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Year 5

Welcome to our class,  Year 5,

Where Mrs Fawcett will help us strive,

To make our learning fun,

And get our best work done

We hope on this page you will see,

It's a great place to learn and just be!

Recycling in Copeland

On the 8th December we got the opportunity to meet Copeland's new recycling doorstep collection truck and how recycling works in Copeland.  We enjoyed playing the game to sort the waste and we got to sit in the truck.

Blood Hound

We enjoyed attending the Blood Hound at Lakes College.  We learnt a lot about the car that is attempting to break the land speed record in 2018 and how STEM influences all aspects of our daily life.  We enjoyed working in teams to create our own cars that were propelled by air.  We discovered how testing then modifying our designs affected its performance.  We came 2nd place in the distance competition but well done to Lowca who were champions and will get their team name on the tail of the real Blood Hound.  We can't wait to see the results of this record. 

Moon Phases

We have enjoyed exploring the phases of the moon.  We used Oreo biscuits when creating a diagram to show the phases of the moon.  We also got to look at the moon with a telescope.

Wonka Fruit

We are busy investigating and designing packaging for our Willy Wonka inspired fruit to encourage children to eat healthily.  There would no problem with children eating fruit if looked and tasted like some of these designs.

Irreversible Changes

We have been investigating irreversible changes and where impressed with the effect of the products that could be made from a variety of reactants.  We also looked at how dirty water can be made useable if it is sieved, filtered, evaporated and condensed.  We were amazed how quikly this could happen too.

Jennifer Carvery Cookery Day

On the 16th October year 5 took on the Jennifer Caver Cookery Day challenge by designing and making animal shaped tortilla crisps and packaging to suit.  We started doing a bit of market research and finding out the favourite flavours and animal shapes to help influence our design.  We soon learnt how easy it is to make a flavoured crisp however we did discover you don't need a lot of chilli to create a chilli flavour!


Some substances dissolve when you mix them with water. When a substance dissolves, it looks like it disappears. But in fact it has just mixed with the water to make a transparent (see-through) liquid called a solution.

When you mix sugar with water, the sugar dissolves to make a transparent solution. Salt dissolves in water too.

Heat can help some substances dissolve faster in water. Salt, for example, will dissolve quicker in hot water than in cold water.

Hawse End

We had an amazing residential where we experienced lots of new activities.  Not only did we experience new things but we learnt a lot about ourselves.  Many activities taught how to work as part of a team, to lead others, and how to solve problems.  We also discovered even if we don't want to do something we should give it a go because we might actually like it and when something gets hard if we persevere and fight the feeling to give up we can achieve things we thought were impossible.  Below are some of the highlights of our week.  More photo's can be found on the latest news page.

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An A-Z of Hawse End

A is for adventure. Hawes End was one big adventure having to stay afloat when canoeing, aiming in archery, ascending a mountain and eating ample food.  A is also for an amazing time doing archery and A night time walk!

B is for a brilliant time being outdoors. Bizzare being away from home and with my friends.  B is also for a boring bus ride which took us to brilliant activities like burrowing through a tunnel, bombing from the pier and getting blisters on our feet. Be is also for being away from our parents and bringing giant suitcases which we had to carry!

C is for climbing Catbells carefully and calmly, especially on the rocks. Also caring for each other when we were missing home.

D is for getting drenched when we went ghyll scrambling, Dinner and having to make our own! Drinking delicious hot chocolate before bed. D is also for DVD, we watched the Minion movie on Thursday night. D is also for daylight, we got to see ducks on Derwentwater and complete dangerous activities. D is also for Dark and going for a walk with our torches.

E is for exciting yet exhausting activities that were exhilarating. Enjoying the epic experiences that needed lots of energy.

F is for a fun, fantastic time with fabulous friends eating midnight feasts.

G is for gushing water as we were ghyll scrambling through gloriously cold water up the gorge. And a great time giggling with friends on the green canoes as the wind gusted us along.

H is for hitting the bullseye in archery, helping each other as we solved lots of problems. Our hairy friend canoeing with us and last of all a Hawes End Happy Birthday to Halle.

