11/01/2019 at 16:45
Welcome back after what I hope was a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday! 5L have really hit the ground running in this first academic week of the new year.
In literacy this week, we started looking at a well-known Anglo-Saxon story (which also may be the oldest surviving long story in written in Old English!). That story is, of course, Beowulf.
To begin with, we spent some time considering how the Anglo-Saxons told stories. We discovered that, because many of them were unable to read or write for a long time, many of these stories and epic poems were told orally. To get a sense of what this might have been like, we spent some time coming up with short stories based on a piece of music we had listened to. It was tricky to do without having written it down first, but the children who were brave enough to try did very well for a first attempt.
We then got to grips with a basic overview of the story, focusing in on the monster Grendel’s attacks on Heorot. More to come on that next week…
In our maths lessons, we started by recapping the work we had covered last term to make sure that the children hadn’t forgotten everything over Christmas. Miss Jones and I were relieved to find that they hadn’t!
Once that was done, we had a look at the equals sign in more detail. We discovered that it simply meant that the two sides had to have the same value, but that it could be expressed in a number of ways. For example:
3 x 4 = 12
3 x 4 = 6 x 2
3 x 4 = 7 + 5
Can you fill in the blanks of these equations to make them equal?
5 x 40 = 10 x __
14.5 x 10 = 1.45 x ___
7 + 9 = __²
Overall, a very successful start to our new term and I am certain that the children will continue to do their best and show us just what they are capable of.
2019, here we come!
21/12/2018 at 15:06
Hi all! We have had a super busy end to the term and the children have impressed me with their hand work, singing and acting skills.
We have completed some of our end of term assessments whilst also preparing for Christmas performances and the children have done very well. I am impressed with their focus and the skills they have demonstrated.
On Monday we went on a trip to Bradford Media Museum to have a look inside the Wonderlab. The children explored lots of scientific concepts that we have looked at this year and were also treated to a workshop all about space. It was very interactive and even involved using some chemicals to represent how light changes. Here are some images of our day.
This week we have been practising our reading skills by performing poems to the class. The children were given ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ to rehearse and perform. I was very please as at the start there were a few children who didn’t want to perform to the class.
I would also like to say a huge thank you for the gifts I have received for Christmas, they are lovely. Have a lovely break and spend lots of time with friends and family enjoying yourselves! Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
07/12/2018 at 18:56
We have had a busy week in Science this week exploring a number of different concepts.
We started the week looking at the different seasons and how the Earth’s orbital cycle alters these throughout the year. We explored the difference between the Northern and Southern Hemisphere and learnt that at some points, parts of the North and South Poles have periods of complete darkness or sunlight! We looked at the rotation of the Earth and where it is in its orbital cycle and the children worked collaboratively to create a fantastic explanation of this process.
Following on from this, we looked at the different stages of the moon. There was a lot of vocabulary to understand including: waxing, waning, crescent and gibbous. The children listened exceptionally well to the learning and were able to accurately label a diagram of the moons phases.
What can you remember?
How long does it take for the moon to complete one full cycle?
What is the definition of waning?
What phase of the moon are we currently seeing?
What is meant by a blue moon?
Here is a short video to show the phases of the moon.
We have also spent some time practising our vocals for the Christmas production. We are getting much better and are looking forward to the performance.
Have a lovely weekend,
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!