Kings Furlong Junior School

Growing and learning together

Year 5

This week in Year 5 ..... (w/b 10/12/18)


Our English this week was all about figurative language and how authors use it to create wonderful pictures in your mind. As it's close to Christmas, we used The Polar Express book to inspire us.  We also learnt about a new type of sentence structure which adds in a relative clause, or as we like to call them a relative Santa clause. 


In RE, the children have been learning about The Magi.  We've looked at how artists have portrayed them and have had a go at creating their own.  Next week the children will think about how Christians see the three gifts as a prophecy. 


In maths, we ended the week looking at negative numbers, in particular when people get into debt.  Although it was only a game, the children definitely preferred being in credit.  Phew!


It's the Christmas market on Thursday so we hope to see you then.

This week in Year 5 ..... (w/b 3/12/18)


Well the weather wasn't great was it?  But that didn't stop us being outside for most of the week.  The attitude of every child during Bikeability was fabulous and they all learned some valuable skills, especially those relating to safety out on the roads. 


Continuing the safety theme, we undertook some Geography field work to the west of the school. Our traffic counts, surveys, road measurements and safety maps helped us realise that the parents / visitors could make the area safer for the children.  We'll be passing our information on to Mrs Redgell and her team of JRSOs. 


Christmas is coming and so is our Christmas market.  We have learned so much about treating the environment with respect, we are trying to make all of our stores have an environmentally friendly element. We will be asking the children to try and bring in: a used tin can (clean and no sharp edges), any used cereal boxes, an old pair of socks and, if they have any, an old toy that can be reused rather than thrown into a landfill.

This week in year 5 ..... (w/b 26//11/18)


In our project work, the children learned more about the plastic in the world and just how much of it a)goes to waste and b) ends up in our oceans. They've actually made us think about whether we really need to laminate our resources. 


In English they have been looking at a wonderful story in a book called the Ice Bear.  It's a traditional tale involving a shape shifting polar bear.  They retold their own captivating versions of it. 


Fingers crossed for good weather next week's bikeability.  I think we are going to need a lot of luck to avoid the rain.   Unless the rain is torrential, the sessions will go ahead in rain so please dress sensibly. 

This week in Year 5 ...... (w/b 19//11/18)


The children were very excited to learn more about next year's PGL visit.  I'm sure they'll be able to tell you lots about it but if you want to have a look for yourself, simply search for Marchants Hill. 


In our project work we have been looking at what helps and hinders the environment. In class, Kandinsky were shocked to find out that they were using 212% of our carbon footprint (according to the WWF carbon footprint calculator).


In English, the children have been learning about figurative language (metaphors, similes and personification) and we'll be looking out for who uses them in their own writing next week when they retell the story of The Ice Bear. 


In maths, we have quite a lot of children who cannot tell the time.  This is such an important life skill and it would be great if you could give throw a few questions at them over the coming weeks.

This week in Year 5 ....(w/b 12//11/18)


As part of their project work, Life in The Freezer, the children have been learning about the different climates around the world.  They have used an atlas to find out their locations and the iPads to learn about what it would be like to live there.


The children are getting really excited about the computer work this half term.  They are making sets in readiness for their stop gap animation linked to road safety.


In readiness for Bikeability, there's still time to get the children more confident in riding their bike.  One key skill they will need is to ride with one hand of the handle bars.  This will allow them to make safe hand signals.  Further details about what to wear during the week will follow soon.

World War 1


Friday saw the end to our thought provoking project regarding the children's role in WW1.  After much discussion, the pupils have realised that the children of 1918 would have found it very difficult to be children.

Year 5 pupils showed great respect in Friday's 2 minute silence.  They were thinking about the fallen as well as the messages they had written on their poppies.  It was lovely to see so many of you come and visit the classrooms to see all the work we have been doing.  We hope you enjoyed it. 

On a lighter note, Year 5 have been learning how to do the Charleston.  Some are already ready for Strictly!

Food Bank Delivery

Food Bank Delivery 1

Year 5 pupils are deservedly so proud of the work they have done in collecting food for the food bank after our harvest assemblies. In total, you kindly donated 699 items: Incredible.  Thank you all so much.


