Blogs: Y5 2018-19

Wednesday, 17th July, 2019
Daily Mile Update from 5FL
Due to the heat of the summer, 5FL has not been running as frequently or as far as we were in the Autumn and Spring terms. However, we have made some progress! Although it seems impossible to reach our target of Moscow, we have just crossed the border of Estonia, which is approximately 1,530 kilometres, or 950 miles! Well done 5FL!
Monday, 13th May, 2019
Daily Mile Update from 5FL
Back in the autumn term, 2018, Year 5 children in 5FL started running a Daily Mile three times each week. So far, as the crow flies, our journey has taken us across the east of English, through the coast of Holland and across the northern coast of Germany. We now find ourselves more than halfway through Poland and well on the way to our final destination of Moscow. Will we make it by the end of Summer term? Who knows? What we do know is that, as a class, we have covered 871 miles (1402 kilometres)!     
Thursday 21st March 2019
NCA CSI trip!
Wow! What a day. The children had such an exhilarating time at the North Cambridge Academy CSI day. With a jam-packed day and lots of fun and exciting activities to complete, the children really showed their scientific abilities. 
Take a look at some of the children's own thoughts on the day below and it would be a crime not to check out some photos of the activities!
Wednesday 20th March 2019
Daily Mile update for 5JC
5JC are now 812 miles into their daily mile running, picking up some more miles today. New York may be a stretch, but the children are definitely up for the challenge and with (hopefully!) warmer weather on the horizon, the children will be putting in the work to get there!
The children have now collectively run as far as; Madrid (Spain); San Marino; Wroclaw (Poland); and Oslo (Norway)!
Keep up the hard work, 5JC!
Tuesday 19th March 2019
This week in maths, the children have been revisiting fractions.
So far, we have recapped; ordering and comparing fractions using <  >  and  = ; finding equivalent fractions and their decimal value; and adding and subtracting fractions less than 1! The children have been working incredibly hard and are really showing the adults in the classes what they can do!
We have even been thinking of some fractions puns, in order to make it a little more fun! Have a read of some of the children's play on words: 
"We've had to work really hard, using our WHOLE brain!" 
"We have really learnt about the POINT of decimals!"
"We've been using three TENTHS of our fingers to write these answers!"
Some excellent learning so far, Year 5!
Tuesday 12 March 2019
The Year 5 and 6 children were very luck to have had some special visitors in school last Friday, as they were visited by the folk music group 'Young'uns'. 
They provided both year groups with exciting workshops, teaching us all about certain historic moments in history in a fun and engaging manner. It was very pleasing to see the children enjoy this type of visitor and they were talking about it all day on Friday! 
Have a look at some of the pictures below to hear what the children thought of the visit and check out the Young'us website here:
Wednesday 6th March 2019
Daily Mile update for 5JC
5JC are now 747 miles into their daily mile running, picking up some more miles today. 
The children have now collectively run nearly as far as; Madrid (Spain); Florence (Italy); Vienna (Austria); and into the Faroe Islands!
Keep up the hard work, 5JC!
Thursday 28th February 2019
Year 5 has been taking the opportunity to undertake some outdoor learning this week. On Thursday morning, we practiced for our assembly on the outdoor stage area and in the afternoon we went on a 'parallel and perpendicular line hunt' in the playground. The children were careful to use correct mathematical labeling for their findings.  
Wednesday 27th February 2019
In Year 5 this week, we have started a new P.E. focus: 
In these sessions, we will be practising many different skills, training like an astronaut. Today we practised our agility. Check out the course we ran and some of the times we managed!
Tuesday 5th February 2019
It's Safety week at Shirley School and the children spent today focusing on Internet Safety. 
For our Internet Safety day the children spent some time discussion some of the dangers that could be presented to us on online, particularly through gaming and social media. We also looked at the age stated on the terms and conditions for different social media apps and how they differed from what we all thought.  
They then worked in groups to discuss the internet safety theme of permission and consent. We discussed how we need permission and consent to do certain things, such as add friends to group chats (if the rest of the group does not know them) and sharing pictures of other people online. We discussed how we also have to give our consent and permission to games and websites, such as enabling location services on a game. The children then acted these out in groups, looking at how they could change the scene to ensure they were following the theme of permission. 
Great work, Year 5!
Wednesday 30th January 2019
Here at school, during Hilltop week, some of our year 5 and year 6 children have been enjoying a spot of mask making. Inspired by carnival and superhero masks, as well as genres such as 'space' and 'the natural world', the children have come up with their own patterns and designs.  
Tuesday 29th January 2019
The children had a surprise this morning when they found our new display! 
As we delve deeper into our Space Explorers topic, we will be finding out lots of interesting facts and completing lots of fun and exciting activities. Check back regularly to find more posts! 
Friday 25th January 2019
Daily Mile update for 5FL
5FL have now collectively run 678 miles (1091 km) so far since we began running the Daily Mile. The children have passed through Belgium and Germany, and are ever closer to our final destination, Moscow (1,836 miles from Cambridge).
Keep up the hard yards 5FL! 
Friday 25th January 2019
Daily Mile update for 5JC
5JC are now over 1/6 of the way to New York city! They have collectively run 691 miles (1,112km) since they begun their daily mile challenge. 
The children have now collectively run nearly as far as; Barcelona (Spain); Venice (Italy); Bergen (Norway); and past the Shetland Isles!
Keep up the hard work, 5JC!
Thursday 17th January 2019
As part of our space topic this week, the children in Year 5 have been junk modelling space crafts. Inspired by the challenge to design a rocket to take them from Earth to the International Space Station, they worked in super quick time to design these beauties (see pictures below from 5FL).  

