Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Mrs J Moore

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2018

Class 10 (Year 5)

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  • Christmas
    We rounded-off the term with a brilliant Christmas party on Thursday 13th December, including loads of silly (and hotly contested) games and an awful lot of eating - a big thank you to everyone who donated party food, and a Merry Christmas to you all from all of us in Class 10!

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  • Reading Week
    Our Spooktacular Reading Week was a real success, with every child in the school taking part in a series of fun and engaging activities. Early in the week, we visited the library, where we were issued with our very own library cards. Almost all of us borrowed books and many of us are still visiting the library (and borrowing) on a regular basis. We then took part in workshops with two established authors. Dan Friedman is a writer who has had his range of football related books turned into a popular children’s TV series Jamie Johnson. He told us all about the way he changed careers from a journalist working with the England squad to a successful children’s author. In addition to this, we also met the hilarious Steve Cole who kept us entertained all afternoon with his energetic, all-action tales.


    During the week, we also took part in a reading treasure hunt, buddy reading with younger children and our Book Swap - all leading up to our Big Read day on Friday, where we all came to school in our pyjamas and settled down for a long, cosy read with our favourite books (and teddy bears!

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  • Romeo & Juliet
    Earlier this term, Year 5/6 were fortunate enough to not only watch, but take part in a performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The world-famous play was brought to us by The Young Shakespeare Company and through a lively presentation, we were able to follow and understand this age-old story. As you can see, our very own actors and actresses really rose to the occasion!

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  • Rugby Tournament
    Year 5 and 6 took part in the first of our inter-class tournaments of the year earlier in the term, which saw us splitting into mixed teams of four or five and playing in a set of round robin matches within our groups. The victors of each group then progressed into the semi-finals with the winners meeting in a hotly-contested final. All the adults involved were really impressed by the way everyone involved threw themselves into the action, with many of us showing previously hidden talents and some of our more experienced players demonstrating their leadership ability, coaching their teams and helping those around them to improve their play.


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  • Cross Country
    Our Year 5 cross-country team headed down to Fairlands Park for this year’s Stevenage Festival. With over 200 other Year 5s involved in the races, which saw us running half-a-mile around the middle lake, the competition was fierce - but our girls team, in particular, performed really well, with Libby Barber finishing 4th overall, Daniele Mazuolyte 18th and Crystal Adaramola 19th, with Tory, Abi and Hallie rounding out the team. In the boys event, meanwhile, Adi Patel was 15th, Ethan Atkinson finished 20th and Jamie Parry was 25th overall, with Eddy, Alfie and Lenny close behind.


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  • English - Persuasive Writing
    Our writing this half-term has been all about recounts and, in particular, biographies. Our unit was tied to our topic of Ancient Greece and we learnt about the lives of Greek heroes, such as Theseus, Perseus and Achilles. We studied the features required in a biography and then produced detailled, informed pieces of writing of our own. You can see one example - Ross Arno’s biography of Perseus - here.
  • Science
    Our science work has continued to focus on exploring the way that materials change in different situations. We have separated mixtures by using a variety of methods such as filtering, decanting and sieving.


    We also set up an investigation to find out how changing different liquids could have an affect on the amount of time it took for sugar to dissolve - producing some rather surprising results. We had predicted that sugar would dissolve fastest in fizzy drinks, but what we discovered was that the sugar actually dissolved more slowly here. We have since learnt that this is because these liquids already contain a high concentration of sugar, and therefore it takes more time (or effort) to get even more sugar to ‘fit in’.

  • Groovy Greeks
    In history, we have continued to learn about Ancient Greece. We have learnt about the phenomenal leader, Alexander the Great, and the remarkable way he conquered a huge part of Europe and Asia by the time he was just 30 years old, and we have also contrasted life in Sparta and Athens. We discovered that life was very different in these two Greek states, and imagined what it would have been like to grow up in warlike Sparta (where all the men were taken away from their families for military training aged just 7 years old) and democratic, outgoing Athens.

    We also further depended our knowledge of the Ancient Greek gods and religions, developing our understanding of the wide range of gods that ancient peoples worshipped and the specific roles and responsibilities which they each had. We then drew on this knowledge to produce some excellent character descriptions - including this example:

    Demeter - Goddess of the harvest
    If you were ever fortunate enough to encounter Demeter, the first thing you would notice is her long, golden hair with two buns, tied by bright pink hair bands. Additionally, her pleasant smile is a delightful sight. As the Goddess of Harvest, she takes marvellous care of her flowering plants. Gracefully watering the seeds, she carefully removes the plants when they are ripe, and she wonderfully spreads the seeds from each plant. Moreover, when Demeter speaks, her voice is as pure as water and as light as a feather. Dressed simply in a green vest and a bright yellow dress, she is never seen without her ripe wheat, as golden as gold. Demeter is as elegant as the warm breeze.
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Our School Councillors:
Ross Arno & Lily Street

Our Spring Term Topic:
Are We Damaging Our World?

Our main topic for the next half-term will see us investigating persuasive writing. We will begin by learning a model text by heart, and exploring the way rhetorical language, repetition and careful word choices are used to convince the audience to agree with your point of view. Building on this, we will then work towards writing our own persuasive letters and speeches, trying to convince others to recycle, save energy or protect endangered animals.

In addition to all this, we will be focussing on inference and deduction in our Guided Reading sessions, improving the way we ‘read between the lines’ to work out what the author is really trying to tell us and spotting clues which show their point of view.

Our maths targets for the next half-term will focus on fraction calculations. We will be learning how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, using equivalent fractions to support our working and simplifying answers where possible. Key to this knowledge is quick recall of tables facts, so we will continue to practice our times tables every day, and be tested on them individually every week. Later in the term we will also be looking at the properties of 2d and 3d shapes, grouping these in a variety of ways and learning to change their position through reflection and translation. We will also learn to calculate the area and perimeter of simple shapes.

We will be learning about our Solar System, describing the way that the Earth, Moon and other planets all move in relation to both each other and the Sun. We will identify the way in which the Earth’s rotation creates day and night and why seasons exist, as well as discovering why the Sun appears to change position in the sky throughout the day.

We will be investigating the impact that humans are having on our planet and thinking about how we are changing the world - for better or worse. We will be investigating energy production, the oceans, mining and recycling, and identifying ways in which we can protect our planet against damaging change. We will then be drawing all our understanding together to investigate ways in which the school can become more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

The Arts:
Our Art and DT will tie-in with our topic, and will see us become fashion designers, creating our own recycled clothing range! We will investigate the properties of different materials and consider the way they can be joined, before refining, resourcing and making our designs. We will finish by modelling our work at our own fashion show!


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