Weekly Learning

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

 Weekly learning December 10th -14th     

 

The end of term is approaching rapidly but we are still working hard! In English, we finished reading ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’ by Michael Morpurgo.  We are now working on a short story, The Bear and the Hare, which is based on a well-known Christmas advert from 2013. The advert apparently sent sales of alarm clocks soaring! We are using the descriptive writing skills we learnt when writing about the storm in The Wreck of the Zanzibar. However, this time our writing is about a winter wonderland scene. Bear is rudely awoken by a gift from his friend, Hare – but Bear doesn’t know what has woken him. All he knows is that he should be in hibernation until spring. When he leaves his cave, he finds that snow has blanketed the ground; the beauty of the scenery enthrals him. Our descriptions focused on using a variety of sentence openers to engage the reader and on using vivid imagery including similes and metaphors to help the reader to picture the setting.

 

In Maths this week, we have completed our unit on perimeter and area. We have begun to investigate lines of symmetry in shapes. We have investigated lines of symmetry in some of the letter of the alphabet and begun to identify lines of symmetry in a variety of different shapes.

 

In Science, we found out about thermal insulators. We set up an investigation to see which materials would keep water warm for longest. We predicted that aluminium foil would be a good insulator but our results showed that cotton fabric and cotton wool worked best. We used our research to write a conclusion about the best materials for thermal insulation.

 

Our Christmas lunch was held on Wednesday. It was great to see all the colourful Christmas jumpers and to see everyone enjoying a meal together. We also enjoyed our house assemblies, with Christmas-themed games, on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Just a reminder that our Christmas concert will be held at Fairford Leys Church at 7pm on Tuesday 18th December, with refreshments afterwards. If you are able to donate mince pies or biscuits, this would be greatly appreciated – items should be given to your child’s class teacher as soon as possible. Children should arrive at the church at 6:45pm in full school uniform.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

Weekly learning December 3rd – 7th    

 

In English, we have continued reading ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’ by Michael Morpurgo.  We have completed two pieces of writing this week: the first was a letter from Billy, explaining to his twin sister Laura why he feels compelled to leave his home on Bryher. He has run away to become a cabin boy on board a ship. Our second task was to write a description of a storm that destroyed practically everything on Bryher. Next week we will find out what happens to the Perryman family after the storm.

 

In Maths this week, we have been learning about perimeter and area. We have learnt how to calculate the perimeter and area of composite shapes. We found out that shapes with the same area can have different perimeters when we investigated composite shapes made up of two squares.

 

We have continued our Ancient Greek vases in Art. This week, we have begun to etch or designs onto our vase outlines, which were first covered by a layer of paint (with PVA glue and washing up liquid added). Our designs feature classical Greek patterns and scenes that represent modern life. So far, they are looking great!

 

We enjoyed watching Early Years in their dress rehearsal for their Christmas play and the KS1 entertained and impressed us with their performance of the Nativity story yesterday. We are working hard in rehearsals for our own Christmas concert. We have a special guest organist coming to accompany us on the night and we hope that you will be able to join us. The concert will be held at Fairford Leys Church at 7pm on Tuesday 18th December, with refreshments afterwards. If you are able to donate mince pies or biscuits, this would be greatly appreciated – items can be given to your child’s class teacher.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 

Weekly learning November 26th – 30th   

 

In English, we have begun reading ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’ by Michael Morpurgo.  We have found out that the story is set in the Scilly Isles in 1907.  The story is told in the form of a diary written by Laura Perryman, who has a twin brother named Billy.  Billy is planning to run away from his isolated home on the Isles because, in his words, ‘It’s a big world out there and I’m going to see it.’ Our first piece of writing will be a letter from Billy to his sister, explaining his reasons for leaving.

 

In Maths this week, we have been learning about perimeter and area. We have learnt how to calculate perimeter and area of rectangles and squares. We have also practised finding missing lengths or widths when we know the perimeter or area.  

 

In Science, we learnt about irreversible changes in materials. We found out that chemical changes mean that a new material is created and that the changes cannot be reversed. For example, when we bake a cake, the ingredients are changed by the process or mixing and heating – these changes can’t be undone. We observed this by mixing warm milk and vinegar to create casein – an early type of plastic.  

 

We have continued our Ancient Greek vases in Art. This week, we used oil pastels to colour our vase outlines. These will then be covered in a layer of paint before we etch our designs, revealing the pastels underneath.

 

On Thursday, we were entertained by a group of drama students from Tring Park School, who gave an entertaining performance all about Science. We learnt about the solar system, the effects of gravity, energy and forces.

 

In Music, we are practising for our Christmas concert. This will be held in Fairford Leys Church on Tuesday 18th December and will begin at 7pm.  You are invited to join us for refreshments after the concert. Donations of mince pies or biscuits would be greatly appreciated.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 

Weekly learning November 19th – 23rd

  

In Maths this week, we have been taking our assessment tests. We have also continued our work on decimals. Our focus this week has been on solving word problems and we have been finding out how drawing a bar model to help us visualise the problem can be very helpful.

