Our Year 5 Class
       

A very warm welcome to our Year 5 class page. In Year 5  we look forward to the challenges and responsilbilities of being in the upper juniors. During the year the children continue to develop their independent learning, research and team work skills. Children also have the opportunity to take on more responsibility by becoming playleaders and helping the younger children in school.

 

Our Year 5 Class 2017-2018

 

Class Information

 

Who's who?

Mrs Hudson - Year 5 teacher

Mrs Kirkman- Part Time Teacher

Mrs Cottrell - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jones- Teaching Assistant

 

Homework

Homework will be set on a Friday and should be handed in by Wednesday.  There will generally be Literacy and Numeracy work, and on occasions, topic work.  In addition they will also have spelling homework from their spelling group.  Children are encouraged to ensure that their homework is completed to a high standard.

 

Reading

Whilst most children now are independent readers, reading at home is still crucial.  Children should read for 15 minutes each night- this can be either their home reader or a book of their own choice.  This will be more productive if it is carried out in a calm, quiet environment.  Parents / carers are encouraged to sign the planners to acknowledge this please. The children are also encouraged to use the school library and bring books home that they enjoy. regular readers will be rewarded handsomely!

 

PE

PE lessons take place on a Monday and Wednesday.  All children are expected to take part in a full PE kit and trainers/pumps. Earrings can be worn at school but, for health and safety reasons, they are not allowed during PE.

 

This half term.... Summer Term 1 (April-May 2018)

 

Over the next half term we will be  finishing off our Science topic on exploring Space. After this we will move on to learning about the 'Cycle of Life'. The focus will be on how new plants are made and the life cycles of plants. Children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants and learn about pollination.

Our topic work on The Rainforests will continue. Children will learn about the different layers of the forest and its animal inhabitants. They will also compare a British Forest with the Amazon rainforest and begin to explore some of the conservation issues surrounding the destruction of rainforest inhabitants.

In English Our focus will turn towards play scripts as we embark on a journey back to the 17th century and take a look at a Shakespearean play! Opportunities to read and perform scenes from 'Hamlet' are just around the corner....! Throughout the half term we will also continue to think about using a variety of sentences, openers and punctuation. Handwriting and presentation are going to be an on-going focus and we would appreciate it if you could promote this at home when the children are completing homework tasks.  

In Maths we will start the term by looking at Decimals, and then move on to working with Angles and Shape. Children will be solving problems involving numbers up to 3 decimal places, multiplying and dividing numbers by 10,100 and 1000, and using all 4 operations to solve problems. We will also learn how to measure angles; estimating and comparing acute, obtuse and reflex angles. We will also learn to identify angles at a point and one whole turn. Their shape work will include identifying 3D shapes and distinguishing between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles. Finally the half term will end with work on Position and Direction. Lots of opportunity for problems solving work here!

It is very important that your child continues to regularly practise their times tables at home. You can support your child at home by going through these together and regularly reinforcing number bonds, counting forwards and backwards in a variety of multiples, practising telling the time in analogue and digital and converting a variety of measures.

 

RE - We will be learning about Jesus the teacher.

 

HEARTSMART-  Fake is a mistake!

Heartsmart is a resource that helps build resilience, emotional intelligence and empathy in the hearts of children. Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.

 

Computing - The topic for the half term is We are game developers'. Children will be learning to design and create a programme for a computer game, which uses sequence, selection, repetition and variables.

  

PE - The topic for this term is Health and Fitness - Children will be taking part in lots of activities related to balance and coordination and learning to explain how different types of levels of fitness are more effective in their role/activity/event.

 

 

Dates for your Diary:

 

 

 

NEWS!

What an impressive amount of English work we've managed to squeeze into the second half of the Spring Term! With a science fiction non chronological report to aim for, we first began looking in to the features of this genre and had a go at writing a mini-saga (which was great practice!) Using a clip called 'Pandora' taken from the movie 'Avatar' the children created their own report looking at different elements of this fictitious planet. We discussed the importance of  writing clearly and the children were encouraged to use the different aspects of this genre in their own writing. The children found this topic very really fascinating and the end results were very impressive.

In Maths we have continued to explore the topic on Fractions and towards the end of the term we looked at Decimals and Percentages. The children have been flying through different aspects of the topic, continuing to amaze us with their ability to investigate, problem solve and reason. Despite having only completed two terms of Year 5 so far, lots of children have already filled their Maths books and are moving on to starting in new ones next term...that's an indication of how much work they have been getting through! This work will continue after the holidays.

The children have enjoyed the opportunity to learn about Rainforests and the people and animals that can be found there. Some really impressive art work has been created and we are looking forward to learning more about this subject when we come back into school.

Lessons in RE have been very thought provoking as we discussed the importance of Easter in the Christian calendar, and the children wrote some very emotive piece of writing depicting the last days of Jesus. The children showed a great understanding and the resulting work was of a superb standard.

Over the half term we were fortunate to welcome visitors from Wigan F.C. who came and delivered Playleading sessions with our class. The children were asked to consider key questions such as What makes a good leader, and What skills must they have? The children learnt lots and took part in lots of different activities and scenarios. After Easter the children will get the opportunity to show off their leading skills as they help organise and run lunchtime clubs for the infant children.

To complete a wonderful Spring Term together, we all came together in Church in the final week for our Easter Service. Those of you who were there to share this special time with our children will already know that Year 5 played leading roles in the performances we enjoyed!  We are so proud of all the children who took part! In the last week before the holidays our year 5 class took part in the 'Bikeability' course, and we are pleased to say that all children involved in this safer bike-riding initiative have passed the the course and proved to be model cyclists! Another proud moment for all of us!

 

   

It's been an action packed term! The children have all enjoyed their topic work on Marvelous Maps, and we will be finishing this topic off in the first part of the second spring term. The maths work has been tricky but enjoyable with the children getting to grips with fractions. We have been focusing particularly on reasoning and problem solving questions, with the children showing a really good understanding of some particularly difficult mathematical concepts. This is also a topic that we will be finishing off when we come back to school. 

The first half term of Spring 2018 saw the children embark on a unit of work entitled Myths and Legends. An alchemist who created a gold-making machine appeared in our very first legend and the children created some wonderful, rich descriptions of his machine in a piece of writing. The self-centered alchemist named Nicholas also became the focus for some powerful persuasive writing as the children went on to create a letter written on behalf of one of Nicholas' worried friends. In this letter the children were given the task of including persuasive techniques (built up to before the task) and of writing in a first person style. The finished results were truly remarkable and gave the children a second piece of writing to be proud of! An assessed piece of writing then followed based on our third and final legend called 'The Girl and the Fox'. For this the children were asked to focus and develop one area of the story: the dramatic point at which the girl comes face to face with the fox after a frantic search for him in the forest. Final drafts were the product of lots of hard work and editing by our young writers and the children really stepped up to the challenge of 'shining' in their assessments!

Before the half-term holiday we held a Spelling Bee competition! With the class split in to 'swarms', the children completed the first two rounds in their teams before each nominating their strongest speller to go face-to-face against others in round three! Results were very close, and everyone involved in the final round were a credit to their 'swarm'. Spelling took on a whole new feel in this final week, so much so that the children want to make Spelling Bee a regular feature at the end of each term!

Our RE work has been very thought provoking and the children have shown good understanding, particularly with their work on parables and attempting to suggest the meaning or message behind them.

The children really enjoyed their computing work on shape and designed their own house using the online Sketch Up app. It was really difficult but the results were amazing - we have some very talented architects! 

We are looking forward to the next term and the opportunities it will bring. 

 

What a really busy Autumn 2 term it has been! All the children have worked really hard, we especially enjoyed the build up to the Christmas celebrations and loved performing in church on the final day of term. We hope you enjoyed our performance too! 

The children have been extremely busy in their Maths lessons and worked really hard in all aspects of their work. We did lots of multiplication and division work and looked at written methods for particularly difficult questions. The children were introduced to the 'bus stop' method for division and 'column multiplication' - tricky stuff! The children continue with their Big Maths work and are understanding the importance of being able to work quickly but accurately in relation to their addition and multiplication facts. 

We also spent time looking at area and perimeter. The children worked on measuring and calculating perimeter of composite shapes, and estimated and calculated the area of rectangles and irregular shapes. 

The second half of the Autumn Term saw the children completing a piece of narrative writing called The Ridge. After weeks spent carefully crafting and editing their stories, gaining confidence and skill as writers, the children had some truly wonderful work to be proud of! Look out for your child's story when you next see their English book! In the lead up to Christmas our attention then turned to a short story by Michael Morpurgo (the significant author we studied in the first half of this term). Coming Home was written to partner a 90 second Christmas advert for Waitrose, and both advert and short story tell the tale of a robin's return home from his migration to spend the Christmas with his 'loved one'. With focus upon the techniques used by Morpurgo in his writing (repetition, descriptive techniques and similes), the children were asked to write using this same style. The poems they created were thoughtfully and cleverly crafted... we're still waiting to hear fro Morpurgo himself as to what he thinks about them, as a sample of our work was sent off to his website for his opinion! (we're sure he's as proud as we are of the children's efforts!). 

The children enjoyed finishing their topic work on the Mayans. We learnt all about Maya cities and identified countries in Mesoamerica using atlases. The children learnt about religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and found out more about the gods that they worshipped. The class also researched the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and the significance of corn and chocolate to the Maya people.

Our Science work has been fascinating! We have been learning all about the different forces and researched all about Sir Isaac Newton. The children had great fun making their own Marble Maze using their knowledge of friction, the results were amazing! The children also really enjoyed the opportunity to make their own parachutes in work based on air resistance. 

In our RE work the children have covered a number of different units of work. There was lots of opportunity for discussion and sharing our thoughts with each other. We have been discussing the importance of the Bible for Christians and talked about how the Bible can be used to give us guidance and offer answers in difficult or challenging circumstances. In the build up to Christmas we looked at how other cultures celebrated the event and drew similarities with the nativity story.

 

 

During Autumn 1 the children have been extremely busy indeed! Our topic work on the Mayans has been really interesting and we found out lots of fascinating facts. In our Science work we have been learning about uses of materials and carried out lots of different scientific investigations. We have been learning about thermal insulators and how to separate different materials. We even got chance to make our own egg parachutes - cracking! In our Maths work we have been working incredibly hard and we have been working with some very large numbers indeed. We have done lots of work on addition and subtraction, and have been getting to grips with some work on statistics. Our English work has impressed so many of our adults in school! We are really getting to grips with our class book, having especially enjoyed working in teams to create our own non-chronological reports on orangutans. We have even squeezed in time to look at persuasive charity posters, and created our own for the charity WWF! In our computing work we got the chance to design and create our own webpages and discussed hat we considered made a good website. We can't wait to find out more things over the next term, but we aren't allowed to mention the word 'Christmas' just yet!