Year 5

 
 
Year 5 update    08-01-2018
Aspirations!
The children have been busy, since the half term break, thinking about where they see themselves in the future.....
 
Will they be in their dream job?
 
Perhaps they will be in charge of the country? 
 
Maybe they will be famous?
They have been encouraged to think all about how they see themselves in the world of work and what their future selves may do as a career or a job.
 
 
 
 
 
A quick reminder:

1. PE, will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All kit MUST be in school on these days. In addition, Class 11's swimming sessions are now finished. 
 
2. Home Readers; it is essential that you read with your child every night and sign with a brief comment in the passport detailing what you have read together. Please can you make sure that the book title, the author together with the pages read are noted down and a signature is recorded. As was stated at the reading meetings and in the letter which came home, without these things a strike will be given. If a child leaves a planner at home, please send a note in to confirm they have read.
 
3. End of day: If someone different is picking your child up from school, please make sure the adult knows the password. Please also inform the office ahead of time, or write a message in their reading planner, so that class based staff are aware of this. Thank you for those of you who are already doing this.
 
4. Spelling list will come out each week, so please can you ensure that the children learn their words and the pattern which runs through the list. There will be a weekly test. This will now be on a Thursday.
 
5. The children will also need to learn their tables facts, so please ask your child which times table they need to practice.
 
 
Homework:

  1. Spellings: These will continue to be sent home (stuck into their planners) and then tested the following week. We will look at the spelling rules/patterns in class prior to spellings being sent home. This week the children have been given a series of words which are often spelt incorrectly in their recent work - no rule as such, but common errors.
  2. Children must complete their reading homework (red homework book) on the evening that they finish their book - this will also be part of their reading for that day. 
  3. Multiplication tables - all children will need to know all their tables facts. please help your child to learn the facts.
SPRING term     2018
From....Magnificent Me to......Future Me!
 
It was amazing to see all the children dressed up ready for their future role..... We had doctors and models, train operators and builders and there were even a few teachers in the mix! The children made a fabulous start to the aspirations aspect of our topic on Magnificent Me. All I can say is if they are as magnificent as they promise to be - what a group of stars we have in our midst. Well done Class 11 - a great start to the half term.
From Magnificent Me.... to Healthy me!
 
This week our focus has been about keeping ourselves healthy. We have used this part of the curriculum to explore what eating '5 - a - day' actually means and finding out how may unhealthy snacks are out there in lunch boxes.
 
The children have planned, and made a healthy wrap for a lunch box and used their computing skills of animation to create a fruit skewer to add in there.
After such a great start - our WOW day, studying an artist (and producing some amazing art work), we have then focussed on keeping ourselves safe.
 
In the 21st Century, most families are connected to the internet and the children are very 'tech-savvy'. We spent some time exploring the ways in which we can keep ourselves safe on-line, which information we can freely share and which we need to keep private. the children were very surprised to discover some of the age limits set for different popular social media sites. Unsurprisingly they ALL knew the names of the apps and sites, but were unaware of the age limits......especially Youtube (at 18)!

Poetry

Over the last two weeks, Year 5 have been exploring poetry and poetic language. As part of these english lessons, they have written poems about their classroom at the end of the day. All I can say is........ WOW!

 

The battered bell chimes

A signal inviting loneliness with it's ring.

 

Walls cry out in relief,

Abandoned by tired teachers,

Abandoned by cheeky children,

Abandoned by life.

 

Ruby-red tables,

Carefully marked like they are works of art,

Rubber scraps like silver swords,

Grains scattered across a sandy beach.

 

Beneath, on the carpet,

Dust motes run for their lives

Running away from the vacuum.

 

Lonely pencils,

Forever lost,

Cry out for an owner.

      By James .

 

Last night I saw the classroom abandoned,

Pencils curled up in their cases,

Rulers tried to stay awake,

All were blunt and needed sharpening.

 

Last night I saw the classroom sleeping,

All was quiet where bookcases stood,

Like a lonely line of soldiers waiting to fight.

 

Fiery-red tables waited,

Books read themselves quietly in the night,

Pictures curl up ready for sleep,

And dictionaries ask for help.

