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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 18th May 2020 (School Closed)

Hi Year 5!

I hope you are all okay and still being good for your adults at home. You are all superstars and doing a fab job with your learning and I’m thrilled that you’re also having fun! As always, I’ve loved reading about what you have been doing and seeing some of your work on our blog – keep posting! Here is a list of activities to keep your brains working this week.

English

Keep using the BBC Bitesize daily English activities. Follow the link and click on your relevant year group, then click on the English activities. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Remember to keep reading! I have set Chapter 5 of the Purple Mash story (Ollie and the Great Stink) as a 2Do, and there are two activities to complete, including a quiz and a comparison task.

For writing this week, I’d like you to write a non-chronological report about a topic of your choice. This could be your favourite football team, animal, game, school topic like Victorians, a TV show, object or a place.

Think about using the things below:
Relative clauses e.g. Harry Potter, which was written by J.K Rowling, is a fantastic story exploring the life of a boy wizard.
Use brackets or dashes to add extra information e.g. Hedwig (Harry’s pet owl) is a beautiful, majestic animal who delivers post and loves exploring her surrounding area.
Use a range of sentence openers
Remember to keep it formal.

Again, I’d love to read these, so please remember to type them up or take a photograph to upload to the Year 5 blog on Purple Mash.

Maths

Please use the free daily maths lessons at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons as this follows what we would be doing in school. Choose your relevant year group and you will be able to access the maths lessons.

For those of you that prefer White Rose, there has been a change to the worksheet resources as they are no longer free on their website, so I’ve attached the relevant worksheets below. If you require different worksheets, please do not hesitate to contact me on the Year 5 blog and I will provide them for you.

Worksheets:

Answers:

Times Table Rockstars are inviting you to attempt a World Records title by answering as many times tables questions correctly as you can in one minute. Even if you don’t get the title, it’s always good to practise and have some fun! Have a look at the letter below for more information.

Computing
Last week, I asked you to review your favourite game. This week, I have set two 2Do activities on Purple Mash for you to complete. For the 2Go activity, please click on ‘challenges’ and try to complete the game. The next activity, ‘Vehicles’, requires you to use coding to complete challenges or to debug (fix) a game. Take your time and give it a go, using the support video to help you if you need to!

Art
Can you design your own Victorian tile mosaic? Your challenge is to use only one shape and two colours.

Science
Can you find out about dissolving? What is it? Which materials dissolve? Find a definition, then have a look at the dissolving investigation that you can do at home.

History
This week, I’d like you to pretend you are a Victorian child worker. I’d like you to write an interview script between a journalist and yourself, answering questions about what life is like as a child worker. You may need to do some extra research, so I have posted some links below. I have given you some questions to get you started, but feel free to add your own! I’m really looking forward to reading them, so please post them on our Year 5 blog. Remember to include lots of detail!

What are the workhouses like?

Which job do you do?

What dangers do you face?

How are you treated? Is it fair?

How do you feel about working?

Do you get to go to school?

What are the differences between children who work and children who don’t work?

You could also make use of the National Oak Academy website to help you with your learning while you are at home. https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5#subjects

I hope this gives you some ideas for the week ahead. Remember to also keep active as this is good for our physical and mental health! I can’t wait to hear from you all this week on our blog, your posts make my day so keep them coming! I’d like to see more of you posting this week as it’s good for us to keep in touch and share our work. I’m extremely proud of you all!

Take care and stay safe,

Miss Cuff, Mrs Downey and the Burnside team


Week beginning 11th May 2020 (School Closed)

Hello Year 5,

I hope you are all staying safe and well. I would like you to know how proud I am of all of you for adapting so well during this tricky time. I miss you all lots and I can’t wait for us to be back together again!

Thank you to the children who are posting on the Year 5 blog. I’d like to see more of you uploading work and sending messages as its good for everyone to keep in touch! I’ve loved reading about what you have been up to and seeing the work you have been doing. Keep it up! I’ve loved reading some of your poems and reports about Queen Victoria this week. Please make sure you complete the 2Dos I have set for you.

Here is a list of activities to keep your brains working this week.

English
Keep using the BBC Bitesize daily English activities. Follow the link and click on your relevant year group, then click on the English activities. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Remember to keep reading! I have set Chapter 4 of the Purple Mash story (Ollie and the Great Stink) as a 2Do, and there are two activities to complete, including a quiz and a prediction task.

