Saturday 4th April
THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 11 - DINAH THE SPY
Well done for continuing to follow the story - 5 chapters after this one! Enjoy!
Thursday 2nd April
THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 10 - SPLAT
THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 9 - DINAH'S SECRET
Listen in - can anyone help Harvey in his time of need?
Wednesday 1st April
Over the Easter break (Thursday 2nd April – Sunday 19th April), we would like you to complete one hour of Maths Whizz and one hour of reading as well as completing a Spelling Shed session each week. We would also suggest that you try to keep a journal over the next few weeks as in the words of Emma Carroll (the author of our recent class book Letters from the Lighthouse), “Think of this as an experience that will make the history books in years to come. Keep a diary if you can, so you can tell people what it was like to live through these strange times. There's bound to be lots of funny, unusual, magical things that'll happen these coming weeks!”
Congratulations on your Spring Term full of learning, fabulous behaviour and hard work ... both at school and at home. We are incredibly proud of you and your families.
THE DEMON HEADMASTER
Chapter 8 - The Prefect's Meeting
Tuesday 31st March
Good morning Doves!
Looking forward to seeing your Anderson shelters today. You planned them out yesterday, have been collecting junk modelling materials, and now it's time to make! Good luck!
Today, I want every single member of Dove Class to blog. Just let me know you are OK/ enjoying the work/looking forward to a holiday/ listening to The Demon Headmaster/ missing school/ smiling / ready to get out in the fresh air or whatever you choose! Particularly looking forward to hearing from those who haven't blogged before!
Stay safe and keep in touch
DEMON HEADMASTER _ CHAPTER 7 - THE PUNISHMENT
Watch the latest chapter of The Demon Headmaster. If you have missed any chapter, there are links on the Dove Class webpage.
Enjoy and look out for the next chapter each day.
Welcome to Week 2 of virtual learning. We have a short week this week before the Easter holidays start so make sure you get stuck into the work right away - we've got loads of interesting things for you to try at home and we would love to hear all about them so please show us what you get up to via the blog.
The work is attached below as usual (and so are the answers to Friday's arithmetic quiz) but even further below there are some additional documents that will help you with the Design and Technology work we would like you to have a go at this week.
Keep in touch and stay safe,
There is a document which explains what you will be doing (DT task), a fact sheet that will help you research what an Anderson shelter is (shelter facts) and a design template that might help with designing this model (design Anderson shelter). If you want to use your own design format, information found online/from books that is absolutely fine but we would love to see where you take this project. As mentioned, you could even try and use computers to help with this.
Good luck and let us know how it goes!
THE DEMON HEADMASTER CH 6: SNOW
Click on this link to hear the next chapter of The Demon Headmaster.
Hi Dove Class
We have made it to Friday! There have been some fantastic efforts during the week. I loved Ellie's flag and Maya's science activity yesterday. I enjoyed the perseverance shown when links didn't work, and the problem solving shown. If you had problems with passwords and logins yesterday, try them again today. If they still don't work, let me know. It's frustrating to see that some of you have switched off a bit because of technology. Where there is a will there is way.
I hope you all read the email from Emma Carroll (yes, it really is Emma Carroll!) and for those waiting for the next chapter of The Demon Headmaster, it's on its way this morning. Well done to the 19 of you who watched the recap/ test.
One day of effort and then it's the weekend - you've got this!
Stay safe and keep in touch.
Hi Doves/ Sparrows
Yesterday, I sent an e-mail to Emma Carroll, author of Letters from the Lighthouse. I tried to keep it quite formal. I have attached it below.
Thursday 26th March
Thought I'd venture into the world of YouTube. I've done a short test video starting to read The Demon Headmaster. Use the link below to find it.
Fingers crossed it works! You know me and technology!
Stay safe and enjoy
Hi Dove Class
So proud of all your efforts so far. I'm checking your Maths Whizz, TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed use (doing a great job) and regularly looking at AR (we have now passed 24 out of 24 quizzes - amazing! That's 17 different children quizzing in 3 days!). Welcome to Preston and Alex - thank you for your contributions.
So here is the schedule for Day 4. Have fun and enjoy the activities - my favourite is the flag maths activity.
Keep in touch through the blog - yesterday was the quietest day for blogs so far, although one of my posts got 7 comments!
Look here later for something REALLY EXCITING!!! I'll blog when I have posted it!
Take care, stay safe and keep talking!
Wednesday 25th March
Hi Doves - Mrs Rodgers has asked all teachers to post this on their class page.
Hi Dove Class
Well done for another great day's work yesterday. I hope you have all had a chance to get outside in the fresh air and get some exercise. Lots of you are tuning in to Joe WIcks, which is a great way to start the day.
It sounds like less of you had a problem with Espresso yesterday. There are less activities using it today which will also help.
In the teachers v classes TT Rockstars tournament it would appear that teachers are winning!
Have a fantastic day and enjoy the activities. Keep having mini breaks between and stay safe and healthy.
Well done for all your hard work yesterday. Please find below the day 2 schedule.
Some of you struggled a bit to get on Espresso. Persevere with it - there are some more opportunities to use Espresso in today's activities. Try going in through the website if the links don't work. You then need to type in your user name and password. Then click on the Espresso logo. This takes you into the Espresso homepage. Search for what you are looking for by using key words e.g. triangles, parenthesis.
Read my latest blog to see how well Dove Class have done so far - particularly impressed with AR Quizzing!
Stay safe, enjoy your new way of learning and keep in touch! If you blog, I will reply, and you can comment on any of my blogs - just click on my name to see all my blogs so far.
Hear from you soon
Hi Dove Class. Here is the list of activities for you to get stuck into on Monday 23rd March. We have set it in a Word document and a PDF. The content is the same, so you can open it in whichever format is easiest. Any problems or queries leave me a message in the blog and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.
This is new for us as well as for you. Do your best with the activities. Let us know what you like/ don't like/ find difficult. We will listen to your comments and make changes as we go.
If you need to talk about anything at all, use the blog to keep in touch.
Don't forget that if you were in school until the end of last week, we finished "Letters from the Lighthouse" and so you can quiz on it! Good Luck!
Hi Dove Class! This is the page to check each day we are unable to attend school for your lessons. Activities will be available after 9 a.m.
In English in Year 5, we wrote persuasive letters based on the book “The Day the Crayons Quit”. The children were writing letters on behalf of other disgruntled household objects, explaining their reasons for quitting. They were able to draw upon work they had completed the previous week on formal persuasive letter writing, including rhetorical questions, hyperbole and flattery.
In maths, we have particularly been looking at word problems and the best ways to tackle them. We have established general processes based on the acronym RUCSAC – Read, Understand, Calculate, Solve, Answer, Check
In English, Year 5 have continued to use ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ as their core text. We have discussed one of the main characters in depth, looking at two ways we could interpret their actions and feelings. This has led to a written balanced argument, using formal language, in which children were able to sum up the evidence before arriving at a conclusion.
In Maths, the children are working hard to understand the concept of fractions. This week, we have been seeking ways in which we can compare fractions to put them in size order, working out what the numerator and denominator actually represent and different ways to represent fractions.
Year 5 had a great week last week!
In English, we finished our book about Walter Tull - a professional footballer and hero of the First World War - and wrote a letter from Walter to his brother.
In Maths, we looked at developing our written multiplication methods and explored our understanding of this through reasoning and word problems.
Space is our topic in Science for this half term and we continued to learn about the Planets through creating fact files and a class fact book (as well as completing our scale model of the Solar System). These fact files will really help us with our task for next week - planning and writing a journey through Space!
During our Topic lessons, we continued to learn about the Battle of Britain; creating 3D Spitfires which are now hanging in our classrooms alongside some fascinating facts.
Next week, we start off with an exciting Art session with Mr Cornell and will be focussing on Division in our Maths lessons as well as visiting St Neots museum.
Mr Hills and Mr Hall
Year 5 have had a fantastic couple of weeks of learning. We have been continuing to read our book based on a real person in the World War, 'Walter Tull's Scrapbook', using it as a stimulus for discussion and writing. This has included: tasks on the effects of racism during the war time period, comparing our life to a war child and discussing the impact on families when people were called up for war. The children have produced some brilliant pieces of work.
In Maths, we have been investigating the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages, which the children are really starting to grasp the concept of.
In Science, we have thoroughly enjoyed re-creating the solar system (to scale). We have delved into the depths of the universe, looking specifically at our galaxy, The Milky Way.
Continuing our varied curriculum, they have also had lessons on team bullding, dance, French, art, PSHE and History.
Happy New Year and the Year 5 team hope you have had a wonderful break.
Year 5 have got an extremely exciting half term, jam-packed with exciting learning. Today, the children began their new topic, which is Battle of Britain, by creating a silhouette scene from London during the Blitz. During this half term, we will be looking in more details about the key events of the war and looking into first-hand experiences.
Linking to our topic, our English book for the first 2 weeks will be 'William Tull's Scrapbook', which is all about a footballer who was forced into battle.
In Maths, as well as reinforcing the children's written methods, they will be learning the link between fractions, decimals and percentages in context. Our new Science topic is Earth and Space, beginning next week.
In addition to this, Grafham instructors are coming to our school every Thursday afternoon for team building sessions. This will be concentrating on team work, communication skills and perseverance.
In English, we are continuing to look at our class text, ‘Floodland’, focusing on punctuating speech.
In Maths, we are concentrating on learning key mathematical vocabulary for multiplication and division. Next week, using this knowledge, we will be learning the formal written methods for multiplication.
In Science, we are starting our new topic, which is Forces. The children will be looking at forces acting on objects, moving onto air and wind resistance.
In topic, we will be looking in more depth at the features of a river and the water cycle.
In the past couple of weeks Year 5 have visited Pizza Express and really enjoyed making their pizzas. After this, in
Exciting Writing, Sparrow class wrote a series of instructions based on their experience.
In English, we are continuing to look at our book Floodland and have been empathising with the main character, Zoe, through writing from her point of view in letters as well as predicting what will happen next. In Maths, we have moved on from looking at column subtraction and have focussed on drawing and interpreting different types of graphs.
Last week, children from both classes were involved in Bikeability where they achieved their level 1 or 2. Congratulations to all those children.
Mr Cornell came in to Year 5 to support both classes with their Art work. Through studying artists Monet and Turner, the children recreated their own versions of famous works using the relevant techniques.
Mr Hills and Mr Hall
We have had a great start to the week in Year 5. In English, we are beginning to look in more depth at out book Floodland and at the end of the week will be writing a diary entry based on one of the characters. In Maths, we have started to look at column addition which will be used for reasoning and problem solving.
For your information, both classes will be visiting Pizza Express in the next 2 weeks where they will make a pizza and learn about the process. After this, the children will be writing up their own instructions on how to make a pizza.
Doves - Thursday 28th September
Pictures will be added shortly after.
Year 5 have had a wonderful start to the academic year, engrossing themselves in our topic of 'Rivers'. Recently, Anglian Water gave a class session to all the children in Year 5 and Year 6. Our class were involved in making their own sewage and understanding how Anglian Water clean and transport water.
As well as carrying on with our Topic work next week, the children will also have Maths Day on Monday and part of Tuesday, where they will be using their problem solving skills to try and crack the Crystal Maze. In English, we will start to read our book, Floodland, and thinking about what is going to happen next. In Maths, the children will be learning about place value up to 10 million and creating different representations of these numbers. In Science, we will be beginning our topic of Properties and Changing of Materials.
In addition, both Year 5 classes will have their P.E. sessions on Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that the children have there full PE kit not just for these days but for everyday of the week.
Year 5 have finished our book, The Firework-Maker's Daughter. We will be giving our opinions and writing reviews this week. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the story, engaging well with the characters and descriptive language.
In maths, we have been looking at percentages. This has involved finding equivalents for percentages and then applying our knowledge in word problems.
Year 5 have had a fantastic Spring term and are looking forward to the Summer term!
We are coming to the end of our book ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter.’ The children have produced some fantastic pieces of writing from letters to holiday brochures to chapter endings. The children have been working hard on using all the grammatical features that we have learnt over the year so far.
In Maths, we have been working on converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. The children have also been working on finding fractions and percentages of different amounts.
In topic, we have been building our volcanoes they are looking brilliant and we are very excited to be exploding them next week!
Year 5 had a fantastic World Book Day. We read the start of a story called ‘The Story Stealer’ with the children then writing their own endings. We had some fantastic ideas and they created some amazing stories. Congratulations to Daniel Salter and Emily Henderson-Scott who won the year 5 prizes.
In Maths, we have been looking at decimals and fractions. The children thoroughly enjoyed heading outside on a fraction and decimal hunt, they then were multiplying the numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
In English, we have been continuing reading ‘The Firework Maker’s daughter.’ The children have been writing persuasively looking at a range of different sentence openers and using relative clauses in their writing.
In Maths, we have begun to look at decimals. The children have been looking at different ways of representing decimals using a range of different resources. We will be moving onto looking at comparing decimals and fractions.
In topic the children are creating their own presentations on different volcanoes using the ipads to carry out research.
In English we are continuing to read ‘The Firework Maker’s daughter’. The children have been acting out parts of the story and then using this to help them write playscripts. We have also been writing our own end to the story using the text to predict what will happen next.
In Maths, we have been looking at fractions. The children have been learning about fractions of shape and number including converting improper fractions to mixed number fractions and representing these visually and in abstract form.
In topic, we have been looking at the different types of volcanoes. The children have been looking at the similarities and differences between shield, composite and cinder cone volcanoes.
In Maths, we have begun learning about fractions. We have looked at representing them visually, finding equivalents and comparing them.
In English, we have started our new book ‘The Firework- Makers’ Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman which links to our current topic of Volcanoes and Earthquakes. The children have been writing in role as the characters from the book.
In art, we are looking at the work of Edvard Munch. In particular we will be creating our own ‘Scream’ pictures.
We are looking forward to lots of amazing work from year 5 this term!
Miss King and Mr Clipsham
Doves have been working hard this week. We have been looking at different sentence structures in English, trying to use simple, compound and complex sentences. In maths, we have been tackling negative numbers and how they are used in day-to-day life. So lots of work on money, temperatures and sea-levels!
Our Mayan topic work has also seen the creation of some very colourful masks, which we are writing instructions on how to make.
Doves have been looking at Mayan art today (one of the influences of art deco) with our artist in residence, Mr. Cornell. They started with pencil lines, then added black blocks of paper, and moved onto using Sketch Up on the laptops to create 3D images.
Welcome back for another year at The Round House! We hope you had a wonderful time off during the summer holidays and are looking forward to the year ahead. Please find below a summary of the main learning areas during the first term this year along with some general reminders.
Each Key Stage Two class will now be handing out Literacy homework on a Thursday and it will need to be returned by the following Tuesday. Children need to remember to return their homework on time, as failure to do so could impact on their end of term reward day. We expect the children to spend one hour on each piece of homework, to ensure it is completed to a good standard. Homework books must be handed in every week, and not at the end of each term.
For their numeracy homework, the children will be using Maths Whizz (www.whizz.com ), an online maths education website that is tailored to each individual child. The children are required to complete one hour of maths whizz per week. Maths Whizz will start each Monday, and one hour must be completed by each Sunday evening. If your child has no access to the internet, there are several homework clubs after school where they can complete their maths whizz homework (please refer to after school club letter for dates and times).
In Year 5, children need to read for the equivalent of at least 15 minutes every school night (it might be that some nights they read more than other nights). They need to complete their reading record each time they read. We would very much appreciate you listening to your child’s reading /discussing their book with them at least twice a week and on these occasions request that you sign your child’s reading record book and, if possible, add a comment. This will really help your child to progress in reading and writing. Every morning reading records will be checked, so we value any feedback you can provide us with.
In addition, children are required to practise multiplication tables and division facts to aid rapid recall. Every week there will be an informal check as part of the maths lesson. Your child may bring their times table sheet home to practise.
Year 5 will have PE sessions every Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school at all times, and are prepared for the unpredictable British autumn weather.
There will be a fortnightly newsletter where we will update you on our learning over the term, particularly our literacy and numeracy units, and we will provide any extra details you will need (e.g. changes to timetables, notifications, etc). There will be regular updates over the term on our class pages on the school webpage, plus information on our facebook and twitter pages.
We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead, and thank you in advance for your support.
Year 5 have had a good couple of weeks. They have been working well in all subjects. This week has been assessment week the children have been working hard completing their assessments. We have had Mr Cornell in with year 5 for the past 2 days doing computer based art.
Year 5 have had a good start to the summer term and have been working really hard so far in all subjects.
In Maths, we have been looking at fractions, finding equivalent fractions and using our knowledge from previous lessons to find common factors..
In English we are reading ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ the children have been writing in character as Odysseus. We are also going to be retelling the story of Polyphemus and making our own models of the different characters.
In our topic lessons, we have been looking at the Ancient Greeks.
Week beginning 22/02
It has been a great start back after the half term break, in Year 5. This week we have been lucky enough to have had a number of visitors in to share activities and stories. When Mr Cornell visited, we learnt about the use of art and propaganda during wartime and the children looked at a number of different artists and then made up their own pictures which they then went on to print using ink
In the run up to World Book Day, in English, we have been reading The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. The children have written poetry and newspaper reports and have retold the story in their own words.In Maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge on written methods and have been looking at adding and subtracting fractions.
Week beginning 18/01/16
In the run up to Christmas, the children have been rehearsing their Christmas songs and making decorations. The classrooms are now looking very festive.
In English, we have been finishing off 'The Wind In The Willows'. Recently the children have been writing their own versions of the end of a chapter, in which Toad had to escape from his house. In the last couple of weeks, year 5 will be writing letters of persuasion and creating their own poems.
In Maths, we have been recapping the children's assessments and together we have been exploring fractions.
Year 5 have had a fun filled week this week. In English the children have continued to look at the Wind in the Willows. They have written a description for a missing poster as well as predicting what will happen next in the story. We have also continued to work on our spelling and grammar.
In maths we have been investigating fractions of shapes and have started to look more closely at equivalent fractions. We have begun to compare and order fractions and we will be continuing this work for the next few weeks.
On Thursday 19th November the year 5 children went to Winhills to take part in an inter trust sporting event. The children competed in tag rugby, football and dodgeball. Well done to all that took part.
Year 5 have had a fantastic day today. This morning we walked down to the river to take photos for our topic and art lessons. The children have taken some fantastic photos and will be using these to create their own pictures. I am really looking forward to seeing their work over the next few weeks!
In English this term, we have been reading 'The Wind in the Willows.' We have written in a range of styles already, focusing on recounts, speech and poetry. This week we have been looking in depth at writing persuasively. The children have produced some fantastic letters in role as Mole.
In Maths this half term we have been learning about factors and multiples. To explore these concepts, the children made factor bugs. We will be going on to learning about fractions.
In Science this half term we have begun to learn about properties and changes in material.
In Maths we have been looking at written methods in addition and subtraction and have been applying this when solving problems. In the next few weeks we will be looking at measuring angles.
In English, Year 5 have been writing in a range of styles, to explore the story of ‘The Wind in the Willows’. The children have been writing in the role of Moley.
In our topic lessons for the next couple of weeks we will be exploring the features of a River.
Welcome back Dove class! I hope that you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are looking forward to an exciting year!
This term our topic is 'Go with the flow.' We will be looking at Rivers, learning about the features of rivers and researching about different famous Rivers. We will be focusing on the River Great Ouse and finding out all about it.
In Maths this term, we will begin by revisiting place value. We will then be recapping on the four operations, learning and consolidating new methods to solve more challenging calculations. During the term there will be an emphasis on improving our mental maths skills and abilities in problem solving. Children will be expected to continue to learn their times tables in order to rapidly recall these facts. Other areas to be covered are fractions, shape, data handling, patterns and sequences.
This term the book we are studying is ‘The Wind in the Willows’. This links in with our topic of Rivers by taking us on a journey down the course of a River. A range of different genres will be covered, both fiction and non-fiction. Throughout the term we will continue to work on our reading skills, placing a further emphasis on inference. Spelling, grammar and punctuation will be a key focus within writing and lesson time.
This term our PE lesson will take place on a Monday and a Thursday. Please ensure that your children have full PE kit in school including a change of socks.
We are looking forward to a fun term.
Year 5 have had a fantastic return to school this week and have all been working really hard. In numeracy we have been looking at addition and subtraction and solving problems involving both functions. In Literacy we have been reading more of 'Shackleton's Journey' and acting out different scenes from the adventure.
This half term our topic in science is 'Life' the children will be learning about all aspects of different animals lives.
We will be having outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Tuesday. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school at all times.
Year 5 have been working brilliantly this term so far. In English the children have been learning about 'Shackleton's Journey'. They have been taking on the role of different crew members, researching them and writing fact files ready to start writing a log book next week. The children have also enjoyed writing their own CVs in character and then role playing interviews to be employed to go on the journey.
In Maths the children have been learning about fractions. They have been working really well, we have been looking at how to multiply fractions and mixed number fractions by whole numbers. Keep up the good work!
In topic we are learning about Empire. We have spent the first few weeks learning about the world, labelling the continents and oceans and learning which countries were affected by the British Empire.
In numeracy we have been learning about the properties of shape and reading and writing coordinates for the past week. We will be moving on to using fractions in division.
In literacy, year 5 have been writing in a range of styles, to explore the story of the Firework Maker’s Daughter. The children have written letters, used speech punctuation to write interviews and time connectives to write instructions.
In our topic lessons for the next couple of weeks we will be making a volcano and researching Pompeii.
Spring 2 - 23/02/15
Welcome back Doves! Hope that you all had a lovely half term and are looking forward to an exciting rest of this term! We are carrying on with our topic of Volcanoes and Earthquakes and will be making our own volcano in DT! We will also be looking at famous volcano eruptions that have happened in the past.
In Numeracy, Year 5 have been focussing on multiplication, division and measurement for the last couple of weeks. We will be continuing with mental multiplication and division methods then we will be looking at efficient written methods before moving on to Geometry.
For Literacy, the children have started reading ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter.’ To start with we have created poetry using figurative language. In the next couple of weeks, the children will continue the topic by focussing on instruction writing and persuasion. Using features from the text to aid with their own writing. In Science we will continuing looking at light.
PE this half term will be outside on a Wednesday (tag rugby) and indoors on a Thursday (zumba).
We are looking forward to an exciting half term!
Miss King and Mr Olsen
Spring 1 - 23/01
We have had a fantastic week in year 5 this week. In Literacy the children have been using the iPads, computers and books to research information on Volcanoes and Earthquakes, taking notes then using the notes to turn into sentences to present to the rest of the class. We had some fantastic performances! In Numeracy this week we have been learning about Roman Numerals, the children have been reading, writing and creating their own codes using them. In the second part of the week the children looked at efficient methods for calculating addition and subtraction questions, they decided whether to use mental or written methods and then used these to begin to solve word problems. In Science this week we have finished our topic on forces with the children cementing their knowledge by producing a poster to show their learning. We also had a visit from reception to listen to a performance of our Earth and Space song to help them with their topic this term.
Spring 1- 09/01/15
Welcome back to all year 5, we hope that you had a lovely Christmas and are ready for an exciting term. Our topic this term is going to be Volcanoes and Earthquakes – Life on the Fault Line. In literacy we are looking at information texts and we will be creating our own powerpoints based on our topic, with the children researching their own interests. In numeracy for the next few weeks we will be continuing place value and then moving on to learning about roman numerals. In science for the next few weeks we will be finishing off our topic on forces, where the children have been doing experiments to test different forces. PE this term for year 5s will be indoor gymnastics on a Monday and outdoor netball on a Wednesday. Please ensure PE kit is in school at all time.
Year 5 have had a fantastic week this week. In literacy we have been writing our own Mayan myths to explain a phenomenon using figuarative language, speech and varying our sentences for effect. In numeracy this week we have been using efficient written methods in both subtraction and addition word problems, using the RUCSAC method (ask your children to explain!) to solve.
This week we have also learnt the colours and numbers in french and we have been learning about why there is day and night.
Well done year 5 for some great work this week. Keep it up!
Doves and Sparrow classes have moved back to a more regular timetable this week, after all the work we did for our Ancient Maya topic during ‘Creative Week.’ However, as our current literacy unit is ‘Myths and Legends’ we decided to continue the link to the Ancient Maya by looking at their ancient stories. The children have read and dramatized the story of the Hero Twins and have started to explore what features make a good myth or legend.
In numeracy we have been concentrating on ‘Place Value’. The children have been learning how to read, write and order numbers all the way to a million and have also begun to look at rounding and estimating.
Science for the next half term is ‘Earth and Space’. Today the children researched the definitions of a number of scientific words and identified what they already knew about the topic and what they wanted to find out.
Well done Doves!
We have had an excellent first week or so back in which the children have settled into school well. To start with, Doves and Sparrows began to decorate their classrooms and did some teambuilding games together.
In year 5, the children have also started to explore their topic for this term, of the Ancient Maya, which culminated in a Maya Day on Thursday.
First, using their map skills, the children identified where the Maya came from and, with the use of a timeline, how long their civilisation lasted. For their Maya day, Doves and Sparrows made masks, headdresses and jewellery, played the Ancient Maya game of pok-a-tok (similar to basketball) and ate traditional Maya food.
On Friday we also had a fantastic Sports Day and Miss King and I were very impressed with the effort that year 5 put in. Well done to everyone who took part!
Just as a reminder, the children will be doing sport on a Tuesday and Wednesday, however PE kits need to be in all week. Given that we are approaching winter, can you please ensure that the children have appropriate (ie warm) clothing for the unpredictable British weather?
In addition, homework books will be sent out on a Thursday and will be expected in the following Tuesday. Children need to spend 1 hour on literacy homework each week and as always the children need to try their best.
Children are required to practise multiplication tables and division facts to aid rapid recall. Every week there will be an informal check as part of the maths lesson. Your child may bring their times table sheet home to practise.
Lastly, we have been really impressed with how smart the children in year 5 look in their school uniforms. We hope that this trend continues for the rest of the term.
This week we started our new topic of ‘Older Literature’, where we are focusing on the works of Rudyard Kipling, including ‘The Jungle Book’ and ‘Just So Stories’. We have been reading, comparing and contrasting classic fiction with contemporary literature.
In Numeracy we have been working through a maths unit that includes written and mental methods for addition and subtraction, rounding, problem solving, and investigating puzzles and patterns.
This week we were lucky enough to go to the St. Neots safety zone held at the St Neots Fire Station. The children learnt about how to keep safe in a range of environments including activies with a dog warden, paramedic, police and the fire brigade.
Today the children practised their dance for the end of year production, which is already starting to look great.
Well done on a good half term. Have a fantastic break and we look forward to seeing you in June!
Busy week in year 5!
In our literacy topic we are learning about stories from other cultures. Given the World Cup hosts are Brazil this year, we have been focussing on stories from the Amazon Rainforest. One of the stories we have been reading is called the Shaman’s Apprentice and today the children re-enacted scenes from it as a way to help them understand the motives and feelings of the main characters, while also working on their drama techniques.
In numeracy the children have been concentrating on solving tricky word problems, using all four functions. We have paid particularly close attention to making sure we always read the question carefully by recognising the important information.
We have continued our science topic this week by looking at the process of condensation and within our ‘Under the Canopy’ topic we have used atlases and globes to understand the importance of maps.
Cracking effort Doves!
It's been a great start to the Summer term in year 5!
Because we celebrated Easter on Sunday, we thought that it would be a good idea this week to explore the Easter story in detail. The children have done a lot of work this week debating the life and legacy of Jesus Christ, the roles his disciples and others played in his final days and what his crucifixion means to Christians around the world.
We also have begun to research our topic this term which is The Rainforest. In light of the world cup being hosted in Brazil, we are concentrating on the human and physical geography of South America.
The children discussed what they already knew about rainforests and rivers, before posing questions about what they would like to find out about during the term.
Linked with our topic is our first Literacy topic of the term, Stories from other cultures. We have read The Shaman's Apprentice by Lynne Cherry and learnt about many of the important plants in the rainforest and we have also read The Great Kapok Tree, also by Lynne Cherry, and learnt about the importance of looking after the rainforests of the world.
The children have identified interesting words and descriptions and other textual features which they will eventually use to write their own story.
Solid start Doves! Well done.
We have had an excellent week in year 5 – albeit one slightly shorter than normal!
In our literacy lessons, the children have continued reading and analysing James and the Giant Peach and other stories written by Roald Dahl. In particular, the children have focussed on the use of dialogue and on Tuesday, they wrote their own conversation between James and his aunts about what they could do with their enormous Peach. Today, the children began planning an alternative scene to describe how James and the insects managed to escape from some very hungry sharks.
In our numeracy lessons, the children have learnt about ratios and scales and they have also consolidated their mental methods for working out sums, differences, doubles and halves.
After weeks of preparation and practise, today was the day the children were finally able to perform their street dance at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Cambridge. They were excellent and they did their school and their teachers very proud!
The children also had the opportunity to meet a couple of Paralympic athletes from London 2012 and the Beijing Paralympics in 2008. Fran Williamson and Harriet Lee, who between them have 7 Paralympic medals, joined us for a chat and a couple of photos and the children were even lucky enough to hold some of the medals!
Super effort Doves. Well done!
This friday the children learnt about sport relief and took part in the 'Sport Relief Mile'. The weather was beautiful and the children loved having the opportunity to visit St Neots Football Club, to use the 3G astro turf pitch as our running track.
This week we have started a new Literacy Unit 'Stories by Significant Authors'. Over the past week we have been learning about Roald Dahl and some of his amazing stories. During this first week we have been engrossing ourselves in different texts, including: Georges Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on James and the Giant Peach, and learning how to write like Roald Dahl.
Dear Year 5 Parent/Carers,
In music over the next few weeks we are looking at African cyclic patterns. As well as using drums and other percussion instruments, we are hoping to make our own shakers and bells as many African children do, and then use them in our music.
Please can you help us collect junk material that would be suitable for instrument making. eg plastic bottles, bottle tops, foil and baking parchment, string, cardboard boxes, wire, yogurt pots, beads and anything else that your child feels is needed for their instrument of choice.
Thank you for your help,
We have had another fantastic week in year 5 and the children have been working exceptionally hard.
In numeracy, we started the week with the children conducting surveys, filling in frequency tables and producing their own graphs. Today we focussed on scales and measurement. Some children were concentrating on capacity while others looked at weight.
In literacy, we have been continuing with analysing the 'Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. The children made story boards of the poem, which they used to create freeze frames and for the last two days the children planned and performed a choral performance.
In addition, in preparation for the next topic, we also read through George's Marvellous Medicine and because of World Book Day, a number of the children came in with an item of red and white striped clothing, in tribute to Where's Wally?
Well done Doves!
In year 5 this week the children have been working extremely hard with their assessments. The results have been very pleasing so far and the children should be very proud of what they have achieved!
Aside from the tests, the children have also been continuing with learning about 'Britain since 1948'. In our topic lessons we have been researching about the Empire Windrush - where it came from; who was on board; and why it came to Britain.
The children have also started street dance again. Doves have been selected to represent the school to help open the Sainsbury's school games, towards the end of March (more details to follow), so the children have been practising the routine they will be doing.
Well done Doves on an excellent week!
Another good week in year five.
This week we have been learning about the properties of different 2D shapes, in particular, lines of symmetry and parallel and perpendicular lines.
We have come to the end of our persuasive texts unit in literacy and the children have created some fabulous persuasive posters. Through this unit and especially the last week, thier ICT skills have developed and they are now confident with using Microsoft Publisher.
During this week's science lesson, the children created an 'Earth, Sun and Moon' model and learnt about the different phases of the moon.
Our focus this week in topic has been 'School Life'. The children made notes whilst watching a video about what school was like in the 1950s. They then performed a short drama piece, to get into character, and have now begun to plan and write a diary entry, as if they were a child in the 1950's.
On Monday we had a visit from Luke Temple, who inspired the children with a dramatic and spooky reading from two of his books. Many of the children were then lucky enough to grab themselves a signed copy, when Luke Temple returned the next day.
In Numeracy this week, we have been looking at mental methods of calculation for multiplication and division. We also looked at common multiples and the children made factor bugs to find all the factors of a number.
In Literacy we have continued looking at persuasive texts and the children have started to design a persuasive poster, on the topic of Homework.
On Monday the children and I were lucky enough to use the St Neots FC astro pitch for our PE lesson. We were also joined, once again, by David Bridges who is an FA Tesco skills coach. It has been great to use all the facilities and the children are really improving their football skills.
This week, the children have been working incredibly well in their numeracy. We have been securing our knowledge of subtraction and addition and are are now moving on to mental calculation strategies.
In literacy, having explored the features of persuasive writing for the past two weeks, the children wrote their own persuasive letters to Mrs Bryden about possible activities for Reward Day.
This week the children have worked exceptionally hard in numeracy refining their written methods for answering addition questions.
In literacy we have identified the features of persuasive letters, collected examples of them and learnt how to extend sentences, using a range of connectives.
On friday, we were lucky enough to have a visitor in to help us improve our team building skills. The children were learning to enhance their communication and listen skills and to realise the importance of every member of the group.
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I can't quite believe that 2014 is here already; I am very excited about the term ahead!
Spring Term/ 1st Half Curriculum
In Literacy we will be looking at persuasive texts. During the first phase of this unit we will be engrossing the children in different text types, for example, letters, leaflets, newspapers, magazines and TV adverts. They will then be using the key features of these to write a persuasive letter. Later in this unit, the children will get to design a poster or leaflet advertising/persuading on an issue related to our topic.
Writing Targets - Each child has two personal targets to improve his/ her writing. These are reviewed regularly so we can move the children's writing on as quickly as possible.
Spelling - Spelling is extremely important. We will continue to follow the Support for Spelling programme this term.
Numeracy - In numeracy we will begin by focusing on place value, addition and subtraction written methods. We will then continue to work through the units for this term. Please check out our fortnightly newsletter for this information, as there is too much to add here! In numeracy the children are flexibly grouped between Sparrows and Doves, and they will be taught exactly what they need to know to achieve their potential and be challenged.
Topic - This term's topic will be how Britain has changed since 1948. Throughout this topic we will be focusing on important figures from this period and important changes to British life, for example: work, population structure and technology.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ARTEFACTS THAT CAN SUPPORT THIS LEARNING (really old mobile phones ['brick' phones] and records), PLEASE SEND THEM IN WITH YOUR CHILD. THANK YOU!!
Science - In science, the children will be learning about the ‘Earth, Sun and Moon’. We will be looking at seasons, phases of the Moon, shadows and why the Sun appears to be moving.