Eldon Primary School

Aspiration, Determination, Success

Year 5

Year 5


Phase Leader - Mr Beckford

Achievement Year Leader – Miss Foster

Jupiter Class    – Mrs Cox

Mars Class       – Mrs Cottle and Mr Khan

Neptune Class – Ms Cantrell

Saturn Class     – Miss Foster and Miss Cunningham

Venus Class      – Ms Wilson

Year 5 is an important year, consolidating work started in Year 4 and preparing the children for year 6.

In Year 5, the children have the opportunity to participate in a 15 week swimming program.  Swimming is a life skill and the children will need extra practice to achieve the required red ribbon.

Reading is the key to success so we ask parents and carers to continue to read with their children as much as possible (every evening) as this will improve their fluency and understanding.

During the year, the children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of trips.  Our main focus will be the trip to the Globe Theatre and we will be having a Shakespeare festival at school where you will see a number of plays being acted out by the children.

We look forward to seeing all our parents at our November parent’s evening (Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th November)  

where we will discuss your child’s achievements so far and what they need to do to reach their full potential.

If you have any concerns or questions please speak to any member of the yr 5 team who are out in the playground at the end of the school day.

Nightly homework: reading, spelling and multiplication tables.


The Yr 5 children have a half an hour swimming lesson at Edmonton Green Swimming Pool. These sessions are for 15 weeks and are free.


Jupiter class       Wednesday    9:30am

Neptune class    Thursday        10 am

Mars class           Thursday        11:30am

Saturn class        Thursday         2pm 

Venus class         Friday              11:30am

Swimming Kit

W/C 4th November 2019  Life Saving Skills at swimming

Bring in some pyjamas or thin bottoms but not jeans


Things you can wear                                                          Things not to wear



Bring in your correct swimming kit as usual including trunks, costumes and swimming hat and your towel.

Google Classroom Virtual Library

You are invited to a 'HEARD' DIGITAL EVENT

We are delighted to announce that we have arranged our second HEARD event. This will be a digital event, taking place online via Zoom on Thursday 11th June from 6pm – 7.30pm. The focus of this event is to provide parents with coping skills, advice and expertise in response to COVID-19 through a panel of professionals from a variety of different fields who will be answering audience questions, as well as sharing their knowledge and expertise.



To book FREE tickets for this event please click on the link below:

A song about Coronavirus

Please click on the link below to listen to a song by Mr Logan

The Frog Prince


School Readers Storytime

Please click on the links below to listen to some stories:

The Book of Hopes

This is Our House-Michael Rosen

One is a snail, ten is a crab-April Pulley Sayre

The Ravenous Beast-Niamh Sharkey

Bringing Down the Moon-Jonathan Emmett

Into the Forest-Anthony Browne

Baby Brains-Simon James

@First_News with a free weekly digital download

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Science Mable Run Competition

A message from Place2Be

Hi everyone,

As you know, there is currently a virus called Coronavirus which many people around the world are catching. People are talking about it and saying different things, and this can be very confusing for everyone. This is an unusual time for all of us and many families are now adapting their normal routines and staying at home in order to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

People have different feelings about what is going on at the moment. Some people are feeling sad, some are worried, some are angry as lots of things are changing. We all have different feelings! Nobody’s feelings are right or wrong, and it is important that you talk about how you feel.

It is important that while you are at home, take responsibility (do what you can to help around the home); show respect (listen to others in your home); be persistent (especially if you’re finding something tricky), show compassion (be kind to each other and yourself); stay active (try and do a daily exercise) and most of all – have some fun!

And one message for the grown-ups, please remember that you are not alone! Everyone at school are here for you and willing to help. You can contact me on

I’m missing you all very much and looking forward to seeing you as soon as possible.


Yasmin, Place2Be

What's been going on at school during the closure?

The Big List of Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities


In PSHE this term, we have been learning about mental health! We have spoken about what mental health is and how we can improve our own mental health.

In our second lesson, we sorted activities into what we should do: everyday, sometimes, when there is a problem and rarely or not at all. We then discussed how some of these activities can improve your physical health, as well as your mental health!

Neptune class’ assembly was on mental health and they taught the rest of year 5 about what they had been learning about.

SPORT RELIEF – FRIDAY 13th March 2020

At lunch time we the whole of Year 5 joined in a 15 minute aerobic session led by our sports coaches.



Year 5 dressed up as their favourite book character.


Make sure you don’t tell anyone your personal information.



Check your personal settings are on ‘PRIVATE’ Especially on ON-LINE games. Make sure you have a good on-line reputation. Make sure if you are live Streaming you do not let things go wrong.


Making the moving toys




To make our final product (the moving toys), we combined the skills we had learnt throughout the topic, for example sawing and measuring. We used different shaped cams to make our characters move. We decided to design our toys based on the River Amazon, which we have been learning about in geography. Here, you can see a colourful parrot and two pink river dolphins!

The Globe Theatre

All of the Year 5 classes had a great day at the Globe Theatre where they had a tour around the building and then had a workshop with an actor to help them improve their acting skills. Inside the Globe we went on the stage and said a famous line from our play. We learnt facts about the theatre.  And got to see the stage from the audience’s perspective.

Acting Class

We then went for our acting class.  First we warmed up. We were then given a small script from the play we are studying. We practised with a partner as the script had  Shakespearian language.  Once we understood the words and become familiar with the script we then began to perform it. 

We had a great day and will put the skills we learnt at the Globe Theatre into our own acting when we complete our plays at Eldon at the end of the Spring term.

Year 5 Trip to the Globe Theatre


In Science the Year 5 children have been learning about air resistance.  We looked at our new vocabulary and everyday examples of when air resistance is experienced. 

We made our own parachutes to see how they worked and thought about different investigations we could carry out.  We identified the variable we could change: the weight, the height, the size of the canopy, the material of the canopy, the length of the strings and the shape of the canopy.

We planned a fair test and then completed the investigation, making sure we were aware of the risks when standing on chairs and tables. We found it hard to time the parachute falling as it was so fast.  So we used our observation skills to find out which parachute fell down to the ground the fastest.

Air resistance


Year 5 are starting their work on collage.  We are using the paintings of Henri Rousseau as our inspiration.  We have found out some information about Rousseau’s life and looked at some of his paintings – especially those that have a jungle theme.

We have then looked at different techniques that we could use in our own collages.  We coloured paper and then used layering, scrunching and quilling to experiment with creating different textures.  Wallpaper (textured paper) makes a good base.

Network Rail

Year 5 have had an assembly given by Network Rail.

They came in to talk to the children about staying safe on the over ground train tracks.

The children know that the trains going through Edmonton Green Station are electrified.



Electricity flows through the tracks.            Electricity flows through the lines


 The children learnt new facts about the trains and learnt what to do when crossing the tracks at an unmanned crossing.




The children also saw people not following the rules and taking unnecessary risks, which could have resulted in their death.                                          



So remember the rules and follow them so that you keep yourself safe.

The railway code






During D&T this term, we are studying mechanisms and will be making our own moving toys!

In the first lesson, we researched different moving toys and compared how they moved and what mechanisms caused them to move. We looked at a penguin toy that used cams, a pull-back car toy, a wind-up chattering teeth toy and a push car toy. Next lesson, we will begin to research how different cams cause movements.


Science investigation

We completed an investigation to find out the best shape for a speed boat bow.

First we made the bows into the different shapes: rounded, pointed, sharp and teeth.  We also had a control shape to compare the others with. Next, we compared all the shapes to check they were all the same size otherwise the test will not be fair. We then dropped the shapes into the water tank at the same time to see which shape hit the bottom first.  The shape that hit the bottom first had the least water resistance, whereas the shape that took the longest to hit the bottom had the most water resistance.



Homework Task

Yara has completed a task from the half term homework.   It is a scene from Romeo and Juliet. 

The golden seat is for Queen Elizabeth I who watched some of the plays written by William Shakespeare.


In our Geography lesson, we located the world’s tropical rainforests.  We found out they are positioned between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. 

We will be finding out more about the Amazon Rainforest and how human activity has impacted on its existence.


The world's tropical rainforests

Spring Term 2020

Happy New Year and welcome back to the second term of year 5.  We have a very busy half term when we finish our 15 weeks swimming sessions and we have a fantastic trip to Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

Swimming will re-start on the second week (13.1.2020). Please have your kit ready as we only have 3 weeks left.

Jupiter – Wednesday 15th January 2020

Neptune, Mars and Saturn – Thursday 16th January 2020

Venus – Friday 17th January 2020.

In P.E we will be returning to the game of rounders, we will be focussing on tactics and how to outwit the opposition. All sessions will take place outside so please make sure you have your kit.


Spring 1

This half term, each class in Year 5 will be studying a play by William Shakespeare:

Jupiter – Hamlet

Mars – Macbeth

Neptune – Romeo and Juliet

Saturn – Richard III

Venus – A Midsummer’s Night Dream

We will be looking at the characters and how they interact, we will be writing diaries from their point of view and then we will be writing our own more up-to-date version of the play.  These plays will be performed to our parents during the Spring 2 term.

To prepare us for our performances, the children will have the opportunity to visit the Globe Theatre in London and have a workshop to practise acting out scenes from their play.  It is a wonderful opportunity for the children to act on a London stage and immerse themselves in history.

Trip dates

Mars class – 4th February 2020

Jupiter class – 6th February 2020

Venus class – 7th February 2020

Neptune class – 10th February 2020

Saturn class – 11th February 2020



We will be studying the formal methods for multiplication and division and then moving onto fractions.  To help the children make quick progress through these topics, the children need to have a quick recall of their multiplication and division facts.  Please test them regularly and get them to use the following website.


Forces will be studied this half term.  We will be measuring forces and learning more about gravity, friction, air resistance and water resistance.  We will be finding out about Sir Isaac Newton and be showing how forces are represented by arrows.


We will continue studying the Anglo-Saxons, looking at how we know about them and what archaeologists can tell us about  them.  We will also look at their religious beliefs and how the Anglo Saxon language has affected modern day English.


We will be studying the Amazon Basin, looking at the River Amazon and how it influences the rainforest around it.  We also will be looking at deforestation/logging and the need to conserve this natural resource.


In science, we have been separating mixtures using a variety of equipment. We have loved the sessions being so practical and being able to be real scientists!


- Separating two solids



- Separating a soluble solid and a liquid (a water and salt solution)


- Separating a liquid and a small, insoluble solid (water and pepper)



During PSHE, we had a visit from the London Fire Brigade and have been taking part in a Safer London workshop.

London Fire Brigade

The fire brigade taught us of the main causes of fire in the home: cooking, smoking, electrical appliances, lighters and candles. We were reminded not to leave our mobile phones charging overnight, as this is one of the major causes of fire due to the battery overheating. We also practiced what to do if there was a fire in our home at night.




Safer London Workshop

Our workshop helped us build our sense of identity. We also discussed where we feel safe and unsafe and why this is. Most importantly, we’re now all aware of how we can be an UPSTANDER – this is when you don’t let a bad situation carry on. You can either: interrupt, be a buddy or tell someone you trust.








We were lucky enough to have an archaeologist visit us and tell us all about how an excavation is undertaken. We had the chance to try this ourselves.



In D&T, we have been learning now to make biscuits! We followed the research, make, design, make and evaluate format.

 Research -  Tasting biscuits.



Make - Follow the recipe  

Design - Design and taste a new biscuit.


Make -  Use fillings to make it sweeter

Evaluate - What would you do next time?



In art, we have been practising our sketching skills, using different techniques and a variety of hardness of pencils. We looked at mushrooms and peppers from different angles and produced some still life drawings.




Science Investigation

We have been carrying out a Science Investigation about separating materials.  We were given three bags of materials.  Sand and gravel, rice and peas and gravel and paper clips.  Our challenge was to investigate all the different ways we could separate these bags of materials using a sieve, colander, magnet and our hands.



Remembrance Day

Yr 5 wrote poems, prayers and messages of thanks to the soldiers who are being remembered on Armistice Day (11/11)


Thank you fallen soldiers for saving us.  You gave your lives for us.   R.I.P.



The wars you have fought

The deeds you have done

The peace you have brought,

Haven’t been for naught.


The red poppies we wear

Proudly show we are,

For the sacrifice you gave,
And the lives you have saved.


Hoping you’ll return,

I feel concern,

I feel him go missing,

I hear the sadness hissing.


We remember the sorrow

But because of you,

We have tomorrow,

Thank you.



Thank you for fighting and risking your life to save us all you will always be deep down in our hearts and will be missed and loved every day.  R.I.P.



All the soldiers that risked their life some came back some died,

If they didn’t save our country we wouldn’t be alive,

They had to fight all day and night,

When they were told there’s a war they were in fright,

All we need to know now is it right to fight?

So wear your poppy to show a sign of respect to remember

the soldiers we will never forget.



Thank you the soldiers who risked their life for freedom,

That means a lot to us,

We celebrate this day for the soldiers who risked their lives for us,

 R.I.P. soldiers

 We are wearing the poppies to remember the soldiers

 who risked their lives for our country



Dear Soldiers,

Thank you for trying to stop fighting throughout the world and thank you for risking your lives for us.



Thank you for all the soldiers that save our lives.

And saving everyone and thank you for fighting back.



Thank you – You saved our lives and our country.  If you hadn’t fought for us then we would die but you guys made the right choice and fought for us.  All of you will be remembered in our own hearts.  You are the best soldiers we had.  We have poppies to show you that you are remembered.



Thank you!

for saving future lives

thank you!

for destroying  cruelty

Thank you!

letting us live in peace!

Thank you soldiers.

It’s your time to rest.

Rest in peace soldiers.

Rest in peace.



Thank you we will always remember their sacrifices.  Lest we forget.  They fought for us.  We will remember our heroes.



This week in Maths, Year 5 have been learning about multiples, prime numbers and square numbers.

The children had great fun finding out the reason why this pattern of numbers: 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, 81, 100, 121, 144 are called square.


Year 5 have been very busy

Snails and worms


leaf sorting


Diary Drama



5 digit game



Black History

The focus of Black History month this year was Black Migration.  For homework, we asked the Yr 5 children to find out why their parents/ grandparents decided to migrate to Edmonton.

We found out what migrate means and realised that it is not only humans who migrate.

We used our first look skills to work out the meaning of the word migration and began to think why people and animals migrate.

In our next session we learnt about Sir Mo Farah and looked at the reasons why he migrated.

In our 3rd session we thought about the impact that Mo Farah has had on Great Britain and how immigration has changed this country for the better.

So what are the push and pull factors that make people leave everything behind and start a new life in another country.

So why did your family decide to migrate to Edmonton?


What are materials?

Other materials include: brick, glass, metal, plastic, wood, fabric, stone, paper and cardboard.

We have been sorting materials in a variety of ways, the hands-on approach has been the best.


We have been sorting a variety of solids and put them in a line of strength.  Do you agree with this group’s decision?



Reading is the key to success.  It is vital that you hear your child read their home reader or library book as often as you can.  The Yr 5 teachers suggest that parents should still listen to the Yr 5 children read every night, as this will develop their confidence, fluency and accuracy.  After reading with them for 20 minutes here are some suggested questions you can ask your child to check they have understood what they have read.

  1. If it is a new book spend time looking at the cover discussing what the children see and what they think the story will be about.  Ask them to use their personal experience of T.V, films or other stories to help them with this first prediction.
  2. In your own words, tell me what you have just read.

(Summarise what you have read)

  1. Who is the main character?  How old are they? How do you know?
  2. Where does the story take place?

Or if it is a non-fiction book tell me a fact you have learned.

  1. Get the children to identify words they do not know and how they are going to work them out.  Write these words in the reading logs so that these word meanings can be checked.
  2. Write down (in the reading logs) any words the children are finding difficult to read aloud.
  3. Ask the children to tell you what they think will happen next. (A prediction)

Ask the children about their favourite stories and who wrote them (the author).

Ask them to name books that have been written by the same author and ask them about books they would like to read.



  Add these numbers




During our History lessons we have been finding  out about the Romans.  First, we looked at the characteristics of an ancient civilization (a water source, buildings, law and order, religion, farming/food and culture).

We then found out about the myth of Romulus and Remus and how some people believe Rome got its name.


We then looked at Rome’s location on the River Tiber with the mountains behind. Was this a good choice?

Our next lessons have looked at how the Roman Empire spread.

The children are now completing research on: Trade, roads and aqueducts, leisure, religion and government.