Our Class Blog
Week beginning 13th March
We have been looking at poetry this week as part of our topic on 'Time Traveller', adding movement to each verse, the children learned the poem off by heart. They then used this poem to inspire their own poem about a person who is of a different generation to themselves.Their poems are quite fantastic!
In numeracy we have been converting improper fractions into mixed numbers and vice versa.
In swimming the children have been working towards their swimming certificates, all children made great progress and achieved a certificate that they will get in achievement assembly next Friday.
In art we have painted our medieval goblets we made out of clay, they look fabulous decorating our classroom. We also continue to take turns in making our Tudor style cakes.
Week beginning 5th March
In numeracy, the children continue their work on money and fractions (not at the same time!) and also practicing SATs style arithmetic questions.
In topic they have been putting the final touches to our adventure narrative, the children have really enjoyed bringing their stories to life.
In D and T we have been making gingerbread, a recipe from Tudor times, which links in to our new topic called 'Time Traveler'
We have also planted seeds in our mini indoor garden, with the children growing peas, cress and spinach.
In science the children have been finding out about bacteria, and how quickly it can multiply.
Just to remind PE continues on Mondays and Wednesdays, with swimming continuing until the Easter holidays.
Week beginning 26th February
This week we have been writing our narrative based loosely on the characters of Robin Hood. The class have been planning exciting stories, drawing on their knowledge of the medieval era to write an adventure story that keeps the reader gripped to the very end.
We took part in the inter-class Kurling competition, scoring a healthy 60 points. We will have to wait to find out if that is a winning score!
Some of the class attended the ' Big Bang Experience' at Silverstone Circuit. The children had a great time taking part in science experiments, making marshmallow catapults and collecting lots of freebies.
The children who stayed at school had a great time doing team-building exercises including making models of the Eiffel Tower out of straws.
Thursday was World Book Day, and all the children looked fantastic dressed as their favourite literary character. The children got to take part in lots of competition and listen to some great stories.
Week beginning 19th February
We had a great week back after a well deserved holiday.
In art we made some great stop/motion animations related to our topic. We had short films about Robin Hood, Jam tarts and even the deadly plague.
In numeracy we were adding and multiplying fractions as well as learning about money and the value of coins.
On wednesday we are still going swimming and with only a few sessions remaining everyone is still trying really hard and making super progress!
In PE we have been practicing our Kurling in preparation for an inter-class competition next week.
We have also been cooking jam tarts (fit for a medieval king!) and designing our own medieval goblets which will make out of clay!
Week beginning 5th February
The final week before the half term was a busy one. On monday afternoon the children have been writing their own diary of their week, continuing their PSHE unit on well- being and taking part in some medieval cooking.
We have also been taking part in our own 'literary festival' including a fantastic visit from the author Eammon Reilly as well as taking part in exciting activities to inspire the children to write. We have linked the week to the '500 words' BBC competition so we hope lots of the children will write their stories and hand them in on the first day back after the half term holidays. The children also got the chance to take part in illustration workshops with Mrs Lapsa. The children had the opportunity to hone their sketching skills focussing on the art work used in the Winnie the Pooh stories by A.A Milne.
Week beginning 29th January
Another busy week in Year 5 at Vernon Terrace. Some of the children were lucky enough to take part in a Athletics competition. A big well done to all those who took part.
We have been researching Knights in preparation for writing a non- chronological report. The class have been using the Internet and books to find out as much as they can. I am looking forward to reading them very soon.
In maths we have started our work on fractions, recognising and drawing fractions as well as finding their equivalents.
In PE we have started honing our badminton skills, the children had a lot of fun improving their technique with their partners.
In science we have been looking at the development of the life-form in an egg, from it being laid to the baby bird hatching out, the children did some fabulous drawings to accompany their work.
Reminder - on Tuesday 6th we may be a few minutes late back to school, returning from our 'Internet Safety' trip to the Deco theatre.
Week beginning 15th January
We have been using the information we have gathered to write a diary entry for someone who witnessed the terrible bubonic plague.
In science we have been looking at seed dispersal and the children have been inventing different ways to disperse seeds with a number of lively experiments.
The highlight of the week was our visit to Hazard Alley.The children had a fabulous and informative time learning to recognise hazards and how to make sensible and safe choices when faced with a tricky or dangerous dilemma! These included: making a 999 call, staying safe crossing the road, by the railway line and on an icy lake. Children also learnt how to put an unconscious person into the recovery position. Ask your children about it - they will fill you in with all the details!
Week beginning 8th January
Happy new Year!
It was wonderful to welcome the children back and introduce them to our new topic 'Princes, peasants and pestilence'. We also have a new winter themed reading area.
Since we have been back we have tried our hand at printing medieval letters and we will use this skill later in our topic. We have been doing outdoor learning and drama to find out what happened to an unlucky person who caught the bubonic plague! Quite disgusting- but a lot of fun.
In numeracy we are taking part in a 2 week unit on area and perimeter then we will do a unit on fractions.
In PE we continue swimming and also took part in an archery competition (fingers crossed because we do not know the results yet!)
In science we are studying 'Life Cycles' and have already been doing some exciting experiments.
Don;t forget its our trip to 'Hazard Alley' on Thursday. The children are very much looking forward to this morning out.
Year 5 had a very,very,very busy December.
We rehearsed for the Christmas play for which we had 3 songs to learn and many of the children had lines to learn too!
On the 6th December we had a visit from a local Church organisation, led by Mr Williams; who is a school governor and the children know well from the numerous enjoyable assemblies he has lead. The children took part in an exhibition exploring the real meaning of Christmas.
On the 6th of December it was the christmas fair where the children made and sold key-rings helping to raise lots of money for school funds. That evening was the school disco which the children who attended thoroughly enjoyed.
On the 14th and 15th the children did a marvelous job with their christmas performance of 'Its Christmas' - it was a great performance as you will know if you were lucky enough to come along. On the day of the final performance it was 'Christmas Jumper Day' and we all helped raise money for a childrens charity.
On our final day we went to church to watch the early years performances and then Party Time!!!
In topic this week we have been researching the moon landings of 1969. We have done outdoor learning, drama and drama to help us familarise ourselves with this historical event. We now have enough information to write a newspaper front page of this great event.
In numeracy we have been plotting and reading information from bar graphs.
The highlight of the week was though our 'Winter Wonderland' day on Friday. We were lucky enough to be visited by reindeer and it even snowed!
Below are some of the photos from our fun day.
We have had another busy week. In numeracy we have been learning how to read and plot co-ordinates.
In topic we have been listening to popular songs about space and have attempted to write our own lyrics.
We also had a visit from the Black Hole Planetarium, which managed to bring the night sky into our own school hall. The children were very impressed with the special effects and learned lots of new amazing facts!
In science we have been finding out why we have day and night and the importance of why the earth is tipped on its axis.
The children's swimming lessons are in full swing! They have put put into groups and are working very hard to improve their water skills.
In numeracy we have been working on 2D and 3D shapes, taking part in practical activities as well as making their own 3D shapes.
In topic we have been re-writing our own version of Neil Armstrongs life story. The children even did their own illustrations for the book.
After a restful half-term, children were welcomed back to the new term with a new topic. Up until the christmas holidays our new topic is called 'Stargazers' We will be studying all things about the 'Solar System', including a visit from an actual Planetarium- you should have received a letter about this.
With only a short week this week, children began the topic by researching images of the Solar System, and writing mnemonics to remember the order of the planets from the sun. They were fantastic and are displayed on the wall in the classroom.
This week many of the children have gone on the annual residential, so we will be back on our 'Stargazers' topic next week!
**Important notice - PE lessons are now on a Tuesday, with swimming on a Wednesday**
We have had a busy week, I hope you enjoyed our performance at the Harvest Festival and made a contribution to the 'Hope Center' a local charity the school supports.
Please take a minute to go to the 'extra curriculum' page on our class website, where you can find photos of our trip to Abington Park museum.
Th children had a brilliant morning and the staff at the museum were impressed with the children's knowledge and attitude to learning.
Also, a reminder that swimming starts the first Wednesday after the half term break, a letter has been sent home with all the details.
We have had another busy couple of weeks. In our topic on the Egyptians we have written letters from Egypt describing our lives and experiences as Egyptian farmers. We have also been finding out about the process of mummification! We have enjoyed finding out about all the gory details and acting them out. Later this week we will be writing a set of instructions for mummification!
In science we have been doing numerous experiments about air which proved to be a lot of fun. We can all definitely prove that air exists.
In maths we completes our work on place value, have reacquainted ourselves with addition and subtraction, including the inclusion of decimals and word problems. Over the next couple of weeks we will be covering multiplication and division.
On Friday, we are off to Abington Park museum for our Egyptian experience and look out for the letter about our PE swimming sessions that start the first week back after half term
We are also asking for donations of one pound for our Diwali celebrations.
We have been back to school for nearly 2 weeks now- and what a busy time we have had.
Settling well into our new class routines, we have begun our first topic of the year - 'The Pharaoahs'
with a pyramid as a reading corner and numerous resources around the classroom the children are fully absorbed in the topic.
They have been finding out about the geography of Egypt and produced fantastic fact files about the river Nile In art they are making Egyptian necklaces and sarcophagus . We are currently planning a trip to Abington Park museum to take part in some exciting egyptian based activities, look out for a letter very soon!
In numeracy, we are spending a few weeks on place value and recapping on the four main operations and in science our topic is 'Gases around us'.
In PE we have been trying to get outside dodging the rain showers, developing our tennis skills and enjoying team games.