Toucan Class is a group of 28, Year 5 children, who are enthusiastic towards their learning and are always being the best they can be. They are taught by Miss Jackson and are helped by Mrs Williams and Mr Crossland.
To find out more about what we are learning in class, visit our class blog: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net and our class twitter page: @Toucan_Class
P.E / Swimming: Children will have a weekly P.E session with Mr Scott on a Thursday afternoon. Children will also be taking part in a swimming session on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure your child has their kit in school for these sessions.
Karate:Children will have a weekly Karate session with Sensei Dave on a Wednesday afternoon.
Social Media: On the notes of your child's reading diary, you will find the login details for the class blog.
Book Bags: Your child will have a reading diary and a library book. Please ensure your child brings their reading book and diary to school every day. Children will have the opportunity to change their library book each week and diaries will be signed each week too. Don't forget to record any reading that your child does at home as this will help them to earn stickers on our reading chart so that they can attend our reading party.
Water Bottles:Please bring fresh drinking water every day.
Homework: Homework will be sent home each week. Homework will be based around the national curriculum to help your child reach age-related expectations. There will also be a list of spellings sent home each week, along with a times table focus and children will be tested on these the following week.
Our Autumn Term topic will be 'Invaders and Settlers'. We will be travelling back to the time of the Anglo-Saxons, before learning about the invasion of the Vikings and the battles with the Normans. We will also be developing our geographical skills through our residential trip to Hathersage.
Read below to find out what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:
Geography:In our Geography lessons, we will be securing our map-reading skills and participating in stream studies. We will explore the outdoors through orienteering courses and participate in fieldwork studies.
The Arts:As part of our creative learning this term, we will be creating woodland pictures and replicating the sounds of the stream. We will demonstrate Viking battle re-enactments and creating shields and Viking longboats.
R.E:For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about Christianity and will consider the question: Where does the Christian bible come from? We will learn and re-tell many stories of Christianity found in the bible.
Computing: During the Autumn Term, we will continue to develop our coding skills and practise these skills using new coding applications and websites.
Science: 'Living Things and their Habitats' and 'Animals (Including Humans)' are the two themes for our science lessons. We will describe the differences in life cycles and recognise the changes as humans develop to old age.
Music: During the Autumn Term, we will be learning how to play a range of instruments as part of a class band with Mr Bellingham.
P.E: We will continue to have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott. We will also be taking part in a weekly swimming session, as well as a weekly Karate session with Sensei Dave.
French:Madame Walsh will continue to teach our weekly French lesson. We will be developing new vocabulary and skills during this time.
Venture Experts: This term, we will continue with our Venture Experts sessions on a Tuesday afternoon. During this time, we participate in a range of activities with different teachers, including radio and broadcasting, STEM, musical theatre and digital media.
WB 17.09.18 - For our English lessons this week, we developed our vocabulary choices and wrote some setting and characters descriptions. We applied similes, metaphors and personification and developed our understanding of relative clauses and how these can add further detail to our writing. You can read some of our setting descriptions at:toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net
WB 24.09.18 - This week, we discussed the key features of narratives and applied these features to write our own short stories about 'The Lighthouse'. We watched the opening scene of a short animation to inspire our writing before writing our own stories linked to this. We used paragraphs for organisation and we used the plan, draft and editing approach in order to improve our vocabulary choices and use of punctuation.
WB 01.10.18 - During our English lessons this week, we watched the short story; 'The Black Hat' and wrote our own alternative endings. We applied many features of description and thought about the five parts to a narrative.
WB 08.10.18 - This week, we explored the features of persuasive writing and began to understand how to write formal letters. We researched the topic of 'poaching' and began to think about reasons why poaching should be banned. We then applied features of persuasion in our own letters to the government.
WB 05.11.18 - For our English lessons this week, we learnt about the meaning behind Bonfire Night and wrote some detailed firework descriptions. We then began to identify the features of a newspaper report and practised applying some of these features in different contexts. You can read some of our firework descriptions at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net
WB 12.11.18 - We continued to focus on newspaper reports in our English lessons this week and we applied the features of newspapers to write reports about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. We focused on including direct and indirect speech, relative clauses and parenthesis. You can read some of our reports at: toucan2018.norbridgeblogs.net
WB 17.09.18 - 'Rounding to the nearest 100,000' was the focus of our Maths lessons this week. We began to recognise which digit to use in numbers with up to five-digits when rounding and solved number problems. Furthermore, we practised using Roman numerals and recorded different numbers using these.
Can you write the current year in Roman numerals?
WB 24.09.18 - This week, we continued to develop our understanding of place value; recognising numbers with up to 6-digits and being able to record these in both numerals and words. We compared two numbers using inequality signs and used a number line to help us round numbers.
WB 01.08.18 - In our Maths lessons this week, we began our addition and subtraction topic. We practised using the 'whole-part' model to help us recognise the parts of two and three digit numbers and used a place value grid to add numbers with up to four digits.
WB 08.10.18 - We used formal written methods and mental strategies in our Maths lessons this week in order to help us add and subtract numbers with up to five digits. We secured our understanding of 'exchanging' and began to explain our choice of methods to solve different problems.
WB 05.11.18 and 12.11.18 - Over the last two weeks, we have focused on multiplication and division. We have explored factors and discussed the factor pairs for different numbers. We began to recognise prime numbers and understood the meaning of squared and cubed numbers. We then applied this understanding to help us solve problems with multiplication and division.
The Arts Activities
WB 17.09.18 - In our Art lesson this week, we researched the work of Andy Goldsworthy and explored some of his 3D sculptures and natural art. We then gathered own natural materials before creating our own land-art. Take a look at some of our creations below:
WB 08.10.18 - This week, we designed and sketched our own animal habitats before heading outside and using the natural resources to replicate our drawings. Take a look at the photographs from our lesson below:
WB 05.11.18 - To celebrate Bonfire Night, we created chalk firework pictures. Take a look at our artwork below:
Chalk Firework Pictures
Chalk Firework Pictures
Chalk Firework Pictures
Chalk Firework Pictures
WB 05.11.18 - In our Karate lesson with Sensei Dave this week, we have been perfecting our kicks. Take a look at some of our action shots from the lesson below:
Hathersage 2018 - Group A
On Sunday 23rd September, 22 children from Year 5 departed to Hathersage for a three-night residential. The children participated in range of activities including a night walk where they found Little John's cave, a five-mile hike to Stanage Edge, orienteering and stream studies. The children showed resilience, independence and they continued to be the best they could be. A fantastic trip was had by all! See below for photographs: