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Children in Need Week
In Year 5, we have been talking about childhood poverty during our PSHE lessons. We decided to do a sponsored circuit training session to raise funds for 'Children in Need'. We were pretty exhausted by the end!!

Mon 10th

Darwin's Old Bones - ALL CHAPTERS are now available.

Sun 9th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 15 is now available.

Wed 5th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 14 is now available.

Sun 2nd August

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 13 is now available.

Wed 29th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 12 is now available.

Sun 26th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 11 is now available.

Wed 22nd

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 10 is now available.

Sun 19th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 9 is now available.

Year 5 2019-20

Below you will find the content from Y5 last year.

Home-Learning Summer 2020

Thurs 16th

Here are the latest pieces of work sent in. Priya has written a poem, done some painting, drawn her holiday suitcase and written about a favourite holiday destination in the UK. Isaac has also shared his poem and Lucas sent an email to Mrs Proctor.

Wed 15th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 8 is now available.

Tues 14th

Here is Lucas' dream holiday view - keep dreaming Lucas!

Sun 12th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 7 is available now.

Fri 10th

George must have green-fingers. He's already picking the veg he planted.

Fri 10th

Priya has been trying to persuade her family to move to the Bahamas! Read her text here:

Also, she has made a great effort at this spelling challenge:

Fri 10th

Priya and George have both sent in the map of their made-up country.

Thurs 9th

Here is Lucas' Flag Quiz - it's pretty challenging, I got just 6 questions correct - see if you can do better!

Thurs 9th

Priya has been hard at work this week:

Wed 8th

Here is Dhilon's Flag Quiz and his alphabet of countries. I didn't get all the flags right when I tried the quiz - sorry!

Wed 8th

George, like me, has been having fun creating his own bitmoji.

Wed 8th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 6 is available now.

Wed 8th

Priya has sent in the flag for her country Semico.

Tues 7th

Dhilon managed to amass 100 points in today's spelling challenge. See his list of words below:

Tues 7th

Freddie has drawn a flag for his new country - Clifton - which is off the coast of India. So has George - his country is Kalroon.

Tues 7th

George and Priya have also created their own countries:

Here is George's datafile on Kalroon


Country: Kalroon

Location: A small island off South America

Climate: Mostly rain, but sometimes can be very hot

Terrain: Forest and Volcanoes

Population: 2.387 people

Capital City: Finla

Cities/towns: Cruva, Vinto and Larbray

Products: Wheat and spring water to drink

Attractions: Lots of volcanoes everywhere, hiking trips and hot spring baths

Other: It is a volcanic island off the coast of mainland South America. People visit here for an adrenalin filled holiday!


And below is Priya's document about Semico, a beautiful island in the Caribbean.

Mon 6th

Lucas and Hannah have both been very creative - they have invented their own countries, which sound like great places to visit.

Here's Lucas' datafile on Zarbania:


Country Name:                 Zarbania                              

Location:                             Zarbania is in the Middle East.

Climate:                               Zarbania is in a desert climate zone and the temperature is normally over 40°C, but can reach over 50°C in the summer. Rain falls rarely, sometimes it does not rain for months and months.   

Terrain:                                 In Zarbania it is mainly flat but there are some wadis near the west coast, these wadis fill up with water rapidly when it rains and can cause tragedies when people get stuck down there.       

Population:                        Zarbania has a very small population due to it being a harsh environment to try to live in.

Capital City:                        The capital city of Zarbania is Regonogo where half of the population lives. The city was first established here because of the large Oasis for water.  Around the Oasis they have planted a layer of palm trees creating lots of shade. The town’s men and women spend most of their time here playing games and keeping cool. It is a busy place and people get around on dirt bikes. The houses are built very simple, but in the shade so they can be out of the scorching sun.             

Other Cities and Towns: Zarbania is made up of three towns Regonogo, Oligioto and Harties, which each have an oasis.

Agriculture:                        When it rains the Zarbainians try and capture it by digging massive holes, this creates a mass gathering of Buffalo to drink the water. The people then hunt the Buffalo for food. Zarbainia is also known for being the only country to farm the Maco Maco fish, which is sold to other countries as a delicacy.

Other Industry:                 Traditionally the people made coloured glass from the sand for stained glass windows. In modern times an industry is growing around getting electricity from the sun using MASSIVE solar panels in the desert.

Mon 6th

Otto really knows his countries - well done!

Mon 6th

Dhilon and Isaac both did brilliantly in today's spelling challenge!

Mon 6th

Lucas has made a brilliant pond for his garden by upcycling an old water tank.

Sun 5th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 5 is now available.

Sun 5th

Congratulations to Vlad, who has achieved a 100 day streak on Doodle Maths - GREAT EFFORT!

Sat 4th

Hannah's favourite things to eat are macarons. Here she is in the middle of her taste test experiment too!

Sat 4th

George is very fond of M & Ms!

Thurs 2nd

Here are the results of Lucas' taste test - he did well at identifying the tastes. He has also sent in his poster promoting his favourite food.

Wed 1st

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 4 is now available.

Wed 1st

Tilly has had fun with the sensory experiments this week. 

Tes 30th

Read about the sixth sense Dhilon would like to have:

Mon 29th

George has been on a brilliant sensory walk. Read about it here - complete with photos.

Sun 28th

Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 3 is now available!

Sat 27th

Here is the solution to the puzzle I showed you at the beginning of the week. I hope you got it right!

Sat 27th

George has written about something that is special to him.

Here is George's castle:

Sat 27th

Lexie used the word NUMBERS for her acrostic poem.

Wed 24th

Dougie's colour by numbers is ready to colour in. Look at the detail he has put into his drawing - well done, Dougie!

Wed 24th

Here's George's Maths poem.

Wed 24th

Otto has completed the crossword from today's work - well done.

Wed 24th

George has a lot growing in his garden. He is particularly proud of his lettuce.

Wed 24th

Click on the link above to read Darwin's Old Bones - Chapter 2, released today.

Wed 24th

Dhilon also decided on an acrostic poem. Read his document below:

Tues 23rd

Lucas has been busy. Here is his acrostic Maths poem and a colour by numbers, which he has turned into a competition for his family!

Tues 23rd

If you planted any seeds earlier in lockdown, I hope they’ve been growing well. Here are my beans - they’re at the top of the sticks now and we’ve got the first flowers. Also, the first tomatoes have appeared.

Mon 22nd

Here is Danni's Maths Poem - she went for an acrostic.

Sun 21st

Thank you to the 19 member of Year 5 who took part in the Children's Book Quiz. You created the questions and some of them proved pretty challenging!


Top 5

1.  Isaac   27,936 points (all questions correct!)

2.  Bertie

3.  Gaby

4.  Danni

5.  Hannah


Well done to all these children who had a go too:

Hugo, George, Tristan, Lucas, Dhilon, Otto, Kenann, Lexie, Matthieu, Priya, Lena, Freddie, Vlad and Dougie.

Sun 21st

Otto decided to write a letter this week to the people who publish the Oxford English Dictionary. See if you agree with his argument:

Sat 20th

Vlad has been busy this week - here are his alphabet sentences, some words beginning with unusual letters and some great 3D lettering - Well done, Vlad!

Thurs 18th

Here is Hannah's alphabet sentence - 26 words all in alphabetical order.

Wed 17th

Here is George's 3D lettering, which looks very effective. Hannah has had a go too.

Tues 16th

Isaac and Danni had a lot of fun creating these alphabet sentences:

Mon 15th

George spent a long time perfecting his illuminated letter. Lucas has worked hard on his too.

Sat 13th

Many thanks to the following children who have sent in questions for our children's book quiz. Look out for details of the quiz next week:








Sat 13th

Priya's mini book is full of colourful pictures:

The big book Priya found was full of fascinating facts:
Find out which Guiness World Records Priya would like to break by reading her list below:

Sat 13th

Added to the Shakespeare's Wooden Leg page today:

Lucas' synopsis

Lucas' artwork for a front cover

Priya's front cover

Thurs 11th

Lucas thinks fiction is better than non-fiction. Do you agree? Read his text below:

Thurs 11th

Otto found a really challenging book to read and made a list of tricky words.

Thurs 11th

Click on the link above to go to the Shakespeare's Wooden Leg page. Added today - George's artwork for a front cover.

Wed 10th

Here are the pages of George's mini book. He drew a black and white cartoon story inside.

Wed 10th

Which Guinness World Records would you like to have a go at? Here are Hannah's ideas:

Tues 9th

Mr Searle has broken the radius, the thicker of the two bones in the lower arm.

Tues 9th

Click on the link above to the Shakespeare's Wooden Leg page - added today:

Hannah's book review

Isaac's synopsis

Hannah's synopsis

Tues 9th

Hannah found a big book and learned some amazing facts from it.

Tues 9th

Priya's game, called Name Five Things, is all finished, complete with a very smart box. Well done for working so hard on it, Priya!

Mon 8th

Isaac managed to find a huge book about cooking. Read what he found out in it:

Sat 6th

Here are the highest scoring words using all seven letters from last week’s Scrabble challenge.

