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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5

Larch Class and Rowan Class


How to identify a Larch tree

  • Larch trees are conifers.
  • In spring, the leaves of a larch tree are a bright green colour but in autumn they turn golden yellow.
  • They have clusters or 'tufts' of short needles on its twiggy branches.
  • They have upright cones.


How to identify a Rowan tree

  • The leaves grow on alternate pairs on the twig.
  • Rowan trees generally only grow to around 10 metres tall.
  • A rowan tree has berries which ripen to a red colour.
  • The bark is smooth, shiny and grey.

Sir Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Miss Dolan's dad very kindly allowed us to borrow some very special artefacts from Shackleton's expeditions. Some of these artefacts are very rare! We really enjoyed handling and discussing the relevance and importance of these original objects and hope you do too!

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Victorian workshop!

In class, we have been learning about what it was like to be a child in the Victorian times. As a way to finish our topic, we enjoyed a very informative Victorian workshop. All of us really enjoyed dressing up and learning even more about children in the Victorian era.

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely break. 


Our topic this term is Survival and we will be studying the following books:

  • 'Way Home' by Libby Hathorn
  • 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty
  • 'Ice Trap! Shackleton's Incredible Expedition' by Meredith Hooper
  • 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill







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