Newsletter Week 2
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Newsletter Week 4
25 - 29 November 2019
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.
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.
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.
Newsletter Week 3
18 - 22 November 2019
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.
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.
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.
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!
Newsletter Week 2
11 - 15 November 2019
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.
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.
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!
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