11/06/2021 at 16:17
The end of the year is drawing near, but we haven’t let that distract us from working hard in all of our lessons!
In maths this week, we have been finishing our recap of how to use the column method of multiplication to calculate questions that multiply three and four digit numbers by two digit ones. We found that the method itself did not change much from the calculations we were doing last week, though the hardest part was remembering to put in a zero as a place holder when we started multiplying by the digit in the tens column. Once we had a good grasp on this method, we moved on to recapping how to use the bus stop method for division. Initially some of us found it a little tricky to get our heads around, but by the end of the week, we found it much easier.
In literacy this week, we started our brand new module focused on ‘The Hobbit’. To set the scene for this work, we started off by researching the life of the author J. R. R. Tolkien so that we could write a biography of his life. The children dug up some really interesting facts and used them to create some great pieces of writing! We then started to look at the story itself – particularly the introduction to the titular character and his home. After reading through the text to pull out the key information about what hobbits were and how they lived, we used what we had found to design our own characters and a home for them to live in. We were very impressed with the detail and creativity they put into their designs, while also staying true to Tolkien’s descriptions in the text!
- Maths homework is due in on Wednesday 16th June.
- Learning log homework is due on Wednesday 30th June. This is a slight extension to the usual two weeks because of residential.
We would also like to remind everyone to keep practising making their own sandwiches, putting sheets on their beds and perhaps most importantly, tying their shoelaces. Residential is not far off now and these skills are so important for when we go.
We hope you have a lovely weekend,
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill
28/05/2021 at 16:38
We have had a fantastic end to the half-term in Year 5! The children have certainly earnt a well-deserved rest after all of the hard work they have put in over the past weeks.
We finished our decimals topic in maths this week, ending with multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We then moved on to revising multiplication. We began by multiplying 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, focusing on how we can partition the larger numbers to help us. This then helped us understand how to multiply these numbers using a column method. After half term, we will continue developing a deeper understanding of multiplying larger numbers before looking at division.
The children have enjoyed working collaboratively in literacy this week by writing scripts for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In groups, children were tasked with retelling the story as a play, writing lines for each character and including helpful stage directions. Although some groups found the task tricky at first, they soon got the hang of it and have written some fantastic scripts! The children will be performing their plays at the start of next half term.
The children were investigating a mystery material in science this week, which they really enjoyed! Before finding out what the material was, the children thought carefully about its properties. They noticed that it was white and a particulate solid (but not an edible one!). They then began adding small amounts of water and observing the changes that occurred. They noticed that as water was added, the material began to absorb the water and expand. However, eventually the material became saturated and could no longer absorb any more. Finally, we revealed the true identity of the mystery material! I wonder if you could guess what it is from the clues…? Hopefully your child will be able to tell you (bonus points for the scientific name)!
The highlight for many children this week will have been mountain biking! All children got half a day’s cycling with Chris Young to help them prepare for residential. We cycled along Priesthorpe Lane towards Calverley, navigating some tricky routes! The children showed great resilience and positivity and all of them showed improvement in their own ability. Fortunately, the routes at Gisburn should be slightly easier as they will be less rocky, so if they managed this week, they will manage on residential!
Maths – arithmetic or problem solving questions.
Learning Log – Learn your own lines from your script (use Google Drive to find it)
Remember to keep using TT Rockstars, Mathletics and Spelling Shed over the holidays, as well as reading as much as possible!
We hope you all have a lovely half-term break, ready for the final term of the school year!
Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett
21/05/2021 at 16:35
In literacy this week, we have been continuing our work on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We started off by creating freeze frames to represent the key scenes of the plot. I wonder if you can figure out which scenes are being represented?
After that, we started looking at the characters in more detail. The first thing we did was think about the role that each character played, as well as what their actions told us about who they were as characters. We then used this information to create a ‘WANTED’ poster for some of our favourites. In the next session, we developed this even further by writing full character descriptions. We were very impressed with the quality of work in both sessions!
In maths this week, we have been developing our understanding of decimals. We started off by looking at sequences of decimals, which involved working out the term by term rule so that we could identify which numbers would appear next.
From there, we recapped multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, this time with decimal numbers. The children were generally very good at remembering the rules for this process and showed a really good understanding of the process.
In science this week, we took a look at the properties of some very special liquids known as non-Newtonian fluids. We discovered that these liquids actually take on some of the properties of a solid when pressure is applied, which is why it is actually possible to walk on custard. We then created a non-Newtonian fluid of our own (known as Oobleck) so that we could explore this idea for ourselves. The results were fascinating! Though it was very clearly a liquid, you could actually pick the Oobleck up and shape it, provided you applied enough pressure. Even stirring the liquid became difficult as it resisted the force of the spoon!
Both classes had their first cycling sessions this week. It was lovely to see so many fantastic, determined cyclists and we were very impressed with everyone’s skills. Next week, we will be having another session where we will show the children how to cycle ‘off-road’ in preparation for residential.
We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill
14/05/2021 at 16:34
We have had another fantastic in Year 5, learning about everything from the hardness of solids to Shakespeare! As always, we have been really impressed with the effort that has been put in and the work the children have produced!