Fri 5th

Can you work out the Scanagrams that Lucas and George have sent in?

Fri 5th

Here are some completed board games.

Mon 1st June

George has already been busy with the board for his game - it's called Food Fantastic!

Sat 23rd

Freddie has completed an amazing painting of sea-life!

Fri 22nd

More unusual sports from Andrew:

And Lucas has written a commentary of teeth-cleaning plus a discussion text about sport behind closed doors:

Fri 22nd

Y5 review Mr Searle's story: Shakespeare's Wooden Leg:

Fri 22nd

Priya has finished her story and written a sports commentary about getting up!

Fri 22nd

Here are some lockdown sporting crazes:

George's Band Flicking

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Fri 22nd

More obstacle courses from Otto and George.

George's obstacle course

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Tues 19th

George has finished writing his story - it is 5 chapters long! Here are some photos:

Tues 19th

Look at Dhilon's slides (below) for his selection of unusual sports - some very weird ones there!

Tues 19th

More obstacle course fun. Here are some photos of Tilly's and a video of Matthieu's.

Setting a course record

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Mon 18th

Here is a video of Issac completing his assault course. He has been very creative with his choice of obstacles.

Obstacle Course

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Fri 15th

Bertie has baked a cake especially for all his friends in Year 5. He hopes you are all keeping well. Eat a piece 'virtually' today and think of the Christ Church school family. Think particularly of poor Jude, who has managed to break his arm during the lockdown! We're all sending you our best wishes, Jude.

Wed 13th


Wed 13th

An update on Dougie's fund-raising. He has managed to raise an amazing £1450 for his chosen charity CLAPA. That's a brilliant effort - well done, Dougie!

Wed 13th

A great example of a diagram about seed germination - well done, George. And Dougie planted sunflowers before Easter - they're growing well.

Mon 11th

A few unusual sights on my walk today. I was lucky enough to spot two woodpeckers visiting their nest-hole, the egret was back at the pond and that egg is enormous (the size of a small car!) - I'll let you know what hatches out of it in the next few weeks!

Here's the latest First News newspaper

Mon 11th

Year 5 have been busy cooking.

Sat 9th

Today's exercise took me to a different pond. It was full of life and I managed to take some photos of what we saw.

Friday 8th

Another successful upcycling project!

Friday 8th

VE-Day 75 Commemoration

I hope you did something special.

Thursday 7th

Here are two great examples of an endangered species slideshow.

Hugo's slideshow

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Matthieu's slideshow

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Wednesday 6th

Dougie has been Fund-raising

Well done to Dougie, who has had his head shaved for a charity that is very close to his heart (CLAPA). He has raised £450 so far - a brilliant effort. I have included a link to his Justgiving page below.

Wednesday 6th

You might like to keep track of your running/walking/cycling over the next few weeks. It would be interesting to see how far you move. Below is a document with details of a MOVE MORE challenge, which starts today!

Wednesday 6th

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's upcycling task. Below is a photo of Priya's pencil pots - a very practical idea and a document from George with a series of photos showing how he made a new planter for his garden - truly impressive work!

Wednesday 6th

The animal photos are still coming in - well done FreddieVlad and Hannah!

Friday 1st May

Animal Photographs

Thanks for sending me your great animal photos. I'm impressed with your photography skills - all the subjects are central, the photos are well framed and the focus is spot on. Hugo did well to capture a squirrel on the move and Lucas was lucky to spot a small common frog on the ground on his walk. Isaac's alpaca is very cute and lambs don't stay still for long, so Dhilon did well to capture those two. Lexie's swan is very elegant and the pet pics capture their characters very well: Mario looks playful, Andrew's dog looks energetic and Priya's budgie looks super intelligent.

Wednesday 29th April

Lucas also took part in yesterday's quiz - he did really well too, but used an odd username, which I didn't recognise. Thanks, Lucas.

Lucas' other news is that he has now raised £500 from his head shave - brilliant effort Lucas!

Tuesday 28th April

Today's Kahoot Quiz

Only 8 members of the class took part in the quiz about Shakespeare's Wooden Leg today - that's a bit disappointing. Where are the rest of the class?

Top 5:

Hannah    27,230 points





Well done also to Dhilon, Matthieu and Dougie.

Saturday 25th

Finally spotted an egret at my favourite pond today. Didn't have my camera with me, but had good views of this beautiful bird through the binoculars.


Species added to the lisst today:

Little Egret     House Martin

Had a goldfinch visiting in the garden today, too. He/she was right at the end of the garden, so I needed full zoom.

