16/11/18

In English, we are very excited about a project that has started across the school. We are studying William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. The children have been brilliant in expressing their emotions through drama and have begun to identify the themes in the story by analysing quotes taken from the play. The children have enjoyed creating freeze frames of key scenes in the play to learn more about the story. This will lead to a screening of the play on Wednesday next week.

In maths, we have focused on the multiplication method. We started by multiplying 3 digit numbers by 1 digit number and then moved on to 2 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers. The children practised using the columnar method and tried hard to be accurate in the multiple steps that were required. After this, we also practised multiplying a 3 digit number by a 2 digit number.

Please support your child in practising their times tables at home.

This week the school has focused on Anti Bullying. In the afternoons, we have been learning about how we can be Defenders in order to stop a bullying situation from starting or continuing. The children have been thoughtful and keen on how they can make a difference.

Please support your child in completing at least one word study activity in their learning log this week to be returned by next Tuesday.

 

9/11/18

In English, we have focused on writing dialogue. We started by looking at speech punctuation and how speech should be set out. We then moved on to using voice, adverbs and actions that can be part of writing dialogue in order to convey character and behaviour. For example, “Are you sure this is the right way?” muttered Jack quietly as he looked around at the unfamiliar houses.  We have continued to use the book The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore as a basis for dialogue between characters.

In maths, we have focused on written methods for subtraction. The children calculated subtraction problems using the written columnar method and then also practised checking their work using the inverse (addition). We then related this to real life problems. We focused on reading the word problems carefully and to understand the ‘story’ within it so we could identify the operation required and whether there was more than one step.  For example, some children would misunderstand this word problem and carry out an addition calculation by adding the two numbers together instead of subtracting them away from each other to find the difference. John read 3415 pages of his book and Rose read 3190 pages of her book. How many more pages did John read than Rose?

In topic, we looked at the invisible lines that define areas/sections of our planet. We learnt about lines of longitude and latitude, Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn, the Equator and Prime Meridian or Greenwich Meridian. The children used their understanding of coordinates using the lines of longitude and latitude to locate different places around the world.

Please support your child in completing an activity from the homework menu in their learning log this week to be returned by Tuesday 13thNovember. We hope that the children are still consolidating their times tables knowledge as next week in maths we will be focusing on multiplication and division.

 

2/11/18

This week the children had visits from the Fire Service and NSPCC charity to remind the children on Staying Safe.

We hope you enjoy any Bonfire and Fireworks event that you may be attending and the children can remember the message and advice given by the Fire Service on being considerate and staying safe at these events.

The NSPCC came to Year 5 and delivered a workshop. It reminded the children that they have a right to speak out and stay safe. They also touched on e-safety and staying safe online by reminding the children that should be watching and playing age appropriate videos and games as well as not chatting to strangers online.

In English, we have begun to study a book called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by W.E. Joyce. It is a book that has been made into an Academy Award winning short film which you can find on YouTube if you would like to watch it. We have discussed the themes and the possible message that the author is trying to get across through this wonderful story. We also have spent time on recapping relative clauses and expanded noun phrases to help improve our descriptive writing about a hurricane scene at the beginning of the story.

In maths, we have focused on written methods for addition. The children have solved missing number problems by using the inverse to find the missing number and then related this to real life problems. We looked at a variety of word problems and identified the number of steps required, the operation(s) and the most appropriate method for calculation.  They deepened their understanding by creating word problems of their own for each other that required either one step, two step or the need to identify the missing number.

This week we cut and painted the plastic bottles ready for them to be made into poppies. Thank you for your assistance with bringing in the bottles.

Please support your child in completing a Word Study Activityin their learning log this week to be returned by Tuesday 6thOctober.

26/10/18

We hope you had a lovely half term break.

