Year 5

Dissolving in Year 5

By Science, Year 5

In Year 5, we have been finding out about which materials dissolve in liquid to form a solution.

The sugar dissolves in water. The sugar is the solute. The water is the solvent.

When the sugar dissolved in the water it created a sugar solution.

Which solids do you think will dissolve in water? Does the temperature of the water affect whether the solid will dissolve?

Inspiration for Reading and Writing in Year 5

By English, Reading, Year 5

Before the holiday, Year 5 were lucky to take part in a virtual meeting with Vashti Hardy who is a children’s author.

Vashti Hardy is a writer of children’s books spending her time between Lancashire and Sussex. She was a primary school teacher for several years, and has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds.

We learned how we could create a fantasy world to inspire our writing.

She gave us five tips.

  1. Channel your interests.
  2. Look at the real world to ground your fantasy world.
  3. Collect images to inspire your world.
  4. Create a writing journal.
  5. Draw a map of your world.

Maybe you could use these tips to create a world of your own to base a story.

Why not visit Vashti Hardy’s website to find out more.


Walk to school week 2022

By Community, Geography, House Jericho, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6

Children at St.Alban’s have ditched their cars this week, instead choosing to walk/cycle/jog to school! Not only is this better for the environment but also brilliant for both our physical and mental health. Well done to house Jericho for organising the week and thank you to all children who took part.

Here are some pictures taken from some students’ journeys to school….

Developing Disciplinary Knowledge in Geography – Year 5

By Geography, Year 5

On Monday, Year 5 visited Wickersley Wood.  We used compasses to find directions to move around the cleared area.


We can now use the eight points of a compass (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW) to find the points in between. (NNE etc) We have also developed rhymes to help us remember the four points. I know that my rhyme begins with Never, Ever,… although I sometimes use Never Eat Shredded Wheat to make sure I say North, East, South, West in a clockwise direction.

In school, we have used Digimap tools to find the area of the Wood and the distance tool to find the distance of our walk.

We now recognise many of the symbols on the map below.

Using Ordnance Survey Maps

Which symbols can you recognise?  Why not use the key to help?

Legend for 1:25000 Map


Local History Week in Year 5

By History, Uncategorized, Year 5

This morning, Year 5 launched our Local History Week with a walk to Wickersley Woods. As historians, we looked for evidence to help us compare the ages of different buildings.


We discussed the name ‘Wickersley’ and how the settlement was given the name VIKARRS-LEY by the Saxon settlers. LEY is a Saxon word meaning a clearing in the woods. Sometime before 870 AD, a clearing was made in the woodland that covered the area and farming began.