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4th December 2017

This week we have been getting in to the Christmas spirit. Elfvis, Father Christmas' helper, has been visiting Year 5. He has been reporting back to Father Christmas via email and selecting his Secret Pupil of the day.

Here he is at the Pantomime ...


Also this week we have been publishing our fantastic stories for the sequel to 'How To Train Your Dragon' and consolidating our learning of multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.


27th November 2017


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The children in Year 5 this week have been finalising their stories ready to publish next lesson.  The stories the children have been writing focus on Hiccup and his adventures on the island of 'Berk'.

We have also learnt about the ways Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings used to live and why they decided to settle in Britain.

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20th November 2017

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A letter to parents from our Acting Headteacher-Miss B. Draper


Well, what can I say about this week in Year 5! 

A brilliant week of learning has been happening in the Year 5 classroom because this week we have been working extremely hard on 'Takeover Day'. 

The children have been taking responsibility for their job in school and have definitely taking their jobs seriously. 

They have planned and delivered lessons, carried out risk assessments, learning observations and learning walks, carried out administrative tasks and delivered an assembly. 


Fantastic work Year 5 - hope you have enjoyed your role and had a fabulous morning.



Welcome to Whitegate End. How can I help you?


Miss Draper (Acting Head Teacher)



13th November 2017


 What a fabulous week in Year 5. 

We have shown a true Whitegate End spirit when talking about bullying and how we can make sure everyone feels safe, valued and happy.

We have thought carefully about social bullying and how it can affect people emotionally.

We thought about how our body language and facial expressions can be upsetting to others and how we must include everyone so we all feel valued.


Here are some freeze frames of friendly and unfriendly dispositions:


We also wore odd socks on Monday.... To represent the motto 'All different, All equal!'



6th November 2017


What a brilliant first week back. We have designed Viking Shields. Started to read about Gunnar in the story Viking Boy and started to plan for our literacy unit 'How To Train Your Dragon - The Sequel.' 

In maths we have started to learn about 'Factors' and 'Common Multiples' 


To kick start our topic we have designed Viking shields and designed a crest for the middle of the shield. 


On Friday we had a Remembrance Service and made poppies to put in the Whitegate End Remembrance Garden.


Welcome back - I hope you're ready for this terms learning.

We are going to be learning about Vikings and Anglo-Saxons and how and why they settled in Britain.  

We will also be visiting 'The Liverpool World Museum' to participate in a workshop and use the opportunity while we are there to visit other parts of the museum.


Our topic this term is:

Anglo-Saxon vs Viking - Who Do You Think You Are?



During this topic you will be Film Writers, Researchers and Construction Engineers.



Whole Class Guided Reading Text this term is:

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The Viking boy of the title is Gunnar, the only son and heir of a retired chieftain. The family lives peacefully on a fertile homestead, raising sheep and dining on hearty stew. What will happen to Gunnar in this warrior tale?


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Recommended Books

Here I will share books I think you will enjoy, books you should read and books that you won't be able to put down!


There are many fantastic stories available at the moment and you don't have to spend a fortune buying them.  You can ask your local library to order them for you, visit all good book websites and stores - they sometimes have offers or go to charity shops.  These shops often have books that people have donated; they are half the price and as good as new!


Here is the next recommendation for you, perhaps you can choose one of the three below and read it over the half term. If you do we can type your review about it alongside the book! 


December's recommended book for you is called

'Book Scavenger' 

by Jennifer Bertman-Chambliss

The story synopsis:

For twelve-year-old Emily, the best thing about moving to San Francisco is that it's the home city of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, book publisher and creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger (a game where books are hidden in cities all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles). Upon arriving, however, Emily learns that Griswold has been attacked, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold himself. Racing against time, Emily and James try to uncover the secret at the heart of Griswold's new game-before Griswold's attackers find them.


Recommended for 9-11 year olds


Can you solve the puzzles?



So.... we have found out about Ivy and Seb being 'Uncommoners' and their mystery adventure in Lundinor.  Well, here is the next book to their adventures.  


The Smoking Hourglass by Jennifer Bell


Following Ivy Sparrow’s discoveries in The Crooked Sixpence, the adventures continue in the second instalment of The Uncommoners trilogy, The Smoking Hourglass.

As soon as Ivy and her brother Seb set foot back in the mysterious underground city of Lundinor, they know that something has changed . . . Where before there were cobbled streets, now the squares and lanes between the city’s enchanted shops are lush with spring blooms – but something dark is stirring just below the surface, and uncommon traders are uneasy. Ivy and Seb have stumbled into a plot that could condemn every uncommoner to a disastrous fate . . . With the help of Valian, their extraordinary friend – and some exceptional uncommon objects – can Ivy and Seb put a stop to the sinister Dirge’s plans?


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This month's recommendation is 'The Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson.

This book deals with the issue of a child with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how he must overcome this to solve a mystery, as he is the only witness.


