Year 5

Summer – Week 11

During the transition days, to encourage a love of reading, we are going to study the picture book ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. The children will have the opportunity to learn, build on and develop new skills and will be exposed to a range of activities encompassing the Sitwell 7 Values. They will take part in English, Art, Maths and PSHCE lessons. The children will be encouraged to develop the Sitwell 7 skills by:

  • Approaching each and every challenge positively and managing distractions (Resilience)
  • Sticking at tasks despite difficulties (Resilience)
  • Asking questions to deepen their thinking (Resourcefulness)
  • Using their imagination and wondering “What if…?” (Resourcefulness)
  • Working logically and systematically (Resourcefulness)
  • Transferring their learning skills to different contexts and talking about how they learn (Reflection)
  • Discussing what they have done well and what they need to do to improve (Reflection)
  • Listening to others and understanding other people’s points and views (Relationships)
  • Working alone, but also contributing to a group goal (Relationships)
  • Making sensible decisions and taking responsibility for their own learning behaviour (Responsibility)
  • Completing tasks to the best of their ability (Responsibility)
  • Treating others respectfully and having an open-mind towards others and their opinions (Respect)
  • Working well with a group and being polite and helpful (Respect)
  • Readily trying new things and sharing ideas even if unsure (Risk Taking)
Summer – Week 10

In English, the Y5 children will begin to write their persuasive speech in role as a lord or a peasant from the medieval times. They will think very carefully about the structure of their writing and select well-chosen vocabulary so that their writing suits the audience and purpose.

In Maths, the Y5 children will work on addition and subtraction. They will solve multi-step word problems involving five-digit numbers, estimating the answer to each calculation first and using the inverse operation to check their answers. Towards the end of the week, the children will solve number challenges, analyse their results and propose further questions to investigate.

In Topic, the children will begin by looking at theme park rides and list their visible materials. Working in pairs or small groups, they will brainstorm the properties that each ride’s materials would need to provide. Once the properties have been identified and recorded, the children will prioritise the qualities in order of importance, giving justification for each ranking. Then, the children will focus on a log flume ride and carry out an investigation to test the buoyancy of certain materials to see whether or not they would be suitable.

Summer – Week 9

In English, the Y5 children will plan a persuasive speech in role as a lord or a peasant from the medieval times. They will think very carefully about the structure of their writing and select well-chosen vocabulary so that their writing suits the audience and purpose.

In Maths, the children will examine Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and will be encouraged to recognise years written in Roman numerals. They will finish the week by solving number problems and practical problems regarding number and place value.

In Topic, the children will examine common poses of people on a rollercoaster. They will watch some examples of rollercoaster rides and consider some of the feelings that people experience whilst on these rides. In pairs, they will choose a part of the roller coaster ride that they are going to show and practise their reaction. Once happy with their reaction, an adult will take a photograph of them with the rollercoaster in the background. Using Word, the children will then edit their photograph and use the format features to produce a photo souvenir.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3NO have chosen the value Relationships for April and May for the school. They would like to:

* Support their peers when working through difficult challenges;

* Work collaboratively to solve problems;

* Ensure they offer their friendship to anybody who is playing alone on the yard.

At home, you can discuss the importance of teamwork and encourage them not to exclude others. Playing board games is an excellent way to inspire teamwork. Whether your child is teamed up with friends, siblings, parents or grandparents, it can be a fun time for young and old to play together. Make sure no one gets too competitive though! Other activities to promote teamwork at home include washing the dishes together, helping out in the garden, preparing food as a family and helping out with the housework.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Summer – Week 1

This week, in English, the Y5 children will examine and evaluate the author’s use of language in the poem ‘Wings’ by Pie Corbett. They will begin by looking at a range of historical drawings, illustrations, paintings and manuscripts that depict scenes of the Black Death and then brainstorm words and phrases, including examples of figurative language, using their ideas to create a short narrative.

In reading, the children will begin their new class read ‘The Kiss of Death’, where they will read ‘The Prologue – The Beginning’ as a class. To assess their understanding, they will select one of the following activities as a way of showing the main events and ideas of the text: a mind map, comic strip, a speech, a diary entry or a television news report.

In maths, we will read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places and solve reasoning and fluency problems relating to this.

In topic, the children will learn more about the Black Death, in particular the symptoms of the plague and the order that they appeared in. Also, they will use maps, atlases and globes to locate countries affected by the Black Death.

British Science Association’s Poster Competition

As it is science week, why not encourage your child to enter the annual science competition. All they need to do is create a poster. The theme for 2017 is “Change”. Here are some ideas for posters below:

* What different types of change can we examine in nature?

* How can energy change during reactions?

* What amazing colour changes exist?

* How has our world changed over the years?

* How can science change the world in the future?

You can make a poster about whatever type of change you like, and enter into the UK-wide competition with the chance to win an array of prizes, including a copy of the new Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Experiments’ book!

The closing date is Friday 31st March.

What are the rules?

Entries must be 2D and submitted on A4 or A3 paper only. We will accept photos of 3D models.

Work must be original and created by the child – please do not use any templates.

Posters must include the following information (entrant details can be recorded on the back of the poster):

* Entrant name and entrant age

* Age category (Intermediate 1: Year 3 – Year 4 or Intermediate 2: Year 5 – Year 6)

* School name and address

We cannot wait to see the finished posters and once completed, please hand in to your child’s class teacher.

