The theme of our third topic this year has been a novel study of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone. The topic got off to an amazing start when the children of year 5 had the opportunity to visit The Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. They all had an amazing time and were able to see many of the props, sets and costumes used in the films. This visit and the children’s love of Harry Potter has grasped their imagination and enabled them to produce some fantastic work. In our topic work we have looked at the skill of using a vanishing point to achieve the look of perspective. We applied this skill to draw fantastic pencil sketches of Diagon Alley.
In science the children have begun to explore the many different properties of materials and how they help us in everyday life. The children also had the opportunity to sing in one of the largest choirs at the beginning of this term. They all worked really hard learning lots of songs and sang beautifully at the Young Voices concert. Furthermore, the children have also began to the learn the ukulele in our weekly music sessions.
Our literacy learning this half term has been inspired by the Harry Potter novel and has enabled the children to write lots of wonderful pieces. This began with some fantastic character sketches of people from the book. The children were able to develop their skimming, scanning, summarising and inference skills to collect the information they needed from the book in order to complete this. As they moved further into the novel the children wrote diary entries as characters from the book. They were able to immerse themselves into the characters and produce some fantastic pieces of writing. In addition, the children have also been spending time working on their descriptive writing and honing their skill at using precise detail in order to create a picture in the readers mind. This descriptive writing led to some wonderful writing about a wander down Diagon Alley, a journey to Hogwarts aboard the Hogwarts Express and a story about travelling through a portal to Hogwarts Castle.
Our maths focus this half term has been fractions. The children have worked really hard focusing on many aspects of the topic. They have been learning how to find equivalent fractions using fraction walls and their multiplication and division skills. The focus then moved on to adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators and those that have denominators that are multiples of the same number. There has also been a focus on identifying improper fractions and mixed numbers and working on converting one to the other. Furthermore, they have focused on ordering and comparing fractions that have the same denominator and those that have denominators that are multiples of the same number. The children have also been multiplying fractions by whole numbers using diagrams and also their multiplication and division knowledge.
As a Finale to our previous topic, we took part in the Into Film Festival. We visited cineworld to watch A Beautiful Planet (IMAX). The 3D documentary explored life on the International Space Station and examined Earth from Space, featuring truly spectacular visuals. Afterwards, the children had the opportunity to ask Sue Horne, Space Exploration Programme Manager, any questions. The children were very well behaved and it was a first experience for many to watch a 3D movie.
This half term our topic has been Centenary 1918 – 2018. In literacy, we started with a story box of fantastic WW2 artefacts which led on to us reading the narrative War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. The children studied how authors create characters and settings through the use of drama and debated the question, ‘Should Ted have sold Joey to the army?’ We then looked at writing auto-biographies by viewing an animation called ‘The Piano’ as inspiration. The children then wrote the memoires of an elderly man. Finally, we looked at non-chronological report writing based on Walter Tull who was an English professional footballer and a serving British Army officer of Afro-Caribbean descent through the First World War.
In numeracy our focus has been multiplication. We have identified multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of 2 numbers. We have also used formal methods to multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one and two-digit number, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers.
Linking to Remembrance Day, we developed our oil pastel techniques through the creation of poppy art. We then continued to improve our knowledge of influential artists whilst studying Andy Warhol. Using a digital photograph of themselves, the children have made a fantastic digital montage in the style of Andy Warhol’s, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ prints.
For Enterprise Fair, we developed our sewing techniques through the creation of Christmas tree decorations. We welcomed Miss Ansley who supported us with her fabulous sewing skills. The decorations were a sell out and the money will all go towards school projects.
Christmas is always an eventful time of year and the children have been busy rehearsing for their Christmas performance and the Young Voices concert which is in January.
The theme of our first topic this year has been Journey into Space. This topic has really grasped the children’s imagination and through this they have engaged with the learning and produced some fantastic work. We have looked at the skills of pencil control and how to achieve tone and texture within our art work. We also looked at using and mixing paints correctly to achieve the perfect palette of colours for our work. This skill was then applied to create some fantastic abstract art work of images of rockets and space, which was inspired by the art of Peter Thorpe.
The Journey into Space topic, has also led to some fascinating scientific exploration and discoveries for the children. They have been exploring our solar system and finding out lots of amazing facts about the planets and moons within it. We have explored many different scientific concepts through investigations such as why we have gravity and who discovered it, how scientists eventually came to the conclusion that all the planets are spherical bodies, why it is we have day and night and also the different phases of the moon. In addition to this, the children have also used the geographical skills to explore what our planet looks like from space. They have used images taken by astronauts alongside atlases to identify were certain physical features are on our planet, such as continents, mountain ranges, rivers countries and cities.
Our literacy work this half term began with the discovery of a meteorite landing on the school field.
The children collected evidence and interviewed eye-witnesses to create a newspaper article about the incident.
Year 5 then wrote space themed poetry, exploring the patterns and language of free verse poetry and raps. Continuing with space as our inspiration the children wrote some fantastic sci-fi stories, exploring the language and discovering plots of stories set in imaginary worlds, following on to plan and write their own narrative of a sci-fi voyage.
We have also looked at diary writing from the point of view of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Using primary historical evidence, the children planned and wrote, in chronological order, a diary entry for the 20th July 1969.
To further develop our research skills, in small groups, the children used iPads to research the work of the Scientist, Galileo. The children were then asked how they could present their research effectively resulting in some fabulous informative posters. The final task was to create and present a presentation about Galileo to the rest of their peers. The presentations and use of ICT to support them were very informative and interesting to watch.
Finally, we have entered a Nestle competition as the company were recruiting mini Space bakers to design a new range of flapjack with a space theme. The children designed their own flapjack, wrote a persuasive letter to Nestle about their design, followed a recipe to create the flapjack, designed and produced the packaging and most enjoyably of all ate and evaluated one another’s designs.
In numeracy we have concentrated on number and place value to partition, order and compare numbers with up to 6 digits. We have also been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.
We have focused on the addition and subtraction of numbers to 4 digits using column addition, rounding to check answers to calculations and solving multi-step problems.
Every week we are continuing to work on multiplication facts (and linked divisions) up to 12 x 12. Using the TTRockstars login will help your child further develop rapid recall of their timestables.
Mrs Denwood, Mrs Cobley and Mr Carling are really excited to join their new classes as they head into Year 5. Mrs Denwood and Mrs Cobley are the Teachers in Class 11 and Mrs Eastwood is the Teaching Assistant. In Class 12, Mr Carling is the Teacher and Mrs Walton is the Teaching Assistant. The children have settled well into the changes of the routines in Year 5 and have already produced some excellent work based on their Learning Journey into Space.