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Year 5

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P.E. - Our P.E. lessons are every Wednesday.  If they are in school, children need to come to school dressed in their P.E. kit with suitable footwear on this day.

Reading Records - signatures will be counted each Thursday.  Children can read to themselves but the record must be signed by an adult. 

Homework - will be set Friday via Seesaw and needs to be submitted by 9am the following Thursday.

Term 2

Street Child - Berlie Doherty

This term our focus text is Street Child by Berlie Doherty (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  The book is set during the Victorian times and as such a lot of our learning will be based around this period in history.  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

Street Child Synopsis

Jim Jarvis is a runaway.  When his mother dies, Jim is all alone in the workhouse and desperate to escape.  But London in the 1860s is a dangerous and lonely place for a small boy and life is a constant battle for survival.  Just when Jim finds some friends he is snatched away and made to work for the remorselessly cruel Grimy Nick, constantly guarded by his vicious dog, Snipe. Will Jim ever be free?

Class News

Friday 2nd December 2022

In our English we have been writing past tense reports exploring what Britain was like during the Victorian times.  Our writing focused on three main areas: Queen Victoria, school life and the workhouse.  We have now started our narrative unit.  Last week we paused our class text Street Child as we are going to have a go at writing our own endings to the story before finding out what actually happens.  So far we have written a synopsis of what has happened in the story so far.  We left the story at quite a pivotal moment so it will be up to us to decide how we think the story ends for Jim.  We have done a lot of History lessons this week which has been lots of fun.  On Monday we spent time exploring Victorian artefacts that have been loaned to us from the Museum in the Park.  We had to guess what we thought the artefacts were.  Then we thought about how they were different from what we use today.  We mostly discovered that a lot of what we use today relies on electricity which wasn't the case during the Victorian times.  We then went on to thinking about chronology and where the Victorians fit into the wider historical context.  We used what we had learnt in previous years (and a bit of guess work) to order different events/periods of time.  We then created a timeline.  Yesterday we spent time thinking about the question 'Would you rather live in Stroud today or Stroud during the Victorian times?'  We looked at many pictures/paintings of Stroud during the Victorian time and discussed what we could see in them and how it was different from today.  We recognised several of the places in Stroud still today from the pictures.  At the end of the lesson most of us decided that we would rather live in Stroud today.  In Art we have created our final pieces of work based on the Victorian artist William Morris.  We just our image once and then Miss Jordan scanned it into the computer and then reflected it four times to recreate the block printing style.  We are just finishing off adding the colour to these and then they will be finished.

On Wednesday we visited Stroud High for our Festival of Learning.  They have been coming to visit us in school for the past eight weeks.  Whilst there we took part in a Science, D.T. and Music lesson.  Check out the pictures of our day below. 

Friday 18th November 2022

In our English over last two weeks we have been working on writing a recount.  We pretended that we were Jim - the main character from our book - and wrote a diary entry at the end of his first day in the Workhouse.  Next, we are going to be working on present tense report writing where we will be writing about Queen Victoria.  In History/Geography we have been learning about The British Empire.  We learnt that Britain was once the greatest empire the world had ever seen and ruled over a quarter of the world's area and population.  We then used the laptops to complete a digital mapping task.  We used Digimaps to locate the countries that were once a part of the British Empire at one time or another.  In PSHE and our reading lessons this week we've been focusing on Anti-Bullying week.  We had lots of sensible discussions around this issue and know what to do if we are victims of bullying or see someone else being bullied.  In Science are currently learning about electricity.  We have had a go at creating simple circuits and have learnt about the symbols associated with the different components that are used within circuits.  We then drew the circuits that we had made.  This week, we were given circuit diagrams and had to work out whether or not the circuit would work or not using our scientific understanding of what makes a complete circuit.  Next week we will be carrying out some investigations to gather evidence to support or refute an idea.  

Friday 4th November 2022

What a fantastic first week back we've had so far.  We started off the week by exploring the first chapter of our new text Street Child.  In this chapter, the family spend their last shilling on a gravy-filled meat pie so in D.T. we made our own versions of this.  We peeled and chopped a selection of vegetables before cooking them in the slow cooker along with the meat.  Once this was all cooked the pies were assembled and cooked.  Then it was time for the good part - the eating!  On the whole, the pies went down very well and were liked by most of us.  Check out pictures of our D.T. work below.  Linked to this, in English we have been writing instructions for how to make these delicious pies.  In Computing we carried out a research task all about Queen Victoria.  In Art we have begun learning about the Victorian artist William Morris.  In our first lesson we spent time looking at his artwork and discussing the common themes.  We established that there is nature in all of his work, the colours are generally quite dark and dull and they featured repetitive patterns.  In future lessons we will learn more about William Morris and will then eventually have a go at creating our own piece of art in his style.    

