This half term, Year 5 have been busy exploring our Solar System. We have used the book, Leon and the Place Between to create character descriptions, a diary, setting descriptions and learnt how to punctuate speech correctly.
During our science lessons, we have used VR technology to explore space, looking closer at the planets. We conducted our own experiment, investigating the link between crater size, and height the projectiles were dropped from. To round off our learning on space, we created our own non chronological reports.
To learn about programming, we have used code.org to develop our problem solving skills, applying computing concepts to challenges. To make our lessons have a real world focus, crumble boards were introduced, where the children can create code, and see a real life application for their code.
Welcome to Year 5 2019/20
Mr Bird and Miss Green would like to welcome our new classes to Year 5. We are really excited to work with you all.
During Autumn 1, we will be exploring Space through our novel Leon and the Place Between, where we will create setting and character descriptions, write a diary from Leon’s point of view and create our own version of the story. We will link our learning of the solar system to our English learning by writing a non chronological report about our solar system using independent research. We will end the half term by exploring poetry by Kit Wright, with a focus on his poem, The Magic Box.
During our science lessons we will explore our solar system, with a focus on how the planets move (orbits), night and day and their shape, size and composition. We will make a scale model and use Google Expeditions on the ipad to explore space ourselves. When learning about the moon, we will explore the space race and key people from history using the book Hidden Figures. At the end of the half term, Year 5 will share their findings with Year 2.
In maths this half term, we will be exploring place value, addition and subtraction, through active maths, and using using concrete, abstract and pictoral methods.
Spring Term in Year 5 was a busy one. During Learning Challenge we explored Rainforests, with a focus on the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. We discovered where tropical rainforests are located and their different layers. We researched endangered animals that live in rainforests, what is causing them to become endangered and used this research to present our own news reports on deforestation using green screens. during the topic, we designed our own shelters thinking about what natural resources we could utilise and what dangers we might face. We put everything that we had learnt together to create a persuasive leaflet. In our art sessions, we worked together to recreate Tiger in a Tropical Storm.
During English this half term we have studied Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. We developed our descriptions of settings throughout the story, characters and did drama to develop our dialogue between characters. We retold our own version of the story working hard to develop our language choices to make it entertaining. After studying Beowulf we got creative and wrote our own kennings poems.
Learning Challenge - Art
As part of our learning challenge curriculum Year 5 have been studying the work of Henri Rousseau and worked together to recreate his artwork Tiger in a Tropical Storm.
In Spring 2 Year 5 will study Beowulf as our key text linking to our topic of Vikings, and for World Book Day we will explore Black Dog by Levi Pinfold.
This half term we have discovered if the Anglo Saxons really were smashing. We learnt about the ancient Anglo Saxon kingdoms, where they came from and why they came to England. During our investigation, we discovered what clues there are to the way that they lived; the link to modern days of the week, historical artefacts such as brooches and their conversion to Christianity. We researched famous Anglo Saxons and created biographies about theirs lives. During the topic, we had the chance to be creative and we made our own Anglo Saxon brooch and houses.
Our English focus books this half term were Clockwork by Phillip Pullman and Lady of Shalott by Lord Tennyson. During clockwork we explored the characters in the story, designed our own clockwork figures and made them out of clay. We wrote diaries from a characters point of view and wrote newspapers about an event from the story. During our study of Lady of Shalott we explored the authors langauge with how it impacts upon the reader. We made predictions about what would happen in the story and wrote our own flashbacks as to how the Lady of Shalott was cursed.
This half term, our focus English books are Clockwork by Phillip Pullman and The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
Our next Learning Challenge topic is ‘Were the Anglo Saxons really smashing?’
This half term, Year 5 have been very busy. In English, we studied our key text, Journey to Jo’burg, which we all really enjoyed. We created lots of interesting descriptions based on characters and different settings. We wrote letters between different characters and answered in depth questions based on what we had read during our daily reading sessions. We have learnt how to punctuate speech and acted out our parts. We finished the half term by writing our own versions of A Journey to …
In Learning Challenge, we learnt about Ancient Egypt, completing an in depth study of all aspects of Egyptian life. We had a visit from Cleopatra, wrote detailed instructions for mummification and completed our own non chronological report after individual research as well as exploring how we know so much about ancient cultures.
