Year 5 has had a super start to the Summer Term. We have started our new history topic and have been learning about Ancient Benin. It is going to be a busy term, with lots of educational visits and we can’t wait! We travelled by Overground to find out more about the Sikh religion, when we visited the Gurdwara in Shepherds Bush. Our Hawley Habits of collaboration and curiosity shone through as we enjoyed a morning of RE.

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.