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Welcome to Year 5

Our vision statement in Year 5 is  Taking Responsibility

In Year 5, we are thinking about five ways we can take responsibility: Sharing and caring for our precious world... and beyond? Being an active, considerate citizen. Treating people with kindness and respect in our community. Working with others in our year group and celebrating the value of everyone. Becoming a motivated, independent learner.

To become responsible, we are learning to become aware of gaps in our own learning and how to fill them. As we develop, we are becoming more aware of how we can help to care for the world, and why it is important. To become considerate, we are learning how we respond to other people, taking the time to show we respect their effort, and developing our skills adding to the work of others, collaboratively. To become more independent, we are learning how to look for opportunities to improve our own learning, taking responsibility for how we are changing and maturing.

In the Workshouse by Rose Diskin and Jack Loader

When we entered the workhouse, I heard the sounds of raindrops falling onto cobbles, and I felt despair taking over my body as soon as we entered. One of the windows was open, so it felt cold, and when we laid down in our ‘beds’, the hessian blankets covering us were really itchy.

The lights were out, and the only light was from the workhouse-master’s lantern. The candlelight flickered in my eyes; when you opened your eyes, you could see his feet slowly walking past you. After a while, I started to get used to the feel of the rags, until I saw something moving in the beds – was it a mouse? Or just a spider?

In the corner of the room there was a chalkboard with a list of rules, which started with ‘Silence must be observed at all times’ and ended with ‘No talking at night’.

During the night, I could hear the sounds of weeping children and coughing. Every once in a while, I could hear the opening of a door, as we wrote down our thoughts and feelings about life in the workhouse.

Eventually, we were woken up with the wretched sound of the bell, and tidied our beds.

Back in the classroom, we finished our writing, and then splattered our writing with red candle-wax (which smelled strangely of strawberry) to represent blood, and burned the edges of the tea-stained paper we had written on, to make it look old, then scrumpled it up and pressed it flat.

I’m glad we didn’t live in those times – it was definitely a Dark Age, not a Golden Age (although they did come up with a lot of inventions that we still have, like radio, post-boxes and the telephone).

Manor Farm

Manor Farm Visit by Emily and Megan 5DT

On the coach to Manor Farm we were very excited and eager to arrive. After we had changed into our wellies and got into our groups we were ready to set off on our adventure.

The Victorian school was strict, much stricter than now days. We were excited and anxious when the school teacher arrived. There were very strict rules such as: girls and boys were separated, you had to face forward, you would only speak when you were spoken to and you were not allowed to do anything unless instructed.

On the farm we learnt how to plough the fields. If you were rich you had a horse, if you weren’t so rich you would have a cow. If you were poor you would have your wife do it. I would have married someone rich! Afterwards we fed the goat and it tickled.


We learnt that the children did the chores such as: cleaning out the chamber pot, making beds, dusting, sweeping and washing clothes. They also had to make breakfast and get up at 5am because their mum was getting ready to bath your sibling.

Rag Rugging

Rag rugging was really fun. We took some wool that was already mixed with olive oil and brushed it together to make the thread nice and straight. Then we took out some hessian fabric and wove the thread through the holes in the fabric. It is called rag rugging because once it’s finished it creates a rug made out of rags.

We really enjoyed our adventure around Manor Farm.

Guildford Cathedral


Den Building

As part of our Robin Hood project we became Robin's Merry Men and built our our camps.

Kew Gardens

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