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.
We are really excited to get stuck into Year 5’s overarching theme for this half term called ‘Uncharted Territories’. We aim to pull all our subjects areas together and to link them by one common theme. We will be looking at habitats in science, special places and journeys in RE, artists that focus on various landscapes in art, the Grand Canyon in topic and creatures and their habitats (non-chron reports) in English.
In English, our non chronological report is called ‘The Tree Giant’. The children will be looking at the various features of the text type and will be writing their own.
In maths this half term, we will be finishing work on fractions. We will then be moving on to decimals and percentages.
Our topic in science this half term is ‘Living things and their habitats’ - we will be focussing on plants, amphibians and mammals.
In topic, we will be researching facts about the Grand Canyon, how it was formed and how human interaction has impacted it.
Our focus question in RE this half term is ‘Why are journeys and places special?’. We will be discussing special places in three religions; Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
In art, the children will be looking at various techniques used by artists who focus on landscapes.
We are continuing to learn Spanish.
A lovely moment when one child was helping another child learn some English with flash cards.
Acting out their advertisements about the advantages of tourism in the Grand Canyon.
We were incredibly lucky to have a visit from Space Odyssey; an immersive, interactive planetarium. Year 5 were able to revisit and extend their learning from our ‘Earth, Moon and Sun’ science topic from earlier on in the year. After the presentation they were able to ask the expert any burning questions they had about the universe.
A group of children from Year 5 had the opportunity to perform in the Unique Voices performance at the McMillan theatre - a performance to culminate the Crimestoppers ‘What Would You Do?’ programme. Children from Hamp Academy performed alongside children from two other local primary schools. The children worked incredibly hard throughout the day perfecting their performance and they were even treated to a workshop from a professional actor. The resulting performance was fantastic.
A summary of just a few of the exceptional artworks the children have produced in the last coming weeks - I’m thinking about opening up our own gallery space!
Our classroom turned into a Spanish restaurant in Spanish this week. We had customers placing food orders with our in-house waiters and waitresses, all of which did a fantastic job.
We had some new starters in Year 5 this week - tadpoles! We will be studying their development in the coming weeks as part of our science topic on life cycles.
World Book Day
The final session of Healthy Futures meant the children had the chance to beat their personal best scores in the Bleep Test this week - many children did a fantastic job and absolutely smashed their PBs!
This week we learnt about the phases of the moon.
Using Skittles to introduce our new maths unit on fractions.
This week the children were learning about dental hygiene in Healthy Futures. The children conducted a week long experiment investigating how various liquids can damage egg shells, just like how different food and drink can damage teeth.
Practising 0 - 10 in Spanish
Learning 0 to 10 in Spanish from our in-house pro.
A spot of acting in this week’s Crime Stoppers workshop.
In RE, we learnt about Judaism and how important the Torah is in day-to-day Jewish life. The children got to see a Torah, a kippah (skullcap) and a tallit (prayer shawl).
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.
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.
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.