Hello and welcome to Elm Class!

Teacher: Miss Paxton

Teaching Assistant: Miss Wynn

Homework reminder:

In Year 5, children will be given one piece of literacy and one piece of maths homework per week along with a list of spellings to practice.

Homework will be given every Friday to be completed by the following Wednesday. Spelling tests will be on the following Friday.   In addition to this homework, children are expected to read their home reading book as often as possible and achieve 1000 points on Mathletics by each Friday.

Thank you, Miss Paxton.


This year, our class author is Michael Morpurgo so we are going to look at some of his stories in detail, especially those which link into our topic work which in the Autumn term will be Earth Matters and The Second World War.

In the first Spring term, Year 5 will be studying the epic story of Beowulf, learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and exploring our solar system!

 In our second Spring term we will be exploring the continent of Australia, as well as learning all about different types of instructions and taking part in a special programme of basketball coaching!


In the summer term we are going to be will be finding out about dinosaurs and how animals adapt to survive in topic and science, as well as improving our world map skills! We are also lucky to have a gymnastic coach to teach us how to tumble.




Thank you for a great year, good luck in Year 6!



A cheeky peek at Year 5 and 6's show!



Year 5 enjoyed spending their Fiver Challenge earnings on a class party!





The whole school had a great day at Northumberland park, here are Year 5's best bits!



Year 5 made just over £100 by selling hand made crafts in the Fiver Challenge. A huge thank you to special guest George Fouche, parents and children who helped make this possible!







Our first gymnastics lesson - hopefully we'll be less achy next week!






We enjoyed making jokes for Comic Relief and raising money for other children :D





Year 5 had a great time with Newcastle Eagles, taking part in a multi-school basketball tournament. The whole class tried their best and we won ten matches!






Breaking news! Year 5 have discovered ancient Aboriginal art!

Happy World Book Day!

Have a look at the fun activities that we've done today...

Aboriginal Art

We made Aboriginal art using pointillism techniques to start off our Australia topic. It was very tricky and we had to paint carefully and precisely.


The class had great fun today writing recipes for Anglo-Saxon biscuits - and actually making them was fun too!




Year 5 have had fun over the last week planning and creating a Greek Myth in the style of a comic book!





We used drama to share parts of our Anglo-Saxon legends!







We really enjoyed learning all about the Anglo-Saxons at Bede's World!

Want to find out more? Visit to find out all about the Anglo-Saxons in Britain.





Today Year 5 explored our solar system! Can you come up with a fun way to help your child remember the order of the planets?







Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from Elm class!





Year 5 have been having fun learning all about reversible and irreversible changes. We enjoyed the glowstick experiment, but the chocolate button test we the best for tasty reasons. 



Year 5 visited our Snowdog in the Sage! Can you spot it?

We had fun finding other dogs around Gateshead too. Which one is you favourite? 



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Which Michael Morpurgo book is your favourite?



As part of being a Rights Respecting School, the children have learned all about needs and wants. We had fun debating why designer clothes were a want not a need and had some really emotive discussion around what it's like to not have a need. See what we got up to: