Welcome to Year 5
In English, we learn how to be persuasive (sorry parents – it could lead to more pocket money!) and extend our writing skills by exploring legends. In Maths, we work towards securing standard methods of calculating, however we also make decisions about when it is more efficient to make informal jottings. Applying mathematical knowledge in problem solving contexts is a regular feature in lessons.
We encourage home learning to be completed weekly. Times table and, spelling practice as well as reading are compulsory. Regular reading is vital as it helps us to learn new vocabulary and notice how many different ways there are to construct a sentence. Keep reading together at home, as well as independently.
In Year 5, we take pride in putting in 100 percent effort. We celebrate the ‘have a go’ attitude. Someone once said, “If you haven’t failed, you haven’t tried.” We value the efforts all parents give to the development of their children.
Year 5 put in a show of stamina and strength during the Trotts Hill Fun Run with some children running more than 6 laps of the school. Others took a more relaxed pace but the aim of the game - to raise funds - was a shared purpose. Well done to all for the huge effort and whole class participation.
We cheered the school up no end with our bright display of yellow to raise money for the Young Minds mental health charity. In the classroom, we celebrated what we are, what we have and what we can. We participated in 'rainbow breathing' designed to energise us for the challenges of the day ahead.
After studying the artist Kara Walker, we designed and made our own tiles for printing.
On a beautiful day, Year 5 visited the River Lee. The staff at the centre were very impressed by our knowledge of how a meander is formed and we were able to consolidate our learning by seeing the features first hand. We made field sketches of the river and the lake. In the afternoon, we were issued with binoculars and were able zoom in on cormorants, Canada geese and other birds.
This week, we have been rounding. Some children found using a part-whole model whole model before drawing a number line very useful in order to identify the multiple before. Others progressed to writing their own problems.
We were given a number of clues in order to find out a mystery number. First, we tested different numbers randomly but realised that this would take too long. We then looked more closely at the clues and realised that the solution had to be a multiple of 7. We used our knowledge of multiples to find which number would satisfy all the statements in the clues. Some of us used counters or a number square, while others drew the problem.
We learned about how a the course of a river changes from source to mouth. After a sorting and labelling activity, we made our own models and labelled the different features. Unfortunately, there was a flood in some river basins and the features were washed away!