I is for incredibly high water as we scrambled through the ghyll. Getting impatient waiting for our turn on the archery. Instructors rewarding us with hot chocolate when we finished our problem solving and finally the impeccable food.  I is also for independent. We were encouraged to be independent by making our own beds, ensuring we had the right equipment for our activity and trying to pack our own bags ready to come home.

J is for jam sandwiches and jacket potatoes (but not together). Jumpers and jogging bottoms to keep us warm. Joining in the activities and ajoint effort to ensure everyone did their best. It was also for jumping – jumping from one canoe to another and for those crazy enough jumping in the lake.

K is for kindness, we tried to be kind to each other by looking after each other when we missed home and when someone found something challenging. Knowledgeable instructors teaching us new skills and for kids having a great time.

L is for a long time from home with lots of laughs and enjoying the scenery on such a lovely lake.

M is for making magnificent muddy memories up mountains, in the mist and at midnight.  M is also for meeting in the lounge every morning to find out our marvellous activities. Memorising maps and keeping motivated on our mysterious, mucky, moonlit walk. Marvelling at the magnificent view on our mountain walk.

N is for nervously climbing un rocks. Navigating people around and naturally napping after a hard day.

O is for outdoor activities in October. Oversized rocks in the ghyll and obeying our instructors but obviously I fell in. Onwards over trees and branches obstructing the trees. Pulling ourselves to safety and our instructor Rupert. Feeling odd conquering the tunnel of doom.  O is for an outstanding outdoor adventure.

P is for perfect time doing practical activities.

Q is for quick, rapid waters in the ghyll scrambling. The canoe quaking under our weight.

R is for the river running rapidly on a rainy day over the rugged rocks as the win rustled the trees on our rigorous ghyll scramble

S is for soaked. We got soaked when we were canoeing, and occasionally soaked the teachers. It is also for slippy when we were ghyll scambling

T is for a terrific time team building with my friends. Feeling terrified when …… A team talk to tell us about our activity. Being taught new things and thankful to have the opportunity to go to Hawes End and thankful to be home.

U is for an ultimately unique time. Going uphill was utterly unbearable at times but unforgettably making it to the top. Unpacking and making our room untidy.  U is for up – uphill, upland, upriver. U is for under – underground tunnel, underwater in the lake and wet underfoot. U is also for un, unafraid of the activities, unbalanced on the rocks and unleashed on the fell. U is also for an utterly ultimate time!

V is for victory after completing the various activities.

W is for wetly waling up Catbells, waiting warmly on the bus, wellies full of water and wobbly canoes on Derwent Water.

X is extreme mountain climbing. Excellent views from the mountain. Exciting meeting our new Labrador friend. Exhausted after all the walking.

Y is for young people yelling in the yucky mud. Yummy food everyday. Yellow waterproofs keeping us warm and dry.

Z is the zealous zippy children enjoying the zesty activities who zonked out sometime after midnight!

Learning about the Hajj

Imran, a teacher from Bolton, came into school to teach us more about the Muslim faith. After a whole school assembly where we learnt about the 5 pillars of Islam.  He taught year 5 more  about the Hajj (pilgrimage) every Muslim must try to make to Mecca, in Saudia Arabia, during their life. We learnt lots about what Muslim's do over the 5 days and what it means to them.  We took the opportunity to reflect on how it the Hajj might make a Muslim feel.


Lickable Wallpaper

We have created our own prints in order to create our own Wonka inspired Lickable Wallpaper.  We thought about shape, colour and pattern.  Some of the effects were quite effective.


We have been exploring balances in gymnastics and created our own sequences.  We had to to plan a minimum of 5 balances, be able to hold them for 5 seconds, link our ideas and ensure we had pointed toes. 

Place Value in Maths

We have been investigating 5 and 6 digit numbers in maths and playing games that make us think about the value of each didgit.

School Council Elections

Many year 5 children chose to stand for election this year.  All candidates presented their manifesto to the rest of the class and took questions from the floor.  Some children made posters and chose music to support their campaign.

After a very close vote Ollie and Halle were elected