15th October 2021

What a wonderfully engaging half term it has been for our Fantastic Fives. We are happily settled into our new role as the ‘Upper Juniors.’  From having locker keys, to keeping our things in the Dungeons, to being table leaders at Junior lunch – it has been a half term of growth and the teachers are very proud of how the Year 5 children have risen to the added responsibilities.

We have had an exciting week with the Poetry by Heart finals and we were proudly represented in the ‘Middles’ category by 5L’s Cecily G. Her performance was inspiring. Congratulations Cecily on your amazing effort!

In Geography this week, we have wrapped up our learning of the plate tectonics and really enjoyed watching videos of Pangaea splitting into the seven continents we know today. We have moved on to learning about the geographical features of the UK and we have furthered our skills in using the index in an atlas to find what we are looking for.  Researching to find famous landmarks, cities, mountains and rivers/lakes found throughout the UK was a highlight. Test our knowledge (and working memory!) to see if we remember the difference between the British Isles, Great Britain and the UK.

In Ms Linney’s Maths group, we enjoyed using place value charts and number discus, alongside column edition. We like the practical aspect of using the number discs when there is an exchange and we use the rhyme, ‘Got some more? Give it next door!’

In Life Skills this term, we have focused on the rights and responsibilities of children and we have shared some respectful and empathetic conversations about refugee children. This week we shared our views on to what we believe every child has the right. We built upon this by discussing the ways in which individuals and communities have certain responsibilities in upholding those rights.

We hope the hardworking and dedicated Maisie Monkeys, Terry Tortoises, Cassie Cats, Billy Bees and Ollie Owls (that are our Fantastic Fives) have a wonderful half term break!

Ally Linney


8th October 2021

This week Year 5 were learning about the moon. They made models showing earth orbiting the sun whilst rotating on its axis. For homework they learnt about the changing moon and the names of its different phases.


The Fantastic Fives: I Like this Poem!


1st October 2021

This week, the Year 5 children have been working collaboratively like Billy Bee to learn their poems off by heart. Many are performing in groups and a few individuals have called upon the help of their friends to rehearse as we prepare for the semi-finals next week. We have also spent some time explaining why we like our chosen poems. The anthology ‘I Like This Poem’ by Kaye Webb has inspired our own writing.

In Maths, we are continuing to develop our place value skills and we also continue to tackle problem-solving with a ‘maths mindset.’ Working with our peers and explaining how we have arrived at the answers develops our reasoning skills.  Our visit to St Andrew’s for the Year 5 Maths Challenge focused on mind-stretching challenges as well.

Our Year 5 Geographers were very pleased to begin their second round of island research as they design our class game: ‘Top Trumps: Amazing Islands Edition.’ Thinking like Cassie Cat, some fantastic questions continue to come up in our lessons. Our goal is to answer the questions by the end of the unit.

Aly Linney

24th September 2021

It has been another week of collaboration, resilience and independence for the Fantastic Fives.

Mrs Platt and Ms Linney saw some wonderfully whoppsy-whiffling English prep come in this week! (That’s Roald Dahl speak for ‘unbelievable’, of course.) The Year 5 children dazzled their peers with dream jars, nightmare jars, 3D models of characters and their homes alike.  Some artistic drawings were pencilled and some interesting and informative PowerPoint presentations were shared.

In Geography, the Year 5 pupils have learnt more about amazing islands around the world and discovered that an archipelago is a chain of islands. We used the atlases to find the islands and labelled them carefully on a world map. Next we will be designing our own ‘Amazing Islands Top Trumps.’  We are looking forward to creating our class game and seeing which island comes up ‘Top Trumps.’

The pupils have also been working collaboratively in their weekly choir session with Mrs Glossop. Ocean Commotion seems to be a favourite so far (Ms Linney cannot help but sing along when she visits the choir sessions too). The children’s efforts were so delightful this week that everyone earned a credit for their House.

Excellent efforts all around this week Year 5!

17th September 2021

In Year 5, we have discussed goal setting as we launched into another school year. This complemented our learning in our Life Skills unit, Being Me. We have learnt how to be SMART and our goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound. We have also set targets in our English classes. Goal setting helps our pupils take initiative and encourages skills such as independence, perseverance and self-reflection.

5L was very happy to meet Mrs Borrows in the gardening classroom as each pupil was gifted a succulent from Ms Linney and a member of the Robertsbridge community. Ms Linney was on the search for succulents and pots for planting and Mrs Sue Flanagan, a member of a local gardening society, very generously donated enough succulents for the class. We have been inspired by Mrs Flanagan’s kindness and will be sure to nurture our plants as we get ready to grow in Year 5!

10th September 2021

It may only be Week 2 but that has not stopped the Fabulous Fives from diving straight into their learning with great enthusiasm.

In Maths, we learnt from Miss Tripp this week that having a ‘maths mindset’ means that we can represent our understanding in many different ways and that it is important to be resilient like Terry Tortoise.  Did you know that our brain is a muscle and it actually grows, creating new pathways, when we make mistakes?  We will be working hard this year to learn from mistakes and use them to become even greater mathematicians.

In English, we have launched into our new topic ‘Anthologies: I like this poem.’  We can now explain to you what the word anthology means and we learnt about the editor of our book, Kaye Webb, and found familiar poems that we have read and enjoyed before.  Using the dictionaries and Thesaurus proved useful as we read a synopsis of the introduction to the book.

In Geography, we discovered through an exciting guessing game what our new topic will be.  We asked Ms Linney a range of ‘yes or no’ questions from ‘Is that the Norway Rugby team?’ to ‘Is that a prison?’ and ‘Is that Charles Dickens or is it Charles Darwin?’  Finally, we guessed ‘Is our topic about islands?’

Amazing Islands is the theme and this week we looked at a world map of amazing islands around the world.  We have been busy researching a chosen island to learn more about the food, art and music. We will then feedback to the class and explore Google Earth.

What a great week of learning.

Ally Linney