Term 1

The Explorer - Katherine Rundell

This term our focus text is The Explorer by Katherine Rundell (please see below for a synopsis of the story).  The book is set in the Amazon Rainforest and as such a lot of our topic work will be based on learning about rainforests.  Below is an overview of what we will be learning in each subject. 

The Explorer Synopsis

From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him.

As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.

Except, it seems, someone has been there before them …

Class News

Friday 4th November 2022

Class News

Friday 14th October 2022

This week we have been very busy in class practising for our sharing assembly - our first one for several years!  We do hope you enjoyed it.  Besides practising our assembly we have been very busy with our learning.  In English we wrote our persuasive letters to the Brazilian Environments Minister last week and this week we have been combining our Science and English learning together.  In Science we are learning about the lifecycles of different animals and comparing them.  Then in English, we are writing a present tense report about different animals lifecycles so far we have written our introduction, a paragraph about mammals and a paragraph about birds.  Next week we will finish it off by writing about insects and amphibians.  In Maths we have moved on from our place value unit this week and have started working on addition and subtraction.  Last week in Geography we created thematic maps showing the population of both Brazil and the UK.  We then compared what was the same/different about them.  We noticed that the population was much more spread out in the UK whereas in Brazil the heavily populated spots were along the Amazon river or on the coast.  In our final art lesson of the term we created our final pieces using acrylic paints.  We all became artists for the day and created our own piece of art in the style of the artist we've been studying.  Please check out the pictures of our finished work below.

We have also continued to enjoy our weekly Forest School sessions each week.  Sadly next week is our last week but we will be working with Mr Meadows again a little later in the year.  Below are some photographs of what we were up to this week.  

Friday 30th September 2022

Last week in English we wrote newspaper reports recounting the plane crash that the characters in our book experienced at the beginning of the story.  This week in English we have started our unit of work on persuasive writing.  We spent time exploring a persuasive letter and looking at the structure and features of this text type.  Next week we will be writing a persuasive letter to the Brazilian Government trying to persuade them to make deforestation of the rainforest illegal.  We have spent time this week learning about deforestation so that we have a good understanding of what it is and the consequences before we start our writing next week.  In Maths we have continued our work on place value and will soon be moving on to our next unit of work.  In Science, we have been learning about reproduction in plants.  We have learnt that plants reproduce in two different ways - sexually and asexually.  Today we have set up an investigation where we are going to be seeing if we are able to propagate new plants from cuttings we've taken from a parent plant (check out the pictures of this below).  In small groups, we decided which part of the parent plant to take a cutting from using our scientific understanding to explain why we'd made our decisions.  We will continue to monitor our plants over the coming weeks/months to make observations of the changes that happen.  Last week in Art we learnt about an American artist named Nick Gustafson.  We learnt about him and his style of art.  We spent time discussing the common themes of his artwork and what we liked about them.  This afternoon we are going to plan our own piece of artwork based on the style of Nick's.  Next week we will create out final pieces and use acrylic paint to add colour to make them as vibrant as his.  

Friday 16th September 2022

Well what a fantastic first two weeks we have had exploring our new topic based around The Explorer.  We spent our first couple of days exploring the first few chapters of the book and predicting what we thought was going to happen to the four children who are stranded alone in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest.  In English last week, we spent time thinking about what it would be like if we were in the middle of the Rainforest.  We thought about what each of our senses would experience and then wrote a setting description.  This week in English, we have been exploring story openings and have had a go at writing our own.  We tried really hard to make our openings exciting to make the reader want to read on.  In Maths we have been working hard on place value and exploring numbers to 10,000 - look out for this in our homework this week.  In Science we are learning all about living things and their habitats and are beginning by learning about plants and the parts of a flowering plant.  We got to dissect lilies and labelled each of the parts.  In Art we have been using acrylic paint and exploring different washes and painting techniques.  We will be using acrylic paint when we come to create our Topic Book covers in a couple of weeks.  In our Geography lessons we started off by learning about the countries that were in South America.  We had to locate each of them in an atlas and then on our map and then label them using the countries flag.  This week we have been learning about biomes and the different climates, landscapes, animals and plants that can be found in each one.