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Year 5 Tigers

We’re the Tigers!

Welcome to our class


We’re daring and determined, quick and strong.

We face every challenge head-on!


“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling

Welcome back! We hope that you have all had a lovely summer holiday.


We have had a very busy first week in Tigers. As well as getting to know each other better, we have made book covers, completed class elections and a piece of writing all about our summer and much more. It has been a fantastic start to the year!

Class Information

We have PE on Thursday and Friday so please wear your full PE kit to school on those days.


Please remember to record reading and sign homework diaries. Thank you for your cooperation.

West End in School Workshop - The Lorax

On Wednesday morning, Emily from West End in Schools joined us in an exciting assembly where she informed us that we would be taking part in a workshop based around The Lorax by Dr Seuss. Later the same day, the Tigers class joined her to choreograph our own set of dance moves and create a performance all together!

Road Safety Talk - Lauren Doherty

During Tuesday afternoon, year 5 and 6 gathered in the hall to listen to a very powerful assembly from Lauren Doherty. The though-provoking presentation reminded us all of the dangers associated with our roads and cars, and how we have to stay alert and concentrate at all times when near the roads. After the talk, Lauren was very happy to answer as many of our questions as we could think of, it was very informative.


If you wish to find out more information, please follow the link below:

World Book Day 2020

We really enjoyed sharing our favourite picture books today with our classmates and some of the children from Year 3 in the afternoon. As well as this, we have also spent the day writing a book review, learning how to give animals human characteristics to write a story about them and making our own bookmarks to use so we don't lose our page! 

Year 5 Visit to the Yorkshire Arboretum

On Monday 2nd March, Year 5 visited the Yorkshire Arboretum located next to Castle Howard. After being welcomed by our host, Kathryn, we split into groups to try three different activities.


In the Tigers group, we started with the mini-beast hunt where we searched for lots of creepy crawlies! We found worms, slugs and beetles. We even found some snail eggs.


Our second activity was pond dipping, where we were looking for aquatic creatures in the water. We found Mayfly and Damselfly nymphs and even a water boatman. We also discussed some of our life-cycle work we had been completing in our science lessons with the volunteers, who were helping.


After an eventful lunch (where some people tried the compost toilet and Tom found a sleeping hedgehog - we were told to leave it in peace), we tried to identify some of the local trees using a guide, as well as measuring the circumference and estimating the height of the trees. 


Year 5 had a super experience looking at all the wildlife at the Arboretum. It was great fun!

Spring 2 half-term Homework Menu

We hope you have a fantastic half term break. Please find below the Homework Menu for the second Spring half term. 

Active Play Workshop

On Friday afternoon, the Tigers were treated to a session of exciting games with a team of leaders from Kings Camps. We had fun competing in lots of awesome games, including "Giants, Wizards and Goblins", "Sharks and Lifeguards" using a large parachute and a rock, paper, scissors game where India and Archie faced off in a final showdown with all their own cheerleaders! It was amazing fun!

Class Book - Spring Term 2

In the new half-term, Tigers class will be starting a new class book. The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson.


About The Goldfish Boy

12-year-old Matthew Corbin hasn’t been to school for weeks. He passes much of his time observing the goings-on of the local neighbourhood from his bedroom window. He even makes little notes about neighbours’ movements. Their everyday activity is nothing out of the ordinary - chatting, gardening, jogging, and going off to work or the shops.

Until, that is, a toddler goes missing, and Matthew realises he may be one of the few people who can help shed some light on the disappearance. However, Matthew has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and everyday life has become increasingly challenging. Can he possibly play a major role in an investigation into the abduction of a child, perhaps without even leaving his house?

Special Mentions - Spring 1 Term

Well done Martha and Harry. You should be extremely proud of your hard work and excellent effort this half term. 

Homework Celebrations - Spring 1 Term

On Friday morning, Tigers group celebrated all the fantastic pieces of homework that people had completed this half-term. We had some fantastic creations, including recipes for delicious dinners and fraction/decimal would you rather questions! Some children even created some amazing Roman equipment; we had a fantastic helmet and enough shields to make our own turtle (testudo) formation. All the work was superb, well done all!

NSPCC Number Day

On Friday 7th February, Oatlands Junior School raised money for NSPCC Number Day. Everyone brought in silver coins to raise money for charity. In the Tigers class, we chose the number 800 for our class to fill with coins, as it is part of both the NSPCC Helpline and Childline telephone numbers.


In Maths, we completed puzzles using dice and decimals to make 8.00, as well as thinking of sums that got to the answer of 800. With our writing skills, we created a story using our number as part of the plot. We even had some recipes for a chocolate cake, using a staggering 800g of chocolate! YUM!

Welcome back

Happy New Year! We hope that you have all had a restful Christmas break. Please find below the Curriculum Overview for Spring 2020 and the Homework Menu for the first half term. 

Special Mentions - Autumn 2

Well done to Isabelle and James. You should both be extremely proud of the hard work you have put in this term. 

Secret Santa Shop

Year 5 visited the Secret Santa Shop to purchase a gift for a secret someone!  Organised by the PTA and school council, all the funds raised during the event will go to Horticap, a charity that provides adults with learning disabilities training in horticulture, allied crafts and rural skills. Everyone was very excited and there were lots of presents to choose from.

Christmas Dinner

With everyone wearing their Christmas jumpers, all the Tigers sat down for Christmas dinner together, including Mr Wareham.


The food was delicious, with stuffing, lovely vegetables and pudding. We all sat in the hall with festive tunes in the background, and even pulled some eco-crackers at the table.

Image Theatre - Robin Hood

We recently enjoyed another exciting visit from Image Theatre with their musical performance of ‘Robin Hood’. Some children were lucky enough to have small parts in the performance, but everyone got involved in the fantastic songs!

Highlights included an amusing archery competition, the songs with their actions and plenty of jokes!


Christmas Bauble Workshop

On Monday 2nd December, Oatlands Junior School took part in a workshop to create our own Christmas Bauble. We chose our base colour (red, green or blue), and then created the Angel and festive scene using a sponge and thinner paintbrushes. Here are some pictures of Tigers making their own:

Class Assembly

On Friday 29th November, we showed the rest of the school all of the fantastic work we have been completing in Year 5 so far. We all really enjoyed performing it, and even had Ava dressed up as Mr Wareham!

Children in Need

We really enjoyed being dressed in our pyjamas and completing the Joe Wicks Big Move to raise money for Children in Need. The school raised a fantastic £312.59 during the whole day!

Anti-Bullying Workshop with The Education Group

Oatlands Junior School took part in a virtual reality anti-bullying workshop. The year 5 and 6 pupils discussed the topic and were involved in talking about a case study, using the virtual reality headsets to see the action first hand. We learnt a lot of information and came up with some fantastic strategies to help in the future.

Class Novel

Our class book for this half term is 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein. Here is the blurb... 


'In 1974, as the World Trade Centre was being completed, a young French aerialist, Philippe Petit, threw a tightrope between the towers and spent almost an hour walking, dancing and performing tricks a quarter of a mile in the sky.' 

Special Mentions - Autumn 1

Well done Liam and Bria. You should be extremely proud of your hard work and excellent effort this half term. 

Macmillan Open Hour


A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who visited our class during the open hour. We hope you enjoyed the UCI cake designs and budgeting skills. The children certainly did! 

Pupil Voice Groups

We have had a very busy week this week electing our Pupil Voice groups for Tigers. Well done to all of the children, who gave a speech - they were very impressive. The elected Pupil Voice groups are now very excited about their new roles and responsibilities this year! 

Homework Celebration - Autumn Term

We have had a lovely morning celebrating the homework from this half term. The quality and creativity of some of the homework has been remarkable. We had a wide range of different techniques used by the children, ranging from bright, information posters or leaflets about a location to fantastic book reviews on some of the books we have been reading.


It was fabulous to share our learning with each other, and we wrote comments to each other about some of pieces we really enjoyed in the classroom.


Well done everybody and a huge thank you to all of the parents/carers who have supported their children with the homework.

Our topics this term:

  • Science: Forces
  • Geography: Mapping (Local Study)
  • RE: Being a Christian
  • PE: Real PE
  • Computing: Designing webpages
  • Music: mini musical performances
  • Art: Architecture
  • French: ma famille

Year 5 Science Week - 7th to 11th October


We have had a fantastic week learning all about science. All of the children have enjoyed planning and carrying out their experiments based around the theme of 'Journeys', linked to our Science Superheroes:


Comparative and fair testing (SuperGirl) - Making Cornflour Slime.

Observing over time (Spy Magnus) - Melting Chocolate Buttons.

Pattern seeking (Captain Peeko) - Diet Coke/Mentos Volcanic Eruptions.

Identifying, classifying and grouping (Commander Classify) - Forensic Science with Mrs Moore.

Researching using secondary sources (Billy Bookhead) - Eurotunnel Board Games.

Class Novel

Our first class book of the year is 'Oranges in No Man's Land' by Elizabeth Laird.


Here is the blurb...

"This was my chance. I slipped under the chain and bolted down the deserted street, running into no man's land as fast as my flip-flops would let me...."


Ayesha lives in a battle-scarred building with her Granny. Outside, a war is ripping the city apart - but Ayesha doesn't even know why the two sides are fighting.


Life gets even scarier when Granny's medicine runs out. So Ayesha takes matters into her own hands - and in her search for a doctor makes the forbidden journey across no man's land....

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