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Year 5


YEA5 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Team 5

Meet the team

Mrs Whitehead: Class 11
Mr Burrows: Class 12
Mrs Hodson: The Hive
Mrs Cocker: The Hive
Miss James: The Web
Miss Eccleston: Assistant Head Teacher & Head of Y5 & Y6

Black & White Dance

We are so so PROUD of our new OBS Y5 after school Dance Troop, who after only 3 weeks, have put together this amazing routine! The children were so passionate about the message behind the song and within the lyrics, all of which align so well the theme of equality! Plus, today was OBS 'Show Racism The Red Card day', hence why we just had to share their hard work and routine with you all!

Meet Class 11's School Councillors and Eco Councillor, well done!

Amber Rae - Eco Councillor
Goutham - School Councillor
Alisha - School Councillor

Meet Class 12's Eco and School Councillors

Black History Week

This week, as part of our whole school 'Black History Week' we have been learning all about the Windrush and experiences of passengers from the ship. Also, we have been enjoying experiencing some of the cultural traditions in the Caribbean. This has included designing and creating our own Caribbean inspired tortilla wraps, and recreating our own Notting Hill carnival, complete with music, masks and decorations. Please take a minute to look at some of our children in action below:


Congratulations to our first Reading Rainbow winners, who have now achieved their red band!

To find out what we will be covering during the Autumn Term, please see our knowledge organiser below:

Well done to Serena who was our Y5 Winner of the Reading Rainbow 'BLUE' Certificate design! Mrs Whitehead, our literacy lead, was so impressed by the time and care Serena took when designing it! We know children throughout the school will LOVE her BLUE certificate when they achieve it!

Year 5 WOW Day!


Today we introduced the children to their new topic 'space' through an exciting scene to explore. The children arrived at school to find an area of the field taped off by police as there was an 'area of interest' that needed investigating. They discovered around 40 items that we believe belonged to a spaceship or something from outer space! The children threw themselves into the enquiry and are now going to be writing a report for the local press to explain their findings. What an exciting topic this will be!

Something strange has happened at OBS!

Our True Colours

Our project for the last three weeks has been learning all about colours and how they represent us. We have explored this through art, drama, camouflage research, IT, poetry and characters from fiction. In addition, we have been reading 'The Wild Robot' and delving into how the main character 'Roz' comes to terms with her inner-self and trying to fit in with those around her. Have a look at some of the wonderful work we have produced below:


Reading at home - Our new 'Rainbow Reading' reward scheme

Please watch this video to find out more about our new 'Reading Rainbow' reward scheme:


Welcome back Year 5!

We have a very exciting year ahead!



Things to remember:


Tuesday: Outdoor PE

Wednesday: Spellings and Timestables tests

Thursday: Indoor PE

Friday: Diaries to be handed in

Autumn 1

Our topic for the first 3 weeks is colour.We will be learning all about our own understanding of colour and how it represents us. In addition, we will also be looking at camouflage and enjoying the story 'The Wild Robot'. 

OuMemorieto treasure from


WE MISS YOU YEAR 5 and hope you are all well and keeping safe.


Remember to check out our HOME LEARNING page, we are updating it all the time with new ideas and websites to keep you busy.


Look after yourselves and your family and we look forward to seeing you soon. Take pictures of what you are up to and you can share them with us when we are back in school.

Year 5 team 

Overview of our year:

Things to remember:

Tuesdays - Outdoor PE

Thursdays - spelling test, maths facts test, indoor P.E

Fridays - Diaries checked for a minimum of 3 reads.






This week we were the incredibly fortunate hosts of the University of Nottingham's inflatable planetarium called the 'inflativerse'. Year 5 were the special children that got to experience crawling in the inflativerse and learning lots about the different constellations and they got to find out about a Greek myth that explained the big bear constellation. Back in class the children also became experts in sorting galaxy photos by colour, size and type. It was a fantastic experience and we really hope they will come back next year!

This week we have been learning all about 'The Merchant of Venice' as a school. In Year 5, we have been particulalry focussing on empathising with the characters, especially Shylock and Bassanio. We also produced some lovely art work.

Look who will be coming to visit in Spring 2 ...

Year 5 Outdoor Learning

This week has been assessment week, as a reward for the children's hard work, we did some outdoor learning. The children had a colour chart which they had to match up to outdoor items, it was a very refreshing (cold) event.

Class 11

Chris White Workshop

Those children who took part in the RED January competition gained the reward of working with Chris White in a special workshop. It is safe to say the children loved it!

Our visit to Basford Mosque as part of our Islam Project

GREAT Project

Year 5 have begun their 4 week GREAT project during the first week of term. They have been looking at healthy and positive relationships. We have made a wonderful start, here are a few photos from the first session:

Energy and Forces
Our topic this half term is 'ENERGY & FORCES'.  To kickstart our topic, we designed, made and evaluated our own wind powered vehicles, learned about air resistance and tested our vehicles to see how far they would travel with a blast from a hairdryer! We've had a great week! Well done to Nikhill, whose vehicle travelled the furthest in Class 11.  It was a close call!


Class 12's Finished Cars


To kick start our week on pilgrimages, we visited St Leo's and Simon spent an hour with us teaching us about Christian pilgrimages.


Year five children have been heavily involved in investigating what could have caused unusual items to be scattered across our school trim trail! It has even been reported that they could be from another planet! The children have written some fantastic news reports sharing their story!  We will share some on here soon!


Autumn Term 2 - Our Knowledge Organiser

Autumn Term 1 - our knowledge organiser

Dates for your diary:


Friday 27th September - Macmillan Coffee Morning and Mini Marathon

Friday 4th October - INSET DAY

Wednesday 9th October - Parents Evening

Thursday 17th October - Parents Evening

Friday 13th December - Christmas Jumper Day

Monday 16th December - PROUD assembly - 2.15pm

Wednesday 24th  - Thursday 25th June -  WALESBY camp

Year 5 Art Exhibition


a kite making workshop to celebrate 50 years of the school!

Class 12


We visited Goose Fair to make sketches using view finders.  We are going to use them as inspiration for pointillism paintings that we will frame.

Making picture Frames using a hacksaw



Year 5 have a nominated friend from F2. Throughout the year, we meet up to share stories, carry out fun activities, play games and act as a friendly, supportive older friend.  This half term, we met our amigos for the first time and shared our favourite stories with them.  We're all looking forward to our next visit


Class 11 and Chestnuts

Welcome back! We're looking forward to seeing you all again.

Our exciting new topic for this half term will be...



One Day Wonder - Our Goose Fair!

Children worked in teams of three or four and designed, made and evaluated a fairground ride that could be part of Goose Fair.  Materials were limited to art straws, card and masking tape.  We had a brilliant day!



Year 5 have a nominated friend from F2. Throughout the year, we meet up to share stories, carry out fun activities, play games and act as a friendly, supportive older friend.  This half term, we met our amigos for the first time and shared our favourite stories with them.  we re all looking forward to our next visit




Monday - Indoor PE

Tuesday (or a Wednesday) - Outdoor PE, + homework (maths, writing, reading, topic) to be returned by the following Tuesday

Wednesday - Maths test and spelling test, spellings and maths facts sent home for test following week

Thursday -

Friday - Diary checks

Playtime Rota:

Monday Playtime - Football and basketball

Tuesday Lunchtime - Activities and competitions

Wednesday Lunchtime - Trim trail

Thursday Lunchtime - Football and basketball

Friday playtime - Football and basketball