Year 5 Class - Denise Horton
Summer Term 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to your last term! We hope you all had an enjoyable break and are suitably rested. As before, in our letter we will outline the main topics being covered this term.
English: We are going to become journalists, writing newspaper reports focusing on the use of direct and indirect speech with Ms Grove. Mrs Goddard is writing fantasy stories focusing on adverbials and varying the position of subordinating conjunctions within a sentence. The quality of the children’s writing has really improved over the course of the year – Well done Year 5 and keep up the good work!
Maths: We will continue following the White Rose scheme which this term focuses on multiplication skills and geometry. Please continue keep helping your child to learn their times tables if they have not completed their times tables challenge- it will greatly help your child next year. Just to remind you ‘squeeble’ is a great resource that will work on any tablet or PC
The pupils of Year 5 finished their topic on the Anglo- Saxons with a living history morning. As you can see from the photographs, the children looked amazing and came dressed as a wide cross section of society from noblemen to clergy to farmers. They took part in a range of activities including archery (an important part of Anglo-Saxon life) to making jewellery (inspired by the finds of Sutton Hoo) to trying their hand at calligraphy (which was much harder than it looked!)
Year 5 was lucky enough to work with Katie Amps to develop their skills as playground leaders. After brainstorming qualities that they thought would be important for this role, they then had chance to implement these skills. After planning their very own game, they then had chance to teach it to a different group. Thank you Katie for a fantastic afternoon and we look forward to the children implementing these newly developed skills in the future.
Year 5 finished their science topic ‘Earth and Space’ with an exciting day out at Jodrell Bank. In the morning, the class had the opportunity to undertake a range of investigations about gravity, crater sizes and identifying different rock types. After lunch, they took part in a taster ‘astronaut’ training session and practised a few of the skills needed if they wanted to go to outer space.
4th January 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year! We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and we would like to take this opportunity to say a great big thank you for all your kind gifts and messages which you kindly sent in for us. It was greatly appreciated.
English: We are going to work on Legends with Ms Grove focusing on the use of direct speech and connecting adverbials. Mrs Goddard will be writing Tourist leaflets about Alaska, focusing on persuasive language. The quality of the children’s writing has really improved over the course of the year – Well done Year 5 and keep up the good work!
Mathematics: Mrs Goddard will continue her work on securing place value, addition and subtraction. Ms Grove will be continuing her work on multiplication and division. Both of us will include reasoning and mastery questions to ensure a full understanding. Please keep helping your child to learn their times tables- it will greatly help your child. Just a reminder that ‘squeeble’ is a very useful app to help your child achieve instant recall.
Year 5 welcomed Buxton Museum into their classroom and had a fantastic afternoon handling and analysing Roman artefacts.
For our Enterprise project this term, we thought about all the aspects of owning a small craft company. We then produced a prototype Christmas card after which we carefully analysed the product so that we could produce the very best quality. We were really pleased with the end results and enjoyed selling them alongside our pocket money and book stalls.
Year 5 had and amazing time in science, investigating whether different substances dissolve when mixed with water.
We planned the investigation and made sure it was a 'fair test'.
We really enjoyed observing what happened when we mixed different substances with warm water.
We came to the conclusion that not all substances dissolve in warm water.
Years 5 and 6 had a busy Monday afternoon, first of all learning how to make poppies and then teaching the younger year groups their newly taught skill. There was a lovely atmosphere and the children really enjoyed working together. The poppies were then used to make a beautiful Remembrance wreath which is now in the school grounds.
Year 5 had a fantastic Apple Day studying in detail the form and colour tones in apples before reproducing them in pastels. As you can see, they concentrated really hard to produce fantastic results.
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