This week we have been planning and writing stories with a Stone Age theme. The children are consolidating their writing skills to create an adventure story with history links.
What a time we have had this week! The children have explored and extended their knowledge of clocks times and units of time that are equivalent. They have had opportunities to problem solve and explain their thinking.
Year 5 continue to work extremely hard with all their learning!
In English we have been working on ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. The children have completed work to help them understand the intricate characters and plot. They have written from a character’s viewpoint, written their own dialogues between characters and even written insults using Shakespearean language!
Their reading tasks have been around ‘Why the Whales came’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children have used a range of skills to retrieve information, infer characters’ emotions and actions and develop an understanding of author’s intent.
In Maths we have worked on Polygons – defining regular and irregular polygons and using known facts about rectangles to find angles and sides. We also completed work on converting from metric to imperial measures, particularly for length.
Our topic work on coasts is continuing – the children are learning about coastal erosion and the ways that we try to protect the coast with different sea defences.
We are looking forward to the conclusion of our Enterprise Project on Wednesday 21st June (2.45 – 3.30pm) – we will be holding the sale of cookies, mocktails and dips at the end of the Open afternoon.
Well done Year 5 for a fabulous end to the Spring Term.
In English we have finished our work on discussion texts with the children proving to us that they could independently write a discussion text about the Vikings – were they, raiders, traders or explorers?
In Guided Reading both classes have enjoyed the books they have been studying this term: 5S reading ‘The boy who swam with pirahnas’ and 5B reading ‘Rooftoppers’. 5B have even written to the Walt Disney Company in America to tell them that they think it would make a fantastic film – we are waiting for the reply!
In Maths we have revised the formal methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and applied the knowledge in problem solving and reasoning tasks.
In RE last week we looked at the topic of Salvation and what Christians feel about the sacrifice that Jesus made. The work from the children was thoughtful and mature.
Today we have held our Sponsored Sing! Wonderful sounds and funky moves were observed as the children sang a diverse range of songs including numbers such as ‘We are the Champions’, ‘I wanna be like you’ and ‘Supercalifagilisticexpialidocious’!
Thank you to all the children for their hard work and to the support from families – may you all have a wonderful Easter break.
from Year 5 team
In maths, we have learned a lot about fractions, decimals and percentages. We are now increasing our speed and accuracy in standard written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We are also applying our skills to solve multi-step word problems.
In English, we have been writing discussion texts, using our learning in history as our context. Was Alfred really ‘great’? And were the Vikings just raiders? Or were they traders, or explorers?
We have enjoyed designing sails, shields and dragon heads for our own Viking longships which we will make next week!
Over the past few weeks we have been rehearsing for our production, ‘What a Knight’. This has meant honing our speaking, listening and performance skills. We have worked hard to create a great show and are looking forward to entertaining our family and friends next week.
In addition, we have used the production to help us understand how to use and write playscripts. Most recently in English we have begun to look at the work of William Shakespeare and are enjoying unravelling the plot of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. During this time we have also been learning more about fractions of an amount and equivalent decimals which will be included in our forthcoming assessments.
‘Ahoy there me hearties!’
What an adventure Year 4 have had this week, designing, making and sailing their spectacular ships! Once again, Mr Watson set the challenge. We worked on prototypes in class, meeting the specific criteria of making a ship that floats, is waterproof and has a mast and radar. We then went on to improve our designs making them balance and extending the height of the mast and the weight of the radar. Finally, it was launch day! The crowd were excited and cheered as each ship took the plunge. Mr Watson gave the children some expert advice and celebrated the success and the variety of the designs.
Thank you Mr Watson for being such an inspiration.
We are almost at the end of Carrie’s story. The children have explored how a character changes and develops over time. They have considered positive and negative attributes and developed their discussion techniques. Significant actions and events in the plot have been explored and examined in detail through newspaper reports.
The children have worked hard to extend their written addition and subtraction skills in the context of money. They have also explored negative numbers and data handling with a particular focus on temperature.
We are enjoying finding out more about Carrie as she continues to tell her story. We have focused on the characters thoughts and feelings in different situations by writing character profiles.
Geometry has been our focus in maths over the past 2 weeks. We have plotted coordinates in the first quadrant and translated shapes from one position to another. More recently, we have explored symmetry in a number of ways.
We were all looking forward to the Cinderella Pantomime last week, our study of the characters alongside the features of fairy stories made a very enjoyable start to the year. We have now moved on to Legends, starting with Robin Hood and then George and the Dragon. The children have enjoyed describing the characters in detail, especially the dragons!
Our number work has been based around division, revising the use of an empty number line to show working out. We have also explored partitioning 2 and 3 digit numbers in different ways, and will extend this to include money problems next week.
Carrie’s War has been the focus of our learning this week. We have been exploring action, events and feelings as we delve into this children’s classic. Carrie’s situation has led us to enquire about evacuees during WWII. We are really looking forward to continuing the story and finding out more about WWII.
The children have worked incredibly hard to bring together their maths skills in order to multiply larger numbers using the grid method. They have practised calculating, solved word problems and completed multiplication challenges presented in different ways.