Well Done Lucas!

Lucas has had all his hair shaved off for charity - he's raising money for the NHS.

If you would like to donate, there is a link to his page below:

Friday 24th April

Mr Searle’s leaf dyeing from today’s live lesson

Thursday 23rd April


(That's William Shakespeare, not Shakespeare Smith!)

As a bit of fun, have a go at my little quiz below (you might also want to give it to an adult at home to see if they do better than you! I suggest you get them to correct the quotes that are wrong.)

Wednesday 22nd


Remember that the questions on the Maths worksheets get harder as you move on - just like our DoIt - Twist It - Deepen It in class, so don't be surprised if the last one or two prove challenging.

Question 7 on Tuesday's worksheet was a good example. My solution is below if you are still puzzling over it!

Tuesday 21st April

I managed to remember to take my camera on today's walk to Horsbere Brook, so have included some of my photos for you.

New species to add to the list:

Grey Heron     Little Grebe     Pied Wagtail     Rook     Coal Tit     Green Woodpecker (heard, but not seen)

FIRST NEWS - children's newspaper

Easter Monday

Another walk to Horsbere Brook, but we took a different route today, which was more wooded.


Species added to the list:

BIRDS:   Jackdaw     Greater Spotted Woodpecker     Willow Warbler


BUTTERFLIES:    Large White     Speckled Wood     Brimstone

Easter Day

I haven't seen the Easter Bunny this morning, but spotted this cheeky Easter Squirrel in the garden - I hope he hasn't found my eggs!

Egg juggling - 3 eggs!

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Egg juggling - 2 eggs

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Monday 6th April

Another local walk to Horsbere Brook today - it's becoming my favourite destination for my daily exercise.

Six new birds to add to the list:


Jay     Reed bunting     Kestrel     Swallow     Wren     Blackbird


I was particularly pleased to spot a reed bunting - I haven't seen one for quite a while. They are not garden birds, but you may be lucky enough to spot one amongst reeds by a pond or lake.


Also, 3 different butterfly species today:


Peacock     Comma     Orange Tip

Easter Activities for the next two weeks - some fun things for you to try over the Easter break.

HAPPY EASTER from Mr Searle!

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A Gloucester Walk - Bird-spotting

On Friday afternoon I went for a local walk in Gloucester to a small nature reserve called Horsbere Brook. I took my binoculars with me and managed to spot 20 different species:

Herring gull     Mute swan     Moorhen     Mallard     Magpie     Carrion crow     Chaffinch     Skylark     Coot     Wood pigeon

Great tit     Blue tit     Long-tailed tit     Goldfinch     House sparrow     Buzzard     Pheasant     Collared dove     Starling    



Nothing particularly special on that list - but egrets have been seen there - and even an otter!


See if you can get out and about on a local walk in the next fortnight and see what you can spot.


Another good turn-out for my Science quiz; Matthieu rejoined the quizzing crew, but there was no Bertie or Jude this time.



Arlo   17,539






Quite a different look to the top 5 this time - and GEORGE did make it, well done!


There will be a WEEKLY QUIZ after the Easter break, but you could of course make up your own quizzes to try out on your family and friends!

‘Flumpy’ the elephant has the pin for today’s quiz: SCIENCE

Here's a photo I took this morning - it shows a house sparrow on one of our feeders.

Thursday's Quiz Results

Well done again to all those who took part yesterday - 19 of you this time: the most we've had all week. Welcome, Bertie for the first time!



Isaac   24,422






George has been just outside the top 5 all week - maybe Friday is your day, George!

Good luck with your quizzing.


Ted has the details for Thursday’s quiz: it’s all about the books we have been reading in class.

No dartboard at home? Use this spreadhseet to play virtually!

Mr Searle has been playing darts while stuck indoors. It’s a great game to practise your Maths skills.

Wednesday Quiz Results

Well done to all those who took part in yesterday’s quiz: Mountains and Mayhem


Arlo, Andrew, Danni, Dhilon, Dougie, Gabi, Hannah, Harry, Hugo, Isaac, Lena, Lucas, Matthieu, Nathan, Patrick (Y6), Priya, Tristan and Vlad.



Tristan   25,419 points






The scores were very high, so you clearly remember this work really well.

Good luck with today’s quiz: Class Books

Wednesday’s Quiz: Mountains and Mayhem

Doodle Maths and Doodle Tables

There are a few children who did not doodle last week. If you have forgotten your login details, please email school and we can sort that out for you.

Mr Searle’s Story

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Have a go at the punctuation challenge.