For writing this week, I’d like you to look at the image below and write a setting description. To fit in with our topic, here is a picture of a Victorian street – imagine walking down it. Could you use some really strong adjectives and some figurative language to describe the street? What does it look/smell/sound like? Remember to use lots of exciting vocabulary! I’d like to read these on our Year 5 blog, so remember to type it up or take a picture of your written work to upload.

Maths
Please use the free daily maths lessons at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons as this follows what we would be doing in school. Choose your relevant year group and you will be able to access the maths lessons. As always, you should be using TT Rockstarz to practise your tables regularly.

For those of you that prefer White Rose, there has been a change to the worksheet resources as they are no longer free on their website, so I’ve attached the relevant worksheets below. If you require different worksheets, please do not hesitate to contact me on the Year 5 blog and I will provide them for you.

Worksheets:

Answers:

Science
This term we were going to focus on materials and their properties. I’d like you to make a list of different materials you can find at home. I have attached a list of properties of materials – find a definition for each one and a material that fits the description. 

Computing
In computing, we are going to focus on creating games through Purple Mash. Your first activity has been set and you will be able to find this under 2Do. The task is named ‘Blank Computer Game Review.’ For this, I would like you to choose a game you have at home and answer the questions on the sheet online.

Art
I have attached images below of Victorian floor tiles. As you can see, the patterns are quite repetitive. I would like you to answer the questions below linked to the image:

What do you like most about the Victorian floor tiles?

What do you like the least?

What materials have been used to create this?

Can you find another Victorian floor tile that you like better?

Could you design your own pattern for a floor tile?

French
To continue our ‘school life’ unit, this lesson looks at ‘what is in the classroom’. I have uploaded a PowerPoint presentation below and two activities. Remember, the PowerPoints have audio so you can hear the pronunciation of the new vocabulary.

You could also make use of the National Oak Academy website to help you with your learning while you are at home. https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5#subjects

I hope this list keeps you busy this week and gives you some ideas about how to continue your learning at home! You and your adults are doing a brilliant job and I couldn’t be prouder of you all. Remember to post on our class blog and I look forward to hearing from you all!

Miss Cuff and Mrs Downey


Week beginning 4th May 2020 (School Closed)

Hello Year 5!

I hope you have all managed to have a good week. Last week I celebrated my birthday and I went into Fatfield school – it was lovely to see Mrs Pattison and Mrs Kelly again!

Thank you to those children who completed their 2Do activities last week. I loved reading your strict Victorian school rules! It has been lovely having the class blog to hear from some of you too. Thank you to Grace for sharing your history work and thank you to Maggie for sharing your artwork.

Below are some more ideas that you can dip into this week to keep your brains busy this week! Remember to do what you can – these are ideas to dip in and out of. It is important to take care of your mental health and enjoy your time at home with your families too!

English
Keep using the BBC Bitesize daily English activities. Follow the link and click on your relevant year group, then click on the English activities. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Remember to keep reading! I have set Chapter 3 of the Purple Mash story (Ollie and the Great Stink) as a 2Do, and there are two activities to complete about the chapter.

You could have a look at these fun writing activities this week, all about the extremely rare Rhiswanozebtah (Rhi-swano-zeb-tah) – have you heard of it before? Have a look here: (Click ‘download’ then ‘save as’ to access the file)

Below I have attached spelling lists for different year groups. You could choose some spellings that you find tricky, find a definition and write them in sentences to practise. Remember, only a few at a time!

Maths
Continue using the free daily maths lessons at www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning as this follows what we would be doing in school. Choose your relevant year group and you will find a teaching video for each lesson and a link to a question sheet.

I have recently learned how to use and play TT Rockstars (it is quite addictive!) and I’ve amended some of your multiplication tables if it was needed. You should be practising a little bit everyday. Feel free to send me a challenge or check to see if I sent one!

Art
As well as creating collages, we were going to look at mosaics this term. A mosaic is a picture created by smaller pieces of materials. I have posted some pictures below to give you an idea. Why not try to create one yourself? This can be of anything you like, such as your favourite animal.

History
This week, why don’t you find out as much information as you can about Queen Victoria? Create a fact file about her using the information you find. You could draw a picture of her and label it with facts.

French
In French this term, we were going to start learning all about school. This week, learn new vocabulary for different school subjects. Use the video below to help you and remember to pause to repeat the phrases. Write down the name of the subjects in French and draw a picture next to them to help you remember which subject they are; you could even ask your adult to test you! For an extra challenge, why not use j’aime (I like) or je n’aime pas (I don’t like) to write or speak about which subjects you do like (all of them, I’m sure!) or don’t like. You could try to use the conjunction et (and) to extend your sentences.

