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Weekly Update

Week Beginning 12th October 2020


Goodness me! I can't believe that we only have one more week left until half term! Our Champions are continuing to work extremely hard and are certainly living up to our school motto of 'Care to learn, learn to care'! 


We have been applying our times tables skills in order to answer long multiplication problems. (Remember, your times tables knowledge is crucial to so many areas of numeracy so be sure to practice as much as you can - TTRockstars is great for this!)


We are really getting our teeth into 'powerful speeches' in our literacy learning. Linking in with our WWII topic work and Black History month, we've explored some motivational speeches in preparation for writing our this space!!


Science has been electrifying! The children have been getting practical with the equipment this week; creating and testing a variety of components in circuits. One week investigating electricity just isn't enough! Our inquisitive children are thirsty to learn more and more...questioning ideas all the time! Our children really are the future!


(Here is a link to something we began exploring today. The children were extremely passionate about the discussions we were having so I thought they might like to have another look in their own time!)

Week Beginning 5th October 2020


What a week!! Our class have worked their socks off to write up their fabulous WWII evacuee diary entries and it has been a pleasure reading through them all!! 


We have worked hard to better understand square numbers, cubed numbers and prime numbers and to sharpen up our mental strategies. 


This week in our creative curriculum work we have been 'geographers', thinking about cities and counties of the United Kingdom. We have put our map work skills to the test, to locate a variety of cities and counties as well as considering the pro's and con's to living in rural and urban areas of Britain; which we've all found really interesting!


Our Year 5 Champions took part in an important and mature discussion to acknowledge #HelloYellow - supporting young people's mental health on World Mental Health Day. Once again, we're really proud of you all!

Week Beginning 28th September 2020


What a thought provoking we've had! The children have stepped back in time to put themselves in the shoes of a child evacuee from World War II, as we work towards writing a diary entry based on our experiences. We've watched videos, read some actual diary recounts, done some drama work and listened to evacuees retell their memories as adults today! Wow! It has been wonderful to see how gripped and knowledgeable the children are becoming!


We have continued with our negative numbers in Numeracy, before moving onto factors and multiples of numbers. We enjoy practicing our times tables by joining in with the BBC Super Movers website. Why not try it at home too?! (see the link below)


The children have also been carrying out research on Sir Winston Churchill and Adolf Hitler; making comparisons and forming opinions as they consider what qualities they had to become such powerful leaders.


Week Beginning 21st September


We have been looking at rounding numbers this week in Numeracy and have also started to think about negative numbers (which we shall continue with next week!) The children have worked extremely hard to draft, edit and present their writing in role as Chas, from our class text, 'The Machine Gunners', alongside a super piece of artwork to accompany their writing.


It is lovely to see how enthusiastic the children are with our WWII topic: asking so many questions and desperate to learn more and more!! We have spent time studying our 'History Knowledge Mat', focusing on the key vocabulary and events that took place. Our Champions have produced some wonderful fact sharing posters as well as timelines which will be displayed in our classroom!

Week Beginning 14th September


The children have had another amazing week! Well done all of you!


They have continued with their place value journey in Numeracy and have written the first part of the story, The Machine Gunners as the main character Chas. They have also reflected on themselves and their choices in PSHE. They have worked extremely hard and I am proud of all of you. 

Week Beginning 7th September


The children have officially completed their first full week in Year 5! What a super week it has been and I'm extremely proud of each and every one of our 'Champions'.


This week we have started to explore our exciting literacy text, 'The Machine Gunners'' by Robert Westall, that links with our curriculum topic of World War II. (The children already seem so engaged with this topic!) We have also been reminding ourselves about the importance of place value in numeracy, to deepen the children's understanding. In art, we have enjoyed experimenting with line techniques, where we have practiced single and cross hatching whilst considering the emotions in a piece of art.