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Tuesday 14th July

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope you are all well and enjoying the work set this week.

 

Today's work includes a reading comprehension based around poems for English, looking at the link between percentages fractions and decimals in Maths and thinking about your transition into next year in Creative.

 

Good luck and keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Please find the work for today (week beginning 13th July) below:

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/learning/1307year-5

Monday 13th July

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Welcome to your last full week of home learning and the last full week of your term. I hope you managed to enjoy the return of the good weather and enjoy it in a balanced way alongside your work this week.

 

This week's English work has a poetry focus and today we start off by looking at a s election of fantastic poems by a three fantastic poets. In Maths, your focus is percentages this week and in Creative your work as a focus on Planes today but there will also be transition work set that will help you think about your transition into Year 6.

 

Good luck with your work. As ever, please keep in touch via the blog and let me know how you are getting on.

 

Keep safe and good luck!

 

Mr Hills

 

Friday 10th July

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Happy Friday! I hope you have enjoyed the work this week and are managing to find the right balance between work and breaks. 

 

Today's activities in Maths are based around ordering and comparing decimals. Whilst in English, you are going to be focusing on identifying the subject, verb and object of a sentence. In Creative, your work is going to look at some artwork by an Impressionist painter who often included bridges within their work.

 

Good luck with your work today and I hope you have a lovely weekend. 

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Please find today's work at the link below (for week beginning 6th July):

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/learning/0607year-5

 

 

Thursday 9th July

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope you are all well and are keeping safe despite the miserable weather. The sun will be returning next week (we hope!).

 

Today's work finishes off looking at colons and semi-colons in English, looks at rounding decimals in Maths and includes making your own bridge!

 

Good luck and please stay in touch - it would be great to see some of your work today!

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Wednesday 8th July

 

Hello home-schoolers,

 

I hope you are well and getting on alright with the work this week.

 

Today's English is looking at colons and semi-colons in the context of volcanoes, Maths looks at decimals and fractions and Creative is continuing to look at different types of bridge. 

 

Make sure you have a go at the quizzes we have set up online and are still reading everyday; it would be great to hear about what you are reading at the moment and whether you would recommend anything!

 

Good luck and keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Tuesday 7th July

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope you are all well and enjoying the return of the sunshine.

 

Your work today includes finding fractions of amounts, looking at word types and thinking about responsibility.

 

Keep up the great work that you have been doing and remember to stay in touch via the blog.

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Monday 6th July

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope you are all well and had an enjoyable weekend. Welcome to another week of home learning. 

 

The link for this week's lessons has been copied below. In Maths, you are looking at multiplying fractions, in Creative you are learning about bridges, and this week's English has a SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) focus with the first lesson looking at word type.

 

Remember to stay in contact via the blog and to let me know if you have an questions or problems.

 

Good luck,

 

Mr Hills

Friday 3rd July

 

Good morning Doves, 

 

Happy Friday! Another week of home learning almost done so make sure you keep up the effort and good work today. 

 

You will be writing your explanation texts in English today, so make sure you have a quick recap on the things we have covered this week. In Maths, you are multiplying fractions and in creative you are continuing to think about hygiene and the invention of antibiotics. 

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and the sun comes out again for you. 

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

 

 

 

Please follow the link below to access this week's work (week beginning 29th June):

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/learning/2906year-5

Thursday 2nd July

 

Hello Doves,

 

Good morning and welcome to another day of home learning. I hope you are well and managing OK even in this mix of weathers we are having. 

 

Today's work which you can access below includes: subtracting mixed numbers in Maths; planning your explanation writing in English and an investigation into the best way of washing your hands in Creative. 

 

It has been great to hear from some of you about what you are reading and recommending for others; remember to make sure you are reading every day and getting through a range of different types of books if possible!

 

Do get in touch via the blog and remember to keep safe and active when you can.

 

Keep up the great work.

 

Mr Hills

Wednesday 1st July

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Welcome to July! I can''t believe it has come round so quickly. I hope you are all well and your work this week is going well. 

 

Today's work, which can be accessed via the link below includes: adding mixed numbers in Maths, explaining author choice in English and learning about Microorganisms in Science.

 

Please keep sharing your work and using the blog to get in touch, it is always great to hear from you.

 

Good luck with the work today and stay safe,

 

Mr Hills

 

 

Tuesday 30th July

 

Good morning home-schoolers,

 

I hope you are well and yesterday's work went alright. Remember, all of the chapters of The Adventures of Odysseus are now on YouTube so make sure you have listened to those and then completed an AR quiz on this. The link to all the chapters, I have copied below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBHTGx9AsWTPl1zwVBlKI-qEWgPAWl_Oa

 

Please follow the link below to find today's work. In Creative, you are looking at internet safety whilst in Maths you are looking at improper fractions and mixed numbers. For today's English, you are focusing on some of the features of an explanation text.

 

Good luck with today's work. Remember to stay in touch via the blog and keep safe.

 

Mr Hills

 

 

Monday 29th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Welcome to another week of home learning! I hope you are all well and you enjoyed your weekend.

 

This week in Maths you are returning to some fraction work and in English you are looking at explanation texts. For Creative today your work focuses on Alexander Fleming.

 

Please follow the link below to find today's work.

 

Remember, please do get in touch via the blog and let me know how you are getting on.

 

Good luck with your work today and remember that even though some of the rules of lock down are easing further in the coming weeks, please be sensible and keep safe when you are out and about and enjoy the return of the good weather.

 

Enjoy,

 

Mr Hills

 

Friday 26th June

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 14 - THE OLIVE TREE

 

Here it is Doves! The final chapter of the Adventures of Odysseus!

 

Enjoy and then quiz!

Ocean, Albie and Miriam have already passed the quiz!

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0SZaSi_8w

Keep safe and keep in touch

 

Mr Smith

Friday 26th June

 

Happy Friday Doves,

 

Good morning and well done for almost completing another week of home learning.

 

I hope you are all well and keeping safe and cool. Remember to make sure you are keeping a balance between work and getting active. If you didn't manage to get as much done yesterday because of the weather, then make sure you get your narratives finished today as you have been building towards these for two weeks and I'd love to see what you have put together.

 

You can share what you have done on the blog or you can send a copy/photo/attachment to the feedback email address for comments:

 

y5feedback@diamondonline.uk

 

Good luck and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

 

Keep safe and keep in touch,

 

Mr Hills

 

 

 

Find your work for the week beginning 22/06/20 here:

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/learning/2206year-5

Thursday 25th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Welcome to another gloriously sunny day. It's going to be a hot one so please make sure you are being sensible outside (hat, sun cream, lots of water).

 

Your work for today can be found at the link below. If, like me, when you are online you are working in a small room inside, be doubly aware of how hot it is and how much time you are spending today in one room in front of a screen. Because today's English task in particular is an extended writing one, you might want to break this up into lots of little writing sessions (although this is then quite difficult to get in the flow) or you might want to do it in one go but first thing this morning or later on, when it is it cooler. It is completely up to you. You could even take your writing outside and sit in the shade once you have watched the video.

 

In English, we will be starting to write our narrative and in Maths you are looking at different multiplication methods. Don't forget to have a go at the mental maths starter! In Creative, you are continuing to look at the wheel but please remember if you are struggling with being independent on these creative tasks then why not adapt it to suit you or try something related. You can message me via the blog if you want to check.

 

Good luck today. I'm really looking forward to hopefully seeing some of the narratives you have been working towards. You can post photos of them on the blog or once finished on Friday, you could email them in to the feedback emails provided at the start of this week.

 

Keep safe and enjoy,

 

Mr Hills

 

 

Wednesday 24th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope this morning finds you well and safe, and prepared for a day of home learning! 

 

The work for today is available via the link below. In Maths, you are looking at factors, multiples and prime numbers (can you remember what a composite number is?) and in English you will be finishing off your plan for your narrative. The creative lesson has a PSHE focus (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) looking at staying safe.

