Friday, 20 November 2015

Week ending 20.11.2015

It's been another busy week of learning in Year 5!

In DT we have been learning about frame structures. We went on a structure walk around the school and discussed the permanent and portable structures we could see.

 In Music we produced our own fantastic african dances!

 As part of anti-bullying week-Make some noise! - the children took part in a wonderful workshop on Tuesday called Sticks and Phones. They created freeze frames to demonstrate verbal, physical and cyber bullying situations. During the week, the children also produced some fantastic posters, which have now been displayed around school. They also created some thoughtful poems about bullies and bystanders. At the end of the week we watched (Think you know website: Jigsaw) which you may want to discuss with them at home. It is about sharing personal information online.

 In French this week we were learning about different clothes items and we practised questions and answers in role play in relation to clothing.

 In RE the children produced some fantastic posters about the Sacrament of Marriage and the marriage liturgy. They also wrote some lovely letters to you - their mums and dads- to tell you how much and why they appreciate you so much. Hopefully they will also share their ideas with you at home!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Week ending 13th November 2015

Thank you for your support in raising money for Children in Need. In class, children have designed masks for a competition and they are going to be designing a superhero on Monday. We raised £10.40 in class and really appreciate all the efforts you put into the cake sale on Friday after school!

This week in science we have completed our forces module by finishing the mechanical devices models we have made. We have been playing lots of fun games online to reinforce what we have learned.

In English we have started a new topic on explorers. We have been looking at what explorers do and the challenges they face in different environments. The children have worked hard on trying to improve their sentences. They have been adding adverbial phases and subordinate clauses to try and build their confidence in writing complex sentences. Please can you remind them of these during their spelling sentences. On Friday, during our 'Wild Wonderful Writing' session, the children planned and wrote some fantastic accounts of an explorer's adventure and how they were finally rescued!

In music the children have started to learn an African dance with accompanying music.

In maths the class have worked hard to learn a new strategy to learn how to divide three digit numbers by a one digit number. They have also been learning how to use a protractor to measure angles and recognise when an angle is acute, obtuse or reflex. Here are some good websites which would support the children's learning: 

Friday, 6 November 2015

Week ending 6.11.2015

We've had a busy start to the half term, as always!

The children have been eagerly learning about mechanical devices in science this week. They have been finding out about levers, gears and pulleys. They have tried to create a mechanical device of their own using construction.

In Literacy they have created a class book with all the myths they have been writing. We were amazed at how well they presented their final piece of work and all the excitement to read their peers myths. They have also revised fronted adverbials and forms of parenthesis (using commas, dashes and hyphens) this week. They're looking forward to starting the new non-fiction unit 'Explorers' next week.

In maths the children have been learning a new method to multiply three digit numbers by a 1 digit number. Challenge them to teach you the ladder method! On Friday they learned about algebra and how to solve algebraic equations. They have some algebra homework to complete for next week.

In PE they have been looking at balancing symmetrically and asymmetrically using different parts of their bodies. 

In music the children have been using drums, bells and shakers to repeat cyclic patterns and increase the tempo. We are looking at African music and how various drums feature as the main instruments. 

In Art the children have now completed and evaluated their final greek clay container and will be bringing them home to show you this afternoon, along with their woven containers.  They look fantastic!

In RE this week we discussed what it means to have a mission and we reminded each other of the importance of being baptised. Different groups of children shared famous lines from Blessed John Newman, a scripture reading from the Ephesians and Church's Story 3. Then they wrote about their own missions / services they carry out on a weekly basis.

Today we discussed what it means to be an apostle. The children designed a 'wanted' poster for an apostle or prophet!