Houghton Primary School

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Eagles (Y5)


Eagles' Class are our Year 5 group. They are taught by Mrs Culpin who is assisted by Mrs Lemons and Mrs Anderson.

Please click here to fnd out more about the Year 5 curriculum for the Autumn term 2017

Please click here for more information about the Year 5 curriculum for the Spring term 2018

Latest News

Spring 2018

Friday 26th February

Final day of the first week back and the class travelled to Huntingdon to visit the Cromwell Museum. The children also had a tour around Huntingdon seeing the site where Huntingdon Castle once stood, which was built in !068. the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, the site of one of his Civil War headquarters and the church where the tomb of the Cromwell family is interred. All of the children were really enthusiastic and can't wait for our trip to Ely next week.

Trying on 17th Century costumes

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Looking at Cromwell's portraits

Whilst in the museum we were visited by Matthew, a Civil War Soldier. The children were able to ask questions about life in the army and even got to hold a cannon ball.

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Friday 9th February

As part of the readathon our class shared and read books with Kingfishers class.

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We looked at the artist Bridget Riley who was part of the Op Art movement in the 1960s. She used geometric patterns, often in black and white, which also gave the sense of illusions and movement. We enjoyed creating our designs and you can come to  see them in the main hall. 

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Friday 2nd February

As part of our science topic we have been looking at shadows, so we performed our own shadow puppet plays on The Iron Man.



We moved onto the 1970s this week and produced our best disco moves to 'Night Fever' by The Bee Gees.

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For the next few weeks we are looking at fractions and so started this week by looking at equivalent fractions. We played some games to aid our understanding.

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As we have been looking at light and how we see things, the art we produced this week was an optical picture of our hand. They were really effective.

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Friday 26th January

We have started our science topic this week and looked at how we know light travels in a straight line and what happens to a shadow when you move the light source. We enjoyed investigating with torches.



Dance this week was the 1960s. We twisted, did the locomotion, the swim and mashed potato all to 'Twist and Shout'iron man 005

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We were working this week on The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and we produced drama and a freeze frame on a particular scene, paying attention to the emotions of the characters.

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Friday 19th January

We listened to some jazz this week; the bossa nova and then played some of it on the glockenspiel. We also had to improvise just as jazz musicians do!



During our dance lessons we have been looking at dance styles. We have also been listening to the music and finding out about the fashion to understand the particular decade. This week was the 1950s. We handjived and kicked and flicked to 'Rock around the Clock' by Bill Haley. 





During our German this week we have been having conversations on the phone and looking at German numbers to tell someone our phone number. We enjoyed a game of bingo to help us with this.



Friday 12th January

On Wednesday we were visited by Gripping History to help us in our understanding of 13th century life. We were guided through the day by Lady Catherine, who was a baron's wife, to tell us all about what England was like in 1215. She told us about the clothes they wore..magna carta day 004

We were told what her husband would wear and what he would need in battle.

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mail which was rather heavy!

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We then played a game that showed us how much work the peasants had to do during the year. We had tasks to do such as shearing the sheep, making hay bales to sell and harvesting the peas and beans. Unfortunately the King kept taxing us, so all our hard work seemed to be for nothing!

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We looked at how the Magna Carta would have been produced, learning about how they made the parchment, ink and quills. We then tried writing with quills and producing 13th century lettering. We found it quite tricky but great fun.

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looking at the wax seal.

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Lady Catherine then told us about the weapons which were used during the 13th century and we looked at different arrow heads; fascinating!  Unfortunately as peasants we had to then fight as our landowner had not paid his taxes.

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Some of us however had been critical of King John and had been imprisoned without a fair trial! 

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We finished the day realising that being a peasant in the feudal system would not be a life we would like to have.



It has been lovely to see all the children come back to school this week ready to get back to work and produce their very best.

Autumn 2017

The Year 5 team wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful New Year. We look forward to welcoming the children back on Thursday 4th January ready for a jam-packed Spring term.

Friday 15th December

Year 5 enjoyed making their Christmas hats with Kingfishers' class  and then having  a yummy Christmas dinner together with Year 2 and 3

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Friday 8th December

We played our maths games with each other this week. A lot of effort was made in our Home Learning and we have certainly improved  our understanding of factors, multiples, square and prime numbers.

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We also looked at how our lungs worked; making models to show this using just a bottle and balloons!


Friday 1st December

We looked at our mummified apples this week and then had to write a report on our findings, linking our experiment with what they did to bodies in Ancient Egypt.

 Can you guess which one is the mummified apple?

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This Friday we took part in the live lesson from Puffin Books. The lesson introduced us to illustrators and we could draw along with them and create our own characters. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.




Friday 24th November

A busy Friday saw Eagles'  performing their class assembly all about the Egyptians and sharing everything we have learnt this term. After this, a sport morning was enjoyed in the cold, crisp sunshine.

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Friday 17th November.

It's been pyramid week in class and many of our lessons have revolved around those ancient structures of Egypt. In literacy we were asking questions and finding answers to how and why they were made? Who built the pyramids? Why they were built where they were? The children were practising note taking and looking for information in books.

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Working out how they moved the enormous blocks of stone

In maths we were investigating the area and perimeter of pyramids using lego and trying to accurately draw a net of a square-based pyramid using protractors.

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The class were 'walking like an Egyptian' in dance and composing moves to a song we have learnt in music.

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Science was all about mummification and the process involved in preserving bodies before they were put into the tombs within the pyramid. We have started to mummify an apple by using salt. We have to leave it in the bath of salt for at least 2 weeks to see what the results are.

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Friday 10th November

All week we have been studying the life of Anne Frank. The children have been fascinated by the story of a family living in a secret annexe for 2 years. We read extracts from Anne's diary and watched clips of what life would have been like for them. We talked about the persecution of the Jews and what laws were passed to restrict them. The children sketched wonderful pictures of Anne and the whole week culminated in writing a poem based on her hopes and fears. 

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Sophie's drawing of what objects depict Anne's life


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Looking at how harsh the laws were against Jewish people

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Friday 3rd November

We investigated this week whether different exercises affected our heart rate. We did 3 different activities: star jumps, sprinting and skipping and checked which activity made our heart rate increase the most. We then drew graphs from this information.



We have also been looking at statistics in Maths and line graphs in particular. We had to decide what graphs might be showing from just information from the axes and the line itself. We decided that there could be different interpretations.


Our River Nile models grew over the half term and our crops are now looking lush and healthy!


On Wednesday, 6 of our class took part in the Hunts SSP Tag Rugby event at Hinchingbrooke School. They all had a great time and showed fantastic team spirit and great determination. They even earned a well-deserved 3rd place in the competition. 


Thursday also saw 5 boys from Year 5 take part in a football tournament held at the school. The Houghton team won the competition overall showing good skill and great team work.


Friday 20th October

Sports morning went ahead despite the miserable weather and all the children enjoyed the activities set up by the year 6.





We made River Niles this week and are hoping that the water from the river will water our crops without flooding and destroying them. Watch this space!


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Friday 13th October

The children were finding out this week what their blood is made up of and then creating characters based on red and white blood cells and platelets.





Friday 9th October

The children completed the circuit for the NSPCC sponsor event and all had a great time doing tricep dips, the plank, ladder runs and shuttle runs. The children will have a workshop next week on keeping safe.



Following on from our work on the circulatory system, the children had the opportunity this week to observe a lamb's heart and see the chambers inside and the arteries coming from it. The children were fascinated and were able to understand some of the ideas we were talking about in class.




Friday 29th September

Understanding Roman numerals was the aim this week in our maths lessons and trying to recognise years and do problem solving



Our home learning was fabulous and all the children produced a piece of work on their favourite book. We had lego models, scenes from particular books, book reviews, interviews with characters and super illustrations.



During the harvest assembly the class showed their perspective paintings of Autumn trees.


On Friday we held a Geburtstagparty for Franzi. We sang Zum Geburtstag viel Glück, had Geburtstagkuchen, gave Geburtstagkarten und Geburtstaggeschenk and played Topfklopfen. Great fun!



Friday 22nd September

Our science work this week looked at how the circulatory system worked. The children became blood and travelled to pick up oxygen from the lungs before going to the heart to be pumped around the body. They then had to write an explanation of how the system worked.

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We have been learning how to draw objects going into the distance using lines of perspective. We started looking at city scapes and buildings and we worked this week on an autumnal scene with trees which will become our Autumn landscape picture.

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Friday 15th September

This week we started gymnastics and have been working in pairs to compose a sequence of movements that link together.

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We started our work on the circulatory system and we were finding out where the heart and lungs are located in our body.

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Friday 8th September

What a great start to the year! All the children came back to school eager and ready to learn. The Home Learning the children produced is fabulous showing their creativity and hard work and certainly brightens up the classroom.035

We have been working on Growth Mindset this week and on Friday the children were presented with a task of making an origami penguin from a picture, We had comments ranging from 'I can't do that', 'That's impossible', to 'I've got an idea', 'I'm going to give it a try'. We have been discussing how mistakes help you learn and that things may take time and effort but as a learner you can always improve. A mindset in progress. Watch this space!

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Active maths today on our place value work.

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