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

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.


As part of our forces topic in Science, we have been learning about gravity, the effect of friction, air resistance, water resistance and also how gears, levers and pulleys allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

We had 5 different stations this week and we explored and investigated each of the following areas:

  • Water Resistance – investigating how long different shapes of plasticine of the same mass took to sink
  • Friction – investigating how long different materials took to slide down a slope of different coverings took.
  • Gears – investigating how many turns different sized cogs made, and how these fit together to make objects move.
  • Pulleys – explored how pulleys help us to lift heavier objects more easily
  • Levers – exploring how can change the direction of a force or magnify it.

Fantastic French

In our French lessons, we have started to learn the numbers 20-60, the days of the week and months of the year. Here are the songs that we have been using in class.

Timeline Detectives

As part of our History topic, we started by looking at periods of British History.  We had timeline cards without the dates on and we needed to work as a team to discuss and then put our timelines in order, discussing our reasons and using our previous knowledge and the pictures as clues.

We then learnt the correct chronological order for the British History timeline. before being posed a question “When was England formed?” This will form the basis of our History topic this term.