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Year 5 Blog

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Week beginning: 08.07.19

This week in Year 5, we continued our preparations for moving into Year 6, as well as then onto Secondary school. Luckily, staff and pupils from Appleton School visited to provide us with a ‘Get ready for secondary school’ session, where we participated in a range of fun activities, building upon our teamwork skills too. We even directed our peers who were using blindfolds!

Alongside our learning in maths and geography, in which we have focused on co-ordinates to reflect shapes as well as interpreting longitude and longitude, we have we also furthered our understanding of forces in science. After learning about gravity, in addition to discussing scientific terminology such as gravitational pull and air resistance, we conducted our own investigations. In groups, we tested whether mass affects the speed at which an item falls to the ground, taking inspiration from Sir Isaac Newton, Aristotle, as well as Galileo. Plus, we enjoyed the mess that the tomatoes made as they hit the ground!

 

 

 Week beginning: 01.07.19

This week year 5 have been learning in detail about several countries in America. We had the choice to pick a country to research in detail to create a persuasive holiday brochure. In this piece of writing we included rhetorical questions and emotive language to persuade our reader to visit some of the fantastic countries in America. 

 

Year 5 also took part in sports day, where we persevered and showed great teamwork across the afternoon competing in our houses.  Some of the races consisted of obstacles, sprint and the traditional egg and spoon race. 

Week beginning 24.06.2019

This week Year 5 have worked extremely hard in their assessment week demonstrating the school’s core values of independence and perseverance.  Alongside this, the children have been continuing with their topic Amazing Americas.  They have enhanced their geographical skills by using atlases and conducting research, using the chrome books, to identify human features in North and South America.  The children have also been learning about the style of Surrealism and Salvador Dali.

Week beginning 17.06.2019

This week in Year 5, we have enriched our geographical knowledge through a range of contexts. During our lessons, we have learned about physical geographical features, and discovered landmarks specific to the amazing Americas (our topic), such as Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and volcanoes in Hawaii. We have explored time zones and figured the best route to travel North and South America in our maths investigations, reading maps to identify cities and states also.

 

This week in Year 5, we have enriched our geographical knowledge through a range of contexts. During our lessons, we have learned about physical geographical features, and discovered landmarks specific to the amazing Americas (our topic), such as Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls and volcanoes in Hawaii. We have explored time zones and figured the best route to travel North and South America in our maths investigations, reading maps to identify cities and states also.

 

 

                                                                                

Week beginning 10.06.2019

This week year 5 have been learning about Thomas Edison. He was a famous inventor and one of his inventions was the electric light bulb. At the start of the week we read an information text about his life and then we answered fact retrieval questions around the text. Later in the week we used all our factual knowledge to write a biography about him. We used parenthesis to ensure that we were adding extra detail about his life, whilst using sub headings to set out our writing clearly.

Here is an extract of our writing.

Week beginning 03.06.2019

This week Year 5 had an exciting hook day for their new topic Amazing Americas.  The children gained an understanding of Brazilian culture and the traditions of the carnival in Rio de Janiero .  They enhanced their musical skills by performing the Samba playing a variety of musical instruments.  The children also used their creative skills to make decorative, colourful masks.

                                           

Danbury blog – 23/24th May 2019

Year 5 embarked on an exciting residential in Danbury, arriving on the 23rd May and staying in accommodation on site till the 24th May. The residential involved a range of exciting outdoor activities which involved children building their confidence resilience and independence.

Day one

On a morning arrival the children were separated into groups with an adult and started their first adventurous activity with a trained member. Below are some of the activities that children took part in across the two days.

Ariel Trekking

An exciting two level obstacle course designed to challenge the children’s agility and nerve. There are a range of tunnels to crawl through, swings and using co-ordination to move across the climbing walls.

                                             

Low Ropes

A fantastic task to promote teamwork skills whilst enjoying a range of activities and games created by staff. Low ropes involves a series of ropes and wires close to the ground, the aim is to move around the course as a team without touching the ground with the support of each other.

Problem Solving

The children solved a range of problems outdoors with limited movement such as, using several pipes to move a ball towards the end target of a bucket. The children discussed their ideas and strategies and this showed great perseverance and determination to solve these problems.

