Year 5 – the latest news…

What a lovely start to term 5. The sun is shining (at last), and on Wednesday the whole school was very fortunate to walk up to the Vine to celebrate the return of our local double Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold.  After her historic win in Pyeonchang, the skeleton racer brought the gold home to Sevenoaks on an open-top bus tour and we were there to meet her and wave our flags! Make sure you look at our photos in the Sevenoaks Chronicle.



This term we have began working on fairy tales in advance of today’s meeting with KS2 to discuss the Summer Production. Both Year 5 classes will be writing a fairy tale as their part in the Production and everyone will have input into the design of the fairy tale and the subsequent script. A very exciting time for us all.

Our fractions maths journey has finished and we have begun working with decimals and looking at their relation to fractions. As you are aware, each class chooses a vehicle for each different maths journey and this time 5J have chosen skeleton bob in honour of Lizzie Yarnold and 5S a mobility scooter! The reasoning for the scooter being that we all need a little help to get to the end of our journey.

Our geography topic is the UK and we will be looking at the counties and more of the UK in detail. Science has us exploring forces and we are very much looking forward to investigating forces such as gravity and air resistance. In R.E. we take a look at Judaism and with art we are exploring British landscapes.

We look forward to seeing the children’s presentations for the reading circle over the coming weeks and perhaps we will see many of you at the 11+ meeting on Tuesday 1st May.

The Year 5 team.

Yesterday the whole school (full of excitement) went for a walk to Knole Park to raise money for Sport Relief as part of the Nation’s Billion Steps Challenge. We each walked alongside a partner from Year 2 so we could keep them safe and encourage them to complete the walk. It took over 2 hours to walk there and back but everyone completed the challenge and we arrived back at school tired but very happy. Everyone in our class enjoyed the walk even the really muddy parts!    By Hannah-Rose and Elizabeth



Currently in our English lessons we have been learning about the poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. We have been writing many things such as: a diary entry; a series of monologues; identifying figurative language within the poem and creating our own glossary filled with words we did not know before. I really like ‘The Highwayman’ poem and I’m looking forward to learning more about it. By Adele.

We are loving the Highwayman topic. We like to express ourselves as different characters through showing their emotions and feelings in our writing. We also like to show how we can use metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration and repetition. We are loving this topic so much! By Mac and Olan.


In Maths, we have been learning all about fractions. We have found that we like fractions because the way we do it is quite challenging and we like challenging ourselves. By Erin, Amber and Olivia.


We like fractions because there are many different fractions that equal the same value. The beauty of them is you can make them as easy or hard as you like. Another thing is that you find so many different patterns and sequences. By Griff and Sam.


It was lovely to see you all again at the Parent’s Consultations last week and share your child’s hard work and successes with you.

Hopefully, we will see many of you at the Easter Service.



There’s s-no-w stopping us!

Good morning Year 5,

We hope that you enjoyed some of the tasks that we set yesterday.

Today you may choose 2 more tasks to keep you learning. You may like to swap out one of the tasks for MyMaths – if you can access it from home. We have set:

  • multiplication
  • division – part two is a bit tricky, just do your best
  • squared and cubed numbers
  • 12 times table
  • improper fractions and mixed numbers

Remember the username is stjohnss – note the double s at the end! Don’t forget, you can work with a pen and paper for workings if it helps while working on screen.

See you all on Monday,


Mrs Gillhouley, Mrs Grimble and Mrs Mackelworth

Snowy days homework

Good Morning Year 5,

We hope you have been enjoying the snow so far and not been too cold!

It’s now time to catch up with a bit of school work. We have endeavoured to make it interesting and varied so you can choose the work that inspires you. There are 8 choices and we would like you to pick two very different ones. As we are only asking you to complete 2 pieces today they need to be to your best ability and of the highest quality.

If school is closed again tomorrow, you may want to pick a further two pieces.

Please click on the link (Mr Still is working on adding it) to see the work that has been set and it will also be sent to you as an attachment on parent mail.

Class 5 Snow Work

Enjoy the snow and keep warm.

Mrs Grimble and Mrs Gillhouley

Will we become the Martians?

