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Year 5

24th May

This week Year 5 have finished their science and History units and have been working hard on their assessments. In English, we have started our dilemma narratives. These have been fantastic so far and I have been so impressed by some of the creativity the children have shown. In Maths, we have started a new unit on co-ordinates and we have started to translate shapes. In Art, the class have produced some amazing Picasso-style self portraits with Mr Croston. Another busy and productive week in Year 5!

17th May

This week, Year 5 have continued their work on geometry - we have focussed on angles and constructing them using a protractor. This has been tricky but the class have shown fantastic resilience with this and are making good progress with this. In English, we have started to look at the features of a dilemma narrative. We have examined the example text and discussed why particular features within that are effective. 

In History, we're continuing our WWII topic and we have explored how the role of women changed in society from pre to post-war and beyond. We discussed why this shift happened.

In Science, we have been looking at the stages of human development focussing on old age and how people might be affected by this. A very busy week with lots of fantastic learning!

10th May

This week Year 5 have been continuing with their WWII topic. We have been learning about how the war started and how the events of WWI led to the beginning of WWII. In Science, we have been learning about Animals, including humans and our focus this week was human development. We completed an investigation to see if there was a link between height and handspan. We wrote up our findings and found that handspan does increase in relation to height, but we also discussed how our sample could have limitations.

In Maths, we have started measuring angles and in English we are continuing our work on King Kong, looking at dilemma narratives.  A very busy week for Y5!

28th March 

This week, Year 5 have been continuing their work on their narrative survival stories. We have worked hard to ensure all the elements of the grammar we have covered in this unit is in our final pieces and we have focussed a lot on proof-reading and editing. In Maths, we have continued our work on decimals - comparing and ordering them. We have used the concrete equipment to show the values within each place value column. As it is the final week before the Easter break, we have taken part in the school Easter competition. A huge congratulations to Izzie, Luke and Charlie who won the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes and a huge well done to everyone who entered. They were all so brilliant and unique in their own way and it was clear that lots of thought and effort had gone into them. Wishing all Y5 children and their families a happy and restful Easter break. 

15th March

This week, Year 5 have been continuing their work on adventure/survival narratives. We have written a paragraph about the dangers of the wild which we will use to inspire our narratives next week. We have also been planning our characters for our narratives. In Maths, we have continued our work on reading different types of tables and graphs. We have moved onto line graphs this week.

In Geography, we are exploring the Geography of York and comparing moder-day York to York in the Viking times, which was known as ‘Jorvik’. We are exploring the geographical reasons why the Vikings might have found York a good place to invade and conquer.

8th March

This week, we have been working hard on our assessments and have shown lots of resilience when facing our tests. We have also had D&T week in the afternoons. For this, we have worked together in pairs and built Truss Bridges. We used a range of different materials on evaluated their effectiveness by using bean bags to test their ability to hold weight. Thursday was World Book Day. We started our morning with a 'name the book' quiz, looking at a snapshot of front covers from famous children's books.
After this, we completed book reviews and wrote blurbs for our favourite books. We also discussed the characteristics and qualities of our favourite book characters and why we have chosen them. Then, we watched 'The Masked Reader'. We guessed the staff behind the masks and heard extracts from their favourite books. We had lots of fun and lots of fantastic costumes were worn on the day. A very busy and exciting week ibn Y5!

16th February

This week, year 5 have been finishing their writing unit on ‘The Promise’. We have been writing bargain letters based on our example text about the thief in the story. In Maths, we are continuing our work on fractions and have focussed on subtraction fractions and converting our answers into mixed numbers. We will round up our science and history lessons with assessments this week. In PE, we have finished our work on ball skills and had an endball tournament which was lots of fun. A very busy week again in Y5! 

2nd February

This week, we have continued our learning on fractions and we are beginning to add them looking at the same and different denominators. In English, we have been focussing on the skills of proof-reading and editing to create our final drafts of our character narratives. In Science this week we are carrying out an investigation to find the most effective thermal conductor. We are going to test materials and how effective they are at keeping water hot by tracking the temperatures using a thermometer to check at regular intervals. In History, we are continuing our work on the Vikings and checking how primary sources of evidence can change opinions.

 

26th January

This week we have been focussing on writing our stories in English, based on our vehicle text ‘The Promise’. We have been writing our own character narratives and thinking about how we can make the endings hopeful. In Maths, we have been focussing on fractions and looking at equivalent fractions. We have found this quite challenging at times but have shown lots of resilience when tackling it. In History, we have been learning about the Vikings invasion of York and how Britain changed under Danelaw. In Science we will be completing an investigation to find the best thermal conductors by measuring the temperature of hot water in cups over a period of time. A very busy and productive week in Year 5!

19th January

We have had a great week looking at adventure stories in our English and reading lessons. In English, we have read our new book, Arthur and the Golden Rope' and tried to practice our skills to write character and settings descriptions. In our reading lesson we've looked at some more extracts from the classic 'Beowulf', describing how Beowulf was brave but also foolish in his attempt to stop Grendel and his mother! In Maths, we have been learning about multiplying in tens, multiplying three numbers and multiplying two-digit numbers without renaming. We have also started our new History topic where we will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the ship they have found at Sutton Hoo. In RE, we have been interpreting the story of how Jesus walked on water and in art we painted a 3D still life object.

22nd December

This week in year 5, we have had lots of festive fun! We watched a production of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by a theatre company which was lots of fun and everyone enjoyed it. We have had a board game morning and our Christmas parties too which included lots of games and dancing.

In English, we have been writing our letters in the role of the father from the book FArTHER. We have used lots of formal language and ensured our letters have been structured carefully. With Mr Croston, we did a Christmas quiz with our friends which was lots of fun.

A very busy and festive week! Wish all Year 5 families a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

15th December

This week, Year 5 have been preparing to write a formal letter in English in the role of the father from our book “FArTHER”. The class have got stuck into the activities and have been using some fantastic vocabulary. 

In maths, we have been working on word problems. Some of this have been a little tricky but Y5 have shown lots of resilience in their approach. 

In science we completed our assessment on Earth, Sun and Moon. We took part in a solar festive workshop where we made planets which was lots of fun. 

We watched a fantastic pantomime of ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in school this week - we had so much fun! Another fantastic week in Y5. 

1st December

This week we have been working hard on our assessments - everyone has shown lots of resilience and hard work. 

We are also beginning our Bookvent (Advent) this week - we are looking forward to sharing our favourite books with each other and hopefully inspiring each other to try new books we may not have considered reading. 

17th November

This week in Year 5, we started off with a 30 day kindness challenge assembly lead by John Magee. Every day this week we are watching kindness tips and thinking about how we can carry these through into our every day life. We made kindness boomerangs because ‘what you do, comes back to you’. In our learning, we have been continuing our work on Farther. We have been unpicking the text to see how the language and punctuation choices enhance the meaning and the effect on the reader. In Maths, we have been multiplying numbers and have moved onto multiplying two 2 digit numbers. We have used lots of strategies including mental partitioning, the expanded formal method and the short formal method. In Science we are continuing our work on the solar system.

10th November

Year 5 have had a busy week. In English, we have started a new book called FArTHER. We are building up our skills to help us write a narrative with a focus on setting and creating atmosphere. This week we have learned about onomatopoeia. This is a language device where inanimate objects are describe as sounding alive and real, to create effect. We have been identifying examples of this.

In Maths we are continuing to work on multiplication and have been using the long expanded column method for multiplication. In Science we have been looking at how the planets orbit the sun in our Solar system and in Geography we have been focussing on how the physical landscape affects where people settle in the country of Greece. Lots of brilliant learning this week!

3rd November

This week, Year 5 have been working on writing their formal mission logs for English. We have been focussing on including all of the skills from our sentence accuracy activities, such as modal verbs, relative clauses and brackets for parenthesis. We have also aimed to include lots of formal language to make sure our report is suitable for the audience/purpose. In Maths we have been extending our mathematical vocabulary learning the about square, cube, prime and composite numbers. In Science this week we will be beginning our work on Space and in Geography we will be beginning our work on the Geography of Greece. A very busy week for Year 5!

20th October

This week in Maths, we have moved onto multiplication and division. We have been exploring factors and multiples and looking at the difference between this. In English we have been beginning our writing on our Lunar Formal Mission logs. Some brilliant vocabulary and formal language has been used. In History and Science we have completed our end of unit assessments ready for our new topics after half term. Have a wonderful half term break, Year 5.

13th October

This week Year 5 have been building on their number and calculation work looking at different methods to carry out addition and subtraction calculations. In English, we have been looking at formal and informal language to help us prepare to write a mission log about a moon expedition. Our History lessons have been really interesting looking at the Ancient Greek gods and comparing Ancient Greek religion to Christianity. A brilliant week had by all – with lots of great work produced. Well done, everyone!

6th October

Year 5 have been working hard on our next phase in Maths by using our rounding skills to help us estimate the answers to larger calculations. We have then been using column addition to add and check our answers. In English we have started work on preparing to write a formal mission log about a space expedition. We are working in the immerse phase and this has taught us lots of new space and geological vocabulary. In History, we are continuing our work on the Ancient Greeks with a focus on comparing the differences between Athens and Sparta. A very busy week in Year 5! 😊

29th September

This week, we have been busy completing our exploration narratives in our English work. We have thought carefully about the vocabulary and the grammar features needed to enhance our writing. In Maths, we have been finishing our work on place value and will complete our chapter review.

In History, we are learning about the different types of Greek government and in Science, we have been investigating different types of parachutes. A very busy week!

22nd September 

This week in Year 5 we have continued to work on Place value – exploring number patterns and comparing numbers up to 6 digits. We have been using real life contexts to do this and using the number cards to help us learn collaboratively. In English, we have been analysing an exploration text which is helping us to prepare to write our own space story in our writing next week. We have been using some ambitious vocabulary choices in our writing to prepare for this. In History, we have been looking at how artefacts help us to learn about the past and in Science we are planning an investigation to learn about air resistance. We are going to make parachutes next week to test our theories. A very busy week in Y5!

15th September

This week we have started our work on “When we Walked Upon The Moon” by David Long. Year 5 have found this book really interesting, and we have focussed all of our writing efforts into writing a character reaction to landing on the moon. Some fabulous pieces of writing with excellent vocabulary were produced. 

In Maths, we have been working hard on our place value, focussing on partitioning and comparing 6 and 7 digit numbers. A great second week! 

New School Year

8th September

This week we have focused on our new routines and recapping our learning in flashback week. We have been looking a place value and geometry in maths. In English we we have learned about Philippe Petit, the tight rope walker who walked between the two buildings in New York. We wrote letters of advice to him using modal verbs. A super first week settling into our new class – well done, Year 5!

30th June

In English this week we have been writing to persuade each other that ‘Origami Yoda’ either can or cannot predict the future. After collecting evidence to form our argument we used a number of persuasive techniques to convince each other that what we believe is right; flattery, emotive language, rhetorical questions…  

We continue our work learning about the canals of England and are really looking forward to our walk on Monday.

23rd June

In year 5 this week we have been completing assessments in both maths and English. In science we continue to learn about climate change and greenhouse gases; what causes them and what we can do to help prevent them. In geography we have been looking at the changing uses of canals over the last 200 years and how canal barges looked then and now.   

16th June

We have been debating in English this week, using the vocabulary of contrast and comparison and trying to convince each other to change their opinions. In maths we continue to measure length, weight and temperature and compare units of measure. We have been looking into climate change and the impact on our lives and future and we have been learning about how and why our canals were built.

9th June

This week in year 5 we have started to look at ‘Life on the English Waterways’, exploring the design, production and technology used in the construction and use of our canal system. We have been considering ‘climate change’, the impact of this on our world and some of the ways we can help to slow the effects of this.

In English, over the next few weeks, we are going to be gathering facts, note taking and using persuasive techniques in an attempt to answer Yoda’s question “The future, how much we can predict?”. In Maths we have been comparing units of measure km, m, cm and mm and using these to answer worded problems.  

19th May

We have been looking at different punctuation and sentence types in English this week (linked to our story Goodnight Mr Tom)  using fronted adverbials of place and time and using parenthesis to add extra information. In maths, we have learnt to plot coordinates and translate shapes on a grid.

We continue our work in orienteering, creating maps for each other to find hidden items around the school grounds.  In science we have been looking at the development of young children into adults and we are starting to think about the costs involved in the production and sales of items.  

12th May

In Year 5 this week we started to read Goodnight Mr Tom (Author: Michelle Magorian). This links perfectly with our History topic on World War 2. The main character Willie is evacuated to the country to live with Mr Tom. We have been exploring how both characters must have felt during this time.

We have been making our own maps to challenge our friends in orienteering and we investigated the hand span of different age children… ask us about it and maybe you could investigate family members hand spans at home! We also spent some time this week looking at the difference between ‘rights’, ‘respect’ and ‘duties’ and seeing how they weave into our everyday lives at home, school and in the local environment.

5th May

We had lots of fun orienteering in PE this week; we worked in teams to place items using a map and key and then reviewed our work as a class. We continue learning about the life of Anne Frank and have been writing from the prospective of her father Otto Frank.

In maths we have been identifying and drawing different angles and in science we have been investigating the different gestation periods of mammals – did you know that the gestation period for an elephant is up to 22 months…that is more than double that of a human!

28th April

In year 5 we continue to learn about the life of Anne Frank and her family. We have written diary extracts as Anne’s father Otto. In science we have been learning about the life cycles of mammals and in PE we are developing our team work skills in order to effectively complete challenges in orienteering. 

21st April

A fabulous first week back in Year 5!

Our history topic this half term is World War 11, which we are really excited about. We are learning about Anne Frank and her diary in English too and we have started to learn some interesting facts about her life and have read a few extracts from her famous diary. We had a quick look at https://www.annefrank.org/en/ where we could take a tour around the ‘actual annex’ where she was in hiding! We can go on this website at home to learn some more information about who she was and the life she had.

Mrs Abrams is on ‘handwriting watch’ this half term and there are prizes for the most improved handwriting! 😊

We are going to be learning more about animals (including humans) in our science lessons, the lives of women in the Old Testament  and we are orienteering in PE!  

24th March

This week we have been looking at the poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes in English. We have spent some time identifying the figurative language within and even had a go at writing our own similes and metaphors. We have recapped how and when to use a ‘hyphen’ and learnt about the use of ‘semi-colons’. We wrote a fact file about a famous highwayman and changed the tone of one of the stanzas by replacing some words with antonyms.   

In Maths, we have been exploring decimals. We have been learning how to read and write decimal numbers and comparing decimal numbers to find out which is greater, and which is smaller.

This week in P.E., we had fun outside with the tyres engaging in team building activities.  

 

3rd March

This week we have started a new book in English called the Lost Happy Endings.  It is in the style of a fairy tale and we have been predicting what might happen next based on our existing knowledge of fairy tales.  There were some excellent predictions and some quite dark ones.  Once we have read the book, we will write a prequel setting out what we think happened previously to make the characters behave the way they d

In Maths, we have been learning to multiply fractions by integers (Whole numbers).  Mr Rigby has been very impressed to see us trying different ways of proving our working out

In Geography, we have been exploring how far the Vikings travelled as traders and have been using Atlases to locate Vinland (which is in Newfoundland, Canada), Novgorod, (which is in Russia) and York which are all places where the Vikings visited and settled

In RE, we have been investigating the word Victory and deciding what it means to us.   We will be exploring the concept of Easter as a victory in the eyes of Christians

In P.E., we are beginning a unit on invasion games and are concentrating on our basketball skills.  We have been practising our dribbling skills.

In DT, we are starting a topic on Pop up books and this week we learned about using locking mechanisms, levers and spacers to make a pop-up Viking.

In computing we have been using databases to handle data.

17 February

This week, Year 5 have been writing their alternative ending to the story of the Lost Thing.   We have watched a video which brought the story to life and we have planned a different ending to the one in the book.  We have been concentrating on describing our setting in detail and using figurative language to grab the reader’s attention.

In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of equivalent fractions to add and subtract fractions.  We are challenging ourselves to think of different ways of showing our working out.

In History, we learned about Viking beliefs and investigated different Viking Gods.  We found out the Tyr was the god of war and that Tuesday is named after him;  Odin was the ruler of the gods and Wednesday is named after him; Thor was the god of thunder and Thursday is named after him; Frigg or  Freya was the goddess of love and Friday was named after her.  We learned that the Vikings converted to Christianity.

In science we have continued to learn about properties of materials and we carried out an investigation to discover which was the hardest material.  We also challenged ourselves to create our own little investigation.

In PE, we have thought about how to work in formation and in unison. We have worked at different levels and added these into our routine.

 On Monday, we had a visit from the Canal and River Trust in relation to water safety.  As we are approaching half term, please could you chat about this with your child.

10 February

This week, Year 5 have been analysing settings in great detail and thinking how we can make settings more effective.  We considered how vocabulary can change the meaning of settings and how opening sentences in different ways can help us to vary our sentences.  We managed to increase our sentence length from 5 words to 40.   

In Maths, we have been thinking of different ways of representing fractions and adding fractions.  Some of us have struggled a bit with adding fractions but we really seem to have cracked it this week. 

In history, we have been learning about how excavations can bring to light new evidence and change the way people think about things.  We have learned that the Vikings had a poor reputation because they attacked the monks and the monks were the ones who recorded history.  We have seen that recent excavations have proved that the Vikings were settlers, farmers and traders.

In Science, we have been learning about the hardness of materials.  This means how easily they are scratched by other materials.  Mr Rigby has been very impressed by Year 5's understanding  of properties of materials. 

In RE, we have been continuing to look at imagery in the bible.

3rd February

This week, in English, we have started a new book called the Lost Thing.  We have been thinking about what makes a good setting description and using adverbial phrases and expanded noun phrases to describe settings in details.  Many of us have decided that the ending to the book is disappointing so we are going to write our own alternative ending based on our predictions.

In maths, we have been continuing our work on fractions and have looked at how fractions can add up to make a whole.  We are still working on identifying equivalent fractions.  We have also moved onto adding fractions with different denominators.

In science, we have been investigating which materials are good thermal insulators.  We investigated this using warm water, thermometers and different materials.  We wrote up our investigation and made a  prediction.

In history, we have been learning how the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings co-existed in England.  We learned that the Vikings took over almost all of England but Alfred, King of Wessex managed to fight them back.  History remembers him as Alfred the Great. We also discovered that England was divided into the Danelaw (where the Vikings lived) and Anglo-Saxon England and we decided where we would have preferred to live.

In Art, we have been continuing with ink blot art and in computing we have been continuing our work on spreadsheets.

In PE, we have been thinking about a typical Viking day before going into battle and putting these actions to music.

In RE, we have been considering imagery and how Jesus used imagery to teach about the Kingdom of heaven.

27th January

This week Year 5 have been preparing to write a newspaper report about a Viking attack on Lindisfarne.  We have considered how to write an effective headline making the event sound extremely dramatic .  We have also learned that the introductory paragraph tells us all about what happened in dramatic language.

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about fractions and have been thinking about equivalent fractions and comparing fractions with different denominators.

In History, we have looked at different times during the Viking’s stay in Britain and decided when they were at their strongest and when they were at their weakest.

In Science, we have been investigating which materials are good conductors and insulators of heat. 

In PE, we have been creating dance moves based on what we think the Vikings might have done before a battle.

In art, we have been looking at the art of Andy Warhol and Hermann Rorschach and using inkblots to create art.

In computing, we are continuing our work on spreadsheets using formulas.

20th January

This week, we have been analysing the features of newspaper reports and writing our own versions.  We have looked at bias and how newspapers exaggerate details to make events appear more dramatic.

In Maths we have begun to take another look at fractions and have been discussing the language of fractions and what improper fractions and mixed numbers are.

In history, we have been learning about how history was written by the monks in the Viking times and that the monks were biased against the Vikings due to the fact that the Vikings attacked them.

In PE, we have continued our dance theme and have been thinking about how different movements can be interpreted differently.

In RE, we read the parable of the unforgiving servant and thought what Jesus wanted us to understand when he told this parable.  We then wrote our own version of the parable in a modern setting. 

Certificates.

Amelie  – God at the heart of everything, for always being kind and helpful.

Joey – God at the heart of everything, for being enthusiastic for a class member even though he was feeling disappointed.

Lucas and Tommy -  Retention of knowledge - for trying hard in knowledge quizzes

Mark – Application of skills - for applying his mental maths well in problem solving.

Hollie – Core Purpose - for using good vocabulary in our English lesson.

Holly – Superstar. For excellent Maths work in division and fractions.

13th January 20223

This week, Year 5 have had a brilliant week.

In English, we have been learning about Newspaper reports and what their features are.  We have also been thinking about dramatic headline and using emotive language to grab the reader’s attention.

In Maths, we have been persevering with short division and now most of the class are at least starting to understand how to use this method accurately.

In History, we have been learning about where the Vikings came from (Scandinavia) and push and pull factors for their invasion of Britain.  We thought about why they would have to leave their homeland (push factors) and what was so attractive about other countries (pull factors).

In Science, we have been learning about the properties of materials.  We investigated what materials different objects were made of and why they were suitable for purpose.  We really though about whether materials were electrical conductors or electrical insulators.

In PE, we have started our dance unit.  We listened to the Ride of The Valkyries, which links to our Vikings topic.  We  imagined that we were Vikings and Valkyries and had to create dance moves that would represent a battle on Earth, whilst the Valkyries flew around looking for heroic warriors who had fallen in battle.

In Art, we looked at a painting by Banks and thought about how art can be used for political purposes. We considered how we can use art to explain our feelings and how it can represent injustice.

In RE, we have been learning about why Jesus used parables to teach.  We looked at the parable of the Prodigal Son and why Jesus used the images in this parable to teach his disciples.

Certificate winners this week:

Superstar – Lily for an excellent recount using dramatic language. 

Core Vocabulary – Jack for excellent use of vocabulary to create emotion.

Resilience – Myla for not giving up when learning about short division.

Good at the Heart of Everything we do – Hannah for always being around to lend a hand.     

2nd December

This week in English, we have been learning about non-chronological reports and how they are written.  We have investigated the features of reports and decided what purpose they have.  We are also researching information about space so that we can write a report about what we have learned.

In Maths, we are learning about short multiplication and have moved onto monger multiplication.  It is a bit tricky, but we are all giving it a good go. 

In Science, we have been thinking about the Earth’s movement in Space and how the Earth’s rotation causes day and night.  We also learned that the Earth orbits the sun and takes 365 days to complete an orbit. Because the Earth tilts on its axis, we have different seasons depending on where the Earth is located on its orbit.

In RE, we have learned about the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel announced that Mary would have a baby and that he would be the son of God  We considered how Mary would feel and looked at some art that has been painted over the years.

In PE, we have been continuing with our gymnastics routine and have added different lifts.

25th November

This week Year 5 have been working hard on assessments in English and Maths.  Mr Rigby is very proud of their resilience and attitude this week.

In Geography, we have been learning about Climate and we plotted a line graph for the temperature of Athens and London and compared the climate of the two cities.

In PE, we have been continuing with gymnastics and have added different rolls to our routines this week.

In RE, we thought about how Mary and Joseph would have felt after King Herod ordered all boys of the age of two to be killed.  We discussed how they travelled to Egypt and looked at the distance between Bethlehem and Egypt.

11th November

This week, Year five continued with our book of Robot girl.  We have found out that Dad has been creating a Robot that he has based on Claire.  Claire does not agree and is upset that Dad thinks she looks like that.  We have been thinking about how we can show the reader how someone is feeling, rather than telling them. 

In Maths, we have been learning about square numbers, prime numbers and how to multiply by 10, 100 and 1000.

In Geography, we have been learning about settlements and how physical geography affected where the original Greek settlers decided to lay down their roots.

In Science, we learned that people in the past thought that the Earth was flat and that the Earth was the centre of the solar system.   We learned that over time, scientists learned more about the solar system using telescopes and that a famous astronomer named Copernicus presented the theory that the sun was stationary and the planets orbited the sun.

We also had a visit from Adrian, who is a scientist and he showed us lots about how we can see things and how light moves.  We also learned about sound as well.

In RE, we learned that the Christmas story was only told in two Gospels, Matthew and Luke.  We compared the two Gospels to see how they are the same and how they are different.

In PE, we continued to make routines in gymnastics and thought carefully about how to travel between the different shapes that we made.

Our certificate winners this week:

Superstar – Lucas for excellent effort in Science.

Special Mention – Matthew – effort in Maths

Special Mention – Eva Clemence – Thoughtful work in RE.

Growth Mindset – Jason – trying hard to concentrate in English.

4th November

Year 5 have made an enthusiastic return following the half term.  In English, we have started our new book, Robot Girl.  We have been working together to show how an author creates character and been looking at the protagonist, Claire and her mum.  Claire is impatient to find our what her dad’s new invention is.  We’re not sure she is going to like it when she finds out though.

In maths, we have been investigating multiples, factors, prime numbers and composite numbers. 

In Geography, we used atlases to find out as much as possible about the geography of Greece.  We learned that it is on a peninsula, which means that it is surrounded by water on three sides and attached to land on one side.  We also learned that it is on an archipelago, which means that there are lots on islands.  We will be learning about how the physical geography of Greece affects where people have settled.

In Science, we were excited to start learning about the Earth and Space.  Lots of people wanted to share what they already know.  We learned that the planets are all spheres and what the order of the planets is.  We learned a mnemonic to help us remember the order:  My (Mercury) Very (Venus) Easy (Earth) Method (Mars) Just (Jupiter) Speeds (Saturn) Up (Uranus) Nothing (Neptune).  We also learned that Pluto used to be classed as a planet but isn’t anymore.  It’s too small.  It’s now called a Dwarf Planet.

In PE, we were sorry that the cricket has stopped this half term.   We played a game with Mr Rigby and we had to work as a team to decide what we were doing well and what we needed to do to improve.  With Mr Saunders, we started to learn the names of different shapes in gymnastics.

In RE, we will be learning about the Christmas story, and this week we worked together to find out what we can remember. 

In Design Technology, we are starting to learn about the structure of bridges.

Our certificate winners this week:

Christian Value:  Chloe.

Special Mention: Holly Roberts

Special Mention: Harry

Growth Mindset:  Myla

Superstar:  Amelie

Well done everyone.

14th  October

This week, we have been very busy.  We have been enjoying our class novel, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and we have been reading Greek Myths and learning some skills such as describing in detail and using adverbial phrases to describe settings.

In Maths, we have been problem solving with addition and subtraction.

In History, we have been learning all about the life of Alexander the Great; we have been deciding if he actually was a great leader or not.  We decided that he did some amazing things and built the largest empire in the world.  On the other hand, we have found out that he was cruel and spiteful id someone upset him even a little bit.

We have continued to practise cricket skills and have been learning different styles of games.  We are beginning to realise how important sportsmanship is.  We have also had a visit from the Wigan Runner and this time, the weather was much better and we actually got to run!

In  Science, Mr Rigby let us loose with water!  We were consolidating our work on forces and we had to work together as a team to build a vessel that would hold the most blocks.  We tested our designs in trays of water- the winner held over 100 blocks. We had lots of different designs and we concluded that our design needed to be strong to hold the blocks but it also had to have built up sides to hold has many blocks as possible.

In RE, we considered why people might read the bible and looked for quotes from the bible which spoke to us. 

In music, we are continuing to learn the ukulele.

In art, we are continuing our work on observational drawings.

Our certificate winners this week:

Superstar:  Mark Fitzpatrick

Special Mentions:  Eva Gibson and Anya Edgar

Growth Mindset: Alena Bradshaw

30th September

This week Year 5 have written their letter of advice to Phillipe Petit and we have finished the book  We discussed that the Twin towers are no longer there and that they were destroyed by planes.  We have also started to read  a novel, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.  This links to the Greek Gods and Greek mythology.

In Maths, we have been adding five and six digit numbers and rounding to approximate.

In History, we have learned that the Greeks were polytheistic – this means that they worshipped more then one God.  We compared Greek worship and Christian worship.

In Science, we have continued our work on forces.  We completed an investigation into friction and how different surfaces have greater friction than others.  We learned that forces are measured in Newtons and that we use a force metre to measure friction.

In PE, we continued our cricket lessons and we are also learning about invasion games in P.E.

In RE, we have been reading quotations from the bible and deciding how they will help Christian’s belief in God.

This week our certificate winners are:

Anna – Superstar – Excellent letter of advice.

Lily – Special Mention - Excellent English work.

Ella – Special Mention - Good work in maths.

Holly R – Growth Mindset – Resilience in maths.

23rd September

Year 5 have had another great week this week.

In English, we have written a diary account as if we were Philippe Petit using modal verbs and questions to make people think more deeply.

In Maths, we have continued to work with six digit numbers and have been comparing them and rounding them. 

In History, we learned about different types of government and how these affected decision making.  We compared Athens and Sparta and decided in which of these City States we would have prepared to live.

In Science, we carried out an investigation into water resistance.  Unfortunately, the salt dough dissolved making it harder to carry out the investigation but we persevered (and made a bit of a mess at the same time).

We were really lucky to have a visitor from Lancashire Cricket in this week and we learned about batting and bowling techniques.  We will have sessions over the next four weeks, so it is fine for children to bring tracksuits and warm clothes to wear on Tuesdays for the next four weeks.

In art we are continuing with observational drawings and in computing we are continuing with coding.

In music, we have been reading musical notation specifically for ukuleles and comparing this to notation for guitars.

In RE, we have considered how certain bible quotes would encourage Christians in their belief.

Our certificate winners this week are as follows:

Christian Value – Amelie

Growth Mindset – James

Special mention – Sophie

Special Mention – Anya

16th September

This week, year 5 have continued to learn about letter writing.  We have looked at the use of questioning to advise people and have written questions to Philippe Petit, the tight rope walker.

In Maths, we have continued to investigate six digit numbers and how to use greater than and less than to compare numbers.

In History, we read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur and then we looked at some artefacts found in Crete and did an investigation to find out which parts of the story we could prove were real and which we couldn’t prove.  We found out that there is a palace in Crete which is shaped like a maze and there were coins made in the 9th Century BC which showed the King’s head and a maze on the back.

In Science, we carried out an investigation into air resistance and made parachutes from different materials to find out which created the most air resistance.   We found out that plastic had the most air resistance and paper towels had the least air resistance.

In PE, we have started to learn about invasion games and were practising throwing and catching accurately at speed. 

Our certificate winners this week:

Hannah – Superstar.

Eva G – Special Mention.

Kal: Special Mention.

Ella: Growth Mindset.

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9th September

Year 5 have returned to school with a fantastic attitude:  I am so looking forward to teaching the class this Year.

In English, we are starting to learn about writing letters and we are reading a book called ‘The Man Who Walked Between the Towers’.  It tells the story of Phillipe Petit who wanted to walk a tight rope between the two towers of the World Trade Centre.   This week, we have been learning about modal verbs and trying to give Phillipe Petit advice about what might happen if he goes ahead with the walk.

In Maths, we have started to work with 6 digit numbers and are learning about place value and different ways of representing numbers.

In History, we have started to look at our new topic of Ancient Greece; we have used a timeline to place different events in Greek History.  We have also learned about the terms Before Common Era (which means the same as BC) and Common Era (which means the same as AD).

In Art, we have carried out observational drawings to improve our sketching skills and we are starting to learn about coding in computing.

In PE, we started the Year with a dodgeball competition.

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10th June

In Year 5, we started the week with our Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  We loved the egg and spoon race, it was a lot of fun and helped us to learn new tactics for Sports Day next week.  We have just started to explore our new class book – The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.  In Maths, we are converting and comparing units of measure using the skills that we have built in our lessons this year.  In PE, we are now looking at Games.  We will be racing each other in different ways such as running, sprinting, obstacle courses and relay races.

 

27th May

In Year 5 we have been reading the story of Otto by Tomi Ungerer. This has helped us to uplevel our sentences for story writing and build our own stories. In Maths we are focusing on measuring using cm and mm then looking at how we can convert the values of these measurements. In History we have explore the meaning of propaganda and have discussed why this became a feature in the media during WW2. Enjoy the half term holidays and the jubilee weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing you all back at school for our garden party celebration!

 

29th April

In Year 5 we have been learning more about Anne Frank and have been reading her diary.  We have also learnt more about the events of WW2 and are making connections to things that we already know and things that we have heard about the people we know.  This is quite a difficult subject but the class have been sensible and are very interested to know more.  In Maths, we have begun our work on Geometry and are focusing on the names of different types of angles.  In RE, we have explore the events that happened following Easter Sunday.  We have learnt more about Pentecost and had a deep discussion about what the Holy Spirit is and what it looks or feels like to them.

 

22nd April

Welcome back to Year 5!  As the children enter their last term in this class, we are focusing on our Christian Values and our Golden Rule.  This is helping us to show a great deal of compassion for our new work in English.  We are reading a book called Anne Frank which is a story about her life.  We will then read her diary before writing our own entries.  In Maths, we have completed our work on percentages and explored how to use our work on decimals and fractions to support this.  In PE, we have been realising how important communication is when it comes to working as a team.

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1st April

In Year 5 we have been writing stories about hope. This was inspired by a story about compassion and kindness called How to Heal a Broken Wing. We created our own storyboards and planning maps to help us to build our stories. In Maths, we have worked with decimals within word problems. In RE, we have explored our understanding of the Easter story and enjoyed the Easter Service in church. Congratulations to all of our participants for the Easter Competition! Have a fabulous Easter break. 

 

25th March

In Year 5 we have been showing off our skills in English and Maths.  The class were resilient and have worked very hard.  Alongside this, we looked out for others and made sure that we encouraged each other to develop a growth mindset.  Well done everyone!  In Geography, we have been exploring Novgorod.  We are going to bring together our work on the continents and compare and contrast the key geographical features.  In Science, we brought our work on materials to a close by investigating materials and using key vocabulary to explain our conclusions.  

Please remember, the Easter competition is being held on Friday April 1st so please bring your entries to school to be in for a chance to win the prize.

 

18th March

In year 5 we brought our work on newspaper writing to a close.  We finished our story about Jub and became investigative journalists to make sure we had an eyewitness account to include in our newspaper articles.  We enjoyed creating ‘punny’ headlines and continued the jokes as we learnt more about Comic Relief and the people that this charity supports.  In Maths we have continued our work on decimals.  We have been comparing decimals and are beginning to solve word problems using our skills.  In Science, we have been using our knowledge of materials to find solutions that involve separating materials.

11th March

Year 5 have had a great week. They have been writing their own newspaper articles in English and conducting interviews to build eyewitness statements. In maths they have been working on decimals by building an understanding of how to read and write decimals. In Geography they have used atlases while exploring the continents. We are first focusing on Europe and looking at the ways in which England compares to different geographical regions. We started this by looking at humans and physical geography. Well done Year 5!

 

4th March

Year 5 really enjoyed World Book Day.  Thank you for all of the brilliant ideas for costumes, the children loved sharing their creative ideas with their class.  We explored our vocabulary choices and joined in with a live lesson on using our imagination when it comes to writing.  This included lots of inspiring authors and illustrators to help the class to build their imaginations.  In Maths, we have multiplied fractions.  We used our skills from past lessons to help us with this and had so many lightbulb moments that lit up the room.  In Geography, we are exploring the world we live in using atlases.  We are focusing on Europe and where the Vikings originated to tie in with our brilliant work in History.

 

18th February

Year 5 have really enjoyed their work on The Vikings.  We have finished The Saga of Erik the Viking and used this to inspire our own stories.  Year 5 just kept writing and completed brilliant stories to share with the class. They should be so proud of themselves.  In Maths we have moved on to subtracting fractions.  Our work on fractions so far has really helped us with new concepts. In Science, we have investigated materials further by exploring different variables.

 

11th February

In Year 5 we brought our work on recounts to a close. We planned, edited and proofread our writing to make sure that we included all of the skills that we have developed. In Maths, we have added fractions including improper fractions. We have all worked hard on this so will use as we build on our skills next week. In History, we learnt about the ways in which place names can give us a clue as to where the Vikings settled in England. We have been really enthusiastic about our work on the Vikings and are really excited to hear the end of The Saga of Erik the Viking.

 

4th February

In Year 5 we have been reading The Lost Thing. We have been intrigued by this book and have debated a few key themes such as compassion and empathy. We are using this to help us to write a recount. In Maths we have been focusing on fractions. This can be a very tricky area of Maths to explore, and the class have shown great resilience when developing their thinking. They should all be very proud of their ‘lightbulb moments’. In Science, we have been exploring materials and their properties. We have investigated properties and predicted what may or may not happen when they are altered using water or heat. The results of our experiments have sometimes been surprising. We have also worked hard to build our blessings and have been focusing on Christian Values to help us get there. Well done Year 5!

 

 

21st January

In Year 5 we have been learning more about Vikings.  In English we have done this by reading about Erik the Viking.  We are all really enjoying this adventure story and it is helping us to write our own stories.  We have learnt more about similes and metaphors and have used this to stretch our imaginations and write super sentences.  In Maths we have worked hard on our understanding of graphs and charts.  We have learnt more about how to read information in tables and how we can use graphs to solve problems.  In History, we have continued our work on Vikings.  We explore the Lindisfarne attack and compared viewpoints of the Vikings and the monks of the monastery.

 

14th January 2022

In Year 5 we have been reading Erik the Viking.  We are building towards writing our own story by describing an imaginary setting.  In Maths we are beginning to explore line graphs and answering questions by looking at graphs.  In Science, we are looking at the properties of materials and have been conducting tests to see what qualities each material has.

 

3rd December

In Year 5 we have been working hard to show off our skills in English and Maths. In Science, we have been exploring evidence that helps us to conclude whether we think the planets are flat or spherical. It has been a busy week for the class so we have brought it to a close by decorating our colourful Christmas tree to mark the beginning of advent.

 

19th November

In Year 5, we have been building relative clauses and have been including brackets to add more information to our reports. In Maths, we have continued our work on multiplication and are now looking at division. In RE we have been learning more about the Nativity from the gospels of Matthew and Luke. We are making our own special books to create our own Nativity story.

 

12th November

In Year 5 we have built our skills in writing relative clauses.  This will help us when we create our non-chronological reports.  In Maths, we have continued to work on multiplying greater numbers.  We have also introduced our new focus topic in Science.  We are going to be exploring Earth and the planets.  This links with our current class book - Planetarium.  The class are really enjoying learning more about the solar system and there is still much more to explore.  The class had a thoughtful discussion about Remembrance Day.  They learnt about the symbolism of the poppy and why it is thought of with respect before making their own to hold during reflection and prayer.

 

5th October

In Year 5, we are now looking at our new book Planetarium.  We are going to be using this text to learn more about the solar system and use this information to develop our own non-chronological reports.  In Maths, we have increased our understanding of prime numbers and have been multiplying 4 digit numbers.  This week we have also been following the journey of Little Amal.  As the class developed an understanding of why this huge puppet had come to town recently, they found themselves very keen to help.  They wrote passionate letters to be sent to the Prime Minister to let him know of their suggestions. 

 

1st October

This week we have finished writing our letters of advice to Philippe Petit. We brought our ideas to a close and looked at documentary photography showing Philippe’s high-wire walk. In Maths, we have used spreadsheets to find out data and total results. In RE, we have been learning more about holy books and discussing why they are important to people of different faiths.

24th September

This week we have finished reading The Man Who Walked Between the Towers and have been writing to Philippe Petit to make sure that he knows how risky his idea is. In Maths, we have been rounding numbers to the nearest 100,000 and 10,000.  We have then used our reasoning skills to explain why rounding numbers can be useful and why each place value is important.  In History, we have learnt more about Ancient Greece and have explored how democracy paved the way for significant change in Athens.

 

17th September

This week we have been reading The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. It is based on the story of Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre. We are building our skills in letter writing so that we can write a letter of advice to Petit. In Maths, we have extended our skills with place value by ordering numbers. Science, we have been learning about forces and are building our vocabulary by identifying and describing different forces.

 

 

10th September

Congratulations on completing your first week in Year 5. You have navigated the stairs very well, you have made your new classroom your own and we have all avoided the wasps that seemed to be following us!

This week we have been using The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell to inspire our lessons. We focused on the poem Me by Swapna Haddow to help us to build our own poems. The results of this were wonderful and all of the children showed a great deal of confidence and respect when we shared our ideas. In Maths we explored place value and challenged ourselves to share our reasoning skills.  This has helped us to push our thinking further.

Well done Year 5!

 

9th July

This week we have started to look at classic narrative poetry in English and we have read The Highwayman.  The children have been interested in looking at how the use of figurative language has been used to create atmosphere.

In Maths, we have been learning about converting measurements of length and have learned the difference between metres, centimetres, millimetres and kilometres.  We have also looked at the conversion of metric to imperial measures.

In Geography, we have continued our learning about canals; we have look at canals on a global scale and have learned how the Panama and Suez canals are important to global trade. 

 In Art, we have been learning about tonal shapes and have been drawing body parts, (lips and eyes).

In science we dissected flowers to deepen our understanding of how flowering plants reproduce.  We also did some role play to demonstrate the role of insects in reproduction in plants.

Over the week, we have been spontaneously bursting into song and Mr Rigby believes something is coming home… but he’s not sure what

 

25th June 

This week, Year 5 have really been enjoying our reading book, The strange Case of Origami Yoda and have even had a go at making one ourselves.  We are going to have another go next week to see if we  can improve on it.

We have also been writing our discussion text to decide if Origami Yoda can predict the future or not.  There is a lot of evidence for both sides so it will be interesting to see what most people have concluded.

In Maths, we have been practising our arithmetic skills.

In Geography we prepared for our field trip by learning how and why canals were built.  We had an amazing day learning about Canals on our field trip and we even had a go at using a lock. We practised our skills of drawing field sketches; we all agreed that Mrs Chisnall’s was the best.  We then walked into Wigan and look at Wigan Pier and learned how canals were used to transport goods and freight.  After that we visited the library, and had a fantastic time exploring different types of books.  Mr Rigby, Mrs Chisnall and Mr Faulkner were really proud of the way Year 5 behaved on this trip.

We have continued to learn about where food comes from in Art.

This week, the whole class were awarded superstar for their behaviour on the trip.  Charlie and Patrick received special mentions:  Charlie is always ready to learn and Patrick has been trying really hard in English.

Lucas received the growth mindset certificate for keeping trying with his field sketch.

 

18th June

This week, in English, Year 5 have been continuing to learn about balanced arguments and have been learning how to make and argument for and against a subject and use evidence to support their argument.  We have also been learning how to add additional points, make opposing points and use cause and effect effectively.

In Maths, we have been using mirrors to reflect shapes and have been evaluating how to reflect a shape on gird paper without the use of a mirror. 

In Geography, we have been preparing for our field trip by identifying the features of a canal and comparing canals to rivers. 

In Art, we have been learning about how food gets ‘from the farm to the fork’.

In Music, we watched a video about how we can learn musical instruments through the music service at Wigan council.

In PSHE, we have learned how different things make people feel and how things that we can do can make other people feel good about themselves or bad about themselves.   

This week, we have taken part in classroom kitchen.  We made a stir fry and everyone really enjoyed it. Mr Rigby has sent the recipe home with the class.

This week, Noah and Rowan got Christian Values special mentions for being really helpful in class.

Rowan and Emily Jepson got Special mentions – Rowan helped Mr Rigby with his Maths teaching this week and Emily has done some excellent writing. 

Leo has been trying really hard in English with his handwriting and the content of his writing and he has won the superstar.

 
 

 

11th June

In Maths, we have been learning about coordinates and have learned about x and y axes and how to locate points on a grid.  We have been learning about coordinates in the first quadrant.  We have also learned that the corner of a grid containing the 0 is called the origin.

In D&T we have been learning about where our food comes and about how beef comes from cows which are up to two years old.  Mrs Atherton has challenged us to make spaghetti bolognaise at home. 

In Music, we have been learning about playing the E minor scale. 

In computing, we have been learning about concept maps and how we can use them to help us with for and again against arguments.

In PSHE, we have been learning about local government and what the council do for us.

In Spanish, we have completed our assessment about birthdays and toys.

 

4th June

Year 5 have had a fantastic start to our last term.

We have started a new book which is called The Strange case of Origami Yoda.  This book includes a Yoda which has been made out of paper and gives advice to different people in school.  In class, we have been discussing whether or not Origami Yoda is real and we are going to write a balanced argument about it.  In grammar, we have been learning about modal verbs;  we have learned the difference between ‘can’ and ‘will’ and how this affects a sentence.  ‘Can I go to the toilet?’ means something different to ‘May I go to the toilet?’

 

21st May

This week we were really lucky because Rowan made us all cookies over the weekend.  That was so kind of him .

In English, we have read more about Goodnight Mr Tom and we have been writing a diary as if we were one of the characters and have been practising writing using subordinate clauses.  

In Maths, we have been learning about angles around a point and that whole turn  is worth 360 degrees.

In History, we have continued our learning about World War 2 and how governments used propaganda to influence people at home.  We compared two posters and decided which was the most persuasive poster.

In Art, we have continued our work on coats of arms.

In computing, we designed 3D models.  We could look at points, net view and 3d view.

In PE, we have been playing kick cricket and how to do fielding.

In music, we have learned about minor pentatonic scales and learned about steps and leaps. 

 

14th May

This week we wrote our biography about Anne Frank and we have now started to read a new book called Goodnight Mr Tom.  It is another book about World War II.  We are following the story of an evacuee who has moved to the countryside from London.

In Maths, we have been studying geometry and have learned how to measure angles using a protractor.  We have learned that a reflex angle is between 180 and 360 degrees and that a straight line can be an angle of 180 degrees.

In history, we learned about how children’s lives were evacuated and how cities were heavily bombed during the Blitz.  Blitz is short for Blitzkreig which means lightning war.

This week, we learned that a coat arms can found on coins, shields and flags.  It can represent the family that you come from.  We carried on with our own coats of arms this week.

In music, we made our own composition up using the pentatonic scale. 

In PE, we were learning team skills by playing capture the flag.

This week, five of our class took part in a cooking competition.    We are very proud of them and they represented our school brilliantly.

 

7th May

Although this has been a short week, we have been busy in school. 

We have started to revise percentages in Maths and are finding the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages.

In English, we have been continuing to learn about writing biographies and have planned our biography of Anne Frank.  Mr Rigby has been impressed with the children’s knowledge and retention of facts about Anne Frank’s life.

In Spanish, we have been learning about masculine and feminine words.

In PE, we have been playing bench ball and dodge ball to help with team building.

In Art, we are still learning about coats of arms and this week we have started to create our own coat of arms based on our design. 

In computing, we have been learning about 3D models. 

In music, we have been learning about pentatonic scales which has five nots in it.  We have been practising this on the guitars.

We had a good discussion about Robinwood and Mr Rigby is looking forward to going with the class. 

 

30th  April

This week, Mr Rigby has been back in class.

We are continuing to learn about writing biographies so that we can write  a biography about the life of Anne Frank, who we have been learning about in relation to our topic of World War II

This week, we have learned about evacuation during the war.  We learned that many cities were heavily bombed during the war and it was not safe for children to stay there.  Many children were evacuated to more rural areas which were safer as they were not bombed as heavily, if at all.

In Maths, we are learning about finding percentages and have learned that per cent means out of a hundred in Latin. 

In Science, we are starting to learn about life cycles of animals and humans and we have looked at how humans develop from children to adults. 

In art, we have been making coats of arms.  We have learned that, in the past, families had a coat of arms which showed what that family was famous for.  We have been designing our own coat of arms.

In PE we have played an old favourite: bench ball. Everybody enjoyed that.

 

23rd April

Year 5 have settled back into their school routine brilliantly after Easter. They have started a new History topic learning about World War 2. I have been very impressed with their keen interest and knowledge of this event. We have also been reading about Anne Frank in English which will help us to write a biography about her life.