Spring – Week 13

In English, the Y5 children will be introduced to the picture book ‘The Great Paper Caper’ by Oliver Jeffers, where they will plan and write their own character profile based on one of the creatures featured in the story. They will develop their characters using adjectives, expanded noun phrases, alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification to create vivid images. The children will be encouraged to include all of the features on the success criteria to ensure their writing demonstrates a lively imagination.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will solve problems involving the calculation of percentages, which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents and will work out multi-step word problems, including percentage increases and decreases.

In topic, the children will be introduced to the ‘The Great Paper Caper’ picture book by Oliver Jeffers, where they will examine the artist’s style and use water colour to reproduce part of one of the pictures. They will explain the water colour techniques that they have used and evaluate their work, using two stars and a wish.

Eyam Village

As a starting point for our ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’ topic, linked to the ‘Black Death’, we took the Y5 children to Eyam. On the day, the children visited Eyam museum, Mompesson’s well, the plague cottages and many other places of interest. They enjoyed finding out all about the events of London in 1665, the nature of the bubonic plague, its spread and effect upon human populations. The children also found out about various remedies for the Plague and the dreadful symptoms of the disease. Throughout the day, the children worked hard on the Sitwell Seven values and were extremely polite, working well within their groups. They completed each task to the best of their abilities and asked plenty of questions to deepen their thinking. We would like to thank the parents that helped to look after the children and we are also very proud of all of the children, as their behaviour was exceptional. Well done Year 5!

Spring – Week 12

 

This week, the Y5 children will complete their half term assessments in Reading, Maths and Science.

In English, the Y5 children will continue to examine and evaluate the author’s use of language in the poem ‘Wings’ by Pie Corbett. They will look at a range of historical drawings, illustrations, paintings and manuscripts that depict scenes of the Black Death and then brainstorm words and phrases, including examples of figurative language, using their ideas to create a short narrative.

In reading, the children will begin their new class read ‘The Kiss of Death’, where they will read ‘The Prologue – The Beginning’ as a class. To assess their understanding, they will select one of the following activities as a way of showing the main events and ideas of the text: a mind map, comic strip, a speech, a diary entry or a television news report.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will solve problems involving the calculation of percentages, which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents and will work out multi-step word problems, including percentage increases and decreases.

Science Week

Last week, the Y5 children completed the Blubber Investigation to find out which material was the most effective insulator. The material ranged from Crisco shortening and butter, to cotton wool and sawdust. They used control and test gloves to collect their results, which involved covering their gloves with plenty of ice! They found out that penguins have to keep high body temperatures to remain active and because of this, they have thick skin and lots of blubber under their skin to keep warm in cold weather. The children formed the conclusion that the best insulator was the Crisco shortening and this is because it is a fat, just like blubber, and is therefore great for thermoregulation, meaning the fat keeps heat in and cold out. They researched that the fat works well as an insulator because its particles are very close together, meaning it is tightly packed and it has a low thermal conductivity, meaning the heat transfer occurs at a lower rate. The children showed great resilience throughout the investigation, whilst having loads of fun. Well done Y5.

 

The Tudor Trial

First of all, the Year 5 team would like to thank you for attending our Tudor Trial last week. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing to an audience and taking you round to share the work that

they have done for their ‘Off with Her Head’ topic. I’m sure you will agree that they all did a fabulous job and produced work to a very high standard.

Spring – Week 11

This week, in English, the Y5 children will examine and evaluate the author’s use of language in the poem ‘Wings’ by Pie Corbett. They will begin by looking at a range of historical drawings, illustrations, paintings and manuscripts that depict scenes of the Black Death and then brainstorm words and phrases, including examples of figurative language, using their ideas to create a short narrative.

In reading, the children will begin their new class read ‘The Kiss of Death’, where they will read ‘The Prologue – The Beginning’ as a class. To assess their understanding, they will select one of the following activities as a way of showing the main events and ideas of the text: a mind map, comic strip, a speech, a diary entry or a television news report.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will solve problems involving the calculation of percentages, which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents and will work out multi-step word problems, including percentage increases and decreases.

In topic, the children will continue to present their findings from the ‘Blubber’ science investigation.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JB have chosen the value Respect for March for the school. They would like to:

* Take care of each other;

* Be polite to everyone;

* Be good listeners;

* Treat others how we would like to be treated ourselves.

At home, you can discuss ways that your child can respect their own belongings and why it is important. Encourage your child to keep their toys tidy, put away their clothes and help with tasks around the house.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 10

This week, in English, the Y5 children will assess the effectiveness of their diary entries, considering the features outlined on the success criteria, edit their work and then publish their writing.

In reading, we will continue to read ‘At the House of the Magician’ and the children will read another two chapters from the book and answer a range of questions to develop their inference skills and to check their understanding.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will solve problems involving the calculation of percentages, which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents and will work out multi-step word problems, including percentage increases and decreases.

In Topic, the children will continue to investigate Tudor crime and punishment.

In Science, they will examine penguins, looking in particular at the importance of blubber! The children will carry out an investigation to find out which material is the most effective insulator and acts the most like blubber. When planning, they will propose a hypothesis and consider the importance of fair testing and then test different materials including margarine, butter and Crisco to find out which one is the most effective at reducing heat loss to the air. Once the children have collected their results, they will discuss their findings, form conclusions and then decide the best way to present their results to others.