Year 5 learnt some valuable skills in drawing and developing a growth mind set from their workshop with DoodleBug art. They all created their own version of Gromit from Wallace and Gromit.
Mr Bird’s class have competed in a maths competition ran by Sutton Community Academy. They did fantastic! We are excited to see how Miss Carter’s class do next week to see which group will move on to the next stage of the competition.
During our Learning Challenge topic, How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt, we have created timelines and discovered how we know so much about ancient times by looking at the diary of Howard Carter. To learn about mummification, we were visited by Cleopatra and mummified our own slices of apple. This helped us to write our own instructions of how to mummify a pharaoh. We have used hieroglyphs to create bookmarks with our names on, and written messages on woven paper.
Year 5 returned to Sutton Academy to finish learning about Bunsen burners. We measured copper sulphate and evaporated it over a flame. We had to be careful because it got really hot! When the liquid dissolved, we described what the crystals looked like. The crystals that were formed without heating were bigger as they had longer to form.
Year 5 had an enchanting visit from Cleopatra from Ancient Egypt. During the day we discovered how mummification took place, built a pyramid, made papyrus and wrote a message. In the afternoon, we played an ancient game called Mancala, and learnt how to use a whip and top.
Year 5 visited Sutton Community Academy to experience science. They learnt how to use Bunsen burners and experimented with the four different flames. They had a brilliant time and can’t wait to go back!
Year 5 have used wordart.com to create commemorative poppies to celebrate the centenary of the end of World War 1.
This half term in Learning Challenge we will be exploring Ancient Egypt, answering the question; ‘How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?’ and lifecycles through the question ‘Do all animals hatch from an egg?’.
In maths this half term we will be developing our fluency in multiplication and division. We will look at the formal written methods and develop mental strategies. After that, we will look at area and perimeter by investigating how to calculate both measurements of various rectangular shapes.
In English, we are studying the book, Journey to Jo’Burg and linking this to poetry S is for South Africa. We will be writing letters to characters in the story, and creating persuasive arguments about some of the themes from the story. We will also make links to our Ancient Egypt topic, by writing instructions for mummification.
Autumn 1 Overview
This half term we have explored our English focus book, Leon and the Place Between, which linked to our Learning challenge topic, ‘Will we ever send another human to the moon?’. During our English topic, we worked on developing language choices through describing characters and settings from the story. We performed role plays as characters and developed dialogue from this.
For National Poetry Day 2018, we explored the theme of change by reading Chameleon Kids by Matt Goodfellow. We read the poem closely discussing how the poem made us feel, the themes of the poem and how we are all unique. The children wrote their own version of the poem celebrating what makes them unique.
The Magic Box, by Kit Wright was our last English focus of this half term. We explored the poem in detail and analysed the authors language choices. For our final piece we created our own versions of the poem, placing inside the box, things that were magical and interesting to us.
During Learning Challenge lessons, we learnt about the phases of the moon, why we have day and night and about our Solar System. Children researched other planets within our Solar System, and questioned if we could survive on any other planet. During linking English and Learning Challenge lessons, children conducted detailed research, making notes and then created a non chronological report about space.
Have a look at some of our work from this half term .
We created our own galaxies by designing our own planets using pastels and crayons. Then we used paint to create texture and the effect of stars.
Today Prime VR worked with Year 5 to explore space and Ancient Egypt giving the children the chance explore the planets of our solar system and then land in Ancient Egypt, exploring the tomb of Tutankhamun and every day life.
Alive and Kicking
Every Monday for 10 weeks, Year 5 are taking part in Alive and Kicking, which is being run by Everyone Active. The children will be learning about healthy lifestyles and keeping fit.
This week we explored different activities we could do in the classroom to keep active and tasted a range of fruit and vegetables.
This week we worked out how much sugar was in different drinks and completed a relay using resistance bands and different modes of travelling such as skipping and hopping. At the end of the relay, children had to find items of healthy food to make a meal.
This week we worked out how much sugar was in different foods and completed a range of relays using skipping ropes and resistance bands.
This week during Alive and Kicking, we learnt about portion size and took part in team exercises using the parachute.
This week, we learnt about different food groups using the Eat Well Guide and completed relays using the information that we learnt.
Konflux Theatre Company worked with Year 5 on an anti-bullying play for a day. We learnt about cyber safety and practised a play to perform to parents.
This term's English books.
Welcome to Year 5 2018/19
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.