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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.

 

Year 5 Weekly blog

Summer 2

Week 4

 

We've had a hugely productive week in year 5 and all of the children in the class have definitely earned a rest this weekend. Not only have we completed a number of assessments in maths and reading, we have also completed our 'into the eye of the storm' narratives- some of which you can see and read below. We have also learned all about society in Mayan times in history and researched Mayan masks, which we are going to make before the end of term. 

 

We are also looking forward to 'Be Healthy Week' in week 5. 

Week 2

 

This week in Year 5, we have completed our persuasive letters about deforestation and begun a new unit of writing based on the literacy shed video 'eye of the storm'. We have been working on varying our sentence structure and trying to get a wide variety of punctuation into our our stories so far. In maths, we have been learning all about measuring angles and how to solve problems involving angles. We have also started a new unit of work in science, which is all about how we change as we age. We this started by researching gestation periods and plotting a scatter graph to show our results; we found that the larger the animal, the longer the gestation period. Last of all, we have also started our new topic all about the Maya and on Wednesday afternoon, we learned all about who they were and where they came from. 

 

Take a look at some of our science and writing below. 

Summer 1

 

Week 6

 

We ended the term with an absolutely brilliant day out at the High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre on Tuesday. We took part in abseiling, climbing, orienteering, archery and got to go in an underground artificial caving system, which was definitely the stand out activity of the day for most people. All of the Year 5s showed amazing bravery and determination throughout the day and were a credit to the school. I'm going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking. 

 

Week 5

 

This week, our girls had a fantastic day out at the 'This Girl Can' event held by Leeds Beckett University. This day focused on raising participation within girl sport and physical activity. With the help of top quality coaches, the girls experienced a range of activities such as boxing, boccia, football and rugby. Take a look at the photos below to see what they got up to. 

 

While the girls were away, the boys conducted a science experiment to see which biscuit was the strongest. They were challenged to plan, test and report on their findings and be as creative as possible. Many of our boys and girls also represented the school at a football tournament at Priesthorpe on Thursday afternoon. They had a great time and played brilliantly in what was a tough competition. 

 

Next week, we are looking forward to our trip to High Adventure Outdoor Activity Centre on Tuesday- expect to see lots of photos! 

Week 4

 

This week we have worked really hard on our Non-Chronological reports all about the Amazon Rainforest. We have focused on creating a piece of writing which blends lots of the facts we have learned in our Topic lessons with the skills we have practiced in our writing lessons: cohesive conjunctions, adverbials, relative clauses and colons for a list. In Maths, we have focused on adding decimals and taken this a step further by incorporating fractions and decimals into our calculations and problems. In Reading, we have continued ‘A Journey to the River Sea’ and discussed Maia’s first impressions of her new home in the Amazon Rainforest. In our Geography lesson we asked and found out ‘why the rainforest is so important to us’ by examining the features of a tropical biome and the useful natural products it creates. On top of all this rainforest work, we have also planned an investigation into wire length and its effect on Electrical Components in Science and continued our Vector drawing in computing by using layers to create detailed pictures of flowers.

Week 2

 

This week we have been focusing on writing non-chronological reports about the Amazon Rainforest. We have been learning how to structure a report and create cohesion between our different facts. We then applied our skills to create a small report all about Piranhas. 

 

This term, we have started a topic all about the Rainforests and will be focusing on why they are important to us. This week, we have used maps to locate the rainforests of the world and explored the differences between tropical and temperate rainforests.

 

We have also started a new unit of work in Science about electricity. This week we carried out an investigation into the effect of batteries on bulb brightness. We recorded our findings using the scientific symbols we learned last week. In computing, we are learning how to create vector images using google drawings. We loved our challenge on Friday afternoon to create a character using only circles, rectangles and copy and paste.

Spring 2

Week 4

 

This week was our Westroyd History musuem in which all classes showed off and shared all of their amazing work from the past term. Our year 5 display featured pieces of work from each of the time periods we have studied and shared our powerpoint presentations which answered the question: Crime and Punishment since 1066. Which was the most gruesome time period? We also loved taking a look at all of the other brilliant pieces of work from every other class in school. 

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Week 3

 

This week, we have started to create our end of topic presentations for our the school history museum next week. In groups, we are deciding which time period was the most gruesome and using all of our knowledge to create a powerpoint presentation which answers the question; we will be showing them off next week. We have also finally finished publishing our Guy Fawkes newspaper reports, which look absolutely amazing. 

Friday was of course comic relief and lots of us came in as something funny for money. We had a great laugh in the photo booth and joined in with the whole school joke competition. We also completed our swimming assessments, with our final session next Friday. 

 

 

Week 2

 

Year 5 have absolutely blown me away with their efforts in our writing lessons this week. We based our writing all around the novel Street Child which we have been reading in our whole class reading lessons and our History topic, in which we have learned about Victorian children in Workhouses. In our writing we have been 'Jim', the main character in the book and we have written about our experiences in the factory and at meal times. Take a look at some of our writing down below. 

Week 1

 

The highlight of our week has undoubtedly been world book day this Thursday. We had a fantastic range of costumes amongst the children and the adults and we all brought in some of of our favourite books to share and recommend to each other. Creative Writing was the theme of our morning and after watching a few masterclasses from some of our favourite authors, we had a go at writing our own short stories. This was all topped off by an amazing paired-reading session with the year 1s, in which we listened to and helped them with their reading. Year 5 were an absolute credit to themselves with their eagerness to help and the maturity they showed to the Year 1s. 

 

We haven't just had world book day top talk about this week. We've also been practicing our classification skills using sweets in science, publishing our Guy Fawkes Newspaper reports and finishing off our first fractions unit of the term. 

 

Take a look at what we've been getting up to this week below. 

 

Spring 1

 

Weeks 4 and 5

 

There has been so much going on in year 5 over the past couple of weeks I don't know where to start.

 

We have finished our unit of writing based on the Book 'Wonder' and produced some fantastic diary entries about the day August was betrayed by his best friend. In maths, we have just finished our unit of work on Multiplication and Division. We have worked so hard on our long multiplication and short division and all of the children have shown real progress since the beginning of the unit. We are still loving our Crime and Punishment History unit and over the past couple of weeks we have learned more about Tudor punishments, the execution of Guy Fawkes and Highwayman in the 18th century. We have also just finished our materials topic in science with a investigation into conductors of electricity. 

 

Take a look at what we have been doing below. 

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!

Week 1

 

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. 

 

Mr Fawcett 

Autumn 2

Week 7

 

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. 

 

Week 6

 

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. 

Week 5

 

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.

 

Week 3

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. 

Week 2

 

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, 

 

Mr Fawcett 

Week 1

 

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. 

Autumn 1

 

Week 7

 

 

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.

 

Mr Fawcett

Week 6

 

 

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.

Week 5

 

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.  

Week 4

 

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. 

Week 3

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. 

 

 

Week 2

 

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,

 

Mr Fawcett 

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