Please see the documents below which explain how learning will be provided during the January/February national lockdown along with a timetable and help documents for using TEAMs.
|Letter to Home Learners|
|Timetable for Online Learning Y1-Y5|
|Instructions to Access Online Learning via TEAMs|
|Instructions to Access Files and Assignments on TEAMs|
|How to play videos/recordings on PowerPoints uploaded to TEAMs|
Wow – what a term! It has been an another amazing term, despite being unbelievably busy and a little bit crazy at times, Year 5 have continued to make Mrs Thomas and Miss Gardener extremely proud. They have worked their socks off and are making great progress with their learning but they are also dealing with these ‘strange times’ in such a mature and sensible manner. They really are a fabulous bunch!
This week has had a sprinkle of festivity as we head towards the end of term and Christmas just around the corner. We started the week reading a gorgeous book, cross the academy, called Grandpa Christmas which we explored through discussion before writing a response to Grandpa’s special letter to his granddaughter, Mia. Writing in the character of a grown-up Mia, we tried to encapsulate the relationship between Mia and her Grandpa whilst showing off some of the writing skills that we have been learning this term. We all tried extremely hard and did an amazing job!
The rest of the week has been filled with carol singing and crafts. We really enjoyed being part of the whole academy, socially distanced, carol performance on Tuesday, singing our hearts out to put on an impressive show! There were even a few dance moves thrown in for special measure! The video link to this will be posted on the class TEAMS page for families to view together at home if they wish.
We all had a wonderful time making some sock snow-people which we decorated in our own unique style! Some of us made our own pompoms, some people finger knitted scarves and others made sleeping bags or jumpers! Our button family calendars were also beautifully designed and we took great care to do our very best job. We were very proud of our work and some of us are planning to give them to loved ones as special gifts.
Wishing you all a very happy, safe and relaxed Christmas (or holiday). I know that it will be a bit different this year but I’m sure you will all make some wonderful memories. I look forward to hearing all about what you got up to on your return and starting 2021 with you – it’s going to be a great adventure!
Another fantastic week of learning for Rauf class this week. During our Read Aloud sessions, we have been reading extracts from a variety of books that we might be interested in reading, including Wonder, Welcome to Nowhere and High Rise Mystery. We have discussed whether these books have captured our interest and whether we would like to continue reading them or not, recognising that we all have different preferences.
In English, we have been finishing off our work linked to ‘The Journey’ by Francesca Sanna – exploring similes, collective nouns, different sentence structures, particularly relative and subordinating clauses. To showcase what we have learnt throughout this unit, we have also planned and written ‘The Journey’ from the Mother’s perspective and we have all done an amazing job! We are beginning to focus more on editing and spotting our own mistakes, with a bigger focus on spelling so keep learning those weekly spellings!
Maths has been focused on securing our knowledge of multiples and factors, which we have then used to help us with our learning about prime, composite, square and cubed numbers. We have blown Mrs Thomas away with how brilliant we are at our times tables which is helping us to be able to rapidly improve our reasoning and problem solving skills – very impressive! Please continue to use Maths Shed, Times Table Rockstars and the other online learning websites and apps that we have been exploring to continue to build fluency and speed!
Science has focused on reversible and irreversible changes. Why not ask us to tell you about some of the changes that we know about? We have also been continuing to practice our carols for the Christmas concert next week, which we are very excited about! Whilst we were rehearsing, Miss Foster, popped in and told us how beautiful it was so you’re in for a treat! During our Geography session, we welcomed the long-awaited special visitor, Mrs Abdi, who talked to us over TEAMS about her experiences as a migrant and a member of the Somalian community in Bristol. We were all amazed that we actually knew someone who had migrated and we fascinated by her story. We asked her lots of questions and made notes on our iPads, before writing a letter to thank Mrs Abdi for her time. What a great experience for us all and so informative to get a first-hand perspective. Thank you, Mrs Abdi!