Y5 Peasants, Princes & Pestilence

Next week, the Y5 children will begin their new topic, ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’. They will learn all about the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, where they will experience the dreaded and deathly ‘Great Pestilence’. They will read and write historical accounts, poems and tales and discover the grotesque effects of bugs and bacteria on the human body, examining in great detail the tragic tale of death and destruction due to the Black Death!

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4RE have chosen the value Resourcefulness for February for the school. They would like to:

* Say “I can do it” instead of saying “I can’t do it” and they want to use resourcefulness to help them to do this;

* Be resourceful by recycling items used within school and at home;

* Work harder to look after the school resources;

* Be more creative in thinking of ways to solve problems.

As children develop Resourcefulness, they become better able to meet challenges in a variety of ways and they learn to trust their instincts and unique abilities. They acquire a positive attitude toward problem solving and mature into confident people. One of the best ways you can respond to a child’s questions is by saying, “I don’t know. How could we find the answer?” as this will encourage curiosity. Also, encourage exploration and value their varying ideas and opinions. Play games that can have different answers. Include “What if” questions in play. “What if we want to build a sand castle? How can me make the sand stick together better?” “What if we made designs on our castle, what could we use to make them?” Finally, play imaginative word games. For instance, devise ways to build a house if you landed on the moon. Or make lists of all the different and imaginative ways you could use a simple household item, like a leaf rake or a hand mixer. Enjoy wacky answers!

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

British Science Week

During the week commencing Monday 13th March, your child will take part in some exciting science lessons and investigations regarding penguins, examining in particular their habitat and adaptation features. For more information, visit the British Science Week website: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/

Spring – Week 9

This week, in English, the Y5 children will continue to write about the beheading of Anne Boleyn and will be encouraged to include figurative language to create vivid images, thoughts and feelings, adverbial phrases, rhetorical questions and a range of sentence types. Also, they will be encouraged to select appropriate grammar and vocabulary, examining how such choices can change and enhance meaning and assess the effectiveness of their writing, considering the features outlined on the success criteria.

In reading, we will continue to read ‘At the House of the Magician’ and the children will read another two chapters from the book and answer a range of questions to develop their inference skills and to check their understanding.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will solve problems involving the calculation of percentages, which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents and will work out multi-step word problems.

In topic, the children will continue to write some persuasive speeches in preparation for the Tudor court case on Friday 17th March. They will weigh up the evidence for either Anne or Henry and form a conclusion based on this. The children will also be encouraged to select appropriate persuasive phrases and devices to persuade the jury to see their point of view.

Spring – Week 8

This week, in English, the Y5 children will begin to plan and write their Tudor diary entry in role as a Tudor character, considering its structure and layout. They will be encouraged to include rich vocabulary and powerful imagery including powerful adjectives, powerful verbs, similes, metaphors, personification and alliteration. They will write about the beheading of Anne Boleyn and will be encouraged to include; figurative language to create vivid images, thoughts and feelings, adverbial phrases, rhetorical questions and a range of sentence types.

In reading, we will continue to read ‘At the House of the Magician’ and the children will read another two chapters from the book and answer a range of questions to check their understanding and develop their inference skills.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents and solve problems involving the calculation of percentages, which require knowing percentage and decimal equivalents.

In topic, the children will continue to examine Tudor crime and punishment. Also, they will begin to write some persuasive speeches in preparation for the Tudor court case on Friday 17th March. They will weigh up the evidence for either Anne or Henry and form a conclusion based on this. The children will also be encouraged to select appropriate persuasive phrases and devices to persuade the jury to see their point of view.

Tudor Embroidery

The Y5 children have made a fantastic start to their Tudor embroidery, developing the Sitwell Seven Values at the same time.

Responsibility

The children have made sensible decisions when considering the different types of stitches available. They have also taken responsibility for their own learning behaviour.

Respect & Relationships

Whilst creating their embroidery, they have actively listened to others and their opinions and have also given advice.

Reflection

During the embroidery sessions, the children have been asked to comment critically on their work and evaluate their strengths. They have also been encouraged to identify areas for development.

Risk Taking

The children have certainly taken risks with their embroidery and have readily tried new stitches, even if they were unsure.

Resourcefulness

The children were asked to be creative with their embroidery and have been encouraged to make decisions for themselves. They have enjoyed using their imagination!

Resilience

At times, the children have struggled with some of the sewing techniques. However, they have stuck at this challenge despite difficulties and have overcome any obstacles. Well done Y5.

Spring – Week 7

This week, in English, the children of 5ND and 5RT will continue to examine biographies. They will examine the information provided in topic books and on the web to identify the main events in King Henry’s or Anne Boleyn’s life and assess their effectiveness as King or Queen. The children of 5JD will identify the features of a diary entry, ensuring that they provide examples from the text and will be encouraged to suggest alternative choices for the figurative language used.

In Reading, the children will become detectives and examine and identify the traits of the main characters in the class read ‘At the House of the Magician’.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on fractions, where they will read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71/100] and recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents.

In topic, the children will continue to examine Tudor crime and punishment.

