Weekly Learning

Weekly learning July 15th – 19th          

 

Our last full week of term has been full of exciting activities!

 

We have continued learning about the Titanic. This week, we completed a Maths investigation based on facts about the ship, her passengers and her ill-fated maiden voyage in 1912. We have also been researching what life on board would have been like for first-class passengers. We have planned and written diary entries describing the experience through the eyes of a child. We also completed our watercolour paintings of Titanic and are very proud of the work we have produced.

 

On Tuesday, we went out into Fairford Leys to investigate land use as part of our Geography topic. We went out in small groups to map the area before returning to school to draw up our maps showing local amenities. We included a key to show important places on our maps.

 

On Wednesday, we enjoyed a visit to Hazard Alley in Milton Keynes. During our visit, we learnt about dangers we might encounter in our homes and whilst out and about. We found out how to avoid potential dangers and how to deal with any emergencies we might encounter. We also practised making a phone call to the emergency services.

 

On Friday, Katherine from Hazard Alley visited us in school to deliver an internet safety lesson. We learnt how to use the internet safely by not sharing personal information with people we don’t know and who we should speak to if we feel that something isn’t right when we are online.  

 

Reminders

 

Next week, Game On will be in school on Tuesday so please make sure you have your PE kit with you. The weather forecast is for hot and sunny days so you need to remember to bring a hat and water bottle to school each day.

 

Please bring a large carrier bag to school next week, as we will be sending home books, artwork, pencil cases etc.

 

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 

 

Weekly learning July 8th – 12th         

 

In Maths, we have continued learning about percentage. This week, we have applied our skills to word problems. We have learnt about percentage increase (such as a service charge added to a restaurant bill) and decrease (for example, a discounted or sale price).

 

In English, we edited our discussion texts on who was to blame for the huge loss of life when Titanic sank. We are writing these up as a presentation copy, which will go into the front of our English books at the beginning of Year 6. We have also completed our last reading comprehension assessment of the academic year.

 

In Art, we have continued to work on our paintings of the Titanic. We completed our sketches and have now begun to paint them.

 

On Tuesday, we enjoyed watching the Year 6 children in their final dress rehearsal for their production, ‘Olivia!’ We were impressed by their achievements – what a brilliant performance!

 

Geography day Tuesday 16th July

Next Tuesday, we will be doing some fieldwork. We will be going out in small groups to look at land use in the local area.

 

Hazard Alley Wednesday 17th July

On Wednesday, we are visiting Hazard Alley in Milton Keynes. We will open our classroom doors at 8:40am so that you can come straight into school. Please be on time, as we need to leave promptly after registration. You will need a packed lunch and water bottle, preferably in a disposable bag.

 

Reminders

Please ensure that you have suitable PE kit in school on Mondays and Thursdays.  Remember your sunhat and water bottle!

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning July 1st – 5th        

 

This week in English, we have been considering who was to blame for the huge loss of life when Titanic sank. Using our research, we planned and wrote a discussion text. We chose two people or groups of people who could be considered responsible for the tragedy. We explained their role in the disaster and used evidence to support our arguments.

 

In Maths, we have continued learning about percentage. This week, we have practised using a bar model to visually represent word problems. We used these to help us to solve various problems, either calculating a percentage or working out the percentage of an amount.

 

In Art, we have begun our paintings of the Titanic. We drew lines of perspective onto pictures of the Titanic then used these to help us to sketch our own pictures ready for painting next week.

 

Mrs Simmons has been teaching us French this half term. We have been learning all about colour and clothing. We have enjoyed practising our conversation skills as well as learning to write and spell key vocabulary.

 

Open evening

Thank you to all who visited our classrooms after school on Wednesday. It was lovely to see the children sharing what they have learnt this year and talking so enthusiastically about the topics they have enjoyed.

 

Reminders

Please ensure that you have suitable PE kit in school on Mondays and Thursdays.  Remember your sunhat and water bottle!

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning June 24th – 28th        

 

In Maths, we have continued our learning about percentage. We have practised converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. We moved on to finding a percentage of an amount.  

 

This week in English, we were excited to begin our unit on Titanic. So far, we have created a timeline of the key events in the tragedy. We found out what it would have been like to be a passenger on the ship’s maiden voyage by investigating the different facilities available to first, second and third class passengers. On Wednesday, we were each given a ticket with the name of a real passenger. We went outside, where we organised ourselves into groups of first, second and third class passengers and crew. When the signal to go to the lifeboats was given, we saw clearly how many of our group of passengers survived. Most of the crew and third class passengers from our group lost their lives. We have now begun to investigate the reasons why so many lives were lost on the night of April 15th 1912.

 

In Geography, we have been learning about the causes of flooding. We are looking at the floods that affected parts of Aylesbury in 2014 as a case study. We have researched the events leading to the floods and have found out about the measures that are now in place to prevent flooding in the future.

 

On Thursday, we were fortunate to have a perfect morning for Sports Day. Blue skies, sunshine and a breeze to keep us cool. We were impressed by the team spirit and determination shown by everyone. Well done!

 

Reminders

Please ensure that you have suitable PE kit in school on Mondays and Thursdays.  As it is now very warm both in the classrooms and outdoors, hydration is very important. You must have a sunhat and water bottle in school every day.

 

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and hard work this week. Enjoy the weekend!

 

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

Weekly learning June 17th – 21st       

 

We have had a very busy week!

 

In Maths, we began learning about percentage. We have practised converting between fractions, decimals and percentages.  

 

This week in English, we planned and wrote our own stories using the skills we have been working on in our ‘Dream Giver’ unit. We wrote about a dream sequence in which a pleasant dream changed to a bad dream. This enabled us to use our descriptive writing skills to change the setting as the story progressed.

 

In Geography, we found out how rivers are used by people and considered whether the effects of this are beneficial to the river environment or whether they cause damage.

 

On Wednesday, Year 5 visited Fairford Leys church to find out more about the story of Daniel. We enjoyed lots of activities, including making puppets to act out the story of Daniel in the lion’s den and making kebabs to illustrate the time when Daniel ate only fruit and vegetables. We also wrote ‘secret’ messages that were only revealed when painted over, as we learned about the strange messages that appeared on the wall during a feast at the court of King Belshazzar. Many thanks to Anthony, Mrs Avery and Mrs Richardson and the many others who helped to make this such a fun way to explore the story of Daniel. Thanks also to the parents and carers who joined us – it was lovely to see you there.

 

On Friday, 5R enjoyed their second Forest School session on Friday. Photographs to follow next week. Friday was a very exciting day as we also had a visit from the Fire Brigade, who taught us how to minimise the risk of fire and what to do in an emergency. Mrs Bailey found out how difficult it is to move while wearing a firefighter’s uniform!

 

 

Reminders

Warm weather is on its way – at last! Please make sure you have a sunhat and a water bottle in school. Please ensure that you have your PE kit in school on Mondays and Thursdays.  

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning June 10th – 14th      

 

In Maths, we revised the written calculation methods in all four operations. We also spent a lesson practising our data handling skills. We completed assessments in arithmetic and reasoning.

 

In English, we completed assessments in grammar and in reading comprehension at the beginning of the week. We then returned to our story, Dream Giver. We watched more of the film and spent some time working on our descriptive writing skills. We discussed the ways in which writers create tension and fast-paced action before writing a short narrative based on part of the dream sequence featured in the film.

 

In Science, we are learning about life cycles. This week, we focused on birds. We learnt about the structure of an egg and wrote explanation texts to describe the life cycle.

 

We continued our Geography topic about rivers this week. We found out how rivers affect the landscape around them by eroding the land in some places and creating new areas of land in others. We found out about meanders and the formation of oxbow lakes.

 

Despite the rain, 5B had a fantastic afternoon at Forest School on Thursday. There was some brilliant teamwork on display as we worked to build our own shelters. We did get rather muddy but by the end of the afternoon, we had constructed an impressive range of shelters including a tepee. 5R enjoyed their first Forest School session on Friday. The sun came out for them as they created their own ‘rubbish orchestra’ from recycled and natural materials. 5R have their second session next Friday afternoon, so will need appropriate clothing and footwear.

 

Daniel Experience

Next Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 will be visiting Fairford Leys church for an afternoon of activities and exploration based around the Old Testament story of Daniel. Parents, carers and grandparents are very welcome to join us for all or part of the afternoon. If you wish to walk to the church with us, we will be leaving school as soon as possible after 1pm. Alternatively, you can meet us at the church from around 1:20pm.

 

Reminders

At the moment, it is a good idea to have a raincoat in school! Hopefully we will need our sunhats again before too long so please make sure you have yours in school as well.

 

Enjoy the weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning June 3rd – 7th     

 

In Maths, we have been revisiting some of the topics we learnt earlier in the year. We have looked at angles, including how to measure and draw angles accurately and we have revised calculating angles on a straight line. We also revised calculating with fractions.

 

In English, we have begun a new unit, called Dream Giver, which is based on a short film. This week we have practised describing a setting and character. We used expanded noun phrases to create vivid descriptions. The Dream Giver cracks special glowing eggs on objects to create dreams for children. We wrote a short narrative of a dream sequence using a variety of sentence types. We also explored how writers create tension and drama in a text. Something is about to go wrong for our character…but we will have to wait until next week to find out what happens!

 

We continued our Geography topic about rivers this week. We found out about the course of a river and used technical vocabulary to label a diagram of a river before writing about the ways in which a river changes as it follows its course to the sea.

 

In Science, we are learning about life cycles. This week, we looked at the life cycle of mammals, including humans. We were intrigued to find out that some mammals (called monotremes) are unusual in that they lay eggs rather than giving birth to live young.

 

Our RE topic this half term is about the Trinity. This week, we learnt about the Christian festival of Pentecost and why this is so important to Christians around the world.

 

June 6th was the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. We found out about the events of D-Day and why it is commemorated.

 

Unfortunately, heavy rain on Friday meant that Forest School was postponed. 5B will now have their second session next Thursday afternoon (June 13th) so will need to bring suitable clothes and footwear on that day. Next Friday, 5R will have their first session – 5R, please remember that you will need outdoor clothing to change into on Friday afternoon. Arms and legs should be covered, you need to bring suitable footwear – old trainers or walking boots are ideal. Bring a waterproof in case it is raining and a sunhat in case it is warm – be prepared!

 

Sports Day

Sports Day will take place next Thursday morning, weather permitting, so you will need your PE kit and your house t-shirt if you have one.

 

Reminders

It is important that you have a sun hat and a water bottle in school. On sunny days, you will need these in order to be allowed out on the field at lunchtimes.

 

Enjoy the weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

As term ends next Wednesday, there is no homework this week.