In our ‘Designing for Life’ topic, we remixed the ideas behind the game ‘Pac Man’ and the book, ‘The Iron Man’ to invent our very own games. Click on the link and leave a comment to let us know your thoughts on our programming skills.
Over the Easter Break, we are researching the greatest children’s books of all time. We are going to be interviewing as many people as we can to find out what books they enjoyed as children and the reasons why, so that we can make a definitive list to help Year 5 to make more informed choices in the future.
We will return to school on Thursday, 20th April with a presentation, in the format of our choice, to share with the class.
If you don’t have the opportunity to share your favourite children’s book with our class, then please comment below so we can learn what your recommendations are.
Remember, children are also expected to be practising their target times-tables and reading regularly with an adult each week. Also, children can help continue with the fantastic progress they are currently been making by continuing to access Mathletics, Bug Club and Languagenut over the holidays.
One evening a farmer’s son, a boy called Hogarth, was fishing in a stream that ran down to the sea. It was growing too dark to fish, his hook kept getting caught in weeds and bushes. So he stopped fishing and came up from the stream and stood listening to the owls in the wood further up the valley, and to the sea behind him. Hush, said the sea. And again, Hush. Hush. Hush.
Suddenly he felt a strange feeling. He felt he was being watched. He felt afraid. He turned and looked up the steep field to the top of the high cliff. Behind that skyline was the sheer rocky cliff and the sea. And on that skyline, just above the edge of it, in the dusk, was…
What did Hogarth see? How did he react? Write the next section of the story, focusing on action and description.
On Monday, you will be sharing which times-table you are currently working on and the different methods you are using to practise them. Does anyone at home have any good tips you can share?
What are the best 10 inventions that we use in our lives?
For homework this week, research about the 10 most important or interesting inventions of your life and create a time line of them. They might go all the way back to the beginning of time or they might be only recent inventions, so really think about what is important to you!
The Dubai Expo 2020, which is a modern day equivalent of Prince Albert’s ‘Great Exhibition’ have created a really fascinating poster about what they think are the key inventions. What do you think? I personally agree with ice cream cone but I think I’d have the hamburger rather than a hot dog.
This week, we carried out a homophone investigation. Which homophones do you get mixed up when you are writing?
Have another go at playing the Homophone Pair Game. Which level can you play confidently? Do you understand what the different words mean? Can you use them in your own narrative sentences?
Create your own homophone posters like the ones above to display on the learning wall.
On Monday, the Year 5 children competed in a LEGO City Building Competition, as part of their topic: Designing for Life. There was a real buzz of purposeful creativity in the room, as the children worked brilliantly in teams to create their cities.
There were thoughtfully designed houses and shops, lit from within by some carefully wired lights; some aerial train lines, which grew less precarious as the morning progressed and some artfully designed leisure spaces. You can see the children enjoying the process here.
And here are the finished cities! We would like to thank Derrick Speed for facilitating such an enjoyable, action-packed workshop. It was great to see the children hard at work, designing for life.
What are you reading?
Please create a Book Review to encourage other children in the year group to borrow the book this year.
Introduce the book.
Tell us about the book, but don’t give away the ending!
Tell us about your favourite part of the book or make a connection with another book / film / TV programme / a real life experience.
Give a recommendation (e.g., If you like…, you will love this book or I recommend this book to anyone who likes…).
We will display quality reviews in the Book Corner.
This week you have made a prototype glove in science and DT. Your homework for this week is to write and explanation of how you did it!
Remember to include the key features of an explanation text:
1. Write a title at the top of your page explaining what your piece of writing is about.
2. Write a few sentences to explain what gloves are and what they we use them for. You could start your sentences with: ‘Gloves are…’ and ‘People have been…’.
3. Start a new paragraph. In this paragraph EXPLAIN how you made the gloves. To do this, break down the process into steps. Try to use the following connectives in your writing: firstly, secondly, next, after that, then, later and finally. Draw diagrams to help explain your writing if needed – make sure these are drawn neatly and coloured in well.
4. Start a new paragraph; use this paragraph to end your explanation writing by summarising what you have written about.
5. Read back through your work to check that it makes sense.
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On Wednesday afternoon the year 5 classes had a peace workshop with Rev Sheridan James. Sheridan told us about lots of ways to feel peaceful or to try and find peace in our daily lives. We had this peace workshop, so that we could get a better understanding of what peace meant for our RE work.
First Sheridan showed us a PowerPoint with lots of pictures of what she thought was peaceful. Then Sheridan told us about her pilgrimage to Iona, which is an island in Scotland where Christianity first began. She chose to do a pilgrimage to Iona, because it’s popular for its singing and Sheridan loves to sing.
A few years ago Sheridan did a 6 day retreat in st Beuno’s in North Wales which is when you stay silent for a whole 6 days! It made her feel peaceful and relaxed. We talked about how everyone around her were doing it for the same reason so they were respectful and stayed silent as well. This meant it was calm and peace
In R.E year 5 have been learning about peace so the Rev Sheridan James came to our school to educate us about peace. First Sheridan told us about where she finds peace then she asked us where we find peace, I said my garden. Next she sad that churches can be noisy but they can also be very peaceful.
On the 3/2/17 the Reverend Sheridan from St Catherine’s Church came to our school to give us a peace talk. She told us about her silent pilgrimage for 6 days and how she had to be very quiet and not make any noise. If she made a massive commotion in the area, she would trigger other people’s noises and make a problem. We also went on a silent pilgrimage to St Catherine’s Church that is located at the top of Telegraph Hill Park. We all carried one stone each and on the journey, year 5 stopped two times to say a little chant; “Peace within us peace all around us”. We then carried on our journey. When we arrived, we all put down our stones create a lovely Peace Cairn on the steps of the church.
Peace means when you’re doing something relaxing and being silent and taking in every -thing that’s around you. You find peace in places that are calm and silent it’s not just about finding peace you can also make peace by calming yourself down, maybe spending a little time alone. A women called Sheridan came into our school and gave us a talk about peace. She told us lots of new and interesting facts about peace. Sheridan also told us when she went pilgrimage she had six day of silence. Sheridan challenged us to walk up to Telegraph Hill in silence, which is about 15 minutes away from our school.
At Wick Court Farm it was really exciting, because we got too do many exciting things. One of my favourite things was making the new lambs a new stable for them to sleep in with their sheep mums. We did this by getting straw from a bale and stuffing it in for the sheep who would be sleeping in it. Another one of the things I really enjoyed was herding the sheep to their new home. We did it with Group one and we had to form a chain of people so that no lambs could escape. The idea was that the lambs would follow their mothers their mothers and their mothers would follow food. Quite a few times the small lambs managed to escape or go the wrong way but in the end we managed too