Oxford Road Community School


Year 5  

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Term 4

What a week we have had in Year 5! We have been so lucky to have so many exciting experiences already this term!

Viking Shields

As a stimulus for our writing of explanation texts, we have created our very own Viking shields! We have cut the wood, glued it together and designed it ourselves! It is so historically accurate!


In maths this week, we have been looking at adding fractions with different denominators. We breezed through this, so moved on to finding the question from the answer! Ask this to the adults at home:

How many ways can you create 17/18 by adding 3 fractions? All fracgtions must have different denominators! 


We have been focusing on the subject verb agreement. We found it interesting how many different examples of a verb we could find in a text! Way more than we thought! 

Welcome back!

Welcome back Year 5, I hope that you have had a lovely break.

This term, all of our learning will be related to the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will try our hand at farming, field work, cooking, dancing and partying in topic.

In literacy, we will be exploring the Anglo-Saxon tale, Beowulf, a myth which has been retold countless times throughout the ages, and we have the opportunity to create a version for ourselves!

In maths, we will be completing our unit on calculation, ready to move on to using our skills in a variety of different contexts. 




Week 2 (w/c 05/11/18)

This week, we have a very busy week! We are going to a Tag Rugby tournament, showcasing our learning to friends, family and teachers and beginning new literacy, maths and topic learning! Check back on Friday for some new and exciting content! 

Welcome back! (w/c 29/10/18)

Welcome back Year 5, I hope that you have had a great half term. We have a lot to look forward to this term. 

New homework and spellings are available here.

Maths, Science and Literacy, Tag Rugby Tournament


In maths this week, we have finished our unit on place value, and we are ready to move on to calculation. All children were very engaged this week, but some children stood above the rest - can you notice any of your learning in the gallery below? 




Science and Literacy

Year 5 were confused when Mr O'Sullivan told them that this week, we would not be doing any literacy, but we would be doing lots of instruction writing! We used a real life context for writing as our science experiment was so effective!  Have a look at our scientific experiments below and find out if you are a published scientist or author! 

Tag Rugby Tournament

On Tuesday 6th November, we will be going to Wilson. Please arrive at school in your PE kits at normal time and bring a packed lunch. 

Week 3!


In art this week we have been thinking about how we can create our own GIGANTIC mosaic ready for our hall display. We have been hard at work thinking carefully about the design choices we would like to make and why these may be effective. Take a look at some of our learning below. 



In maths this week, we have been looking at the real life patterns that are made when we represent square numbers visually and concretely. We were absolutely shocked to discover that they don't only make square. They make 'squarecases' as well! These are a naturally occurring phenomenon which are actually very logical. Look at some of our investigations below - can you find any other patterns which are made with square numbers? 


In Chestnuts, we make sure to ask the important questions - like 'which features should we use in our story?', 'how can we improve our presentation?' and 'how can we make the BEST food?'.

Well, as always, that question has a proven, scientific answer which we found through inquiry. Look at our learning here. 

Week 2!

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Trip, Topic, Maths, Literacy

Reading Museum

We had a fantastic time exploring all things Roman on our trip this Friday. We dressed up, handled artifacts which were over 1000 years old and compared modern and Ancient tools. When the mosaics were unveiled, an awe-inspired hush fell over the room, all children were impressed by the beauty and craftsmanship, right in our hometown! Remember, the museum is free and is open every Saturday, why not go along this weekend?

Abbey Ruins

The coveted Abbey Ruins reopened this summer, after being closed for almost a decade! This was the first opportunity many of us had to visit, and what a visit it was. Although the Abbey first opened in 1121 (a long time after the Roman period), the Roman influences were still present. What Roman influences did you notice? At the Abbey, we sketched some different sections in our art books so we can remember how it looked after the weekend. We were also able to make links to our literacy learning and contemplated the atmosphere, and how we could portray this in our artwork. Below is a gallery of our favourite sketches, can you infer the atmosphere and identify the Roman influences? 

 BONUS CONTENT! Can you spot the section of the Ruins that you sketched in the video below? Show it to an adult at home!


This week in our topic learning, we have been gearing up and preparing for our trip. We have looked at a variety of different Roman houses, such as insulae, domus and country villas. We were thinking like estate agents and used real brochures to create our own for Ancient Rome. We presented our finished product to the class and answered questions. We were all really impressed with the persuasive language we used. Mr O'Sullivan's favourite line was 'The garden is not small, it's just easy to maintain!'

The finished brochures are below, so you can give a presentation to an adult at home!



In Maths this week, we have been continuing to look at factors and began our learning on numbers with only 2 factors, what are these special numbers called? Due in part to our enthusiasm of our Ancient Rome topic, we used an Ancient mathematical technique to find these numbers, called the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Ask a child at home how to do this and you too could find prime numbers up to 100, but you might need to don your toga!


This week in literacy, we have been began innovating on R.J. Palacio's book Wonder. We loved reenacting the farting nurse chapter and could even change the atmosphere, farting nurses aren't always funny! Below is a variation of some of the fabulous learning we have done this week - once again, can you guess the atmosphere - what specific features gave it away?



Chestnuts, I hope you found our trip a wonderful end to an outstanding first whole week back in school! You are achieving so much and both myself and Mrs Otto are so impressed. Keep it up.

 First week back! (05/09/18 - 07/09/18)


In Maths this week, we have been looking at multiples and factors. Children are already beginning to move from pictorial to abstract representations of factors, which has been beautifully demonstrated by the abundant number challenge Perhaps your child could find more abundant numbers at home - remember, an abundant number is a number for which the sum of its proper divisors (all of the factors apart from itself) is greater than the number itself. Hint: The first abundant number is 12, here's one I made earlier!


In our topic learning this week, we have been exploring a battle between the Romans and the Celts, the strategic reasons why Romans might want to invade, and how we would feel if we were a Celt almost 2000 years ago. We have had great fun and memorable learning experiences by reenacting the battle, with tag rugby belts instead of swords! 


We were tasked with writing an adventure story about this man: 

Our stories ranged from the subtly nuanced to the hilariously absurd, but Mr O'Sullivan enjoyed getting to know our writing styles all the same. It is obvious that this adventure story unit is going to be a good one! 


In science this week, we created a mind-map for what we already know about properties and the changes of materials. Mr O'Sullivan was impressed by scientific language such as 'molecules' and 'states', and can not wait to see how your inquiries turn out. The class let out the mightiest roar when they learned we would be making slime very soon!


What a great week Year 5, have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Monday. 



This term's homework will be given out Friday 7.9.18 and will be due in every Wednesday for our class sharing session.

In addition to this, children will be expected to learn some spellings for their spelling test, which will take place every Wednesday morning.


PE will take place every week on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school every Monday and should stay in school until the end of the week.

PE kit is a white or pale yellow t-shirt/polo shirt, white or black shorts/joggers and plain trainers/pumps.


Library for our class will take place on Tuesday afternoon. Your child will bring home a book of their choice and should be recording their reading in their reading journals. The book should stay in their school bag so that it can be swapped or checked every week during library time. 

Thank you very much for your continued support. If you wish to talk with me about any issues or concerns please come and see me at the end of the school day or make an appointment with Mrs Wardle. 


Kind regards, 

Mr O'Sullivan

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