Welcome to Year 5

Kestrel Class is taught by Mrs Athersuch and supported by Miss Bardel.

Owl Class is taught by Miss Drew and supported by Mrs Davidian.

Take a look at what we have been learning about at school.

There is also additional information for parents at the bottom of this page.


AUTUMN TERM 2: How can we ensure our oceans stay amazing? The Principle of Interdependence

Christmas Carol Concert with Promenade Choir

On Sunday 9th December, Year 5 joined forces with the Promenade Choir at St Peter’s Church in Hersham for the annual carol concert. Owls and Kestrels has been worked hard since September on a range of Christmas carols and songs and boy did they raise the roof! We were very proud of their performances.

Investigating Sustainable Fishing

Owl and Kestrel classes were investigating fish this week and began the week with the children learning that vesica piscis is the name for the shape created when two circles overlap and it is also the same shape as a fish bladder! The children used vesicas to draw images of fish! They also explored the different methods of fishing and judged them on their merit of how sustainable they are. 

Owl Class Assembly

Using the story of ‘Finding Nemo’, Owl Class presented a powerful assembly yesterday on the problem of plastic in our oceans and how we all need to be part of the solution. With so much of our packaging and products made out of plastic, it is a huge challenge to address, but Owl Class were clear that if we all try our best to reuse and recycle our plastic, we can make a big difference today, tomorrow, next month and in the years to come. It was a great message to share, Owls, and we can see that you are definitely going to lead the way in the change you want to see!

AUTUMN TERM 1: What journey does a river take? The Principle of The Cycle

River Walk

Year 5 were very lucky to enjoy the warm autumn sunshine on Wednesday when they enjoyed their stroll down the river. They sketched the bridge, gathered data to use back at school and importantly, they even picked up litter on their way - sadly there was a lot! They learnt how important a lock and weir was to control the river levels to avoid flooding. Did you know there have been 6 'Walton Bridges' since the 1700s?

Thank you to the parents who helped us to walk the 10km!

How long is a river?

Year 5 were practising their estimating and measuring skills by measuring 'rivers' out on the playground this morning. They then returned to class to discuss sinuosity (the bendiness of rivers) and scale and how they could convert measurements between metres and kilometres!

Kestrel Class Assembly - The Wind in the Willows

Kestrel Class presented the first class assembly of the year and what a treat it was. They are learning about rivers this half-term in Year 5 with a particular focus on the River Thames, so they retold ‘Wind in the Willows’ with a twist as Mole, Ratty and Badger arrived for a picnic by the riverbank, only to find rubbish everywhere, ruining the spot. But, never fear, a bunch of intrepid Ashley School litter pickers appeared on the scene to clear away every last piece of waste so the three friends were able to enjoy their picnic with a delightful scene all around. The children concluded their most entertaining assembly with a fabulous version of YMCA, but revised to ‘Two Minute Clean’, referencing how long it takes to tidy up a litter-covered area. Thank you, Kestrels, for getting us off to such a great start on our class assembly journey.

What is the shape of water?

Year 5 started off their learning enquiry with a pop! We began by exploring the properties of circles and then we went outside to further explore why spheres are naturally the most effective shape - it has equal pressures!


Information for Parents

Bude Parent Information Pack

Suggested books for Year 5

Progression in Calculations

Year 5 Number Targets

Click on the above links to see a PowerPoint for progression of maths skills at Ashley school. These will be useful so that you are able to understand the methods your child uses, which may be different to the methods you use, so that you can best support them. Please ask your child which method they use as it will differ for each child. The key is that they are comfortable and secure in the method they use.  

Year 5 Class Novels

Kensuke's Kingdom Michael Morpurgo

Out of India Jamila Gavin

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson-Burnett

The Odyssey Homer