 

In English, we wrote newspaper reports about a teenage hero who rescued a family from their burning home. As a result, he was nominated for a bravery award. We practised writing quotations and punctuating them correctly and on using relative clauses to add detail to our sentences.

 

Our History focus this week has been on Alexander the Great. We found out what the requirements were to fight in his army and why he was considered the greatest military leader of his time by his peers, despite his youth. We wrote adverts aimed at persuading men to join his army and were surprised to learn that, in Alexander’s day, soldiers had to provide all their own weapons and armour.  

 

In Science, we made ‘alien soup.’ We then realised that we had added far too much salt! We designed experiments to try to separate out all of the different ingredients, which included sand, rice, salt, water and paperclips.  We found that removing the paperclips was straightforward with the help of a magnet but removing the salt required more time.

 

In Music, we have begun practising for our Christmas concert. This will be held in Fairford Leys Church on Tuesday 18th December and will begin at 7pm. We have some exciting things planned so please make sure you are free on this evening.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 

 Weekly learning November 12th – 16th  

 

In English, we finished writing our version of the ending to the story, ‘Bling!’ from the point of view of the main character, Billy Midas. We are now leaning about recount writing and will be writing newspaper reports next week.

 

In Maths, we have continued our work on decimals. This week we have continued to work on division. We have been learning how to round to the nearest whole number or to the nearest tenth. We have practised doing this in all four operations. On Thursday (as we were all a little tired!), we worked on a practical problem – creating a cube with nine different colours on each face – none of the colours could be repeated. Some of you were so determined to solve the puzzle that you continued to work on it at break and lunchtime until you were successful!

 

We have also found time this week to begin our Art topic, which is linked to Ancient Greece. We have discussed how Ancient Greek pottery depicted scenes from everyday life, enabling historians to learn a great deal about the past. Our artwork will feature patterns and motifs from Ancient Greece combined with scenes that represent life in 2018.

 

In Science, we had a great afternoon investigating how a variety of materials could be used to clean some extremely dirty water. We created filters, which removed the particles of soil and debris from the water. Our aim was to make the water as clear as possible. Our experiments were very successful!

 

Energize

Of course, the highlight of our week was Energize. It was wonderful to see you all so full of excitement as you finally got to perform on stage at the Waterside. We are so proud of all of you. You worked so hard to learn a challenging combination of songs, speaking roles and dance moves. We know from the many lovely comments we have had from parents that they were amazed and impressed too. A huge well done to all of you!  Many thanks also to parents, for providing costumes, getting your children to the theatre on time and ready to perform and for all your support. Now we will begin work on our Christmas concert!

 

Have a good weekend – time for a well-deserved rest!

 

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 

Weekly learning November 5th – 9th  

  

In English, we have continued our work on the story of Billy Midas, who, like King Midas in the Ancient Greek myth, was granted the power to turn objects into gold. Unfortunately for Billy, his beautiful cat, Goji, decided to take a nap on the cushion that has the magical power to turn anything into gleaming gold. Billy is faced with a dilemma – should he ask for his beloved pet to be returned to life? The problem is that, if he does this, all of the other items that have been transformed to gold will also return to their former state. Billy has become popular at school, as he has changed many items belonging to the other children into pure gold. Our stories, which we have planned and will be writing next week, will be based on Billy’s decision and the consequences of the choice he makes.

 

In Maths, we have continued our work on decimals. This week we have continued to work on division. We have been learning how to divide decimals.

 

In Science, we have been investigating the properties of materials. This week, we learnt that a solution is made by dissolving a solute in a solvent. We investigated a variety of materials to test whether or not they dissolved in water. We then investigated the most effective way to dissolve sugar in water by varying the temperature of the water and timing how long it took for the sugar to dissolve.

 

Our topic this half term is Ancient Greece. This week we have compared democracy in ancient Athens to modern democracy in the UK. We also found out that Ancient Greece was made up of a number of city-states, each with its own laws, money system and ruler. We focused on the differences between Athens and Sparta.

 

In RE this half term, our topic is about the Christmas story. We have thought about how the same event can often be reported differently by different people, depending on their viewpoint.

 

Energize

We are very excited at the prospect of performing at the Waterside next week. We have continued to practise our songs and dances ready for our performance next Wednesday. Thank you all for bringing your costumes in promptly.

On Wednesday, we will have a dress rehearsal at the Waterside Theatre in the morning. As we will not be back in school until around 12:45-1pm, we will have lunch slightly later than usual on that day so all children will need to bring a packed lunch. On Wednesday, children need to arrive at the theatre by 6:30pm. We will be waiting to meet them in the loading bay next to the stage door. As we will not be allowed into the theatre until all of the children have arrived, please be on time. Children will need to arrive in costume so we will send these home on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Next week, due to Energize, our PE days will be Monday and Tuesday, so please have PE kits in school on these days.

 

As it is now often cold, rainy or both, please make sure that you have a suitable coat in school so that you can go outside at break times. 

 

Have a good weekend – don’t forget to keep learning your song lyrics and lines, if you have a speaking role!

 

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards

 

As it is half term, no homework has been set this week.