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What we are learning this week:

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.
     

Previous Weeks' Learning

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