This term's English books.
Welcome to Year 5.
This half term we will be exploring the book, Leon and the Place Between, and then exploring poetry by Kit Wright, with a focus on The Magic Box.
Our first Learning Challenge topic is ‘Will we ever send another human to the moon?’ where we will explore our solar system, the different planets and discuss whether we could survive in space. We will be using VR (Virtual Reality) technology to explore our Solar System.
A Maths Competition was organised for Year 5 pupils to compete in; firstly in heats within their own classes at Priestsic and then at a final against the winners of the heats from other local primary schools, which will take place at Sutton Community Academy on the 19th June. The aim of the competition was to get pupils enthused and excited about Maths and have some experience working with secondary school staff and pupils. All the children in Year 5 worked incredibly hard during the heats and demonstrated excellent teamwork skills. They worked together to complete a series of challenges involving the properties of numbers and the 4 operations. The overall winning team from Year 5 was in Miss Carter's class (they just pipped a team in Mr Bird's by 1 point!) and this successful team will be off to Sutton Community Academy to represent Priestsic in the final. We all wish you lots of luck!
Spring 2 Update:
This half term was a busy one with a focus on looking at two different narrative styles in English. We studied Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo where we explored characters in the story, how they are portrayed and how they react with the settings and different characters they met and explored through the story. We read Clockwork by Phillip Pullman and looked in depth at the characters, their intentions and the multi layers of the story.
In maths we have continued to develop our skills and understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages. We have found equivalents, compared and ordered fractions and converted between all three.
In learning challenge we explored forces and how they work to help us in every day life. We conducted experiments to see which type of shoe has the best grip for school, how air resistance slows objects falling through the air, and water resistance through water, then we designed a pulley system to lift heavy objects with little effort and we researched Sir Isaac Newton.
Our new learning challenge topic this half term is forces. We will aim to answer the big Question: Can you feel the force? To do this we will complete a number of experiments. Our first experiment looked at the best shoe to have as a school shoe, with a focus on the shoe's friction and grip.
Keep an eye out for more experiments in the near future!
World Book Day
For World Book Day this year, Year 5 studied Clockwork by Philip Pullman. We decorated our door in cogs to set the theme as the children walked into the class. During the day we ensured the children had a chance to develop their love of reading by reading to each other, exploring different parts of our class book and drawing characters from the story, using information from the text. At different parts of the day we sounded the gong, which meant that children stopped what they were doing, read to themselves and each other and shared their books with friends.
We created hearts made from clockwork which represented Prince Otto from the story.
Spring 1 Update:
In this half term our learning focussed on learning about Ancient Egypt through our Learning Challenge lessons. We explored different aspects of Ancient Egyptian life, culture and how we know so much about their life through historical investigations. As part of our learning we had an Ancient Egyptian Day, completed research using the internet, designed our own scroll cases to keep important documents safe and wrote messages to each other using hieroglyphs.
This linked to part of our English work where we wrote a set of instructions on how to mummify a person based on work by Terry Deary.
Another English topic this half term was Avatar, we watched the film, created a recount of Jake Sully's first days in his Avatar body and wrote persuasive letters to the RDA deciding if we agree or disagree with the mining on Pandora.
We explored Ancient Egypt with Cleopatra. We built a pyramid, went through the mummification process, traded for goods and learnt about different past times. We created our own papyrus and wrote messages in hieroglyphs.
Autumn 2 Overview
In Autumn 2 leading up to Christmas we completed the Learning Challenge question : Why should the rainforest be important to us all? We located rainforests on a map, and looked at them from above to see the scale of these wonderous places, researched endangered animals and created factfiles. We learnt lots from Barry from Zoo Lab and held a range of endangered creatures. We thought about ways to survive if we were stranded in a rainforest and the challenges that we would face.
To tie all of our learning together we created a leaflet about how to protect the rainforests.
This topic linked in with our English work where we created narrative poems based on the Jungle Book and detailed non chronological report based on rainforests.
Autumn 1 Half Term Overview
We have had a fun, productive first half term in year 5. In maths we have been working on developing our knowledge on number and place value. We have deepened our understanding of addition and subtraction with greater depth challenges to extend our learning.
Our first English topic was based on Roald Dahl where we developed our language choices, designed our own sweets and wrote a piece of persuasive writing. We designed our own space craft and wrote an explanation of how it works.
In learning challenge we have answered the following questions - Will we ever send another human to the moon? and Were the Anglo Saxons really smashing?
Autumn Term 2017
This term Year 5 have had Konflux Theatre Group in school and they created their own play based on bullying. Both classes had workshops with a drama coach and then came together to perform the whole play to an audience.