Suitable for 9-12 year olds


A story about finding friendship when you're lonely - and hope when all you feel is fear. Twelve-year-old Matthew is trapped in his bedroom by crippling OCD, spending most of his time staring out of his window as the inhabitants of Chestnut Close go about their business. Until the day he is the last person to see his next door neighbour's toddler, Teddy, before he goes missing. Matthew must turn detective and unravel the mystery of Teddy's disappearance - with the help of a brilliant cast of supporting characters. Page-turning, heart breaking, but ultimately life-affirming, this story is perfect for fans of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Wonder. It is a book that will make you laugh and cry.


The first recommendation is by Peter Bunzl and is entitled 'Cogheart'

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Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows.

What could they want from her?

With her friends – Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox – Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realises that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart…

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

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Have you heard about the 100 Book Challenge?

Come down to Year 5 and find out about the 100 Books to read before you leave year 6? 

Give yourself a challenge -

How many can you read in a month? 

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100 Book Reading Challenge. Print these off and keep a record of the ones you read.

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If you loose your spelling sheet or need another I have uploaded the weekly sheets below.  

It is important that you learn these words and learn the meanings of them.  Try to use them in your everyday vocabulary and in your writing.

Pick a word you will use each day - Have a 'Word of the Day'. 

Once you have had your spelling test... don't forget about them - They are for life! 

If you need to practice previous words, you will find all the lists below.  

Keep going - you're doing brilliantly! 


Support for what pupils need to know about spelling:

Phonemic knowledge

The correspondence between letters/graphemes  and sounds/phonemes (GPCS).

• phonics – knowing about letter/sound correspondence.

• spelling patterns and conventions

• homophones – words which sound the same but are written differently.

• Phonological knowledge – understanding syllables and rhymes.


Morphological knowledge

The spelling of grammatical units within words.

• root words – are made up of one morpheme and cannot be split into smaller grammatical units.

• compound words – two root words which make another word when joined.

• suffixes -  added at the end of root words and change its meaning  and sometimes the spelling.

• prefixes - added at the beginning of a root word to change its meaning. Spelling usually unchanged.


Etymological knowledge

The understanding of the origin of words.

• etymology - word derivations. Knowing the different sources of English words.


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As part of our Home/School agreement each teacher will be available on a designated day after school.

I will be available every Monday from 3.00 pm to 3.30 pm.  

This will start on the 11th September and it is an opportunity for you to call in (if you need to) to discuss any issues and concerns.

However, if you need to have a longer meeting to discuss issues/concerns at length then we can arrange a time and a date that will be more suitable.

Monday - Optional Parent drop-ins 3.00 pm-3.30 pm
Tuesday - Swimming - First swimming lesson - 12th September
Wednesday - Homework to be handed in
Thursday - 
Friday - Spelling Test and new spellings handed out

PE Kit - Outdoor Kit (Please see school prospectus for guidance)

Homework Tasks to be given out


Reading at Home





It is important to read with your child every day, this will help your child become competent, fluent readers and also help them with their writing, spelling and in other areas of the curriculum.


If your child is still on scheme reading, they do need to complete it to show they are confident readers and show good understanding of texts. However, I do feel it is very important they read a whole variety of texts, such as; Information books, suitable Newspapers, Poetry, Novels and short stories. So may also bring to school a book of their choice to read for pleasure. 

 Also, to help support home/school agreements, it is also important that you write a short comment and initial you have read with your child in their Home/School Diary.  

As well as this, please help your child to ensure they are organised for their day ahead with correct school uniform, PE kit and homework.  


Mrs. Travis

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Autumn 1



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Welcome, Wizards of Whitegate End

Welcome to Year 5.... This term our topic is 'Wizards of Whitegate End'.   In Year 5 your teachers are Mrs Travis and Miss Benbow.


We will be immersing ourselves in all things 'Wizardry'.  So get your hats and capes at the ready! 

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In writing we will write setting descriptions from Harry Potter and write our own wizard stories. 

During whole class reading, we will read the book 'The Uncommoners, The Crooked Sixpence'.

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The Wizards Return...

9th October 2017

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The Legend of Tom Trueheart.

We are using The Legend of Tom Trueheart for the inspiration of our narrative writing.  

We planned a story in pairs, then shared our story ideas to create one big story. 

Our character, will go on a quest to save a cursed prince and he will have to defeat the evil wizard, Gallieth! 




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We have carried out an investigation in science to find out which cup will keep the wizard's potion the hottest within a set amount of time.  We asked 'Which cup will be best at keeping the wizard's potion the hottest?'


We had a range of cups and had to take regular readings.  We found that the polystyrene cup was by far the best at keeping the potion insulated.



School Council Elections

On Thursday Year 5 elected their school council leaders for their class by having a democratic vote. Here we are posting our ballot papers!





Last week we were really lucky to have Rock Kidz join us at school and teach us some valuable lessons through the power of music and rock!

We had so much fun and we topped it off with an amazing two night concert.

Have a look at some of our class photos.