Year Groups: Year 5
school with confidence and excellence. With
people to help you when you need help. A
swimming pool, a coracle and an enchanted cave.
Healthy eating and living. A wonderful
environment for learning with our own kingfisher
and family of badgers. A place where the arts
are really important to us.’ Class 5L
Last week Hayden (5L), Dylan
(5T), Rhiannon (5G) and Lydia (5G) represented WASPS
at the Year 5 Maths Challenge at the Paragon School.
competed in pairs against pupils from
schools across Bath on a series of maths and
problem solving puzzles. Although we didn't
win this time, all pupils worked extremely
hard and enjoyed the challenge. Well done!
Swallows and Amazons
Inspired by the
children's classic Swallows and Amazons 5L
and 5T built our own boats out of scrap
materials, then spent our Muddy Monday
afternoon racing them down the stream at
Broadmoor Lane. We all had a great time and
enjoyed the challenge. Congratulations to 5L
winners, Kacey and Mo, and Jasmine and Sara,
Click on the image to see more pictures!
Our Year 5 Children's
University students have been working hard on
projects outside of school hours to gain credits
towards their awards. Here is a diary entry from a
ship's doctor during the Battle of Trafalgar, and a
letter from a British soldier during the Battle of
Waterloo, both written by Erin, 5T. Watch this space
for more of our pupils' fantastic work...
Year 5 have been lucky enough
to work with Dan and Jodie at Clevehill Scouts as
part of our outdoor learning. We've learnt how to
communicate using Morse code and semaphore, used 6
figure grid referencing and 'what three words' to
identify locations, learnt how to navigate using a
compass and, in our final week, made and cooked on
our own fires. We have learnt so much and had a
Year 5 have had a
fantastic Science week. We experimented with
hydrophobic pepper, surface tension so
strong it kept water in an upturned glass,
the separation of oil and water, acidic salt
and vinegar cleaning the copper oxide from
coins, and compressed air molecules making a
flimsy plastic straw so strong it went
through a potato! We enjoyed ourselves,
learnt a lot and would love to keep
experimenting in class and at home.
Properties of Materials
Last term in 5G, we explored
different properties of materials and designed our
own fast-food takeaway containers. We attempted to
make them strong, as well as effective insulators.
This week we tested their reliability and measured
how successful they were.
Here are a few of our designs....
Great Fire of London
Last week Y5 had
created our very own Great Fire of London.
Unfortunately our 'firebreak' wasn't quite
big enough and our fire crossed it, burning
down our London in its entirety. Luckily the
real thing was a bit more successful!
Despite the failure of our 'firebreak', we
found the experience extremely fun and
certainly one we will remember.
Book Week in Year 5
the 16th October, Year 5 started a week of
celebrating books! We had a week filled with
exciting activities such as writing our own Greek
myths, designing pop-up books, writing blurbs,
discovering various techniques to inspire us AND we
were visited by 3 inspirational writers (not to
mention our beloved bed time story evening too)!
We had a creative writing
workshop with Debi Evans (author of The Secret
Adventures of Rolo) who shared some writing tips
with us and unlocked our imaginations.
Turner (a children’s narrator) shared some of his
favourite stories with us in the library. We were
hooked! Peter shared his experiences of picking up
accents and the importance of intonation in our
voices when reading.
Towards the end of the week,
Rachel Bown (a triathlete and author of her own
autobiography, ‘A Butterfly Within’) told us of her
journey that inspired her to write. We learnt how
stories don’t necessarily have to be fantasy and how
our feelings can make a good read too.
Our bed time stories were, as
always, cosy and fun with hot chocolate and some of
the teachers’ favourite books!
Isle of Wight
Swallows and Amazons
This term Year 5
studied the classic book Swallows and
Amazons. We wrote comic strips and wrote
newspaper reports as well as making our own
replica sailing boats. We had lots of fun
racing them on the stream near the school.
Click on the image to see more pictures that
show us in action!
Emily, Sophie, Patrick and
James took part in the annual Year 5 Maths Challenge
at the Paragon School on Monday, where they competed
in pairs against schools from across Bath. WASPS
finished 7th of 32 schools and, most importantly,
pupils had a great time and demonstrated excellent
perseverance and resilience. Patrick said, "It was
really fun to do something different, and to get our
brains working on a lots of different puzzling
activities. I liked the tangram puzzles best. I
think James and I were a good team!"
Times Tables Challenge
On Monday pupils across Upper
WASPS took part in our NSPCC Sponsored Challenge
Times Table Challenge. Pupils enjoyed a variety of
activities aimed at honing their times tables
skills, and they impressed us with their enthusiasm
and focus. Special congratulations to Hayley, Emily
and Harley who were Y5’s top scoring times table
5L had their final Archie
Project visit to Oakfield Care Home today. Some
great friendships have been formed between pupils
and residents over the past few months, and we will
miss our weekly visits! 5R look forward to carrying
on the project and meeting all of our new friends
“I like to see the children because it
reminds me of my own children”
“They are always very talkative and
“It gives me contact with the outside world.
I've had some interesting discussions with them
and was surprised by their knowledge”
“I enjoy the children’s visits to my room
when I don’t feel right enough to go
“The residents adore the visits from the
school children, one resident asks frequently
when they are next coming to us, for some it is
the highlight of their fortnight. Without the
children’s visit the majority would have no
interaction with children and I notice how
uplifted and engaged they are whilst in their
A couple of the residents have developed
beautiful relationships with them and two lovely
children have visited one of our ladies with
their Mother. If the children stopped visiting
us we would feel lonely!”
“They are so young but to be interested
in us old people is marvellous. They are
such nice boys, I was surprised and pleased
to have Harry and Tom visit, me being an
oldie. Their gesture of beautiful flowers
makes me feel like I've not been tossed
aside. It's very good indeed.”
“I really enjoyed them, they are well
mannered, I hope they keep coming.”
Ancient Greek Comic Strips
This term we have been
studying the Ancient Greeks. We have loved hearing
about some exciting Greek myths. Our favourite myth
was one about Theseus and how he solved the problem
of a hungry Minotaur. We wrote our own comic strips
with illustrations, short narrative and exciting
We then got to read our own comics to a year 2 class
(obviously we left out the gruesome bits!)
Our Wild Wednesdays have been
rammed full of exciting adventures at Cleeve Hill.
We have been working with the scouts, learning about
navigation, coordinates and communications through
Morse code and semaphore. We finished our series of
outdoor learning at Cleeve Hill with fire lighting
and making dampers over the fire.
Harry Potter Writing Workshop
We recently took part in a
writing workshop at Oldfield School. The theme was
Harry Potter and we got to make our own wand! We
described how we would like it to look and even
wrote a descriptive advertisement to sell it.
Holst's Planets Suite
In Music this term we have
been complementing our learning in Science by
studying the music from Gustav Holst's "Planets
Suite". As part of this we have been creating
pastiche compositions based on each of Holst's
planet movements. Here is a recording of our class
composition of 'Venus - The Bringer of Peace' which
featured the whole class playing a variety of
keyboards, guitars, ukuleles, glockenspiels and
untuned percussion. The chords are Holst's but the
melody was composed by the class and is based on the
notes of the Dorian mode'
Click to download and listen
to recordings of our work:
Woodland Care Home Visit
Last Wednesday 5L had our
first visit to Woodland Grove Care Home. We enjoyed
listening to the stories the older people had to
share, whilst sharing with them what we have learnt
in class. We are looking forward to seeing them
again over the next few weeks.
Rocket Science Year 5
Year 5 are very excited to be
part of a national science experiment being carried
out in conjunction with British astronaut Tim Peake
and The Royal Horticultural Society,
In 2015 1000s of rocket seeds were sent into space
and spent 6 months on the international space
station. These seeds were then returned to earth and
have been distributed to schools in order to perform
an experiment to study the effect of micro-gravity
on plant seeds.
On Tuesday 5th May 5CP received their seeds and
planted 200 individual rocket seeds (100 of which
have been to space and 100 of which remained on
earth). Year 5 will be conducting a series of
observations as the seeds grow over the next 6
weeks. We will then compare the results with rocket
seeds being grown in all classes across WASPS. We
will then be able to describe any effect the 6
months of orbiting the Earth has had on the seeds
Ancient Greek Comic Strips
This term we have been
studying the myths of Ancient Greece. One of our
favourites was about Theseus and The Minotaur. We
decided that we would write this myth in the style
of a comic strip then shared them with the Year 2
Earth, Moon and Stars
Our Science topic this term
was Earth, Moon and Stars. We created our own chalk
drawings of the phases of the moon.
