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Key Task Rainforest in a Box- Tuesday 14th November

For our end of topic key task, the children brought in their own boxes and some even brought in their own materials or modelling clay from home. The children worked really carefully and thoughtfully to create fantastic rainforests. Here are a handful. 

Some Outstanding Work- Wednesday 8th November

 

On Monday, the class wrote a entry entry from the perspective of Maia, the main character in our new class novel, Journey To The River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. All children wrote brilliant diary entries and had listened to what they needed to improve since their last diary entry earlier in the term. All children showed a huge improvement in their work; improved accuracy with spelling, more adventurous punctuation, keeping to the correct tense and keeping the writing genre in mind and not writing a story.

There were two pieces of work that showed a massive improvement since the last diary entry. Mia and Megan's work was too good not to share with you all. They have done exceptionally well and should be incredibly proud of their achievements. Well done Girls. 

 

I also have another piece of work that is too good not to share. Last week Bailey produced a fantastic description of the twins, Gwendolyn and Beatrice, that are also in the class novel. 

 

 

 

Half Term Homework- Friday 20th October

 

Children were given homework today for over half term. The literacy homework is something the children have done plenty of work on, relative clauses. They should be confident enough to work independently on this. The maths homework is a little trickier, line graphs. The children have not done work on this in Year 5 yet but they do have knowledge from Year 4, we will be working on this after half term. The homework has been designed to recap their memory ready for their first maths lesson back. Both activities have been explained and we even answered a few as a whole class. I look forward to seeing their fabulous work after the holidays.

Star Awards- Friday 20th October

 

Today I awarded Harry R with a reading award for his enthusiasm during guided reading. I also gave Nathan a mathematician award for his impressive score in arithmetic this week. Both children have shown that they are hard working, dedicated to their education and always want to do their very best. Harry and Nathan should be incredibly proud of themselves, well done boys!

Diwali- Thursday 19th October

After learning about the meaning of Diwali and traditions around Diwali, the children's first activity was to use their knowledge of coordinates to create Diwali images. The images represent important things for the festival for example; fireworks, diva lamps and a lotus flower. 
After break, we looked at the meaning of Diwali. Light over darkness, good over evil. The children thought of darkness in the work, like poverty, crime and illness. They then wrote how they would like the world to be. They have been displayed proudly in the classroom for parents to see at parents evening. 

Deforestation Debate- Wednesday 18th October

 

This afternoon the children took part in a debate about deforestation. For many children, this was the first debate they have ever had. They were given a role such as an indigenous tribe, government official of Brazil, pharmacist and cattle farmer to name a few. They then had to decide if the people were for or against deforestation and represent this in their debate, regardless of their own views. 

 

The children held their arguments, never with hesitation to defend their side. They took on their rainforest knowledge from previous lessons and it was clear to see how much they have learned over the past 7 weeks. They showed maturity, respect and understanding of all of the views and opinions in the room. I was particularly impressed with Bailey, Megan, Nathan, Phoebe, Ella and Harry R for their efforts but ALL of the class were also fantastic. 

 

At the end of the debate the children had a chance to show their own personal opinions and what they believed in. It was lovely to see children understand both sides of the argument and respect that others had different opinions. 

Autumn Art- Tuesday 17th October

The children have produced some excellent art showing off the beauty of an Autumn sunset with a silhouette of a tree. I was particularly impressed with the care and attention the children gave to their work. They look a very long time creating their swirling backgrounds from scratch. They were careful to fill in all of the page and produce the best work they could. They showed understanding of colours and knew that if the orange and yellow accidentally mixed, it would be find as it made orange, another Autumn colour! 

Computing- Tuesday 10th October

 

This week the children were given the incredibly tricky task of getting a character to count while another character counted in roman numerals using Scratch. The task was no easy task, all of their existing programming skills were needed. Children had to work with variables, operations and work carefully on timings. Some children succeeded beyond this and were able to add speech and backgrounds to their work. This was by far the most complex lesson they have had and each and every child succeeded. I am very proud and they should feel the same. 

Celebration Assembly- Friday 6th October

 

This week, Halima was awarded a Star Award and Anthony S received a Mathematician Award. 

 

Halima received this award for her positive attitude to work, respectful behaviour at all times to every member of the class and school community, always listening is class and giving her work all she has. She also produced an outstanding character description of Kensuke which included relative clauses, our writing focus this week. I am incredibly proud of her work and attitude and she well and truly deserved the recognition. 

 

Anthony got his award for a really positive attitude to maths this week. He has put his hand up for nearly every question that the class was asked and he has work so hard with written addition and subtraction this week. He has remained focused on his work, completed tasks to the best of his ability and has really impressed me. 

Layers of a Rainforest- Wednesday 20th September

This week in Topic we have been looking at the four layers of a rainforest; the emergent layer, the canopy, the understorey and the forest floor. The children also learned which animals live in which layer of the forest and why. As an extra challenge the children could design their own rainforest animal. If you look closely at one of the pieces of work you will find a 'spider-pig'. 

A prediction to be proud of- Wednesday 20th September

 

Today the children were asked to make a prediction about what happens next in a very tense part of our class novel. Many children made lovely and accurate prediction but one child's work stood out as she was the only one to fully explain and give evidence to support her prediction. A huge well done to Lexie for this fantastic work, you should feel very proud of your hard work!

Fantastic computing!- Tuesday 19th September

 

This afternoon, the class were given an incredibly tricky task in Computing. We are currently working on Scratch which allows us to program characters and backgrounds. Today the children were asked to begin working with variables, very new and tricky. The class as a whole were outstanding and produced some excellent programs. They showed resilience and debugged any problems in their algorithm. I am incredibly impressed and proud of their achievement today. 

Star Awards- Friday 15th September

Star Awards- Friday 15th September 1 Ella
Star Awards- Friday 15th September 2 Luke
This week Star Awards were awarded to Ella and Luke. Ella got her Writing Award for her fantastic setting description, which she wrote on Monday and can be seen further down the page. Luke was awarded a Star Award for reading 5 times this week, twice more than is expected. It is clear that he is trying to learn more and improve every day. He also got this award for his efforts in writing yesterday. Both children are stars and should be incredibly proud of themselves. 

Another Big Well Done- Thursday 14th September

 

We are up to chapter 3 in the class novel, Kensuke's Kingdom. In this chapter Michael, the main character, write logs for the ship. He talks about the destinations they reached, the people they met and the animals they saw. The children were given the task of writing their own log entry. I have chosen 3 fantastic logs, written by Halima, Maria and Ellie. All the children produced great work but these 3 stood out in particular. Luke also showed a huge improvement and it was clear how hard he had worked today. 

Rainforests Key Task- Thursday 14th September

This term, Year 5's topic is Rainforests. The key task that the children will complete before the end of the topic is 'To make a rainforest in a box'. If you have a shoe box at home, bring it in as soon as possible for me to store ready for the task. 

Reminders- Thursday 14th September

 

5C will have PE every Thursday in the afternoon. They will swim also on a Thursday afternoon up until February half term. After Febuary half term, PE will be the same but the children will no longer swim.

Class Charter- Thursday 14th September

Class Charter- Thursday 14th September 1 5C's class charter
On the first day back, 5C wrote their own class charter. The class charter is a set of rules the children make themselves so behaviour expectations are clear. The children use the school rules poster, their rights poster and their own experiences to create this charter. It is important that all children understand what is expected, which is why the children write the rules themselves. 5C then had fun designing and making their own name label which they stuck around the class charter to show that they will follow these rules. 

School Council- Thursday 14th September

School Council- Thursday 14th September 1 Francesca
School Council- Thursday 14th September 2 Dylan
Francesca and Dylan are incredibly excited to become part of the School Council. They will meet with other School Council reps to make decisions on how we can improve as a school. 

Eco Rangers- Thursday 14th September

Eco Rangers- Thursday 14th September 1 Ryan
Eco Rangers- Thursday 14th September 2 Phoebe
Ryan and Phoebe are 5C's Eco Rangers. They have the very important job of looking after our school, in regards to the environment. Their daily jobs are to make sure lights aren't left on, the class is recycling and we are all being careful to look after the environment. They will also be part of a whole school team who will decide on how best we can make the school more eco friendly. 

Ella's fantastic setting description- Tuesday 12th September

A Big Well Done! Tuesday 12th September

 

Yesterday the class read chapter two of the class novel, Kensuke's Kingdom. The children used this chapter as inspiration to write their own setting description of Michael, the main character, on board the family's boat at night. Here you can see the fantastic imagination and excellent language Ella has used in her writing. Many children wrote fantastic pieces but this writing stood out for the emotion and beauty it portrays. 

Homework, Reading and Spelling

 

Homework and spellings will be handed out on a Monday. It is expected that children hand their homework in by Friday. As the children are now in Upper Key Stage 2, they will get one piece of English homework and one piece of Maths homework. Spellings will be tested on Friday.

 

It is a whole school expectation that children read 3 times at home and get 3 comments by Friday. School books will be changed on a Friday. If children finish their book early, they are able to take a book from the class library or read their own, these should still be commented on in the reading record. 

 

It is incredibly important that spelling, homework and reading is completed as it will support their  learning. 

 

 

Year 5 Welcome Letter- Monday 11th September

Settling In- Friday 8th September

 

5C have settled into the school year with great maturity. They are working exceptionally hard in all subjects. We had a new class member join us on the first day back and the whole class welcomed him with a caring and helpful attitude. The children are enjoying the start of their new class novel Kensuke's Kingdom, a Michael Morpurgo book. They are looking forward to starting our new topic, Rainforests, this Wednesday and I am sure there will be many rainforest facts coming home to share with family and friends.

 

Star Awards- Friday 8th September

 

Halima and Dylan received this week's Writing and Star Award. Halima produced an outstanding, high quality recount of the survival workshop. She included all the grammar and punctuation that was expected and I could see her own writing style coming through. Well done Halima. 

Dylan received a Star Award for settling into his new class with confidence and enthusiasm. He has had a great week. Great work!

Survival Workshop- Wednesday 6th September

The whole of Year 5 had a fantastic morning with Sam and Sarah, who taught so many survival skills. The children were perfectly behaved and made some outstanding shelters made only from materials found in our very own woods. The children were very resourceful and brought an imagination and flare to their creations.
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