Welcome to Year 5 Maple Class
This webpage will be a celebration of the children's learning at East Acton Primary, as well as resources, advice and links to further their learning at home. If you would like any advice or resources that I haven't provided, please arrange a meeting with me after school and I'll be happy to work with you. Mr Webb and the Year 5 Team.
Maths Passports: 'Maths Passports' are a way of testing and improving children's mental maths skills. Mental maths skills are essential and will be tested in the Year 6 SATS. Children will be tested every week in class. I will provide children with a practice test each week for home-learning on a Friday, as well as their passport containing their current targets. Children should be able to complete each column in their test within one minute and one minute only. Please practice these skills with your children and ensure they can calculate the questions using only their mental maths. For any further guidance I am more than happy to help.
Home reading journals: Children should be reading on a daily basis and logging how much they have read in their reading journals. We will be checking to see if children have read and will provide them with new books whenever needed. As well as daily reading, I would recommend the children to write a book review for every book they read. I have given guidance on how to write a review in class but I expect one from every child to be written as part of home learning. The best reviews will be celebrated and rewarded.
Spelling: New spellings will be given out on a Friday and children will be tested the following Friday. The words I provide are words designated in the National Curriculum and will be tested in the Year 6 SATS. Therefore, it is essential that children learn these spellings and the associated spelling rules. I will reward children who consistently practice their spellings and I will be informing parents/carers about the spellings that your children are struggling with. If you have any questions regarding spellings or home-learning in general, please arrange a meeting with me after school.
Home Learning projects: Every half term, children will be set a project based on the term's topic. Guidance will be provided on this page. The projects are due before the end of the term and will be displayed in a home learning gallery after school. For any questions about projects or other aspects of home learning, please see me and I will be more than happy to provide guidance.
PE in Year 5 will be on Thursday afternoons. Correct kit (and participation) is essential. Please check out the picture below and ensure your child has the correct PE kit every Thursday.
Week 5 - Spr 1 - 4.2.19
Victorian Day (4.2.19)
On Monday 4th February, Year 5 spent the entire day in a Victorian Classroom. The rules and curriculum reverted to those in the 19th Century. The children worked hard on their three rs (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic). They also spent time in the kitchen baking a traditional Victorian dessert: Bread and Butter Pudding! Overall the children were impeccably behaved, but one or two were subjected to the finger stocks and dunces hats!
Take a look at the pictures below.
Don't forget the Victorian toy home learning projects are due next week!
Week 4 - Spr 1 - 28.1.19
On this page we're going to start posting book reviews of books that we've read and would recommend to others. We're going to begin with a book review from myself (Mr Webb) and the highly talented Maia. We hope to have a procession of reviews as the year goes on. Enjoy and get reading!
Far From Home by Berlie Doherty
'Far From Home' is the companion novel to Berlie's Doherty's 'Street Child'. The story follows the story of two sisters, Emily and Lizzie, during the Victorian era. These are the sisters of Jim Jarvis, the main character in 'Street Child'. I picked up this book because we are currently reading 'Street Child' in class and I was intrigued to find out what happened to Jim's sisters, as very early on in 'Street Child' the siblings are separated.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that 'Far From Home' is equally as enthralling as 'Street Child'. It contains the same fascinating insight into Victorian England, a period of history which I really love.
Berlie Doherty has a very readable style and she does a wonderful job of creating characters that the reader can picture. One gets a real idea of what life would have been like during the Victorian era, as well as being entertained with an emotional and captivating story.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed 'Street Child' or someone that wants to learn more about Victorian Britain.
Reviewed by Mr Webb
The Kingdom of Gems- Candara's Gift by Jasper Cooper
This book has detailed description of the dark sorcery of an evil wizard who plots to steal Candara's gems so he can become king, with the help of a homeless dog named Jamaar, a beast creature and an old man named Howard.
I would definitely recommend this book to older readers who understand the mature language. This book is part of a trilogy, and although I have yet to read the other two books in the series, I still love this book. It intrigues me the way the author has specifically described the story with figurative language such as 'frozen in mid-air all as still as stars resting in a night sky.'
I am really looking forward to reading the next two in the trilogy.
Rating: 5 of out of 5
Reviewed by Maia Gill
Week 3 - Spr 1 - 21.1.19
Victorian School Workshop - Gunnersbury Park Museum - 24.1.19
On Thursday 24th January, Year 5 Maple Class traveled back in time and found themselves within a Victorian classroom in the year 1891. This was the year when the Education Act was passed in parliament and schooling became compulsory. The children were taught by the dutiful Miss Prism and were overseen by the ruthless Mrs Killjoy.
As a whole, Maple Class were the models of well behaved, studious pupils. But a few were not as idyllic and swiftly felt the wraith of their merciless teachers.
Below are pictures of this amazing experience. I would highly recommend completing a follow up visit to Gunnersbury Park Museum, as it is free and holds amazing insight into Ealing's past.
Victorian Day - 4.2.19
On Monday February 4th, Year 5 will be partaking in a Victorian Day. During the entire school day, children will be taught in way similar (although not nearly as cruel) to the way in which children were taught during the Victorian era. We hope this will help the children to learn even more about the period (and appreciate how lucky they are to be educated in the 21st Century). In order for the day to be a success, children MUST be dressed as a Victorian school child. Girls should wear a black dress with a long skirt, a white pinafore and white bonnet. Boys should wear a white shirt, black/grey trousers and flat cap. Please see the images below. Do not feel the need to spend great sums of money, these items can be sourced cheaply.
Spr 1 - Week 2 - 14.1.19
Spring Poetry Recital- 'Spring' by Christina Rossetti
Here is Maple Class's poem for the spring term poetry recital. I chose this poem because it was written during the Victorian era (and obviously it's about spring time). I expect the children to learn the entire poem, so that they could recite it in years to come. The poetry recital will take place during spring term prize giving on Monday April 1st. Please begin learning the poem as of now.
Spring by Christina Rossetti
Frost-locked all the winter,
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
What shall make their sap ascend
That they may put forth shoots?
Tips of tender green,
Leaf, or blade, or sheath;
Telling of the hidden life
That breaks forth underneath,
Life nursed in its grave by Death.
Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap put forth their shoots;
Curled-headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.
There is no time like Spring,
When life’s alive in everything,
Before new nestlings sing,
Before cleft swallows speed their journey back
Along the trackless track –
God guides their wing,
He spreads their table that they nothing lack, –
Before the daisy grows a common flower
Before the sun has power
To scorch the world up in his noontide hour.
There is no time like Spring,
Like Spring that passes by;
There is no life like Spring-life born to die, –
Piercing the sod,
Clothing the uncouth clod,
Hatched in the nest,
Fledged on the windy bough,
Strong on the wing:
There is no time like Spring that passes by,
Now newly born, and now
Hastening to die.
Spr 1 - Week 1 - 7.1.19
Spring 1 Home Learning project - Victorian Toys
Our topic for this half term is The Victorian Era. Please see the guidance below regarding the home learning project. There is also a document with some suggestions and instructions.
Aut 2 - Week 7 - 10.12.18
In Science this term we have been learning about Materials and their Properties. This week we conducted an investigation on dissolving to see if temperature affects the rate at which sugar dissolves. It would be really useful to follow up on this further. Please visit the links below continue your learning at home.
Aut 2 - Week 6 - 10.12.18
For homework this week, Year 5 pupils are being asked to practice their prime and square numbers. They will receive a sheet similar to the one they had to practice their 9 times tables. This proved to be highly beneficial with all children now being secure in their 9s knowledge. Please use the sheets to practice their prime and square numbers. The sheet is not to be completed and returned to school, but act as a guide to assist practice at home. See me if you have any questions about Maths or this particular homework challenge.
Hit the Button
Below is a link to play the game 'Hit the Button', an online game which helps pupils develop their times tables, as well as other maths skills, notably: square numbers. Many of you will already be familiar with it, but if in case you're not, please have a go. It really does help.
Aut 2 - Week 5 - 26.11.18
Here is our poem for the Autumn Term: 'London Snow' by Robert Bridges. It is a beautiful poem which describes the marvel that snow in London brings- making the uneven, even. Every child has been assigned three lines and they must learn them over the weekend. We will be reciting the poem to the rest of Key Stage 2 and parents at prize giving in the last week of term. Please help your children to learn their lines and discuss the writer's use of language to convey the sights and emotions that snow in the city can bring.
by Robert Bridges
When men were all asleep the snow came flying,
In large white flakes falling on the city brown,
Stealthily and perpetually settling and loosely lying,
Hushing the latest traffic of the drowsy town;
Deadening, muffling, stifling its murmurs failing;
Lazily and incessantly floating down and down:
Silently sifting and veiling road, roof and railing;
Hiding difference, making unevenness even,
Into angles and crevices softly drifting and sailing.
All night it fell, and when full inches seven
It lay in the depth of its uncompacted lightness,
The clouds blew off from a high and frosty heaven;
And all woke earlier for the unaccustomed brightness
Of the winter dawning, the strange unheavenly glare:
The eye marvelled - marvelled at the dazzling whiteness;
The ear hearkened to the stillness of the solemn air;
No sound of wheel rumbling nor of foot falling,
And the busy morning cries came thin and spare.
Then boys I heard, as they went to school, calling,
They gathered up the crystal manna to freeze
Their tongues with tasting, their hands with snowballing;
Or rioted in a drift, plunging up to the knees;
Or peering up from under the white-mossed wonder!'
'O look at the trees!' they cried, 'O look at the trees!'
With lessened load a few carts creak and blunder,
Following along the white deserted way,
A country company long dispersed asunder:
When now already the sun, in pale display
Standing by Paul's high dome, spread forth below
His sparkling beams, and awoke the stir of the day.
