Castle Primary School

'Adventure Together; Learn Forever'

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Welcome to Class 5RW.


On this page we will be sharing some of the learning which we are doing and class news.  You can also find links to home learning tasks linked with our topic.  As always, the most important activity that the children can do at home to support all of their learning is read, read, read!  


As you know, our P.E. day is on a Monday.  As the weather is getting cooler, please remember to send your child in with a jumper to wear outside for P.E.  All long hair must be tied back for P.E. and earrings removed or at least covered with tape.  So please ensure that, if your child has long hair and/or earrings, they have appropriate accessories for this.


If you need to contact us directly, please use the class email address and we will get back to you as soon as we are able to.


Miss Willey and Mrs Hunt



19th May 2021


We have had a very busy and exciting week this week.  On Monday we had a special visit from the chicks which hatched last week.  Everyone was so excited to meet them.  The chicks even left a few "little presents" too!


As well as the excitement of the chicks visiting, we have continued to learn about the Maya Empire and thinking about how it compares with the Viking era.  This week we have had a particular focus around their housing.  Children have also enjoyed finding out more about the spectacular Maya pyramid temples which were built.  In maths children have been grappling with their reasoning and explanations around why certain fractions are equivalent.

Friday 7th May 2021


Well this 4 day week has certainly flown by!  This week we have been delving deeper into our new topic 900AD Mayas v Vikings.  As part of our new learning about the Mayas, we have been exploring their number system and writing system.  Did you know that they had a hieroglyphics system similar to some other ancient civilisations.  Interestingly, they have their own calendar the "jaab" which is split into 18 months of 20 days each, plus a final month of just 5 days ... these last 5 days of the year are said to be unlucky!  We had a go at recreating the 'glyphs for some of the months by using sketching techniques, followed by using glue and string to create a 3D effect.  We are completing them with acrylic paint.  We even had a go at trying to calculate our own equivalent birth month using the Maya calendar.  This was a good opportunity to revise the number of days each month in our calendar has - it's a bit more complicated to remember than the jaab!



Welcome Back!!


We are so delighted to have the school buzzing with children again!

One Monday, the children had a surprise when Mrs Noble turned up with a little treat to say welcome back!


It has been wonderful to see the children catching up with each other and throwing themselves back into their learning and their school life.  As is the case everywhere, we are taking care to make sure we all stay safe.  Our PSHE topic this term is "Healthy Me" and we are trying to make the most of the warmer weather since the children were last in school with daily walks.  At the moment we are aiming to walk a mile a day.

8th March - enjoying a surprise treat from Mrs Noble, whilst contributing to whole school project.

January 5th 2021

We hope you are all keeping safe at home. 

We will be in touch with more information over the course of today, but in the meantime, here is the learning for the rest of this week.  

Take care and see you all online soon!

Miss Willey and Mrs Hunt


Let's Unite Topic Overview

Celebrating Christmas



We have been really lucky this week to be able to hold in our hands a variety of artefacts from Tiverton Museum to help us with our learning about the Industrial Revolution.  We have been trying to get our heads around the idea that some of these items are over 150 years old!  The artefacts included items from Heathcoats, Knightshayes and photos of Tiverton from the 19th Century.  Although there have been many change sover the years, we still recognised lots of familiar places. 

Children In Need 13th November 2020

Today we all came to school looking a little different to usual to support Children In Need.  As a class we joined Joe Wicks in the final 20 minute work out as he completed his 24 hour P.E. lesson.  I think it's fair to say 20 minutes of high intensity exercise was more than enough to wake us up, ready for the rest of the day of our learning.  We hope you enjoy the slide show.

Remembrance Day


This week we have been commemorating remembrance day.  We have looked at and discussed poetry and completed some art work to show our respect and remembrance to all those who have sacrificed their lives for us.


We have now completed our first half term of the new school year.  It has been fantastic to have everyone back in school and everyone has adapted so well to some of the new rules to keep us all safe and in school.  We had a fantastic art day on Monday and were lucky enough to receive a letter from local artist Heather Strong.  Inspired by a number of piece of her art work, we have worked together to create our own interpretations of her river work.  Check out the gallery below.

Group artwork inspired by Heather Strong (Local Artist in Tiverton)


We have focussed our learning this week on the Water Cycle and produced a range of explanation texts, illustrated with our own art work.  There has been a lot of challenging vocabulary to get our heads around.  Which of these scientific terms can you explain the meaning of?

#HelloYellow - YOUNG MINDS


Today many of us came to school wearing yellow to help raise money for the mental health charity Young Minds.  We reminded ourselves that it is so important for us to take care of our well being and that when things are tough, we are not alone.  We have spent time in class thinking about how we can use our powers of resilience to help us and that it is ok not to be ok.  We have been designing some #HelloYellow superheroes - watch this space for when we share some of these. 


Alongside some of our discussions and activities, we had a lot of fun in our special #HelloYellow photo booth. Enjoy the slideshow!

It has been a busy start to the new school year in 5RW, we have been working hard with our reading, writing and maths whilst exploring our topic of Let's Unite.  We have spent lots of time using atlases to help us understand the world around us and where we are within it.  We are now focussing more specifically on rivers and the journey which rivers take from source to sea. Ask your children about some of the technical vocabulary which we have been tackling!