Welcome to Year 5’s class page

Our teacher is Mrs Otter

Our teaching assistant is:  Mrs Oliver

We are lucky to have a couple of other TAs working with us to support individual children this year. Year 5 children – please keep an eye on our Google Classroom for important notices and Home Learning. ‘Meet the Teacher’ for parents (and children) was on Thursday 22nd September. If you were unable to make that meeting, please see the attached information booklet with important information for parents about the upcoming school year.

Y5 Parent Booklet 2022


In Year 5, we hear children read regularly during Guided Reading sessions. We also encourage them to read daily at home and to record this in their red reading records which will be checked on a weekly basis. Please take a look at the two web links below, if you wish to buy/borrow books for your child, these sites recommend age appropriate books to choose from: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-5-pupils-ks2-age-9-10/



P.E. is on a Monday and Thursday afternoon this term. Please ensure full P.E. kits are in school at all times in case there are adjustments to the timetable.


Anti-Bullying Week started off with us all coming to school in odd socks and ending with us wearing spotty clothes in support of Children in Need. Thank you to all the children who made an effort with their outfits today and made a donation to this worthy cause. The theme of Anti-Bullying Week this year is ‘Reach Out’ because it starts by simply ‘reaching out.’ Following Mrs Rowe’s assembly, we had a good class discussion about what bullying might look like and ways we can ‘reach out’ to help prevent it or and look out for one another. The children suggested checking in with friends, smiling, showing respect to each other, showing kindness and thinking before we speak. The children understood the importance of reporting to a trusted adult if they are worried someone they know might be being bullied. We know it takes courage, but it can change lives. Let’s come together and ‘reach out’ to prevent bullying! Year 5 drew around each other’s hands and arms and wrote messages of support – some children even wanted to sign each others to show appreciation of the dream team that we are!

In light of the recent COP27 and linking to our learning on Earth and Space; Year 5 participated in an engaging Virtual Reality Eco Workshop where they were able to use special devices to whizz around Earth and see the impact of climate change on our planet.  Afterwards, we discussed steps we could take as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. Bethany suggested trying to walk more regularly to local places, Keira suggested using less plastic, Kamila’s idea was eating less meat and Thomas is already growing his own food! What awesome eco-warriors you are!

Year 5 performed brilliantly in their learning assembly today; singing and speaking clearly, which made us very proud! Thank you to all the children for their efforts in different subjects and with Home Learning this term, some of which was show-cased in the assembly.

The children have had a busy end of the half term with fantastic Diwali workshops including Diya painting, which they all thoroughly enjoyed. Today was ‘Show racism the red card day’ and the children created some fantastic posters to raise awareness and promote this important message.

Here are our latest weekly certificates! Congratulations to the following children:


Ben Hammond has made a great effort in Maths all week. I was particularly impressed with his skills in dividing by 10,100 and 1000 with decimals – well done!


Ava has worked hard in both English and Maths this week. I have been impressed with her efforts, especially to raise her hand and contribute answers. We can see you gaining confidence each day and we’re so proud of you!


Bethany showed great kindness to a friend this week. She also always sets a great example of behaviour to the rest of the class. Thank you for consistently doing the right thing – keep shining!


Alfie helped a friend with work in both Topic and Computing on Wednesday this week. It is lovely to see what a supportive friend you can be – thank you!


During National Space Week, Year 5 participated in an online STEM workshop called Space Junk – Why should we care? 

STEM Ambassador Katherine Courtney, a former Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, Chair of the Global Network on Sustainability in Space, and Founder of Primary Space talked to us about why she cares so much about space and why we should all care about protecting the space environment!

Katherine shared some interesting facts about satellites; how we depend on them in our everyday lives; and the important role they play in helping us understand and look after our planet’s health. The children then designed their own spacecraft with a particular mission to help clear up space! A group of children also made their own version of the Solar System from air dry clay and included some space junk in their creation!









At the beginning of the new school year, children at How Wood think about who will help them on their learning journey throughout the course of the year. These are displayed on their helping hands. We have displayed them around our House Groups as we think about working co-operatively and becoming a dream team!


Year 5 started this term’s topic of ‘The Olympics’ by finding out about it’s origin in Olympia, Greece. The children recently completed their Greek vases displaying images of events that would have taken place in the Ancient Olympics.


