Newsletter Week 1
04 - 08 November 2019
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.
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.
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.
Newsletter Week 8
21 - 24 October 2019
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.
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
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!
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?
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.
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
Newsletter Week 4
23 - 27 September 2019
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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