Tuesday's Quiz - The Results

A Celebration of the Number 30!

Well done to all those who took part in this one - a very similar group of children to Monday's, although no Priya this time.


Patrick from Y6 joined in and scored very well indeed.


Top 5 Y5s:

Hannah  14,686 points






I don't know who Fred the Red is - possibly Freddie. Please use a name that I will recognise. Remember, you can only take part once!

Tuesday’s Quiz

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Today’s questions are all about the number 30!

Sinker Thinker Help

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If you're not sure how to get new numbers in Sinker Thinker's bubbles, this short video will show you.



Well done to the 17 members of Year 5 who took part in Monday's quiz:

Arlo. Danni, Dhilon, Dougie, Gabi, George, Hannah, Harry, Hugo, Isaac, Jude, Lena, Lucas, Matthieu, Priya, Tristan and Vlad


Thanks also to Finn in Y4 who gave it a go and beat some of the Year 5s!



Isaac   20,028 points  15 out of 15!






Harry, I had to disallow your second and third goes - please only do the quizzes once!


Please message the rest of the class, so that they all know to take part for the rest of the week.


Monday’s Quiz

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What can you remember from our work on World War Two? Use Kahoot! to have a go at today’s quiz - you’ve got until 9:30pm tonight.

Home Learning Week 2 (beginning 30th March 2020)

See documents below. The first document outlines the plan for the week. Other documents will be needed for some of the activities. Have fun learning. Please email me if you have particular problems - Mr Searle (


Next week (Monday 30th March - Friday 3rd April) I will be setting the Year 5 children a quiz each morning. Quiz details will go up on this page each morning at 9:30am. The subjects will be: WW2, 30, Mountains and Mayhem, Books and Science.

In order to take part in the quizzes, you will need to have access to a tablet or phone at home with a free app called Kahoot! downloaded. I will be able to see all your results and will post high scores on the class page the next morning.


SPOT THE DIFFERENCE answers: elephant, oast house, mug, paper sign, toy reindeer, pineapple, Saints FC badge, photo.

Have a good weekend - you can have a break from the school work, but I couldn’t resist a simple SPOT THE DIFFERENCE puzzle.


Anagram puzzle solution - well done to all those who got it right.

Anagram puzzles

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Use all the letters to work out these tricky anagrams.

Letter change puzzle : MR SEARLE’S SOLUTION


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A word puzzle: change a letter at a time.

Solution for 2 metre problem - I hope you had fun solving this one. The only way to solve it is in 3D - either by having one person higher or lower (in a hole!).

2 metre problem

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Mr Searle says hello!

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Year 5 Long Term Plan 2019 - 2020

Our topic for the Spring Term is:

Mountains and Mayhem

We will be answering the key question: How do volcanoes erupt?

We will investigate the structure of the Earth beneath our feet and find out about tectonic plates. We will research how mountains are made and use maps and atlases to locate the World's major volcanoes and earthquake zones. We will discover how movement of the tectonic plates can cause earthquakes and volcanic activity. We will write an explanation text to show the different types of volcano and how they erupt.


If you have any interesting resources or contacts linked to this topic, please let Mr Searle know. 



Our Class Non-Linear Quest

History with Gloucestershire University - A Chelteham Air Raid

STEM WEEK - Sphero Robots

STEM WEEK - Science at All Saints

STEM WEEK - DT Challenge

STEM WEEK - Beautiful Maths!

STEM WEEK - Robotics


Evacuation Experience at Winchcombe Station

Year 5 2018-19

Below you will find archived images from Y5 last year.

DT Project - the finished bridges!

Bridge Painting - we had a great Art Day on Wednesday 27th March, during which we painted bridge silhouettes.

DT Week - Year 5 have been very busy designing and making bridges. We learned how to cut and stick safely. We had a lot of fun!

World Book Day 2019 - It was lovely to see such a wide variety of characters turn up to school on World Book Day

Year 5 Non-linear Quest - the children have worked hard to put together this story as a class. Please read it as a Powerpoint so that you can make your choices at the end of each chapter and the hyperlinks will take you to the right page.

ART DAY - We had a busy day on Wednesday 12th December. Mrs King did some printing with us and we did some watercolour paintings with Mr Searle.

What a lot of Map! As part of our Geography work this term, we got to play with large OS maps of the local area. We had to find places using 6-figure grid references.

Basketball WOW Day with Paul Sturgess - the tallest man in Britain!

Visit to meet Mitch Johnson, author of 'Kick', at the Literature Festival.

Our Evacuation Experience on the Winchcombe Steam Railway