Weekly Learning

13.12.19

 

The end of term is approaching fast but this hasn’t stopped us learning! We have had a very busy week.

 

In Maths, we have been focussing on multiplication. We have been learning how to multiply two and three-digit numbers by two-digit numbers as well as practising the multiplication tables.

 

In English, our final unit this term is based on a television advert from several years ago called The Bear and the Hare. The advert tells the story of the bear, who has never experienced Christmas as he always hibernates as the first snows on winter arrive. His friend, the hare, decides to leave him a gift that will ensure that, this time, he does not miss the festivities. We have written some fantastic descriptions of the winter wonderland scene that the bear sees when he is awoken by this strange gift.

 

In Art, we continued our work on abstract art in the style of Peter Thorpe. We experimented with oil pastels and have begun to create the abstract backgrounds for our space-themed pictures.

 

In Science, we have completed our unit on forces by investigating mechanisms. We worked in groups to create and test levers.

 

Visit to the National Space Centre

On Monday, Year 5 visited the National Space Centre in Leicester. During our visit, we learnt about rockets and how they are launched. We saw some exciting live experiments demonstrating this. We also visited the planetarium for an amazing 360⁰ film, which helped us to understand what it would be like to be an astronaut on board the International Space Station. We also spent time exploring the many interactive displays in the museum and learnt many new things about space and space exploration.

 

Christmas concert

Our Christmas concert will take place on Tuesday December 17th.  Children will need to be at the church on Fairford Leys at 6:45pm in full school uniform including school shoes. The performance will start at 7pm. We would be very grateful for donations of mince pies and/or biscuits to serve after our performance. These can be brought in on Monday or Tuesday and given to the class teachers.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

05.12.19

 

In Maths, we have continued to learn about calculating with decimals. Our focus this week has been on solving word problems as we looked at how we might use our learning about addition and subtraction of decimals in real life situations such as shopping. We then moved on to multiplication of decimals.

 

In English, we completed our non-chronological reports about our hexapods. We chose the topic for our final main paragraph (either habitat, threats facing our hexapod or life cycle). We also wrote a conclusion. After spending time editing and improving our work, we began writing up a final presentation copy. Everyone has worked very hard and the final pieces are looking amazing!  

 

In our Geography topic on climate zones, we have been researching some of the possible causes and effects of climate change. This week, we completed our research and used this to write an explanation of the possible effects of climate change on our world. We also shared our ‘mountains’ homework. Well done to all of you for your fantastic efforts with this.

 

We enjoyed watching the Christmas performances from the EYFS children and KS1 as they invited us to their dress rehearsals. We have also been working hard on the pieces for our Christmas concert on December 17th.  A letter has been sent out on Parentmail regarding the arrangements for this. We would be very grateful for donations of mince pies and/or biscuits to serve after our performance. These can be brought in from the beginning of next week and given to the class teachers.

 

Visit to the National Space Centre on Monday 9th December.

A letter has been sent out via Parentmail.  Please ensure that you are in school at 8am, as the coach needs to leave promptly at 8:30am. You should be in full school uniform including suitable school shoes. You will need a packed lunch and water bottle, preferably in a disposable bag. We expect to be back at school by 4pm.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

29.11.19

 

What a busy week we have had! 

 

In Maths this week, we have continued to learn about calculating with decimals. Our focus this week has been on subtraction.

 

In English, we completed our designs for our hexapods. We have been working on the first draft of our non-chronological reports. We have been learning how to use a range of sentence types, including relative clauses, fronted adverbials, subordinate clauses and conjunctions to link sentences. These are the features that not only add interest but also make writing flow. We have been writing about the anatomy and diet of our hexapods.

 

In our Geography topic on climate zones, we have been researching some of the possible causes and effects of climate change.

 

In RE, our focus this half term is the Christmas story. We began by considering how eyewitness accounts can differ, even when people have seen the same event. We have discussed what we already know about the Christmas story. This week, we read the accounts of the birth of Jesus in two of the Gospels and began to consider the similarities and differences in these accounts.

 

Our Science topic is about forces. This week, we investigated water resistance. We tested different shapes to see which sank fastest. We considered how we could change the shape of the object to make it fall more slowly.

 

On Wednesday, we enjoyed a visit from a group of performing arts students from Tring Park School. Not only were we entertained and amused but we also learnt a great deal, as their performance was all about the science of matter – what it is, the different states matter exists in and how matter can be altered by reversible or irreversible changes.

 

 

Reminders

Remember, our Christmas concert will take place in Fairford Leys church on Tuesday 17th December.  Further details will be sent out in due course.

 

Please make sure that you have a water bottle in school every day.

 

Our PE days are Thursdays and Fridays. You must have suitable PE kit in school on these days. Please make sure that this includes warm clothing for outdoor sessions. You also need a coat or jacket for break and lunchtimes.

 

Well done and thank you for all your hard work this week. Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

22.11.19

 

In Maths this week, we completed our autumn term assessments. We have now moved on to calculating with decimals. We have revised the method for addition and will be moving on to look at the other operations over the next few weeks.

 

In English, we have begun an exciting new unit called Pandora.  Pandora is one of the moons of the fictional planet Polyphemus. The inspiration for our writing is a film clip featuring some of the creatures that inhabit Pandora. This week, we have looked at sentence structure and have used different types of clauses to add interest to our writing. We have begun to design our own hexapods (six-limbed creatures), which we will use as the basis for writing non-chronological reports.

 

In our Geography topic on climate zones, we learnt about the tropical climate. We found out about the climate of the Caribbean island of Grenada. We learnt that tropical zones don’t have four seasons as we do in the UK. Instead, the year is divided into drier seasons and rainy seasons. We created bar graphs to compare average rainfall in Grenada with that of Aylesbury.  

 

On Wednesday, we held our first full year group rehearsal for our Christmas concert. We are learning some beautiful new pieces along with traditional festive favourites and are looking forward to performing on Tuesday 17th December.

 

Reminders

Please make sure that you have a water bottle in school every day.

 

Our PE days are Thursdays and Fridays. You must have suitable PE kit in school on these days. Please make sure that this includes warm clothing for outdoor sessions.

 

You also need a coat or jacket for break and lunchtimes.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

15.11.19

 

In Maths this week, we completed our work on rounding decimals then moved on to learn how to convert fractions into decimals.  

 

In English, we have been reading ‘Bling.’ This short story ended with a dilemma for the main character, Billy Midas. Billy was granted a wish and had been given a very special cushion – any object placed on it magically transformed into gold! Unfortunately, Billy left his bedroom door open and his cat, Goji, curled up to sleep on the cushion and was turned to solid gold. Billy had to decide whether to keep his powers or safe his pet. We wrote endings to the story to describe how Billy’s dilemma was resolved.

 

In Science, we continued our topic on forces by learning about air resistance. We learnt about Galileo’s theories and watched a short film clip of a feather and a hammer being dropped from the same height on the moon. We then made parachutes and tested them to investigate which size of parachute would take the longest time fall to the ground in a fair test. 

 

In our Geography topic on climate zones, we learnt about the polar climate. We found out about the life of an Inuit living in Greenland and researched the differences between the Arctic and Antarctic.

 

In PE, we were excited to begin our ‘Alice in Wonderland’ ballet unit. We were very impressed with your enthusiasm and the dance you were able to produce after just one lesson!

 

In Music, we have now begun rehearsing for our Christmas concert, which will take place in Fairford Leys church on Tuesday 17th December at 7pm. We will send out more details shortly.

 

Reminders

Please make sure that you have a water bottle in school every day.

Our PE days are Thursdays and Fridays. You must have suitable PE kit in school on these days.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

08.11.19

 

In Maths this week, we have been learning more about decimals. We have been learning how to round decimals to the nearest whole number or to a specified number of decimal places, for example to the nearest tenth or one decimal place.

 

Our new English unit is called Bling! The story is a modern version of the Ancient Greek myth of King Midas. In our story, a young boy called Billy Midas rescues a small being (called a chimichanga) and is rewarded with a wish. Like King Midas, he chooses the power to turn objects into gold. Billy initially enjoys the popularity this brings him at school. All seems well until, one fateful day, he returns home to find that his beloved cat, Goji, has fallen asleep on the magical cushion left by the chimichanga and has, of course, been turned into pure gold. Billy now faces a dilemma and calls on the chimichanga for help. What will Billy decide to do? We will find out next week when we retell his story and decide whether he will give up his powers in order to save his cat…

 

We have begun our Geography topic, which is all about climate zones. This week, we explored world maps to investigate where the six main types of climate zones are located.

 

In Science, we began our topic on forces by learning about gravity and the difference between weight and mass. We used Newton meters to measure different objects in order to work out the relationship between weight and mass.

 

Multiplication tables

Several parents asked us for advice on helping children to learn the multiplication tables. The following websites are great for learning these using songs to help with rapid recall.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks2-collection/zr4ky9q

https://www.bosburyprimaryschool.co.uk/Curriculum/Times-Tables-Pop-Songs/

 

Important information

Remember that you should have a water bottle in school every day and that you need to have PE kit in school on Thursdays and Fridays.

 

As it is now becoming colder, please make sure that you have a suitable coat or jacket in school.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Years 5 and 6 have not set homework in books this week as we need you to make sure that you know all of the words to the songs you will be singing at our Christmas performance on Tuesday evening. 
 
The song lyrics can be found on the attached documents if you do not have your copy at home.