 

Remember, when approaching these tasks it is absolutely the right thing to do to ask for a help via the blog or to an adult/someone at home but try to be resilient and independent with your learning. If you don't quite have the tools to complete the task as it specifies, try and find another way of completing it or doing something similar. 

 

I hope you enjoy today's work and please do get in touch via the blog to let me know how you are getting on!

 

Good luck and keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Tuesday 23rd June

 

Good morning home schoolers!

 

I hope you are well and got on alright with yesterday's work. The sunshine has definitely made a welcome return so make sure you are getting plenty of time outside and are making the most of this (but again remember your sun cream, hats and to drink plenty of water). 

 

Today's work can be accessed via the link below. In the Creative lesson, you have a Science focus looking at forces. In Maths, you are continuing to look at subtraction and in English you are beginning your plan for your narrative.

 

Remember, you can access the latest chapter of The Adventures of Odysseus via the Round House Story Tellers channel - all the videos have been collected together in case you missed any:

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBHTGx9AsWTPl1zwVBlKI-qEWgPAWl_Oa

 

Good luck with today's work - it would be great to hear how you are getting on.

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 13

 

HI Doves

 

Chapter 13 complete - 1 chapter to go and then you can quiz on it!

 

https://youtu.be/7cfHHZuCdWY

 

Enjoy!

 

Mr Smith

Monday 22nd June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Welcome to another week of home learning! It looks like the sun is returning this week so make sure you take plenty of breaks and spend some time outside but don't forget your hats, sun cream and drink plenty of water!

 

The website has been updated with this week's work so please follow the link below to find today's work. In Maths, you are focusing on different mental methods and there is even a short mental maths activity for you to complete before you start today's lesson. You can then watch the lesson and the choose between the support, main and challenge activity. Remember, if you find yourself getting through the questions quickly, then make sure you challenge yourself and try a few from the next set of questions! In English, we are looking at describing a setting as we build towards writing our own narrative at the end of the week. For your Creative lesson, there is a Design and Technology focus for today.

 

I hope you enjoy today's work. Please do leave me a message on the blog to let me know how you are getting on.

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Friday 19th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Happy Friday! And just like that, another week has gone - I hope you have enjoyed the work this week and are settling in to more of a routine. 

 

Please find the link to the work below. In English today, you are looking at different clause structures and in Maths you are looking at written methods for addition and problems around this. In your Creative lesson, you will be looking at putting together a sundial.

 

Remember, you should also be reading for 20 minutes minimum per day and if you are looking for additional challenges you could have a look at either the enrichment activities link on Diamond Online, under each subject button on the Curriculum pages on the school website or you could try the Science activities that I share with your adults on the Facebook page:

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/enrichment-activities

https://www.roundhouseprimary.co.uk/topic/curriculum

 

Keep up the good work. It has been great to see more of you sharing what you have been up to on the school blog.

 

I hope you enjoy today's work and have a lovely weekend.

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Thursday 18th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope you are all well and didn't get caught in the storm yesterday!

 

Today's work can be found at the link below. In English, you might find a familiar face talking to you about creating a character. Whilst in Maths, you will be looking at different mental methods. Your Creative task today, continues to think about you theme of light but focuses on the Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) - something that I have always wanted to go and see!

 

I hope you enjoy your work today and are managing to keep up with your minimum of 20 minutes reading a day.

 

It would be fantastic to hear from you so please do let me know how you find the work or simply come and say hello via the Blog.

 

Have a great day and keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Access your work for today here:

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/learning/1506year-5

If you are struggling with how to use the website, watch these videos:

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/how-to-use-the-online-school

Wednesday 17th June

 

Hello Doves!

 

Good morning and welcome to another day of homeschooling. I hope you are well and are managing your time effectively. Remember to get plenty of breaks throughout the day and get the most out of the sunshine when it is here!

 

I hope the new way of using videos is working well for you and you are finding the website easier to use. Please remember to let me know how you are getting on as it is through this feedback that we can develop what we are doing to make it the best we can to support you. Feedback can be both what you find difficult and would like changed as well as what is going well and what you like. If you haven't posted in a while, why not make it your challenge today to post in the blog.

 

Please find the link below for your work today. In Maths, you will be looking at negative numbers in context and in English you will be looking at some of the features of a narrative. The Creative lesson today is around Growth Mindset and will require you to watch the assembly from Monday's lesson. You could also watch Mr Hall's assembly, which you can find on the Round House Story Tellers YouTube channel, that might also help with this work.

 

If you are struggling to load any of the videos, one tip I have for you is to press play on the video and then leave it. Maybe go away and read or have a break and play outside. It will then load all the way through and if you come back to it later and click back to the start, hopefully it will play smoothly. If you do experience any issues, remember to let me know!

 

Enjoy your work today.

 

Mr Hills

Tuesday 16th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

I hope you are all keeping safe and are feeling well. It has been lovely to see some of the work you have been completing recently so please do keep it up.

 

Today's work can be found at the link below. In Maths you will be looking at rounding and for English you will be looking at the purpose of language within a reading comprehension. Please do let me know how you get on today and if there is anything else you might need to support you in your work.

 

Why not catch up with any chapters of The Adventures of Odysseus you have missed by clicking the link below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBHTGx9AsWTPl1zwVBlKI-qEWgPAWl_Oa

 

Good luck and remember to read you book for at least twenty minutes today!

 

Mr Hills

Monday 15th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Welcome back to another week of home learning!

 

I hope you had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to the week, especially as it looks like the sunshine has returned.

 

Remember you should still be reading on top of the work you complete on Diamond Online and you should then still check to see if the book you have read is on the AR system so you can complete a quiz.

 

Please follow the link below to find today's work. In Maths, you will be looking at comparing number in different contexts and there are some problems and reasoning questions to really get your brain ticking. In English, we are going to look at Narratives in a bit more detail and over the next two weeks will build to plan and write our own, based upon a common stimulus (idea). 

 

Good luck with today's work. You will notice that this work does not take you to the Oak pages so hopefully navigating the website will become a little easier. As always, contact me on the blog if you have any problems or would like to share your work (or even just say hello!).

 

All the best,

 

Mr Hills 

MONDAY 15TH JUNE - THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 12 - SETTING THE TRAP

 

Good morning Doves!

I hope you are all keeping well, working hard and enjoying the sunshine!

Here is the next gripping chapter of The Adventures of Odysseus. Only 2 to go after this one so it's getting to the climax!

You catch watch it here

https://youtu.be/z_2F4WknPm0

or tune in to The Round House Storytellers channel to catch up with previous chapters! All 12 are on there somewhere!

Happy listening!

Keep in touch and stay safe

Mr Smith

Friday 12th June

 

Good morning Doves,

 

Happy Friday everyone. And there we have it - another week down. I hope you are all well and settling in to using Diamond Online. It is a very difficult time at the moment and we just wanted to say that all your teachers are very proud of you and the way you are getting on with your learning at home. You are showing tremendous resilience so just remember to tell your self well done and keep on trying to make the best of the situation. 

 

Please follow the link below to find today's work. In Maths, you are looking at subtracting decimals and in English you will be write an alternative ending to a story. For the Creative lesson, you are recapping the water cycle.

 

Good luck with the work today. Remember to get in contact with me via the blog, not just if there is a problem, but share with me what is going well and how you are doing!

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Mr Hills

Thursday 11th June

 

Good morning all,

 

I hope you are well and keeping safe and busy inside or maybe you are someone who enjoys the rain? I have to admit, I do enjoy watching it out the window or wrapping myself up and going for a walk in it - just as long as it doesn't stay for too long!

 

Yesterday seemed to be a smoother day with regards to using the website so I hope your are getting used to it and enjoying the work set. Please click on the links below to access today's work which looks at adding decimals in Maths, speech in English and investigating insulators in Science for Creative. 

 

If you are looking for something a bit different to do today or for the rest of the week then why not check out the list of enrichment websites detailed on the Diamond Online site:

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/enrichment-activities

 

or that are listed under Curriculum on the school's website:

 

https://www.roundhouseprimary.co.uk/topic/curriculum

 

There are some great resources here if you would like something a little extra. You could even try a few minutes of TT Rockstars or Maths Whizz to get your Maths brains firing but remember this would be in addition to the work set today on Diamond Online and is optional. 

 

The Team at Cambridge Science Centre have also published the next version of their Open Up Science Magazine which I have attached below and this week it is all about Flight and includes a range of really interesting activities!

 

Keep up the good work and remember, please do log on to the blog be it to share something about your work or just to say hello.

 

Keep safe,

 

Mr Hills

Wednesday 10th June

 

Hello Doves,

 

I hope you are all well and keeping safe and getting used to the work set on Diamond Online. I just wanted to say that you are all doing really well especially with your reading and I was super impressed with Mr Smith's message regarding your reading - wow! Keep it up - you are doing your class and your teacher proud!

 

Please follow the link to below to find today's work which continues our work on decimals in Maths and looks at the features of a text in English. Today's creative has a Design and Technology focus where you will be building a boat - I'd love to see some photos of your completed work being tested!

 

I have been through all the links on the website to double check but if you do find anything please let me know via the blog but remember the blog is still an opportunity to practise your writing. So, please reread your work aloud and check to make sure it makes sense, it is complete, includes correct spellings and punctuation and reads in the same way that you would politely ask a question. I must have seen at least 6 different ways to spell Diamond so far!

 

Good luck and please do get in contact via the blog to let me know how you are getting on - all your feedback is invaluable!

 

Keep safe, 

 

Mr Hills 

Tuesday 9th June

 

Good morning home-schoolers!

 

I hope you are well and managing to find a good balance with the new way of working. Thank you for your patience with regards to the website, especially when you encounter problems, but I hope you are enjoying the videos and the new tasks set. I have looked through today and all seems fine but please do get in contact via the blog if you experience any problems. If you do, be resilient and do your best - get in contact with me and then maybe use that time to have a break, do some exercise or read your book and then check back to see what I've recommended or if the issue has been sorted!

 

Also, please do have a look at the Oxford Owl website (details below) if you have started to struggle to find new things to read or would like to find something a bit different.

 

Today's work is accessible below and please do let me know how you get on as your feedback is really helpful and lets us improve the website.

 

Good luck!

 

Mr Hills

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 11 - THE BEGGAR

 

Hi Doves

Another chapter of Odysseus for you to watch and listen to. If you have been following carefully , you will know who the beggar in the title of this chapter is. 

 

https://youtu.be/c_Pjfg73ILQ

 

Warning - there is a very sad moment in this chapter!

Watch out for the last 3 chapters - they will be recorded very soon!

 

Take care and keep in touch

 

Mr Smith

Monday 8th June

Good morning Doves,

I hope you had a lovely weekend and managed to get out and be active even though it was a bit rainy!

 

Please use the links above to access today’s work! But, remember, you are still expected to be reading for 20minutes today.

 

This week you will be working towards writing an alternative ending to a traditional tale in English and looking at decimals in Maths. There are also a number of Science, Art, DT and Geography activities based around the Frozen Kingdom and Water theme.

 

For Maths, there may well be slides and links you have seen before as it is recapping decimals (and it uses some of the White Rose activities you may have looked at before). If this is the case, do not worry. This is a useful topic to go over as it is not one we have covered in class. But, make sure you have a look at the support and challenge activities if you need a little extra help or something to push you on a bit.

 

For the English, it is important that you watch the video of the main lesson and then when it asks you to pause for the main activity you can either continue with this (if you are finding it OK) or then go back to the Diamond page and access the support or challenge activity. There is also a video to help that will help with the support activity. If you are finding the lesson straight forward, have a go at the Challenge activity.

 

Please do keep in touch via the blog. At no point should you require a password or need to request to access the work so if the links do not take you straight through to the work then please let me know.

 

This will still require some adjusting and you may come across issues – please do not worry. Just do your best and make sure you take lots of breaks.

 

Good luck, enjoy and keep in touch

Mr Hills

(P.S. You do not need to do Spelling Shed, Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars on top of this work but you are very welcome to do these if you would like. You ARE still expected to read for a minimum of 20minutes a day)

OXFORD OWL WEBSITE

HI Doves.

I'm guessing that some of you are starting to run out of books now. One solution is to go on the Oxford Owl website.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

I have set up a class login so anyone in Doves can access the books on there. Don't forget to quiz on them afterwards!

Class login - dovesmith20

Password - Dovesmith20

Let me know how you get on!

Keep in touch and stay safe

Mr Smith

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - Chapter 10 Father and Son

Hello everyone

 

Hope you are all well. The story is nearing the end - only 4 chapters after this one. Odysseus is now home - will his end be tragic or happy? Watch here to find out!

 

https://youtu.be/HDF0G0SXq_Q

 

Enjoy!

 

Keep safe

 

Mr Smith

Friday 5th June

Happy Friday Doves, 

 

Good morning! I hope you have enjoyed this week's work and are getting used to the idea that it is changing as of Monday. Make sure you try the Diamond Online work today to make sure you are happy with how it looks and works so on Monday it isn't such a big change and you can hit the ground running.

 

Follow the link below and you will find some activities that concludes the work on volume and instructions. If you missed any of the previous work and would like to give those activities a go (as they all lead to the work today) then by all means have a look back at some of the other days and try those activities.

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/home 

 

Remember, if you are having any issues with finding your way around, make sure you watch the videos below - they will definitely help. 

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/how-to-use-the-online-school

 

You can still complete some of the grid activities and there are some lovely suggestions on there (a very arty day today). So, if you would like to finish off this week by completing the last of the work that we previously set then your day might look like this:

 

  • Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes 

 

  • 30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars  

 

  • 10 Spelling Shed games 

 

  • White Rose Maths - Lesson 5 - Friday Maths Challenge

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ 

 

  • Indoor Activity 10 – Create your own one-point perspective picture

 

  • Outdoor activity 10 – (Not on the grids) Create your own animal pictures only by using things you can find in your garden (leaves work best).

 

 

 

If you have any questions, please let me know via the blog. 

 

Have a good day, enjoy your weekend, keep safe and I look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Mr Hills

Thursday 4th June

Hello Dove class, 

 

I hope your work went well yesterday and you are adjusting to the new website. There is again work set for today on this link that includes some more work on volume, instructions and the second part of a Science lesson. If you missed the first part of this Creative lesson, have a look back at Monday to help. Use the link below to access Diamond Online and head to the learning button on the left-hand side.  

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/home 

 

If you are having any issues with finding your way around, make sure you watch the videos below - they will definitely help. 

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/how-to-use-the-online-school

 

There are two days left of completing the previous style of work so if you who would like to continue with the indoor and outdoor grids please see below for my suggestion of what today’s learning might look like but please do have a look at the virtual school link so you can start to adjust to how the work will be set next week. 

 

  • Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes 

 

  • 30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars  

 

  • 10 Spelling Shed games 

 

  • White Rose Maths - Lesson 4 - Fractions as operators (worksheets for activities above) 

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ 

 

  • Indoor activity 9 - Theseus and the Minotaur – create the maze 

 

  • Outdoor activity 9 – Creating patterns 

 

There is additional information on the grids to help you with these activities so have a look below to find out more or if you would like to try one of the other activities.

 

Please keep on blogging and letting me know what you are getting up to. If you have not blogged in a while, that is your challenge today.

 

Have a good day, keep safe and I look forward to hearing from you. 

 

Mr Hills

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 9 - ITHACA

Hi all, 

It's been a long wait but here is chapter 9. What will happen next to Odysseus now he has explained everything to King Alcinous?

https://youtu.be/SwDOrjmm6uA

 

Happy listening!

 

Mr Smith

Wednesday 3rd June

 

Good morning Dove class, 

 

We're almost halfway through the week already! I hope you have been keeping busy and enjoying time outside as well as working hard. It doesn't look like its going to be quite as nice today so today might be the day to have a look at the new Diamond Online school link. I have copied it again below.

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/home 

 

If you have already tried this and completed some of the activities or looked around or even if you haven't even dared click on it yet, I would suggest that you watch these helpful clips on how to navigate your way round and go through a lesson as there a few times where you will need help knowing where to go for the activity or how to get back to the correct page.

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/how-to-use-the-online-school

 

Remember, next week this will be the only option for accessing work so it is worth having a look today and making sure you understand how to use it. Please do  let me know how you are finding the virtual school link and if there is anything you need to help with this or could be clearer. There is again work set for today on this link that you can access by heading to the learning button on the left-hand side.  

 

However, if you who would like to continue with the indoor and outdoor grids please see below for my suggestion of what today’s learning might look like but please do have a look at the virtual school link so you get used to what the website looks like. 

 

  • Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes 

 

  • 30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars  

 

  • 10 Spelling Shed games 

 

  • White Rose Maths - Lesson 3 - Fraction of an amount (worksheets for activities above) 

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ 

 

  • Indoor activity 8 - Theseus and the Minotaur – description 

 

  • Outdoor activity 8 – Food Chain 

 

There is additional information on the grids to help you with these activities so have a look below to find out more or if you would like to try one of the other activities.

 

Regardless of which work you are completing today, it is really important that you keep reading. I know you may be running low on books but you could try a different type of book that someone in your family might have, you could read to a sibling, have a look at some completely different books like cook books to see how they differ, it could be a graphic novel or something you have downloaded if you are fortunate to have a kindle. Keep reading - I know that Mr Smith will be desperate to hear what you are reading and how you are getting on - so get blogging and let me know what you are up to.

 

I hope you have a good day and keep safe. Good luck

 

Mr Hills

Tuesday 2nd June

 

Good morning Dove class, 

 

I hope you enjoyed your first day back of this half term. It was lovely to hear from some of you via the blog so please do log on and let me know how you are getting on. Remember to check back on your post to read my comment! 

 

I would love to know how you are finding the virtual school link and if there is anything you need to help with this. There is again work set for today on this link that you can access below and by heading to the learning button on the left-hand side.  

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/home 

 

For those of you who would like to continue with the indoor and outdoor grids please see below for my suggestion of what today’s learning might look like but please do have a look at the virtual school link so you get used to what the website looks like. 

 

  • Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes 

 

  • 30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars  

 

  • 10 Spelling Shed games 

 

  • White Rose Maths - Lesson 2 - Multiply mixed numbers by integers (worksheets for activities above) 

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ 

 

  • Indoor activity 7 - Theseus and the Minotaur – artwork 

 

  • Outdoor activity 7 – Problem solving 

 

As normal, make sure you look through the grids if you need any extra information about the activities.

 

Remember, regardless if you are completing the grids or the virtual school work, make sure you have lots of breaks and keep out and active in the sunshine. When was the last time you completed a Joe Wicks exercise class? Why not give it a go today.

 

I hope you have a good day and keep safe.

 

Mr Hills

Monday 1st June

 

Hello Dove Class, 

 

Mr Hills here - welcome to the second half of the Summer Term! I hope you had an enjoyable break and made the most of the sunshine and the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions but are still keeping safe! 

 

There are a few changes as of today - the main one being that Mr Smith is now back in school full time (he has posted a message below). That means he is not as able to respond to your messages on the blog as quickly as he may have previously and won’t be messaging you every day on the website. I will be posting to the class pages on his behalf and will be on hand to answer any of your questions during the day, but don’t fear - if you really need to speak to him, he will try to be online to check the blog from 4pm(ish) most days. 

 

If you are working from home then the work set will start to become a bit different as well. Your parents should have had an email about this. For this week, you already have work set from before the half term and are able to continue with these activities. I have posted a suggested schedule for today below. However, next week, instead of these grids you will be able to access your work through a virtual school platform that can be found at the following website: 

 

https://www.diamondonline.uk/home

 

Please note, there is work set for this week on the virtual school link above that you are welcome to try and I would encourage you to look through and give it a go. We would really appreciate any feedback as we completely recognise that as of next week working from home will look quite different and changing the way we set work will require an adjustment for you at home.

 

You DO NOT need to complete both the suggested work for today (which I will post every day this week) AND this virtual school work, but this week you can choose EITHER.

 

So, why not start off by just having a look around the website and then for a few days try completing the work on the link to see how it differs and to get used to the way it is structured. A video will be shared shortly that will explain how to use the website and access the work set. 

 

If you would like to follow the suggested schedule for today that works the same way as it did before half term, then your day might look something like this: 

 

  • Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes 

 

  • 30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars  

 

  • 10 Spelling Shed games 

 

  • White Rose Maths - Lesson 1 - Multiply unit and non-unit fractions by integers (links to activities below) 

 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/ 

 

  • Indoor activity 6 - Theseus and the Minotaur 

 

  • Outdoor activity 6 - Vocabulary Hunt 

 

  

Remember to have a look at the grids below if you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else. 

 

If you do choose to give the virtual school activities a go this week, you do not need to make up any time on Maths Whizz, Spelling Shed etc… it would take the place of that day’s activities.  

 

I hope that makes sense but please do get in contact (via the blog is best) and ask me any questions or check what your class mates have to say and I will do my best to help. Do not worry about the changes of stress if you don’t understand, just get in touch.  

 

Most importantly, remember to smile, keep safe and try your best. 

 

Mr Hills 

Monday 1st June

 

Morning Dove Class!

How are you all? I hope this message finds you well and that you have had a relaxing half term. It has been beautiful weather. Hopefully, you have managed to get some fresh air and stretched your legs while still remembering the rules about social distancing!

This half term brings big changes, but you are experts at handling change now! The most significant change is that I will not be setting your work now! As you will already have noticed, Mr Hills has infiltrated the Dove Class page and now will set your daily work. This is because I am now teaching one of the Key Worker "bubbles" in school every day. Please note that I still consider all of you my class and I will be checking up on your work on TT Rockstars, Spelling Shed and AR every evening. I will also look forward to reading your blogs and will respond to every one as usual. 

The other main change is explained by Mr Hills in his post above. We are moving over to a new system for setting work. It is available this week for you to try but you can also still access the work from the previous half term if you enjoy that. DON'T DO BOTH!!!!!!

 

Keep in touch - ask as many questions as you like! Mr Hills will answer any immediate questions about the work.

Keep safe

Mr Smith

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 8 - SHIPWRECKED

 

Please find below a link to the Round House Storytellers channel where you will find Chapter 8 of The Adventures of Odysseus.

https://youtu.be/9OTBFZtLGI4

More misery awaits Odysseus!

Enjoy!

Mr Smith

Friday Maths Challenge

FRIDAY 22ND MAY

Good morning Doves.

I hope you are all well. You will be delighted to know that today is the last day of this half term. Next week is May Half Term and you have a week off from home learning! Although you are only halfway through the current block of work, we are actively encouraging you to stay away from the indoor and outdoor grids next week, continuing with them on Monday 1st June! When we return, I'd love to know some of the creative ways you find to fill your time next week.

Try to keep reading regularly and complete 1 hr of Maths Whizz during the week (usual holiday expectation!)

 

Today is finals day on TT Rockstars. While you are battling it out in a one day battle, I will be trying to help the teachers beat the Warblers - tricky!

I will be uploading two clips to the Round House Storytellers page today as my assembly is ready for viewing and I will be recording Chapter 8 of The Adventures of Odysseus.Look out for both.

Today might look a bit like this

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes - definitely could be outdoor activity!

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars 

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 5 - Maths Challenge (links to activities above)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 5 - Sudoku with a difference

Outdoor activity 5 - Potato monsters

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

Have a fantastic day. Stay safe in the sun, blog, quiz and keep in touch. Thanks to everyone who gave me book recommendations yesterday. I have added all of them to my to read list!

 

Mr Smith

THURSDAY 21ST MAY

Morning Doves! Normal service is resumed today as I back at home after two days in school. It was lovely to speak to so many of you over the last 2 days. You all sound in good mental health! Just a reminder that this week is Mental Health Awareness Week and it gives me a good opportunity to remind you to talk about how you are feeling, happy or sad. The theme of this Mental Health week is kindness - even the small kind things can make a huge difference!

 

Your day today might look something like this (how many could you do outside in the sun?)

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes - definitely could be outdoor activity!

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars 

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 4 - subtracting mixed numbers (links to activities above)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 4 - Quiz - some of you have done this already - loving the standard of questions and the spread of knowledge you all have!

Outdoor activity 4 - Flying Insect Timed (FIT)  count - see the outdoor grid for more details!

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

It has been lovely to see George and Zack post on the blog for the first time this week - keep going with it now, boys! 

We are halfway through the last league match on TT Rockstars. Thank you to the 12 who played yesterday. We've got some catching up to do again, though. All hands on deck before the finals tomorrow!

Finally, I've finished reading Wonder and will quiz on it shortly. Not sure what I'm reading next. Any suggestions?

 

Keep in touch, keep talking and stay safe

 

Mr Smith

WEDNESDAY 20TH MAY

Morning Doves. 

Firstly, can I say how wonderful it was to talk to so many of you yesterday - good to hear your voices and how relaxed you sounded - you have adapted well to this new version of school! If I didn't get through to you yesterday, I will attempt to ring you gain today probably "after school" as I am in actual school again today, teaching all day!

All the teachers have been asked to record an assembly to put on the Round House Storytellers channel - Miss King's was uploaded yesterday! - and I recorded mine in front of a socially distanced 11 children! I'll let you know when it is available.

Here is how today could look although I wouldn't blame you for wanting to spend more time outside today!

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars 

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 3 - Adding mixed numbers (links to activities above)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 3 - What is the question? - try for 3 questions for each answer - make them as different as you can!

Outdoor activity 3 - Capacity challenge - perfect day for it!

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

Keep in touch via the blog - I loved looking at the messages sent yesterday when I got home yesterday. Particular mention to George - his first blog! Short and sweet! Welcome to the blog George!

 

Have a fabulous day

Keep in touch, keep talking and stay safe

 

Mr Smith

TUESDAY 19TH MAY 

Good morning Doves! It's going to be a warm sunny day so make sure you get outside in the sunshine today. If we were at school, I would be reminding you to drink plenty of water, wear a sunhat and slap on the suncream!

I am in school today and tomorrow, so I won't be able to check the blog quite as regularly. It would be lovely for me to arrive home, look on the blog and see loads of you having left me a lovely message, a picture of what you have been up to, a comment on my post this morning or a question for me.

You day today might look like this

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars 

10 Spelling Shed games - new spellings activities available

White Rose maths -  lesson 2 - adding fractions (links to activities above)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 2 - Music poster

Outdoor activity 2 - Cloud spotting

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

As some of your parents noticed yesterday, I now have access to the school Facebook page, so will occasionally post on there as well now. Basically, you can't escape!!!!!

We are losing heavily to Wagtails on TT Rockstars but it can be saved if enough of you get on there for a decent number of games. Thank you to Rosalie and Cayden in particular for your efforts yesterday!

Finally, I uploaded the latest chapter (a very short yet very gruesome chapter) onto the Round House Storytellers channel yesterday. Enjoy!

 

Keep safe, keep talking and keep in touch

 

Mr Smith

MONDAY 18TH MAY

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 7 - TORMENT AND TRIAL

The adventure continues with Odysseus facing his biggest threat yet! WARNING! There is an icky bit in this short and not very sweet chapter!

https://youtu.be/GpUtLPNrB9w

Enjoy if you can!

Mr Smith

Monday 18th May

If you fancy doing something a bit different this week, why not enter the National Book Tokens Big Dreamers short story competition, with a chance to win £200 of book tokens! My dream prize!

I have included a link below. It is a short story (max 300 words) and the theme is big dreams. For more information click on the link. The closing date is 28th May.

Good luck

https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/big-dreams

Keep in touch, keep talking and stay safe

Mr Smith

MONDAY 18TH MAY

Good morning Doves!

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely weekend. Maybe you were able to get out to an open space to play, walk or just relax. Just remember to keep up the social distancing and the hand washing!

There are new indoor and outdoor grids. These are for this week and the week after half term. We will not be expecting you to complete any work in May half term week (25th - 29th May). Obviously, you can certainly keep up your reading in half term!

Your day today might look like this

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars 

10 Spelling Shed games - new spellings activities available

White Rose maths -  lesson 1 - adding and subtracting fractions (links to activities above)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 1 - draw a floorplan

Outdoor activity 1 - nature snap

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

 

Last week, a disappointing 12 different children posted on the blog and only Ellie, Ocean and Chloe replied to any of my posts. Keep checking the Mr Smith blog to see if I have left any messages.

We narrowly lost 2 TT Rockstars maths matches last week . Can we win this week?

 

Have fun, stay safe and keep in touch

 

Mr Smith

FRIDAY 15TH MAY

 

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - THE STORY SO FAR + CHAPTER 6 THE SONG OF THE SPHERES

 

Here is a recap of the story so far just in case you have found it difficult to follow. Chapter 6 follows to continue the quest of Odysseus to get home to his wife and son.

https://youtu.be/Eksh_EPlf0w

 

All previous chapters are available on the Round House Storytellers channel.

 

Enjoy!

 

Mr Smith

White Rose Friday Maths Challenge

FRIDAY 15TH MAY

Sew hear wee are - the end off another weak off home learning! Yew have bean working sew hard again this weak. Special mention to all off these Doves, who have impressed me enormously with their work online

Ellie, Ocean, Zack, Alexandra, Markuss, Ryan E-H, Roxy, Preston, Dylan, Emme, Albie, Kiki, Maya, Ryan S, Chloe, George, Alfie, Alex

Eye no that others knot on the list have bean working very hard on your home packs and sum off yew are doing a mixture off both. I am proud off all off yew.

 

Today's learning might look a bit like this

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars 

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson  - Family Maths Challenge (activity sheet linked above this post)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 10 - Story of Paris - from The Adventures of Odysseus 

Outdoor activity 9  - Outdoor Number Square

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

Whatever learning you have left until today, have fun doing it. There are now 6 parts of The Adventures of Odysseus on the Round House Storytellers channel - have you seen them all. Indoor task 10 relates to the very first part!

 

Have a great day and a fabulous weekend. I'll be in touch with you again right here on Monday with another indoor and outdoor grid full of interesting learning opportunities.

 

Keep in touch and stay safe

 

Mr Smith

 

THURSDAY 14th MAY

Good morning Doves!

A fantastic amount of work done yesterday - well done! You really have adapted to lockdown life and home schooling better than I could've imagined. We even had 8 quizzes passed yesterday. As a result, I thought I should update you on the AR top 10 - haven't done that for a while! Here is the top 10 in terms of words read since September.

1) Maya 2) Ocean 3) Alexandra 4) Camilla 5) Quynn 6) Reggie 7) Chloe 8) Albie 9) Mia 10) George

Well done to all of you! If you are not in the top 10, remember to quiz on any books you have read or had read to you.

Today might look a bit like this

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (currently losing to Warblers - ends today at 3.15!)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 4 - compare and order fractions less than one (activity sheet linked above this post)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 9 - doodle arm 

Outdoor activity 8 - Nature's colour palette

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

Have a great day. Enjoy the sunshine at some point today but stay safe.

Keep in touch on the blog - 13 different bloggers so far this week!

Mr Smith

WEDNESDAY 13TH MAY

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 5 - THE LAND OF THE DEAD

Odysseus seeks the blind prophet Tiresias as he may be able to help Odysseus stop Poseidon. His journey takes him to The Land of the Dead ...

Click the link to watch

https://youtu.be/dnZzEwnNuys

WARNING - There is an icky bit in this chapter - you have been warned!!

Enjoy 

Mr Smith

MATHS WHIZZ SUPERSTARS!!!!

WEDNESDAY 13th MAY

Good morning Doves!

It was another excellent day's work. I think we all want to go to Alex Hut for dinner, and it was great to hear from some of you for the first time this week - top work Ryan and thank you for the TT Rockstars contribution Mikey!!

 

If you still haven't blogged this week, make today the day! If you have had trouble with you login, try again! 

George, Ocean and Markuss all passed quizzes yesterday - boy power! Who will be the next person to quiz for the first time since Easter?

 

Today's activities might look something like this:

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (currently losing to Warblers - ends today at 3.15!)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 3 - improper fractions/ mixed numbers (activity sheet linked above this post)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 8 - Medusa - artwork 

Outdoor activity 7 - build a maze in your garden

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

 

Have a fantastic day - make sure you get some fresh air - today looks like being another sunny (but chilly!) day!

Keep in touch and stay safe

Mr Smith

 

 

For the indoor activity work on Medusa, you will need the story and storyboard below:

TUESDAY 12th MAY

Good morning Doves!

It is another beautiful sunny day so make sure you get outside for some fresh air today. I'm sure you have been following the news on how lockdown is being eased gradually from tomorrow. We must all still remember to keep 2m away from anyone we meet while we are out for our walks or bike rides. 

Thank you to everyone who worked so hard yesterday. 8 of you posted on the blog, including Camilla (great to hear from you, Camilla!) and Albie, who hadn't blogged for a bit. It would be lovely to hear from those of you who haven't blogged yet (George? Bellle? Reggie?). I can see you are working but it's nice to hear from you too!

Today's activities might look something like this:

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (currently losing to Warblers - ends today at 3.15!)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 2 - equivalent fractions (activity sheet linked above this post)

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 7 - Medusa - a story to read - can you summarise it? Story available above this post

Outdoor activity 6  - A Bioblitz! What plants in your garden do you know? How many different varieties are there?

 

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

Well done to George for 3 quizzes yesterday!

On a more serious note, we are being soundly beaten by Warblers on TT Rockstars. I know lots of you prefer Maths Whizz, but just for today, let's get loads of you on TT Rockstars to catch up with Kamil and co! You can do it!!

 

Have a great day - keep in touch and stay safe

Mr Smith

MONDAY 11th MAY - THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 4 - CIRCE

 

The adventures of Odysseus continue - will he ever make it home to Ithaca? 

Chapter 4 now available on the Round House Storytellers channel.

https://youtu.be/izRdnHr0wMA

Enjoy

Mr Smith

MONDAY 11th MAY

Good morning Dove Class!

How are you all today? I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Maybe the houses in you road recognised VE Day with a street party social distancing style! I'd love to know. My road had an afternoon party. We all put up bunting and set up chairs and tables at the end of our drives, had afternoon tea, BBQ and live music played by one of my neighbours! It was lovely to see other people and have a chance to celebrate and remember all those brave soldiers who fought to defend our country in World War 2.

Back to learning now then! We are in the second week of this fortnight's activities. Your day may look something like this:

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (new league match starts today on TT Rockstars)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 1 - area of a rectangle

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 6 - design a 3 course healthy meal - no pressure to cook it, but if you are able to help cook it, fantastic!

Outdoor activity 5 - Memory Game

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

Well done to Reggie for passing 2 quizzes on Friday and moving into 6th place in the class in terms of words read - there are only millionaires ahead of you now Reggie! Keep going and who knows?

 

Finally, keep in touch through the blog. 14 of you blogged last week. Markuss, you should be able to use your account now and it would be great to hear from people who have not blogged for a while (Camilla, Emme, Albie) or at all (Belle, Mikey, Reggie).

Keep in touch and stay safe

Mr Smith

THURSDAY 7TH MAY

Good morning Doves!

What a beautiful day we have in store! This is the last working day of the week as tomorrow is a Bank Holiday to celebrate 75 years since VE Day, when Britain and the Allies finally defeated Hitler and the Axis countries. Are you doing anything to celebrate? Keep checking the blog as I will be posting a few ideas.

 

Today's work might look a bit like this:

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (new league match starts today on TT Rockstars)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 4 - calculating perimeter

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 5 - create a life cycle of an animal (real or imaginary)

Outdoor activity 4- make a magic potion

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

Still not seeing enough AR Quizzes being done - only 3 people so far this week! I'm currently enjoying Wonder by RJ Palacio. Worth a read.

 

Keep in touch and stay safe

 

Mr Smith

 

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 3 - THE SACK OF WINDS

 

Chapter 3 now available as Odysseus continues his quest to make it home to Ithaca.

 

https://youtu.be/7Sdyh-q71xA

Enjoy

Mr Smith

 

 

You may need to zoom in a bit to read it clearly but here is a guide to what has happened so far in The Adventures of Odysseus. Many of you have said you are enjoying it but not sure if you're understanding it fully. Hope this helps.

 

Mr Smith 

The Story so far - The Adventures of Odysseus explained

WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY

Good morning Doves! Well done for another fantastic day's work yesterday. I am particularly enjoying seeing your photos of home baking. Please remember, if you are in your photos I can't approve them, so only people with a login can see them. This is to help you stay safe online.

Today's work might look a bit like this:

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (new league match starts today on TT Rockstars)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 3 - dividing with remainders

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 4 - Postcard to a friend or relative in isolation

Outdoor activity 3 - Paper aeroplanes

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

 

For those of you looking for the latest chapter of The Adventures of Odysseus, I held back from putting it on the Round House Storytellers website yesterday because the Round House song arrived there instead! If you haven't watched This is Round House yet, have a look now and see how many familiar faces you can recognise!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnU-5pyIIIk

Have a great day and keep in touch.

 

Mr Smith

TUESDAY 5th MAY

Good morning Doves!

It was lovely to speak to many of you yesterday, and good to hear about your work routines. I think it is excellent that so many of you have created a structure to your day that works for you. 

Thank you also to the 9 Doves who posted on the blog during the day. It was lovely to see what you had been up to when I got home from school. Markuss, I saw your message too - I will try to work out how to open your account this morning!

Here is what your learning today might look like:

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (new league match starts today on TT Rockstars)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 2 - multiply 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity 3 - Design a Greek style building

Outdoor activity 2 - The 20 Something Challenge

If you want to know more about these activities or want to choose something else, click on the links below to the indoor and outdoor grids.

Have a great day and keep in touch.

 

Mr Smith

MONDAY 4TH MAY - THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 2 THE CYCLOPS

Odysseus and his crew set sail for home after the Trojan War. They discover an island that looks like paradise ...

This chapter has some icky bits - beware!

https://youtu.be/B26sHuRb2LM

Enjoy

Mr Smith

MONDAY 4TH MAY

Good morning Doves, and welcome to a brand new week!

I hope you have had a lovely weekend. If you blogged on Friday, I have now replied to your blogs. I was at school on Friday and I'm in again today! It may take me a time to get back to you again today, but PLEASE leave me messages anyway! I will reply!

14 of you blogged last week - a new Dove Class record! If you weren't one of them, try to get in contact through the blog today! Show your work, tell me what book you are reading, or just say hi. By they way, thank you to the 10 children who told me what book they were reading on Friday!

On the subject of reading, only 7 children have passed a quiz since Easter - the rest of you must be finished a book by now! It would be lovely to see you quizzing.

Tip - if you are having difficulty, check the AR web address. It should be

https://ukhosted45.renlearn.co.uk/3406764

 

I hope you enjoy the new indoor and outdoor activities - don't forget you can choose which ones you do and in which order.

Your day today will probably look a bit like this:

 

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (new league match starts today on TT Rockstars)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths -  lesson 1 - multiply 2 digit numbers

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Indoor activity - Write a 26 word story where each subsequent word starts with the next letter of the alphabet.

(Indoor activity 1 is home baking - if you are able to do this, fit it in wherever you can!

Outdoor activity 1 - A measurement Scavenger Hunt

 

 

Friday 1st May

Good morning Doves!

Happy May Day!

I hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. Yesterday was a day to remember for Colonel Tom Moore - I'm sure you all smiled as you saw him celebrate his 100th birthday!

Today's activities are whatever you haven't done over the last 2 weeks! Lots of you have worked every day and have something like this left:

Reading - at least 20 minutes.

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars - currently beating Sparrows - match finishes today at home time!

10 Spelling Shed activities

The Friday Maths Challenge - last activity on White Rose Summer Term Week 2

Indoor activity - short written description of a fight between Hercules and a lion. Use powerful vocabulary and lots of detail.

Outdoor activity - anything you haven't already done. There are only 9 activities, so you may have completed them all. Feel free to repeat your favourite or make up one of your own.

 

Have a great day

 

Keep in touch and stay safe

 

Mr Smith

Thursday 30th April

Good morning Doves.

I hope you are all well this morning. You have been working phenomenally hard this week, particularly on maths! Still waiting for quite a few of you to be quizzing for the first time since Easter. It has been 4 weeks since the beginning of Easter - plenty of time to have read a book!!! Don't be the last to pass!

If you have been tackling the activities daily, then your day probably looks a bit like this:

Reading - aim for at least 20 minutes

30 minutes Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (new league match starts today on TT Rockstars)

10 Spelling Shed games

White Rose maths - lesson 4 this week is subtracting decimals with a different number of places

TOP TIP: Line up the decimal points!

Indoor activity - creating shadow animals - best done this morning while the sun is shining!

Outdoor activity - Create a mythological creature - chance to let your imagination run wild!

 

Obviously, some of you have already done the indoor/ outdoor activities - do one of the activities you haven't already done instead!

 

Have fun, keep in touch (use the blog to share anything, ask questions, celebrate achievements or just say hi!). Remember to keep checking my blog and adding a comment to them to say you have read them. Thanks to Ellie, Ryan S, Ocean, Alexandra, Chloe and Maya for getting into the habit of doing that already!

 

Keep safe


Mr Smith

 

PS Don't forget to watch The Adventures of Odysseus on the Round House Story Tellers channel!

Wednesday 29th April

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS - CHAPTER 1 - THE STRANGER

I have uploaded the first chapter to the Round House Story Tellers channel on YouTube.

Click below to go directly to it.

https://youtu.be/GWjB1jKiC5U

Remember that there may be some activities linked to this book on the next indoor grid.

Enjoy.

Keep in touch and stay safe

Mr Smith

 

Monday 27th April

NEW BOOK!!! The Adventures of Odysseus

The prologue (a pre-story to the main story) is available on The Round House Story Tellers YouTube channel.

Here is the link.

https://youtu.be/2t55sBToRRc

We will link an activity or two to this book on the next indoor grid.

Keep in touch and stay safe

Mr Smith

WEEK 2 SUMMER TERM - Good Morning Doves!

 

I hope you all had a restful and fun-filled weekend. 

 

We hope you enjoyed your first week back of home learning - please see below our suggestion for what you should complete over the next couple of days. Remember, it is up to you to complete the work outlined on the documents below in the order which works for you. If you have your own schedule or have already completed what we have suggested, that is fine, just keep it up and choose alternative activities!

 

 

Please share your learning on the blog, it would be lovely to hear from you all - especially those who have not posted for a while. Make that your target today! If you are stuck or have any problems, again let me know through the blog. 

 

NEW!!! If I post a blog, I would like you to add a comment to it when you have read it. Just "Read it!" will do unless you want to add more! To add a comment, just click on the title of the blog and look for the "Add comment" box. Check regularly for new blogs in the Mr Smith section of the blog by clicking on my name.

 

You are doing really well, keep going, keep in touch and keep safe.

Mr Smith

 

Monday 27th April 

Reading - 20 minutes. (quiz as often as possible - only 7 Doves have quizzed since Easter!)

10 Spelling Shed Games. 

TT RockStars or MathsWhizz - 30 minutes in total.

1 White Rose Maths lesson - W/C 27th April - Lesson 1 - Adding decimals with the same number of decimal places - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Outdoor Learning Grid - Activity 6 - Keep a Nature Diary.

Indoor Learning Grid - Activity 6 - Create a picture of the Parthenon in Athens.

 

Tuesday 28th April 

Reading - 20 minutes. (quiz as often as possible - only 7 Doves have quizzed since Easter!)

10 Spelling Shed Games. 

TT RockStars or MathsWhizz - 30 minutes in total.

1 White Rose Maths lesson - W/C 27th April - Lesson 2 - Subtracting decimals with the same number of decimal places - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

Outdoor Learning Grid - Activity 7 - Garden Olympics.

Indoor Learning Grid - Activity 7 - Create Venn diagram comparing Ancient and Modern Olympics.

Tuesday 21st April

THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 16 - LOOK INTO MY EYES!

The final chapter! Can the Headmaster be stopped?

When you have finished watching the final episode, please quiz on the book on AR.

A new book will be started shortly.

https://youtu.be/ULP-OIqQsGE

Welcome to the Summer Term!

Welcome back Doves. We hope you had a good Easter and managed to stay safe and active! Did you learn any new skills? If so, share with us on the blog – we will be sharing some of the things we have been doing as well…

https://roundhouse.primarysite.blog/

 

Please don't worry about the number of documents below. The two grids detail all the work we would like you to try to complete over the next two weeks. You can do these as and when you are able but we will be giving some guidance on these at regular intervals. There are also additional places you can go for interesting activities detailed on the curriculum pages on the website:

https://www.roundhouseprimary.co.uk/topic/curriculum

 

The Summer Day 1 document is a reminder that we would like you to complete the following over the next fortnight (two weeks):

  • 10 reads
  • 10 Spelling shed tasks
  • 10 sessions of Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars
  • 10 online Maths learning sessions (mentioned in document as White Rose decimal lessons)

 

By providing you with all the work at once, it may seem slightly overwhelming, but we hope this allows you to pick the order in which you complete the tasks and as well as the number of tasks you do a day as we recognise it can be challenging to work from home. If you divided it up fairly it would equate to one read, one spelling shed task, one session of Maths Whizz or TT Rockstars (30 minutes), one online Maths learning session, and one activity from both the indoor and outdoor activity list a day. 

 

As always, simply give it your best and if you are stuck, send me a message via the blog and I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible! Keep checking the blog for updates and to see if anyone else in the year has asked for help on the same issue!

 

Our indoor tasks are based around our new topic, Ancient Greece, so I hope you enjoy! If you are struggling, why not check the knowledge organisers below or the curriculum page mentioned above.

 

Good luck, keep in touch and stay safe!

 

Mr Smith

 

 

 

Sunday 19th April

 

THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 15 - THE GREAT SCHOOL QUIZ

Will Dinah help the Headmaster win the quiz and save SPLAT?

 

https://youtu.be/S5Ys4T-yevI

Thursday 16th April

 

THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 14 - THE HEADMASTER IN CONTROL

The Headmaster has caught SPLAT trying to sabotage the show - what will he do next?

