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Bridgetown Primary School

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Year 5

Geography Day

What an exciting and busy day we have had developing our mapping skills! To begin the day we completed an orienteering challenge around Bridgetown & Trinity Mead. We followed an OS map to help us locate flags hidden in different locations. We also had to keep our eyes open to identify the position of signs, symbols and objects.

After play we went in Forest School to work on our survival skills. Mrs Newman tried to light a fire using a special tool called a bow drill – it is much harder than it looks. Luckily we were able to use flints and steels to create sparks to start ‘mini fires’ using cotton wool and petroleum jelly. Then we whittled our own sticks and used them to toast marshmallows with.

After lunch, we revised the points on a compass and went outside to set and read compasses and used them to describe the position of objects on the school field.

Power Maths

This week (week beginning 28.9.20) we began our new Power Maths scheme of work. Power Maths is based on a mastery approach to mathematics and incorporates growth mind set messages, to reinforce that EVERYONE CAN DO MATHS. Mrs Luckhurst will be delivering a parent forum on 11th November to share information about it.

Dance Workshops

Today (29.9.20) Herons and Swans enjoyed participating in an Alice in Wonderland themed workshop led by Steph from the 'West End in Schools' dance company. 

Rock Star Hall of Fame

A huge well done to Toby, Rowan, Jovun, Harry and Noah have been inducted into Bridgetown's very first Rock Star Hall of Fame for the academic year 2020/21, based on coins earnt and studio speed.

Maths Week 21 -25th September 

What a fantastic week we have had developing our maths skills and confidence. We learned lots of growth mind set messages all about how amazing our brains are and tackled lots of challenges and problems which made us look at maths in a different way. As well as enjoying creating art using maths and undertook the challenge of calculating the height of the school building using only a sheet of A4 paper! 

The Rock Star Times Tables website has been kept very busy this week and it has been wonderful to see such high levels of engagement. Well done to Ruby for winning the house battle. Out of the 12 'Most Valuable Player' awards half were awarded to Year Five.


We demonstrated excellent teamwork to sculpt these our amazing birds out of newspaper, tape and wire. We are very proud of our finished herons and swans.

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf


Over the next few weeks we will be reading 'The Boy at the Back of the Class'. The book is about a 9 year old boy who starts a new school in London. We find out he is a refugee who has travelled from Syria. We will be doing lots of work on refugees which will include: finding out what a refugee is, where refugees come from and how refugees feel. We will then be writing a diary from Ahmet's (the refugee) perspective. This will allow the children to put themselves in Ahmet's shoes and share his adventures whilst at school in London. Our last piece of writing will be a letter to the Queen which describes what Ahmet has been through and how the children think they can help. 




The first 10 chapters of the book are attached in the PDF below. 

Welcome to Year 5

Here is an overview of all the exciting things we will be doing this half term.

Autumn 1 2020







Wellbeing focus and transition activities.


Class novel: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Character profiles & refugee research

Growth mindset maths

Problem solving activities


Growth mindset - positivity pots

Art - bird observational drawings


Class novel: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Writing a diary from a character’s perspective.


Reading, writing, comparing and ordering tenths and hundredths


Identifying continents, hemispheres and oceans.


bird sculptures


Class novel: The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf.

Writing a letter to the Queen

Maths Week

Mapping Skills:

mapping the classroom.


bird sculptures



Non-chronological report (continents)

Beginning our new Power Maths scheme.

Place Value

Reading, writing and ordering 5 digit numbers.

Mapping Skills:

OS symbols

Growing and changing

Stages of growth and development


Place Value

Rounding and comparing 5 digit numbers.

Mapping Skills:

Grid references

Growing and changing

Personal timelines of development


Narrative poetry

The Highwayman

Place Value

Negative numbers and roman numerals

Geography Day:

Following maps around the local area.

Orienteering and forest school activities.

Growing and changing

Vitruvian Man growth investigation.


Addition & Subtraction

Adding and subtracting 5 digit numbers using a formal written method

Mapping Skills

Contour lines

Growing and changing

Life cycles of birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals