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.
Mrs Downey, Miss Cuff and Miss Witte
Week beginning 23.11.20
Year 5 have continued to learn about statistics this week. We have used tables and graphs to answer questions and we have started to solve problems using line graphs in particular.
This week we wrote our five part stories about Leon and the Place Between. We worked hard to include all of the fantastic vocabulary and figurative language we have learnt over the past few weeks. After we finished writing our stories we transformed a section of the text. We changed the Place Between to a scary setting and we had lots of imaginative ideas! We are now ready to move on to our non-chronological report learning and we looked at the different features on Friday.
This week we were very lucky to have another virtual visit from an author! We even got to illustrate alongside him and we enjoyed drawing the character.
In Science this week, we learnt all about the different planets. We used fact cards to find information and present it as a poster in our books. They look fantastic!
The children are doing very well with Reading Plus and they enjoy using it in class three times a week. The programme can change and alter its speed depending on the needs of each individual child, making it a very personalised experience. Please remind your child to take their time and take in what they are reading before answering the comprehension questions – it is not about being top of the leaderboard!
Well done to Molly who has levelled up twice since starting Reading Plus! Keep it up!
Showbie is our new platform for setting and receiving homework. This is also going to be used should anyone need to isolate. If you have problems logging in, please let me know and printed homework will be made available.
Week beginning 16.11.20
Year 5 have worked incredibly hard on assessments this week – well done Year 5!
In Maths this week, we moved on to statistics and we looked at graphs and charts. We started to interpret charts by finding information available and answering questions about the information presented.
In English, we read the rest of our story, Leon and the Place Between. We practised using figurative language including personification in our writing, as well as punctuation such as commas, dashes and brackets for parenthesis. We also started to plan our stories using all of the different text features.
In Science this week, we looked at the arguments about flat earth theory vs the idea that the earth is a spherical body. We looked at different pieces of evidence to support both sides and came up with our own conclusions based on scientific evidence. In Art, we practised colour mixing with paint and recreated our own colour wheels. We will use this skill to create a background for our own Peter Thorpe style artwork.
This week was Anti-Bullying week and we wore odd socks on Monday to support the fight against bullying. We also talked about what bullying is, how to prevent it and what to do if we feel like we are being bullied. We made pledges in class about how to be a good friend and put an end to bullying if we need to.
Year 5 have continued to access Reading Plus in school and they can use it at home to develop their fluency and comprehension skills. It is very important that the children read at a pace that is comfortable for them in order to answer comprehension questions correctly. Please contact me if you have any queries regarding this.
Week beginning 9.11.20
In Maths this week, we have finished our addition and subtraction unit by practising using inverse to check calculations. We noticed that we can use the opposite symbols and work backwards to check our answers. We also worked together to solve multi-step problems involving addition and subtraction.
In English, we read some more of our story, Leon and the Place Between. We enjoyed the illustrations and the vocabulary in the text, and we had a go at making predictions. We also looked at figurative language including onomatopoeia and personification and we gathered vocabulary for our own writing.
On Tuesday, we were very lucky to have a virtual visit from Ross McKenzie, an author from Scotland. He told us about how he became an author and how important it is to follow our dreams.
In PE, we continued team games and we practised our coordination skills and strategic thinking to beat our opponents in throw tennis.
This week was Science Week and on Tuesday we had a Science afternoon linked to our topic this half term. We focused on climate change, what it is, why it is happening and how to prevent it. We also did an experiment and observed how quickly ice melted in different conditions and how the greenhouse gases contribute to the warmer climate. We loved doing our experiment and extending our scientific vocabulary.
In Art, we had a go at Peter Thorpe’s backgrounds by using oil pastel and scratching patterns.
On Friday, we came into school in non-uniform and donated money to a very important charity, Children in Need. We used the afternoon to do mindful activities linked to our mental health, as well as Pudsey activities!
Reading Plus is an online reading programme which aims to improve fluency and comprehension skills within reading, and it is tailored towards the children as individual readers. Year 5 have completed the assessment part of the programme and will access it every morning in school. Year 5 really enjoyed using it and they are more than welcome to access Reading Plus at home too. Please contact me if you have any queries regarding this.
Week beginning 2.11.20
This week, we have continued subtracting more than 4 digits. We used < > and = to compare answers to subtraction problems and developed our reasoning and problem solving skills by completing a ‘spot the mistake’ activity. We also practised rounding to estimate and approximate answers, using money as an example. First, we rounded the numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1000, then used the answers to find an approximate answer.
Year 5 have looked at their new text for this half term, Leon and The Place In Between. We have enjoyed reading the first part of the text and we have focused on how the writer builds suspense and excitement. We created a word bank including nouns, adjectives, verbs and sounds before writing an exciting paragraph about a circus act. We really loved watching clips of circus acts – the trapeze artists in particular – and we used our word banks and clips to write a paragraph using our new and exciting vocabulary.
The children have worked exceptionally hard this week and have written some fantastic paragraphs – well done Year 5!
In our topic lessons, we have started to explore our new topic, Earth and Space. We discussed what we already know about Earth and space and we asked lots of questions which will form the basis of our learning this half term. The children knew lots already!
We started our PE sessions this week and our first lesson included mini team games. We also did some coding in Computing and focused on variables and challenges to debug programs.
Headteacher award: Mya B for being a fantastic role model in Year 5.
English award: Will R for writing an excellent paragraph using exciting language and for making a huge effort to improve his handwriting.
Maths award: Layla E for working very hard in maths this week to overcome challenges.
PE is on a Monday. Children can come to school dressed in their PE kits.
Week beginning 19.10.20
In maths this week we have focused on column addition and subtraction with exchanges. We used place value counters to physically exchange before moving on to column method for addition. We also started subtracting that involved borrowing towards the end of the week.
In English, we have written super informal letters to our characters friend to recount the story of The Girl and the Fox. We discussed our audience, form, purpose and style before writing our letters with informal language.
This week, we have looked more at gravity and had a go at using Newton metres in Science. In Computing, we continued to practise coding and debugging algorithms. We made our Greek salad using our new skills and we enjoyed having a Halloween day on the last day of the half term. We watched a film in the afternoon and had treats from Mrs Kelly.
Have a wonderful half term break Year 5. Stay safe and be good for your adults! 🙂
Headteacher award: Nathan H for being brave and putting his hand up in class.
English award: Layla E for writing a fab informal letter in English this week.
Maths award: Lewis T for making links in his learning and using related facts.
Week beginning 12.10.20
To start the week, we looked at negative numbers and we used number lines to find the differences between positive and negative numbers. First, we labelled and completed number lines to include positive and negative numbers, then used them to count the jumps from each number. We also looked at thermometers to answer questions about negative numbers. Towards the end of the week, we started to focus on Roman numerals. It was tricky, but we worked hard to translate the Roman numerals and write numbers. We also had a go at some problem solving and reasoning.
This week, we edited our stories and transformed the setting of The Girl and the Fox from a cold, creepy forest to a warm, welcoming forest. We explored positive vocabulary that changed the mood and tone of our writing and we tried hard to use a range of devices to keep our writing interesting. We used adverbials, expanded noun phrases and lots of new vocabulary to write our new setting descriptions. We have also focused a lot on practising sentence building. This helps us build upon and create exciting sentences one part at a time – we start with a noun phrase, then end with interesting sentences that include expanded noun phrases, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions and extra information, as well as adverbial phrases to start our sentences.
This week we have also moved on to our new text type, letters. We have explored the features of a letter and we will practise using these features before writing our own next week.
This week, we continued our science learning. We have discussed and learnt more about forces, with a focus on gravity this week. First, we learnt about the famous scientist Sir Isaac Newton and how he discovered gravity, before carrying out our own quick investigation to measure the mass and weight of objects. In D&T, we have also enjoyed taking part in a taste test of Greek foods and in computing we have had fun with coding on Purple Mash.
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Week beginning 5.10.20
In maths this week, we represented numbers to one million using place value grids and practised writing the numbers in words and numerals. We also learnt how to count in powers of 10, using grids to add 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000 to numbers. Towards the end of the week, we compared numbers to one million using the < > and = signs, as well as ordered them in both ascending and descending order. On Friday, we used our number lines again to round numbers to one million.
In English this week, we have focused on writing our five part stories about The Girl and the Fox. We started by role playing the story and planning it thoroughly using our planning format. We considered all of the super vocabulary and skills we have learnt since the start of term and how we can apply them into our writing. We used the rest of the week to write our stories including adverbials, conjunctions, verbs and expanded noun phrases.
