Feel free to look over the children's homework menu to see what different opportunities they have to further their learning and embed knowledge learnt at school. Homework is expected to be handed in by Friday, every week. We would like the children to select either a Maths or English homework alongside another subject each week. Therefore, two pieces of homework should be completed.
Autumn Term Topic
In Miss Phelps’ class this term we have been studying Ancient Greece as part of our ‘Groovy Greek’ topic. In art we were looking at Greek vases and plates. These were often used to show aspects of Ancient Greek life or mythology and would contain symmetrical patterns. Take a look at ours…
In English, we have been exploring Greek myths (Theseus and the Minotaur and Jason and the Golden Fleece). We deconstructed the narratives and looked closely at the key features of a myth. We then began to write our own, here are some examples of the beginnings of our narratives. Next, we are going to evaluate and edit by proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning. Take a look…
In PE, our focus was gymnastics. We were exploring how we can show balances using different parts of our bodies. We started on our own and then developed our balances with other children in our class and incorporated equipment. Take a look…
In English this term, we were exploring the Ancient Greek myth Pandora's Box. We read the story and then read the poem 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. We then wrote our own poems based on the structure of 'The Magic Box' , however, we based our poems on the picture below. We then went to the computer suite to type them up and develop our touch typing skills. Take a look at the horrors that were in our boxes...
Then towards the end of term, year 5 began to discuss the trips they would like to go on next year. We decided to write a persuasive letter to Mr Llewelyn to ask him to consider our ideas. We also explored the use of modal verbs and ensured we had these in our letters.
Take a look...
In Science this term, we have been learning about Earth and Space. We learnt about the phases of the moon and the order of the planets from the sun. We also completed an investigation that helped us to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky using the idea of the Earth's rotation. Take a look at our work...
In art this term, one of our targets was to use a variety of techniques when I use clay, including slabs, coils and slips. We made some pots using this technique. We are planning on decorating them as a Christmas gift.
Spring term topic 'Circle of Life'
During this topic, we have been learning about South Africa. We were fortunate enough to have an African dance workshop in school. Take a look at some of our moves....
We have also been focusing on our art target 'to use line, tone and shading to represent things seen, remembered or imagined in three dimensions'. We began by drawing and shading 3D shapes. Take a look...
In maths, we were learning different strategies to help with our multiplication. Here are examples of how we used Base 10 and place value counters to help develop our understanding and method.
Spring term 2
This term, year 5 were fortunate enough to go on two trips. Our first trip was to Lesnes Abbey as part of our PE topic ' Outdoor Adventurous Activities'. We learnt how to build shelters in the woods, as part of a team building exercise and then we took part in orienteering. We had great fun!
Our second trip, was to Colchester Zoo as part of our science topic ' Living Things and Their Habitats'. We received a free workshop, about African animals and their habitats, and then we got to get up close with some of the insects and animals. When we returned to school we wrote recounts of the day. Here are a few examples.
As part of our art curriculum, we were focusing on the target 'experiment with using layers and overlays to create new colours/textures'. We used acetate sheets to create the overlay and drew silhouettes of African animals. We then used different art materials such as paint or pastel to create our sunset backgrounds. Here are a few pictures of us beginning our work.
Year 5 were lucky enough to have a nutritionist visit this term from Bexley Council. We have had a lesson a week, focussing on the Eat Well Plate, healthy pack lunches and the amount of sugar in drinks. We have really enjoyed it. Here are a few pictures and quotes from our class.
'I learnt a lot about how food grows and is produced' Nii.
'I thought it was fun and I like how we sorted the sugar content of drinks' Rebecca.
'I learnt that salt can affect your blood and I enjoyed the workshop and learning about different foods' Jaydon.
Summer term topic 'Angry Earth'
This term our topic is 'Angry Earth' and we have been exploring earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis. I have been so impressed with the homework I have been receiving from the class. They have been working so hard at home to create fantastic erupting volcanoes and amazing poetry based on volcanoes, Take a look...
In RE, we have been studying Buddhism and why Buddhists mediate. As part of this we looked at mandalas, that originated in India thousands of years ago as an aid for certain advanced Hindu and Buddhist meditation practices. A mandala is a representation of the cosmic, the universe, in a circular pattern which leads to a central point. As such, it is a symbol or wholeness, of beginning and end. Take a look at our display…
This term, year 5 made a shepherd's pie in D&T. The children worked together to prepare the ingredients and cook the meal. Most children thoroughly enjoyed it when they tasted it. Here are some of their reviews:
'The shepherd's pie was very nice and tasty. If I could make it again, I would' - William
'I liked the meat, but the mash was a little hard' - Nii
' I actually really liked the shepherd's pie because it tasted really nice and smelt really good' - Rebecca
In maths, we were investigating volume and capacity. We had to work in groups to estimate the amount of water in the plastic bottles and then measure it accurately using the measuring cylinders.
We also investigated the volume of shapes using 1 cm³ blocks to build cuboids.
The whole school was fortunate enough to have a special assembly from NED. During this assembly, the children learnt about growth mindset and the power of 'YET'. Take a look at some of the posters the children designed to promote the NED motto (Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best!)
Welcome back to year 5.
I am so excited to be back and I’m really looking forward to the new academic year. We have lots of exciting learning opportunities this year and will be starting our journey with our ‘Groovy Greek’ topic.
We look forward to sharing our work with you throughout the year on our class page. Watch this space…