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Mrs Lane Year 5 - Owls

5B - Owls

Welcome to Owls' Class Blog!


Mrs Lane (Class Teacher)           

Miss Everett (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. 

Our classroom is ready for Term 5!

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


BBC Bitesize KS2

A good website which covers all subjects we cover throughout the year. I suggest this is your go-to website for understanding the vocabulary that is used in the curriculum.


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!

Spring Term 5&6 – I’m a Pupil Get me out of Here!

I’m a pupil, get me out of HEEEEERRRRREEEE! We are stranded in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest – how will we escape?


This term, we will be exploring the geographical features of South America, including the Amazon Rainforest. We will learn about the life cycles of the animals and plants that can be found there as well as the effects that deforestation has had on their habitats.

We will be developing our DT skills by designing and sewing a rainforest stuffed animal for a younger child.  In addition, we will be taking our learning outdoors by spending some time developing knot tying, shelter building and survival skills so that we can survive being lost in the Amazon.


This term, we will be focusing a large amount of our time exploring decimals. We will recap the place value of decimals and extend our knowledge of addition and subtraction. We will then move on to learning about the properties of shapes, position and direction, converting units of measure and learning how to calculate the volume of 3D simple shapes.


This term, we will be exploring the features of adventure stories and using some of the ideas contained within them to help us to create adventure stories of our own. We’ll then look around us at the rainforest and beyond into mainland Brazil to create travel brochures, advertising the mystery and wonder of the tropical country.

In our final term, we will be exploring language skills and development by creating our very own rainforest poetry, making use of figurative language features. Finally, we will be using our learning about deforestation to create explanation texts about the negative effects of this and outlining why action needs to be taken, using the short film Rangtan in my Bedroom as a hook.


Mini First Aid Peterborough & Boston coming to Monkshouse in June!


In June, I am happy to share with you that all year 5 and 6 children will be participating in a first aid workshop! Mrs Lane has managed to secure a booking with Mini First Aid Peterborough & Boston, and we are so excited!


The workshop, Mini First Aid Kids, is designed for children aged 7-11. First aid is now a compulsory part of the National Curriculum within PSHE and is a life skill, as our children are starting to be more independent.  In the session, children will learn to deal with bumps, burns, breaks and bleeding, carry out CPR and deal with choking.  The class is practical, lots of fun and involves lots of activities for the children to enjoy.  

20.4.22- Brazil Carnival!

This afternoon, we were focusing on creating our own carnival masks to link with our topic of the Amazon Rainforest.  We looked at different carnival costumes for inspiration and this is what we came up with. We hope you love them as much as we do! Love from Owls x


Life Cycles

We have been learning about how animals grow, change and reproduce through their lives. This is their life cycle. We have researched how different animals have different life cycles.


Insects fall into one of two categories depending upon their life styles:

  • 4 stage life cycle (complete metamorphosis). The four stages are egg, larva, pupa and adult. During the pupa phase much of the body is destroyed and rebuilt so that the adult insect looks completely different, and may well eat different foods, from the larva. Examples of insects with this type of life cycle include Butterflies and moths, Beetles, bees, wasps, ants and flies.
  • 3 stage life cycle (incomplete metamorphosis). The three stages are egg, nymph, adult. When the young hatches they look similar to the adults except they are smaller, and don’t have wings. Examples of insects with a 3 stage life cycle include: True bugs, dragonflies, grasshoppers, crickets and earwigs.