Friday, 9 June 2017

Week ending 9th June 2017

This blog is written by Year 5 pupils. We have leaning about how to blog over the past half term. We've blogged about our holidays and a topic of our choice.

This week we worked together with a local artist to create a class banner, representing a school value 'Gratitude'. The banner showed the story of the ten lepers , including a healed leper bowing down to Jesus praising him. He was the only leper to show his gratitude.

We used screen printing (various colours of paint were put on a screen and it was transferred using a squegee onto the fabric).

Friday, 19 May 2017

Week ending 19th May 2017

In Literacy this week, the children have used their knowledge of the book 'Oranges in No Man's Land' to write creative stories from another character's point of view. They have particularly been focussing on using powerful vocabulary to describe characters and the war torn streets of Beirut, during the civil war. They have also been trying hard to include similies, metaphors, interesting openers (including 'ed' and 'ing' openers) and a range of sentence structures. They will be completing their stories next week and are looking forward to sharing them with you!

In Maths the children have been learning about coordinates and how to reflect and translate a range of polygons in quadrants. The children are brilliant at explaining their learning:

They played 'articulate' this morning to describe and guess different key mathematical vocabulary. Next week they will be drawing shapes accurately, following detailed instructions and taking part in some problem solving activities.

It's been a very active week in 5SG, very fitting for 'Walk to School week'! Despite the rain, the children have been in fantastic spirits, completing their Cycling course and they received well earned certificates this afternoon.

In DT, the children have really enjoyed the start of our 'Bread' unit. They tried a variety of breads last week and described them and rated them from 1 to 10. This week we talked about the hygiene rules we will need to follow when we are baking. The children thought carefully about what they will need to do at each stage of the baking process next week. On the last day of term the children will follow a basic baking recipe in groups of three and will experiment creating different forms of bread.
Thank you to all of the parents who have offered to help !

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Friday 5th May 2017

Despite it being a short week after the bank holiday weekend, 5SG have fitted a lot in! In DT the children designed their own greek temples before half term and were very proud of the final products. We were impressed by their thoughtful evaluation responses.

In Science the children are learning about asexual reproduction. They took a cutting from a geranium plant and they're observing the cutting to see when it develops roots. Once the roots are developed we are hoping to plant it in compost to create our own cloned plant.

In Computing this week we have been improving the webpages created on our Wikispaces website about E-Safety. The children created different design layouts and added images from copyright free image websites. They then had an opportunity to explore each other's pages.

 In RE we have been learning about the story of Saul (Paul) and transforming power of the Holy Spirit. After retelling the story in their own words, the children recreated different scenes using role play:

In Maths this week the children have been consolidating their understanding of the grid, long and short multiplication methods. They have been solving some brilliant nrich problems in class, developing their reasoning. Next week they will be learning about numbers with 3 decimal places and, in doing so, will develop their place value knowledge and understanding.

In English the children have been exploring the changing emotions of the main character of the story 'No Man's Land', a story set in the civil war in Beirut. They have produced a wonderful display of work on the top KS2 corridor - please do come and have a look!

Many thanks for all of your swimming slips and money back and thank you to those parents who are able to help walk the children back and forth from the swimming pool in a few weeks time! They are really looking forward to the start of the sessions.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Welcome back!

On Wednesday, the whole school gathered for the first assembly of our new term and our Paschal candle was lit for the first time.

In English, we have started the term being 'word detectives'; learning dictionary skills, learning spelling strategies to learn and spell homophones and 'ible and able' words (which are the new spelling words set for this new week). Today we started the new unit 'Orange's in No Man's Land'; a text we feel will really challenge the children. It will allow us to explore role play, reading strategies and different genres of writing.

We are pleased that so many children have been reading a lot over Easter. Do let us know if you would like any advice regarding texts aimed at Year 5 pupils. We have a wide variety of books in the classroom, which we can recommend too.

In Maths we have been revisiting mental strategies (adding and subtracting money). Over this term will be be revising past concepts and encouraging 5SG to do lots of problem solving and reasoning.

Please be aware that a letter detailing arrangements for swimming lessons and this term’s Curriculum Overview have been sent out via Parentmail. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

Be Spirited week

This week on Monday the children took part in a class cross country race, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

Be Spirited Week has been a wonderful end to this term. The children have conducted themselves  brilliantly in preparation for Easter. They have taken part in a number of activities including writing a reply letter to God, visiting the prayer stations in the hall, reflecting upon the 14 Stations of the Cross and even hot-seating Pontius Pilate in the classroom!

On Thursday Mrs McGrath came in to talk to the children about creating websites. After Easter we're looking forward to building a class website about E Safety!


We hope you all have a wonderful rest over the Easter break. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 19th April!
Best wishes, Mrs Gritz and Mrs Sandhu