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Miss Dobbs Year 5 - Owls

5B - Owls

Welcome to Owls' Class Blog!



Miss Dobbs (Class Teacher)           

Miss Burton (Teaching Assistant)

Miss Burrett (1:1 Teaching assistant)


Hello and welcome to Owls! Here, you can be a fly on our classroom wall as you join us on our year 5 learning journey. Throughout the year, we will be adding regular blogs so please drop by to see what we're getting up to. 

Below, you will find some useful links for home learning:


Doodle Maths

Doodle Maths creates every child a unique and adaptive work programme that not only improves their ability, but also boosts their confidence, making them feel brilliant!  Doodle is fully aligned to the national curriculum, making it the perfect learning solution in the classroom and at home. And best of all, if you download the Doodle app, it can be used offline on tablets, phones and laptops, enabling children to learn anywhere, anytime.  



In school, we use TTRockstars daily to support our knowledge and recall of times tables.  Every morning, at 8:45, every child completes a Studio or a Garage challenge which is timed - it's pretty addictive!

Library time

In Owls class, we love reading and we are so lucky that we have such a super library to enjoy. Here we are during one of our weekly library sessions.

Catching fun with the cricket coach

Today we had a visit from Emily, the cricket coach. This week, we were focusing on our catching skills and ensuring we used the correct hand position. It was great fun!

Spring term 2 and Summer term 1 – On the move 


Sit up straight! Tuck in your shirt! And don’t look the teacher in the eye! 

In this topic, we will be looking at the lives of Victorian people and children, and the industrial  

revolution! We will be looking at the inventions and workhouses of the time (and the dangers  

surrounding them!). We’ll also be comparing education in Victorian times to that of modern  

education, in particular the curriculum, punishment and evil teachers! 

As we progress through the terms, we will begin to look at the life of Queen Victoria I and the impact  

she had on society. Our learning will lead us to write biographies about her life and reign. We’ll even  

do research on Sir Walter Rayleigh – the man responsible for bringing us the spud! 



In the first term of this topic, we will be exploring performance poetry in the style of a rap inspired by the popular 90s song, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’. Following this, we will write newspaper reports based on life and industry in the Victorian times. Following this, we will write a recount based on the diary of Hetty Feather about her experiences in this bygone era.  

The second term of learning in this topic we will be writing a descriptive character description based on a well-known character from our guided reading sessions. We use figurative language, relative clauses and high-level vocabulary to achieve this. Furthermore, we will be completing a poetry unit based on the poems of Benjamin Zephaniah.  



Over the next two terms in Maths we will be looking decimals and percentages, perimeter and area. 

To begin with, we will look at converting decimals into percentages and vice versa; ordering them in both ascending and descending order and identifying the place value of decimal numbers. We will then move onto our shape unit, measuring degrees and angles, looking at irregular polygons and 3D shapes and using a protractor accurately. We will find the perimeter and area of regular irregular polygons and related to real life problem solving.  


Week 3: The Rock invasion!


We arrived at school today and all our regular teachers were ill.  Luckily our visiting supply teachers looked suitably dressed for today's non-uniform day!


I'm sure we're going to have lots of fun!


Godly Play

Our RE unit this term is forgiveness. We kicked this off with a Godly play session focused on the Bible story, Joseph and his dream coat. Miss Dobbs read the story to us and then we took part in a rotation of activities to engage with the story and its valuable message. We decorated coats, we role played the story, we created story wheels and read different versions of the story. We loved it... particularly the rainbow blanket!

Planetarium visit

Today we had a visit from Starlincs Planetarium. First, we had a session inside the mobile planetarium learning about The Solar System and constellations. In the afternoon, we were planning a mission to Mars. We designed and created landers using lego, we tasted space food, created the surface of mars using clay and planned everything we would need for a successful trip. What an amazing action packed day!

Term 1 – Greeks, Gods and Gorgons.

Join us on a journey of discovery, travelling back through time over 3000 years to the age of the Ancient Greeks. 


This term, we will be exploring what life was like in ancient Greece and looking at their many achievements. We will learn more about the empire grew as well as identifying the beliefs of people living at that time. We will discover the difference between the Athenians and the Spartans and observe how warfare played such a large role within ancience Greece.


In maths this term, we will be deepening our understanding of place value looking at numbers up to the value of 1 million. We will also be developing our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills with a particular focus on reasoning problems with more than one step.


Initially, this half term we will be completing a unit about reverse poetry. We will read different examples identifying the themes and how they change before attempting to write some of our own. Following this we will work towards writing our Greek style myths.

Greek Wow Day!

We had a great time during our 'Greek Wow Day!' 
We learnt about the alphabet and practised deciphering different Greek God's names as well as having a go at writing our own names. We tasted different Greek foods including flatbread, tzatziki, taramasalata, olives, houmous and yoghurt with honey to name a few. We took part in an olympic games competing in javelin, shotput and discus and we also learnt to dance to Zorba The Greek.

DT- Automata toys

In DT, we desiged and created our own automata toys. We investgated different types of cams and choose ones that we wanted to make certain effects on the images at the top of our followers. We loved making our toys with an ancient Greek theme.


In Owls class, we love our computing time. We have been using the Scratch programme for coding, using the repeat function to create shapes and to make our sprites move.

Cressida Cowell- Zoom call

We had an amazing zoom call with the author Cressida Cowell, writer of 'How to train your dragon'. She was such a lovely lady and was so exciting to listen to. She told us all about her work as well as sharing teaser trailers about her up and coming projects... they sounded amazing!

Joshua Seigal poet visit

We had a visit from Joshua Siegal a poet from London. He shared some of his excellent poetry with us as well as helping us to write our own poems. He even signed some copies of his book for us. It was awesome!