Welcome to the Wonderful Year 5 Webpage
Summer 2- 2019/2020
This half term’s Learning Journey is Ancient Egypt!

We hope that you had a good half-term break!

PURPLE MASH: www.purplemash.com
MYMATHS: http://www.mymaths.co.uk
Times Tables Rock Stars: bit.ly/2Oz7Vnm


10.07.20 – Message to Year 5 Children

Hello again! As you prepare to leave Year 5 (sad times), your new Year 6 teachers have prepared a short video for you to watch! This is in place of the usual ‘Meet The Teacher’ that we usually have at the end of term. Please make sure that you watch them as your teachers may have asked you to do something over the summer holidays!

5R —> 6R: https://vimeo.com/437032921/9061f1d914
5O —> 6O: https://vimeo.com/436437639/ff366c7152
5M —> 6M: https://vimeo.com/436859100/97006b4ff9


26.06.20 – Message to Year 5 Children! 🙂

Hello Year 5!

It’s the 4th week of Summer Term 2! It’s hot. Really, really hot. Like, ridiculously hot. Make sure you’re staying hydrated by drinking lots of water, and if you’re out and about in the sun, make sure you use suncream!

Hopefully, you’ve made a good start to this week’s Purple Mash activities! Scroll down for some more ideas!


Just to let you know, we will be calling everyone at some point over the next 2 weeks, Monday – Friday between 9am and 4pm (three children per class, per day). This will be to see how you are doing, have a chat with you and an opportunity for you to ask your teacher any questions you may have. Your parent has received a text to let them know but please remind them to keep an eye out for our call. Please note our call will come up on their phone as NO CALLER ID or WITHHELD NUMBER. Please answer our call, as we would love to have a chat!!!


My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule:  

A great opportunity to reflect upon how you feel during this very uncertain time and something to print and keep to explain to others in the future about your experiences. Remember, you are part of history and will be able to teach the generations to come about what it is like living in isolation.

To start your Time Capsule, click HERE!

As always, if you need a bit of help with anything on Purple Mash or on My Maths, you can contact your teacher via the 2Email feature on Purple Mash. To find 2Email, click here: https://www.purplemash.com/#tab/2email

If you are unable to access Purple Mash or you are having trouble logging onto My Maths, try and use the CGP Books instead. They are FANTASTIC as well!

Summer 2’s Learning Journey is called ‘Ancient Egypt‘. On Purple Mash, we will try to set you some Egyptian-themed tasks (emphasis on the word ‘try’!). To help you with your understanding of who the Egyptians were, where they came from and what life was like for them, we recommend that you visit the BBC website on Egyptians BEFORE attempting any of the Egytpian tasks. There are lots of videos and activities for you to have a look at, and they will provide you with a lot of background information! I’ve also provided you with lots of other websites to help you with your Egyptian knowledge!


As I said, look at these BEFORE completing any Egyptian tasks on Purple Mash! 

If you find any more that you would like to share, please send me an email! Some of the research you’ll need to do links to the Egyptian Gods (just type in their names on Google) and mummification! Here’s a BBC video on that topic: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zrcg2sg

Lastly, it is also important that you relax and look after yourselves. Yes, that means get a bit of fresh air (social distancing, people!), learn a new skill (e.g. learn a new language!), video-call your relatives, do some exercise (Joe Wicks, anyone?), play on your Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch, etc! Something to fill the time! You could even do something as radical as helping your parents or carers around the house! 😉

Bye for now! Be good, keep safe, wash your hands.

Year 5 Teachers

P.S: Well done to Adi in 5O – he sent over a link to a website that allows you to virtually explore museums, zoos and aquariums. Have a look here! Free Virtual Tours of World Museums, Educational Sites & Galleries For Children – Family Days Tried And Tested


BIG BANG – sort of!

Obviously, we can’t do a trip or anything like that. However, there are some things we CAN do!

1) You can create your own Egyptian headdress/mask! The template is here: https://brcontent.hobbycraft.co.uk/site/binaries/content/assets/hobbycraft/2020/01/hobbycraft_egyptian_templates.pdf

In the likely event that you don’t have an A3 printer, simply look at the template and try your best to draw your own one! It will still work brilliantly! No card? How about a piece of cardboard?

The video to help you make it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXU3Vd-c5sk

We would LOVE to see some of your masks and headdresses! If you can, upload a photo of them to the work folder on Purple Mash and we’ll try to upload some on the Year 5 webpage!

2) A virtual tour of the British Museum! https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/
When it loads, click the ‘eye’ symbol on the right to view all of the themes. Then, click Africa on the bottom left, and then scroll to about 250BC to look at Ancient Egyptian stuff! It’s really cool and there are videos and audio clips for you to look at.


Things to try this week!

Parents! The government have launched a series of apps in relation to Covid-19 guidance! If you’d like to check them out, please have a look here: https://bit.ly/3dAl75K
-The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.

Important Information for Parents – School Closure!

As you will no doubt be aware, the school will be closed as a result of the advice given to us by the government. However, we will be remaining open for children whose parents are key workers or members of the NHS staff. If your child is not at school, then they should complete the workbooks they have been given, as well as the work set on Purple Mash and My Maths (this will be set every Friday on a weekly basis). There are also a number of links to various other websites, to help with keeping active at home. Please visit the links below:

Purple Mash: https://www.purplemash.com/sch/hazelwood-junior
My Maths: https://login.mymaths.co.uk/
PE with Joe – The Body Coach: https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html
iMoves: http://theimovement.com/
Questr: https://www.questr.org/schoolclosure
Sport England: https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home
Go Noodle: https://www.gonoodle.com/
BBC Supermovers: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Cosmic Yoga: https://www.youtubekids.com/channel/UC5uIZ2KOZZeQDQo_Gsi_qbQ
Joe Wicks and Alfie Workouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXt2jLRlaf8
NHS 10 Minute Shake-Ups: https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups
NHS 10 Minute Cardio Workout: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/10-minute-home-cardio-workout/

In regards to the CGP workbooks (both comprehension and Maths books), the answers to the questions for each workbook are located on the back few pages.

As previously mentioned, teachers will be updating Purple Mash and My Maths over the coming weeks with new tasks and feedback on completed tasks. Generally, new tasks will be set each Friday. If your child is currently in isolation, then their logins and workbooks will be sent to you in the post. It is vital that they complete these tasks in a timely fashion if they wish to receive feedback from their teachers.

Please refer to the letters that have gone home as well as the school newsletter for more information.

Thank you for your understanding.


Week Ending: 23.03.20

In English:

This week:

We have been taking part in NFER Assessments.

Next week:

Next week, we will be completing our Edit and Revise work on our own versions of ‘One Plastic Bag’

Spelling words for week beginning 23rd March 2020:
achieve, especially, programme, cemetery, immediate, sincere

Please practise these words as much as possible with your children at home!

The previous week’s words were…
accommodate, environment, prejudice, bargain, harass, secretary

Next week’s words will be…
aggressive, exaggerate, pronunciation, committee, immediately, sincerely

This week’s book review is brought to you by Haleema in 5R:

The Poetry Zone – 5*

I loved my book so much because it was funny and extraordinary! Some poems made me laugh and some helped me to relax. It was full of exciting poems and I really hope to share them with my friends!

In Maths: 

This week:

We have been taking part in NFER Assessments.

Next week:

The children will be working on fractions (including mixed numbers and improper fractions).


Reading at home – MORE PLEASE!

As you know, reading is REALLY important. It helps the children to widen their vocabulary and broaden their ideas when it comes to writing. Having looked at the children’s reading records after the Christmas holidays, it is clear that they need to read much, much more. Ideally, they should be reading for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. From now on, we will be checking the children’s reading records on a daily basis to ensure that they are reading at home. If you could please encourage them to read and record in their reading records, and remind them to bring their reading records into school every day, it would be greatly appreciated. They also have a ‘Reading Road Map’ challenge that they are taking part in – please encourage them to complete the challenge! Thank you for your support.


Times Table Rockstars: Keep practising, Year 5!

Carry on practising your times table rock stars and try to beat your scores!

Can you beat your record? Can you improve your speed?


https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/14729 or bit.ly/2Oz7Vnm


Also this week:

The children took part in a day of Buddhist lantern-making! Throughout the half-term, the children investigated the suitability of different materials and evaluated existing lantern designs, before designing and making their own lanterns made out of environmentally-friendly materials (tracing paper and lollipop sticks).

An exciting, competition for Year 5!

To celebrate World Water Day 2020, Year 5 will be taking part in a photography competition. In order to enter, the children must take a photo to do with the theme ofthe impact of climate change on London’s environment and population‘ or ‘the detrimental impact of single-use plastic over rivers and waterways‘. Having taken part in a waste-warriors project during the Autumn term, and considering that our next Learning Journey is called ‘Our World In Danger’, we feel that this would be a great way to raise awareness of environmental challenges we all face in the future. Each class will produce a collage of photos from the submissions sent in. The deadline for this will be Friday 14th February 2020. All entries should be emailed to the school office with the subject ‘Year 5 Photography Competition – YOUR CHILD’S NAME AND CLASS’. If possible, please ensure that the images are of a high resolution. The 10 shortlisted entries will be shown in an exhibition to coincide with World Water Day 2020 on Sunday 22nd March. The winning class will be invited to the opening of the exhibition to receive their prize from the judges. This will take place from 10:30 to 12:30 on Friday 20th March 2020 at The City Centre. We really hope to see a lot of fantastic photography! Good luck!

FURTHER UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Year 5 entry has not been shortlisted as one of the winners. Commiserations to all of the children involved. Nevertheless, we are still proud of you and your entry. You should be incredibly proud of yourselves.

UPDATE: A big THANK YOU to the following children for entering the competition: Kaitlyn 5O, Grant 5M, Zahra 5O, Hivda 5O, Zaki 5O, Eugene 5O, Marnie 5O, Martha 5M and Adi 5O. Your entries have been made into a collage, which has now been submitted into the competition! We think it looks great! Here is your entry:


PGL Meeting PowerPoint

To view the PowerPoint from the PGL Meeting, please click here!


National Poetry Day!

As you may have seen, Hazelwood celebrated National Poetry Day on Thursday 3rd October! As part of their Home Learning, the children in Year 5 were asked to bring in a poem to share with children in a different year group. The children in Year 5 were absolutely brilliant; they showed great responsibility by sharing their poems with the Year 3s and listened attentively to the younger children’s poems as well. Afterwards, the children wrote and performed their own class poem about truth in a special assembly. They demonstrated real courage by performing in front of an audience. They thoroughly enjoyed the day and worked incredibly hard. The Year 5 team would like to say a special thank you to Ms Michael for organising such a great day! A big thank you to all the members of the Year 5 team, who spent their time after school writing (with varying degrees of success!) their class’s poems in chalk around the school!


Here are the poems the Year 5 classes wrote:


Climate Change, the environment and waste,

The truth is that sea levels are rising and animals are dying: what a disgrace.

The truth might be kept secret from us, but this is not always the case;

However, sometimes people try and influence us for personal gain: what a disgrace.

The truth is citizens are forced to leave their homes, forced to survive from place to place,

Seemingly persecuted where ever they go: what a disgrace.

The truth is there is terrible inequality in our society, the poor struggle to keep up with the pace,

Our political leaders are doing nothing about it: what a disgrace.

However, the truth is we need to put our trust in people and

remain true to who we are,

Honesty is the best policy and our truths will send us far.



The hidden truth is painful

It hurts more than a comfortable lie

The truth always wounds the most

When it’s hidden in plain sight


The truth can hide behind you

It can be a pleasurable pain

Not being honest with yourself

Can drive your mind insane


But, the truth is great when no-one knows it

No-one else but you

Telling the truth may lose you a friend

But you can always find someone new


The truth is often twisted

Causing you to question what you know

Always at the tip of your tongue

But not always ready to be swallowed


You can hide the truth for as long as you need

But after a while, it must always be freed

Listen up world, you must face up to your greed

But sooner or later, our words you must heed



Truth is often hidden by lies,

You should open up your eyes

Be truthful to yourself

Or honesty will lose its health

Truth is always the best,

It gives you a bit of zest

Express your feelings with people you trust

Otherwise your biggest dreams will turn to dust.

Truth is sharing your secrets with others

And not hiding yourself under the covers.

Words that fail to pass through your teeth

Need to be dug out from underneath.

Truth is saying what you are thinking

Unless you want to face the consequence of sinking.

The truth is sometimes hard to say

But afterwards you can scream out hooray!


Values Certificate Winners:
5O –
5M –
5R –
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Dates for your diary!

Tuesday 10th September 2019 – Year 5 Big Bang
Friday 13th September 2019 – Year 5 Meet The Team
Wednesday 9th October 2019 – PGL Meeting (6pm in Rowan Hall, hosted by Ms Powell and Ms Gardiner)
Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th October 2019 – Parents’ Evening
Thursday 17th October 2019 – Year 5 trip to the Science Museum
Thursday 31st October – Year 5 Big Bang (2)
Wednesday 6th November 2019 – Six Year 5 children going to Edmonton Green as part of the Waste Warriors Project
Monday 16th December 2019 – Year 5 Class Christmas Parties
Tuesday 17th December 2019 – Year 5 Celebration (Indoor Planetarium) and a film…
Thursday 9th January 2019 – Year 5 Big Bang (3) – Vesak Day
Monday 27th January 2020 – Friday 31st January 2020 – Science Week
Monday 2nd March 2020 – Friday 6th March 2020 – World Book Week
Monday 9th March 2020 – Trip to Kew Gardens
Date TBC – Year 5 Assembly – CANCELLED
Wednesday 6th May 2020 – Thursday 7th May 2020 – Year 5 Camping Trip – CANCELLED


