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Autumn Term

Katherine Johnson Portraits

In Year 5, we have created Katherine Johnson portraits. We sketched her face from an image, ensuring we included detailed facial features. We then used water-colour paints to paint our portraits. It was fun mixing and blending colours to create the mood of space. Lastly, we added equations and stars in her hair! We are really proud of our work, you can see this work on our 'Black History Month' display in Year 5. 

Week 7 (11.10.21)

 

WOW! What a busy week we have had in Year 5.

 

This week we moved onto the second part of our achievements and legacies topic. We have been exploring famous black historical figures as it is Black History Month! We have been learning about Katherine Johnson. In History, we found out lots of interesting facts about Katherine. For example, we found out that Katherine Johnson worked for NASA for more than 30 years and that she was an American mathematician who calculated the flight paths of many spacecrafts. In English, we have been learning how to write a letter and we wrote a letter to Katherine Johnson to tell her how inspirational she was. 

 

In Shared Reading this month, our texts have focused on some black historical figures. This week we were reading about Ruby Bridges, who desegregated her school by becoming the first black child to attend an all-white primary school in Louisiana. We loved reading this information text about Ruby!

 

In Maths, we have been working incredibly hard with our times tables knowledge. This week we have been learning the long multiplication method. At first some of us found this tricky, however, by using our growth mindsets we now feel very confident with the process. We will continue with this on Monday by looking at word problems. 

 

In Science, we explored day and night. We learnt that the Earth rotates on its axis around the sun, which causes different countries in the world to face towards the sun or away from it.  When countries are facing the sun, it is the daytime as light and heat can be reached. Contrastingly, when countries are facing away from the sun, it is night-time as light and heat can't be reached. It takes a full 24 hours for the Earth to rotate fully, which is called a day! Next week, we are excited to be learning about the Phases of the moon.  

 

In Art, we drew a portrait sketch of Katherine Johnson. Also, we used watercolour paints to add detail and colour to our sketches. Next week, we will go over our sketches with chalk to add the equations in Katherine Johnson’s hair. We had lots of fun doing this and we look forward to completing them next week.

 

Lastly, we worked together as a whole class to generate a harvest festival poem and we are excited to be filming our Harvest Festival performance next week!

Week 6 (4.10.21) 

 

It has been another exciting week in Year 5!

 

This week in History, we have been busy being historians and finding out facts about the Mayans key jobs. The children have loved finding out the differences between children in the Mayan times compared to now. 

 

In English, we have been learning about recounts (diary entries). We have been learning to name and identify the different features of a diary and have been super busy planning to write one. This week we have put ourselves in the shoes of a Mayan child and began writing our diaries. Miss Burling and Miss Dennis are looking forward to reading them… 

 

In Maths, we have been working incredibly hard with our times tables knowledge. This week we have been learning the short multiplication method before we move onto long multiplication next week! We are excited to learn something new next week! 

 

In Science, we explored the difference between orbiting and rotating and discovered how the planets move in our solar system! We are certainly enjoying our science lessons. 

 

In Art, we used charcoal to sketch the famous Chichen Itza. We had lots of fun doing this and some of the artwork in Year 5 is beautiful. 

 

We are so glad that in our music lesson we are now able to sing! We are currently preparing for our Harvest Festival that is very soon.

Week 5 (27.9.21)
What a busy week we have had in Year 5! 

 

This week in History, we continued being historians by researching and discovering information and facts about the famous Chichen Itza. 

 

In English, we have been focusing on using adjectives, expanded noun phrases and figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, and alliteration) to improve our writing. The children enjoyed looking at each other’s writing and magpieing any ideas for their own work. We wrote some beautiful setting descriptions about the Chichen Itza, its jungle and the Cenote. The children have been engaged and enthusiastic with this learning over the last couple of weeks. 

 

In Science, we continued being scientists, discovering all about Earth and space. We explored and looked at information about the different planets in our solar system. Then, we created a mnemonic to help us remember these planets. For example, My (Mercury) Very (Venus) Excellent (Earth) Mother (Mars) Just (Jupiter) Served (Saturn) Us (Uranus) Nachos (Neptune). Lastly, we created an information text about our Solar System. 

 

In Art, we have been busy sketching and painting our own Mayan masks to fit the Eastern and South-Eastern Mesoamerican culture. We have been combining colours to form new, lighter, and darker shades. For example, adding white to red will form a lighter shade of red. 

 

We are so glad that in our music lessons we are now able to sing! We are currently preparing for our Harvest Festival that is very soon. 

 

Finally, in Maths, we have been busy practising our times tables rock stars at the beginning of every lesson. This week we have been focusing on our 4 times tables. Also, we have been continuing to work on our fluency with subtraction and applying our understanding of addition and subtraction to word problems. We look forward to moving on to multiplication next week. 

Week 4 (20.9.21)

 

We have learnt lots this week in Year 5! 

 

This week in History, we continued our work on the Maya Civiliszation by discovering information about the famous Chichen Itza, located on the northern half of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. 

 

In English, we have been focusing on using adjectives, expanded noun phrases and we have begun to look at figurative language (similes and metaphors) to build imagery and give words more power. We all participated in a carousel activity, where we had different pictures of the Chichen Itza, and had to generate powerful, descriptive vocabulary. We had lots of fun working in our groups! Also, in Shared Reading we have been practising our VIPERS skills by focusing on our inference skills. 

 

In Maths, we have been busy practising our times tables rock stars at the beginning of every lesson. This week we have been focusing on our 3 times tables. Additionally, at the beginning of the week, we were learning about roman numerals. Unlike our place value system which uses numbers, roman numerals are the letters that ancient Romans used as their numerals. Furthermore, we have been continuing to work on our fluency with addition by using the written column method to calculate answers. We look forward to moving onto the inverse next week (subtraction). 

Week 3 (13.9.21)
We can't believe it, it's already the end of week 3! Where is this term going? 
 
We have had great fun in English this week learning all about The Mayan Civilization. We have made notes, written plans and written an information text about The Mayan Civilization. 
 
In Maths, we have been practising our times tables rockstars every lesson. This week we have been focusing on our 10 times tables. Also, we have been focusing on rounding numbers up to 10,000. It was quite tricky to start with, but we have all used our growth mindsets and we are now feeling much more confident with this topic.

 

We are really excited and are looking forward to next week.  We will let you know how we get on!
 

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Week 2 (6.9.21) 

Here we are at the end of our first full week in Year 5. 

 

We have been busy in Maths learning about Place Value and extending our knowledge to numbers in the 100,000. We have been busy reading, writing, comparing and ordering five digit numbers. Towards the end of the week, we went around the classroom with our partner to solve place value riddles, which we found very fun! Also, we have been busy practising our times table rockstars every lesson. This week we have been focusing on our 5 times tables. 

 

In history and geography we have begun looking at The Mayan Civilization. As historians we have been gathering evidence from different sources. We presented our findings chronologically on a timeline. As geographers, we have been busy locating the main countries in Central America where the Mayans were located. Some of these are: Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador etc. Some of us even managed to locate some cities within these countries. Amazing!!! The children have shown a great interest in this topic and it is lovely to see. 
 

Week 1 (2.9.21)

What a great first couple of days we have had in Year 5! 

 

In English, we've written a diary about our summer holidays  It sounds like everyone has been very busy and Miss Dennis and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Also, we have been busy writing application letters to be in Year 5, showing Miss Dennis and I what skills, qualities and attitudes we bring to our classes. 

 

In Maths, we have focused on our times tables - it was great to see how much the children have remembered.  We will carry on working on these during the year. 

 

We also finished off our art work from transition day. We had to write sentences about ourselves and stick them onto our art work to describe ourselves. The finishing pieces look amazing and are now on display in our corridor. 

 

Both Miss Dennis and I agree that it has been super getting to know all the children and we are looking forward to teaching them this year and watching them grow. 

 

We will continue to update you in all the wonderful things we do!
 

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