Welcome to Year 5!
We hope you are all energised for the learning ahead!
The Year 5 team:
Miss Norcott (Lowry class)
Mrs Bernal (Cliff class)
To get us in to the most effective way of thinking and learning we are starting with the topic 'Brainwaves'. This topic will give us the chance to find out how the brain works, will get us thinking about different learning styles and will challenge us to view our learning in new ways. We also have lots of other exciting things planned across the curriculum... so watch this space!
Our PE day is on a Wednesday. Please ensure your child has their full PE kit, including jogging bottoms and a jumper, as well as appropriate trainers at school every day.
Monday, 6th November (Lowry class 1.45pm and Cliff class 2.30pm)
Go 5 Parent Afternoon - Come and see what wonderful learning year 5 have done in connection with their Go 5 project.
It is hard to believe we are now into December! Rehearsals for our Christmas production are now well underway and the children have been fantastic in learning their lines and the songs. In Year 5, we will be focussing on 'A Victorian Christmas'. To look the part, children will need their costume in school as soon as possible, but no later than Friday 8th December. We are asking that all children who are speaking be dressed in Victorian style outfits and narrators to be in all black. Non-speaking children have the option to either be in Victorian dress or all black.
If you would like to practise the songs at home too, that would be great! We are singing:
'Holly Jolly Christmas'
'Deck the Halls'
'The Christmas Song' (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
Performances will be at 9:30am and 1:45pm on Wednesday 13th December and Thursday 14th December.
We look forward to seeing you then!
Cross Curricular Days
On Wednesday morning, we came in to school as normal to find a terrible crime had been committed! The precious Round Diamond from the entrance hall had been stolen! Police were on the scene to report the crime in assembly and needed our help to find the culprit.
We wrote a crime report and analysed lots of clues to help us solve the mystery. We learnt how to take finger prints; used a map of the school to plot and locate clues and used our ratio knowledge in maths to work out the thief's height and draw a scale diagram of them.
Thankfully, the diamond has now been returned.
The children were extremely engaged in all of their learning over the two days and it was great to see them bringing their skills and knowledge from different subject areas together to produce great outcomes.
Week beginning 13th November 2017
This week, Year 5 have been learning all about Air Resistance in Science. We planned our own investigations and we are looking forward to making our parachutes and carrying out our investigations in our next Science lesson.
On another exciting note, we are busy planning for our Open Afternoon which is taking place on Tuesday. It will start at 2:30pm in the main hall. We look forward to sharing our learning with you and getting you involved in various activities across the curriculum.
Go 5 Open Afternoon
A big thank you to all of the parents who came along on Monday afternoon to share our Go 5 learning. It was a fun afternoon where the children enjoyed showing their adults things like: how they had learned to plan a balanced meal; inventive ways to make a '3 out of 5' breakfast and different ways to add up 60 minutes of active exercise each day. The highlight was being able to make strawberry and yogurt smoothies! The children have enjoyed their Go 5 sessions and have been able to discuss small ways in which we can make changes to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Week beginning 30.10.17
This week, Year 5 have been reading the poem 'Jabberowocky' by Lewis Carroll. The poem contains lots of nonsense words so we had to use our reading skills to work out what the made up words might mean. We ended the week by planning and carrying out performances of the poem to the whole year group, making sure we thought carefully about using our voices effectively, adding good quality actions and collaborating with the rest of our team.
Watch this space for videos of our performances!
Lots of lovely learning this week. Look at some pictures from our learning below...
After experiencing what it is like to lead a learning activity the children now have a greater understanding of the role of a teacher.
"Everyone can be a teacher, no matter who they are!!!" Angel, Cliff class
"If Mrs Bernal wasn't here then I want to be her replacement because it is very fun. I want to be a TEACHER!" Brooke, Cliff class
"I found it hard with a bright light (from the projector) in my eyes and loud children calling out. Everything is just hard to be a teacher." Justin, Cliff class
Today, in English, we completed the unit on Legends. All children Perfectly Presented their learning and should be really proud of the learning journey they have been on over the last three weeks. Next week we 'Take One Book' ... watch this space to find out which book the children choose!
This week we have been busy practicing for our Harvest Festival Assembly. We are really excited about sharing all our learning on harvest celebrations in China and North America/Canada. We hope to see you next Thursday (12.10.17) at 10.30am.
Look at the link below to see what we have been focusing on with the Go 5 project this week.
