24/5/19

Dear Parent/Carer,

This week, the Fire Service came to deliver a talk on Fire Safety to both classes. Please have a chat with your child about what they have learnt. 

In maths, we have begun to look at units of measure. We have discussed how to convert from metres to centimetres, kilometres to metres, kilograms to grams and litres to millimetres. We revisited multiplying by 100 and 1000 in order to convert between these units of measure. We consolidated our understanding of the place value system. This unit of work will continue after half term. 

In English, we have used another short animation film called Lighthouse as a stimulus for our writing. We discussed the message of the film, how tension was built throughout and also discussed the feelings of the different characters in the story. The children have written a descriptive paragraph about the main plot of the film and also described the events and feelings from each character’s perspective. 

We had a great afternoon on Tuesday! We learnt about the food that the Aztecs ate and how different and similar it is to our diet today. The children enjoyed an Aztec feast where they were invited to try many different types of food to give them a taste of the Aztec diet. We had pears, pineapples, sweetcorn, avocado, pulse bean stew, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, chillies, turkey, hotdog, tortilla crisp and tortilla wraps. We were so impressed with the children’s willingness to try foods perhaps they hadn’t eaten before or were not keen on. We also created an Aztec menu that included starters, mains and desserts. 

On Friday afternoon, the children created an Aztec exhibition to display what they have learnt and created during our learning of this topic. They worked hard to prepare presentations, quizzes and displays. Different classes across the school came to visit and view the exhibition. What a brilliant celebration of their learning!

There is no homework this week. Have a lovely half term break.

17/5/19

In maths, we have continued our learning about shape by focusing on perimeter and area. The children have learnt the difference between the two and practised drawing and finding the perimeter and area of rectangles. We also challenged the children to solve problems and find perimeters and areas of compound shapes. 

In English we have continued to use the film, The Birthday Boy as a stimulus for writing. The children produced a piece of descriptive writing based on the character’s flashback to the events in the war. They then learnt about the features of a newspaper and planned a report about the events of the Korean War specifically relating to the village and character in the film. The children discussed possible headlines, images that could be used and the captions for these as well as think about quotes that the character might give for the newspaper article. 

We have continued with creating our Aztec masks in our topic work and have used feathers, sequins and gems to decorate them. 

Please support your child in choosing an activity from the homework menu this week. If you are able, please continue to help your child practise the Year 5 spelling words from the lists that were given out in the Autumn and Spring term. 

12/4/19

This week in English we have continued with explanation texts. The children were given a picture of a robot and asked to create functions for different parts of the machine so that it can clean and tidy up a house independently. We then structured their ideas onto a plan which was then used for their writing to introduce and explain how their cleaning robot worked. We are really pleased with the outcome of their writing. The children were very engaged and demonstrated the use of time connectives, causal connectives and an element of persuasive language in their written explanation.

In maths, we started the week with recognising regular and irregular polygons. We then moved onto looking at different type of angles- right angle, acute, obtuse, straight line and reflex, and related it to their measurement in degrees. We used this knowledge to look at angles in shape and went on to calculating missing angles in quadrilaterals and triangles. 

In our topic work, Rowan class have spent a lesson researching about Aztec religion and the gods they believed in. Both classes will continue with our topic after the holidays. 

We managed to finish reading Holes by Louis Sachar this week and the children enjoyed watching the film to make a comparison between the book and the film. 

On Friday, Mr Harcombe who teaches computing at a high school came in to further develop the children’s programming skills using Scratch. We were very grateful for this opportunity and have learnt so much. 

There is no homework this week but we hope that the children will continue to read, practise their times table using Times Table Rockstars and their spellings which are listed in their reading record. 

5/4/19

This week in English our focus has been on explanation texts. We have looked at many examples of explanation texts and identified the features of them.  We first practised explaining how a school day works by using time connectives and some causal connectives to help expand our points. Then we researched information on Aztec sacrifices and planned and wrote an explanation about this religious practice in the Aztec religion. The children included details that answered questions on why, what and how these sacrifices were performed.

Throughout this week, we have reminded the children about using causal connectives to explain their points by using sentence starters or phrases such as Because of this, Consequently, therefore, so, which. 

