Mrs Van Rooyen

5 Raven

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 Chahal

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June 2021


In Art, we are focussing on Derek Gores. We have learnt many skills when making a collage and different skills to create different effects such as tearing, using scissors for a smooth finish and also using a ruler to tear pieces from magazines and newspapers.

Our collage is focussing on the topic for the term which is about global warming and climate change. We each chose a smaller topic within this to focus our collage o such as save electivity, protect the animals, plastic recycle etc. We then looked through newspapers and magazines to find our relevant images and key words ready for our final art piece.


In English this term our topic is based on ‘Khalsa Cares’ and we link it to our Geography topic of climate change and global warming. We are busy writing our letter to the local MP to persuade him to make some changes in Slough which will better the local area and environment around us. Our focus is plastic in the environment and we are using our grammar skills to persuade our MP to get shops to stop using single-use of plastics. We learnt about causal conjunctions, modal verbs and best of all, emotive language. We can now spot the emotive language in other text types too! Some of would like to use our persuasive skills to persuade our teacher to have more time out of the classroom – especially in the heat!


In ICT, we focused on online safety. The children have been learning the following:
• To understand the need to keep personal information and passwords private, and know how to choose a secure password.
• Children understand appropriate and inappropriate use of the Internet including excessive use.
• Children recognise the risks and rewards of using Internet communication tools and understand how to protect themselves and the devices they use.
• Children understand the need to respect the rights of other users, and understand their own responsibility for information that is shared and how it may impact on others.


This term in Maths, we are continuing to focus on problem solving by using the four number operations. Children had to solve 2 step and multi-step problems. We moved on from addition and subtraction and are now focusing on fractions, decimal numbers up to 2dp and percentages. We learnt that there’s a clear link between these three components and really enjoy to find the link! We are comparing numbers, ordering numbers, partitioning decimal numbers and many more – even problem solving! We are nearly the experts!


I have been very proud of the attitude of the students this term as some music restrictions are still in place.

The children have created a piece related to caring for our world. They have written their own rhythms to fit with their lyrics and have played them alongside drones and dorian modes, using glockenspiels and chime bars.


In Year 5 children have been learning 6 sets of Panjabi letters. Children are reading and writing words using these letters. This month they have also been learning how to make simple sentences in Panjabi like kp (ieh kp hY) and some children have been using adjectives in their sentences. For speaking and listening our topic for this term is different seasons of the year. The main focus is on the

summer season and the difference in the weather from winter to summer. Pupils are also learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s Shahidi and his contributions to the Sikh religion.


This month we had our Sports Day!  Children took part in lots of fun races including Parachute Popcorn, Slalom and 50 metre dash!

There were lots of winners on the day and the fastest sprinters won Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.  We also gave away Frisbees and Sponsored water bottles as prizes to children who showed excellent team spirit by cheering their team on and encouraging others!

We also had a visit from our much loved mascot Ladoo and children enjoyed the lovely weather on the day by having a picnic on the field with their friends and teachers.

We hope to see you all at next year’s Sports Day as you were missed this year by all staff and children.


In PSHE, we have been learning about what makes a good friend.  We spoke about the qualities we expect to have in a friend and therefore how we should treat others by showing respect but also to know that you have to have respect for yourself before you can show respect to others!  We linked our learning to our Khalsa values and our British values and we explored how we apply the five Khalsa in our school and home life.


In RE we have been focussing on Hinduism. We looked at the life cycle of a Hindu and the important events that happen in our lives. We also looked at the Hindu belief of Moksha (the end of death and the rebirth cycle), Samsara (when the soul passes through the cycle of successive lives) and Karma (deeds carried on in your current life).


In Science, children learnt about the human life cycle. They learnt about growing up, the scientific names for their body parts, and also how babies are made. Children learn about the reproduction in humans (as an example of a mammal), including the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, menstrual cycle (without details of hormones), gestation and birth, to include the effect of maternal lifestyle on the foetus through the placenta.

Sikh Studies

In Sikh Studies we have been learning about Bhagat Puran Singh Ji. Children have been learning the life story of Bhagat Puran Singh Ji and their lifetime achievements. Bhagat Puran Singh Ji is known for caring for the environment and looking after those that are less fortunate like the disabled and handicapped people through the charity they set up called Pingalwara. Children had learnt about the life of Bhagat Puran Singh Ji and written about him in their own words using key vocabulary. Children went on to write about his teachings and how they can apply it in their own lives.