Oxford Road Community School


Year 5  

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Welcome to our new Year 5 page for 2018-2019! This term we will be learning all about Romans. This gives us a good opportunity to develop our critical thinking, geographic, historic and artistic flares. The class are looking forward to their new topic, in addition to writing adventure texts in Literacy and exploring multiples, factors, primes, squares and cubes in Maths. 

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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Homework and spellings term 1