Sapphire Class (Year 5)                           


Summer Term



This term, we have been looking at soluble and insoluble materials in science. Following this, we raised the question whether all sugars dissolved at the same rate. Here is what we found out:  



In art, we have been investigating the effect of space and scale when creating 3D art. We were inspired by the artist Cai Guo-Qiang to design our own installation space. Here are some examples from the design process of our installation spaces:

Spring Term



We have enjoyed starting the New Year outside for our Forest School sessions. We have really enjoyed exploring our Forest School area, getting muddy and building our own rope swings! 


Our topic for the new term has been exploring North America and making comparisons to our region of the UK. We have produced some fantastic work showcasing what we have learnt. 

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite characters and sharing our favourite stories. 

Some of us also created our favourite book characters on a wooden spoon!

Autumn Term



Welcome to Sapphire Class! The children have settled really quickly into a new school year and have showed excellent learning behaviours. 

We had an exciting first week back at school. We were lucky enough to watch the Tour of Britain cycling race coming through Burnham!

We have also been fortunate enough to receive a visit from the speed safety team. With the help of police officers and the road safety experts, we observed drivers out on the road near our school and questioned drivers who were not making responsible choices.  


 We have been studying Ancient Greece in History and English. We have enjoyed exploring different aspects of Greek society. Learning about the Greek gods and goddesses has especially something we have enjoyed. We have written non-chronological reports about the gods using our research.

Our PSHE theme this half term has been 'Identity'. To support this, we have been creating poem portraits in Art. We used a poem called 'I am Unique' to create a portrait full of facts that make up our identity. Our poem portraits will be used as part of our final art piece at the end of term. 



 In maths, we have started our fractions unit. We have used concrete resources to find equivalent fractions to unit fractions.


In music, we have been learning to perform Livin' on a Prayer. Some of us chose to sing, whilst others of us chose to use the glockenspiels during the instrumental section. We've really enjoyed performing this unit. Here is a clip of us singing the first verse and the chorus. 



In science, we have been learning about different forces. We have planned and carried out multiple investigations to understand friction. In particular we enjoyed using jelly cubes and oil, making predictions in relation to the amount of friction there would be on each cube.

We also were introduced to Newton meters, and used them to investigate which shoe had the best grip on the carpet. This allowed us to understand why friction can be a useful force at times. 


In DT, we have worked really hard on planning and making a pop-up Christmas story. We had to follow our design brief to make a book suitable for Year 1 pupils. When constructing the book, we had to consider how we could use a range of mechanisms and structures to illustrate and make them interactive for the users. 

We were thankful that we could share our books with Diamond 1 and Diamond 2 at the end, who thoroughly enjoyed trying out the interactive aspects and hearing our stories.