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What we are learning this week:

 
Autumn 2, Week 5

English:

We have been continued to focus on information texts.

The children have spent time editing and publishing their information’s texts about Norman Castles. The children have loved this and their final information texts looks brilliant. The children have been ensuring their sentences make sense using a variety of sentence structures, such as, fronted adverbials and relative clauses.

  

   

Maths: Multiplication

This week we have continued to work on formal methods of multiplication. We have recapped the expanded method and lots of us have progressed onto using the compact method. We have solved problems and reasoned about multiplication too.

At home: Log onto TT Rockstars

PE: Hockey

We have been building up our hockey skills this half term and enjoyed learning about block tackles and how to move past an opponent. This week, we have been having a mini-tournament within the class, working in teams. We will continue this next week and see how many goals we can score and how well we can defend!

History: This week the children have gone on a trip to Lewes castle. There they took part in a number of workshops that were aimed to deepen their understanding of normal Castles.

French: The children have been learning a French Christmas song this week called ‘Petit Papa Noel’

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Previous Weeks' Learning

Autumn 2, Week 4

English:  

Continuing with non-fiction texts, this week we looked at information texts. 

We looked at some good and bad examples and identified the steps to success to write one – this time we researched and found out all about life in Castles during Norman times. We again practiced turning some notes into sentences and put them into paragraphs using subheadings – this time they all related to different aspects of castle life. We drafted, edited and published them and they looked great! 

Maths:  Multiplication 

This week we have continued to understand 2 digit by 1 digit and 3 digit by 1 digit multiplication. We have understood what regrouping meaning and when to regroup during the compact method of multiplication. We have also been using the expanded method of multiplication to consolidate our understanding of partition during multiplication.   

Art: One point perspective. 

We learnt all about drawing using one point perspective. The children used view finders to draw the school building using one point perspective.  Take a look at our photos this week for some fabulous examples. 

French:

This week, we re-capped asking and explaining where we live and all practised replying, J’habite a Brighton (or Hove). Each child then took a picture card from the pile of French cities photos and moved around the class, greeting each other and asking Ou habites-tu? 

Home Learning ideas for next week 

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework should be uploaded each week to your class teacher. Please see the new choice board on Google Classroom for activities. 

Autumn 2, Week 3

English:

In English this week, we have been focusing non-chronological reports. First, we thought about the features of a non-chronological report. We then moved on to looking at notes and how we can successfully turn these into sentences. Finally, we started writing our own non-chronological report all about our History topic: The Stormin’ Normans!

Maths: Multiplication

This week, we started our new Maths topic of Multiplication and Division. We started off with multiplication, thinking about how we can partition a two digit number when multiplying a two digit by a one digit number. We then moved onto looking at the expanded method, alongside short multiplication with no regrouping, and then regrouping from the ones column to the tens column.

Log on to Mathletics and see if you can have a go at some short multiplication activities.

French:

This week in French we have been learning all about how to say where someone is within a school. We have learnt how to say ‘This is…’ (Voici…) and have learnt all the different names of places within the school, such as the hall, the canteen, the classroom, the library and the toilets ! We then practiced asking each other Où es-tu ? (Where are you?).

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework should be uploaded each week to your class teacher. Please see the new choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
  • Take a look at the fabulous photos from our Art lesson this week, where we had a go at quick observational sketches and then thought about how we can add tone.

 

 

 

 


Autumn 2, Week 2

English:

Our focus this week, has been narrative poetry. We have looked at the features of a narrative poem such as stanza, rhyme and rhythm. We looked at several poems in class, such as King Arthur, before we wrote our own poems our class text ‘The Sleeping Sword’ as inspiration.

Warm up, get moving and practice writing your own poems here: www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsbsxbk

Maths: Negative numbers

This week we have continued with our work on negative numbers, understanding that negative numbers are below zero, positive numbers are above zero, and is either positive or negative. We looked at finding the difference between a positive and negative number. We looked at how negative numbers are used on a coordinate grid by giving co-ordinates in a four quadrant grid. Then we used our knowledge of negative and positive numbers to interpret a range of graphs.

  • Try this fun game at home to practice negative numbers: https//nrich.maths.org/1113

French:

This week, we re-capped asking and explaining where we live and all practised replying,  J’habite à Brighton (or Hove!)  Each child then took a picture card from the pile of French Cities Photo Packs and moved around the class, greeting each other and asking Où habites-tu?  

Social responsibility: Disability awareness and global citizenship

In the text that we are reading in English, one of the characters loses his sight in an accident and struggles to learn braille at school. We were very lucky to have a visitor in school from Guide dogs for the Blind, who was able to give more insight into what it means to be visually impaired. We met his guide dog, Onyx, who is his eyes and he told us lots of things that he has been able to do with her. Back in class, the children tried writing in braille, they tried many blindfolded activities such as tying shoelaces, making a cup of squash, guess the food, complete a jigsaw and draw a face. The children realised that they had to rely on their other senses in all the activities. Lots of fun!

As part of COP26, we have discussed how we can ‘do our bit’ to reduce our carbon footprint. We have made pledges about what we can do collectively as a class, and as an individual. We have written our pledges on a tree display in our classrooms.

      

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework should be uploaded each week to your class teacher. Please see the new choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
  • Take a look at the fabulous photos from our Guide dog visit and blindfold activities from Ukraine class.

  

   

 


Autumn 2, Week 1

English:

Our focus this week, which we did start to look at last half term, was on using relative clauses. To practice using these, we created found posters for the ‘Local magazine Bryher News,’ of the treasure which Bun’s dad found in the previously undiscovered tomb underneath his potato field.

