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This week in Year 5…

14/05/2021 at 16:34

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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!

Maths

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!

Literacy

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!

Science

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).

Homework

Maths – Long multiplication practise
Learning Logs are due on Wednesday 19th.

Residential

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

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Revolting Rhymes!

07/05/2021 at 16:54

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It has been another fantastic week and the children have all worked incredibly hard!

Literacy

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!

Maths

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!

Science

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.

Additional Information

  • 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

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This week in Year 5…

30/04/2021 at 16:17

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What another great week it has been in Year 5!

Maths

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!

Literacy

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!

Science

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.

Geography

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!

Homework

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

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Poetry and Percentages

23/04/2021 at 16:29

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We have had a great first week of the summer term in Year 5, made even better by the glorious sunshine!

Maths
In maths this week, we have continued working on our knowledge of decimals. We started with a focus on rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and tenth and despite rounding being a struggle for many of us at the start of the year, the children in both classes really impressed us with their understanding of this process. Following this, we moved on to comparing and ordering decimals, where we quickly realised that the most efficient method of comparison was to look at the number digit by digit. Towards the end of the week, we started looking at percentages (understanding what they are and how they link back to fractions and decimals), which we will continue into next week.

Literacy For our literacy sessions this week, we have been looking at a range of different poems and the strategies that we can use to help us understand them. There were three poems that we focused on as part of these lessons:

  1. Us Two – A. A. Milne
  2. The Spider and the Fly – Mary Howitt
  3. Dada’s Stories – Joseph Coelho

For each poem, we started by reading through it and identifying any words that we were unsure of, using the context of the sentence to help us figure out potential meanings. Once this was done, we read through the poem again, this time annotating and highlighting sections that we liked and key poetic features, while also noting down any questions that we had or pictures that we imagined. We were very impressed with some of the children’s ideas!

Topic This half-term’s topic is all about rocks and rivers. To kick it off, we started by recapping some of the learning that the children did in Year 3 about the different types of rocks and how they are made. After watching some videos and learning about the formation of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, we decided it was time for a more “hands-on” approach. Using grated chocolate, we replicated the production of each rock – pressing together different layers for sedimentary, using the warmth of our hands to transform the sedimentary into a metamorphic rock and melting the chocolate and allowing it to cool into a solid igneous rock. The children seemed to really enjoy this activity but found it understandably very difficult not to eat the chocolate!

  • Maths homework – Ordering and comparing decimals (two sheets) – due on the 28th April.
  • Learning Log – Researching the life of a poet – due on the 5th May.

We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill

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Mission Complete: Spring Term

01/04/2021 at 16:08

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What a crazy term this has been! Despite the somewhat rocky beginning with the end of lockdown, the children have all worked wonderfully well and seemed to have (for the most part) settled back in to learning in the classroom.

This week, we have been largely focused on our big DT project, where the children have to design and create a felt version of an animal that lives in the Amazon Rainforest. We had a really wide range of creatures being chosen, from jaguars to tapirs, anacondas to poison dart frogs. It was really lovely to see the children being so creative with their designs!

The first thing to do was to draw out a template that could be used to create the felt base of the creature. It was this step that most children found tricky – making sure that it was big enough to decorate and stuff was a particular challenge for many of the children! Detail was then added to the bases by either sewing on additional felt, or simply by creating patterns with the stitching. The final step was sewing both halves together and stuffing them to make them more 3D.

This is an incredibly challenging project and it can often be very tempting to give up when things get tricky. In spite of this, the children in both classes were resilient and persevered even when they felt that it would have been easier to give up. The end result of this determination was a wide array of unique and colourful creatures that the children should be very proud of! Unfortunately, Miss Levett forgot to take pictures of the finished animals in her class – oops! Rest assured, they were just as amazing as 5W’s!

With the term now drawing to a close, we hope that you all take some time to relax, rest and recuperate, ready to approach the final term together. We have set a maths activity book as homework this week, but it does not have to be completed all at once – dip into it here and there as you enjoy your holiday. Both the maths and the learning log homework set last week will be due in on Wednesday 21st April.

Enjoy your holiday!

Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill

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Another busy week!

26/03/2021 at 16:35

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We have had another great week in Year 5!

Maths
In maths this week, we have been looking at converting between decimals and fractions. The children have done really well with this! They have been really confident in understanding the place value of numbers with 2 decimal places and converting these into fractions with denominators of 10 and 100. The children have also moved onto converting fractions with different denominators too, which requires them to use their equivalent fraction knowledge!

Literacy
We have continued with our persuasive writing topic this week, this time looking at advertisements. We began by looking at examples of lots of different existing adverts to identify the features that make an advert effective. Then, in groups, the children began creating scripts for a radio advert. Their advert was to persuade people to donate to the WWF, or adopt a specific animal.

Topic
In our topic lesson this week, we investigated the different climates in South America. We began by looking at the difference between climate and weather, before identifying which areas of the world have which climate. We then focussed on the different climates of South America. We noticed that the majority of the continent has a tropical climate, due to its position near the equator, but also has lots of areas with an arid climate too. Later in the lesson, the children began putting all of their South America knowledge together by building a website (using Google Sites) to showcase all of their learning.

Adopting an animal
As we were looking at the WWF in our literacy lessons this week and have previously looked at endangered animals as part of our science topic, both classes have decided to adopt an animal with the WWF! 5W have chosen to adopt a polar bear and 5L have chosen to adopt a snow leopard. Over the next year, we will receive updates about each animal, as well as the work that the WWF are doing across the world to protect animals and their habitats. Have a look at the link below to find out more about the work the WWF do!

https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-animal

Homework
Maths -This week, children have two assignments on Diagnostic Questions. One set of questions is related to learning done in class this week and the second set is to revise multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. This is due on Wednesday 31st March.

Learning Log – Linking with our adoptions, this week we would like the children to conduct some research into their class’ animal. 5W will research polar bears and 5L will research snow leopards. The children can be as creative as they like with how they present their research! The Learning Log is due on Wednesday 21st April.

We hope you all have a restful weekend, ready for our final week of term!

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