Since Christmas we have been learning all about the Victorians. We started by looking at Queen Victoria’s transformation from Princess to Queen. We wrote a diary from her point of view.

We have been learning about what it was like for children during Victorian times. Many children had to work and we visited ‘Big Pit’ the national mining museum to find out what it would have been like for the children (some as young as 4) to work underground.

We have been reading ‘Street Child’ and ‘Oliver Twist’ by Charles Dickens. There are six children in the class who have tackled the original text by Dickens! We watched parts of ‘Oliver’ the musical and wrote an atmospheric piece of descriptive writing about Fagin in his den.

**Computing**

In Computing we have been learning all about e-safety. Our classmate and e-Cadet Callum Wiltshire did a lesson for us about our digital footprints.

**Science**

One day a mysterious crash site appeared in the library! Strange green goo was spread all over giant green footprints. There were some flowers which had turned green. Tiger and Jaguar classes used their scientific investigation skills to find out what had happened!

**Pick and Mix homework**

Since January we have been doing a new type of homework, where we choose which activity we want to do! Some of the results have been truly fabulous. Look at the gallery below for just a few examples of outstanding work from home by Tiger class.

**Tiger Class have talent!**

We were very proud of our classmates; Finley, Darcey, Brandon, Bree and Riley, who performed in front of the whole school! Darcey and Finley worked together to perform ‘Skyfall’ and we were all really impressed.

**Art**

We looked at some decoupage from the Victorian era, when it was very fashionable. We covered boxes in Victorian paper. Luckily the Easter bunny visited and our boxes were full of eggs before we left for the Easter holiday!

**Paired reading with Squirrel class**

Every week we read with our little buddies from Squirrels class. They read to us and then we read them a story.

**Our trip to the ‘Big Pit’ in Blaenavon, South Wales**

We have been learning about what it was like for children during Victorian times. Many children had to work and we visited ‘Big Pit’ the national mining museum to find out what it would have been like for the children (some as young as 4) to work underground. We actually went down the mine shaft and walked through tunnels. We saw an actual door where children as young as four years old had to wait in the darkness to open the door for carts.

**Maths**

Year 5 have learnt a wide range of maths. We have got to grips with fractions and can convert mixed numbers to improper fractions and visa-versa. We measured our own feet to get an idea of the imperial ‘foot’ measurement.