Welcome to Year 5 and Freeman Class
Week beginning 13th November 2017
It has been a busy week with anti-bullying activities, a tree-planting session and even a visit from Pudsey Bear so it is a feat indeed that the children have also completed their maths, literacy and history tasks. They have worked confidently through the tricky angles work, developed prediction skills for comprehension and made good headway on designing and decorating their Pandora's boxes. More photos can be found in the gallery but here is a selection of some of those activities.
Week beginning 6th November 2017
After a busy weekend of firework displays, it was good to see everyone had a safe and enjoyable time. It seems to have put the children in a focused mood for working hard as well - for they have completed a fantastic display of their work from the Sixties topic and utterly nailed their numeracy tasks on measuring perimeter and angles!
They were rewarded with a very messy science afternoon investigating different methods of separating materials. Apologies for the extra washing...
They are also busy designing their individual Pandora's Boxes, related to their learning about Greek Gods and the beliefs of people of Ancient Greek times.
Homework has been set this week, including spellings, but I would like to send a reminder that this will be less, each week from now on, as the children continue with their projects.
Next week, it will be national anti-bullying week so a number of activities will be directly related to the theme , "All different, All equal." Also, on the Wednesday morning we will be busy planting the trees we have chosen, so a warm coat and appropriate footwear will no doubt come in handy for that.
Week beginning 30th October 2017
Welcome back after what seems to have been an enjoyable half term - the children appear refreshed and eager to begin a whole new set of exciting topics...
We will be missing Lashantai for a while, as she is recovering from the first round of her surgery. We were totally inspired by her courage and outlook - and delighted in a big round of hugs and well-wishes. We passed on a card with all our heartfelt messages - and hope she enjoys her chocolate birthday cake as soon as it is more comfortable to eat!
In literacy next week, we will consolidate some important grammar rules before beginning our unit on adventure writing, focusing first on how to build tension and create atmosphere in our stories. Within numeracy, we will be finding missing numbers in different contexts, such as missing lengths of 2D shapes and missing angles around a point. This will lead on into week 3 when we will look at other types of number, including factors, multiples, prime, square and negative numbers - so plenty of brain power being needed there!
Our science work continues with materials but the emphasis will be on mixing and separating materials, through a variety of practical (and messy) processes, while our history topic on the Ancient Greeks begins in fighting style! To engage the children from the start, this week's homework introduces the related project task - a choice of 3 options. The children have been given just over a month to complete the project and it is due in for Wednesday 6th December.
A reminder that Parents Evenings will be held next week, on Monday and Wednesday for Freeman Class and I look forward to seeing you there.
Week beginning 16th October 2017
We have arrived at the end of Term 1 and finished the week off with a fabulous couple of performances celebrating the 60th birthday of our school. It was a real delight to watch the children from each class deliver a "stint" from the decade they were studying and we were treated to a whole combination of songs, dances, role play - and the burial of items into a time capsule. The photos below capture only moments of the day but hopefully reflect some of the fun we had.
The children seemed particularly pleased that no homework has been set for the half term. However, we will be starting the new history topic on the Ancient Greeks on our return so if any of the children are at a loose end this week, do feel free to point them in the direction of some research here to get a head start!
In the meantime, I hope you all have a relaxing and enjoyable time and I look forward to seeing you at the start of term 2: Monday 30th October
Week beginning 9th October 2017
The class has been alive with the sound of music this week for we have been rehearsing our performance for the birthday celebration assembly next Thursday and are really hoping that many of you will be able to attend. No doubt by then you will know the words to "California Dreaming" just as well as your child does!
Below is our completed class display on the Swinging Sixties, exhibiting some work samples from the children as well as a few authentic photos from the decade. It really has been a great topic to study and certainly brought back some fond memories for me.
We also raised awareness for Young Minds' campaign on #HelloYellow by wearing yellow for the day on Tuesday 10th October (World Mental Health Day). The children discussed some sensitive issues with great maturity and it was such a boost to read the messages of support they recorded for all those children across the UK that need to know they are not alone. I hope they bring a smile to you all as much as they did me.
We continued with our science unit on materials and investigated how we might "insulate" an ice cube in the best way (i.e. in the event of not having a freezer!) It made interesting observation as we recognised the thick felt fabric worked best - it kept the cold in as well as keeping the heat from the warm classroom out. It was a better insulator than the other contenders of foil, baking paper, rubber, plastic and the "naked" ice-cube.
Below are a few pictures of the scientists at work.
Homework tasks have been attached to the link above and I look forward to seeing some of you at the assembly next week.
Week beginning 2nd October 2017
Our 1960s topic grows apace with some interesting observations and debate on the influence of the media throughout this decade, specifically how men and women were portrayed. It is safe to say that a lot has changed since then. Below is a sample of some of our finished posters, showing the research the children completed on a particular event or theme from the 1960s.
We have begun our new literacy unit on writing a newspaper report and have started by using the Talk for Writing process which provides us with an example structure to draw from. Their homework this week is to practise retelling the report with the help of the story map prompt in their books. The original versions (drawn and written) have been added to the homework link in case anyone has forgotten what the symbols stand for.
In numeracy, the class have continued to excel themselves with the addition and subtraction of large numbers and decimals so we will be moving on to more problem-solving activities next week as well as introducing other types of number, such as negative numbers and Roman numerals.
As you will know from this week's newsletter, Tuesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. As a school, we are extremely keen to show our support for all the work that goes on in helping young people with mental health problems and in view of this, we have invited the children to wear something yellow on this day in line with the national campaign from the Young Minds organisation. Our aim is to spread the word that any child, struggling to cope, is not alone and that it is good to talk. Please do support us in this important aim - and start digging out those yellow items in readiness for Tuesday. Thank you.
Week beginning 25th September 2017
Mr Clarke kicked off the week with a fun maths morning on Monday involving the rounding up and down of larger numbers. We went on to apply this skill to decimal numbers and consolidated our learning through a variety of games. As our photos below demonstrate, "Make a Row" was a popular one.
We also completed our final drafts of our biographies on Cathy Freeman. It is a testament to the class that they were prepared to put the finishing touches to these on Friday afternoon so many thanks to them for that.
It is payback that I now have them all to mark over the weekend!
We continued to investigate properties of materials for our science unit and focused on the meaning of electrical conductivity. I was most impressed to see what knowledge the children already had on the importance, workings and origins of electricity so we will be testing materials for conductivity and insulation over the next couple of weeks.
Our history topic moved on with an interesting discussion about the impact of music in the 1960s and how music was used to reflect the changing attitudes in society, moving away from the more traditional values. The literacy homework task uses a short text about this.
A quick reminder that we have indoor PE on Monday afternoon so please ensure the children have their PE kits.
Week beginning 18th September 2017
We have had a busy and eventful week and the children are really beginning to demonstrate what they are capable of. I have seen some fabulous maths work involving decimals; read some engaging opening paragraphs to their biographies on Cathy Freeman and, not least, witnessed some entertaining renditions of The Twist to Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again!" We also received a visitor on Thursday afternoon: John Atkinson from the council's One Tree came to help plan an area for more tree planting and after an informative update on the importance of trees, took on board our requests for the trees we would like to see in our grounds. Planting will begin in the winter and we look forward to that. Congratulations to Kaydon and Lashantai who were deservedly voted in for our class council members and to our deputies, Bella and Ben. All the children who applied for the position were brave enough to speak before the class and to put forward their reasons for wanting the job - so a very big well done to them too.
Examples of some of our activities this week are displayed below.
The homework tasks for this week have been attached through the link above and also stuck into your child's homework book. The literacy activity involves time adverbials and the maths activity requires positioning decimals along a number line.
Please note: the children coped with this better than I had anticipated so if the task takes them only a few minutes, then there is a challenge activity in the homework section to keep them occupied a while longer!
Enjoy the weekend everyone.
Week beginning 4th September 2017
The first week, as always, has sped by but it has been a delight to have your children back again from two years ago - haven't they grown?!
It is sad that Anu has moved on but it has been a real pleasure to see Dylan Blake as an addition to our class. I have been impressed with how friendly and welcoming the children have been to help settle him in so smoothly.
For those of you who were able to attend the back-to-school meeting on Thursday, you will know homework will be set on a Friday and expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. The first task has already been given out so do please check the children's bags this weekend! You should also find a parent overview alongside it, outlining the curriculum we will be covering throughout the autumn terms.
As the term progresses, this web page will be updated regularly and aims to keep you informed with all up-coming events, what the class has been doing and provide you with photos and examples of the children's work. Definitely worth checking in with!
In the meantime, enjoy your weekend and I look forward to starting a full time table next week.