  • Warm up, get moving and practice relative clauses here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zkcd7sg

Maths: Negative numbers

This week we have been investigating negative numbers, understanding that negative numbers are below zero, positive numbers are above zero, and ) is neither positive or negative. We looked at where you might find the in places such as thermometers, in lifts and when discussing sea level. We also revised scales and intervals, using division to find missing numbers. We then m oved onto started to find the difference between a positive and negative number. Try this fun game at home to practice negative numbers: https://nrich.maths.org/5898

Art: Sketching

We have started our Art unit on sketching this week – we will be looking at John Constable as our artist. We focused on making quick observational sketches. We also thought about different techniques that we can use including hatching, stippling and cross hatching. We went outside and created a quick sketch of part of the school.

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework should be uploaded each week to your class teacher. Please see the new choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
  • Take a look at the fabulous photos from our Stunning Start topic day looking at the Normans. These ones are from Uganda class.

Autumn 1, Week 7

English: Setting description

This week we have continued to read our text ‘The Sleeping Sword’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been exploring how we create tension and suspense in our writing. We have planned and written a piece of writing that create tension where Bun’s dad explores a cave and stumbles upon King Arthur’s sword.

At home: you could explore how other books and films use suspense.

Maths: Multiplication

We have been applying our knowledge of decimals to working with money. We have been solving different problems involving money including using column addition and subtraction to calculate change.

At home you could look at the cost of different items. How much change would you get if you paid with different notes?

DT:

We have finished our castle structures – now they really look like castles!

         

 

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • No home learning has been set over half term. However, please practice times tables and mathletics. Also, if you would like, you can complete the extra tasks on the home learning choice board from last week.

Autumn 1, Week 6

English: Setting description

This week we have continued to read our text ‘The Sleeping Sword’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been exploring persuasive writing by writing a persuasive letter to keep Bun on the island he has grown up on, rather than be sent away to a ‘special school’. We then applied it to writing a letter about something we were passionate about – school uniform, technology in school (amongst others)

  • At home, there is a persuasive task set on GC for home learning – with lots of ideas for writing prompts - Have a go (and don’t forget to upload it so that your teachers can see)

Maths: Place value/rounding

We have focused on rounding and numbers up to 3 decimals places, using place value charts to support as us as well as number lines to think about what the previous whole number was and what the next whole number was. We have been rounding numbers with 3 decimal places to the nearest tenth and the nearest whole.

At home, practise you times tables – Can you keep up a daily streak on TTT Rockstars? (continuous days) How many days can you manage? Also, take a look at the Mathletics word problems for addition and subtraction to apply your fluency skills.

French:

In French this week, we have been learning all about pets and how to ask someone if they have pet. We have also thought about how to answer this. We also looked at different colours, and had a go at a quiz all about colours in French!

Geography:

Please see our lovely photos from when we made some coastal features out of salt dough!

     

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Home learning is now set up on Google Classroom. Choose a choice board activity to complete before half term. If you have any problems logging onto Google Classroom please let your teacher know.
  • Please practise times tables

Autumn 1, Week 5

English: Setting description

This week we have continued to read our text ‘The Sleeping Sword’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been investigating similes, metaphors and personification. We have then applied these, along with other skills, to describe a setting. First we described the walk by the main character, Bun, in our book. Then we chose from some inspiring pictures to describe a different setting.

  • At home, have a go at writing a description of the setting you can see from one of the windows of your home. What can you see, hear, touch and smell?

Maths: Decimals

This week in maths we have continued to look at decimals. We have been representing decimals in different ways, such as bar models, part whole models, partitioning and place value counters. We have learnt. We have also been revising and extending our knowledge of column addition and subtraction this week dealing with decimals. We have used counters to help us understand what happens when we exchange numbers. We have looked at some simple word problems and also some missing number calculations to help us develop our understanding further.

Science:

In science we have investigated the properties of material by investigating which material would float best and discussing how to carry out a fair test..

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Home learning is now set up on Google Classroom. There is a choice board activity for you all to complete. If you have any problems logging onto Google Classroom please let your teacher know.
Autumn 1, Week 4

English: What can we remember?!

We have started reading our new class book by Michael Morpurgo called the ‘Sleeping Sword’. We looked at the main character in detail, finding evidence from the text to write a description of them using relative clauses in our writing. Finally, this week, we have recapped on diary writing and written diary entries for different chapters of the story in role as Bun.

  • At home, you can practise writing a simple sentence and see how you could improve it. We are continuing to focus on punctuation, fronted adverbials and expanded nouns in our writing. You could look at BBC Bitesize to revise word classes.

Author focus – Michael Morpurgo

· There are many books he has written so why not find and read another book by him. Tell us what you think of the story.

· One of the characters in the book is blind and uses braille. Can you find out more about braille and who invented it?

Maths: Place Value

We have been continuing to investigate decimal number, this week with a focus on partition and representing numbers in different ways – additively and multiplicatively. We also looked at how to compare and order decimal number.

  • At home: Try these decimal ordering interactive games https://www.teacherled.com/iresources/decimals/comparedecimals/ https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=HigherAndLower

French:

In French this week, the year 5 children have been learning how to say when their birthday is - recapping numbers and months. They have also been learning how to ask someone when their birthday is.  You can recap that here:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/saying-the-month-your-birthday-is-in-6nk36r

DT:

Continuing with looking at structures, this week, we created prototypes, before designing our final structure for our Norman castle.

  

    

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • This week’s home learning is on Google Classroom – choose an activity from the choice board and upload it for your teacher. Due in on weds 6th October.

 


Autumn 1, Week 3

English: Recounts

This week we have written our own recount based on a section of The Sword in the Stone. We then worked together in groups of 2 or 3 to recreate and retell a different version of the story. We looked at expanded noun phrases, fronted adverbials, and powerful adjectives and verbs to improve the story. We even added speech, and looked at correct speech punctuation. We then read the next part of the story which is called ‘The Lady of the Lake’ and created a story S to help us with our recount.

