It's the last week of the Spring Term! It has gone quickly. The children are busy writing up their instructions on how to mummify a pharoah in English this week. In Maths, we are going over some of the questions we found tricky in our Maths Assessment.
The children have filled their class Root Values jar and have earned themselves a treat. We will be watching the Minions movie and possibly having popcorn.
At the end of the week, the children will bring their water bottles and PE kits home for a good clean. Please remember to return them to school after the holidays.
Have a wonderful Easter, enjoy the holidays
Yr 5 Parents
As you may already know, this week is "Assessment Week." The children have worked very hard this term to achieve their best and the tests they sit will give them an opportunity to show what skills they have mastered and the skills they still need some extra practise in.
We are also working very hard to improve the time it takes for us to transition between lessons. We are now ready to learn far quicker at the start of each lesson.
Please feel free to see me if you have any questions or concerns.
Mrs C Collar
This week we welcomed our new teaching assistant, Mrs Williams to our class (after a very tearful goodbye to Mr D.)
We are more than half-way through our class book; "There's a boy in the girl's classroom!" and this week, the children created and presented the most inspiring poetry based around the character of Bradley Chalkers. One of the important skills we cover in Reading in Yr 5 is to be able to retell the main events of a text in order and answer questions about the various characters in the story. Simply asking your child about the book wil help them achieve this objective.
We are learning to write a set of instructions linked to our topic on Ancient Egyptians - Settlers of the Nile. Our task is to create the best (secret tips and hints included) set of instructions on how to mummify a pharoah. It's a pretty gruesome task, but so far so good! Ask your child to play the mummy maker game with you and explain the mummification process to you, just make sure it's not near dinner time as you may lose your appetite.
In Maths we have been applying our skills in calculation to everyday, contextual problems. We have used a variety of mental and written methods to add and subtract, multiply and divide to solve problems involving money. To help your child, have a look at the different coins and discuss their value. Maybe go through a shopping receipt together and work out how to quickly find the total spent. Here are some methods the children know well and should be encouraged to use:
Mental Strategies Written Strategies
counting on/back Column Method
using number bonds to 10 bus stop method
rounding up or down smile multiplication
nearly numbers grid method
Fact families bar method
Please don't forget to also spend a few minutes a day going through the Key Instant Recall Fact sheets that were sent home this term. I have spare copies if anyone needs them.
In spelling we have been learning about homophones. These are words that sound EXACTLY the same, but are spelt completely differently. Some good examples are; ate and eight, new and knew, right and write, buy and bye. We are also practising our Yr 3/4 words so that we can master them and use them correctly in our writing. It is essential that the children start spelling these words correctly in their writing or know how to proof-read their work to find and correct any of these words. Each child has a word list in the back of their spelling journals and have learnt a wide range of spelling strategies to help them remember how to spell any words they find tricky.
Thanks for your support,
Mrs C Collar
Dear Yr 5 Parents and Children
Thank you for all your well wishes, I am now fully recovered after an interesting week in hospital. The children welcomed me back with lots of hugs and have done their best to help me in the classroom.
As you know, Mr D will be leaving us next Friday 17th March, and we will be very sad to see him go. However, we will gain a new TA, Mrs Williams who I know quite well and am sure she will be a great asset to our class and the children's learning.
As we are in the 2nd half of the Spring Term, the children are learning to become more independent in their work and take responsibility for their learning. There is more time to consolidate what they have learnt through independent practise. This is a skill they will need next year in Yr 6.
In Maths this week, we have been learning about improper fractions and converting them to mixed numbers. We will continue our learning through an interesting fraction investigation from Nrich which will encourage us to use and apply all we have covered from fractions. If you are interested in seeing the problem, please search: Nrich peaches today to see the problem. To support your child you may want to talk through the problem with them at home and ask them to explain what they have found out so far at school and how they are recording their findings.
Please don't forget to spend 5 minutes everyday going over some KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) that were sent home at the begininning of the term. Please focus on the following KIRFs, your child should be able to tell you the fact instantly! No thinking. If they can't do it instantly, they cannot use it instantly, which hampers their fluency in problem solving. So, here they are:
1/2 = 0.5 1/2 = 50%
1/4 = 0.25 1/4 = 25%
3/4 = 0.75 3/4 - 75%
2x tables, 5x tables, 10x tables, 11x tables should now be instant!