 

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about decimals. There has been a lot of hard work when learning about the link between fractions and decimals. 

 

This afternoon, it was Y5's turn to do Classroom Kitchen. It is always a very popular activity! We made savoury scones with feta cheese, rosemary and spring onion. They smelled absolutely delicious! Every child will take home a recipe so they are able to re-create this dish at home, if they'd like.

 

26th March

It has been assessment week this week in Y5. Every single member of the class has tried their very best to complete their work to the best of their ability. They have shown great dedication and perseverance and I couldn't be prouder. Well done Y5! 

 

In Geography, we have been using maps to identify geographical features of two different cities. Y5 have enjoyed learning about both places and are looking forward to comparing them next week.

 

In Music, Y5 have been learning some riffs from some famous rock songs such as Smoke on the water, Seven Nation Army and Iron Man. Again, the hard work and practise that has gone into perfecting these songs has been fantastic. It has been lovely to hear their performances. I think we may have a few future rock stars in Y5!

 

19th March 

Year 5 have had another busy and productive week. In English, we have started reading a new novel which is still on the topic of Fairy Tales. The book title is, 'The Sleeper and the Spindle.' We have only read the first part so far and we have already noticed some similarities between this story and other fairy tales such as Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. We are excited to read more and see what happens!

 

In Maths, we have been continuing to recap all learning on Fractions. Y5 are showing great dedication towards their learning and they have impressed me with their knowledge.

 

Today is Science, we will be doing an experiment to show how clouds are formed while we have been learning about the Water Cycle. Pictures will follow on Class dojo. 

 

12th March 2021

Y5 have settled back into their school routine brilliantly. It is as if they have never been away! I have been so impressed with their positive attitudes and their hard work. 

 

In English, we have been finishing off looking at 'The Lost Happy Endings' by writing a prequel to the story. All of the children have really enjoyed this book and I am certain they will like the next novel that we will be starting next week, too. 

In Maths, we are recapping on Fractions to ensure all children are secure in this knowledge before moving on to cover decimals and percentages. 

We have been practising times tables in class each day in order to recall all facts quickly. We use this website to practise;

www.timestables.co.uk

 

Y5 are also focussing on handwriting and the presentation of their work. There will be a special mention each week for the pupil who is really trying to present their work to the best of their ability.

 

 Well done for a great first week back. I am proud of each and every one of you!

Mrs Cash

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11th December

This week the children have started to learn about Greek Myths.  We are reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief which is set in modern times.  We have also looked at the myths of Perseus and Medusa and Theseus and the Minotaur.

In Maths we have been learning to solve problems using multiplication and division.

In Geography, we look at the climate of the UK and Greece and compared them.

In Science, we learned how the rotation of the Earth causes night and day.

Our superstar this week is Ryan for a fantastic report on the planets.

Kai got a special mention for always being ready to learn.

Alex got a special mention for trying harder with his handwriting.

Gracie got our growth mindset certificate

Paige got a Christian Value special mention for kindness to friends.

4th December

This week, year 5 have been writing our report about Space.  Mr Rigby has been really impressed with the way that Year 5 have embraced this topic and the detail that they have gone into in their reports.  It is obvious that space is very interesting to them.

In Maths, we are learning to master long multiplication and are working towards being able to multiply three digit numbers by two digit.

In Geography, we have been learning about the physical and human features of Great Britain.  We have looked at Great Britain on a map and located different features, such as Hadrian’s Wall, the River Severn (which is the longest river in  Great Britain and Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in  Great Britain.

In science, we are still learning about the earth, The Moon and the Sun.  This week we have learned that the Moon takes 28 days to orbit the earth (a Month – get it?).  We have also learned why the moon looks different shapes at different parts of the month.  When the moon is getting bigger it is called waxing and when the moon is getting smaller it is called waning.

27th November

This week in Year 5, we have been doing some assessment tests to find out what we know and what we need to learn to improve.  Mr Rigby has been very proud of the way that the class have tried their hardest.

In Geography, we have been learning about how the Geography of Greece has affected where people have settled.  We learned that the soil on the mountains is not fertile so people couldn’t love on the mountains.  Most people settled near coasts because there were plenty of fish for them to eat and they could travel to other places easily to trade.

In Science, we have been learning about the Earth and Space and how the Earth travels around the sun in an orbit.  It takes 365.25 days for the Earth to orbit the sun.  The moon orbits the Earth and it takes 28 days for the moon to orbit the Earth.   We also learned that the Earth tilts on its axis and this is what makes the seasons.  When the Earth is tilted away from the sun, the Northern hemisphere has its winter and the southern hemisphere has its winter.  When the Earth is tilted towards the sun, the Northern hemisphere has its summer and the southern hemisphere has its winter.

20th November

This Week, Year 5 have been learning about Space and the planets.  They have learned about dwarf planets, our solar system and are starting to learn about the relationship between the Sun, the Moon and the Earth.

We have been learning about subordinate clauses and relative clauses in English and using them to add more detail to our description of the planets.

In Maths, we have started to learn short division.  It is proving to be a bit tricky but we are persevering.

Our New Geography topic is settlements in Greece and this week we have been learning all about the Geography of Greece.  We have learned that Greece is on a peninsular (an outcropping of land surrounded by water) and that there are lots of mountains in Greece.  In fact, over two thirds of Greece is covered in Mountains.  There are lots of islands around Greece – this is called in archipelago.

13th November

Year 5 had their turn at ‘Classroom Kitchen’ this week. They made fish cakes and thoroughly enjoyed themselves whilst learning how to make a delicious, healthy dish. They also took the recipe home so they can have a go at making it again.

In Maths, they have worked so hard on multiplication and have impressed me with their positive attitudes towards learning and their perseverance when faced with a challenge. Well done Y5!

6th November

Y5 have been focussing on non chronological reports this week. We have been reading examples and understanding what features are included in this type of writing. We have been focussing on the presentation of our work and taking pride in each and every piece of work that we produce. The results have been impressive!

 

In Maths, we have been learning about multiplying and dividing by 10,100 and 1000. Everyone has been working very hard to use and apply this knowledge.

 

In Science this week, we completed an investigation to measure the mass of an object using a Newton meter. Then we looked at the relationship between the mass, in Newtons, and the weight, in grams, of the object.

23rd October

This week, Year 5 have finished our book, Robot Girl.  The children were very surprised to hear that the main character of the story was a robot and the robot was actually a human.  This was a huge shock.  We have written an extended write this week and we have written an extra chapter for Robot Girl.  We have been really concentrating on making our character as interesting as possible by the way we describe them and they way they talk. 

 

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about multiples and factors and we have now moved onto Prime numbers and Square and Cube numbers.  We are realising that it is so important to learn our times tables because it helps us in lots of different ways in maths.

In History, we have continued to learn about the Greeks and have been learning about Greek Gods this week.  We have learned that the Greeks were polytheistic, which means that they believed in more than one God.  Reiley has been so inspired by our learning about the Greeks that he has made a model of the Battle of Troy at home and brought it into school to share with us.  Let us know  what you think of Reiley’s hard work

 

This week, we have been learning about our Democracy in picture news and how people have freedom of speech.  We have learned that in a Democracy, people are free to say what they believe.  We have also learned that this means we have to be responsible about what we say as our words can hurt people.  We discussed how for Comic Relief, people wear red noses.  We thought that raising money for charity was a good thing.  However, some people felt that Comic relief should find another way of raising money because the plastic used in red noses was harmful to the environment and was producing  too much plastic waste. Because we live in a democracy, people are free to challenge the things that they don’t agree with.

 

In Science, we did an experiment to find out about water resistance.  We placed different shaped pieces of dough into water to see how quickly they would sink.  We then thought about why different pieces of dough moved through the water at different speeds.

 

16th October

This week in Year 5, we have been continuing with the story of Robot Girl.  We have been concentrating on using expanded noun phrases to show how the author feels about a character and also how to use dialogue to show character.  Mr Rigby has been very impressed with how well some of us cam use description to affect the reader.

 

In Maths, we have been continuing to learn about addition and subtraction of larger numbers.  We have learned different methods of subtraction.  Some of us are struggling to subtract when there are zeros in the top number so we are really going to practise this skill.  We have also started to learn about multiples and factors.

 

In music, we were learning about chord boxes and how the notation shows us how play different notes and chords.  We have been finding that it is quite tricky to hold a string down without holding all of the others down. 

 

In Science we did a little experiment to prove how air resistance works.  We had identical pieces of paper and we scrunched one up.  We then dropped them at the same time.  The scrunched up piece of paper fell faster than the flat piece of paper.  We investigated how air resistance affects falling objects.

9th October

In English this week, we have started a new book called Robot Girl.  The children have been very interested in learning about Claire, a young girl whose dad is an inventor.  We have been learning the skills of describing emotions by showing and not telling and we have also learned about subordinate clauses and main clauses.   We have also retold the story of Robot girl in the third person.

 

In Maths, we have been doing some tricky subtraction work and most people are feeling more confident about subtracting using exchange.

 

We have learned about the Battle of Marathon and how Miltiades, the Athenian general, tricked the Persians and the underdog Athenians won the battle even though they had a much smaller army.

 

We have started to look at the Big Picture News, which is about British Values and how we live our lives.  This week we thought about The Rule of Law, how we have rules and how they change.  We have learned that some people have to enforce laws such as the Corona Virus Marshalls and it is important to tell someone in authority when somebody is breaking the rules.

 

This weeks Celebration Assembly winners are as follows:

 

Superstar is Olly for some fantastic grammar work this week.

Noah and Alan got special mentions for always showing an interest in everything we are learning.

Sam got a Christian Value Special Mention for always helping Miss Roscoe at the end of the day. 

Maisie got a Growth Mindset certificate for always being willing to listen to advice and change her work. 

2nd October

This week, Year 5 have been carrying out some baseline assessments to help Mr Rigby find out what we can remember and what we need to work more on.  Mr Rigby has been very impressed with the class’ resilience.  They have done tests in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Maths and Reading. 

We have also started to use class dojo to help communicate between home and school.  The children have really enjoyed communicating with each other and we are all looking forward to using Class Dojo in the future.

As part of our music curriculum, Year 5 have continued to learn the guitar with Mr Carty.  This week, the children learned how to play the beginning of Happy Birthday.  They have been learning how to play different notes correctly. Although the children are having fun, they do say it gets a bit noisy.

In History, we learned about the differences between Athens and Sparta and how the Spartans were brutal and warrior-like but they treated women more fairly than in Athens.   In Art, we have been designing our own Greek pot.

In Science, we have continued to learn about forces and this week we looked at friction in more detail.

 

25th September

Year 5 have had a very busy week.  Mr Rigby is so please with how well Year 5 have settled into school and how well they work together.  In English we have finished reading our book about Philippe Petit – a man who walked between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974.  We have really enjoyed learning about his antics.  Rowan even brought in a Lego man who walked along the line that goes from the front to the back of the classroom. 

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In Maths we have been adding and subtracting numbers up to one million and Mr Rigby has been really impressed with how well we can do this.

In History, we imagined we had gone back in time to an Ancient Athenian Agora (Marketplace) Each child had to pretend to be a character from Athens to help us find out how people lived at that time.

 

We also had classroom kitchen this week and we have enjoyed making a pasta salad with lots of healthy ingredients.  Our class was divided about the taste though.  Some of us could not get enough of it

whilst others were not impressed at all.

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Mr Rigby has spoken to the class about the new Rising Stars reading scheme.  Lots of children have said that they are enjoying the new books and many of them have had a go at the online quizzes.  We are pleased to be able to give out prizes for those children who have read every night and got their diary signed.  This week, there were nine children in the draw.  The lucky winner was Charlie.

18th September

This week, Year 5 have been reading a book called The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.   It’s about a street performer called Phillippe Petit who was a daredevil and decided to put a cable between the twin towers of the World Trade Centre and walked between them in 1973.  The children have enjoyed thinking about what it would be like to be a tightrope walker and what advice they would give him to stay safe.

 

In Maths, we have been learning about 6 digit numbers and Mr Rigby has been impressed with the children’s understanding. 

 

In History, we travelled back to Ancient Greece and read the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.  We than acted as historians and decided what parts of the story could be  true and which are false and how we could prove this today.   We looked at some coins which date back to the Ancient Greek times which show the Labyrinth.

 
   

 

13th March 2020

This week we have had a very busy week due to our Spring term Maths and English tests. We have been tested on our grammar and spellings skills, reading and maths. All of Year 5 have been extremely focused and they have shown great resilience in all of their tests. Well done Year 5!

 

6th March 2020

"We have had a very busy week this week. In English we have been learning about puns and alliteration. We have been looking at how they are used in Newspaper headlines. In Maths we have been continuing our work on fractions. This week we have started to subtract fractions. On Thursday it was World Book Day. To celebrate World Book Day we dressed up as a character from our favourite book. Also on Thursday Rev. Mark came in to teach us about the Easter story. In groups we acted out the Easter story and reflected on each part." Harley and Nadia

 

28th February 2020

"In English we have been planning our newspaper report based on our new class book, 'The Lost Happy Endings.' We have started by writing to our two witnesses. We are looking forward to finding out what happened, who did it and why it happened. In Maths we have been adding fractions. On Wednesday we went to church for our Ash Wednesday service. We reflected on what we need to say sorry for and we received ashes on our forehead or hand. On Thursday afternoon we built our Viking boats using materials, such as, foil, cardboard, foil and skewers. We are excited to decorate our boats next week." Nadia and Harley

 

14th February 2020

This week in English we have completed our recount on our class story 'The Lost Thing.' We retold the story in  our own words. We thought the way 'The Lost Thing' was worded was pretty boring but when we completed our recount we tried to use more interesting vocabulary. In Maths we have been continuing to learn about fractions. We have been ordering fractions with different denominators from smallest to largest. In History we enjoyed writing a newspaper report about the Viking attack on York. We also made an advertisement for a Viking Long House which is for sale. 

 

7th February 2020

"Year 5 have had a busy week. In English we wrote our opening paragraph for our recount based on our class story 'The Lost Thing.' In Maths we have completed all of our work on line graphs and we have moved onto our new unit which is all about fractions. In Science we started our new topic about Materials. We wrote wrote out the definitions of different materials. We also decided which materials would be good to build a Viking Long House and Long Ship." Harley, Nadia and Lexie

 

31st January 2020

"We have had a very productive week this week in Year 5. In English we have started to plan out recount about the Lost Thing. We have also continued to enjoy our class story 'The Lost Thing.' In Maths we have now completed our unit on division. On Friday we began our new unit of learning focusing on reading data from different graphs. We have really enjoyed creating posters about British Values. Our posters focused on respect, liberty,laws and equality." Nadia and Harley

 

24th January 2020

"We have had a busy week in Year 5. In English we have been continuing to focus on 'Erik the Viking Saga,' we have enjoyed listening to the stories. We have worked hard creating our own Erik and the Viking Saga. In Maths we have completed some more work on division and we have been solving word problems." Harley and Nadia 

 

17th January 2020

"This week we have had another busy week in Year 5. In English we created a story mountain to plan our own Viking saga based on our class book 'Erik the Viking.' In Maths we have continued to learn about division. We have been using the bus stop method to help us solve division equations. On Monday in Music we enjoyed looking at how musical instruments are used to represent characters. We watched a clip of 'Peter and the Wolf' to help us to understand the personalities of the characters."

 

10th January 2020

"We have had a very busy start in our first week back. In English we have started a new book called 'Eric's Viking Saga,' this links to our new topic of The Vikings. In Maths we have moved onto division. This week we have really enjoyed our PE lessons. Our new topic this half term is 'Dance.' In Our PE lesson we created our own dances about the solar system. Our dance moves represented the sun, earth and moon." Ava and Alex

 

6th December 2019

"This week we have been very busy in Year 5. In English, we have been focusing on how to use different types of nouns, such as, proper, collective, concrete and abstract nouns. In Maths, we have been learning long multiplication. We have used the bar method and column method. In Science, we have been using the computers and iPads to research the planets and the solar system. We will use the information we found to write a non chronological report in English." Nadia and Harley

 

29th November 2019

"On Monday an illustrator came into school and spoke to us about how to design things and he showed us one of his books. We've had a busy week of tests this week in Maths and English. We have all tried hard. On Wednesday Rev. Mark came in and taught us about Advent. On Thursday afternoon Classroom Kitchen came in and taught us about healthy eating. We got the chance to make our very own Pasta Salad. To make this we used pasta, tomato, cucumber, peppers and spring onion. It tasted great!" Harley and Nadia

 

22nd November 2019

"This week we have had a very busy week in Year 5. On Monday, the Science Roadshow came into school and taught us about Science which linked to the Olympics. Our favourite experiment was lighting the Olympic torch because the fire was so powerful! In English, we have been learning about the Universe. We have recently started reading a new book called 'The Planetarium.' In Maths, we have been learning about squared and cubed numbers." Nadia and Harley

 

20th September 2019

This week in Year 5, we have continued our work on ‘The Man who Walked Between the Towers’. We have applied the skills of adverbs and modal verbs to write points of advice to Philippe, ready for our letters in Extended Writing. In Maths, we have continued our work on Place Value and have been identifying and continuing number patterns in number sequences of up to 7 digits. In Science, we have been learning about Isaac Newtown and gravity. A busy but enjoyable week!

 

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5th July 2019

We have had a challenging week in Year 4 this week, but it has given us a good opportunity to test our resilience and mindset. It has been exam week and we have spent all morning on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday completing various numeracy and literacy tests. On the whole, we have done very well and can be proud of our efforts. We have also been practising our song with the Year 1 class for our ‘Celebration of Learning’ service next Tuesday. The last couple of days this week were spent in Year 5, meeting our teacher for next year, Miss Jarvis and getting familiar with our new classroom. We can’t wait to get started in September!

 

28th June 2019

We have had another interesting week this week in Year 4! We have continued to read ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, in particular learning to write a stanza using future tense and a rhyming pattern and to use expanded noun phrases to express an emotional response. In Maths we have been focusing on measuring using different units of measurement, whilst practising the skill of converting units of measurement. We have had the chance to visit the life caravan in school this week as well, we found out about making healthy life choices and about the human body. We also had a visit from Hawkley Hall high school’s brass band here at St. Paul’s.

 

21st June 2019

In Year 4 this week, we performed in our class concert, playing the pieces that we have been learning all year in our brass lessons and singing a song with harmonies to finish off the event. It was a joy to be a part of and especially rewarding to hear the culmination of all of the hard work that went into this performance. We were also visited by a team from a healthy lifestyles group from Wigan council who taught us about nutrition. As part of this we made and drank our own smoothies (they were delicious) using an exercise bike and completed the daily mile challenge! We have continued to study ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ in our English lessons, focusing this week on extending noun phrases and writing poetry. In Maths, we have been learning how to measure the height and perimeter of different objects as well as converting units of measurement.  

 

14th June 2019

We have had a very productive week this week in Year 4! We have completed our Maths work involving money and move on to study different units of measurement. We have also moved on our studies in English as well, as we have completed looking at Jabberwocky at the beginning of the week and began to read ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, in particular beginning to explore the use of proper nouns and how they can help our understanding of the unfamiliar and identifying clues in a piece of text to give a deeper understanding. We have run through all of our pieces in a dress rehearsal for our brass concert in the hall in preparation for next Tuesday’s concert. We also had the opportunity to watch some experiments being performed as the Science roadshow made an appearance at St. Paul’s.

 

7th June 2019

This week in Year 4, we have been solving problems involving money, working out how we can calculate the correct amounts needed to buy certain items and how much change we should be receiving. In our English lessons, we have been continuing to study the Lewis Carroll poem ‘Jabberwocky’, and creating an explanatory descriptive piece which encompasses expressive adjectives, adverbs and verbs as well as understanding and making use of suffixes and similes in our writing. We have even produced a dramatic class performance of the poem! We have also been visited by a string quintet from the Wigan music service who performed for us in the hall. On top of all of that we have looked at different types of churches, practised some events for sports day, sang in two-part harmony and learned more about the basics of sound! A very successful and busy first week back.

 

 

24th May 2019

In Year 4 this week, we have continued to study Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ and using the context of the poem, as well as finding clues from prefixes and suffixes, we have been making more sense of the nonsense words contained within. In Maths, we have started a new topic of ‘money’, continuing on from the decimals work that we have completed over the past few weeks. We have also been learning about how we hear sound, practised for some of our sports day events and we have spilt the song that we have been learning into two-part harmonies.

 

17th May 2019

This week in Year 4, we have finished reading Gulliver, in turn creating our own imaginary worlds and using creative writing to come up with some adventures of our own. We have also started to study Lewis Carroll’s ‘Jabberwocky’ and learning how nonsense word can be used in poetry. In Maths, we have been understanding decimals and practising writing them using different methods. We have also been learning about the speed of sound, Judaism and Victorian children at work. Also this week, Year four won the attendance trophy and earned 15 minutes extra breaktime on Friday.

 

10th May 2019

This week in Year 4, we have been continuing to follow the adventures of Gulliver, using this as a way of improving our English skills by using the language of comparison and identifying the different kinds of nouns and their purpose in writing. In Maths, we have been understanding decimals and practising writing them using different methods. We have also been learning about sound waves, Judaism and healthy eating as well as running some rugby passing drills and learning a new song to sing.

 

5th April 2019

This week in Year 4 we have been practicing our musical and dramatic performances for our Easter church service. On Wednesday, we went to church to celebrate Easter and performed what we have been rehearsing wonderfully well!  

We have also been making crosses for our Easter class competition. The crosses that we produce were beautiful, artistic and thought-provoking in equal measure. It was almost impossible to choose just three winners.  

We also earned an extra long golden time this week, which was great fun. 

 

29th March 2019

We have had a very busy this week in Year 4. On Monday, we had an assembly all about how to keep safe when swimming. We have been completing our assessments in English and Maths all of this week as well. 

On Friday, we visited St. Paul's church for an 'Easter Experience', where we learned all about the story of Jesus at Easter time.  

 

22nd March 2019

This week Year 4 have had an exciting week. Some children went to a Samba drum workshop on Wednesday which was very noisy but great fun. Other children took part in the WOW's singing concert in which they sang their hearts out. 

Year 4 have written some very persuasive posters trying to get me to buy several Roman items.

In Maths the children are also becoming great at working with decimal numbers.

 

15th March 2019

This week Year 4 have had a super week. They have been working hard to perfect their songs for the WOW's music concert next week.

Year 4 have continued to work hard with their Brass lessons. It is really starting to sound like a band!

They are having great fun learning Tai Cuando.

They have also completed lots of Maths and English activities too!

 

8th March 2019

It's been another busy week in Year 4. In Maths we have moved on to exploring decimals and we are already are seeing the links to fractions.

In English we continue to work on our grammar and spelling, but this week we have began a new topic of performance poetry.  The first poem we have enjoyed has been 'My Shadow' by Robert Louis Stevenson.

In Science we have been learning many new words related to digestion in humans. In our topic we have been finding out about the legacy of the Romans - Roman Roads.

We all visited St Paul's Church for the Ash Wednesday service and learnt a lot about preparing for Easter. We were offered a cross of ashes from last year's palm crosses as a reminder of our visit to church.

 

1st March 2019

It's been a great start to the new half term. Year 4 have come back to school ready for lots of new learning.

In Maths we are coming to the end of our topic on fractions. This week we have been learning how to subtract fractions.

In English we have started a new novel 'The Sewer Demon' by Charlie Lawrence. We have now completed a unit on Roman Myths and Legends and we are ready to start something new next week!

In Music we have a few weeks left to work on songs for the WOW's festival and it's getting very exciting as well as being hard work!

In PE we are really lucky to be learning a  new self defence martial art from Korea: Taekwondo. Through this activity we hope to build lots of new skills, as well as the values it fosters of confidence, respect and discipline.

 

15th February 2019

This week we have been working on fractions in Maths and we have enjoyed it. 

We have also written our own myth which was fun.

In Art some of us have completed our Roman mosaics and we are very pleased with them.

We completed our Science experiment and managed to prove our predictions correct that temperature does affect the rate of evaporation.

On Friday we said goodbye to Mrs Leech and we designed a Get Well Soon card for Mrs Vernazza, who we are missing very much.

 

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8th February 2019

This week Year 4 have been continuing our work on Roman Myths. We are excited to be writing our own myth next week.

In Maths, we have finished our topic of Area and have made a start on looking at fractions.

We are continuing our exploration experiment in Science and are hoping to have the final results next week. We have also looked again at particle arrangements in solids, liquids and gases, which we found fun.

On Thursday we had a visit from the NSPCC who discussed their 'Speak Out, Stay Safe.' campaign with us. We continued this theme in our PSHE lesson focusing on our class value of truthfulness.

 

1st February 2019

This week we had a special assembly on Tuesday where we learned about Islam and the Five Pillars of Islam.

We enjoyed a snow day in school on Wednesday and we were able to spend a little time playing outside in the lovely sunshine and snow.

We've been continuing our work on the Romans and this week we have learned all about how they invaded England.

 

25th January 2019

On Wednesday afternoon, we visited Liverpool Cathedral where they were holding an Epiphany Service. Summer said 'My favourite part was watching the children from Maghull High School performing ballet.' We also enjoyed watching a local primary school recreating the constellation of Orion, which we learned about this week as part of our work on Roman Myths.

 

18th January 2019

This week, Year 4 have been writing descriptions for mythical beasts. They have also been creating and practising dance moves for their topic work on Romans. Year 4 have had the lovely experience of chef James Deveney helping make healthy banana and carrot muffins and leaving us the recipe. In science, we have been doing a melting and freezing experiment. In topic, we have learned about roman soldiers and their legions and cohorts. Year 4 homework this week is reading comprehension about maps. We are looking forward to our Liverpool Cathedral trip on Wednesday next week, and we have been learning some new hymns to sing when we are there.

 

11 January 2019

This week, Year 4 have had a lovely start back to the new year! We have had the pleasure of chef Mr Deveney who has shown us how to make our own vegetable paella. We have started our topic on ‘The Romans’ and have been looking at maps of the Roman empire. In science, we have been learning about solids, liquids and gases. We have also been learning about a Jewish festival of light called Hannukah and learned that the menorah is a special candelabra. Science homework this week, is a recipe to show changing states. The children have 2 weekends in which to hopefully have a go at making and enjoying the recipe.

 

21st December 2018

This week, Year 4 have had their first Classroom Kitchen experience with James Deveney (professional chef). He got us to make coleslaw using carrots, Greek yogurt and cabbage. We loved it! James will return in the new year and we will have 2 more cooking experiences. Also, this week we have been doing our Science assessments on our topic of Living things. Mr Rigby was very kind and on Thursday, he came to our class and re-enacted the Battle of Hastings on the school playground! We loved that, too! The choir members have sung in  our Afternoon concert in the school hall and we have loved our Christmas party games and film whilst wearing our own clothes. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

 

14th December 2018

This week, Year 4 have performed in their Brass concert (Tuesday morning). They were little superstars. We really enjoyed being together singing and playing and our audience was brilliant! Mr Ford and Mr Richeton the brass teachers were very impressed with us!

We have also been learning about features of Norman churches and will look out for these in St Paul’s church on Tuesday during our Advent Service 6pm.  We have also been learning about different habitats and threats to them and the subsequent effect upon food chains within these habitats. We know the difference between prey, producer, consumer and predator. We have been practising our carol for the Advent service and Year 4 choir members have also been practising for their concert next Thursday afternoon in school. Busy, busy, busy!

 

7th December 2018

This week, Year 4 have been on ‘Assessment week’. They have shown extra special resilience and positive attitudes despite finding some questions very challenging. They have made yummy mince pies with our chef Mr Deveny.

Year 4 have also been working hard putting together gymnastics routines within their groups ready for next week’s assessment by Mr Riley. He has been very impressed with the way they worked together. We have been rehearsing for our Brass concert on Tuesday 10.45 am (all welcome).

 

30th November 2018

This week Year 4 have been taking part in Magenta principles of learning in a Maths lesson. We have proved whether multiplication calculations were correct or not correct using counters or cubes.

 

23rd November 2018

Year 4 have been making Branching Databases.

 

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16th November 2018

This week, Y4 have been very busy rehearsing for their parents concert on the 11th December. We are learning lots of short songs and having brilliant brass lessons with Mr Ford and Mr Richeton! We are looking forward to our class performance. Mrs Turner was most impressed with us and listened in to our rehearsal!

 

9th November 2018

This week we have been planning and writing our historical narrative, '1066.'

 

2nd November 2018

Year 4 have had an amazing first week back.

In Science we had an amazing lesson learning about 'electricity.' The children really enjoyed making their own electrical switches.