30th June 2017
Well what a week we have had; rehearsals stepping up for the production with Year 5 singing and learning their dance routine ready and a fabulous sports day where all children participated with enthusiasm and good sportsmanship. Next week looks like it will be a bit chaotic too, with a full run-through Tuesday afternoon, so we can try and tell you what is coming up, but bear with us if it changes (a lot!).
Don't forget the deadline for Y6 jobs is Monday 3rd July!
In English we will be carrying on with our persuasive writing, well done to the children who have brought in texts ready for us to use, hopefully it will be Monday. In reading we will be comparing characters using the text to make inferences about their personalities.
Maths is moving onto multiplication and division revision and recapping negative numbers in order to complete word problems, and topic we are hoping to fit in where we can - will be looking at extreme weather.
Of course we have transition morning on Wednesday, so the children will have an opportunity to spend time in the Y6 classroom with Mrs. Mulqueen. Talking of Y6, please encourage your child to keep learning their spellings as these are essential for Y6 where they will be expected to use a variety of the Y5/6 words, spelt correctly in their writing, which will go towards their Y6 writing level. We have some children who consistently do not have their Y5/6 spelling word book in school on a Monday and their weekly test scores look as if they are not learning their spellings. Thankfully most children are making good progress.
We are hoping to be designing bridges in DT this week and will then be building them on July 17th, which will require some 'junk' from home once the designs have been completed.
Also Monday should see Peter Skinner come in to talk to the children about the WW1 memorial rockets which Y6 children launch, there is another launch due next term, so 2 child from this class will be chosen to push the button.
In science we are continuing learning about the human life cycle with a detailed look at growing old and what happens as we do so.
Have a great weekend.
23rd June 2017
We hope you are all recovered from the residential last week, all the washing done and sleep caught up with? The photos and videos are all on the school website in the News and Events section - Finborough blog if you haven't managed to see them yet.
The children have been asked to take part in the last Sumdog competition (which includes lots of schools across Peterborough) of the year which started 8am on Friday 16th and runs until 8pm on Thursday 22nd. Year 3 won the competition last time so come on Year 5!!
Next week we will aim to have a more 'normal' week although with the production looming that may not end up being the case! Also the river trip on Friday..................................
Maths we will be continuing working on addition and subtraction methods and problem solving application. We will also be revising rounding numbers to the nearest 100, 1000, 10, 000 and 100,000 - not as easy as it sounds when working with 6-digit numbers, and placing numbers accurately on a number line.! English (DON'T FORGET SPELLING TEST MONDAY PLEASE - time connectives being tested and we can't stress enough how important this learning is for next year in Y6. We will be looking at the structure of persuasive writing. We will also be having an end of year reading test to see how much the children have improved their reading and comprehension skills this year.
In DT on Monday we will be designing our own bridges and listing equipment needed and working towards finishing our 3D pictures based on the Great Wave (Hokusai).
In R.E, Mr. Kendall will be taking a meditation session with the class to follow on from our stilling. Wednesday afternoon the children will be training for running the tuck shop next year and hopefully squeezing in a bit of topic work moving onto Extreme Earth although some children 'may' be needed for scoring with the Year 1 'Festival of Fun'.
In Science we will be learning about key milestones in childhood and looking at growth charts. On Thursday could children please bring in their red medical books or photocopy the page with their growth from birth. We are going to plot their growth and make predictions from the line graph about their future height.
On Friday we are going on our rivers trip which looks set to be a brilliant day measuring river depth and width, doing a pond dip and looking at creatures from the river. The trip won't go ahead unless we have enough payments so if you haven't got round to it yet please do. Children will need a packed lunch and plenty to drink, in a disposable bag with their name on. They also need to be dressed appropriately which means sturdy outdoor shoes, full length trousers, long-sleeved top, sun-hat and sun-cream (if sunny), waterproof coat (if rainy). Can children also bring some clean shoes to wear indoors.
10th June 2017
Next week is Finborough!!
Lots to look forward to - be prepared for smelly and wet clothes and very tired and happy children!! Don't believe them if they say they've been up all night!! Not a chance - bedtime at 10, sleep by 10:30 at the latest!!
This is a great opportunity for a step towards independence - all needed as they prepare to move into their final year of primary school. I know it's hard but try to let them go on Monday with a minimum of fuss - they'll have a great time, we promise!!!
Remember - old clothes, layers, old shoes, old towels, no electronics, no toys, £5 maximum, medications bagged and labelled and ready to hand in, at school for 8 (no earlier)!!
Back at school on Thursday and Friday we will try to take things a little easier as we expect children (and staff) will be tired after a busy week at Finborough. We will do some writing based on their experiences at Finborough. We'll try to tackle some maths - looking at revising place value. We're going to look at foetal development in science; comparing fruit and veg with the size of the foetus at different stages of pregnancy. We'll also be designing our Y5 fun race for sports day.
Next week in Year 5 we will be finishing our maths unit on fractions with some work on finding percentages of amounts and comparing fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will then complete an assessment to see what they have retained from the work we have done. We will also be measuring angles and finding missing angles on a straight line, in a circle and in a triangle.
In English we will also be coming to the end of our unit on Explanation texts, finishing off explanations the children have been researching and drafting before completing a hot-write which will hopefully show improvements made. Spellings will be looking at the - ie and -ei rules and grammar will be continuing work on commas and also a SPAG mini assessment to highlight any areas for development in the final half term. Most children now have handwriting pens and we are hoping the final few will take that extra step to achieving a pen soon as well, joined neat writing with correct letter formation. We will have a final week in guided reading looking at myths and legends. Children will complete their final task, whether it be to compare the features of myths, write about their opinion of whether a legend is true and how it came to be or complete a comprehension task.
We have some topic work to complete on features of rivers, although, with a musical concert Wednesday afternoon, time is quite limited this week. We have planned an exciting trip to explore a nearby river, which will bring both this and the science topic to life. Details should be on their way to you soon.
We hope to see some of you at the music concert. Al year 5 children will be performing a piece in a group.
In art and DT our work on Hokusai continues as does our work exploring bridges of different types.
Our work in RE this week will be using a Bible quote to help us explore God's wonderful world and completing some work for the next school RE display.
In science we will be using data to draw a graph to find out if there is a correlation between gestation and life expectancy. We will draw conclusions and see if we can use the graph to predict life expectancy based on length of gestation.
In ICT children have started to design websites with great success already! They will continue next week.
It is our last week of swimming next week. Children have done really well and we will be seeing how far they can swim next week.
What a fabulous week - the children have been working really hard and behaving beautifully too - what more could we ask.
If you would like to support your child with anything at home, then looking at an atlas with them would be helpful, we have been using them today in topic work and it was quite challenging for some to identify countries and oceans. We have been talking about rivers and tracking them, source to mouth and learning that most rivers start in mountain ranges. or on higher ground. Atlases are fun to look at together and full of interesting facts about the world. Using an index to look places up is a useful skill to have too. Next weeks topic work will be looking at the features of rivers. We are trying to arrange a trip to Ferry Meadows for a river investigation at the educational unit there later in the term - fingers crossed.
In maths we will be moving onto percentages soon too, so if you find any real life examples of percentages, please could you make your child aware and talk to them about what that percentage actually means. Tackling Tables will be happening as usual, two more children moved on levels this week and there were some fabulous improvements in scores too. We will also be looking at 2D representations of 3D shapes and identifying the volume of the shape using cubed centimeters.
English we will be continuing our work on explanations with reference to science topics or phenomenon like earthquakes and tsunamis. Children need to understand the purpose of these texts. We will be looking at more Year 5/6 words in spelling. Please can you make sure your child brings in their spelling workbook on Monday morning so we can mark their work and score their spellings. The pretest and test in spellings are working well, you may notice more children getting dojo points through improving their spelling scores and even additional points for getting full scores. It is possible to get two full score dojos as we treat the 5 word test separately from the normal weekly test. We are continuing with reading about myths and legends in guided reading. We are identifying common themes in myths and legends. Homework this week is to tell me about a myth or a legend children know or have found.
Art we will start to look at the work of Hokusai and continue our DT work on bridges. R.E. will continue with more 'stilling' and meditation working towards creative thinking.
In science we will begin looking at how animals reproduce including: internal and external fertilisation in mammals and fish; and animals that lay eggs. We will think about how an animals environment affects the way it reproduces. We will sort animals according to how they reproduce.
We are continuing to practise for the music concert on 24th May. We will be performing two songs in two groups.
Children are making good progress in swimming, with lots gaining in confidence, skill and endurance. Don't forget swimming kits on Thursday.
Week beginning 8th May 2017
Here is our 'preview' of the week ahead.
Next week in English we will be continuing working on Explanation texts, identifying the features and recognising the style of writing required. We will also continue our work on the variety of uses for commas. In guided reading we are going to be looking at myths and legends. We will be finding common themes, finding out the difference between myths and legends and looking at several examples.
In maths next week we will be completing the assessment started this week and also working on ordering decimals. We will also be looking at timetables and finding answers to problems based on the timetables. We will be finishing with an assessment on time.
We are continuing to look at reproduction in plants following on from our session this week where we dissected flowers. We will now look at asexual reproduction and consider the advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction in plants.
Our topic continues with a look at rivers, where do they start (& why?) and where do they go? The children will hopefully learn to name some of the rivers in the UK identifying sources and mouths and some of the major cities they pass by or through. We will start to look at some art work by Hokusai and planning how we can paint in this style. DT will see us investigating bridges as a start to our building bridges unit. In music we are continuing to prepare a recorder piece for a music assembly on 24th May.
In RE we will be launching our new unit ( Words of Wisdom: What can we learn from reflecting on Christian, Sikh and Muslim wisdom? ) with a lesson on stillness.
PE as usual on Tuesday and swimming continues this week on Thursday.
Week beginning 2nd May 2017
Welcome back to the Summer Term - the final term in Year 5!
We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and that the children are ready and raring to go!
You will notice a few changes in how we do things at school, particularly in the homework and weekly news. We will now be sending you what we are hoping to do in the following week, rather than what we have done in the past week (as far as we can predict anyway!)
This week in RE we will be completing our unit of works on Sikhism, reflecting on the question posed at the start of the unit through discussion.
What is important to a Sikh in Britain today?
English will see us complete our unit on Poetry and start the new unit based on non-fiction report writing. We will also be looking at commas and a variety of ways to use them. In spellings, you may have noticed that the childrens list of words looked a little different. We have started pretesting the children to find the appropriate level of words for them to learn and highlighting words they do not yet know. This means we should see an increase in their spelling knowledge scores even if they score on the low side, being able to compare it with their prior knowledge. They will still be learning the Y5 & 6 words from their booklets each week alongside this. There will be a spelling test on Tuesday and also a look at the new words to be learnt which is another set from the Y5 & 6 words. In guided reading we are looking at explanation text and some children will be explaining why red and yellow cards are issued in football. Some children will be reading a section from a fictional story about a boy who decides to cycle around the world.
In Science we will be starting a new topic on life cycles starting with looking a reproduction in plants. We will be dissecting a flower and labelling the parts of the flower that enable it to reproduce.
In Music we are preparing a piece to perform to the school. We are learning to read the notes and play 2 more notes on the recorder.
Maths lessons at the beginning of the week will be focusing on rounding decimals. They have been finding this hard so far. Many of you may remember that rounding was previously an area that children found challenging and I would like to make sure they really get it this time, filling a gap from previously at the same time as extending their skills. They will also be completing a Spring term assessment which will help us see how they are consolidating and applying their knowledge. For measure in maths we will be solving time problems which involve converting between units of time. Ask your child some questions e.g. It's 1 week and 3 days to my birthday - how many hours is that? We will also be looking at timetables. TV guides, bus timetables, cinema timetables, swimming timetable etc. are all fantastic ways for children to practise these skills at home. Ask questions such as: What time will we get home if swimming starts at 4 pm, lasts for 30 minutes, it takes 9 minutes to change and 13 minutes to drive home? We will also be doing Tackling Tables for the 1st time this term. Only 2 children still on blue level which is excellent.
In Spanish we will be playing games to reinforce the pets vocabulary we started learning before Easter.
Our topic was launched with a KWL grid last week and this week we will be looking at the Water Cycle and tying this work into our English unit.
We will be swimming again this Thursday and every Thursday until half-term, so don't forget swimming kits.
Our trip to Burghley
On Wednesday 5th April Year 5 and 6 of Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School travelled to Stamford to see the brilliant Burghley House. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and we learnt lots about the Terrible Tudors. I hope I can share with you the brilliant experiences we all had!
After the quick coach trip to Stamford in our awesome Tudor costumes, we all walked inside the ginormous house and there were tons of ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaahs’ as we saw really how big this historical treasure was.
The first activity was in the dining room. Year 5 were split into two groups. The first group were sat at a table in separate groups. The tour guide explained that the least important you were the further down the table you were from the party hosts. In this party there were the hosts (the couple at the top table) and the son and daughter of the hosts (who were also at the top table). The other pairs were sat down further and further from the hosts, in order of importance.
Next we were shown the food. Now of course the hosts or guests would not do such a dirty job of serving the food, so in the corner of the room stood a servant called a “urer”. The job of the urer was to serve the extravagant (and mildly disgusting) food as well as the rich wines. When the urer was not needed they had to stand in a corner out of sight.
The Tudor food was disgusting but rather appetizing with big chunks of meat and fish, fabulous fruit and sugary puddings! The Tudors enjoyed sugar and you could tell how rich someone was by how black their teeth were. The blacker the better!
Our next exciting activity was walking around the magnificent house! We were all gobsmacked when we found out how many rooms there were; around 300!!! Lots of people certainly got tired after walking thorough countless bedrooms, kitchens, and drawing rooms. The walls were covered with tapestries or “carpets” as the Tudors called them. Imagine hanging a “carpet” on your wall at home! The walls were painted with scenes of heaven, hell and Roman gods! The hell room was particularly scary - the stairs had nothing holding them up! We all enjoyed the tour round the amazing historical sight!
After the house tour we had a quick lunch and as soon as we were all finished chomping on our favourite foods we sat down in rows facing a mysterious table full of jars, bottles, and cups.
Suddenly we all spotted a black figure with a crow’s head walk into the room from the beautiful sunny garden just outside the door. The figure seemed to take off its head as it entered the room to reveal a strange looking man with a black hood who explained that he was… a Tudor doctor!!!
This Tudor “doctor” looked very much like the grim reaper himself. The bottles and jars behind him now had a purpose. They were for medicine. The man told us about many different illnesses and cures. Some of which were rather weird…
To cure earache the victim had to hold an onion to their ear, yes, very strange.
To cure headache the victim had to hold a rope that had hung a man, up to their head. I experienced this cure first hand; it didn’t really work.
To cure madness, the doctor would find a stone from a swallow’s stomach and place it on the victim’s wrist. The stone was said to go INTO the victim’s arm, of course none of us believed this.
There were lots more weird cures and of course, none of them sounded realistic. Sadly many people died from not having proper medicine and cures. Some people might not have survived with a common cold!
After this rather strange experience we went home with very busy brains. All of us were asking: Why did the Tudors believe that an onion would cure earache? Why did the Tudors eat 6 course meals regularly?
Anyway, we all enjoyed the experience and we learnt lots!
By Laura Pepper
And the end of another busy week. We are having a poetry week in school which was launched by two visitors (ex pupils) sharing memories of their time in our school in the 1950's. Each class has been learning a poem to perform to the other classes. Year 5 watched some videos of other schools performing - some children were quite critical of these schools! Obviously they think we can do better. We have had great fun with 'Gran can you rap' and after a 'rap off' to find some rapping grans are developing some really cool moves to go alongside their presentation. The performance to the school was fantastic! We have also been learning to write personification poems, which the children loved (bringing the classroom to life) as well as writing limericks. Children also had a reading test where almost everyone showed good improvement from last term.
We had our weekly spelling test with mixed results (sadly) and have asked the children to make a bit more effort learning their spellings if they achieved a low result. Next week is the last spelling test of the term, when the Y3/4 words will be also be tested for the last time. There will be no spellings set for the Easter holiday.
Maths has continued looking at fractions working with multiplying fractions, including multiplying by mixed numbers (challenging!) WE have also started to look at changing decimals into fractions which will continue next week. Alongside fractions children have been practising converting time between analogue, 24hr and 12hr.
In art time we went to look at the garden in Balcony House, where there is a lovely Tudor Knot garden (with the kind permission of the owner). We then designed our own Tudor knot gardens (which are symmetrical). Some more children completed their Tudor Cups too. In our last Tudor topic lesson the children thoroughly enjoyed researching 'Crime and Punishments' in Tudor times (gruesome).
In Science. We were sorting materials according to their properties and thinking about what properties make the material useful for different purposes.
We had a fun game of handball in PE. Next week (on Thursday) will be the first swimming lesson, so don’t forget swimming things.
We explored Gurdwara's in R.E. looking for the features and the rukes to follow when entering one. It came up in discussion that we ask children to remove hats and hoods when entering church, whereas in Gurdwara's people are asked to cover their heads as a sign of respect.
In PSHE we discussed fair trade. Children worked in groups representing someone in the banana trade to decide what cut of the banana sold, each person should get. It made for an interesting discussion about what is fair and how much people should get paid. Children were very surprised to find out how much the banana workers are paid and how much supermarkets get.
Maths homework is some word problems to get the children using their knowledge of finding fractions of amounts. This work should be completed in their grey maths book and must show their working out. There is also some science homework on google classroom. Children will need to log in to google classroom; click on the link and use the given code to access an online experiment; then reply on google classroom to say they have completed it. It is also a bit of an experiment to see how many children are able to access the homework and complete it using google classroom.
Homework and spellings are uploaded on the website as usual.
REMINDER EASTER GARDENS MONDAY!
Please remember to bring in equipment.
This week at school we have been looking at fractions of numbers and quantities in maths and also how to change the remainder into a fraction. Once we moved onto word problems, things got a bit tricky, finding the maths to actually answer is always a bit testing! For homework the children were asked to take part in the Sumdog competition which they looked like they were doing with enthusiasm. All classes in the school from Y1 and above were entered this time, against other Peterborough schools and we are delighted that Melissa came out as top scoring student from the classes entered across the authority! We also started looking at time - it seems children are a bit out of practise with telling the time. Please encourage your child to read digital and analogue clocks and make sure they have an understanding of what time it is when you say 5 to 6 etc. We will do some work on telling the time before we move on to time problems.
In English we have been finishing off our own, final versions of the alternative ending to the Highwayman poem. These final copies will be put into a book for the class to read and also to lend to other classes. Children also had a go at writing their own narrative poem based on a fairy-tale. After our usual weekly spelling test, we looked at the new rule: what happens when you change nouns and adjectives into verbs. (new spellings on the website).
We had fun in art copying 'part' of a royal portrait in a variety of media (pastels, paint or crayons) these have now been put back together and will be on display in school very soon - our own jigsaw portraits! On Monday we will be going to look at a Tudor Knot garden in the village, before designing our own.
In spanish we worked on talking about our families with more confidence.
After church on Tuesday, where we met the new vicar, we were making a secret art project (I'm sure all will become clear on Sunday if the children have managed to keep it a secret!) and then later in the day looking at the '5 K's' in RE.
We had fun with a diamond nine activity in topic which got the children engaged in some debates discussing the ordering of Tudor events, it is the discussion that is important rather than the outcome here.
In science, we discussed melting and burning. Children identified if these processes are reversible or irreversible. We also talked about the products made when things are burned.
For music children had to make a drone to accompany a piece of recorder music played in groups.
In PE we practiced jumping and dodging - useful skills for intercepting and receiving in handball.
Don't forget we will be making our Easter Gardens in Monday 3rd April! Also final chance coming up to tick off any Y3 & 4 spelling words not learnt yet.
Hope all the mums liked their Mother's Day cards and had a lovely Mother's Day.
The end of another week and it has been packed! We hope you enjoyed our final class assembly of Year 5 which the children sorted out themselves, writing their own words and sorting out their parts.
We have been carrying on our work with the Highwayman and have now been planning our own endings to the poem - changing the original story. This is proving tricky as we have to write in poetic form and show off our skills with poetic devices and also punctuation. WE have also been working on improving our handwriting and have reviewed letter formation and sizing. We have also looked at the new spelling rule (comparatives) after our weekly spelling test. All children will now ALSO get 5 of the Y5 /6 words in addition to their weekly spelling list, You should see these in a booklet which gives them space to practice the words. They should also complete the spelling work below to encourage them to use the words correctly. These need to be brought in every Monday so that they can be marked and updated with their scores so that you can see how they are doing. Some children have already completed this work, but have been told that they will also be tested on the extra 5 words to check 1) that they are retaining their spellings and 2) some children have lots of gaps to fill. In reading we have been looking at non-fiction text about extreme sports and challenges. As well as thinking about the structure and features if the genre, we have discussed big decisions that people have made and whether we think they made the right decision.
The children are working on a stop motion animation of the highwayman for ICT using lego.
The children are becoming a lot more confident on their fractions work and are now adding and subtracting fractions, even changing the denominators and switching from improper fractions to mixed numbers. Homework is a game to play with them please to do with fractions, although nothing needs returning to school. Tackling Tables saw 3 children achieve a new level and earn certificates for their efforts. We have also been working on measure word problems and have had a go at scaling a recipe for more or less people. Ask your children to help next time you double your cookies batch!
The SUMDOG local competition is on again from 8am Friday morning until 8pm on Thursday 23rd March and will replace next weeks maths homework so please encourage your child to participate whenever possible.
There was no specific art lesson this week as that is when Assembly was 'created' although some children did manage to get their Tudor Cups glazed.
Tudor Explorers was the area we looked at for Topic this week which was really interesting and provoked a lot of discussion about what food might be eaten on board during long voyages, sometimes up to 3 years.
We had an explosive science lesson this week as we watched what happens when you put mentos into diet coke. Photos are on the website.
In music we practised a new song, some children independently reading the music. We talked about what a drone sound is and looked at some examples of drones used in music around the world. Next week we will use percussion instruments to add a drone to the background of our recorder piece.
For PE on Friday we looked at techniques to intercept a ball from the opposing team as well as marking a player.
Have a fabulous weekend and hopefully some better weather.
This week in Year 5 has been more routine than the exciting, crazy few weeks we have had recently.
In maths the children learnt to use their skills to order numbers and have a homework set on this to reinforce their learning. They have been asked to use the back of the sheet for working out before completing the answers on the front of the sheet. As usual the homework has been uploaded onto the school website. On Tuesday and Wednesday the class looked at improper fractions and mixed numbers - the look of panic on their faces at the start of the sessions has, I hope, been replaced with some understanding. We also had our 'hotly awaited' Tackling Tables session. They have alos been using their multiplication, division, addition and subtraction skills to solve word problems involving decimal numbers.
Continuing with the Highwayman work, we have done some freeze-framing Monday - working out what all the characters might be feeling at that particular moment - getting ready for using feelings with greater understanding in all their writing but specifically when they write a new ending to the poem soon. We also wrote questions that we would like to ask the characters to better understand their actions. This led into hot-seating on Wednesday, before the children wrote a version of the story from another characters perspective. Then children looked at the characters of the highwayman, both the facts about hi and the opinions other may have of him. In spellings the new rule for the week is suffixes - ent and -ency. We have also started looking at the children knowledge of the Year 5 & 6 words. We focused on punctuation in grammar, revising (again) the use of capital letters, full-stops, exclamation marks and question marks. There will be zero tolerance for missing these going forward as these are a KS1 skill and should by now be embedded. Children also read the poem 'If' and talked about the features and theme of the poem before answering questions about the meaning.
