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Year 5: 5RD, 5KF, 5BP

Welcome to Year 5!

                     Mr Deans, Miss Fisher and Mrs Pearse


Year 5 PE days: Monday and Wednesday

Missing number sentences with Miss Fisher

Watch the video and pause it at the end to solve the 4 questions. Don’t forget to send your answers to to see if you’re right! P.S. I apologise for the camera resting on the cans of deodorant on the right of the screen... how do the YouTube pros do it?! 


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All About Me - Transition folder 2020


Hopefully you have enjoyed meeting your teaching ‘virtually’ and have gone through the powerpoint to have a look at your classroom and see what next year will look like. We have now added a ‘Meet your teacher’ and ‘Meet you TA’ sheet with some fun facts and some things you might not know about them! Hopefully these will inspire you for you ‘All About Me’ activity in the transition activity folder. 

Transition 2020 Folder


In this folder, along with the weekly activities, you will now find a ‘Meet your Teacher’ tab. In this there is a video for you to watch and a powerpoint for you to look at so that you can meet your new teacher virtually and get to know them little bit better. 


On Friday will be uploading a Meet you Teacher sheet with some fun facts so don’t forget to take a look!

Year 6 Sports Ambassadors


As we look forward to Year 6, we will be looking to appoint 10 children as Sports Ambassadors. The role of sports ambassador includes:

  • Ensuring equipment trolleys are prepared for each year group.
  • Motivating children to take part in activities.
  • Running sports challenges at break times and lunch times.

If you would like to be a Sports Ambassador please write a short letter explaining why you think you would be good for the role and send it to us:

Deadline for letters: Wednesday 9th September 2020

Division with Mr Deans

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Transition Activities


Normally at this time of year in school, we start to think about transition activities to support the children as they move up to their new year group. As we are unable to start this with all the children at the moment, we have put a transition tab on each class page which will include one weekly activity for your child to look at with you at home should they wish to. It can be an exciting time but also, for some, a worrying one and they may have some questions about next year. The activities will look at what they are looking forward to, any worries that they may have and an ‘All About Me’ sheet which they can fill out ready for their new teacher.

There will be an activity added to the tab each week along with other resources so please use what best suits yourself and your family at this time.

From violent eruptions to spectacular lava flows, volcanoes can be found all around the world and there are many different types. But what causes one volcano to explode and another to erupt gently? How do they form and why are they found in certain places? Is it possible to work out when a volcano will erupt? Meet Museum researcher Gerallt Hughes to find out what it is like to study and explore a volcano. Suitable for ages 6+

Click on the link to the National History Museum website to listen live at 10.30, Friday 12th June.


Bar Modelling with Mr Deans

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Bar Modelling Example Problem

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Mr Deans' Bar Modelling Question

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Creating a timeline with Mrs Pearse

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White Rose Maths Home Learning


Please note that it is now possible to access the White Rose Maths resources at home using the following information:


Email (username):

Password: MuscliffMaths1626

Stop Motion Animation with Mr Deans

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One of my favourite things to do when I was much younger was to make short animated videos using stop motion animation. Unlike when I was your age, it is now really easy to use apps to have a go at things like this so as long as you have a phone, tablet or other such device you can have a go. Alternatively, if you have a camcorder you can simply take short snippets of video and the machine will automatically piece them together into your animation.

You can make stop motion videos using toys, figures, sweets, pieces of cut out paper or drawings - see how inventive you can be.

I used the free app 'I Can Animate Lite' which you can find here: 




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My stop motion animation

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Some tips

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Be sure to check out the brilliant BBC video below for a great introduction to stop motion animation. 

How many skips can you do in 30 seconds?

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This is YOUR challenge... Try to beat YOUR score!
I know double-unders may seem hard but I have seen some of you in Year 5 do them! Perhaps have a go at just one and go from there! As always, let us know how you get on via stay in touch emails.

It was 2020 and schools were closed,

When this very poem was seemingly composed.

On our televisions, Boris arrives,

“Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.”


Teachers missed their children a huge amount,

Not for the reading or learning to count.

But for the smiles and the journeys that the children make,

Each day, a step forwards the children take.


See you soon is our message to you,

Look out for each other, we’re here for you too.

Keep sending emails and staying in touch,

And remember, Muscliff cares for you very much.


Miss Fisher and the Year 5 team 😊 



A team approach for this week's video... #muscliffteapotchallenge #yourturn

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Messages from the Year 5 team...

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Baking with Mrs Pearse!

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Baking video (outro)

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225g butter, softened
110g caster sugar
275g plain flour
75g white or milk chocolate chips 

Time Capsule

Mr Deans' Handstand Challenge!

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Art Challenge

Mr. Deans has been busy in school today producing some art using the Art For Kids Hub Youtube tutorials. We invite you to share your Easter artwork too!

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Miss 'Skipping & Tennis Champion' Fisher strikes again! I was just about to use my frying pan for lunch but you've inspired me! Come on everyone...and bounce...

Thanks for doing this Miss Fisher.

Mrs H

Active Challenge Two!

PLEEEEASE let us know via Year 5 stay in touch email if you're having a go at these and how you're getting on! I love the idea of Muscliff families out in the garden playing tennis with frying pans! I hope your neighbours are forgiving of the sound it makes! I'm a huge believer in the importance of staying active.. healthy bodies, healthy minds :) Miss Fisher


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Active Challenge One!