For now doors open, and war is waged with the snow;
And trains of sombre men, past tale of number,
Tread long brown paths, as toward their toil they go:
But even for them awhile no cares encumber
Their minds diverted; the daily word is unspoken,
The daily thoughts of labour and sorrow slumber
At the sight of the beauty that greets them, for the charm they have broken.
Aut 2 - Week 4 - 19.11.18
Next week is assessment week and the children will be tested on their use of all four operations. Below is information in regards to division. We will be working on division in more detail in the spring term, but I urge you to begin practicing at home now. The children have been working hard on their multiplication skills, and these are essential for using division. If you have any questions regarding division, or any other aspect of your child's learning, see me ASAP.
Aut 2 - Week 3 - 12.11.18
In Maths, we will now be developing our multiplication skills. Please look at the methods described below. Children should also be practicing their 9 times-tables (in particular), using the exercises given for homework. If you have any questions about multiplication, or anything Maths related, see me ASAP.
Aut 2 - Week 2 - 5.11.18
During this term we will revise the four operations in Maths (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We have currently revised both addition and subtraction. Below are examples of how addition and subtraction could/should be calculated. Please have a look and see me if you would like further guidance. Multiplication and division advice will follow in the coming weeks.
Aut 1 - Week 7 - 15.10.18
As part of the children's home learning, we expect every child to write one book review every month. The review can be based on a book they are currently reading, or one they have read in the past. We have practiced writing them in class, so children should have an idea of how to write them at home. I have posted a link to a great website below called 'Books for Keeps', which has many book reviews to help inspire and instruct. Read the reviews and get writing your own. I will post the best book reviews on here. Please have a go at writing one over the half term. I will of course provide any necessary help if needed.
Aut 1 - Week 6 - 8.10.18
This week in Maths, we have been practicing the Roman numeral system. Check out the explanations and challenges below.
In Roman times people didn’t use the same number system as we do today. They used combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet to show different amounts. These are called Roman numerals. Seven numerals are used to represent numbers.
The numerals only represent the numbers 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000. All other numbers are formed by stringing the numerals together. Zero does not have a numeral to represent it.
The numbers we use today are from the Arabic number system. We have ten digits (0–9) from which we can make any number we want. The numbers in the chart show how some Roman numerals are formed. What do you notice about the Roman numerals? Can you spot any patterns? Can you think why they might be written like this? How do they differ from the numbers we use?
All of the numbers from 1 to 10 can be written using the Roman numerals I, V and X.
The Romans used the idea of adding and subtracting numbers to help them write their numbers.
If a numeral was put after another they were added together, e.g. VII is V + I + I, which is the same as 5 + 1 + 1 = 7.
If a numeral was put in front of another then that number was subtracted from it, e.g. IX is 1 less than 10, which is the same as 10 – 1 = 9.
All of the numbers from 11 to 20 can also be written using the Roman numerals I, V and X.
Do you find it easy to work out which numbers the Roman numerals represent?
Are some easier than others?
Roman numerals have been used throughout history, not just in Roman times.
They are often used when rulers of countries, such as kings and queens, or important leaders, such as the Pope, share the same name or role.
Look at the list of Kings and Queens of England from the last 300 years. There are lots of Kings named 'George', so the numbers help people know which King is which.
When Prince William becomes King, what will his title be?
Even though the Romans lived many years ago, we can still see Roman numerals around us today. There are many examples of years being written in Roman numerals.
You might see them on a building to show when it was built. The building in the picture has MCMXXII carved on it. This means it was built in 1922.
The 'AD' before the numerals isn't part of the number. This means Anno Domini, which is used to number the calendar years since the birth of Jesus Christ. Before this, years are labelled 'BC' which means Before Christ.
Roman numerals also appear at the end of films and television programmes to show when they were made. For example, a programme made in 2017 would have MMXVIII displayed at the end.
Which year were you born in?
How would that number be written in Roman numerals?
In English this week, we have been writing newspaper reports. Below is an informative video showing how a real journalist goes about writing a professional report.
Aut 1 - Week 5 - 1.10.18
Aut 1 - Week 4 - 24.9.18
Ancient Greek Workshop - 27.9.18
We had a fantastic Ancient Greek filled day this Thursday. We were joined by Dan, an amazing historian. He brought with him, an array of artefacts and clothing to transport us to Ancient Greece. We performed myths, engaged in a sea battle and even had a mini Olympics! Check out the photos and continue your research at home!
Aut 1 - Week 2 - 17.9.19
In topic this week, we studied Ancient Greek democracy and compared it to modern UK democracy. Watch the video links listed below and learn more at home.
The topic this term in Science, is Earth and Space. If possible, check out the documentary series called Cosmos on Netflix. It really is a phenomenal series and captures the wonder of science and astronomy in particular.
Aut 1 - Week 1 - 10.9.18
Please practise reading different types of clocks with your children and encourage to say the time in different ways such as: 3pm, 3 o'clock, half past three or 3:30. Time keeping is an essential part of learning.