Year 5 Updates

Hello Year 5,

I hope you are all well and keeping safe at home. I just wanted to say thank you to all the children that have been sending in photographs and messages to the school postbox and to our Class Dojos and for all of the work you have been submitting to Google Classroom through Wonde.

It has been so lovely to see and hear what you have been up to and to keep in touch. Please keep sending in more and if you haven’t already, then it would be wonderful to hear and see what you have been doing during lock down.

Here are some of the fantastic things Year 5 have been getting up to during lock down.

Liliah has been doing several activities including her school work. Here Liliah is having fun with music and playing the drums, cooking and working with money.

Finley has also been getting up to some wonderful activities – including dyeing his hair purple! During Lock down, Finley and his sisters have been busy making bird feeders and preparing for the VE day celebrations. Finley has also been busy baking, tie dyeing, practicing his martial arts and planting.

Adam has also been busy doing his work and taking part in fun activities since we started lock down. Here Adam and Zofia were busy at Easter decorating eggs and taking part in an Easter egg hunt. Adam has also been busy creating nets for 3D shapes, constructing and getting lost in his books.

Liam busily prepared for VE Day celebrations by making this wonderful flag to mark the special occasion.

Paige has also been extremely busy – also dyeing her hair using coloured crepe paper. Her hair is now blue! As well as this, she has also been completing her home learning tasks, enjoying movie nights in the garden and baking.

Robyn has been busy also creating music using glasses and water – she had to be ever so careful not to break the glass!

Year 5 – Please keep me updated with all that you are doing. It makes me extremely happy to see all the fabulous things you are doing.

Take care and keep in touch,

Miss Atkins xx

VE Day home celebrations 🎉

Hello Year 5, I hope you are all well and saying safe at home.
Today is a really different day to what we were expecting, we have missed out whole school celebration, but I hope you are all able to celebrate at home.

This is a photo of my local park’s war memorial , we should have had a big event today that I was going to help with, but we had to cancel it.

I went out first thing this morning and had my daily bike ride. We have also tried to decorated the house – the large union flags have not arrived, so it looks a little bit empty at the moment.

This afternoon I have baked a cake, something that I have not done for a while, and something I had been planning to do since school closed! We are now about to have a BBQ to finish the bank holiday.

Please remember to let us know how you have been celebrating, we love to see your photos in school. Take care and I hope to see you all soon.
Mr Stephens

VE Day Celebrations

Today, 8th May 2020, is the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Victory in Europe Day marks the day in 1945 when Britain and its allies accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany, bringing the war in Europe to an end.

We may not be celebrating today’s important event the way in which we, as a school, had planned. However, many of the staff and children are still planning to mark the day and celebrate it by taking part in different activities – albeit in a different way.

Many of us are going to celebrate at home today by hanging bunting, waving flags or maybe even dressing in red, white and blue. I am sure many of us will be watching programmes on television, enjoying tea parties and maybe even singing wartime songs.

Last night, Miss Atkins watched a programme about a wartime sweetheart, who is known as Dame Vera Lynn. She is widely known for singing songs during the war to the troops. Her most famous songs, that I am sure you will recognise from our previous remembrance assemblies at school, are ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’.

This morning, I remembered all of the service men and women along with the rest of the nation as I watched the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall lead the 2 minute silence at Balmoral Castle.

Miss Atkins and Little Miss Atkins have also been busy making and decorating treats for afternoon tea. We have made a large chocolate rice crispy chocolate cake and decorated it with a pink and white marshmallow Union Jack.

I can’t wait to try it with a lovely cup of tea!

I would really like you to share how you are celebrating this special day of remembrance with your family. If you would like to share your photographs of how you are celebrating VE Day, please send them to or upload them to class dojos.

Take care Year 5 and enjoy celebrating VE Day in your own special way.

Hope to see you all soon,

Miss Atkins x

Hello from Miss Hill

Hello Year 5,

I hope you’re all keeping safe and are well. I am really missing all of you. It has been strange not seeing you and your lovely smiley faces 😀.

I am truly looking forward to seeing you all, once we can all come back to school.

