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Year 5

Friday 21st July

Well it has been our last week in Year 5 and what a week it has been! We have had lots of fun, thinking about the good times we’ve had and all of the adventures yet to come in Year 6. It has truly been a wonderful year and Mrs Fitzroy and Miss Henry are so proud of each and every one of us.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to our parents and carers who have supported us along the way and who have helped us rise to the challenges of upper KS2. We all feel ready for our final year at primary school and we know that we are ready to shine even more brightly.

Well done to all of the children who won awards this year:

Daniel- Head Boy

Aimee- Head Girl

Adam- Pupil of the Year

Tyler- Pupil of the Term

Finally, we would like to wish you a wonderful and safe Summer break and we will see you all in September.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5

xxxxxx

Friday 14th July

What an amazing week we’ve had! On Wednesday and Thursday, we performed our end of year play for all of our family and friends. We did all of our teachers and parents proud; we all performed brilliantly and it turned out to be one of the best plays we’ve had at Lowton J and I.

In English this week, we have been practising using different sentence structures for effect in our writing. We really enjoyed our extended writing on Friday because we were able to show all of the excellent language, grammar and punctuation that we have been learning all year. Well done, Year 5.

In maths, we have been working together to solve some quite tricky problems. It has been lovely to have the opportunity to share our ideas and to find different ways of working.

Next week is our final week in Year 5 and we have lots of exciting things coming up. On Wednesday, it is parent’s open morning where parents can come in open our school reports with us. The door will be open from 9am until 10am if you are able to make it. On Thursday, we have our school disco in the afternoon- we’re really looking forward to showing off our dance moves!

Well done to Daniel who was our Pupil of the Week. Daniel is always kind to others and he has really supported other children in our school performance. He took on an amazing THREE parts (two of which were at very short notice).

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

Friday 7th July

Well with only two weeks to go until the end of term, Year 5 have had another busy but fun week. We have been drawing together all of our findings from science week and creating some excellent presentations. Some children even wrote some wonderful poems to perform in our assembly on Friday. Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with how well we could use the scientific language that we have learnt to explain the quite difficult concepts that we have been exploring. Well done to all of our children for their hard work and mature attitude.

In English this week, we have been perfecting our grammar skills by identifying and using different clauses in both compound and complex sentences. We are getting very good at this and we can’t wait to show these in our writing next week.

In Maths, we have been practising our written and mental methods for all four operations and some of us can do these accurately and with speed. Next week, we will be applying our knowledge of number and place value to problem solving.

On Friday, we got the opportunity to spend a morning in Year 6 with Mrs Price. Although we were nervous at first, we all had a fantastic time. Our behaviour and attitude were outstanding and Mrs Fitzroy and Miss Henry are immensely proud of each and every one of us. We can’t wait for the new challenges of Year 6 where we can prove how fantastic we all are.

Well done to Ben who is our Pupil of the Week. You created a brilliant Power Point presentation and you really went that extra mile this week.

Well that’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

Friday 30th June

This week has been Science Week and we have been learning all about the story ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ where the infamous Captain Bligh, with a group of men, sailed 3600 miles across the Pacific Ocean to safety. This is such an interesting story- please ask us about this at home.

After learning about the story, Year 6 wrote us a letter, asking us to investigate and answer two questions:

How did Captain Bligh’s crew hear their orders over the extreme weather conditions?

How did Captain Bligh tell the time?

We carried out our own investigations, exploring this concept and we got some very interesting results. We found out that you can tell the time using the position of the sun and shadows during the day. We also learnt how we hear sound and the factors that would have hindered Bligh’s ability to hear their orders clearly. One group even explored how Bligh could have made his voice louder and clearer using cones. We had such a fantastic time and now we are creating our own PowerPoint presentations to explain our results. Well done to all of our children for showing an excellent attitude to learning.

This week, we have also been perfecting our grammar skills and we are becoming very good at identifying word classes, phrases and clauses in a sentence.

Can you classify the words in this sentence?

Under the moonlit sky, the children gazed at the flecks of light dancing on the surface of the water.

Our Pupil of the Week this week is Cameron who is a new member of our class. He has made so many friends already and he is a fabulous addition to our wonderful class. He is a sensible, kind and well- mannered boy.

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a fantastic weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

Friday 23rd June

Welcome back to our blog! We have had a very busy week this week and everyone has worked so hard. Our school end of year play is coming together and we all now know our lines and the words to all the songs. This is such a fantastic production and we can’t wait to show you in two weeks.

