Over the last two weeks we have been learning lots of new things and approaching them with lots of enthusiasm. In English we have started a new story called ‘The Cyclops’. The children have been able to generate lots of questions about the story and have predicted what they think will happen. We have now begun learning actions to accompnay the story and are excited to see how the story unfolds!
In maths the children have been working extremelly hard on both their multiplication and division, and are able to use different methods to times and divide up to 4 digit numbers! We are now moving on to fractions and the children have been discussing equivilent fractions and showing these in different ways.
Stories of Sikhism is our focus for RE, and during these lessons children have been able to consider important moral questions around topics such as sharing, greed and what is right and wrong, coming up with positive solutions to problems faced in the stories.
We have also been learning about volcanoes – what they are, how they are made and the different parts of them. This will also become the focus of our artwork and children have been inspired by different paitings of volcanoes to create some beautiful sketches!
We look forward to the rest of an exciting term,
A warm welcome back to you all and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Years. This term has started with a bang with the children tearing into their work with enthusiasm and curiousity (this term’s value). Maths has seen us multiplying 4 digits numbers by 1 digit while also playing lots of time table games to keep those skills sharp. In English, we have learnt the story Alien Landing (ask if your children can show you the actions) and looked at the use of apostrophes in detail. Also we had a competition as to who could summarise the text in the shortest blurb or precis – 19 words was the best.
Homework this week is: week 2 of the spellings, Times Table Rockstars practise (Spound Check preferably) and you have 2 weeks to complete a Deadly Nature homework. If the homework grid has not made it home yet, there is a copy in the Year 5 section in the correspondence area of this website (spellings can be found there as well).
Northampton University students
We’d like to introduce Miss Scott and Miss Tanswell. These lovely ladies are from the University of Northampton and will be working along side Miss Jones in Year 1 and Mr Evans in Year 5. They are completing their final teaching placement and will be with us until the middle of March.
Wonderful Week to Wow!
This week was our ‘Week to Wow’ and didn’t we do just that! Monday saw the children hop on a plane and fly around the world to visit several countries: India, China, Denmark, Wales, Iceland and Italy. Each class was tansformed and the children experienced an aspect of that country. The children ate Bara Brith, designed their own pizza, looked at Henna, made dragons and wrote in Chinese and conducted an ice cube experiment. After this, they wrote their own travel blog to tell others of the adventure.
Afterwards, we continued the Wales theme in class through the week. On Tuesday we made one of Mr Evans’ favourites, Welsh Cakes. All children dived into the activity and I think they enjoyed the outcome (snack on Wednesday was a little treat compared to normal). Also this week, we have looked at the geography of Wales and how to use an atlas – tried to find where we are going on residential next year! Below are a selection of the many photos from these experiences. I hope the children enjoyed the experience and took lots away from the effort that the teachers went to. It’s all worth it if they do.
This week, we wrote our Hot Write for our Explanation unit. The children choose to explain how the Parent-Pleaser Machine works. They worked hard on using causal conjunctions and detailed description. The children were very inventive in what you parents would want in a pleaser machine – just ask them!
Well done to Hannah B, who was in the top 5 fundraisers for her charity swim a couple of weeks ago – great to hear children doing things for charity and being so successful.
In Maths we have tackled some very tricky concepts: prime numbers, factors, multiples, common factors and square numbers. The children have shown a wonderful understanding and used physical resources to show all of these ideas. They all worked very hard and showed what amazing Mathematicians they are.
There is a new ‘Battle of the Bands’ on Times Table Rockstars. Winners receive extra play and go through to the final vs Year 3 or Year 4.
This week, we visited IWM Duxford as part of our World War II topic. We were able to see key planes to do with the battle for air supremacy: Spitefire, Messerschmitt and Heinkel. The children also got to see the history of USAAF planes in the UK and saw a V1 rocket. One room of interest was the operations room where all of the information was gathered and then analysed to send off to Fighter Command.
Last week, we started to look at the upcoming centenary of the end of World War I. Although it was a divert away from our World War II topic, the children were very interested in the event and showed a great understanding of the war and the conditions the soldiers had to endure. From our research, we became war time poets and penned our own poems. Here is the class’ version and from this point the children went off individually or in pairs and wrote their own.
