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Monkshouse Primary Academy

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Mr Boughton Year 5 - Owls

5A - Owls

Welcome! We are Owls!!


Teacher - Mr Boughton 

Teaching Assistants - Miss Everett and Mrs Samuoliene



We'll be updating this page with more of our exciting happenings as it happens so watch this space!

Here are some suggested links to support your child's learning at home...


Doodle Maths

We use Doodle Maths as our online homework for Maths. Doodle Maths works specifically on the needs of each individual child. We ask the children do a little bit often to help develop these mathematical skills and to support their progress through the school year. Our expectation is five times week. Mr Boughton will check weekly to see how well children are improving.



Times Tables Rock Stars

We use TTRS on a daily basis and ask the children to do so at home too. Those children who are still securing their understanding of multiplication and division facts (up to the 12x tables) will be asked to complete daily Garage games on the app. Mr Boughton will check these regularly to see how children are getting on at smashing those targets and powering through the different tables!


Spring term 1 – To Infinity and Beyond

Journey through space – the final frontier! Let’s take a trip to the stars, planets and suns and discover the amazing wonders of the night sky. During this half term, we’ll read information texts to find out about the Solar System and the Sun, using mnemonics to help us remember the facts. We will be learning about the Space Race and the Moon Landing as well as looking at the hidden figures responsible for helping put a man on the moon. We will be extending our scientific knowledge of space and discovering how gravity helps each planet successfully orbit around the sun. . We will be using iPads to help us to research all about the planets. We will be then using this information to help us to write an exciting narrative about a space mission that goes wrong. 



In Terms 3, we will be spending some time learning about multiplication and division. We will

then apply our skills through a range of problem solving and reasoning opportunities. We will then

move on to learning about fractions; looking at ordering, adding, subtracting and finding fractions of amounts as well as identifying equivalent fractions and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers.




In English, we will begin with a poetry unit writing blackout poetry entitled ‘I found my secret buried…’We will then be using Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly to look at the impact Katherine

Johnson had on NASA’s journey to put man on the moon, moving on to writing a flashback narrative focusing on suspense and tension within a space setting. Within our guided reading, we will be using ‘Hetty Feather’ by Jacqueline Wilson as a stimulus for inference, deduction, prediction and retrieval.

Terms 1 and 2 – 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 ancient 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.

Space Art - Week 5 


This week the children were looking at different painting techniques with a particular focus on the work on John Dine. 


The children experimented painting with watercolours and using a variety of different salts to create different textures and effects. We then looked at how each salt reacted with the paint and looked at how we could use this method to create a space scene painting. Creating planets and starts using appropriate colours and textures, 




Week 3 - A Life Workshop

A Life Workshop - Week 3 



This week the children enjoyed taking part in the A-Life workshop. The workshop taught the children about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. 


The activities covered a wide range of topics: such as the effect of smoking, eating a healthy diet, the effects of not getting enough sleep and understanding the function of some of the bodies major organs. 


The children were really enthusiastic during the workshop and they all got to experience wearing the beer goggles which replicated being drunk. The children found the experience very disorientating!

Poetry - Week 2 


This week we have been learning about black out poetry and found poetry. 


Black out poetry involved using a piece of text and blacking out words until the remaining words create a brand new piece of text which has altered the meaning of the original text completely. 


The children found it challenging creating their own poems as it was tricky making poem that made sense as often we found they became nonsensical. 


The children were then able to showcase their poetry performance skills in our class poetry slam. 



Week 1 Human Solar System

To infinity and beyond - Week 1 


This week the children have been learning about space. During Science lessons the children have been learning about the orbit of the planets around the sun. 


In one lesson the children got the chance to become the planets and discover how long it would take for each planet to orbit. The children spaced themselves out accurately and discovered the mercury's orbit took a much shorter time when compared with Neptune!


Christmas Cards - Week 6 



This week we have been creating our very own Christmas cards. The cards all featured leavers of different designs that enable the card to move when tabs were pulled. 


The children were able to design and create their products using a variety of materials including card and split pins. 


Have a look at some of our designs.



Ancient Greek WOW day. - Week 4 


This week Year 5 have taken part in an Ancient Greek experience day. The children have been able to sample elements of Greek culture and have been enjoyed taking part in a variety of immersive activities. 


The day began with some food tasting. Children tasted a sample of Greek foods, including olives, feta cheese and tzatziki. From the tasting session it was clear that Greek yoghurt and honey were a favourite of the class. Taramasalata did not prove quite so popular. 


The children also learnt how to do some Greek style dancing and took part in a mini Olympics. Competing in shot putt, javelin and discuss events. 


The day ending with children learning about the Greek alphabet and having a go at writing their own Greek message. 


It was a great fun filled day of learning. 

Poetry Workshop


Last week the children took part in a poetry workshop. The children were tasked with creating a verse of poetry that rhymed about a book that they enjoyed. 


The children worked hard devising a verse about 'The Nowhere Emporium'. which they then performed to the rest of the school at the end of the day. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm towards poetry continuing to grow. The class finally came up with a superb verse which involved some very tricky rhymes. 


Poetry Performance

Week 1 


Owls have enjoyed their first full week back at school. The children have had a busy time and have taken part in their first swimming lesson. In PE lessons. We have been learning about fitness taking part in running, hopping and star jump exercises. 


In English lessons we have wowed Mr Boughton with our reverse poems. We especially enjoyed performing them to the whole class. 


In Maths lessons we have showcased our impressive knowledge of Roman Numerals and worked learning about place value. 


We are looking forward to our next swimming lesson and learning how to write our very own Greek myth.