Y5 News

Last week, the children completed a piece of artwork on King Henry, Queen Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn and their finished pieces of work are amazing and show the great responsibility the children displayed when completing their portraits. Even though, at times, the children struggled with some of the watercolour and sewing techniques, they continued to show resilience, ensuring that the King or Queen’s facial features were accurate and precise. The children showed great commitment to their work and developed their resourcefulness as well.

Last week, the children enjoyed a visit from John at the library service, who spoke in great detail about the Tudors. The children were allowed to examine some of the artefacts that he had brought in. They were thoroughly engaged throughout and asked some thoughtful and relevant questions to deepen their understanding. Well done Y5!

For the Safer Internet Day, Y5 examined how images online can potentially stay there forever. The children identified images that create either a positive or negative impression and the importance of choosing images of themselves that create a good first impression. The children were responsible throughout the sessions and showed great resilience.

Spring – Week 6

This week, in English, the children will continue to examine biographies. They will identify the features of this text type, providing examples from the ‘Winston Churchill’ text and identify the purpose of each paragraph, examining the key details throughout. In Reading, the children will become detectives and examine and identify the traits of the main characters in the class read ‘At the House of the Magician’.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on fractions, where they will find fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents. Towards the end of the week, they will read and write decimal numbers as fractions [for example, 0.71 = 71/100] and recognise and use thousandths and relate them to tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents.

In topic, the children will begin to examine Tudor crime and punishment.

 

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 5ND have chosen the value Relationships for January for the school. They would like to:

* Listen carefully to other people’s ideas and opinions;

* Always be a good friend, by helping those who need it;

* Be aware of how well they work with others in group situations.

At home, you can discuss the importance of teamwork and encourage them not to exclude others. Playing board games is an excellent way to inspire teamwork. Whether your child is teamed up with friends, siblings, parents or grandparents, it can be a fun time for young and old to play together. Make sure no one gets too competitive though! Other activities to promote teamwork at home include washing the dishes together, helping out in the garden, preparing food as a family and helping out with the housework.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Spring – Week 5

This week, in English, the children will begin to examine biographies. They will consider the importance of chronological order and language to signal time and sequence. Further, the children will examine the importance of sub headings and will summarise the purpose of each paragraph in the biography about Winston Churchill.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on fractions. They will examine mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other. Also, the children will find fraction, decimal and percentage equivalents.

In topic, the children will continue to learn about Hans Holbein, a German artist and printmaker who was best known for his numerous portraits in the 16th Century. This week they will use a range of watercolour techniques to reproduce one of his famous portraits. The children will also learn more about Tudor crime and punishment.

Off with Her Head!

The children have made a fantastic start to our Tudor topic and have produced some fantastic work, developing the Sitwell Seven values at the same time. In English, we have been reading the novel ‘At the House of the Magician’ and in Topic, the children have created some Tudor timelines, sketches and water colour portraits. Here are some examples of the work produced so far:

The children have developed the Sitwell Seven Values in the following ways:

Responsibility

The children discussed Lucy’s responsibilities in the story and her decision making. They decided that at the beginning of the story, she made the right decision to escape her father and travel to London in search of work, even though she had to leave her Ma behind.

Respect

Whilst creating their sketches and water colour portraits, the children worked well as a group, actively listening to others and their opinions.

Reflection

After their reading sessions, the children were asked to comment critically on their work and evaluate their strengths. They were also encouraged to identify areas for development and then given time to make changes based on this.

Risk Taking

The children focussed on Lucy and her actions in the story. They weighed up her options and thought about the potential dangers she faced because of her actions, especially when she travelled to London all by herself!

Because the Y5 class read is set in the Tudor times, the children felt it was important to create a timeline to show the key events. They were encouraged to be creative when presenting their findings, developing their Resourcefulness and Resilience at the same time! Well done Y5!

Spring – Week 4

This week, in English, the children will begin to examine biographies. They will consider the importance of chronological order and language to signal time and sequence. Further, the children will examine the importance of sub headings and will summarise the purpose of each paragraph in the biography about Winston Churchill.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on fractions. They will examine mixed numbers and improper fractions and convert from one form to the other. In addition, the children will multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.

In topic, the children will continue to learn about the Tudors for the ‘Off with Her Head’ project. They will examine and compare each Tudor monarch and using a range of source materials, including topic books and the Internet, they will produce a Tudor timeline from the Battle of Bosworth (1485) to the death of Elizabeth I (1603), explaining where the Tudors fit in our history and providing key information to explain each key event.

Spring  – Week 3

This week, in English, the children will continue to write their own myth based on the moon. They will discuss and record their ideas, considering ambitious vocabulary and use the success criteria to ensure most of the features are included in their writing. The children will examine the purpose of noun phrases, descriptive adjectives and preposition phrases to create vivid images for the reader.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on fractions. They will add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number and multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.

In topic, the children will continue to learn about the Tudors for the ‘Off with Her Head’ project. They will examine and compare each Tudor monarch and using a range of source materials, including topic books and the Internet, they will produce a Tudor timeline from the Battle of Bosworth (1485) to the death of Elizabeth I (1603), explaining where the Tudors fit in our history and providing key information to explain each key event.

