Year 5

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The children have been producing amazing work this half term.  In maths, we have been focusing on angles and are about to start working on area and perimeter.  We have also taught the children to multiply using the 'column method' and divide using the 'bus stop method'. We experienced an aweome hook day to start our new Literacy and guided reading topic.  The children carried out scientific experimenets to introduce the subject.  They all had the opportunity to study meteoroids, meteors and meteorites, and then measured the craters that were made (the small, medium and large stones and sand trays came in very handy).  The children have also designed and launched a space rocket, everyone managed to cope with the smell of vinegar, which did linger for a couple of days.

The book we chose to cover was 'George's Secret Key to the Universe' by Lucy and Stephen Hawking.  In Literacy, the children are now boxing up their version of a trip taken by Annie and George, two of the children in the story.  Our next book to cover will be non-fiction about Major Tim Peake, continuing our space them until the end of term.

We finished the term with our Science Fair, displaying the chilren's homework projects. The children were extremely proud of their work and were very articulate when explaining what their project was about.


The theme this term for Literacy, Topic, Art and Science is all about our Solar System.  Year 5 had the opportunity to visit the South Downs Planetarium in Chichester.  When we arrived at the Planetarium, we all went into the meeting room.  The children were given their timetable for the day and our first activity was to go into the Planetarium.  The staff at the Planetarium had set the night sky to what the children should see that night from Gosport.  As Gosport is a town, they showed everyone what the sky looked like with 'light pollution' (street lamps) in place.  Then, gradually, this was removed to show what the sky looked like if you lived in the countryside - the difference was amazing and the children were spellbound!  After the show ended, it was question time, with some very well thought out questions asked of the Planetarium staff.  In the afternoon, one group had a talk about space rockets and the International Space Station, whilst the other group ahd a 'search and find' quiz to complete - the children then switched over.

In Literacy, we have been researching features of different planets in readiness for our final piece of Literacy, a factual piece of writing about the children's own fictional planet  They have been working incredibly hard, focusing on different styles of sentences so that their piece of writing will be amazing.  In Art, we have been investigating an artist who focuses on space art, Peter Thorpe.  Peter uses abstract backgrounds to enhance his space pictures and the children have had great fun plannign and painting their backgrounds, followed by designing and chalking a planet.  They are going to make a fantastic, colourful display.  In Maths, we have been measuring, converting different measurement and weights.  We are now working on time, so if you get a chance, please encourage your child to have a go at telling the time on an analogue clock, it's somehting that quite a lot of children find tricky.


As December fast approaches, it is time to look back on the children's learning since we returned from the October half term holiday.  We started our new literacy and science topic about volcanoes with a practical lesson on how to make a volcano using vinegar, soap and bicarbonate of soda.  The children were totally focused on the activity, which produced some awesome results.  This set the stage for an amazing literacy topic about Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.  The children have spent the last few weeks learning skills that they need to be a newspaper reporter.  The outcome is to write a newspaper article about the final day of Pompeii.  In geography, we have been learning about volcanoes, the different types of volcanoes, where volcanoes are situated and how a volcano erupts.  In guided reading, we have been reading various texts about World War I, as the important 100-year anniversary of armisitice approached.  We also made and decorated poppies, a whole school activity, writing a message on each one.  You may have seen the colourful display around school.  In P.E., we have been fortunate to have a sports coach, Charlie, to teach the children the skills that they need for basketball.  In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication and division.  This has involved learning about factors and multiples and learning how to use a grid method to multiply.  The children are also working out word problems, where they find key information before they start their number sentences.  

As the term progresses, in Maths we have finished adding, subtracting, multiplying and division.  The children have worked extremely well at sorting out the information that they needed to work out word problems.  We have now moved onto fraction problems.  In Literacy ,we started the term by looking a 'Sky Song' and have moved on to 'A Christmas Carol'.  We have supported literacy by watching the film version of the book.  The children have written diary entries from the view of each ghost and are now finishing the unit by writing Scrooge's diary.  IN guided reading, we have studied to books, 'The Imaginary' and 'A Christmas Carol'.  The children have read excerpts from the books and have completed tasks appropriate for each book.  They are beginning to show appreciation for different genres of books.  In Science, we have been looking at how materials can change permanently or revert to their original state. 


This academic year has already started with so much excitement and action and we hope this enthusiasm continues throughout the year.  Most of the Year  children got to head down to Stubbington Study Centre and work on their team building skills alongside making dens, scouring the shore for fossils and shark teeth and hiding from the very tired farmers who just wanted to protect their chickens.  Those who did not attend the Stubbington residentail had an equally exhilarating time here at school and worked on their circus skills.  They got to see some incredible live performances. The children are now learning about Narnia and had the opportunity to demonstrate their creative flair when writing setting descriptions for how Narnia once was.  In maths we are working our way through place value and children are building their confidence in reading and writing numbers up to 1,000,000. 

During this term, in guided reading, we have been studying 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'.  All of the children have enjoyed the book and they have been improving their guided reading skills.  In Literacy, we have enjoyed 'The Wilderness War', a story about a group of inner city children fighting to save a piece of wasteland, that they played on, from a property developer.  We were lucky that one of the teachers in the year group managed to borrow a 'For Sale' sign, which was placed near the wooded area; we explained that the woods were going to be 'sold off' to a property developer.  The children planned, and wrote, amazing letters to Mrs Shaw, giving her some very persuasive comments about why the woods should not be sold. We are now coming to the conclusion of 'The Promise', another briliiant book, that has given us some great opportunities to extend litercy knowledge.

In Maths, we have been working on addition and on what we already know.  The children have been very surprised about just how much they do know about sets of numbers, which they had not linked beforehand.  They have also been working on word problems, picking out key information before they attempted the problem.  In Science, we have been looking at various life cycles - of butterflies, dogs and swans.  In ICT they have also investigated the life cycle of an animal of their choice.  We ended the half term with our Harvest Day where the children enjoyed making soup.