The final week of term has certainly been a busy one! Year 5 have been working exceptionally hard to complete our English unit based on The Nowhere Emporium with a fantastic piece of independent writing about the appearance of our own mysterious building. After writing our stories, we spent time editing and improving our work to ensure that our very best work was showcased – and it certainly was an impressive effort all round! Maths learning has continued to focus on fractions, more specifically adding and subtracting fractions, involving mixed numbers, as well as beginning to explore finding fractions of amounts and multiplying fractions. Some tricky concepts but as always Year 5 have given their best and made brilliant progress.
In science, we have been learning about friction and helped James Bond out by investigating which surfaces he should avoid when chasing ‘baddies’! We enjoyed this practical investigation as we got to use some scientific equipment (force metres), as well as practise reading scales and working together as a team. Although some of our results differed slightly, this provided us with another opportunity to consider what we could do when our findings are unexpected. We then recorded our results in a graph before writing a short conclusion. We have also been learning about levers, pulleys and gears, and how they are useful to us in our everyday lives. As part of our DT cooking project, we have analysed the class data collected from our taste testing survey to identify the preferred dishes and from that information we have created a menu for our Indian banquet. We tried hard to include some ‘Indian’ elements through colour and pictorial representations, as well as to make the menus as appealing as possible – producing some fabulous outcomes! Finally, we all contributed to the cooking of the banquet, where we developed our understanding of food hygiene and kitchen safety, along with our cooking skills. We were all extremely sensible and really enjoyed the experience. Once the banquet cooking was complete, we enjoyed the food together and it was absolutely delicious! Why not ask us what our favourite dish was?
What an exciting week we have had in Year 5 with lots of amazing learning going on but also a lot of fun too! Well done, Rauf class – you have had a superb few weeks since returning to school after lockdown and have done a brilliant job of getting back into the swing of school life again. You have worked so hard and deserve a well-earned break. Miss Gardiner and I hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday, where you can hopefully get out and about a bit more than in recent times. Fingers crossed the sun continues to shine too. Enjoy yourselves and stay safe.
This week in Year 5, we have continued to explore our class text – The Nowhere Emporium – completing the final stages of the unit prior to our independent write. English lessons have been focused on further developing our understanding of the word classes – nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions and pronouns – by identifying and using them in our writing. To further consolidate our learning on direct speech, we have been revisiting these skills to ensure that we are punctuating dialogue correctly. We have enjoyed exploring how to use our different writing skills to make our writing more mysterious, as well as selecting vocabulary more precisely to ensure we are creating the desired effect on the reader. In maths, we have continued to build on our fractions knowledge by exploring addition and subtraction of fractions, beginning with the same denominator and then extending this further to include different denominators – a tricky skill but we all did so well. Why not ask your child to show you what they know?
In science, we have been learning about air resistance and through our parachute investigation we have discovered how the surface area of an object affects the speed at which it falls. The practical session was lots of fun and, similarly to ‘grown up’ scientists, there was lots of reflection, discussions and tweaks of designs. Although, some groups were surprised by unexpected results, they went on to think about why this might have been the case and learnt a lot about fair testing too! Excitement peaked during our DT lesson this week, when we were lucky enough to sample a range of Indian foods – for research purposes! To gather an insight into the ‘tastes’ of our class, lots of food was sampled and ordered based on our preferences. We conducted a survey to collect these responses which will be analysed to help us plan our final Indian banquet. We are so excited about this – the cooking part as well as the eating!
Miss Gardiner and I, have been so incredibly impressed with the hard work that has been happening in Year 5 again this week – it really is a pleasure being in the classroom with all of our wonderful young people! We were also extremely proud of how every single member of our class took part in the ‘tasting’ even though some people were convinced that they wouldn’t like it and some samples were quite spicy! Well done, Year 5 – another amazing week!
How lovely it’s been to have the whole of Rauf Class back together over the past few weeks! I am so extremely proud of how hard they have continued to work throughout the lockdown period, whether in school or at home. The effort, independence and resilience that they have shown is unbelievable and a true credit to their commitment to do their very best, overcoming some pretty ‘unusual’ obstacles along the way! Well done, Year 5 – you are AMAZING learners and have developed skills that will last a life time.
Unsurprisingly, Year 5 have taken the return to school in their stride, settling back in extremely well and working exceptionally hard. What a sensible and mature bunch they are! They have had lots of time catching up with their friends and teachers, as well as time to explore their feelings about being back in school.
Last week, Year 5, along with the rest of the academy, took part in science week, where they researched, designed and created a robobug. During the creation, they worked together brilliantly to produce their final bug – communicating well and discussing ways to overcome design problems. The finished products were amazing and several of the other teachers came to borrow their models to inspire their own classes. What amazing role models! Since returning, they have also begun their exciting DT topic on Indian Food where they have found out more about healthy eating and why their bodies need a balanced diet including food from different food groups. Our English unit focusing on our class book ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ has continued, developing key writing skills: word classes, dialogue/ speech, modal verbs and personification. I have to say I was ‘flabbergasted’ at the fantastic handwriting that I have seen in books this week too! Year 5 are enjoying finding out more about the ‘book of wonders’ and are making some great predictions about what might happen next, drawing on their knowledge of the text. Maths learning has continued with fractions, namely finding equivalent fractions, ordering and comparing fractions.
Finally, Year 5 have shown an amazing work ethos and ‘can do’ attitude as they have tackled their assessments this week. They have demonstrated incredible resilience and perseverance across the board and myself and Miss Gardiner are exceptionally proud of each and every one of them.
The classroom and our hearts are full again, as our Rauf family are back together, enjoying time together, embracing our learning and striving to be the very best we can. Keep up the excellent work, Year 5!
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.
Click the links below to access some home learning during the event your child cannot attend school.
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Please also see Other Online Resources for lots of links to educational websites that you can explore.