Welcome to the Year 5 Garrett class page.

This term, Year 5 Garrett have settled in very well. We have been working towards creating an environment that allows us to learn, challenge and question one another. Our environment incorporates all four school values. We have developed our mind-set so we can approach tasks and challenges with resilience and determination.

Each week, as a class, we choose six ‘Super Stars’ that we feel have tried their best in the following categories:

  • Good Work Certificate
  • V.I.P, 100% attendance
  • Homework of the Week
  • Reader of the Week 
  • Table of the Week

Autumn 1

Something Else

Last half term, the children wrote a narrative from a familiar setting. We looked in great detail at the book ‘Something Else’. This book is all about a character that doesn’t fit in with the other animals in the village. This book enabled us to talk about how we work together as one and how we treat others, to ensure everyone feels welcome.

‘I enjoyed re-writing the story of Something Else, I changed my character so he looked unique.’ Nameer

‘I learnt that stories don’t have to be true but you can always learn a lesson from them. I learnt to respect other people no matter what they look like.’ Ellis

This narrative linked in with the topic ‘Ourselves’ where we learnt the life cycle of humans, the changes they experience and habitats.

Roald Dahl Day

On the 13th September it was Roald Dahl day.  It was marked as his 100th birthday and was celebrated world-wide. Year 5 dressed up as their favourite Roald Dahl character. We read ‘The Twits’ and were disgusted but also humoured by the ghastly tricks they played on one another. Year 5 created their own gruesome revenge and wrote a small sequel.

Charlotte’s Web

On the 20th September the children watched a production of Charlotte’s Web in the school hall.  This was a great opportunity for the children to experience. After the production, the children wrote character descriptions about the different characters in the production.

Black History Month 

In the month of October, the academy celebrated Black History Month. A month that celebrates the life and success of those who ensure everyone is able to work alongside each other. We looked at important figures including Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Barak Obama.

Year 5 presented an assembly on everything we had learnt throughout the month. We wanted to share our knowledge with the rest of the school. Thank you to the parents who attended the assembly and came up stairs after to complete a comprehension with their child.

Autumn 2


In English, year 5 wrote their own alternative version of the narrative ‘The Troll’ by Julia Donaldson.  The troll in the story is based on the troll from the Three Billy Goats Gruff  fairy tale, however, in this book, no goats ever go crossing over his bridge.

We tried to use a geographical setting to bring our version of the story to life. In topic, our focus was on Africa, so we used well known beaches and bridges to create our setting descriptions. Ours trolls and pirates went on many journeys in search for their most desired item.


In maths we have been learning about multiplication, division and more recently statistics. We have been mastery fluency, reasoning and problem solving for all three areas. We have also applied these skills into how we would us them outside of school, in the working world and everyday lives.

Growth Mindset Week

Week beginning 7th November was growth mind-set week. We explored what a fixed mind-set is and what a growth mind-set is. The children wrote fixed mind-set phrases and developed them across the week into growth mind-set phrases. Throughout the week, we looked at a book about a little boy who loved to build buildings out of different materials, but the teacher had a fixed mind-set and wouldn’t let him build. When he needed to save the teacher’s life by building a bridge, the teacher’s mind-set changed.

‘You should never give up and you should always have a go at task’ Jacob D

‘Always try your best you and then you will get better.’ Falou

Opera House

The children went to the Manchester Opera house on the 17th November to watched George’s Marvellous Medicine. The children laughed from start to finish. Their understanding of the story line was fantastic.  They set an outstanding example of themselves and the school.

“I think it was funny and exciting when all the animals grew really big after taking the medicine.” Jack and Aleks

“I liked the bit where George made the medicine with all the different chemicals. The grandma grew and then fell asleep on the roof. It was ridiculous.” Chanelle.


On Friday 9th December the children watched Aladdin in the school hall. This was yet again another amazing experience for the children and they loved every minute of it.

Thank you to Excellence for being our photographer for the day.

Grand Opening of the Field

During the last three weeks of the term, years 5 were writing reports on the new field developments. We invited Mrs Mather and Mrs Roughley to our class room so we could interview them. We created a range of open and closed questions. On 7th December, Rawand was selected to attend the grand opening and report back to us exactly what happened. Rawand made an excellent reporter and was even able to get some great shots to share with the class.

Visit to the Co-operative Academy 

For three weeks, year 5 went to the visit the art department at the co-op. The children worked with Mrs Smith. They created winter clay hangings.

Christmas performance

Thank you to those parents who attended our Christmas performance. The children in year 5 and 6 have been practicing to learn their lines and sing together. They were slightly nervous performing in front of a crowd, but sang exceptionally well.

Spring 1

Next term, the children will be looking at the narrative ‘Eliot’s Midnight Superhero’.  They will use this to help them write a narrative from an unfamiliar setting.  This links very well with our topic, which will be Time Snatcher.  During this topic, we will be fossils and evolution. We will also be reading Robert Swindells’s book Time Snatch.

In maths, we will be mastering fraction, decimals and percentages.  They will be given the opportunity to explore how all three of these are used in the real world.

Our author next half term is Robert Swindells, which will be fantastic for our new topic.  The children are really looking forward to reading and listening to his books.


Now we are in Year 5, we know how important it is to know all of our number facts instantly! By now, we should all know our times tables facts. Please spend 10 minute every night recalling multiplication facts.


Handwriting is a focus for us this term, as they are assessed on this throughout the year. By Year 5, your child may have developed their own handwriting style. They will be expected to write legibly and fluently, in accordance with the school’s handwriting policy. They will be writing in pen, rather than pencil by this stage and in most cases, should be expected to join all the time. They might still need reminding of certain rules such as – never join capital letters to the following letter!