                                                

BMX Biking

The children with the confidence in biking used the BMX bikes on a purpose-built track. This allowed the children to experience the thrills of the jumps, twist and turns, under the watchful eye of the instructors. Year 5 showed great resilience within the winding 250 metres through natural woodland and keeping their nerve on the banks, lips and jumps around each bend.

Bush Craft

An exciting activity of immersing the children in the woodland area and incorporating a range of skills and techniques includes; fire lighting using fire steels and roasting marshmallows.

   

Food/Evening

After a full day of activities and lunch the children then had some free time in the lovely sunshine to play outdoors. During the evening after a hot dinner was provided, the children settled down to complete a quiz in groups which supported the team building and working collaboratively skills.

Accommodation

The children stayed in large tents with their peers, this supported them within this residential to gain independence within their own packing and organisational skills for bed time. All tents contained mattresses.

Pictures

 

 

Week beginning 20.05.2019

This week, Year 5 have developed their independence during their Road Safety day. The children partook in great discussions about being safe by roads and were able to spot lots of hazards. In addition, they have demonstrated perseverance during our tests this week, applying all of their learning so far.

Everyone is really looking forward to Danbury and we are set for an enriching experience!

Week beginning 13.05.2019

This week year 5 have learnt about the history of the Anglo-Saxons and the Scots. During our history lesson we described their settlement and learnt about their traditional villages and houses. Our historical information supported us to write an information report on the Anglo-Saxons. We successfully used sub headings to ensure we were presenting our information correctly, brackets and dashes for extra information and a range of engaging sentence openers. We then used the fantastic British weather to go outside to the reading garden and read or work aloud on stage!

Here are some pictures below of our writing in action.

Week beginning 06.05.2019

This week Year 5 have continued to explore the book Beowulf for their topic Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Scots.  The children wrote setting descriptions using language features such as alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification and considered the impact their writing has on the reader’s feelings.

 

In music the children continued to learn the song Dancing in the Street and used the glockenspiels to accurately play a note.

 

The children have been developing their mathematical skills by solving word problems using their knowledge of fractions and multiples, including mixed numbers.

 

Week beginning 29.4.19

In Year 5 this week the children have begun exploring their topic book for Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Scots, which is Beowulf. The children predicted what they thought the text would be about and explored the narrative through reading and role play.

The children continued to discuss and learn about conflict within relationships, as part of our PSHE.

In addition, Year 5 have begun their new science topic, which is electricity. The children learned how to create their own circuits using crocodile clips, cells and bulbs.

Week beginning 22.4.19

Year 5 were welcomed back to school after a restful Easter break with an exciting hook morning. Our new topic this half term is Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Sots and the children took part in now press play to immerse themselves in the new topic. This involves an audio interactive story where the children move around the classroom with headphones and act the story through instructions.

 

 

Moving forward in the week, this hook activity supported the children in writing a play script around our new topic. Year 5 used a clear layout to show their engaging and interesting scripts by using colons for speakers, stage directions using brackets and technical vocabulary. Below are examples of the week in action, from our hook activity, writing and acting out our unique play scripts.

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 01.04.19

This week Year 5 continued with their World War 2 topic.  They learnt about Winston Churchill and his role as Prime Minister.   The children looked at some of his famous speeches and discussed what features made these speeches successful.   This provided opportunities for role play with the children planning, writing and performing their own speeches.  They used 2nd person, repetition, short sentences and emotive language to impact on the reader.  In DT the children used precision cutting skills when making their pilot’s goggles.  At the end of the week they showcased their WW2 work to the Year 3 children by creating their own museum.  The children also demonstrated some fantastic and impressive spelling skills when they took part in the whole school Spelling Bee.  Well done Year 5!

 

 


 

 

Week beginning 25.03.19

This week Year 5 have worked extremely hard in their assessment week, as well as demonstrating the schools core values of independence and perseverance.

Alongside this, the children have continued to learn about World War 2. The children have learnt about propaganda and its impact during WWII, which led to fantastic class discussions, showing the children’s enthusiasm for their learning. After this, Year 5 have designed and created persuasive propaganda posters, which were superb!

Well done for your hard work Year 5!

 

 

 

 

 Week beginning 11.03.19

This week Year 5 continued with their World War 2 topic.  They learnt about why food was rationed in Great Britain during the war and the 'Dig for Victory' campaign where people were encouraged to keep allotments and how lawns and flower-beds were turned into vegetable gardens. 

They carried out a maths investigation linked to this whereby they applied their knowledge of calculating area to design a WW2 garden to maximise the amount of food that could be grown. 

The children also had an exciting science day when they became scientists and carried out an experiment to discover how to test for air pollution. 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 04.03.19

This week Year 5 have had several opportunities for creative writing which included World Book Day. Towards the start of the week, the children were inspired by Noor Inayat Khan’s experiences as an operator in WWII, in turn producing fantastic pieces of writing. In addition, the whole school celebrated World Book Day on Thursday. The children immersed themselves in reading and writing, creating their own sequels to David Walliams ‘The World’s Worst Children’. They even worked hard designing and creating their personalised t-shirts with their own front cover and blurb for their favourite book. Year 5 were incredibly enthused by the creative experience and have celebrated their love of reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 25.2.19

 

This week year 5 have had an exciting week to start off a new half term. Our new interesting topic is WWII, on Tuesday we had our hook day which involved dressing up and experiencing life as an evacuee. Year 5 took part in a day in the life of an evacuee through role play and historical activities. Throughout the day all children recorded these events in a diary describing their feelings. We used first person, conjunctions and short sentences for an effect on the reader. Across the week the children have shared their excellent efforts within their homework over the holidays. 

 

 

 

Week beginning 11.02.19

This week, Year 5 continued with their Africa topic and prepared for their African afternoon.  They used their ICT skills to create powerpoints to showcase their learning and their art and DT skills to create traditional African necklaces.  In addition, they learnt about the African Djembe drum and created their own sequences combining a variety of musical devices including rhythm and tone.  During the African afternoon each class sang a traditional African song, played the Djembe drums and shared some of their work from this half-term.  The children have also been learning about e-safety and completed an extended write about this.  Well done Year 5 for working so hard this week to produce some fantastic work!

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 04.02.19

This week, Year 5 have learned about Fairtrade. The children have researched Fair Trade using the school chrome books, along with other sources in Geography, and applied this knowledge in their writing. As a result, they produced their own leaflets, which inform others about Fairtrade and how to support it. Well done Year 5 for showing compassion and being so enthusiastic about helping others!

 

This week, Year 5 have learned about Fairtrade. The children have researched Fair Trade using the school chrome books, along with other sources in Geography, and applied this knowledge in their writing. As a result, they produced their own leaflets, which inform others about Fairtrade and how to support it. Well done Year 5 for showing compassion and being so enthusiastic about helping others!

 

This week, Year 5 have learned about Fairtrade. The children have researched Fair Trade using the school chrome books, along with other sources in Geography, and applied this knowledge in their writing. As a result, they produced their own leaflets, which inform others about Fairtrade and how to support it. Well done Year 5 for showing compassion and being so enthusiastic about helping others!

 

 

 

Week beginning 28.1.19

Year 5 have started an exciting week of writing by linking a persuasive piece to Tinga Tinga African art. We were persuading a buyer to purchase a piece of artwork using persuasive techniques such as, rhetorical questions and alliteration.

The rest of the week we turned into scientists and discovered different parts of a flower. As a year group we learnt the functions of a flower and how this relates to pollination. During the rest of the week we can distinguish the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction within a plant whilst naming examples. Our end of week outcome was to create a piece of writing to inform others around the process of metamorphism.

 

 

 Week beginning 21.01.19

This week Year 5 have been continuing to extend their knowledge of Africa by producing African inspired artwork.  The children learnt about Tingatinga art and created an original piece of art influenced by this style.  They also learnt about traditional African repeated patterns and designed their own which they then transferred to a tile.  Working with a partner they used a printing technique to produce some colourful artwork.  The children have also been developing their mathematical skills by carrying out an investigation to calculate missing angles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Week beginning 14.01.19

This week Year 5 have been developing their knowledge of Africa, which is their topic this half term. They have used atlases and conducted research using the new Chromebooks. After this, they used this information to compare human and physical features in Kenya and Britain.

Towards the end of the week the children have applied their learning to their writing to entertain, which has been inspired by the book Journey to Jo’burg.

They also continued to develop their understanding of fractions, and practised converting and simplifying fractions through a practical group activity.

 

 

Week beginning 7.1.19

This week year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed starting off the New Year with an African hook day which links to our topic. As a year group we all created African sunsets using our skills in painting and cutting out African animal silhouettes. We also used our listening and teamwork skills within a quiz around Africa and finally, we created a mosaic of an African flag of our choice using coloured paper.