In English, we refreshed the children’s memory on the work they have done on biographies and continued with writing their biography of Neil Armstrong. They were reminded on using different sentence starters and relative pronouns to write relative clauses to create more complex sentences. We are pleased with the outcome of their hard work and hope that this big piece of writing has helped them develop their writing stamina.

In maths, we learnt how to calculate problems with a mixture of all 4 operations. The children understood that if in a calculation there was multiplication or division, this would be carried out first before the addition or subtraction. For example, 54 – 6 x 3 = (the underlined calculation would be carried out first to create 54 – 18 = ). However, when brackets are used, we learnt that the calculation within the brackets need to be calculated first followed by any multiplication or division and then from left to right. We are also consolidating the children’s understanding of using mental and written methods for adding up to 4 digit numbers.

This week in topic we spent time researching about the different planets in our Solar System. The children created posters about a particular planet which will be part of a display in the school corridor. The display will contain photographs of making their mobiles and the trip to the National Space Centre too.

Please support your child in completing an activity from thehomework activity menuin their learning log this week to be returned by Tuesday 30thOctober.

A reminder about bringing in a 2L plastic bottle for our Remembrance Day display. Thank you!

5/10/18

This week in English the children have used their learning logs to help them plan and write a biography about an adult family member. They have organised similar pieces of information in sections to form a plan which then allowed them to write their biography in paragraphs or using sub headings. We have worked hard on identifying different sentence starters and time connectives to help develop coherence in their writing.

This week in reading, we finished the biography of Neil Armstrong and also read further into exactly how the Apollo Mission was carried from Saturn V’s lift off to the astronauts’ landing back on Earth. The children have found this very interesting.

In Maths we began with multiplying by multiples of 1000 and how to use rounding to estimate the product of a 3 and 2 digit number. For example, 216 x 37 ≈ 200 x 40. We then moved on to division and practised dividing by 100, 1000 and dividing by multiples of 10 and 100.

In our topic lesson, the children used clay to make circular discs of different sizes. Once dried and decorated, these will be put together on a hanger to create a hanging mobile of the Solar System. The children are very excited about this and we look forward to seeing the final product.

We are looking forward to our trip on Wednesday 10th to the National Space Centre. Please may we remind you that the children will need to wear school uniform and bring a packed lunch. If you would like, the children are allowed to wear comfortable shoes for the trip.

This week we would like the children to complete a Word Study Activity from the back of the learning log. Please return the learning log by next Tuesday.

To commemorate Remembrance Day, Meadowdale would like to create a piece of artwork. We would like the children to bring in a clean 2 litre bottle with the lid to school after half term.

 

28/9/18

This week in English we have begun our unit on Biographies. We have learnt about the differences between biographies and autobiographies. After reading many examples of biographies of well-known people we were able to identify the common language features and structure. Furthermore, in the last 2 weeks of guided reading, the children have been reading a biography about Neil Armstrong. They have been making notes by retrieving dates, key events and interesting facts which will help them in their work in the weeks to come. To apply what they have learnt, the children wrote a simple biography about themselves using the features they have been taught.

In Maths we have been focusing on multiplying by multiples of 10 and multiples of 100. The children were reminded the importance of recalling their timetable facts correctly so that they would be able to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers accurately. Please continue to support your child in practising all their multiplication facts.

In our topic lesson, we discussed why the moon appears to change shape. We learnt about the relationship between the sun and the moon’s orbit and our view from Earth. The children identified the phases of the moon and have been tasked with observing the moon this month to monitor its change and recall the names related to each phase. We have also begun researching about the planets in our solar system.

On Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 and 6 celebrated European Languages Day by taking part in 4 different language workshops. The children enjoyed it so much! They learnt to speak and sing in Hebrew, order a food in Italian, speak Esperanto and sign the words to This Is Me from The Greatest Showman using Makaton. We were very impressed and had a brilliant afternoon!

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 Homework Menu Activity. This will be at the front of the learning log book. Please return the learning log by Tuesday 2ndOctober.

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.