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Term 3

Term 3 


World War II - What was life like for Evacuees in World War II?


Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year!



Our Topic this term has a World War II focus and we will be exploring the question 'What was life like for Evacuees in World War II. Each Friday we will update our class page with photos and information to let you know what the children have been learning about.



Every week, your child will choose a book from the class library as well as a levelled book from our Reading Books (if applicable). 


Please encourage your child to read at least 4 times per week. Sign and date your child’s reading record, this will be checked on Fridays.

Don’t forget that you can also read on Oxford Reading Buddy:  and this can also be recorded in reading records. If you have forgotten your username and password, please speak to a Year 5 adult.


Times Table Rock Stars

Please encourage your child to practise their timestables on Times Tables Rock Stars at least 3 times per week for around 15 minutes. If your child needs a reminder of their username and password, please ask their class teacher.





During PE days, the children can come into school wearing PE kits and will stay in their kits for the whole day.  Please can children bring in their school jumpers so that they can wear them after their PE lessons. 



Daps or trainers

Black shorts or black jogging bottoms

White T-Shirt

A hair band for children with longer hair



PPA cover will be taken by Ms Fletcher and Bristol Sport on Tuesday afternoons. Ms Fletcher will take children for ERIC time (Everyone Reading In Class) and RE. Bristol Sport will be covering the skills of tag rugby.


Thank you so much for your continued support


Miss Fraser, Miss Bendon and the Year 5 Team

Week beginning 3.1.22

What was life like for those living in Britain during WWII?

Happy New Year everyone and welcome back! We have had a fantastic start to the week exploring our new history topic with lots of exciting activities to get us immersed into life during WWII.

We started off with learning about evacuees and imagined what life would have been like leaving your loved ones to travel to an unfamiliar place. We also talked about bombings in Bristol and how households would have built Anderson shelters to keep themselves safe, we even had a go at building our own out of scrap materials!




We have also explored what life was like during rationing. We discussed the reasons why this was implemented and made comparisons between rationing in WWII and life at the start of COVID. We looked at some examples of ration books and recipes such as mock goose and mock banana which was made with parsnips and sugar! We then took turns to make our own WWII recipe, mock eggs! We used mashed carrots to make the yolk and mashed potato to make the whites:





 Later on in the week we discussed that during WWII, there wasn’t very much food as many farmers had to leave to fight in the war. We talked about the purpose of propaganda and then looked at the 'Dig for Victory' campaign and how characters were introduced, such as Pete Potato and Doctor Carrot, to persuade adults and children to grow, and eat, their own vegetables.

We then created our own propaganda posters to encourage people to eat their own veggies.



Week beginning 10.1.22

Goodnight Mister Tom

For our book this term we will be exploring 'Goodnight Mister Tom' by Michelle Magorian. The book tells the heartfelt tale of a young boy called Willie who is evacuated from London and is forced to stay with grumpy Mr Oakley.


This week, we have looked at writing diary entries as either Willie, or Mr Oakley (Tom). We used relative clauses to add more detail and even had fun writing in Tom's West Country and Willie's South London accent!


This week we have also had our first computing day of 2022. Our challenge this time has been to create a digital self-portrait using Adobe Illustrator Sketch. We learnt about how to use different sketching layers and to use different materials such as watercolour, inks, and acrylics to create different textures that add dimension.






Week beginning 17.1.22

World War II Poetry

This week in English, we have been exploring WWII poetry. We have read and analysed the poem 'A Gunner's Day is Never Done' and created a piece of performance poetry which has focused on intonation in order to convey a message to the audience.





We then used this poem as inspiration to write our own poems about a soldier's life and memories...



Forces in Science

This week we have also started our new science unit all about forces. During our lesson we used different equipment to explore the connections between forces and the objects that are moving. We made predictions about what would happen and then drew conclusions on what forces we thought were affecting them.




We then wrote our own questions about forces that we will investigate over the next few weeks.



Week beginning 31.1.22

Science Day - Gravity and Air Resistance

This week we have had a whole day to explore different forces, focusing on gravity and air resistance! We started by learning about the theories of Galileo and Isaac Newton and how their ideas affect our lives today. We then learnt about Galileo's investigation at the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where he dropped two spheres of different masses and observed that they landed at the same time. We made predictions on whether a heavier or lighter balls would his the floor first.

We replicated this experiment using objects from our PE cupboard! Scan these QR codes to see some of what we did...



 We then conducted the investigation from different heights and used balls made of different materials to see if this would affect the results. We repeated the investigation to ensure that we could get a more fair result. 

We then discussed the effects of air resistance and how different sizes of surface area can affect the force of air resistance against the object. We tested this by running with different sized pieces of paper - it was especially helpful that it was a windy day!

We then thought about how we could test the air resistance of other objects such as different sized cupcake cases. We though of questions that we wanted to investigate, such as, 'Will a scrunched up cupcake cases fall faster than a flattened cupcake case?' and we planned our method in preparation for conducting our experiment next week.





Week beginning 7.2.22

Careers' Fair

This week we have had the absolute pleasure of inviting people from all different sectors to come to SMRP to talk about their careers. Thank you to all of these amazing people who came to make our day so special:


High Level Personal Assistant
 Senior Game Programmer
Structural Engineer
Geotechnical Engineer
Educational Psychologist
Acting Features Editor
Theatre Director
IT Manager
Genetic Counsellors
Landscape Architect
Chief Lawyer
Safari Guide
Speech and Language Therapist
Police Officers
Fire Service