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Spring 1 – 2018
This half term’s learning journey is The Vikings!

Week Ending: 
Friday 19.01.18

In English: 

This week, we will start our new writing unit on the book Erik the Viking. We will be using the past tense, adverbials of time, manner and place and appropriate levels of formality to write a diary entry on one of his adventures.

Next week, we will continue reading through Erik’s adventures in order to write more diary entries of different experiences focusing on our use of emotive language and how his experiences will change his emotions.


In Maths: 

This week, we have been:

  • Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly hard numbers
  • Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits using columnar addition and subtraction
  • Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations to use and why
  • Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy

Next week, we will:

  • Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts.
  • Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
  • Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two digit number using a formal written method including long multiplication for two digit numbers


Tree Assembly Achievement Certificate Winners:

5A – 
5O – Aryan

5M – Benji
5R – Pearl



Also this week: On Wednesday, Year 5 were visited by VIKINGS!

With a frightening entrance, the Vikings taught the children lots about their lifestyle as a Viking, including how their names may have been created. The children took part in battles practising their battle cry, sailing through the sea to reach Byzantium first and even trading items such as beeswax, a horn and wolf skin.

Below are some pictures that were taken from the day including Viking armoury the children were able to hold.






















****************************  Reminders & Notices   ****************************


Next term Year 5’s Learning Journey topic is the Vikings! To immerse the children into this new topic they will be visited by Vikings for the day, on Wednesday 17th January, to learn a lot about what life was like as a Viking. The visit will roughly cover 6-10 different topics, all of which will be very hands on to keep the children engaged. Children do not need to come dressed up as a Viking as during the day they will have the chance to create Viking props.

We ask for a contribution of £5.50 per child towards the cost of this event.  Please could you return the reply slip below, along with your contribution,  by Wednesday 10th January.



Starting from Monday 18th September, the children will have a swimming session every Monday for the next 15 weeks which will take the place of one of their P.E. lessons.

5O: 11:00am – 12:30pm

5R: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

5M: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

5A: 2:00pm – 3:30pm


The children will need:


  •   a one piece swimming costume – Note: NO bikinis or wetsuits please
  •   a swimming hat for long hair
  •   a towel


  • a pair of trunks
  • Note: Swimming shorts or sports shorts that are loose fitting or finish below the hip are NOT suitable, because they can hinder a pupil’s progress, fall off, or fill up with air and tip the pupil over.
  • a swimming hat for long hair
  • a towel


Calling all parents…Share your talents & passions!
Our upcoming learning journeys for the year are as follows:
Autumn 1: Blow Your Mind
Autumn 2: Lost in Space
Spring 1: The Vikings
Spring 2: Rainforest
Summer 1: Buddhism
Summer 2: The Egyptians
If you have any particular interest, knowledge or speciality in any of these areas/topics, we would love to hear from you! Some parents have expressed an interest in delivering informal workshops or talks to the children, linking to our current learning journey. Please talk to your child’s teacher or Year Leader (Ben Roberts) if this is something you are interested in. We appreciate what a great asset our parents are at Hazelwood in supporting our children with their learning. A big thank you in advance to any volunteers!

PE Kits:
Please ensure that your child has his/her PE kit in school as our children partake in 2 PE lessons a week (see below for days) Please ensure that your child has a suitable PE kit for their outside lesson.
5A: Wednesday & Tuesday
5R: Wednesday & Tuesday
5O: Monday & Tuesday
5M: Monday & Tuesday



***************Our Incredible Learning Journey Archive***************



On Friday afternoon, the Year 5 classes visited Year 3 for a shared poetry session. The children presented their poems and were able to tell them new facts linked to the Vikings as well.








Year 5 had their party on the last Friday Friday ,before the holidays.  The children all took part in lots of fun games in maple hall in the morning and finished it off with incredible feasts in their classrooms. Below are some pictures from the morning!













The children finished their Non-chronological reports on planets and invited Year 4 to share and read their reports they had typed up. All of Year 5 felt extremely proud to be able to share their final pieces with Year 4 who were impressed with the quality of writing and interesting facts!








The children had their Learning Journey Big Bang for Lost in Space! In the morning we shared facts that we know about the planets and began to construct our own version of the solar system using papier mache. The children ended the day with a Space movie in Rowan Hall.












On Friday, the children celebrated the end of their Learning Journey with a visit to the Science Museum to explore the Wonderlab. In the Wonderlab, the classes had the freedom to explore and interact with many of the objects and equipment on offer to play with. The trip also included a show about gases and how materials react to heat.






















On Wednesday, the children were visited by Jim, who is a poet combining music with poetry. The children took part in an interactive workshop, where they had the opportunity to listen to and join in with poetry through the use of music. This allowed them to develop skills such as rhythm and rhyme whilst having lots of fun!












Year 5 had their Big Bang to start off their learning journey: Blow Your Mind! The children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as mad scientists and were able to take part in a series of experiments linked to the topic of Properties of Materials.















Useful Websites:

BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling & grammar
BBC – KS2 Bitesize English – Spelling : Play
Crickweb | KS2 Literacy
spelling – Topmarks Search
English Spelling Games and Activities