Monday 22nd November 2017
Year 5 arrived at Sayers Croft safe and sound! We have had a busy first day. I am very impressed with their bed making skills. They did a superb job!
This afternoon we had a lot of fun on the ropes course, it was like watching Total Wipeout. After surviving the Tarzan jump the children then swapped and had a go at climbing. I am so proud of every single one of them. It was such an achievement to climb the wall and make it back down. from the ground it looked VERY tall so I can’t imagine what it was like from the top!
Will update you all further with more pictures and news tomorrow!
Enjoy your night of rest, we will be home before you know it.
Friday 4th November 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have our first week down after the autumn break! I hope you had a fantastic half-term, the children have come back refreshed and raring to go.
Our half-term text for English is Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, the children should have come home this evening with the first chapter to read over the weekend. We will be linking our non-fiction focus to Northern Lights by analysing the setting, which is the Arctic, and researching various elements of this region to create non-chronological reports.
I have asked the children to start thinking about language and ensuring that they are using topic specific vocabulary an example of this for the Artic may be frozen, polar region, tundra etc. It would be lovely if you could work with your child to create their own list of extra vocabulary for use next week.
Mathematics has been challenging for the children. We have introduced algebra to Year 5 and how we can use it to find missing angles in triangles. We will revisit this again at a later point in the year as their understanding develops. Children should be studying 2D shapes at home and their properties, they are confident on naming the properties when given the shape however, some struggle to find the shape when working backwards and given the properties.
An example of this may be:
I have 2 pairs of parallel sides, all sides are the same length and my opposite angles are the same. What am I?
Thank you for your help with the Ancient Greece presentations; they are absolutely wonderful! I am so impressed with what the children have produced, we had a great afternoon listening to their presentations this afternoon!
I am very excited to start our next topic, Materials, in Science. We are going to be looking at reversible and irreversible changes, especially the cause and effect. A way to help your children question changes in the real world is to look at bread and how heat can cause a change. Is it reversible, how do you know? What changes happen in our kitchens that are reversible?
Lastly, I would like to say well done to those children who took part in the Netball competition. I am so proud of what they achieved and indeed their sportsmanship. All of the feedback from staff and parents who joined the trip was excellent, so well done all, your exemplary behaviour hasn't gone unnoticed!
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Friday 19th October 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank you for attending Parents' Evening, it was a great to speak to you all!
Year 5 have moved on from Kensuke's Kingdom and have been focusing on Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. It was amazing to see how they grasped the plot of this narrative and changed it to a newspaper report. They showed a good understanding of how the genre its purpose can effect language.
After the half term, the children will be looking at non-fiction writing; again this will focus on language and specifically, the difference between facts and opinions. It might be an idea to look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3wgqhv and discuss how they know an idea is a fact or an opinion, what words inform their thinking and how can they become more critical about what they read.
The children are moving onto Geometry as we approach the second part of our term. Currently, emphasis is on angles and accessing their known knowledge for example, angles in a triangle will always add up to 180 degrees. They are being encouraged to use their work from number over recent weeks to work out mathematical problems involving angles and missing angles.
For extra practise the children can try http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/maths/shape_space/angles/revision/1/
The Geography topic of The Americas has proved to a great success. The work the children have produced is outstanding and shows deep thinking into the similarities and differences between the two towns, cultures and climates.
Thank you for your help with this project and supporting their learning at home, I know some of their homework tasks take a lot of time and effort.
I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children this half term and look forward to seeing you at the R.E. Day assembly.
Have a lovely half term.
Friday 29th October 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we approach the penultimate week of the first part of our Autumn term, I would just like to say how much of a pleasure it has been with your children, they are all incredibly well mannered! Apologies for such a late start with the fortnightly class updates, it has been a very busy start to the year!
This week in English we have been reading Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Murporgo. Our main focus of the week was description and how audiences can interpret words differently; raising questions about how we as writers can ensure reader's are seeing 'our picture' of setting and character. I have seen an increased awareness of figurative language from our activities in class and am looking forward to seeing these develop further across genres as next week, the children will try their hands as newspaper reports!
If you would like to help your child with their writing for next week you could get them thinking about language choice. It is important for them to understand when journalists report on events, they were not there. How many synonyms could they find for 'reported' and how could they put them into a sentence?
In Maths, the children have moved onto multiplication of numbers with up to four digits. They have also been looking at the multiplication of decimals. Please can I stress that their strategy should not be to move the decimal point. It is very important that all of the children understand that the decimal does not move and if they articulate this at home, please stop them and instead question what has happened to the number.
On the whole, Year 5 handled the different strategies I threw at them very well.
Next week, we are moving onto division and will work with increasingly large numbers in a range of contexts.
Lastly, I also have to mention our R.E. lesson, we certainly do have a few rising stars in the class! They may have already told you but I asked them to show their understanding of the parable of The Good Samaritan by turning it into a rap. This gave me a whole new idea of what I previously understood parables to be! They were fantastic! I will upload a few videos of some of the children during the week for you to have a look at on the R.E. page and trust me, you will be highly amused!
I am looking forward to meeting you all at Parents' Evening!
Have a wonderful weekend.