Y5 - Goldcrests

Summer Term.

Curriculum Overview - Year 5 Summer Term 2016

The children have been working hard on their biographies this week for their chosen space explorer. They have been organising their notes chronologically and writing about key events in that person’s life. The reports sound fantastic and the children have included all of the key features they were asked to. The front covers for their biographical books have been created by a black and white portrait of their chosen explorer. The children have been practising and applying their sketching, shading and layering techniques. They have worked hard on these and will be displayed in the classroom on the learning wall.

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The children have almost finished planning and creating their own piece of music for their own planet. They have been working in groups to create a mood for their planet, choose appropriate instruments to represent the atmosphere as well as designing a front cover for their album cover.
Thinking skills have been put into practise this week in Maths where the children have been learning about volume of shapes. They have been making different 3D shapes and then finding the volume of them using the correct formula. Their multiplication skills have been tested and they have risen to the challenge. They have also been investigating capacity problems, where they have been calculating the quantities of different potions.
The children have been demonstrating fantastic teamwork skills in PE where they have been playing diamond cricket and rounders. They have learnt to adapt to some new rules and have brushed up on their throwing and catching skills. This is now a lot more accurate and the children have been scoring well.

 

The children have been working incredibly hard in Maths over the last couple of week where they have been brushing up on their fraction skills. They have been learning different ways to find equivalent fractions and then using these to find common denominators. From this, the children have been adding and subtracting fractions, then finishing off the week by putting their skills to the test with a fraction match up puzzle! The confidence and enjoyment of the children has been phenomenal to see, with many children asking for extension work and challenges during the lesson.

Our Maths skills have also been put into practise during Science and Topic sessions, where the children have learning about the diameter of the Sun, Earth and Moon. From this they have been scaling them down to make their own Sun, Earth and Mon for the classroom. They have been using a compass, working out the radius and diameter and then using painting and collage techniques to make them look realistic. These have been displayed in the classroom so that the children can see the ‘relative’ distances between then (again these have been scaled down) The children will be using this to help create their own mini solar system in table groups and then come up with their own mnemonic to help remember the order of the planets.

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We have just finished a block of writing on poetry. The children have created their own poetry books which include a shape/conversation poem, a repetition poem and a limerick poem. They have worked on using poetic features including; similes, metaphors, personification, adjectives, powerful verbs and rhyming words.

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We have just started looking at biographical writing with the intention of the children writing their own biography about their chosen space explorer. They have been looking at powerful language, features of a biography and will be carrying out research about their explorer’s life events.


Welcome back to the summer term! I hope you have all had a relaxing break and are ready for the start of another busy, fun filled term of learning. This term the topic in year 5 will be Space! The children are already excited about this and have already started learning about the Solar System. They have been working together to produce fact files for each of the planets. They have found out who the planets are named after, what the climate is like there, how big it is, what its appearance is like etc.

The children have been putting their time skills into practise this week and I have been pleasantly surprised. They are confident converting from analogue to digital times, have been working out time durations suing number lines to help and have been tackling word problems linked to different aspects of time.  

This term the P.E will remain on a Wednesday (indoor) and a Friday (outdoor) with indoor P.E being gymnastics and outdoor being Rounders and Cricket. I would recommend that the children keep their PE kits in school all week just in case we decide to go out at the last minute one afternoon.

The children have started writing their own shape poem about an element linked to space. The focus has been to develop their language skills using similes, metaphors, personification, adjectives, and other poetic devices.

We are looking forward to a really good summer term and finishing the year off in style.

Spring Term.

Curriculum Overview - Year 5 Spring Term 2016

The children have been continuing their hard work in Goldcrests this term. They have transformed themselves into reporters for their new English block, where they are going to be writing a newspaper report about the Saxon discovery at Sutton Hoo. The children have been investigating the features of newspaper report writing, producing their own catchy headlines, and also distinguishing between fact and opinion. After carrying out some research via the internet and through using topic books, the children have produced detailed plans for their articles. This week, the children have started outing together their information and have written the introductory paragraph and the main bulk of the report. Later in the week, they will be writing a concluding paragraph summarising the events that took place during the discovery. They have also been working on writing direct and indirect quotes for their report.

To celebrate our termly RE day, the children have learnt all about Hindu Gods and Goddesses. They learnt about what each God represents, and from this they have produced an A5 watercolour image of their chosen God, with a caption of writing underneath. The children have also been taught about Hindu worship (Puja) and the importance of this in the Hindu religion. The children have learnt about the stages of this, when it happens and how they carry it out. We have also covered Hindu weddings, the giving and receiving of flower garlands, as well as looking at and representing Hindu signs and symbols.

Science has been incredibly practical recently where the new focus is on reversible and irreversible changes.  The children have been using their knowledge of materials (that they learnt about during the first half of the spring term) to help them separate different mixtures of materials. The children have been using filter paper and other methods of separation to carry out these tasks. They then moved onto looking at reversible and irreversible changes involving self-inflating balloons, snapping glow sticks and frying an egg. The children have developed a good solid understanding of this and are now able to explain further examples of each.