In PSHE, the children thought about what they would like to achieve this year and wrote them on stars. If you believe it, you can achieve it!







2021-22 Archive


On Thursday 31st March, Year 5 had a fantastic day out at the British Museum. The children had the opportunity to view the galleries containing Anglo-Saxon artefacts and then participated in an onsite workshop using the latest digital technology to enhance their learning in Topic this term.

On Monday, we joined schools across Hertfordshire to ‘Reach out for Refugees’ by writing messages on hearts and tying blue and yellow ribbons outside school on the gates and railings, as a sign to show we’re thinking of the Ukrainian refugees.

Ribbons for Refugees

Year 5 and 6 walked to Marlborough Academy on Tuesday to watch a student performance of Matilda. It was a fantastic show with an active walk in the sunshine to and from the local Secondary School.

Frankie’s World

During Neurodiversity Week we read ‘Frankie’s World and created characters that reflected Frankie’s feelings or our own feelings. The book helped the children to empathise with children with learning differences and also recognise what triggers a range of emotions. Many of the children wanted to continue reading the book in their independent reading time as the graphic novel was very appealing!

Thank you and well done to all the children who came to school dressed up as a super hero or ‘funny for the money’ for Red Nose Day on Friday 18th March. Year 5 enjoyed a range of fun activities in the afternoon and showed good team work in their Red Nose Day quiz!

We also enjoyed a visit from The Saltmine Theatre Company who performed ‘The Gardener’s Tale’ followed by a workshop which explored the themes of love and forgiveness.

Erika brought in three medals for swimming which were presented to her in our Celebration Assembly. Erika swims four times a week outside of school and recently competed in a County swimming competition. She won two bronze medals and a gold medal! The gold medal was for breast stroke (50m) meaning she is the fastest under ll-year old breast stroke swimmer in Hertfordshire. We’re so proud of you, Erika! Congratulations on winning these medals and for all your hard work as a swimmer!

It was wonderful to see so many children coming to school dressed as their favourite character on World Book Day. Year 5 enjoyed acting out a scene from our current Guided Reading text, Beowulf.









In the afternoon, Year 5 visited the Nursery to share books and  read together.









We have had a busy and exciting first week back after our half term holiday! It included a visit from the police who gave Year 5 and 6 an interesting talk about cyber bullying and online safety. The children then completed Gaming Guides to help keep children safe when playing games online.

Police Visit

How Wood ended Spring 1 on a positive note with ‘Feeling Good Week!’ Each day had a theme and Year 5 enjoyed writing letters to connect and show appreciation towards a special person, extra active time, decorating stones for our Mindfulness Garden and planting a sweet pea to take home. We hope the children will be nurturing these over the holiday and talking positively to them, just like the character in the story ‘Bloom’ did. Well done to Erika, Hanithra and Harshayan for bringing in posters to promote our ‘Five Ways to Well-Being. If  anyone else would like to complete a poster, please hand these in after half term if you would like to be part of the school competition. Have a lovely half term holiday!


On Friday 28th January, just ahead of Lunar New Year,  How Wood enjoyed a visit from an amazing story-teller and dancer to celebrate this event. We learnt about the Year of the Tiger and then went on to make posters and cards.

Year 5 have immersed themselves in this term’s topic, Invaders and Traders and started to explore Anglo-Saxon art. They studied some artefacts discovered at the Sutton Hoo ship burial and then have designed and made their own Anglo-Saxon brooches from air dry clay. They then decorated them with metallic paint.


Year 5’s Advent Door

At the start of December, Year 5 wrote Advent Reflections for our Advent Door. Each day the children have read out their reflections focusing on hopes, wishes and what they are grateful for as we count down to Christmas!

In Art, the children experimented with paint and a fork to create these unique Christmas trees which they then decorated and made into Christmas cards to take home and  give to someone they love.

Year 5 have had a busy week finishing their DT project which involved making a healthy, authentic Greek salad and tzatziki!

On Tuesday 7th December, Year 5 were fortunate enough to visit Souvlaki City, a Greek restaurant in St. Albans, to learn about traditional Greek cuisine. The children were able to sample freshly made grilled meats, vegetables and pitta bread and were then given the opportunity to prepare their own souvlaki wrap. For some, it was the first opportunity to taste authentic Greek dishes and by the end of next week we will all be able to make, say and spell tzatziki!

