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Welcome to Year 5

Welcome to Swans and Flamingos!

The class teacher in Flamingos is Mr Billy Heaton.

The class teacher in Swans is Mr Nigel Wilson.

Mrs Tracy Anderson will also spend lots of time working in Year 5!

Year 5 brings lots of exciting new challenges and responsibilities. We introduce behaviour grades and also have privilege time. We are role models to the younger children and so have to demonstrate excellent behaviour at all times.

The expectations on each child in terms of academic independence significantly increase in Year 5 and the completion of homework, punctuality, attendance, smartness of appearance, following the uniform policy and attending school with full equipment are all linked to the behaviour system.

All of the children in Year 5 have special cooking lessons with our cookery teacher Nellie. Over the year they learn to make a range of dishes (mainly savoury) many of which they should then be able to help you make at home.

The Environment

Our first topic in Year 5 is all about the environment. Using two books (The Tin Forest and The Flower) as a starting point, we learn all about how to care for the world, renewable energy and what the future might be like if neglect the earth.

Top Left: Rubbish...everywhere... Top Right: Flamingos attempt to create creatures from the debris in the wasteland. Bottom Left: Mason becomes global warming, leaving little space for the polar bear. Bottom Right: Exploring the EcoHome's hidden planet-saving tricks.

We began our topic by creating our own tin forest using recycled waste material, just like in the book. Later on in the term, we went for a trip to the Create Centre where we explored a real Ecohome, as well as creating our own wind turbines. We have used what we have learnt to write a persuasive leaflet about caring for the world around us. 

In science, we have been studying the life cycle of plants by planting our own seeds and watching them grow, as Brigg did in The Flower.

Community Day

Throughout our top of The Environment, we thought about how we could be less wasteful and try to reuse things that we'd otherwise throw out. The topic inspired our community day to be one about reusing and remodelling clothes in an extravagant, never-seen-before, St Peter's Fashion Show. In just one day, the children chose their outfits (from the public's kind donations), practise and rehearsed their exquisite dance moves and catwalk routine and even sold their clothes after the show! It was quite a memorable day in show business!

Ancient Egypt

Our second topic in Year 5 was Ancient Egypt. We began the topic by turning the classroom into an ancient tomb where we cracked the hieroglyphic code, investigated artefacts and learned all about the Pyramids and Pharaohs of Egypt.

The entrance to our tombs...

We learned about the story of Moses, creating fantastic descriptive writing. This linked with our RE focus of leadership and the class had a debate on whether the Hebrews should have followed Moses out of Egypt.

Throughout the topic we learned about the mysteries hidden within the pyramids, the legend of Isis and Osiris and we turned this into a modern day newspaper report! In science, we investigated forces and considered how the Egyptians managed to build the phenomenal pyramids.


We always celebrate Christmas in super style at St Peter's! Our delicious dinner this year was enjoyed in class and prizes were given to anyone who could keep their place mat totally clean; Mr Heaton obviously spilled gravy all over his!

Season's greetings to everyone! See you in 2018!


Through The Ages: Victorians

To immerse ourselves fully into the our Through the Ages topic of The Victorians, we held a carousel event where we did things all workhouse related! The children were on their best behaviour as expected!

Further on into our topic, we indulged in a fabulous trip to Big Pit and St Fagans in Wales. We experienced a Victorian classroom and got to see the conditions of mining during the Victorian times!

Working down in the mines during the Victorian times was a challenging job and it was the children who were exploited the most...can you imagine...?


Term 4 began with a dedicated year group focus on Swamingos' production: The Victorian Historian: a tale which saw a group of school children travelling back in time to witness some of the main events of the Victorian Era and the recognition of the industrial revolution. Their hard working dramatics and singing prowess were rewarded with a glorious trip to Brunel's wondrous SS Great Britain. While there, children enjoyed a walk around the inside and outside of the ship as well as partaking in a workshop which focussed on the various passengers and journeys of the celebrated ship.

Natural Disasters

In a whirlwind of events, Year5 have been looking into all types of natural disasters in a range of context. First of all, we research the range of volcanoes still on our planet and created our very own exploding, papier maché volcanoes! We wrote disaster stories of someone experiencing an earthquake and this really helped us focus on tension techniques to really builld up suspense for the reader. Following this, we looked into the real side of disasters and studied an article about the devastating boxing day tsunami that struck South-East Asia in 2004. We sketched out some awesome tornado pictures using a variety of pencil densities to create a truly spinning effect!

To focus on our personal recounting techniques, we switched from Natural Disasters and took the ever popular smash-hit single from Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson (Symphony) and studied the emotive connotations of the lyrics before writing from the perspective of the main characters featured in the music video. The writing was so emotionally powerful that Mr Heaton and Mr Wilson were nearly in a constant stream of tears...