It was their job to defend,
War promsied a glorious end,
It was their duty to go, sent to war,
Men and boys, the rich and poor.
They dug a maze of earth for trenches,
Layed down planks for wooden benches,
The water flooded above their boots,
Avoiding the snipers when they shoot.
The food was scarce, the tea was cold,
Disease was rife, orders were told,
Bodies of friends lay on the floor,
Never to return to family anymore.
Times Tables Rockstars
Your child should have come home with a piece of paper with login details for a new online times table practise site we have signed up for (the link can be found below). At first, your child can create an avatar and then they can enter the site to play. Garage area is where the children can practise their times table (highly recommended). Studio is an unrestricted (12 x 12) practise area. Sound Check is a race against the clock – 5 seconds per question.
The other two areas are a multiplayer areas. Arena is restricted to the times table they are practising and they can play vs others from our band (class). While the Festival is an open times table where children can test themselves against anybody on the Times Tables Rockstars system. I strongly recommend Garage area to start with (plus it’s easier to earn coins).
Coins are earnt for correct answers and they can be spent on additional items for their avatar. The aim is to decrease the speed at answering the multiplication and division questions so that they move towards Rock Hero status. Also, we can track times and scores and compete against neighbouring schools or even between classes. Good luck everybody in your rock career – may I one day find an Axl Rose or Robert Plant in the class (children, ask your parents).
Awesome Art and Practical Maths
Recently, we have been creating a number of materpieces for a variety of events. Firstly, we looked at mosaics; how they are created and how to make one. We then took on our new INSPIRE, ASPIRE, ACHIEVE and I tasked the children to create an individual letter so that we could put all of our work together to make a large piece of art. Below you can see the children in action. Also, the children have been looking into blending and shading for art. Then through our animal kingdom theme this week, we produced tiger related pieces of work.
In Maths, the children have been looking at addition and subtraction through practical methods and then through using digits.
Don’t forget, all spelling lists, trip letters and homework grid are on the correspondence tab at the top of the page under the Year 5 letters section.
Wordsmiths at work
This week the children have been exploring the use of pathetic fallacy in their work. We watched several film clips to identify where it is used by directors and then explored where authors have used it. Below are two examples of the work produced after watching a film clip – can you guess what part of the film they are from?
As Harry lividly launched out his wand to threathen Dudley and his sinister gang, instantly a fuming blast of wind rose tauntingly above them while clouds transformed into a hazy mist as black as the night sky. Suddenly, the wind lashed out as a chill ran down their spine.
As Harry threw himself outrageously at Dudley, the once clear blue sky was engulfed by the murky storm and raging wind which blew every item with it.
This week, the children explored the value of digits within a number. Most of the skills were explored without using digits – instead they used place value grids, pictures and counters. They then looked at what happened when adding more counters to a column and the effect on the number as a whole.
Wonderful Week 1
The children have been working hard this week in all areas. Well done to Callum on winning the Headteacher away for Year 5. In English we have boxed up the our story (Fowler’s Yard) and look at using brackets, commas and dashes for parenthesis. In addition we have looked at using commas to avoid ambuguity – ask your children about ‘Lets eat Dad’ and ‘Pandas eat shoots and leaves’ and see if they can add a comma to change meaning.
Also, we have looked at starting descriptive lists with a colon. In Maths – as you can see from the pictures- we have been looking at place value and Roman Numerals. Children tasked with changing numbers in Roman Numerals using lollypop sticks. Then they had to change MCMLXVI and MCMXXXIX into years and work out what happened in that year. Children, I was born in 1985, can you change that into Roman Numerals.
We also had a yoga taster session which proved a real hit.
This week the children have been pretending they are in charge and wrote a poem ‘If I Was in charge’. There were some great ideas and, as you can see from the pictures, we have some budding leaders in the class.
Also, we had three taster sessions for streetdance, netball and dodgeball. What a busy afternoon!
Ways To Support Your Child
Mental Maths objectives Year Five
Topmarks also has lots of fun games to try at home and improve your Maths skills
Test your Geography skills
We are launching our new weekly Maths Challenges. We would love all children to take part and they will be rewarded for effort.