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Welcome to the Walnut Class page!




Teacher: Mrs Grattan 

Mrs White as cover and additional support for Y5

Teaching Assistants: Miss Thorne and Miss Taylor


Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a place where teachers, parents and students can communicate.  It allows parents and children to ask the teachers questions if they are confused about something and for teachers to send out messages to the  whole class with ideas and support.  There are still several parents from both Sycamore and Walnut that have not yet signed up to this service.  I do not want you to feel pressured but it will allow you to contact us easily if you need anything or have any questions.

The login details can  be found in your child's new learning at home book.  If you are having trouble logging on please contact the school and we will help you get started.

Unfortunately you will  need to do this for each child as each  class has a separate dojo.  Please do not feel this means you have to follow the work we are providing.  Class Dojo is purely a way to keep in touch and for you to see any work  your child  has shared with us.  It is not a social  media site and so  you  will  not get bombarded with messages and  adverts.

Walnut is a Year 5 class at St James Church School

Welcome and thank you for visiting our class page. 


Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely break over the festive period and welcome you back to another action-packed term. Our new topic is 'Space' and we cannot wait to get started with the learning we have planned. Please refer to the Spring Curriculum Overview for more information regarding the topic and what the children have to look forward to. If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to come and ask one of the Year 5 team. Thanks for your ongoing support.


PE/ Forest School

Walnut Class will be taking part in PE every week until  the Easter holidays. Please ensure your child has the correct kit for both lessons including appropriate footwear. Lessons will  take place as  much as possible in the  gym, due to the cold and  wet weather. If your child does not have the appropriate kit for these lessons, they will NOT participate.


Dates to remember this term

Tuesday 17th March - Easter Experience at St. James Church

Wednesday 18th March - Parents'/Carers'  Evening

Monday 23rd March - Science Week starts

Tuesday 31st March - Easter Service




Homework each week will continue to comprise of reading, practising of times tables and spellings.  One additional piece of homework will also be sent home each week e.g. maths.   All homework will be given out on a Tuesday and needs to be completed and handed in the following Monday.  Please pop in to see me if you need any support with homework as it is an important part of your child's learning.



All pupils have been set a termly points target on Accelerated Reader and they earn points each time they pass a quiz at school.  Any support that can be given at home with reading is incredibly beneficial - reading together daily, discussing new vocabulary as well as making trips to the library all help. For those children that meet their target, a reading reward will take place at the end of the term.  



Spellings will be given to the children every week on a Wednesday with a test taking place on the following Tuesday. They will also be given a weekly activity to help them to learn the pattern.  In addition to this, each child is working towards their Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum spelling awards which are tested every few weeks.


Times tables 

Times tables are practised daily in school and tested on a Monday.  Any practice at home will really help to develop maths skills.  There are many website and apps to support learning in this area. Each child has now been set up with a Times Table Rockstar login, which is an interactive game that helps with the recall of their times tables.

Investigator Day 24.02.20 The children spent the day designing, making, testing and modifying space landers to allow their friendly aliens to land safely on the Earth

RE Day 24th January 2020

17.12.19- Mini Police. The Mini Police have been working closely with the local PCSOs and have recently been giving out leaflets to create an awareness on different laws.

For this term's Investigator Day, year 5 had great fun exploring our World War 2 Learning Expedition. We spent time ‘digging for victory’ and cooking using real wartime ration recipes including making a cake from mashed potato!

WW2 Investigator Day

Anderson Shelters- as part of the children's home learning, they researched and built their own Anderson Shelters. We were very impressed with their efforts and the outcomes were absolutely amazing!

Harvest Festival- In preparation for our harvest festival, we made a collage of a tree as a symbol of harvest. We used different mediums such as chalk, water colour paints, charcoal, aritist pencils and pens to create different textures. We held the tree up in church and we read out some of the harvest poems that we wrote.

17.9.19- Joshua Seigal Visit- We were very lucky to have published poet, Joshua Seigal, come to the school today. He performed a variety of his poems, asked questions and did poetry writing workshops with Years 5 and 6. He was great!

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11.9.19- Start to our WW2 topic by pretending to be evacuees. We made name labels and created freeze frames based on some authentic photographs we had been studying.

Year 5 2018-19

21.6.19 Values Day- Children were split into their house teams and completed a carousel of activities (team games, forest school, art and singing). At the end of each activity children thought of a collection of words that underpin our school values.