Oak National Academy is a free website that is providing free lessons for English, Maths, Foundation Subjects and PE. Children may choose a topic that interests them and complete the lesson. You can use this if you wish. Follow this link to access the lessons https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5#subjects

I’m looking forward to reading about what you’ve been doing on the class blog. Remember, to get on to the blog go to Purple Mash – Sharing – Shared Blogs – Year 5 School Closure Blog and press the green + button to add a post.

I’d also like to ask parents to please comment on the Year 5 Purple Mash blog with any comments about how home learning is going if you would like to feedback. I look forward to hearing from you!

Miss Cuff and Mrs Downey


Caterpillars
29.4.20 We have four butterflies now! We are just waiting for one more to arrive 🙂

27.4.20 We have a butterfly!

22.4.20 All of our caterpillars are getting ready to emerge from their chrysalis’s. They have now been moved to the net in the chrysalis station. One of them decided to not attach to the lid, so he was moved separately!

13.4.20 Our caterpillars are starting to spin themselves into chrysalis’s! Not long now until they are beautiful butterflies!

24.3.20 When we first got our caterpillars, they were tiny and inactive – they barely moved at all! Today, they are starting to grow and move around the cup.

Week beginning 27th April 2020 (School Closed)

Hello Year 5!

I hope you and your families are well and staying safe during this tricky time. I am missing you all very much! I hope you are being good for your adults at home, like you are at school, and I hope you have managed to do some learning activities. Below, I have put together a list of activities for you to continue your learning while school is closed this week. Remember, do what you can! Don’t worry if you can’t do everything. It is very important that you also use this time to have fun and be calm and spend time with your families.

English
For English, please continue to make use of the BBC Bitesize daily English activities. Follow the link and click on your relevant year group, then click on the English activities. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

Please continue to read at home, independently or with an adult. You could complete the Book Review 2Do activity on Purple Mash. If you cannot access Purple Mash, you could write one in your exercise book! Maybe you could write a quiz for your family about a story that you all know.

Please remember to practise your writing skills by either writing a letter to me, a diary entry, a recount or your own story!

Maths
For maths, I would like you to continue using the free daily maths lessons at www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning as this follows what we would be doing in school. Choose your relevant year group and you will find a teaching video for each lesson and a link to a question sheet. Keep practising those times tables on Times Table Rockstarz and practise your number skills on TopMarks or Numbots as often as you can.

Science
Keep checking the blog for caterpillar/butterfly updates! You could draw a picture and describe what is happening. I have updated the photographs below and they should be butterflies very soon! Some children have been posting updates on the Purple Mash blog about their sunflowers and I am really enjoying hearing about them! Thank you Maggie for posting a photograph for all of us to see! Keep a diary of your sunflower.

History
To continue your learning from last week, you could find out about children living in the Victorian era. What was it like for them? Did they go to school? If not, what did they do? Is it the same as what you do today? Find out as much information as you can, there are lots of information powerpoints on twinkl (You can access twinkl by going to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and using the code CVDTWINKLHELPS) You could write about or draw similarities and differences or even write a diary entry as a Victorian child, or you could write a letter as a Victorian child to someone from 2020 Britain, telling them about what you have found out about Victorian children.

PE
Remember to keep active as this is important for both our physical and mental health! You could do Joe Wicks daily workout on Youtube, play Just Dance on Youtube or Yoga!  

Class Blog
Thank you to those children who have already started posting on our Purple Mash class blog. I was thrilled to read about what some of you have been up to, and I was so proud to read the encouraging, supportive and kind messages you have been leaving each other. Keep it up!

I would again like to invite children and parents to post on our Year 5 blog. I will be checking every day and writing back to you all. It would be lovely if you could post a photograph of some of the work you have been doing at home. You could also post some work you’ve done on Purple Mash if you wish.
To access the blog, go to Purple Mash – Sharing – Shared Blogs – Year 5 School Closure Blog. To add a post, click on the green + at the top of the page.

I can’t wait to hear from you during the next week! I will post more activities next week and I will also be setting 2Do activities on Purple Mash for you to do.

To the Year 5 parents, again I’d like to thank you for doing an amazing job and for your continued support. You are very welcome to post on our Year 5 class blog if you would like to leave any comments, and please remember to be kind to yourselves during this unprecedented and tricky time.

Miss Cuff, Mrs Downey and the Burnside staff 🙂

Week beginning 20th April 2020 (School Closed)

Hello Year 5!

I hope that you and your family are all staying safe and have tried to enjoy the Easter Break. I am missing you all very much and I am looking forward to seeing all of you when we return. As we won’t be returning to school this week I have prepared a list of activities that will hopefully give you and your adults some ideas about how you can continue your learning at home this week.

English
For English, please make use of the new BBC Bitesize daily English activities. Follow this link and click on your relevant year group, then click on the English activities. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

I would also like you to continue your reading, whether it be independent or with an adult. Use the Oxford Owl website, as they will give you access to free e-learning books. I’d love to hear some reviews of the stories you have read!

Good news for the children who love Harry Potter just as much as I do – you can access the first Harry Potter book to listen to on Audible for free! https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/lifestyle/a32015831/harry-potter-audio-book-free-audible/ You can also go to www.wizardingworld.com which J.K Rowling set up with lots of activities and things to do!

Maths
White Rose are offering free daily maths lessons at www.whiterosemaths.com/homelearning
Choose your relevant year group and you will find a teaching video for each lesson and a link to a question sheet. Don’t worry about printing anything, you could jot your answers down in your exercise book! They also provide an answer sheet so you can check your answers.

In addition to this, keep practising those times tables on Times Table Rockstarz and practise your number skills on TopMarks as often as you can.

Science
Keep checking the blog for caterpillar/butterfly updates! You could draw a picture and describe what is happening.  

History
This term we were going to learn about Victorians. Why don’t you do some research and create a poster, information booklet or a mindmap about what you have found out?

Art
This week, we would have been starting our new art unit, collage. See if you can look at collages online and make your own, it can be a picture of anything you want – a self-portrait, a setting like a beach or garden or it could be your favourite animal.

Class Blog
On Purple Mash I have created a blog in which you can write short messages and attach pictures or work that you have done on Purple Mash. If you go to the green ‘sharing’ icon on the top of the webpage then click on the ‘Shared Blogs’ tab you should see the file entitled ‘Year 5 School Closure Blog’. You should then be able to go on and add messages or work that you would like me and your friends in Year 5 to see. You can do this by pressing the big green + sign on the top right of the webpage. I will check the blog every day to see any messages or work that you have posted!

I will continue to post ideas and activities at the beginning of each week. Stay safe Year 5!

To the Year 5 parents, I hope this information gives you some ideas for activities for your child. Thank you for doing a phenomenal job and your continued support during this tricky time. I am looking forward to seeing you all as soon as we return.

Thinking of you all and see you soon.

Miss Cuff, Mrs Downey and the Burnside team 🙂

28.3.20

Hello Year 5!

It’s been a whole week since we last saw each other and we miss you very much! We hope you and your families are staying safe and well and are enjoying spending quality time together.

Please do try and do a little bit of work each day. I was so happy to see some of the work you have been doing on Purple Mash, and I will continue to set 2do activities each week for you. You can also continue to practise your tables on TT Rockstarz and log into the other websites to play games and complete activities.

You could also use this time to learn new skills such as cooking, sewing, playing games, answering riddles or puzzles etc. You could also help your adults at home with jobs or chores at home. You could also take some pictures or make a scrapbook so you can share it with us all when we get back!

Here are some extra activities or resources that you could use:

– Joe Wicks is releasing a PE session on YouTube daily or you could use YouTube to play Just Dance – remember to keep active!

– David Walliams is releasing a free audio book every day to listen to. You can access these through his website.

– Carol Vorderman has released some maths resources and activities on her website to support continued learning at home. www.themathsfactor.com

– Keep checking back on the blog for updates on our caterpillars too! You could make a note of what you notice every time you check the blog and create a life cycle poster.

Make sure you stay safe and be good! We are looking forward to hearing all about your adventures when we are back at school!

Miss Cuff, Mrs Downey and all the staff at Burnside x

Week beginning 16.3.20

English
This week, we finished writing our stories from a different perspective. We looked again at Where the Forest Meets the Sea and considered how the other character felt. We then planned and wrote our stories using adverbials, description and relative clauses, and we tried to include exciting language and devices like personification and similies.

Maths
This week we moved on to decimals. We started by identifying the value of digits in decimals, then we partitioned the decimals into tenths and hundredths. We also started to convert decimals to fractions and vice versa using hundred squares.

Topic
This week we have looked again at our sunflowers and recorded any changes we observed. We also debated fair trade and considered the positives and negatives of buying fair trade. Please see below for more information about our science learning and the school closure.

As you are aware, Burnside Academy will close from Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice to a majority of children. Your child has a home learning pack to complete at home, which also includes lots of fun activities to do with adults or siblings. The staff at Burnside hope you all stay safe and take care during the school closure. Thank you for your continued support.

Caterpillars
Our Science unit this half term was to focus on living things and their habitats, in which we were going to look at life cycles of plants and animals. We planted our own sunflowers, which the children have taken home. However, we also planned to keep and observe caterpillars as their life cycle changed and they changed form. Unfortunately, due to school closures, we are unable to keep them in school and therefore, Miss Cuff has taken them home and will post pictures of them on the blog as they change.
Make sure you keep checking the blog for any updates!

Week beginning 9.3.20



English
This week we have been looking at parenthesis, relative clauses and dialogue. We have started to consider the story ‘Where the Forest Meets The Sea’ from a different perspective and we have started to write the story again using all of the skills we have learnt this week, from a different perspective.

Maths
In maths, we have finished off our work on fractions by adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions and finding fractions of amounts. We have used concrete resources and pictorial representations to support our working out.

Topic
In topic, we have continued our art unit, drawing. We have experimented with different materials like pencil and charcoal to practise shading. The childrens work has improved drastically over the past few weeks, well done year 5! We have also continued our French learning where we have learned more vocabulary to do with our families. We drew a family tree with the names of each member in French. In Computing, we have started to use publishing software. We have used power point to create a presentation about fair trade after doing research.
In Geography, we have continued learning about fair trade and we have weighed up pros and cons. We then had a class debate about whether or not it is a good idea or not.
This week we had a Sports Relief day where we enjoyed coming into school in our sporty clothes and we went into the hall to do skipping activities.



Week beginning 2.3.20

English
Year 5 have started a new text ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’. It is a beautiful picture book with limited words, so we have been able to write super setting descriptions based on the images in the text. We have tried hard to include adverbials, relative clauses and exciting descriptive phrases, including expanded noun phrases.

Maths
This week, we have had a go at ordering and comparing fractions with the same denominator and different denominators, where we have been able to convert one fraction. We have also tried adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator using bar models and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers.

Topic
Year 5 have continued learning about fair trade and how river use has changed over time. We have also started our new French unit ‘meet the family’ and have enjoyed learning new vocabulary in French! In art this week, we have started to use different pencils for shading after we practised different shaded lines last week. We are beginning to explain our choices of materials and techniques.
This week we celebrated world book day! We came into school dressed as our favourite story character and we had a chance to visit the book fair and choose some books. We also had an exciting present from Miss Whiffin, lots of new books! We were so excited to open the box and explore our new books for our class library!

English award: Alfie W for writing a fantastic setting description
Maths award: Isabelle H for excellent independent work and persevering during challenges.
Head teacher award: Sasha C for her positive attitude towards every aspect of school life.

Week beginning 24.2.20

English
Year 5 have kicked off the new term by creating a persuasive leaflet, using all the persuasive devices they learnt throughout the first spring term. The children included lots of information about deforestation and they used modal verbs, flattery and facts to try and persuade the reader to consider deforestation as a global issue. They have also looked at traditional tales well known to then and considered perspective. To do this, we listened to different versions of familiar stories, including Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs from the perspective of the bad characters. We used role play and enjoyed considering different points of view.

Maths
In maths this week, we have continued our work on fractions – including sequencing them on a number line and ordering fractions using bar models.

Topic
This week we have started our fair trade topic. We have enjoyed learning about fair trade and this sparked an interesting discussion about whether it is a good thing or a bad thing.
This week was wellbeing week in school. We explored the five areas of wellbeing – giving, connecting, taking notice, learning and keeping active. We have taken part in many activities, including making a traybake, playing new board games and playing dodgeball. We have focused on our feelings chart and discussed our emotions.


Week beginning 10.2.20

English
This week, Year 5 have finished off their super writing all about the Journey to the River Sea. They have worked incredibly hard to include all of the language and devices that they have learnt this term, well done Year 5!

Maths
In Maths, the children have started looking at fractions, including finding equivalent fractions. We have been able to convert fractions so that they have the same denominator by using bar models and our times table knowledge.

