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We hope you all have a wonderful summer - remember to read everyday, send us a postcard if you go away and have a fun filled break!

Love from all the adults at school x

5LW 5KW 5CK 5GA

Kai

Marnie

Matilde

Jacob

Freddie

Thomas

Kelysha

Chloe

Olivers

Francesca

George

Jack

 

Wow! The year is nearly over. The children have worked really hard this year and all of the staff would like to thank them for all of the effort that they have put in to their learning. It has been an exciting week of making and advertising our popcorn products to sell. Thank you for coming along to the sale and making it successful. We raised just under £300 for The British Red Cross! A great achievement! 

As we head into the last week, we will be finishing off our reading book Matilda, reviewing it and watching the film version to make some comparisons. We are all set for our Great British Tea Party on Tuesday and the children will be cooking in small groups to prepare the food for this on Monday and Tuesday morning. We are sure this is going to be a great way to end our topic this term. 

 

Reminders:

Please send in a strong carrier bag on MONDAY so that your child can take all of their books home from this year. 

Please remind your child to look for any lost property and to take home PE kits and wellies from the classroom this week. 

 

Thank you for all your support this year.

 

Year 5 Team. 

Week beginning 10th July

 

This week is Enterprise Week, the children in Year 5 will be making flavoured popcorn to sell on Friday afternoon. The whole week will be themed around Enterprise Week and so all of our lessons will incorporate a different element of this. The children will need to develop a brand name for their popcorn, they will conduct market research and will be taste testing different flavour combinations! All of the profit made will go to charity.

 

Maths: We will revise some arithmetic questions to speed up our mental maths skills. Our maths will be based around calculating profit, ready for our enterprise week sale.

 

English: This week we will look at advertisements and how they used to sell products. We will be creating our own adverts. We will also be developing our presentation skills when we write up some work for our fantastic displays.

 

Reading: We will finish reading Matilda. We will look at how language is used and review our favourite parts. 

 

Reminders:

Please send in water bottles and a hat in hot weather.

5GA and 5CK Summer Assembly is on Monday 10th July at 9.15am

5KW and 5LW Summer Assembly is on Tuesday 11th July at 9.15am

Please come along and find out what we have been learning about during the Spring and Summer terms and hear our amazing singing!

We will have PE on Tuesday and Thursday so please send in kit. 

For part of Enterprise week we will be tasting popcorn. Please ensure all food allergy lists are up to date at the office. 

We’re on a Road to Nowhere

3rd July-Friday 7th July (Except Tuesday class swap day)

In order to promote healthy living, next week children will be competing in our ‘Road to Nowhere’ competition.

All the children need to do is to ride their bike or scooter to school next week as many times as possible (except Tuesday class swap day) and record their journeys on the tally sheet in their classroom. If they cycle to school they will receive 2 tally marks and if they scoot 1 tally mark. On Friday the class with the most points will be the winners.

Good luck and have fun!

Mr Nott and Miss Billings

 

Week beginning 3rd July

 

Maths: This week we will be revisiting number and place value and using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

 

English: This week we are going to rewrite a traditional story. We will look at hyphens and how they are used in sentences.

 

Reading: We are continuing to read Matilda. We will focus on answering comprehension questions effectively, using examples from what we have read. 

 

Project: We will continue our preparations for our Great British tea party, preparing some games to play and creating decorations. 

 

Reminders:

Class swap day in on Tuesday. Please collect your child at 3.30 on this day. 

Trip to Reigate High School is on Wednesday afternoon. 

Please practise your assembly lines.

Full PE kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Week beginning 26th June

 

Maths: This week we will be looking at capacity and volume, comparing containers and measuring accurately.

 

English: This week we are planning a formal letter to the queen, which will include all of the features that we have found. 

 

Reading: We are developing our comprehension skills as we continue to read the text 'Matilda'. We will consider the language choices that Roald Dahl uses and why he uses them.

 

Project: We will be looking at UK geography and the countries that make up Great Britain. We will start preparations for our 'Great British' tea party.

 

Reminders:

Please have wellingtons or trainers in school for our visits to the woodlands. 

Please practise your assembly lines.

Full PE kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

The Year 5 Team

 

English: This week we are looking formal and informal letters and the differences between them. We will find the features ready to write our own letters over the next 2 weeks. 

 

Reading: We are developing our comprehension skills as we continue to read the text 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl. 

 

Project: We are looking at significant Kings and Queens in British history. We will be making some bunting to show what we have learnt. 

 

Reminders:

Please have wellingtons or trainers in school for our visits to the woodlands. 

Full PE kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

The Year 5 Team

Week beginning 19th June

 

Maths: This week we will calculating area and perimeter of shapes, including irregular shapes. 

 

English: This week we are looking formal and informal letters and the differences between them. We will find the features ready to write our own letters over the next 2 weeks. 

 

Reading: We are developing our comprehension skills as we continue to read the text 'Matilda' by Roald Dahl. 

 

Project: We are looking at significant Kings and Queens in British history. We will be making some bunting to show what we have learnt. 

 

Reminders:

Please have wellingtons or trainers in school for our visits to the woodlands. 

Full PE kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

The Year 5 Team

Week beginning 12th June

 

This week is assessment week, and we will be completing papers in reading, maths, literacy and SPAG. 

 

 Reading: Our new book for this half term is Matilda by Roald Dahl. We will continue to develop our inference skills. 

 

RSE:  This week we will be completing statutory requirements within the science curriculum, relating to classification of body parts and their functions. 

 

RE day: This Friday we will be looking into the holy spirit and what it means to be a Sikh. 

 

Reminders:

Please have wellingtons or trainers in school for our visits to the woodlands. 

Full PE kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

The Year 5 Team

Week beginning 5th June

 

Welcome back to the second half of Summer Term!

 

Maths: This week we will be revising many of the concepts taught so far this academic year. This will include: prime numbers, factors, multiples, perimeter and roman numerals. 

 

English: This week we look further into persuasive writing, focusing on writing speeches. We will use our Project theme of 'What Makes Britain Great' to write a speech about Britain. 

 

Reading: Our new book for this half term is Matilda by Roald Dahl. 

 

Project: 'What Makes Britain Great' is our project for this half term. We will look into the workings and history of Britain, including politics, Monarchy and traditional 'British' things. 

 

Reminders:

Please have wellingtons or trainers in school for our visits to the woodlands. 

Full PE kit on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

The Year 5 Team

Week beginning 22nd May

 

Maths: We are continuing to look at 'measure' this week. We will look at imperial and metric measures. 

 

English: Persuasive writing is on the agenda for this week. We will look at different types of persuasive writing and the techniques which are used within this kind of writing. 

 

Reading: The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas comes to an end! We will be reflecting on the story as a whole, commenting on the author's style and writing a book review. Has anyone read any other books by this author? We would love to hear about them!

 

PBL: Our main focus this week will be completing our rides and creating adverts to launch them. 

 

Reminders:

Sports day is Friday! Your child should know their colour and number for the day. Please ask if you are unsure. Years 5 and 6 sports day begins at 12:45. The whole Junior School will be having lunch on the field from 11:50am - 12:35pm, please come and join us! 

If you need to use the toilet during this day please make your way to the front office. 

 

This School half-term finishes on Friday, we hope you all have a lovely half-term. 

School starts back Monday 5th June. 

 

We would be very grateful if you are able to donate any old shirts or T-shirts to our painting apron collection, which is getting very low!

Week beginning 15th May

 

Maths: This week we will be looking at measure, focusing on conversions of measurements. For example between mm/cm/m and ml/l. 

English: We are continuing to look at our book 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers' and this week will be focusing on writing our newspapers, reporting on this spectacular event. 

Reading: The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas is nearing the end! This week we will continue looking at our comprehension skills and will look at what we can infer from our reading. 

 

Reminders:

Walk for Wildlife: This sponsored walk event takes place on Friday 19th May at 2.00pm, to raise money for animal charities both in the UK and around the world. We are also hoping to set a new Guinness World Record for the most people walking at the same time in an organised event. We have suggested a donation of £1.00 per child to be brought in on the day, but any contribution will be greatly appreciated.  The animal charity our money will go to is the British Wildlife Centre.

 

We will start making our own rides in Project Based Learning. Please keep any handy bits of cardboard, pots etc.

 

The Year 5 Team 

Week beginning 8th May

 

Maths: 

Our focus this week will be geometry.  We will be looking at the properties of rectangles and using our knowledge to deduce facts and find missing lengths and angles. For example, if we know the perimeter of a rectangle and length of one of the sides, how can we find out the length of each other side?

 

English: 

We will continue to use 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers' as our inspiration for writing. This week we will focus on writing newspaper reports. We will look at the key features of a newspaper report and even try our hand at becoming reporters! Our grammar skill will include using reported and direct speech, with the children needing to be able to convert between the two. 

 

Reading: We are reading 'The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas' by David Almond. We will continue to focus on our understanding of the text by responding to comprehension questions and summarising the main points of the text. We will look at how the author has used language and what affect this has on the reader. 

 

PBL: This week will be science focused, the children will be learning about forces including friction, air and water resistance as well as how levers, pulleys and cam mechanisms work. We will be linking this to our learning about the science behind roller coasters and other rides. Later on in the topic, the children will apply their knowledge by creating their own prototypes of a theme park ride with a working mechanism. 

 

Reminders:

We would be very grateful if you are able to donate any old shirts or T-shirts to our painting apron collection, which is getting very low!

Week beginning 1st May

 

Maths: 

Our focus this week will be geometry, we will be learning to identify 3D shapes, including cubes an other cuboids, from 2D representations e.g. recognising the shapes based on their nets. The children will explore a range of possible nets for any given 3D shape.

 

English: 

This week the children will be writing their own suspense story based on the themes behind The Man Who Walked Between The Towers. They will focus on using techniques to keep the reader on the edge of their seat!

 

Reading: We are reading 'The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas' by David Almond. We will continue to focus on our understanding of the text by responding to comprehension questions and summarising the main points of the text.

 

PBL: We will continue week will be science focused, the children will be learning about forces including friction, air and water resistance as well as how levers, pulleys and cam mechanisms work. We will be linking this to our learning about the science behind roller coasters and other rides. Later on in the topic the children will apply their knowledge by creating their own prototypes of a theme park ride with a working mechanism. 

 

Reminders:

We would be very grateful if you are able to donate any old shirts or T-shirts to our painting apron collection, which is getting very low!

Week beginning 24th April

Welcome back to the Summer Term! We can't quite believe that we are in our final term already. We hope you all had a lovely Easter Break? The children have had a great start to the term and are all very excited about our new topic Scream Machine where we will be looking at the science behind roller coasters! On the first day back the children got to experience what it might be like to ride on some of the world's scariest rides when we turned our own classroom into our very own roller coaster simulation ride (you may have heard the screams)! 

 

This week:

Maths: 

This week we are learning about angles, we have already made a great start with estimating and measuring angles and we will continue to build on these skills. Once we have mastered these skills we will be applying them to solve problems involving angles. 

 

English: 

Last week the children were introduced to a book called 'The Man Who Walked Between The Towers' which is the true story of Phillipe Petite who walked on a tight rope between the Twin Towers (yes he was later arrested and tested for insanity)! They have all loved the story and even wrote the story in their own words. This week we will be continuing with the story, we will focus on building suspension through our writing. Our skills focus will be using commas to punctuate our sentences correctly. 

 

Reading: We are reading 'The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas' by David Almond. We will continue to focus on our understanding of the text by responding to comprehension questions. 

 

PBL: This week will be science focused, the children will be learning about forces including friction, air and water resistance as well as how levers, pulleys and cam mechanisms work. We will be linking this to our learning about the science behind roller coasters and other rides. Later on in the topic the children will apply their knowledge by creating their own prototypes of a theme park ride with a working mechanism. 

 

Reminders:

We will be going to the allotment over the next few weeks so please ensure that your wellington boots are in school.

We will be on the field for PE so please provide a carrier bag for muddy trainers.

 

 

Week beginning 27th March 2017 

 

Reminders: 

 

Big Pedal 20th-31st March 2017

Come and take part in the Big Pedal, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. During the next two weeks we would like to encourage children, parents and staff to cycle or scoot to school. When you have pedalled or scooted to school simple record your journey and class on the clipboard in the bike shelters at the Infant and Junior schools. Which class will be the winner? Happy cycling and scooting!

 

We are 'running the world'. Please make sure children have trainers in school

 

Maths: 

This week will be revising number and place value and solving problems using all operations. 

 

English: 

We are looking at traditional tales and in particular 'The Pied Piper'. We will be writing our own version of the 'Pied Piper' and sharing these stories with Year 1. 

 

Reading: 

We will be concluding our book  'The Curse of Castle Cranston'. We will be using our inference and deduction skills to have a deeper understanding of the text. 

 

PBL: 

We will be continuing to create our medieval castles.  

 

 

Monday 20th March

This week:

Maths: 

We will recap our learning on fractions, percentages and decimals, including multiplying and placing decimal numbers on a numberline.

 

English: 

We are looking at traditional tales and in particular 'The Pied Piper'. We will be retelling, planning out our own version of the story.

 

Reading: 

We are continuing to read 'The Curse of Castle Cranston'. We will be discussing and summarising what we have read. We will also look at how the author uses language to engage the reader. 

 

PBL: 

We will be making our medieval castles. We will be including a pulley or lever in our designs. 

 

Reminders:

 

Big Pedal 20th-31st March 2017

Come and take part in the Big Pedal, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge that inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose two wheels for their journey to school. During the next two weeks we would like to encourage children, parents and staff to cycle or scoot to school. When you have pedalled or scooted to school simple record your journey and class on the clipboard in the bike shelters at the Infant and Junior schools. Which class will be the winner? Happy cycling and scooting!

 

We are 'running the world'. Please make sure children have trainers in school.

 

Please send in cardboard for us to use when we are making castles this week.

 

Friday is Red Nose Day. Children can make their face funny and bring in a pound for Comic Relief. 

 

Book Fair

‘Travelling Books’ are returning to the Infant and Junior School on Wednesday 15th March. The Book Fair was a huge success in October and we raised over £300 worth of book vouchers for the school.

 

There will be a large selection of books suitable for children aged 4-11 years old, at great prices, so please come and have a look on 15th,16th, 17th and 20th March, before and after school.

 

If you will not be able to make the book fair, you can still support us by buying a book online. Just go to the online shop at: https://shop.scholastic.co.uk/free-books and start shopping! If you enter your school postcode RH1 6DZ (Infants) or RH1 6JX (Juniors), you can have the books delivered to school. This is also a great option if you would like to pay by card, as we can only take cash payments at school.

 

Please remember, you can use your World Book Day token at the Infant or Junior School book fair to get £1 off any full price book, as long as it costs £2.99 or more.

 

We hope to see you at the book fair next week!

 

The Literacy Team

Monday 13th March

It is assessment week. The children will be completing assessments in reading, writing, maths, and spelling, punctuation and grammar.

 

This week:

Maths: 

As it is assessment week, the children will be completing some tests covering the learning we have looked at this half term.  

 

English: As it is assessment week, the children will be writing a story independently.

 

Reading: This half term we are reading 'The Curse of Castle Cranston'. We will be summarising chapters by looking at the main events in the plot and answering comprehension questions on what we have read.

 

PBL: We will be looking at the history of castles. In Science, we will be learning about forces and creating some levers and pulleys.

 

Reminders:

Please try out new maths homework programme. If you have any difficulties logging on, please let us know. 

We will be going to the allotment over the next few weeks so please ensure that your wellington boots are in school.

Please make sure PE kits are in school including trainers for the field. Bring a carrier bag too (to contain the mud)

Over the next couple of week, we will be making medieval castles. Please start collecting cardboard. You will get to see the finished castles at the end of term!

Thursday 2nd March

 

Thank you for all your efforts in making World Book Day a success. It was great to see Year 5 children sharing their favourite books and talking about the characters they had dressed up as. 

 

This week:

Maths: 

This week we are learning about percentages. We will be converting percentages to fractions and completing some problem solving using percentages. 

 

English: This week we will be continuing with writing diary entries, imagining we were around at the time of the Black Death. We will be revisiting learning about using commas to make sure our writing makes sense. We will be looking at homophones. 

 

Reading: We are reading 'The Curse of Castle Cranston'. A story set in the Medieval period. We will continue to look at the characters in the story and how the author builds suspense in the plot.

 

PBL: We will be learning about the peasants revolt and how the people campaigned for their rights. We will also look at medieval shields and how noble families portrayed themselves. We will create a shield of our own. 

 

Reminders:

As you would have seen, Mathletics is no longer available for the children to log on to. There will be no maths homework this week. You will receive a new login in soon. 

We will be going to the allotment over the next few weeks so please ensure that your wellington boots are in school.

Please remember warm clothing for PE. We will be on the field for PE so please provide a carrier bag for muddy trainers.

Please send back the form for the 'Easter Experience' if you haven't already done so. If you need a new form, please get one from the office. Thank you.

Thursday 23rd February

 

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely break. 

We have started our learning about the Black Death, looking at the symptoms of the plague and how it started.

 

This week:

Maths: 

This week we are learning about decimal numbers. We will convert decimals to fractions (tenths, hundredths and thousandths) and solve problems involving decimals.

 

English: This week we will be writing diary entries, imagining we were around at the time of the Black Death. We will be looking at using the correct tense and conjunctions to extend our sentences. 

 

Reading: We will be reading 'The Curse of Castle Cranston'. A story set in the Medieval period. We will be looking at character profiles and how characters actions are portrayed in the plot.

 

PBL: We will be continuing to look at how the plague spread to Britain.We will look at what life was like in Medieval England focusing on religion, medicine, law and order, towns and pastimes. 

 

Reminders:

Please remember warm clothing for PE. We will be on the field for PE so please provide a carrier bag for muddy trainers.

 

Monday- 5CK and 5LW Dress up in Medieval costume for Tales of the Plague visit.

Tuesday- 5KW and 5GA Dress up in Medieval costume for Tales of the Plague visit. 

Thursday- WORLD BOOK DAY Children can dress as a book character. 

 

Thursday 9th February 2017

 

We hope you all have a great half term break! We have really enjoyed our rainforest topic! 

 

Next half term Year 5 will be learning all about Peasants, Princes and Pestilence. To make this as enriching and rewarding an experience as possible, we have arranged a visit from the ‘Tales of Plague’. The workshop will offer a vivid introduction to medieval period including the Peasants’ Revolt!

To make this an exciting experience, we have asked the children to dress up. Children could either dress like peasants or if they prefer, lords and ladies. If you would like more inspiration, please search for ‘medieval’ costumes or ask any member of the Year 5 team. If you would like help finding a costume, please ask the Year 5 team. 

This workshop will run on two separate days. Please take note which day your child will be participating.

Monday 27th February 2017 – 5CK and 5LW

Tuesday 28th February 2017 – 5GA and 5KW

 

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Week beginning 6th February 2017

 

Maths: 

This week we are going to be recapping all the skills we have learnt so far about fractions and applying this to word problems and some challenging investigations! 

 

English: This week we will be writing our own balanced argument based on deforestation. We will be focusing on linking conjunctions and sentence starters.  

 

Reading: We will be reading 'The Vanishing Rainforest' , and  developing our analytical skills, drawing on evidence from the text. 

 

PBL: We will be finishing our stop screen animations this week. We hope you enjoy them! 

 

Reminders:

Please remember warm clothing for PE.

 

We will be holding a ‘Movie premier’ to give the children the opportunity to present their stop-screen animations. This will take place on Thursday 9th February. We would like to invite friends and family to come along and join us in the Junior School Hall from 2:30pm.

Week beginning 30th January 2017

 

Maths: 

Next week we are going to be learning to multiply fractions by mixed numbers. For example, 4 3/4 x 5. We will be using this knowledge to answer real life questions. 

 

English: This week we will be looking at the key features of a balanced argument and creating our own based on rainforests. 

 

Reading: We will be reading 'The Vanishing Rainforest' , further developing our analytical skills, drawing on evidence from the text. 

 

PBL: We will be continuing working in groups to create our stop screen animations this week. We will create our own stories with characters and think about the moral behind them, based on deforestation. 

 

Reminders:

Please remember warm clothing for PE.

 

We will be holding a ‘Movie premier’ to give the children the opportunity to present their stop-screen animations. This will take place on Thursday 9th February. We would like to invite friends and family to come along and join us in the Junior School Hall from 2:30pm.

Week Beginning 23rd January 2017 

 

 

Maths: 

Next week we are going to be learning to add and subtract fractions mixed fractions with different denominators. To do this, we will be revising equivalent fractions and how to simplify them to the lowest form. It is important for children to know their multiples and factors to help them. 

 

English: This week we will be looking at the key features of a non-chronological report, and creating our own report based on the BBC documentary, Planet Earth. 

 

Reading: We will be reading Sharman's Apprentice this week, evaluating if our predictions are correct. We will be supporting our ideas with evidence from the text. 

 

PBL: We will be working in groups to create our stop screen animations this week. We will create our own stories with characters and think about the moral behind them, based on deforestation. 

 

Reminders:

Please remember warm clothing for PE.

Please bring in a shoe box for our stop screen animation

Week Beginning 16th January 2017 

 

 

Maths: 

Next week we are going to be learning to recognise mixed number and improper fractions and converting between the two. We will begin to look at adding fractions with the same denominator and writing our answers in mixed number and improper fractions. 

 

English: Our writing will be based on the rainforest google expedition visit. We will be ensuring that our writing is written in the correct tense throughout a piece of writing. 

 

Reading: For the next two weeks we will be reading the Sharman's Apprentice.  We will using evidence from the text to support our opinions and ideas. 

 

PBL: We will be researching how rainforests are populated and how people adapt to their surroundings. We will be looking at the Baka tribe and how their lives are different and similar to ours. 

 

Reminders:

Please remember warm clothing for PE.

Please bring in a shoe box for our stop screen animation. 

 

Happy New Year, we hope you had a lovely holiday. 

 

We had a great visit today from Urban Farm! We had visits from snakes, tarantulas, lizards, frogs and small mammals...pictures to follow.  

 

Week beginning: 9th January 2017 

 

Maths: This half term we will be focusing on fractions. Next week, we will be investigating equivalent fractions by calculating the lowest common denominator. We will continue to build on mental strategies each day to help us calculate common multiples and factors. 

 

English: This week will be punctuating direct speech and learning the different rules for this. We will write powerful descriptions including direct speech. 

 

Reading: Our first book is called 'The Great Kapok Tree' , this book looks at the impact of deforestation. We will be exploring different techniques the author has used to create suspense. 

 

PBL: After our exciting launch from Urban Farm, we will be analysing different habitats and how animals adapt to their surroundings. 

 

Reminders:

Please remember warm clothing for PE. 

 

Mathletics will be set from Friday 6th January,  to be completed by the following Thursday. 

 

The Year 5 Team

Week beginning 12th December

 

Maths: This week we will be looking at statistics, focussing on timetables (e.g. bus, train) and line graphs. 

English: We are writing instructions for our board games. We will be using imperative verbs and time conjunctions. 

Reading: Our focus for this week’s reading will be on summarising after reading a paragraph or chapter. The children will look at opinion verses facts from the text. 

PBL: Following our market research we will be making our Alchemy Island games ready to pitch our product to the Dragon's den.

Reminders:

Please remember wellies for the woodlands on Monday and outdoor jumpers for PE.

Assembly for 5CK and 5GA on Monday 12th at 2.45.

Assembly for 5KW and 5LW on Wednesday 14th at 2.45.

Christmas Lunch is Thursday 15th December. 

This week is the last week before the holiday that homework will be set. Please continue to support your children by reading with them and practising timestables over the break.

 

The Year 5 Team

Week beginning 5th December

 

This week the children will be taking part in assessments in Writing, Maths, SPAG and reading. 

 

PBL: Continuing with our Alchemy Island topic, the children will be creating their own board game based around the Island. Over the next couple of weeks the children will be planning, creating and pitching their board game in a 'Dragon's Den' style. 

 

Reminders: Please bring a separate jumper for PE lessons and coats for break and lunch time. 

 

The Year 5 Team 

Week beginning 28th November 

 

Maths: This week we will be looking at statistics, we will look at graphs and data.

English: This week we will be continuing with our informal letters written from the perspective of Veridion. Later in the week we will focus on some grammar skills. 

Reading: Our focus for this week’s reading will be on the author’s choice of language. We will study the way they have chosen to write and what effect this has on the reader.

PBL: Our Alchemy Island topic has got us thinking about inventions so this week we will be designing our own machine to create gold. 

Reminders:

Please remember wellies for the woodlands and outdoor jumpers for PE.

Christmas Making Day is Thursday 1st December at 1:45pm. 

We will be having our spelling test on Friday this week due to Christmas Making afternoon and RE morning.

 

The Year 5 Team

 

 

Week beginning 21st November 

 

Maths: In maths this week we will be problem solving using our multiplication and division skills. 

 

English: We have been thoroughly enjoying using the video clip 'The Alchemist's Letter', this week we are thinking about how the main character (Veridion) feels after receiving the letter from his father. We will be looking at how to write our own letter in response. 

 

Reading:  We will be looking at how the Author uses language effectively as well as continuing to work on our comprehension skills.

 

PBL: We will be continuing with our Science themed Alchemy Island work and will get our creative skills flowing with some Art work. 

 

Reminders: Please can all children have a different jumper in school for PE. 

we are going to the woodlands regularly so please have wellies in school. 

Urban Farms reply slips need to be back by Friday 9th December.

 

Year 5 Team

 Week beginning 14.11.16

 

Maths: This week we will move on to division, we will use the method of short division (bus stop). The children will be dividing numbers with up to 4 digits, by a 1 digit number. 

English: We will be continuing to write using our Alchemist's letter video, this week we are building up to a longer piece of narrative which will be set from the point of view of the son. Our grammar focus will be on using adverbials to move between paragraphs. 

PBL: We have a science focus this week in our Alchemy Island topic. We will look at separating mixtures and reversible and irreversible changes. 

Reading:Continuing with our Elidor book, we will be inferring characters thoughts, feelings and actions. The children will need to interpret the text and find proof for their answers. 

Reminders: Please bring in wellies for Woodlands on Monday. 

Friday is our Superhero Day for Anti-Bullying, please come dressed as your superhero with their 'power for good'. 

Please remember outdoor PE clothes including a separate jumper. 

Week beginning 07.11.16

 

Maths: This week we will be working on multiplication. We will begin by using the expanded method (completing all calculations on separate lines and then adding together at the end) and then move on to short multiplication. We will be working our way up to multiplying up to 4 digits by 1 or 2 digits. 

 

English: We will look at character descriptions this week based around our video 'The Alchemist's Apprentice'. We will continue to use our skills of 'show not tell' to put an impression in the readers head without creating a list of descriptions. Our grammar focus will be expanded noun phrases (adding adjectives and subordinate clauses to nouns). 

 

Reading: The children will be continuing to read our book 'Elidor'. We will be looking at character descriptions and working on our comprehension skills.  

 

Project: As our 'Alchemy Island' project continues, we will have a science and geography focus. We will continue to work on our map reading skills as well as looking into separating mixtures. 

 

Reminders: Please remember to bring a different jumper for PE and jogging bottoms as we are doing PE outside on Thursdays. 

Please see below for a note on our 'Anti'Bullying day'. We will be working on designing our superheroes this week. 

 

The Year 5 Team

Picture 1

We can't quite believe that we are at the end our first half term! We hope that you all have a well deserved rest and we look forward to seeing the children after half term. 

 

Week beginning 31.10.16

 

Literacy: Our new topic will be Alchemy Island, the children will be writing setting descriptions based on a short animated film called 'The Alchemist's letter'. The focus will be on using descriptive language to create a picture in the readers head. 

 

Reading: The children will be introduced to a new book Elidor by Alan Garner, which links to our topic Alchemy Island. 

 

Maths: Over the next three weeks we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will begin by looking at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. Children often fall into the habit of 'just adding a zero' however it is important to ensure that they know what is happening to the number. We teach this by using the model of the place value grid and showing how the numbers move across the grid as you multiply or divide by 10, 100 or 1000.   

 

Project: We will be launching into our new project 'Alchemy Island'. The children will be receiving a special visit from the Chief Alchemist's Apprentice and will be set a series of challenges which will involve some scientific investigations. Don't forget to check the website for regular updates on the children's findings throughout this project. 

 

Reminders:

  • Can you please remind children that their spelling books must be in school every Thursday.
  • PE kit needs to be in school at all times, please remember that PE shorts should be burgundy.

 

Thank you.

 

Year 5 team

Week beginning 17.10.16

 

Literacy: The children will be looking at a new book called One Giant Leap by Don Brown. We will be discussing the use of fact and opinion within narrative texts. The children will focus on using parenthesis to add extra information to their writing. 

 

Reading: We will be coming to the end of our text 'Cosmic' - the children have all thoroughly enjoyed reading and have all engaged in reading based activities about this book. This week the children will be writing book reviews for Cosmic. 

 

Maths: We will continue to look at addition and subtraction with a focus on problem solving. The children will be introduced to using the 'bar method' to help them solve and visualise problems. 

 

Project: We will be finding out about the British astronaut Tim Peake.

 

Reminders:

  • Parents are invited into the classrooms after school on Thursday to take a look at all of the amazing work the children have completed so far this term. 
  • Can you please remind children that their spelling books must be in school every Thursday.
  • PE kit needs to be in school at all times, please remember that PE shorts should be burgundy.

 

Thank you.

 

Year 5 team

We have had a fantastic week in Year 5, all of the children enjoyed designing, making and launching their rockets as part of our Science Day on Friday. Please take a look at the photos of the day in our year group album. Due to a special science celebration assembly there will be no star of the week this week. 

 

Week beginning 10.10.16

 

Literacy: The children will be creating their own poems based around the theme of Space. We will be entering these into the 'Once upon a dream' poetry competition (https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/competitions/once-upon-a-dream/). 

 

Reading: Our text is Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We will be using drama and role play in order to empathise with characters from the book. 

 

Maths: We will continue our work on addition and subtraction, with a focus on column methods. We will also be moving onto working on missing number problems, which will encourage the children to deepen their knowledge and understanding of addition and subtraction. 

 

Project: The children will be 'publishing' their space stories and will be creating eye-catching front covers. We will also continue to look at some of the science behind gravity and space exploration. 

 

Reminders:

  • PE kit needs to be in school at all times, please remember that PE shorts should be burgundy.

 

Thank you.

 

Year 5 team

Week beginning 3.10.16

 

Literacy: Following on from writing their opening paragraphs and middle section, the children will be writing the ending to their space story. They will finish the week by publishing their stories which will include illustrating and creating a catchy title for their book. 

 

Reading: Our text is Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We will be using drama and role play in order to empathise with characters from the book. 

 

Maths: Our focus over the next three weeks will be addition and subtraction. To begin with we will be looking at a range of mental strategies and how to apply these in order to help us to calculate quickly. Some helpful strategies include; partitioning and recombining numbers e.g. 56 + 43 (50 + 40 = 90 / 6 + 3 = 9 / 90 + 9 = 99), looking for number bonds, counting up for subtraction e.g 98 - 89 (count up from 89 to 98 to find the difference).

 

Project: The children will be working on a special top secret mission for ESA (the European Space Agency) where they will be asked to design and test different types of rockets. We will end the week by launching our rockets as part of science day.

 

Reminders:

  • Friday 7th October is our school science day, we have an assembly in the morning with a special visit from some scientists. The children will spend the day creating and testing their rockets, the day will end with a special celebration assembly to reflect on the day.  
  • PE kit needs to be in school at all times, please remember that PE shorts should be burgundy.

 

Thank you.

 

Year 5 team

Week beginning 26.9.16

 

Literacy: We will be looking at a variety of different writing techniques that will help to build up suspense in a story. The children will be be writing the shock part of their space story. 

 

Reading: Our text is Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. The children will be answering comprehension questions based on the book. 

 

Maths: We will be looking at problem solving and reasoning involving negative numbers, rounding and place value. Reasoning is a huge focus in maths currently and it requires children to be able to explain exactly how they have reached a particular answer. 

 

Project: We will studying the surface texture of the moon and will use this to create our own textile textural ‘moon surface’ by using stitching techniques and layering.

 

Reminders:

  • We have our Year 5 trip to the observatory on Thursday  Children are to bring a packed lunch and should wear school uniform, please can you also ensure that they have a coat with them as we will be outside for much of the trip. Children should be in school for 8:30am as we will be leaving promptly after this.  We will return to school at 4pm (please note there is no 3:15pm pick up that day) 
  • Due to the trip, all homework will be due in on Friday instead. 
  • PE kit needs to be in school at all times, please remember that PE shorts should be burgundy.

 

Thank you.

 

Year 5 team

Week beginning 19.9.16

 

Literacy: We are going to be looking at 'The Sea of Tranquility' by Mark Haddon, we will be using this book to inspire our writing with a focus on creating different openers for our story writing.

 

Reading: Our text is Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We will be exploring how the author has developed the characters within the book as well as looking at the relationships between these characters. 

 

Maths: We will continue to look at place value (to millions). We will be looking at negative numbers in context as well as how to round numbers e.g. 1567 rounded to the nearest 100.

 

Project: We will studying the surface texture of the moon and will use this to create our own textile textural ‘moon surface’ by using stitching techniques and layering.

 

Reminders:

  • Homework has been set this week. Homework is set on a Friday and must be completed by the following Thursday. Each week children are expected to read 5 times, practice their spellings and complete their Mathletics. Spelling books have 2 spaces for practicing but we encourage the children to practice more than this. Feel free to use other paper if you have filled the columns in the book. Mathletics passwords have been stuck in the front of the reading records.
  • We will be going to the Woodlands on Monday, please make sure your child has wellington boots in school for this. 
  • PE kit needs to be in school at all times, please remember that PE shorts should be burgundy.

 

Thank you.

 

Year 5 team

Week beginning 12.9.16

 

Welcome to Year 5! We have had a great first week getting to know each other by taking part in lots of team building activities. The children have all settled in well and we are all looking forward to the rest of the year.

 

Literacy: We are going to be looking at 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers, we will be focusing on the vocabulary her uses to describe the setting and characters. We will eventually be retelling the story in our own words. 

 

Reading: Our text is Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. We will be answering questions about the text and be giving reasons for our answers, using evidence from the text.

 

Maths: We will be looking at place value (to millions). We will be comparing the size of numbers and using these skills to order numbers.

 

Project: We will be learning about our the planets in our Solar System and what makes each of them unique.

 

Reminders:

  • PE kit needs to be in school at all times. 
  • Reading - Please make encourage your child to read every night and to record this in their reading record book, these must be brought into school on a daily basis. 
  • Please make sure your child has wellington boots in school for when we go down to the woodlands.
  • Please make sure your child has a water bottle in school every day.
  • Children may bring a piece of fruit or some vegetables to eat at break time.

 

Thank you.

 

Year 5 team

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