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Welcome to Year 5! We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead working with all of you.

We will be using the blog to keep you updated on what we have been doing in class and school. This is also a place where you will be able to find information such as any school trips and/or upcoming events.

For more information please come and speak to myself or any member of staff. We are always there to help with any queries.

Many thanks,
Mrs Downey and Miss Cuff

Teacher: Mrs Downey and Miss Cuff

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Pattison

Week beginning 11.11.19

English

This week we have created a story plan, in order to write our version of ‘Fortunately, the Milk!’ The children have chosen an object to replace the milk and changed the characters and settings. In reading we have read a space poem and looked at figurative language and how the writer uses this technique to add detail and description. We will be adding this into our own stories next week!

Maths

In maths, we have investigated factors and prime numbers. The children have made True or False statements about numbers and had to prove it  in their recordings and use know facts to support their thinking. We have worked hard to ensure we are accurate in our explanations!

Topic
This week we have continued our Science learning all about Earth and Space. We started the week by revisiting evidence and using it to discuss, prove or refute ideas to work scientifically. We also investigated the effect of gravity on objects by using Newton metres to measure the mass and weight of objects. In science we have also learned about the movement of the Earth and we discovered that it moves in two different ways – it rotates on its axis and it also revolves around the sun. We also learned about the movement of the moon, which orbits the Earth. We were able to take turns to act out the movement of the Earth, sun and the moon and we had lots of fun!

On Wednesday, we continued and started to finish our paper mache planets and started to paint them. We also took part in a Hoopstarz session, in which we really enjoyed learning new skills and tricks using hula hoops. On Thursday, we did P.E and I.C.T, which involved gymnastics and modelling on Purple Mash. It was also Children in Need day at school, so the children enjoyed coming into school dressed in non-uniform or their Pudsey Bear items.

On Friday, we carried on learning about Christmas. We talked about the theme of love and why love is important to Christian’s at Christmas time. We considered how we can show love and acts of kindness before acting them out. We also used our PSHCE time to think about e-safety, including how to create and store safe passwords and why they are important.
This week was Anti-Bullying week and on Tuesday we had an Odd Socks day to raise awareness. In PSHCE we have talked about bullying and we made pledges to stop and prevent bullying. We also made storyboards showing how to stop bullying.

Reminders:
On Friday 22nd November 2019, Year 5 will be at a trampolining event from 12:30pm until 3:25pm. Children should bring a full P.E kit, including black shorts, a white t-shirt and appropriate footwear. The children must  wear white socks for the event.

Week beginning 4.11.19

English
This week have started our new class novel ‘Fortunately, the milk.’ The children are really enjoying it so far as it is funny and a little bit silly. The main theme of our writing this half term is to add humour so this has given them some great ideas to get started! We have also explored the purpose and audience within texts and discussed why authors write particular books.

Maths
In maths this week, we have read a variety of timetables (train, swimming and bus to name a few!) and answered a range of questions. We have also been learning how to identify multiples and factors which links to multiplication and division.

Topic
This week we have enjoyed diving into our Earth and Space topic! We have focused on Science and have talked about what we know, what we want to know and what we can find out. We used topic books and iPads to do some initial research. We also looked at scientific evidence to suggest that the earth is spherical and evidence to suggest that it is flat and came to our own conclusions using the evidence we were given. On Wednesday, we started creating paper mache planets to support our learning and to put on display.
In RE, we have started our new topic all about Christmas. This half term we will be focusing on the theme of Christmas and the true meaning of the celebration and how Christian’s celebrate the festive period. In P.E we have played warm up and team games before we move on to gymnastics next week.

This week we have discussed Remembrance Sunday and the significance of the poppy. We have created our own poppy wreath along with the rest of Burnside Academy.

Awards
Head Teacher: James T for being an excellent role-model
Maths: Lucas C for a good understanding of multiples and factors
English: Sasha C for good examples of expanded noun phrases
Pen Licence: Grace H, Alifie W, Molly W and Sophie H

Reminders

  •  Parents Evenings are on Monday 11th November and Tuesday 12th November 2019. If you handed in your slip and haven’t received a time, please let us know as soon as possible. Also, if you haven’t handed in a slip but would like to attend, please see us to arrange a time.
  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned. Thank you for all the amazing projects so far – they have made a fantastic display.
  • PE is on a Thursday

 

Week beginning 21.10.19

English

This week we have written our newspaper reports which included details of how Thespina defeated the evil Scrorpidon linked to Greek myths. The newspaper reports included some super reporting language – I can see many of the children becoming roving reporters in the future! 

Maths

In maths we have been learning how to read a variety of tables. We looked at how and when you would read tables in our every day lives. We can now confidently interpret a range of tables and give reasons for and prove our answers -which is a very important skill in maths.

Topic

This week in topic we have focused on French, music, I.C.T, P.E and R.E.

To start the week, we thought back to making our Greek salads and we evaluated them. We discussed and talked about what went well, what was challenging and how we would change it if we were to do it again.

