Summer Term - 20.4.20
Hi guys, I hope you are all happy and well and had a restful Easter break. Now that we are getting back into the swing of working on a daily basis, I want to remind you to keep up with your home learning. Please log into myUSO everyday and share some of the learning you have been doing at home. This can be in the form of digital documents or photos. You can also just message me and let me know what you've been doing.
I would also like to point out two amazing new resources which will really help with your learning at home. The Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize are now doing daily lessons for every year group in the country. The resources are really really good, with videos and activities. I will put the links with the resources in the above folder. Please check them out and let me know how you get on.
Keep in touch and take care.
Year 5 Spring Term Report and Easter Holiday Activities
Hello Year 5 parents, carers and children,
We hope this finds you happy and well. Due to the current conditions, it is not viable to write individual reports for all the children because we missed out on a proper assessment week. However, we are posting a Year 5 report, with targets we would like you to work on during the upcoming weeks. We will not be posting daily schedules during the Easter Holidays (April 4th-19th) but we will be checking in from time to time to see how you are getting on. Please do not feel you have to achieve all the targets in the next two weeks- we all need to rest and relax too.
Along with all the targets, we have given useful links that provide guidance and activities to help achieve these targets. Ofcourse, we will provide any further assistance if needed.
We appreciate that it is very tricky to learn at home in the same way you did at school and all we expect is that you are trying to continue your learning as best you can.
We miss you and are immensely proud of the efforts you have shown so far.
Ms Harvey and Mr Webb (your Year 5 team)
French Home Learning Link (some activities for the Easter Holiday and beyond)
Whilst we're at home, I would like to read reviews of all the books you are reading. Below is a template to help you with everything that needs to be included. What is the book about? What has or hasn't the author done well? Is this book similar to any other books you've read before? Would you recommend it to anyone? I can't wait to hear from you.
Home Learning During School Closures
During school closures, we will be providing children with daily tasks and weekly projects online. These tasks will be found on these class pages, as well as the my uso online platform. Below are some instructions to help you use my uso at home. Children will need their usernames and passwords. These were distributed before the school closure. If your child does not have their login details, please call or email the school and we can provide them.
First go to https://my.uso.im/ or Google 'my uso'
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you have all had a very healthy and happy summer. I'm very excited about the year to come and looking forward to the experiences and the learning we are all going to share.
As always, if you have any queries or need to speak to me please don't hesitate to do so.
Please see some learning materials, including videos and attachments, that the children can look through at home.
Keep watching this recommended reads thread of pictures and always be ready to recommend some challenging texts for your peers.
It is updated every week, so you never know - your book just might be next on the list.
On Tuesday 25th February 2020, it was Pancake Day (as known in the UK). In Lime Class, we decided to look at how various places around the world celebrate at this time of year.
Do all countries celebrate in the same way?
We discovered that there are a large number of countries that celebrate with a carnival, also known as Mardi Gras, which means 'Fat Tuesday' in French. We learnt about why carnivals are used as a way of celebration at this time and the real historical reasons why pancake day was established.
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and even Pancake Day in the UK, is an annual festival. Falling just before Lent, it traditionally marks the last opportunity for fun and feasting before 40 days of "self-denial".
Festivities begin at the beginning of February, leading up to Mardi Gras day, and consist of parades, dancing in the street, costumes and masked balls. The modern Carnival tradition developed in Europe in the Middle ages, and is celebrated mainly in Roman Catholic communities in Europe and the Americas today. Some of the most famous celebrations are held in Nice (France), Cologne (Germany), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and New Orleans (USA).
Victorian Classroom Workshop
On Monday, Year 5 visited a Victorian classroom in Gunnersbury and had a first-hand experience of being a child at school during the Victorian era. We had a great time, but it was definitely a shock to see just how much has changed for children since the Victorian times.
In music, Lime Class have been learning about the different terminology used in music relating to the composition of music and their elements:
Pulse - Steady beat like a heartbeat
Rhythm – A pattern of sounds of different lengths
Melody – the tune
Pitch – high or low notes
Duration – length of time the note is played for
Tempo – the speed that the music is played at
Dynamics – changing volume to make the listener feel a certain way
Most of the countries in the Commonwealth were once governed by Britain as part of the British Empire. After they became independent many became part of a family where they could work together and help each other.
Click on the link and learn about countries that are in our Commonwealth.
There's even a quiz afterwards to test how much you've learnt.
We are beginning to look at descriptive writing in English. We shall be basing our writing on our class novel: Coraline.
In today’s lesson, our teacher helped us to memorise a model text through using a text map. This entire piece of writing was represented using symbols and images.
Once we memorised the piece of writing, we got into groups, and created our own actions to represent each part of the text map. This was then presented to the rest of the Year 5 cohort.
Half term homework has been given out (English, maths and 1 topic project due at the end of the term).
Here's a video to help with your project:
Next half term (Autumn 2), Year 5 will be building confidence and recall with addition and subtraction methods. Year 5 will be working on problem solving, involving the use of formal written methods and mental methods too.
We have been learning about healthy living and the various food groups that we require to upkeep this healthy lifestyle.
See the attached video and document for the information that supported our learning this week.
We have been learning about Earth and Space. So far, we have focused on the planets that exist in our solar system and explaining how day and night occurs.
See the attachments for the information that supported our learning this week.
We have been learning about why staying hydrated is extremely important for our bodies. We were specifically focusing on the role that water plays for our bodily health.
We have booked a workshop for Friday 11th October 2019. This workshop will be used for the starting stimulus for the children’s learning on Greeks. They will have a chance to explore the wonders of the Greeks through numerous activities and are welcome to dress up for the day.
The morning workshop consists of a short introduction to Greek life and culture, followed by other engaging activities.
After lunch, your Greek warrior will demonstrate his weapons and armour. Then the differences between the city states of Athens and Sparta are explored, and the children take a lesson in democracy, which is followed by a mini Olympic Games.
The great battle of Gaugamela between Alexander the Great and King Darius will round off an engaging and fun day.
In PSHE, we have been looking at healthy living, including the choices we make when it comes to food according to their nutritional value.
Our class project includes the design and making of smoothies made from fresh fruit and vegetables.
In this lesson, we all had a chance to taste a wide variety of fruit and vegetables (some of which we had never eaten before in our lives). We began creating a range of combinations with the food to see which fruits and vegetables would compliment each other in a smoothie.
This enabled us to accumulate a list of ingredients that we agreed for our smoothies.
This week, a parent workshop took place to show parents how we learn about place value using various images and representations. This was provided with the aim of parents being more confident to support the maths mastery ways of teaching at home.
We were visited by the Book Bus today and Lime Class enjoyed the opportunity to browse, make new book discoveries and discuss the books they bought.