Year 5 Class News

PE: Gymnastics

Posted on Tuesday 28 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

This half-term, we are becoming gymnasts. For the past couple of weeks, we have been focusing on travelling, whether that be low, high, quick or slow. We were able to travel into spaces and sequence a range of different movements. We have then had a lesson to explore the apparatus with controlled and balanced movements.

We will be moving on to sequence different jumps and perform routines.

Writing: Narratives

Posted on Monday 27 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

Today, Year 5 became the artwork at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Over the next 3 weeks, the children will be writing a narrative about the sculptures coming to life. Year 5 put themselves in the shoes of the statues and pretended to awaken after years of being frozen. Take a look at some snapshots of their movements:

We discussed different sculpture’s back stories, if they were good or bad, where they would go and what they would be thinking at that time.

Help at home: Discuss how these sculptures would move if they came to life.

Cross country stars

Posted on Sunday 26 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

*UPDATE* Four of our Year 3 runners have qualified for the Leeds School Games cross country final!

On Friday, twenty two Key Stage 2 children took part in the Leeds North East School Games Cross Country festival at Roundhay High School attended by 900 pupils.

We had a great start from our Year 3 runners with 4 children coming in the top 10! After that, we saw some excellent efforts from the rest of the children throughout the afternoon with great support and encouragement from the other pupils.

Well done to all the children who took part and represented the school. We are sure there will be some qualifiers for the next race, the Leeds final. Watch this space!

Thank you to the parents who came along to help and support at this event.

It was a brilliant event. The Team Moortown spirit was very strong.

If you’re child would like to take part in cross country, have a look at our physical activity guide for details of local running clubs and junior Park Runs.

Guided Reading Week 3

Posted on Sunday 26 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

Here are the target pages for this week’s guided reading. These need to be read by Friday 1st December.

The Boy and the Tiger: up to chapter 13/page 107.

Extra Time: up to chapter 26/page 117.

Flood and Fang: up to chapter 7/page 99.

Dirty Bertie: up to page 87.

Kensuke’s Kingdom: up to chapter 7/page 99.

We went to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park!

Posted on Sunday 19 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

What an action-packed day we had on Tuesday!

Y5 and Y6 went on an amazing trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to support our Art learning for this half term.

Before we went, we had a look at the website and previewed the art which made it very exciting when we actually saw them up close!


We took our Arty Ideas books and did a lot of amazing sketches.

It was great to see both abstract and figurative sculptures – just like we’ve been learning about in school.

Spot the difference: Moortown vs Network by Thomas J Price edition.

Zodiac Heads was definitely a fan favourite.

The texture and scale of the sculptures was sometimes mind boggling!

We did a lot of walking – luckily, the scenery was stunning. Can you spot Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure: Arch Leg in the distance?

In the afternoon, we took part in a workshop with a real artist!

We investigated patterns, colours and shape in Three Stones for Three Trees by David Nash.


And did some artwork without looking at the page – it was quite spiritual in a way.

Another great moment was seeing Barbara Hepworth’s Family of Man in real life! We had a tour of the sculptures and learnt all about the story of what they represent.

Lastly, inspired by the sculptures we’d seen, we made our own out of clay, just like Henry Moore would have done. He used a maquette made out of plaster.


Help at home by asking your child about their review of the trip which we’re doing in writing!


Guided Reading Week 2

Posted on Saturday 18 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

Here are the target pages for this week’s guided reading. These need to be read by Friday 25th November.

The Boy and the Tiger: up to chapter 8/page 75.

Extra Time: up to chapter 17/page 75.

Flood and Fang: up to chapter 5/page 72.

Dirty Bertie: up to page 67.

Kensuke’s Kingdom: up to chapter 5/page 69.

Living and Learning: new school charity

Posted on Friday 17 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Every year, we vote for a new school charity to support and this week is the start of the selection process.

Our new charity will replace our current school charity St Gemma’s Hospice. An amazing £1500 has been raised for this great, local cause.

Whole school homework this week is to consider the following shortlist of charities.

The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund

The main objective of the charity is to enhance the quality of care and support available to babies, young children and adult congenital cardiac patients, who are treated at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit, based at Leeds General Infirmary.


