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Eagles & Hawks (Year 5)

Teachers: Mrs Clark, Mr Hadden & Mrs Durkin

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Jenner, Mrs Snow

Starting Year 5…

Our Exploring Space topic began by recreating a cockpit environment and watching a video of a real space mission launch into space. Seeing 60 children, (and the Headteacher) lying on their ‘cockpit seats’ facing the ceiling was a sight to behold! This vast and fascinating area of science shall be linking all of our learning together up until half term and we are sure that children will be inspired to find out more too. We are in the process of building our own Moon Buggies as part of DT whilst in Literacy We are reading through our first text of the year, ‘Cosmic’, by Frank Cottrell Boyce. This is proving to be a real hit with the children. Learning from the structure and content of this story, children shall be creating their own, shorter version over the course of the first month of term.

In Maths we are spending a week learning fascinating facts about how our brains actually make more connections when we really struggle with a learning challenge. Lots of thought provoking questions and activities form the focus of each lesson but the message is clear – replace fixed mindset thoughts with growth mindset statements like the ones below in order to reach your potential as a mathematician:

 

Fixed mindset

Growth mindset

I’m not good at this

What am I missing?

I can’t make this any better

I can always improve.

I give up

I’ll use a different strategy.

I’ve made a mistake. I’ve failed.

Mistakes help me to learn.

I just can’t do this

I am going to train my brain.

 

After this we settled into our Year 5 routine and have had a great two weeks getting our teeth into our learning and familiarising ourselves with the new routines and expectations.

Having completed our Exploring Space topic, in Science, we will be studying forces and the machines that help make working against these forces easier e.g. pulleys, wheels, wedges, screws. Two investigations based on both science topics shall be undertaken in due course.

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 guitar 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. We will be following an indoor scheme of work which develops key skills across PE skills base.

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