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Year 5 - Shark class


Welcome to Shark Class

This half-term topic is:



Our work is around exploration of the circulatory system and how the heart works.


Shark Learning week commencing 13th May

Hello, I hope you have a great weekend. For home learning, the children need to complete 'Mathletics' tasks, use TT Rockstars, read for pleasure and learn the following spellings:

  1. climb
  2. subtle
  3. doubted
  4. debt
  5. limbs
  6. equipped


We have been looking at words containing the silent 'b' letter in our RWI (Read Write Inc) spelling sessions. Some of the above words for home learning contain a silent 'b' . Can you think of any other words containing the silent 'b' letter?


During our Science lessons, we have been learning about working scientifically. We have planned a new heart rate experiment by identifying three different types of variables: independent variable (the variable that changes in the experiment), dependent variable (the variable that is measured) and the controlled variable (the variable that is kept the same to ensure a fair test). We then created a results table to record our heart rate during different physical activities. These results were then put into a bar graph and were interpreted to inform our conclusions.


In our Maths lessons, we have been learning about angles. We have compared acute, obtuse and reflex angles; and have drawn and measured angles using a protractor. We have also learnt how to tranlsate (move) and reflect shapes.


We look forward to welcoming you to our topics showcase on Friday 24th May at 2:00 p.m.




On our impact day last week, we handled real hearts, which was very exciting. We also saw what a heart looked like when cut in half. We have been researching and learning lots about our circulation and finding out lots of interesting facts.


This week in English we are learning tips and tricks to make effective information texts, such as bulleting, using labelled diagrams and headings. This week and next we will be planning, writing and editing our own non-chronological piece on the circulatory system.


In Maths, we are revisiting rounding and learning to round decimals such as 24.68 to the nearest unit and tenth.


There are Mathletics tasks set as homework; remember that you can use the built-in virtual teacher if you are stuck!







Some links to explore:


Amazing heart facts


Give Blood stories


How the heart pumps blood - video and activities


Healthy Heart - short video from PBS kids


Origin of the heart symbol - PBS


3D heart app intro


BHF video on heart function


Circulation animation


Heart Anatomy - animations and quizzes


The Human Heart


Accelerated Reader


Shark class are taught by Mr Warren and Miss Lyndley this year. Mr Warren will be teaching on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays. Miss Lyndley will teach Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays. 


Across Y5 and 6, Mrs Bell, Mrs White, Ms Elsworth and Mrs Rose will also be supporting at different times.







Your child has a mathletics account which can be accessed on any internet linked tablet, ipad phone or PC.


Pleae encourage your child to try to earn at least 1000 points each week. 1000 points earns a bronze certificate; four bronzes leads to a silver and four silvers is rewarded with the ultra-rare GOLLLLLLLLLLLLLDD certificate..... if your child earns one of these they get to do the Shark Lucky Dip too as well as getting a special mention in worship!

New Star system


All children collect stars (replacing housepoints) in their own personal booklet. These will link to bronze, silver and gold iron-on patches for their school uniform.




Year 5 and 6 spelling lists

The Years 5 & 6 English curriculum



St Andrew's Autumn Term Home Learning Activities!

Check out this link to the Book Trust's Great Books Guide!