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 Coleman (Willow Class)  

Curriculum letter spring term 2020

Welcome Presentation 2019

E-Safety Workshop Wednesday 24th April 2019

Coronavirus:  Time Capsules and A Book for Children

In the future, people will look back on the events of 2020 as a historical topic.  To help you and your families record how lockdown affected you and your daily routines we thought we would share this time capsule booklet with you.  There are two editions, one for the children and one for adults, we thought it would be a lovely opportunity for you to sit and discuss what is going on in the world at the moment as a family.  We have also included a pdf called ‘Coronavirus: A book for children’ which may help you to answer some of the questions that we are sure the children have. 

Children Time Capsule Booklet

Adult Time Capsule Booklet

'Coronavirus: A book for children' 


Home Learning

Parents and carers,

Due to school closure we are providing a range of learning resources for children to access at home.  It would be useful if your child could spend some time each day on English, Maths and Reading whilst also remaining active. 

Teachers will be uploading links and resources regularly so please continue to check Google Classroom each Monday. 

With best wishes,

Mrs Moore and Miss Coleman



Cancelled Lea Valley Park River Trip

A couple of parents have expressed an interest in taking their child to the River Lea when it is safe to do so as sadly we had to cancel our trip. Therefore we have put together some resources that will hopefully guide you through the day.

Our class trip to the River Lea in the Lea Valley Park.docx

Annotated copy of the map.pdf

Outdoor Learning brochure_April2020.pdf

River Lee Country Park Map.pdf




Although it is important to be working through learning at home, we understand sometimes it is not always possible to be able to do everything, so please do not worry if this is the case.
On average a Maths and English lesson is an hour a day so we would not expect you to do anymore than this and Science lessons vary between 1-2 hours depending on whether we are doing an experiment. We spend 1 hour a week on spelling and 1.5 hours on guided reading. Our topic for the summer term is on Rivers and Mountains which will be covered over several weeks.  This is to give you a rough guide on numbers of hours, however whatever routine and balance works best for you is the most important thing. 
We would really encourage you to be reading at home daily. It has been great to see the majority of you completing the comprehension questions on ReadTheory and would like to see all of you do this as regularly as possible to help us monitor your reading. 
Each families circumstances are different and the most important thing is for you to find a balance between work and rest. Remember, the previous weeks learning will always be available for you to go back to if you require it. 
We now have the class email addresses set up for both Willow and Sycamore, so if you have any worries, concerns or just want to say hello, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us and we will get back to you. We would really like to know how you're all doing. The Year 5 team do hope you are all well and remember, we are only at the other end of an email :) 



We would like children to still be reading daily at home. This can include:

  • Read Theory daily
  • Reading books from school
  • Books from home
  • E-books
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Get Epic accounts (Please visit https://www.getepic.com/students and login. Then select students and educators and enter the class code – lsi6326). You can only use it during the hours of 6am and 4pm. Feel free to read through a range of texts, videos and audiobooks of your choice. But beware - everything you do gets recorded and we can monitor it on the teacher dashboard! 

Additional Reading



Keep up to date with the news – watch Newsround each day.



Stay Active

It is important for children to remain active at home. Joe Wicks will be uploading daily workout routines on his YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. 

Explaining the daily workout routines - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME

Joe Wicks YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ


BBC Bitesize

In order to support learning, BBC Bitesize is a great resource for all subjects.




Mountain watercolour.docx



If your login details have mysteriously disappeared do not worry! Please send a request to the following link and someone will forward them to you as soon as they can - password@woodend.herts.sch.uk


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

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.

Visit to the British Museum - Wednesday 29th January 2020

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 Distractions Workshop - Tues 14th and Wed 15th January 2020

Many road traffic incidents are the result of a distraction. Often these distractions are brought about by the use of mobile phones or earphones when out near the roads. These dangers are simulated and demonstrated by walking around a set obstacle course whilst texting or using a portable music player to show how basic tasks can be made much more difficult by such distractions. Thank you to the ‘Safe and Sustainable Journeys in Schools Team’ for visiting our school to provide this valuable workshop for our Year 5 Children.

A Fairytale Christmas - 2019 Christmas Production for Years 4 and 5

As the children from Wood End School head off for their annual trip to the pantomime at the St Albans Arena, where this year they are performing Goldilocks and the Three Bears, they chatter excitedly. Many of the children reminisce about last years production of Jack and the Beanstalk and what good fun that had been. 

Visit to The National Space Centre - Wednesday 16th October 2019

On Wednesday Year 5 enjoyed a very interesting and enjoyable trip to The National Space Centre in Leicester. The children visited the Patrick Moore Planetarium where they watched a 3D film that taught them all about the space race between America and Russia, which included lots of details about the Apollo program from start to finish. They also had the opportunity to explore the many information galleries, including climbing to the top of the Rocket Tower and then making their way back down, visiting the different levels as they went. It was the first time we had been given the opportunity to visit the new Tim Peake exhibition and it was amazing to step inside the life size pod where he showered and slept.

Residential Visit to Liddington, Wiltshire

The Year 5 children really enjoyed their residential trip to PGL Liddington in Wiltshire from Monday 30th September to Wednesday 2nd October 2019.

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 and archery amongst others.

It was a wonderful experience for all!