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Friday 3rd April 2020


To the awesome Year 5,


Well it is nearing the end of Week 2 of isolation away from school life and I really hope you are all managing to find some kind of routine/normality in a strange situation. I wanted to talk to you this week about our school values and how despite being at home, we can still continue to hold these qualities in high regard and show them on a daily basis.


But I wanted to start by talking about your health and well-being (something that we talk about lots during our StormBreak activities in school). There is no question that the situation we all currently find ourselves in is one that is putting our health and well-being to the test but I wanted to share some things that have helped me stay positive and upbeat in the last couple of weeks. 


Yesterday, (shockingly I know) I forgot to take part in the Joe Wickes PE workout. I really, really noticed the difference. Later in the day, I found myself feeling tired, agitated and all in all a bit miserable. So with my lovely little Mason for a workout partner (see photo below 🙂) I made sure I completed it this morning and instantly felt energised and ready for the day ahead. It just reminded me how absolutely VITAL it is for us ALL to do some form of exercise everyday to keep us feeling happy.


LOVE: Now more than ever it is so important that we show love to our family members who we share our homes with. Say thank you if they do something for you. Tell them that you love them and really appreciate all that they do for you (this really means the world to your adults). Secondly, to those family members who you cannot see at the moment, find a way to stay in contact. This could be a text message, a phone call, a video call, a postcard, a letter WHATEVER! It is so important that even when we can't see our family members that we just let them know that they are in our thoughts. This will make them feel great and will make you feel good at the same time. Win Win! 


COURAGE: I want you to show the courage to learn a brand new practical skill! This could be absolutely anything from making something in the house, doing some form of gardening, a sports skill (or even how to load and unload the dishwasher! Please ask your parents permission before doing this! I do not want a bill for broken plates when we come back to school! 🙂) My dad recently taught me how to tile my kitchen and whilst at first I found it SO difficult, frustrating, annoying and there were many times I felt like giving up, I remained resilient and now I am genuinely enjoying practising a new skill I had no idea I would be able to do and do you know what? It feels really good! I can't wait to hear what skills you have all been learning (and maybe some photos/videos sent to the class e-mail)


TRUST: I want you to show trust by giving your all when it comes to whatever home learning you are taking part in. Whatever the task is, whether it is one you really love or one that is not your favourite, I have trust in you that you will give it your best shot, just like I would ask you to in class. Whilst I know it must be strange doing all of your learning at home, it is really important that you are practising skills that you have already learnt and hopefully learning some new things that will enable it to be a smooth transition into the return to school, which we all hope is now not too far away.


I am missing you all lots and think about you all every day. Please remember to stay positive and to share your great work in the class e-mails that you have recently been sent 🙂


Take care,


Mr Dockree


Friday 27th March 2020


To the awesome Year 5s,


Mrs Burrows and I wanted to send a message to check in with you all and to let you know that you are ALL in our thoughts. Whilst it seems very strange not seeing you all every day and we miss you all lots, at this present time staying at home and staying safe is the most important thing and we are hopeful that it still won't be too long until we are reunited.


Whilst it is a new experience having to stay at home for long periods of time, we hope you are thinking outside the box in ways you can be creative to make the most out of your time at home. Getting stuck into your home learning packs, helping out with household chores, playing board games with other family members and (with my PE head on the most important of all) finding some time in the day to take part in some exercise. Walking the dog once a day, exercising in the garden, or like the Dockree family (including baby Mason) tune into YouTube @ 9:00am every morning to take part in PE with Joe Wickes - 30 minutes of home exercise lead by The Body Coach himself! We are 4 days in and I am aching already! It is hard work but it is so lovely that we're all doing it as a family and as exercise always does, it makes us all feel fresh and energised after! 


Just to repeat what we have said before, you are ALL in our thoughts and we want you all to remain positive. Enjoy this precious time with your loved ones and look out for each other. We can't wait to catch up soon,


Mr Dockree and Mrs Burrows

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Spring 2 Newsletter (Mythical Mayans)

Spring 1 - Volcanoes and mountains


In Year 5, we have spent the half term engrossed in our Geography learning adventure based on Mountains and Volcanoes! A jam packed half term began with a hard hitting message in a letter from the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, asking us to educate the children of New Zealand on the warning signs of an eruption. Our Hook Day involved a volcano fact file hunt around the school, where the children gathered key facts from 3 fact stations shown as volcanoes on a school map. The children then created a ‘Volcano Eruption’ scene using oil pastels to round of a busy but exciting day. We spent the rest of the half term working hard to answer the following questions: Where are the notable Mountain Peaks and Volcanoes located on a map? What are the geographical features of a volcano? Why do people live near active volcanoes? What are the similarities and differences between Picket Twenty and a volcanic settlement? A brilliant Learning Adventure that the children were enthralled by throughout.

