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The importance of reading for children cannot be underestimated. Reading for pleasure can benefit a child’s education, social and cognitive development, their wellbeing, and their mental health. Which is why in class the children have a designated area to get comfortable and enjoy reading with a large selection of books to choose from.
Happy New Year
Over this half term the children will be using a sci-fi story to aid their learning and teaching which will build up to writing their own sci-fi narrative. Then we will use the children’s learning from this term’s science lessons to design and write their own information booklet about Earth and space.
This half term we will be learning and practising skills to enable the children to:
- multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers
- multiply and divide numbers mentally, drawing upon known facts
- divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context
- add and subtract fractions with the same denominator, and denominators that are multiples of the same number
- compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number
- identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths
Our topic this half term is all about Earth and Space. We will be describing the movements of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun in the solar system. We shall be describing the movements of the moon relative to the Earth and how the sun, Earth and moon are to be described as spherical bodies. Then using the idea of the Earth’s rotation, to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. We will be exploring all these ideas by creating our own solar system model, using a range of fruits to show the relative sizes of each planet compared to another. One lesson will involve learning outside the classroom by using toilet paper to show the distance from one planet to another, if one piece represents 20 million km. Furthermore, children will be exploring the Earth, sun and moon using a lamp as our light source, polystyrene balls as our moon and globes for the Earth and they will use their observations to discover light and day and the different stages of the moon.
In class, the children can visually see our solar system to aid their understanding and learning of the names of the planets. Our solar system is made up of rocky planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth with our moon and Mars) and the gas planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune) along with a former planet Pluto which is now known as a dwarf planet.
This term our PE day is a Monday and children will partake in swimming lessons and forest school on alternate Wednesdays.
Children have created a orrery (a model of the solar system) to represent which order the planets are in and how they orbit the sun.
The children used pictures of the sun, Earth and moon and attached them using spilt pins to create a representation of the Earth and moons movements around the sun. The children discovered how the moon orbits the Earth, which takes 28 days to complete. The Earth spins on its own axis which takes 24 hours, while it also takes the Earth 365 and 1/4 days to orbit the sun.
To understand the phases of the moon, the children matched up pictures with the definition of the stage. The children learnt that the cycle takes around 28 days to complete starting with a New Moon on day 1, Waxing Crescent on day 4, First Quarter on day 7, Waxing Gibbous on day 10, Full Moon on day 14, Waning Gibbous on day 18, Last Quarter on day 21 and Waning Crescent on day 24. They then used potatoes as stamps, along with white paint, to create the full Lunar Cycle.
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
In preparation for the upcoming celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, in class, we have been discussing who the Queen is, all about her family and what she does for our country. The children have been really interested and fascinated with all new facts and information they have learnt. Then they drew their own portrait of the Queen using a grid technique before either using water paints, oil pastels, tissue paper, coloured pencils or felt tips.
Food, Glorious Food!
Over this half term the children will be using a retold version of the book ‘Oliver Twist’ as a
base for our first English unit stories with historical settings. Then we will use ‘A Christmas
Carol’ to support the teaching of film and play scripts before finally finishing of the term with a
classic narrative poetry unit.
Guided Reading sessions will take place each day. During these sessions, there will be a mix of
reading aloud, discussing parts of the text and activities based around the text. All this will
develop their reading skills and allow them to gain a deep level of understanding.
The children will continue to bring home a reading book each day, daily reading at home and at
school helps children to make steady and sustained progress. If you could please make sure that
your child has their reading book and record in school every day. Also, don’t forget to take full
advantage of the ‘virtual library’ on our school website where the children can read a range of
exciting books covering a range of topics.
Our topic this half term is ‘Food, Glorious Food!’ where we will be studying all about the where
our food comes from, how it is transported, the impacts importing food has and we will also be
baking our own bread.