Tuesday 15th January 2019

FIRST LEGO League – Regional Tournament

In their first ever venture into LEGO Robotics, the Shirley School FIRST LEGO League team performed admirably at the FIRST LEGO League regional tournament at the Department of Engineering.

On the day, the children continued to practice and challenge their programming abilities, tinkering and developing new programmes to try and beat their best score of the day. The robot the children built, was able to follow a lot of the children’s programming and ensured the children were able to perform at least two of the tasks on the mat in the two and a half minute time frame. This included a challenge we had yet to complete in practise, with the children creating the programme on the day itself! It was excellent to see such wonderful team work and cooperation (even when the robot decided not to follow the script!)

To top it all off, the children won one of 6 trophies available on the day for following the FIRST LEGO League Core Values, which include: discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion and teamwork! Such a wonderful end to a fantastic day!

I am very proud of the children’s first attempt at such an exciting competition and I know they are all raring to get back involved with programming once more!

Brilliant work, SPS_TEC!

Thursday 10th January 2019
Some of the Year 5 children visited St Mary's school today and had a great time experimenting with hydrogel. 
They explored how much water the hydrogels absorbed, using skills including; prediction, recording information in tables; and drawing a class bar graph. 
With a few more trips still in store, we can't wait to hear what they get up to in their next scientific experiment!
Wednesday 9th January 2019
Daily Mile update for 5JC
5JC have 'hit the ground running' in their quest to collectively run as far as New York City by the end of the academic year. The children have now run a total of 636 miles (1,024km) over the course of the year so far, so there is still a lot of ground to cover, but they are on their way!
The children have now collectively run as far as; the Norwegian coast; Munich (Germany); Marseilles (France); and into Spain. 
Keep up the hard work, 5JC!
Thursday 13th December 2018
Today in Year 5, the children created their Christmas cards.
We designed Christmas trees using strips of coloured paper before adding a star and writing out our inserts. It was a very creative session and the children will be adding some colourful glitter to their work tomorrow. 
We hope everyone enjoys their cards when we finally get them home!
Wednesday 12th December 2018
The Year 5 children visited St George's church on Chesterfield Road today. 
They had a great time, thanks to the church members and were able to enjoy being a part of an excellent experience. The children were given a brief talk on the Christmas story, before taking part in many different activities, including; clay modelling and colouring; 'Christmas graffiti'; a Christmas story collection and reenactments; and some Christmas inspired arts and craft activities. 
The children were respectful, polite and courteous throughout and really demonstrated the schools values out in the local community. 
We are really proud of them and thankful to Ruth and the other helpers who provided us with this wonderful experience! 
Monday 10th December 2018
Today in maths, Year 5 showed their ability to measure angles using a protractor.
First they drew lots of intersecting lines across their paper. They then measured the different angles using a protractor, before finally writing the angle in the correct space. The children had lots of fun and showed how well they can work collaboratively.
Great learning, Year 5!
Thursday 6th December 2018
Some of the Year 5 children have been visiting St Mary's School in Cambridge as part of a joint Science program. The children have had a great time over the past couple of sessions and have been very excited by some of the experiments they have been able to take part in. 
This week, the children took part in an activity to create rainbows using different liquids. They looked at the density of liquids and the properties of colours, before creating their mini rainbows in test tubes. 
Great work, Year 5!
Thursday 29th November 2018
In maths this past week, Year 5 have been investigating the properties of shape.
To start off the week, we created 3D shapes using multi-link and then drew some of these into our books using isometric paper. This helped us to see how we can draw 3D shapes as 2D shapes and then understand what it would look like in physical terms.
We then look began looking at the nets of 3D shapes and created our own by cutting out the nets and sticking them together using tape. 
Today, the children investigated how different nets can make the same shape. We spent the lesson using polydron to see how many different cube nets we could find. Whilst we didn't find all 11, we have begun to understand how to visualise shapes from their 2D forms. 
Can you work out all 11 different cube nets? Make sure none are reversed! It's trickier than you'd think! 