Next week, it is science week and we will be exploring lots of concepts based on The Mutiny on the Bounty, where Captain Bligh and his men sailed 3600 miles to safety with very little supplies, relying only on their skills and the harsh environment around them. Our science questions are: How did Captain Bligh and his men tell the time? How did they hear their orders in this extreme environment? We will be exploring how the position of the sun and earth help us to tell the time and how sound travels. We can’t wait to plan and carry out these exciting experiments. Stay tuned for updates on our blog next week.

Well done to Daniel who is our Pupil of the Week. He has had a fantastic attitude to learning this week and always wants to succeed in everything that he does.

Well that’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5. xxxxxx

Friday 16th June

We have had another exciting week here in Year 5. On Monday, the LOGOS art exhibition opened and our artwork looked fantastic on display. We are all so proud of our achievements and it really was worth all of our time and hard work. Well done to all of our children for trying so hard. We would also like to thank all of the parents and carers who went to view our work this week.

 

We are making lots of progress with our end of year performance and we can’t wait until we get to show everyone. Our Pupil of the Week this week is Tyler- he has taken on a big part in our play and is doing such a fantastic job. Well done.

Well that’s all for now. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxxx

Friday 9th June

Well it has been such a busy week here in Year 5!

We have been practising for our end of year performance and we are all doing so well! Thank you to all of the children for putting in so much effort and for learning their lines! We have some costumes and extra clothing in school, but we have asked children to bring clothing in for their part in the play. Please don’t go to any expense- homemade costumes are perfect.

In Maths this week, we have been continuing to work on fractions and percentages of amounts. Most of our children have got it now, but we will continue this tricky topic next week until we are perfect! Well done to Aaron- you are a fractions and percentages whizz!!

In English we have been preparing to write our own newspaper reports based on our YEAR 5 BOOKMARK SABOTAGE. We have finally got to the bottom of the terrible incident and we can’t wait to write about it next week. Please ask us about this at home.

Can we also remind you that the LOGOS art exhibition will open on Monday night at 5pm until 7pm. It should be a very positive evening with art work being presented from lots of schools in our area.

Well done to Anise who was our pupil of the week this week- what an excellent attitude you have.

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxxx

Friday 26th May

Welcome back. We would like to say a big WELL DONE to all of our wonderful children for taking part in the LOGOS dance celebration at Leigh Sports Village on Monday. Everyone was fantastic and we are proud of each and every one of them. We were all a little nervous to start with, but as soon as we got on stage, we tried our best and had so much fun. We didn’t forget any of our steps and our performance looked fantastic. Stay tuned for our photographs of the event.

In Maths this week, we have been learning how to use our knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages to solve problems. Well done to all of our children for being resilient learners.

In English, we have been creating atmosphere through action, description and dialogue. Mrs Fitzroy is so pleased with our writing and some of us have been chosen to have our work presented on our ‘Wonderful Work’ wall. You are more than welcome to come in and read them any time.

Well done to Aimee who is our Pupil of the Week. You are a shining example to other children in your class and school.

It has been a very busy half term, but we have all achieved so much. Thank you again to all of our parents and carers for their continued support and we will see you in a week for another jam- packed half term.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxxxx

Friday 19th May

We have had a wonderful week here in Year 5.

We have now performed our dance routine to all of the classes in school and we have had fantastic feedback from everyone! We would like to say a big WELL DONE to all of our children for trying so hard and for showing such resilience. We know that our performance at Leigh Spots Village on Monday will be outstanding. We will record the performance for parents who would like to come in to see it.

On Wednesday, we went to Jodrell bank and we had an amazing time, looking at all of the exhibitions and taking part in some fascinating workshops. In one of the activities, we had to work scientifically to create a device to support the safe landing of an egg! We were given two balloons, Cellotape, paper and string. We had some very interesting creations (some more successful than others). Please ask us about this at home.

Next week, we will be working hard to finish our artwork, ready for our exhibition in June. We will be exploring how to use colour to create atmosphere in a drawing.

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a fabulous weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

Friday 12th May

Wow! We have had a super week here in Year 5!

In English this week, we have been writing persuasive letters based on the controversial subject of ‘fidget spinners in school’. We all had very strong opinions on them, but we could all see both sides of the argument. As a result of our enthusiasm and excellent application of the grammar and the sentences structures taught, we have created some wonderful writing. Well done to Mckenzie, Jack, Tyler and Mia Louisa who really impressed everyone. Well done to everyone for their fantastic attitude to writing.

