Thank you to those of you who were able to attend last night's Maths evening, "They Didn't Do It Like That In My Day". We enjoyed sharing some of the resources and strategies that we used and describing the ways in which the children use them to work at a Year 5 level.
Please see below for the PowerPoint.
Today we investigated irreversible changes in science. Please see pictures and explanations below.
When we poured the bicarbonate of soda into the vinegar the chemical reaction happened. The vinegar foamed up and gradually created a gas that blew up the balloon. - Maya
We use vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, a water bottle and a balloon. It then made the balloon grow. - Annabella
When we mixed our ingredients the balloon blew up. The two ingredients made a gas to make the balloon blow up - Dylan
The children have continued to work hard again this week. In English, they have written some fabulous poems of their own based on The Adventures of Isabel. Next week, we look forward to continuing our work on poetry and we are excited to see how they will develop their use of language to make them an exciting read.
In Maths, we consolidated our knowledge of multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and have then moved on to learning about multiples.
Today, we have benefited from some wonderful sessions from Rabbi Celia, Rabbi Pete and Josh Martin (Rafi's Uncle), where we learnt about a different focus of Succot in each session. We have eaten our lunch in the school succah and have also learnt some songs there too.
Please remember, as part of the spellings practice, the children should ensure they understand the definitions of the words they are learning to develop and widen their vocabulary. They should try to use these where appropriate, within their writing.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
This week has been another very hardworking week. We have now fully settled into our routines and are familiar with the workings of Year 5.
In English, we completed our stories which came from the BFG as a stimulus for writing. Come and see our display downstairs in the corridor as we are really pleased with the writing produced. We then moved on to a unit on poetry and began looking at the poem, "The Adventures of Isabel" by Ogden Nash. We really enjoyed exploring the characters and what we thought of them, based on the descriptions and clues inferred. We used the story mapping technique to try to familiarise and get to know the poem and will continue to use this next week.
Maths felt very challenging for many of us at the beginning of the week, however with really hard work and the use of a really great maths resource, we have all managed to make amazing progress in multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. See the photos for some of the manipulatives we found useful for helping us.
There is no official homework this week as it is Yom Kippur over the weekend, however during the week, please continue to read and discuss a book, practise maths strategies and spellings.
For those that will be fasting, we hope you fast well and have a peaceful Shabbat/Yom Kippur.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
We thoroughly enjoyed dressing up for Roald Dahl day. See our photos below.
There is no homework this week.
We wish you all a Shana Tova
The children encountered some wonderful historical experiences today linked to their current history topic on World War 1 and 2. Emily Garland kindly brought in some of her Great-grandfather's medals from the second world war as well as his army book and the mini Siddur he was given. Please see pictures below.
This afternoon we were also privileged to meet a kindertransport survivor (Rafi Martin's great-grandmother). Her daughter Judy spoke about her mother's experiences of the Kindertransport in 1939. She gave a brief account of her mother, Edith's life in Germany before the war, then a little about the restrictions imposed on Jews in Germany and then a brief mention of Kristalnacht leading up to Edith being sent away to England on the Kindertransport. The children had the opportunity to hear from Edith and ask her questions. Please see photos below and videos of Edith talking to the children.
In English we used the technique of story mapping to help us recite the first page of the BFG This use of storytelling is a tool for helping children build up a bank of narrative patterns that they can then call upon when they wish to create their own stories. The children thoroughly enjoyed this challenge. See our videos below where the children are retelling the first part of the BFG using a story map.
Year 5 have settled nicely into life upstairs and are particularly enjoying the grown up feeling of having lockers. As well as this, we have actually done quite a bit of work too. We have begun work on the BFG and are particularly focussing on how Roald Dahl uses characterisation to help his readers form opinions on the characters. In maths, the children have been working on place value up to millions and are now secure on what each digit means, can compare and order these numbers. We had great fun with a number line across our table and used our reasoning skills to discuss where we felt numbers were best placed.
Please see below for our class timetable.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger.