Weekly Learning
Here are the songs we are learning for Energize so that you can listen and practise at home. 
If the track doesn't open, check your downloads folder. You may need to right click on the track and select 'open with.' The track should play in windows media player.  Please ask Mrs Bailey or Mrs Richards if you have any questions.
 
We have also attached the lyrics.

Weekly learning October 1st - 5th    

 

In Maths, we have begun a new unit about decimals. This week we have been adding and subtracting decimals to two decimal places.

 

In English, we have been learning about the key features of biographies. We are researching and planning biographies based on two of the historical figures who feature in our Energize performance. 5B are writing about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and 5R are basing their texts on the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson. We are focussing on using interesting sentence openers, writing about events in chronological order and on including interesting facts to entertain and engage the reader.

 

In our Science topic on the properties of materials, we found out just how useful some materials can be. We learnt what happens to waste water once it leaves our homes. We followed the journey it takes through the sewers to water treatment plants and the processes it undergoes to make it clean and safe again.  

 

In Geography, we learnt that although the Arctic and Antarctic are both Polar climates, they are very different. We also found out about Mountain climates and used our research homework to create fact files of some famous mountains.

 

Both classes had an Energize dance lesson with the dance teacher this week. 5B are working on some complex choreography based on the life and works of Brunel while 5R are celebrating the famous victories of Nelson in their dance.

 

Other important information

On Tuesday (October 9th), we will be travelling to Aylesbury High School to rehearse for Energize with the other schools who are taking part. The coach will leave at 9am and we will not be able to wait for you if you are late. We will open the classroom doors at 8:30am so that you can come straight in – you don’t need to wait for the whistle to be blown. Please bring a packed lunch and a water bottle. Ideally, your lunch should be in a disposable bag with your name on. The organisers have asked that you do NOT bring coats, as there will be nowhere to store them during the day. You will be indoors so you won’t need them.

 

If there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to ask us. 

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 

Weekly learning September 24th – 28th   

In English, we have planned and written our own episodes of ‘This is NOT a fairy tale.’ In our new episode, we used dialogue and attempted jokes in the style of Jeremy Strong. Ramona left her castle and set off down the mountain. We wrote about the creatures she met along the way and tried to include a twist in the tale at the end – after all, this is NOT a fairy tale, so our characters did not ‘live happily ever after.’

In Maths, we have been using our knowledge to find missing angles and missing lengths in shapes made up of squares and rectangles. We have also continued to practise the 7 times table.

In our Science topic on the properties of materials, we investigated how some materials can change their state. We found out that water can be a liquid, gas or solid and we carried out a test to see how quickly ice melts in different conditions.

In Geography, we learnt about the Polar climate zone. We began by finding out how life in the Arctic compares to life here in the UK. We then used our research homework on Captain Scott to plan a letter from Scott to his son. There were some fantastic pieces of homework – well done to all of you!

5R had their second Energize dance lesson with the dance teacher. 5B will have their lesson a later date. We have sent out a letter about our first rehearsal with the other schools who are taking part. This rehearsal is on October 9th.  The songs and the lyrics are now on the blog so that you can listen and practise at home.

Other important information

As the weather is becoming more autumnal, children should have a coat in school in case break times are cold or rainy.

If there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to ask us. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Weekly learning September 17th – 21st  

 

In English, we have continued our learning based on ‘This is NOT a fairy tale,’ a short story by Jeremy Strong. This week we have edited and improved our dialogue texts and we have explored how Ramona is not a typical fairy-tale princess. Next week we will be writing our own episode – will Ramona make it to the bottom of the mountain in time? We shall see…

 

In Maths, we have been finding out about the properties of squares and rectangles. We have used our learning about parallel lines to label these. We also used our knowledge of the properties of squares and rectangles to calculate missing measurements.

 

In our Science topic on the properties of materials, we investigated how we could prove that air is all around us even though we can’t see it. We weighed balloons before and after blowing them up and found that the inflated balloons weighed more. 

 

Energize update

Thank you all for returning your Energize permission slips. This week we had our session with our dance teacher and we have begun to put moves to our songs.  It’s all very exciting! As soon as we hear that tickets are going on sale, we will let you know.

 

Other important information

Next week there is a change to our PE days as Game On will be on Monday. Our PE lesson will be on Thursday as usual.

As the weather is becoming more autumnal, children should have a coat in school in case break times are cold or rainy.

 

If there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to ask us. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 Weekly learning September 10th – 14th

Our first full week back has been a very busy one!

In English, we have read ‘This is NOT a fairy tale,’ a short story by Jeremy Strong. We have been exploring the use of humour in the opening paragraphs of several other stories by Jeremy Strong and we have been practising using parentheses and dialogue in preparation for writing our own episode of the story next week.

In Maths, we have been finding out about perpendicular and parallel lines. We have practised drawing them accurately.  We are also making sure that we know our multiplication tables well so that we can recall these quickly.

Our Science topic this term is the properties of materials. This week we went outside to learn how the particles in solids, liquids and gases move.

Our topic focus this half term is Geography. We are learning about climate zones. So far, we have found out that there are six main climate zones; we have located countries on a map and decided which climate zone they are in.

Energize

We have begun rehearsals for Energize, which will take place at the Waterside Theatre on November 14th.  We have quite a few songs to learn! The children have been given words to all of the songs and they are encouraged to take these home to learn – please remember to bring them into school every day though.

If you have not yet returned the permission forms for Energize, it is very important that these are brought into school no later than Tuesday next week, as we need to give details to the organisers by the end of the week.

Other important information

Our PE days are Wednesday (Game On) and Thursday.

Children must have a water bottle in school every day.

Homework (Maths and English) will be sent home on Friday and is due in by the following Wednesday.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Weekly learning October 8th – 12th October   

 

In Maths, we have continued our learning about decimals. This week we have been learning to subtract decimals with up to two decimal places.

 

In English, we finished writing our biographies of Brunel (5B) or Nelson (5R). We then spent some time editing these. For the remainder of this half term our focus will be diary entries. We will be finding out about the campaigns that led to women winning the right to vote. This topic is relevant not only because the Suffragettes feature in our Energize performance but also because 2018 marks the centenary of this landmark event.

 

In Geography, we learnt that deserts are not always hot and that they are not always made up of sand. We also found out about tropical climates as we compared the average annual rainfall on the Caribbean island of Grenada to that of Aylesbury. We drew graphs to illustrate this.

 

On Tuesday, we visited Aylesbury High School for our first joint rehearsal with the other schools taking part in Energize. It was an exciting (and tiring!) day as we practised all of the songs as well as learning actions to these. It was interesting to see how all of the different parts of the songs worked together in harmony. We now need to focus on learning the words to all of the songs before the next rehearsal at AHS on October 30th.  

 

On Thursday, elections were held for the Junior Leadership Team. It was great to see how many of you wanted to represent your class and to hear your speeches. Well done to everyone who took part.  

 

Other important information

Thank you all for your kind donations for our recent Harvest Festival.

 

As cold and/or wet weather is more likely now, please make sure that you have a coat with you every day.

 

If there is anything we can help you with, please do not hesitate to ask us. 

Enjoy the weekend,

 

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Homework

English homework Friday 12th October.  This homework is due in by Wednesday 17th October.

 

Last week, we celebrated National Poetry Day. For homework, we would like you to find a poem you like. 

 

You can either print the poem and stick it into your homework book or you can copy it out. If you would like to, you can illustrate the poem.

 

We would like you to write a few sentences explaining why you chose the poem and what you like best about it. You should also practise reading your poem aloud as we will share these in class next week.

 

Maths homework Friday 12th October. This homework is due in by Wednesday 17th October

 

Over the last two weeks, we have been learning to add and subtract decimals. For homework, use addition and subtraction to complete the pyramids.  Each block is the sum of the two below.  Full instructions and examples are in your books. 

 

Remember to write your calculations in vertical form (columns) and to line up the calculations correctly so that the decimal point is in the correct place.