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Year 5 5PN & 5S

Term 6 Week 5 Newsletter

Virtual Sport's week seems to have been an utter success. We have had so many pictures of you all doing a variety of sports and being extremely energetic! I am really looking forward to seeing the photos from the rest of the school once Mrs Willison has put them up. 

 

We are entering the penultimate week of this academic year which doesn't seem believable.

 

We hope to see some of you lovely Year Fives on Friday 17th July to collect your old books, new class information booklets and reports. The Year 5 team will be ready to hand these out to 5PN between 2 – 2.30 and to 5S between 2.30 – 3 outside the KS2 library door. Please bring a bag for collecting your items.

Term 6 Week 4 Newsletter
What a super scorching week we have just had. On some days I felt like we could have been abroad on holiday it was so hot! I have been so impressed to see the emails flooding in with all your work and communication. I thought you may have been tempted to be outdoors in the sunshine exercising your bodies instead of exercising your brain, so it was wonderful to see how committed you are. Well done!
Term 6 Week 3 Newsletter

We are almost half way through this term and 'en route' to the Summer holidays!

 

Today, Saturday the 20th June, is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is called the Summer Solstice and is the official start of the summer for us in England. On this day the Sun travels the longest path through the sky, and we are facing it and therefore have the most daylight. 

 

Have a super week 4 and keep in touch!
Term 6 Week 2 Newsletter

Where has the sunshine disappeared to? I am wearing a jumper and even turned my heating on for a few hours, but a positive is that my garden is looking lovely and watered!

 

The work that has already come in today is super and it looks like you had great fun with some of the activities. I have seen two fantastic news VIDEOS so far. I cant believe how talented you guys are. It took me ages to pluck up the courage to do a video and then work out how to make it and then upload it! 

 

If you are happy for me to upload your videos, let me know and I will put them up.

 

Have a super weekend.

Term 6 Week 1 Newsletter

What a week of further change for some children and teachers who came back into school after a very long ten weeks away. It was very weird to walk the corridors after so long, but in no time at all it felt like we had never been away, even though we were all very aware of keeping a distance from each other.

 

The school is still exactly the same guys, don't worry, your beautiful art and awesome work are still on the walls and your names are still on your pegs and trays; all we are missing is your happy faces. 

 

I hope you like the work for week 2. I think it is fun!

 

 

         Year 5 End of Term obstacle courses
HAPPY HALF TERM!
Week 4 Newsletter

This is now the penultimate week before half-term and a well earned week's holiday! Yay!

 

We are beginning to experience the very first small steps in an easing of the Lockdown measures.  Have you been going out for more exercise? I have to say I have never exercised so much in my life! I am grateful that we are now regarding exercise in being in nature as such a privilege. I have found a lovely new country walk in Jarvis walk that I would never have stumbled on usually.

 

You will also have heard and read a lot of thoughts and opinions regarding school re-opening. Can we assure you that as and when any firm decisions are made that it may happen, Mrs Strand will keep us all well informed.  We don't know any more than you do at this stage so please do not waste energy and anxiety on 'what ifs' at this stage.

 

Next week is a fun week of work so look out for Mrs Seal's email tomorrow.

 

Have a fantastic week!

Week 3 Newsletter

Another sunny week of learning at home has passed, but this week was only four days of work and one day of celebrating the end of World War 2. What a  wonderful reminder to us that 75 years ago, people were also living in very trying times and had to make lots of sacrifices to keep each other safe. When the war ended, slowly their lives were able to go back to some kind of normal, just like ours will too in time.

 

How did you celebrate VE Day? Send us some pictures.

 

There seem to be a lot of grateful hearts these days which is wonderful to experience. My neighbours and I all show gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the NHS and all the key workers every Thursday night by clapping, and in general, people seem to be more grateful for each other, for their friends and school mates, and will certainly appreciate being back back in contact with each other soon. I for one can't wait to have all you cheeky monkeys back in the classroom when it is safe to do so!

HOME ACTION

Week 2 Newsletter

It's Friday, time to celebrate our week's learning again, they certainly seem to be coming around quickly at the moment. 

 

Well I set you a challenge to write a better paragraph than my example, and you certainly have met it! Well done to those who have sent in pictures of their work, I have been very impressed by the quality of your writing.