Year 5 Willow Workshops- children crafted either a butterfly, dragonfly or fish from withies. The finished products were quite impressive!

Science Week

We started off science week with a carousel of activities with years 4 and 5. In Sycamore class, we had a water themed room and had 3 activities to complete: Cartesian Divers, Vortex in a Bottle and Paper Flowers. We had great fun exploring and using our observation and prediction skills.

Water Cycle- Year 5 spent the afternoon setting up 3 experiments to replicate 3 main stages of the water cycle (evaporation, condensation and precipitation). We focused on our scientific observational skills which helped to understand what happens at each stage

Friday 26th April 2019 - Today some school forum members took part in the Children’s Parliament at County Hall in Taunton. They spoke about their recent project ‘Eating our way to a better planet’ and explained how they were collecting and recycling crisp packets in the school. They represented the school superbly and spoke confidently in such illustrious surroundings. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children and all their hard work paid off with a good presentation.

RE Day- Year 5 spent the day doing activities based on the Easter story. Year 5's focus was Easter Sunday and the resurrection. First, we looked at the story and had discussions based on the betrayal of Judas. We then made 'resurrection pebbles' which symbolised the stone of Jesus's tomb. We also drew a picture and made a collage to form a Year 5 candle which is now on display in school.

St George's Day- we made dragon eyes in celebration of the legend of St George. We explored different textures with various implements before creating our eye design. We used metallic paints to decorate them once they were dry.

Easter Service

Inspired by the artwork of Peter Thorpe, Year 5 used acrylic paints of canvas to create their own space artwork.

World Book Day Vocabulary Parade

We practised our measuring and scaling skills in maths by making giant cookies and smoothies

26.2.19- Year 5 began the new half term with a science day. We started by setting up a shadow experiment, which we observed throughout the day. We also played shadow games by attempting to make a variety of shapes. Exploring shock absorption and stability, we designed and made space landers that had to deliver our 'aliens' safely to Earth.

We used Oreo cookies to represent the 8 phases of the Moon.

Walnut Class's Collective Worship- Daniel and the Lions' Den

As part of an introduction to our new learning expedition, we found out how much Year 5 already know about space. The children had a variety of tasks to test their understanding and then had the opportunity to write down any questions they wanted to find answers to.

Spring Curriculum Learning Map

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

18.12.18 As part of a mini DT project and because it's nearly Christmas, Year 5 children made their own Rocky Road. We tasted some samples and rated them based on appearance, taste and texture. We also looked at packaging and cost of the sample products. We used our maths skills to calculate the correct ratios and chose 2 extra ingredients to add to the Rocky Road recipe.

13.12.18 Across Year 5, we practised the Jewish ritual of Shabbat. This included cleaning and tidying the classroom; washing our hands; changing into more comfortable clothes; enjoying social time and playing games with our friends. We also enjoyed a few snacks which represented the meal that Jewish people eat during Shabbat.

27.11.18 Fire Safety Talk- Children were set the task of testing fire alarms in their house; creating an escape plan and knowing their full address. We will be checking that ALL children have done these 3 things, that the fire service recommended, in order to keep themselves and their families safe.

Maths Day 9.11.18 . The whole school dedicated the day to maths and the topic of shape. Year 5 looked at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, lines of symmetry with Numicon and created Tangrams- we had a great time!

No Pens Wednesday 7.11.18- Year 5 had a day focusing on their listening and communication skills by not using pens for the whole day. We did some drama based on our class novel 'Friend or Foe' and played barrier and other games, which involved a lot of speaking and listening to each other.

Year 5 finished board to be displayed in Wells Cathedral for Remembrance Day.

Harvest Festival- Year 5 looked at harvest during WW2 and designed our own propaganda posters.

We measured weight (Newtons) and mass (grams) and explored the relationship between the two.

Year 5 have been set the task of creating a Remembrance display for Wells Cathedral. We decided to base the display on the school's history as a temporary hospital in WW1 and set to work on making some woven poppies. Our poppies were red, purple, white and black which all have a different meaning linked to Remembrance.

Superhero Day

National Poetry Day- We had a selection or poetry books, chose a poem we liked and practised performing it. We then shared our performances with the rest of the class and gave some positive feedback about the performances.

Evacuee Silhouette and Gradient Pictures

The new members of Walnut worked on their team building skills during the first few days of the new school year.