 

Last night I saw the classroom crying,

Planners were left stranded,

Rubbers and sharpeners festooned everywhere,

The dusty carpet full with dark, grey, gloomy sadness.

 

 By Libby .

 

Last night I saw the classroom empty, empty and alone,

Last night I saw the classroom left tired and scared,

Bits of old, grey used rubber scattered on the floor.

 

Last night I saw the classroom deserted,

Left like scraps of food for the runt of the litter,

Pencils left on the floor like biscuit crumbs.

 

Last night I saw the classroom sleepy

Ruby-red tables shine like ice rinks ready to sleep,

A book reads itself to the empty room,

Stationary rolling around in pencil cases,

Using white board wipers as blankets.

 

 By Maddison R .

 

 

Last night I saw the classroom empty,

Bored and long forgotten for the night,

Abandoned by red-sweatered children,

And tired exhausted teachers.

 

Last night I saw the classroom silent,

Volcanic red tables festooned with pebbles of rubber,

The rubber scattered like grains of sand on a beach.

 

Last night I saw the classroom messy,

Pencils curled up in pencil cases,

Like snoozing cats in sleeping bags,

Rulers feel abandoned and alone,

Waiting like bored statues,

Whilst books and bookshelves stand to attention.

 

    By Ruby L .


We cannot believe that it is only two weeks since we came back after the Christmas break. Already we seemed to have crammed so much into the start of the new term.
 
On Wednesday 10th January, Class 11 went to the Genting Arena for an amazing celebration of music. They danced, sang, clapped and cheered alongside 6000 other children from across the region, in a musical spectacular. Their behaviour was exemplary and I was proud to be their teacher. All who attended thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon and evening and the pupils were a credit to the school.
 
We tried to make sure we could be spotted and sported some very fetching fluorescent hats - which hopefully could be seen from quite a distance away. Likewise the silver and black banner we had proudly hanging behind our seats.
 
Well done Class 11 - some fantastic singing! 
As part of the Magnificent Me! topic - the children have been studying an American artist called Chuck Close. He specialises in portraits with a very distinctive style....... he uses a grid with shapes embedded to create a very unique look to a portrait.
 
We have started our own versions of portraits using his style.....
Values Champion
 
Shortly before we broke up at the end of the Autumn term, the pupils in the class voted to elect a new values champion. This is a member of the class who has shown all our key values, especially the value of cooperation.
 
 We now have elected two different pupils to be our Values Champion..... who will be next?
End of Autumn Term: 
Year 5 enjoyed their topic of the Mayans and Chocolate!
 
We have learnt all about the importance to the Maya of our favourite sweet treat, and have explored how the Maya used the cacao bean in everyday life. After some fun taste testing the children made their own flavoured chocolates to take home as gifts for Christmas. 
World Kindness Day.
 
It was World Kindness Day on 13th November. We have discussed kindness and how a little act of kindness can change a child's (or adult's) feelings.
 
Little acts of kindness can be as small as a smile or a helping hand. As part of the build up to World Kindness Day, the children all made something to give to another child in the school.
 
In Class 11 we made a book of acrostic poems, which talked about the qualities children in Year 1 have. In return they made all of class 11 pupils a book mark.
The children found out that the feathers from the Quetzal bird were made into headresses for the different rulers and religious leaders in Maya times. The taller the headress (and the fancier the feathers) the more important the person.
The first day back after the October break and the children were off to Cadbury World - not for the chocolate, but to learn a lot more about chocolate and its importance in the life of the Maya.
 
The children were very excited and couldn't wait to get there.
 
We started with a talk from the experts on site about how important chocolate was to the Maya people and especially to the priests and rulers of the Maya who thought chocolate was a gift from the Gods to their chosen people.
 
They learnt about (and dressed up as) a Monarch and a High Priestess with others dressed as their slaves (doing all the hard work of grinding the cacao beans into a powder).
 
 
Take a look at all the things Year 5 have been doing before half term......
The children have been very busy - building shelters, practicing writing instructions and getting to grips with coding. They are starting to build a maze game, which they will set in the jungle (the Amazon of course).The programme we use for coding is scratch. This is free on line, so maybe you can ask your child to show you how they can get the screen object to move around.
 
The slideshow below is a summary of all the work we have been doing in the first half term