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Hawthorn Primary School


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Year 5

Welcome Back

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Come and see how the school has changed since you were last here.
Mrs Abraham would like to show you how the school has changed.

Count on me

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Hello Children

Please learn to sing and sign this song. When you have learnt it please send your teacher a video of you singing and signing.

Mrs Secrett

The Ickabog - J.K Rowling


Visit JK Rowling's amazingly exciting website for The Ickabog; a book she wrote for her younger children which has never before been published! Every week she is releasing the chapters for you to read (once she has re-shared it with her own children - of course!) online. Maybe you will choose to read it one quiet, rainy afternoon? Or maybe it can be an evening read with an adult?


What's more is that she hasn't yet illustrated her book! She has opened a competition with suggestions for your illustrations!   

Emoji Quizzes



Look at these book suggestions and then try out some of these activities

What have you been up to?

Max has been reading some books which used to be his dad's favourite!



Khatijah and her family have been following a recipe to bake a cake! I love cake Khajitah -(maybe that's something you can continue and share with me when you are back at school and I don't mind checking you have followed the recipe correctly - haha laugh).


Well done for completing your online learning Heidi! Keep it up!

Oliver, I hope your beautiful creation is on display in your window... we all need a bit of sparkle at the moment.



We are so impressed with these model of the Solar system and of Earth. You must have worked really hard to create each planet being careful on sizing, placing them distances from the sun and decorating them Oliver! Well done Luke for your model & finding out so many facts!


I cannot wait to hang these in our space themed book corner when we are back together in school 😊.


TT Rockstars 

Here come the girls...

Well done Heidi, Samiah, Kyrah & Kushnoor for leading the girls in beating the boys. Lathan, Reece and Max have put in a great effort though yes.


Come on Year 5... lots of tournaments to complete:

- Girls v Boys 

-Year 5 v Year 6


You know how competitive Miss B gets!!!




Taylor Turbochaser Chapter 7




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Deaf Awareness Week


Please find below some activities to complete which help to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week; an important week close to Hawthorn's heart.





Somewhere Over the Rainbow Take 2 for our NHS Heroes

Here are the Music Service teachers playing Somewhere Over the Rainbow! I hope you enjoy listening to all of the different instruments as they play together.

Well done Luke for your work on fractions!

Literacy Trust 'Book of Hopes'


This book, edited by Katherine Rundell (author of Wolf Wilder and The Explorer) contains short stories, poems and pictures  from over 110 favourite children's authors; Anthony Horowitz, Jaqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo and Francesca Simon to name a few. 
This is a free, online resource so happy reading 🥰.


Monday 27th April 2020

Additional Activities


Negative numbers on a number line:

Two videos, two interactive activities, one worksheet (does not need to be printed).


Conduct a research project on Captain Tom Moore.

-You can choose to present this as a presentation, a poster or in any imaginable way you can think of.

See class page for more information.


Character Description – Fact Retrieval

Follow the steps inc, text and presentation.

TT Rockstars – who will be in the lead when we get back to school?


Who was the worse king – Richard 1 or John?



Joe Wicks Daily Workout for Kids!

Max has written a film review based on a film he has watched (and clearly really enjoyed!).


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*Update 23/04/2020*

Well Year 5, this was a very bizarre experience reading aloud to my phone! I would much prefer to be reading this to the whole class. I hope you are enjoying the book so far... it can be bought online or from Tesco. How great would it be if you could send in you reading chapter 7 for us to share with the rest of the class?! 
Hope to see you all soon x 






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Hawthorn loves to sing

Your Artwork

Keep sending in your artwork (and any other work you are completing) so that we can share it in our class page!

Captain Thomas Moore, known as Captain Tom... An Inspiration to us all! Please see ‘Latest News’ for our whole school Home Learning Project.

Well being activity

Please download this well being activity and complete with your child. 

*Skills Builder*


We have been teaching children essential skills such as: listening, team work & being creative as part of their learning and our link, Skills Builder, has now provided a home learning link so that you can continue with some of the activities at home. 


