Year 5 Blog

Welcome to our Year 5 Blog. Watch this space for information on our topics and photos of our work and learning!
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.