Tuesday’s Ancient Greek visitor was a highlight of the week. I’m sure you’ve already heard lots about the rigged voting in Greek times, the battles between cities in the Olympics, training for battle and them attacking an unknowing victim (Mr Hanson). The children have been set a project homework inspired by their learning so far. They may need to talk through their ideas with you. Hopefully, they will come up with a plan to make sure it is finished on time.
Thursday’s ‘Book Club’ was also special this week. The children are very excited to have new books to read. There is a letter in their pack explaining what they need to do. In summary, they have decided what page to read up to and should do this before Thursday when they discuss it as a group.
How’s the practising of telling the time going? Good? Why not challenge them this week with fraction questions.
This week in Y5 (w/c 8.1.18)
All week we have been focusing on time, reading all kinds of clocks and timetables. Do keep practising at home, especially those analogue clocks, to keep the new skills sharp.
Next week we are heading off to ancient Greece with our visitor and workshop on Tuesday. Any children wishing to dress in Greek costume on this day are very welcome to (no other non uniform please) but school uniform is fine too. Thank you to everyone who has already paid towards this fantastic, immersive and engaging experience.
Following on from the Greek day, we’ll be learning about the Olympic Games in ancient times and life in Sparta and Athens ready to write non-chronological reports. On Thursday it’s the first reading reward playtime of the year; if you don’t want to miss out, make sure you read at least 3 times over the weekend to reach the target of eight times over two weeks.
Ask your children about today’s visiting “Sleeping Beauty” pantomime. It was almost as good as the KFJS Christmas production last month! Oh yes it was…
Have a wonderful weekend!
The Y5 team
This Week in Y5 ……
From listening to the children it sounds like you have all had a fun-filled, enjoyable break. I’m sure everyone was excited for the children to back in school!
We’ve started our new project on ‘It’s all Greek to Me’. The children will learn about life in Ancient Greece and the legacies that can be seen today. Please check your child’s bag regarding a letter about an upcoming visitor related to this.
Can you help? The children will be learning to solve problems involving time. If your child struggles to tell the time, please can you help them to learn over the next week? All children can wear watches to school and we encourage this for at least the next few weeks, especially ones with analogue faces.
Finally, our PE days have changed to Monday and Wednesdays. Please ensure children have their full PE kit in school all week to make sure it is never left at home by mistake.
This week in Y5 (w.c 4.12.17)
This has been the week of multiplication, subtraction, Polar Express and Christmas production!
We have been looking closely at the text of the Polar Express and focusing on the art of writing about characters in a way that shows their feelings without actually telling the reader. There were some fantastic pieces which really gave readers clear, rich pictures from the words that had been used.
Maths has been all about practising the methods started earlier in the year so that the children can feel really confident in their skills. Keep practising the 2, 4 and 8 times tables. We have an interclass challenge on the 15th December. Kandinsky and Picasso have each won one challenge each so it’s all to play for in this final match of the year!
We still need cereal packets, clean, colourful socks and jars (with the labels removed please!) for our Christmas market craft.
Finally, a message to our actors: don’t forget to practise your lines for the Christmas play!
Have a lovely weekend!
The Y5 teaching team
This week in Year 5 … (1/12/17)
The week began with a a fascinating trip to QMC. In groups the children investigation many different areas of Science, continually making sure that their test were fair. Perhaps ask them what they think would make the best winter coat and why?
Our Christmas market is fast approaching and we need your help! If you finish any glass jars or cereal boxes, please send them in. Our theme for the Christmas Market will try and link to out project of Life in the Freezer by creating products out of sustainable / recyclced materials.
If your child comes home asking if they can bring in a dressing gown or a onesie one day soon, they’re telling the truth. I’ll keep you guessing as to why!
Have a nice weekend.
This week in Y5 (w/e 17.11.17)
It’s been all about the risk-taking this week with the Bikeability course in which all the children have participated; some less eagerly than others at the start of the week. By Thursday almost all of the children had progressed to level 1 or 2 and over a dozen of those children were not able to ride a bicycle at all on Monday! All children have been reminded that they must not ride their bikes or ‘scoot’ them on the playground at any part of the day in order to keep everyone safe. Thanks to the Bikeabilty team and the children for pushing themselves to succeed in this road safety scheme. We’re proud of you!
In spite of all the cycling taking place, there’s still been plenty of learning happening inside the classroom too. Poetry about being visually impaired in reading, discussing and re-telling Ice Bear in English and multiplying and dividing any number by 10, 100 or 1000 to mention just a few of the learning opportunities from this week.
Get practising your 3, 6 and 9 times tables ready for next week’s maths!
The whole year group is visiting Queen Mary’s College primary science centre on Monday 27th November and we would be grateful for help from any parent with a current DBS certificate to join us in walking to and from the college, as well as helping in some of the science experiments planned there. Please let your child’s teacher know if you are free to help out.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Y5 teaching team
This week in Year 5 ….. (10/11/207)
Next week is Bikeability week. Please can the children come to school in biking clothes (we suggest a rain coat, and warm clothes – not jeans). They should also bring their uniform in a bag with them too. After that we’ll let them know each day about uniform.