Xander, Abir and Fen helped deliver all of the items and the staff at the food bank were so grateful. 


You may remember Year 5 set a competition to see who could collect the most.  Congratulations go to  Hepworth (129 items) who won 200 merits.  

Well that was a busy week! (Friday 5th October 2018)


It was fabulous to see so may faces at our first ever Star Gazing evening.  Our local astronomers were really interesting and despite the clouds, the children loved using the school's new iPads to see into Space.


Our Harvest Festival assembly on Wednesday was another success.  The children performed well in front of audience.  A few were quite nervous but were really proud of themselves afterwards - they definitely showed our learning behaviour of risk taking. 


And of course, who can forget the Planetarium on Thursday?  It was 'out of this world'.  I suspect the children have mentioned it at home already. 


Well done to Kandinsky who won the times table challenge and now lead 2-0.  Come on Picasso, you can win the next one (X9).   

What are we learning in Year 5?


This half-term our topic is 'Secrets of the Solar System'. Our topic flyer and vocabulary are shown below.


Welcome to Year 5!


Your teacher will very soon be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we’ve done and more.


Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your Teacher know!


Y5’s (Alfred the) Great day in Winchester!


Y5 visited historic sites across Winchester city centre on Friday 29th June and learned about the impact of the Saxons and King Alfred the Great on the city. They braved sweltering heat, fascinating street performers and bustling Hat Fair crowds to see the length of the ancient high street all the way from West Gate to East Gate. From the ancient Buttercross down to the River Itchen and the walls surrounding the city, they considered which landmarks were related to King Alfred and the Saxons in their bid to stay independent from the Viking invaders.


They handled and sketched an Anglo-Saxon pot in the museum and saw amazing models of the city at different periods in its history. There was even a skeleton to observe and period clothing to try on: children trying on the monk costumes remarked how like Star Wars characters they looked with the hood up!


Then it was on to the spectacular cathedral where the cool stone floors and calm, airy open space were most welcome after the hot, crowded streets. The children stood in absolute silence for a few seconds to observe the peace and tranquility of this magnificent building before Mrs Bryan went on to give a brief history of its importance in the development of Winchester. Some intriguing stories about St Swithun and the six mortuary chests kept the children riveted and asking first class questions. Exemplary behaviour and model learning behaviours amounted to a perfect day out which left us all hot and tired but with a better picture of what primary historical sources are. 


Thanks to the expert staff at Winchester City Museum, cathedral and the education centre and also to our amazing governor and parent helpers. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Have a lovely long weekend and see you all on Tuesday!


The Year 5 team


England United! Year 5 Project Flyer Summer 2 2018



This week in Y5 ….. (w/b 4th June)


On Wednesday, your child behaved impeccably during their trip to Cranbourne.  The activities in the Taster Morning varied from RE to Science and Food Tech to Hair and Beauty.  It was lovely to have some parents able to join us too – thank you!  We’ll see Cranbourne twice more this term with some maths lessons (once at KFJ and once at their school). 


In computing this half term, the children are learning how to blog using WordPress.  What we do in school will only be able to be viewed in school.  However, the children will have the skills to blog on their own devices at home.  We obviously talk about the safety needed around putting thoughts and ideas on the web for others to read.


A lot of time was spent this week supporting children in dealing with issues that had started online (WhatsApp, gaming) outside of school time. Please be aware that children chatting as a group can be great fun but can quickly turn sour e.g. ‘kicking’ someone from a group. And of course, reading something unkind just before bed is not ideal.


This Week in Year 5 …. (w/b 14th May)


We’re all poets


And we didn’t even know it.


This week the children have been writing some stunning poetry and there was hardly a rhyming couplet in sight.  Instead, they have been learning to use the following poetic devices in their mountain poems: onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhetorical questions, similes, metaphors and personification.  Their developing use of figurative language is fantastic and they’ll have more chances top use it this week.


Recently in maths we have been looking at finding the area and perimeter of shapes as well as finding the volume of a shape by counting cubes.  Although as adults, we’d probably find this easy, it is something children sometimes struggle to see.  It’s fractions again next 


There were 20 children who did not get the last reading award for reading 4 times each week (15 mins each time).  Please help them to keep up this skill as it will set them up well for life.  If your child isn’t fitting it in, perhaps consider allowing tech when the reading is done.  


Getting Creative!


Year 5 have been getting creative making collages representing mountain scenery. Watch this space for the finished results!

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This Week in Year 5 ……. (27/4)


Congratulations to Picasso who won the X2 X4 and X8 times tables competition today.  It was incredibly close.  Perhaps Kandinsky can win next week’s battle with the threes and sixes.  Hit The Button, YouTube songs, games as you come to school and just writing them down will all help.

In English, the children have been learning to be a journalist and have used these skills really well in their writing.  We were all really impressed.

In PE this week, the children improved their batting skills in cricket in particular hitting the ball back in the direction of the bowler.  We should be having PE on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday this half term.  Unfortunately, that hasn’t started yet (the hockey coach was poorly) but we hope to up and running this week.


Have a lovely weekend.


This week in Year 5 ……. (w/b 19/3/18)


We braved the cold on Monday and walked to QMC where the children worked fantastically on 4 different science experiments.  They created a parachute, tested the way different shaped objects move through water, investigated levers and explored gears and cogs.  We have one more trip later in the year to Winchester (date to be confirmed) and it would be great to have some more parents to help out if you can.


On Thursday, the children took part in the Winter Olympic sport of curling.  They had a blast and also learnt about friction in the process.


In English the children have been learning to build an argument.  The topic: Should school end at 5:30?  Something for you to discuss over dinner, perhaps?


This week in Y5 (week ending 16.3.18)


In amongst the assessments this week, there have still been plenty of opportunities for the children to be creative: composing music for the firebird quest, designing and decorating Easter eggs for display in a local supermarket and creating vanishing point pictures to name just a few. 


Thank you for support you gave the children in their recent homework activity: we were impressed with the variety of presentations, posters and biographies, some of which are on display in the Y5 cloakroom. 


Our writing this week has revolved around discursive texts and arguing about extended school hours, using modal verbs and relative clauses. Ask your child what they can tell you about this week’s writing!


We have a Y5 inter-class time tables challenge on Friday next week so get practising accurate and speedy recall of all the times tables up to 12 x 12, including the related division facts. Check out YouTube for catchy raps and silly songs to help make the times tables stick and keep it fun.


Don’t forget our visit to QMC on Monday and the parents maths workshop on Friday morning. We look forward to seeing many of you there!


Have a good weekend.

The Y5 team


This week in Y5 ………. (11/3/18)


The children wrote their own quest stories this week after spending time planning them.  We really do have some talented writers in school.  The tension they’ve included and the skill of writing dialogue have helped bring their stories to life.


It was a week late but World Book Day was well worth the wait.  The children looked fantastic and had a great day.  Please ask them about what activities they took part in. 


In PE the children are choreographing a group dance to the Pirates of the Caribbean music.  They are even using their colour t-shirts to make the performance look symmetrical.  If children ever do need a new t-shirt, they are available for purchase via the school office. 


Reminder:  Next Monday the children head off to QMC for another Science workshop.  Please make sure permission slips are returned asap.  Kandinsky parents, remember, we may be back up to 10 minutes after the end of the school day so that we can maximise out time at QMC. 



Welcome back (Week ending 23rd February 2018)


World Book Day is just a week away…Have you chosen your book character costume yet? All children are invited to dress up on Thursday 1st March. Many supermarkets have ready made costumes on sale but, equally, we know many of the children are creative enough to dream up their own ideas and find some suitable props for their chosen character. Good luck!


In light of World Book Day, we have organised a trip to Basingstoke Discovery Centre and a trip to Waterstones to spend their £1 voucher. Don’t forget warm coats and sensible school shoes for walking there and back on Monday (Kandinsky Class) or Tuesday (Picasso Class) as it looks like there’s going to be some very cold weather next week.


This week the children have written some imaginative paragraphs based on Firebird by Saviour Pirotta. We have been focusing on trying to slow down a scene and add tension from our writers’ toolkits for a section of the story with some lovely results. The children will be able to share their work with you on parents evening, either Monday or Wednesday and we look forward to seeing many of you then.