29.09.17 Goodbye September, hello October!
Wow, this week has flown in year 5. We spent some recently reflecting on the first month back at school, there have been many positive learning experiences. In English, over the last couple of weeks, children have been focused on learning skills to use in their legend stories next week. In Maths learning we've been looking at multiplication and division, it was wonderful to see the children developing their knowledge and number confidence throughout the learning journey.
Preparations for our Harvest Festival are well underway and we look forward to sharing our learning with you in the upcoming assembly.
22.09.17 Go 5 Project
This week both teachers and children were surprised when we learnt about the amount of sugar there is in some of our favourite drinks!
'I was shocked when I found out that a small bottle of coke has 15 sugar cubes in it!' Rhys, Clff class.
'I didn't know that Ribena wasn't good for you!' Kyle, Cliff class.
'You're supposed to only have seven sugar cubes in your daily diet.' Lauren, Cliff class.
I think we will all be sticking to water for a while!
15.09.17 - GO 5
Cliff and Lowry class enjoyed starting our Go 5 project this week. Go 5 got us to discuss our normal daily diets and we made some fresh fruit salad kebabs. We were impressed with the children's attitudes to trying new things; lots of children had never tried mango before, but really enjoyed it.
Today we completed our Recount unit in English - the children Perfectly Presented a final copy of their recounts. Everyone should be very proud of their learning journey over the last 2 weeks. Next week we start a 3 week unit about Myths and Legends.
What a fantastic first week in Year 5 ! It was wonderful to see everyone coming in with such positive learning attitudes. We have made a really good start on recounts in English and the children stretched their place value knowledge in Maths.
Spellings, times tables, Bug Club books and My Maths tasks have all been set - so children can now continue to consolidate their learning at home.
Cornets start next week for Lowry class and Singing for Cliff class (this will swap half way through the year). Lots to look forward to!
Welcome to our class page for Cliff and Lowry class.
We are excited to share some of our fantastic learning and what we get up to in class.
In English over the past two weeks, Lowry class have been reading Skellig. It has been a really exciting topic and we are looking forward to finding out more about the story. We have completed lots of activities including: exploring the definition of an angel; setting descriptions and looking at different sentence structures.
'I enjoyed reading the book Skellig, and it gave me some new ideas for descriptions' (Mariam)
'I enjoyed it when we described Michael and the garage because I tried to include figurative language in my writing' (Layla)
'I really enjoy reading Skellig because it is very interesting and has lots of descriptions. I enjoyed exploring definitions of angels and had to look in the book for clues to help me' (Mariah)
'I think it is very interesting, because it sounds like a diary, following Michael's life. I really enjoyed describing the setting. I used the book to help me imagine I was Michael and used this to help me use figurative language' (Demi)
We are really enjoying our Go5 project this term. Last week we looked at the amount of sugar in different drinks and this week we looked at designing healthy and balanced breakfasts. We learnt about the importance of having a healthy breakfast every morning.
Today, Year 5 and 6 took part in different activities to celebrate diversity. Children learnt how to say 'Hello' in 32 different languages, they were taught Bollywood dancing by a professional dance coach and designed and drew beautiful mandalas on the playground. Children really enjoyed themselves and certainly learnt a lot.
In Maths we analysed data about different jobs and their salaries. We were surprised to find out that, on average, MPs earn £35.00 an hour. We calculated average earnings using their average salary per year and their average hours worked per week. On average, veterinary nurse can work up to 70 hours a week, which means they could only be earning £4.94 an hour.
In Computing, we used the internet to find out some more details about our chosen professions. We researched working hours, salaries, qualifications needed and career progression. Here are some of our posters we created:
Today children dressed up in costumes to show their aspirations for the future. We had children dressed as teachers, F1 racing drivers, doctors, athletes and more.
In English we wrote about our aspirations for the future. We wrote about what we wanted to be when we grow up and why. We also thought about the people who have inspired us to make these choices.
In Geography, we looked at different countries and identified them on a world map. We explored the different jobs that are in demand in different countries and compared this with the UK. Across the developed countries of the world, skilled professionals are in high demand. We found out that software engineers are needed in 24 countries, nurses are needed in 18, while 11 countries report a shortage of accountants.
In PSHE we continued learning about the changes to our bodies when we grow up. We watched a series of BBC clips showing us what it is like to deal with the changes we experience. We learnt about hair growing on our legs and under our arms, how to deal with changes in our mood and explored relationships with friends.We discussed how we can manage these changes when they start happening to us.
This week, in Holbein, we have learnt a new multiplication method called the Gelosia method. We think it is a great method, but we still need to keep practising using it. In Lowry and Cassatt we have been finding the area and perimeter of compound shapes. We have found it challenging trying to identify missing lengths, but we are determined to succeed. In Cliff class, we have learnt how to convert mixed numbers and improper fractions and solving problems containing fractions.
In English, we have been writing recounts about our trip to Cuffley Camp. We have tried to include many features of recounts in our writing, including: first/third person, past tense, time adverbs.
My favourite memory from Cuffley Camp was when Dominic took up 3 beds, leaving me to sleep on the floor. (Ben F)
My favourite memory was when we were in our tent at night and we screamed when a found a spider. Even the boys heard our screams from their tents. (Jess)
In Science, we made graphs to represent the growth rate of baby boys and girls. We had to use our skills learnt in Maths to help us. We found out that, on average, boys grow quicker than girls.
Year 5 had a great time at Cuffley Camp. We enjoyed building shelters, creating artwork in nature and we liked exploring the environment. We had camp fires every night and even roasted marshmallows.
Please enjoy looking through our photos to see what we got up to.
In Cliff Class, we have been looking at many aspects of problem solving. We have been reasoning, predicting, forming conjectures and investigating all possibilities.
As an extension, some of us have also been creating problems for our peers. We thought that you might like to have a go at solving some.
Here are some 'Find the Combination' problems.
You have to find the 4 digits that, together, fulfill the criterion
to open the locks.
Puzzle number 1 by M
Try to solve this lock combination problem.
Rule 1= The first number is half of the last number.
Rule 2= The third number is 2 quarters of eight.
Rule 3= The second number is double the first number.
Rule 4= The fourth number is one multiplied by two.
This question is made by Marie!
To find out the answer to this question you need to look at the window in Cliff class.
Puzzle number 2 by Finley B
Can you solve my combination lock riddle? Find the four digit number by investigating each of the clues.
Puzzle number 3 by Sam M
The first number is half of 64 divided by 16
The second number is quarter of the last number
The third number is half of the first number
The last number is 1 third of 24
You can find the answers on Cliff Class window.
Week commencing 15th May 2017
In Cliff class, we have been doing algebra. We have created our own questions and we have some here:
If a is 56 more than z what is the algebraic expression for a?
If r is 55 more than o what is the algebraic expression?
If o=102, what is r?
* Answers can be found on Cliff class window. *
In English, we have been writing our own Alice and the Wonderland stories. Lots of people enjoyed writing our Alice in the Wonderland stories. We also have been completing assessment sheets. The teachers are really impressed with our extended outcomes. Ask us about them.
In Science, we have been learning about Jane Goodall. Jane Goodall is a scientist who studies chimpanzees in Gombe Nationals Park in Tanzania.
In PSHE, we have been voting to see who will be are class reps.The candidates designed posters and slogans to encourage people to vote for them - there were lots of candidates and the speeches were amazing. Afer lots of thinking and deliberating, the people who won with the most votes were :
In topic, we have been doing life cycles. We chose an animal and we drew their life cycles. Then we put all different types of animals in a life cycle and we had to complete it.
In PE, we have been playing Cricket, Rounder’s and Football. In cricket, we did pair cricket where it is everyone vs your team of 2. In Rounder’s , we had 2 teams and played 2 games of rounder’s.
It has been a very busy week.
In Mrs Cole’s class, we have been writing 100 word summaries of Alice in Wonderland. For 2 days, Lowry have been drawing mind maps for chapters 1-6. In Mrs Dring’s class, we have been devising summaries of Alice in Wonderland for 2 days and have been spotting the key events, characters and settings.
In Mrs Cole’s class in fluency and maths, we were looking at Roman numerals. In addition, we have been rounding decimals. In Mrs Dring’s class, we have been investigating divisibility rules.
In PSHE, the whole school did ‘take one picture’. We chose starry night by Vincent Van Gogh. We went into our houses and worked together in one class. St George went into Lowry and composed music, based on Starry Night. St Andrew went into Monet and painted miniature paintings of Starry Night. We all enjoyed this afternoon.
In Science, we are beginning to look at the life cycles of animals. We all picked our favourite animals and drew their life cycles.
By Adam and Finley
In English, we have been looking at the poetry of Benjamin Zephaniah.
We studied Benjamin and his poetry and looked at the themes, rhymes and structures of a range of his poems.
We created our own versions of his poetry. Here are some of our favourites.
