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Viking Longboats

As a creative end to our topic, we made Viking longboats out of wood and other materials. First, we had to measure and cut small pieces of wood and then assemble them into the boat’s hull. We also designed and decorated shields and sails to attach to our dragon head design. Take a look at the photos to see each stage:

PSHE - Jigsaw Puzzle 'Healthy Me'

In PSHE this term, we have been looking at the puzzle piece 'Healthy Me'. We have been looking at different ways to keep our bodies healthy and different things that can have a negative impact on our bodies (for example, smoking and alcohol). Today we learnt how and why we might need to put someone into the recovery position. We had a go at practising this together:

Viking Jewellery Making

In Topic this term, we have been learning about The Vikings. This week, we recapped the importance of jewellery to the Vikings and had a go at designing and creating our own. We designed a brooch influenced by Viking jewellery. We first sketched out design and then used clay to create the shape. We had to use a variety of skills to create our design; carving, moulding and joining. Here are some pictures of our designs before they go into the kiln.

Reproduction of Plants

In this lesson, our aim was to be able to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants by exploring asexual reproduction. We followed instructions to take cuttings from a parent plant. This is an artificial method of asexual reproduction. We learnt that these new plants will be genetically identical to the parent plant. We now have 8 potential spider plant babies that are growing and we can keep in our classroom!

Layer Marney Trip

Year 5 had a fantastic time at Layer Marney Tower where they learnt all about how The Vikings once lived and how their invasions of England influenced our lives today. The children learnt how to weave, do archery, make Viking Jewellery and even were lucky enough to hold some Viking battle armour and weapons! The children were all impeccably behaved and we were given lots of compliments on their attitude throughout the day.

Reversible and Irreversible Changes

In our Science lesson, we looked at identifying reversible and irreversible chemical changes. We went to the woods to observe a particular chemical change and we discussed the science behind it. We agreed that burning paper is an irreversible change as the paper can never be returned to its original state.

The Jabberwocky!

For our nonsense poetry unit, we have been learning The Jabberwocky. This poem has a lot of portmanteau words in it (words that blend the sounds together and combine the meaning of them to make a new word).

Take a look at the poem below to see if you can read it and also look at the photos of our drama work surrounding the poem we all had great fun doing it!



’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.


“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

                                    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!                                   

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!


He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.


And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!


One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.


“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

Year 5 Panto Trip

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the New Wolsey Theatre to see a rock and rock panto of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The children represented Chase Lane is a manner in which all adults were proud of and they all got involved with any singing, dancing or clapping along to the show.

Mr Sanders received special treatment from the pantomime dame and was the star of the show; he was lucky enough to get two kisses from the dame and all of the children found it very entertaining.

Can You Walk Like an Egyptian? 


Year 5 Egyptian Day

Year 5 had an amazing day on Thursday, 3rd November when they celebrated their Topic: 'Can you walk like an Egyptian?'

We had some visitors in to help recreate the times of Ancient Egyptians and completed lots of different workshops and activities throughout the day to enrich the children’s learning.

This ranged from observing real-life objects and artefacts for pupils to handle linked to Egyptian life, looking at daily life objects from the era, wheat grinding to make their own flour, making their own hieroglyph wheel to write and translate messages, a drama activity to build a pyramid and they even decorated a death mask in honour of a pharaoh that had passed on to the afterlife. Everyone was in good spirits (despite the downpour of rain) and the outfits were just INCREDIBLE! Well done Year 5!

Ancient Egyptian Afterlife and Mono-Printing

In Topic, we learnt all about the journey to the afterlife and what the ancient Egyptians believed would happen after they had died. We studied the different stages to the ancient Egyptian afterlife and compared it to other religions, such as Christian beliefs, Muslim beliefs and Hindu beliefs.

We then used mono-printing as a way of portraying different stages to the ancient Egyptian afterlife. Check out our photos of our work!

The Journey to the Afterlife

In Literacy, we have been learning about explanation texts. We have read an explanation text called ‘The Journey to the Afterlife’ which explains what the ancient Egyptians believed they needed to do for their loved ones once they died so that they can reach the afterlife safely. We split up into groups and we created a freeze frame for each paragraph of the text to help us understand the process they went through.