14/02/2020 at 16:17
This half-term seems to have absolutely flown by and I cannot believe we are about half way though the year already! As usual, we have had 6 busy weeks and have packed lots of brilliant learning in.
This week, we have continued with fractions in maths, looking at comparing fractions and adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators. As usual, I have been really impressed with the understanding the children have and the reasoning behind their answers too.
In literacy, we have continued focussing on the Jabberwocky. Our main focus this week has been on the Jubjub bird, which is only briefly mentioned in the poem. We spent Wednesday’s lesson designing our own version of the Jubjub bird and then wrote some brilliant descriptions of it. Have a look at the imaginative drawings below:
In science this week, we continued learning about endangered species. We researched an animal from each conservation status and thought about the reasons why lots of animal populations were in decline. The children were incredibly interested in this topic, asking lots of questions and showing real concern over what is happening to some of these species. To do our bit to help these endangered animals, we have decided to adopt an endangered animal as a class through the WWF. We voted on which animal we’d like to adopt and the majority chose a Jaguar. Have a look at the link to learn more about this endangered animal https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-a-jaguar .
I hope you all have a lovely week and fingers crossed the weather improves!
07/02/2020 at 16:20
Yet again, we have crammed so much into this week! From fractions to free-verse poems, we’ve done it all!
We started our fractions topic in maths this week, which I think the children will really enjoy. In my opinion, fractions have a bad reputation, but I think they can be really interesting, useful and enjoyable! So far, I am impressed with the children’s prior knowledge and with the reasoning skills they have shown this week. We have looked at equivalent fractions this week, as well as converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.
We drew our Beowulf work to an end in literacy this week and began looking at poetry. Our poetry focus will be on The Jabberwocky by C.S. Lewis, but the topic was introduced by looking at variety of styles of poetry. On Wednesday, the children were asked to write a list of excuses as to why they couldn’t possibly complete their work. Little did they know, simply writing that list meant they had written a free-verse poem! Have a look at the examples below. Surprisingly, the children didn’t actually find it that difficult to come up with long lists of excuses!
In our Anglo-Saxon topic this week, we looked at law and justice in Anglo-Saxon Britain, comparing it with modern law today. We looked at some gruesome forms of punishment before learning about Wergild, which was money paid to an injured/killed person as a form of compensation. The children were given an unfortunate scenario, involving missing limbs, broken teeth, dislocated shoulders, or even all of the above! Their challenge was to work out how much Wergild they would be entitled to, depending on the severity of their injuries.
Homework this week will consolidate understanding of equivalent fractions. As always, continue to use Spelling Shed, Times Tables Rock Stars and continue reading. I would love to create a recommended book list in class with books chosen by the children – if they have read any books recently that you have really enjoyed, please encourage them to let me know!
I hope you have a lovely weekend and come back on Monday ready for our last week before half term! (Already!)
07/02/2020 at 16:03
This week seems to have been a really busy one for 5L. In maths, we have started a new module all about fractions. To make sure that the children really understood what a fraction was, our first lesson involved using the cuisenaire rods to physically create fractions of a whole. We also looked at how many different ways we could represent the same fraction. In the following lessons, we started to look at the term ‘equivalence’ and how we can find fractions that represent the same value.
In literacy, we have started a poetry module, looking at a few different genres such as haikus and limerics. More recently, we have been looking at Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’, which can be tricky to get your head around due to it being entirely nonsensical while also still logical! So far we have tried defining some of the completely made up words, discussed the meaning of ‘portmanteau’ and even had a go at classifying those nonsense words as nouns, verbs or adjectives. I have been so impressed with how well the children have worked this week!
Our topic lesson this week was all about crime and punishment in the Anglo-Saxon period and how it compares to the modern day. We started by thinking of all the different punishments that can be used in the UK today, before looking at the arguably more severe punishments doled out to criminals by the Anglo-Saxons.