 

It has been so heartening to see so many of you remaining motivated and carrying on with tasks and entertaining yourselves. Some days I feel like doing loads, and other days I have to really make myself do what needs to be done in my house. I think that is normal though, and we all have good and bad days. 

 

Next week we will only be setting work for four days as Friday is a Bank Holiday!

 

Have a lovely weekend and a rest from school work.

        Welcome to Term 5

 

Week 1 Newsletter

What a wonderfully sunny week we have  just had! I have loved seeing the colours coming out in nature out on my walks and in my garden. There is so much to appreciate now that the world has slowed down......I am noticing the birds singing now, and I appreciate a quiet moment and hearing the wind in the trees.

 

Obviously we are missing seeing you children and having a chat and learning together but it so important to focus on what we are grateful for. I am grateful for my family, keeping in touch with you all (and the other teachers) and living in a country where we are being looked after.

 

I wonder what next week will bring? Well what is a certainty is lots of fun work for you to do from the Year Five team.

 

Keep sending in your photos and have a great week!

Easter Ideas

Book Reviews by Mrs Seal and Mrs Willison

Mrs Birkby's Self-Portrait Art Activity

Extraordinary Home Learning

End of Week 2

 

We've made it to the Easter Holidays! How blooming marvellous! (Did you get my pun there, being how it's Spring and everything is BLOOMING? wink)

 

How many of you have completed all of your Extraordinary Home Learning tasks? Please email them through to us  so that we can have a peek and keep on top of where everyone is. 

 

Thank you so much to loads more children who have emailed in, it has been wonderful to keep in touch! We all check the email numerous times a day because we are missing seeing everyone.

 

Mrs Birkby has prepared a self portrait art project that some of you may want to try out. Please find the resources and instructions above this message. Take a picture of your final product and send it in and we can have a portrait gallery on this page. Ok, you have twisted my arm, I will do one too!

 

Next term our topic is the 'Mysterious Maya' and some of your home learning tasks will centre around this topic.

 

Look out for emails from Mrs Seal.

 

Keep smiling and have a great Easter break. 😀

Mrs Birkby's Art Activity

Extraordinary Home Learning

End of Week 1

 

Well, we are at the end of our first very strange week of distance learning! We miss seeing you all! We even miss the 'lost' Home Learning books and the 'forgotten' PE kits and the having to add people on to the school lunch list! cheeky 

 

How many of you have completed at least half of your Extraordinary Home Learning tasks? I hope that you have enjoyed completing the tasks at your own pace. Please email pictures of your work through to us at the end of every week so that we can see what you have managed to do and keep on top of where everyone is. 

 

Thank you so much to those children who have emailed in, it has been wonderful to keep in touch! There has been a lot of baking and gardening and art and craft going on! Well done!

 

Mrs Birkby has prepared an Easter craft project that some of you may want to try out. Please find the resources and instructions above this message. 

 

The teachers are busy working on your next pack of work which will be ready next Sunday evening. In the meantime, look out for update emails from Mrs Seal to find out what the teachers have been up to. 

 

Keep smiling and working hard. 😀

Term 4

Newsletter Week 3

DT - Bread Making Day

Thank goodness for aprons and school chefs who baked the bread is all I can say! The children all had a hands on experience of making their own bread. They mixed the yeast and water, weighed the dry ingredients, made and kneaded the dough, and later, shaped it and added weird and wonderful ingredients to their creations. 

 

English

This week we have been authors and have written our own suspense stories from start to finish. They are fantastic and the endings have been tweaked individually.

 

Maths

This week in fractions, we looked at the multiplication of fractions and integers, culminating in solving these calculations through word problems. 

 

Next week we move on to decimals. If you would like to help your child in preparation, you could look at the decimal equivalents of a half, one quarter, three quarters and a tenth.

World Book Day!

Term 4

Newsletter Week 2

 

English

Our journey through 'A Matter of Loaf and Death' continues, as does our exploration of creating suspense in stories. Next week we will write our own suspense stories from start to finish. Surprisingly to the children, we will spend as much time editing our pieces as writing them. The editing process is the  most important part! 

 

If you would like to assist your children at home, please could you go over some classic English idioms that could be used in their creative writing pieces.

