Year 5 have been busy learning all about the Vikings this half term. In DT they have used what they have learnt to create a Viking themed moving toy (Automata). We have been lucky enough to meet some professional engineers, who have given some invaluable advice for engineering in the wider world.

Gardening and tidying in year 5

Our new topic is a history one: Were Vikings raiders, explorers or traders? We had a very informative Google Meet with a Viking, where we were able to hear a first hand account of life as a Viking. This has given us lots of food for thought.

We are enjoying Cricket Sessions on a Monday afternoon where we have been learning how to bat and field.

We had a fabulous trip to the British Library to see an exhibition all about the work of Malorie Blackman. It was fascinating to find out all about this author’s life and works. Perhaps your child would like to take one of her books out of the library the next time you visit?

Geography is our topic this half term and we are thinking about if we would like to live in the desert. We have learnt that the desert it quite a harsh habitat, with very little rainfall so nobody is convinced yet!

Year 5 has had a busy end to the term. We have enjoyed lots of measuring, sawing and joining in DT. We have been working in small teams to build sturdy towers and they are looking great.

We spent a fascinating day thinking about how science can be used to improve sustainability of resources. We made shampoo bars and thought about how the structures used in bubble teas might help to minimise single use plastic.

Year 5 Residential

Year 5 have just about recovered from a very exciting residential trip to Sayers Croft. We had so much fun exploring this wonderful place in Surrey. During our time there we had all sorts of adventures, including: orienteering, bouldering, a night walk and a campfire to name but a few.

Windrush Child

Year 5 have been studying Windrush Child by Benjamin Zephania. They have been learning how the Windrush Generation have had a profound impact on modern British Society. As well as discussing their opinions on matters such as discrimination and identity, children have written some impactful diary entries and narratives.

In maths, the children have spent a lot of time looking at the place value of numbers up to a million. There have been lots of special events, such as the Cross Country Competition and our class assembly for KS2.

Welcome back!

Things in Year 5 are going swimmingly. We have had a refreshing start to the new academic year with lots of new opportunities to embrace. The class impressed all the adults at Kentish Town Baths with their rapid progress in the pool. Their cooperation, personal organisation and resilience was remarkable. We can’t wait to go for a second week later in the term.

We also had our first brass lesson and have shown some early promise in that department too. Keep it up Y5. 


As a class we were lucky enough to be invited to Waitrose cookery school in Kings Cross where we made healthy and nutritious quesadillas. The pupils were sensible and safe with all the resources and left with mouth watering treats for when they got home! 


In Year 5, we have had a fantastic start to our new term as we have been discovering all about why the Earth Matters and the exciting living beings we share the planet with. The class discovered all there is to know about cicadas and produced fantastic diary entries, first person narratives and now poems on the subject! The talk of living things has also led to us finding out that later on in the term we will be joined by ten new winged classmates…more on that in March!

Roman London at the Museum of London

It has been a thrilling time in Year 5 as we have concluded the first half of our topic ‘Who was here before us?’ where we learned all about Roman London. To celebrate our knowledge and experience history first hand, the entire class visited the Museum of London and explored their fantastic exhibits (which will be closing very soon!). The pupils asked questions, behaved impeccably and managed to see 2000 year old items that we have recently been discussing in our lessons. Their behaviour was superb throughout too, receiving praise from many members of the public on the bus. We are already excited as we have begun our new topic of WW2 London!

Building Skills as Pedestrians

The class have also relished the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the world around them by building pedestrian skills with Bev from Camden Council. The pupils had an afternoon where they discussed how to approach road safety, the signs that we see everyday and even the way pavements are designed for the public.

Camden Cross Country Tournament

On Friday 30th September 2022, year 5 enjoyed using their resilience skills to take part in a Camden wide cross country tournament at Parliament Hill against other schools. It was superb to see every single member of the class complete the 1.2km course. Congratulations to Dolcie and Ted for coming first out of our class.

Welcome to year 5!

What a fantastic start to the year it has been in Year 5! The pupils have all started the year with tremendous enthusiasm and are thoroughly engaged historians as we discover about Londinium and how Roman Britain came about. One particularly creative activity has been enjoyed as we compared Roman art and the art produced in Roman Britain. The class used charcoal and other sketching utensils to produce their own version of a statue of Marcus Aurelius that was discovered near modern day Northamptonshire.

Through music lessons, the class have begun their adventure of learning how to play trumpet, trombone or the cornet. In recent days, the pupils have already learned their first song (the 12 bar blues) and have been trusted to take the instruments home with them to practice. Good luck!