In maths, we have started our unit on geometry and have focused on three dimensional shapes and their properties. We related drawings of shapes to nets of 3D shapes and explored drawing our own nets for a variety of shapes using our knowledge of the number faces and shape of faces. With this knowledge, we also sorted shapes according to their properties on Venn diagrams.

This week’s homework is to practise the spellings using the word study activities. We will be testing the children on the list of spring term words next week. 

Information regarding Cedar Class. After the Easter holidays, a student teacher will be teaching alongside Mr Ilersic for the summer term. Mrs Connell will be in to work with Mr Ilersic before the new term begins to prepare and to ensure a smooth transition.

29/3/19

It has been Science Week in Year 5 this week. We have been learning about forces specifically relating to gravity, resistance and friction. We had interesting discussions and demonstrations about gravity and resistance as well as explore the question of why objects fall at different speeds. The children developed their own enquiry for an investigation to find out whether the size, material and length of string affects air resistance on a falling parachute. The children really enjoyed planning, making and carrying out their experiment. They recorded their results and drew conclusions about what makes the best parachute. In addition to this, we explored water resistance by making boats with different shaped hulls and timed how long it took to travel a certain distance. To end the week, we explored friction between different objects and surfaces. We carried out an investigation to find out which surface had more or less friction by measuring how much force was needed to pull/slide an object across it. 
It has been a brilliant week of working scientifically through enquiry, observation, accurate measuring and recording as well as making conclusions that relate to our knowledge of forces. 
In maths, we have continued to learn about percentages. We began with finding percentages from amounts given as a fraction. For example, Fred spent £5 of his £20 pocket money. What percentage of his pocket money did he spend? So 5/20 = 25/100 = 25%. After consolidating our understanding of percent means out of 100 we then used this to find percentages of an amount. For example, Fred spent 30% of £200. How much did he spend? So 200 ÷ 100 = 2 which means 1%  = 2. To find 30%, 2×30 = 60 therefore 30% of 200 is £60. 

This week’s homework is choosing an activity from the homework menu.

15/3/19

In English we have started our new unit of work which is Discussion Texts. The children have read some examples and identified the structure and features in a discussion piece. We then asked the children to think about the question ‘Should animals be kept in zoos?’ and construct a list of for and against arguments for this discussion piece. The children were given statistics and arguments from different sources to help them to plan the discussion piece that they then wrote. We focused on using various sentence starters that made new points and introduced a different point of view. 

In maths, we have learnt how to multiply proper fractions and understand what that means. We started by drawing models to represent that multiplying fractions is the same as finding a fraction of another fraction. We then finished the week with some problem solving activities then required the children to apply the knowledge they have learnt over the past few weeks on fractions. 

We started out history topic this week on the Aztecs. We found out when the Aztec civilisation existed and where this fitted into our understanding of other empires’ existence. We also related the key events in the Aztec period to events in our English history of Kings and Queens. Then, we looked at the geographical landscape and climate of where the Aztecs settled and we compared this to where the Mayans settled a few hundred years before them. 

This week’s homework is choosing an activity from the Homework Menu. 

8/2/19

The highlight of this week was making the chocolates and its packaging that the children have put a lot of effort in designing and creating. We hope your child enjoyed eating their chocolate creation and you were able to have a nibble too! 

To make the chocolates, the children melted bars of chocolate and then carefully placed it into moulds with their chosen ingredients. After setting in the fridge overnight, the children were able to wrap up them up and place them into the packaging that they had made. The packaging that the children made this week was based on their prototype but with changes and improvements. The children showed creativity and perseverance throughout this process and I hope they are proud of the result. 

As we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday, we have spent the week studying a book called The Sad Night by Sally Schofer Matthews. It is a true story based on an Aztec victory and a Spanish loss which links nicely to our next topic on the Aztecs. We used drama and role play to help us understand the events and feelings in this story. The children wrote a conversation between King Moctezuma and his Chief Warrior concerning the arrival of Hernan Cortes. Also, we focused on building up tension and causing an impact with long and short sentences in descriptive writing. The children wrote about the fight between the Aztecs and Spaniards as well as a recount of the loss from a Spaniards perspective. 

