We were so lucky today to have a visit from author Camilla Chester. She shared what inspired her to become an author, where she gets her ideas from and that she prefers to plan out her stories in a linear manner. She told the children that good writers write as ‘readers’ and good readers read as ‘writers’. The children had great fun playing a story board game and then used their inference skills to create characters and settings from postcard pictures. There are few more photos in our Year 5 Gallery!
The children have really impressed all the grown ups in Year 5 with their hard work on traditional tales. They are now working on their own fairy tale and we are all looking forward to reading their final versions. The children have worked their socks off over the past few weeks to understand formal multiplication. They have discovered that times tables are vital to this operation and hopefully will be asking you to help them to continue to learn their tables to 12 x 12 fluently. We are now moving on to explore fractions and again their times tables will be invaluable.
In PE, Year 5 have benefited from Mrs Hutchins’ expertise and have been learning about partner balances ahead of creating their own routine to music over the next couple of weeks.
It was lovely to welcome the children back after the Christmas break and hear their news. I’d also like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for the beautiful gifts you so generously gave my team and I at the end of last term. They are all very much appreciated.
This term, our focus moves to the historical period of the Anglo-saxons and we started our topic with a ‘Wow’ afternoon, where the children designed and made battle shields, as well as sharing the knowledge they already have about Anglo-saxons and considering what else they would like to discover. Science will see us investigate materials this term, including reversible and non-reversible changes. In Maths, we will be extending our knowledge of formal multiplication and in Literacy we will be writing our own traditional tales.
Homework packs have been sent out and I’d be grateful for your support in making sure the children practise their times tables regularly and read for at least 20 minutes every evening.
It was lovely to see many of you at the class meeting earlier this week. If you were unable to make it and would like notes from the session, please ask your child to request a copy from me. The children are making great progress with writing explanation texts. They have pretended to be recruitment officers for Rainforest Incorporated and written job adverts using generalisers. They have also written super book reviews using conjunctions to show cause and effect. In Maths they had great fun solving a puzzle where rounding numbers led to a secret code enabling them to escape from a spooky funfair! In PE, Year 5 have began to build their own Haka dance putting words and actions together. They have been very creative!
I hope you have restful weekends!
We have had a lovely week in Year 5 and are working hard to learn all about Explanation texts. We have consolidated our knowledge of place value over the past 3 weeks and are now moving on to formal addition and subtraction. The children particularly impressed me with their artwork this week, producing some detailed sketches of flowers and grasses with their growth mindsets firmly in place! In music, we are focused on the song ‘Don’t stop believin” and it was fantastic to have 5 of the children bring in their own musical instruments (3 guitarists, a recorder player and a drummer) to accompany our singing.
Hope you all have a great weekend (despite the slightly pessimistic weather forecast!)
The children have thoroughly impressed me this week with their positive attitude towards learning and their enthusiasm to embrace a growth mindset. This has stood them in good stead whilst exploring numbers to a million (ordering, comparing, multiplying) and writing descriptive and narrative poetry. We also started our music unit this week, looking at the song “Don’t stop believin'” with the children demonstrating that everyone can sing and enjoy music!
I hope you have restful weekends,
I hope you all had an enjoyable summer break!
It was so lovely to welcome the children to Year 5 this morning. They were full of enthusiasm and excitement! We started the day with an outdoor game and then thought about our Classroom Promises. Next on the agenda was the launch of our new topic ‘Rainforests’. The children used books to research some of the features of a rainforest and then created ‘rainforest boxes’ in small groups for our display. We finished the day with some maths activities around place value.
I was so proud of all the children yesterday as we visited Chiltern Open Air Museum for our ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ day. Every museum staff member we met praised the children, describing them as ‘delightful’ and ‘beautifully behaved’. First, they experienced what the Blitz would have been like. They then visited Mr Tom in his cottage (polishing brass, cleaning shoes and exploring the concept of an outdoor toilet!). Next, they crossed the Green to see Mrs Brant in her 1940s prefab with running water and electricity. They helped her with her washing and played some 1940s children’s games. Finally, the children were immersed in a 1940s school room, using slates and fountain pens with ink wells. They were all shocked at how strict the school room was! Pictures are in the Year 5 Gallery – here are a couple below!
We have had such a busy few weeks I can hardly believe half term is upon us. The children have thoroughly enjoyed their Space topic and have really impressed me with their inquisitive minds and curious questions. Their final piece of writing this half term was a non-chronological report based on their own invented planets. They showed fantastic use of the language features of such a report as well as superb creativity when imagining their planets.
We have benefited from an experienced Rounders coach who has really challenged the children to play their absolute best, significantly improving both their batting and fielding skills. And Year 5 continues to go from strength to strength when completing their Mile A Day.
After half term, we will focus on World War II as our topic and are very much looking forward to our school trip to immerse ourselves in life in the 1940s.
I hope you all have a restful half term.
After a beautiful Bank Holiday weekend, we were lucky enough that the sun stayed with us into the school week. The children have thoroughly enjoyed our sunny Rounders lessons where some fantastic fielding and impressive batting could be seen. We have also made a start with our gardening plot, in which we are creating a Victory Garden to tie in with our World War II theme next half term (when we hope our vegetables and herbs will be harvested). The children have worked their socks off creating their Journey stories in literacy, drafting and re-drafting their work to show off their ambitious vocabulary and editing skills. Maths has seen us move on from decimals to Angles and the children have had fun exploring protractors and measuring angles around the classroom.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!