The learning in Goldcrests has been of an exceptionally high standard over the past couple of weeks. The children have been working hard to plan their ‘overcoming the monster’ stories following their focused work on Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. The children have produced some fantastic suspense writing, ‘show not tell’ writing where they must show the character’s emotions rather than tell the reader. They had to think about the character’s body language and what they might be doing to show they are strong or brave. The children have also been working on improving their sentence structures, varying sentence starters, as well as using relative clauses to add in extra detail. The children have started writing their final outcomes and have been putting all of these skills
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Homework has been coming in thick and fast from all children. The quality of their work has been outstanding, where it has been clear to see that lots of time and effort has been put in. The children have been working on producing a collage with an Anglo Saxon theme. Ideas that the children have focused on include houses and homes, soldiers, invasion, daily life and weaponry. The children have used their learning in Science from their materials sessions to help them with their collage work.

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The children have been given half an image of an Anglo Saxon soldier and have been asked to complete the other half. They started this by sketching the other half and then they used water colour paints to complete their images. The children have used all the skills they have been taught over the last two years to produce high quality pieces.

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The children have been enjoying learning about the Anglo Saxons and have been looking at coast of arms and weaponry. From this, they have designed their own coat of arms for their family name, using symbols and images with particular meanings to form their design. The children have used colours that reflect their personality and have put their sketching skills into practise to complete their piece of art. The final designs have been displayed in the classroom, and are absolutely wonderful.

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The children have handed in their first piece of homework for this term. The quality, care and attention that has been put into their homework has been phenomenal. The children have completed some research and then put together a piece of writing about an Anglo Saxon solider, king, Deity or something of their choice. The artwork that has been produced alongside their writing has been high quality and their facts informative and clear to follow. The children have got some exciting and practical/creative activities to do over the term. If there is anything the children need help with, they need to come and see me so that I can provide resources if needs be. Mr Harris runs a homework club every Thursday in his classroom as is also happy to help those children who may need it. This can also be a prime time for those children who do not have the internet at home to complete their MyMaths homework.   

The children have had great fun learning to dance the Lindy hop. They have been working hard to choreograph a short routine using the Charleston step, the hop-kick, the hand jive and some of their own moves. They have shown fantastic collaborative group work where they have been listening to one another, sharing their amazing ideas and putting it all together successfully. The children will be performing these next week and will be peer evaluating other groups’ work. We will be working towards a whole class performance using ideas from each group.

Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all. The children have settled back into the school routines well and have already got stuck into their learning.

The topic this term will be the Anglo Saxons, and the children have already started the unit thinking about what they already know and what they would like to find out. They have presented these in and around Saxon shields, which they have decorated beautifully.

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The children have also been working on producing their own coats of arms for their own family name. They will be thinking about animals and symbols that represent themselves and what this would mean if they were an Anglo Saxon soldier fighting to conquer some land.

The children have been focusing on improving their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills this week. We have been looking at using adjectives, verbs, adverbs, apostrophes and plurals. The children will be putting everything into practise later in the week where they will be producing a piece of writing about their Christmas holiday experiences.


Autumn Term.

To view the Curriculum Overview for the Autumn Term please click here.

This week the children have been celebrating Diwali. Our focused religions this year are Hinduism and Christianity. We will be comparing different festivals, buildings and traditions in both religions throughout the year. Diwali day was spent carrying out a range of activities including drawing chalk silhouettes of Hindu buildings, Rangoli patterns, making salt sough Diva lamps, making Diwali sweets and learning some choreography for some Bollywood dancing to the song ‘Jai Ho!’. The children learnt about all the traditions that Hindus follow and went away from the day with new knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Hindu life. 

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The children in year 5 received a Fire and Safety talk on Tuesday where they learnt what to do in the case of a fire, how to make an escape plan and were also able to act out different scenarios with their peers. The children left the session with lots of interesting information that they were able to take home and share with their friends and family.

The children have been producing some wonderful watercolour paintings for their river journey images. They have been mixing different colours to create different effects and textures to make their paintings come alive. The children have worked really hard with their work and should be proud of their achievements.

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The children in year 5 have started learning the songs for their Christmas production. They have each been given a song booklet that they can take home with them to practise. They will shortly be fining out the role they will be playing in the production and will have lines/scripts sent home for them to learn. Further details will be sent home with your child nearer the time.

The children have settled in well after returning from their half term break. The children are excited this term, especially with the hectic lead up to Christmas fast approaching. They have all been rallying round to try and collect and bring in items to put into the Operation Christmas Child shoebox appeal. They are looking forward to packing and wrapping these in a couple of weeks’ time to see how much they have contributed to make a difference to another child’s life.  

Our art work has continued to progress this week with the children aiming towards painting their own watercolour image of the journey of a river. They have started the process by experimenting with watercolour and have worked hard to mix colours for their colour wheels. They have been using primary colours to make secondary and tertiary colours.  They will then be designing their image of the river journey which they will be painting over the next week or so.

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Over the next few weeks Mr Downing and I will be assigning parts to the children in year 5 for the Christmas production. We will also be teaching the children the songs for the production, which we hope to be able to send home the lyrics for so that they can continue to practise at home. Your continued support will be very much appreciated throughout this term.  

