Feeling peckish with perimeters

Today in maths we continued to look at perimeter. We were given a packet of cheese bites which we used to create examples of irregular shapes. We then worked out the perimeter. The tricky bit was remembering where we started so we used pens to mark the lines as we counted to make sure we didn’t over, or under, count the perimeter. We then repeated this to make sure that we were accurate.

‘Painting the scene’ with our writing

In Year 5 we have been focusing on how to use various different techniques to help ‘paint the scene’ for the reader. These involve using similes, metaphors, adverbs and adjectives. As we are focusing on The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo in Literacy, we looked at extracts on how he used these within his writing. We then tried to write in a similar style. Here are two examples below describing the scene out of the window


As I gazed at the crop fields spread across the view, I noticed the blazing, bright orange sun. The rolling hills took my breath as I saw the forest to the right of me. It was spread all up to the mountain. All I could see was glistening leaves all over the horizon. The jewelled soft grass looked like paradise under the blazing sunset. Villages near the mountains made it the perfect view of autumn. All I wanted to do was run out of the house and explore the horizon under the sunset. The lake behind the forest was crystal clear, sapphire like and ripples of water came from popping bubbled from fish. The immense mountains spread for miles across the landscape. Birds circled all of the horizon like they found a particular place interesting. Trees waved to me like I was famous. The sun was getting darker as all of the wildlife came out of the forest.

Thomas – Year 5


As I gazed out of the window, my eyes blinked twice at the sight before me. Castle turrets glimmered in the sunshine. High and proud, the birds soared overhead, swooping through the air. Fluffy white clouds shone over the crystal effected path. Great oak chairs and tabled balanced on the luscious, jewelled grass. The trees waved at me in the gentle breeze, their leaves turning to the sun. Rare red roses lay before me.

Emily-Jane – Year 5


What do you see? How could you describe it?


Sneak Preview – River water colours

Year 5 have been working hard to complete their river recounts and watercolour presentation sheets. Here is a sneak preview of the work that they have produced so far. Watch this space for the finished display!


Multiplying numbers by 10 rap

Below is the rap that Year 5 learnt today when looking at how to multiply a number by 10. We then used this to help us with the grid method.


The Multiplying Rap

Hey Dude get into the groove,

Multiplying by ten, makes the digits move ,

One place to the left, all the numbers go,

Leaves a place at the end for a zero.

One zero- moves in, to hold the place,

When all the digits moved, they left one space.

Your – start number, has now increased ,

It’s ten times bigger – what a relief!!


Practice using the website below. Challenge: Try multiplying decimals by 10


Y5 trip to the river Nene

Our topic this term is all about rivers and today we walked to Far Cotton to visit the local river which runs through Northamptonshire. We were all very excited because some of us haven’t seen the river Nene before.

Over the last few weeks we have been learning all about the Far Cotton floods of 1998.  We walked down St Leonards road which is made up of loads of shops. We looked at pictures which showed that when the area flooded, it came to the top of cars! As a result shops and homes were damaged. When we walked up to St Leonards road, we tried to find some of the shops that were in the pictures. We were excited to see the shops and river Nene – Emily- Jane counted 112 shops in total!

Once we got to the river Nene we walked alongside it and saw a couple of canal boats. We sat on the river banks and sketched the South Bridge. It was lovely and peaceful! We really enjoyed practicing our sketching skills. As we continued our walk, we crossed another bridge. Miss Coade said that we weren’t allowed to play Pooh Sticks because throwing lolly sticks into the river would be bad for the environment. We still found out that it was made by Winnie the Pooh! We saw a variety of wildlife on the river including ducks and fish.

One of the main parts of our trip was to look at the flood defences in the area. We found a newspaper report which said that the flood defences in Northampton are one of the best in the country! The river Nene has quite a lot of flood defences which were built after 1998. It has corrugated iron walls against parts of the river bank. This makes it waterproof and adds strength to the sides. There is also a siren to warn people if water levels are rising and if there is a danger of flooding (shown in the pictures below). Sticking out from the river were large measuring sticks which showed the water depth levels. We then walked back up the hill to school and went over the answers to the quiz.



Netball club begins!

The day is finally here! Netball club officially starts after school today 🙂 Miss Coade has got her trainers and has done her homework ready. See you there!

Flooding of Far Cotton in 1998

Today we had some very special visitors from the Far Cotton History Group to talk to us about the floods of 1998 and 1939. They brought some newspaper articles and photos of the events. It was frightening to see how deep the water was! In some photos it shows the levels at shoulder height! Because Far Cotton is at the bottom of a hill it means that it is prone to flooding. However in recent years flood defences have been put into place to avoid this from happening in the future.

Yesterday we thought carefully about the different questions we could ask and devised lots of open ended questions (questions which require a detailed answer and not just a yes or a no!) They told us about the night of the flooding and that no one was prepared for it. Because it was at night and the water had cut off all the electricity, people had to use candle light, torches and matches to see where they were going. It also meant that the sewers flooded and the smell was awful! People had to be rescued by boats and the fire brigade tried to pump as much water as they could. Local churches were used for shelter and the Red Cross provided blankets and food for thousands of people who had lost their homes.

Over the next week we will be going on a school trip to the area which was flooded. We will also be using our notes to write a recount in Literacy from the perspective of someone who was involved in the floods.


Worldwide Rivers and Waterfalls

This week we have taken our study of rivers further and looked at well known examples world wide! How many famous rivers in the world can you think of?

We have also looked at waterfalls and how they are formed. Follow the link below to see an animation which explains this in more detail.

Finally there is a short video which interviews a group of people fishing. Watch the whole clip to find out exactly where they are….