Keep practising those times tables! Hit the button is a favourite across both classes and really engages both confident mathematicians and those less sure.


Have a lovely weekend!

The Y5 team


This week in Year 5 ……. (4/2/18)


The Year 5 ‘Book Club’ continued this week with children having great discussions about what they have read do far.  Some groups have already started their second novel.  Wow!  It had a positive impact on the children earning an extra play on Friday afternoon as a result of them reading so much at home.  Well done children and parents.  Remember, it is at least 4 times a week for 2 weeks.


In writing this week, children have worked in groups to create a play script of a Greek myth.  They are excited about their parts and may ask to bring in something from home as a prop.  They will be showing the class what they’ve created later next week. 


The children have been learning PowerPoint skills this week to create interesting slides about how the Greeks have impacted our lives (legacy). They particularly enjoyed creating transitions and animations. 


This Week in Y5 ………… (28/1/18)


In English the children have been using the skills of brackets, dashes, topic sentences and complex sentences to write a report on the Ancient Olympic Games.  They researched the topic themselves and found out some fascinating facts. 

We had our first Book Club meeting, which has to be classed as a complete success.  We’re sure many of you have seen the children reading a little more than normal – long may it continue. Reminder: Having the book in everyday is a good idea but having it on THURSDAY is ESSENTIAL.

Next week the children will be building Greek chariots from scratch.  They will be using saws, measuring wood and problem solving as they build.  Could we ask that any old cereal boxes be brought in in readiness please. 


This Week in Year 5 …… (21/1/18)


Tuesday’s Ancient Greek visitor was a highlight of the week.  I’m sure you’ve already heard lots about the rigged voting in Greek times, the battles between cities in the Olympics, training for battle and them attacking an unknowing victim (Mr Hanson).  The children have been set a project homework inspired by their learning so far.  They may need to talk through their ideas with you.  Hopefully, they will come up with a plan to make sure it is finished on time. 

Thursday’s ‘Book Club’ was also special this week.  The children are very excited to have new books to read.  There is a letter in their pack explaining what they need to do.  In summary, they have decided what page to read up to and should do this before Thursday when they discuss it as a group.

How’s the practising of telling the time going?  Good?  Why not challenge them this week with fraction questions.


The Year 5 Team


This week in Y5 (w/c 8.1.18)


All week we have been focusing on time, reading all kinds of clocks and timetables. Do keep practising at home, especially those analogue clocks, to keep the new skills sharp. 


Next week we are heading off to ancient Greece with our visitor and workshop on Tuesday. Any children wishing to dress in Greek costume on this day are very welcome to (no other non uniform please) but school uniform is fine too. Thank you to everyone who has already paid towards this fantastic, immersive and engaging experience.


Following on from the Greek day, we’ll be learning about the Olympic Games in ancient times and life in Sparta and Athens ready to write non-chronological reports. On Thursday it’s the first reading reward playtime of the year; if you don’t want to miss out, make sure you read at least 3 times over the weekend to reach the target of eight times over two weeks.


Ask your children about today’s visiting “Sleeping Beauty” pantomime. It was almost as good as the KFJS Christmas production last month! Oh yes it was…

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Y5 team


This Week in Y5 ……


From listening to the children it sounds like you have all had a fun-filled, enjoyable break.  I’m sure everyone was excited for the children to back in school!


We’ve started our new project on ‘It’s all Greek to Me’.  The children will learn about life in Ancient Greece and the legacies that can be seen today.  Please check your child’s bag regarding a letter about an upcoming visitor related to this. 


Can you help?  The children will be learning to solve problems involving time.  If your child struggles to tell the time, please can you help them to learn over the next week?  All children can wear watches to school and we encourage this for at least the next few weeks, especially ones with analogue faces. 


Finally, our PE days have changed to Monday and Wednesdays.  Please ensure children have their full PE kit in school all week to make sure it is never left at home by mistake.


This week in Y5 (w.c 4.12.17)


This has been the week of multiplication, subtraction, Polar Express and Christmas production!