Towards the end of the week year 5 have written a discussion text around Nelson Mandela using modal verbs and a range of cohesive devices. Contributing to this writing we have used our factual reading comprehension text around Nelson Mandela and our historical timeline that we created prior to our writing.

 Below are pictures of our African hook day.

Week beginning 10.12.18

This week Year 5 have been producing their own Horrible Histories videos about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, Banksy and Tudor Crime and Punishment.  Working in groups the children created storyboards to explain the characters, settings and plots. 

They discussed what makes a good performance and how using a range of intonation, different volumes for effect and varying pace when speaking impacts on the audience.  Finally the children performed and evaluated their Horrible Histories clips.  Well done Year 5 on some very dramatic performances!

 

 

 

Week beginning 03.12.18

 

This week, Year 5 have been developing our knowledge of the Tudors and linking this to our topic of Crime and Punishment.

The children have been investigating the types of harsh punishments used, such as the rack and the ducking stool. The children have shared some fantastic ideas and worked hard on planning and writing their discussion texts. Well done Year 5!

 

Week beginning. 26.11.18

This week year 5 have had assessment week, we have worked very hard towards our targets!

 

Science

This week we have explored our new science topic which is forces. We have learnt a range of forces such as friction, air resistance, water resistance and gravity. In year 5 we conducted an experiment using plastic bags and a paper clip to test if the size of the parachute would affect the air resistance.

 

Below are some pictures of year 5 experimenting with magnets - we can in detail explain magnets and why they attract and repel objects.

 

At the end of the week, we produced posters and presented our findings of the different forces we had learnt over the week. 

 

 

 

Week beginning 19.11.18 

This week Year 5 have been learning about concentration camps and the Holocaust and why it is such a major event in world history.  To introduce the children to this topic they studied the book Rose Blanche.  The story is told through the eyes of a young German girl who is a witness to immense changes occurring in Nazi Germany.  Using this text the children identified examples of figurative language such as similes, metaphors and personification and discussed why these particular examples have been used and how they made them feel as a reader. Following on from this, the children created their own examples of figurative language and wrote their own stories set in World War 2.

 

 

 

Week beginning 12.11.18

This week, Year 5 has been learning about Banksy and his unique artistic style. To introduce the children to the topic of crime and punishment, the children discovered a crime scene at the start of the half term, which unmasked some mysterious graffiti. Following on from this, the children are developing their learning through reading and discussion, as well having designed and created their own Banksy inspired art work using stencilling and painting.

Week beginning 05.11.18

This week, Year 5 have been learning about Guy Fawkes and his plan to commit treason.  

We learnt the plot of Guy Fawkes which involves attempting to set fire to Parliament. We looked into how the historical act of treason relates to Bonfire night and have understood the differences between Catholics and Protestants, whilst linking this with Guy Fawkes beliefs. Towards the end of the week Year 5 produced a persuasive letter to try and stop Guy Fawkes from committing treason whilst using the correct features such as, modal verbs and rhetorical questions. 

 

Memorial Day

 

 

 

As a whole school we celebrated Memorial Day on Wednesday and created poppies out of the bottom of plastic bottles. Year 5 contributed to Memorial Day by using our sewing skills and creating a blanket stitch on felt poppies. We finished these off with a black button in the middle. 

 

week beginning 29.10.18

Year 5 Topic ‘Crime and Punishment’

Well done to Year 5 for producing some excellent mystery stories during half term.  This week Year 5 started their new topic ‘Crime and Punishment’.  They have been improving their teamwork skills, when being detectives, investigating a crime scene in the reading garden in small groups.  Later in the week, Year 5 have been journalists by using the evidence they found to write their newspaper reports.   

     

Autumn 1

Year 5 have settled well into Upper Key Stage 2 and are developing their independence and team work.  This half term, Year 5 have been working on a business and enterprise topic aimed to develop their leadership and organisation skills and aspirations for the future. 

We were really impressed by the quality of some of the homework completed over the summer holidays:

In order to develop their aspirations children were visited by  professionals ranging from fire fighters to a recruitment consultant in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. 

Pupils developed their ability to work with others in a variety of roles while developing their own business plans.  Each business was then presented to parents.