 

Maths

This week in fractions, we looked at addition and subtraction of mixed numbers where the children had to change the fractions to improper fractions first, before they found common denominators, and then could perform the calculation. 

 

Some children are still struggling with converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. You could help at home by finding games to play on BBC Bitesize or Skillswise in an effort to consolidate the skills.

 

Term 4

Newsletter Week 1

 

This week we enjoyed the stunning start for our new topic entitled, 'Use your Loaf!'

 

Yes, you guessed it, we are learning about bread and the making of bread in DT, using the Wallace and Gromit film ' A Matter of Loaf or Death' as a stimulus to write suspense stories and in Science we will cover yeast.

 

RE and Music are linked this term too which will culminate in another church service led by Year Five closer to Easter. WATCH THIS SPACE!

 

English

We started the week as investigators solving a mystery. Ask your children who the murderer was and how they worked it out! We have started learning how to create suspense in stories and will use these skills in greater depth next week.

 

Maths

This week in fractions, we looked at addition and subtraction of fractions. Some of the calculations had the same denominators whilst others had different ones and the children had to find common denominators in order to completer the number sentences.

 

Some children are still struggling with converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. You could help at home by finding games to play on BBC Bitesize or Skillswise in an effort to consolidate the skills.

 

 

Viking Day

Everyday life in a Viking Longhouse

Term 3

Newsletter Week 6

 

English

In English this week we have written our own versions of the viking saga, Beowulf. We shared some of these, and also some of our poetry written in previous weeks, at our Viking Day on Thursday afternoon.

 

Maths

This week in fractions, we learnt how to create equivalent fractions for fractions with different denominators. During the first week back, we will be looking at addition and subtraction of fractions.

 

History/ Music/DT - VIKING DAY!

Oh my goodness we had so much fun. We transformed our classrooms into Viking Long Halls with fire pits and shared stories, poem, chants, 'mead' and bread with honey. Mrs Seal thought the bread would be disgusting (because she made it) but it was actually delicious! We showed Viking appreciation with whooping and roaring and banging of tables!

Science

This term has been all about experiments, how to write them up, record results and draw scientific conclusions. We had great fun with various experiments, especially this week when we investigated which liquids would produce a chemical reaction with bicarbonate of soda. Lemon juice created the quickest and liveliest reaction!

Experiments and chemical reactions!

Practical Fractions

Term 3

Newsletter Week 4

 

English

In English this week we have focused on the story of Beowulf, a Viking saga,  and writing a precis of the events in the story. We also enjoyed the opportunity of writing our own versions of Beowulf meeting a monster. Next week our work will be littered with fronted adverbials as we revised those today!

 

If you would like to do more with your child, please could you revise the use of fronted adverbials as some children were a little rusty. BBC Bitesize/ Skillswise will be able to help with this.

 

Maths

This week we embarked on a new topic on fractions, particularly equivalent and improper fractions. The children really enjoyed Thursday's lesson which was entirely practical and investigative.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, please could you revise the terminology: fraction, mixed number, improper fraction, whole number, numerator and denominator.

 

Viking Longboat Art

Rowing a Viking Longboat! (30m long)

Term 3

Newsletter Week 2

 

English/Music

In English this week we have focused on poetry. The classes have recited 'Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson and used the poem to investigate rhyme, rhythm, alliteration and repetition. We have used this knowledge to create Viking war chants in Music with Mr Novkovic. Our punctuation focus has been on apostrophes for contraction and speech marks.

 

If you would like to do more with your child, please could you revise apostrophes for contraction and the use of speech marks as some children were a little rusty. BBC Bitesize/ Skillswise will be able to help with this.

 

Maths

This week saw the end of our multiplication unit and we moved on to division, and in particular the formal written method for short division.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, the usual plea of revising times tables still applies! Times table knowledge is imperative for multiplication and division.

 

History/Art

We are well and truly into our topic, Fight for England, now. The children have refreshed their memories on the Anglo Saxons and have started their learning about the Vikings and the first invasion in 793. 

 

Viking longships were the subject of our art and the children have produced BEAUTIFUL paintings.

Maths Day!

