Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are now ready for the Summer term.
The Rocket seeds arrived yesterday and we spent this morning planting the seeds. It was very hard to do as the seeds were SO small. We managed to do it though and now we will be checking them every day to see when they start to grow.
We had great fun planting the seeds. Check out some of the photos below:
All photos can be found in year 5’s gallery.
Keep checking back for updates on how the seeds are growing!
This half term children will be exploring story structure using a story from another culture. Dragon Slayer, which is an adventure story set in China, provides a very exciting model for the children to explore using pace and suspense to add excitement to their narratives.
Suggestions for wider reading:
Our non-fiction focus this half term links to the Dragon Slayer story and the children will be introduced to non-chronological reports through ‘A field guide for Ogre watchers’.
In numeracy we have been learning lots of new hard things. We have been looking at finding percentages of amounts and we are all getting really good at finding 50%, 25% and 75%. We have started finding 10% and will be working towards finding lots of other percentages of amounts including money!
Get your parents to help you with your times tables too as we all know how important these are and how they help us in everything we do in numeracy.
In science we are finding out about life cycles. We will be looking at the life cycles of plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and insects.
Last week we went on a trip to the E-Zone to visit Guy and start our learning about life cycles. The children really enjoyed the day.
Check out the year 5 gallery for more photos.
In History this term we are learning about Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The children are really looking forwards to starting this topic. Ask them what they have learnt so far.
We are going to be embarking on an ‘out of this world’ educational project in Year 5 and we are all SO excited about it!!
The project is called Rocket Science and it is going to give us a chance to learn how science in space contributes to our knowledge of life on earth.
Two kilograms of rocket seeds took off from Florida bound for the International Space Station, in December 2015, as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s six-month mission. After several months on board, the seeds will be sent back and will land in the Pacific Ocean in the spring of 2016. After they return to the UK, they will be packaged up with identical seeds that have stayed on earth.
Miss. Garner applied for the seeds for our class so we could take part in this wonderful experiment and our application was successful!! All we have to do now is wait for the seeds to come back down out of space!
Keep watching this space for updates on what we are doing with these seeds.
We had an absolutely brilliant time on our trip to the Space Centre in Leicester before half term. It was fascinating wondering around all of the exhibits and seeing the things we have been learning about in action. We even saw rockets!! One of the best bits was taking a tour of the night sky, it's amazing what you can see up there!!! Ask your children if they can point out some of the constellations to you and tell you the story behind them.
Here are some of the photos from our day at the Space Centre (more can be seen on the galleries page).
Our non-fiction unit for Literacy and Language was persuasive writing this half term. We had to write persuasive argument either for or against the new Denton residue complex. The children had some fantastic ideas and produced some good persuasive arguments. To back up their arguments they created fantastic PowerPoint presentations which they then used to present their argument to the rest of the class.
Here are some photos of the children presenting their arguments to the class (the rest of the pictures can be found on our gallery page).
We would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and a fantastic holiday.
In Year 5 we are all ready to start the new year and show what brilliant learners we can be.
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In Maths we will be looking at angles, decimal numbers, converting between units of measure, fractions and much, much more.
Please continue to help your children learn their times tables at home and encourage them to complete their homework which will help cement their learning in school.
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Literacy and Language.
During these sessions we are going to be reading poetry. At the end of the unit we are going to write our own poems, which we are all looking forward to.
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This term we will be travelling around the UK and the rest of the world. The children will be using maps, atlases and globes to locate the United Kingdom and other countries to look at human and physical geography around the world.
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This half term we will be learning all about space in our new science topic ‘Earth, Sun & Moon’. We will be venturing out into space to learn all about the planets, our orbit of the sun and much more.
Welcome back to school. We hope all of you had a lovely summer break and are now ready to get back to learning.
Working with Year 5 this year are Miss. Garner and Mrs. Smith.
Scroll down for more information about what we will be up to in Year 5 this term…
Our first literacy focus this half term is a Greek myth called Prometheus and Pandora. This links in nicely with our history topic on Ancient Greece. We will be studying lots of other Greek myths this term as well as looking at some longer texts that relate to the topic - one of which is Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This text is available to borrow from most libraries or can be bought from bookshops or online.
To support their learning children should be reading some of the following titles…
In Year 5 we will be focusing on the 6x, 7x, 8x and 12x tables. Some children can already recall these facts but they all need to be able to recall them as fast as they can recall their own name. Therefore we will be practicing these lots in the classroom but if you practice with your child at home it will help to build their confidence and skills.
On Thursday 17th September Year 5 will be going to the e-zone at Roberts Primary to take part in an activity called Sewage Soup! Children will be completing a Severn Trent Water activity. The story highlights the journey of a drop of water through the water cycle. Children explore how water is used in their daily lives and how they can consume it more sparingly. Children discuss where sewage comes from. They create a sewage soup and then learn about filtering and straining to clean up the water. This links in with our science topic this term on reversible and irreversible changes.
We are also going to take the opportunity while at this wonderful location to do some orienteering and dan building.
Check back for lots of photos of the children taking part in this activity.
P.E. will be every Tuesday. A big thank you to all parents who have provided their child with a new P.E. kit for this term.
Planners will be sent home every Friday. These are a valuable tool for parent/school communication. Please take the time to read and fill in your child's planner every week.
Homework will be given out when it fits in with what the children have been learning in class. They will have, on average, one piece of homework per week. Children will be instructed when it will need to be in by and they will record this in their planners as well.