Saturday, 24 September 2016

Saturday, 24th September 2016

What another busy fortnight it's been and the children in 5SG have been working very hard! To mark Roald Dahl's 100th birthday on 13th September, the children found out more about the man himself and his life. They created crosswords and questions about the characters in his stories,  they made up their own characters and they had a class reading session outside in the sunshine!

We were really impressed with the effort which was put into research about climate change over the summer holidays by everyone. In topic lessons  this fortnight, the children have learned about bushfires in Australia. They have been looking at changes in heatwaves and bushfires from 1850 to the current day. 

Our music lessons are linking very closely with our science unit - the solar system. In music lessons the children have been experimenting with ‘star’ sound qualities (timbres), e.g. those which make ringing sounds, e.g. triangle, cymbal, tone bar, Indian bells, chime bar. The children worked in small groups to create a sequence of changing dynamics. They had to allow the sounds to fade without rushing to play the next sound.

 In Art we have looked at many artist's 'Still Life' compositions and the children planned and created their own 'still life' display on Friday.

In English the children have written a whole range of types of poetry and have edited their writing carefully. On Thursday and Friday this week we recapped the meaning of key grammatical terms such as common and proper nouns, adjectives, adverbs, verbs, pronouns and prepositions. When you are discussing reading with your child, please do keep using these key terms so they can distinguish between one type of word and the  next.

In Maths this week the children have used their understanding of place value to describe decimal numbers, in a game 'Guess my number'. They showed good understanding when multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 and 100. Next week we will continue to focus on decimal numbers, using all four operations.

We have given out homework on Friday and we would really appreciate it if you could make sure your child brings in everything in on a Wednesday (Reading Record, Diary signed, Maths, English and Spelling books). This week we would love the children to work through the games we have set on Abacus online. These games link with our lessons over the past three weeks. Do let us know if you have any problems gaining access to the site or if you would like your child to have access to a computer in school.

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Welcome to 5SG's blog!

What a fantastic start 5SG have made to the new school year! We have been really impressed with the children's attitude to learn and focus this week, despite it being a long week after the summer holidays.

It was lovely to meet many of you on Wednesday at our Parent Meeting. For those of you who were unable to attend, we have spare hard copies of the powerpoint we went through and the sheet we gave to help prompt your child when reading, at the back of the classroom. I know our fabulous Parent Reps have also sent these out to you.

In Maths this week we have been revising place value and using column addition to add 4 digit numbers. We will be moving onto subtraction next week and investigating palindromic numbers!

We began our new unit in Literacy entitled 'Poets Voices'. The children have enjoyed reading poems by Charles Causely and using his poems as models to create their own poems. We will study poems by Michael Rosen next week.

Our topic in Science this half term will be Space. You should have received a parent mail yesterday informing you of a trip to the Space Centre in Leicester on October 4th. Please could we ask for reply slips as soon as possible.

We began our new Geography topic 'Climate Change' this week too. We were really pleased to see such a high standard of presentation in the children's homework, which they produced over the summer holidays, earning them an extra housepoint each. Next week we will study places along the Gambia River and look at how the local people have been affected by the unreliability of rainfall in these areas.

In RE this week the children have been discussing the meaning of our school's Mission Statement and learning more about St Dominic (writing acrostics and stories about him!). They have also learned about the symbolism of the 'Light of the World' painting by William Holman Hunt. Some of their work is displayed in the entrance of the school for you to enjoy.

Finally, we have talked a lot about the importance of following our own class rules this year and of developing perseverance and independence and we have been pleased that the children have worked hard to meet the new challenges and expectations of Year 5.

Enjoy your weekend. I hope the children have a good rest after a busy first week back!

Mrs Sandhu and Mrs Gritz