Topic
In topic this week, we have focused on internet safety for safer internet day. The theme was ‘Free to be me’ and we discussed the importance of our differences and uniqueness. We listened to and read a poem about a child who wished for everything to be the same and what the consequences of that would be.

In Art, we have finished our 3D river models and they look fantastic!

Have a lovely half term Year 5, you deserve it! Stay safe!

Week beginning 3.2.20

English
Year 5 have started looking at persuasive texts this week. We have looked at persuasive devices and language, such as modal verbs, rhetorical questions and facts. We have also had a go at collecting ideas and persuasive devices surrounding deforestation. We have had a go at writing sentences and paragraphs using modal verbs and using persuasion to convince someone to help stop deforestation.

Maths
This week, Year 5 have started their work on fractions. Our focus this week has been on equivalent fractions. We have used area models to visually see equivalent fractions and we have started to use our multiplication and division knowledge and facts to find our own. We know that whatever you do to the numerator or denominator, you do the same to the opposite part of the fraction. We have also used our mathematical vocabulary to describe fractions, such as whole, part, equal and equivalent.

Topic
This week, we have started to learn about river pollution and the main causes for it. We used this information to create posters and leaflets about the importance of tackling water pollution, before we write a persuasive letter to convince everyone to protect their local rivers.

On Monday, Burnside Academy celebrated Chinese New Year by doing lots of different activities. Year 5 learnt about traditional gifts, such as red Chinese envelopes, and they created their own.
On Wednesday, we went trampolining. We had so much fun! There were lots of different activities to do and apparatus to use.

Maths award
English award: Ethan, for making a huge effort to improve his English work.
Head teacher award: Maggie, for being very brave and facing her fears in trampolining.

Reminders:

  • Next Friday, 14th February, is the deadline for any topic homework. We have had some fantastic pieces of work handed in so far! 
  • PE is on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session. 
  • Homework will be given out on a Thursday and should be handed in the following week. Spellings are given out every Monday and tested the following Monday.

Week beginning 27.1.20

English
In English, we have focused on finishing our stories about Journey to the River Sea. We wrote them for our class library and hopefully we will get a chance to read our friends work! On Friday, we had a go at transforming our writing for a different audience. We wrote SOS messages to explain that we had been stranded in a part of the rainforest. We tried to include lots of description, adverbials and emotive language.

Maths
This week we have moved on from multiplication to division. We started the week by using place value grids and counters to represent 4 digit numbers, then we were able to circle groups to visually divide the number. We then moved on to using the written bus stop method alongside the visual representation in order to check our answers. Towards the end of the week, we started to divide numbers with remainders. 

Topic
In Science, we learned about Jane Goodall, who works and campaigns for the safety of chimpanzees in the wild. We created adverts for the public to persuade them to donate to Jane Goodall’s institution. In ICT, we have created our class database and started to input data about ourselves, so that it can be accessed easily. This week we have started our art block, 3D modelling. By the end of the half term, we will be creating models of a river, showing from the source to the mouth. We planned how we were going to do this in groups, by considering materials and techniques. 
In P.E this week, we practised all of the skills we have learnt so far in gymnastics and this week we had a go at learning how to safely perform a handstand. We worked in pairs to support each other. 
In PSHCE, we had a visitor come into school from Operation Encompass, who talked to us about relationships. We worked in groups to discuss appropriate behaviour in relationships and how to keep ourselves safe. 

On Friday, we had a party to say goodbye to one of our friends in Year 5, Mason, who is moving on to another school. Good luck in your new school Mason! We will miss you!

Maths award: Molly for super problem solving
English award: Piper for excellent description in her writing this week.
Head teacher award: Mason, for being a great friend to his peers.
Pen License: Isabelle and Katie – well done!

Reminders:

  • Year 5 will be trampolining next Wednesday, 5th February 2020. The session will take place during the afternoon. Please ensure your child has their P.E kit. 
  • PE is on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.
  • Friday 7th February 2020 is Number Day in school. Children can come into school wearing a numbered shirt and parents are invited to do maths activities from 1:15pm – 2:00pm
  • Homework will be given out on a Thursday and should be handed in the following week. Spellings are given out every Monday and tested the following Monday.

Week beginning 20.1.20

English
This week we have written the story of The Journey to the River Sea. We have worked hard to use all of the language, devices and punctuation in our writing to make it more exciting. This has also given us a chance to edit and check our own writing for adverbials, powerful verbs and detailed description, so it is ready to be written as a book for the library.

