The children have been working really hard on the play. They have extra notes on their scripts today of little bits they still need to remember so please help them with this. Please also remind them to be loud and clear, as well as smile and have fun during the upbeat songs!
This week, they do not have to complete their homework tasks, however, the expectation is that they spend the time working on their parts on the play, knowing the order of the scenes and what they need to do and when.
Spellings this week are a personal word list that the children have devised from errors they are still making. Children will not be tested on these, but should show they have learnt them within their writing from now on. Children with less spelling errors have a vocabulary list where they have taken words that they have used and will use these to find out further synonyms they could use instead another time.
We wish all of the poorly children better and hope all are restored to full health by Monday.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
We have had an incredibly busy week this week with our incredible trip to the Science museum, the Capital City-A-Thon, a visit from the FA Cup and continuing to rehearse our Chanukah play, oh and with plenty of learning in between too. We have begun our work on division methods and have used the manipulatives to help us with our regrouping and understanding of the principles behind the steps in this method. We will be continuing with this next week.
Mazel tov to Hope, who won the Capital City-A-Thon. It was a very tight competition with Dylan, who was a very worthy runner up.
The play is going really well. Please continue to support your child in practising. They have become much louder now. The next focus is on making sure they speak slowly so we can hear every word. They have some new dance moves to practise too!
Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Berger and Mrs Lax
This week as part of anti-bullying week, we have been exploring a wide variety of themes. We have particular focussed on the role of the bystander and their involvement in bullying, despite not actually saying or doing anything wrong. The children have explored reasons why people bully and have begun to consider how they can speak out to support others if they become aware of bullying. We have also read a story which focusses on barriers between people and how these can be overcome to enable a positive outcome. The children have been working really hard on their own versions of these where they have explored overcoming different barriers. We look forward to sharing these once they are completed.
In maths, the children have been working excellently on refining their formal written methods for + and - and applying this knowledge to problem solving. Please note that instead of calling it borrowing, we now refer to it as regrouping. The children have been able to regroup multiple times within a calculation and have felt very proud of themselves with the progress they have made.
We have begun work on the play. Please continue to support your child in learning more of the lines and the songs. They will need to learn all words to songs where it states it is sung by All and/or the choir. We expect to be off script by the week of 27th November so please support your child so they can achieve this.
This week is anti-bullying week. The children kicked the week off with an art activity in their houses. They came up with slogans and pledges in their houses to prevent bullying and created their own decorations to go around them. Today the children took part in an e-safety session with an external visitor from Hertsmere schools' partnership. Some of the topics covered included digital footprints and how to keep safe online. The children then took this information and adapted it for the younger years and created a presentation to show to them. Ask them to tell you what they have learnt so far this week .
We have had another great week packed with learning. The children have identified the features of a legend and have enjoyed expressing their opinions of these. They were a little horrified that there wasn’t an appropriate moral in some of them, like there is in a myth, but happily debated the themes within these.
In maths this week, we have focussed on using mental addition and subtraction strategies. As we progressed from using very high numbers to decimal numbers, we found that the base 10 resource was particularly useful in helping us prove that 7.5 - 1.5 = 6 when we found questions like this a little more challenging.
We have begun learning some songs for the Chanukah play. Make sure you have the dates for your diary - Wednesday 13th (afternoon) and Thursday 14th (evening) December. Auditions will be held on Tuesday morning at school. We have made sure that there are plenty of parts with lots of lines within the play. It is also important to remember that as well as delivering lines, it is also about the acting that goes on whilst on stage too. Please support your child by having these discussions with them.
In PSHE we have begun our new topic which focuses on developing self-esteem and being proud of our own achievements, as well as how to tackle situations we find more challenging.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
This afternoon we only had 11 children in class as the rest went to netball. The children made up their own experiments to investigate 'Skittles' - they also enjoyed eating a few! Ask them what they found out. See pictures below.
Rafi - Today I liked experimenting whether a sugar solution, salt solution or water made the skittles dissolve quicker.
Hope - It felt strange having a small group of children and good because it was less busy.
Jayden and Aimee - we found out that the purple skittle dissolves the quickest of all the colours.
The children have worked incredibly hard on their recounts this week and we are highly impressed with the pieces of writing they have done. Have a look below at some of the wondeful examples we are particularly proud of. You can see some examples of the children peer marking as well and can see how effective they are at knowing what makes their writing successful and how it can be improved. We were also impressed with how they used their knowledge from their World Wars Topic in History to be able to write in this cross-curricular way.
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.