Welcome to the Year 5 blog!
Each week we will be keeping you up to date with all the exciting and fun things that we have done in school. In addition to this please read our newsletter to find out what will be happening in Year 5 this term.
Weeks 2 and 3
Over the past couple of weeks, we have really enjoyed the start to our new History topic: Crime and Punishment since 1066- when was the most gruesome period? So far, we are made our own timelines of significant events, studied the Black Death and whether it was 'God's Greatest Punishment' and plunged into the gory depths of Tudor punishments. We have used lots of resources and sources to present our work in different ways as you can see below.
Another highlight includes our Science investigation, which we conducted on Monday afternoon. Our task was to separate four different materials that had become mixed up in water using a range of methods such as sieving, filtering and evaporation. We held a mini competition as to which team could get their water the cleanest and as you can see by the results, it was a very close contest!
We have started the new year with Faith Week in school and Year 5, as always, have really impressed myself and others with the work they have produced. We have focused our learning around the question: what are the experiences of children from different religions when they are growing up? To answer our question, we have learned about the beliefs, worship, values and festivals of Christians, Hindus and Muslims. The highlights of the week include: taking part in our own Holy Communion, Creating our own Holi painting and trying samosas and dates while we learned about Ramadan and Eid.
Take a look at what we have been up to below.
We've had a really busy end to the term in Year 5 so our week has absolutely flown by. We loved watching the KS1 nativity on Tuesday morning and performed carols to parents in the playground on Monday afternoon. We have worked hard on our hot writes in English and created narratives packed full of suspense and ambitious vocabulary. This week has featured absolutely loads of science: doing practical investigations on both reversible changes and thermal insulators. On top of all that, our self-made Christmas cards looked amazing.
We ended the week and the term with our party day on Friday, which featured Christmas jumpers, a sing-along, lots of games, a quiz and a Christmas film.
This week's shining light was certainly our Frida Kahlo inspired portraits, which went on display in the school art gallery. We have received so many lovely comments about our work and it was a great sight to see them amongst all of the other outstanding artwork from throughout school. Year 5 have really impressed me with their attention to detail when shading and the care they have put into getting their pieces completed. We have really supported each other through the process and the results speak for themselves. Check out some of them below.
This week, we have started our Frida Kahlo inspired self-portraits for next week’s art gallery. We have used a range of techniques such as using half a face and drawing lines to help with our proportions. As you can see from the pictures below, we have made a cracking start but we still have a lot more work to do before next week. We can’t wait to show them off when we are finished.
In writing, we have been learning how to write with suspense in narratives. Our characters, Ethan and Freya, have found themselves on a creepy journey of the mysterious and haunted Whitby Abbey. Next week, we will be creating our own ending to the story and developing our own suspense and cliffhangers. In maths, our focus has been reading, drawing and using line graphs to solve problems.
Our week started with our Maths challenge morning in which we designed our own assault courses using a range of math's skills such as measuring angles, drawing parallel lines and drawing to scale. Over the course of the week, we have been using our plans and our mathematical skills to build our courses on the playground. We also enjoyed our practical science lesson on Wednesday afternoon in which we investigated how water temperature affects solubility.
Friday was Children in Need day and everyone came into school in spotty clothes or non-uniform. In the morning, we had a go at Joe Wicks' live quiz and in the afternoon, we played games hosted by our school council reps Ada and Harry. There was even time to squeeze in a trip to the bake sale before hometime.
This week, our writing has taken the limelight as we have not only produced some outstanding Malamander Character Descriptions, but we have also produced some amazing WW1 writing inspired by the book 'War Games'. We have learned about the conditions in the Trenches, the attitudes of the soldiers and the famous 1914 Christmas day football match. On top of all that, we have created a reeth to lay in our remembrance day assembly, which looked amazing.
Some other highlights include our Science investigation where we tested materials for their different properties and learning all about square and cube numbers in maths.
