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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!

Robotics Workshop

Year 5 enjoyed exploring the world of robotics learning to programme a robot in small groups.  Lots of us enjoyed it that much we are keen to learn more.

Mayan Inspired Tortillas

We have enjoyed researching the diet of the ancient Maya and using that information to create our own recipes ready to make our own.  Some of us really enjoyed our creations and others have decided they are not quite ready for master chef.

Guitar Concert

Year 5 enjoyed being entertained by some of their classmates at our end of year guitar concert.  It inspired some so much that they are keen to learn the guitar next year.

Egremont in Bloom 💐 

As part of year 5 homework we were asked to design a flower bed for Egremont castle to the theme ‘Alice in Wonderland’.  Mrs Robinson and Miss Doran took the best parts of our designs to create a final plan.  Today year 5 gardeners went and planted the flower bed ready for judging.  Doesn’t it look amazing?

Moat Brae - where Peter Pan began 🧚‍♂️

Year 5 had a fantastic day in Dumfries exploring the house where J.M.Barrie played pirates as a child and later inspired his play script Peter Pan. This amazing home for storytelling and literature only opened on the 1st June but promises to be amazing.  The children were swept away into a world of imagination and make believe exploring the Neverland garden and recently restored house as you can see by the exploring, drama and poetry they managed to fit into their visit. We are also proud to say Bookwell gets a mention as a ‘Tinkerbell Donator’ on their wall of fame after the fund-raising obstacle course we did in 2016.  If you want to see some of our improvised plays head over to the video resource centre.

🌻 Colour Run 🏃‍♀️ 

Year 5 had great fun taking part in the Hospice at Home colour run and raising money for a great charity.  Can you spot yourself?

Inference & Prediction

In English we have been using our best detective skills to help us identify things about a character we are due to meet in our next English topic.  We followed a series of clues and used them to identify what we knew before working out what we thought we knew about the owner.  We then created some questions we would like to know about our character before making a prediction about the story they appear in.  We can't wait to find out more. 


In art we have been learning how to print before printing our very own tote bags to help promote Fair trade.  We had to consider design, colour, mirror images before we started.  As you can see our ideas are quite effective.  It was a lot trickier than we thought because you needed patience and precision.

Short Division

We continued our work on formal written methods of division today by investigating word problems and deciding if we needed to round our answer up or down to the nearest whole number for the final answer.  Our answers then lead us to a letter which helped us crack the code.

Guided Reading

We are busy reading the Nowhere Emporium at the moment.  Today we looked at retrieval questions which required us to look back at the text for evidence to support our ideas.  Then we had a go at writing our own questions for others.

A Trip to the Farm 

Strudda Bank Farm was an excellent way to see our topic on life cycles in action.  We got to learn about lambs and what happens when they are born as well as cows and calves, finding out how long they are pregnant for.  It was also a great way to see where our food comes from learning about oats, wheat, barley, potatoes and sugar beet.  The day was finished with fun time in the straw.  

Short Division

We enjoyed using our tables and counters to practice using short division.

Science Day

On the 18th April, as part of Science day, we enjoyed investigating zip wires.  Our first task was to design a carriage to get our passenger down safely before investigating what makes zip lines faster.  In the end we decided to investigate the material the line would be made from and decided the material with the most friction would cause the carriage to travel slower compared to the wire which would have least friction.  We decided least friction wouldn’t necessarily be the best material as zip lines need to keep passengers safe too.


In PE we have enjoyed learning how to use maps and how to set and follow trails.  We are now starting to get competitive and see how quickly we can complete trails correctly.

Small change to help Siiboo make a BIG change

On the last day of Spring term we all enjoyed coming in non-uniform and putting our loose change in a line round the MUGA.  We can’t wait to hear what the charity Siiboo do with it when they get to Gambia.

Pirates of the Curry Bean

We have all really enjoyed helping to bring this years key stage 2 production together.  Apparently Pirates of the Curry Bean has been the best yet!

Life Cycle of a Frog

We have been working hard creating a stop motion movie that explains the life cycle of a frog.  Take a look in the video resource centre to see our creations.


A David Walliams World Book Day

We had a wonderful day inspired by all things Walliams.  We enjoyed dressing up as some of our favourite characters before experiencing a variety of activities inspired by his stories.  We searched for Gangsta Granny's jewels, created our own Fing, made ratburgers, made an ambition box, devised our own recycled rubbish creatures, made a Boogie Bear catapult and created ogres eyeballs.  We also listened to some children tell us their own Worlds Worst Children story.  Each class had the opportunity to create a story in a box for our competition.  You can find more photo's on the bookshelf page of our website.  We can't wait to see what WBD 2020 has in store!

Why do plants need to pollinate?

In Science we dissected daffodils to investigate the male and female gametes which helped us understand how plants are pollinated in order to reproduce.


Maths Week

We have had great fun exploring maths in different ways during maths week.  We started with enjoying a variety of games from imitation gaming.  Some involved shape, mental calculations and probability.  We looked at maths in art, set maths trails for Reception class and blew Mrs Fawcett away with the maths games we created.  We are shocked how much maths we experience daily.

Magnificent Maths Games

Reception Maths Trails

Maths Games

Times Table Rockstars 🎸

Maths trails

Maths in the world of work

Maths Art 🖼

Workhouse Woes

We have been learning to write information reports in English and today were busy editing and writing them up in neat.  Don't they look good?

Woodland Learning

In our last woodland session of the term we were set the challenge to see who could build the biggest structure.  We soon learnt that we would need to create a base to support the sticks if it was to be freestanding.  At the end of the lesson we discovered all structures had a wider base than they did top.


In maths we have been investigating area.  Today we played a game to see who could cover the biggest area of paper with their colour in 10 minutes.  Next we will be learning how to calculate the area of compound shapes.

Macmillan Coffee Morning Preparations ☕️ 

A few of year 5 got the opportunity to create the rock buns ready for the coffe morning after our class assembly.  They tasted fantastic, even if we do say so ourselves.  They raised an amazing £65 which will be given to Macmillan Cancer Support along with the money raised from all the class assemblies at the end of the year.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast Off

On Thursday 31st January we transported the school into the solar system during our class assembly.  Bookwell Aeronautics and Space Agency taught the parents and other pupils about the sun, the planets in our solar system and also the moon.  We also taught them about space exploration and what it takes to become an astronaut.  We hope they enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed the rock buns we made for the coffee morning we held afterwards to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Egremont Library

On Friday we took a trip to Egremont library.  We enjoyed sharing our favourite authors and learning about different types of books such as graphic novels and audio books that you can borrow.  We were surprised to learn you can borrow upto 20 books at a time and if they don't have a book you want to read you can request it to read.   We enjoyed looking at the books on the shelves and some of us even borrowed a book.

Victorian Whitehaven

On Thursday 24th January Jaqui visited us from Whitehaven Records Office to share a variety of evidence that showed what Victorian Whitehaven was like, particularly for the poorer classes.  An engineer, Robert Rawlinson, visited Whitehaven and was disgusted with the conditions within the town.  He created a report for the Harbour Commissioners to improve life in Whitehaven and the health of the people living in the town.  People were living in cramped conditions and throwing their poo out on the street with the ash - some even kept it in the attic!  One family had a pig living in their room, the graveyard was overflowing and the fountain, where drinking water came from, was supplied from a reservoir full of rotten vegetables.  After his visit life was improved and water was piped in from Ennerdale, the ash cart came weekly and collected waste and sewers and drains improved.  We are so pleased things changed as we don't think we could cope with the smell.

Woodland Engineering

Our challenge this week was to create a machine that would lift a bottle of water off the ground.  All sorts of contraptions were generated with some great team-work, co-operation, engineering, problem-solving when things didn't go as we planned as well as resilience and the determination not to give in.  We can't wait for next week.


This half term we are doing gymnastics in PE.  This week we were exploring counter balances.  We even had to think about forces and how pushes and pulls would help us do this without loosing our balance.

Actions and Consequences

We had a fascinating visit from Greater Manchester Prison Service and Cumbria Police on Wednesday 16th January.  We learnt how and when we should call the emergency numbers and what numbers we should contact them on.  Did you know the non-emergency contact for the police is 101?  We also learnt what important things we should look for if we find ourselves in a situation where we might have to give a description to the police.  Bullying and drugs were two topic we talked about and the consequences these things could have before meeting the police dogs trained to sniff out drugs and people on the run.  We were shocked to hear some of the conditions of prison such as only getting three sets of underwear for a week which someone else has worn before you.  The biggest thing we learnt are that we are accountable for our own actions.

Woodland Learning

Our first afternoon in the woodland involved us thinking about what forces we could make and use.  Then we explored shelter building, thinking about what makes a good shelter.  Some of shelters had sofas and one even had a lift.