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.
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.
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.
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.