 

https://youtu.be/LvsROOXBahA

Thursday 9th April

THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 13 - SPLAT GOES INTO ACTION

Can SPLAT stop the Eddy Hair Show from happening?

 

https://youtu.be/Or0NAd2POgY

TUESDAY 7th APRIL

THE DEMON HEADMASTER _ CHAPTER 12 - "GOT YOU GUESSING?"

The Demon Headmaster has entered Eddy Hair's Great School Quiz - but why?

 

https://youtu.be/Sij_VmIAyUY

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!

https://youtu.be/rSlvBDcSiO0

Thursday 2nd April

THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 10 - SPLAT

 

https://youtu.be/17TTAXIwDhc

THE DEMON HEADMASTER - CHAPTER 9 - DINAH'S SECRET

Listen in - can anyone help Harvey in his time of need?

 

https://youtu.be/0iZ_-DY3D9A

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

https://youtu.be/LZIgPzx9xPc

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

 

Mr Smith

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.

https://youtu.be/NiOiSSIZCyA

Mr Smith

Happy Monday!

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,

 

Mr Smith

DT documents:

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!

ARITHMETIC QUIZ - FRIDAY 27TH MARCH

THE DEMON HEADMASTER CH 6: SNOW

Click on this link to hear the next chapter of The Demon Headmaster.

https://youtu.be/GdOFagMgRZE

 

Enjoy!

Mr Smith

 

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.

Mr Smith

And Emma Carroll replied!

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

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.

https://youtu.be/uHirFiGH1_c

Fingers crossed it works! You know me and technology!

Stay safe and enjoy

Mr Smith

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!

Mr Smith

Wednesday 25th March

Hi Doves - Mrs Rodgers has asked all teachers to post this on their class page.

 

Message from Mrs Rodgers (music co-ordinator) - 
Hello everyone! I know some of you already have ocarinas and other musical instruments at home, but I thought now might be the time for lots of you to learn something new. Why not have a go at playing the ocarina. It's really easy. Anyone can do it. Get you parents involved as well. Show them the following message from me, and I look forward to hearing our new ocarina choir when we all get back together in school.
 
Hi Parents -
Fancy learning something new with your children?
 In school the children will have seen and heard other children, and sometimes the teachers, playing the ocarina. It is a small wind instrument that can be played easily without the ability to read music, and without the screechy noise of the recorder when not played quite right!!!!
 As a school, we order the 4 hole plastic ocs and books from Ocarina Workshop www.ocarina.co.uk . Other websites also sell ocarinas, but I have found ocarina workshop books to be the easiest to follow. You can even get a CD to play along to as well. Go on, give it a go. Get the whole family playing!

 

Sounds fun!

 

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.

Mr Smith

Hi Doves,

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

Mr Smith

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!

Monday 23rd March 2020

19.03.20

 

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.

 

Mr Smith

10.03.2020

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.

 

February 2020

In English, Year 5 have read the first 2 chapters of “The Firework Maker’s Daughter”. This has so far inspired a diary entry from the point of view of Lila, the main character, a piece of descriptive writing about her journey through a jungle and a playscript covering her encounter with pirates!
 
In Maths, Year 5 have been recapping their knowledge of place value, ensuring that they can read and write 5 and 6 digit numbers correctly and understand the value of each digit in a number. The children have used their knowledge of these concepts to solve problems and tackle reasoning activities, explaining their thinking.
 
Thank you for your continued support.
 
Mr Smith and Mr Hills

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

24.01.18

 

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.

04.01.17

 

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.

 

Mr Hall

02.11.17

 

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.

17.10.17

 

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

26.09.17

 

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.

Mr Hall

12.09.17  

 

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.

Welcome back! Year 5 have started the term by working on angles in Maths. We looked at the different types of angles and then drew them on the playground outside.

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!

 

23/03/17

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!

07/03/17

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.

21/02/17

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.

31/01/17

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.

January 2017

 

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 class have been practising for their Christmas dance. They have all put in a lot of effort, and it is looking really good!

Dove class Mayan masks

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!

 

‚ÄčOur 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.

Year 5 have had a great start back to school. This week in maths the children are looking at place value. They will be reading, writing and ordering numbers up to 1 million.
In English we are focusing on grammar and starting to look at the features of myths and legends.
 
A number of year 5 children are taking part in bikeability this week and the instructors have been thoroughly impressed with their behaviour on the roads.
 
Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school everyday.
Many thanks,
Miss King and Mr Clipsham

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.

Homework

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.

P.E

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.

 

Mr Clipsham

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.

As part of our topic on Ancient Greece, the children in year 5 are making a stop motion film to retell the story of Odysseus and the cyclops. They have been working really hard today, creating the props, scenery and characters.

25/04/16

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.

13/04/16 Year 5 have been working hard today solving problems and having lots of fun!

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

Year 5 have had a fantastic start to the Spring term. In English we are looking at 'Goodnight Mr Tom.' The children have been enjoying reading the story in class and have been writing their own versions of what has hapopened. In maths we have been looking at written methods in addition and subtraction. In science we have been looking at investigating how materials change. The children have been carrying out an experiment to see how iron nails rust.
Keep up the good work year 5!

Curriculum Newsletter Spring 2016

WC 30/12/15

 

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.

W/C 16/11/15

 

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.

13/11/15

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!

10/11/2015

 

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.

09/10/15

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.

September 2015

 

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.

05/06/2015

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.

 

08/05/15

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.

06/03/15

 

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.     

10/10/14

 

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!

A Great week in year 5!! 19/09/2014

 

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!

Welcome back Doves and Sparrows!!

 

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.

23/05/14

 

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!

25/04/2014

 

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.

28/03/14


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!

21/03/14

Sports Relief.

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.

 

Engrossed in Roald Dahl.

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.

 

 

Music.

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,

 

Mrs Rodgers

07/03/14

 

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!

 

28/02/14

 

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!

7/02/14

 

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.

31/01/14

 

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. 

What a wonderful week!

 

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.

 

 

Mr Olsen.

24/01/14

Another great week in year 5.

 

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.

 

Mr Olsen.

Welcome to Dove's page! I hope you had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year!

I can't quite believe that 2014 is here already; I am very excited about the term ahead!

 

Spring Term/ 1st Half Curriculum

Literacy –

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.

Welcome to Year 5 - Dove!
 
Welcome to the autumn term and the start of a new year!
We’ve already had a fabulously busy couple of weeks and we hope the children have enjoyed exploring our ‘Ancient Greeks’ topic.
Now that the ‘creative weeks’ have passed it is now time to dive into our exciting numeracy and literacy units. We hope the children are ready and as excited as we are.

 

Literacy
 
For the next four weeks Year 5 will be looking at traditional stories, fables, myths and legends. Within this unit the children will be reading and identifying key features to distinguish between the different text types.
After that we will be exploring one of these types of story in detail, looking at the use of complex sentences, composing sentences for purpose and using drama to help the children immerse themselves within the plot of the story.

Numeracy
 
In the next couple of weeks year 5 will be focusing on number. This will involve understanding place value, portioning and looking at effective written methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers .

 

Science
 
In science we are looking at ways of Keeping Healthy. To start with we will be learning about how to maintain a balanced diet and what happens to the body during and as a result of exercise.
 
 
Homework
 
I hope that the children have shown you this terms’ homework. All pieces of literacy homework are to be handed in at the end of term. Numeracy homework will be distributed weekly via MyMaths. Please remember that we expect high levels of presentation and that each activity represents an hour of homework therefore we expect to see an hour of work.
 
P.E. Kit Reminder
 
A reminder to all to bring in PE kits on a Monday. They then need to leave them in school over the whole week.
With the weather taking a turn for the worse it is advisable that children bring in jogging bottoms and a suitable sweatshirt for outdoor PE as well as the usual t-shirt and shorts for Indoor PE.