Weekly Learning

Weekly learning April 1st – 5th   

 

It may have been the last week of term but we have continued our learning and have achieved a great deal this week. Well done to all of you!

 

In Maths, we have completed our about measurement. This week, we have been learning how to convert from smaller units to larger units. We converted centimetres to metres, metres to kilometres, grams to kilograms to grams and millilitres to litres. We have been using the skills we have learnt recently (dividing by 100 and 1000) to help us.

 

In English, we read parts two and three of The Highwayman, a narrative poem by Alfred Noyes. This week, we have focused on journalistic writing. We used hot seating to explore the reactions of some of the characters after the death of both Bess and The Highwayman. We then wrote newspaper reports showing support either for the Red Coats (the troops who captured and killed The Highwayman) or for Bess, by presenting her as an innocent victim in the story.

 

In Art, we have completed our pencil drawings interpreting the first verse of The Highwayman. We used the skills of perspective drawing we have been practising. We then used different grades of pencil to create tone, shadow and texture in our drawings. We used copies of our artwork to illustrate the newspaper reports we wrote during our English lessons.

 

Yesterday we had a fantastic time at the talent show. Well done to our amazing Year 5 finalists!

 

Have a fantastic Easter break. Hopefully we will all be able to enjoy some fine spring sunshine and, of course, some Easter treats! We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday 24th April.

 

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning March 25th – 29th   

 

In Maths, we have begun a new unit about measurement. This week, we have been learning how to convert metres to centimetres, kilometres to metres, kilograms to grams and litres to millilitres. We have been using the skills we have learnt recently (multiplying by 100 and 1000) to help us.

 

In English, we have been reading The Highwayman, a narrative poem by Alfred Noyes. In the first part of the poem, the scene is set – an old inn by a wild, windswept moor. The poem tells the story of a brief meeting between the highwayman and Bess, the landlord’s daughter. Promising to return with ‘yellow gold,’ he heads out into the darkness, not realising that their encounter has been overheard by Tim, the ostler. We have been planning and rewriting the poem as a classic narrative, using our own words and phrases to tell the story.

 

In History, we completed our topic on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We learnt how the Anglo-Saxon era ended in 1066 when William, Duke of Normandy claimed the throne and defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. We were intrigued to learn that Halley’s Comet had been sighted in April 1066 and that people had seen this as an ominous warning of disaster. We found out that the course of history can be changed by seemingly small things – false rumours of William’s death, caused the Anglo-Saxons to abandon their positions, allowing the Normans to break through their defences and win the battle. We also looked at scenes from the Bayeux tapestry and discussed their value as historical evidence.

 

In Art, we have learnt about perspective drawing. We identified the vanishing point, lines of perspective and horizon line in various photographs before learning how to draw simple shapes in perspective. We then practised using different grades of pencil to create tone, shadow and texture using a range of techniques.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning March 18th – 22nd    

 

In Maths, we have revised arithmetic methods in all four operations. We also looked back at some of the topics we have covered since September. We took assessments in arithmetic and reasoning.

 

In English, we completed our persuasive letters to the Prime Minister in which we explained the Norwegian solution to the problem of plastic bottles. We used persuasive words and phrases to ask the Prime Minister to consider adopting a similar system here in the UK. Our letters are now ready to be sent to 10 Downing Street. We are very proud of all of you for writing with such passion about an issue that is clearly very important to you.

 

We have also worked on our comprehension skills and have taken a reading assessment. On Friday, we began our new unit, based on The Highwayman, a narrative poem by Alfred Noyes. The poem uses amazing descriptive language and is full of drama! We are looking forward to seeing some fantastic writing based on the poem, which we will be rewriting as a classic narrative.

 

In Science, we completed our unit on Forces by investigating water resistance. We set up an experiment to test the time taken for a piece of plasticine to reach the bottom of a container full of water. We then made different shapes to see how we could speed up or slow down the descent. We found that the greater the surface area, the slower the descent and the more streamlined our shapes were, the quicker they fell.

 

In History, we learnt about law and justice in Anglo-Saxon times. We found out that there was neither a police force nor any prisons; punishments were harsh in order to deter people from committing crimes. We found that there were some similarities with modern-day justice. For example, wergild, a form of compensation, was often paid to victims of crime. Trial by jury was common, just as it is today.

