21/9/18

We hope your child had a wonderful time at the Michael Rosen seminar on Monday. We thought it was absolutely marvellous!

This week we have built upon the children’s understanding of language used in poetry. We learnt about similes, metaphors, alliteration and personification. The children identified these features in poems about the moon and then practised writing their own lines using these techniques. They then used these ideas to draft a poem about the moon. We spent a lesson on editing our poem to refine the ideas and language used so that their poem could be improved. The children worked extremely hard and have written very good poems they can be proud of.

In Maths we have continued to focus on rounding numbers to the nearest 100 and 1000. We learnt about how rounding is used for estimation and this is a skill we would use in everyday life. We applied this to rounding a number so that we could add and subtract two numbers together to get an approximate amount. At the end of the week, we moved on to multiplying numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. We emphasised that the value of each digit in the number increases 10, 100, 1000 times respectively which can be seen when we write the numbers on a place value chart to represent this process.

In our topic lesson, we have learnt about day and night and why or how this happens. The children needed to explain the movement of the Earth and not be confused with using the words rotate and orbit. We also then discussed the question of Why do we have seasons? The children found out about the rotation, the orbit and tilt of the Earth on its axis in relation to how this affects the seasons here and in different parts of the world.

We will be sending out homework this week. We would like to remind you that homework will alternate between the Homework Menu and Word Study Activities. This week we would like the children to complete a Word Study Activity to help them learn some words from the year 5/6 statutory word list. This will be at the back of the learning log book. Each week the learning log will need to be returned to school on Tuesday.

14/9/18

Thank you to those who came to the open evening on Wednesday. It was lovely to see you and be able to have a catch up on how your child has settled into Year 5 so far.

In English we have continued to develop our descriptive writing based on the book Man on the Moon. The children used the thesaurus to find synonyms and used good examples of descriptive sentences to help them to create their own. After writing their first day on Mars we looked for areas that could be improved on by editing their writing and up levelling parts of their work.

In Maths we are still focusing on place value of numbers with up to 7 digits. We used our understanding of the value of digits to order and sequence numbers in ascending and descending order. The children looked at numbers that were in a sequence and had to identify the pattern or rule that would enable them to find the next number in the sequence. We have also begun to look at rounding numbers with up to 7 digits to the nearest hundred and thousand.

We have enjoyed learning about the relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth. We learnt the definition of words- satellite, orbit, axis and rotate. We demonstrated physically how the moon orbits the Earth whilst together they orbit the Sun. The children created a simple model that they could use to demonstrate their understanding. We discussed how this relates to the hours in the day, day and night and 365 days in a year.

The children are excited about Monday 17th when they go to see Michael Rosen at The Curve. We have been watching videos and reading poems by him in the past two weeks. They have been very entertaining! Please remember that everyone will need a packed lunch to take with them to eat at the venue.

We would like to remind you that the homework project on creating a timeline for an adult family member is due in on Tuesday 18th September. We will be using this in our English unit on biographies.

 

7/9/18

The children have settled very well into Year 5 and have worked very hard this week.

In English we have begun with our Earth and Space topic by reading Man on the Moon and using this as a basis for developing our descriptive writing. We consolidated the children’s understanding and use of expanded noun phrases to describe the moon, Bob (the main character) and space. In addition to this, we discussed how sentences could be further develop using adverbial phrases. The children produced a descriptive paragraph detailing their ‘experience’ as a man/woman in space.

In Maths we are focusing on place value of numbers with up to 7 digits. We practised reading and writing numbers in numerals and in words. It was important for the children to recognise the value of each digit in order for them to read and write the number correctly. Being secure in their understanding of number will be crucial to ordering and comparing numbers.

Our first lesson of Science was on the question ‘How do we know the Earth is spherical?’ We discovered that before anyone set foot into space, Aristotle and Eratosthenes could prove that the Earth is Spherical. The children carried out an activity to demonstrate a boat sailing towards or over the horizon will dis/appear gradually which was an observation made thousands of years ago that led to the understanding of our planet Earth. We also learnt about the relative size and distance between the Earth, sun and the moon. We did this by using different objects and carrying out a practical activity outside.

We will be sending a learning log book home with your child this week with an activity that will be linked with our next English unit of work – biographies. It is a project on creating a timeline for an adult family member. It should include key events in the adult’s life so far so that your child can use this to write a biography on them. Thank you for your assistance.

After this project, there will be a menu of homework and spelling activities that we would like your child to complete on alternate weeks. One week, your child should choose a homework activity from the front of their learning log and complete it for Tuesday. The next week, we would like you to support your child in learning the year 5/6 statutory words by completing a word study activity in the back of their book for Tuesday. We would like the children to continue to alternate between the homework menu and word study activity for the remainder of this term.