We think that Benjamin would really appreciate this current and emotional poem by Elijah.
I used to think wars didn't matter,
I used to think fighting was fair,
I used to think bombs were all harmless,
Until one went off over there.
By Elijah Gentles
In the style of Who's Who by Benjamin Zephaniah.
Round Diamond could never be described as boring and this poem, by Aiden, really proves the point.
I used to think teachers were women,
I used to think doctors were men,
I used to think schools were boring,
Until I joined one of them.
By Aiden Tarr
In topic, these past few weeks, we have been developing designs for our very own Mars rover!
We started out looking at actual images of Mars rovers for inspiration, then thinking about all the different features these machines will have! Omar suggested that a rover should have all-terrain tyres so it is able to move across any surface. Charlie suggested it could have a claw in order to pick up items that may be found, like rocks or strange objects.
We were then tasked with drawing a few designs of our Mars rover, and we had to think about what materials we would use to make our models. Rylee decided his should be covered in tin foil in order to give it a metallic, space-age look!
After working on our plans, we all chipped in, bringing in boxes, cardboard, plastic cups, cereal boxes and much, much more.
We then went into the hall to set up stations to work on our rovers. Look how some of these turned out!
In maths we have been working on word problems, using skills we have learned to work with fractions, percentages and decimals.
We had lots of little sheets that contained word problems, one being:
"Write the smallest fractions in order starting with the smallest"
"3/4, 3/5, 17/20, 9/10"
Ash worked out that we need to convert these into /20 fractions, which means that all fractions would be:
"15/20, 12/20, 17/20, 18/20"
"3/5, 3/4, 17/20, 9/10"
Another example of a word problem we have solved is:
"250,000 people visited a theme park in one year. 15% visited in April. 40% visited in August. How many people visited the park in the rest of the year?"
Trixabelle worked out that:
15% of 250,000 is 37,500.
40% of 250,000 is 100,000.
She then worked out that the answer will be found when you add these totals together and minus them off the original amount. So:
37,500 + 100,000 = 137,500
250,000 - 137,500 = 112,500
112,500 people visited the park in the rest of the year!
In maths, we have been looking at chronology. We have been calculating durations of time and reading timetables which are important life skills. In addition, we have been creating our own word problems; would you like to try to solve some?
Answers will be posted next week.
Sherlock Holmes starts at 9pm. The next programme is Match of the Day highlights, which starts at 11.15pm. How many minutes does Sherlock Holmes last?
If Dance, Dance, Dance starts at midday and lasts for an hour and twenty minutes, what time does it end?
Match of the Day starts at 15:35 and ends at 18:05; how long does it last?
By Sam M
During English in year 5 we have been making instructions/recipes. In Lowry we’ve been doing instructions on how to make a marvellous medicine and in Cliff class, we have been writing instructions for sandwiches.
In maths, we have been calculating decimal numbers (times add and subtract)
In topic we have moved onto a new topic which is all about space and the solar system. So far we have seen the first rocket launch in history which took place in 1969 and Neil Armstrong said his famous words “one small step for man one giant leap for mankind”.
In science we have been learning about the moon and this week we have created fact pages in our book. This is related to our topic learning SPACE!
This half term we will be looking at the rule of law. We have discussed the difference between rules and laws and concluded that rules are for certain people and laws are for everybody.
100% Attendance this week for Cliff Class!
Extra news (awards, special days, class attendance)
Club allocations will be released this week
Don’t forget that family fun film night is this week on Thursday!
Week commencing 28.11.16
In Science over the past 2 weeks, we have been learning about the Global Goals. The Global Goals consist of 17 goals to meet by the year 2030 and were put in place to help our world.
We need to make sure that people don't waste food, water, electricity and other resources. We learnt about 5 of the Goals and researched technologies that exist to help reach the goal's targets. We created posters in small groups to develop the awareness of these goals.
Take a look at some of our posters:
Week commencing 31st October
Welcome back to Autumn 2. We hope that you had a super break.
We have had an action packed week. We thought that we would share some of the highlights:
In English, we have been studying the poem 'The Jabberwocky'. It has a lot of made up 'nonsense' words in it and some rhyming couplets. We identified word classes of the words we didn't recognise. We collaborated and practised performing the poem in groups to an audience. We used a range of movements and focused on how we could use tone, intonation and gesture effectively. We really enjoyed sharing our performances to our peers.
This week, in Science, we have been learning about electrical conductors and circuits. We tested a range of materials to discover which was the best electrical conductor.
We had a variety of outcomes but most people thought that the tin foil was the best conductor.
We justified this because the bulbs shone brightest when tin foil was used to complete the circuit.
What do you think?
Week Commencing 8th October
It has been an action packed week. We have performed in our Harvest Festival in front of a big audience and THE MAYOR OF STEVENAGE! We were really proud of ourselves and our performance with Monet class. Our focus was the role of the food bank and the spiritual beliefs that might be associated with Harvest and giving thanks. It really made us consider how lucky we are.
Thank you to all of the friends and families that came along.
On Wednesday, we had our Halloween Disco which was fantastic. Lots of us dressed up and spent the evening laughing, dancing and eating quite a lot of sweets. We are very thankful to the FORDS who organised it.
In English, we are taking part in a Take One Book week. Cliff class are looking at Anthony Browne's Voices in the Park, which is one of Mrs Dring and Miss Mason's favourite books. In Lowry class, we are looking at Holes by Louis Sachar, which was chosen especially by Mrs Cole. You can take a look at the animated version of Voices in The Park at http://research.kingston.ac.uk/booksalive/flash/book.html
We are really enjoying Take One Book and like the opportunities it gives us to explore a book in so many ways.
In Maths, we have been studying Geometry and have been describing,comparing and classifying 2-D and 3-D shapes. We have added some photographs to show you the kinds of things that we have been doing. We are using and developing our mathematical vocabulary - we have learnt the word congruent and used words such as vertical, vertex and dimensions. In addition, we have learnt the conventional markings for lines which are parallel and perpendicular and have used Venn and Carroll diagrams to classify shapes .
In French, we have been listening to French speakers and translating what they have said to English. At first, we found this very challenging but with some practice, we have got quite good at it.
We can't believe that there is only one more week until the end of this half term. It is going so fast.
Week commencing 26th September 2016
In mathss, we were doing fractions and learnt how to convert into decimals/fractions.We also compared fractions and then did Arithmatic on Friday which let us show all that we now know about fractions.
In English,we have been continuing to learn about legends/myths.We have been identifying key features and comparing legends. We have been choosing our favourite legends and will use these to help us to write our own.
In Science,we had completed our investigation - we looked at different materials and tested which was the best thermal insulator.
Week commencing 26th September
This week's learning:
We have had a great third week in year 5. It was full of excitement and new learning.
In science, we were planning an investigation - we looked different materials and wrote a hypothesis, method and prediction.
In maths, we have been doing multiplication and division. At the end of the week, we had arithmetic to show how much we have progressed throughout the week.
In topic, we looked at ancient Greek maps. We identified city states and physical features of Greece. We also compared modern Greece to ancient Greece. Also, we found out the capital of Greece which is Athens..
In English, we explored legends and wrote our own as a cold task. Also we watched a Greek legend, annotated a picture and acted the legend out.
In PE, The girls are doing tag rugby while the boys are learning the hacker which is a dance that the they do in rugby.
In RE, we are doing a carousel with Year 6. With Year 6 were doing Judaism and Christianity.
Typed by: Theo, Trix, Ben and Kadie
Week commencing 16th September
This week's learning:
We have had a great second week in year 5. It was full of excitement and new learning.
In science, we started to think about materials and their properties. we also started to think about definitions of the properties.
In maths, we have been using column addition and column subtraction. Everyone of us got a bit of green on our learning which is great because it means that we are making progress and challenging ourselves.
In topic, we have been making models of ancient Greek buildings, such as Olympia and the Theatre of Pompeii.
In English,we have been looking at recount. We completed our hot tasks and blew our teachers away with our progress.
Typed by: Theo, Trix, Ben and Kadie
CLUBS ARE BACK!
We are very excited that the clubs are starting up again this week.
There are some brand new clubs this term including Comic Strip.
We hope that you have signed up for a club. They really are good fun.
We have had a very busy first week in Year 5 and the teachers and children have enjoyed getting to know each other. This week we have launched our topic with an afternoon of DT. The children have created a fantastic array of models to represent different ancient Greek and Roman buildings. In addition, we have been learning about the features of recounts and have analysed a range of texts. In Maths, we have been rounding and estimating, using our knowledge of place value and applying this to real life situations.
Thank you for all of your positive feedback and support so far. We can't wait to see what next week brings.
We hope you have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Dring and Mrs Cole
We hope you have had a fantastic and enjoyable summer break, and are keen to start Year 5!
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