Mrs Van Rooyen

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Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 5

Mrs Van Rooyen and Mrs Sharma 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.

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November 2021


This term we focused on observational drawing. This was quite fun when we started our topic. Firstly, we learnt how to observe some objects and then we moved on to observe a person’s face. We practised with our non-dominant hand, dominant hand and we also did a continues-line activity, which turned out to be a really fun way to do art. Later on, we had to use to writing objects and we had to concentrate very hard to hold the two objects levelled however, we managed to do quite well. Some of us even went home to try out the new skills learnt. We will continue mastering our observational skills!

Archive 2021/2022


Pupils have been working really hard on their PowerPoint Presentations on Mount Picchu. They have been learning what makes a good poster and developed the following skills: how to use their text box tools, picture tools, hyperlinking of slides and how to disable animation in order to present the presentation on a large screen to a bigger audience. Some children are now ready to add in an audio file and we will be recording some video clips to insert a video file too. Children also learnt about a radio button and how it can be used.

Archive 2020/2021


In English this term, we focus on describing a carnival setting. Like before, we need to practise all the grammar and whilst doing so, we also work on collecting a bank of sentences that we can use towards to end in our descriptive writing. We have been looking at the following again – but this time in the context of describing a setting: fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, Alan Peat type of sentences, Preposition starters and many more. During each lesson, we look at a different picture from a carnival and build our bank of sentences around the visual stimulation. We use a grid that helps us with all the types of sentences.


We have been learning about rivers and the river features. We learnt that all rivers have a ‘source’ – this is where the river starts. We’ve also been learning that all rivers flow to the ocean, that there are tributaries that join the main river and eventually, we have a mature river that flows to the ocean. We extended our vocabulary with the following key words: ox box lake, meanders, confluence, levee, mouth, floodplain and estuary. Children also learnt about the stages of the river, which are: young river, mature river and old river.


This month in Maths we have continued looking at multiplication and division. We started by looking at multiples and factors of numbers. We quickly realised how important it is to know our times tables for lots of different areas in Maths. We moved on to prime, square and cube numbers and did some investigating to see if we could notice any patterns! Then we completed work on multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We learnt how the digits are actually moving when we multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. Once we mastered this, we moved on to doing the same with some decimal numbers which we will continue with over the next few weeks.


I have been very proud of the attitude of the students this term.

The Children have further developed their rhythm pulse and use of dynamics, by following different syncopated samba rhythms.
Following on from that, they have begun to create their own group samba piece using a variety of percussion instruments, a staggered start and change in dynamics.

They are due to perform and evaluate these next week.


In Year 5 the main focus of this term has and will be on Guru Nanak Dev Ji since we are celebrating the Prakash Dehara of Dhan Dhan Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. We then learnt about Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s childhood and Three Teachings; Naam Japna, Wand Shakna and Kirt Karna. As well as learning the three teachings, we learnt about their meanings and how to incorporate them into our lives.  We then looked at a story called Haughty Faquire. We were then given a picture which corresponded a part of the story, we used the picture to discuss that part of the story with our partner and we then read the story in Panjabi and with the help of the picture’s children are able to retell the story in Panjabi.

Physical Education

This month in PE the children have been learning about Football.

Children have been learning skills such as dribbling, passing, and defending.  We have been focusing on team play and working collectively towards a set goal.

We have focused on pitch positions and children have been given the task to recognize their strengths and play in a position on the pitch that utilizes that strength.  We have narrowed the positions down to defenders, mid fielders, strikers and goal keepers.

We have also started to introduce left and right positions and will continue to broaden these roles as we learn more about the game.


In PSHE we have been focussing on British Values. In the last couple of weeks, we have particularly focussed on democracy. We have discussed why we have democracy, why it is important and how we use democracy in our everyday life at home and at school.

Religious Education

This month in Sikhi we celebrated two major festivals: Bandi Chor Diwas and Gurpurab. These have been our focus during R.E. We looked at the story of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Boulder. Children have enjoyed celebrating and learning about these festivals. This month in Sikhi we celebrated two major festivals: Bandi Chor Diwas and Gurpurab. These have been our focus during R.E. We looked at the story of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Boulder. Children have enjoyed celebrating and learning about these festivals.


In science we finished our topic of ‘Earth and Space’, we have looked at how day and night happen, how the Earth rotates and even learnt about why we have a leap year. We were fascinated by this topic and have discovered so much about the Earth and beyond! In the last lesson we focussed on shadows and eclipses. We now know how shadows are formed, and how they change direction and length depending on the time of the day as well as the location of the sun. We cannot wait to share these exciting facts with you all.

Sikh Studies

This term in Sikh Studies we have been looking at examples of famous Sikhs in history who have shown great examples of Seva. Namely Bhai Kannaiya Ji and Bhagat Puran Singh Ji and the great Seva they have done for humanity.

They looked closely at each of their lives and the Seva they did which made them very famous in history. Children then wrote a fact file or mini-biography of these great historical figures of Sikh history.

Children were able to show great detail in the information they were able to retain about each of the historical figures.