I have been keeping very busy, when I’ve not been at school. I have been doing lots of work in my back garden. It is almost finished!! I am so excited to have a BBQ when the sun comes back. I have been doing my college work, going on lots of walks, nagging my children (to do their school work)-you know like I do with you, to make sure you do lots of reading? 😂👍🏻 I hope you’re all still reading everyday and doing all of the work Miss Atkins sets up for you. I am sure there will be rewards for the children that have.

Once again,I miss you all and look forward to seeing you as soon as it is safe to do so.

Take care

Lots of love

Miss Hill

Happy Easter Year 5

Hello Year 5,

I hope you are all well and although this is an unusual time, I hope that you are enjoying some quality time with your family.

Miss Atkins has been busy working on Maths and continuing to develop Sky Rocket Recall challenges for the whole of Rushall School over the last couple of weeks as well as preparing new tasks for you to complete after Easter. Make sure you look out for updates on the school website and google classroom for work that has been set for you to complete.

Make sure you continue to practise your multiplication tables as well as your related division facts. Also continue practising multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 using place value charts.

Remember that you can also be reading your books from home as well as reading the news on BBC Newsround and your magazines. You can access Accelerated Reader from home between 9.00 am and 3.00 pm Monday to Friday.

I have also kept busy by eating Jaffa Cakes and drinking lots of tea – I am sure you are not surprised by this at all!

Tonight Miss Atkins will clap once again for all of the key workers and carers in the United Kingdom. They are doing a tremendous job and deserve a lot of praise. This includes all the staff at Rushall School … Go Team Rushall! ❤

Miss Atkins, Miss Hill and Mrs Murcott are all missing you so much and we can not wait to see you all again soon! Have a fabulous Easter and don’t eat too much chocolate.

Take care Year 5, stay safe and we will see you all soon!

Miss Atkins, Miss Hill & Mrs Murcott

Hello Year 5, I hope you are all well and staying safe!

It is very strange to not be in school, I am missing Thursdays and Fridays, as well as finishing our DT project!

I have been in school one day a week so far and I have also been working at home, I have spent time updating the home learning website and also preparing lessons on Ancient Greece for when we return.   

If you would like some new schoolwork to keep you busy, you could learn about the Ancient Greeks, ready for our next school topic, I will be adding resources to Google Classroom for you to look at.

This is a link to the BBC Ancient Greece site:

You could also use Primary Homework Help:

I have set some Kahoot! Quizzes for you to complete, including some French vocabulary ones!

I have also spent time tidying the house and garden, as well as walking the dogs.

Happy Easter, take care and I hope to see you all soon. 

Mr Stephens

Fairground Rides

Following on from our lesson about exploring structures and mechanisms. we have now started to design and make our fairground rides.

We have the following design criteria to meet with our designs:

  •  Use rotary motion 
  •  Turn at a controlled speed using a programmable controller
  •  Be easy to use
  •  Be fun and attractive
  • Be safe

Here are a few photos of our projects so far. Some of us have had to modify our designs to make the structures more stable and to fix the motor into place.

Sadly, we are currently unable to complete our projects due to the school closure, we hope to be able to complete them by the end of Year 5.

School History

As part of out History lesson on the Victorians, we have learnt about Victorian Schools. We have explored the similarities and differences. Some of us were excited that we could study different lessons to each other, but the rest of the class thought this was unfair.

We are also really lucky to have access to the original log books from the old Rushall School that opened in 1880 following the Education Act of 1870. (Mr Stephens later found out that there are three log books from this period, which would suggest that there were three separate schools)

Here is an extract from one of the books.

The log books continue until the mid 1990’s and we can’t wait to explore more of these primary history sources.

Design and Technology

In our Design and Technology lessons we have been exploring structures and mechanisms. We have used knex to build different structures to find out how to strengthen them and fix them together, we have also explored how gears, levers and motors work. We are going to use this knowledge to design and build our own programmable fairground rides.

Drawing Polygons

As part of our computing lessons, we have linked Mathematics and Computing to create a program that creates regular shapes on the press of a key.

We used variables and procedures to create our program. We used our knowledge and some mathematical operations to calculate the angles to make squares, pentagons, hexagons, heptagons, octagons, nonagons, decagons, hendecagons and dodecagons.

Earth and Space

In Science, we have been learning about Earth and Space. In today’s lesson we have continued our learning by looking at the Moon. We have learned about how long it takes to orbit the earth and why the moon appears to change shape. We then made a model of the different moon shapes using Jaffa Cakes.