This week, we started our science unit, forces. We discussed what we knew about forces and what we would like to learn about forces, before talking about the different forces acting upon objects to make them change pace, direction or shape. We looked at gravity, air resistance, friction, buoyancy and water resistance. Year 5 enjoyed the topic and asked lots of questions including ‘Why did the Titanic sink?’ We will use the next two weeks to carry out investigations and learn more about how to answer these types of questions.
Headteacher award – Lewis T for being a super helper in class and being kind to his friends in Year 5.
English award – Sophia E for persevering and working hard to make sure her work is the best it can be.
Maths award – Yechenxi for her super problem solving skills in maths this week.
Year 5 parent phone calls will be happening on Wednesday 14th October 2020. You should have received your appointment on Friday. Contact myself or Mrs Downey to arrange a time if you have not received your appointment or would like to make one.
Week beginning 28.9.20
This week, we have continued to compare and order numbers, in both ascending and descending order. We have also used number lines to help us with rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. At the end of the week, we will be representing, reading and writing numbers to one million, before practicing our rounding skills to one million next week.
This week we have focused on adverbials and conjunctions in particular. We have discussed conjunctions and how they help us extend our sentences to add extra detail. Throughout the week, we have practiced writing sentences and uplevelling sentences to make them more exciting and interesting, by using adverbials, conjunctions, adverbs, expanded noun phrases and powerful vocabulary. Towards the end of the week, we will be writing specifically to create a mood.
This week, we have learnt about Greek Gods and Goddesses. We really enjoyed learning about the different Gods and Goddesses because each one came with a unique, funny and strange fact about them. We then did some writing about our chosen God or Goddess. We also read the story of the Trojan Horse, which we really enjoyed, and we were able to write a diary entry from the point of view of a Greek soldier.
Headteacher award – Josh C for settling in well to our class and school
English award – Amy S for using fantastic vocabulary in her writing
Maths award – Kieran H, for working hard in maths this week
Week Beginning 21.9.20
This week, Year 5 have continued their place value learning by comparing and ordering numbers, representing numbers to 100,000 and rounding. We have used place value grids and counters to represent, read and write numbers to 100,000 and we have worked hard to compare numbers using < > and =.
In English, we have continued to expand our vocabulary and we have continued to use The Girl and the Fox as a stimulus for our writing. We have written an opening using expanded noun phrases, verbs and adverbs and we have practiced sentence structure and construction of sentences.
This week, we have continued to learn about Ancient Greece through the story of the Battle of Marathon. We retold the story and created storyboards to illustrate it. We also compared Ancient Greek democracy to the democracy we have in the UK today.
Headteacher award – Molly H for being a positive role model in school.
English award – Leah B for writing wonderful descriptions.
Maths award – Jess B for persevering with maths challenges.
Week Beginning 14.9.20
Welcome back to Burnside and welcome to our new Year 5 page!
Year 5 have tried very hard to settle back into school life and adjust to new rules and routines since the start of the new school year. Well done Year 5!
This week, we started our place value unit in maths and we have worked hard to represent numbers to 10,000. We have used place value counters to make numbers and we have identified the value of each digit in a number, before moving on to adding 10, 100 and 1000 to numbers. We have also looked at rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, using number lines to help us.
We have started our narrative unit in English, which has centred around a video clip, ‘The Girl and the Fox’. We have watched the opening and the build-up and summarised what has happened so far. We have also explored vocabulary linked to the character and the setting and we have expanded our vocabulary by using synonyms found in thesauruses and word banks. Next, we are going to focus on using our new vocabulary to construct grammatically correct sentences that include expanded noun phrases.
During our afternoon sessions this week, we have hit the ground running by diving into our new ‘Meet the Greeks’ topic. We started our history learning by being introduced to information about Greece and placing the Ancient Greek civilisation on a timeline. Then, we looked at city states Athens and Sparta, and we were able to compare how they were ruled, how boys and girls were viewed and treated differently, and their attitudes to war and education. We have considered how the Ancient Greeks influence our lives and society today, for example, through the introduction of democracy.
Headteacher award – Paige T for being a fantastic role model.
English award – Nathan H for using excellent vocabulary.
Maths award – Dylan for S for working hard in our new maths topic.
Reading books will be given out on Monday and should be returned on Friday every week.
Spellings will be given out on Monday and tested the following Monday.