In Maths, we have been working on our written and mental methods for multiplication and division. We are getting very good as this now and next week, we will be applying these to problem solving and reasoning.

We have also been perfecting our performance for the dance celebration at Golborne High School in a week’s time. After some last minute changes, we are all ready and excited about performing our routine. We have all worked so hard and now it’s our chance to show everyone what Y5 can do!

Next week, we will be visiting Jodrell Bank (Wednesday). Please can we remind parents to send packed lunches in plastic bags with names written on. On Thursday, we will also be visiting St Mary’s Church as part of our R.E topic which will be a short session in the afternoon.

Well done to our Pupil of the Week, Anise. You have shown a wonderful attitude to learning.

We hope that you have a fantastic weekend and we will see you all next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

Friday 5th May

Well it’s been a short week, but we’ve managed to pack so much in! It was times tables week last week, and we are pleased to say that Y5 won the challenge, achieving the most bands overall. We are so proud of all of our children for trying so hard. You are wonderful! As a treat, we have received an hour of golden time, where the children can decide what they would like to do. Mrs Fitzroy suggested that we have ‘Golden Grammar Time’, but that wasn’t very well received.

In Maths this week, we have been solving some quite tricky addition and subtraction reasoning and problem solving questions. We are doing very well, but we just need to remember to explain our ideas fully and to check our answers carefully. Next week, we will be moving on to multiplication and division, where we will be perfecting our written and mental methods and applying these to problems.

In English, we have been using our persuasive skills to write letters based on the book, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt. We have been applying lots of the grammar that we have learnt, including connecting devices within and across paragraphs, modal verbs and adverbs to express degrees of possibility and using parenthesis. Please ask us about this at home: we are becoming very good at explaining these technical terms.

In Science, we have been discussing how scientists have developed theories over time, using the evidence around them and building on existing hypotheses. We have been looking in particular at the ‘Heliocentric’ and ‘Geocentric’ theories. Next week, we will be writing persuasive letters based on our evidence and research.

Thank you to all of the parents who sent photographs of their streets in. We will be using these next week to create our own drawings; we will post some of our creations on the blog next week.

Well, that’s all for now. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

Friday 28th April

Welcome back!

This week in Year 5, we have been practising our dance routine for the dance celebration at Golborne High in May. We are really trying hard and we are so proud of how far we have come in a few weeks. Mrs Fitzroy and Miss Henry think that we are all fantastic dancers! Well done Year 5.

We are also taking part in an art exhibition in June, where we will be presenting our work along with other schools. The theme is ‘celebration’ and we have decided to celebrate our local area; we have been learning how to create some quite difficult, technical drawings based on the artist L.S Lowry. Next week, we will be looking at scale and composition, using our local area as inspiration. We are really excited about this project and we can’t wait to use our skills in mark making and colour mixing to create our own compositions. Well done to all of our children for trying so hard and embracing a new challenge.

In maths this week, we have been using our mental and written methods to solve some quite tricky addition and subtraction problems. We are really working hard to explain our working and to find different ways to solve them.

In English, we have been writing our own instructions to out-smart and capture a fire- breathing dragon. We have produced some excellent writing this week and our children are really trying to apply all of the vocabulary, grammar and sentence structures that we have practised. Well done to everyone!

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxxx

Friday 21st April.

Welcome back! We hope that you had a lovely, relaxing Easter.

We have done so much in such a short week in school. On Wednesday, we began our science topic, Earth and Space; we know the order of all the planets and we can describe their features. We have also been looking at how scientists use evidence in the world around them to form ideas about the universe. We can’t wait for our trip to Jodrell Bank in May! Thank you to all of the parents who sent the reply slips back straight away.

In English, we have been learning how to write instructions, focusing on their key features and how organisational devices help us to understand and read them. We are really enjoying this so far- please ask us about this at home.

In Maths. We have been learning how to draw, estimate and measure angles with protractors. We are all getting very good at this now. Well done Year 5!

Our Pupil of the Week is Ben, who has shown a wonderful attitude to learning. It could have been lots of our children this week: everyone has shown enthusiasm in class.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxx

Friday 31st March

It has been such a fantastic term and all of our children have made lots of progress. Well done Year 5!

This week, we have been learning our new dance for a dance celebration in May. It took a few goes to get it right, but we’ve now got the basic steps. After Easter, we will be perfecting our routine, making sure that we all know it off by heart. Well done to Mary- Jane, Hannah, Annaya and Olivia for helping Mrs Fitzroy and Miss Henry with their moves and coordination!

We have had so much fun carrying out our own experiments in science this week. Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with our attitudes and how well we organised our groups. Well done to Robert, who showed that he can work scientifically and solve quite tricky problems. Please ask us about our experiments at home.

For homework this Easter, we have been given some reading comprehension questions based on a section of a novel, ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ and a writing task based on a picture. Please help us with this if we need it.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of our children for their hard work this term and to our parents for all of their support. We are looking forward to another fabulous term after the holidays.

We hope that you have a happy and safe break and we will see you in two weeks.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxxx

Friday 24th March

Welcome back! This week in Year 5, we have been reading our new class novel, ‘The Marvels’ by Brian Selznick. We are really enjoying it so far and we have been using lots of the wonderful language that we have learnt. Well done to Ben, who really tried hard this week; he created some fantastic sentences.

In English next week, we will be learning how to convey a character through action, description and dialogue. We know that this is quite tricky, but we are ready for the challenge.

In Maths this week, we have been continuing to learn all about fractions and next week, we will be learning how to use their percentage equivalents to solve money problems. We are all working so hard and Mrs Fitzroy is so proud of our wonderful attitude to learning.

On Monday, Year 5 will be visited by Apple Dance Studios, who will be teaching us a dance routine as part of our P.E unit. We are all very excited- stay tuned to see how we get on!

Well done to Hannah who is our ‘Pupil of the Week’. You are trying so hard in your writing and we are very proud of you. We would also like to congratulate all of the children who rose to our challenge of reading at least 4 times this week. Well done to Isobelle, who read a whopping 11 times at home!

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

 

Friday 10th March

Well what a wonderful week we have had at Hinning House! We are so proud of all of our children for their outstanding behaviour and excellent manners throughout our stay. All of our children were enthusiastic and rose to every challenge presented to them- we know that the experience has given them some vital life skills. Well done Year 5. Please read our blog to see all of our pictures and comments.

Mrs Henry and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our parents for their support and to our children for their fantastic attitude to learning and for their help this week. What a wonderful school we are!

Times for parents evening will be given out early next week. If there are any problems, please don’t hesitate to let me know and I will try to accommodate you the best I can.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

Friday 17th February

What another great week we have had in Year 5!

In Maths this week, we have been learning all about reflection and translation and how we can use our skills to solve problems. We have really impressed Mrs Fitzroy with our resilience and mature attitude. Well done Year 5!

In English, we have had so much fun exploring poetry and we have written some fantastic poems. Here is a taster of some of them:

The Dinner Hall Battleground

By Matthew

Thump…thump…thump…. Yaaaagh!

Children screaming,

Children scurrying,

Police are racing,

Teachers bracing, ready for impact.

The marmalade missiles are intact.

 

Upturned tables are battlements.

Children with scissors, cutting cardboard.

The cops are preparing for the oncoming hoard,

Cardboard is made into turrets,

Super sticky honey is used to assemble them.

It is served in one tonne buckets.

 

Cardboards are pulled down on to a set of wooden, homemade wheels.

They gather coats and put them on the wooden frame.

Then the military came.

The result was a ram,

About as big as a beaver’s dam.

And then, day and night,

I will always remember this epic fight.

 

The Day I Rode My Dog

By Olivia

The day I rode my dog was a funny day,

How could I have known?

And what could I say?

Well, with a jump and a zoom,

It happened so soon,

I found myself on top of my old dog, Boom.

As quick as a flash,

And a sudden dash,

We bolted out of an open door!

Sick, stunned, scared- it was spectacular.

We were going round like a fire cracker!

Passing strangers, giving them a LOVELY treat,

Oh what an afternoon,

When I went zoom,

On the back of my old dog, Boom.

 

Cutting Kites

By Jonathan

In Reception one cold day,

The children were lions chasing others.

Teachers repeat, ‘Come in and come in!’

They do come in to make some kites.

There’s someone you need to know,

His name is Jonathan,

He caused, usually, a lot of chaos.

They carried on ‘til the end of the day,

And suddenly the day ended.

Snip snap, cutting kites,

Jonathan is cutting kites.

Of course he was,

He wouldn’t not do it, would he?

 

Well done to all of the children for their effort and hard work this term- they have all made fantastic progress.

We hope that you have a wonderful, relaxing holiday and we will see you in a week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxxx

Friday 10th February

We have had a very good week here in Year 5. We’ve been learning all about coordinates in Maths and we are now experts at plotting points on a four quadrant grid. Well done to all of our children, who persevered in our lessons, especially Aaron- you are a superstar!

In English this week, we have been learning all about poetry, exploring metaphors and alliteration. It has been so much fun reading poems to each other and we are now beginning to use what we have learnt to write our own. As it is Safer Internet Week this week, we even made our own poems to perform in assembly. We all did so well and Mrs Fitzroy and Miss Henry were so proud of us all.

 

Make sure you know who you’re talking to;

Never tell anybody features about YOU.

A bug can hack into your device,

So that’s why we’re giving you this advice.

You never will expect it,

So here are your seven super top tips:

Search engines can have inappropriate clips.

Always keep private details to yourself.

Friends are the only people who you can message online.

Explain to people if you are being bullied on the internet.

Tell a trusted adult if you’re unhappy.

You’re always at risk online

 

We hope that you have a wonderful weekends and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxx

Friday 3rd February

This week, we have been carrying out more experiments based on the changes and properties of materials. We had lots of fun exploring how salt reacts with different liquids and we had some surprising results. From this, we have developed our own questions to investigate and next week, we will be planning, setting up and carrying out our own experiments, focusing on irreversible changes. Well done to all of our children for showing such a mature attitude; it really is becoming an exciting topic.

In Maths this week, we have been learning how to find the area of compound, rectilinear shapes. We have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and we have been solving some quite tricky problems. Please ask us about this at home.

In English, we have been writing our own play scripts based on the book, ‘There’s A Boy in The Girls’ Bathroom’. We have some very talented actors in our class and Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with how well we developed our characters through dialogue and stage directions. Well done Year 5!

Next week, we will be learning all about poetry and we will be reading lots of classic and modern poems. We have been asked to bring in any of our favourite poems from home and we can share them in class.

For homework this week, we have been set a Mathletics task (Area of shapes).

Well done to Matthew, who is our Pupil Of The Week; you have really improved your attitude your learning. Well done.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxxxx

Friday 27th January

Welcome back to our blog! Wow! We have had a great week here in Year 5.

On Monday, we began making our products for our D & T project, using materials from home. We have already made a fantastic start and we have been discussing how our designs are changing through the creative process. Well done to all of our children for being so enthusiastic and for following our design criteria so well.

Also this week, we have planned our own scientific experiment based on our own question. Well done to Daniel, Matthew and Kai, who contributed to our lesson so well and gave us some excellent explanations.

In English, we have been reading, performing and writing our own play scripts based on our class novel, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. We will be choosing parts of the story and creating our own scripts next week.

In Maths, we have been learning how to use the written method for division and interpreting remainders in context. We are all becoming very good at using our written methods and are beginning to understand lots of mental strategies too.

Well done to Anise, who is our Pupil of the Week this week. She had worked so hard in maths and is growing in confidence every day.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry, and all of Year 5. xxxxx

Friday 20th January

We have had a fantastic week this week!

In Maths, we have been learning how to round six digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. We are becoming very good at this and we are proud that we have been resilient learners this week. Well done Year 5! Well done to Aimee, who has really tried hard to master this tricky skill- we are very proud of you.

In English, we have had lots of fun writing our own stories, based on The Viewer by Shaun Tan. We have created some excellent writing today and we are very proud of our work. Well done to Tyler, who has shown a fantastic attitude to learning. Because he has worked hard to punctuate his work correctly, he has created some high quality writing that can now be displayed on our ‘Wonderful Work’ wall. Well done Tyler!

We have now begun our History topic about the Ancient Greeks. We are already fascinated and we can’t wait to find out more. As part of our project, we have been asked to carry out some extra research at home, looking at an area that we are interested in. This may include: Gods and Goddesses; what life was like; major events; the Olympics; artwork. We have been encouraged to create pieces of writing and artwork, but we can present our findings in any way. Please help us with this at home.

We have also been carrying on our investigations into the properties and changes of materials, in science. This week, we explored ‘solubility’ and we got to test lots of different materials in water. Next week, we will be planning and carrying out our very own experiments based on our own question. Here are some pictures of us in action!

