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Cookstown Primary School

'Educating today's children for tomorrow'

Year 5 Latest News



Check out our amazing book covers we designed for the Roald Dahl novel, 'The Magic Finger'. We thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and we even wrote our own blurb! Have a read at some of them below!


We have been learning our body parts in French. Check out our amazing singing and dancing below!!!

Human Body

A huge thank you to Alice's Dad who let us borrow his human body vest! It was great fun taking off all the organ and trying to assemble them back in the correct place! Thankfully he gave us a set of instructions just in case we would need them!

Mid Ulster Sports Arena

Throughout this term Year 5 have been visiting the Mid Ulster Sports Area for sport coaching. So far we have 'had a go' at: football, dodge ball, uni hockey, hand ball, tag rugby and multi sports games. It has been an excellent opportunity to develop not only our game skills but also our team building skills too!

Instructional Writing

Year 5 are pro's at writing instructions!! We looked at all the different forms of instructions such as recipes, games, experiments etc and discovered that all instructions have 7 common features. At the end of the scheme we wrote our own set of instructions on how to do a tree rubbing. 


Over the past few weeks in French we have been learning the names of different types of food. We love playing Diane's exciting games and learning fun songs to help us remember the names of the foods. 

Tree water Experiment

We have learnt that a tree needs water, sunlight and air to survive. We were puzzled how the water in the ground spread to all parts of the tree. We conducted an experiment where we put food colouring and water in a glass and placed a lettuce leaf inside. The bottom of the leaf sucked up the food colouring throughout the leaf. We could see it travelling through the tiny veins.

Paper Helicopter Experiment

Some trees reply on wind to disperse their seeds. For example a sycamore tree produces helicopter seeds which rotate in the wind. We decided to make a paper version of the helicopter seed. We tested what would happen if we dropped our helicopter, if we folded the propellers in opposite directions, if we cut the propellers shorter and if we added extra weights. We had lots of fun testing this out in our classroom. 

Drop and Roll Experiment

As part of our 'Tree' topic we have been learning about the different types of seed dispersal. We experimented with conkers and acorns to see how effective the 'drop and roll' seed dispersal was. We then measured how far our seed traveled.


Year 5 have been receiving French lessons from our French teacher Diane. So far we have learnt how to say our name, count to 5, say colour names and describe how we are feeling. We LOVE the smelly reward stickers she give us when we answer questions!!!

Trip to Burnavon

On Wednesday 20th September Year 5 were invited to the Burnavon theatre to listen to poet, Paul Cookson. His poems were hilarious!! We laughed throughout the whole morning as he told us poems about dinosaurs, teachers and disgusting habits. Together we wrote a poem entitled, 'That's no place to put a pet!' To top things off, when leaving we all received a copy of his dinosaur poem book. A huge thank you from Year 5!!

Parts of tree game

To help us learn about the different parts of a tree we played a game matching the parts to their definition. It was lots of fun working together to solve the puzzle. 

Leaf Hunt

We went on a leaf hunt throughout the school grounds to spot as many different types of leaves we could. To help us remember how many we found we kept a tally chart. We saw lots of leaves including: sycamore, ash, beech, holly and oak leaves. 

Tree Observations

We used magnifying glasses to look at parts of a tree close up. We enjoyed counting the annual rings on the inside of the tree to find out how old it was. It was interesting looking at the tiny veins that run through a leaf too. 

Tree Rubbings

Using crayons, we went outside and took rubbings of different trees. It was intriguing looking at the different textures of bark. 

Let's meet the Year 5's!

Back to school letter

To download a copy of the Year 5 back to school letter click here.


Here you will find resources specific to our year group.

Our French Gallery

View the work we do in our French class with Diane.

Our Art Gallery

View some of our wonderful pieces of art.

Our Wiki

Click here to view our wonderful online project on the Ancient Egyptians using pbworks. 

Click here to access My School