Class Teacher – Miss B Powell
HLTA - Mrs J Hill
What have our children been learning in Year 5 across the Spring Term?
Spring 1 Learning
Year 5 had an exciting letter from a Professor who asked them to help him by writing a non-chronological report about properties and changes of materials. He had written one himself. However, he had spilt a potion on it! Therefore, he needed our help to rewrite it. We planned and carried out lots of experiments; our results were fascinating. We managed to write the non-chronological report in time to help Professor Mixalot. Throughout this adventure, we learnt how to use semi colons to separate two related clauses, how to correctly punctuate bullet points and how to use a colon to introduce a list. All this fantastic learning, helped Year 5 to write an impressive non-chronological report. After all of our hard work, Proffessor Mixalot was extremely impressed: our final report was excellent.
Our next mini adventure began with an earthquake in our classroom! There was devastation as the tables were turned over, the insides of the trays were thrown all over the floor and there was a terrifying sound of shaking. Consequently, Miss Powell told the children that she wants to go on holiday to a location where there are earthquakes or volcanoes- she is clearly crazy! However, when she went into the travel agents, there were no brochures about such dangerous locations. Therefore, each table chose a country, which they wanted to persuade Miss Powell to visit. The children learnt how to use colons between two clauses, in order to write a persuasive brochure about that particular location. Miss Powell is excited to see which country is going to win as that is where she will be travelling to this summer holiday!
Spring 2 Learning
Our first mini adventure this half term has been 'A Branch of Christianity: The Church of Jesus Christ the Latter- Day Saints'. Miss Powell wrote a story about two boys climbing a tree and accidentally fell yet she ran out of ideas for the rest of the story. Year 5 wrote the ending to Miss Powell's story which involved the two boys waking up in the house of Mormons. We learnt all about Mormons, how different religions express their faith and we looked at people who inspire us and other; we also compared aspects of A Church of Jesus Christ the Latter- Day Saints to other religions. To help us with our writing, we learnt how to create vivid images of characters and settings and how to use direct speech effectively. This helped us to write a fantastic ending to Miss Powell's story; she was extremely grateful.
We then became life explorers as we explored the changes and characteristics of human life. We brought in pictures of us as babies and attempted to match the picture to the child; this sparked a great discussion about how they have changed from a baby to now and how they think they will continue to change. We used drama to demonstrate human growth from a foetus to an elderly person and we then explored the stages of growth from an embryo to a foetus. We ended our science week by writing a diary entry from the perspective of their chosen stage of human growth; it was interesting to hear how they expect their teenage years to be! It was a fascinating week learning about our past and our future as humans.
In maths this half term, we have been learning about decimals and fractions. We have used cakes, money, pizzas, groups of children and straws to represent fractions and decimals. We have learnt how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators, multiply fractions, order fractions and decimals and much more. We have had a busy and challenging half term!
Reading and Spelling
Year 5 will take part in reading and spelling for 20 minutes each day. As a class, we are currently reading ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio. Children will be issued with individualised spelling books to practise their spellings at home. They will be given 5 words to practise every 2 weeks. We appreciate all the support you give them to help practise at home in preparation for their tests. Reading books are needed in school every day so there is every opportunity to develop your children's reading skills.
PE lessons are on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. Sessions may be completed outside so tracksuits and trainers are advised. Earrings must not be worn for P.E.
Music lessons are on a Thursday afternoon. We are currently developing our music skills using steel pans, keyboards and ukuleles.