Welcome back after the half term break and a big thank you for your support during our mountains homework. Every piece we received was exceptional and showed what a creative bunch we are.

We finished the end of last term with Bird Week. During the week, we examined bird beaks through our investigations to discover different beak adaptations and therefore which beak was best suited to which food type. We took part in the RSPB Big School Bird Watch Survey by identifying birds in our school grounds and created artwork using collage materials based on the images in the text ‘Some Birds’ and finally wrote poetry to accompany it.

On Wednesday, Year 5 had a visit from Jo Fox part of the UK SPACE AGENCY who visited to teach us about the use of robotics in space, and in particular, missions to Mars.  We were delighted that she brought her robot, Nao, with her and showed us how to programme her. During the assembly, we were able to use an algorithm to instruct Nao to perform a sequence of actions. The favourite action being ‘going to the toilet’!  We received an incoming SKYPE call from the Space Agency requesting our help with their mission to Mars! We now know that a mission to Mars can only take place every two years when the orbits of Earth and Mars are the closest together so that such a trip would take only 9 months. We then used our knowledge of co -ordinates to find a safe spot to land on the planet whilst discovering the largest volcano and canyon in the solar system on Mars. We now understand that a mission to colonise Mars with humans living in safe housing pods is a goal in 2022! The class debated whether this would make us the Martians!


Later in the morning we took part in a workshop to build our own lego Mars Rover and programme it. It was wonderful to see the children working together to build and programme their robots to move, race, change direction and colour. The class loved it and we learnt so much!



Next Thursday is World Book Day and the whole school will be taking part in activities linked to one book. Then on Friday, the children may dress up as their favourite book character. I look forward to seeing their choice of characters from their favourite book.

May the battle commence!

This first term of 2018 is flying by!

We are almost at the end of our work on the poem, Beowulf. As a class, we have really enjoyed the story so far and the work we have undertaken. Our favourite so far has been the news reports we wrote and presented on the massacre in Geatland by the monster Grendel. Every group presented their news and interviewed their eye witnesses brilliantly. It was just like watching the news live on TV!


This week  the King of Geatland advertised for a brave warrior to defeat the mighty monster. Here is a snippet from one of our adverts.

Imagine a warrior who is fearless in the face of danger, who is intelligent and stealthy, who can save thousands of people: we need this warrior, is it you?

Do you enjoy killing your enemies? Are you good at protecting others? Are you the bravest warrior around? Then this is the perfect mission for you!

We need a gallant warrior to kill a blood-thirsty monster.   Your responsibilities will be …

At last we have met Beowulf himself and using a formal application form we have applied for the post to rid Geatland of this terrible monster. On Monday, we are looking forward to writing our personal statements to finish the application process so that the battle may commence.

Our maths lessons have shown the brilliant mathematicians that we all are. We have all learnt to multiply 3 and 4-digit numbers by 2-digit numbers using the compact method. Here is an example, ask your child to show you how we do it.

This week, we are learning to divide using the division bracket and now we can all divide 3 and 4-digit numbers by 1-digit including remainders! Well done everyone.

We have all started looking up into the night sky as our science topic is Earth and Space. It is such an interesting topic that we have had many discussions about black holes and the planets in our solar system. Next term, we have a workshop coming on this subject which will be exciting. Here is our research on the planets:


The final week of term is Bird Week and we have many exciting activities planned which includes our theatre trip to see David Walliams play, Awful Auntie. Remember to look out for the birds in your garden in the next few weekends.

As always, thank you for all your help and support completing homework and learning spellings and times tables.

Happy New Year everyone

Firstly, Miss Howe and I, just want to say a huge thank you for all your lovely cards and gifts at the end of last term, everyone was so kind and generous! I hope you have all had a super Christmas and will have a very happy and healthy New Year.

Last term, after we finished our work on the Tudors, we investigated a book by Shaun Tan and Gary Crew called ‘The Viewer’. ‘The Viewer’ tells the peculiar story of a boy whose obsession with curious artefacts leads him to discover an strange box at a dump site. It proves to be an ancient chest full of optical devices, one of which captures his interest; an intricately mechanical object which carries disks of images; scenes of destruction and the collapse of civilisations throughout time. The boy is afraid, but also cannot help but look. The ending was left open so we wrote the ending as we thought it would happen and on Thursday afternoon we partnered up with 5J to read each other our stories and share our ideas and the many questions that the book left us with.


