Year 5

Book Festival

Last week saw us celebrate the wonderful world of books through the book fair and in class, where children shared a winter book, producing fantastic artwork and writing. The work produced reflected how engaged the children were with their chosen books; it created a real buzz around school.

Away from the classroom, the children all spent time at the book fair, reading through books and discussing their preferences with friends. It was good to hear so many recommendations for books to read! Further, it was also lovely to see so many family members attending the fair: your support of these events is greatly appreciated and valued.

Prior to the book fair arriving, we organised a reading competition where we wanted children to be ‘caught reading’ and there were many wonderful entries. Thank you to everyone who entered; we certainly enjoyed looking at the photos. There were five winners overall, with each winner receiving a £5 voucher to spend at the fair. The winners, as chosen by our guest judge, were:

Harry White, Zarah Amani, Freya Mounsher, Rayyan Chaudhry, and Oliver Baines.

Mobile Stars Planetarium

On Monday Y5 were very lucky to receive a visit from the Mobile Stars Planetarium.

During the morning, each class visited the Planetarium in turn to witness a fantastic show, which really brought the universe to life for the children. The show began with a guided tour of the night sky, pointing out the main constellations as they moved across the dome above our heads.

We then watched a slide show, which took us on a whirlwind trip around the Solar System, visiting each planet in turn. As we approached the planets we saw fiery landscapes and frozen wastes, learning more about the Earth and our place in the Solar System.

The children all behaved beautifully during the morning and really represented our school to the best of their ability. As always, we were very proud of them.

Beast Creator Exhibition

The children thoroughly enjoyed showing off all their amazing work in our Beast Creator exhibition, and they are very proud of all their achievements. It was lovely to see so many parents, and to hear your fantastic comments. As always, your support is very much appreciated. Here are some of the things you said:

“The children did a brill job explaining what they had on the tables. They were very knowledgeable.”

“The clay models were amazing and very detailed”

“Can’t improve on perfection!”

“Really enjoyed the children’s excitement about presenting their work”

“Very interesting and lots to look at”

“They were proud of not only their own work but of other’s work too.”

“It was clear to see how much effort has gone into it and how much they enjoyed the topic”

“Had fabulous conversations about the displays. Pesenters very knowledgeable, and proud of their work”

“A brilliant experience”

“Well done Y5!”

Beast Creator Exhibition Info

‘Meet a Creature’ Day

What a fantastic day! The Y5 children have behaved brilliantly once again and have continued to demonstrate the Sitwell Seven in terms of their behaviour and learning. During our ‘Meet the Creature’ day, we were lucky enough to meet a number of interesting creatures. The children were very enthusiastic and so were the staff! We had the opportunity to hold many of the creatures including a tarantula, python, corn snake, leopard gecko, crested gecko, African snail, a bearded dragon and a rat. They found out about their different adaptation features. Well done Year 5!

Minibeast Hunt

The children enjoyed their minibeast hunt around the school and found many fascinating minibeasts, as can be seen in the photos below.

Autumn – Week 4

This week, in English, the children will continue to work on our class read, Charlotte’s Web, drawing inferences about characters and events and finding evidence in the text. They will also look carefully at a range of non-fiction texts and begin to plan out a non-chronological report about a creature of their choice.

In Maths, the children will continue to count backwards and forwards in powers of 10 as well as reading, writing and comparing numbers ups to 1,000,000.

The children will continue their work on Beast Creator, thinking about different minibeasts and where in the world they might live. They will plan and carry out their own investigation to find out which habitats a woodlouse likes best, and why.

Autumn – Week 2

The children have continued to work hard this week, behaving beautifully and demonstrating all aspects of the Sitwell Seven.
This week in English, the children will continue to work on our class read, Charlotte’s Web. They will begin to write persuasively about an aspect of the story and will use inference and deduction skills to answer a variety of comprehension questions. They will also look carefully at a range of non-fiction texts and begin to plan out a non-chronological report about a creature of their choice. In Maths, the children will continue their work on place value, reading, writing and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000 and solving problems related to them. They will count backwards and forwards in powers of 10. In Topic, the children will continue their work on Beast Creator, creating careful artwork in a variety of media. They will plan and carry out their own investigation to find out which habitats a woodlouse likes best and why.

Autumn – Week 1

The children have had a fantastic first week back! They have settled well into their new classes and made an excellent start to the new school year. They have really demonstrated the Sitwell Seven values in everything they have done.
This week in English the children will continue their work on Charlotte’s Web. They will look carefully at the characters of Fern and Mr Arable and begin to write a short recount based on the story.
In Maths, the children will continue their work on place value. They will read, write and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000. They will play games to help them learn and understand the value of each digit.
The children have responded to our Beast Creator topic with great enthusiasm and they will be continuing with this work next week. They will look carefully at a range of minibeasts, classifying them scientifically using branching databases. They will then observe the creatures carefully before making detailed observational sketches.

Below are the topics covered in Year 5.

Beast Creator – Beast Creator Medium Term Plan

Stargazers – Stargazers Medium Term Plan

Off with her Head – Off with Her Head Medium Term Plan

Peasants, Princes & Pestilence – Peasants, Princes and Pestilence Medium Term Plan

Scream Machine – Scream Machine Medium Term Plan

If you would like to know more about any of the topics being covered then please request this from the class teacher.