Y5 Portraits

The children have made a fantastic start to their portraits, following the techniques and styles created by Hans Holbein, a portrait artist from the 16th century. During the art sessions, the children developed all of the Sitwell Seven skills. They were active listeners, who were able to share ideas (Respect), taking responsibility for their own learning behaviour. The children certainly completed their sketches to the best of their ability (Responsibility) and asked many questions regarding Hans Holbein to deepen their thinking further (Resourcefulness). They approached the challenge positively and at times, were not afraid of finding some of the sketching techniques hard (Resilience). Towards the end of the lesson, they were able to explain what they had done well and identify their next steps to learning (Reflection). They certainly took a risk with their portraits, readily trying new techniques (Risk Taking). Finally, the Y5 children cooperated well with others, working towards a common goal (Relationships). Well done Y5!

Gainsborough Old Hall

As a starting point for our ‘Off with Her Head’ topic, linked to ‘The Tudors’, we took the children to Gainsborough Old Hall. On the day, the children took part in a number of lively, hands-on, cross-curricular workshops and they enjoyed finding out about Tudor games, food and writing. The day finished with the children acting out a Tudor banquet. Throughout the day, the children worked hard on the Sitwell Seven values and were extremely polite, working well within their groups. They completed each task to the best of their abilities and asked plenty of questions to deepen their thinking. We would like to thank the parents that helped to look after the children and we are also very proud of all of the children, as their behaviour was exceptional. Well done Year 5!

Spring – Week 2

This week, in English, the children will begin to plan and write their own myth based on the moon. They will consider their setting (place and time) and the plot (introduction, development, climax and resolution). Also, the children will discuss and record their ideas, considering ambitious vocabulary and use the success criteria to ensure most of the features are included in their writing. They will examine the purpose of noun phrases, descriptive adjectives and preposition phrases to create vivid images for the reader.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will begin work on fractions. They will add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and denominators that are multiples of the same number and multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.

This week, in topic, the children will find out more about the Tudors, in particular the Tudor dynasty, where they will find out the birth and death dates for each monarch, the length of their reign and key events during it.

Gainsborough old Hall

This week, as a starting point for our ‘Off with Her Head’ topic, the Y5 children will be visiting Gainsborough Old Hall. The children will need to be at school for the normal time and they will need to take a packed lunch on the day of their trip. The Old Hall is extremely cold during the winter months. Please ensure that your child comes warmly dressed. We recommend children bring a hat, gloves and a scarf to school on this day.

 

Autumn – Week 14

Over the course of this term, the Y5 children have worked extremely hard and have developed all of the Sitwell Seven values. Some children have already reached 50 smiles and have therefore been awarded with their bronze award and many more are very close!

This week, the children will complete their assessments in Reading, Writing, Maths and Science. In English, they will continue to learn more about myths, where they will answer a range of questions, looking particularly at the type of language used and the structure of the text. In Maths, the focus will turn to division where they will divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using a formal written method and interpret remainders.

On Thursday afternoon, the children will attend the Upper School Christmas Disco. They may bring some party clothes, in a carrier bag with their name on, to get changed into in the afternoon and any donations of food would be most welcome.

Thank you for your continued support this term; it has been busy but productive! We hope you all enjoy the festive break.

Autumn – Week 13

This week, in English, the children will continue to read and examine a variety of myths. In reading, they will answer a range of questions, looking particularly at the type of language used and the structure of the text. The focus will then turn to inference where the children will be encouraged to justify their inferences about the characters using quotes from the ‘Magic Head’ text. Towards the end of the week, they will begin to identify and discuss themes and conventions in myths, providing examples from the text to support their points.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will begin to multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two-digit number using a formal written method and then the focus will switch to division where they

will divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using a formal written method and interpret remainders.

This week, in topic, the children will examine the moon in more detail, describing its features and how the moon orbits the Earth.

Winter Displays

The children have worked extremely hard on their winter displays and because of this, the school environment looks fabulous. They have worked hard to develop all of the Sitwell Seven values whilst completing their winter work. The children have certainly taken responsibility for their own learning behaviour and have completed their writing and artwork to the best of their abilities. Also, they have used their imagination and have approached all challenges positively, despite, at times, finding things hard. Well done!

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 3SW have chosen the value Risk-taking for December for the school. They have tried to link this value to the festive celebrations that are coming up this month, and are going to use this value in the following ways:

* Readily trying new things, such as singing, and acting in the Christmas Performance;

* Taking thoughtful, smart risks;

* Meeting new work and concepts as a challenge.

To develop this value further at home, you can encourage them to try new things and as a family start a family adventure journal where your child records the adventurous things you have done together. You can also talk to your children about what it means to be afraid and how it is really great to try new things. When you notice they have taken a risk, point it out to them and see how their faces light up with just the notion that YOU noticed them being brave. Finally, try not to pass your fears onto them and encourage them to think independently.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 2 – Week 12

This week, in English, the children will begin to read and examine a variety of myths. In reading, they will be introduced to the ‘Magic Head’ myth and will summarise the main ideas and key details, picking out key features to form a class success criteria. They will also answer a range of questions, looking particularly at the type of language used and the structure of the text. Towards the end of the week, the focus will turn to inference where the children will be encouraged to justify their inferences about the characters using quotes from the ‘Magic Head’ text.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will begin to examine square and cube numbers and solve reasoning problems relating to this. They will then begin multiplying numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two-digit number using a formal written method.

This week, in topic, the children will examine the moon in more detail, describing its features and how the moon orbits the Earth.

