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YEAR 5 BLOG

Week Beginning 9th March

 

On Monday 9th March, 12 children from Year 5 took part in a sports lunchtime leadership course. They were able to undertake many different activities that enabled them to follow the SMILES principles:

Safe

Maximum participation

Inclusive

Learning

Enjoyable

Success

 

As a result of this training opportunity, children will be sharing their learning with others and working with lower year groups to become sports leaders during break and lunchtime. They will be able to lead effective play, following the SMILES principles.

Week Beginning 2nd March 

 

A big 'thank you' for joining us on Thursday morning for our Come and Learn session. The children enjoyed sharing the key skills they have been focusing on in our English lessons and they produced some fabulous descriptions, using more adventurous vocabulary and sentence structure. 

 

On Friday, we were delighted by the imaginative ideas the children had for our World Book Day celebrations! We have added some photos of a selection of different words that joined us for the day! 

 

A little reminder... please remember to bring in your Science project in by Tuesday 10th March. If you need any support, please ask. 

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Week Beginning 24th February

 

Welcome back! We hope you had relaxing and enjoyable week.

 

On Monday, the children enjoyed starting the new half term by participating in swimming lessons. Many were feeling quite peckish when they returned so we have encouraged them to bring in a healthy snack (or two) for break time on Monday so they are ready for learning in our Maths lesson afterwards. 

 

The children will continue to have PE on a Tuesday too and unless the weather prevents us, we will be taking part in athletics activities outside. Please remind your child to bring their correct PE kit to school, including trainers, to allow them to participate fully.

 

In Science this week, we have started to learn about how animals can be divided into groups or 'classified' by look at the similarities and differences between them. We began by learning that animals are divided into two main groups. Animals that have a backbone are called vertebrates. Animals that don't have a backbone are called invertebrates.

 

A reminder that 9-13th March is our Science Week at school. It has been great to see so many children excited and motivated about their scientific ideas and explaining how they are going to present them to their peers at the Science Fair, which will be held in the Upper School Hall on Thursday 12th March (2-3pm). Please ensure projects are in school by Tuesday 10th March.

The theme for this year’s week is ‘Our Diverse Planet’ but it is not compulsory that you follow this theme. Please remind your child that they can create a poster, a booklet, display photos or even bring in an investigation for others to try. All children need to be able to talk clearly and confidently about the science behind their investigation, so supporting them to prepare themselves would be very helpful. To add to the excitement there will be prizes for the 10 best science fair projects! The 10 winners will be able to showcase their projects at Warwick University in June with a chance to win a local schools’ competition and will participate in some exciting hands-on science workshops.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding Science Week. 

 

In English and Reading lessons, we have started reading the The Explorer by Katherine Rundell. The children have written some fantastic character descriptions and have really impressed us with their rich and descriptive vocabulary. We have also been focusing on sentence structure and developing their ability to write complex sentences and to use a range of sentence openers.

 

Lastly, a few reminders...

Come and Learn is on Thursday 5th March at 9.05 am. 

We will be visiting the RSC to see The Boy in the Dress on Thursday 5th March in the afternoon. 

It is our World Book Day celebration on Friday 6th March. Please come dressed representing a word ready for our vocabulary parade!

 

Week Beginning 10th February

 

For the final week of this half term, we have been immersing ourselves in our fascinating RE unit of work, 'Why do some people believe god exists?' The children have been so interested in this topic and have been extremely respectful and mature when sharing their own views and listening to the views of others. Many thanks for all of your support with the children's homework task (sharing views about the existence of a God) as these were invaluable in our discussions and enabled the children to hear such a range of views on the subject. On Wednesday, we were extremely fortunate to be joined by Reverend Kevin Johnson from Warwick Baptist Church. He spoke to the children about his journey into faith and answered many questions about his beliefs and how these affect his life, making it very clear that this was 'his story' and that they were able to come to their own conclusions about the universe. We will continue this unit of work in the first couple of weeks back after half term.

 

Many thanks to 5CW parents for coming along to our class assembly on Thursday and also to all parents for attending one of this week's Parents' Evening sessions. We hope you enjoyed looking through your child's books and seeing the progress they have made so far this year.

 

After half term, our learning is all centred around Katherine Rundell's superb book 'The Explorer' and the children will be learning all about the Amazon rainforest and the artistic work of Henri Rousseau

 

Our swimming sessions start on the first Monday back so please ensure that the children have their swimming kits with them and that 5ER children are in slightly early, as they are swimming first and need to leave around 8.40am to be in the pool on time. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely half term together and we look forward to seeing you after the break.

