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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January 2020


For DT this term we have been focusing on rivers. We first looked at the black and white photography of rivers and thought about the images in thorough detail. We each picked our own images of rivers and annotated our pictures focusing ion details such as if the river had a story behind it, whether the images showed weakness or strength, how the images made us feel, the angles the images had been taken and so much more. We then added our own lines of colour to the image so we can later stitch in our own embroidery lines to images of rivers. We can’t wait!


Pupils were challenged to become internet detectives! Their task was to use their research skills to locate specific information about India and to present the information in their own words.

Pupils also added appropriate images. They had to resize and format the images used. They were encouraged to acknowledge the images that they had used by referencing the website they came from.

Discussion also centred on the meaning of the terms copyright and plagiarism. Pupils were made aware of the importance of considering this when researching and using information from the internet.


Our topic for this term is rivers! We started our topic off with a novel by Eva Ibbotson: ‘The journey to the river sea.’ We have been learning about Maia, an orphan and Ms Minton, her governess. Maia is on her way to the river Amazon, to live with far distant family, who will care for her. We have been looking at our reading strategies: skim and scan to find answers to questions, such as retrieval questions. We have been building on our knowledge about descriptive writing by composing a piece of descriptive writing about Ms Minton and Maia’s twin cousins and about setting. We also made a comparison of what Maia thinks life at the family would be and then the actual hard reality she has to face. All the time we focus on our targets such as: fronted adverbials, sub-ordinate clauses and Alan Peat 2 pair rule where we use 2 pairs of adjectives to describe nouns.


In Geography we have been learning about rivers. This topic has been very enjoyable because we have been linking in rivers of the world to rivers around us right here in Slough!

We have been drawing and labelling the features of a river starting from the mouth, the lower course, middle course and upper course. We even looked at the meander in the river and why this is important. We then made beautiful work about the water cycle and the different elements linking to this. We looked at the importance of precipitation, collection, evaporation and condensation.


Our topic for Maths this term has been multiplication and division. We began by multiplying four digit numbers by one digit, then two digit numbers by two digits and progressed further every day. We created some stories to help us understand multiplication problems and linked in how multiplication and division is relevant to everyday life. We then moved onto division and again created stories to help us get an in-depth understanding of what division is and how helpful it can be. We learnt division with counters and then learnt how to divide with remainders.


In Music the children have been learning the benefits of music:

  • Concentration
  • Team work
  • Self esteem
  • Co-ordination
  • Perseverance

They are learning songs related to their topic ‘Rivers’ and are appraising different pieces about rivers using inter-related dimensions (technical vocabulary)


In Year 5 this term we have been learning the 6 sets of Panjabi letters and revising their previous learning by reading and writing words with different symbols. For speaking and listening our main focus has been on different seasons. Children are learning about different seasons in Panjabi and how the weather changes according to the seasons. They are also learning new vocabulary about weather through their experiences.  Children are making posters and drawing pictures of different seasons in their books and sharing their learning with the class.


In PE, we have learning to play Throw Tennis.  Children are learning to think on their feet and react quickly to stay in the game.  We have encouraged each other to take risks and to come out of their ‘comfort zone’ along with learning the skills required for throwing and catching.  We have been learning the importance of adapting our style of play to suit the game and also how to recognise necessary steps to improve our performance.  We also focused on looking for the spaces on the court in which to throw the ball and making decisions about where to throw it before we receive it.


Our first lesson in PSHE this term was about peer pressure. Making decisions on your own is hard enough, but when other people get involved and try to pressure you one way or another, it can be even harder. People who are your age, like your classmates, are called peers. When they try to influence how you act, to get you to do something, it’s called peer pressure. Peer pressure can be a good or positive force, but also a very negative force. Some children are easily influenced by friends than others. We explored the benefits of peer pressure, but we also looked at the pitfalls of it.


The children have been looking at Hinduism during our RE sessions and have been furthering their understanding of what Hindus believe about God. We started a discussion with a question: How can Brahman be everywhere and in everything? We have also been increasing our understanding of the different names that Hindus have for God and the different roles they perform in the religion.

The children have been very keen to discuss the similarities and differences between the Hindu faith and their own and we have all enjoyed learning about the Hindu views on there being one supreme creator who can take many forms.


This term in year 5, we started our topic of Electricity. Firstly, discussed our prior learning about electricity. We recapped on electrical circuits, conductors and insulators. We conducted a series of experiments including whether rubbing a ruler against our hair increased the amount of static electricity it held.

In our second session, we conducted a series of experiments to find out what would have an effect on the brightness of the bulb.

Sikh Studies

To mark Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Gurpurab that was in early January, this month children have been looking at the family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and creating a family tree to show Guru Ji’s family. They were shown pictures and short video clips from the Chaar Sahibzaade movie showing Guru Ji’s family. Then children had to create their own family tree of Guru Ji’s family.

Some children who were Greater Depth and who had more knowledge were able to extend their family tree further to include the extended family of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. This helped the children to understand the relationship between the 10th Guru and previous Gurus.