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Nightingale Academy

Minster C of E Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Year 5

2021 - 2022

WC 1st September 2021


Year 5 have had a fantastic start to term 1. We have been focusing on how we, as Minster children, can flourish as a PERSON this week. Each class was asked to carry out a social action challenge, which would have a positive impact on the community around us. We chose to tackle child food poverty, as Thanet has the highest child poverty rates in Kent. We decided to create a slogan and poster to highlight the issue and encourage people to help. Our slogan was, “One can a day, keeps child hunger away.” The children also filmed their own campaign videos and wrote a rap, which they performed in Collective Worship. #endchildhungerpoverty!

2020 - 2021

Term 6 Week 2 - Sandwich Bay Observatory


Year 5 had a brilliant time with the staff from Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory this week. We learned all about different birds we might spot and their calls.  We used binoculars to find some in the school grounds.  We also found out all about eco systems in our garden.  We learned lots about the Robin as it features in our current text ‘The Secret Garden’.

This week we learned all about Germination and the life cycles of plants.

We wrote instructions on how to make our own self watering propagators and then made them. We planted our seeds and are now waiting for the different stages of germination to take place.

This week Year 5 created Canopic Jars using clay. We talked about and used lots of different techniques such as rolling, pinching, carving and smoothing.  We were very impressed with the fabulous results.

Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed our Stargazers topic. This ended with the designing, building and most importantly the launching of our own rockets. We had a blast!


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World Book Day

Week beginning 30th November 2020


This week, Year 5 have been Scientists and were investigating whether materials are soluble or insoluble. They also learnt that the liquid is the solvent and that not all materials will dissolve in a solvent. Ask them about the cup a soup test!

In Music, the children learnt about notation and composed their own piece of music to play whilst travelling through a portal. There were some phenomenal pieces composed.

As well as this, the children have contributed to the Class Christmas Door and in Purple class, they created an advent gingerbread house, where the roof tiles open to reveal their smiling faces. It has been a busy week and the children have worked so hard.

Week beginning 9th November 2020


It has been another busy week in Year 5. The children have started each morning with a “Wake up and shake up” led by Mr McPherson (our very own Joe Wicks!) They have lunged, squatted and star jumped their way into their morning routine.

In reading, they have continued to read Skellig and this week took part in some hot seating activities, where some of the children played the character of Michael and were asked questions by the rest of the class. They did a phenomenal job of this.

In English, the children have been learning about the features of a non-chronological report and looked at the language features that determine a fact from an opinion. Ask them to tell you some facts about Gold, they know some crazy ones. Another great week. Well done Year 5.

This week Yr 5 received a riddle from an anonymous source as part of our Alchemy Island topic. It sent us in search of secret portals around the school. Here are some examples of what we found and photographed. We had so much fun searching and can't wait to see where they lead!

Week beginning 5th October 2020


This week has been brilliant. The children took part in a whole Design and Technology Day on Wednesday, where they constructed their drop rides. There were some amazing designs with Halloween themes, flying fish and unicorns. The finished rides looked amazing. What was most impressive was the resilience that the children demonstrated in the construction process. There were moments when the gondola wouldn’t stay still, or when the pulley system wouldn’t work but the children fully demonstrated their problem solving skills and came up with solutions to their problems.

As well as DT Day, the children all wore yellow on Friday to raise awareness of young people’s mental health. It was lovely to see so much yellow worn for such a worthy issue. We hope that you enjoy all of the photos and that they make you smile.

Week beginning 28th September 2020


This week, Year 5 have completed two separate Science investigations. The first was an investigation on water resistance. During this, the children used playdough to create cubes, spheres and cones and investigated which shape experienced the least water resistance. They concluded that the cones point enabled it to travel through the water faster, thus experiencing the least water resistance. They discovered that the more streamlined a shape, the less water resistance it will experience.

In the second investigation, the children learnt about gravity and used Newton metres to learn the difference between weight and mass. Ask them whose fault it is when something is knocked over at home! They should give you a very scientific answer.

Well done Year 5 for another great week

Week beginning 21st September 2020


This week, Year 5 have had a busy and productive time. Turquoise class went to the park to study forces. They learnt about friction, gravity and air resistance. In reading lessons, the children took on the roles of the characters from The London Eye Mystery and produced a role-play. There was some impressive acting from both classes. On Thursday, the rain stopped our outdoor PE lesson so Purple class had a speed stacking competition. There were some fast hands and there are some future record breakers in our midst. It was a great week.

Week beginning 21st September 2020



WC 14th September 2020


Year 5 have worked so hard this week. They have written their first Gold Book piece of writing, a poem about a rollercoaster and have used lots of different figurative language techniques within them. In Maths, they have begun learning Roman Numerals – can they tell you what the number XCV represents?

Purple Class were very lucky with the weather this week, when they went to Minster Park to investigate forces. The children investigated friction when sliding, air resistance when on the zip wire and gravity on the swings. They were really well behaved and represented Minster beautifully. Turquoise class will hopefully be going next week for their trip and we will look forward to seeing the photos of all their learning. In the meantime, here are some photos of Purple Class in action.

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