Autumn 2 – Week 11

This week, in English, the children will continue with their new class read ‘Jupiter Chronicles – The Secret of the Great Red Spot’. They will begin to plan their playscript, considering the features on the success criteria throughout and will be encouraged to explain which features they have included and why. The children will begin to write their first draft, considering how language, layout and presentation contribute to meaning and will also evaluate their work, identifying strengths and areas for development.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to examine multiplication and division. This will include using the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite numbers and establishing and recalling prime numbers to 100. They will also focus on multiplying and dividing whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.

This week, in topic, the children will produce some artwork based on their winter story, in preparation for the winter displays around school.

Autumn 2 – Week 10

In reading, the children will continue with their new class read ‘Jupiter Chronicles – The Secret of the Great Red Spot’, where they will draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justify their inferences with evidence.

In writing, 5JD will continue to convert a chapter of their class read into a play script. They will examine the purpose of stage directions and will begin to write their very own play script, ensuring that they include the features on the success criteria. 5ND and 5RT will continue to develop their story writing skills, ensuring that they incorporate the features identified on the success criteria into their writing.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will begin examining multiplication and division. This will include identifying multiples and factors, finding factor pairs and finding common factors of two numbers. Towards the end of the week, the children will establish and learn more about prime numbers, prime factors and composite numbers.

In topic, the children will learn about the Sun, Earth and Moon and will sort the eight planets from biggest to smallest, from nearest to farthest from the sun and by how much they weigh. They will also work together to choose an object to represent each planet and the sun. They will finish by looking at the distances from the sun to each planet and will finally try and represent this on the school field!

Stargazers – Mobile Stars Planetarium in School

Last Monday, the Mobile Stars Planetarium came into school and the children found out all about the Earth and our place in the Solar System. The presentation was exciting, stimulating, informative and memorable and included a tour of the night sky and main constellations. The children also found out about the Sun and stars, the Earth’s spin, orbit and axial tilt, how the sunlight is reflected from the Moon and planets, the formation of shadows and the sky at night. The children behaved extremely well!

Year 5 Exhibition

On Friday 4th November, the Year 5 Exhibition opened for business! Thank you to all of the parents who came to look at the fantastic work on display. All the children had a fantastic time, applying the learning from our Beast Creator topic and the quality of the work produced was of a very high

standard. The children have worked hard to develop the Sitwell 7 skills, working and communicating well in their groups and solving problems together. The children were fantastic guides and shared their learning experiences in an enthusiastic manner. One parent commented “A wide variety of quality work was on display. The minibeast hotels were well thought out, designed and constructed.” Whilst another stated “The home learning projects were super – very creative and the presenters were really clear and knew exactly what they were talking about!”

A huge well done to the Year 5 children for working extremely hard since the start of the new school year and a big thank you to all of the parents who paid us a visit!

 

Autumn 2 – Week 9

In reading, the children will continue with their new class read ‘Jupiter Chronicles – The Secret of the Great Red Spot’, where they will draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justify their inferences with evidence.

In writing, the Y5 children will use one of the chapters from their class read and convert it into a play script. ‘Talk for Write’ will be used to help with their learning and they will also examine the main features of this type of writing, ensuring that they too include them in their scripts.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will complete their work on addition and subtraction and begin examining multiplication and division. This will include identifying multiples and factors, finding factor pairs and finding common factors of two numbers. Towards the end of the week, the children will establish and learn more about prime numbers, prime factors and composite numbers.

In topic, the children will be introduced to the ‘The Way Back Home’ picture book, where they will examine the artist’s style and use water colour to reproduce part of one of the pictures. They will explain the watercolour techniques that they have used and evaluate their work, using two stars and a wish.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 6JW have chosen the value Reflection for November for the school. They would like to:

* Comment critically on their learning and evaluate their strengths;

* Anticipate problems and ask enquiry questions;

* Organise their work and prioritise what needs to be done.

At home you can ask open-ended questions about your child’s experiences, encouraging them to think for themselves and discussing their ideas with you. Encourage your child to record their experiences as they happen, as it is sometimes difficult to remember events and activities. This is a great way to help them reflect and when the fun is over, you can sit down together and talk about the deeper meanings involved. Finally, encourage your child to make connections by making comments or asking questions that steer them in a certain direction. Encouraging them to think about thinking is called metacognition and helps your child to understand when and how to use certain thinking strategies, which will help them to handle life problems.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 2 – Week 8

In English, the children will begin their new class read ‘Jupiter Chronicles – The Secret of the Great Red Spot’, where they will share and discuss their personal viewpoints to the story so far and identify the features of a science fiction text. Towards the end of the week, they will draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and justify their inferences with evidence.

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will work on addition and subtraction. This will include using formal written methods and adding and subtracting numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers. Towards the end of the week, the children will solve multi-step problems in context, deciding on the most appropriate method.

In topic, the children will begin the Stargazers topic and find out more about the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system.

Minibeast Expert

The Y5 children have behaved brilliantly this half term and have continued to demonstrate the Sitwell Seven in terms of their behaviour and learning. This week, we were lucky enough to get the chance to interview a minibeast expert to help with our non-chronological report writing. Mr Hawkins was absolutely amazing and knew everything there was to know about different types of minibeasts. His photographs were very impressive too! The children were very enthusiastic and asked some fantastic questions to help with their writing. Throughout the day, the children showed respect, as they were very polite and helpful and completed the task to the best of their abilities. They certainly showed resourcefulness, as they were extremely curious about their learning and developed their relationships, as they listened and collaborated well with their classmates. Well done Year 5 and a big thank you to Mr Hawkins!

Y5 Minibeast Hotels

The children have worked extremely hard on their minibeast hotels and they look fabulous. Wouldn’t you agree?

They have developed all of the Sitwell Seven values throughout this project.

Respect

Whilst working within their team, all of the Y5 children have worked well and have been encouraged to share ideas and information. Further, they have developed their listening skills and have been open minded towards others and their opinions.

Responsibility

The children have taken responsibility for their own learning behaviour and have completed their minibeast hotels to the best of their abilities. They have made sensible decisions throughout and have been consistently reliable.

Resourcefulness

The children have had to work logically and systematically and explain their decisions throughout the project. They have certainly used their imagination and have become very curious learners.

Resilience

The Y5 children have certainly approached this challenge positively. The majority of them have not been afraid of finding things a little hard and have stuck at things, despite difficulties.

Reflection

Whilst working in their teams, they have shown that they can organise their work and prioritise what needs to be done. Throughout their work, they have been able to identify what they have done well and what they needed to do to make improvements. Further, the children have commented critically.

Risk Taking

The children have shown that they are able to identify problems and weigh up options. At times, some have disagreed with other people’s opinions, but as a team they have worked through this together, proceeding to the next step. They have certainly tried new things including using saws, drills and a vice.

Relationships

Throughout this project, they have successfully listened and collaborated with others. They have worked towards a common goal and have shown that they can negotiate and compromise.

Well done the Y5 children!

Calling all Year 5 Parents…
Y5 Exhibition

The Y5 children have made a fantastic start to the new school year and are continuing to develop the Sitwell Seven Values in class and around school. Soon, they will face their biggest challenge yet as, in teams, the Y5 children will soon be very busy designing and building their very own minibeast hotels. We would therefore like to invite Y5 parents into school to attend the Y5 exhibition in the hall on the morning of Friday 4th November, 9:30am – 11am. The children would also like to showcase their Beast Creator work, which will be on display in the hall.

Autumn 1 – Week 7

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on number and place value. This will include rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000.

In reading, the children will continue to make notes on different minibeasts, developing their initial ideas by drawing on reading and research where necessary. In writing, they will continue to write paragraphs for their non-chronological reports, ensuring that the main features, identified in reading, are included.

In topic, the children will begin to build their minibeast hotels, ready for the express stage of their Beast Creator topic.

Sitwell Seven

At Sitwell Junior School, we focus on a set of shared values which help us to work with one another co-operatively and with respect. These values make our school community happy and harmonious, a fun place, where children feel secure. Our Values are important to all pupils, staff and parents.

The whole staff team and all pupils are involved in promoting values and recognising their positive effects around school. The values have been selected by pupils and staff as values which are important within the school community and which will be important throughout life.

We will ensure that our seven shared values known as ‘The Sitwell Seven’ are interwoven into the teaching and learning in order for children to make maximum progress as lifelong learners and thinkers. These are:

• Respect

• Responsibility

• Resourcefulness

• Resilience

• Reflection

• Risk Taking

• Relationships

To develop our Sitwell Seven Values further this year, each month one class of children will choose a value they would like to develop through school and at home.

Autumn 1 – Week 6

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on number and place value. This will include rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000 and examining negative numbers in context.

The children have begun to collect research on different types of minibeasts and will continue to examine non-chronological reports, using ‘Talk for Write’ to help with their learning. In reading, the children will make notes on different minibeasts, developing their initial ideas by drawing on reading and research where necessary. In writing, they will examine appropriate grammar and vocabulary and be encouraged to understand how such choices can change and enhance meaning.

In topic, the children will search the internet for instructions on how to make a wormery and compare different versions before deciding which method is the best. They will then create their own set of instructions using PDF or Word.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 4NE have chosen the value Responsibility for October for the school. They would like to:

* Complete work to the best of their ability, thinking carefully about presentation;

* Think more carefully about the decisions they make and how they affect other people around them.

At home you can give your child new responsibilities, for example being in charge of doing tasks around the house or looking after a pet or helping with a younger sibling. Talk to your child about how they are responsible for the choices they make with regards to how they treat others and think about the consequences of not taking their responsibilities seriously.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Value of the Month

The children and staff of 5JD have chosen the value Resilience for September for the school. They would like to:

  • Approach every challenge positively and find ways to overcome difficulties;
  • Reduce distractions;
  • Learn from their mistakes.

At home, you can discuss the importance of resilience and encourage them to become more independent by making their own bed, looking after themselves and tidying up. Encourage your child to express feelings and thoughts and also listen to those of others. Caring for oneself and even having fun will help your child stay balanced and better able to deal with stressful times.

Any photographs, outside of school, which show your child developing one of the Sitwell Seven Values would be greatly appreciated and may feature in the next weekly newsletter.

Autumn 1 – Week 5

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on number and place value. This will include rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000 and examining negative numbers in context.