Well done, Year 5 on another brilliant week – only one more to go! Don’t forget to keep reading every night at home, now that our lovely new AR books have arrived, you should also be able to complete your quizzes after each book. I wonder how many points you can score before the end of term? Also, remember to keep learning your weekly spellings and times tables, which can be found on the website or our TEAMS page in the files.
A massive welcome back to Rauf class. It is lovely to be working with you all in person again and I can’t believe how much you have grown whilst you’ve been in self-isolation! What a great return too with some AMAZING work being produced – well done!
This week has been assessment week so we have been working really hard to demonstrate what we have learnt and Mrs Thomas is EXTREMELY proud of our efforts and perseverance, even though some of the questions were quite tricky! Despite it being assessment week, we have still managed to fit it lots of exciting learning as well. We enjoyed an ‘Art day’ focused on our still life topic where we produced some fabulous watercolour flowers and oil pastel fruits that are going to be displayed in our classroom. We think you’ll agree that they are absolutely gorgeous!
During our online learning, we were unable to do our practical science lessons so we have been catching up on those this week. We have been learning some new scientific vocabulary – soluble, insoluble, solution and saturated – whilst investigating which materials dissolve in a liquid (soluble) to make a solution. In addition, we have been learning about how to separate a mixture using filtering, sieving, evaporation and magnets. It was fun finding out how to separate the mixture to help Miss Parsons out and then we wrote her an email to explain how to solve this problem if it happened again using our scientific vocabulary. Finally, rehearsals are underway for our Christmas carols performance – watch out for some wonderful singing and some even better dance moves!
Well done, Year 5 on another brilliant week! Don’t forget to keep reading every night at home, now that our lovely new AR books have arrived, you should also be able to complete your quizzes after each book. I wonder how many points you can score before the end of term? Also, remember to keep learning your weekly spellings and times tables, which can be found on the website or our TEAMS page in the files.
This week Rauf class have been self-isolating and SMASHING their learning at home on TEAMS. Mrs Thomas has been amazed at the children’s maturity, effort and skills, as they have navigated their way around this new experience. A heartfelt thank you to all the adults at home as well for their fabulous support and ensuring that the children had everything they needed to make the very best of the situation. I am so proud of the work that has been produced and the independence that many of you have shown in the work that you have submitted, remembering lots of the skills and expectations of school – I know that this can be tricky when you are in the comfort of your own home with all your belongings around you! Well done everyone and a HUGE thank you to Miss McCulloch, Miss Gardiner and Miss Pitts who have been working extremely hard to support us all too J
This week Year 5 has been exploring homophones in spelling and have continued to develop their writing skills using the book ‘The Journey’ in English. We have mainly focused on continuing to embed our knowledge of complex sentences, colons to introduce a list and the use of dialogue in our narrative writing. In Maths, we have been learning about multiples, factors and common factors. We can now see why it is so important to learn our times tables – it’s a good job that we’ve all worked so hard on these! Remember to continue to develop your speed (fluency) and accuracy by using Times Table Rock Stars. J Due to the adaptations necessary for online learning, Mrs Thomas decided that it would be best to focus on our Geography learning in a mini block so this week, we have learnt what a refugee is, what an economic migrant is and what a climate migrant is. We have also written some questions to ask a special visitor who is coming to talk to us about the Somalian community in Bristol and her experiences of migration – an opportunity that we are very excited about as it is a very important aspect of life in Bristol. In Read Aloud sessions, we have continued to read: The Day we met the Queen, which we are all enjoying.
Although it has been great to see everyone online. I know that were all extremely excited about seeing everyone in person again on our return to school, just in time for those weekly tests! Well done on some great learning again this week, Year 5 – I am a very proud (and exhausted) teacher!
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.
|Monday||Y5 - Day 1|
|Tuesday||Y5 - Day 2|
|Wednesday||Y5 - Day 3|
|Thursday||Y5 - Day 4|
|Friday||Y5 - Day 5|
Please also see Other Online Resources for lots of links to educational websites that you can explore.