Talent show 2019

 

On Thursday, auditions were held for this year’s talent show, which will take place on the last Thursday of term. We were treated to a wide variety of different acts. Well done to everyone who auditioned. It takes courage to perform in front of an audience and you all did this brilliantly. Year 5 voted for their favourite act and the winning two acts will go through to the final. Invitations will be sent out to parents of the finalists shortly.  

 

Have a lovely weekend,  

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning March 11th – 15th   

 

In Maths, we have continued to learn about whole numbers. This week we continued learning to divide by 10, 100 and 1000 and by multiples of these. We moved on to learn about the order of operations.

 

In English, we completed our unit based on the Ancient Greek myth of Prometheus and Pandora. We wrote a version of the myth told from the point of view of Pandora. Our focus was on using vivid description and on showing, rather than telling, the reader how Pandora was feeling.

 

British Science Week

 

We have taken part in lots of activities as part of British Science Week. We discussed what Science is and what qualities are needed in order to be a good scientist.

 

On Tuesday, we investigated how diseases such as the common cold are spread. We wrote scripts for a public information film explaining how to prevent the spread of colds and flu.

 

On Wednesday, our focus was forces. We found out about some of the problems farmers in Nepal encounter when trying to transport their produce down the mountains to market. First, we designed our own pulley systems. We then chose the design we thought would work best and made our system before testing it to see if it was capable of transporting tomatoes without dropping or squashing any of them. We evaluated our designs and considered how we could improve them. Thank you to all those who brought in cartons, straws, cardboard tubes and much more to make this possible.

 

On Thursday, we found out about the life and work of Sir David Attenborough before learning about plastic pollution and the problems this causes around the world. We discovered that, in the UK, less than 50% of plastic bottles are recycled whereas in Norway, the figure is 93%. This is because Norway operates a deposit system: people are keen to recycle because they receive money back when they do so. We are writing letters to the Prime Minister to encourage the government to consider introducing such a system here in the UK. We have been impressed by the passion and persuasive skills you have been using when drafting your letters. We also enjoyed a visit from a specialist in hot air ballooning, who explained the history of balloon flight and the science behind it.

 

On Friday, our featured scientist was Professor Stephen Hawking. We found out about his life and the amazing contributions he made to our understanding of the universe despite the incredible hardships her faced. What an inspiration! We then learnt about neurons and how these transmit messages around our bodies. We made models of a neuron and labelled these with our earliest memories. In the afternoon, we took part in a fantastic forensic science workshop, where we learned how evidence such as DNA and fingerprints can be used to help solve crimes. Many thanks to the PTA for funding this experience for us.

 

Overall, we have had an amazing week, with so many enjoyable activities and some fantastic learning experiences! Well done to all of you.

 

Have a lovely weekend,  

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning March 4th – 8th  

 

Wow! What a busy week this has been!

 

In Maths, we have continued to learn about whole numbers. This week we have been learning to divide by 10, 100 and 1000 and by multiples of these. On Thursday, we worked in pairs to complete a Maths mystery with a World Book Day theme.  

 

In English, we have continued to learn about the Ancient Greek myth of Prometheus and Pandora. This week, we have considered how the story would be presented from the viewpoint of different characters, for example, one of the humans created by Prometheus. We have also planned our own version of the story from Pandora’s point of view.   

 

In Science, we have been learning about forces. This week, we learnt about air resistance. We experimented by choosing different criteria to make parachutes. Then we measured the time our parachutes took to reach the floor and thought about how we could change our design to improve the parachute.

 

In History, we completed our research about life in Viking times. We chose different areas of Viking life to focus on and created leaflets about these.

 

World Book Day

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day by solving a mathematical mystery all about books. We shared some of our favourite books then used some of the illustrations from a picture book, called ‘Flotsam,’ to wonder, observe and infer. In the afternoon, we watched an online live lesson featuring three authors.

 

National Space Centre visit

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a great visit to the National Space Centre. We were able to explore exhibits about the Solar System as well as experiencing a 360⁰ cinema presentation about life as an astronaut. The ‘live science’ part of our visit included watching a (small!) rocket being launched and finding out more about Sir Isaac Newton’s work on gravity. Some of us also climbed the 144 steps of the rocket tower to see a real rocket from a different viewpoint. All in all a fantastic day out with lots of great learning opportunities.

 

Science week - Please can you help?

Next week is National Science Week. We have lots of exciting and varied lessons planned! Over the course of the week, we will be carrying out a range of science experiments, talks and workshops as well as learning about some significant British scientists.  Thank you to everyone who has already brought in resources. We still need more, so if you can provide any of the following, please can you send items in by Tuesday 12th March:

  • Newspaper
  • Disposable plastic vegetable tubs/cartons
  • Paper cups
  • Dried spaghetti
  • String
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Straws

 

Have a lovely weekend,  

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning February 25th – March 1st   

 

In Maths, we have begun a new unit on whole numbers. This week we have been learning to multiply by 10, 100 and 1000 and by multiples of these, for example, 6 x 40 is the same as 6 x 4 x 10. We have also used these skills to help us to estimate.

 

Our new English unit is about myths. We have explored the Ancient Greek myth of Prometheus and Pandora. This week, our focus has been on becoming familiar with the story and learning new vocabulary. We also considered the main characters in the story and how their importance changes as the story progresses.  

 

In Science, we have been learning about forces. We found out about gravity and the work of Sir Isaac Newton before investigating the weight and mass of different items. We then discussed our findings to see if we could spot any links between weight and mass.

 

In History, we are continuing our work on Anglo-Saxon and Viking invaders and settlers. Before half term, we learnt about the Anglo-Saxons; this week, we found out about the early Viking invasions. We found out where the Vikings came from and why they came to Britain. We created timelines to show the main events between 787AD, when the Viking raids began, and 1066, when the Norman Conquest brought the Anglo-Saxon and Viking era to an end.

 

Science week - Please can you help?

Week commencing 11th March is National Science Week, which St Mary’s is taking part in. Over the course of the week, the children will be taking part in a range of science experiments, talks and workshops as well as learning about some significant British scientists.  Year 5, however, need a range of resources that you may be able to provide.  If possible, please can you send any of the following in by Tuesday 12th March:

  • Newspaper
  • Disposable plastic vegetable tubs/cartons
  • Paper cups
  • Dried spaghetti
  • String
  • Cardboard tubes
  • Straws

 

National Space Centre visit

We would also like to remind you about timings for our Space Centre trip on Tuesday 5th March.  Please ensure that your child is in school at 8am in school uniform and with a packed lunch and water bottle. We will return to school at approximately 4pm, depending on the traffic.

 

Have a lovely weekend,  

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning February 11th – 14th   

 

In Maths, we have completed our unit on whole numbers up to 10 million. This week we have been using rounding to estimate multiplication calculations and we have rounded to find the nearest multiple to help us when estimating and checking division calculations.

 

In English, we have written non-chronological reports about a hexapod – a six-limbed creature found on Pandora (one of the moons orbiting the fictional planet Polyphemus). We have focused on using subordinate clauses and fronted adverbials to vary our sentence openers and we have used technical vocabulary to describe the creatures we created.  

 

In Art, we completed the abstract backgrounds for our artwork in the style of Peter Thorpe. We then painted rockets to add to the foreground of our work. The finished pictures look amazing!

 

Barnabas RE day

On Thursday, we enjoyed a visit from a storyteller called Chip, who took us on a story walk. He explained the link between the creation story in the Bible and the life and death of Jesus. He also talked to us about a church in Ethiopia and helped us to understand the similarities and differences between a church there and here in the UK.

 

National Space Centre visit

On Tuesday 5th March, we have planned a visit to the National Space Centre. Letters were sent out via parentmail with details of the trip. Please return the reply slips as soon as possible so that we can confirm the details for our visit with the National Space Centre.

Have a great half term!  

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning February 4th – 8th   

 

In Maths, we have continued working on whole numbers up to 10 million. We have been comparing and ordering numbers and identifying sequences.  We have also learnt more about rounding numbers, which is an important skill as it helps us to estimate and check our answers when calculating.

 

We have begun a new English topic based on a film clip entitled ‘Pandora.’ Pandora is one of the moons orbiting the fictional planet Polyphemus. We will be writing non-chronological reports about one of the creatures that inhabit this beautiful but dangerous place. This week, we practised using a variety of different sentence types to make our writing entertaining and interesting. We also used technical vocabulary to create our ‘hexapod’ – a six-legged creature living in the rainforests of Pandora.

 

We have completed the first part of our Anglo-Saxons and Vikings History topic. After half term, we will find out what happened when the Vikings arrived in Britain. This week, we created storyboards showing the key events in the epic poem, Beowulf.

 

In Art, we learnt about the work of abstract artist Peter Thorpe. We each chose one of his paintings to analyse before planning our own ‘space art’ in a similar style. We used oil pastels to create colourful and dramatic abstract backgrounds. Next week, we will be adding rockets to create the foreground for our final pieces.  

 

Safer Internet Day 2019

This Tuesday was Safer Internet Day 2019. We know that the internet is an amazing resource that offers so many opportunities for learning and for enjoyment. However, it is important that we know how to use the internet safely. Miss McGovern taught Year 5 how to stay safe online as part of their ICT lesson this week. On Thursday, we had a presentation from an IT specialist, who explained more about the dangers we might encounter when online. He also showed us how easily photographs can be altered and how important it is to question, as not everything we see and hear online is true.

 

Reminder

On Tuesday 5th March, we have planned a visit to the National Space Centre. Letters were sent out via parentmail with details of the trip. Please return the reply slips as soon as possible so that we can confirm the details for our visit with the National Space Centre.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey, Mrs Richards & Mrs Venner

Weekly learning January 28th – February 1st  

 

In Maths, we have begun working on whole numbers up to 10 million. We have been practising writing numbers as both numerals and in words. We then began looking at the value of each digit in number. This will be important when we are comparing and ordering numbers.

 

We continued our English topic on persuasive writing. This week, we planned how to use persuasive techniques to convince families to holiday in space. We used conditional sentences to turn potential concerns into positive features. For example, ‘If you are concerned about the safety of space travel, you will be reassured to learn that every aspect of the space hotel has been tested using the most stringent safety checks possible.’ The final pieces have impressed us with their creativity and imagination, whilst incorporating the persuasive features we have been learning about.

 

We have continued our learning about the Anglo-Saxons. This week, we learnt more about the discoveries made at Sutton Hoo and how these have helped historians to understand more about the Anglo-Saxons. We have also heard some of the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, Beowulf, in the original Old English in which it was first written. We found out why epics such as Beowulf were so important to the Anglo-Saxons before listening to an outline of the story.

 

In Science, we found out more about shadows. We saw a sundial in operation, thanks to a perfect sunny day on Monday. We found out how the length and direction of a shadow changes during the day as the Earth rotates.

                                                                                           

Important information

Game On is now be on Mondays. On Thursdays, our PE lessons may include cross-country, although while it is very cold and wet, we may sometimes take the decision to do indoor PE. Please make sure that you have suitable PE kit in school. Suitable footwear is essential, as the field is very muddy. Please remember to bring a plastic bag to put your trainers in afterwards.

 

We hope you all enjoyed the snow day!  

Mrs Bailey, Mrs Richards & Mrs Venner

Weekly learning January 21st – 25th    

 

In Maths, we finished our work on time by learning how to read and interpret timetables. We have also spent time revising arithmetic skills in all four operations.

 

Our new English topic is persuasive writing. We began by identifying persuasive features in a holiday brochure and then considered how adverts use emotive language and images to persuade. We have learnt how modal verbs, such as might, would, could, will, shall and can, show possibility or certainty to the reader. We will be putting all of these skills together next week, when we will be writing about space tourism.

 

We have continued our learning about the Anglo-Saxons. This week, we learnt how the Anglo-Saxons converted from their pagan beliefs to Christianity after the arrival of St Augustine. We wrote a text message conversation between King Ethelbert (the Anglo-Saxons had fabulous names!) and Augustine as he attempted to convince them to abandon their gods and goddesses in favour of Christianity.

 

In Science, we found out how the fact that the Earth is tilted creates different seasons. We found out that one hemisphere is always tilting towards the Sun and is therefore warmer. Meanwhile in the other hemisphere, which leans away from the Sun, the angle means the Sun’s rays are spread over a larger area and therefore it is cooler. 

 

In RE, Mrs Mathews is teaching Year 5 about Hinduism. Our key question for this half term is ‘How can Brahman be everywhere and in all things?’ This week, we found out about some of the Hindu gods and goddesses and the role they play in the life of Hindus.

 

Important information

Game On is now be on Mondays. On Thursdays, our PE lessons will include cross-country. Please make sure that you have suitable PE kit in school. Suitable footwear is essential, as the field is very muddy. Please remember to bring a plastic bag to put your trainers in afterwards.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

Mrs Bailey & Mrs Richards

Weekly learning January 14th – 18th 

 

In Maths, we have continued learning about time. We have learnt how to use either a timeline or a table to calculate duration.

 

In English, we planned and wrote our own free verse poems.  We used poetic devices such as similes, metaphors, alliteration and repetition. We wrote about an empty classroom and used personification to bring the classroom and objects in it to life.

 

Our History topic this half term is the Anglo-Saxons. This week, we learnt more about life in Anglo-Saxon times. We discovered what it would have been like to live in a typical Anglo-Saxon village – perhaps, as children, we would have been responsible for looking after the farm animals or maybe even keeping a lookout for wolves, which still roamed the forests at this time. We also learnt about Anglo-Saxon religious beliefs. We discovered that some of the days of the week we use today originated with the Anglo-Saxons. Wednesday, for example, gets its name from the god Woden.

 

In Science, we continued our topic on Space by finding out more about the movement of the Earth. We investigated how the daily rotation of the Earth on its axis causes day and night and we began to think about how the orbit of the Earth around the sun causes the seasons.

 

In Music, we are excited to be taking part in ‘Sing up.’ This is a global music event, which takes place in March. All of the participating schools learn the same song. The whole school will gather to sing the song together on Sing Up Day as children all around the world do the same.

 

In PE, we went outdoors on a chilly but beautiful afternoon to continue cross-country training. We warmed up by walking and jogging before running at least two laps of the field.

 

Important information

Just a reminder that our PE days have changed. Game On is now be on Mondays. On Thursdays, our PE lessons will include cross-country. Please make sure that you have suitable PE kit in school. This week, a number of children did not have suitable footwear. The field is very muddy, so please bring a plastic bag to put your trainers in afterwards.

 

Enjoy the weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Weekly learning January 7th – 11th 

 

In Maths, we have continued learning about time. We have revised how to tell the time on an analogue clock – not as simple as it seems given that we all rely so much on digital clocks these days! We have also learnt how to convert from 24-hour clock to the12-hour clock and vice versa.  

 

In English, we have explored the poem. ‘Last Night, I Saw the City Breathing,’ by Andrew Peter Fusek, a modern poet. We compared this to ‘Block City,’ which was written over a hundred years ago. We found that ‘Block City’ has a regular rhythm and a rhyming pattern whereas ‘Last Night, I Saw the City Breathing’ is written in free verse. Each stanza is different. We learnt about personification – the poet brings the city to life by giving it human actions and feelings. Next week, we will be planning and writing our own free verse poems.

 

Our Science topic is space. This week, we learnt about the orbits of the Earth and the moon. We went outside and played the parts of the sun, Earth and moon. We demonstrated how the orbits of the earth and moon affect what we can see in space, the amount of daylight we enjoy and the changes in the seasons. We came up with lots of questions about space, which we will hopefully find the answers to as we continue our topic. 

 

Our History topic this half term is the Anglo-Saxons. This week, we learnt where the Angles, Saxons and Jutes came from and why they came to Britain after the Romans left. We also investigated the evidence for Anglo-Saxon settlements in the Aylesbury area by looking at place names and finding out what these meant in Anglo-Saxon times.

 

In PE, we went outdoors to begin cross-country training. We learnt the importance of warming up thoroughly and pacing ourselves to make sure that we could run at least two laps of the field. We are aiming to see how much we can improve on our collective class time over the next few weeks.

 

Important information

Just a reminder that our PE days have changed. Game On will now be on Mondays. On Thursdays, our PE lessons will include cross-country. Please make sure that you have suitable PE kit in school. The field is muddy, so please bring a plastic bag to put your trainers in afterwards.

 

You have worked very hard this week – well done! Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Weekly learning January 3rd –  4th      

 

It was lovely to welcome you all back yesterday and hear what you did over Christmas and the New Year. We are very excited about the new topics we will be sharing with you this term. 5B are pleased to welcome Mrs Venner, who will be working with the class until half term.

 

In Maths, we have begun to look at time. This week, we have revised telling the time using analogue clocks.

 

In English, we have started a topic on poetry. We are reading a poem about a city at night. We have begun to explore synonyms and have seen how changing one word can change the whole meaning of a sentence.

 

Our Science topic is space. Yesterday we found out about the planets. We used different sized fruits to compare the size of the planets. We then used the fruits to create a scale model showing their distance from the sun. We also created mnemonics to help us to remember the names of the planets in the correct order.  The following website has lots of amazing facts about space for those of you who want to find out more.

 

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/days/en/

 

Important information

 

Our PE days have changed. Game On will now be on Mondays.

 

On Thursdays, our PE lessons will include cross-country. Please make sure that you have suitable PE kit in school. The field is muddy, so please bring a plastic bag to put your trainers in afterwards.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

We do not set homework in school holidays.

 

Enjoy the Easter break!

 

If you have time and wish to do something to help your learning, you could practise your times tables or read a good book.