Below is our most recent blog from Year 5. This includes a summary of the two weeks including any important information for the coming weeks (reminders etc). These will be updated every other Friday.
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Friday 20 July
How can one class squeeze so much into one term? We will never know. Since the end of the Easter holidays we have managed to squeeze in, Bikeability, a STEM challenge day at Kingston Grammar School, Pupil Parliament elections, Sports Day, alongside trips to Hampton Court, Southwark Cathedral, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at the Orange Tree Theatre, Kingston Art College and the Stanley Picker Gallery.
We also should not forget the Key Stage 2 production, in which the children in Year 5 flossed, danced and sang their hearts out. This time next year it will be their turn to be in the Year 6 limelight. What a way to end the school year, the children really showed themselves in their best light and it highlighted how far they have come this year in so many ways.
After such an eventful, and sweltering, summer term the children deserve a good rest over the summer holidays, fingers crossed that the warm weather lasts and good luck in Year 6.
Friday 6 July
It is hard to believe we are so near to the end of term with such a whirlwind of activities going on across the school, but especially in Year 5.
Last week saw a triple bill of days out, starting with the amazing ‘Concrete Monsters’ workshop at Kingston College. If you haven’t already, please take a look at the link we sent out via Parentmail this week with details on the exhibition of the work produced.
Moving swiftly on to yet another fantastic Orange Tree Theatre performance with an enjoyable picnic lunch.
This was all rounded off with a spectacular Sports Day. This left a very tired bunch on the Friday but there was no time to rest, as we began to knuckle down on production proceedings! This week the children have been very busy rehearsing: singing, dancing and getting busy with the all important props and costumes! Things must start to wind down at some point...there’s no sign of it yet!
Friday 22 June
Even though the sun is shining and the whiff of summer holidays is in the air, the children of Year 5 have still been cramming in a huge amount of learning. The focus in English has been poetry with the children looking first at the poem ‘What do you want to be?’ by Wilf Merttens and then following this up with ‘Hold fast to dreams’ by Langston Hughes.
As part of their learning in poetry the children have been looking closely at the grammar that the poets used, learning first about adverbs for degrees of possibility and moving onto extended metaphors. The children have produced some lovely and very inspirational poetry based on the work of these two poets.
In maths the children have continued working on fractions, looking at equivalence, comparing fractions with different denominators and using fractions as operators for multiplication and division. In science the children are developing their investigative skills by designing an experiment to explore the effect of upthrust on objects. They will be carrying out and analysing the effectiveness of their experiments next week.
Friday 8 June
What a very exciting start to the final half term for the children in Year 5! It was straight back in on Tuesday morning with another fantastic workshop from our friends at the Orange Tree Theatre. There were so many dramatic techniques and activities packed into the hour and a half that we spent in the hall introducing us to ‘The Merchant of Venice’. Our visit to the theatre is a little way off but we are already eagerly anticipating a fantastic day. There will be more activities to follow up on our session before this so stay tuned to find out more!
Back in the classroom, in other areas of the curriculum, Year 5 have moved on from their topic of ‘The Tudors’ and are now onto ‘Grand Designs’. This means a new class reader and in the English work this week, the focus has been around our designs for ourselves and our futures. This has included discussions and activities based on what the children’s future occupations might be. These will then be linked in to some poetry work next week.
Friday 18 May
Which one of Henry VIII’s wives was famous for the laid back way she entered royal palaces ? The second one - she just used to amble in (if you say it quickly, it works).
It has been Tudors galore for the Year 5 children for the last few weeks and in English they have continued working on the class reading book ‘Treason’. To help them with their writing, they have been performing lots of drama activities including role playing and hot seating.
The children have also begun to present their Tudor projects to their classmates, and the standard so far has been very high and in some cases very gruesome.
Year 5 visited the Historic Royal Palace at Hampton Court last week. As well as being one of Henry VIII’s Tudor palaces, it is also one of the main settings for much of the Treason book. The sun shone for the whole day, the ‘Questioning the Past’ workshop was thoroughly informative and the kitchens were open and manned by some very jolly and chatty ‘Tudor cooks’. It was a fantastic experience for the children and they all enjoyed it greatly.
The children’s math’s learning has had more of a focus on fractions than on the Tudors. In the last few weeks they have been working on converting improper fractions and mixed numbers and finding equivalent fractions.
Friday 4 May
‘Whose helmet is this?’ has been the phrase most heard in Year 5 this week with the start of our Bikeability group sessions. The children have grasped this opportunity well and certainly look the part. A fairly normal timetable has continued to be delivered inside the classroom, with the children continuing to enjoy our focus on the Tudors.
Progress has been made into our class novel, ‘Treason’, and the children have been looking closely at the characters and their motivations this week. This has involved lots of drama work to further understand the emotions of the characters, finishing the week with writing from the perspective of the main character, William. Everyone is looking forward to the visit to Hampton Court next week, which is also featured in the novel.
The unusual format of the week has lent itself very well to a more investigation-based week in maths work. The children have explored concepts such as fractions and systematic strategy using playing cards and other resources.
Friday 20 April
Welcome back everyone! It was off to a strong start for the Year 5 children this week, commencing the new topic for the term—‘The Tudors’. This is always a highly anticipated and exciting topic with the children having some previous knowledge but with so much new to learn! It is fantastic also to have such a strong local connection with this topic, as you will have seen with the Hampton Court Palace trip letter coming out - keep those slips coming! To put a new spin on the topic this year, we are using another fantastic ‘Power of Reading’ text: ‘Treason’ by Berlie Doherty.
Across the curriculum this week there have been many other fresh starts in the subjects including; forces in science, negative numbers in maths and exploring the internet in computing.
Thank you for being so prompt with registering for bikeability, we look forward to this in a couple of weeks time.