Rooftoppers – A Review!

Having spent last term reading our wonderful Power of Reading book “Rooftoppers” by Katherine Rundell it’s now time to hear what you think about it.

Your weekend home learning is to write a book review, Think about what you liked? Why you liked it? Who would you recommend it for? How many stars would you give it?

For some inspiration click here.

The two best book reviews will be published in the newsletter and will receive 5 house points!

Good Luck

Let’s Bake!

It’s competition time! We have decided to apply our cooking and baking skills to raise as much money as possible for our summer fair stall, in an attempt to win the Enterprise Competition.  Over the next few weeks we will be preparing by costing, designing packaging and baking our tasty treats to sell. In preparation for this we would like you to spend the weekend researching what you would like bake and sell – think about the cost effectiveness of these recipes and how we will make the most profit when selling them.  Bring your chosen recipe on Monday for our costing lesson.

Up in the Rooftops of Paris

This week we took advantage of the great weather and took our art lesson outside to produce some large scale work based on our class novel ‘Rooftoppers’.  Check out our huge skyline and our own interpretation of the Eiffel Tower!

Over half term we would like you to use inspiration from the book and our amazing art lesson to create your own pieces of artwork based on the architecture and beauty of Paris – use research to help you, create sketches and drawings to support your final piece.

Be creative and have fun!

Happy Half Term 🙂

Fun with Fractions!

Your home learning this week is to make a resource that will help you with your fractions work! Use this link to help you with any revision.

Your resource must include.

  • Adding Fractions
  • Subtracting Fractions
  • Multiplying Fractions  (and multiplying fractions by a whole number)
  • Dividing Fractions
  • Equivalent fractions and simplifying
  • Converting between mixed and improper fractions!

Good Luck

Gathering News!

Next week we will be putting our journalistic writing skills to the test when we create our very own Magazine full of articles relating to Sophie and Charles’s escape to Paris.

Your challenge this weekend is to collect read and collect newspaper articles that are going to help you with your writing next week. You will also be questioning witnesses over the disappearance and gathering as many facts as possible, to prepare you for this task watch the clip below and think about how you are going to go about collecting the relevant information for the task.

Good luck journalists!

Fractions: a tutorial

In maths we are currently extending our learning of fractions to more complicated methods and concepts.  We have been exploring how to calculate with fractions using both pictorial and numerical strategies and practicing and developing our skills through peer coaching and learning from one another.  Below are two clips to model how to multiply and divide fractions – we would like you to study the clips closely and create a resource – set of instructions, flow diagram or game – to support you in developing your understanding of this challenging concept next week.

Also consider these questions:

What happens if you are multiplying or dividing a fraction by a whole number?

What if you are calculating with mixed numbers? What would you do first?

What learning questions do you still have?

Soluble or Insoluble – that is the question?!

This weekend your challenge is to investigate what materials you can mix with water to make a solution.

Watch the video below to learn more about the difference between soluble and insoluble solutions and read the home learning to help start your own investigation.

Using some of the materials below investigate which solids dissolve in liquid to form a solution.

Solids to test for solubility:

Crushed biscuits

Flour  Baking powder




Ready Brek

Plaster of Paris

Record and present your findings in a creative way.

Will they all take the same amount of time?

What might influence the solubility?

Are these changes reversible or irreversible?

Good Luck

Exploring Area

This week year 5 took their maths lesson outside to solve the problem – Which playground has the most space for children to play in at break/ lunchtime? We used and developed our estimation and measure skills, understanding of differing units of measure and fluency in calculation methods, when calculating the area of these spaces around school.

Holiday Home Learning Challenge:

Take your mathematical learning outside! Use and apply your new knowledge and skills of estimating and calculating the area of compound and irregular shapes and have a go at home.  Set yourself a challenge question – e.g. ‘Which common is bigger – Clapham or Tooting?’ or ‘Which bedroom is bigger?’ – record your mathematical findings using diagrams, mathematical vocabulary and, of course, calculations.  Most importantly enjoying taking this learning outside and try and involve your family too (Photo evidence to be shared!).

Have a fantastic holiday!

Ms Mumby & Ms Sharkey 🙂

Challenge: Ride to Space!


Year 5 played their part in Clapham Manor’s challenge to cycle and run the distance between Earth and the International Space Station (400km).  Here we are competing in our triathlon with the help of ‘Team Triathlon’, Ms Mumby and Ms Sharkey!

How do you think we got on? (we will post results later)

How did we work as a team?

How did it feel to be part of such a huge team challenge?

Well Done Year 5 – you were awesome!

What are we eating???

Using the Mc Donald’s nutrition calculator we have been working out exactly how much of our daily allowance we use when we’re eating a happy meal.

We have been looking at the: salt, sugar, fat and calories in a happy meal and the results are shocking!

Have a look at the calculator for yourself – what happens when you add a drink of coca cola? How about a pudding? How close are you to your daily allowance?

What surprises/ interests you?  Be prepared to share your findings tomorrow.