Firstly, thank you for all your donations and support during our Harvest festival celebrations. The children did us all really proud with their delivery and we supported Southampton City Mission with our numerous donations.
This week we have continued to work on our fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst working within Maths. We have been looking closely at Multiplication and Division (understanding the inverse) and have been working hard at our 3 times tables in particular. The children have enjoyed taking responsibility for their learning and have been using the self check sheets to push their learning forwards at a quicker rate.
We have continued to read James and the Giant Peach and the children are engrossed. When we have been writing about what will happen next in the story the children have been using ADDSPICE for our sentence starters. A=Adverbs, D=describe, D=drop clause, S=simile, P=preposition, I=ing words, C=connectives/conjunctions and E=ed words. The children have been able to write with greater variety using this system and are becoming highly proficient!
The children have come back from the Summer holidays refreshed and ready to learn!
During our English work this week we have been working on a unit entitled ‘Troublesome turnips!’ We have compared the traditional story of ‘The enormous turnip’ with the modern version, ‘Mr Wolf’s enormous turnip.’ The children then wrote an alternative ending to the story. They came up with many interesting ideas!
This week, during our Maths sessions, we have been working on our place value. We have been focusing on the value a digit has when it is placed in a particular column. Our homework this week reflects this work. We have also begun to order groups of numbers ensuring that we pay particular attention to the place value of each digit. In addition to this work we have been problem solving with place value and the children have worked really hard at being resilient.
Keep up with the positive start Penguins and Puffins!
We completed our work on the Tempest and greatly enjoyed writing play scripts from Miranda and Prospero’s perspective. We also wrote about our recent visit to Captain Phillimore’s woods. We had an excellent trip and wrote about the activities that we took part in; symbol creation and creating a scene from the Tempest.
Alongside working out our profit margins for our business and enterprise projects we have been completing a unit on fractions. We were able to find fractions of amounts and adjust dependant upon the number of the numerator.
We have had an excellent year and the children have made outstanding progress. We both would like to thank the parents for their never-ending support this year and we wish the children all the best in Yr 6.
Mr Flynn, Mrs Bradbury & the Yr 5 team.
We have continued our topic on The Tempest. We have been considering the different characters in the story and have considered their viewpoints. We enjoyed coming up with insults for Prospero to say towards Caliban, we were very good at this! We wrote in the style of a newspaper report about Prospero’s discovery and return home!
We continued our work on shape and moved in to work on angles. We became effective at solving problems involving angles on a straight line and angles around a point. We used information that we knew to work out any missing angles.
We are all looking forward to our business and enterprise projects becoming ‘live’ at the Summer Fayre on Friday. We look forward to seeing you all there and we hope to raise lots of money for the St George’s Foundation!
We hope that you had an enjoyable and relaxing half term and that the children are ready for the final push towards the Summer holidays!
This week we have been looking at the famous Shakespearean text ‘The Tempest’. The children have been discussing and evaluating how Shakespeare used language, including figurative language, considering the impact it had on us, as readers. We wrote a descriptive piece about the island, that was visited by Miranda and Prospero, using the literary devices we had identified earlier in the week.
We completed our work on Place Value and Subtraction in the earlier part of the week, ensuring that the children had a thorough grasp of the formal methods that we are using. Later in the week we have been working on shape. We have been sorting and classifying shapes using their properties. We used a Carroll diagram to sort them into different groups and were becoming competent using this classification tool.
In English we have been continuing to read the outstanding book ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have considered, very carefully, the characters and how their emotions change throughout the course of the text. The ending wasn’t quite what we expected but we don’t want to give too much away! We have also been looking at suffixes and prefixes and how they change the meaning of root words.
In Maths we have been working on division and percentages. We have used our multiplication skills (from our daily tests) to support our understanding of short division. Some of us managed to attempt long division; it wasn’t as scary as we thought! This week we have been working out percentages. We used our knowledge of place value to work out 10% of numbers and used this knowledge to work out different percentages. We moved on to word problems and, although it was very tricky, we became more confident as the week moved on.
We are massively looking forward to our residential next week and our homework was to remember to pack our bags!
In English we have been investigating the digestive system and writing information pages, which we showed off to our families in our open afternoon on Thursday.
In Maths, we have revised the grid method for multiplication of 1 digit by 3 digit numbers, and have been using these skills to carry out an investigation.
We have also carried out assessments in Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar, reading and maths.
This weekend the homework is to write an acrostic poem about Easter, which is almost upon us. Have a great weekend!
Over the last two weeks we have been very busy in Yr 5. In English we have been focusing on report writing. We investigated some mysterious objects and wrote a report about our findings. We were very careful at keeping the writing formal and not drifting into story writing. In Maths we have been focusing on the divisibility of numbers and factors; following this we have been working on division methods and getting to grips with short division in particular! We are very much looking forward to our school trip on Monday to Fishbourne Roman Palace!
In year 1
We have been learning about Tradtional Tales and the characters within them. This included a visit from the Big Bad Wolf (aka Miss Doran) who we ‘hot seated’ and asked lots of questions about his behaviour. We are pleased to report that he has since been caught and taken to the zoo. We have also been considering the use of repeated language in these stories.
We have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties. We can now describe them using vocabulary such as straight, curved, corners and sides. We have investigated what happens when you put different shapes together and went on a walk to find shapes in the environment.
During the past 2 weeks Year 5 have been learning all about biographies and autobiographies. We have looked at a range of biographical and autobiographical texts, have written in first person for some special memories for an autobiography and produced a biography book about a famous author.
In Maths we have been focusing on both subtraction and 3D shapes. In subtraction the children briefly used a numberline as a visual model before moving on to exchanging methods. The children became quite capable at ‘taking-away’ large numbers! During our work on 3D shapes the children have been identifying ways that shapes can be classified by their properties using Venn and Carroll diagrams. More recently the children have been looking at nets of shapes and visualising how they can be constructed.