Welcome to Class 5!

A gentle reminder that, for health and safety reasons, children should not be wearing earrings for PE lessons. Please remove these on our PE days or provide something to cover the earring (plasters) if this had been recently pierced and so can not be removed. Our P.E. days are now on a Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Our P.E. topic this term is cricket! 


Week beginning 1st May

It was with great excitement and nervous anticipation that our three F1 teams arrived at UTC Reading for the Regional F1 in primary schools Finals Day. The Fierce Flames, Flaming Vehicles and Golden Eagles all from Y5 eagerly awaited their chance to impress the judges. After months of hard work – learning how to use the Silhouette design software, getting businesses to sponsor their teams, drawing up fantastic logos and creating eye-catching portfolios – the teams were ready to represent St.Anne’s.

Each team set up their amazing pit displays showing off their incredible work and team colours. The judges enjoyed many offers of sweets, cakes and the most enormous doughnuts you’ve ever seen!

Each team had to give a presentation to three of the judges telling them all about their F1 journey. There was some tough questioning from the business judges, but our teams were ready with the answers and carried on smiling throughout!

We got the chance to check out our rivals during the lunch break. There was a school from London, one from Hertford and another local school from Caversham. There were nine teams competing, and some fantastic displays.

And then, the excitement grew – time to race! This was the moment of truth for our teams – had we done enough to build the best cars? After a few false starts our cars whizzed down the track, just seconds from start to finish!

By the end of the day the judges had conferred and the results were in. A few nail-biting moments later the announcement came…..and Fierce Flames won the Verbal Presentation certificate! And then we were told that we also came third in the whole competition!

A brilliant result for all our fantastic F1 children. They did St.Anne’s proud, showing immense teamwork, great problem solving and behaving in wonderful sporting fashion. Congratulations to everyone!


Last Week of term 

Year 5/6 Art Gallery

Wow! What a brilliant end to the term. Thank you to all parents and visitors who attended our year 5/6 Art Gallery. We were very proud to present all our hard work and talent from this term. Each week was a focus on a particular movement;

week 1: Impressionism

week 2: Fauvism

Week 3: Cubism

Week 4: Surrealism

Week 5: Abstract

Week 6: Young British Art

We then spent time on promoting the gallery, framing the art work and discussing best ways to present the pieces for the ‘WOW’ effect. It was a great success!


Week Beginning 27th February 2017


This week kicked off with lots of year 5 taking part in a two-day Bikeability course which everyone thought was an awesome experience. Well done to everyone who braved the horrendous weather on Monday!


This week we looked at the weird and quirky art that is Cubisim artwork. We made a self-portrait of ourselves using various shapes, colours and expressions. 

Here are some examples of our impressionism paintings

Week Beginning 20th February 2017 

Our topic this term is ‘Gallery Rebels!’ which we have all be really excited about. We have been looking at various artists and eras from impressionism to cubism to surrealism and even Damien Hirst’s artwork!

Each week we will draw/paint from a particular style so keep looking for all our colourful artwork!

Week Beginning 6th February 2017

On Tuesday we got to test our model cars at UTC Reading. It’s fair to say that we thoroughly enjoyed the experience and have gone away from this with lots of ideas about improving our cars. 


In Maths this week, we have been applying our numeracy skills to Mastery Maths problems. See if you can work some out…

On Friday we enjoyed decorating biscuits in our house colours before the Valentine’s day Bake-off!!


School Council Elections

Congratulations to Tamas and Natalie for being elected Year 5 school councillors! Make sure your voice is heard on behalf of Year 5!


Week Beginning 30th January 2017
Well, what a week we’ve had! 

Firstly, on Monday we started to piece together everything we have been learning and each team created their car to be raced next Tuesday at UTC Reading!

We had a very special visitor come in to help us called Pamela Farries (who had a PhD in engineering). She was extremely helpful and guided us through what could make our cars faster.

Here are some photos from the workshops:

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Also this week, in Maths we have been looking at triangles.

This week for our Maths investigation, we were set a task. We had to make a right angle, isosceles, equilateral and scalene triangle using all 12 sticks.

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This is what we found out:

  • equilateral: 4, 4, 4
  • isosceles: 2, 5, 5
  • scalene: 3, 4, 5; 2, 4, 6
  • right-angled: 3, 4, 5

Week beginning 23rd January

Well what an end to the week!! We had an amazing time on Friday where we went to visit
the Natural History Museum in London!


During our trip we were very lucky to get the chance to explore various parts of the museum.

We firstly ventured into the Darwin Wing where we got to explore various species from a tiny barn mouse to a gigantic blue whale!

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We got to watch a really cool production called ‘The Variety Show.’
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We then had an hour long lunch.

We just about had time to visit the aquatic vertebrates sections and then finally visiting the amazing dinosaur wing! RAAAR!
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Week beginning 16th January

Our P.E. this term has changed to gymnastics! This week we have been learning about the various rolls and important shapes. Looks like we’re having lots of fun!!

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Week starting 9th January


Our first week back was packed with loads of cool activities! We were lucky enough to have a 3D printing workshop where we got to make our very own 3D key ring!!


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Here is our class prayer, The Guardian Angel Prayer.                guardian-angel-prayer
Week beginning 12th December

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed wearing their Christmas jumpers and eating Christmas dinner! Thank you to everyone who donated their £1!


Week beginning 5th December

Assessment week 

Firstly, a huge congratulations to Year 5 who won the tombola competition donating over 100 items to the Christmas fate! Well done to everyone who helped and donated! Year 5 are awesome!!

On Wednesday we thoroughly enjoyed watching the pantomime Aladdin! Thank you again for everyone who brought in their £1!

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Week beginning 28th November 

This week we have been writing non-chronological reports about our alchemy island! We used Mircosoft Word to give our reports a professional finish. We used Word to insert images, edit text & layout and begin to insert hypIMG_2802erlinks.


Week beginning 21st November

First of all I would like to thank everyone for raising money for children in need last Friday.Everyone looked so cosy in their pyjamas. In the afternoon we  had a teddy run which was great fun!!

This week we started to look at Silhouette Studio which is a program the children need to be familiar with when it comes to our F1 finals! A big thank you to Liz Banks who volunteered to guide the children through the basics. Year 5 practiced using this software by creating their own Christmas decorations!!

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Week beginning 14th November 

P.E. kicked off this term with the introduction of tag rugby! Everyone in Year 5 found it challenging but most of all enjoyable!!

This week in tag rugby we practiced tackling, as you can see Year 5 are really enjoying…


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Just a polite reminder to parents & children, only a healthy snack (fruit, dried fruit or vegetables e.g. carrot sticks) can be taken out at break times.


We have a very exciting topic to study this term which is ‘Alchemy Island’ where the children will explore maps, co-ordinates and everything else needed to make their way across Alchemy Island. Don’t forget to pack your imagination!

Week beginning 31st October

This week Year 5 got their hands dirty by holding, touching and feeling samples left from Alchemists from an Alchemy Island!! There were debates and discussions about what these interesting samples were..!

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P.E. days are on a Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings please make sure you bring your kit to school (including trainers). 

Spelling homework will be given out every Monday for a test on Friday. Any other homework will be written down in your homework diary.

We are looking forward to some exciting visits and experiences this year, letters will be sent out which contain all the information you need to know nearer to the date of the visit/experience.

Please keep an eye on our class webpage for all the latest news.

Finally, I hope that you will find year 5 challenging, rewarding and most of all enjoyable!

See you in class!

Mr Maddock (Year 5)