The children have started their new block in English where they will be working towards writing a persuasive letter about protecting sea creatures and their environments. Then children have started looking at adverts and the techniques involved in making these persuasive to their target audience. They will be looking at fact and opinion, putting together their own television campaign as well as different ways to structure their points to get the message across.

The children in Goldcrests have been working hard this week and I hope that the great work continues throughout the term. Well done, keep it up ?

Goldcrests were lucky to visit the Burton Art Gallery to experience Bideford Black last week. They learnt about the history of it, how it all started and were even able to do some art work using ‘Bideford Black’. The children did some printing using leaves and ferns. They explored the exhibition and evaluated the different ways in which various artists had used Bideford Black to portray something linked to the history of Bideford. The children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and learnt a lot from it.

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The children have also been thinking about their learning powers, in particular resilience. They have been carrying out various activities linked to this, in particular an activity called ‘Austin’s butterfly’ where the children have to persevere at drawing an image of their choice linked the our topic of water worlds. They have four different attempts to improve their drawing and working with a partner to suggest ways to improve it. The children have shown lots of resilience and have been proud of their achievements.

We have also been working hard to produce some wonderful observational drawings for our information texts. The children have used tone, shading and various other techniques to produce these fantastic drawings. They have also been working hard to produce some collages of their underwater scene. The children marbled the background and then used different materials and techniques to build up their collage. The finished products looked amazing, eye catching and have been shared with the other class in year 5.

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The children in Goldcrests have been working extremely hard and have been getting stuck into their learning for their termly topic ‘Water worlds’. We have been looking at the formation of a river and the journey it takes from the source to the mouth. The children have been learning the different geographical terms and completed a matching up activity with the definitions. The children went out on a walk along the River Torridge where they were able to see different parts of the river and put their learning into practise. The children were given the opportunity to do some observational drawings of the river and the bridge. They really enjoyed this outdoor experience.

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The children have also produced some fantastic diagram sketches of the journey of a river, which they have labelled and coloured. They are in the process of working towards designing and making their own 3D model of a river.

The children have worked incredibly well in their English sessions to write their own version of the Ted Hughes story ‘How the whale became…’ They have used their own ideas and have changed characters and settings. They have been working on developing the quality of their sentences; including complex sentences, expanded noun phrases and paragraphs. The ideas were fantastic and the children’s work is going to be displayed in the classroom on the writing wall of fame.

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The children have been taking part in mini tournaments in their outdoor PE sessions with the other year 5 class. The children have been playing hockey and have been outing their skills into practise to play as part of a team.

Welcome back to a new academic year. I hope you have all had a good rest over the six weeks holiday and are ready for a fun filled term of learning and activities. The children in Goldcrests have settled in well to their new routines and have all come back with positive attitudes towards their learning.

The class teacher for Goldcrests this year will be Miss Golson, the teaching assistant and educational assistant will be Mrs Nast who will be supported by Mrs Burrows-Bryan when I am not teaching.
They need to bring their P.E kits in every Wednesday for indoor P.E and every Friday for outdoor P.E please. This will also be kept in their lockers with their coats, bags and packed lunches. Smaller rucksacks are recommended due to lack of space. Could you please make sure that your child has their reading books in school every day so that they can have some quiet reading time and also be able to read to an adult when required.

Homework has been set and links to the termly topic of ‘Water worlds’. The children have a piece of homework that they need to complete each week. The timetable has been stuck into their homework books so that you can monitor when each piece is due in. There is a homework club every Thursday in school if your child needs to attend, and I am also happy to help them if necessary.

Reading logs have been provided for the children to keep track of their reading journey. They have specific genres that they have been asked to read this year. Every time they complete a book, they have been asked to do a piece of writing about it. These suggested activities are available in class for the children to complete during guided reading time. They may also wish to do some of this work at home in their own time.

We have a busy term planned for the children and will be looking forward to producing some wonderful art pieces, science investigations and 3D river models.

This week the children have been celebrating Diwali. Our focused religions this year are Hinduism and Christianity. We will be comparing different festivals, buildings and traditions in both religions throughout the year. Diwali day was spent carrying out a range of activities including drawing chalk silhouettes of Hindu buildings, Rangoli patterns, making salt sough Diva lamps, making Diwali sweets and learning some choreography for some Bollywood dancing to the song ‘Jai Ho!’. The children learnt about all the traditions that Hindus follow and went away from the day with new knowledge and understanding of various aspects of Hindu life.

The children in year 5 received a Fire and Safety talk on Tuesday where they learnt what to do in the case of a fire, how to make an escape plan and were also able to act out different scenarios with their peers. The children left the session with lots of interesting information that they were able to take home and share with their friends and family.

The children have been producing some wonderful watercolour paintings for their river journey images. They have been mixing different colours to create different effects and textures to make their paintings come alive. The children have worked really hard with their work and should be proud of their achievements.

The children in year 5 have started learning the songs for their Christmas production. They have each been given a song booklet that they can take home with them to practise. They will shortly be fining out the role they will be playing in the production and will have lines/scripts sent home for them to learn. Further details will be sent home with your child nearer the time.