Welcome to the Wonderful Year 5 Webpage
Spring 1 – 2019/2020
This half term’s Learning Journey is The Life of the Buddha!

Week Ending: 24.01.20

In English:

This week:

This week in English, the children wrote their short stories based on The Highwayman! They spent two days writing up their own prequels explaining how the Highwayman decided to embark on a life of crime. Later on in the week, as part of our next unit, the children also looked at the linguistic and structural features of newspapers.

Next week:


Spelling words for week beginning 27th January 2020:
definite, nuisance, vehicle, disastrous, parliament, dictionary

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

The previous week’s words were…
curiosity, neighbour, vegetable, embarrass, physical, persuade

Next week’s words will be…
desperate, occupy, yacht, determined, occur, develop, opportunity

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:

This week in Maths, we have been looking at division. We began the week by investigating prime numbers and prime factors. They really enjoyed these investigative lessons! After that, they spent some time working on using the short method (also known as the bus stop method) to solve division calculations, showing their remainders as your ‘standard’ remainder, as a fraction and as a decimal.

Next week:



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 D&T and R.E. lessons! In D&T, the children investigated different materials such as plastic straws, wooden lollipop sticks, paper straws, card, crepe paper, tracing paper and sugar paper, looking at whether or not they would be suitable for use in making a Buddhist lantern. The children weighed up the pros and cons of each material, before eventually deciding which materials to use to make their lanterns. In R.E., the children learned about the Buddhist festival of Vesak.


Science Week

Calling all Science-enthusiasts!

Hazelwood’s Science week is coming up on the week beginning of January 27th 2020.

The children have been sent home with two Science projects that they will need to complete in preparation for Science week. If you could please support them with their endeavours, it would be much appreciated.

We’d love for any parents or members of the community, who have careers involving science or who simply have a passion for science, to come in and share this with our children! Our aim is to inspire the children and create a real ‘buzz’ for the subject with engaging, practical activities throughout the week!

If you think this could apply to you, please email the school or speak to Miss Hennessy directly!

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 – Nevarla and Rosi
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 – Year 5 Celebration (Indoor Planetarium) and a film…
Thursday 9th January – Year 5 Big Bang (3) – Vesak Day


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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