11/01/2020 at 11:02
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas and is feeling rested and revitalised. It certainly seems as though the children of 5L feel this way as they have worked incredibly hard throughout this week.
In maths we started by finishing off our area and perimeter module. This involved finding the area of ‘composite rectilinear shapes’ (which is basically a fancy way of saying a shape made up of two or more rectangles) like the ones below.
This involved dividing these shapes into separate rectangles, finding the area of each and then adding the totals together. Though this can be a quite tricky concept to get your head around (especially when figuring out which measurements to work with) the children all did very well.
This half-term we are going to be looking at the Anglo-Saxon story Beowulf in our literacy sessions, exploring the idea of historical fiction and developing our story writing skills.
To kick things off, we started by exploring how the Anglo-Saxons told their stories, which is to say that they told them orally, often around a campfire to musical accompaniment. To this end, the children had a go at doing just that. We played a sample of some music, which the children wrote short stories based around. We then played the music again and some of the children shared their stories with the group.
Have a great weekend!
11/01/2020 at 10:58
Before the end of the last half-term, we started a brand new module all about the history of our local area. This week, we continued some of that work.
We started off by having a look at some modern maps of the area around school, getting to know them by identifying any key features or interesting shapes and even playing a game of ‘Where’s Wally?’, where one child hid Wally somewhere on the map and the other members of the group had to ask questions to determine exactly where. There was some excellent questioning going on.
After this, we traced some key elements from the modern maps, such as key roads or important areas, and then placed these over more historic maps of the same ares, the earliest of which dated back to 1852. The children were very surprised to see how much Farsley had changed over the years, particularly with how long it took for the school we know and love to appear!
11/01/2020 at 10:39
This half-term, our computing module is based on stop-motion animation. This week, we started by having a look at stop-motion in its simplest form: flipbooks. After having a look at some existing flipbooks and how they worked, the children were tasked with creating their own. This meant they had to be very careful with their drawings, making sure that only small movements were made and that they were roughly the same design each time. As it turns out, the hardest part of making a flip book isn’t any of that, but actually flipping it!
20/12/2019 at 16:20
What a fantastic half term! I am so impressed with the hard-work and effort that 5W have put in this term. They have learnt so much about so many different things and taught me a lot along the way too!
This week, we have looked at area of rectangles in maths and completed our very own sci-fi stories, which I am really looking forward to reading!
However, more importantly, Year 5 pulled off a spectacular Christmas performance that has had countless complements! I am incredibly proud of every member of Year 5 for putting their all into Robin and the Sherwood Hoodies. The acting was outstanding, professional and entertaining, while the prop committee and behind the scenes crew helped bring the performance to life! I want to say a huge thank you to all the children for working so hard to make it the best it could have been!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break, whatever you are doing.
See you in the New Year!
20/12/2019 at 16:19
And what have we done? Well, let’s start with the Christmas play – what an amazing series of performances! We kicked off the week with a dress rehearsal for KS1, which was only the second time the children had performed wearing their costumes and the first time that a lot of the props had been used! We had a few minor hiccups here and there, but overall, the children did really well.
But did our wonderful group of performers, technicians and prop makers stop there? Oh no. In fact, they raised the bar even higher for the parent performances! Every child knew their lines, knew when to come on and had all the dance routines nailed (even though the routine for Sherwood forest had literally just been written during Monday lunchtime!). Aside from one very comical moment which included a guard on a toilet break, both performances incredibly well and the parents who were watching seemed to really enjoy it. It was also really lovely to actually hear laughter from the audience at all the jokes, most of which were a little underappreciated by the children in KS1.
Thank you once again to all the parents who helped put costumes together and who came to support all of the children in their performances – the children were very proud of themselves – with good reason!
To round off our science work on Space, we had a look at the cycle of the moon. The children were already quite knowledgeable about some of these phases, having just completed a four week observational log of the cycle for their homework but we furthered this understanding by looking at the scientific names for each moon, how to tell if a moon is waxing or waning and even created our own models of the cycle using Oreos.
What a wonderful first term we have had in 5L! I am really looking forward to seeing what we can achieve in the new year. But for now, I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
06/12/2019 at 15:59
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
I can’t believe it’s December already! We have already packed so many things into this half term but haven’t finished just yet!
This week, we started our perimeter and area topic in maths. So far, we have learnt how to measure the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. We started by measuring lengths of sides using a ruler, before finding the perimeter of different shapes by adding the lengths of the sides together. We also made rectilinear shapes out of strips of paper in our books so we could find missing lengths more easily.
We created some brilliant setting descriptions as part of our sci-fi topic this week, inspired by different sci-fi setting pictures. Before writing our descriptions, we generated some fantastic expanded noun phrases, using lots of interesting descriptive vocabulary. Next week, we will be planning and writing our own sci-fi stories, so we will need our creative thinking caps on!
Christmas production rehearsals are still going well! Most children are now able to perform without scripts and many have brought costumes, which is great! All children will need to have their costumes in school by next Wednesday in preparation for dress rehearsals!
I hope you all have a lovely weekend,