In D&T, the children will sample a range of breads to help in the process of designing before
baking their own bread for a customer in class. In Geography, the children will gain an
understanding of where about in the world our food comes from and how far it travels, how
‘Fairtrade’ works, whether we should use UK based farms or farms abroad and the impacts this
The children loved reading Oliver Twist this half term. Below are photos of the children’s freeze frames of the main events of the story.
In our perimeter and area unit, the children used lollipop sticks, that represented different lengths, to find the area and perimeter of different shapes that they created.
Our bread making
After the children tasted and rated a range of breads, the children started to design their own bread. We started to think about what it must look like, what ingredient we must use and how we want it to taste. The children created a plan which included all these factors before we started to discuss and create a set of instructions of how we were going to carry it out. After weeks of preparation and planning we finally got round to the most exciting part – the baking! Children weighed out their ingredient, mixed them together and kneaded the dough to create their own individual sourdough bread. They added cheese, chocolate or dried fruit to make them tasty. The children loved this unit of work!
Making the dough
Tasting our bread
In science, the children used a range of equipment to investigate how to separate a mixture of solids. The children used magnets to remove the staples, sieves to separate the rice from the sand, tweezers to pull out paper and filter paper to separate sugar from the sand. Children then used prior knowledge to add water to dissolve to sugar before leaving the water in the window to evaporate leaving just the sugar behind. The children had great fun being challenged to separate the materials – they worked as a great team!
Merry Christmas from year 5, Miss Abbott and Mrs Wallace!
Autumn Term 2021
A Kingdom United
Over this half term the children will be using a book called ‘Beowulf’ by Michael Morpurgo as a base for our English work. The children will be supported in developing their skills to create and punctuate complex sentences using ‘-ed’ openers, to blend action, dialogue and description within and across paragraphs and to proof read and evaluate their own work.
Our topic this half term is ‘A Kingdom United’ we will be studying all about the Anglo-Saxons and the United Kingdom.
In History, we will be exploring the Anglo-Saxon period in depth by researching the evidence of their settlement and the chronology of the events. In Geography, we will be using maps on a range of scales to name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom and looking at the physical features of rivers and mountains in the UK.
Year 5 loved being Anglo-Saxons for the day. They created huts to live in out of Lego, sketched shields to go into battle, created helmets for protection, painted boats to travel the seas and designed an outfit using fabrics.
This term in music, we have been using the glockenspiels to play ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ by Bon Jovi. We discussed the genre of music and compared it to other songs by identifying similarities and differences. We carefully listened to the music to pick out the instruments we could hear before starting to play it ourselves. We broke the song up into chucks then finally put it all together and played it as a class.
Our Topic of the Ancient Maya
We will be discovering all about where, when and how this ancient civilisation lived and it’s customs and practices.
Our Science Topic of Friction
We will be learning about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. The children will identify forces and complete force diagrams.
Continuing Trout Project
Our Brown Trout continue to thrive in the classroom and we will continue to nurture them until they are big enough for release. Look below for links to Ribble Rivers Trust activities to support our learning and check out Seesaw for our regular Five Fish Live updates.
What we are learning about in Year 5 term
This is a selection of the fantastic work the children have completed during home learning.
Home learning resources for week commencing 22nd February 2021
Links To Learning
Link to Rock Stars Timestables
Weekly Sports Challenge
Links to the Trout Project.
PHSE- Life is a Balance
Meet the Maya
Home learning resources for week commencing 8th February 2021
Last Half Term’s Work
Our Topic of Rivers
Our topic of rivers has been enhanced with visits from the Ribble Rivers Trust who make the lessons available on line for our home-learners. The children have also had access to Walks with Atticus which shows them the local rivers and the features they have learnt about.
Our Topic of Lifecycles
The fish tank arrived just before Christmas and in the second week of term we took delivery of the brown trout eggs which have now hatched. The children in school provide videoed updates on Seesaw for their home-schooling classmates as to their progress. The children has also learnt about the lifecycles of other species.