23/04/2021 at 16:29
We have had a great first week of the summer term in Year 5, made even better by the glorious sunshine!
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:
- Us Two – A. A. Milne
- The Spider and the Fly – Mary Howitt
- 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
01/04/2021 at 16:08
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
26/03/2021 at 16:35
We have had another great week in Year 5!
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!
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.
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!
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!
19/03/2021 at 16:16
In maths this week, we finished off our last few lessons on fractions, focusing particularly on solving problems. These problems covered a range of topics that we have been covering, including adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts. Many of the problems were very tricky and required multiple steps to complete, but the children persevered and tackled them well.
Towards the end of the week, we temporarily said goodbye to fractions and moved on to decimals. To start with, we introduced the concept of decimals and used our knowledge of fractions to understand that decimals also represent parts of a whole. Next week, we will be looking at developing this further.
In literacy, we have been creating balanced arguments about deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest as part of our extended writing. Before we could start, we had to do some research into what deforestation was, as well as some of the reasons that it occurs. From here, the children had to carefully consider the arguments on both sides of the debate and the evidence that supported them. The most difficult part of writing any balanced argument is presented both viewpoints fairly and without bias, but the children coped really well with the challenge. We are really looking forward to reading the finished arguments!
As part of our science work this week, we dissected some daffodils in order to understand and identify the different parts of a flower, as well as the role that they play in reproduction. The children were all so careful as they separated each piece and created some great looking work!
In addition to this, we checked in with our investigations into which vegetables can be used to grow new plants. We found that, though some of the vegetables showed no change at all, some of the vegetables had grown new roots or even started sprouting!
This week’s maths homework has been set using the diagnostic questions website (the link can be found in the pupil bookmarks section on their Chromebooks).
Enjoy your weekend!
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill
12/03/2021 at 16:07
We have been thrilled to have the children back in the classrooms this week! Strangely, it has felt a lot like the start of a new school year. It has been wonderful to see the children getting to catch up and play with their friends and see them engage with their learning in real life!
We have been continuing with our fractions topic in maths this week, focussing on finding fractions of amounts and using fractions as operators. We have been really impressed with the mathematical thinking that we have seen! We will complete our fractions topic next week and then will be moving on to decimals and percentages.
In literacy this week, we have been learning all about debating and balanced arguments. In our first lesson, we discussed what a debate was and had a go at one ourselves. The children chose the topics to debate and thought about their own opinions about them. They were then able to put their well thought out opinions forward in our class debate. Later in the week, we looked at balanced arguments and how they differed from debates. We created a ‘story book’ courtroom based on Alice in Wonderland. The children had to use evidence to decide whether Alice was guilty of stealing the Queen’s jam tarts and created some fantastic balanced arguments to come to a conclusion about who the culprit was.
We have continued with our reproduction topic in science, this week looking at how plants can reproduce without seeds. We set up an investigation to test which vegetables we could use to grow new plants. The children planted one of their vegetables in soil, put one in water and left one out as a control. We will check on their growth weekly and keep our fingers crossed for some new plants soon!
We hope you have a very well deserved rest this weekend after a busy week!
Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett
05/03/2021 at 07:41
Good morning! We have finally made it to the end of home learning! We are so proud of the incredible effort that the children have put into their learning while at home, and very grateful for your help you support with this too. This week has been no different, with lots of wonderful writing, fantastic mathematical thinking and super musical talent too! Have a look at some musical masterpieces below, which show music can really be made from anything!
World Book Day
Officially, yesterday was World Book Day, but we are celebrating it today! We have lots of lovely activities planned, including reading scavenger hunts, wild adventures and creating characters!
Children are invited to come to their Google Meets in pyjamas, to link with the idea of reading stories at bedtime. Below is a timetable for the day, which includes the planned activities and Google Meets too.
9am – Google Meet (Year 5 Live Lessons)
In this session, we will have a World Book Day Assembly, complete a book scavenger hunt and ‘pack a suitcase’ for a wild adventure, which will come in useful later on!
10.30am – Share a Story Live Event: Books and the Real World
There will be no Google Meet for this, as it is a live event hosted by Jessie Cave and features other authors too, including Katherine Rundell, the author of The Explorer. This event should last for approximately 30 minutes and the link will be available on Google Classroom.
11am – Google Meet (Year 5 Live Lessons)
Imagine a wild adventure with Katherine Rundell
In this lesson, we will learn all about what it takes to write an adventure story and hopefully come up with ideas for our own!
1pm – Character competition
There will be no Google Meet for this session, but children will have the opportunity to take part in the character competition, which was explained in the World Book Day letter. Children can choose to do this in different ways. They could choose to write a character description of their favourite character, draw their favourite character, create a completely new character and tell us all about it…the possibilities are endless! Entries should be sent to class teachers so that a winner from each class can be chosen.
We have also uploaded various links to other World Book Day resources and activities that you might like to complete during this time.
2.45pm – Special Mention Assembly (Special Mention Assembly – Year 5 & 6)
All of the resources children need for today’s activities are available on the 5L or 5W Google Classrooms. There is a new World Book Day topic, where all the resources will be. If you have any questions, please get in touch!
Reminders ahead of Monday
We can’t wait to have the children back in their classrooms on Monday! We just have a few reminders to help things go as smoothly as possible!
Please can you ensure children bring the following items back to school:
– Fractions booklet
– Whiteboard and pen
– Library books
Children should also bring their Chromebooks as normal (charged) and will need to come in PE kit on Monday.
We would just like to thank you again for all the hard work, effort and time that you have put into home learning over the past weeks. We hope you have a very well deserved rest this weekend!
See you next week!
Miss Wetherill & Miss Levett