Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are looking forward to returning. Our Autumn Term starts off with a Journey in to the past looking at the Ancient Greek and how they have impacted the present day - I'm sure you'll be surprised at just how much influence they had! We will be looking at creating suspense in narrative and developing our reading comprehension skills along the way. Science will focus around looking at materials and we will begin the half term looking at place value of increasingly large numbers.
Today we started to think about our value for this half term- trust. We thought about what it meant to us and why some people are placed in a position of trust. We considered and made a mini verison of one of our trusted adults and shared why they have earned that right. Year 5 had some insightful, heartfelt responses which is truly a testament to the lovely characters of the children we are proud to call our pupils. Well done Year 5!
This week Year 5 have been very busy creating some fantastic writing. They have been working their socks off to create some fantastic description using quality adjectives and using them for effect. Using the text 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' by Lemony Snicket we have been using quality language to create a dark and mysterious atmosphere, we have also been looking at using expanded noun phrases to enhance our writing. Take a look at Year 5's writing, I was very proud of the way they applied their new found vocabulary in context - well done Year 5!
This week we have been busy looking at formal written methods for addition and subtraction. We have been continuing our exploration of 'A Series of Unfortunate events' by looking at the features of a diary entry and writing from the perspective of one of the Baudelaire children. We have also been working on improving our posture and positioning in yoga with a few basic positions and lots of stretching. Well done Year five.
Year five have also produced some fanastic designs for their own Greek Vases after studying the features of some uncovered on achealogical digs. They used the objects and their designs to make deductions about the past - just like real historians!
W/c 26/9/22: This week Year Five have been exploring the differences between reversible and irreversible changes. We have planned and investigation, thought about the equipment we would need, made predictions and recorded our results/ observations. We even managed a little taste testing along with our experimenting!
We have also produced some lovely seasonal poetry for our School display.
This week Year five have been working their socks off again! We have had a fantastic week working on rounding, diary entries and silent letters in our spelling. The children were extremely pleased to be back outside for PE after all the rain we have had and have been fine tuning their control when passing and aiming in football.
We have been studying the Christian beliefs about creation and the fall this half term. Along with thinking about the creation of Earth and all its inhabitants we have created a poem considering some of the things we wonder and have questions about - what would you ask God if you could? The children had some fantastic responses and discussions around these ideas/ questions.
In Science this week we have been exploring how to separate different materials using: sieving, filtering, magnets and evaporating our 'Alien Soup' to see which were the best ways to regain our original ingredients and if it was possible.
We were also lucky enough to get a visit from Duncan's Doodles assisted living dogs who were in school to visit EYFS. The children were in their element looking after and cuddling these gorgeous pups! Thank you again!
This week Year Five have brought the half term to an end creating some wonderful Greek inspired pots. They have been fine tuning their clay work skills: carving, shaping, applying slip and looking for the best techniques to add pattern/ design. They are looking great and will be air-drying in the classroom over half term - we will update once decorated!
The second part of our Autumn Term focuses on the beautiful area we live in and the surrounding mountains. We will be looking at creating letters and postcards within our narrative (Letters from the Lighthouse) and developing our reading comprehension skills along the way. Science will focus on looking at habitats and how animals have adapted to sruvive where they live and in Design Technology we will be looking at making our own Christmas cards with a electrical element.
This week we had a visit from a local Mountaineer Ben Wright, who came to talk about how he started out and what you need to become involved in mountain climbing. The children were very impressed and intrigued by the process and the equipment used to safely go climbing. We had a look at the local area and the heights of some local areas where we could start and what we would need to take with us. Year five had plenty of questions for Ben, thank you very much for your visit - I'm sure we have some budding climbers in Year five.
Our value this half term is 'Hope' we have been thinkikng about our hopes for ourselves, our families and the wider world. Year five had some mature, thoughtful and heart warming thoughts in discussion today. We have created some beautiful hot air balloons for our hopes.
This week we have been thinking about the reason for Rememberance, we made some poppy biscuits to mark the occasion.
This week Year five have been lucky to be part of Bikability with the lovely Adrian and Vicky from Cyclewise. They did a gerat job improving their cycling skills and road safety - well done guys!
This week Year five have produced some beautiful wreaths thinking about the values we treasure and prioritise - especially at Christmas.
Our English unit these last few weeks will focus on the Polar Express. Using the experience of the train and the wonderfully frosty weather we have been experiencing lately, Year five have produced some lovely descriptive writing about drinking a luxurious hot chocolate.
We finished this week with a wonderful KS2 Carol Service, the children did an amazing job with singing, recorder playing and a flute solo. We are very proud of all our children who I think you would agree were wonderful performers. The frosty walk inour christmas jumpers certainly got us feeling festive!
To finish the term we have made our own electronic Christmas cards. We designed, drew and created the circuits for our cards. I hope you enjoy them at home as much as the children enjoyed producing and making them. Have a lovely Christmas break all, I hope Santa is good to you all!