  • At home: Could you choose another story and retell and make it more interesting?

Maths: Place Value

This week we have learnt to explain how to compose tenths additively and multiplicatively. We have been using our place value charts and counters to support use with this. We’ve also been using bar models to help us visualise how the decimal number can be split. We have also looked at adding and subtracting decimals, as well as rounding decimals to the nearest whole number.

  • At home: Have a look on Mathletics and try an adding and subtracting decimals or rounding decimals task.

Geography:

In Geography this week, we have been looking at maps and understanding how we can identify specific coasts by looking at them on the map. We identified key vocabulary that we have learnt and matched them to their definitions. At the end of the lesson, we recapped the Water Cycle by using the now press play headphones!

French:

In French this week we have been looking at numbers up to 12 and took part in a true or false quiz, thinking about how many of the object the picture was showing. We then had to say 'true' or 'false' in French, and then say how many of the object there was! We also thought about how to ask 'when is your birthday' and how to answer it!


Autumn 1, Week 2

English: Can we identify the plot of a story?

We have been reading 2 different versions of The Legend of King Arthur in English and Guided Reading. We have used these to create our own story mountain, thinking about the different parts of a story. We have then recreated the story through drama and will be performing it to the rest of the class, thinking about how to work as a group. At the end of this week, we will be creating our own Kennings poem based on the same story.

At home, you could look at different Kennings poems and talk about which one is your favourite and why. You could also see if you can find another version of story of The Legend of King Arthur to share with your class.

Maths: Place Value

This week we have been understanding tenths as decimals. We have partitioned, ordered and compared decimals. We have been using dienes and place value counters every lesson to understand this. We have also been counting in tenths on a number line.

French: This week we have had our first French lesson where we have recapped French greetings. We have also had the opportunity to use our new press play head phones. The children took the role of English detectives and need to find French spy. They needed to use their French greetings to locate the French spy.

 

Autumn 1, Week 1

English: What is a sentence?

In English, we recapped what a sentence is and needs to have: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z88t97h/articles/zsv64qt

We also re-capped the word classes: verb, noun, adjective, adverb and learnt about fronted adverbials: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/zp937p3

We continued to write a sentence story on Monday, then we improved it later in the week after lots of fun games and practise of how to improve sentences.

  • At home: Watch the Sword in the Stone in preparation for our writing about King Arthur!

Maths: Place Value

We have been using our place value knowledge to recap some of our prior learning. We have made numbers with place value counters and partitioned them, looked at adding 10, 100 and 1000 and how to round to 10, 100 and 1000.

We played dice games We have continued to use place value counters to understand which columns we need to look at to round successfully. We have also been given challenges, using what we have learnt and clues to find the number that has already been rounded to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

At home, you could try this maths game on rounding which we loved –Round the two dice https://nrich.maths.org/10435

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • See what you can remember about times tables – The Hit the Button website is great.
  • TT Rockstars will all be updated with new classes next week.

Summer 2, Week 6

English: This week we have been learning all about poetry and how to perform and learn poems off by heart. We have looked at poems written by a range of poets, and watched videos of poets performing their poems, thinking about expression, tone of voice, and actions. We then did a poetry slam and those who came first performed in the live poetry slam final!

At home:

  • Have a look and see if you can find a poem on something that you are interested in!

Maths: Coordinates

We have been looking at measures and conversions – kilometres to metres and kilograms to grams. We particularly focused on word problems using conversions, and have thought about how to break word problems down into steps, drawing the problem and choosing the correct calculation method. We have also been working on checking our answers to ensure we have got the correct answer.

At home: Do some cooking! You can practise converting kg into g. (any excuse for cake!)

Science: Babies and Children

This week we used our knowledge of the human lifecycle to create a guide on babies or children. We included key events that happen within these stages of our lives, and even created a quiz at the end to test the reader on their knowledge!

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

  

    


Summer 2, Week 4

English: Our final week looking at Kester’s adventures so far in ‘The Last Wild’. Throughout this unit, we have focussed on writing recounts of various, key moments in the story and refining our creative writing skills – first, Kester’s life at Spectrum Hall, his escape and finally meeting the Last Wild. After editing, we got into groups of 3 and decided which recount we would all publish, before creating illustrations and putting them together to make a book. They look fabulous - see some of the photos.

      

      

At home: Could you write a recount of your favourite moments in Year 5 (so far – still a few weeks left!)

Maths: Coordinates

Finishing off our work on measures and conversions, we spent the week working on word problems. These incorporated all the skills we have worked on this year – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We had to carefully interpret the multi-step word problems, before calculating.

At home: Check out the NRich website for any measure problems you have not completed yet – such fun! https://nrich.maths.org/search/?search=measures+and+conversions&tab=1&fs=111110000000111

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half-term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Summer 2, Week 4

English: This week we have continued to read our book ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday. We have been focussing on apostrophes for contractions and plurals for our grammar. In our writing, we have been recounting the part of the story where Kester escapes, writing in role.

At home: Discuss plurals and use of apostrophes – what are the rules? You can search up lots of incorrect use of plurals online.

     

Maths: Coordinates

We have been looking at measures and conversions – kilometres to metres and kilograms to grams. We have been using our previous knowledge of fractions to find 18/36 of 1km etc.

At home: Do some cooking! You can practise converting kg into g. (any excuse for cake!)

Science: butterflies

We have all caterpillars in our rooms and we are going to watch the life cycle in action – VERY exciting! Ask us how they are getting on!

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.     

Summer 2, Week 3

English: This week we have continued to read our book ‘The Last Wild’ by Piers Torday. We have been creating adverts for Formula (the horrible food that the children in the book eat) and for Spectrum Hall (the school where the main character lives).

At home: Look at adverts in newspapers and magazines – what features can you find? Compare them with adverts you might see online, on the radio or on TV. How are they the same and different?

Maths: Coordinates

We have extended our learning about co-ordinates by looking at how shapes can be translated on a co-ordinates grid. We have also looked for lines of symmetry in 2D shapes, folding shapes and using mirrors to help us.

At home: Have a go at mirror writing – can you write a message backwards which looks correct in the mirror?

Design Technology: Bags

We have been designing bags which we will be making from recycled materials. We have drawn our designs and then created the pattern pieces which we think we will need.

 

     

At home: Look at the bags which you use. What features can you see? What stitching can you find? How does the bag fasten?

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

 


Summer 2, Week 2

English: This week we have started our new book which is called The Last Wild by Piers Torday. We have started to read the book and started to create recounts about what has happened so far to the main character. We have thought about how we could include parenthesis, including dashes, in our writing, and describe characters feelings using show not tell.

At home: We know that The Last Wild is a dystopian novel. Can you find any other dystopian novels?

Maths: Coordinates

We have started our new topic on Coordinates this week. We have been understanding graphs, including the x and y axis and how to plot co-ordinates on a graph. We have also thought about patterns and difference between coordinates, and used coordinates to create shapes.

At home: Have a go at co-ordinate activities on Mathletics!

Topic: We have been looking at climate change in Geography, and thinking about different threats to our environment including pollution, greenhouse gases and plastic pollution. We thought about how different people could protect our environment, including ourselves and the government. We also looked at lifecycles in Science, thinking about different groups of animals, including Mammals and Birds and their different characteristics.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half-term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
 

Summer 2, Week 1

English: As part of Global week we focused on a book called ‘Maddie’s fridge’. This book looked at poverty within the UK. The children wrote a diary entry as the view point of either Maddie or Sophia who are the two characters in the book. This week the children also focused on speech and rewrote a part from the story using great Dialogue, action and description

Global week:

Throughout the week the children completed a number of activities which allowed them to understand poverty within and outside the UK. We looked at why people use foodbanks and what sort of food people can get from food banks. The children discussed why people are hungry and poor. The children also discussed things they need and things they want to help them understand what people need to live. As part of this week the children were also taken outside to our wild life area to discuss how to protect the local environment.

Maths: Shape

This week we looked at what makes a regular and irregular polygon. The children sorted different shapes into these categories. We moved onto classifying triangles using the names ‘isosceles’, ‘scalene’ and ‘equilateral’ and sorting these different types of triangles. As part of these lessons the children learnt names quadrilaterals including a square, rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram, and trapezium

At home: Play TT Rockstars – multiplication helps us with converting fractions to decimals!

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Summer 1, Week 6

English: This week, we have used Publisher – a new computer programme we hadn’t used before – to publish and create a class newspaper of our fabulous articles all about the Iron Giant. A great ending to our unit of work on this classic book.

At home: Next half-term in English we will be studying the book 'The Last Wild' by Piers Torday. It is a really interesting book with an environmental perspective set in an alternative future. We thought it may be useful for your child to look at some of this book before the topic begins so that they are familiar with the text. You could also discuss the main events and ideas with them. The first five chapters are available online for free: https://www.sustainablelearning.com/sites/default/files/asset-files/last_wild_chapter_1-5.pdf

You should also be to get hold of the book through the public library, and of course you could purchase the book if you are able (perhaps read the extract first and see if your child enjoys it). If your child does choose to read the text, please ask them not to share the events with the rest of the class (NO SPOILERS!).

Maths: Angles

We explored Kandinsky artwork to look at how many angles we could find, then we created our own Kandinsky inspired artwork using our protractor skills and angle knowledge which we have developed in the last couple of weeks.

At home: When we come back, we will be exploring nets and 3d shapes. Look at the 3d shapes all around you – cereal boxes, Pringles tubes, etc!

BLACKLANDS FARM:

This week, take a look at a selection of photos from our fabulous trip to Blacklands Farm. We were so lucky with the weather and had such a great time. The children grew in self-confidence throughout the day and were so supportive of each other, working well in their groups to help each other through the activities.

   

 

   

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half-term is a choice board of activities – take a look at the final one you haven’t tried. Next half-term’s new choice board, will be loaded onto Google Classroom by Wednesday 9th June 2021. Your teacher’s have been very impressed by the work you have sent in and your independence with the tasks. A reminder that one activity should be completed each week and uploaded for your teacher or brought into school.

Summer 1, Week 5

English: This week, we have been finishing off our newspaper reports. We have drafter, and worked together with an editing partner to improve. Next week, we will use Publisher to make a class newspaper of our fabulous articles.

At home: Look at a newspaper or any other news stories online. What catchy headlines can you spot? Can you find any that include a pun, a simile or an alliteration?

Maths: Angles

We have now moved onto Geometry. We began this week by looking at angles – acute, obtuse and reflex. We explored using clockwise and anti-clockwise to describe turns and then looked more closely at how to measure angles, using protractors.

At home: There are angels everywhere – look around and estimate angles in the world around you

Science: Continuing to use scientific names of the flower parts. We moved on from pollination to explore fertilisation. We dissected flowers and labelled the different parts.

         

 

At home: Look at different flowers in your house or outside to appreciate the diversity of flowers. Check out the parts of the flower and how they vary from plant to plant. Take a photo of the inside of the flower and bring it to school.

Art: We have planned our final sculpture incorporating textiles and recycled art – we will be collecting things at home to bring into school to use to create our final piece next week

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Summer 1, Week 4

English: This week, we have been looking at newspaper reports to identify the key features of a report. We have been editors and have proof-read some newspaper reports to check they have all the key features. Using an film clip from the Iron Man about the train crash, we have been reporters taking notes of the event. We have also interviewed people using role-play, to gather quotes from witnesses ready for when we write our own newspaper report.

At home: Look at a newspaper or any other news stories online. What catchy headlines can you spot? Can you find any that include a pun, a simile or an alliteration?

Maths: Decimals

We have continued with our topic on Decimals this week. We have been sequencing decimals forwards and backwards. We have also been dividing and multiplying decimals by 10, 100 and 100. Finally, we have been using RUCSAC to solve word problems using decimals and linking this to money too.

At home: Play TT Rockstars and look for examples of maths around your house.

Science: We have been learning about pollination in flowers and explaining the process, using the scientific names of the flower parts. We have looked different methods of pollination, self-pollination and cross pollination too.

Art: We have been exploring 3D shapes and nets and then we have created our own and covered it in textiles using glue and stitches.

At home: Look at different flowers in your house or outside to appreciate the diversity of flowers. Check out the parts of the flower and how they vary from plant to plant. Take a photo of the inside of the flower and bring it to school.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Summer 1, Week 3

English: We have been studying balanced arguments, making sure we include reasons for and reasons against. We have had a debate in class to discuss the positives and negatives of having the Iron Man to come and live in Brighton, linked to our class text. We have also started to write this debate.

At home: Look at a newspaper or any other news stories online. What sorts of things do people debate about? For example, you could look at the arguments for and against the football Super League a couple of weeks ago.

Maths: Decimals

We have continued with our topic on Decimals this week. We have looking at using formal column methods to add and subtracts decimals, including with different number of decimal places. We have also celebrated Number Day! We took part in lots of fun activities including games, investigations and even PE!

At home: Play TT Rockstars and look for examples of maths around your house.

Science: We have been learning about seed dispersal and the life cycle of a plant as well as watching our biomes develop.

At home: If you can, plant some seeds and watch the life cycle in action!

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

     

          

  


Summer 1, Week 2

English: We have been writing a chapter for a new version of a scene from the Iron Giant film. We have been thinking about how we write descriptively using powerful verbs. We have used our steps to success to edit our work to further improve it before publishing our work for display in the classroom.

At home: Look at a newspaper. Choose a story you have found interesting and bring it into school. Did the story, photo or headline grab your attention?

Maths: Decimals

We have continued with our topic on Decimals this week. We have been developing our understanding of rounding decimals to the nearest whole numbers and nearest tenth. We have used place value counters to represent decimal numbers that we are comparing. We have explored ‘per cent’ through different representations. We have been recognising percentage as decimals and decimals.

At home: Play TT Rockstars and also look out for when we use percentages in real life.

Topic: In geography, we have been looking at locating places around the world by understanding what sing longitude and latitude mean. We used atlases and compass directions to locate cities using longitude and latitude grid references.

In art, we have been learning to sew, using the cross stitch and running stitch in preparation for our final piece of art using textiles.

      

         

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.   

 


Summer 1, Week 1

English: This week we have started our new book which is called The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We have started to read the book, and have also watched the film to compare the similarities and differences between the two. We have thought how we could describe the different sense in a particular scene from the film, and have written a descriptive multi-sensory setting description.

At home: Look at a descriptive setting in the book you are reading – are there similes, metaphors and personification? If not, could you suggest ways to improve it?

Maths: Decimals

We have started our new topic on Decimals this week. We have been understanding decimals number up to 2 decimal places, and also linking decimals to our knowledge of fractions by expressing fractions and decimals less than 1 and more than 1. We have been busy using lots of great resources including counters, dienes and place value sliders to really understand tenths, hundredths and thousandths.

At home: Play TT Rockstars – multiplication helps us with converting fractions to decimals!

Topic: On Monday we had our Stunning Start day for our new topic called ‘What a Load of Rubbish!’. We started off by looking at different Biomes and understanding each one’s characteristics including, location, plants, animals and weather. We also created a travel brochure in groups to persuade people to travel to a particular biome. As part of Science, we also created our own Biomes – see the photos!

    

 

     

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is a choice board of activities which will be on Google Classroom by Friday. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Spring 2, Week 6

English: This week we have continued to use similes, metaphors and personification, alongside the skills we have re-visited this half term. We wrote our final piece of writing, where we created a new chapter for The Outsiders’at the end of the week.

Maths: Fractions

Our final look at fractions, before making the links to decimals and percentages after half term, was to multiply fractions. We made links to repeated addition and enjoyed drawing bar models to show our understanding.

At home: Play TT Rockstars – seeing the links to multiplication really helps us with fractions!

DT:

Take a look at us using ‘Makey Makey’ – an interface which we used to programme alarms systems (as well as play banana bongos and human keyboards!)

         

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • We will be setting Mathletics and Spelling Shed activities for the rest of this half term, and then next half term we will bring back the choice board as before.
     

 


Spring 2, Week 5

We have had a Geography focus this week creating landscapes of Greece and The Uk. We also had our science STEM week treat and used VR headsets to learn about space.

English: This week we have been recapping how to use similes, metaphors and personification in our writing. We have built up toward a large piece of writing at the end of the week. The children watch a short clip and used their understanding of similes metaphors and personification to describe a setting.

Maths: Fractions

Continuing with fractions, with a focus on using the correct mathematical language, we looked at finding fractions of amounts. We used bar models to help us with our understanding. We are continuing with various mini quizzes to see what we still need to work on.

At home: Play TT Rockstars – seeing the links to multiplication really helps us with fractions!

