Mrs Dosanjh

5 Crow

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 5

Mrs Dosanjh and Mr Yarnold 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.

Mr Yarnold

5 Raven

March 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:


In Art, we have been developing a wide range of techniques in using colour, pattern and line. We have used the work of Victoria Villasana as our inspiration, who uses black and white photography as a basis for her pieces. We have also been learning different types of stiches using embroidery thread and binca. We will go onto using these embroidery techniques, in order to stitch onto a black and white portraits of ourselves or a family member, thinking carefully about the message/ emotions we are trying to convey in our photograph.


We have been learning how to manipulate images in Word. To start with, we learnt how to change the basic form of a shape, changing the border colour and filling the shape with colour. We moved onto layering images; grouping images; changing textures and colours in order to create different effects. Finally, we were able to put all these skills in to practise in order to design our own wall paper as well as a picture of a house.


We have been learning how to write our own version of a traditional tale. The one we selected was Little Red Riding Hood and we decided to write a version of the story from the point of view of the Wolf’s character, where he was not the antagonist but the hero of the narrative. We tried to use a more formal tone and decided to focus on the traditional vocabulary used in the original stories. Make sure you find the time to look at our display outside the office in the contemplation zone.


In History, so far this term, we have been studying the Ancient Egyptian period. We will look at what sources of evidence have survived and how they were discovered. We will use this evidence to tell us about everyday life for men, women and children during this historical era. We have learnt about how their writing system is different from our own, how historians find out about the period and we learnt a new word: anachronism – which means an object that is in the wrong time.


In Maths, we have been learning about how fractions, decimals and percentages are linked; how we can convert between them and how to find fractions and percentages of amounts. We discovered that we can apply these skills to our everyday lives and probably already do, without even knowing it. We have been able to work collaboratively, in order to solve problems as well as explain our reasoning.


We have been learning songs about Ancient Egypt that link to our history topic and we have been learning to sing them in different ways. We have also been learning how pulse and rhythm are different, and what helps us to keep a steady beat. We have also been learning how to play a selection of percussive instruments, in time to different beats and pulses. In order to link with our Art topic we have been learning to interpret music through words and sketches.

Physical Education (P.E.)

The children have been working on teamwork. Learning how to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and using this information to help improve their performance in football. They have been given opportunities to evaluate each other’s performances as well as their own. They have also been practicing using the inside of the foot when passing and using key words such as ‘intercept’.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

We have been thinking about ‘Choices’ in Year 5, through the use of a new program, which is accessed through IPADs. This aims to strengthen our own sense of identity, while raising awareness of the influences around us. The scheme has been proven to help build resilience in a range of situations. During the program, we have explored how to make choices, what influences those choices and how to take greater responsibility for keeping ourselves safe.

Religious Education (R.E.)

We have been looking at Hinduism during our RE sessions this term, where we have noted some of the similarities and differences between it and Sikhism. We discovered Hindus believe that there is one God with many different aspects. We hope to develop a deeper understanding by using the following ‘Challenge questions’. Do sacred texts have to be ‘true’ to help people understand their religion? Can the arts help communicate religious beliefs?


We have been learning about different types of materials and their properties. Through various practical experiments, we explored changes of state, how some changes are reversible while others are not, investigated magnetism and conductivity in metals and non-metals. We have been making predictions and justifying them by using scientific concepts that we know about. We have begun to think about independent and dependent variables and will start to implement this when planning our own investigations, based on enquiry questions.

Sikh Studies

In Sikh Studies, so far this month, we have been looking at the Panj Chor (The Five Thieves), how to overcome them with the Five Values (Love, Humility, Truth, Contentment and Compassion) and how to use the values in our daily lives. These are about the vices that as Sikhs we are meant to avoid thinking about or allowing them to overcome us. The Panj Chor are Lust, Anger, Greed, Attachment and Ego. The pupils have learnt examples in real life where they can affect us and how to overcome them with the 5 Values instead.