Welcome to Year 5
Welcome to the new academic year. It has been lovely settling back into school this week and I am glad you have all had a great summer. We have started learning straight away with a wonderful topic based on the book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker and our classroom displays are already showcasing our fantastic work. We have our first parents evening in a few weeks’ time and a welcome to Year 5 pack has also been sent home. I hope you find this information useful. You can also find this information in the 'Parents' section of the website.
Autumn Term 1
Over this half term we have been very busy in Y5. We have been studying the topics ‘Journey’ and ‘Our Fragile World’ and have completed excellent work across a range of subjects.
In Literacy, we have used many writing techniques to improve our work from our first drafts through editing, sharing ideas, proof reading and thinking about what sentence types and word choices we could use. In our stories, we decided the destination of the main character. We created beautiful artwork in the style of Monet’s Waterlilies and made this the start of our character’s journey. This encouraged us to think about the journey we have taken in our own lives so far and how we have started creating our own destination by discovering our talents and what makes us special. In PSHE, we thought about this topic and created an affirmation leaf for one of our friends to hang on our tree.
During the topic ‘Our Fragile World’ we thought about the world in which we live and how we can make positive changes. We wrote excellent speeches in class and held a public speaking contest to choose the most powerful which we could share in our class assembly.
In maths, we have been learning about the four main number operations. We certainly love a challenge in Y5 and especially enjoy the ‘killer’ challenges and problem solving tasks. We also visited Blythe Bridge Library to find out how to save a life using CPR. We hope we never have to solve that problem in reality!
We were very fortunate to have a day spent in school learning about social media. A charity called ‘Pop UK’ led these activities which concluded with an assembly for parents. We have also started a topic based on ‘Mars’ and have attended training at Staffordshire University to launch our project ‘Next Stop Mars’. Our children in Y5 have started creating robots out of micro-bits which we are programming using IT. This project will continue over the year so watch this space!
During Autumn 2 we have been studying the book Firework Maker’s Daughter. We have studied the main characters within the text and completed guided reading activities based on the events in the book. As the main event is centred around Lila’s desire to be a firework maker, we completed firework inspired artwork and designed our own firework inventions. The highlight of our Literacy was working in small groups to write a scripted scene from the text and performed these using puppets which we made to portray the main characters and images from the book. We used graffiti art to show how slogans can be used for advertising and write diary entries based on key events from the story. To complete the term, we reviewed the book and our learning with most children giving it a 5/5! In Maths, we have been learning about graphs and tables. We have solved problems based on data and timetables and have really challenged our thinking. We understand the terms area and perimeter and how to calculate both accurately. We have also started to understand how we can solve multiplication questions and problems using a range of strategies.
In Science, we have been busy experimenting. We have completed a cola experiment with Mentos mints to show how gases can be released from liquids, created our own water cycle and found the best insulators for our ice trolls. We have maintained our links with the high school attending weekly PE lessons there and swimming which will stop at the end of this term. We have also been having lots of fun in the run up to Christmas. We have planned and made a product for the school Christmas Fayre and have completed work related to the advertising and sales of this product. We are still busy preparing art and craft activities, including our individual cross stitch patterns which we hope to make into a whole class piece of textile work in the shape of a kite.
Spring 2 has been a very busy term in Year 5 as we launched into our Space topic. We have completed shadow experiments in science, learnt about the different phases of the moons, completed planet descriptions and even know the names of the planets in Spanish! We participated in an online live science lesson based on the Blue Planet where we learnt about global warming, recycling, plastic pollution and the importance of doing our bit to help our planet. We even got a mention during the live programme.
On Tuesday 19th March, Y5 took part in the annual Dance Extravaganza at the Victoria Hall. This year’s theme was 'Passport to the World' and we chose to stay in England and perform a trio of traditional English dances, including Morris dancing. We were accompanied by Mr Durose, a live musician, playing his Melodeon along with a group of children playing instruments. Children dressed in traditional costume and we even had an appearance from the hobby horse and the jester.
Our creativity has also been demonstrated through art lessons where children have had the opportunity to complete beautiful space themed pictures and models of rockets. As part of our evidence for the arts award, we identified the various forms of art we can see around our school and created a piece of work based on our findings.
Our main Literacy focus has been non-fiction texts but we have still enjoyed reading ‘Cosmic’ as our class text. We have written recounts, biographies and explanation texts based on our Space theme and have enjoyed learning facts about Space.
Working in partnership with the high school, class 5 visited the high school for their annual transition day, completing activities for Science, PE and DT. Eight, Year 5 children also represented Forsbrook Primary for their Physics Day. This was thoroughly enjoyed.
As we ‘launched’ ourselves into the space theme this term, we are now very excited to ‘submerge’ ourselves into next terms topic, the Titanic.
Summer Term has been a very busy one, despite being so short. The highlight for us was our trip to London. The children and staff had an amazing time and had a fun packed, full itinerary comprising a trip to the Natural History Museum, a tour of London's highlights, a trip to Covent Garden, dinner at Pizza Express, a visit to the theatre to watch the Lion King and a visit to Harry Potter World. We all had a fantastic time and made lifelong memories together. We also started our topic Titanic and completed some sensitively written monologues which each child performed to the class. They were very moving and beyond my expectations. The children showed a very mature attitude towards their writing and have embraced the topic with enthusiasm. We are reading Kaspar the Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo and enjoying reading about the Titanic from the characters viewpoints.
We have also completed the work for our Bronze Arts Award project and have submitted our presentations to be marked and assessed. For this, we designed a Powerpoint presentation based on our favourite artists, which was videoed and shared with the rest of the class. We eagerly await our results. A great few weeks in Y5 starting with topics which will continue into the second half term.