Mrs Chahal

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Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 5

Mrs Van Rooyen and Mrs Chahal warmly welcome you to Year 5.

The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 5, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.

We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.

Mrs Van Rooyen

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December 2019


Our focus for this term is ‘construction’ and to link it to our Great War topic, we then decided to look into bridges. During the War, the enemies tried to destroy bridges in order to cut of communication, to avoid the transport of important necessities, etc. First, we looked at some damaged bridges of WW1 and had discussions as to why we think it was easy to destroy it. We studied the following types of bridges: beam bridges, truss bridges, arch and suspension bridges. We have to design our own bridge that can hold at least 500g. We will be using some recycle materials to build our bridges.  We also learnt that a triangle is the best shape of support, where support is needed.


Pupils have been introduced to a new format of block coding this month. They have learnt to write code to make objects perform an action when a button is clicked. They understand that different buttons can be used to cause different actions to happen.

In ‘Helicopter’, pupils had an opportunity to create their own flying scene using a variety of design facilities. They were able to select their own images and buttons from a library to incorporate into their app. They were able to format the size and angle of the objects and add text. The paint facility of the program and the ability to select an appropriate background allowed them to create their own individualistic app!


In English we have been focussing on newspaper reporting. We have explored many different types of Newspapers and have linked this to our topic of World War One. We have been planning and creating our own newspaper articles based on the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophia Ferdinand in Sarajevo. We also looked at the actual newspaper report which was published when Franz Ferdinand was shot. We then explored the different features of a newspaper and incorporated this into our own work. After we had an in-depth understanding, we began to create our own articles and came up with our own headlines, sub headings and information to include about the assassination.


During this month, we continued our topic on the Great War. We have been looking at Europe before and after World War One and we studied some of the most important battles fought during this war. The assassination of the Austria-Hungarian Emperor, Franz Ferdinand stayed on the foreground, as this was our focus for our news report.  We also looked at the views of soldiers during the war and found out that some soldiers, including some higher-ranking officials, were tired of this ongoing, senseless war and felt it was a waste of not only time, but also lives of so many soldiers.


We started with our unit of multiplication and division. Firstly, we brushed up our knowledge about factors and multiples. Some of us were confused on what exactly it was and found out that multiples are the answers to our times tables.  We also learned how to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 without going into the decimals – as yet. We also refreshed out knowledge on perimeter and discovered that it’s not always easy to calculate the perimeter of a shape, especially when it’s a composite shape and where we need to use some knowledge to calculate the missing sides.


Children have continued to develop their singing skill including diction, breathing techniques and phrasing when singing war songs.

We have discussed the importance of music to maintain morale and help keep the troops’ spirits up during the war.

The children have learnt ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up your troubles’ which can be sung individually or together as partner songs.

In addition to war songs they have also learnt traditional Christmas carols which teach them about the birth of Jesus. They have begun to play accompaniments on the chime bars.


In Year 5 children we have been learning a story from Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life called Haughty Faquire in Panjabi. We were then given a picture which corresponded to a part of the story, we used the picture to discuss that part of the story with our partner and we then shared that with the whole class which helped us gain confidence to speak loudly in Panjabi. We then learnt the order of the story by using the pictures and writing sentences relating to that picture. After we are going to be learning about the different Seasons. Our main focus has been on the Autumn season.


Slough Borough Council has launched an ambitious new activity programme at Khalsa Primary School.

We are working with Active Movement – an organisation set up to focus on simple changes in behaviour that empower people to sit less and move more.

The Active Movement programme is designed to evolve with the children’s own mobility, communication, education and maturity. The programme aims to educate and inspire children to reduce their sedentary behaviour and increase low-level activity as part of the home and school life.

Our children filled out a questionnaire last year to assess their levels of activity.  This year the questionnaire was filled out again and the results will now be evaluated so we can receive catered guidance on how to improve.

Children were assessed on their weight, grip strength and waist circumference last year. A select group of children also wore an activity monitoring device around their waist for a week.  This year the tests and monitoring were repeated so that the results can be evaluated in order for us to receive catered guidance on how to improve.


This term for PSHE we have been learning about rights and responsibilities. We have been discussing the difference between a right and a responsibility that children have. We discussed some rights and responsibilities that children have and should be aware of and differentiated between the two giving reasons why we felt certain things were rights and others were responsibilities. We had several statements where we picked which were rights and which were responsibilities and gave our reasons for our choices. We also discussed how we are all unique and special in our own individual ways.


Our RE topic this term is about Hinduism. We were lucky enough to have a workshop where we could learn more about the Hindu faith. We first wrote down question which we could ask a member of the Hindu faith about their religion and what is important to them. We then had the chance to ask these questions and get a deeper understanding of what is special to them. We also had a chance to look at artefacts relating to the Hindu religion including statues of various Gods, the religious text, prayer beads and so much more! We even had the opportunity to get a real sense of the smells which we find in a Mandir with different incense sticks as these are lit during prayers. We also explored Hindu stories dating back to hundreds of years ago about a princess called Savitri.


In Science we have been learning about food groups. We have been discussing healthy eating and the importance of a balanced diet. We grouped different types of food in the main food groups – dairy, fruits, vegetables, meats, grains, fats and sugars. We also looked at the impact acids and alkali’s have on our teeth and our bodies. We wanted to gain an in-depth understanding how drinks containing acids and alkalis have an impact on our teeth. In order to do this we conducted several experiments over the term to see which liquids were acidic. In one experiment we used litmus paper and tested orange juice, soapy water, tap water, vinegar, lemon juice and toothpaste to see which were acidic and which were neutral. As the litmus paper changed colour we could then decide which was acidic and which was not.

Another experiment we conducted was predicting the result of which juice contains more vitamin C. We used Orange juice and Orange and Mango juice and had so much fun experimenting.

Sikh Studies

To mark the month of Shaheedi (Martyrdom) we have been looking at the story of the Chaar Sahibzaade (4 sons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji). Children were told detailed stories during the Gurdwara Assembly and in class about the Chaar Sahibzaade. Then the children were asked to write a letter to a non-Sikh named John who saw a picture of the Chaar Sahibzaade and has asked the class to write to him and explain who the 4 boys in the picture are. Children wrote as much information they could in the letter to explain who the Chaar Sahibzaade are to a non-Sikh person.