In our literacy lessons we looked at writing
explanatory texts. We wrote the sequential steps
that form the phases of the moon. An example of this
crowned West of England Level 2 year 5/6 Gymnastic
championships at the Sainsbury's school games.
eight other regional winners WASPS were victorious
with a winning margin of 0.2 points!!
All five children
completed a set floor routine and two vaults to a
very high standard.
On the 9th of June, 9 Year 5
pupils spent an exciting day at Ralph Allen School
learning and practising Lego Robotics. We spent the
morning learning how to programme the robot to
perform various tasks, and then in the afternoon we
used our new skills to complete various missions in
teams. We had a brilliant time and learnt loads!
Message from 5L's Justice
In 5L we have been enjoying putting our
class Christian value into practice by
acting as 'Justice Makers' for Year 0 and 1.
Every Wednesday break time we help them to
play fairly with one another. We really
enjoy it, and think that they do too!
A message from Joshua and
On Monday 11th May an excited
5L embarked on a vigorous 2.7 mile walk to the
Holburne museum. After an informative introduction
we explored the galleries; there were lots of
interesting pieces to examine with activities to
complete along the way. Finally, we reached the Take
One Vase that we had been learning all about. It was
amazing to see it for real - it was a lot smaller
than a lot of us guessed! The visit culminated with
us creating our very own Wedgwood-inspired artwork.
We made gift bags, like those that may have been
used in Josiah Wedgwood’s shop in Bath. We
particularly enjoyed using repeated printing to
create Greek key patterns. Here are some pictures of
us decorating our Wedgwood-style bags:
Mystic Potion-Making Afternoon!
On the 27th of January
year five took part in a Harry
Potter-inspired mystic potion-making
afternoon led by the science team at
Oldfield School. The children experienced
some extreme experiments and concocted some
of their own potions with all sorts of
beastly ingredients. Here are some pictures
to show you that even though the potions
were ghastly the children enjoyed working in
a purpose built laboratory. Click on the
image to see a gallery of pictures!
Our Sports Afternoon at
Here are some pictures form
5G’s recent trip to Oldfield School’s beautiful
sports centre. After a brisk walk up the hill the
children in 5G had the opportunity to play a range
of sports and activities. The year 10 sports leaders
were able to experience leading a session with real
life children which will help them achieve their
sports leadership award. The competitive nature of
our children was perfectly harnessed to provide an
excellent afternoon of sport.
An Exciting Day of Science,
Technology, Engineering and Maths
On the 6th of March, 24 Year 5
pupils visited Hayesfield School for an exciting day
of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Primary Maths Challenge
On Tuesday 3rd March four of
our Y5 pupils attended the Y5 Primary Maths
Challenge at The Paragon School in Bath. Polly,
Oliver, William and Imogen competed in pairs against
around 120 Y5 pupils from private and state schools
across Bath. There were a variety of challenging
activities, which included both geometric and
numeric problems to solve. All four pupils enjoyed
the event enormously, and Imogen and William were
particularly pleased as they came runners-up! We
would like to congratulate them on this fantastic
5L Parent Questionnaire
Number of responses: 17
Percentage of YES responses
WASPS is well led by Mrs
Bull and the staff.
WASPS children are taught
to be considerate and respectful of others,
knowing the difference between right and
In general my child is
taught well at WASPS and I am happy with the
progress he / she is making.
Following this class
assembly, I now know what my child’s
Christian class value is. I agree that the
school promotes Christian values well.
My child feels safe at
“As a grandmother I think
the school is excellent- caring and friendly.”
“I am always impressed by how the teaching themes
are woven so skilfully into creative themes. My
children LOVE doing class assemblies and are all
very, very happy at the school. Many thanks.”
“Brilliant. Really pleased with how my children are
doing at WASPS. Many thanks.”
“Excellent assembly. ALL children confident and
strong. Quality work evident.”
“Pleased to see the links with the church being
“A highly impressive assembly, focusing on the
children’s creativity, development and bringing out
their innate qualities. I was highly impressed by
“I think they are all fortunate to go to WASPS.”
“The assembly gave a great overview of the topics
covered so far this year. Very informative and
Bugs, Reptiles and Things!
Year 5 Prayers