Friday 16th November 2018

During anti-bullying week, we have been thinking about what bullying behaviour is.

At the start of the week, we took pictures of the class's odd socks and we watched the 'Andy and the Odd Socks' music video. We found this really amusing because they were rapping about odd socks!

On Wednesday, we creatively acted out some skits about the difference between bullying behaviour and non-bullying behaviour. We presented these in groups, in front of the class. It was interesting to guess what each group were performing. We also designed colourful posters to help others understand what bullying behaviour is.

Afterwards, we watched a video about how two apples might look the same on the outside, but how on the inside they might be bruised. We thought about how this might be the same for emotional bullying behaviour, because you can’t see it on the outside, but it can affect people on the inside.

Today, we have shared what we have been learning this week, with the rest of the school in sharing assembly. We think this week has helped us to learn a bit more about the difference between bullying behaviour and non-bullying behaviour. 

Take a look at some of our posters below.

Monday 5th November 2018
This week we have been continuing with our class book: Oliver and the Seawigs.
The children have been working hard writing content for their own persuasive holiday brochures, based up on their own made-up rambling isle holiday destinations. Soon we will be putting our journalistic hats on to create newspaper reports based on the adventures of Oliver, Iris the mermaid, Mr. Culpepper the albatross, and Cliff the rambling isle.    
Thursday 1st November 2018
Some excellent work in Year 5 this afternoon, with the children working hard researching biomes for their leaflets and documentaries. 
Today's focus was on the animals and plants that are able to live in their biomes. The children found some really interesting facts and added these to their plans. 
Brilliant collaborative learning, Year 5!
Wednesday 31st October 2018
Today the children continued their script writing for their News reports. They did a great job of ensuring their was a dialogue between the news reporters and the characters that they will be introducing.
It's been brilliant seeing the children work together on this exciting project and to see some of their excellent ideas. 
We are all really excited to begin trying out 'greenscreening' next week, so check back for an update on how the children got on! 
Wednesday 31st October 2018
In maths this week, we have begun working on our new topic block of fractions. 
The children began the week recapping multiples and factors, to support them in the coming week. Today we used that knowledge to help us simplify and find equivalent fractions.
We created fractions by flipping two number cards and placing the smaller number as the numerator and the larger number as the denominator. If they could simplify their fraction, they scored a point. If they couldn’t simply the fraction, they scored no point.
The children really enjoyed this fun way of simplifying fractions! Take a look at some of the pictures of the children at work!
Friday 19th October 2018
Daily Mile update for 5JC
After a full three weeks of completing the daily mile 3x per week, 5JC have managed to run over 340 miles. As we are currently only running 3x a week, that averages out to around 37.8 miles a day! This is a brilliant start to our daily mile target of reaching New York by the end of the academic year and the children themselves are beginning to see how this daily exercise is helping them to concentrate and get fitter. 
As you can see from the map, 340 miles means we've collectively run as far as Dortmund (Germany), Nantes (France) and Dundee (Scotland)!
End of Autumn A
Wow! What a jam-packed term Year 5 have had to start the new year!
We've had a lot of fun with our topic - What a Wonderful World - exploring many different aspects of our planet and the different biomes found around the world. We have tested our knowledge of the world; completed world map jigsaws; created average temperature graphs; and researched animals, humans and plants that live in certain biomes.
We are really looking forward to continuing this topic after half-term, where we will be creating exciting informational leaflets and David Attenborough-style documentaries!
Have a look at some of the excellent learning from our topic so far and remember to check back to see how we are getting on in the future!
Friday 12th October 2018
Daily Mile update for 5JC
We've been really getting into the daily mile in Year 5, currently running on three of the five days each week. Over the past two weeks, we have accumulated a total of roughly 200 miles! As you can see from the map, this means we've nearly collectively run as far as Torquay (Devon), Snowdonia (Wales), Durham and even Rotterdam (Netherlands)! 
Our aim as a class, is to run as far as New York  by the end of the academic year, so keep pushing yourselves 5JC!
Thursday 4th October 2018
As you may know, our topic in English this term, is the wonderfully creative book 'Oliver and the Seawigs'. We have been doing some exciting work in English (see below!) and we are currently in the process of writing a non-chronological report, based on the Rambling Isles found in the book. 
