Beatbox Tables

To mix up our starters in maths, and continuing with Mrs Read’s times table challenge, here we are doing a new activity:​



New learning

In English this week, we are mostly editing and improving our guide book entries from last week. That does not mean that the new learning stops though! Our starter for this morning is cohesion! Cohesion is linking sentences, phrases and/ or paragraphs. We were given this sentence:

and asked to rewrite it so it is cohesive. Some of the cohesive devices that were demonstrated and discussed were:

Here are Y5GE hard at work, 

and here is an example of a more cohesive sentence:

We love maps!

This afternoon, after two weeks learning about maps we actually went out and used one of our upper school grounds! Miss Eden was spotted carrying out a devious task just after lunch finished, and putting up photographs of places/ buildings. The children had to hunt for them:

They then had to recall the map symbols and put them in the correct place. This will be our starter for next session, to recall and apply what we know about grid references.

The London madness continues…

This week, each child in Year Five has been given the London landmark they are writing about for the guidebook we will produce. After a fact-finding mission on Monday and summarising that information yesterday, today the classes are putting extra information into sentences by writing relative clauses.

All of the children are sat with the children whose landmarks are close to their personal building. They practised their relative clauses in their jotters and are now recording the extra information for two to five landmarks on their group sheet. 

This week, every pupil is collecting their information in the style of the Year Five SPaG features so writing it next week will be much easier. Also, look at the new addition of furniture in Y5GE! Children who are working particularly well independently are being picked to sit at the table as a treat!


At the end of our English lesson, the children sat in groups of three to share a fact they had recalled about their personal London landmark. They had to listen to a fact from the person on their left. Afterwards they fed back that person’s fact that was told to them, to the whole class.

New Furniture

On Friday, Y5GE had a delivery of new furniture to help them transition to a fully immersive classroom. There was great excitement as they walked in to see the beanbags and A3 clipboards!

We have been really focussed on sharing the equipment today so everyone gets a chance to try something out. 

Super scientist

Yesterday, we completed our first scientific investigation of the year. As well as conducting themselves spectacularly in groups, they were also excellent scientists!

They wrote scientific predictions and conclusions, as well as drawing accurate (and quite frankly beautiful) labelled diagrams of the process. In addition, they used the equipment to assess the question, filtering water clean with garden sieves, a normal sieve and filter paper.

Despite it being a really long lesson due to the extensive science we did, the children were fantastically behaved. Well done!

Interesting facts about the London Eye

Unsurprisingly, learning in Year Five was an instantaneous event again this morning. Y5GE began collecting relative clauses, pairs of adjectives and synonyms for the next section of our guidebook entry about the London Eye. Here are some of them:

We are currently slow writing our second section/ paragraph today and as a result have learnt lots of new information! Did you know that, when full, the London Eye can hold 800 people in total? 

To maximise our learning potential, and ensure that the paragraphs are of even better quality than yesterday (and they were pretty good then!) we have specific adult support for some group’s today. We are amazing writers in Year Five.

Fascinating finds!

Today, we have another fantastic geography lesson on the go, this time taught by Miss Sweeney! We have recapped what we already know about maps and symbols. We can define map, atlas and globe. We can find landmarks on both Ordnance Survey maps and Google Earth screenshots. We could even find them on both! 

The enthusiasm in the room is awesome! We have even learnt about another 10+ map symbols that are more suited to London! What a fantastic lesson- each group was desperate to tell the adults in the room what they had spotted!