Our Year 5 Class
       

A very warm welcome to our Year 5 class page. In Year 5  we look forward to the challenges and responsibilities 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 2020-2021

 

Class Information

 

Who's who?

Mr Wilkinson - Year 5 teacher

Mrs Kirkman - Teacher

Miss German - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bent - 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 Shed group and TTRockstars. 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. 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 Tuesday afternoon. The children will need to come to school in their outdoor PE kits. Earrings can be worn at school but, for health and safety reasons, they are not allowed during PE.

 

    

This half term.... Autumn 2 (November - December 2020)

 

English - In English, we have started our next piece of writing based on a fantastic book by Anthony Browne; Gorilla. The children will be continuing to write using the writing lenses from our writing rainbow. They will be using key skills such as repetition for effect, relative clauses and metaphors to name a few, in order to improve our writing. Each lesson has a focus on each plot point from the story, and has a 3 main writing aims from the lesson for the children to achieve. Once we have finished our writing on Gorilla, the children will then be challenged to use the skills they have learned in an independent piece of writing.

  

Reading

Our class reader is the fantastic 'The Boy in the Tower', from the author Polly Ho-Yen. During these lessons the children use their VIPERS skills (vocabulary, infer, predict, explain, retrieve, sequence or summarise) It is important that the children continue to read at home and develop their comprehension skills and vocabulary. This will help consolidate the reading work we will be doing in class.

  

Maths

In Maths, we will be continuing to follow our new Power Maths SchemeWe are currently working through our third unit of addition and subtraction, after competing our first two units focusing on Place Value. The children have been doing really well so far! The importance of a strong understanding of times tables is really shown when we do addition and subtraction, so it's important that the children continue to work on these to improve their accuracy and speed. Here's an overview of the objectives we will be covering this half term

Addition and Subtraction 

  • add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal
    written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
  • add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
  • use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a
    problem, levels of accuracy
  • solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which
    operations and methods to use and why.
     

Graphs and Tables

  • solve comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph
  • complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables

 

Science

Our Science topic this half term is 'Materials'.

During this unit the children will have the opportunity to:

To plan different types of scientific enquires to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary.
• To take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, with increasing accuracy and precision, taking repeat readings when
appropriate.

• To record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and
line graphs.
• To use test results to make prediction to set up further comparative and fair tests.
• To report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results,
in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations.
• To identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

Computing

Our next unit in Computing is 'We are Web Developers'.

During this unit the children will 

• Develop their research skills to decide what information is appropriate.
• Understand some elements of how search engines select and rank results.
• Question the plausibility and quality of information.
• Develop and refine their ideas and text collaboratively.
• Develop their understanding of e-safety and responsible use of technology. 

       

HeartSmart - 'Don't Forget to Let Love In.'

Visit the website www.heartsmartprimary.com for more information on what Heartsmart is all about.

Self-worth. Learn how to love and value yourself well.

You’re important, you matter, you’re one in a million and above all you’re loved. These are messages that we all need to hear, believe and remember – because sometimes we forget. The healthier our internal dialogue, the greater our sense of worth which is the cornerstone of character and resilience. How kind are the thoughts we listen to? How patient are we with ourselves? 

Don’t Forget to Let Love In  helps us grow in self compassion. You’ll notice we don’t shy away from using the word love. It’s a big deal. Without it we’re no one, but no one is without it. The ability to receive or reject it in our lives defines us. Our actions, beliefs and very essence is shaped by our experience of it. Our hearts are made strong because of it. So in partnering with love, we partner with a strength that’s stronger than any challenge life might throw at us. Although it can be a challenge to receive it, love never fails. Don’t Forget to Let Love In! 

 

Music

During Music this half term, we will be focusing on 'A Short Ride in a Fast Machine' by the composer. John Adams. Here's what we'll be covering.

Learners will:
- listen and reflect on a piece of orchestral music
- invent their own musical motifs and structure them into a piece
- perform as an ensemble
- learn musical language appropriate to the task
 

We will achieve this by 
- play and perform in ensemble contexts, using voices and playing musical instruments
- improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
- listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory

 

History

Our Topic for History this half term is The Monarchy. We will be learning about William the Conquerer and how he ruled Britain, and his significance to Britain including the Magna Carta. We'll also be learning about King Henry the VIII and his need for an heir. We'll be asking the question, 'How did Queen Anne impact Britain? Also, we'll be studying Queen Victoria's Empire and the impact this had.

 

French 

Our first unit of French, ‘Je me presente’ (Let me introduce myself) has got off to a promising start! We have spent a lot of time on phonetical work, grasping the French alphabet and revisiting previous learning.  We’ve also made some progress with early vocabulary learning (focusing on how to greet each other and introduce ourselves), and hope next half-term to complete this unit with a look at how we can add detail to these introductions!) Work with possessive adjectives (mon and ma) alongside work on talking about who is in our family in French, will hopefully keep us busy and allow us to even take a look at Christmas traditions in France!

    

Art

In Autumn 1 the children worked super hard! They have been learning how to use shading effectively, practiced cross-hatching and experimented with applying different amounts of pressure to pencils whilst making marks to name a few. Next half term we hope to switch to a Design Technology project on Mechanisms which requires the children to design a pop up book, following a specific design brief and for a specific target audience. 

     

PE

 Our Topic in P.E in Gymnastics: Movement. Here's an overview of the objectives we will be covering.

  • To perform a range of jumps and leaps
  • Perform a straddle forward roll and a backward roll to straddle correctly.
  • Perform a straddle on vault correctly.
  • Perform a lunge into cartwheel correctly.
  • Link movements together by performing a straight jump
    full turn, a cat leap half turn and a pivot.
  • To work in a small group to create and perform a
    gymnastics sequence with a theme.

 

 

Autumn Term 1 NEWS!

During Autumn 1, the children have been really busy indeed! In our English lessons we have started focussing on a story called 'One Small Step' in which we used our writing rainbow to show off all of our skills. We split the story up in to plot points and each lesson focused on certain areas of the writing rainbow to improve our writing. This included; repetition for effect, personification, adverbial phrases and much more!  In our reading lessons we have been focusing on another book, ‘The Boy in the Tower’. The children have been using their ‘VIPERS’ skills to answer questions and make predictions about the book, and are very excited to start writing lessons using this book over the next half term.

In our Maths work, we have been working incredibly hard and have been working with some very large numbers indeed. We started the term with work on place value which has provided the foundation for our work on addition and subtraction. The children have really enjoyed our addition and subtraction topic and have excelled when using abstract methods, such as the column method. The children then expanded their learning by using their knowledge to solve problems in different contexts. They were able to solve addition and subtraction word problems, where they had to think carefully about which operations they needed to use to solve the problem. Their favourite, however, was when they had to become the teacher and spot mistakes in examples of work. This really stretched their knowledge and helped consolidate what they know. 

This half term, in Science, we have been learning about Forces. The children have had some great fun as we have had quite a few practical activities. The highlight of our time was our work on gravity and gravitational pull. The children created a model to show how each planet has a different gravitational pull. We used elastic bands with different resistance to show how a human would be pulled back to the centre of a planet. We certainly had great fun creating our models! 

In Geography, this half term, we have been learning about Rainforests. We looked at where rainforests are located in the world, the different climates that are present in rainforest, the different layers of the rainforest and what animals live in each of those parts. Finally we looked at the different types of life that live in the rainforest. We managed to squeeze a lot of information in a short amount of time! 

In P.E we had a treat! We had Amy from WigLe Dance to help us be the best dancers possible! We learned all about the Haka and the history behind it before starting our journey to learn and perform it. As I'm sure you will have all seen on Seesaw, they did an absolutely brilliant job!

In Music, our topic for this half term has been ‘Tamboo Bamboo’ where we have developed our skills at keeping a steady beat, whilst expanding on this by following different rhythms at the same time. It is a really difficult skill to maintain a steady beat when there are other children following a different pattern. However, I was very impressed by the way in which we improved this. We were then able to start to use our Bamboo’s to add our take on ‘I can see clearly now’. 

Wednesday afternoons have been very busy in Year Five over the last half-term! The children began their learning journey in September by learning how to use shading techniques to give images depth. They practiced hatching, cross-hatching and stippling, and experimented with applying different amounts of pressure to pencils whilst making marks. The children also experienced arranging and creating collages. The artist Marcello Barenghi inspired them to work with snack bar wrappers to create a collage before drawing and colouring in from observation. Their finished work really does showcase the talents and enthusiasm shown by the children in this unit of work. Next half term we hope to switch to a Design Technology project on Mechanisms which requires the children to design a pop up book, following a specific design brief and for a specific target audience.

 

Our first unit of French, ‘Je me presente’ (Let me introduce myself) has got off to a promising start! We have spent a lot of time on phonetical work, grasping the French alphabet and revisiting previous learning.  We’ve also made some progress with early vocabulary learning (focusing on how to greet each other and introduce ourselves), and hope next half-term to complete this unit with a look at how we can add detail to these introductions!) Work with possessive adjectives (mon and ma) alongside work on talking about who is in our family in French, will hopefully keep us busy and allow us to even take a look at Christmas traditions in France!

Our Computing unit on blogging has been so interesting and we will be updating our class blog regularly throughout the year. There have been blogs about a variety of different topics and it has been wonderful to see the different interests of our class and the creative ideas that some of the children have shared. Keep it up Year 5!

All in all, it has been a very busy half term indeed, with the children really settling in nicely to Year 5 life, especially with all the extra challenges we are facing at the moment. I can't wait to find out more things over the next term.