Week Beginning 3rd February

 

It was 5CW's turn to enjoy their Resilience Day over at Myton this week and 5NC's turn to take to the stage for their class performance - we hope you enjoyed the show!

 

The children have really impressed us with their musical ability this week, working in groups to compose their very own movements for the Planets Suite, following detailed criteria for their compositions. The children used a range of instruments and showed a fantastic understanding of the musical terminology we have covered, such as crescendo, diminuendo, ostinato and dynamics. Our music unit culminated in a whole-class performance of our Journey Into Space, visiting each planet in turn. 

 

In English, we have been watching and appraising the wonderful documentaries of Brian Cox in order to get ideas for our own documentaries next week. 

 

In PSHE, we have moved on to look at how social media can impact on our self-esteem and strategies we can use to help minimise and manage this. 

Week Beginning 27th January

 

This week, 5ER dazzled their audience with their super class assembly all about space! Thanks to all those parents who came along to support the children and share in their learning. 5NC enjoyed their Resilience Day over at Myton School, expecially the pizza-making activity.

 

In Maths this week, we have started our unit of work on fractions, focusing on finding equivalent fractions and converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers. In English, the children have written some fantastic non-chronological reports about why we get day and night in preparation for next week when they will be starting to write a documentary script that they will be filming at the end of the half term. 

 

Our PSHE work this week has focused on the important topic of self-esteem. The children were asked to give examples of personal achievements, attributes, strengths and skills and describe what they are proud of. We also looked at what helps to build self-esteem and identified skills and attributes they would like to improve, setting targets for their own development.

 

Week Beginning 20th January

 

Year 5 goes to the National Space Centre

 

On Friday 24th January, Year 5 went to the National Space Centre in Leicester . We were there for the whole day. All of year 5 went (5CW, 5ER and 5NC). On the day before, we got split into groups and 5CW got split in half to go on to different coaches. Fun fact: in June 30th 2001 was when the magic first happened - The Space Centre opened its doors for the first time!

 

When we got there, everybody was so excited because we saw a huge rocket and we wanted to be inside it because it was like an elevator that would shoot you up to the next level of the building. There were 4 levels we had to go to; each level had a different topic about space. For example,  level 2 was about Apollo 17. On level 2, you could shoot a mini rocket up inside a big glass cage. We got to design our own rocket pump and fill it with water so it went really high. As the rocket went up, water fell out like fuel burning out with a rocket. On level 2, we also designed our own rocket by drawing it on a special machine.

 

The Space Centre was filled with all sorts of other interactive activities that taught us about space, such as riding a moon buggy and recording our own weather report.

 

PLANETARIUM! 

 

For most people at Coten End the planetarium was the highlight of the trip. For some people it was the comfy seats that reclined when you pressed a button. For others, it was the 3D form of the stars. At the start, the instructor told us to shut our eyes if we felt queasy or sick. This worried us quite a bit  because we didn’t know what to expect! In the planetarium, we learnt about how astronauts trained and prepared to travel out into space. We went up the human body to see what the muscles look like out in space. At the end, a lot of us felt like we were about to faint as it was so realistic. It was a very fun day for everyone!

 

Written by Sarra, Polly, Tamzin, Freya and Gracie

Week Beginning 13th January

 

This week we have been listening to Holst's The Planet Suite and discussing how he uses timbre, dynamics and instrumentation in the different movements to create a specific mood, focusing particularly on comparing Mars and Venus.

 

In Science, the children produced some absolutely fantastic work about the planets and were absolutely fascinated researching facts about each one. Make sure you quiz them at home about what they can remember!

 

In English, the children have been exploring adventurous vocabulary and have written some incredible descriptions of a journey into space - you will be able to hear some examples at our class assemblies later in the term.

 

Here are some important dates for this half term:

 

Tuesday 21st January - 5ER Resilience Workshop at Myton

Tuesday 28th January - 5NC Resilience Workshop at Myton

Tuesday 4th February - 5CW Resilience Workshop at Myton

Thursday 30th January - 5ER Class Assembly

Thursday 6th February - 5NC Assembly

Thursday 13th February - 5CW Assembly

Week Beginning 6th January 2020

 

Happy New Year!

 

Welcome back to another exciting term at Coten End. We have hit the ground running this week, starting our fantastic new topic 'The Truth Is Out There'. Many of the children have impressed us with their incredible prior knowledge about space and it is lovely to see their enthusiasm to learn more!

 

They have created some wonderful space-inspired topic book covers for their new books. We focused on how to use value (shading) to indicate 3D form, using chalk pastels. The children learnt about how to create tints and shades of their chosen hue and built up to creating their very own solar system artwork, thinking carefully about where the light source was and how this would affect their shading. We finished our artwork off with some effective flicks of paint to replicate the starry sky. We are very pleased with the results!

 

In English, we have been reading the engaging 'Eric' by Shaun Tan, focussing on how to identify and use modal verbs. In Maths, our learning has been about calculating area and perimeter. In PSHE, we have been thinking about strategies to overcome anxiety and have created 'hot cross bun' diagrams to explore how our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are linked.

 

We were very excited to receive belated Christmas cards from our French pen pals today!

 

Our class assemblies are this half term so rehearsals will commence in the next couple of weeks. More information to follow soon!

 

Have a super weekend!

 

The Year 5 Team

 

 

Week Beginning 16th December

 

It's been an incredibly busy (and fun!) end to the term. The Year 5 children have loved going to see the fantastic Christmas performances by Year 2 and Year 4 and we all enjoyed our Christmas lunch on Thursday. Amongst all of the festivities, the children have still been working hard and have finished their exciting music project based on Hedwig's Theme from Harry Potter. Having identified the instruments used in the piece and discussed how the composer used dynamics, timbre and texture to create the desired mood, the children embarked on a whole class performance. Most of the children learnt how to play the chords required to accompany the piece on tuned percussion instruments. Our more confident children, who have instrumental lessons, practised playing the broken chords on their instruments. We were even fortunate enough that some of our talented musicians had learnt to play the melody on their pianos, guitars or violins. This meant that we were able to put all the parts together to perform a whole-class orchestra performance. We could not believe how fantastically the children performed. Mr Lingard, our music lead, came to watch and was speechless! It was a wonderful end to a wonderful topic!

 

We all enjoyed the annual KS2 Sing-Along on Friday afternoon and were glad to see so many of you there joining in with the festivities. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and every happiness in 2020. We look forward to seeing you back at school in January ready for our new learning theme all about space!

 

Many thanks,

 

The Year 5 Team

Week Beginning 2nd December

 

This week, the children have really enjoyed putting their sewing skills to the test when making their Hogwarts banners. We have been so impressed with the children's neat and careful stitching and many children have met the design criteria of using a range of stitch types on their banner. We look forward to displaying them in our classrooms when they have finished next week.

 

The children also started our new music project this week. We explored the different elements of music before focusing on ostinato. Each group had to prepare a performance in which each person used a different ostinato based on one of the character names from Harry Potter. One member of the group had the important part of using an untuned percussion instrument to keep a steady pulse. We then looked at different forms of musical notation and the children used their own form of graphic notation to record each ostinato. 

 

Our PSHE work this week focused on resolving conflict; we hope that the children are able to use some of the strategies we discussed to support them next time they find themselves in a conflict situation.

 

We hope lots of you attended the Christmas Fair and that it helped to get you in the festive spirit!

 

The Year 5 Team

 

 

Week Beginning 25th November

 

This week we have had lots of visitors running workshops in school, enriching our learning in different areas of the curriculum. On Monday, a lady from the 'Kissing It Better' charity came into school and delivered workshops in all year groups about how to support elderly friends or relatives with dementia. The children were really engaged and we were really impressed with their mature suggestions.

 

On Thursday, our two visiting early mental health practitioners came into Year 5 to deliver our second workshop about dealing with anxiety, focusing particularly on how this can affect our sleep and strategies to use to help if we are struggling to sleep. Again, the Year 5 children made thoughtful contributions and really impressed our visitors. 

 

Finally, on Friday we had some visiting cricket coaches in school from Edgbaston. They led two cricket sessions with the Year 5 girls to give them a taster of the kind of activities they do at their extra-curricular clubs. The girls really enjoyed the sessions (despite the chilly weather!) and are looking forward to playing cricket in school in the summer term. 

 

Parents - please can you ensure we have an up-to-date email address for you so that we can be sure that you are receiving the Golden Rules certificates we are sending home? Please ensure you check your emails regularly so that you can share in your child's achievements. Many thanks. 

 

The Year 5 team

 

 

Week Beginning 18th November

 

We had a very exciting end to the week with our Harry Potter theme day! It all kicked off with a special Achievement Assembly led by Albus Dumbledore himself. Hufflepuff lifted the house cup for the second week in a row. After assembly, the children spent the day taking part in three fun Harry Potter-themed activities:

 

1. Potions Class

In this session, the children were transported to Snape's potions lab and concocted three potions of their very own: Veritaserum, Felix Felicis and Draught of Living Death. The children had to measure all of the ingredients, such as flobberworm mucus and powdered basilisk skin, really carefully to ensure their potion had the desired effect. After making them, the children had to guess what each ingredient was in Muggle terms. They learnt a range of new scientific vocabulary: solution, solute, solvent, miscible, immiscible, acid, alkaline and pH scale. 

 

2. Wand-making

Professor White taught the children how to make an LED wand that lights up when you press on it. The children had to apply their learning from Year 4 about electricity to build a complete circuit using copper tape. They then constructed a switch to operate the wand. The children have been reminded that they are not permitted to use magic within school!

 

3. Quidditch Match

The children had a great time playing a match of Quidditch against another team. Flying on their broomsticks (unihoc sticks!), the children had to dodge the bludgers, catch the quaffle and hope that their seeker could catch the golden snitch! Some children were even chosen to be commentators for their house, helping to build the tension in the arena. A memorable PE lesson for all involved!

 

We have a lot to look forward to next week, including a workshop from 'Kissing It Better' charity about how to support elderly relatives/family friends with dementia and a girls' cricket taster session led by Edgbaston coaches. 

 

 

Week Beginning 11th November

 

Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to both children and parents for their fantastic baking efforts for our Children in Need Cake Sale on Thursday. There was an absolutely delicious array of cakes and biscuits on offer and we had lots of happy customers from across school. We are yet to count up the exact total that we made for charity but will let you know as soon as we have! We were so impressed with how well the children organised their stalls and supported their younger customers. 

 

Also this week, all Year 5 classes had a workshop about anxiety led by two early mental health practitioners. This reinforced the key messages of our Taking Care Project sessions and helped the children to develop strategies to use if they are feeling worried. The children will have a follow-up session in a couple of weeks which will look at how anxiety can affect our sleep and what we can do to help.

 

The children are really enjoying getting stuck into their new DT project: designing and making a house banner for their Hogwarts house. This week the children practised and evaluated 4 different types of stitch: running stitch, back stitch, blanket stitch and over stitch. 

 

On Friday (22.11.19), it is our Harry Potter theme day. The children may wish to dress up as a character from the series. It promises to be a very exciting day indeed and we have a range of creative activities planned for the children.

 

Finally, may I just remind you to ensure that all children have the appropriate PE kit in school at all times? This should include suitable clothing for the cold weather (full track suit) and suitable footwear (trainers). If you have any old kit or old trainers that we can keep in school as spares, we'd be very grateful.

 

Many thanks,

 

The Year 5 Team

 

 

 

 

Week Beginning 21st October

 

What a busy final week of half term! Our week started with a fantastic Fire Service visit on Monday. Firefighters from Leamington Fire Station came in and led an engaging and informative workshop on fire safety. 

 

We finished off our Traders and Raiders theme by learning about the contenders for the English throne before the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Having researched each of them, we wrote persuasive speeches, in character, about why we should be crowned king! The children impressed us with their excellent acting skills when performing their speeches. 

 

The children have also been developing their geographical skills this week. We started by locating the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and using atlases to find the key rivers, cities and mountain peaks. We then moved on to locating different UK counties using a series of cryptic clues. Next, we learnt how to use 4 and 6-figure grid references to locate specific locations on an OS map. Finally, we looked at a range of topographic maps and learnt how contour lines help to inform us about the elevation of an area. Working in groups, we then used contour lines to create some fantastic 3D elevation maps. 

 

We would like to thank the Year 5 children for all their hard work and enthusiasm over this first half term. No formal homework has been set over half term but the children have spellings to learn and are free to spend some time on ReadTheory, Mathletics or Spelling Shed if they would like to. They could also complete one of the suggested home learning tasks on the Geography Knowledge Organiser. Most importantly, we hope that you all have a super half term and we look forward to seeing you next week for our exciting new 'Magical Muggles' learning theme!

 

 

Week Beginning 14th October

 

Today we had a fantastic Anglo-Saxon and Viking theme day to celebrate all of our history learning throughout our Traders and Raiders topic. The children completed three activities throughout the day: making Anglo-Saxon brooches, designing and painting illuminated letters and learning all about the Viking gods. The children looked fantastic in their costumes - thank you for all your hard work in helping them to prepare for the day. 

 

At the start of the week, the children finished writing their brilliant quest stories based on Beowulf. We have done a lot of work on proofreading and editing our writing, with a real focus on ensuring we all have the key skills in place. As part of this, we looked in particular at the use of pronouns to ensure our writing is cohesive.

 

Our maths learning has centred around statistics this week and the children enjoyed interpreting data displayed in a line graph.

 

In Science, we continued to investigate friction, testing whose shoe would be best in winter as it had the most friction. We thought carefully about controlling variables and learnt to use Newton meters. 

 

Next week is the last week of half term! Please ensure that you have signed up for a parents' evening slot so that you can come and see your child's jam-packed books. We will be doing a lot of Geography next week - please ensure that you have read the Geography Knowledge Organiser in preparation. 

 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Week Beginning 7th October

 

What a busy week in Year 5! Thank you to so many parents for attending our Harvest Festival on Wednesday and for all your generous donations. We hope you enjoyed celebrating with us and joining in with the infamous Harvest Samba...Cha cha cha! 

 

Thanks also for coming along to our Reading 'Come and Learn' session. We hope it gave you a useful insight into the work we are doing with your children in school. 

 

This week, the children have planned and started writing their very own quest stories based on Michael Morpurgo's Beowulf. They've been trying really hard to show-off that they have mastered lots of the KS2 Key Skills and are endeavouring to replicate Morpurgo's effective use of high-quality vocabulary to engage their readers. From what we've seen so far, we think they could all give Michael Morpurgo a run for his money! We have no doubt that you will be impressed when you come and see their books at Parents' Evening in a couple of weeks. 

 

In maths, we have applied our learning about column addition and subtraction to some challenging problems, including having to use the inverse operation to find missing numbers and check our answers. We have also tackled some multi-step problems.

 

We had great fun in Science this week, investigating the effect of friction on moving surfaces. The jelly cube activity was particularly popular: we had to try and use two pencils to pick up cubes of jelly that were either in oil or salt. We discovered that it was much easier to pick up the ones in salt as there was more friction. 

 

Just a reminder that next Friday (18th October) is our Traders and Raiders theme day to celebrate all of the learning we have done about The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. Children may dress up as a Viking or Anglo-Saxon on this day if they would like to!

 

Have a super weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

Week Beginning 30th September

 

In history this week, Year 5 have been finding out why Alfred the Great was dubbed as GREAT! WE learnt that he introduced lots of important things to Anglo-Saxon England, including new laws, improving the army and even opening schools and translating Latin texts. 

 

In English lessons, we have written some super Harvest prayers and poems in preparation for our Harvest Festival next Wednesday afternoon (9th October). Parents are welcome to join us for this at 2pm. 

 

Our maths lessons have focused on revisiting column addition and subtraction with 5 and 6-digit numbers and decimals. The children have really impressed us with their understanding and accuracy.

 

The Taking Care Project (our Protective Behaviours scheme) has started in all year groups and we have been talking about rights and responsibilities and identifying our 'early warning signs'.

Week Beginning 23rd September 2019

 

This Thursday was European Day of Languages so, on top of our usual French lessons, we enjoyed carrying out some additional language activities. We found that many of our classmates speak another language and we asked those children to give us a masterclass which was a lot of fun. We also did a brilliant quiz in which we had to guess which language was being spoken - the current high score across school is 60 and that was a child in 5CW!

 

In Maths this week, we were developing our understanding of Roman Numerals and negative numbers. We really enjoyed some of the Roman Numeral problem-solving tasks.

 

In English and reading sessions, we have continued to look at Michael Morpurgo's Beowulf, focusing particularly on describing characters effectively and summarising the main ideas in a text. We have continued to 'magpie' lots of ideas from Morpurgo's writing and use thesauruses to ensure our vocabulary is really precise and high-quality.

 

Our history learning this week has focused on how the 'Danelaw' was established in England. In groups, we created Venn diagrams to show how life was different for Vikings living in the Danelaw from the Anglo-Saxons living in the south of England. 

 

Parents, please remember that our first Year 5 Come and Learn session is fast-approaching on the morning of Tuesday 8th October. You are all invited to join your children in class and the focus will be reading skills. 

 

The KS2 Harvest Festival is then on Wednesday 9th October in the afternoon. Again, parents are invited to join our celebration.  

 

 

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Week Beginning 16th September 2019

 

The children wrote some absolutely fantastic battle sequences this week, inspired by Michael Morpurgo's Beowulf. We were so impressed with the high-level vocabulary being used! We have done lots of work on finding synonyms and looking up definitions of vocabulary used by Morpurgo which has really helped us to learn some rich new words. 

 

In maths lessons, we have been working hard to develop our understanding of negative numbers as well as practising adding powers of 10 to a number. 

 

All of the children showed great determination and focus in Computing this week when trying to see how many words they could type in a given time. We will be repeating the activity at the end of the half term after lots of input into how to use the correct fingers to touch-type to see if we can improve our scores! If you want to practise at home, this is a really useful website:

https://www.typingclub.com/

 

In History lessons, we learnt about the Viking raids on Lindisfarne in 793 AD and wrote some impressive newspaper articles about it, trying hard to cram in as much historical information as possible. We also created some super timelines about how the Danelaw was established in Britain. 

 

It's European Day of Languages next week on Thursday 26th September and the children will have the opportunity to enter the annual competition!

 

 

Week Beginning 9th September 2019

 

The Year 5 children have worked incredibly hard this week and have produced some brilliant pieces of work in their learning theme books! They really enjoyed drawing a map of a typical Anglo-Saxon settlement and using the Ipads to research information about the houses, their location, how villages were protected and what jobs people did. We have discovered that we have lots of budding artists and historians in the year group!

 

Ore reading work has focused on retrieval and inference skills whilst in English lessons we have been trying hard to master all of the 'Key Skills', such as accurate punctuation and adventurous vocabulary choices. The children have written some absolutely fantastic setting descriptions, using a thesaurus to ensure their vocabulary is precise and engaging for the reader. We will be editing and redrafting them on Monday.

 

We have been continuing to develop our understanding of place value in maths lesson, focusing particularly on rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10000 and even 100000. We have discussed how this is a really important skill when estimating answers to check they are reasonable.

 

Our Mathletics and ReadTheory accounts are now set-up and ready to use - passwords can be found in the front of homework books. Please make sure you are keeping the reading records in the back of homework books up to date.

 

 

Week Beginning 2nd September 2019

 

Welcome to Year 5! What a busy first week it has been. As well as learning about all the new routines and expectations, the children have already been working hard in lessons and making a great first impression on us. 

 

We have got stuck straight into our exciting new learning theme, Traders and Raiders, by finding out why the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Vikings chose to settle in Britain. We also recapped what the children learnt about the Romans in Year 4 and compared the lifestyles, values and beliefs of the Romano-Britons and Anglo-Saxons, using a Carroll diagram to present our findings. Please make sure you have read the Traders and Raiders Knowledge Organiser (see 'Knowledge Organisers' tab above) as this contains all of the main information you need to know about for our history unit of work. 

 

This half term, we are reading Viking Boy by Michael Foreman and we were really intrigued by the mysterious prologue. In reading sessions, we have been focusing on vocabulary and have used dictionaries to find the meaning of unfamiliar words used. We recapped what the VIPERS acronym stands for to explain the different areas of reading we will be practising this year:

 

Vocabulary

Inference

Prediction

Explain

Retrieve

Summarise

 

We have been trying really hard to ensure our handwriting is neat and joined and have practised editing our work, following the Coten End marking codes (which can be found in the front of all of our exercise books).  

 

Our Maths lessons have focused on place value, including reading and writing numbers up to 1,000,000! 

 

A few things to remember:

 

- PE kits should be in school all week (indoor and outdoor) but our PE afternoon is on a Tuesday for all 3 classes.

- Homework will be set on a Thursday and is due in the following Monday.

- Spellings will also be set on a Thursday and will be tested the following week (different days for each class).

- Children should record any books they have read in the reading log at the back of homework books. 

- Children have the opportunity to change books in the school library every day.

- Optional homework project suggestions can be found on the Knowledge Organiser for each unit.

 

We look forward to a fantastic year ahead!

 

The Year 5 Team

 


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