Category Archives: Year 5

Anglo-Saxon Day

I was so proud of Year 5 on Wednesday.  They participated fully in our Anglo-Saxon day, impressing all the grown ups with their questions, ideas and role playing!  Through the day, they found out about the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans.  They re-enacted a Mead Hall meeting, the Battle of Hastings and most entertainingly, crime and punishment.  They also took part in performing the poem ‘Beowulf’.  They were all beautifully behaved and our workshop leader said it had been an absolute pleasure to come and see us at Two Waters.  There are a couple of photos below and more in the Year 5 Gallery.

Next week is Creative Week.  On Monday, children will need to have a coat and trainers in school.  If your child is wearing a skirt or dress on Monday, please also ensure they have a pair of tracksuit bottoms they can change into for one of our activities (I know many of the children will already have this as part of their PE kit).

I hope to see many of you on Friday for Deco Day.  Please can you complete the slip at the bottom of this week’s school newsletter, if you would like to come and join us at one of the morning sessions.

Enjoy your weekend!
Mrs Hunter

 

Fireworks and Gravity

In preparation for next Friday’s art exhibition, Year 5 have been designing and painting their canvasses to great effect, showing resilience and determination as they move from drafts to final versions.  Alongside this, the Year 5 Tag Rugby Team made us all proud on Thursday when they played at Astley Cooper.  In maths, we have been exploring multiples and factors, prime numbers and square numbers.  The children have continued to investigate forces and used Newton Meters this week.  Next week, we will be looking at air resistance.

Wishing you a fun weekend!
Mrs Hunter

Surprised!

Just before half term, the children had nearly completed their Henri Rousseau inspired artwork. Based on his painting ‘Surprised!’, the children painted their own versions.  Some children chose to keep the original tiger whilst others chose another rainforest animal to add to their painting.  This week, we finished our masterpieces and I have been so impressed with the end results.  A small selection are in the Year 5 Gallery area of the school website.  This week we started our new literacy topic of ‘explanations’.  In Maths we are finishing our unit on statistics and from next week will be looking at multiplication and division.  Our Science topic is ‘forces’.  This week, the children thought about what they already knew and what they would like to investigate.  We then went outside and completed ‘freeze frames’ to demonstrate various forces.  A couple of photos are below – others are in the Year 5 gallery.  Can you guess which forces they are demonstrating?!  Finally, new homework packs have been sent home and the first set of spellings was issued today, ready for next week’s test.

Enjoy your weekends!
Mrs Hunter

Den building and reading (and happy half term!)

The children and I can hardly believe it is half term next week!  As a way of celebrating the end of our Rainforest topic, the children spent Monday afternoon building dens in our woodland area.  The challenge was to build a waterproof shelter initially out of natural materials.  They then had the choice of incorporating a tarpaulin – which was more challenging due to the high winds!  The children had a great afternoon and there are some fun pictures below!

As requested, I have updated the Year 5 reading list which can now be found in the ‘Curriculum’ section of the Year 5 area of our website.

Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very restful half term when it arrives!

Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter

Week 6 already!

The children have been working so hard this week!  They have started to look at statistics and are working their socks off to read and draw line graphs.  They have started planning their invented persuasive hot tasks in Literacy and I’m looking forward to reading their persuasive letters next week!  We are drawing to a close on our Rainforest topic and will be building rainforest dens and exploring temperate rainforests in our Topic lessons before half term.

I hope you all have relaxing weekends and look forward to seeing you next week for Parent Consultations and Harvest.

Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter

The greatest superpower of all time? Persuasion?!

Parents beware!  The children have been studying persuasive texts so be on the look out for cleverly structured arguments for an extra scoop of ice cream, an additional five minutes playing on their bikes or another play date with their best friend!  They had great fun on Friday, persuading the British Government to restore a (imagined) ruined Buckingham Palace.   We have also been practising solving problems with addition and subtraction and will soon be moving on to statistics, investigating line graphs, tables and timetables.  We are also rehearsing our chosen Harvest song, ready to perform to many of you at the Harvest Festival service in a couple of weeks time.

Please may I remind you to send a pair of Wellington Boots into school for your children (if you haven’t already done so).  They will need them over the next couple of weeks.

Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter

An adventurous week

The children have worked their socks off this week, creating their own adventure story.  From forest fires and jewellery heists to minecraft meddlings and missing orphans, the children have really impressed me with their narratives!  Friday afternoon saw Year 5 enter the haunted ‘Fantastic Fairground’!  To escape, they had to solve a variety of maths problems involving rounding.  Due to inclement weather, we had two dance lessons this week and the children have started to create their own street dance routines which they hope to perfect before half term.

Enjoy your weekends!
Mrs Hunter

A negative week? Surely not!

A negative week with a difference!  The children have been working hard to consolidate their knowledge of negative numbers and applying it to real world situations such as lifts, temperature, sea levels and bank balances!  They also created a giant negative number line on the classroom playground.  Having spent three weeks looking at place value, we will now be focusing on addition and subtraction for the next two weeks.  In literacy we have been innovating our adventure story, making changes to the characters, setting and plot.  In PE, the children learnt some street dance moves alongside Mrs Siddique and I!

It was lovely to see parents at the Year 5 Parent Talk on Monday.  For those who weren’t able to make it, notes have been sent home with your children.  If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter

Second week in Year 5

We have had a busy week in Year 5.  We have been playing netball in PE, practising our ball skills and playing team games.  In RE, we have explored religions worldwide, using the computers to investigate statistics and locations – the children then presented their findings to each other.  In Art we sketched plants and trees around the school grounds, paying attention to texture and shading.  Finally in Computing, we are learning about databases.  The children had great fun creating top trump cards to illustrate the structure of a database.

I look forward to seeing many of you on Monday afternoon at 2.45pm.

Wishing you relaxing weekends!
Mrs Hunter

Welcome to Year 5!

Good afternoon!

I hope you have all had lovely summers.  Welcome to Year 5!  I have really enjoyed getting to know the children this week.  We have been reviewing place value in Maths and grammar in Literacy.  The children have had fun creating a rainforest tree for our Rainforest topic and creating rainforest musical compositions.

We will start our Talk4Writing unit on Monday, which will be adventure stories.  The children will be using Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Running Wild’ as their class book.  To link to this, they will be also be exploring artwork by Henri Rousseau.

Homework packs have been sent out this evening (also available on the website), along with the first week’s spellings which will be tested next Friday.  Please note that the Homework pack refers to TT Rockstars, however, TT Rockstars will be replaced with Mathletics this year – further details of this will be sent out in due course.

I hope you have a good weekend!
Warmest wishes,
Mrs Hunter