Once we had explored these punishments, we had a go at creating a courtroom situation where a team of Anglo-Saxons and a team of Modern Brits would debate four different ‘crimes’ and the punishments that should be given. Have a look and see what you think – which group would you say had the better punishments?
Remember that your 500 word stories are due in on the 12th February. Both maths and learning log homework has gone out this week so if you have any questions about either, please don’t hesitate to ask!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
31/01/2020 at 16:00
This week in literacy, we have been drawing our work on Beowulf to a close (though we may continue to look at the story in our guided reading sessions) with a piece of extended writing. The idea was to retell the story of the fight between Beowulf and Grendel, adding their own gruesome twists and turns. Miss Wetherill and I are really looking forward to reading through them!
In maths, both classes have been getting to grips with the bus stop method of division, building on the knowledge and skills learned in Year 4 and how this can be applied to real life contexts. Next week, we will be moving on to fractions so keep an eye out for any examples of everyday fractions!
We have also started to work on our stop-motion animation projects, with each group using their knowledge of the process to create their own unique animation. So far we have had some really promising results and we can’t wait to share the finished products with you!
We hope you enjoy your long weekend. As always, keep practising your spellings and times tables!
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill
24/01/2020 at 16:26
Another busy week in 5W!
We have done a lot of writing linking with our Anglo-Saxon story, Beowulf, this week. The children have put themselves into the characters’ shoes and written some brilliant things. First, the children became the evil monster, Grendel. They wrote a diary entry from the perspective of this cruel creature, describing the attack on Heorot in great, gruesome detail. In contrast, they then wrote from Beowulf’s perspective, writing a setting description of Heorot using some brilliant expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials to give the reader lots of detail.
Have a look at some snippets of writing from this week:
In maths, we have been working really hard on formal multiplication methods. At the start of the week, many children found this very challenging (and rightly so!) but I am so impressed with their perseverance and determination to understand it! I have seen a huge improvement in their understanding throughout the week and with continued practise throughout the year, they will only get better and better!
We have continued looking at Anglo-Saxon Britain in history, this week comparing timelines of the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. The children needed their super chronology skills to create a scaled timeline of events from 450AD (when Anglo-Saxon Britain began) to 1066, when the Viking reign ended. We were surprised to see how much overlap there was between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and how much battle for territory there was too.
Maths homework this week is to practise formal multiplication methods. As usual, if there are any issues please don’t hesitate to contact me. There is no learning log homework this week as the children still have a few weeks to complete their 500 word stories, which I am very much looking forward to reading!
Have a restful weekend,
17/01/2020 at 14:18
What a great week! It has been packed full of brand-new topics and interesting learning.
We have started our multiplication and division topic in maths this week. We began by multiplying 4-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers before moving on to multiplying 2-digits by 2-digits, first looking at the grid method, then long multiplication. I am really impressed with the perseverance and concentration the children have shown while learning this challenging method!
Currently, we are studying the Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf. Although it’s a challenging story, the children are enjoying it and have shown a really good understanding of the plot and characters. So far, we have thought carefully about writing from a character’s perspective and written persuasive letters as King Hrothgar, pleading for help from King Hygelac. Hopefully, the children will be able to explain who these characters are and the reason behind the letter!
This term, we are focussing on Stop Motion animation in computing. It is something the children have been really engaged with and very talented at too! By the end of the half-term, the children will have planned and created their very own stop motion film. I am really looking forward to seeing what the children create, as already I have seen some fantastic animation clips! If this is something your child is really interested in, you can download the Stop Motion Studio app, which we have been using in class. It is possible to send completed videos via email if your child would like to show me anything they have created at home.
We started our Anglo-Saxon topic this week with a dramatic invasion by Year 6! Their invasion helped us understand what it felt like to have our territory invaded and empathise with how Britons might have felt when the Anglo-Saxons invaded and took control over Britain. We also placed Anglo-Saxon Britain on a timeline and compared it with the previous period of British history, Roman Britain.