Summer 2- Week 1
Welcome back to all of our lovely Year 5 children. We hope that you had a lovely half term and are ready to work hard for the final 7 weeks of this school year!
In English this week, we began reading "The boy in the striped pyjamas." The teachers absolutely love this book and are hoping that the children do too over the coming weeks. This week, we got to know the main character, Bruno. We found out that Bruno had to move house from Berlin to a place called "Out- With' due to his father's job. We wrote letters home from Bruno's perspective as we suspected that he would miss his friends and family back in Berlin very much.
In Maths, we recapped our knowledge of perimeter and area and applied this to composite shapes. We used this to create our own dinosaur enclosures ; we had a lot of fun trying to place the T-Rex as he needed an enclosure that compromised of an equal area and perimeter.
We also celebrated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. We are finding our "Blitz and pieces" such an interesting topic and the children really can't wait to visit the Severn Valley Railway to learn more about World War Two. Please make sure that you have checked Parent Mail to consent to your child taking part in this trip!
Summer 1- Week 4
We can't believe that it is the final week of this half term already. It has been a short one, but it has absolutely flown by! Congratulations to our children who completed their assessment week last week, they should be very proud of their hard work.
In English this week, we have looked at the poem "The Lady of Shalott." There has been a lot of debate about whether we prefer this or our previous poem, "The Highwayman." The teachers are pleased that the children are trying so hard to involve themselves in a poem that is so tricky! We have been working on creating setting descriptions about what the Lady can see from her window. There has been some fantastic vocabulary used including "ruby red roses entwine with never- ending vines." WOW!
This week has been the final week of our metric measure topic in Maths and we have had a lot of fun learning about capacity. Some of us created potions using Harry Potter recipes and, of course, our measurement skills. This has helped the children to apply their learning to some SATs style questions. The most important element, however, was that children can now apply this learning to real life. After half term, we will be looking at perimeter, area and time problems. It would be great if parents could support us with the time topic in particular by familiarising the children with a clock at home. We know that lots of Year 5 children wear watches already- fantastic!
We are still absolutely loving our WW2 topic "Blitz and Pieces". After half term, we will be going on a walk around the local community and a trip to Severn Valley Railway. ParentMail will provide more information about these.
Have a lovely half term everyone- let's hope that we have a sunny week!
Summer 1 - Week 1
Welcome back to Year 5! We are already in our last term of Year 5 and have so many exciting things to look forward to. We will be visiting the Severn Valley Railway, voting for our new house captains and creating elastic racers in a fun science day. Check out all of the relevant dates on our school newsletter.
This week, we have introduced our new topic "Blitz and Pieces" topic. Please check Parent Mail for our summer term curriculum newsletter. During this topic, we will be looking at World War 2. On Monday, we listened to Neville Chamberlain's speech announcing war. We then took on the roles of Foreign Secretary, Education Secretary and Defence Secretary and constructed our own speeches explaining to the citizens of the UK how to cope with this announcement.
We also showed off our fabulous homework from spring in our homework showcase. Well done everyone for making such a fantastic effort!
In English, we have started to look at poetry. We started off by looking at a crime scene from the Highwayman.
In Maths, we have started our measure topic. It would be helpful for children to practise multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 using place value (not column multiplication!) as this is a key skill for this topic.
Summer 1- Week 3
As it has been SATs week for Year 6 this week, we decided that it would be a good idea to complete our assessment week in Year 5 also. This means that the teachers can use the information from the tests in order to inform planning for the final half term. We are so proud of all of the Year 5 children and they will have noticed that their scores have improved from last time. Well done to all children who have worked so hard and had such a determined attitude to these assessments.
In the afternoons, we have been lucky enough to work with Mr Byron using the new chrome books. We are so lucky to have this amazing technology in our school and we thought that it was cool how the teachers could mark our work online. We hope that we get to use these more in the coming weeks.
We have also completed another Science experiment in relation to our forces topic. We learnt about two famous scientists: Aristotle and Gallileo, and were trying to see who's theory was correct. Do you think that objects of different masses fall at different rates? Test it out!
On Monday, Mrs Sumner talked to us about the role of the House Captains. It is finally Year 5's chance to sign up to apply for these roles! The sign up sheet was on Miss Bevan's door all week and the shortlisted candidates will find out further information next week.
Spring 2- Week 7
Our Spring half term is coming to an end and we can't believe that it is only one more term before our lovely Year 5 children move up to Year 6! The progress they have made so far is fantastic and the teachers are really looking forward to everything that is planned for next term.
In English, we have finished writing our balanced argument. This was one of the most tricky pieces of writing yet. Not only did we have to present two sides of an argument in an impartial way, we also needed to write in third person and the present tense! The children really rose to the challenge and produced some amazing writing.
In Maths, we have been revising our skills covered so far this year. It is always good to check in and refresh our brains with this knowledge and the children have really enjoyed working in groups to problem solve. This revision also relates directly to our PIXl assessments, so the children were pleased that they had the chance to work on questions that they may have found tricky when they first saw them in our Spring assessment week.
We hope that all of our families have a lovely break, and that the children return to school refreshed and excited to begin our new topics. Curriculum newsletters will be sent out at the beginning of next term, alongside the new homework grid. A date for your diary is Tuesday 2nd July: Children will be visiting Severn Valley Railway to immerse themselves into the lives of people during WW2.