We have been looking closely at the text of the Polar Express and focusing on the art of writing about characters in a way that shows their feelings without actually telling the reader. There were some fantastic pieces which really gave readers clear, rich pictures from the words that had been used.


Maths has been all about practising the methods started earlier in the year so that the children can feel really confident in their skills. Keep practising the 2, 4 and 8 times tables. We have an interclass challenge on the 15th December. Kandinsky and Picasso have each won one challenge each so it’s all to play for in this final match of the year!


We still need cereal packets, clean, colourful socks and jars (with the labels removed please!) for our Christmas market craft.


Finally, a message to our actors: don’t forget to practise your lines for the Christmas play!


Have a lovely weekend!

The Y5 teaching team


This week in Year 5 … (1/12/17)


The week began with a a fascinating trip to QMC.  In groups the children investigation many different areas of Science, continually making sure that their test were fair.  Perhaps ask them what they think would make the best winter coat and why?


Our Christmas market is fast approaching and we need your help!  If you finish any glass jars or cereal boxes, please send them in.  Our theme for the Christmas Market will try and link to out project of Life in the Freezer by creating products out of sustainable / recyclced materials.


If your child comes home asking if they can bring in a dressing gown or a onesie one day soon, they’re telling the truth.  I’ll keep you guessing as to why!


Have a nice weekend.


This week in Y5 (w/e 17.11.17)


It’s been all about the risk-taking this week with the Bikeability course in which all the children have participated; some less eagerly than others at the start of the week. By Thursday almost all of the children had progressed to level 1 or 2 and over a dozen of those children were not able to ride a bicycle at all on Monday! All children have been reminded that they must not ride their bikes or ‘scoot’ them on the playground at any part of the day in order to keep everyone safe. Thanks to the Bikeabilty team and the children for pushing themselves to succeed in this road safety scheme. We’re proud of you!


In spite of all the cycling taking place, there’s still been plenty of learning happening inside the classroom too. Poetry about being visually impaired in reading, discussing and re-telling Ice Bear in English and multiplying and dividing any number by 10, 100 or 1000 to mention just a few of the learning opportunities from this week.


Get practising your 3, 6 and 9 times tables ready for next week’s maths!


The whole year group is visiting Queen Mary’s College primary science centre on Monday 27th November and we would be grateful for help from any parent with a current DBS certificate to join us in walking to and from the college, as well as helping in some of the science experiments planned there. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are free to help out.


Have a lovely weekend!


The Y5 teaching team


This week in Year 5 ….. (10/11/207)



Next week is Bikeability week.  Please can the children come to school in biking clothes (we suggest a rain coat, and warm clothes – not jeans).  They should also bring their uniform in a bag with them too.  After that we’ll let them know each day about uniform.




Our work on poetry this week has been fantastic.  We wrote a poem called the back about a polar bear on the hunt.  It started off our project of ‘Life in the Freezer’ brilliantly.


In maths we have been learning short division (the bus stop method) and what to do with the remainder.  Both classes are learning the 3, 6 and 9 times table.  Hit the button is a great game to play at home for extra practise.


In project work, we have found out where the polar climates are and how they compare to other areas.


And a special mention this week for Brooke and Ronny who picked up our Star Learner awards after showing great ‘Learning Behaviours’ this term.



Stop Press!


Don’t forget it’s our trip to the Winchester Science Centre on Monday.

The children will need a packed lunch, water bottle, school uniform, a coat and any medication they may need (inhalers etc). If they suffer from travel sickness, please ensure they take their tablet before coming to school.


Thank you.


This week in Y5 (week ending 6th October)


Watch out there’s an alien about! Y5 have been exercising their very vivid imaginations this week and have completed their own science fiction stories. They looked at applying their skills in writing dialogue, starting sentences with a preposition (where or when) and using paragraphing. We’re sure you’ll enjoy reading them at parents’ evening this coming Thursday (12th) or the following Monday (16th).


Decimals have been the focus of our maths lessons with metre sticks, 2p coins and Diennes apparatus helping us to understand the notation for tenths and hundredths and lots of counting forwards and backwards in decimals too. Try it at home; it can sometimes catch you out, especially when crossing the whole number boundaries!


