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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!


Museum of Lincolnshire Life


The children enjoyed their trip to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. During the visit the children got to experience a Victorian classroom and take part in handwriting tasks. During the lessons the children even to experience some Victorian discipline. 


The children got the chance to hold and examine authentic Victorian artefacts and even got the chance to play with some toys from the period. The visit gave the children the chance to reflect on how different life would have been 150 years ago, with lots of the children realising life with electricity does not sound like much fun at all. 


Mini First Aid


This week the children took part in a mini first aid workshop. During the session the children learnt how to perform CPR if someone became unconscious and the abdominal thrust manoeuvre for when someone is choking. The session also gave children the opportunity to discuss what to do in an emergency situation. 


The children enjoyed the the hands on nature of the activities and are now confidently able to put a casualty in the recovery position if required. 




Term 5 -  On The Move



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 4 - E Safety Workshop 


This week the children took part in a E-Safety workshop, learning how to use apps correctly and understanding what to do in difficult situations that could occur online. Within the session the children discussed the possible scenarios that they may be faced with using the internet and in particular the issues they may face using social media and online games. 


The workshop involved the children acting out scenes based around cyberbullying and then discussing the possible solutions. The session was then finished with a superb rap performance.  

Spring Term 2 - On the Move


This term we will be learning all about the industrial revolution. Our learning will take us on a journey throughout the Victorian period and we will meet key characters such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and discover how his pioneering engineering helped develop Britain. In art we will be learning about perspective and looking at the architecture of some famous landmarks of London. In DT we will be construction our own mechanical cranes. In Geography lessons we will be learning about time differences around the world and also how to use grid references in order to successfully locate areas on a map. 




In English, we will begin the term writing raps inspired by 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'. Following on we shall be writing a formal newspaper report about the outstanding new invention the steam train. The class will create eye catching headlines and alliteration to create compelling and informative newspaper reports. We will finish the term writing a diary entry inspired by the Jaqueline Wilson book 'Hetty Feather'.




In maths, we will start off the term learning about fraction decimal and percentages recognising equivalents and being able to successfully convert from one to the other. We will then move on to shape focussing on finding the area of perimeter of rectangles and polygons. We finish the term looking at statistics. 

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.

Term 4 - Week 2 - Science


In our Science lesson this week we have been investigating the effects of friction. We have been conducting experiments to discover which surfaces create the most friction.


The experiment consisted rolling a toy car down a surface and measuring how far in travelled. The children tested surfaces such as sandpaper, carpet, wood and sponge.  The children ensured they conducted fair tests by only changing one variable (the surface). All the surfaces were placed at the same angle and the cars were placed in the same place each time. 



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.