Hello and welcome to Elm Class!

Teacher: Mr Wearmouth

Teaching Assistant: Miss Wynn

General Notices


Each Friday the children will receive literacy, maths and spelling homework. Homework is due back on the following Wednesday and the class spelling test will take place on a Friday morning. 


P.E takes place on a Friday afternoon.  A school P.E kit is provided and every child must remember their trainers.

Hello and Welcome back!

Hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and is now refreshed and ready for the challenge of year 5!

Autumn 1

This term in English we will be studying the following texts:

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Murpurgo

This is not a fairy tale by Jeremy Strong.   

This Term in Maths we will be exploring place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.


P.E is taught every Friday this term we will be doing Gymnastics!



  Reading - To increase familiarity with a wider range of books.

Writing - To apply parenthesis with relative pronouns.

Maths - To secure place value up to 1 million.

Bridge Building - Futures Fortnight

As part of our work during Futures Fortnight, we have been learning about the different kinds of jobs an engineer could do. We then designed and built our own bridges using card, paper, straws and tape. Which one will be the strongest?

Year 5 had a fantastic day at Bede’s world! We did lots of fun activities and even had an Anglo Saxon battle!

This term we have been investigating forces.

We conducted an investigation to find out which surfaces provided the greatest amount of friction.

The results were very surprising. 

Year 5 have been working hard to design their own poems based on our class text 'Last Night I saw the City Breathing'

They turned out fantastic.

World War II

This half term, the children have been learning all about the Second World War. This has created real excitement in the classroom and the children have enjoyed learning all about the political side of the conflict. So far, we have explored the reasons for the start of the war, how Hitler was appeased, the changing role of women and the impact of Winston Churchill being elected as Prime minister. In class we created some amazing inspirational speeches to keep up the moral of the British people.                   Image result for churchill poster ww2

Stay tuned for our rationing recipes.  

Welcome back!!!!!

Hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and is now refreshed and ready for the challenge of year 5.


This half term we are starting with an enrichment fortnight focusing on maths, design technology, science and engineering.

Elm class will be looking at air/space travel.


So far we have explored the first aeroplane, designed by the Wright brothers, and created our own parachutes.  

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Welcome to Year 5's class p

Summer term: The children in Year 5 will learns all about creating drama in an extended narrative and will also be writing their own Gothic stories. In maths, shape and calculation will be the focus, with children calculating area, perimeter and missing angles. Topic will look at the Ancient May (who invented chocolate!) and science will focus on the human body and electricity.


Spring term: This term, children will be looking at Greek myths in literacy and topic - specifically the story of Pandora's Box. If you'd like to show your child more myths and legends, there are plenty of child friendly videos on YouTube and the school library has many stories too. In science, the class will be finding out all about plants and animals and their habitats. The geography will build upon the children's understanding of how we map the Earth and give them a greater insight into cartography and different types of maps. We will also look at mountains, rivers and vegetation belts around the world.


Autumn term: This year, our class author will be Michael Morpurgo and we will be reading and studying Kensuke's Kingdom this half term. In topic we will be having great fun learning all about the history of moving pictures - from flip books to films! You can find out all about how the first films came to be here In science, we will be linking our topic work to study light by exploring how light travels and experimenting with various light sources.


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. Children will also be expected to read at home at least three times a week, please make a note of this in reading records. If your child reads independently they can fill in their own record.

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 bring their home reading book to school everyday for in class reading and to achieve 1000 points on Mathletics by each Friday.

Thank you, Miss Paxton.


Useful links:

Mathletics (log ins in reading records):

Year 3/4 spelling list:

Year 5/6 spelling list:

Fun videos about anything and everything that we cover in science and geography:


Year 5 have been learning all about the Day of the Dead, check out our beautiful skull masks!

Year 5 have kicked off the World Cup Fortnight by working out our focus country - Mexico!




The finished masterpieces! Watercolour flower paintings to bring the sun out.

Year 5 used the sunny weather to learn how to compose artistic photographs, which they will use to create sketches and finally paintings!

Thank you Destination Judo!

Year 5 led an assembly all about Safer Internet Day 2018 - Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Year 5!





The whole school had great fun at the Christmas Music Workshop and Year 5 had some very important jobs!








Today we designed our own film posters in the style of famous drawn film posters. Check out the awesome artwork!

We had a fabulous time at the Roman Fort in South Shields!



What a great start to the year - we found out lots about South Tyneside and South Shields!

Which Michael Morpurgo book is your favourite?



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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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: