St John The Baptist Church of England Primary School

Loving Learning, Building Community, Growing in Faith


Year Five


This half term, we have been reading the book 'Wonder' by R.J.Palacio.

We have been learning to punctuate dialogue accurately and to use dialogue within our written pieces to advance action.  We have learnt about the difference between formal and informal writing and used various techniques to produce a diary entry that is informal in tone.  We used abbreviations, slang words and told our diaries our secrets (written from the perspective of Auggie)!


Reading and understanding is a key skill across the school as it underpins all of our learning.  We have been reading the book together and discussing the content.  New and exciting vocabulary is shared on our classroom 'Vocabulary Walls'.  The reading skills we have been focusing on are: inferring using information stated and implied; summarising sections of the text; and explaining the 'gist' of something we have read.


To continue reading the book at home, use the following link. 

An online version of the text.

Wonder is full of references, to look up any unknown references, use the blogspot link:

Mr W Reads Blogspot 



Last term, we learnt all about Earth and Space.  We learnt to describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system.  In order to use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night, we built models to help our understanding.



This term, we have moved on to look at materials and their properties.  In order to test the suitability of certain materials for their intended purpose, we have conducted a number of investigations.  The first investigation was to find out which of our selection of materials would be the best for making some scooter break pads out of.  It turns out that carpet was the best at stopping the wheels moving at speed.  We decided that this was because it was the most rough and therefore created the most resistance.


We have also learnt about the different types of variables and conducted an investigation into the effect of temperature on the speed of dissolving.  We concluded that the higher the temperature of a liquid the quicker a sugar lump would dissolve.