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Year 5

The Life Centre


Some children from Year 5 and our Science Ambassadors were very lucky yesterday and had a trip to The Life Centre. They carried out investigations and completed circuits using batteries and Hydrogen gas. The explore the 'Wow' zone and loved the Space zone. Our visit ended with a showing the amazing planetarium. They were all superbly behaved and learned a lot.

Design and Technology


Today Year 5 started their new DT topic which is make a structure of bridge. The first lesson was to explore ways to reinforce a beam to improve its strength. They had lots of fun doing this!

Hydrogen Homes


Some children from KS2 have had a visit to Hydrogen Homes in Low Thornley. This is part of our climate change challenge to reduce our carbon footprint as a school. The visit was very interesting and the children were able to learn about the benefits of using Hydrogen, as well as getting to see new, innovative appliances which run on Hydrogen. The group were very well engaged, asking interesting questions to deepen their understanding. The homes had working appliances and were fully functioning. They ended the afternoon by designing a poster about climate change and will present these in a whole school assembly next Monday. 

World Book Day 2023


Year 5 had a great day celebrating World Book Day 2023. They came to school wearing pyjamas and brought teddies. They had stories with their parents and carers and enjoyed a trip to the local library. We all love to read in Year 5! What a great day!

Share a story

To celebrate coming to the end of our 'reading challenge' this week, Year 5 shared a story with Year 1 and enjoyed a hot chocolate with marshmallows. This was lovely and the children were very well-behaved. They all enjoyed sharing stories.


Today in PE, year 5 were 'Dressed to Express' and had their dance lesson outside. They were able to work together and come up with create dances. They enjoyed expressing themselves through movement and team work.

Digi Maps


In Geography, Year 5 used a Digi Map of Gateshead from 1850 and2022 as part of their field work. They were able to identify the changes in land use across Gateshead. This generated excellent discussions about changes and why places in Gateshead have changes over the years. 

Class Liturgical Prayer 


This half term, in PE, Rachel is coming in to teach the children a dance linked to the Industrial Revolution. She started the children off with moves linked to travelling, hand gestures, stillness, jumping and shapes. They then continued their own dance. Everyone was engaged throughout the session and can't wait for next week!

Gateshead Archives 

Year 5 visited Gateshead Library to see the Archives. Our new History topic is about the Industrial revolution and the impact on Gateshead and Newcastle. The children learned about changes brought about by the industrial revolution and materials that were manufactured for the world in Gateshead. It was extremely informative and a great way to begin our topic.




Chemical Reactions


Today in science as part of our Changing Materials topic, Year 5 observed chemical reactions and were able to discuss whether or not the changes were reversible or irreversible. We started by recapping what soluble means. They mixed material with water, filtered them and found out that some materials that become a solution because they dissolve could not be separated using a filter. They all had a great time creating Carbon Dioxide, which filled balloon when they mixed Bicarbonate of Soda and White Vinegar!

Christmas Panto!


Year 5 absolutely loved watching Beauty and the Beast at the Tyne Theatre. It was so much fun! Have a very Merry  and Holy Christmas. See you all in 2023!

Santa Dash!

Today the Playground Buddies went to Gateshead Leisure Centre to take part in playground training.  They learnt lots of new activities that they can share with other children at play times.

They all had a fantastic time and were an absolute to the school.

Playground Buddies

Christmas Jumper Day

Be Internet Legends Day


Today, Year 5 took part in 'Be Internet Legends Day' as part of e-safety. It was very informative and they enjoyed participating in an event with schools around the UK. They learned how to be an internet legend and now know the 5 ways they can do this. 1. Stay Sharp - think before you post. 2. Stay Alert - check it is real. 3. Stay Secure - protect your stuff. 4. Stay Kind - respecting each other. 5. Stay Brave - when in doubt, discuss. 

Advent Survival Afternoon


Year 5 have been very lucky and had the opportunity to take part in an Advent Survival Afternoon. They were very prayerful and thought about the purpose of Advent. They discussed ways in which they prepare for the coming of Jesus and Christmas time. The afternoon was calm, thought provoking and a time to reflect on their own lives. They ended a cold outdoor activity by lighting fires and making s'mores. Well done Year 5!

Judaism workshop 

Today in Year 5, we had a visit from Deanna Van Der Velde, a member of the local Jewish community. As we have been celebrating inter-faith week in school, she was able to tell us more about her faith and traditions

They looked at The Torah Scrolls and other important artefacts. They were all very engaged and interested in what she had to teach them about her faith and community.