We have continued with addition and subtraction of decimal numbers in maths this week. We started off by answering problem solving questions, involving adding and subtracting decimal numbers with the same number of decimal places. The trickiest part of this was figuring out what the question was asking, before deciding what methods would be needed to find the answer. The children displayed fantastic perseverance and showed a great understanding of adding and subtracting decimals. Later in the week, we moved on to adding and subtracting decimals with a different number of decimal places. This proved slightly more challenging, as children had to ensure they lined up each digit correctly, rather than just moving the decimal place!
Our first literacy lesson this week saw the end of our Revolting Rhymes topic. The children spent some time rehearsing their poems before performing them in front of half their class. It can be incredibly daunting speaking in front of a group of people, but we were so proud of the confidence the children showed and we enjoyed listening to some brilliant poetry!
We then moved on to learning about Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. The play has a difficult plot, as there are lots of characters and lots of twists and turns throughout, but the children showed a brilliant understanding of it! I wonder if you could ask your child to try and retell the story to you at home over the weekend and see how much they remember!
We moved on to looking closely at different types of solids in science this week. Just like liquids have varying viscosities, different solids have a different hardness. Children were given a selection of different solids, such as sand, jelly and tin foil, and had to investigate their hardness using their chosen method. They then ordered their solids from hardest to softest. Children noticed that although all of the materials had the properties of a solid, some could be classed as ‘hard solids’ (which have stronger molecular bonds between particles) and some could be classed as ‘soft solids’ (which have weaker molecular bonds between particles).
Maths – Long multiplication practise
Learning Logs are due on Wednesday 19th.
You will have received a letter and/or email this week about a parents’ meeting for residential. This will be held remotely on Wednesday 26th May at 6pm. Please continue to practise your essential residential skills: tying shoe laces, putting on a bedsheet and making sandwiches!
We hope you all have a lovely weekend,
Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett
07/05/2021 at 16:54
It has been another fantastic week and the children have all worked incredibly hard!
Throughout our literacy lessons this week,
We’ve been looking at poems – our interest was piqued!
This time we each planned a poem of our own,
Having to think carefully about rhyme, rhythm and tone,
Retelling a story that everyone knows,
With surprise twist endings that we carefully chose,
When the poems were done, the teachers were impressed,
But what really mattered was that we tried our best!
In maths this week we have been continuing our work on decimals, focusing particularly on how to add and subtract two decimal numbers. This involves using the formal methods that we developed earlier on this year, while also thinking really carefully about how to line the columns up correctly so that we can work out a given calculation. We realised very quickly that the easiest way to do this was to use the decimal point as an ‘anchor’, making sure that these were lined up first so that the rest of the numbers could be accurately built around them. From here, we could use our excellent understanding of the column methods to work out the answers. The children all did fantastically well with this and showed a great understanding!
In science, we have been exploring liquids further, focusing specifically on their viscosities. We realised that although liquids share many of the same properties, each liquid can have a different viscosity (or thickness) which can affect how quickly they are able to flow. A less viscous liquid like water should therefore be able to flow more easily than a more viscous liquid such as honey. To put this theory to the test, we set up a ‘race’ where we pitted various different liquids against each other and timed how long it took each one to go from the start line to the finish line. It soon became clear that we were right – the thicker a liquid was, the slower it flowed.
- Maths Homework – Working with decimal numbers – Due Wed 12th May
- Learning Log – Research the life of William Shakespeare – Due Wed 19th May
As a quick reminder, please remember that as part of our residential preparations, there are three key skills that the children should all be practising. These are tying their own shoelaces, putting a sheet on a bed and making their own sandwiches.
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill
30/04/2021 at 16:17
What another great week it has been in Year 5!
In maths this week, we have been learning how to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages. We have been so impressed with how the children have tackled this tricky topic. We learnt that ‘percent’ means ‘out of one hundred’, which helped children relate percentages to fractions with denominators of 10 and 100. From this, children were then able to convert these fractions to decimals, as they knew how many tenths, hundredths or thousandths there were. We also thought about some well known fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents, such as halves, quarters and fifths. It would be great to see if you can spot any fractions, decimals or percentages in real life over the weekend!
We have continued with our poetry topic in literacy this week, focussing on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. This is a collection of poems which put a poetic twist on some traditional fairy tales, such as Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We looked closely at the similarities between these poems, in particular the rhyming sequence and the structure. The children really enjoyed hearing these poems with their unexpected twists and are looking forward to creating their own in the coming weeks!
After looking at properties of materials in last week’s science lesson, this week we investigated what different parts of the school building and grounds are made from and why. We thought carefully about the choices of materials that have been used and how effective these materials are by looking for any wear and tear that has occurred over time.
Our geography topic this term is all about rocks and rivers, which will be really important for our residential in June. After looking at types of rock last week, we focussed on limestone this week, which much of the Yorkshire Dales is made from. We learnt that limestone is a sedimentary rock that is prone to weathering. Due to this, clints and grykes form, creating limestone pavements, like the top of Malham Cove, and caves can form below ground too. It will be great to see some of these limestone caves in real life soon!
For maths homework this week, children have been set two assignments on the Diagnostics Questions website. Both tasks are linked to finding equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages. This is due by Wednesday 5th May. Children still have until this date to complete their Learning Log homework too.
For a bit of extra homework, we need the children to get prepared for residential! Before going, we need all children to be able to put a bedsheet on, tie their shoelaces and make a sandwich, so now is the time to get practising!
We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend and will see you on Tuesday.
Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett