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What have Lions been up to?
Christmas has finally arrived in Year 5! The children have had a busy week full of Christmas learning and activities. On Wednesday we recorded our Christmas song which can be viewed from either this website or our Year 5 Google Classroom. The children also enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and made Christingles. Thursday was party day! The children worked in teams for quizzes and Christmas tree building, some very competitive games of hot potato, the obligatory musical statues and the teachers favourite game of the year, sleeping lions. We were also treated to an online pantomime version of the Snow Queen... not quite the same as the theatre, but it was nice to see them get into the spirit of it, especially the boys! Hopefully you will get a flavour of our week from the photos below.
Thank you for all of your support this term, have a very Merry Christmas, stay safe and most importantly, healthy and we will see you back in school on TUESDAY 5th January 2021!
As part of science topic, Earth and Space, Year 5 had the unique experience of participating in a live web talk delivered by Libby Jackson, who works for the UK space agency. She has worked at the European control centre for the International Space Station as a controller and flight instructor. She told the children many fascinating stories about life on the International Space Station and we discovered many interesting facts. Did you know they get to celebrate Christmas twice in space? ask your children to explain why!
We have completed our 'suspense' writing unit, in which the children learned techniques that create tension and atmosphere in our writing. The finished result is now proudly displayed in this fantastic display outside both Year 5 classrooms. We love it!
Finally this week, we have the continuation of our sewing project. A source of equal joy and frustration... and that was just getting the needle threaded. However, they have persevered and the results are looking amazing, as you'll see for yourself when they bring them home. Well done Lions!
In our English comprehension lessons, we have been reading the classic 'A Christmas Carol'. As well as enjoying the story we have been developing our inference skills to explore the character of Scrooge. What does he think and feel? How do his actions impact on others?
We have also been building our vocabulary...
This week, we have started our new D.T. project. We are sewing Christmas decorations! We began by using a template to cut our felt fabric, the children had a choice of making a Christmas tree or hearts. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and the meticulous care they took with the task. Next week we begin sewing... wish me luck!
In our maths learning this week we have begun looking at short multiplication. We used a CPA approach, first using concrete resources to build our calculations, then turning these into pictorial representations before learning a formal written, abstract method. This method helps to reinforce and deepen the concept. Some great learning and collaboration.
Christmas is almost upon us (how did that happen?) and of course this heralds the return of JOLLY JUMPER DAY!
The children looked fabulous in their Christmas jumpers and we braved the cold for a quick class photo. We used the day to create a Christmas display in our classroom and participated in a plethora of Christmas crafts. Cards, calendars, wreaths and paper chains galore!
This week we had great fun with science related art - we learned how to draw spheres, using shading to create a 3D effect. We used the technique to create our own planetary masterpiece with pastels. Concentration levels were high, cutting out circular templates a nightmare, pastel dust everywhere but I think you will agree the results were well worth it, the children have made an absolutely stunning display!
We continued our geography topic, the United Kingdom, this week by discovering how the U.K. is further subdivided by counties. The children completed a 'county hunt' solving clues to reveal the location of counties across the U.K. We then looked closer to home at our own county, Hertfordshire and it's neighbours.
For the last two weeks, in maths, we have been looking at a range of different strategies to help us with mental addition and subtraction. We found that not all strategies work for both adding and subtracting and that some strategies are definitely easier than others, we have had lots of head scratching moments and thankfully more 'ah hah' moments as we mastered new skills. Great perseverance, great learning Lions, well done!
We are now moving on to formal written methods, everyone's favourite... column method! We will be working towards reasoning and problem solving next week.
In geography, we started our new topic: The United Kingdom. The class divided into groups to research one of the four countries using atlases, books and the internet and then created a fact file. Each group then gave a brief presentation of what they had discovered.
Some fantastic collaborative learning!
In memory of Kyle, forever a daffodil and always in our hearts.
With much love,
Welcome back to the second half of Autumn term, it was only a four day week but Lions have already been busy.
In science, we completed our forces topic by looking at marvellous mechanisms. The children spent some time experimenting how levers function and the amount of force required for a lever to work with minimum effort.
In RE, we considered religious sources of wisdom. The children learnt about the Torah, the holy book of the Jewish faith. We then created our on mini Torah.
At this time of year, we always spend a little time remembering our fallen service men and women. The children have each produced a beautiful, watercolour bookmark, depicting poppies painted over the poignant poem 'In Flanders Field' by John McCrae.
Happy Halloween from Year 5's very own pumpkin patch!
We did it! We made it to half term! I have to say I am very proud of these guys. They have all settled back into school really well after such a long time away! We have achieved a tremendous amount in the time we have been back. Good job guys!
Well done to all of you for the fantastic Halloween costumes! I truly believe this years were the best ever... if somewhat disconcerting in some cases! We finished off the week with an afternoon of Halloween crafts - bats, cats, ghouls and pumpkins.
Have a wonderful half term, stay safe and healthy and we will see you on
TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
In science this week the children were exploring how water resistance can be affected by the shape of the object moving through it. They experimented with different shapes to see which would travel through water fastest and came to the conclusion that long thin shapes work best! This led to a discussion about objects and swimmers being stream lined in the water. Great learning!
Over the last two weeks in maths we have been looking at multiples, factors and prime factors. They have made great progress and deserve to be congratulated for their fantastic effort.
Click on the link above this box to view this term's newsletter, which will tell you some of the topics we will be learning about this term.
Some of our tigers had the opportunity to work with the ladies from CHEXS, who taught them some new skills... willow weaving!
The fruits of their labour are now proudly on display on the fence next to Rose Lodge. Well done team, they look amazing!
In science this week, we have continued our learning about forces. This week we were exploring air resistance. The children made parachutes to tests the effects of this force. each group designed their own test, changing one variable each time to see how resistance changed. They then enjoyed an impromptu parachute play session during wet play!
Year 5 were visited this week by members of CHEXS who led a fabulous 'aspirations' presentation. They discussed the importance of having goals in life and how these can change throughout our lives. Parents your children are aiming high... not only do we have budding professional sports men and women but architects, teachers and medical lawyers! Dream big, big cats you can do it!
In maths this week, we have been learning to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. The children made a bingo game to practise their new skills.
In RE this week, we learnt about Yom Kippur, which signifies the new year for those of the Jewish faith. One of the traditions is to eat apples with honey for a sweet new year!
Another great week of learning!
In English, the children are learning about myths and legends. They are enjoying reading 'The Tales of King Arthur and next week will be writing their own legends.
In maths, we have continued to explore place value, rounding by 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. A tricky concept for some, but the they have worked diligently to master it!
In our history topic, The Changing Role of Women, we have examined the roles of women from Ancient Times till the Renaissance Period. The children were quiet astonished at the inequality that women have endured over time.
I am pleased to say that Lions are settling back into the new routines of school, although after the first full week some were beginning to flag! There were a few groans when home learning was given out too! Please encourage your child to "look" at the home learning when they receive it, if they then need clarification or help, they can ask before the weekend.
In maths we have been reacquainting ourselves with place value and learning to count in powers of 10. We have began our new topics in science (forces) and in history (the changing role of women) and have already enjoyed some practical lessons in science exploring the links between weight and mass.
The children enjoyed Roald Dahl day and were invited to come to school in costume or wearing yellow. Our Roald Dahl book was gorgeously disgusting The Twits.
We had our very own Mrs Twit in the class, a wonderfully authentic costume, complete with brown sauce stains! Well done, very creative!
Hello to all of the Lions and their parents. Welcome to the start of the new school year, it's been a long time coming! School will look a little different at the moment, but rest assured staff will do everything we can to make our 'bubble' as safe and as happy as we possibly can. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask, although the end of the school day is normally easier than the beginning! Hopefully we will have a fun, productive and most importantly a healthy term!
A few little reminders -
Children should be bringing their own water bottles every day
On PE days your child should come to school dressed in PE kit, this may include jogging bottoms as the weather turns colder. They will remain in their kit all day.
Reading books will be changed at least once a week - if the book has been read! Obviously as texts get longer and more challenging, it may take longer for them to complete the book.
Home learning will continue to be set on Thursday, to be returned by Tuesday
At the moment, pencil cases will not be allowed in class. All equipment will be provided.