This week we have worked exceptionally hard again. We have completed our work on volume and capacity and can describe the difference between the two, as well as identify how to measure these in cubes.
In English we have looked at instructional texts and written our own instructions on how to trap a fairy, ogre, dinosaur or other fantastic creature. We are now very prepared for all eventualities!
Our skills in computing have developed to enable us to create our class databases. We enjoyed creating our own avatars and then incorporating these into records and fields, which we used to input the information for each other.
Additionally, we have had a talk about personal hygiene; the importance of washing and keeping ourselves smelling fresh, and so this may be a discussion they want to continue having at home.
All in all, it has been a fabulous week.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
We have started to write our royal mystery about the Princes in the tower. We had a brainstorming session where the children moved around the table finding out about the setting, the characters, the ravens, the suspect and the mystery itself. They gathered vocabulary and discussed ideas for their story and how they would meet the needs of the reader. They planned their story by boxing up their planning and through story mapping. See pictures below. We have also videoed the start of some of our stories. Enjoy watching them. Final stories will be uploaded soon...
It has been great settling back in to school now. We are working very hard as we progress through the 2nd half of the year and work towards moving to Year 6. In English, we have begun our mystery unit and have identified the features, shared opinions and looked at the writer's use of language. In Maths, we have continued work on fractions, this week, progressing onto multiplying them by whole numbers. We applied this to problem solving and found that different models were useful for helping us understand the problem and then solving the calculation. Some fantastic reasoning has taken place!
We have begun our unit on databases in Computing and are looking at the uses of these and the way in which they can be used and ordered to search for specific information.
We look forward to the 1st rounds of Clore's Got Talent on Monday and are excited to see what the children have to offer.
Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
This week we have had a focus on eSafety and took part in workshops for Internet Safety Day. A very interesting discussion in Class was had about the children’s online use and use of devices. We were thrilled to hear so many sensible approaches and a mature attitude to what they would do/have done if something is not right when online. The children were clearly able to say how they keep themselves safe online and said that there learning has come from a combination of school teaching and boundaries set at home.
In maths this week, our focus has been on problem solving. The children have learnt and refined a range of strategies for supporting their approach. These have included: using a model; working backwards; interpreting information. They recognise that different problems require a different strategy.
Poetry has been our focus in English, specifically the cinquain. The children have enjoyed identifying and then following the set patterns, however felt a little conflicted when the syllable pattern limited their language choices. A decision needed to be made then - do they use a lesser word? Or do they break the rules for a cinquain and risk their poem not quite being exact? We discussed the effect on the reader being a key factor in making that decision.
Please ensure that spellings are being practised each week and that vocabulary is being developed. We would encourage children to use a dictionary or have a discussion around words that are unfamiliar to them as it is becoming apparent that this is not being done at home in some cases.
We hope you all have a wonderful half term and come back refreshed for the second half of the year.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger.
Tomorrow (Friday) you will be writing a mystery story. This will be a cold task in preparation for our mystery unit next half term. Please think about the following story opener and the questions after in preparation for tomorrow.
It was the day the moon fell.
Where did the moon fall? How did it fall? What effect did it cause? Who does it effect? Is anyone behaving suspiciously? Is there anything suspicious happening? Can it be explained?
This week we have had a science focus. We read the book 'We are Stardust' which taught us many ways we are all connected with nature. As our science topic is forces we focused on the meaning of 'You sneeze with the force of a tornado. Wind rockets from your nose quicker than a cheetah sprints.' We linked this to the force of air resistance and created two different parachute experiments. Ask the children what they found out and how this information could be useful to others. See pictures below.
Practising for the assembly is well underway now and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to see it next week.
In English, we have concluded our topic on persuasive writing. We are so impressed with the quality of writing that the children have produced and the progress we can see. In the pictures, you can see some examples of the planning formats that some of the children have used. While some have used planning formats given, others have begun to develop their own style of planning. We have also had a huge focus on editing and improving. See the photo of our editing toolkit for some of the things we are trying to look for when we edit our work.
In Maths, the children have worked on using models to support problem solving. This has been a challenge for some, but has proven helpful when they are not familiar with which calculation or steps are needed to solve a calculation.
In PSHE, there were many acknowledging smiles as we talked about things that can make conflicts better and worse. The children recognised their own parts in previous conflicts and were able to articulate what they did well and possibly could have done differently.
Shabbat Shalom and have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing you for the assembly and meeting next week.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
Another fab week in Year 5 this week. Huge congratulations to Sienna for being awarded with a Golden Quill for her writing this week.
In English, we have been focussing on persuasive writing, looking at a variety of different persuasive texts and building on a toolkit for our own writing. The children were very good at using persuasive language in their extended writing session today.