Maths
In maths we have continued our work on multiplication. We have used resources and the written method to practise multiplying two 2-digit numbers, 3-digit by 2-digit numbers and finally 4-digit by 2-digit numbers. 

Topic
This week, we have focused on the journey of a river, by using the vocabulary linked to the features, including the source, confluence, tributaries, delta and the mouth of the river. We have also practised using 4 and 6 figure grid references to locate different places on a map.

In Science we have continued our learning about living things and their habitats. First, we looked at the life cycle and reproduction of mammals, before moving on to compare the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. To do this, we have written and performed excellent scripts as a narrator for a wildlife show. They were super, well done Year 5!

In PE, Year 5 practised vaults and landing and taking off safely. In R.E, the children carried on with their learning about the bible.

On Friday, Burnside was lucky enough to have a Judo instructor come into school to give taster sessions. Year 5 had so much fun learning different judo games and moves! 

Week beginning 13.1.20

English
This week, we have developed our writing skills and practised using colons, semi-colons and adverbials to extend and add more exciting vocabulary and detail to our writing. After practising using these skills, we wrote setting descriptions about our class story to apply what we have learnt. 

Maths
In maths, we have moved on to multiplication and division. We started the week by multiplying 4-digit numbers by single digit numbers, before moving on to multiplying two 2-digit numbers using resources like base 10 and the written method to calculate. 

Topic
This week in topic we have continued to learn about rivers. We have looked at the different features and parts of a river, such as source, mouth, tributaries and ox bow lakes, and why they are formed. We have also compared different rivers around the world on Google Earth. This week, we also started our Science topic, ‘Living things and their habitats’, and we discussed and described how pollination works and plant reproduction.
In P.E we practised different rolls and in R.E we continued our work on the bible. 

Week beginning 6.1.20

English
This week we have started reading Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. We have summarised the chapters that we have read so far and identified descriptions of the main character. We have also focused on how the character is feeling and used this to find synonyms and powerful emotive language to use in our own diary entries.

Maths
In maths we have continued to work on area and perimeter of regular, compound and irregular shapes. We have recognised the formula to calculate both the area and perimeter, and we have used our times table knowledge for calculations.

Topic
In topic this week we have explored our new topic, ‘Rivers’. We have asked our own questions about the topic and identified what we want to learn this term. We have also done some initial research using the iPads, as well as used Google Earth to identify rivers in the UK and locate different counties in the country.
In P.E. we have continued our gymnastics unit and practiced different jumps and leaps. We have discussed how to take off and land safely and practiced good form. In ICT, we have started to learn about databases, including why and how information is stored in different ways. We used a database to find information quickly.

Week beginning 16.12.19

What a fantastic week we have had in Year 5!

To finish off the term, we have done lots of Christmas activities. On Wednesday, we went to St Michaels church to sing Christmas songs and listen to the nativity story. Year 5 sang Mary’s Boy Child brilliantly, well done everyone! On Thursday, we had our Christmas party with Year 6 and enjoyed dancing, party games and food throughout the afternoon. On Friday, we came to school in our pyjamas and we brought in our cuddly toys for a film day. We also had lots of fun playing Just Dance too!

Well done Year 5 for working incredibly hard this term and for your impeccable behaviour. We are very proud of you! Have a great Christmas and a lovely New Year – I cant wait to hear all about it! Stay safe and have a wonderful time!  

Reminders

  •  School resumes on Monday, 6th January 2020.
  •  Our next topic is going to be ‘Rivers’.
  • PE is on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.

Week beginning 9.12.19

Here are some pictures from our ice skating session from last weeks trip!

English
This week we have created our own creatures that live on Pandora. We have then continued to use formal and technical language to begin our own non-chronological reports about them. We have tried to include prepositions, relative clauses, adverbials and more devices to help us write factual reports.

Maths
In maths this week, Year 5 have finished multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 1000 and have started to focus on multiplying by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000. We have used our knowledge of multiplication facts to calculate related facts, for example, if we know 3 x 2, we can work out 3 x 20, 3 x 200 and 3 x 2000. 

Topic
In topic, we have continued gymnastics in P.E and Christmas themes in R.E. We have also continued our French learning and had lots of fun remembering different body parts! We enjoyed singing ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ in French and testing our friends with their knowledge. This week we have also made our calendars and Christmas cards, ready to take home next week.