We receive referrals through our network of schools. We deliver a bed bundle for every child in the household that requires it; this includes a brand-new Bed, Mattress, Duvet, Pillow, Bed Sheets, Pyjamas and Hygiene Kit. We work with local partners to include Food Parcels and, if needed, a school uniform. We can also mediate between families and their support services, as well as making referrals.

Leeds Hospitals Charity

To further any charitable purpose or purposes relating to the general or any specific purposes of Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust or the purposes of the National Health Service.

Simon on the Streets

Objectives are to: 1) prevent and relieve hardship and need and distress amongst those who are homeless and rootless by the provision of practical and emotional support, in particular but not exclusively to those who are sleeping rough or who are unwilling or unable to accept existing provision; 2) educate the public concerning the problems of social isolation and homelessness.

Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust supports a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

Mind (The National Association for Mental Health)

We provide information and support, campaign to improve policy and attitudes and, in partnership with independent local Minds, develop and provide local services.

The charities will be reviewed in class on Thursday 23 November. Each class will vote for one charity which will be brought to the Junior Leadership Team who will have the final vote on Friday 24 November.

Living and Learning: Anti-Bullying Day

Posted on Monday 13 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

Today for our anti-bullying day, we joined the nation by focussing on the message of “make a noise about bullying”. We discussed how this had several meanings: making a noise to a trusted adult for support/advice, making a noise to the victim to see if they are okay or making a noise to make a change.

We looked at the different types of friendships and discussed the benefits of a healthy one. Here are some of the benefits:

  • feeling happy
  • feeling secure
  • feeling safe
  • having emotional support
  • having someone to care for you
  • having someone to give you motivation

We then went on to talk about the differences between falling out and bullying as well as the differences between a one-off occasion and something that has happened more than once.

We looked at the definition of bullying which our JLT members created:

“Bullying is when you hurt someone physically or emotionally (including online), Several Times OPurpose”

Whilst we hope this would never be the case in our school, we also discussed  what you can do if you were to experience bullying at Moortown Primary School:

Start Telling Other People. You could use the Living and Learning box, the worry box, tell a trusted adult, email or even call Childline (0800 1111).”

Help at home: Discuss the different roles that can be seen in a bullying situation. Then, have a read of the scenario and talk about what roles are present and what they can do to MAKE A NOISE.

Leeds Schools Sports Association Saturday morning cross country race

Posted on Monday 13 November 2023 by Mrs Taylor

Key Stage 2 children are invited to compete in an upcoming cross country race as part of the Leeds Schools Athletics Association cross country programme of Saturday morning races. Children will compete against pupils from other Leeds schools.

The race will take place on Saturday 25th November at Wharfe Meadows Park, Farnley Lane, Otley, LS21 2RW from 10am.

Please note, parents/carers are responsible for taking and supervising their child/children at the event. There will be a parent representative at the event.

There are opportunities for Year 3 and 4 girls and boys (under 9) to race 900m and Year 5 and 6 girls and boys (under 11) to race 1500m. Once your child has completed their race, you are free to leave the event.

Please sign up by giving consent online or ask at the office if you would like further information about the race.

This is a Forest and Making a Stand

Posted on Friday 10 November 2023 by Miss Goswami

On Tuesday, Year 5 went to visit two art exhibitions: ‘This is a Forest’ and ‘Making a Stand’. To start the day, we experienced a series of artworks in ‘This is a Forest’. The children were able to take time to appreciate the art, learn something new and capture the sculptures in their own sketches. One of the artworks was called ‘A Howl’, which was an installation of a fallen beech tree with lights and sound. This section of the exhibition was in a small dark room, where we could initially just hear sounds and then after our eyes adjusted, we were able to see the shape of a tree.


We then moved on to our next activity where the children could create ecosystems. We split into smaller groups and were able to design and make terrariums. The children showed great teamwork!


Finally, we went on to ‘Making a Stand’ located in City Square. This trip provided a great link between our recent Geography learning and our current Art and Design learning. Year 5 were very respectful and represented Moortown Primary School well.