Select the skill that you'd like to practise and then select the step for the year group that your child is in - Year 5 children should access step 5.

*Update 20/4/2020*


I hope you are all keeping safe and ready to start your learning again! Here is this weeks plan for your learning. I have also emailed this across to your BGFL accounts with a shared folder so that you can access the activities where possible.


We would love to see and share your completed work on the school website, so if you have work you have enjoyed/are proud of then please send it to me! We want your hard work to be celebrated and rewarded!


Once again, thank you parent's and carers for your effort in ensuring continuity in your child's education. We look forward to welcoming you back soon (hopefully!). 


Miss Bingham


Wow Alex! We love your artwork. You must have spent a long time perfecting that!

Hawthorn Toilet Roll Challenge!

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 4

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Happy Easter!

I sincerely hope you have a very happy Easter! I will be spending my time off baking, relaxing and catching up on lots of films from the new Disney+ app! If we get the beautiful weather we are promised, I think I might sit in my garden in the sun too! Whatever it is you may be doing, remember you can contact me through your BGFL accounts at any time; I'd love to hear what you've been up to!


I will shortly post some fun Easter ideas for you to enjoy :). 

Let me know what you have been up to or ask any questions you need to know!

The Taylor Turbochaser!


Keep your eyes peeled on our class page for weekly readings of our new class book by David Baddiel! I know we have lots of David Baddiel fans so hopefully you enjoy this brand new book which has been released. 
Thank you Miss Leddy for kickstarting the weekly reading with Chapter 1 & 2! 



Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

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*Update 30.3.2020*


The Year 5 team hope you are all staying safe and working hard from home. We all miss you very much and can't wait to see you back at school.


In the meantime, please look at this week's learning. We would like you to focus on decimals in maths and making sure you are continuing to read with some reading comprehensions. We have also included some interesting writing ideas so that you can practise using all those new grammatical devices we have learned!


As our Spring 2 theme was Stargazers; we have included some fun science, history and geography learning that can also be completed! Year 5 are all competent in using Powerpoint through their BGFL 365 accounts, so why not make us a presentation on your learning so far and send it through to us!


*To access the work given, click on the writing that is blue which will direct you to the worksheet/learning area.


Best Wishes,

Miss Bingham




Learning from Home

Tips for Parents

*Update 26.3.2020*

Free eBooks:

Use the link below to access loads of free ebooks for you to read! When you have selected a book you would like to read click on to the i (for information) and it will give you some details about the book, then click on to the next i and it will tell you the AR range.


This link lets you check if your choice has an AR quiz.



This link takes you to AR so that you can do the quiz.




                                Learning from Home


Children have been sent home with learning folders which contain several activities and passwords.


Alongside this, attached is a comprehensive list of different activities the children can complete to help with the teaching of core and foundation curriculum. To make it much simpler, we have attached hyperlinks to websites and recommended work to save you finding activities to match the area of learning.


We do expect that children will complete educational activities daily from either the folder or recommended learning. This is to ensure that during this period, children continue to develop a love of learning and do not regress in their progress.

As always, thank you for your support and dedication to your child's learning. 


Miss Bingham, Mrs Rudd and Miss Leddy. 





In Year Five, we were visited by Katie and Tammy (DT and architecture ambassadors) who helped us to complete a DT project of a Greek tapestry. They started the day by teaching us about traditional Greek architecture, including: columns, temples, amphitheatres and houses. Then we began to draw our design which would become the background of our tapestry. On calico, we replicated our designs using paint or by using small parts of materials to add texture and colour.


In the afternoon, the focus was on weaving. We had practised our weaving skills in previous art lessons so we had an idea of how to use the thread and material. This was much harder though as we had to weave our face or a portrait of ourselves by weaving and changing the threads and materials.


Once our backgrounds are dry they will be put underneath the looms so that our weaving can be attached. Everyone's work will be sewed together. 


We all had such a fun day - and we practised lots of skills too!


Written by Kushnoor, Samiah and Tanisha.


