Class Teacher: Miss Bryant
LSA: Miss Howe
Below is some key information that you may find useful.
Please ensure you record any reading that takes place at home with a simple comment inside your child’s Reading Record. Children will be awarded with a reading bead every time their Reading Record is signed. We currently have three children that have over 20 reading beads! If the children read certain books from our reading recommendation list, they earn a sticker and 5 house points. Ten children have read a book from the list, a good start 5IB!
Spellings are handed out on a Friday ready for a test the following Thursday. Please make sure the children are practising their spellings every week. Children can practise their spellings in any way they like – we have sent home a list of suggested techniques (some are quite fun!) to help the children learn the weekly spellings.
These are also handed out every Friday. At the start of the year, all children in year 5 started on their 3 times tables. It is essential the children practise their times tables every week ready for their test on the following Thursday. When the children have answered all 60 times tables questions correctly they can then move up to the next level. We currently have 2 children on their 6 times tables! I have attached a couple of recommended websites for children to use to help with learning their times tables below.
The start of the new year brings new class arrangements for Year 5. So far, the children in 5IB (both new and old) have dealt with the changes with real maturity and open-mindedness and many have said how they like the new reduced class sizes.
In English, our fiction text is called ‘Zelda Claw’. The children will be working on developing various skills.
In maths this half term, we will be working on multiplication and division and will begin working on fractions.
Our topic in Science this half term is Space - Earth, Sun and Moon.
We will be investigating the ancient civilisation called the Maya.
Our overarching theme in RE is to investigate the question ‘Why do religious books and teachings matter?’ We will be exploring some key ideas behind Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Year 5 had their first Healthy Futures session where they learnt about setting their personal best and all had a go at the Beep Test.
WOW Reveal. The lights were turned off and the children were asked to hide under the tables as the sounds of a thunder storm were played and the tale of fear text ‘Zelda Claw’ was read to them. They then had to come up with freeze frames for each paragraph from the story.
We were really proud of the two girls from 5IB that came in the top three for their entries in the anti-littering poster competition. The girls won a medal, a certificate and some other prizes. Look out for their works of art that will be displayed around Bridgwater in the coming weeks.
Year 5 were incredibly lucky to get the chance to visit the Fleet Air Arm Museum. The children were able to test their topic knowledge of WW1 and WW2 during their visit - the teachers and staff at the museum were impressed by the facts the children both remembered and shared in the time we were there. Whilst at the museum, the children got to see various aircraft that were used during the wars and many children loved being able to see the inside of Concorde! During the day, Year 5 were treated to a workshop about evacuation where they were shown various gas masks, items of clothing that the evacuees would have taken with them and we even practised what to do in the event of an air raid! Overall, an interrsting and engaging school trip.
In topic today, 5IB were learning about what it meant to be an evacuee in WW2 and as a result made gas masks out of card, tissue paper and cellophane.
Rehearsing a dance at Robert Blake as part of the gymnastic and dance morning.
The whole of year 5 performed a dance routine - they did an amazing job!
For our Wow Reveal in English the children were asked to make Medusa’s head by decorating biscuits. Our new English text is Perseus and Medusa.
Year 5 have recently completed a unit on discussion texts where the children had to write about whether or not children should have to wear school uniform. Our current unit is focussed on a defeating the monster tale text called Perseus and Medusa. In this unit the children will be developing their character description skills and building on their SPaG knowledge.
In maths, Year 5 are working with prime, square and cube numbers. The children will also be developing their multiplication and division skills.
The children have finished their first unit on forces and will now be learning about properties of materials.
We have just finished our topic on WW1. The children will now be exploring the key events and people involved in WW2.
Another example of children from 5IB being conscientious learners. A challenge to make his very own dragon inspired boat, he took the time to make his boat at home and the rest of 5IB were really impressed with his creation.
Today was the day the children in Year 5 got to test their handmade paper boats.
We were using iPads to research facts about the battle of the Somme. The children are really enjoying their WW1 topic so far!
Some of the children in 5IB have been taking a conscientious attitude toward their own learning and have been writing some stories at home, a few have read their stories out to the class at the end of the day.
Mr Manley gave Year 5 an amazing talk about WW1 and remembrance.
5IB have been conducting experiments in science looking in to the effects of air resistance on their handmade parachutes made of various materials.
Year 5's MFL morning hosted by Robert Blake students
Groups working together to edit story maps ready for their innovated warning tale.
A group rehearsing the actions for the opening and build-up of The Canal.
Learning the actions to our warning tale.
Wow Reveal for Year 5's first English topic: The Canal
In English, the children have been working on warning stories and developing their setting description skills. They have been using dictionaries and thesauruses (and colour thesauruses) to improve their writing.
In maths, the children have been working on developing their place value knowledge and are beginning to work on the four operations.