This term we have began looking at Beowulf which is an Old English poem of over 3,000 lines. We are working with the Michael Morpurgo version.

Beowulf,a hero of the Geats, comes to the aid of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes, whose new mead hall in Heorot has been under attack by a monster known as Grendel. This week, we began by writing invitations to the opening of the mead hall using our knowledge of colons and semi-colons.

In maths, we currently looking at multiplication so please keep learning your tables as these will help greatly with both multiplication and division.

We are on Set 4 for spellings and our spelling test will take place on Thursday. For your information we will have P.E. on Thursdays and Fridays this term.

Lastly, thank you for your continued support with homework, spellings and times tables.


Merry Christmas to all

We would like to wish all our families a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.


Thank you so much for your generous gifts.


The Year 5 team,


Jane Gillhouley, Sarah Grimble, Debbie Barnett, Phillipa Howe, Mhairi Mackelworth, Edmund Grobel, Jo Bennett and Helen Reynolds

I have a dream!

This week, as you are probably aware, we have been writing speeches. We have just completed our learning journey through the Tudors by analysing Elizabeth I’s famous Tilbury speech with the well-known line ‘ I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and a king of England too’. We looked at how Elizabeth and other famous speech writers, such as Martin Luther King, used powerful phrases, repetition and emotive language to engage their listeners. Each member of the class then used these devices to write a powerful persuasive speech to stand for 5S’s Head Boy and Head Girl – we voted using a ballot box exploring the idea of democracy.

Congratulations to Megan and Ethan.


Our art this term has been based around Tudor Portraits and we spent a very interesting morning at the National Portrait Gallery discovering more about the portraits we had studied.


Look at the wonderful portraits we have painted…                                       

We are now creating self-portraits using the techniques that we have learnt from the Tudor portraits. Please ask your child how we are adding details to our self-portraits that show our personalities and passions.

Here is our learning journey for maths. We have learned about square, cubed and prime numbers as well as factors, common factors and multiples. Last week, we studied perimeter and this week we have been learning how to calculate area. Now we can find the perimeter and area of compound shapes which include shapes with missing measurements.

In term 3, we will begin working on multiplication and division so please keep helping your child to learn their tables as this knowledge is invaluable.

We now have a prayer book, full of the prayers the children wrote and decorated for homework. We have been reading out a different prayer every day just before home time and it has been lovely to see the children admiring the prayers of others and eager for theirs to be read. The book is a superb addition to our classroom. Thank you everyone.







The wheels on the bikes go round and round!

Welcome back to term 2.  As I am sure you are aware, the children will be cycling tomorrow and I am looking forward to hearing all about their adventures on the bikes.

Mrs Hollands (Miss Parfett) has left us to have her baby and therefore Mr Ed Grobel will now be taking 5S on a Friday. The children were introduced to him last week and I am sure that they will welcome him to St John’s.

This term we have been continuing our historical travels through the Tudor era. This week we started learning about Mary I and we are in the process of writing a balanced argument, to weigh up the evidence, for whether Mary I deserves to be called ‘bloody Mary’. Please ask your child what they think as we have practised our argument skills through debating and have begun to look at all the evidence so that we can write an argument that is balanced on both sides. I believe the children all now have an opinion about whether she deserved her nickname.


In maths, we have begun our learning journey towards multiplication and division by investigating multiple and factors. We had a vote as to what animal or vehicle should represent our class on our maths journey and we decided that a tortoise was the best, as we felt that sometimes ‘slow and steady wins the race’ enabled us to always be successful.


Father Robin and Father Matthew came into school on Wednesday and explained to Years 5 and 6 the ritual and the reason for Mass. We really enjoyed learning about this important occasion.

This afternoon, we have been making our annual Christmas cards for you to purchase if you wish to. They are all lovely!


Just a reminder that we are off to the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday. Please make sure your child is in school on Wednesday by 8.45 am and brings with them their packed lunch.