Wood End School

Headteacher: Mr Richard Boulton

Yeomans Avenue, Harpenden Hertfordshire AL5 3EF


01582 761636

Welcome to our Year 5 page 

Our class teachers are Mrs Moore (Sycamore Class) and Miss Lore (Willow Class)  

Curriculum letter summer term 2019
E-Safety Workshop Wednesday 24th April 2019

Welcome Presentation 2018

Kingswood Presentation PE-Presentation-West Runton

Year 5 w/c 20th May - Lee Valley, Young Chef and Mountain Creations!

It's been a busy week in Year 5!   We enjoyed a fabulous day at Lee Valley Park on Wednesday. Our knowledgeable guides provided the children with a huge amount of useful information to support their work on rivers and mountains. The weather was great and the children behaved beautifully. Thank you to the PTA who partly funded this wonderful visit.  We have also been busy creating a fruit heart, and cooking some delicious food as part of the Young Chef of the Year project. The children have also created impressive mountains out of Modroc! 

Young Chef of the Year!

As a year group, we used the recipe below to make our own carrot and coriander soup and tasted it.  

Link to Cheesecake Recipe



English Homework

The children need to begin to prepare their speeches for Speech Cup, the final of which will take place on Wednesday 10th July. Each child will give a speech, complete with visual aids, on a subject of their choice, which should last exactly 3 minutes. They will also give a 1 minute speech on an unprepared, random subject. The standard of the speeches is always very high and the results can be determined by the quality of the 1 minute speech. Areas we will be looking at include eye contact with the audience, clarity of delivery, interesting and informative content and good use of appropriate visual aids. There is not the facility available to use a computer and the children cannot therefore use Powerpoint or similar packages.  The children will initially present their speeches to their class, this will take place the week commencing 4th July. A class winner will be chosen who will then take part in the final in front of the children in Key Stage 2 and our judges. There will be a  winner from years 3/4 and years 5/6. 


Maths Homework
  The children have been given a test paper which we are using for revision purposes, 
they should  only complete questions 10-19 as homework.

 The children should complete as much of the homework as they can in 20 minutes (per subject), to be handed in Tuesday 28th May.

The week commencing June 10th is our multicutural week and we will be making Native American dreamcatchers. Although we will be providing wool,feathers and beads, the children are welcome to bring in any additional craft supplies they wish to use.

 In DT we are taking part in a new food based project developing the childrens' cooking skills culminating in them preparing a 3 course meal for their hero. One of the things we are looking at is the source of the produce we eat and the effect this has on our carbon footprint. We would like the children to bring in some food, in its packaging, that have been imported so we can look at which items have travelled the furthest. Please do not feel you have to buy expensive items that you would not normally use!

In Art/DT the week commencing 20 May the children will be making 3D representations of the course of a river and will need to bring in a cereal box each and some newspaper.

If you have any questions about any of the above or your child has any allergies of which we are unaware, please speak to your child's class teacher.

 Book Club

The children have been allocated book club groups and issued with a group text and book club jotters. They will be told how many chapters they need to read by a specified day the following week. They need to write 3 questions about the piece of text they have read, using the skills of Retrieval ( taking information directly from the text ) , Inference ( finding information that is implied within the text) and Choice ( why specific choices were made in terms of language, setting or character ). The reading of the book club book forms part of their home reading and they will only need to read their personal reading book once a week minimum.                


We do expect children to read regularly at home for 10 mins a day as this has a big impact on their learning.  Other  homework set is there to support and consolidate work in school.  We do not expect work at home to take longer than the maximum time given.  We understand that on occasion e.g. the family going away for the weekend that homework may not be completed on time.   If work isn't completed at home we give opportunity for this to be completed in school. 

Useful Websites

    rockstars      Practice your Times Tables with Rock Stars log-on link
Active Learn Abacus Active Learn to support maths learning at home

  Log-ons for both the above sites will be given to the children by the teacher.


Squared Paper    Lined Paper

Spellings ( Year 3 & 4 key words), these formed the basis of our recent testingYear 3 & 4 Key Words Spelling Assessment 2.pdf

Year 3 & 4 Key Words Spelling Assessment 1.pdf

Year 3 and 4 spelling words.pdf

Year 5 and 6 spelling words.pdf

We have attached details of the spelling patterns we will be covering this year. They may not be covered in the order stated but will form the basis of our spelling lessons, which scheme is followed will depend on which group your child is in.Spelling patterns.pdf

Year 3 and 4 spelling dictations.pdf

Year 5 and 6 spelling dictation sheets.pdf

Recommended reading list Reading list.pdf

A great week of bikeability was enjoyed by our Year 5 children w/c 18th March. We would also like to thank the Hertfordshire Cycle Training Team for making it a fun and informative safety experience for our children, which will stand them in good stead for their journeys to Secondary School.

Sycamore Class Visit to Pizza Express - Wednesday 1st May 2019

As part of Year 5’s D.T. unit on bread making, the children were able to create their very own delicious Margherita pizzas. They added all the necessary ingredients to make the perfect, delicious pizza, which they enjoyed eating. It was an excellent morning and the children were superb! Thank you Pizza Express!

Enterprise Sale
Friday 1st March

Last Friday the pupils from Year 5 once again held a very successful Enterprise Sale. They managed to come up with some really original ideas this time, alongside some of our old favourites, which meant there was something for everyone. Over 60 stalls were set up in record time, ranging from innovative games, to delicious home baking and a range of handicrafts which were set up in our very own Craft Market. We raised in excess of £850 and will let you know which exciting resources we will be purchasing for the school. Thanks to all those who assisted in the preparation, contributed to the stalls and attended this successful event.

Year 5 Visit to the British Museum - Thursday 31st January

Year 5 enjoyed a stroll through History on Thursday at the British Museum. Having investigated the Sutton Hoo discoveries in class, it was wonderful to see them displayed to such great effect. Next they moved onto the Ancient Egyptians whose mummification proved a particular draw. This will certainly help them to bring their writing about this subject to life. The children enjoyed completing discovery sheets, and took hundreds of photos of the impressive artefacts. They had a great day and were a credit to the school.

Year 5 Enterprise Sale - Friday 9th November 2018

Friday November 9th saw a packed Enterprise Sale with over 60 stalls and activities, with something for everyone. The Year 5 children once again came up with some excellent ideas and produced a range of innovative games, delicious home baked produce and handicrafts, including Christmas decorations and beautifully scented lavender bags. With the support of their families and everyone that came along after school on Friday to make it such a successful event, the children raised in excess of £860. We will let you know which exciting resources we will be purchasing as a school to further enrich the learning environment. Thanks to all those who contributed and attended this successful event.

Year 5 Visit to Kingswood Activity Centre - Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The Year 5 children really enjoyed their residential trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre in Cromer, Norfolk.

The children developed their independence by taking responsibility for themselves and their belongings, including successfully making their own beds!

They showed great determination and enthusiasm when participating in a wide range of activities where they were able to challenge themselves and take risks. Some of the activities that the children most enjoyed were abseiling, fencing and archery amongst others.

They spent an afternoon on a sunny and breezy beach where they created sand sculptures, searched for fossils and went rock-pooling.

It was a wonderful experience for all!

Year 5 Visit to National Space Centre - Wednesday 7th November 2018

On Wednesday Year 5 enjoyed a very interesting and enjoyable trip to The National Space Centre in Leicester. The children had the opportunity to programme space buggies; learn about becoming an astronaut and explore the information galleries. The visit concluded with a very bumpy, exciting trip to Jupiter in a space simulator. The children behaved beautifully while representing the school, and we received compliments about their enthusiastic participation.