Weekly Learning

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.

 

 

Weekly learning May 20th – 24th    

 

In Maths, we have continued our learning about fractions. This week, we have been learning how to find a fraction of a quantity. We used our skills to interpret and solve worded problems.

 

In English, we continued our learning about discussion texts. This week we used a short film clip that outlined the key points for and against the existence of zoos. We planned, wrote and edited our own discussion texts, using formal language and expert opinion to present both sides of the discussion.

 

We began our Geography topic about rivers this week. We used atlases to research some of the key geographical features found in the UK, including the highest mountains. We also located some of the longest rivers in the UK.  

 

In Art, we used the watercolour skills we practised last week to create our paintings on the theme of ‘Reflections in water.’ We will finish these after half term.

 

On Thursday, 5B spent an exciting afternoon at our Forest School area. They used various tools and techniques to create a ‘rubbish orchestra’ from recycled materials and even vegetables! 5B will have their second Forest School session on Friday 7th June and, in the two weeks following that, 5R will have their turn.

 

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.

 

Have a fun, safe and restful half term!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning May 13th – 17th     

 

In Maths, we have continued our learning about fractions. This week, we have been learning how to calculate with fractions including subtracting a fraction from a whole number. We learnt how to convert a whole number to an improper fraction in order to be able to subtract and then changed the answer back to a mixed number at the end.  

 

In English, we have begun a new unit about discussion texts. This week we have looked at some examples in order to create a list of key features of discussion texts. We have learnt how to choose conjunctions and adverbials to introduce and link points. We found out that expert opinion can be used to back up points and we created our own experts to support or oppose a discussion on keeping animals in zoos.

 

In Science this term, we are learning about life cycles. This week, we found out how some plants reproduce themselves by sending out runners (such as the strawberry plant or spider plant), or by sprouting from tubers (the potato) or by forming bulbs (such as onions or garlic).  

 

In Art, we practised some new skills with watercolours. We will be using these to create paintings on a theme of ‘Reflections in water.’ This will link with our Geography topic on Rivers, which we will begin next week.

 

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.

 

Next week, our Game On lesson will be on Friday rather than the usual Monday, as we have swapped with Year 6, who will be going on their residential visit to Whitemoor Lakes.

 

On Thursday, 5B have their first session at our forest school. This has been created within the school grounds. Mrs Long sent out details a few weeks ago with details of suitable clothing for forest school. Please make sure you have this with you on Thursday as we will be going outdoors, whatever the weather! 5B have a second session at forest school after half term then it will be 5R’s turn.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning May 7th – 10th     

 

In Maths, we have continued our learning about fractions. This week, we have been learning how to convert fractions to the same denominator so that they can be added. We have been using this knowledge to solve problems.

 

In English, we have been writing a new episode for the story we have been reading, which is called Dragon Slayer.  We read that, after Mai-ling killed the dragon, she returned to her village and was made the village Elder. Life continued peacefully in the village, which was now prosperous as the villagers retrieved gold and jewels from the dragon’s hoard. However, their idyllic life was threatened once again after an ogre was spotted in the nearby forest. We wrote a new episode in which Mai-ling had to lead her people to defeat the ogre.

 

In Science this term, we are learning about life cycles. This week, we completed our work on the life cycle of flowering plants by describing the life cycle from the point of view of a seed. We wrote in an informal style as the seed germinated, flowered and produced seeds of its own to continue the cycle.

 

We were very excited to receive a reply from 10, Downing Street in response to the letters we wrote to the Prime Minister during Science week in March. The reply thanked Year 5 for their excellent letters and gave lots of information about the government’s plans to reduce plastic waste. A copy of the letter can be seen in the photographs below.

 

Please make sure that you have a sunhat in school. If we have warmer weather – and let’s hope we do have some sunny days soon - you will not be allowed on the field without one. You should also have a water bottle in school every day.

 

Have a good weekend,

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning April 29th – May 3rd    

 

In Maths, we have continued our learning about fractions. This week, we have learnt how to simplify fractions. We converted mixed numbers to improper fractions and vice versa.

 

In English, we are reading Dragon Slayer, a story based on a traditional tale from China. The story tells of twelve-year-old Mai-ling, who is chosen to slay the dragon, which is terrorising the village. We found out about the main characters and used drama to explore how their importance changes as the story progresses.  

 

In Science this term, we are learning about life cycles. This week, we learnt more about flowering plants. We learnt how seeds germinate. We then found out how plants produce their own food, by photosynthesis.

 

In RE this half term, we are learning about Hinduism. This week, we learnt that Hindus believe in karma and that this can be good or bad. We created our own version of snakes and ladders, with the ladders representing things that would bring good karma and the snakes representing behaviour that would create bad karma.

 

Hazard Alley

We have provisionally booked a visit to Hazard Alley on July 17th.  The centre, which is in Milton Keynes, teaches children how to minimise risk, stay safe and what to do in various situations. If you have not sent back the reply slip yet, please could you do so as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.

 

Reminders

Please make sure that you have a sunhat in school. If we have warmer weather, you will not be allowed on the field without one. You should also have a water bottle in school every day.

 

Enjoy the long weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Weekly learning April 23rd – 26th   

 

It has been a short week but a busy one, with lots of new topics begun.

 

In Maths, we have started to learn about fractions. This week, we have focused on mixed numbers. We used a variety of diagrams to show different mixed numbers and we have learnt how to identify fractions on a number line.

 

In English, we have begun a unit based on a traditional tale from China. The story is called Dragon Slayer. Before beginning to read the story, we found out about China. We created fact files with information about China’s location, population, wildlife, cuisine, culture and traditions. We discussed other stories from China, such as the legend of Hua Mulan (the inspiration for the Disney film, Mulan). We heard an outline or ‘bare bones’ of Dragon Slayer and are looking forward to reading the whole story next week.

 

In Science this term, we are learning about life cycles. In our first lesson, we labelled the parts of a flower and learnt how flowering plants reproduce. We looked at different types of flowering plants and the ways in which they might be pollinated, either by insects or by the pollen being carried on the wind.

 

In PE, we are working on improving our fitness levels. We learnt about the importance of warming up and practised some warm-ups designed to increase heart rate, mobilise joints and stretch muscles. We completed a variety of circuit-training exercises and recorded the number of repetitions completed in one minute. We will be challenging ourselves to increase the number of repetitions over the next few weeks.

 

In Music this term, we are learning how music can be used to tell a story. We will be listening to a variety of different pieces of music and thinking about how the music changes in order to tell the story. We began by exploring the finale from Stravinsky’s Firebird suite, which is based on a Russian folk tale.

 

Reminders

 

Our PE days are Monday and Thursday.  Please make sure that you have suitable PE kit in school on those days. 

If the weather is warm and sunny, you will need a sunhat. You should always have a water bottle in school. 

 

Have a good weekend!

Mrs Bailey and Mrs Richards.

 

 

Homework set Friday 21st June
Due in by Wednesday 26th June
 
English/Science homework 
 

In Science, we have been learning about life cycles. We have learnt about the life cycle of flowering plants, mammals (including humans) and birds.

For homework, we would like you to research and write about the life cycle of one of the following:

  • an amphibian
  • an insect

You should explain the life cycle as we did in class, using words such as firstly, then, next and finally to describe the events of the life cycle in the correct order.

You should also include a diagram, with pictures, to show the different stages in the life cycle.

This homework will be used in our Science lesson.

 

Maths homework

 

Homework this week is to practise the skills you have learnt on percentage. Follow the instructions and examples on the sheet to complete the questions.