Friday, 26 September 2014

Week beginning 22.09.2014

We have had another very busy week in year 5!

This Tuesday the children were lucky enough to have a visit from Friar Nicholas. He talked to the children about how he became a Friar, his daily life and his commitment to the church. The children impressed him very much with their prior knowledge and asked lots of interesting questions.
On Wednesday we had some more visitors. Along with the other children in KS2, year 5 watched dancers from ‘TRING Dance Company’ give a special performance. This was in preparation for the TRING dance lessons which will be taking place every Tuesday until half term. These lessons will begin next week and will replace indoor pe, which usually takes place on a Monday. Netball will continue as normal on a Thursday, which we are all really enjoying! We have some fantastic netball players in our class and I know the boys are looking forward to football after half term!

This week in RE we have been thinking about what makes us unique. The children produced some wonderful acrostic poems which have been displayed in the classroom.
In English we began our new topic-fables, myths and legends. Initially we identified the features of all three texts and have since been looking in more depth at fables. This Friday children wrote their own fables which were superb! Next week we will be looking at legends in more detail. If the children have any relevant books or dvds that they would like to bring in, they are very welcome to do so.
This week we have been looking at multiplication in maths. After recapping on the times tables and some multiplication facts, the children have been calculating sums with up to four digits using the grid method. Next week we will calculate sums using the vertical method.
We examined the growth of our cress seeds in science this week! We concluded that those seeds in the dark produced yellow cress due to a lack of sunlight. Those seeds in the light produced healthy green cress. The children measured the growth of the seeds in each condition and produced a table showing their results.
We are continuing to study the Ancient Greeks in History, which all of the children seem to be enjoying. Hopefully you have all received the letter about our exciting trip to the British museum in October!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Week beginning 15.09.14

Despite a very busy start to the new term, everybody is settling very well into year 5.

Last Tuesday marked the schools 50th anniversary. After mass with Bishop John, Year 5 released 50 golden balloons to celebrate this very special occasion. In the afternoon we designed and painted Salvador crosses, wrote some excellent Kennings poems and enjoyed cake and juice out on the field!

This Friday, Year 5 visited Harpenden Methodist Church to take part in a special peace day service. The children sang ‘From a Distance’ beautifully alongside the Year 6 class.

In RE we have been studying the creation story and the qualities which God has given us. We thought about how we display these qualities and how we hope to develop them in the future. The prayers that the children wrote for homework were fantastic. They have been compiled together in our class prayer book, which children will read from at times of prayer throughout the school day.

In English we have been looking at instructions. We have been focussing on the importance of the language used and the structure of the text. We wrote instructions for and then made our own Ancient Greek wreaths, based on our topic Ancient Greece.

We began by looking at place value in maths. We have since moved on to different methods of addition and subtraction. The children have surprised me with their ability to calculate very large numbers!

We began conducting an experiment in science this week. We are investigating the effect of light on the germination of seeds. The children planted cress seeds on cotton wool and placed some in the dark and others in the light. Next week we will be examining the difference in growth.

Next week we will also be starting a new topic in literacy-traditional stories, fables, myths and legends. We will be moving on to multiplication and division in maths. We will also continue to learn about the Ancient Greeks in History. If the children have any books or artefacts related to this topic that they would like to share with the class, please feel to bring these in.