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

Swimming – another reminder

From Monday 16th September, the children will be taking part in swimming lessons. The lessons will take place each Monday, and the lessons themselves are part of the national curriculum. The children have had a safety talk from someone from the council, and they have been told what they can/cannot bring with them as part of their swimming kit. In our first swimming lesson, we had children missing their kits, not bringing swimming hats, and some children brought items such as shower gels and flip-flops, which are not required/allowed. Children also need to ensure that they take their kits home afterwards to be washed. We found a few unwashed swimming kits on children’s pegs on Wednesday and Thursday – it wasn’t pleasant.

-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


If you want your child to wear goggles, a letter must be handed in to your child’s class teacher.


PLEASE NOTE: For the swimming lessons on Monday 14th October, the children are required to bring pyjama bottoms (not loose-fitting/heavy ones) in addition to their regular swimming kit. This is for a particular part of the swimming course designed to show them how dangerous it can be if people accidentally fall in lakes, rivers and other places where there is a large amount of water. If you do not have any pyjama bottoms of the sort, then the instructors recommended ‘under-armour’ style bottoms, similar to the clothing footballers wear underneath their football kits. All extra clothing needs to be brought in a separate bag. Thank you.


Swimming times:

5R – 1:30pm to 2:00pm
5M – 2:00pm to 2:30pm
5O – 2:30pm to 3:00pm (we will probably arrive back at school a little bit late!)


Important Notice

As you may know, Year 5 is an incredibly important year for your children. As a result, we highly advise that they be reading at home as often as they can. Ideally, they should be reading every day for a minimum of 30 minutes. This serves two purposes: firstly, it helps them to develop their reading skills, especially if you are questioning them whilst reading. Secondly, it allows the children to develop their vocabulary – something they will definitely need this year. We recommend reading a wide variety of texts (e.g. non-fiction, fiction, poetry, playscripts, etc) as these are likely to come up in Guided Reading.

In order to support the children’s writing, I highly recommend recapping the SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) from Years 3 and 4, as well as working on the Year 5 grammar. The CGP SPAG books (both the revision guides and the workbooks) are particularly useful in this regard. A selection of CGP SPAG books can be found here. Furthermore, the children will be receiving a paper copy of the Year 5/6 Spelling words, which are different to the Year 3/4 Spelling words. The list can be found here.

In relation to Maths, again, the CGP books are fantastic. I thoroughly recommend purchasing the revision guides and the workbooks, which can be found here. It is also vital that the children continually practise their times tables. Throughout Year 5, we will be doing a lot of work on times tables, but practise at home is also very important.

I really hope that as parents, you encourage your children to take their work seriously and to be prepared to put the work in at home. As always, if you have any questions, please come and speak to me, Mr Roberts, in 5O. Thank you.

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 Life of the Buddha
Spring 2: Rainforest
Summer 1: The Vikings
Summer 2: Ancient Egypt

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 (Mr 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/Swimming Kits:

Please ensure that your child has his/her PE kit in school. This year, Year 5 will be having PE on Wednesdays. At the end of Year 4, you should have received a letter about swimming. The children will be given a safety talk on Monday 9th September 2019 in class, and this will include what they are/are not allowed to bring to their lessons. Swimming lessons will commence on Monday 16th September. Occasionally, the class that goes swimming last may arrive back at school slightly late due to traffic. If this does happen, please be patient; the class teacher will do their best to keep the school informed of any lateness.


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


On Tuesday 10th September, Year 5 took part in their Big Bang – Mad Scientists Day! The children took part in three workshops. The physics workshop, run by Ms Mowlem, involved the children trying to defy gravity by building egg parachutes! The aim was to stop the egg from cracking when dropped from a height. The biology workshop, run by Ms Costi, involved the children making snot! Finally, the chemistry workshop, run by Mr Roberts, involved the children making their own bathbombs. The children combined sodium bicarbonate, essential oils (inspired by Arabic perfumes!) and colouring to create their bathbombs. The children will be taking their bathbombs home on Friday – they will need to add a very small amount of water to the powder in order to mould it into a ball shape. The children then ended the day by watching Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Overall, they had a fantastic day and some of the costumes were BRILLIANT! Pictures to follow soon!


Useful Websites:

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