In French, we started to learn the names of foods in French. We repeated and made actions to help us remember them. Then, we started to give our opinions of different foods using ‘I like’ and ‘I don’t like.’ In music we listened and appraised Johnny B Goode as part of our rock music unit, and we also practised singing Living on a Prayer. In ICT we started to type up our newspaper reports in the correct format and layout.

In P.E we completed activities to practise our jumping, running and throwing skills that we have developed over the past half term. In R.E we talked about harvest and how Christian’s celebrate it, and we considered how we give at harvest time.

On Friday we dressed up for Halloween day!

Have a relaxing and safe half term holiday, Year 5!

 

Week beginning 14.10.19

English

In English this week we have continued to look at newspaper reports – the main focus being to identify between fact and opinion. Following this, we  became news reporters and orally rehearsed our ideas before we write our own next week. We had some excellent reporters who included many of the features we have learned so far. In guided reading, we have read a news report and looked at formal language within the text and then answered a range of questions.

Maths

This week we have been learning about statistics – reading and drawing line graphs. We have used our skills and knowledge of how to navigate a line graph to answer a range of questions.

Topic

In D&T this week we have continued to learn about where food comes from and seasonality of different foods. We have also talked about having a healthy and varied diet and we were able to sort foods into their food groups before talking about how we try to have a balanced diet in our own everyday life. We had a taste test on Monday, so we could try the ingredients in a Greek salad. On Friday, we enjoyed making our own Greek salads in groups! Well done Year 5 for being so mature and sensible!

In P.E this week, we practised our throwing skills. We practised different types of throwing techniques, before taking part in activities to improve our accuracy. This included throwing a beanbag to cones at various distances. We really enjoyed our final task of throwing the beanbag into a cone.

In PSHCE we enjoyed a discussion about how to care for others. We talked about how we can show that we care and we made posters about our ideas. We liked talking about how we have shown that we care in our own lives.

In ICT this week we have started to create our own game using timers and scoreboards. In RE we have learnt a story about St Aiden, one of the Northern Saints, and thought about why he was considered a saint. In music, we have continued our learning about rock music and using musical vocabulary to listen, appraise and compare to previous songs. 

Awards

Headteacher Award: Grace H for always making good choices

English Award:  Lilly G for amazing reporting style

Maths Award: Millie R for excellent line graph work

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned. Thank you for all the amazing projects so far – they have made a fantastic display.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 7.10.19

English

This week, we have looked at newspaper reports. We analysed the reports and made a list of the main features. We have also used reporting style language and created sentences as  news reporters. In guided reading, we have read ‘The Graveyard’ which has a spooky theme and is full of mystery and atmosphere. We have enjoyed reading the story and exploring the challenging vocabulary.

Maths

This week, we have focused upon subtraction and have used a range of resources to support our thinking. We have practised and mastered column subtraction to enable us to answer a range of questions.

Topic

In Science this week, we have been learning about pulleys, levers and gears. We have looked at how these are used in mechanisms to make everyday tasks easier. We have used our knowledge of forces to explain how they make things easier, for example, using a pulley for window blinds.

In PSHCE this week, we have focused on compromise. Throughout this half term we have learned about how we make a great team and which skills and factors we need to consider when working together. This week, we had to compromise in many scenarios and discussed why it is important when we have disagreements.

In P.E we have used our endurance running and sprinting skills in different races. We enjoyed taking part in different races and noticing the changes in our bodies before and after we did them. In ICT this week, we have continued to using coding vocabulary to explain the commands and actions that take place in a program.

In R.E this week, we have talked about the importance of giving. We have used the lives of the northern saints and Jesus to discuss why it is important to give. We have also considered how we give to others by discussing charities and how we personally give to others through compassion and friendship.

In D&T this week, we have discussed the importance of a healthy and varied diet. We have also started to look at Greek salads and which ingredients they have. We have started to think about seasonality and where our food comes from.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Katie L for being a year 5 superstar.

English Award:  Isabelle H for fantastic use of formal language.

Maths Award: Amira F for having perseverance to overcome a tricky concept.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 30.9.19

English

This week, we have written our own 5 part story based on the Greek myth ‘Thespina and the Scorpidon’. Before we wrote our story, we acted it out and became amazing actors and actresses! Mrs Downey said we should be nominated for an Oscar!  In our writing, we included some excellent characterisation and descriptive vocabulary. In guided reading, we have read a Greek myth and used our skills to improve the vocabulary within the text.

Maths

This week, we have been adding with numbers up to 10,000. We have used a range of resources to support our thinking when solving problems. We looked at ‘True and False’ statements within a calculation and we became the teacher in order to identify when and why errors had been made.

Topic

This week Year 5 completed their History learning by storyboarding and retelling the story of the Trojan War. We watched videos and reread the story to help us.

We started our Science learning this week by learning all about forces. We have really enjoyed talking about different forces and how they act on objects. We have also enjoyed planning and carrying out an investigation that tested the effects of air resistance. We wanted to know if the size of a parachute would affect the effectiveness of air resistance. I was very impressed to hear many children use scientific vocabulary to explain their predictions and what they had found out. Well done Year 5!

In RE we have continued learning about Northern Saints and we looked at St Cuthbert in particular. We have learnt why he is remembered and we considered what we would like to be remembered for.

In PSHCE, we have started to work on building our self-esteem and confidence by discussing what we like about ourselves and other people. We were able to circle what we like about ourselves, then let our friends write comments about what they like about us.

This week, we have started our music topic ‘Living on a Prayer’ and we have listened and appraised the piece of music. We focused on vocabulary such as tempo and pace, and we enjoyed starting to learn the song.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Tilly S for being a valued member of Year 5.

English Award:  Amira F for beautifully presented work.

Maths Award: Alfie W for being an addition mathematician.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 23.9.19

English

In English this week, we have continued with the theme of Greek myths. In guided reading, we have read a Greek poem and used our inference skills to gather evidence and answer questions. We have written a character description and used the technique of showing characters actions and body response rather than simply telling the reader how they feel. 

Maths

This week we have been maths superstars by working with numbers and exploring the place value of digits with values all the way to 1,000,000! We have also investigated negative numbers to see which values have the highest value.

Topic

This week Year 5 completed their History learning by storyboarding and retelling the story of the Trojan War. We watched videos and reread the story to help us.

We started our Science learning this week by learning all about forces. We have really enjoyed talking about different forces and how they act on objects. We have also enjoyed planning and carrying out an investigation that tested the effects of air resistance. We wanted to know if the size of a parachute would affect the effectiveness of air resistance. I was very impressed to hear many children use scientific vocabulary to explain their predictions and what they had found out. Well done Year 5!

In RE we have continued learning about Northern Saints and we looked at St Cuthbert in particular. We have learnt why he is remembered and we considered what we would like to be remembered for.

In PSHCE, we have started to work on building our self-esteem and confidence by discussing what we like about ourselves and other people. We were able to circle what we like about ourselves, then let our friends write comments about what they like about us.

This week, we have started our music topic ‘Living on a Prayer’ and we have listened and appraised the piece of music. We focused on vocabulary such as tempo and pace, and we enjoyed starting to learn the song.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Sophie H for being a super role model.

English Award: Lacie C for super descriptive sentences.

Maths Award: James T for excellent understanding this week.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

Week beginning 16th September 2019

 

 

English

In English this week, we have read  mythical settings and gathered some amazing descriptive vocabulary in order to write sentences. We have also looked at how to open sentences in a variety of ways using fronted adverbial and conjunctions.

Maths

This week we have continued to explore the place value of digits with the value up to 10,000. In particular, we have been adding and subtracting in powers of 10, 100, 1,00 and 10,000. On Thursday we took part in a maths ‘Escape Room’ challenge – as you can see from the photographs, we were very excited and completed all the challenges!

Topic

This week we have continued our learning all about Ancient Greece. We have written fantastic diary entries from the point of view of an Athenian solider in the Battle of Marathon. We have also used a range of sources, including images, artefacts, books and the internet to find information about Ancient Greece, then we presented it in different ways. They ranged from news segments, interviews, posters and non-chronological reports. Year 5 have also found information about Greek Gods and Goddesses, as well as start to learn about The Trojan War.

In P.E this week, we went outside to play dodgeball, practising our throwing skills and having lots of fun at the same time. In ICT, we have continued to learn about coding and we had a go at trying to make our own simple program. In PSHE, we considered what makes a good team and thought about our own roles within various teams, both inside and outside of school. In RE, we continued to learn about the Northern Saints and linked them to our own experiences. We thought about what our own coat of arms would look like and what we would like to be remembered for if we were saints.

Awards

Headteacher Award: Molly W for being an absolute superstar.

English Award: Mercedes B for lovely, descriptive sentences.

Maths Award: Hayden S for super place value work.

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday

 

 Week beginning 9th September 2019

English

In English this week we have read the Greek myths ‘Thespina and the Scorpidon,’ ‘Pandora’s Box,’ and ‘Medusa’. The children have enjoyed exploring the texts and looking for key features. In our writing, we wrote fantastic diary entries from the perspective of Thespina.

Maths

This week we have been exploring the place value of digits with the value up to 10,000 and using a range of resources to support our thinking. We have been using our reasoning and problem solving skills to answer a wide range of questions.

Topic

This week, Year 5 have started their history topic ‘Meet the Greeks’. We have used a timeline to order events chronologically and considered where modern day fits on the timeline. We have also enjoyed talking about Ancient Greek democracy and how it has influenced or changed modern day democracy in the U.K. and compared them. This week we have also been able to learn about the origins of the Olympics and we have started to learn about The Battle of Marathon.

In P.E. this week, we have started to refine our existing basic skills, such as running, jumping and throwing.

In I.C.T we refreshed our memories about coding vocabulary before creating our own simple program using commands on Purple Mash.

In PSHCE this week, Year 5 have been talking about rules in school and the classroom, and considered their rights and responsibilities in school.

English Award: Maggie G

Maths Award: Neave S

 Reminders

  • Homework: Spellings given out on a Monday and tested the following Monday and English/Maths homework given on a Wednesday and to be returned the following Monday.
  • Books are changed once they are returned with rewards given for every 10 stamps received.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.
  • PE is on a Thursday
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