Macaw Class won the attendance trophy Monday 9th Dember - Friday 13th December!
Christmas Dinner Day
W/C 2nd December
In English this week, we planned, drafted and wrote the final version of our stories. We based our stories on our class book 'Dreamer' and we have really enjoyed this beautifully illustrated book. The children then got to share their work to the class.
This week in Maths, we have been looking at finding the area of shapes. We first learnt how to find the area of a rectilinear shape using centimetre squares and then used our times table knowledge to work out the area using the equation, Area = Length x Width. We then moved on to estimating the area of irregular shapes.
We have been taking part in a new reading scheme to help us improve our word reading and comprehension. We work in pairs and both get time to act as the student and coach. We are really enjoying helping each other to read and seeing how much we have improved.
This week we had a visit from the D.A.R.E officers who will be teaching us next year. We got to hear all about the different things we will be learning next year in D.A.R.E. We are now very excited for D.A.R.E next year.
W/C 25th November
This week in English, we have looked at applying descriptive techniques, from our class book, to our own writing. We used expanded noun phrases and relative clauses' and practised writing in the same style as the book. This will help us next week when we plan and write our own story.
This week in Maths, we have been working out the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. We discussed what the perimeter of a shape is and learnt how you find the perimeter of rectangles and squares before moving onto compound, rectilinear shapes.
In R.E we have discussed the Christian story of Adam and Eve. We talked about what some Christians believe about Adam and Eve and how some people believe that sin and evil was allowed to enter the world when Eve was tempted to eat an apple from the Tree of Knowledge.
W/C 18th November
This week in English, we have been doing work based on our class book ' Dreamer'. We have looked at the language used in the book and used a dictionary and thesaurus to explore the language further. We then used the thesaurus to find synonyms and widen our vocabulary.
This week in Maths, we have looked at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We used place value grids to help us multiply and divide. We then looked at multiplying and dividing by multiples of 10, 100 and 100, using a knowledge of these numbers to help us.
This week in geography we have been looking at renewable energy. We learnt about water wheels and worked in teams and to create a working water wheel and discussed how this would generate electricity.
We have learnt about the Christian creation story and created a miniature booklet outlining the seven days of creation from the Christian Bible.
W/C 11th November
On Monday, Year 5 went on a trip to Brackenhurst to learn about sustainability. The children took part in an orienteering activity to find fruit and vegetables and learn how far some foods travel to get to our plates. We talked about the effect of this on the environment and if it was necessary when we can grow some of the food items in the U.K. We then took part in a planting activity to grow winter beans, make a bio-degradable plant pot and learn about landfill. After lunch the children enjoyed making a miniature wind turbine and testing how much energy they could produce using their turbines.
In English this week, we have been planning and writing a recount. We enjoyed a school trip to Brackenhurst on Monday to learn about sustainability and based our recounts on the trip. We have learnt about the features of a recount so that we could plan and write about our time at Brackenhurst.The recounts will be written on the blogs so head over to our class blog and take a look.
This week in Maths, we have been learning about factors and multiples of a number. We have learnt what these terms mean and learnt how to found multiples and factors of a given number. We have then learnt about prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers and learnt how to find prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers to 100.
In Science we have been learning about forces. We learnt about the different forces that can act on given objects and discussed how these forces impact on movement, speed and direction an object can travel in. We then learnt how to represent the forces on an object using arrows and thought about how the size of the arrow represents the size of the force acting on a object.
W/C 4th November
In Maths this week, we have been learning about multiples and factors. We have been identifying what multiples are and learning rules to identify multiples of a given number. We have then learnt about factors of a given number and used factor rainbows to check we had found all the factors of a given number.
In English this week, we have been looking at recounts. We have learnt about the features of a recount and applied these to our own writing. We will then apply these skills to writing our own recount following our trip on Monday.
W/C 14th October
In English this week, we have been looking at formal letters. We recapped what we already knew about letter writing, learnt about the features of a formal letter and identified them in a letter. We then planned and wrote our own formal letter to Tim Peake. We shared some of our learning with him and asked him a question about his time in space. We hope he is able to respond!
In Maths this week, we have been continuing with our learning on line graphs and tables. We focused on reading line graphs and reading and interpreting the information from tables. We learnt how to fill in the missing information from a table using the information provided. We also enjoyed World Maths Day this week.
W/C 7th October
This week in English, we have continued with our learning on poetry. We looked at rhyming couplets and syllables to make our poems have rhythm. We then wrote our own Magic Spells as part of a blogging competition. We really enjoyed writing a spell, head over to our class blog page to read them and please leave a comment to let us know what you think!
In Maths this week we have been learning how to read and interpret data presented in a line graph. We learnt how to read the y-axis and x-axis of a graph and had a go at drawing our own line graph.
In SMSC this week we talked about social media and thought about the positives and negatives of social media. We discussed whether we would be effected by how many 'likes' something we had posted received and how this would make us feel. We talked about ways that we could use social media in a positive way such as leaving positive comments and only allowing a set amount of time on social media each day.
W/C 30th September
This week in English, we have been writing an Explanation text. We recapped our learning on the features of an explanation text and made sure we were confident using these features, such as a question as a title, technical language, time conjunctions and casual conjunctions. We then spent time planning and writing an explanation text for a machine that would make Tim Peake a meal in Space. We had fun reading each others work and seeing what delicious meals Tim Peake would be getting to eat.
This week in Maths we have been continuing with our learning on multi-step addition and subtraction problems. We thought of about the different language that can be used in a word problem, such as total, sum and difference and thought about whether these terms were asking us to add or subtract. We the looked at multi-step problems that involved both addition and subtraction and finished the week with a test to see how much we had learnt.
This week in science, we looked at the famous scientist Margaret Hamilton. We researched her and learnt about her crucial involvement in The Moon Landing. We the created a fact file about the Margaret Hamilton, including her work for NASA, awards she had received and her role in the Moon Landing.
In computing this week, we have learnt about spam emails and what to do if we ever receive spam. We learnt why spam could be dangerous and how to identify spam emails from a genuine email. We talked about the correct steps to follow if we are ensure about an email we receive.
This week we had are Harvest Assembly and got to perform our song and dance to the parents.
W/C 23rd September
On Monday, Macaw Class took part in a blogging day based on our class topic 'Out Of This World'. The children learnt about the first human in Space, learnt how the planets move in or solar system, created some planets using card and created a piece of solar system artwork. It was a great day! Head over to our class blog to read about our day.
In English this week, we are learning about Explanation Texts. We have looked at the features of an explanation text, compared them to instructions and had a go at using some of the features of an explanation text. We will then use all of this new knowledge next week, when we will be planning and writing our own explanation text.
This week in Maths, we have been looking at using formal written methods for addition and subtraction. We have used column method to add and subtract larger numbers and have used this knowledge to solve word problems.
In SPaG this week, we have been looking at the spelling rule; using a 'y' to spell the long vowel 'i' sound, such as apply or rhyme. We have also been learning how to use adverbials to link paragraphs so that our writing can flow better. This will be really useful when we come to write our explanation texts next week.
W/C 16th September
This week in English we have been learning how to write a diary entry. We have looked at the features of a dairy entry and practised writing in first person and the past tense. We have then learnt about Tim Peake, his training to be an astronaut and his first few days in space so that we can write a diary entry from Tim Peake's point of view next week. We will share these on our class blog page next week so please have a read of them and leave a comment!
This week in Maths we have been learning about place value and rounding. We have practised reading and writing numbers up to 1 million in both digits and words. We have used place value grids to help us do this and practised using bar models. We have also looked at rounding numbers up to 100,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, and 10,000.
This week in History we have learnt about the key historical events in space travel. We learnt about the first animals that were sent to space and the first humans to go to space and land on the moon. We also leant about the International Space Station and began to learn about 'The Race to Space'.
In R.E this week we have learnt about the term 'sacred'. We thought about what this term means and looked at a number of things and places that are sacred to different religions. We then thought about things that might be sacred to us.
Out of this World
Throughout the Autumn Term, our topic focus will be ‘Out of this World’ which links with our science learning – Earth and Space.
Read below to find out what we will be learning about in the different subject areas:
Geography and History: In our geography lessons, we will be developing our understanding of how to look after the planet and will recognise the importance of recycling. We will explore the history of flight in our history lessons and consider how space travel has changed throughout the years.
Art and Design Technology: As part of our creative learning this term, we will be using different materials and tools to create our own space art and we will make clay models of rockets. We will also be designing and making our own flying toy.
R.E: For our R.E lessons, we will be learning about the Bible and exploring familiar Christian stories.
Computing: During the Autumn Term, we will develop our awareness of how to stay safe online before learning how to use a range of software to present information.
Science: 'Earth and Space' and 'Forces' are the two themes for our science lessons. We will describe the Earth and compare this to other planets and stars. We will recognise and understand forces such as gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.
Music: During the Autumn Term, we will learn how to play as a class band with Mr Bellingham. We will develop our understanding of musical composition and we will replicate the classical piece by Holst for a planet of our own.
P.E: We will have our weekly PE sessions with Mr Scott, where we will develop our fundamental skills and learn the rules of football. 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 teach our weekly French lesson. We will be developing new vocabulary and skills during this time.
Venture Experts: Our Venture Experts sessions will take place 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 circus skills.