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Whitecote Primary School

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Year 5

Hello and welcome to the Year 5 webpage!


5 Oak: Mr Sheffrin, Mrs Johnson, Mrs Iceton

5 Hazel: Miss Masters, Mrs Sherman and Mr Clough




Outdoor PE will be on a Thursday afternoon and indoor P.E. on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure children have the correct kit for each day.



In Year 5 children will need to read every day, they can practise tables on as well as spellings and reading books. 


Times Tables Rockstars

Each child has an account that they can access at home - there is also a 'Times tables Rockstars' app that you can download to your phone or tablet. It has been proven that those children who use these perform better in school and In tests.



Children should read for at least 10 minutes every night.  If you sign their diary when they have read with you, they can earn a sticker on the class Reading Leaderboard and earn prizes.


It is a school expectation that this homework is completed on time each week.



This term we are looking at space.  This includes reading Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.  In PSCE we are learning about the good effects our actions can have.

What a Relief!

On Friday 13th March, we had Sports Relief day at Whitecote.  We had a special ‘Daily Mile with a difference” with activity stations as we went round with tasks like singing while hopping on a leg, throwing and catching a ball, jumping along the playground lines, doing star jumps, side jumps etc.

World Book Day

On Thursday 5th March it was World Book Day.  We came dressed as our favourite book characters, had a special World Book Day breakfast in the classroom and read our books.  Some of our parents came in as well.

On Wednesday 26th February, year 5 went down to the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey.  We had an amazing time making a 3D map of the meander on the beach, we played pooh sticks over the bridge and we were raindrops in the water cycle.  In the afternoon, we went on a quiz hunt through the abbey, answering questions as we went, we sketched the landscape and the abbey and we went to the beach again to skim stones.  It was a fantastic day!

On Monday 13th January 2020, thanks to the good people at the Leeds Playhouse, nearly 130 children from Whitecote Primary School were given the amazing opportunity to see the top-rated theatrical production of "The Wizard of Oz" starring Lucy Sherman, the daughter of our very own Mrs Sherman! Following a very special assembly on Thursday 9th in which Lucy sang for us and told us of how she came to star in such a major production, children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took two coaches into the vibrant heart of Leeds for the evening performance.  It may have been a very late night for all of us, but it was more than worth it to experience the incomparable magic of the theatre.

Year 5 Christmas Party

Christmas spirit across the generations

As part of our English work, year 5 has been looking at the John Lewis "Man on the Moon" advert. After writing a narrative of the advert, we got together with Elderly Moorside Community Group.  We made them calendars and wrote them letters and then, on the 19th December 2019, some children from year 5 headed down to the Bramley Moorside Community Centre with our calendars and letters and some chocolates, all wrapped in a present carried by colourful balloons.  We brought our gifts alongside some games (including a Viking game we got from our Murton Park trip), sang them songs, which they joined in with, read our letters and played games with them.  It was a very special afternoon enjoyed by young and old alike.



To Infinity and Beyond

A little piece of the universe came to year 5 on the 2nd December 2019 with a visit from the mobile planetarium.  We walked amongst the stars, flew through galaxies and leapt from planet to planet, finding out why surviving on them could prove to be quite the challenge!  Welcome to the next generation of space explorers.  Today: Whitecote.  Next stop: Anywhere!

On the 15th November, as part of Children in Need, year 5 had a fantastic time taking part in the BBCs Children in Need 'Big Morning Move'.

Viking Raid!

Elite military training

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Skeggǫld! Skálmǫld! Skildir ro Klofnir!
Axe time! Sword time! Shields are splintered!
Year 5 transformed themselves into fierce and fearless Vikings as we went on a raid to the innocent and unsuspecting members of year 3.  Unfortunately they were no match for our elite training and carefully crafted weapons.  

Coke and Mentos

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As part of our work in science, year 5 observed what happens when you add mentos to coke and bicarbonate of soda to vinegar. Watch Mr Sheffrin bravely run for cover!

Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar

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Year 5 have really been taking a walk on the wild side with "Forest Schools".  We've been getting the most out of our wildlife area by exploring and creating within the natural environment.  We put ourselves in groups and dug two holes and dropped forest related nouns and adjectives into each one, then pulled them out at random to give ourselves forest names.  Over the weeks, we've created natural sculptures using clay and other natural materials around us, we've cleared a seating area and made a fire on which we toasted marshmallows (yummy) and we've made our own conker caterpillars. We've also relocated a family of frogs to the pond area and they are now thriving.


Year 5 had a spectacular day on 8th October on our trip to Murton Park.  We spent the whole days as Vikings, learning about their lives as sailors, raiders, traders, settlers, farmers and craftsmen.  


For this one day only, our groups were called families, and our teachers became our slaves!