Junior PCSO's


Our junior PCSO's had a busy shift on Tuesday night litter picking in the playground and on the Hawthorn Road. The children could not believe the amount of litter people drop!


Forest School 30/1/2020


The children took part in a first-aid workshop today where they learned about how to help someone with a bleeding wound or a head injury. This is such an important skill because sometimes, in Forest School, there can be accidents but also because it is such a valuable life skill to have as a member of our society!


They learned about how to 'STOP THE BLEEDING' and 'APPLY PRESSURE' to avoid someone going into shock or losing too much blood. They also learned about what can happen in a head injury and how to prevent their patient from further illness such as damaging their neck or spine and what to do in the case of an emergency.


They used bandages and put their new learning into practice.


Well done Year 5!


Staying Safe Online


Some very important visitors (Birmingham Police) came to visit to teach us how we can stay safe online using platforms such as; social media, messenger services and gaming. 


The children were able to identify good uses of the internet but also how the internet can be a dangerous place when not used correctly or monitored appropriately. 



Please remember that social media platforms are usually age restricted (13+) and that YouTube is restricted to 18+. This is because some content which can be exposed to children is deemed inappropriate. 


Ensure that children are using phones and tablets, especially when accessing the internet, in a shared space where you can monitor their usage and what they are accessing!





Year 5 have been using glockenspiels in music to improvise and compose. They learn a popular song and then learn to play it using their instruments.


So far, we love Livin' On A Prayer by Bon Jovi!

Greek Day!


The children arrived to school to a surprise this term as their new topic 'Ancient Greece was introduced!



They enjoyed a jam packed day of activities. They tried traditional Greek food (mousakka, tzatziki, pitta bread and Greek salad), took part in an Olympic games, enjoyed traditional Greek dancing and even had an intense maths lesson using Pythagoras' theorem.


Take a look at our photos and videos!



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A lovely message was left for Idris this morning! Sharing is caring...especially when it comes to books we love ❤️. Well done Darcie for your thought and kindness! 


Design & Technology


Year 5 have created some truly amazing night lights! 


They evaluated existing night lights on the market for children and identified the purpose, functionality, design decisions and materials that had been used. The criteria which was set specified the children had to use an electrical circuit that was controlled by a homemade switch so the children practised making their own press and turn switches which would be used in their final product. Here are some children practising their skills:



Then they put their skills in action and created an electrical night according to their design specification.


Take a look!



Timestables Rockstars!


WOW! Just look at that incredible progress...



As promised, here is a selection of our volcano sculptures that we made in Art & Design.


Whilst using the coiling technique, the children really focussed on creating texture to their volcano and building a sloping shape.


Once the clay had dried, they used their knowledge of primary and secondary colours to mix together paint which would best suit their volcano. As you can see, they worked really hard to make sure the paint was combined on the volcano so that there were no definitive lines or joins.


Thank you!


Year 5 are very, very excited!

Children that achieved 85% or over in their accelerated reader quizzes from a term got entered into a raffle to visit Peter's Library in Birmingham. Our three lucky winners were responsible for choosing a range of books for our class bookshelf!


Not only were they delighted at the range of books but Miss Appleby was extremely impressed at how the children chose books with certain pupils reading preferences in mind...


We can't wait for them to arrive and get started reading!




                          A Christmas Carol (concert)!














We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Carol Concert during the afternoon of 18th December.


The children have been working extremely hard on practising two songs which they are looking forward to performing to you. You will hear that this year, Year Five have been exploring singing their Christmas songs and including a range of musical skill such as: harmonies, parts, instruments and even an echo!


If you want to hear a sneak peak of our songs, click on the links below: 



The first Nowell (performance track).mp3

White Christmas (performance track).mp3

                    New class book alert!!!


Not only have we got a new book to share in Year 5 but we have also received a very exciting letter from the author!


Year 5 expressed a huge interest in this book when they saw it sat on the desk at the front of the classroom... as well as it being hugely entertaining from the perspective of the narrator but it also fits in with our current Jigsaw topic of 'Celebrating Difference'.


Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it.

He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite!

But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a War. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to help.

That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan. . .

If you are enjoying this book then we recommend...


Written by the same author, this book covers more important topics in a sensitive and subtle manner through the innocence of a child's character.

'I've always wanted to be a Star Hunter. But I don't want to be the kind that looks for old stars that have already been burning for millions of years. I want to find the brand new ones - the ones that have only just been born and are searching for the people they've left behind...'


Another book which explores the journey of life during a civil war. It is an extremely thought provoking book which powerfully calls for children to think about others and negative experiences they may have faced.


Twelve-year-old Omar and his brothers and sisters were born and raised in the beautiful and bustling city of Bosra, Syria. Omar doesn't care about politics - all he wants is to grow up to become a successful businessman who will take the world by storm. But when his clever older brother, Musa, gets mixed up with some young political activists, everything changes . . .

Before long, bombs are falling, people are dying, and Omar and his family have no choice but to flee their home with only what they can carry. Yet no matter how far they run, the shadow of war follows them - until they have no other choice than to attempt the dangerous journey to escape their homeland altogether. But where do you go when you can't go home?

Timestables Rockstars!


Have you been on TT Rockstars? Make sure you are using this at home to help to improve and consolidate your timestables knowledge..


Our top scorers this month are:

- Ayaan






Well done... what rock stars!



What a great afternoon we had! Half of the  class enjoyed creating volcanoes out of clay on Thursday while the rest of the class took part in forest school.


We specifically looked at the coiling technique to build our 3D form and ensuring we used 'slip' to 'glue' our clay coils together.


Next stop.... painting them to create effect!


Here are some images of us creating our sculptures. Look out for the finished products smiley 




Home Learning

Spellings are given out on a weekly basis (every Monday) and are tested on the following Monday. Please ensure you work with your child to practise these spellings individually and in sentences which will help to embed meaning. 


This weeks grammar homework is on relative clauses. This grammar has been taught in this week's lessons. For more support BBC Bitesize offers clear explanations as well as fun activities which can be completed (link is below). 


Children are encouraged to read for 30 minutes a night to improve their fluency. This will allow the children to take part in weekly quizzes which will ultimately result in progression of their reading ability. Please listen to your child read as frequently as possible. If your child is interested in reading a book from home or the library, there is a website which can aid your child in gauging the reading range and level of the book (link below). 


Mathletics and Timestables rockstars passwords are in the children's home learning books for children to engage in these activities at home.


As always, thank you for your support at home.

Miss Bingham and Mrs Rudd. 



Useful links for home:

TT Rockstars:


BBC Bitesize:

AR Bookfinder:

LoveReading4Kids (a great tool for trialling books!):



                             Our visit to Dudley Canals


We recently visited Dudley Canal Trust to experience a canal boat trip. Despite the VERY wet weather, the children spent an hour on the canals learning about the history of The Black Country - including the old volcano at Barrow Hill. Learning about the Dudley canals and Barrow Hill fits in with out 'Forces of Nature' learning which has zoomed in on volcanoes and earthquakes!


We also got to consolidate some prior learning of the water cycle by taking part in a 'watery weather' workshop. The children even got to record their own weather report!



Weather Report

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Welcome to Year 5!

Miss Bingham is Year Five's class teacher and Mrs Rudd is our teaching assistant. We are also supported by our resource base teacher, Miss Paulson and our resource base teaching assistant, Miss Leddy.


As a team, we are excited about the year ahead and look forward to building a working partnership between staff, pupils, parents and carers to maximise children's learning.


This term our theme is 'Forces of Nature' with a particular focus on Science. This theme will encompass Geography, History, IT, music and Art through many cross curricular links.


Our P.E days are Tuesday and Friday

Please ensure that children have the correct P.E kit according to the school's uniform policy (children are expected to wear black jogging bottoms or shorts, a white polo shirt and black P.E pumps). To ensure missing items of clothing are returned as quickly as possible, make sure their kit is labelled with their name.