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Nightingales - Year 5

Welcome to Nightingales Year 5


Class Teacher: Mrs Hamblin

Teaching Assistant: Miss Marsden

Small Tasks that will make a big difference


Times tables and warm up tasks for maths will really help with any maths you subsequently complete with your child/children.  Times Table Rockstars and Mathletics Challenge - where you can complete with children across the world will support this.


We have been looking at imperial units of measure in maths: ounces, pounds, stones, feet, inches, miles pints.  Any practical activities which help embed these ideas including cooking would be useful.  Particularly comparing these to metric units.  Cooking is great for this!


Ensuring you child/children can tell the time (both analogue and digital), including knowledge of the 24 hour clock would also be useful.  We usually move on to look at timetables and calculating time differences.






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If you took home the learning pack, the children will have a copy of our class reader the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, along with chapter specific questions focusing on key reading skills.  We would normally read this together and the children would then answer the questions themselves, perhaps focusing on a key skill each time.




Discussing and writing your own diary entries might be an interesting way to engage children and would make interesting reading in years to come. 

The Maths Factor is a great online resource that is free to use with helpful videos to support learning.
Due to school closure we have listed some ideas for home learning aimed specifically at children working at expected levels for year 5.  You may like to access resources for an alternative year group.

Extra Maths Resources - Numbots - use TT Rockstars login

Helpful Websites for home learning

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Murder Investigation 

Today 7th January 2020, Nightingales took part in a science afternoon at SWG School, using various tests to determine who was responsible for demise of Flopsy bunny.  They used flame testing, chromatography, pH testing and tested viscosity to determine the likely suspect.  They really enjoyed having the opportunity to use the facilities in a real lab.

Term 3 - Topic Web

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A huge thank you to all those parents who attended our Gold Book Worship this week.  The children were really excited to be able to share some of the experiments we have tried in class, linked to our learning in science.  Photos to follow.

Bonkers Science Day 

Children from Year 1 to 6 were able to take part in a number of informative workshops on electricity, run by Will from Bonkers Science.  Children worked in groups to make their own membrane switches, which they could then use to light up mini houses.  A huge thanks to Will for making so enjoyable for the children. 


Bonkers Science Day 4/12/2019

Term 2 - PE   Gymnastics 

This term Nightingales Class have been working on balance and have practised different techniques using gym equipment.

Topic Web Autumn Term 2

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Investigating Properties of Materials

Nightingales Class investigated the best material to use to make a lunch box.

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Using microscopes to study the parts of a flower

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Well done to Nightingales!  A super effort by the children bringing to life their favourite book characters.  More photos to follow.



A super start to term 4 - Launching 


This week we have taken part in science afternoon at South Wilts.  Linked to our science topic (forces), the children made a trebuchet and used it to launch tennis balls.  Despite the rain, the children had an amazing time.  The session finished with an opportunity to launch rockets.  Look out for their recounts of the event.

Starting this Wednesday (27th March 2019) Nightingales will be taking part in Healthy Me Bitesize.

Every Wednesday afternoon this term (for 1 hour), they will looking at healthy eating and taking part in some fun physical activities (this week it was a star jump challenge).  There will be some homework linked to these sessions for them to share with you at home.  It would be really helpful if you could encourage them to complete this before the next session on the following Wednesday.




Nightingales are excited to be taking part in the Christingle Service at the Cathedral tomorrow (6th December).
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Term 2 Week 2 

13th November 2018 


The individual classes  took part in a series of workshops today, as part of our whole school focus on the Armistice and the end of World War 1.  The workshops involving drama and poetry - entitled 'Poppies and Poetry' were then shown to the whole school.  Nightingales focus was the Battle of the Somme.  They performed some emotive poetry based on the events surrounding the battle.


Poppies and Poetry

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Poppies - 100 years - Lest We Forget

Term 2 


Nightingales have had an amazing first week back at school learning about World War 1 and hope to be able to share some of their work next Friday.


They have also been lucky enough to take part in a murder investigation at South Wilts Grammar School. A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially Mrs Penwarden who looked after us for the afternoon.  A fanatstic opportunity which the children really enjoyed.


This term the children will be improving their football skills during PE - photographs to follow.


17th October 2018.  Linked to the theme of 'Homes'  Nightingales have spent today working on some artwork in the style of Gabi Gimenez a French artist and Traveller.  Creating designs with pastel and paint, using bright and bold blocks of colour. 

Their work will form part of a display at County Hall Trowbridge in January of next year.

Creating the artwork

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Some of the amazing pastel work - ready to be displayed!

Our finished work

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Vultures - Are they worth saving?


Linked to our visit to the Hawk Conservancy during the summer term, Nightingales have just completed some persuasive writing to accompany their fantastic water-colour paintings which are on display outside the classroom.

Water-colour and ink paintings

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Jessica Townsend - The Calling of Morrigan Crow
Nightingales and Owls Class visited Godolphin School today (4th October 2018) and met the author Jessica Townsend.  This was the first in a  number of planned talks to be given by Jessica promoting her new book - The Calling of Morrigan Crow.  We were lucky enough to be able to buy copies of the book before it is on sale generally.  Our sneak preview left excited children brandishing their own personalized copies, eager to read on, having gained an insight into some of Jessica's characters and what inspired them.   

Visit to meet the author - Jessica Townsend

Fantastic News - 26th September 2018 Author Visit 

Nightingales and Woodpeckers to visit Leehurst Swan School to see Cressida Cowell

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.


Topic Web Term 1

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Letter for parents/carers September 2018