Have a great weekend,
Our first week back has been Black History Week in school. Our class focus has been on the Windrush generation and their experience when they first arrived in England. We have learned about why they came, their feelings, how they were treated and how people fought for equal rights for black people in the UK. Check out some of our work from this week down below.
In other areas of the curriculum, we have learned about factors and multiples in Maths. We have written summaries about the legend of the Malamander in Reading and we have also started to write our Malamander character descriptions, which we can't wait to share with you next week.
There’s only one place to start this week and that’s with our amazing moon buggies. We have spent a lot of time designing and making all of the features for our buggies this week and the results speak for themselves. Our creativity to turn simple, everyday items such as mine pie dishes, bottle tops and tin foil into radars, satellites and control panels has really impressed me and lots of other teachers in the school. This project was an amazing way to end our Space Topic and everyone can be fully proud of their efforts. We are already looking forward to our art topic next half-term.
I hope you all have a great half-term.
We had a very exciting morning on Wednesday when we started making our Moon Buggies in DT. So far, we have measured, cut and constructed our frame as well as attaching our wheels. Everyone did a fantastic job with the saws and glue guns, measuring and cutting each piece with precision and confidence. Next week, we are looking forward to making our moon buggies our own by adding all of the features to the top. We can’t wait to show you the final product!
On Thursday morning, we also participated in the school’s annual Welly Walk. We had lots of fun while raising money for the school. Everyone in Year 5 showed a great attitude towards it and gave their all. Check out some of the pictures down below.
This week, we have published our Pandora Setting descriptions and started to write character descriptions based on what we have found on the planet. In maths, we have worked really hard on our column addition and subtraction with exchanges. We have also had a big focus on word problems and solving problems using bar models. In our gymnastics session, we had the apparatus out and performed symmetric and asymmetric balances using a range of body parts.
We are also really excited about our new DT project in which we are designing and making our own Moon Buggies as part of our Earth and Space Topic. This week, we have analysed different styles of buggy and then designed our own using a range of materials and then next week, we will be starting to make them. We look forward to showing you our progress next week.
We have been busy writing our Pandora setting descriptions this week and many of us have now published our adventures through its magical and sometimes dangerous world. In maths, we have now completed our Place Value unit and are moving onto addition and subtraction next week. In Science, we have learned about the moon and its orbit of Earth. We now know why the moon we see in the sky changes shape during the month and that we only ever see one half of the moon.
We loved our gymnastics lesson on Wednesday morning, in which we practiced forward rolls, teddy bear rolls and shoulder rolls. On Thursday morning, we played our ukuleles along to rain, rain go away but with a rap twist. Our knowledge and skills while playing are really coming along and our timing was given rave reviews from our Teacher, Mr Rowe.
This week, we have continued our Pandora setting descriptions by exploring new areas of the planet including the floating mountains. We also used the glowing forest to create our own similes and metaphors. In our whole class reading lessons, we have learned much more about the mysterious past of Violet and Herbie and have made some predictions about how they might be linked to the Malamander.
We really enjoyed our second gymnastics session on Wednesday morning. We practiced travelling at different levels and performed rolls of our own. In Science, we have conducted an investigation to see how our shadow changes throughout the day and started to learn about the moon's orbit around Earth. For our home learning, we have started our own moon diaries to support our understanding about the different phases of the moon.
It has been a really enjoyable first couple of weeks in year 5 and I've been really impressed with how we have settled into a new routine so quickly. We have hit the ground running with our new topic 'Earth and Space', producing some incredible pastel artwork and diagrams of the solar system. In our writing lessons, we are creating our own setting descriptions of the fictional planet of Pandora. We are working very hard on how to paint a picture in the reader's mind through our use of adjectives, metaphors and prepositions.
We are also extremely lucky to be given a range of extra opportunities this term through going swimming, doing gymnastics with Mrs Blake and learning the ukulele with Mr Rowe. In addition to this, our class were very lucky to receive free Leeds Rhinos tickets for their game against Hull tonight. 5 lucky winners will be attending with a member of their family tonight.
Have a great weekend,