Happy New Year!
Let’s spring into action in 2018!
It may be a relatively short term but it is certainly as busy as ever.
As mathematicians in Class 5, the children will be continuing to develop their mental maths skills including improving their times tables knowledge and speed. Mental and written strategies of the four rules of number will be a key focus again. However, children will also be given opportunities to apply these strategies to solve a variety of measure, fraction and shape mathematical problems.
In English the children will be learning how to develop their use of grammar and punctuation (e.g. using commas, brackets and colons). We will cover instructions, broadcastings and poetry. The children will have spellings to learn on a weekly basis from both their class teacher and phonics teachers. Children are also encouraged to read regularly and continue to complete detailed reading journals.
As Scientists, this term this term, children will learn about forces (including gravity, air resistance and friction), levers, pulleys and gears. After half term we shall continue to develop our science skills and knowledge with a focus of Earth and Space- Out of this world!
Please ensure that children have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Should you wish, PE kit can be purchased from the school office. In the interests of safety, no jewellery, including earrings, should be worn on PE days.
Children in Year 5 receive regular homework. Spellings will be given out on Friday and tested on the following Thursday. Children are still expected to complete a reading journal activity of their choice after every book. Children should aim to complete at least one reading journal activity per week (examples of reading journals activities will be stuck inside their Reading Journal Book). Additional creative homework (purple book) will also be given out throughout the year.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will usually be available at the end of each day. Thank you for your continued support.
Chinese New Year 16th February 2018
Year 5 looked at Chinese numbers and did some formal written methods using Chinese numbers. In addition, they investigated Chinese blossom trees and did their own piece of art. They also looked at Chinese New Year Facts.
This week in Science we have been looking into water resistance and the forces that act when a boat moves.
We were also lucky enough to have a Staff Governor Mrs Wadge attend the lesson and take part in a boat race.
Year 5 have been practising their cooking skills at Aldersley!
Week 1 We made apple crumble today.
Week 2 We made pizza bread.
We made delicious, fresh bread. We learnt what is needed to make bread rise, how to kneed and how to glaze the dough to give it a lovely golden look. We have also developed our team work to ensure we wash up after ourselves.
Butter biscuits were on the menu this week - yummy!
Year 5 took part in a NSPCC workshop. We learnt the slogan 'Speak Out Stay Safe'. During the workshop we were asked some tricky questions and we started to think about the right and wrong decisions we can make. We all learnt that abuse is NOT ok and it is NEVER a child's fault.
We have been looking into reversible and irreversible changes in year 5. We have looked at melting butter and mixing vinegar with bicarbonate of soda to see what changes happen.
During Black History month Class 5 researched the life of Rosa Parks. We created fact files about her life.
We have been also been looking at the different parts of a flower. We have labelled them in our books and then dissected a lily to embed our learning.
During class week beginning 6th November we put our pens and pencils down to observe a two munities silence on Friday 10th November.
We also watched The Big First Aid Lessons where we learnt about how to deal with burns and choking!
Class 5 represented Palmers Cross during Young Ambassadors training at Aldersley Leisure Centre. They took part three workshops to help the develop their leadership, ambassadorial and communications skills.