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Year 5’s Trip to Lakelands!

Today we were invited to the local secondary school Lakelands, to complete a Maths workshop aimed at year 5 children.

The children were involved in problem solving activities and they had the opportunity to explore different sized cubes. It was lovely for them to discuss their ideas with other year 5 children from different schools.

This week in English, we have produced some writing based on our class book, Street Child by Berlie Doherty. We have written character descriptions of two of the main characters and this has allowed us to use the ‘show not tell’ technique.  ‘Show not tell’ focuses on developing the characters feelings through the movements and expressions of the character. We have also written a descriptive setting description of the workhouse and a diary entry from the main characters perspective. The children are really enjoying reading Street Child and we are impressed by their enthusiasm to carry on reading.

 

As part of our medicine through the ages topic, we started by looking at Ancient Egypt.

We decided to investigate mummification and we found out the process of what happened back then. In order to help children understand the process, we decided to turn apples in to mummies. First we weighed the apple, then we made a natron mix out of salt and bicarbonate of soda, we then covered the apple in the natron mix and have left them in containers. We will be checking on the apple after 3 weeks to see if the appearance or weight has changed. We will keep you updated!

Well done to all of our finalists in today’s Spelling Bee Final. It was lovely to see how hard the children had worked to learn their spellings, they were all very determined. We are very proud of all of the children. Here are the results…

In first place: Christopher

In second place: Bella

In joint third place: Grace and Olivia

In fourth place: Chloe

 

In Science, we are learning about living things and their habitats.

Today, we started the topic by dissecting a flower and we explored the different parts. Whilst dissecting the flowers, the children were identifying the male and female reproductive parts. We placed the different parts on paper and labelled them.

Last Tuesday we took our Maths lesson outside and went on a treasure hunt.

We had to find the questions and then answer them to crack the secret message. The questions were hidden all over the yard and tested our fractions, decimals and percentages knowledge.

 

Wow – what a fabulous bunch of characters we had in our classrooms today to celebrate World Book Day 2018! Thank you to all the children (and parents) for their efforts for World Book Day. You all looked amazing!

Phew! What a busy week we’ve had!

On Monday the children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the handball house sports event. The children were great sports and did themselves proud.

During maths this week the children have been learning about percentages. Following on from decimals and fractions, they have learnt common conversions and investigated the relationships between the three. They have also been learning how to calculate percentages of amounts.

We have also been very busy working on our South America projects. We are delighted with the effort and enthusiasm which everyone has put into their work. We have such a wide variety of ideas; an interactive map of South America, a model of South America, fact files etc. The children are excited to show off their work to you at the open afternoon next Thursday.

Today we enjoyed an exciting visit from a special visitor: Ian bland. The children first had an assembly hosted by Ian where he performed many of his poems. Each class then in turn took part in a poetry workshop with Ian where they learnt about the creative process of writing poems. The children let their imaginations run wild! Thank you Ian for a brilliant day!

 

This week has been another very hardworking week!

Today in science, we have been learning about different things that you can do to materials to change them. We learned that dissolving means a solid can mix with a liquid and become a solution.

After planning a fair test, we carried out our experiments and found out that sugar, salt and coffee are soluble. On the other hand, rice and flour are insoluble materials.

 

In Maths, the children have moved onto exploring the relationship between improper fractions and mixed numbers. The children have also been applying their knowledge to be able to reason with the fractions. They are really showing huge improvements in their ability to reason with increasing confidence!

We have been happy to welcome all our pupils back after the Christmas break and everyone has made a great start to the new half-term.

 

This term our topic is South America. Last week we found out where South America is situated on a world map and found out which countries make up South America. This week we have been using an atlas to look at South America and where the amazon rainforest is situated. We also introduced longitude and latitude along with an introduction of the ‘imaginary line’ called the equator!

This week in Maths we have been learning all about fractions. To help us get started we began by looking at equivalent fractions. We then moved onto comparing fractions with the same denominator to see which was the biggest. Once we had mastered that we moved onto investigating finding the common denominator of 2 or more fractions. Next week, they will be investigating mixed numbers and improper fractions.

In English, we have started a new class text called ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. This beautiful illustrated story has allowed us to journey deep into the Brazilian rainforest where a man has come to chop down The Kapok Tree. The book has stimulated some great discussions in class and the children have been writing excellent character and setting descriptions. This week the children have written a dilemma story based on the book.

 

We have enjoyed another busy week in Year 5!

In English, we have continued using ‘There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom’ to discuss how different characters may feel and the reasons why this might change throughout the book. This week we have written our own diary entries from the point of view of a character from the story called Bradley Chalkers. Once they had finished, the children edited their work to make sure they had included all of the key features and to make it even more interestingto read – a very important skill!

 

This week in Maths we have been looking at measuring and drawing angles accurately with a protractor. On Monday, Moscow and Istanbul were slightly confused to discover their tables had been turned into exercise books! The children investigated all the different types of angles and used a protractor to measure the different types.

On Monday afternoon, year 5 ventured outside to create some Autumn artwork.

Children worked in pairs to collect materials on the playground and field and then made a piece of art related to Autumn. It was great to see such creative learning using our wonderful outdoor classroom and it is amazing what can be created with leaves and natural materials. The children had a fantastic afternoon!

Rehearsals for the KS2 production are going well and the children are very excited! Next week in our topic lesson we will be looking at making some of the props and scenery. Come back next week to see what we have made!

 

This week year 5 have been very busy writing their very own ‘Be very afraid’ poems!

In English we have been looking at a poem called ‘Be very afraid’ by the poet Carole Ann Duffy. The children were given the task of writing their own version. They thought very carefully about selecting vocabulary and adding in alliteration and rhyming words to make them sound even better. The children are all very proud of their poems and they enjoyed reading them to the class. Take a look at some of the poems below.

 

On Wednesday the children completed a Halloween mystery maths activity. The problems involved time, place value, subtraction and addition. They had to solve five problems and find out who committed the Halloween crime! It was lovely to see how engaged the children were throughout this task and it was great to see them discussing the solutions with their peers.

Well done year 5! What another great week of learning!