Our English Mini Adventures began with an exploration of formal language and eyewitness accounts to produce a professional breaking news article on The White Island Volcano Eruption. The children then finished the half term by creating a narrative based on illustrations from a stunning poem called ‘The Snow Leopard, where the focus was on the inclusion of figurative language.

A definite highlight for the children was their DT Mini Adventure where the children were tasked with the idea of designing and producing an energy bar for Tomas Rust – the main character from our guided reading book ‘The Brockenspectre – who needed all the energy he could get as he was about to embark on an ascent of the toughest mountain ‘The Scritterhorn’. The children had to research the main food groups and then research similar products to give them an understanding of ingredients and branding. They had to decide on final ingredients and then design their own packaging, which had to include their brand name. Once the children had made their energy bars in our kitchens they had to use their knowledge of nets for 3D shapes from our Maths Adventure to create their final packaging, which would hold the bars until the big taste test from the parents at the end of term celebration.

We loved our geographical adventure but we are now very excited to begin our next adventure where we will try and piece together the mysteries of the ‘Mythical Mayans’
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Spring 1 Newsletter (Volcanoes and Mountains)

Autumn 2 Stonehenge


Year 5 Autumn 2 Blog

What another jam packed half term for our awesome Year 5 children. There is only one place to start and that is with our knockout performance of ‘Alice the Musical’ for this year’s Christmas Play. The Year 5’s displayed a superb attitude and commitment to learning lines, songs, dances and making props, which all helped compliment the work from the Year 6 team.

Our Adventure focus was the ‘Secrets of Stonehenge’ where we looked at the development of the World Heritage Site over thousands of years and even get to see the stones up close and personal (luckily the weather was kind to us),

Our English Mini Adventures culminated in some incredibly independent writing. Linking to our ‘Secrets of Stonehenge’ adventure, the children stepped into the shoes of Kali – a 10 year old girl from the Stone Age settlement of Skara Brae – to write a first person diary entry about the day her and her little brother Brockan nearly lost their lives at sea. We also focused on suspense writing, using the book ‘Wolf Brother’ as a stimulus, to create a short piece of writing that kept the readers on the edge of their seat! We even practised using pitch and intonation to when creating a voice recording of our own writing, which we played to our parents at the end of term celebration.

We worked extremely hard on our Maths mini adventures throughout the half term, the highlight of which being our Fraction Frenzy, where we had to demonstrate our knowledge of equivalent fractions when creating our own Stone Age Fruit Stew! We even got to taste our homemade recipes (it was definitely a case of ‘Marmite’ as some children loved it and some children hated it)!

We took part in a Science Day where we posed the question ‘Does the mass of an object affect how quickly it falls?’ We worked in groups of 4 to plan and deliver our own experiments from start to finish, taking into account the resources we wanted to use, the method in which we carried out the fair tests and how we collected our results.

Other notable achievements:

Art – Stonehenge Silhouettes – beautiful water colour backgrounds with bold prints of Stonehenge

Music – Completing our Autumn Term ‘brass’ lessons with Hampshire Music making phenomenal progress from September to December

PE – Real PE – Creative Cog – we continued to develop our PE skills and built up towards creating our own sporting challenges using a variety of equipment, where the aim was to be unique and different to others.

Autumn 2 Newsletter (Stonehenge)

To Infinity and Beyond

Earth, space and the universe beyond

This half term has been out of this world in year 5!

We launched into our adventure with a message from NASA who set us on our challenge to recover stolen information that they believed aliens had taken. The children set of on their mission by investigating relative planet size using different fruit that had been left in the playground by extra-terrestrial life, although very slimy, the children had a lot of fun.

The children have really worked hard in ART this half term and created beautiful pastel solar system scenes, their very own rockets and incredible astronaut portraits which were all amazing.

We delved into Year 5 English with some engaging and descriptive Moon Man style narratives and succeeded in completing Isabelle Jacksons challenge to spread knowledge about women in space by writing factual non-chronological reports about four inspiring female astronauts.


Year 5s have equally shown so much enthusiasm and determination in their Maths adventures. Maths this year started with a race to fill up Moon Mans fuel tank before his journey to Earth using place value knowledge, followed by battling Andromeda aliens in an addition and subtraction war, which the concluded with the children defeating the aliens with water filled missiles. 


One of the best parts of adventure for most was our incredible trip to the Winchester planetarium where we blasted through space, in the explorer dome, to investigate our solar system and the galaxies beyond. The children were also eager participants in their workshop were they examined light and the how it is made before having a go at the many reverting activities the space exhibit had. 

We are so impressed with the hard work that year 5s have shown this half term and we can’t wait to explore the stone age to bronze age next half term.


Year 5 Newsletter ( To infinity and beyond)