Term 2

Newsletter Week 6 and 7

9 - 19th December 2019

 

Oops, I forgot to write week fives class page! So sorry! Here is a summary of both fun packed weeks.

 

English

In English we produced our 'Hot Task,' based on all that we had learnt in the previous weeks: a fiction piece incorporating factual information on space for assessment. 

 

We kick start term 3 with grammar and punctuation revision. If you would like to do more with your child, please could you revise the basics needed in amazing sentence structure. BBC Bitesize/ Skillswise will be able to help with this.

 

Maths

This week we have covered the area of squares, rectangles and compound shapes. Some children moved on to estimating the area of irregular shapes.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home you could revise the column methods of addition and subtraction which we covered earlier in the term. The usual plea of revising times tables still applies!

 

Maths Day

Oh my goodness, Maths Day in week 6 was such fun! Most children arrived adorned with accessories: I noticed faces painted as clocks, twinkly models of calculators, cardboard pocket calculators, tape measures as hair bands, rulers in hair bands and head bands with sums on! What a fantastic effort year five, thank you!

 

The entire day was spent solving Christmas Maths problems and completing a Christmas tree mission.

 

DT Day

Week 5's exciting event was DT Day where the children invented, designed, created and evaluated a cam operated toy. Imagine a classroom full of saws, glue guns, pokey dowel rods and more cams than you could find a use for. It was exhilerating and exciting and hey presto, all the final products worked!

5S Making 'The Great Space Toy' Cam models

More DT Cam Toys from 5PN

The Astrodome Visit

Term 2

Newsletter Week 5

2 - 6 December 2019

 

Our Church Service

We are so proud of the children and their efforts in the church service on Wednesday morning. Every child sang their heart out and performed to the best of their ability. The children showed such confidence and composure. Well done year five!

 

English

This week, when we weren't rehearsing for our Church service, we cracked on with our science fiction topic and writing about our planet. We focused on developing paragraphs, and creating an atmosphere by carefully choosing vocabulary and constructing noun phrases.

 

It is our Hot Task next week. Please could you revise the basics needed in amazing creative writing so that your child can show off to the bets of their ability. BBC Bitesize will be able to help with this.

 

Maths

This week we have covered perimeter of squares, rectangles and compound shapes. We moved on to working out the length of missing sides using known data. 

 

We are moving onto area next week, if you would like to do more with your child at home you could revise what area is, and how to calculate it.

 

Science

Oh my goodness, Thursday was such fun! We spent the entire day engrossed in Science and scientific activities. The Astrodome was such an amazing experience and many an 'oo' and 'ahh' could be hear as the scenes changed on the walls of the dome. Peter, the scientist/operator of the dome, shared his vast knowledge of the solar system, stars and planets. Did you know that a shooting star is not a star? It is actually a dust particle that reacts with the Earth's atmosphere and bursts into flames.

 

Don't forget:

1) The year 5 book look from 9:00 to 9:15 in the classrooms on Wednesday morning

2) The school Book Fair all of next week, from 15:15 to 15:45, for all your last minute Christmas purchases!

3) DT day on Thursday. How exciting!

Term 2

Newsletter Week 4

25 - 29 November 2019

 

English

This week we moved on to the genre of science fiction writing. We have used our imaginations (with a little bit of help from a clip from the film Avatar) to create our own planet, its humanoids and animals which we will use as the subjects of a rich creative piece in the next few weeks.

 

It is our church service next week, we are very excited! Please could you rehearse your child's lines with them, and also the words of the song. We look forward to seeing you at All Saints on Wednesday morning.

 

Maths

This week has seen a huge focus on the consolidation of times tables skills. It cannot be stressed enough how important the quick recall of multiplication and divisions facts are. 

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, please, please, please ensure that they know their tables up to the twelve times table. There are various fun games and songs online that can help.

 

Science

This week we learnt about the phases of the moon and both solar and lunar eclipses. This week we will be studying the planets in preparation for the Astrodome visit.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could help them write a report on their experiences in the Astrodome that will be visiting on Thursday.

Term 2

Newsletter Week 3

18 - 22 November 2019

 

STOP PRESS

What amazing art was produced by year 5 for the Art Exhibition! We were so proud of the talent in the year group which was made evident by the beautiful pieces on display.

