We are coming to the end of our fractions unit and the children have been working so hard with all of their new learning. We have learnt to add, subtract and multiply fractions. Our lessons this week involved some very tricky challenges, which everyone has approached with a positive attitude and displayed great perseverance. Some children even asked to take more challenges home to complete!
Our Thursday morning was very exciting this week as some of our parents joined us in class! We learnt all about when Christingle is celebrated (between Advent Sunday and Candlemas) and, after learning about what each part of the Christingle represents, created our own. Our adults were then able to join us in the hall for a wonderful service with Reverend Diane. Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for this event!
We have really got stuck into our fractions unit in Year 5 this term, learning all about equivalent fractions, adding, subtracting and simplifying fractions. When learning how to convert between improper fractions and mixed numbers, we used Numicon and Cuisenaire rods.
We started our new science topic this week by dissecting a flower to learn all about the different parts. Our posters below show the names of the parts, along with their job.
Black History Month Learning Logs
Over the half term holidays, children were asked to find out about a famous figure from Black History. Have a look at some of our fabulous work...
Most of Year 5 took part in a cycling session this morning. Children learnt how to cycle around a track and practised techniques for travelling around a corner. Everyone then moved onto cycling in and out of cones, under bars and over ramps, before finishing with a race! What a thrilling way to end the half term!
Anglo Saxon Food
It was an exciting end to our topic work on Wednesday when we learnt how to cook pottage, an Anglo Saxon soup. Everyone used 'bridge' and 'claw' to carefully prepare the vegetables for our hearty soup. We were very impressed with our finished results, although we're not sure the rest of the school enjoyed the smell of our boiled cabbage!
Our Science focus for the half term has been all about materials. This week, we designed an experiment to answer the question 'Which metal is the best conductor of electricity?' The methods ranged from rating the brightness of a bulb to the time taken for a buzzer to sound.
We have been working very hard practising our spellings for homework. Here are a few photos of our most recent, fabulous work...
National Poetry Day
We enjoyed looking at Last night I saw the city breathing by Andrew Peters. After identifying examples of personification, we explored the effect of these on the reader. We then selected our favourite phrase from the poem and drew pictures to represent it. Our afternoon was filled with performance poetry as we learnt and performed our poem to Year 1.
Our computing unit for the half term is 'We are cryptographers'. In looking at how information is communicated, we have learnt how to use semaphore signals, Morse code and the Caesar cipher.
What a fantastic first week back we've had in Year 5. We have settled in to our new classroom, routines and roles and have already launched our Anglo Saxon topic. Our week began with attempting to make an origami penguin... This proved a great reminder of the importance of having a growth mindset when approaching new challenges, which will really help us in this new school year!