Non-negotiables These are charts that the children use in class so they are clear on what they need to achieve by the end of Year 5.
Spelling list These are the spellings we need to be able to spell within our writing by the end of Year 5.
Curriculum newsletters and topic maps
Autumn 2 2017/2018 Home Sweet Home
Autumn 2 Topic Homework – Home Sweet Home
It is halfway through the term and topic homework is coming in thick and fast. We are enjoying seeing the variety and quality of homework. There have been some magnificent models of Cody’s aeroplane and some very artistic sketches of the Cody Monument.
English – Macbeth – Conscience Alley
We went through a conscience alley listening to good and bad reasons for Lady Macbeth and Macbeth to kill King Duncan. Reasons to go ahead with the murder included “You will become King”; “People will respect you and bow down to you,” and reasons not to go ahead included, “You will experience guilt”; “Others might try to kill you”. We enjoyed this lesson a lot and thought it was our favourite Macbeth task.
By Bebe and Roxie
This week in year 5 English, everyone took part in a slow motion battle scene outside, related to our book Macbeth. It was so much fun! We also planned and wrote our own narrative from Macbeth .It was past tense and it all went successfully. We managed to complete our success criteria which was using modal verbs and adverbs in our writing.
In science this week, we have been looking at air resistance. We watched a video about why heavier objects fall faster on earth because of the air resistance and gravity. Whereas in space there is hardly any air resistance so the heavier objects fall the same as the lighter objects. Year 5 also did a spinner experiment where we chose whether to experiment how weight affects the time it takes to fall, the height it was dropped from or the size the spinner. We showed the evidence in our books and we all had great fun!
This week in maths we have been looking at two-way tables. We have had lots of fun using the information in them to answer questions and solve problems, even though the questions have been quite challenging at times. To create our two-way tables, we went round and collected data from everyone in the class about when their birthdays are. Next we used the information to draw a two-way table. When we had finished we made up some challenging questions for our learning partner to answer.
In science we are starting to look at forces and carried out an experiment about gravity. We were looking at how different objects make different sized craters and why. Different weighted objects, such as batteries, weights, corks, marbles, were dropped from the same height into flour. We found out that the heavier objects had the greater gravitational pull and hence created deeper craters. We had lots of fun doing this experiment, even though we got a bit messy as the flour got onto our clothes.
By Amelia, Oliver, Lucy and Isabelle
Autumn 1 2017/2018 North America
This week in English we have been writing and performing our own television news reports about King Kong. We worked in groups to write a script about our news reports, which helped us when we were performing to practice our lines. Then we rehearsed, performed and filmed our television news reports. Some of us used green screens to present our television news reports to make it look as if we were really there, live at the scene!
In topic we have been making our own totem poles to represent our own Native American tribes. We chose up to 4 animals that we relate to, with the animal that we most relate to being at the top of our totem poles as our ‘guide’. Every totem pole was different and unique, relating personally to each of the children. Most importantly, we loved making them and showing them to our families at our Fantastic Finish in school!
Native American Creation Story
In RE, we have been looking at how the world was created. This week we looked at different Native American creation stories.
In 5R, our story was a Lakota myth about another world before this one. The people of that world did not behave themselves so the Creating Power decided to start a new world. He sang 7 songs to bring rain and caused a flood. Only Kangi, a crow, survived. Kangi pleaded with the Creating Power to make him a new place to rest. So he decided to make a new world. From his old scruffy pipe bag he pulled out all types of animals and birds. He chose 4 animals known for their ability under water. He sent each animal to get some mud from the bottom of the water. All failed apart from the turtle, who was down there for a long time, but managed to succeed and popped back up to the surface with a handful of mud.
Singing, the creating power shaped the mud in is hands and spread it across the waters to create land. Feeling sadness for the dry land, the creating power cried tears which became oceans and streams. The creating power took many animals and humans and spread them across the land. He asked the people to take great care of this new world and treat it with respect. He gave them a pipe to live by and left them alone.
We recreated the different stories using collage materials.
Science – Properties of Materials
In Science this week we have been investigating materials that will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and thinking about how to recover a substance from a solution. Materials we have looked at include salt, sugar, stock cube, sand and plaster of Paris.