Geography: We have been looking at comparing the Greek landscape to the UK landscape. To do this we made salt dough and used this to mould the different landscapes onto a map. We focuses on physical feathers such as mountains, rivers and coastal area.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • We will be setting Mathletics and Spelling Shed activities for the rest of this half term, and then next half term we will bring back the choice board as before.

Spring 2, Week 4     

We have had a history focus this week recapping and researching all about the Groovy Greeks! 

Take a look at the photos of our collaborative projects (and some drama) which we then presented to the class.

        

        

English:

Continuing with our class text, this week, we focussed on accurate speech punctuation and making sure we have a balance of description, action and detail, so that is doesn’t read just like a play script. We focussed on using a thesaurus to improve our verbs and adjectives – we wrote about the part in the story where two of our main characters have just met up again.

At home:

  • Continue to look in your reading books at home and tell someone what the S2S are for speech punctuation (remember new speakers need a new line!).
  • We are also looking at figurative language, so brush up on similes, metaphors and personification.
  • You could play these games on BBC Bitesize too: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zfkk7ty/articles/z9tkxfr https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z8d78hv

Maths: Multiplication

Continuing with fractions, with a focus on using the correct mathematical language, we looked at converting improper fractions to mixed number and then consolidated the method with some word problems to get us thinking deeper. We are continuing with various mini quizzes to see what we still need to work on.

At home: Play TT Rockstars – seeing the links to multiplication really helps us with fractions!


Spring 2, Week 3

Welcome back!

What a lovely week we have had! It has been so lovely to have the children back in classes – their teachers have really missed them! We had a lovely week, with lots of PHSCE activities and science week with a focus on STEM – take a look at the photos.

           

English:

We started the week by immersing ourselves in our new class novel - The Outsiders. We mind mapped and discussed the characters who we had met so far in the story and created story mountains of the main events so far. We then took one of those events and acted it out – we love drama (see the pictures we have attached of USA class). We then though about the point in the story that we are at and wrote an informal persuasive letter asking for help from one of the characters!

         

At home: Next week, we are moving onto looking at speech punctuation as we recount the events of when the characters meet. Look in your reading books at home and tell someone what the S2S are for speech punctuation. You could play the games on BBC Bitesize too.

Maths: Multiplication

We recapped fractions this week, with a focus on using the correct mathematical language. We looked at whether statements about fractions were always true/sometimes true or never true and had great discussion as we tried to prove why we were right! We created posters about what we already know and did various mini quizzes to see what we still need to work on.

At home: Ask us to describe a fraction, explain what is meant by equivalence and watch us convert improper fractions to mixed numbers

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • This week, please relax! It has been such a busy first week back and everyone has worked so hard. You all looked very tired towards the end of the week, so please enjoy recuperating so that you are all ready for next week.

 

Autumn 2, Week 7

English:

We let the children research and create their own information text, based on which had been their favourite text type of the half term – fact file, non-chronological report, explanation or other non-fiction text. The children put all of their skills and knowledge from the half terms learning to create a fabulous range of independent learning. It also showcased just how they have developed their use of different sentence types and punctuation such as brackets and colons

At home: learn something new. Research something you have always been interested in and present it as a non-fiction text.

Maths: Multiplication

This week we consolidated our knowledge of the formal method of multiplication, up to 4 digits x 1 digits. We also consolidated this whole half terms maths knowledge with a Christmas themed selection of escape room problem solving maths!

At home: Log onto TT Rockstars – keep practising multiplication and the related division facts,

HAVE A LOVELY CHRISTMAS YEAR 5 FAMILIES

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Autumn 2, Week 6

English:

We have been focusing on identifying features of an explanation text

We have continued to look at explanation texts this week. We used our designs of a machine to attack a Norman castle and created Dragon’s Den style presentations about them. Then we have moved onto writing our explanation texts themselves and including brackets, relative clauses and conjunctions to show our amazing writing skills.

         

At home: Can you orally explain how a machine (e.g. a toaster) works to someone?

Maths: Perimeter

This week we have started to work on formal methods of multiplication. We have recapped the expanded method and lots of us have progressed onto using the compact method. We have solved problems and reasoned about multiplication too.

At home: Log onto TT Rockstars

PE: Hockey

We have been building up our hockey skills this half term and enjoyed learning about block tackles and how to move past an opponent. This week, we have been having a mini-tournament within the class, working in teams. We will continue this next week and see how many goals we can score and how well we can defend!

         

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.

Autumn 2, Week 5

English:

We have been focusing on identifying features of an explanation text

We looked at an example of an explanations text and highlighted the steps to success. Using Wallis and Gromit’s inventions, we have planned and written our own explanation text on how the ‘Cardomatic’ works. We have now created our own invention to destroy a castle, linking with your Stormin’ Norman topic. WE have drawn and ladled our inventions ready for next week when we will create our very own explanation text.

Maths: Perimeter

This week we have been learning how to find the perimeter of regular and compound shapes. To find the perimeter of compound shapes we have had to dine the missing lengths. At the end of the week we were solving area and perimeter word problems.

At home: Log onto TT Rockstars

Science: Forces

This week we explored the effects of friction. We created a fair test investigation to investigate what surface creates the most friction. We thought about which variables we needed to keep the same and which we needed to change. We dragged a show across carpet, a table, grass and concrete and measured the Newtons using a Newton reader. We found out that the grass creates the most friction against the show.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
  • We are also focusing on Times Tables to support learning in Multiplication and Division. Can you create your own times table grid like the ones we have been doing in class?
 

Autumn 2, Week 4

English:

Continuing with non-fiction texts, this week we looked at information texts.

We looked at some good and bad examples and identified the steps to success to write one – this time we researched and found out all about life in Castles during Norman times. We again practiced turning some notes into sentences and put them into paragraphs using subheadings – this time they all related to different aspects of castle life. We drafted, edited and published them and they looked great!

Maths: Word problems

We moved onto area and perimeter this week. We looked at these two (very catchy) songs to help us remember the difference: Perimeter - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5ULJ_kcFzI Area - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p_YqW8xOIg

At home: Sing the songs and practice area and perimeter on Mathletics.

Art: One point perspective.

We learnt all about drawing using one point perspective. Take a look at our photos this week for some fabulous examples

                        

                        

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
  • We are also focusing on Times Tables to support learning in Multiplication and Division – can you practise TT Rockstars every day, or 3 times a week? Can you create your own times table grid like the ones we have been doing in class?

 


Autumn 2, Week 3

English:

We have been focusing on identifying features of a non-chronological report and have written our own about The Normans.

We looked at some good and bad examples of non-chronological reports and identified the steps to success to write one. We then practiced turning some notes into sentences and put them into paragraphs using subheadings. We then wrote our own non chronological report about the Normans with many different subheadings including The Battle of Hastings, The Bayeux Tapestry and Castles.

Maths: Word problems

This week we focused on word problems around both addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. We used RUCSAC to help us do this. Read Understand Choose Solve Answer Check. We worked on a range of different problems including one step, two step and multi-step problems.

At home: Remember there is a new Battle of the Bands on TT Rockstars – can you some points for your class this week?

Science: Forces

This week we explored the effects of air resistance on falling objects. We created two paper helicopters to test in our investigation to see which one would hit the ground first. We also investigated how air resistance and gravity are acting against each other when an object is falling.

Look at our photos this week where you will see our helicopters!

   

   

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
  • We are also focusing on Times Tables to support learning in Multiplication and Division. Can you create your own times table grid like the ones we have been doing in class?

Autumn 2, Week 2

English:

We have been focusing on using relative clauses in our writing, remembering to start with a relative pronoun.

We read a part in our class story Sleeping Sword, where an ancient burial tomb was found. It was previously undiscovered and held amongst other things, an ancient sword and shield. We wrote found posters which gave us a change to include lots of relative clauses.

Maths: Multiplication and division.

This week we continued to look at square numbers, cube numbers and dividing by 10 and 100. We also looked at how partitioning multiples of 10 can help us to mentally multiply large numbers.

Eg. 2000 x 412 = 412 x 2 x 1000

At home: Remember there is a new Battle of the Bands on TT Rockstars – can you some points for your class this week? Log on to Mathletics and practise prime, square and cube numbers.

Science: Forces

We are exploring forces this half term and we started by exploring gravity. What can you find out about Isaac Newton and Galileo who are two scientists we discussed this week?

Look at our photos this week where we are exploring Galileo’s theory.

    

    

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. One piece of homework is to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activitIes. We are also focussing on homophones as still some misconceptions around where, we’re and were; there, they’re, their and your, you’re – practise using them correctly. How many homophones can you find?

   


Autumn 2, Week 1

English: Leaflets

This week we have created some fantastic leaflets all about our oceans and how we can be more sustainable to protect our marine wildlife. We thought carefully about how to present and design our leaflets to make them eye-catching, and thought about how to structure our writing by using subheadings.

Maths: Multiplication

This week we have been looking at square numbers, cube numbers and multiplying by 10 and 100. We practiced drawing our square numbers into our books, and explored ways in which we can multiply larger numbers. We also have been multiplying by 10 and 100, and completing lots of independent challenges on this. On Friday we also dressed up for our Times Table Rock Stars day!

     

At home: Can you keep up a daily streak on TT Rock Stars? Log on to Mathletics and try out the activities on square and cube numbers. Or try this NRich challenge https://nrich.maths.org/1151

Art

We have started our Art work this week which focused on making quick observation sketches. We also thought about different techniques that we can use including hatching, stippling and cross hatching. We went outside and created a quick sketch of part of the school.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • The home learning for this half term is on Google Classroom. We would like a piece of homework to be uploaded each week. Please see the choice board on Google Classroom for activities.
 

Autumn 1, Week 7

English: Setting description

This week we have continued to read our text ‘The Sleeping Sword’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been exploring how we create tension and suspense in our writing. We have planned and written a piece of writing that create tension where Bun’s dad explores a cave and stumbles upon Kind Arthurs sword.

Maths:  Multiplication

We have been learning about multiples and factors and the difference between the two. We have found all the prime numbers up to 100 and played a matching game where children have to match numbers to either factors or multiples.

At home, practise you times tables – Can you keep up a daily streak on TTT Rockstars? (continuous days)   Also, log onto mathletics and practice tasks involving multiples and factors.

DT

We have been designing and create a frame structure of a castle. We have been using wood and saws to create this frame. The children have been learning about how to reinforce a structure and create a frame that is less flexible.

PE

We have had a cross country completion this week, where in groups, the children had to run

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • No home learning has been set over half term. However, please practice times tables and mathletics. Also, if you would like, you can complete the extra tasks on the home learning choice board from last week.

Autumn 1, Week 6

English: Setting description

This week we have continued to read our text ‘The Sleeping Sword’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been exploring persuasive writing by writing a persuasive letter to keep Bun on the island he has grown up on, rather than be sent away to a ‘special school’. We then applied it to writing a letter about something we were passionate about – school uniform, technology in school (amongst others)

  • At home, there is a persuasive task set on GC for home learning – with lots of ideas for writing prompts - Have a go (and don’t forget to upload it so that your teachers can see)

Maths: Addition and subtraction

We have been consolidating addition and subtraction. We have been using the inverse operations and estimation to help us. We also looked at some tricky, multi-step addition and subtraction word problems before.

