In English this term, we have been reading ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd. We have loved getting to know this book and the author. During our time with ‘The London Eye Mystery’ we have summarised each chapter, created character description using imagery and figurative language and learned about the features of mystery and suspense stories… (yes, ellipsis is one of them)! After all this learning we put it altogether and planned, wrote, edited and published our own mystery stories – they were fab! We also researched information about the London Eye and created an information leaflet. Have a look at some of the work we produced. We also studied Siobhan Dowd in detail; learned about her life and how she got into writing children’s books. She is fascinating! We collated all of our research and put it into a biography all about her.
During the Spring Term, Year 5 children have been learning about calculating with the four operations. Children assess whether a calculation can be performed in their heads, with jottings or with formal written methods. For example, children have learned how to use either chunking or the short division method for calculations of four-digit numbers divided by one or two-digit divisors. Using diagrams, models and number, children have learned how to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions. Children have learned about finding solutions to missing value additions and subtractions of fractions.
As well as this, children have learned how to distinguish between regular and irregular polygons based upon reasoning about their sides and angles and how to calculate the area of composite rectilinear shapes. Our children have worked really hard at problem solving, finding a starting point to a challenging problem and to work systematically.
In Science this half term, we have looked at properties and changes of materials. We learned a variety of key scientific words which we were able to explain, with confidence by using examples! We looked at the properties of different materials such as if they were magnetic, transparent or permeable.
We can explain that conductors such as metals, allow electricity flow through them and insulators such as wood, plastic and rubber do not allow electricity to flow through them.
Furthermore, we carried out an investigation to identify the most suitable material needed to be included inside a packed lunch to keep the food at a cool temperature.
For the rest of the term, we studied and researched a range of important scientists and inventors such as David Attenborough and highlighted his influence and theories linked to evolution. We also studied Leonardo Da Vinci and his “Vitruvian Man” model. We tested his theories on body proportions and were amazed to see that he was somewhat accurate!
Take a look at some of his estimations; have a go at see if it works for you!
We have been learning about Crime and Punishment from the Roman Era up to present day Britain. We have compared the judicial systems throughout these important periods of history. We have learned about shocking punishments which included cutting of limbs for stealing, hanging for being homeless in the Tudor times, and drowning for being a witch in the Anglo-Saxon era. We have also engaged in role play where we took part in the “pointless” activities that criminals had to carry out in prison. These included separating individual pieces of string from a rope and rotating a handle 10,000 times before being rewarded with dinner which was a bowl of gruel. Was it all worth it? We think not. We also held a trial to decide which punishment system would be the most effective: Anglo-Saxon or Modern British? Although we agreed the Anglo-Saxon punishment of chopping off a child’s hand for stealing a sheep would probably put him off stealing another sheep for life, we decided that the Modern British punishment of having a warning was more appropriate!
During Art this term Year 5 have been learning about the artist LS Lowry. Through this topic we have researched and learning about his life and the works he created. We then used inspiration from his work and how he used perspective in his pieces to create our own. LS Lowry was known for drawing buildings and people but particularly the perspective he created when drawing buildings. What they looked like in relation to each other and how he created a 3D effect. We tried to complete this in our own work by drawing a beautiful building as well…we drew Conway Primary School.
We then followed this topic on and completed observational drawings of buildings in London. Miss Barham was super proud of the skills we showed, have a look for yourselves.
In the first half of the Spring term Year 5 looked at Christianity, thinking about key questions such as; What values do Christians believe? What did Jesus teach? And how do Christians believe Jesus taught them these values? This helped us understand what Christians believe and how this helps them live their daily lives.
We learnt about the Christian church and its importance to individuals and to the community, and explained how the teachings of Jesus influence Christians today.
In Spring 2 we looked at Islam, thinking about key questions such as; What is a pilgrimage? Why do Muslims go on Hajj? Which stories are associated with the places on Hajj? How does the Hajj make Muslims feel they are all part of one family?
We were able to explain the key features in a Mosque, and their uses. We then concentrated on Hajj, a pilgrimage that every Muslim must try to go on. We looked at the history around it, the steps needed to take to go to Hajj and the celebrations and rituals surrounding it.
Children looked at a simple maze game and thought about how the game works on a computer. Children decomposed the game into smaller parts so that they could work out an algorithm for how the computer will sequence instructions, use selection when there is a choice and how to create a condition for repeated procedures. When the code didn’t work, children analysed their code using a highlighting stepper. Then, once the bug was identified, children separated their code so that they could test that one part.
During the spring term Year 5 developed their coordination with a ball. They learnt how to maintain control of a ball, using both their left and right hand. They also worked on trying to manipulate the ball in different directions. They took all these new skills and put it into game practice and played basketball.
Next term (Summer)
Next term we will be focussing on writing adventure stories after reading ‘Way Home’ by Libby Hathorn. The book is about a boy who discovers a lonely cat and decides to keep him. They have a mini adventure through a dark city on their way home. Except, the boys home is under a bridge. We will also research homelessness and write a persuasive letter to Shane (the boy from our story) to convince him to seek some help.
In Maths We will be consolidating our skills in place value, written calculations including those involving fractions, investigating measures and converting units of measure and discovering more about the area and volume of shapes.
In English this term, our focus this term has been ‘The Highwayman’, Robin Hood’, and ‘Rose Blanche’. ‘The Highwayman’ and ‘Robin Hood’ linked to our theme of legends in writing. We read these stories, got to know the characters and understood what made them legends. We learned different skills such as writing descriptions using fronted adverbials, expanded noun phrases, adventurous vocabulary and writing speech to help picture the character, their mood and personality. We used all of this learning to write our own stories! You could say, we became legends!
