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Year 5 Merlins

Merlins are very resourceful and energetic.  They approach every task with vigour and use creativity to get the very best results that they can.  Through their efforts and resilience they put maximum effort into all areas of the school curriculum.

Welcome to Y5 Merlins class.


In class 5 Merlins, the teacher is Mrs Sage. Our learning support assistants are Miss Evans,Mrs Bagnall and Miss Russell. 


PE:  Please ensure that PE kit is brought into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday.  All items of PE kit (and school uniform) should be labelled with the child's name and class.


Home Learning:  All home learning is to be completed in your Home Learning books and will be given on a Friday to be completed for the following Wednesday. 


Team Lead:  Mrs Sage

If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see Mrs Sage or contact the KS2 Lead Mrs Foster. 

Mrs Sage : lsage@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk


KS2 Lead: Mrs Foster: lfoster@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk




Upcoming Events 


Friday 9th February 2018: Last day of Spring 1

Wednesday 21st February 2018: Music performance and percussion workshop with the Junkman

Monday 12th March 2018: Performance by Live Music Now duo (flautist and harpist)

Thursday 29th March 2018: The Learning Celebration

Thursday 29th March 2018: Last day of Spring Term

Monday 16th April 2018: First day of Spring 2

Academic Year 2017-2018

Spring Term Curriculum Plan

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Wednesday 31st January 2018: Visit to Animals in Distress


Congratulations to our Year 5 children who raised money for Animals in Distress, through your efforts in running a raffle at break and lunchtimes you were able to raise a lot of money to support the animals at our Ipplepen centre. As a thank you the organisers invited these 5 fundraisers to see what happens to their money and learn more about this wonderful centre. 

Animals In Distress Visit

18th January 2018: Investigating Angles


In our learning in geometric reasoning we have been learning how to estimate and accurately measure angles. We were given an assortment of angles and had to quickly order them from smallest to largest, estimate their size and describe them using our prior knowledge. After this, we had to accurately measure them and look to see how close we were. We have been exploring angles in everyday contexts to consolidate our understanding. 

Investigating Angles

11th January 2018: Poetry Competition Winners


Congratulations to our Young Writers Poetry Competition winners! We are looking forward to seeing your names in print. 

Poetry Competition Winners

10th January 2018: Regular and Irregular Polygons


Today in Maths, we have been learning to identify regular and irregular polygons. As part of this, we had to make our own polygons from 6 equilateral triangles.  

Polygon Investigation

9th January: Dartmouth Academy Art Day


10 Year 5 students attended an Art morning at Dartmouth Academy today. They worked in the art studio and use a variety of multi-media to portray emotion. This involved working with pastels - using music as a stimuli to mark-make. After this, we painted using ink and created a collage with photographic images of ourselves. The whole morning taught us how to compose a piece of work all based around using colour emotively. 

January 2018: Geometric Reasoning


In Maths, we have just started our new learning sequence: Geometric Reasoning. We began by exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. In doing this, we consolidated our knowledge of faces, edges and vertices and challenged our partners to guess our shapes. 

2D and 3D investigation



December 2017: Speech Writing


As part of our learning, we had to write persuasive speeches to Willy Wonka to persuade him to buy our product. We worked together in small groups to refine the features of a speech and ensure that our presentations engaged the listeners. 

Speech Writing

November 2017: Open Classrooms


We had a lovely afternoon sharing our Year 5 learning with our parents. On display we had: animations (created in ICT lessons), narrative pieces of writing, challenges in Maths, Science experiment, P.E learning and our chocolate delights. 

November 2017: Exploring materials in Science


In Science, we have been learning important observation, prediction and explanation skills when looking at the changes that happening to materials. We were excited to look at a mystery powder and liquid and predict what we thought would occur when mixed. Little did we know that it would turn into snow!

Making snow!

Tuesday 7th November 2017 - Breakdancing

Year 5 had an exciting afternoon learning how to breakdance. We had Matt from 'Just 4 Funk' in to demonstrate and teach us, which ended with a dance battle to show off our new moves.


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November 2017: Changing Materials 


David Beckham told us that when you add water to a solid the solids will dissolve. We had to investigate this statement and prove whether he was right or wrong! After describing and classifying three materials, we predicted in our pairs what we thought would happen when we added water. Some of our results were not as we predicted. However, most of us disproved David Beckham as the flour did not completely dissolve and left a residue. 

Investigating Materials

October 2017: Fire Safety Talk to Year 5


Year 5 had a very informative talk from the fire brigade from Torbay. During this talk we had to spot hazards in various rooms in a household and also learnt how to make a fire escape plan with our families. We all learnt how to increase our awareness of things that could potentially cause fires and also learn what to do in the case of an emergency. After this, one of us was lucky enough to dress up in their uniform and experience the weight that they have to carry around when on duty. 

October 2017: Our amazing Home Learning.


In connection with our learning in Science, about forces, we had to design a model that uses either levers, gears or pulleys (or a combination of these). We enjoyed sharing our creative inventions with our class. 

October 2017: Visit from the police!


In connection with learning about heroes, we were delighted to host a talk from a Year 5 parent who works in the police. We learnt alot about the various roles in the police force and also had a go at being detectives by solving a mystery crime - through examing the clues and the process of deduction. After this, we were very excited as we got to do fingerprinting too! Alot of us are thinking that in the future we may also like to work in the police force.  

October 2017: Our Friction experiment 


In Science, in connection with our learning about forces, we have been learning about the benefits of increasing and reducing friction. We were investigating the best surfaces to run (whilst wearing trainers) to avoid slippage. We used newtonmeters to measure the force it took to pull the shoe across different surfaces and predicted which surface we thought had the best grip. 

October 2017: Animals In Distress


We were delighted to invite some of our local heroes from Animals in Distress charity to come to talk to Upper Years. All of us were amazed at how the charity first began and the amount of animals that are rescued and happily re-homed each year. All of Upper Years were fantastic at donating food and toys to the shelter and thank you to all of you for your kind donations. Animals in Distress were overwhelmed by your kindness and sent each class a certificate of thanks. 

Animals In Distress presentation

Dance this half term

In Dance in Year 5, we have been using photographs to create dances. We created solos, duets and group dances which then ended in a whole class dance showing the different way photographs are taken and used in everyday life. We had to focus mainly on smooth transitions between each element of the dance. These photographs show us creating photo frames with our bodies.

Friday 29th September 2017 - Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Research


Some of the Year 5 and 6 children were lucky enough to be invited to join the Macmillian Cancer Research coffee morning at Beverley Park. They were able to decorate their own cakes with butter icing and hundreds and thousands. All the children enjoyed eating them and said they were delicious! Here are some photos of our morning:

20th September: Our Learning In Science


In Science, we have started learning about forces. We were asked to design and make a parachute using: plastic bags, cubes, string, paper, elastic bands and tape. As we were not told the best way to do it, we had to consider how we could balance the weight of the canopy to the cube. We needed to ensure it floated well but not away and also eventually fall to the ground - but not too quickly! After we designed and made our parachutes, we flew them outside and the results were very surprising. Through doing this, we have learnt about surface area, gravity and air resistance. 

Do all heroes wear capes?


In connection with our new theme, we have been looking at what makes a person a hero. We soon realised that all of the heroes we could list were very inspirational people and had qualities and had made sacrifices in order to be that way. All of us thought about how we could become inspirational people and listed the qualities we were most proud of and discussed a sacrifice we could make to be an inspiration to other people: This included sacrificing some of our break/lunch time to read to foundation children and help to tidy up the resources.  


Peer discussion on heroes.

Designing our fact files: What makes a good mathematician?

What makes a good mathematician?


We had a good discussion today about the skills needed to be a good mathematician. After this we produced factual posters to share our ideas with others. We will now try to embed this during our lessons in school to ensure that we achieve our personal best in our learning.