaps we'll send her a copy or two! A few of us were lucky to be invited to meet her just before we caught the bus and managed to ask a few questions.


It's been another busy week in 5FB!  

Thank you to the parents who were able to make it to the curriculum evening on Tuesday.  For anyone who couldn't make it, the presentation is in the downloads section.  As always, do come and have a chat on the playground at the end of the day if you have any questions.

Also please remember that it is European Day of Languages on Monday (26th Sept).  Children are invited to come dressed to represent their favourite European country and we will be doing some themed activities in class.  We would appreciate it if you can bring £1 donation on the day.  I have been busy getting my outfit ready so can't wait to see what you have all come up with!

Next week, we will also be going on a trip with the other Y4 and Y5 classes to see Cressida Cowell, author of the How to Train Your Dragon series.  We are very excited about this opportunity.  If you haven't done so already, please go to Parent Pay to sign your child up and also purchase a copy of the book if you wish.

The children should have come home with their homework books on Friday but the Year 5 homework planner for this week is in the downloads section of this webpage.  Please note that 5FB have not yet begun using the padlet so the link on page 2 only applies to 5RC.  Thank you to everyone who completed their homework last week - it was great to have our first Viking shield in the classroom on Tuesday too!

I hope you all have an enjoyable weekend and look forward to seeing you again on Monday.

Mrs Bowes


It's 'Meet the Teacher' evening at 6pm today (Tuesday 20th September) at Oldfield Brow. We hope to see many of you there and will post the PPT from the evening afterwards.


5FB have had a great start to the year so far.  We have been working hard on our theme of identity.  So far, we have enjoyed the book 'The Name Jar' which we used to practise some of our reading skills.  The children have also written some excellent poems all about themselves.  We are now working on recipes on how to make 'Me'!  The theme of identity has also given us a chance to explore artwork using our names and the idea of us all having a unique fingerprint.

Next week, we will be writing stories about our name.  Your child will bring home a sheet as an extra piece of homework over the long weekend.  Please help your child to complete it with any information about where their name came from, what it means etc.  There are some questions on the sheet to help you.



Please bring this homework back to school on Tuesday.  There will be 3 dojo points for everyone who remembers!

Your child should also have their Spelling Shed login (the same as last year) and hopefully you have been practising these spellings ready for the spelling test on Friday.  

All of the children have chosen a reading book from our class library (or from home).  We are going to be trying a new way of recording our reading this year which we will share with you very soon!  Therefore, we have not sent home individual reading records this year.

Your regular homework will be sent home on Friday.  Please complete this and return it to school by Wednesday.

5FB, keep working hard and we hope you have time to enoy yourselves this weekend.

Mrs Bowes, Mr Smith, Mrs Whitehead and Mrs Flute



Welcome to the brand new classes in year 5!

The Year 5 team can't wait to invite you back to our classrooms.  We are going to kick start our year, and get to know one another better, by exploring our own identities in RSE/PATHS lessons and in English and art - thinking about the origins of our names and what makes us unique. Learning will be supported by a beautiful book:  

Soon after we'll charge ahead with an exciting cross-curricular topic all about Vikings where History, Art and English blur into one. It's one of my favourite topics and I cannot wait to start teaching you all about the young Viking - Gunnar - and his quest! We will be using these books to support our learning during this topic:


Maths will begin with the fun unit of Roman Numerals followed by place value and as scientists we'll be learning all about the properties of materials.

Enjoy the rest of the summer holidays, and we look forward to welcoming you back on Wednesday 7th September! 

Mrs Bowes, Mrs Chetwyn, Mrs Whitehead and Mrs Flute


PE lessons will begin on the second week back, week beginning 12/9/22. 

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