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. 

25/1/19

In English, we have been looking closely at different types of persuasive texts. We looked at a leaflet, advertisement poster and a letter to a head teacher. We discussed the features of these texts and identified them to help us understand how they persuade the audience to change their mind or act in a certain way. We used this knowledge to have a debate with one another about controversial issues such as ‘Under 12s should not be allowed a mobile phone’ and ‘the school day should be extended to 5pm’. The children had to argue for their case using clear points and reasoning. They practised using different sentence openers and connectives such as ‘In my opinion’, ‘I strongly feel that’, ‘As a result’, ‘This will mean that’ and many more. The children then wrote an argument to persuade others to agree or disagree with the statement ‘the school day should be extended to 5pm’.

In maths, we have continued to learn about fractions. This week we have focused on mixed number fractions and improper fractions. The children had to draw representations and use these representations to help them understand how these type of fractions are related. We also built on their knowledge of finding equivalent fractions as well as finding fractions in its simplest form. 

In Geography, we have discussed how field work could be carried out when investigating rivers. The children planned an investigation that would require them to find the depth, width and speed of water flow in different sections of the River Welland. We discussed the possible methods of measuring these different aspects of the river and how to ensure the investigation is fair. 

This week, please support your child in completing a word study activity for homework based on the year 5 word list. 

Have a good weekend,Year 5 Team

18/1/19

This week in English we have started to study the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by focusing on Roald Dahl’s characters. We identified the distinctive features about each one and discussed how Roald Dahl made them memorable and unique. The children then created their own character that would fit into the story as another ticket winner. They wrote a descriptive paragraph that conveyed the character through the use of speech and behaviour. Building on this, they wrote a conversation between the ticket winners at the gate of the chocolate factory focusing in particular on the use voice, adverb and action as a way to convey character when their character is speaking. 

In maths, we have begun to learn about fractions. We recapped what the children should have remembered from previous learning and also reiterated the importance of knowing their multiplication and related division facts. We practised drawing bar models and representations to find fraction of amounts as well as compare fractions and identifying equivalent fractions. We will be continuing with fractions over the next few weeks. 

In Geography, the children learnt about the River Welland. They identified the source, where it flowed through and to. We focused on the section of the river that runs through Market Harborough and the children were able to identify some features such as the meander, a tributary and confluence.

This week we would like the children to choose a homework activity from the menu at the front of their learning log. We encourage your child to continue to practise their spellings if they have time and we ask that you support them by checking the accuracy of their spellings.

11/1/19

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas.

The children have worked really well this week. In English, they have been learning to write formal letters of complaint. Earlier in the week the children looked at example letters and explored the features and structure of them. They have now used this to draft letters of their own which have focused on the use of formal language, sentence starters and connectives.

In maths, we have been learning about negative numbers. We have discussed how negative numbers are used in real life such as temperature and bank accounts. The children have practised reading temperatures, finding the difference between numbers, representing data on a graph and problem solving and reasoning. 

In Geography, the children have had the chance to research rivers around the world and in the UK. They worked in groups to gather information about their given river before presenting all their findings to the class. They were really enthusiastic about this and the presentations were excellent.

As a whole class, we have started to read “Charlie and the Chocolate factory” and we will continue to read this over the coming weeks. The book will be the stimulus for our upcoming English and topic work.

A new menu of homework activities will be sent home this week as well as a new set of spelling words to be learnt over the spring term. This week we would like the children to start by completing a spelling task. It is important that your child still practises spelling words from the autumn term list that they have not yet grasped.

Please also continue to encourage your child to read at home as often as they can.

14/12/18

We have continued to use the picture book Tuesday by David Wiesner as a stimulus for our writing. We focused on the detective that appears at the end of the story and created a profile of his appearance, personality and relationship with his colleagues. We used this to write a paragraph describing the detective at the ‘crime scene’ with the focus on the detective’s character and behaviour. Following on from this, we planned and wrote a story about what the detective would do next in his investigation. The children were very creative with their ideas and enjoyed developing them. As we have learnt about expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbial and relative clauses this term, the children have been encouraged to use these devices in their work to further develop the description in their story. 

In maths, we have learnt about and carried out investigations on prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers. The children enjoyed the open ended investigations and activities that allowed them to deepen their understanding and explore the properties of numbers even more. 

This geography we have learnt about the journey of a river from source to sea. The children discovered the features of a river and practised describing these different features using a diagram. They then applied what they had learnt by drawing a river and including the labels: source, confluence, tributaries, meander, ox bow lake, delta, flood plains and mouth.  

On Friday 14ththe children were tested on their Autumn Spelling Words from the back of their learning log. We have indicated which words they were able to spell correctly and ask you to support your child in practising words they have not yet learnt securely as homework this week.

7/12/18

This week the children came in to school one day to find the classroom covered in lily pads. They were on the walls, display boards and all around the classroom! This was based on the picture book Tuesday by David Wiesner who has described the strange occurrence of flying animals (in this case, frogs) every Tuesday evening. The children took on the role of news reporters and journalists who were keen to solve the mystery of the lily pads as well as playing the role of an eyewitnesses who shared their suspicions and stories.

We have taken each page of this picture book and practised using expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, relative clauses and speech punctuation to write the text to describe each scene. They have also written a first person account as a witness and also wrote a conversation between neighbours.

In maths, we have learnt about multiples, common multiples, factors, common factors and prime numbers. The children carried out problem solving and reasoning tasks to apply and further explore what they already know. We have also continued with journaling our learning by writing definitions and explanations.

This week we started our geography topic on Rivers. We explored some of the vocabulary that relates to the different parts of a river, which we will consolidate as the unit continues. We also learnt about the different stages of the water cycle and gave the children the opportunity to describe it in the form of a story.

Please support your child in completing an activity from the homework menu in their learning log this week to be returned by next Tuesday.