Reminders

  •  The Year 5/Year 6 Christmas party will be on Thursday, 19th December during school time. You should have received a letter requesting food items to bring along. 
  •  Year 5 can come into school in their pyjamas on Friday 20th December as part of their reward for filling their reward basket with gems. They can also bring a toy to school. 
  • PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.

Week beginning 2.12.19

What a busy week at Burnside!

English
In English, we have started looking non-chronological reports and our focus text, Pandora. We have watched the clip and read the report about Pandora before identifying relative and subordinate clauses and writing our own introduction about the fictional planet.

Maths
In maths, we have continued to multiply numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and we have started to use division to divide by 10, 100 and 1000 which we will continue into next week.

On Monday, Year 5 went on their class trip to the Centre for Life as part of our ‘Earth and Space’ topic learning. We had a fantastic time taking part in a Neil Armstrong workshop to start off our day. We had to work in teams to make rockets and carry out an investigation to see which angle makes the rocket travel the furthest. We also had some time to look around the Space Zone before going ice skating. Well done Year 5 for being brave and giving it a go! After ice skating, we had our lunch and then went to watch a show. The show included us voting to see exciting science! Then we ended the day by visiting the planetarium for an interesting show about the solar system.

On Wednesday, the whole school enjoyed a trip to the Customs House to watch the Snow White pantomime. 

On Thursday, we prepared our Christmas Fayre items. We had fun making baubles and placements (and a glittery mess!) and we are looking forward to selling them at the Fayre on Friday, 6th December 2019 at 3:15pm.

Reminders

  • The Christmas Fayre is on the afternoon of Friday, 6th December 2019 and 3:15pm.
  • PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the Earth and Space topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.

Week beginning 25.11.19

English

This week we have edited our stories linked ‘Fortunately, the milk!’ We have also planned and written a transform text, which was a diary entry from the point of view of the object or food. Lots of children wrote some very funny diary entries! We ended the week by starting our next unit on non-chronological reports and we are beginning to identify features of these text types.

Maths
In Maths, we have learned about square numbers and cube numbers. We have used arrays and multi-link cubes to help us visually and practically creating squares and cubes before using written methods. We have also started to practise multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 using place value grids.

Topic
This week in topic we have done some research on the planets in the solar system to create a fact file. We also started learning about the names of body parts in French, and we tried to come up with songs to help us remember them!
In art, we have practised colour mixing by learning about the different colours in the colour wheel, as well as learning about primary and secondary colours. In ICT we explored our new application on Purple Mash to create 3D objects with patterns. We have also started learning our Christmas song for our church visit and continued creating our Christmas fayre items, which we will finish next week.

Reminders

  •  Our class trip to the Centre for Life is on Monday, 2nd December 2019. Please make sure your slip and money has been handed in so your child can attend. 
  •  The whole school will be going to the Snow White pantomime on Wednesday, 4th December 2019.
  •  The Christmas Fayre is on the afternoon of Friday, 6th December 2019.
  • PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.
  • Please complete Homework Projects linked to the Earth and Space topic as these make a wonderful display in the classroom – a dip from the trolley will be given for each project returned.

Week beginning 18.11.19

English

This week we have written our stories in the style of Neil Gaiman linked to his story ‘Fortunately, the milk!’ The children have been super creative with their own versions. We have had ‘Fortunately, the toothpaste!’ ‘Fortunately, the balloons!’ And many more wonderful titles. The children have also worked hard to complete reading assessments – well done year 5!

Maths

In maths, we have completed a range of assessments and we are very proud of the effort the children have put in all week !

Topic

This week we have continued our learning in Science. We carried out an investigation about whether gravity has a greater effect on heavier or lighter objects. We discussed our predictions, variables and how to make carry out a fair test, before dropping objects of different weights from the same height to observe which landed first. We found out that they land at the same time! We have also learned about why we have day and night, based on the rotation of the earth.

In R.E, we read Luke and Matthew’s versions of the nativity story and made comparisons before linking it to our lives. We have also had a visit from the NSPCC and we discussed what we can do if we are concerned about anything.

In art, we were introduced to a new artist, Peter Thorpe. We talked about the materials he used in his abstract paintings and how he created his artwork. In the coming weeks we will be creating our own space themed artwork in the style of Peter Thorpe.

Awards
Head Teacher: Alfie W for being an outstanding role-model
Maths: Katie L for a good understanding of prime numbers 
English: Molly W for fantastic story 
Pen Licence: None for this week! Keep practising year 5

Reminders

  •  PE will now be on a Monday – please ensure your child has a full kit in order to take part in the session.

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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