3x tables, 4x tables, 6x tables, 8x tables should be able to answer in less than 3 seconds!
7x tables, 9x tables, 12x tables - work on becoming more fluent, allow up to 5 seconds to answer.
In English, we are finishing off our crayon narratives, written in the style of Drew Daywalt - author of "The Day The Crayons Quit" The children have explored their use of narrative voice and explored the use of quite ambitious writing tools to engage their readers. We are also reading the fantastic book, "There's A Boy In The Girl's Bathroom" by Louis Sachar. The children are loving the text so far and have really begun to explore the character of Bradley Chalkers. Bradley lies. He has no friends, he hates school and appears to be a good spitter! Ask your child about Bradley to find out more.
Please remember to encourage your child to read everyday, whether it be silently, to a sibling, to you, to the dog ... all reading is valuable and supports their progress at school.
Outdoor PE is now on a Thursday with Miss Powell (who covers my PPA time) and all children should have appropriate outdoor PE kit at school that day.
Thanks once again for all your messages and your support.
Well, it’s been a busy week. Using what we learnt from Rob Goldsmith’s visit last week (which was amazing) we are writing an explanation text to describe how the Titanic sank. Ask your child about the stages of the Titanic’s sinking if you would like to become an “expert”.
We also watched a clip about the sinking of the Titanic on Youtube, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSGeskFzE0s
In Maths we are learning to use different methods for x and ÷
We quickly realised how much our times tables support us when we are trying to solve division problems. Please continue to ask your child some tables EVERYDAY. Little and often is the best way to learn tables.
As you may be aware, the Christmas songs have been put up on the VLE and it would be great if you could give your child some time to learn the words. We are already practising at school and the children sound fantastic.
Don’t forget to book your parent consultation through parentmail. If you are having any problems, please see the staff in the office for help.
It is getting really cold now! Today was particularly miserable and wet. Please make your child has a warm coat (weatherproof if possible), hat, scarves, gloves etc. PE will be outside if it is dry (even if it is freezing cold) so warm jogging bottoms and well-fitting trainers are needed at school for PE days.
Thanks again for all your support; I look forward to seeing you at our parent’s evening.
Mrs C. Collar
Find the words here below.
Play the songs at home to help you practice.
Today the children have found out that their topic this term is ‘Titanic’ after an unusual start to the week. Each child has been given the name of a passenger or crew member whom they will be researching in order to write a piece of biographical writing. We will also be using information about Titanic to produce a timeline and a map to show the events of her fateful journey in different forms.
In Year 5, our writing focus is to become more independent when checking our work for mistakes. We will be learning about different strategies we can use to help us in the classroom.
In Maths we are still focussing on number and place value, but now with the added focus of how these help us with our mental and written calculations. We will be investigating using methods for accuracy as well as speed.
Please make sure your child has a reading book at home and that they are reading every day for at least 10 minutes, or if it’s easier, read 10 pages. Reading has a huge impact on the quality of their writing as they begin to use the styles of writing they see in the books they read.
New spellings went out on Friday, please remember we have a spelling test every Friday morning.
Have a great week everyone,
Mrs Collar and Mrs Long
2nd week into the term and the children are settling back into routine really well. We have enjoyed finding out more about each other and listening to the various holiday tasks that came into school. Thank-you very much for the lovely posters that accompanied your child’s presentation.
This week we began our class book, “Kaspar” by Michael Morpurgo. We very quickly realised that the time period the book was set in was from the past. After much discussion, we managed to set the period in the Edwardian Era. To help us understand the story better, we are having an “Edwardian Britain” topic week, where we are researching what life was like then.
Our English focus this week is retrieving facts about Edwardian Britain from texts and online research, and then presenting these facts to the class as an oral presentation. We are learning to identify the main fact in a paragraph and then extend our understanding with further supporting information.
In Maths we are revising Number and Place-value as these concepts are essential in all areas of Maths. To support your child at home, please make sure they are regularly practising their times tables, as fluency and accuracy in this area will make a huge difference to their work.
P.E. starts this week, so please make sure your child has a named, appropriate PE kit at school on their PE day. As well as this, after school sports clubs start this week and your child is expected to wear the appropriate agreed clothes to these sessions.
We look forward to a fantastic term together,
Mrs Collar and Miss Nash