 

English/ Geography

This week we have planned, drafted and edited persuasive leaflets. They are fabulous! Some children have completed their final drafts and others are almost there. Next week we will share some photos of all the work that they have done in their country groups.

 

We will soon be moving on to the genre of science fiction writing. Perhaps your child could research what this genre entails and find the titles of some well known books or films. They could share these with their class on Wednesday when the unit begins.

 

Maths

Year 5 learners have continued to tackle tricky concepts. This week squared and cubed numbers were investigated. We had great fun building cube models of varying sizes using multi-link cubes. Some children even managed to solve equations with these squared and cubed numbers in them. 

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could revise prime and composite numbers, and squared and cubed numbers.

 

Science

Learning about the Sun, Moon and the Earth have continued this week, but in particular, we have focused on understanding the seasons and how and why some parts of the world have more distinct seasons than others. Work on solar and lunar eclipses has also begun.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could build a model or make a poster showing the orbiting planets, their size in relation to Earth, and the distance between them. Please bring these in to display in our classrooms!

Term 2

Newsletter Week 2

11 - 15 November 2019

 

English/ Geography

We are now in the thick of our persuasive writing unit and modal verbs, repetition, alliteration, simile and other persuasive devices are being spoken about at every opportunity by children and adults alike. This week we focused on speeches to persuade others to visit our particular country. Some children were really confident, made eye contact and spoke convincingly. Watch out debating club....we have some new recruits!

 

It would be really useful, if your child hasn't already done so, to get them to research their country as per the holiday homework task.

 

Maths

Over the course of the week rules of divisibility, multiples, factors, prime factors and exponential notation were unpicked. Year 5 learners have really tackled some tricky concepts, but they have worked so diligently and have definitely learnt many new things this week.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could consolidate the concepts mentioned above by finding games and activities on BBC Skillswise or Bitesize.

 

Science

Learning about the Sun, Moon and the Earth have continued this week, but in particular, we have focused on understanding the movements of these three bodies and their orbits. By looking at the Earth's orbit around the sun, we identified when particular seasons were likely to happen by their proximity to the sun.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could build a model showing the relationship between the Sun, Earth and Moon. Please bring these in to display in our classrooms!

Term 2

Newsletter Week 1

04 - 08 November 2019

 

English/ Geography

This week the children began delving into persuasive language where they learnt how to persuade people to visit their group's South American country. This week we focused on posters and next week we move on to speeches.

 

It would be really useful, if your child hasn't already done so, to get them to research their country as  per the holiday homework task.

 

Maths

We have had so much fun this week collecting and interpreting data to draw line graphs. The week culminated in a heart rate exercise where we measured our heart rates at different intervals. We started with our resting heart rates and then got hot and sweaty exercising to see what happened to our heart rates. Ask your children to explain our findings.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could look at further data or statistics to do with their hobbies etc just so that children realise that we need to interpret data in many real life situations.

 

Science

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1........BLAST OFF! We have embarked on a Solar System topic and have been thrown into the Milky Way learning about the Sun, Moon and the Earth. 

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could research the causes of night and day and see if they can explain the concepts in their own words.

Taking a pulse rate and line graph

Newsletter Week 8

21 - 24 October 2019

 

Art Week

What fun we have had each afternoon creating masterpieces for the art exhibition next term. We wont give you a sneak peak or it will spoil the surprise on exhibition day, all I can say is think jungle and think colour! There are some beautiful pieces and some very talented artists in Year Five.

 

Science and English

This week the children enjoyed a cross curricular Geography/ Science/ English unit where they learnt about the water cycle. It is so important not to compartmentalise writing into only English work, and realise that extended writing, and thus English skills, are necessary in other subjects too!

 

Could you help your child to research the water cycle at home so that they can consolidate the ideas learnt? It would be really useful if the children could write a summary of the process in full sentences.

 

Maths

Statistics has continued as our focus and we have learnt to organise data in tally charts and frequency tables. We analysed data in tables and then also  looked at train timetables from Tunbridge Wells to London and used the data to answer questions.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, you could look at further data or statistics in the form of train time tables to places further afield in the country, local bus timetables, or even cinema film showings etc just so that children realise that we need to interpret data in many real life situations.

