Year 5 Blog

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


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.