Special  thanks to the staff at Souvlaki City – George, Christina and Maria who opened their restaurant early and helped us prepare our Greek feast!

We had our final STEM session at Haberdashers’ this week and the children were tasked with using paper and just two bits of tape to build a bridge and see how much weight it could hold before collapsing! Congratulations to the following pairs who worked collaboratively with their Sixth Form helper and won the competition:  1st place: Erika and Mauli,  2nd place: Gaby and Abbie and 3rd place: Fateha and Hanithra.

We created these effective Kindness Hearts for Anti-Bullying Week!

Anti-Bullying Week ended with a fantastic fun day for Children in Need! We worked out to Joe Wicks and dressed to express our individuality. Thank you for all your donations to this worthy cause.

Autumn 2 has started off well with a new text in English –  The Monsterology Handbook by Ernest Drake. The children have embarked on a journey to become future monsterologists! They have been exploring the definitions of some of the ambitious vocabulary they have come across in the text and used these to write a letter of application to Ernest Drake. More recently they have written multi-clause sentences about some of the creatures they have been studying. In Maths, we have been investigating multiples, factors and prime numbers. We have progressed to learning about square and cubed numbers and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. Our Olympics topic continues and this half term, Geography will be the focus. We have used atlases to find the locations of some of the Summer Olympic Games in cities around the world. We will then go on to learn about Olympians and Paralympians who inspire  us!

This half term, Year 5 are fortunate to have the opportunity to undertake The CREST programme at Haberdashers’ School  to enrich their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical skills.

The children worked collaboratively in teams of four (with sixth formers’ support!) to create the tallest spaghetti tower. They thought carefully about which shapes provided a strong foundation to support the structure.

Congratulations to the winning team: Riley, Dylan Gaby and Abbie!

Wear Red Day on Friday 22nd October was a thought provoking day – thank you to all the children who donated and wore red to mark this occasion. Year 5 enjoyed a special workshop and assembly led by Watford Football Club Trust with an anti-racist focus. The children then produced posters to remind us about the importance of being actively anti-racist.

‘Show Racism the Red Card’ posters.    

Almost three millennia after it was first ignited, the Olympic flame is burning brighter than ever. Our exciting new topic incorporating History, Geography, Art and PSHE will introduce children to the evolution of the Olympics over time, from its humble beginnings in Ancient Greece to its current status as a global celebration of human achievement. Year 5 have started learning about the very first Olympic Games and enjoyed making Olympic torches. We have been looking at how the original games were depicted on Ancient Greek vases. Scroll down to see a photo of Greek vases that we designed ourselves.

In History and Art, Year 5 have been learning about Ancient Greek pots and vases providing the oldest and most diverse representations of Greek mythology, religions, social and sporting practices. Some of the evidence about the Olympic Games comes from these images on vases. The children designed their own vase depicting an ancient Olympic sporting event. They then mixed colour to create an artefact and made silhouettes from black paper and finished it off with some decorative features. Here is our display so far:

Designing and Painting Ancient Greek Artefacts!


This term’s Guided Reading Texts. We have started reading ‘Who let the God’s Out’ by Maz Evans and will also look at a range of non-fiction books in Topic lessons.

Home Learning

Our Home Learning is now set via Google Classroom. Every child has their own account which they can access at school and at home. Home Learning is split into an 8-task menu in which the children are asked to complete any four every half term. All log in details were distributed at the start of term.

In addition, children will be set spellings and asked to complete activities on their ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ and ‘MyMaths’ account.

Children are also expected to read every day at home with an adult and record their reading in their Reading Record.

Useful Links and Things to Know

Children are asked to bring in their own water bottles which will be returned home every day to be cleaned.

Trainers are needed for outdoor sports and a change of shoes for when the weather gets wetter as we will continue to use the field for break and lunch times.

Children are expected to have their own pencil case with coloured pencils, felt tip pens, glue stick, pencil, sharpener and eraser. A handwriting pen and red pen will be provided by the school.

Personal items, such as toys or Pokemon cards, are not allowed in school to avoid things being lost.

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