We have decided to link our computing this term to this topic. The children's plan is to create a 'News report bulletin' using their reports as a basis for their script. Today, we began planning for this, by creating storyboards for how they would like their news reports to look. From this, the children will begin researching how to make a news report and discrete skills around search engines, before beginning filming using standard video and green screening! Finally the children will edit their videos and create a short news clip about the Rambling Isles. 
The children are all really excited to create this, with lots of collaborative decision making taking place today. Check out some of the children's storyboards below and look out for more computing based posts in the near future! 
Friday 28th September 2018
Today, we had a great time creating clay Seawigs based on our own interpretations of what a Seawig may look like (see below!). 
The children used their hands to create the basic shape that they wanted their Seawig to be and then they used a toothpick to add the fine details. The children were really engaged and enjoyed being able to manipulate the clay into their final design. 
Once we had finished, we created 'sculptor descriptions' to allow the rest of the class an insight into why we had designed our clay the way we had, before finally having a 'gallery walk' for the children to admire each other's work.
Great work today Year 5! Take a look at some of the pictures below to see the children's work!
Thursday 27th September 2018
In English this week, we have been exploring the character of the Seawigs in 'Oliver and the Seawigs'.
To do this, we have read a chapter from the book and discussed some of the different aspects of the Seawigs (did you know that they swim around collecting treasure in their 'hair'?!). We then drew our own Seawigs and added adjectives and figurative language to describe what we think they might be like. 
From this information, the children will begin creating non-chronological reports. The children are really excited at the prospect of creating these as it will ultimately lead to us creating Seawig news reports in our Computing lessons!
Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the children's brilliant ideas and check back tomorrow for pictures of another exciting activity!
Wednesday 19th September 2018
Maths update!
This week we have been brushing up on our place value knowledge! On Monday, focusing on decimals (tenths and hundredths) we made our own place value counters. We then used these as a visual tool to identify various decimal numbers. 
On Tuesday were learned about the power of 10. As an outdoor learning activity, we took it in turns to be place value holders. The children then became numbers, placing themselves in front of the place value holders to make a 6 digit number. We learned what happened and where we moved each time we multiplied or divided by 10. 
Today we are making our own place value sliders that we can use to solve 'x10' questions!  
Monday 17th September 2018
What a Wonderful World!
Our new IPC topic this term focuses on the world around us and we have been doing some brilliant learning today gathering all the knowledge we already have about our world. 
First we wrote down all of the countries we knew and put them into different categories, such as; countries far away; countries on our continent; countries separated by a body of water; and what countries we are near. We then had a go at drawing a world map. 
Take a look at some of our learning in the pictures below!

Thursday 13th September 2018

In English this week we have started our new topic, based on the book 'Oliver and the Seawigs' by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.The first part of this topic is writing a diary entry from Oliver's perspective about returning home after spending his entire childhood travelling.

In order to do this, we have been trying to get into Oliver's character. We've read through the first 11 pages, created emotive adjectives to describe how he might be feeling and even hot-seated using the text to support our answers!

Take a look at the video below to see some of the children's questions and responses!


Monday, 12th November 2018
This week we have been continuing our journey with our class book, Oliver and the Seawigs! The children are finishing off their persuasive holiday brochures this week, based on the touristic attractions of their own made-up rambling isles. We will soon be moving on to creating our own newspaper reports based on the adventures of Oliver, Iris the mermaid, Mr. Culpeper and Cliff the rambling isle.     
Thursday 6th September 2018
Welcome back! 
The new Year 5's had a great first day back at school today.
The children got stuck straight into writing about their summer break this morning, with some lovely anecdotes and brilliant handwriting. We are very proud of how quickly they transitioned back into the school day. 
We then began our PSHE topic 'beginning and belonging', creating our Class Charter for the year and playing some ice breaker games. 5FL particularly enjoyed their parachute games on the field! 
We're all really looking forward to this year, so be sure to keep checking back on the blog to see some exciting work and learning throughout the year.