Year 5

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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.