We all enjoyed our 'snow days' last week and now we are back at school and ready to learn!
In English this week we've written formal letters to Mr Brownlow and have written our own alternative endings to the story of Oliver Twist. We let our imaginations run free and produced some amazing work! We can use hyphens for compound adjectives and have perfected direct speech punctuation.
Having written book reviews on Oliver Twist, we considered whether we would recommend this book or not. Most of us really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend this book to others. We have also looked at another book written by the Victorian author, Charles Dickens. The second book is entitled David Copperfield. We looked for comparisons between the two books and there were quite a few.
Are you unsure what homophone words are? Don't despair... just ask one of our children - they are experts!
In Maths we have continued to find fractions of amounts and have considered which fraction of an amount of money we would prefer to have. We've explored a fraction wall and have used it to help us to compare fractions. Our Mental Maths skills are definitely improving too!
We continue to really enjoy our fantastic gym lessons in PE and have learnt so much! Some of us are continuing our swimming lessons on Thursdays and the rest of us are becoming extremely proficient in our yoga lessons. We use our knowledge and understanding of the benefits of mindfulness and rhythmic deep breathing to benefit fully from our yoga sessions.
Continuing with our Victorian enquiry work, we have learnt about Victorian Inventions and produced beautiful pieces of work. We wrote fantastic newspaper articles for the Victorian Times and have researched the British Empire.
During our RE lesson we discussed whether we believe that Jesus is the son of God. We also considered how Jesus may have felt physically and emotionally when he was crucified and created a mind map to illustrate our thoughts.
In our Jigsaw lesson we discussed potential emergency situations that we could face in our lives and created a storyboard to reflect this.
Phew! That's a lot of work to have completed in one week!
We are a very special class and never fail to amaze our adults!
BBBBrrrrrrrrrrr... It's been very cold this week, with the promise of snow!
In English this week we have been continuing with our class book, Oliver Twist. We've considered whether Oliver should run away with Dodger or not. We have written balanced arguments and have given our reasons as to whether Oliver should go, or stay.
In Maths we have been exploring fractions. We can find fractions of shapes and colour them accordingly. We've used bar models to help us find fractions of numbers too. A secure knowledge of our times tables really helps us!
Wednesday was our Mind Up Day in school. We understand how our brain works and can explain the purpose of our Prefrontal Cortex, Hippocampus and Amygdala. We appreciate how mindfulness can help us relax and stay calm. We know that our blood pressure and heart rate lowers when we sit comfortably, close our eyes and focus on our breath. This is what some of our classmates have shared...
"I love Brain Break, it helps me relax and gets me ready for our next lesson."
"During Brain Break I imagine that I can hear trickling water in a rainforest."
"I feel like I'm floating in the air and resting my head on a fluffy cloud."
"When we do Brain Break it's so quiet I can hear birds tweeting in the trees."
Please ask your child about Mindfulness and Brain Break. Year 5 are experts and can tell you all about it!
Welcome back to Term 4, we hope you all had a wonderful half term holiday.
We are very excited about our new topic this term... The Victorians. There is so much to learn! We know that Charles Dickens is a very famous author, who lived during Victorian Times. He wrote many books and we have really enjoyed reading Oliver Twist.
During English this week we have written character descriptions of Mr Bumble. What a character he was! We've generated dialogue between Oliver and Mr Bumble and have worked extremely hard to perfect our speech punctuation.
Did you know that the Victoria Sponge is named after Queen Victoria? Apparently, she enjoyed a slice of this delicious cake with her afternoon tea! We made an amazing Victoria Sponge, which we were able to eat at the end of the day. Then, we wrote accurate instructions on how to bake a Victoria Sponge. One of our class members wrote this fantastic introduction:
"If you want to fulfil a desperate feeling in your stomach and be Queen Victoria herself, follow these instructions to make a delicate, delicious, mouthwatering cake."
Wow! That introduction would motivate anyone to bake a Victoria Sponge!
We produced outstanding posters which depicted Queen Victoria's family tree. They were colourful and informative. Do you know how many children Queen Victoria had? It's quite a lot! Ask your child and they'll be able to tell you.
Are you nervous of decimals? Do they fill you with fear? Well, don't be afraid because
during Maths this week, we have rounded decimal numbers to the nearest whole number. We can add and subtract whole numbers to decimal numbers. We are amazing!
We have thoroughly enjoyed our new Sports Coach lessons for PE. We are learning Gymnastics this term.
We have had a very busy week!
In English, we wrote balanced arguments and had to carefully consider our 'for' and 'against points. We wrote some amazing descriptive writing about the planet, Pluto. We have written playscripts and we remembered to set the scene, incorporate stage direction and use appropriate punctuation. We created innovative news reports on 'The Super Moon' in our teams.
We are brilliant mathematicians! We can identify and measure reflex angles, draw acute angles accurately and identify missing angles in a shape.
Have you ever made a sundial? We have! They worked perfectly and enabled us to tell the time whilst we were outside.
We loved dressing up with clothes with numbers on them for Number Day.
We designed rockets and calculated their area and perimeter.
In English this week we have been writing formal letters. We've also been studying the British astronaut, Tim Peake. We've researched his life, which has enabled us to write fascinating biographies about him.
For Internet Safety Day we discussed and learnt how to keep ourselves safe when using the internet. We wrote a recipe and a set of instructions to remind us how to keep ourselves perfectly safe.
In our teams, we delivered our planet presentations. We were all thrilled with how they turned out ... they really were amazing! We voted on the best one and the winner was.....EARTH.
A HUGE thank you to all our lovely parents, carers and family members who came into our classroom to look at our Enquiry Books and share all of the amazing work that we have done this term. We all enjoyed making our star constellations with marshmallows and cocktail sticks! We enjoyed eating them even more!!
This week we had great fun in our Brazilian Samba Workshop!
"We were each given instruments and we learnt how to keep a rhythm. It was so good to be able to have the chance to try lots of different instruments. The small drum was my favourite."
"It was good fun because we played instruments that we hadn't seen before. We played amazing tunes!"
In enquiry this week we have looked at the geocentric and heliocentric model. We discovered that the sun is at the centre of the solar system.
Welcome back from the Christmas holidays. We hope you've had a wonderful time and we wish you a very Happy New Year!
We have been learning about the Solar System and we used different fruits to represent each planet. The balloon represented the sun!
We made up our own sentences to help us to remember the order of the planets.
Mysterious Vikings Eat Marsbars Jumping Slowly Under Nappies.
My Very Excellent Moustache Just Saw Us Napping.
We've also been learning about our brains and how they work. We know that there are three main parts to our brain.
The Prefrontal Cortex, Hippocampus and the Amygdala. We have been investigating what functions each part of our brains have.
We've started reading our new class book, which is called Cosmic, written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. The main character is Liam Digby, who went to a theme park and accidentally ended up in Space! We think it's going to be a very exciting book.
In maths we have learnt how to multiply 4 and 5 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers.
We have been exploring mindful and unmindful behaviours and discussing them in our groups.
We have also investigated as to whether the Earth is flat or spherical.
We are thoroughly enjoying the exciting book, The King of Space, written by Jonny Duddle. The main character is called Rex... he may be small, but he has BIG plans that will take him to the furthest reaches of Space!
This book has inspired us in English to write a character description of Rex and to imagine that we are Rex and to describe how we will each become the King of Space! We've also designed our own robots and considered their special powers. We've also written newspaper articles reporting on the kidnapping of Princess Kooki!.
In maths we have been learning how to divide 3 and 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. It's imperative that we're confident with our times tables!
Welcome back! This week, we have begun a new topic and we have planned an exciting WOW day for next week! As part of our enquiry learning, we have explored the outbreak of war and looked at the countries that were allies to Great Britain and those that were axis. In English, we have been reading 'The Lion and the Unicorn'. We have written setting descriptions, a letter and predicted what will happen next as part of our Book Power Hour!
On Monday, we had our WOW day! We dressed up as World War 2 evacuees and took part in a range of exciting activities including making identity cards and gas mask boxes, baking honey cakes and experienced what it would be like when the air raid siren sounded in school.
It is anti-bullying week, so we have written some anti-bullying poems! We have also created Blitz skyline pictures using paint and black card.
This week we had a mindfulness day. Activities we did included yoga, drama, board games and team games!
This week, we have been doing lots of activities linked to the book, 'Only One You'. We have designed and painted pebbles inspired by the book, written autobiographies, written recipes for a good friend and worked in teams to complete maths challenges!
What a fantastic two weeks we have had in our new class. This week we have been learning about place value in Maths and setting descriptions in English. We have also had a great time at forest school this week, making pictures out of leaves to make it look like the forest. We also went swimming at Hutton Moor which was such good fun.
For maths this week we have been rounding numbers to 100,000. In English we have been writing descriptions about a North American setting and for P.E. we have been playing tag rugby.
Wow! What a fantastic Big Day Out we have had today! We built sand sculptures, did some sports,in a round robin, and watched the balloon man. The balloon man was amazing, he made some one into a bee with balloons and even climbed inside a great big balloon.
In English this week, we have been looking at a Native American story about Clever Coyote. We have done some drama to help us re write the ending of the story. We have been doing subtraction in maths using a number line and designing our own Totem Poles in art.