30/11/2018 at 20:05
The children have been very busy this week in their English lessons. We started the week off by looking at improving our sentence openers. The children were really enthusiastic with their suggestions and we constructed some really ambitious sentences. Our main focus was adverbials and the children showed a great understanding of this concept.
We then moved onto planning out sci-fi story using a storyboard planning method. The children drew small pictures of each stage of their story and included some key words and phrases to accompany the pictures. The planning is really imaginative and I am looking forward to seeing the final drafts of the stories next week.
In maths this week we have been looking at division. The children used the ‘bus stop’ method to solve written calculations. They proved to be very good at this method and we moved onto problem solving really quickly. The children showcase their understanding well and some of us even looked at converting our remainders into decimals! Well done all for a fantastic week of maths!
Next week we will be looking at prime and square numbers.
In Science this week we looked at how the planets orbit the sun. The children created their very own orbital model and the used this to explain what orbit means. The children really grasped this understanding and help me demonstrate this further with footballs and tennis balls. One was the sun, one the Earth and the other the moon. We explored how long Earth’s orbit of the Sun takes and why we have day and night. The children wrote some very good explanations and used a wide range of scientific vocabulary.
Who knows how long Jupiter’s orbit of the Sun takes?
Hope that you all have a lovely weekend,
30/11/2018 at 16:14
These are the voyages of the Class 5L.
In Literacy this week, we have been breaking down the structure of a story and figuring out all the different techniques we can use to create an effective opening, dilemma, resolution and ending. To do this, we planned a science-fiction story as a class, based around the following image.
The children came up with some fantastic stories over the course of these lessons. To give you a taste of the quality of the writing, I have included a couple of my favourite bits below:
‘The McBee house sat in the wrecked, chipped and crumbling town. Dark. Lifeless.’
‘The wind whistled past Billy’s ears as he ran. They were after him. The things that took his dad. There used to be other humans on this street, but they took them as well. he could be the last human alive.’
Over the last few weeks in Year 5 we have been getting to grips with the sheer size of the Solar System. How? With toilet rolls of course!
One of the biggest problems we have encountered is that all the diagrams of the Solar System we could find seem to suggest that the planets are all quite close together.This is just not the case however, as we discovered in our lessons.
As a result, we came up with a way to demonstrate just how vast our solar system actually is. The children were each given a roll of toilet roll and told that every individual square would represent around 20,000,000 km (which even by itself, is a lot!). We then systematically went through each of the main planets (sorry Pluto) and plotted their approximate locations based on this scale. We also did our best to accurately represent the size of each planet, with the Sun being about 9cm. The end results were fantastic and really helped to demonstrate just how massive the expanse of space is.
If you would like to see for yourself just how big space is but you don’t have the time (or the toilet roll), a similar project was conducted where the universe was scaled using pixels – with the moon being 1 pixel in size. The link can be found below:
16/11/2018 at 14:18
This week we have been exploring the genre of sci-fi. The children began by looking at the themes that would be found in a science fiction book/film. Following this, we created our own aliens and wrote some very detailed descriptions using powerful vocabulary. The children created some very interesting creatures and tested out there description by reading it to a peer. Their peer had to draw a picture of what they believed that alien looked like from the vocabulary used! This was rather successful, proving how intricate and detailed the descriptions were.
This week has been a tricky week in maths. We have been looking at common multiples of numbers and common factors. This proved quite tricky but in the end we got there! By the end of the week the children were tackling both reasoning and problem solving question with much more confidence.
In preparation for next week, I have added a video showing multiplication methods. It would be great if you could have a look this before next week!
What is the answer to 75 x 4 =
What is the answer to 153 x 6 =
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This week we have started our new topic of Outer Space. The children were challenged with the task of exploring our solar system and producing a non-chronological report to showcase their findings. We have produced some really impressive reports and the discussion around class were fabulous!
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
09/11/2018 at 17:47
This week we have been focusing on Remembrance Sunday. The children were given the task of writing an emotive poem about World War One. The children were really enthusiastic about this and have constructed some fantastic work. Language has been a huge focus during writing this week and the children have experimented with a range of poetic techniques including; onomatopoeia, alliteration, similes and metaphors.
During the week we have also been doing some research into Farsley’s local heritage and explored the names of the service men who sacrificed their lives during the World Wars. In honour of their bravery, we made a wreath which includes 91 service men from World War One and the 34 names from World War Two. The children produced some beautiful poppies and were fascinated to explore the names from Farsley – some with similar surnames to themselves!
On Friday, we visited Farsley Cenotaph. The children were exceptionally well behaved and shared some of their poems at the site. Before leaving, we put our wreath and the foot of the cenotaph to honour all of the local people who did not return home. During out time at the cenotaph, we also held a two minute silence to think about the soldiers and their families.
Here are some images of out visit and work from this week.
If you would like to attend the Remembrance service on Sunday it is going to be held at the cenotaph at 1pm.
Here are some of the poems that were read out at the cenotaph.
Have a lovely weekend,
09/11/2018 at 15:47
With Remembrance Day just around the corner, we spent some time in Year 5 discussing why we have a day dedicated to remembering. The children all had some fantastic ideas and showed a good understanding of what Remembrance Day is, as well as the reasons that it exists. We also had a look at the reasons why the poppy was selected as the flower of remembrance and tied it into the famous poem ‘In Flanders Fields’.
The children then had a go at creating a piece of artwork in honour of remembrance. We used simple colours and silhouettes and the children each chose their favourite part of the poem to include. I think you will all agree that the end products looking amazing!
09/11/2018 at 15:46
After what I assume has been a nice, relaxing week off, 5L have returned and have really dived headfirst into the work. We have covered so much that we just had to share it all with you!
We started off the week by looking at how to multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. Using a place value grid, the children quickly recognised some of the patterns and came up with some rules to help them remember:
- When multiplying by 10, the value of each digit increases by 10 and therefore moves one column to the left.
- When multiplying by 100, the value of each digit increases by 100 and therefore moves two columns to the left.
- When multiplying by 1000, the value of each digit increases by 1000 and therefore moves three columns to the left.
- The same rules apply for division only moving to the right.
We then put our times table knowledge to good use, finding common multiples (particularly the least common multiple) for given times tables. Next week we will be looking at factors as well.
In literacy this week, we have started to explore a brand new topic – Science-Fiction. We started out by looking at genres in general, what they are and how to identify them, before looking in more detail at Sci-Fi itself. To round off the week, we designed and described our own aliens. Next week we are going to be sharing these descriptions with a partner and seeing if they are able to accurately draw them based on the given details. Check back next week to see how that goes!
In topic, we have been continuing our work on the things that we have today only because of the Ancient Greeks. We focused particularly in on architecture this week and realised that their methods of building were very strong and stable. As a result, we made some mini structures of our own to test this discovery. It was a little tricky at times, but we managed it in the end!