We also studied ‘Rose Blanche’ by Roberto Innocenti. We loved reading this story as it was about a little girl, who lived in Germany, during the time of the Second World War. It told a story of her experiences of life during the war, which ended very sadly. The author used lots of imagery and figurative language which we have also learned about. We have learned about personification, similes and metaphors…ask us to show you one! We wrote an adaptation of this story and changed the ending using all the skills we have learned so far this term. We are also working really hard to be able to use spelling strategies to helps us read and spell and to join our writing consistently.
During the Autumn term, children have been building upon their year 4 knowledge. In year 5 children have been learning their times tables, including division facts up to 12 x 12. Children work with both larger and smaller numbers in Year 5 and so have been identifying the value of digits in numbers with 3 decimal places and numbers up to one million. Addition and subtraction written methods have been taught and children have applied them to solve practical problems. In geometry, children have learned about calculating the perimeter of different kinds of shapes, both regular and irregular. However, children found using a protractor to measure and construct angles particularly challenging!
In Science this term, we have been learning all about Space.
We can now identify all eight planets by their positions in relation to the Sun and their physical properties. An interesting fact we learned was that Mercury contains wrinkles which are called lobate scarps. This suggests that Mercury's crust could have possibly contracted.
Additionally, we engaged in discussions arguing which theory of planetary movement is correct. In the end, we all agreed that the heliocentric theory could be proven with more evidence in comparison to the geocentric theory.
As well as this, we took part in a very exciting investigation to help us understand how day and night occur. We can now explain this using examples from around the world!
We have really enjoyed our Space learning this term and are looking forward to learning about forces next half term!
In topic this term, year 5 have been studying World War 2. As part of this, the children have located countries around the world that were involved in the war on a world map. We have also looked at evacuation, rationing, the Blitz and life during the war. For the remainder of the term, we will be studying the Battle of Britain and key events that occurred during the war.
During Art this term Year 5 have created artwork based on the ‘The Blitz’. This has linked with our topic ‘The Second World War’. To achieve this we have explored a range of materials and how to manipulate materials. We used masking tape the create lines and shapes on card then used chalk and pastels to colour over the whole page. Once we removed the tape it left us with an interesting pattern. We used this to create the flood lights from the ground during the blitz. We also consolidated learning of how to make a silhouette, some of us needed some support in this as it is really tricky!
This Autumn term, Year 5 children have been learning about Computer Aided Design. We considered how computers have made the design process much more efficient from the time in the twentieth century when designers used technical drawing skills and school children attended technical drawing lessons.
Children selected a web-based CAD app called Tinkercad, with the design brief to make a virtual clubhouse, with a door, windows, a piece of art on the wall and a bench to sit on. Children started with only basic shapes, such as cuboids or prisms and had to create the right sized holes to make new shapes.
This term in PE, Year 5 have been learning the importance of teamwork. They completed a number of teambuilding games with a range of focuses including communication, leadership, co-operation and turn taking. One of the games they played was move the hoop. In this game children had to get into small groups and hold hands, only once a hoop was placed over someone’s arm. The aim of the game was to then move the hoop around the circle of children without breaking the circle. For this they needed to co-operate and communicate to ensure they were successful. The next week they played this exact same game except they had to choose a leader. This child then had to give specific instructions to the rest of the group to follow. This is where they really saw the importance of communication.
This term we have looked at ‘Faiths in Greenwich’ in Autumn 1 and ‘Sikhism’ in Autumn 2.
For ‘Faiths in Greenwich’ we looked at all the different faiths and religions that are in our borough, and the similarities and differences between them. We have learned about their beliefs and how they relate to the local community. We researched how the local community by working together can make a big difference. We created a Fairtrade poster and decided that by helping others we also help ourselves.
In Autumn 2 we have started to look at Sikhism. We have researched and noted down the contributions that the 10 Gurus have made. We will be looking in more depth at the symbols and mantras in Sikhism and how they are important. We will also be focussing on their holy place the Gurudwara discussing what they have to wear, what rules they have to follow, and researching what they look like inside and out. We will then focus on their holy book the Guru Granth Sahib and discuss its importance.
This term we had the opportunity to visit ‘Chislehurst Caves’. This was a super exciting trip and lots of children came back to school saying “it’s the best trip we’ve ever been on”! They got to experience a real-life air raid shelter. The guides took us down, class by class, to explore parts of the cave (we couldn’t explore the whole thing as its 22 miles long)! We learned about the people who used the cave when there was danger during World War One and Two. Some people even lived in the caves as they sadly lost their homes. The caves were like a village with everything you could want and more! They had bunks, toilets, shops, cafes, a hospital, a stage, a barber, a post office and even a citizen’s advice bureau! The children enjoyed walking around and experiencing cave life. The adults were given lanterns to light the way although this did not help greatly as it was incredibly dark. They experienced what it would have been like when bombs were dropping. All the lights went out, we were left in complete darkness (we couldn’t even see our hands in front of our faces) and the guides created a sound that echoed throughout the area we were in. You can imagine the screams from the girls…and boys!
Next term (Spring)
Next term we will be focussing on writing mysteries and suspense novels in English. We will link this to our book ‘The London Eye Mystery’. We will also be writing reports and instructions as our non-fiction learning. In addition to these text types we will be looking into poetry during the Spring term and focusing on rap.
We will consolidate our learning of place value, the number system and multiplication and division. We will be continuing our learning of the chunking method for division, ask us to practise at home. We will learn more about measurements including length, mass and weight and link this to multiplication and division. We will explore money in greater depth, fractions time and position and direction.
Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Crime and Punishment’ and for Spring 2 it will be ‘Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century’. In Science we will be learning all about ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’.
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