We ask that you continue to support your child in learning and practising their times tables. They can continue to use their Times Table Rockstars account. We will be testing the children periodically on all the times table to ensure they are fluent and able to recall the multiplication and division facts quickly. Likewise, we will be testing the children on the statutory words every term.

The children read daily at school and will take part in a guided reading session with the teacher once a week. Each day, the children will have a chance to change their book by visiting the library. We hope that you and your child can make the most of every opportunity to read at home and enjoy reading together.

 

 

 

31/8/18

We hope you had a great summer. It has been good to see how enthusiastic the children have been upon their return to school.

We would like to inform you that PE will be on Wednesday afternoons and swimming will be on Thursday mornings. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit for each day.

Each child has now chosen a library book for their home reading and we encourage the children to read as often as possible throughout the week. In school, we will be reading daily and therefore we kindly ask that the children bring their books in each day.

There will be no homework this week. We will give out further details next week.

We would like to remind you about our trip to the Curve theatre to see Michael Rosen on Monday 17th September. We are very excited about the trip which will be a great experience for the children.  All the children will need a packed lunch on this day.

We look forward to working with you in supporting your child’s learning and well-being throughout the year.

 

7/7/18

In English this week, we have created a leaflet about our British Values that builds upon the performance and workshop led by Caboodle Arts Company. The children have shown a thorough understanding of the five British Values, what they mean and examples of what they look like in our everyday lives.

In maths, we have continued relating percentages to decimals and fractions. The children have begun to apply this to solving problems to find percentages of number and real life situations.

We have been learning about Plants and Living Things as part of our science. We began with parts of a plant and flower which led to a lesson on identifying the stages of the life cycle of a plant. We discussed these key words relating to the different stages of a flower’s life cycle: germination, growth, pollination, fertilisation and seed dispersal. We then moved on to looking at the life cycle of mammals.

On Tuesday, we had a fantastic day at Robert Smyth Academy. The children enjoyed a variety of activities and were very enthusiastic in participating with what was on offer. As always, the children were a credit to Meadowdale and behaved exceptionally well. We were even praised for our outstanding singing of Consider Yourself from the musical Oliver!

Throughout this year, we have tried hard to promote the love of reading and give the children every opportunity to enjoy going to the library, reading a variety of books and discuss what they have read. We hope that in the summer holidays the children can continue with this enthusiasm and read as much as they can. To assist with this, when your child goes into Year 6 on Monday and Tuesday next week for their transition, they will choose a book from their reading corner to take home to enjoy over the holidays.

On Monday, your child will be dismissed from the Year 6 classrooms at the front of the school. On Tuesday your child will start their day in Year 6 so they will need to enter by the same fire exit doors.

 

29/6/18

We have had a fantastic week celebrating Armed Forces Day with assemblies and various activities led by members of the Reserve Forces and Sea Cadets. Year 5s really enjoyed creating a 2D person wearing camouflage using natural materials found on the school grounds. Rowan class developed their teamwork skills, resilience and problem solving by building a bridge with just newspaper and sticky tape as well as building the tallest tower using just spaghetti and marshmallows. It was great fun! The children showed creativity, good communication skills and perseverance. Cedar were set a rowing challenge where they had to work as a team to complete a set distance on rowing machines. They will be completing their bridge building challenge next week. In addition to this, Mr Blyth and Mr Probert created an assault course and physical challenge for the children to conquer which the children really enjoyed.

In English, the children wrote a recount about the Battle of Bosworth. They used their research and preparation work from last week to help them plan and write an interesting recount as a knight on the battlefield. We are very pleased with the work that has been produced. In addition, this week, we have started to plan and create a leaflet about our British Values that builds upon the performance and workshop led by Caboodle Arts Company last week.

In maths, the children have started to learn about percentage. We have begun to introduce the understanding of percentage as ‘out of 100’ and relating it to fractions and decimals. We will continue with this next week.

On Friday, we went to Welland Park Academy to take part in a challenge day where the children took part in science, design and technology, ICT and/or P.E lessons. The children had a brilliant day and were an absolute credit to Meadowdale School. We were very proud of them.

What a busy week!

