This term, the children will start their History Thieves topic. They will learn about the Mayan and Aztec people, the geography of South America and wonderful and interesting facts about this part of the world and its history. We will be continuing with the class novel 'Journey To The River Sea' and the topic will enhance their learning as the story is set in Brazil, the Amazon rainforest, which is in South America. The children have loved the book so far and look forward to knowing how the story ends and what happens to the main characters. In Science, the unit of work will be about 'properties and changes of materials'. RE will move on from Sikhism and focus on Christianity this term.
Homework will start the second week back (15.1.18) as will spellings. The days have not changed in regards to hand out and hand in days. The children have worked really hard to get homework in on time last term and I look forward to seeing this continue. A reminder that it is a whole school expectation that children read at least 3 times a week. The children have been really enjoying reading as a whole this year and have been taking this enthusiasm home with them which is a joy to see.
Swimming for 5C will continue until February half term.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!