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Green Woodpeckers (Year 5)

Welcome to Green Woodpeckers - Year 5!


Welcome to our class page! We are excited to share with you how hard the children are working and demonstrating the Reydon learning behaviours.


Thank you for your continued support. If you need to speak to one of us regarding your child, we will be happy to organise a time with you.


We will be updating our class page regularly with news, pictures and more, so stay tuned and enjoy our learning journey! 


The Year 5 team,

Mrs Pigney and Miss Read





Investigating Solubility

The Daily Maya


In Topic, Year 5 looked at the Mayan story of the Hero Twins. Our previous unit in English was Newspapers. As a class we wrote a newspaper article to recall the events of the story.

Mayan Day


In line with our Magnificent Maya topic, last week Year 5 enjoyed a fun packed Mayan Day, while dressed as a traditional Mayan.


The children made their own Mayan masks out of clay, inspired by ones worn during celebrations/ festivals and ones used to adorn their dead.

The children decoded Mayan Maths by expressing numbers with gem stones, pasta shells and pasta sticks.



Year 5 also had the opportunity to try typical Mayan foods, including drinking chocolate with chilli.



Testing Materials for Food Preparation 

Year 5 explored materials most suited for food preparation at a festival. The criteria our materials had to meet were: non-absorbent, scratch resistant and pass a smoothness test. The children tested several materials by placing them in water, attempting to scratch them and testing their texture. Below are images of the investigation and the classes results. 

Budding Journalists

In English, we have been looking at how to write a newspaper article, including the who, what, where, when, why and how, as well as choosing appropriate headlines. 
Below is our class Shared Write, where the pupils completed a survey about equality between genders, and then analysed the results to create our own newspaper article about equality at Reydon Primary School. The pupils were so mature and reflective, and I am very proud of them! 

Grand Designs

Using the Maya city, Tikal, in Guatemala as inspiration, we first challenged the children to build Mayan pyramids out of Lego. Year 5, then placed these pyramids opposite each other to create a central plaza as seen in Tikal. The community would have been surrounded with temples, pyramids, a ball court and a palace for a city ruler. The plaza/ ball court area was once used as a market or meeting place for festivals and ceremonies.

The children were then tasked with collecting sticks from outside, to create a structure of a Naah (a Mayan house) out of clay and sticks.

Getting into Character


In Guided Reading, Year 5 have been looking at 'Toro! Toro!' by Michael Morpurgo. The children really got stuck into the characters and the Spanish culture. In small groups/ pairs, they role played 'The Dance' between a Matador and a Bull. 

School Council Elections

On Friday, Year 5 elected their school council candidates for the year. Hopeful candidates gave a speech, which they had prepared themselves and took questions from their peers. Mirroring our own democracy, the children posted their ballot papers to assign who they felt would represent our class and the school. We would like to congratulate Lilly-Rose and Hadley on their new roles as the Year 5 school council representatives.



Solar System


Today, Year 5 have been exploring the solar system. They represented the Sun and the eight planets using various sized balls, then took small steps and giant leaps, to map out their relative position in our solar system. Great work Year 5!


Talk 4 Writing!

In English, we have been looking at "The Giant's Necklace" by Michael Morpurgo. Below is a video of the children performing the first paragraph, using their Talk 4 Writing techniques. Well done, Year 5!

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