 

22/6/18

In English, the children have written their story that they planned last week. We were able to see the children apply independently many language features that were taught this year in their work. Then we moved onto researching information about knights, weaponry and the Battle of Bosworth. This is in preparation for the recount that the children will be writing in first person as Richard III or Henry Tudor next week. We watched a battle re-enactment so that the children could generate vocabulary relating to what they would see and hear. We discussed the use of synonyms for verbs and adverbs that describe the action.
This week in maths, we have continued to learn about ratio. The children have been encouraged to solve problems by drawing a bar model as well as using the symbolic form of dividing by the largest common factor. Problems involved finding the missing amount when given a ratio and finding a missing amount or total in order to find the ratio.
On Thursday, Caboodle Arts Company delivered an engaging and informative performance to key stage 2 about British Values. It was great! We took part in two workshops that included different activities and games, which demonstrated the different values that make Great Britain great. The children had a very enjoyable morning. This will support them in their non- chronological report writing where they will be creating a leaflet about British Values to inform others who are unfamiliar to this.

15/6/18

In English, we have continued to look at the book called The Red Prince. We have developed our descriptive writing by practising how to build up tension by contrasting descriptions between paragraphs. We have also learnt about how to link paragraphs by focusing on the first and last sentence as well as linking sentences within paragraphs for more cohesion. The children have planned their own story based on the structure of The Red Prince and we hope to see the children apply all the learning from the past few weeks in their story next week.

This week in maths, we have continued to learn about ratio. We have learnt how to find equivalent ratios and find ratios in its simplest form. In order to find the ratios in its simplest form, we encouraged the children to list down the factors of both numbers to identify the largest common factor. After this, the children can divide the numbers by this common factor to simplify the ratio. The children applied this to problems and also 3 part ratio.

In topic, the children have finished the first draft of their coat of arms. They have redrafted their design and have completed their final design of their coat of arms. The children have been very careful and thoughtful with their sketching of animals and symbols that they feel represent them. We are very proud of their work.

There will be no learning log homework this week.

A reminder that the consent slips needs to be returned for your child to attend the Welland Park Academy Challenge Day on Friday 22nd June and Robert Smyth Academy Experience Day on 3rd July.

Next week, key stage 2 will be watching a performance about British Values led by Caboodle Arts Company in school. The year 5 children will then take part in workshops to learn more about each value for the rest of the morning. We are really looking forward to this.

 

8/6/18

We have had a very busy week with sports afternoon and our trip to the Richard III Visitor Centre. Congratulations to the winning house, Brimstone and well done to everybody for taking part and doing their best during our sports afternoon. The children were a credit to Meadowdale during our trip on Thursday. We had such a busy day of exploring the upstairs and downstairs exhibition as well as taking part in two workshops. The children were engaged and keen to take part and behaved exceptionally well throughout. There was so much to take in! If you are able to, you could visit Leicester Cathedral to look at the tomb of Richard III and find out even more there as it is free entry.

In English, we have started to look at a book called The Red Prince. We have looked at examples of compound and complex sentences in the text and have used this as stimulus for developing our descriptive writing. We focused on writing phrases and different subordinating clauses i.e relative clauses, adverbial phrases, prepositional phrases. We then extended these phrases into complete sentences by adding a main clause to create a complex sentence. The children wrote a paragraph describing a setting from The Red Prince using these sentences containing these language features.

This week in maths, we began learning about ratio. We looked at how groups of objects are described and represented as a ratio. We will continue with this next week.

In topic, we have discovered that King Richard III made many new laws that benefited England, especially the poor. Many of the laws enabled a fairer justice system and ensured that the poor and the innocent were not taken advantage of. Initially, none of the children believed Richard would have done this for England due to the many myths and conspiracies that surround his earlier actions and negative portrayal by William Shakespeare so many children were very surprised to learn of the good that he did for the people, which still exists today.

We have also looked at Richard’s Coat of Arms and learnt about different images and colours that were used by people to represent their family or character. The children have designed their own coat of arms by planning carefully what symbols represent them.

 

 

 

 

25/5/18

This week in English the children have finished redrafting their newspaper reports by setting them out in columns and including a picture and caption. We are very proud of the work the children have produced and we can see the hard work and effort they have put into their presentation. We have also focused on punctuation and grammar this week. We consolidated our learning of the use of apostrophes and then learnt about the perfect tense form of verbs in sentences as well as how suffixes can change the way root words are used in sentences.

Following on from last week’s maths lessons, we looked at how data is represented on a line graph. We practised looking at the title, labels and other information on a graph to help us understand the data and summarise what the data is showing. Then, we looked at different line and straight line graphs to interpret the data.

In topic, we explored the evidence relating to who killed the two princes. There were three suspects that the children had to consider by working in groups to discuss the motives, evidence for and against the guilt of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, Henry Tudor and Sir James Tyrell. Again, the children were lively in their discussion and many conspiracy theories were shared which led to many interesting questions and answers.

Please continue to support your child in listening to them read and practising their times table facts. Many thanks!

There is no homework set for this week.