Also for homework this week, we have been given some extra spellings and maths along with our usual Mathletics task (rounding numbers). Please help us with this if we get stuck.

Well that’s all for now. We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5. xxxxxx

 

Friday 13th January

Welcome back to our blog!

We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Mrs Fitzroy would like to say a big WELL DONE to all of our children for coming back with an excellent attitude to learning. We have already created some fantastic writing in our English lessons and we can’t wait to make even more progress this term.

This week in Year 5, we have begun our new topic in Science and we have been carrying out experiments, exploring the properties of materials and how they can be changed using heat. Next week, we will be exploring solubility and how materials can be combined and separated.

In English, we have been exploring the book, ‘The Viewer’ by Shaun Tan and Gary Crew. This is a dark story about a curious boy called Tristan, who finds a mysterious object. We have had lots of fun exploring language and we have written some fantastic paragraphs already. Please ask us about this at home. We have also begun our class novel, ‘There’s a boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar. We are hooked on the story and can’t wait to read on!

In maths, we have been exploring negative numbers and how to solve problems using our skills. We are really getting the hang of it, but we now need to work on explaining our answers.

For homework this week, we have been asked to use our books at home to magpie even more fantastic language for our stories next week. We are aiming to collect as much as possible to make our writing more exciting.

We would also like to remind you that all children need to have both an indoor and outdoor kit in school as we will be taking part in activities both in the hall and outside on the playground. Thank you for your support on this.

Well done to Hannah, who was our Pupil of the Week; she has come back with a wonderful attitude to writing.

Well, that’s all for now. We hope you have a fantastic weekend and we will see you next week!

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5. xxxxx

Friday 16th December

We have had another exciting and interesting week here in Year 5.

At the beginning of the week, we wrote our biographies based on a fictional character from our class novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom. Mrs Fitzroy was so proud because we produced some of our best writing yet! Well done to everyone for working so hard. We also started working on our narratives unit, and we had lots of fun learning the story of The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. We will be re- writing the story and creating our very own books next week.

In Maths, we have been creating our own television schedules, working out the best way to present information in a table. We have also been answering and asking quite challenging questions- well done Year 5.

In our topic lessons, we have been learning all about how mountains are formed and we found this so interesting. Please ask us about this at home. Next week, we will be looking at the climates of different mountain ranges and identifying where they are on a world map.

We would like to say a huge WELL DONE to everyone in Year 5 because this week, we won the attendance cup! We hope to keep up our good attendance and win many more! Well done to Tyler, who was our Pupil of the Week. Tyler has a fantastic attitude to his learning and wrote a wonderful biography. He is currently writing a biography of J.K Rowling and we are all looking forward to reading it.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

 

Friday 2nd December

Welcome back!

We have worked so hard this week in Year 5 and Mrs Fitzroy is so proud of all of us.

In our maths lessons this week, we have been continuing to use our written methods for multiplication and we are now beginning to apply these to some quite tricky problems, including missing digit problems. We all tried so hard and we had lots of fun trying to solve them together. Well done Year 5!

In English this week, we have been learning how to write biographies, using a character from our class novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom. We have been working on using a variety of sentence structures to make our writing more interesting for the reader and we are trying hard to vary our sentence openers. On Tuesday, we read a fantastic biography about the famous explorer Robert Falcon Scott and this gave us some fantastic ideas for our own writing and lots of vocabulary that we could use. We are really looking forward to writing these next week and to researching other famous people that we are interested in.

We have been practising our Christmas songs this week, ready for our performance for some of our local, elderly people in the community on Wednesday. We are really looking forward to performing our songs (some of us have even got solo parts).

Well done to all of the children who received Star of the Day this week- we are all very proud of your attitude to learning. We would also like to say a big WELL DONE to Freya, who received our Pupil of the Week award. In such a short space of time, she has made fantastic progress in her writing because of her wonderful attitude to learning. Keep it up Freya.

Well, we hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

Friday 25th November

What a fabulous week we have had!

This week, we became product designers in our design and technology lessons. We are designing a container to take water up a mountain! Our design specification includes:

  • It has to be wearable.
  • It has to keep warm liquid warm and cold liquid cold.
  • It needs to be easily accessable.
  • It needs to be comfortable to wear.

We had such fun sharing our initial ideas and we can’t wait to build on them and start making our prototypes. Well done to Camden, whose design included a jacket with a layer of water in the lining!

In Maths, we have been working on our written methods for short and long multiplication. We are getting really good at this and with a little more practise, we will be ready to start applying it to problem solving. Well done to Olivia, who has worked so hard to get it right this week.

In English, we have been writing our non- chronological reports based on the endangered Sumatran Orangutan. Well done to all of our children for working so hard to punctuate their work correctly.

Next week, we will be learning how to write biographies, using the characters in our class novel, Kensuke’s Kingdom.

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxx

Friday 18th November

What a wonderful week we have had here in Year 5!

This week was Anti- Bullying Week, so we had lots of discussions about how we could tackle bullying and how we can promote a caring and safe environment for everyone in our school. On Friday, we had an assembly, where we got to share some of our ideas with the rest of the school. It was clear to see that all of our children really understood the topic and were keen to ensure that our class and school remains a supportive, caring and friendly environment. Well done Year 5!

In maths this week, we have been working on ordering and comparing fractions and decimals. It was a tricky topic, but everyone gave 100% and we can now solve some quite hard questions. Have a go at one of them.

Put these fractions and decimals in order:

2/5 0.25  3/10  12/100  0.01

Next week, we will be continuing with this topic, moving on to applying our skills to problem solving and reasoning.

In English this week, we have been learning how to write non- chronological reports based on the endangered Sumatran Orang-utan. We have really enjoyed finding out about these fascinating animals and we can’t wait to write about them next week.

On Friday, we were so pleased with ourselves because we all created some of our best writing yet. We are really trying hard to use different sentence structures in our writing and Mrs Fitzroy is so happy with the progress that we are all making. Well done to Isobelle and Matthew, whose work was outstanding (even Mrs Davies was impressed). Well done to Mia- Louisa, who now knows the difference between a proper noun and a pronoun!

We would also like to say a bug WELL DONE to Jonathan, who was our Pupil of the Week; he really has an excellent attitude to learning and always tries his very best!

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxx

Friday 11th November

Wow! What a jam- packed week we’ve had here in Year 5!

In maths, we have been learning different mental methods for multiplication and division. We have been trying so hard to learn our times tables and we are now using our facts to help us solve some quite tricky questions. Well done to all of our class- we all tried so hard this week. See if you can solve this in your head:

126 ÷ 6 =

In English, we have had some excellent debates, discussing whether there should be tougher laws on poaching in South Africa. We hall had some fantastic for and against arguments and some of us had some very strong opinions. Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with the language that we used and how everyone got involved. On Thursday, we wrote our balanced arguments and some of us have produced our best writing yet. Well done Year 5! Next week, we will be continuing to explore non- fiction writing linked to our topic and we will be learning how to write non- chronological reports.

In our science lessons, we have been learning about complete and incomplete metamorphosis in different insects. This is a fascinating topic and next week, we will be comparing the life cycles of amphibians, insects and birds.

Well done to our Pupil of the Week, Kai. You have really tried so hard to improve your writing and we are very proud of you.

For homework this week, we have been asked to practise our multiplication and division methods and to practise our times tables.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxx

Friday 14th October

Year 5 have had a fantastic week this week!

In maths we were continuing to look at area and perimeter, we know that to work out the area of a shape we must always use the formula length x width and to work out the perimeter we should add together the values from each side. Towards the end of this week, we have been focussing on addition and subtraction of 3 and 4 digit numbers, including decimals. We have also been thinking about the different written methods we could use – we are going to continue to work on this over the coming weeks.

We have enjoyed practicing our 7, 8 & 9 times tables and have been playing lots of games to help us get faster at them.

In English we have been looking at the different characteristics of a newspaper report; we even had a go at being news anchors based on the story ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. Next week we are going to be producing our own newspaper reports. On Friday we learnt all about relative clauses; these tell us something about the noun in our sentence and are always accompanied by parenthesis, an example of this would be ‘The dog ran down the street.’ becomes ‘The dog, who was black and white, ran down the street.’

In Science we have been looking at the gestation of people and animals, it was really interesting to see all the different gestation periods and we learnt that the length of gestation depends on lots of different factors, including how complex the structure of the animal is. Did you know that an elephant is pregnant for 2 years?

On Friday we went exploring- it was great fun. We have been looking for natural shapes such as leaves and wood and drawing them using different techniques and materials including biro, graphite and pencil. We have been inspired by Henri Matisse and the natural formations in his artwork.

Well done to all of the children who read at home this week; this is really going to improve our fluency and our writing skills.

Our Pupil of the Week this week was Harry- you are now becoming a very confident and resilient learner. Well done!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

 

 

We have had a spectacular week! We have been working so hard and Mrs Fitzroy is so proud of us all.

In maths this week, we have been learning all about Area and Perimeter. We found this quite tricky at first but we are really starting to get the hang of it. Next week, we will be working on composite shapes; we will be using our reasoning skills to solve problems and discuss our methods. Well done to all of Y5 this week for being resilient learners. Some of our work is a little harder now that we are in Year 5, but we are all capable of achieving our very best.

In English this week, we have been reading ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Anne Duffy. We have been learning how to introduce a character through action and description and on Friday we got to write our own sections of the story. Mrs Fitzroy was so impressed with the quality of our writing- we are already making a massive improvement. Well done Y5! Next week, we will be using the story again to create our own newspaper reports.

We would like to say a big ‘Thank you!’ to everyone for making such a big effort with our Saxons and Vikings costumes. We had a fantastic time at Tatton Park and we learnt so much about what life was like.

Well done to Jessica, who was our Pupil of the Week and to Daniel, who was our Dojo Master- we are very proud of you.

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see you next week!

 

Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and all of Year 5.

xxxxx

Hello again,

Welcome back to the Year 5 blog!

This week we have been really glad to have Mrs Fitzroy back, although she has been working us hard? In maths we have been learning about acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles. We practised measuring angles using a protractor too, including measuring the angles of 2D shapes. We learnt that all the angles of a triangle add up to 180. We used this knowledge to solve missing angle problems.

In English we really have been challenging ourselves. Our classroom is now  full of amazing expanded noun phrases- phrases like ‘hair protruding from her pointed, wrinkled chin’  and ‘a mouth like an open sore exposing her razor-sharp teeth’. We are going to use these phrases to create some memorable characters. We all know that describing a character vividly will help keep the reader engaged. We have had a real focus on grammar and sentence structure this week- it’s already starting to pay off in our writing.

Mrs Fitzroy has been very impressed with how much reading some children have been doing. Well done to Aaron who has read every single day since we came back to school at the beginning of September.

We have been discussing the clothes we could wear next week for our Viking trip to Tatton Park, but please remember not to go out and buy something especially. We are really looking forward to finding out what it was like to be a Viking, and can’t wait to tell you all about it in next week’s blog!

Love Mrs Fitzroy, Miss Henry and Mrs Cross xx

 

 

Hello again everyone,

What a busy, busy week!

This week we have been writing our stories with a dilemma. We had a lot to write so we did it in stages. Most of us have now finished the first draft of our story and we have started editing. We are hoping to publish them next week. Most of us voted to type them up, so we will be doing this next week. We will collate them all in a book so we can enjoy reading each other’s stories. In a grammar lesson we were adding adverbs to the sentences to give more detail. Mrs Cross loved the word ‘aimlessly’ that Matthew suggested for one of the sentences- well done Matthew! We also liked the verb ‘swaggered’.

In maths we have been learning about thousandths. We have been matching decimals to fractions e.g.  0.389=389/1000

We have been learning how to count in thousandths e.g.  0.389, 0.390, 0.391 and how to divide by a thousand. Some of us have been working with Miss Henry to solidify our understanding – we now know not to be tricked when a comma is pretending to be a decimal point.

One of the problems we tried to solve was very difficult. We spent quite a while trying to find decimals we could make using the given cards. After writing out many decimals we decided it couldn’t be done, and we couldn’t make any numbers. When Mrs Cross finally asked ‘So what answers did you get?’ Lots of children said ‘Trick question!’ All the children thought Mrs Cross had given them a trick question on purpose, but she hadn’t – honestly.

In Judaism we have been learning about Jewish weddings, and in topic we have been finding out what the Vikings used to wear in preparation for dressing up when we visit Tatton Park as a Viking. We have also been looking at the types of houses they lived in and the kind of jobs they did – did you know that Viking longhouses did not have windows and they used a fire to light and heat the home? We found out they used to wear brooches to keep their cloaks on, we looked at different types of Viking brooches and have enjoyed designing our own brooch. Mia-Louisa did some extra research at home and brought this information in to share with us. We have added this to our Viking display.

We have had really exciting and busy week and we are all looking forward to welcoming Mrs Fitzroy back next week.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Mrs Cross & Miss Henry xxx

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