In maths, we have applied our knowledge of adding and subtracting fractions to word problems. We have practised drawing models to represent the problem but also using our understanding of converting fractions into decimals to help us present our answer. 

This week’s homework is practising the words form the spelling list using the word study activities. If you are able, please support your child in checking the spellings from the autumn term list and practise any words they are unsure of. 

15/2/19

This week has been Science Week! 

We have been learning about Properties of Materials and Changing States.

We began with the definition of physical properties of different materials such as, rigid, permeable, and opaque. The children were able to identify objects and materials with these properties. Then we learnt about the different states: solid, liquid and gas. We found out about the differences between these states and how the particles behave in different ways. Following this, we explored how some materials or substances can change states and these changes can be reversible or irreversible. Many examples were used to help the children to understand and relate this to their everyday life. We made toast, melted chocolate which was then left to set, cooked an egg, inflated a balloon using just bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and made a salt solution that was left over night. The children were very enthusiastic in discussing whether these changes were reversible and irreversible. Finally, we ended our science week with an investigation on mixtures and solutions. We learnt the words insoluble, soluble, dissolve and solution by demonstrating how some mixtures can be separated and some cannot.

In maths, we have learnt how to use long division to help us with converting fractions into decimals. To begin with, we refreshed our knowledge on decimals and how this relates to fractions; tenths, hundredths, and thousandths. We learnt to divide the numerator by the denominator to find the decimal using long division. We also practised rounding our answer to 2 decimal places and checking with a calculator. 

We have been very creative in design and technology. The children have finalised their chocolate they would like to make and have also drawn the design for their packaging. The have thought very carefully about the name, slogan and images they will use and how best to arrange this on their packaging. After half term, they will make a prototype of their packaging.  

There is no homework set this week. However, if you are able, we encourage the children to read as much as they can and practise the year 5 spelling words from the list that is printed at the front of their reading record book. 

8/2/19

The children are really enjoying our English work on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and design and technology work on chocolate!

We have been reading Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and realised we do not find out what happens to Violet Beauregard when she is rolled away. Therefore, we have spent the week planning and writing the missing chapter titled ‘What becomes of Violet Beauregard.’ Again, we have emphasised on using expanded noun phrases to describe the setting, adverbial phrases and varying sentence structure to include relative clauses and speech punctuation. 

In our design and technology lesson, we looked at shapes of different packages. The children explored different nets and made various 3D shapes to help them decide on the box they would use for their chocolates. We discussed how the panels could be used for their name, logo, slogan and other information and where the lid should be. We will be moving on to designing their packaging and making a prototype in the coming weeks. 

In maths, we have associated fractions with division and used this to convert improper fractions to mixed number fractions. We also refreshed our understanding of the short division method and used our times table knowledge to help us. Please encourage your child to use the Time Table Rockstars website to improve their recall of multiplication and division facts. 

The homework this week is to practise the year 5 spelling words using the word study activities. If possible, please practise these spellings in manageable chunks throughout the week so that they are mastered. Thank you for your support. 

1/2/19

In English we have returned to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and focused on descriptive writing and characterisation. We expected the children to use expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials and relative clauses when describing Charlie entering into the Chocolate Room. Then the children planned their own inventing room and the machine that produced a new chocolate or sweet of their imagination. We considered using verbs and adverbs, which could further develop their writing by describing the movements of the machine and action in the room. The children really enjoyed coming up with their own ideas and applying it to their descriptive writing of the room. 

This relates to our topic work – design and technology. We began by looking at different packages of chocolate and sweets. We identified how they were appealing in terms of its colour, design and shape as well as discussed each product’s target market due to its design. After this, we looked at the brand names and slogans of well-known products and discussed how they were appropriate and relevant to what the product was and the message it wanted to promote. The children then came up with names for their own chocolate that they would make and a matching slogan. In addition, they developed their logos by choosing a font, shape and colour scheme. The children were very creative and engaged throughout which was great to see. 

In maths, we have continued to learn about fractions. This week we have been learning about how to add and subtract unlike fractions by finding the lowest common multiple. We used what we already learnt about finding equivalent fractions to convert the fractions to the same denominator so that we could add and subtract them. 

This week, please support your child in completing an activity from the homework menu.