 

 

Newsletter Week 7

14 - 18 October 2019

 

STOP PRESS

We have been awarded certificates for attending a life saving course called 'Re-start a Heart.' The children listened intently and were really inspired by the amazing paramedics who taught them the recovery position, how to do CPR and how to use a defibrilator. Well done Year 5!

 

English

We are poets, and we know it! Every child has written a variety of poems from free verse to Haiku, Cinquans and Kennings. It has been a week of creativity and exploration which we have thoroughly enjoyed. In worship today five year fives stood up to perform one of their poems which was wonderful.

 

Could you help your child to research other forms of poetry and maybe have a go at a joint effort?

 

Maths

Statistics has been our focus this week where we have learnt to analyse data, and in particularly relevant contexts too. We have looked at bus and train timetables, as well as temperate and rain fall data for two places in Brazil. THe latter we translated into bar graphs and line graphs.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, try to create other graphs from data that the children can collect themselves, for instance a pie chart on how their 24 hour day is divided.

 

Science

This week Science has been about the roles of naturalists and animal behaviorists.The children were introduced to important names such as Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall, Steve Irwin and David Attenborough to name a few.These people, through books articles and television programmes introduce people who are not scientists to many interesting & wonderful aspects of animal & plant life. People can see things happening or visit places virtually which they are unlikely to see or visit themselves. 

 

If your child is keen to do Science at home why don't they research aspects of one of the people mentioned above's lives that made them so famous?

 

Week 6 7th October - 11th October

 

Well, what a wonderful afternoon it was to have a stroll down to Crowborough Ghyll. Thank you so much to all those parents who came along to support us in this venture. Seeing a real stream in action and the steep-sided wooded Ghyll enabled the children to apply their learning to a real- life context. We apologise for our late return, but the children were very tired and struggled to climb back up the hill!

Year 5 at the Ghyll

Learning Journey

This week the children located the seas and major rivers of South America. Although in everyday life we are all more reliant on technology for finding our way around, map reading skills are still a part of our curriculum and can also prove to be very useful when technology fails. Please give opportunities for the children to ‘read’ an atlas or have a clear idea of where they are going on a map, when making any visits (near or far).

Next week we will be looking at human geography in South America and understanding the difference between physical and human geography in the world.

 

Maths

This week in maths, the children have been working on RUCSAC (Read, Understand/underline, Choose, Solve, Answer, Check) when solving word problems involving addition and subtraction. We also entered the world of solving mathematical puzzles, using trial, improvement and logic. We have included a very simple example for all to achieve as home learning. Many of these can be found on-line if you are prepared to be engaged and frustrated with your child!

We will be moving on to understanding line graphs next week.

 

Literacy

This week, we have been writing narrative poems about the journey that a river makes from source to mouth. There were many creative ideas; some children pretended that they were the river making the journey. They applied many of the features that we have been learning about, including: rhythm, personification, alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, metaphors and repetition. The children should be very proud of their poems and the children will be performing their own creations next week.

Week 5     30th September - 4th October

Newsletter Week 4

23 - 27 September 2019

 

English

We have finished our own versions of Toki's Ride of Passage. It was amazing to see how many varying endings the children came up with. We have some budding authors in Year 5!

 

Encourage your child to write their own short stories at home. It is so important to 'exercise' their creative muscles. They could rewrite a known tale in a different way, or create their very own plot from scratch.

 

Maths

This week’s focus has been twofold; roman numerals and understanding negative numbers. It was a very interesting exercise asking the children to come up with real life examples of when negative numbers are used. The most exciting one, in my opinion, was golf handicaps. I learnt something new that you can have a handicap in the minuses which actually means that you are very good indeed!

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, please can you get your child to learn their times tables up to 12. Times tables and number bonds are the building blocks of nearly all that we do so the children must know them by heart.

 

Science

This week Science has been about mammals and their life cycle. Next week we move onto the life cycle of birds.

 

If your child is keen to do Science at home why don't they research the life cycle of a rain forest animal?

 

Art

As well as authors, we have budding artists in year five. Wow, some of our collages are beginning to look amazing! Pictures to follow next week.