Our work on poetry this week has been fantastic. We wrote a poem called the back about a polar bear on the hunt. It started off our project of ‘Life in the Freezer’ brilliantly.
In maths we have been learning short division (the bus stop method) and what to do with the remainder. Both classes are learning the 3, 6 and 9 times table. Hit the button is a great game to play at home for extra practise.
In project work, we have found out where the polar climates are and how they compare to other areas.
And a special mention this week for Brooke and Ronny who picked up our Star Learner awards after showing great ‘Learning Behaviours’ this term.
Don’t forget it’s our trip to the Winchester Science Centre on Monday.
The children will need a packed lunch, water bottle, school uniform, a coat and any medication they may need (inhalers etc). If they suffer from travel sickness, please ensure they take their tablet before coming to school.
This week in Y5 (week ending 6th October)
Watch out there’s an alien about! Y5 have been exercising their very vivid imaginations this week and have completed their own science fiction stories. They looked at applying their skills in writing dialogue, starting sentences with a preposition (where or when) and using paragraphing. We’re sure you’ll enjoy reading them at parents’ evening this coming Thursday (12th) or the following Monday (16th).
Decimals have been the focus of our maths lessons with metre sticks, 2p coins and Diennes apparatus helping us to understand the notation for tenths and hundredths and lots of counting forwards and backwards in decimals too. Try it at home; it can sometimes catch you out, especially when crossing the whole number boundaries!
There have been some beautiful pastel creations too, representing the planets in space.
Thank you for supporting your child in our year of reading. Over two thirds of the school enjoyed an extra playtime on Friday as a reward for regular reading at home. It would be fantastic to see all the children getting their bonus playtime by reading (and having their record being signed!) at home at least 8 times over two weeks. It really does make a difference to their work.
We hope to meet you all at the PGL meeting on Wednesday 18th October where you can see and hear about the great experience your children can have on their residential trip at the start of Y6.
Have a lovely weekend. You may be able to get a glimpse of the draconic meteor shower tonight – no binoculars needed!
The Y5 team
This week in Y5 …… (29/9/17)
The children have been putting their Science knowledge to good use this week in making a video about how the Earth, Sun and Moon move. We’ll be learning even more on our trip on the 9th October.
Behaviour was fantastic in our trip to the library. A few children have already used some of the examples of story openers in their own work. One of our skills this week was learning how to start a sentence by saying where something is. Try and make some at home. E.g. Behind the garden shed, the children were ……
Spellings coming home next week.
Congratulations to Picasso who won the first times table battle. The next challenge will be the X8 table.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Any old newspapers and old shirts we can use for art needed in school please.
The children are becoming quite the experts with our project Secrets of the Solar System: publishing biographies of Neil Armstrong, observing shadows on the playground and listening to the Planet Suite by Holst.
In English, they have been investigating fronted prepositional phrases (ask them what that means!), reading Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic, writing the start to their own Cosmic story and learning the art of editing.
Area and perimeter have been the focus in maths lessons with subtraction coming up next week.
The weather ( and the grass!) has been quite wet when the children were out during their PE sessions on Wednesday and Thursday so kit has been sent home but please could you ensure that it comes back to school on Monday. As the autumn term brings unpredictable weather, all children need a full change of clothes, including extra socks and footwear. A tracksuit or other warm clothing would be ideal too.
Kandinsky class are walking to the library on Monday and Picasso on Tuesday; coats must be brought into school on those days.
We look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday at the Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) information morning. Until then, have a lovely weekend!
The Y5 teaching team
This week in Y5 …… (15/9/17)
Both classes have been learning about one of the most famous men in history, Neil Armstrong. We’ll be writing his biography next week using the skills we’ve been learning.
In Art, the children have used a range of pencils to draw meteorites. They look great.
And finally we had some visitors in the week as part of the Mayor’s charity work who came in an taught the children folk music from around the world. A great time was had by all.
Dates for your diary:
Sept 25th – Kandinsky to visit the Discovery Centre (free trip)
Sept 26th – Picasso to the Discovery Centre (free trip)
Sept 27th – We’d love you to being your favourite book in and read it with your child (and maybe one of their friends) for ‘Drop Everything and Read’. There’ll be a quick meeting in the hall at 9.00 first.
October 9th – Our trip to Winchester. Please send your form in if you haven’t already.
Sadly there is a stomach bug doing the rounds at the minute. Can I remind you that we ask you to keep your children off school for 48 hours from their last episode before returning to school. Many thanks.
Welcome to Y5
What a fantastic start to the new school year we have had in Y5! The children have shown great curiosity and responsibility already with our Secrets of the Solar System project by completing their homework in such a short time. Thank you for taking the time to be interviewed for the biography; the children were really engaged with writing it.
Look out for the school newsletter in your child’s bag today and the Y5 letter later next week for more details about Y5. In the meantime, PE kit is needed for Wednesday and Thursday and homework will be sent home on Wednesday for returning on Monday morning.
Monday 25th September – trip to Basingstoke Discovery Centre for Kandinsky class
Tuesday 26th September – trip to Basingstoke Discovery Centre for Picasso class
Wednesday 27th September – Parents invited to a reading information session and then into classes. Feel free to bring a book you enjoyed as a child to share with your son/daughter.
Have a lovely weekend!
The Y5 teaching team