We started of the new year by looking at the narrative poem, ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Within this, we focused on re-writing the story as a legend. To do this, we focused on expanding our sentences using similes and metaphors, and a range of fronted adverbials. Some children compared ‘The Highwayman’ to ‘The Tale of Robin Hood’ and re-wrote this legend using different characters and settings. After this, we worked on using figurative language in writing our own narrative poems. Miss Butterworth’s set looked at re-writing ‘The Magic Box’ by including a range of similes and metaphors, personification and onomatopoeia.
This half term, we have been looking at the story, ‘Rose Blanche’ by Robert Innocenti and Ian McEwan. The story is set in Germany during the Second World War, where a little girl named Rose Blanche makes a shocking discovery after following a van filled with children. This links nicely to our topic learning. We wrote some amazing newspaper reports following a “press conference” with the characters from the story.
This term, children have learnt about fractions. This includes applying their knowledge of factors and multiples to sequence, order and convert fractions to decimals as well as identifying equivalency in fractions. Once children mastered this, they moved on to finding common denominators and simplifying after the calculation.
Formal written methods of multiplication and division have been taught, involving multiplying numbers with up to 4 digits by 1 and 2 digit numbers. They have learnt to apply these calculation strategies in solving multi-step worded problems. Within this context, children learned to solve problems involving time, money, capacity and volume.
Our Science topic in the Autumn term was Forces. Pupils are explored falling objects and raising questions about the impact of forces on objects. These include forces that make things begin to move, get faster or slow down. The key focus of learning was for children to develop the understanding that forces operate in pairs, to use this knowledge to identify the two forces that are acting on an object and to categorise these forces as balanced or unbalanced. Pupils discovered how scientists, for example Isaac Newton, helped to develop the theory of gravitation.
Children worked scientifically by investigating the difference between mass and weight and used the relevant measuring devices, such as Newton metres and scales, for this purpose.
Our topic this term was World War Two. Children have learnt about when and why World War II began and have researched the key individuals and countries involved. Throughout the following weeks, the children learned about the evacuation, the Blitz and discovered what it was like to live with food rationing in Britain at that time. We also developed our understanding of the Holocaust and the role of Germany in the war. To enrich this topic, the children visited Chistlehurst Caves, a set of underground tunnels that become one of the largest air raid shelters in Britain!
Some children have produced some amazing World War II projects over the half term as well. Well done Christan, Jessie and Louise.
Children have developed an interactive game using Scratch software on iPads. They created a design using story boards to represent their own simple computer game. They designed characters and backgrounds, and created a working prototype using their knowledge of algorithms and coding.
In art this half term, the children looked at creating pieces of art reflecting WWII. They created silhouette pictures of the London skyline using shades of red to create a “fiery” sky then sticking black card to illustrate the buildings of London during WWII. Look at their fantastic pieces of work here:
For the remainder of the term, the children looked at different materials to build a model of an Anderson Shelter.
The focus for music this term was “Our Community”. The song Jerusalem is the basis for looking at changes through time. Children are given opportunities to compose and perform music inspired by their local community, past and present. The children learnt to sing a song, understand metre through singing and playing instruments and how to conduct a metre of four.
The religion that children learnt about this term is Sikhism. They have developed their understanding of the life and teaching of the different Guru’s. Through class discussions, children have explored what it means to be a member of this faith. As well as learning all about the Gurus, the children learned about the final Guru (The Guru Granth Sahib) through which the message and teachings of Sikhism continue to be passed on. We learned how Sikhs show respect and gratitude to the Guru Granth Sahib and watched many documentaries related to special prayers read from the Guru Granth sahib. Year five’s big write in RE was a letter written to a friend informing them about an amazing Sikh wedding they had attended. The children were able to showcase their learning here and really highlight the key vocabulary they had learned throughout their letter.
In the Spring term, children in year 5 will be learning about Crime and Punishment in Topic lessons. The Science focus will be on properties and changes of materials. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd – is about a child going missing from within a capsule of the London Eye - will be our English text and the children will use this as inspiration to write a suspense and mystery narrative. In Maths children will learn about number and place value, multiplication and division, measurements (length, mass/weight), 2D and 3D shapes and money. The focus in Computing will be We are Artists in which children will create geometric art, taking inspiration from the work of Escher, Riley and traditional Islamic artists. They will learn about Christianity in RE and PE will resume at school.
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