  • At home, practise you times tables – Can you keep up a daily streak on TTT Rockstars? (continuous days) How many days can you manage? Also, take a look at the Mathletics word problems for addition and subtraction to apply your fluency skills.

Science

In science we have been looking at reversible and irreversible changes.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Home learning is now set up on Google Classroom. Choose a choice board activity to complete before half term. If you have any problems logging onto Google Classroom please let your teacher know.
  • Please practise times tables

      


Autumn 1, Week 5

English: Setting description

This week we have continued to read our text ‘The Sleeping Sword’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have been investigating similes, metaphors and personification. We have then applied these, along with other skills, to describe a setting. First we described the walk by the main character, Bun, in our book. Then we chose from some inspiring pictures to describe a different setting.

  • At home, have a go at writing a description of the setting you can see from one of the windows of your home. What can you see, hear, touch and smell?

Maths: Addition and subtraction

We have been revising and extending our knowledge of column addition and subtraction this week. We have used counters to help us understand what happens when we exchange numbers. We have looked at some simple word problems and also some missing number calculations to help us develop our understanding further.

  • At home, you could have a go at this challenge with some dice: https://nrich.maths.org/8586

Science

In science we have investigated the properties of material by investigating which material would float best and discussing how to carry out a fair test. You can see this in the photos.

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Home learning is now set up on Google Classroom. There is a choice board activity for you all to complete over the next 2 weeks. If you have any problems logging onto Google Classroom please let your teacher know.

Autumn 1, Week 4
English: What can we remember?!

We have been looking at a new sentence type this week using subordinating conjunctions. We have written a recount of a story called the ‘Lady of the Lake’ where we focused on our capital letters, full stops, fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases. We have started reading a new book by Michael Morpurgo called the ‘Sleeping Sword’, and we have looked at some of the characters to write a description of them using relative clauses in our writing. Finally this week, we have recapped on diary writing and written diary entries for different chapters of the story.

  • At home, you can practise writing a simple sentence and see how you could improve it. We are continuing to focus on punctuation, fronted adverbials and expanded nouns in our writing. You could look at BBC Bitesize to revise word classes.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been comparing and ordering numbers up to 1,000,000. We have continued to look at rounding numbers to the nearest 10,000. We have moved onto looking at negative numbers and using a number line to help us find the difference between two temperatures. We have finished the week by reading and writing Roman numerals to 1000.

  • At home, go on a Roman numeral hunt and see where we use Roman numeral in everyday life. Tell your teacher in next week.

 

RE: bracelets

We have looked at the Hindu festival of Rakhi and made bracelets in class, which you will see in the photos.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Author focus – Michael Morpurgo
    • There are many books he has written so why not find and read another book by him. Tell us what you think of the story.
    • One of the characters in the book was blind and used braille. Can you find out more about braille and who invented it?
     

Autumn 1, Week 3

English: What can we remember?!

This week we have continued to focus on expanded noun phrases and fronted adverbials. We have written a recount of how King Arthur became King. We also spend some time writing collaboratively with a partner and creating a class book of the story. We typed this story up and have displayed it in the classroom. At the end of the week in guided reading, we created a story S of the next chapter in the King Arthur story.

  • At home, have a go at writing sentences with fronted adverbials to describe manner, place or time. These can be written about the King Arthur story or about anything you would like.

 

Maths: Place Value

We can been continuing with place value this week, focusing more on rounding and ordering numbers. We have been using place value charts to understand what column we look at when rounding to the nearest 100,000. We have enjoyed using place value counters.

Science

In science this week we planned and constructed an investigation to investigate what materials dissolve. We focused on how to create a fair test but thinking about what variables stay the same and what change. We made sure the same amount of materials was stirred into cold water. We timed each material to find out which dissolved quickest.

Home Learning ideas for next week

Home learning is now set up on google classroom. There is a choice board activity for you all to complete over the next 2 weeks. If you have any problems logging onto google classroom please let your teacher know.


 

Autumn 1, Week 2

English: Can we identify the plot of a story?

We have been reading 2 different versions of The Legend of King Arthur in English and Guided Reading. We have used these to create our own story mountain, thinking about the different parts of a story. We have then recreated the story through drama and will be performing it to the rest of the class, thinking about how to work as a group. At the end of this week, we will be creating our own Kennings poem based on the same story.

  • At home, you could look at different Kennings poems and talk about which one is your favourite and why. You could also see if you can find another version of story of The Legend of King Arthur to share with your class.

Maths: Place Value

We have been using our place value knowledge to understand how to round to 10, 100 and 1000. We have continued to use place value counters to understand which columns we need to look at to round successfully. We have also been given challenges, using what we have learnt and clues to find the number that has already been rounded to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

 

Home Learning ideas for next week:

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Practise timetables
  • Practice spellings on spelling shed.
 

Autumn 1, Week 1

English: What can we remember?!

We have been reminding ourselves about what a sentence needs to have – punctuation, verb and subject. We were given a story starter and we had to carry on, using our imagination. Then, each day this week, we did fun activities about different ways to improve sentences and then we will re-write a section of our story to see if we can improve it.

  • At home, you can practise writing a simple sentence and see how you could improve it. We will be focusing on punctuation, fronted adverbials and expanded nouns. You could look at BBC Bitesize to revise word classes.

 

Maths: Place Value

We have been reminding ourselves about the value of each digit in a number. We have been using place value counters to represent numbers and then practising writing the number in both numerals and words and partitioning them. We also looked at challenges, where we were given clues to find a target number.

  • At home, you can play the Nice and Nasty dice game together. https://nrich.maths.org/6605

 

Home Learning ideas for next week

  • Find a reading book to read together at home.
  • Practise timetables