Hi everyone!

Whilst it’s sunny, I thought I’d get outside and show you a few tricks for you to try with a skipping rope. You can have a go in your garden if you’re lucky enough to have one or take a rope out with you when you’re exercising.

Beware! The tricks aren’t always as easy as they look! You’ll need to practise! Have fun and good luck! We’d love to see your efforts via year group emails.

Miss Fisher :) 


P.S. I don't really sound like that do I? Rhetorical question = does not need an answer!!

Miss Fisher- you are still an amazing champion skipper who could give Joe Wicks a run for his money. Thanks for doing this!  Mrs H

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Part two

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Get Your Greek on! 
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Parent craft – Wednesday 13th November, 2pm


Come and join us to create some Narnia inspired wardrobes! Children have already created wonderful winter scenes and your help is needed to craft the wardrobes to house them!


Materials will be provided but if you have some old material that you could bring in that would be much appreciated; this will be used to make clothes to hang inside the wardrobes!


Many thanks,


The Year 5 team

Winchester Science Museum Trip

A polite reminder that the deadline for payments for the Winchester Science trip is Friday 8th November; please aim to return slips and payments as soon as possible to ensure that it is possible for the trip to take place.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


Our new text for the second part of the Autumn term is the wonderful ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ by C.S. Lewis.

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During this half term, children will develop their artistic and design and technology skills. We will study artists to inspire our artwork and work through the process of designing, creating and evaluating our own toys using cams mechanisms.  


Dates for your Diary:


  • Thursday 7th November and Monday 11th November – final two swimming sessions at Littledown Leisure Centre.
  • Tuesday 12th November – Parent conferences 3:30 – 6pm
  • Wednesday 13th November – Parent Craft 2pm
  • Thursday 14th November – Parent conferences 3:30 – 8pm
  • Thursday 21st November – Winchester Science Museum trip


Please see the curriculum overview below:
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Winchester Science Centre Trip


On Thursday 21st November, Year 5 will be visiting Winchester Science Centre as part of our Space Adventures topic. A letter has been sent home to all children today which you can also download below:




We look forward to starting our swimming lessons on Monday 30th September. All children will take part in swimming on a Monday and a Thursday each week until Monday 11th November (excluding Monday 28th October, Thursday 31st October and Monday 4th November due to the half term break and INSET Day). Please note that swimming lessons will replace PE lessons for these weeks.


On each swimming day, children will need to bring:


  • Swimsuit (girls – bikinis will not be allowed) or swimming trunks (boys)
  • Goggles (highly recommended) 
  • Hat (optional but recommended)
  • Towel
  • Bag
  • Water bottles


Children will need to bring their swimming kits home each day to wash and dry and remember to bring them back in for the next lesson. If children arrive in school without their swimming kits there may not be time to call home before they leave for their lesson which may result in them missing their session that week.  


Swimming lessons will take place in class groups. We have organised the children into ability groups taking account of information which has been provided through the swimming information forms. The lessons will be conducted by qualified instructors but class teachers and TAs will be on hand to support children and encourage participation. Please let us know if your child is feeling nervous or has any worries so that we can support them.


It is very important that all children are on time for school so that we can meet our transport on time.


Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing the children’s progress with swimming!

Year 5 Curriculum Evening


Many thanks to all of the parents who were able to attend the Curriculum Evening; we hope that the evening was enjoyable and informative, helping you to develop a better understanding of work in Year 5.  


If you were unable to attend, please see the Powerpoint below:



Children now have a red folder to keep their homework records in. These will be collected each Monday morning and a new one will be issued for the week ahead.


In Year 5 children are expected to complete their homework each week by meeting the following requirements:

  • 50 Doodle Stars in maths
  • 40 Doodle Stars in English
  • 10 Doodle Stars in spelling
  • At Least 4 reads


We estimate that these stars will take no longer than an hour over the whole week.


Doodle provides us with a more focused homework experience and we hope that it will take less time to complete than the previous homework format. We hope that these expectations will support children in developing a focussed work ethic which will support them in their learning and progression this year whilst also maintaining a healthy balance for their time outside of school.

It has been wonderful to welcome our children into Year 5 and they have done a fantastic job of settling in to their new base. They have also looked extremely smart and grown-up in their new Muscliff uniforms complete with ties; many of the children have been avidly practising their tie skills in school!


This week we began our brilliant Mayans topic and started to learn some background about this fascinating ancient civilisation. We learnt about Mayan masks and temples and even had a go at creating our own Mayan temples using limited resources! Please see the curriculum overview for the first part of the autumn term below:

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We have started to study our new English text: the excellent ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl.

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It is such a wonderful text to capture the children’s imagination and we will be studying some of the skills and techniques that Dahl used to inspire our own writing.


There are of course lots of other books by Dahl which children may enjoy reading or revisiting during this term.

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They may enjoy looking at other similar authors as well, such as:

David Walliams

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Onjali Q. Rauf

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James Bishop

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It is so important to encourage children’s love of reading – indeed this is one of the most effective ways that you can support your child in their learning this year. Encourage children to explore a varied diet when it comes to reading: books by different authors and across a range of genres can expose them to a greater scope of vocabulary and fuel their imaginations.