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2018 - 2019

Square Numbers in Maths

Friday 23rd November


We have been investigating square numbers. The children used counters to prove whether a number was a square number. Well done for using the 'Know it, Use it, Prove it' attitude today!

Why were Mary and Joseph chosen by God?


In R.E, we were answering the Learning Question, Why were Mary and Joseph chosen by God? We discussed who Mary and Joseph were and the fact that their love was so strong and their bond so great that they would have supported each other through the gift of bringing Jesus into the world. The children then wrote questions that they would have liked to ask Mary and Joseph and we completed a hot seating activity, where the children played the parts and answered the questions. We built our vocabulary with words such as immaculate, privileged, conception, betrothed, protector and nurturer. This wok will lead into us answering the Big Question, "Was Jesus the Messiah?"

Speed Stacking

Wednesday 21st November


Year 5 had a fantastic evening, racing to discover who was the fastest speed stacker in the team.

The winner was Mark, who completed the 3-2-1 challenge in 2.62 seconds. Sylvana was 2nd in 3.04 seconds and 3rd was Evie in 3.53 seconds.

The children also had to create different speed stack challenges, following a range of different instructions. Here are some of their completed tasks!

Year 5 have been taking part in the Roar Project this term to invent a world changing idea to solve a problem.

The children had to generate ideas in small groups, then create posters and slogans to advertise it, make a protoype out of recyclable materials and finally create a pitch to present their finished product,


The final was held in the hall with 2 guest judges: our Head of School, Mr McCarthy and Steve from Thanet Lions. 

The children all presented their pitches so professionally and really impressed the judges. 


Well done to every member of Year 5. You all worked so hard on your ideas and they have blown away your teachers!


Here are a selection of groups with their prototypes and also presenting their products through a pitch. Please ask your children about their Roar product!

Poppy Project

Wednesday 7th November


To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I, Westwood Cross are working with renowned local artist Sioux Peto to use old plastic bottles to create a wave of Remembrance Poppies to adorn the Memorial Wall at the centre. The wall, which was part of the old Haine Road hospital, has engravings scribed by military patients who were treated there during both World Wars. This project will be a wonderful community initiative and a fitting tribute to those who died fighting for their country. 

Year 5 welcomed in Annie and Paula from the Poppy Project, to create remembrance poppies out of recycled materials. The children had a wonderful morning learning about WWI and the symbol of poppies, and of course making them! 
The poppies will be featured in the wall at Westwood as well as in our school.

Discovery Planet Plastic Workshop

Friday 2nd November


Year 5 visited the Dreamland Education Centre to learn about plastic from real scientists! Discovery Planet hosted a workshop to help us work scientifically, investigating the different properties of plastic and testing unknown materials. 

We will be visiting again to learn about the future of plastics and the role of chemistry later this month. 

Patrick Heron Exhibition at the Turner Contemporary

Friday 2nd November


Year 5 visited the Turner Contemporary in Margate to see an exhibition by Patrick Heron. This artist paints what he feels, rather than what he sees. We will be using this visit as inspiration to create our own artwork about how we feel. 

Year 5 Inter-House Rugby

Tuesday 15th October 2018


On Tuesday 15th October, Year 5 played an inter-house rugby competition in their classes.

The results…



Romans 5 - Normans 3

Romans 1 - Normans 2

Saxons 2 – Vikings 0

Saxons 1 – Vikings 3

Normans 4 – Saxons 5

Normans 5 – Saxons 0

Vikings 1 – Romans 3

Vikings 5 – Romans 1

Saxons 2 – Romans 1

Saxons 3 – Romans 1

Normans 6 – Vikings 0

Normans 3 – Vikings 1


The scores mean that overall, the scores are:

4th) Vikings with 10 points

3rd) Romans with 12 points

2nd) Saxons with 13 points

1st) Normans with 23 points

Well done to everyone for taking part!

Negative Numbers in Maths



Year 5 have been exploring negative numbers in Maths. After recapping what negative numbers are, we began to investigate how we could represent negative numbers in different ways. The children then presented their findings to the rest of the class and explained their reasons for choosing to represent it in this way. We now have a great understanding about negative numbers and are ready to tackle some problem solving questions tomorrow!

Rounding Numbers in Maths



Year 5 have been rounding numbers up to 1 million. To kick start our Maths lesson today, we used a Rounding Rhombus puzzle to match the rounding clues to the whole number answer. For example, "when rounded to the nearest ten thousand, which number equals 30,000?" In this case, the answer was 29,189. The children have to use the clues to complete the puzzle!
We love activities like this where we need to work together to solve problems.

Materials and Changes in Properties



Year 5 are learning all about materials this term in Science.
Today we were finding out about dissolving through an investigation where we had to make a prediction, carry out a fair test and draw a conclusion from the results. We used new vocabulary (because we are real scientists) throughout the lesson including solution, solvent, soluble and insoluble.
It was the best investigation - all using a bag of Skittles, a petri dish and liquids like lemonade or vinegar!

Educational Visit to Canterbury Cathedral

Friday 21st September


Year 5 had a fantastic trip to Canterbury Cathedral on Friday. The trip was to help us answer our RE big question: "What does it mean if God is loving and holy?" 
We created our own stained glass windows which shows examples of Bible stories where God's love is shown. We used replica equipment to lift 'stones' into place to build our own place of worship and chiseled symbols into the Normandy rock. This was followed by a guided tour where we learnt so many things about a building so special. 
It was a fascinating day and we really enjoyed our visit to the beautiful Cathedral!