There have been some beautiful pastel creations too, representing the planets in space.

Thank you for supporting your child in our year of reading. Over two thirds of the school enjoyed an extra playtime on Friday as a reward for regular reading at home. It would be fantastic to see all the children getting their bonus playtime by reading (and having their record being signed!) at home at least 8 times over two weeks. It really does make a difference to their work.


We hope to meet you all at the PGL meeting on Wednesday 18th October where you can see and hear about the great experience your children can have on their residential trip at the start of Y6.


Have a lovely weekend. You may be able to get  a glimpse of the draconic meteor shower tonight – no binoculars needed!


The Y5 team


This week in Y5 …… (29/9/17)


The children have been putting their Science knowledge to good use this week in making a video about how the Earth, Sun and Moon move. We’ll be learning even more on our trip on the 9th October. 


Behaviour was fantastic in our trip to the library.  A few children have already used some of the examples of story openers in their own work.  One of our skills this week was learning how to start a sentence by saying where something is.  Try and make some at home.  E.g. Behind the garden shed, the children were ……


Spellings coming home next week.


Congratulations to Picasso who won the first times table battle.  The next challenge will be the X8 table.



Any old newspapers and old shirts we can use for art needed in school please.


This week in Y5 (22.9.17)


The children are becoming quite the experts with our project Secrets of the Solar System: publishing biographies of Neil Armstrong, observing shadows on the playground and listening to the Planet Suite by Holst.


In English, they have been investigating fronted prepositional phrases (ask them what that means!), reading Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic, writing the start to their own Cosmic story and learning the art of editing.


Area and perimeter have been the focus in maths lessons with subtraction coming up next week.

The weather ( and the grass!) has been quite wet when the children were out during their PE sessions on Wednesday and Thursday so kit has been sent home but please could you ensure that it comes back to school on Monday. As the autumn term brings unpredictable weather, all children need a full change of clothes, including extra socks and footwear. A tracksuit or other warm clothing would be ideal too.


Kandinsky class are walking to the library on Monday and Picasso on Tuesday; coats must be brought into school on those days.


We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday at the Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) information morning. Until then, have a lovely weekend!


The Y5 teaching team


Secrets of the Solar System Project Flyer



This week in Y5 …… (15/9/17)


Both classes have been learning about one of the most famous men in history, Neil Armstrong.  We’ll be writing his biography next week using the skills we’ve been learning.


In Art, the children have used a range of pencils to draw meteorites.  They look great.


And finally we had some visitors in the week as part of the Mayor’s charity work who came in an taught the children folk music from around the world.  A great time was had by all.


Dates for your diary:

Sept 25th – Kandinsky to visit the Discovery Centre (free trip)

Sept 26th – Picasso to the Discovery Centre (free trip)

Sept 27th – We’d love you to being your favourite book in and read it with your child (and maybe one of their friends) for ‘Drop Everything and Read’.  There’ll be a quick meeting in the hall at 9.00 first.

October 9th – Our trip to Winchester.  Please send your form in if you haven’t already.


Sadly there is a stomach bug doing the rounds at the minute.  Can I remind you that we ask you to keep your children off school for 48 hours from their last episode before returning to school.  Many thanks.


Welcome to Y5


What a fantastic start to the new school year we have had in Y5! The children have shown great curiosity and responsibility already with our Secrets of the Solar System project by completing their homework in such a short time. Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed for the biography; the children were really engaged with writing it.


Look out for the school newsletter in your child’s bag today and the Y5 letter later next week for more details about Y5. In the meantime, PE kit is needed for Wednesday and Thursday and homework will be sent home on Wednesday for returning on Monday morning.


Looking ahead….

Monday 25th September – trip to Basingstoke Discovery Centre for Kandinsky class


Tuesday 26th September – trip to Basingstoke Discovery Centre for Picasso class


Wednesday 27th September – Parents invited to a reading information session and then into classes. Feel free to bring a book you enjoyed as a child to share with your son/daughter.


Have a lovely weekend!

The Y5 teaching team