In maths, we completed our work on fractions. We have learnt to add and subtract fractions by finding the common denominator as a multiple of the denominators. Additionally, we have used our skills to solve real life problems and have investigated the best ways to solve a problem. The children are now so good at using the manipulatives, they all used a variety of methods as well as jottings to find all the different possible solutions.
We thought about Holocaust Memorial Day this week and learnt about Renie, a lady who went on Kindertransport away from her family to England. The children reflected in a hugely sensitive and mature way and have written thoughtful postcards to her. We await her response.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
Today we finished our globes by sticking on the continents. Please also see our science pictures from last weeks science investigation on friction. Ask the children about friction on different surfaces.
This week we have focussed our writing and produced two different stories. The first was closely related to "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" and was planned and developed in groups, prior to writing individually. The second was more loosely related. We thought about different refugee stories we knew and used these to create fictional stories, based on reality. We particularly enjoyed discussing the positivity in this story. Some of the children wanted to know more about it so the link to one of the news articles is here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5269231/Syrian-refugee-wins-place-Oxford-study-maths.html
In maths, the children have been focussing on fractions again this week. They have been using either fraction walls, bar models or mathematical abstract methods to identify equivalences to enable them to find common multiples either by multiplying or simplifying. They have found this quite challenging at times and so may well benefit from further practise of this. Examples have been to order 1/4, 4/12 and 5/24 by making all fractions equivalent to 24ths or 1/4, 10/20 and 12/16 and simplifying these to quarters.
In PSHE we have discussed different types of friendships we have, and that we may behave differently depending on who we are with. We will continue our work on this next week where we will look at what we expect from our friends and whether this is reasonable.
We wish you a lovely Shabbat and a great weekend.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
This week has been another hard-working in Year 5. We have moved on to the topic of fractions in maths and the children have been exploring using the manipulative and visual representations to help them work with and between mixed numbers and improper fractions. The children have also been applying their knowledge to be able to reason with the fractions. They are really showing huge improvements in their ability to reason and use the manipulative with increasing independence.
In English, we have been reading more of "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit." Some chapters we have read in detail and some we have skimmed over and summarised, depending on the teaching points of the lesson. Therefore, children may wish to read from chapter 5 up to chapter 11, where we are currently at. Please be warned that chapter 10 is quite sad - this is a chapter we have only skimmed over in school and have not gone into detail with. If your child is quite sensitive, you may wish to encourage them to do the same at home.
Next week we will be writing some pieces of writing based on "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit." If any children are able to find out about some other refugees, this may be helpful to them in thinking about other reasons why people may have had to leave a country and what their experiences were like. https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zbrd2hv has a short film which shares 2 children's experiences of being a refugee and what can help a refugee adjust in their new country.
We are continuing with our times tables tests regularly again this term. The children should regularly practise all of their times tables and multiples facts e.g. 3000 x 700, 0.6 x 0.04 and how many 3s in 1500 etc (once they are working as part of the multiples group).
In PSHE, we have revisited work we did during Anti-Bullying Week. We have reminded ourselves of strategies that we could try to support others, should we feel they are being bullied, or to help ourselves if necessary too. We discussed that often, one strategy alone, or done only once, may not be enough, but they may need to either be repeated or joined together with other strategies to fully put a stop to any bullying. The children shared some great ideas and agreed that the strategies would vary depending on the person themselves and the context.
Shabbat shalom and have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
We are in process of making paper mache globes in line with our geography topic on maps of the world. The children enjoyed getting sticky with the paste! Please see pictures below.
We have also been focusing on finding equivalent fractions this week and the children have worked hard at the challenges.
We have had a wonderful few days so far this week. We have welcomed two new children to our class and are delighted to see how ready for working the children all are. We have begun our unit on "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" as part of our Judith Kerr week and are delighted to see how much the children are enjoying it so far. They are curious about the book, which is wonderful, but we do ask at this stage, they do not read ahead, if they have not yet read the book, so that we can include work on predictions.
Maths has continued with a focus on division. Please ask the children to show you their calculation methods as they have been refining these well this week. They have also considered remainders in problem solving and made decisions based on the context of the problem whether to round up or down.
New homework grids will be going out this afternoon. Please support your child in remembering to bring it in by Wednesday so it can be marked, however, we are also trying to develop their independence in doing this too as ultimately it is their own responsibility.
Mrs Lax and Mrs Berger
We cannot believe we have come to the end of the first term in year 5. We have had a fun filled and busy term. The children have worked so hard and progressed so much. We are proud of all their achievements.
The children have some holiday homework which will be stuck into their homework books this week. Please also find attached. This should be brought in the first day back. We do not anticipate the children having to spend more than 1 hour on this. In addition please continue to read and practice the spellings rules that they have covered this term.
We wish you all a good break and a very happy and healthy new year.
Thank you as always for all your continued support.
We look forward to seeing you all in the Spring term.
Mrs Berger, Mrs Lax and Mrs Woolstone
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.