Teachers: Mrs Clark, Mr Hadden & Mrs Durkin
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Carter, Mrs Fox, Miss McCarthy, Mrs Vincent
To help get the Spring term off to a cultured start, the Y5 teachers spent the first two weeks helping children prepare to perform the narrative poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’ in front of a live audience. Along with this, children were put into groups in order to create an animation illustrating the particular part of the poem they had been assigned. The short films were varied, creative and surprising – each one reflecting the unique personalities of those who made them.
Both children and staff were so encouraged by the turn out and positive atmosphere – thank you to all who came and helped make it such a memorable evening (and for helping to consume the wine and cheese!)
For the rest of the Spring term, in Literacy, we shall be focusing firstly on Explanation texts – learning how to present information about a certain topic in a clear, concise and informative way. This will lead into an exploration of narrative texts where children will immerse themselves in fantasy worlds brought to life by wonderfully rich and imaginative language.
Maths, Science and DT learning will converge under the banner of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) using K’nex to build and investigate machines and electrical circuits.
In RE the focus this term is on Sikhism. It is refreshing and eye opening for children to learn about belief systems which contrast with their current patterns of thought and life. We even have a special visitor travelling from Totnes to run a workshop for children about her belief in Sikhism and how we can learn from Sikh stories.
The children are learning how to play the ukuleles in music and in PE are either swimming or playing football (all year 5’s will have swimming lessons for a 6 week unit over the course of this year) as well as follow an indoor scheme of work which develops key skills.
What we have been up to in the autumn in year 5…
We have had a fantastic start to year 5! We launched our Castles and British History topic by spending the first three days planning and making catapults! We had been challenged by ‘King Fixed of Mindset’ to defeat him and his negativity castle so, working in pairs, we had to research our design, choose the correct materials, measure the wood correctly, saw it accurately and use a glue gun to construct our catapults. The finished results were excellent and we all managed to fire marshmallows at the King’s negative statements and replace them with positive, growth-mindset statements such as:
What am I missing?
I can always improve.
I’ll use a different strategy.
Mistakes help me to learn.
I am going to train my brain.
After this we settled into our Year 5 routine and have had a great two weeks settling into our learning and getting to know the new routines and expectations.
We did a week of ‘Inspirational Maths’ which introduced us to some really important Maths messages that linked with our growth-mindset statements and gave us opportunities to challenge ourselves in fun and exciting ways. We are taking these messages through as we start our first unit on number sense.
We have spent these first two weeks revising how to use dictionaries and thesaurus to support our spelling and vocabulary as well as writing short pieces of descriptive writing using different stimuli. We will be starting our first text next week alongside the launch of our main quest.
Following our catapult building we have just completed a mini quest investigating chronology and looking at the timeline of British History between 43AD and 1066AD. Our main quest is ‘Why would someone build a castle here?’ and we are starting this following our launch trip to Cardiff Castle next Monday (25th September). In this quest we will research and investigate different aspects of castles in the local area – their history, geographical location and uses over the years. We will also include challenges using art, maths and literacy skills. This quest will be completed using independent learning where the children will make choices about how to complete and present their work.
In Science we are studying forces and have so far used our catapults to investigate different forces and mechanisms. We will be extending this by looking at forces used for parachutes and boats.
As well as this we will be studying the unit ‘People of God’ from the scheme ‘Understanding Christianity’ in RE where the children will be looking at how following God can bring freedom and justice.
The children are learning how to play the steel pans in music and in PE are either swimming or playing tennis (all year 5’s will have swimming lessons for a 6 week unit over the course of this year) as well as follow an indoor scheme of work which develops key skills.