This week Year 5 are desperately trying to finish our class novel ‘The boy at the back of the class’ as we are so eager to find out what happens! We have developed our letter writing skills and have written our own letters to the author of our class book, Onjali Rauf, which Mrs Thomas is going to send to her as we did such an amazing job!
We have continued to explore Nelson Madela’s contribution as a significant BAME individual and we have had some very mature discussions about fairness and discrimination linked to this. In Maths, we have been consolidating our addition and subtraction learning, using rounding to estimate, as well as showing what we know in our assessments. During RE, we have continued to look at Sikh festivals and compared the celebration of Divali for the Sikh and Hindu religion. Ask us what we found out as it was very interesting!
We have almost finished our clay dragons after taking great care with the painting of these. We are all extremely proud of ourselves as they have turned out brilliantly. In History, we have finished our unit by finding out about the importance of longboats, before completing an end of unit quiz, which we excelled at! Finally, we have been showing what we have learnt in Science this term by producing some very informative and beautifully presented double page spreads.
With the exciting arrival of the iPads this week, we have also been incorporating these into enhancing our learning: researching, editing and improving out mental arithmetic. We are looking forward to incorporating these more in next term’s learning. :-)
Well done, Year 5! I think you’ll agree that it has been an extremely busy term but you have done brilliantly adapting to the ‘new normal’ in school and have worked so hard. Have a fantastic half term: rest, relax and recharge! I look forward to seeing you all next term for another amazing term!
This week Year 5 have continued to enjoy our class novel ‘The boy at the back of the class’. We have started to explore letter writing and are in the process of writing in the role of Ahmet (the Syrian refugee in our book) to his parents, sharing his experiences so far. In recognition of ‘Black History Month’, we have also been learning about Nelson Mandela, who is a significant BAME individual. We have enjoyed finding out about his life and unpicking some of his quotes, “I never lose. I either win or learn,” is one of our current favourites.
In Maths, we've continued to build on addition and subtraction skills, tackling numbers with more than 4-digits, and even using our rounding skills as a method for estimating and checking our calculations. RE has been interesting this week, exploring some of the festivals and celebrations of Sikhs and we have produced mini quizzes based on our knowledge. Why not ask your child to share what they’ve found out or test their quiz question on you? Our clay dragons have also been painted this week and are looking absolutely AMAZING!
The ‘Chuck Close’ portraits that we have been working on throughout this term are now proudly displayed outside our classroom (a few to follow when finished). We think you’ll agree that they look wonderful and certainly make us smile as we pass them. We are all very proud of what we’ve achieved.
Harald Hardrada, The Battle of Stamford Bridge and Viking Gods have all been explored in History, with some lovely fact-files being produced. Finally, we have been learning about the phases of the Moon in Science and were able to answer some very tricky questions, showing our understanding of this. Another fabulous week of learning, Year 5! Keep up with reading at home everyone – 10 minutes a night makes such a big difference!
Additional information for this week: As there is an INSET day on Friday, spellings and times tables will be tested on Monday. Please note that the final list will also be tested within this week, on Friday, as usual.
This week Year 5 have been enjoying reading our class novel ‘The boy at the back of the class’. We have been discussing the experiences of refugees and the children have written some great descriptive pieces, imagining what a journey for a refugee might be like. They have used the writing skills they have been learning to plan and write their own stories which are absolutely brilliant!
In Maths, we've been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, exploring negative numbers and have begun our work on addition, as well as practicing our timetables at speed! Maybe you could explore the maths factor website as a family – see who can get the highest score! Here are some photos of our art lesson this week – we’re having a great time exploring sculpture in our clay work.
Why not ask your children how much they know about the Vikings now? – You’ll be amazed at how much they’ve learned. Keep up with reading at home everyone – 10 minutes a night makes such a big difference!
Times tables are essential mathematical skills and we teach them in some form every day. With a sound understanding, children are able to progress their numeracy skills and become more confident with numbers.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important. We would like to ask you to help your son/daughter with some times tables practise for 5 minutes a day. There are many websites specifically set up to help children make rapid progress and build their confidence. Here are three that you can use:
When all children have access to their own iPad we will be providing them with a number of additional websites and apps to support their progress. More details will follow. In the time being, you can use a pen and paper, do verbal practise or even sing them.
Any time you can spend supporting your child to improve their times table will make a big difference.