In art the children continued their portrait work following the style of Guiseppe Arcimboldo, they painted the salt dough made on prayer day last week and some starting painting their Tudor Cups too. In Spanish we worked on family words and the children are gaining confidence asking and answering questions in Spanish.
R.E. we looked at the Ten Guru's and how they have influenced the Sikh religion.
In topic we learnt about the remaining Tudor monarchs: Edward VI, Mary I (Bloody Mary) and Elizabeth I. The children noted some facts about each of these rulers (also considering the nine-day queen Lady Jane Grey)
In science we have been finding out how to separate mixtures and solutions using filtering, sieving, evaporation and using magnets. Children had a go at painting with a salt water solution. We will look at what has been left on the paper now the water has evaporated, next week.
In PSHE, children had to decide what is important when making decisions about borrowing money for something. They had to think of questions a bank manager might ask someone looking to borrow money.
We have started handball in PE on Fridays. Children enjoyed developing their throwing and catching skills; focusing on developing accuracy in throwing.
Quick reminder - it is our class assembly on Thursday 16th (AARGH!!) if you are free to come and find out from the children about our work.
You should also have received two letters from us this week - Easter Gardens and Burghley trip.
Have a great weekend.
Welcome back to the 2nd half of the Spring Term. We hope you all had a good half term and are looking forward to longer days and more sunshine.
This week we have been having lots of fun with lessons. Monday afternoon was a Tudor craft afternoon where the children got to take part in 5 different activities: making Maid of Honour cakes, writing with a quill, Tudor dancing, making a 'nosegay' and designing a family crest for a shield. We are very grateful to our TAs who altered their working days to help us out and also to Mrs Warn who also helped out. There are a few photos on the school website (Class pages) for you to see.
On Tuesday we also took part in pancake racing in the playground, Y5 & 6 children are a bit big to run across the hall and luckily, although it was cold, it was sunny and not icy. There are videos showing the two races from Y5 on the website too - check if the children managed to toss their pancakes 3 times before they crossed the line.
Then Wednesday, in Topic we had a bit of a drama / re-enactment of the dissolution of the monasteries in the time of Henry VIII.
On Thursday some of you joined us early for a reading breakfast where we enjoyed croissants and juice while sharing a book. Children have a new book challenge to complete by the end of June, to be in with a chance to win a prize.
In maths we have started working on fractions: equivalence and comparing so far as well as going over the technical vocabulary. Please ask your child to explain:
1) what a fraction is
2) what a numerator is
3) what a denominator is
4) what equivalence means
Homework is to have a go at a 'half test' arithmetic. It does not need to be done as a test and is an opportunity for them to revise their arithmetic skills.
We also worked on understanding and finding approximate equivalents between imperial units of measure and metric units. It would help if you talked to your children about units of measure when travelling (miles and km), baking (oz, grams) etc. so they become more and more familiar with which units are metric and which are imperial.
In English we have watched a couple of animations of 'The Highwayman' (there are several on Youtube of you are interested) and then the children picked out the main events and put them into a comic strip. We have also looked at figurative language (metaphors, similes, hyperbole and personification) and identified examples of these. In spellings the children had their weekly test (fewer high scores this week) and they have been given their rule to learn for next week - ible and -able (week 2). We also read a poem called 'Still I rise' and discussed the use of similes to describe rising.
We continued our unit of RE on Sikhism by looking at leadership and how some people came to that role: by choice, by being voted in or by birth or being forced to. We also considered the qualities of leadership, before looking at the life of Guru Nanak, the 1st Sikh guru. We then considered which qualities of leadership he had.
In Science we started a new topic on materials and changing state. We started with observing what happened when we mixed several materials with water; describing which materials sank, floated and dissolved.
On Friday we had a fabulous prayer day. We moved round school experiencing different activities to encourage children to reflect on things they are grateful for, sorry for, people they love and what they need help with. They have been jumping for joy, blowing away their worries and making models of things they are thankful for using salt dough, to name a few.
Reminder - don't forget to be working on a Tudor costume for our trip in April. The letter should be out soon.
Have a great weekend.