Newsletter Week 3

16 - 23 September 2019

 

English

This week we focused on the 'nitty gritty' of language and writing. Ask your children about adverbs and fronted adverbials, when to start a new paragraph using the acronym TOPTIPS, and how to use varied opening sentences in our paragraphs remembering ISPACE! Goodness me, we have learnt so much this week; our brains are full! Next week we write an independent piece of writing where we show off all that we have learnt this term so far.

 

Please could you encourage your child to write down fabulous words or phrases they particularly enjoyed in their reading books. They could then incorporate these 'magpied' ideas in their own writing next week.

 

Maths

This week’s focus has been on counting forwards and backwards in 10, 100, or 1,000 and rounding numbers up and down to the nearest ten, hundred and thousand. Some children managed to round to the nearest ten thousand and hundred thousand which is excellent!

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home in order to prepare them for next week, then a refresher on Roman Numerals would be fantastic.

 

Science

Both classes learnt about the structure of non flowering plants and their life cycle this week.  Don't be surprised if your children are a little obsessed with looking for spores on the back of ferns!

 

If your child is keen to do Science at home, it would be beneficial for them to research mammals as this is our next focus.

 

Art

This week we looked at the work of jungle artists such as Rousseau and Oenone Hammersley, and verbalised our opinions on a variety of paintings. We expressed our likes and dislikes using terminology such as colour, shades, shape, content and opinion.

 

Maybe you could make a family collage on a jungle animal? We will be completing our collages next Thursday afternoon.

Newsletter Week 2

9 - 13 September 2019

 

Thank you so much to those parents who made it to the ‘Meet the Teachers’ morning on Thursday. It was lovely to see you all and to be able to relay to you the exciting curriculum that the children will be accessing this year. For those of you who were unable to make it, all the information can be found on the Year Five page on this website. If you have any queries, please feel free to write a note in the Contact Book (these are checked daily) or make an appointment to see Mrs Seal, Mr Nokovic or myself.

 

English

This week we have journeyed further into the Amazon rainforest and have met a character called Toki, who is being sent on a mission by the chief and elders of his village. Our writing has been based on Toki’s feelings and his dialogue with the chief.

 

Please could you encourage your child to find examples of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in the sentences that they read. Being able to break down sentences into their components is a skill necessary for the SATS tests they will take next year.

 

Maths

This week’s focus has been on understanding the value of a digit in a number. Once this had been consolidated, then ordering numbers, comparing numbers, and being able to count forwards and backwards in 10, 100, or 1,000 from any number was next on the cards.

 

If you would like to do more with your child at home, please can you explore the make up of numbers, and what the value of their digits is. For example, in the number 47 086, the 8 is worth 80 or 8 tens.

 

Science

Both classes learnt about the structure of flowering plants and their life cycle.  I am pretty sure that most of the children will be able to show you the following parts of a flowering plant: petal, sepal, stamen, stigma, ovule, stem and pollen.

 

If your child is keen to do Science at home, it would be beneficial to allow the children to research these important processes: germination, flowering, pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal.

Friday 6th September

Learning Journey

Our new Learning Journey topic – ‘Let’s Fly, South America’ - launched with a stunning start. The children enjoyed discussing the flight to South America, where they got to sample some South American in-flight snacks and musical entertainment. The children learnt about the different countries within South America and some of the World’s oceans that they would fly over to get there. Once we ‘landed’ we delved deeper into the rainforest and learnt about different species there. The children were very excited to learn about carnivorous plants and created their own venus flytrap.

Please encourage your children to carry out research at home about South America. They could do this using the internet or by visiting the library.

English

Linked to our Learning Journey, this week the children have been looking at a text called ‘Vanishing Rainforests’ by Richard Platt. We discussed what impact deforestation has on tribes and species that live within this habitat. Next week we will be looking at climates in South American countries.

Please keep encouraging your child to write down powerful descriptive vocabulary that they find whilst they are reading. We will display these words in the classroom so that the children can use them to enrich their writing.

Maths

This week we have been looking at reading, writing and saying five and six digit numbers and understanding their place value. We have been comparing these large numbers and ordering them to further develop our understanding.

Whenever possible, in a real life context, like a shop or on signposts or on a till receipt, please encourage your child to read out numbers to you and ask them to explain the value of the digits.

 

Dates for the diary:

Wednesday 11th September – Church Service

 

 

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