The children have begun to collect research on different types of minibeasts and will continue to examine non-chronological reports, using ‘Talk for Write’ to help with their learning. In reading, the children will make notes on different minibeasts, developing their initial ideas by drawing on reading and research where necessary. In writing, they will examine appropriate grammar and vocabulary and be encouraged to understand how such choices can change and enhance meaning.

In topic, the children will search the internet for instructions on how to make a wormery and compare different versions before deciding which method is the best. They will then create their own set of instructions using PDF or Word.

Autumn 1 – Week 4

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on number and place value. This will include rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000 and examining negative numbers in context.

In reading, we will be continuing with our class read ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and the children will prepare and present an argument for the question ‘Should Wilbur escape or remain at the farm?’ The children will need to identify key information from the novel to support their points and ideas.

In writing, the Y5 children will write a diary entry as a character from ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and re-tell the events of Wilbur’s escape. They will use the success criteria to help structure their writing.

In topic, the children will continue to identify a range of minibeasts from images using identification keys and will also develop their sketching skills, by drawing a wide range of minibeasts.

Autumn 1 – Week 3

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will continue to work on number and place value. This will include rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000 and examining negative numbers in context.

In reading, the children will read the ‘100 Most Dangerous Things on the Planet’ non-chronological report, where they will identify the key details and examine how language, structure and presentation contribute to the meaning of the text.

In writing, the Y5 children will continue to examine non-chronological reports, using ‘Talk for Write’ to help with their learning. The children will make notes on different minibeasts, developing their initial ideas by drawing on reading and research where necessary. They will also examine appropriate grammar and vocabulary and be encouraged to understand how such choices can change and enhance meaning.

In topic, the children will learn more about their local habitat. They will also identify a range of minibeasts from images using identification keys.

‘Meet a Creature’ Day

What a fantastic week! 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, bearded

dragon, a rat and of course the big, fluffy rabbit, Flora. They found out about their different adaptation features and produced some fantastic sketches. Well done Year 5!

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

Autumn 1 – Week 2

This week, in maths, the Y5 children will be working on number and place value.  This will include reading, writing and comparing numbers to 1 000 000 and counting forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10.

In reading, we will be continuing with our class read ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and the children will prepare and present an argument for the question ‘Should Wilbur escape or remain at the farm?’ The children will need to identify key information from the novel to support their points and ideas.

In writing, the Y5 children will begin to examine non-chronological reports. They will look at the specific features of report writing and ‘Talk for Write’ will be used, where the children will practise retelling a text about spiders along with actions and finally perform it as a class.

In topic, the children will take part in a minibeast hunt, collecting specimens by tree beating, log turning and net sweeping.  They will use maps to help them record their observations and examine different habitats. The children will also have the opportunity to identify a range of minibeasts from images and the local habitat using identification keys.

 

Autumn 1 – Week 1

The Y5 children have made a fantastic start to the new school year. In the first week, we have spent a lot of time looking at the Sitwell Seven – resilience, respect, responsibility, resourcefulness, reflection, risk taking and relationships and the children have responded very positively towards this. In terms of the value-led sessions, children have had the opportunity to explore what the values mean to them and order them according to those they feel are the most important.

In English, the children have been introduced to the story of ‘Charlotte’s Web’ and have looked in more detail at the main characters and their traits. In maths, we have focused on place value and the children have worked hard to read, write and order numbers to 1,000,000.

 

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.

Exception Words Spelling Card

Spelling Activity Sheets

Topic

As we encourage independent learning in Year 5, we will be setting a number of research projects for your child to choose from and complete over a series of weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding home learning, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Y5 Research Projects

 

Y5 Home Learning Projects – Spring Term 2/Summer Term 1

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

Below are some home learning project ideas related to this half term’s topic, Peasants, Princes and Pestilence. This home learning really encourages the children to become investigative learners and to develop their enquiry skills, independence and creativity.

This half term’s project needs to be completed and returned to school by Friday 19th May so that the children can share their home learning with the rest of the class, during the last week of this half term. If your child needs any paper, or other resources that school can provide, please encourage them to ask their class teacher.

Project Ideas

  • Search your local library to find out if the plague of the 14th century affected a village or town near you. What information can you find out?
  • Write a letter to a child of the 21st century imagining you are a peasant child of the 14th century. What could you tell them about your life?
  • Design a coat of arms for your family. What symbols would you use and what would they represent? What would be your family motto?
  • Find out what happens when something decomposes. Place an apple core, orange or grape in a transparent container and watch as it decomposes. Document what happens but don’t open the container! When you have finished your investigation throw away the sealed container.
  • Use a map of the UK to identify castles of the Middle Ages. Make a scrap book or journal to research facts about one of them. Be prepared to present your scrap book to others.
  • Make a model rat out of papier-mache. Paint it to make it look realistic. Take a picture of your rat in different places… but try not to scare anyone!

Other Learning at Home Opportunities

Don’t forget that children are always learning – at home as well as at school. Experiences outside of school can be just as educational as at school. At the end of our Learning at Home Policy (which is available on the school’s website or from the school office) you will find lots of ideas, and links to websites, that you can access to compliment your child’s learning at school. Please remember that we add our weekly learning objectives to the school newsletter, which is sent out every Monday in order to help you with this.

Thank you for your continued support.

J Dawson                               N Doughty                                             R Twining

Mrs J. Dawson                       Mrs N. Doughty                                    Mr R. Twining

(The Year 5 Team)