Reading Comprehension

  • Children in Year 5 will be encouraged to read a wide range of may listen to and discuss a variety of stories, non-fiction texts, poetry, plays and textbooks in order to understand that texts are structured in different ways and written for different purposes.
  • They will be encouraged to complete book reviews, giving reasons for their opinions and making comparisons with other texts.
  • Children will be reminded to check their reading makes sense, discussing their understanding of the meaning of certain vocabulary as they read. They might also be encouraged to ask questions about the text to further develop their understanding of what is going on and draw inference about character actions, speech or motives, providing evidence. Inference involves using the clues in the story or picture to make a good guess. It involves figuring something out which isn’t fully explained and draws on a child’s existing knowledge of the world.
  • They will also be encouraged to make predictions based on what they’ve already read, summarise key points to show good comprehension and look out for interesting phrases that authors uses.

Parent Information

  • It is important that your child reads every night, if possible to an adult, but don’t worry if that is not possible. Ten- fifteen minutes every night is fine, as long as they are reading and they have understood what they have read. Please make sure they are recording the number of pages that they have read and are writing something about that section, in their green reading journals. Allow your child access to a dictionary so that they can check the meaning of words which they cannot work out themselves (there are free ones online).
  • Homework will be set every Friday and is expected to be back in school the following Friday. Please encourage your child to complete homework on time. If your child is struggling with anything, they should ask a teacher for help – that is what we are here for!
  • It is also very important to make sure they have plenty of sleep and early nights.

Spring 1 


Narrative with an unfamiliar setting

This half term, our narrative ‘Eliot Midnight Superhero’ has been our focus for writing stories with an unfamiliar setting. Eliot is an unsuspecting hero who travels round the world trying to stop anything who wants to cause harm. Eliot is given his most important mission yet…to save the world from a meteor that is sure to destroy the world.

We created our own superheroes using:  http://www.dckids.com/en-gb/dc-super-friends/htmlgame/name/super-hero-me. We were able to choose their appearance, name, super powers and speciality.

Falou’s hero is called Green Bat. He is able to absorb other powers from those who possess them.

Demi-Leigh’s hero is called Diamond Fox. She is super strong. Confidence is her speciality.

Once we made our hero’s, we were able to plan their destination and ultimately their fate. We tried to use a range of cohesive devices in our work to engage the reader.

Newspaper report

Year 5 have spent several weeks finding and implementing the key features of a newspaper report . We spent a session identifying the features based on our prior knowledge and what we had learnt. The aim is to write our own reports of fossil findings in the Academy grounds.



This half term, we have been learning how to find equivalent fractions; add and subtract fractions; convert fractions from improper fractions to mixed number fractions; and convert fractions to decimal.

We have used a range of pictorial, concrete and abstract resources/methods to aid us.

Topic: Time Snatch

This terms topic is based on the class novel ‘Time Snatch’. The book is about a family who have the ability to bring extinct species to the present day using an invention created by the mum called ‘Rye’s Apparatus’.

Since the beginning of term we have been looking at how taxonomists classify different species based of their characteristics and features. We have spent sessions researching fossils, evolution and extinction.

Google Expeditions 

On Wednesday 1st February 2017 a team from Google Expeditions came into Blackley Academy. Each class had the opportunity to experience the virtual reality field trip. We were able to experience 360and 3D images of destinations around the world. In 30 minute we were able to visit the Great Wall of China, Buckingham Palace, Brazil and we were even able to go inside a sharks cage.

French lessons 

For three weeks, we have been lucky to four year 8 pupils from the Co-operative Academy who have taught us French. We, so far, have learnt how to say different sports in French and also say whether we like them or not. We played le lotto (bingo) with the different sports.

P.E sessions with Manchester City

This half term in P.E, we have continued working with our Manchester City coach John. We have been developing our skills in gymnastics.

Forensic Science in Action

On Friday 17th February, Year 5 were invited to Our Lady’s Roman Catholic School to take part in an SPI day (Science Participation Inspiration).

When we arrived, we were informed of a crime that had been committed. One of the three suspects (who were trusted teachers) had stolen a bike by breaking and entering.

Our job was to work together to find out who had stolen the bike. Before we could begin, we had to ensure we did not tamper or cause damage to the evidence so we dressed appropriately.

We had to wear a full body, a mask, some goggles, gloves and protective footwear. This was to stop us from leaving any of our footprints, finger prints and hair at the scene.

Once we were protected, we were given the first clue…fingerprints of the criminal!

We discovered that every single person has their own unique finger print. We were able to take our own and compare them. We then looked at the suspect’s finger prints and matched them up to the prints found at the crime scene.

Next, we took our own footprints. Each had a unique print based on its brand. We were able to match our prints with those were similar. We also profiled the DNA and were then able to discover who had committed the crime.

Here are some comments from year 5Garrett about the day:

‘I liked analysing the soil and I found out how to see if soil has acid or alkali in it.’- Jack 

‘I loved when we put our fingers onto the ink, and learned that there are three different types of finger prints (arch, loop and whorm).’ – Katye 

‘My favourite part was wearing the clothes because I felt like a real detective.’- Demi-Leigh 

‘I enjoyed when we got to make the keyrings and use ink to see my finger prints. I learnt that not everyone has the same finger prints.’- Shahnaz 


Click here to view FC Autumn spring term update 


Class Staff

Miss Burnett Miss Burnett Year 5 Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Burnett. This is my second year teaching at E-ACT Blackley Academy. I currently teach in Year 5 Garrett with Mrs Sheffield. My specialism is ICT, with coding being my main interest.

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