Mrs Everest – Year 5 and 6

Spring Term 2019

Year 56 Topic Web Spring 2019

Week Beginning 11th February 2019

The new play equipment arrived and has been in use this week. We have all had fun trying it out in the late winter sunshine.

Mrs. Wordsmith vocabulary resources in KS2 are still a big hit. The children have learnt three new words this week: dreary (adj.), imposing (adj.) and insatiable (adj.). Why not ask your child if they can use these words in a sentence at home. We have also been enjoying our etymology flash cards in Year 5 and 6 English lessons. They were used to break words down to their roots to help us gain a greater understanding of the word itself.

In Guided Reading, we have been developing our inference skills by becoming inference detectives when reading an excerpt from ‘The Hobbit’.

In Maths, we have been using bar models to help us calculate fractions of amounts.

In R.E. we have been exploring another faith – Buddhism. Through the story of Buddha, we came to develop a better understanding of the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Fold Path. We even used drama to explore the morals within Buddhism.

Week Beginning 4th February 2019

We continue to embrace our Mrs. Wordsmith vocabulary resources in KS2. The children have learnt three new words this week: tenacious (adj.), ambush (verb) and squat (adj.). Why not ask your child if they can use these words in a sentence at home. The arrival of extra copies of The Week Junior (our junior news publication, courtesy of the Powerful Words Project) have been happily embraced by all KS2 children during reading times.

In Maths, we furthered our knowledge of fractions by learning how to efficiently multiply and divide fractions, mixed numbers and integers. Our final skill of the week was to make use of the K.F.C method – quick reminder rule to make dividing fractions easier. Always remember to Keep it, Flip it and Change it!

This week, we celebrated Chinese New Year as part of our learning in food technology (D.T.). We used recipes to prepare the filling for both vegetarian and meat based spring rolls on Monday. In doing this, we developed our peeling, chopping and shredding skills and considered why some vegetables had to be prepared in a specific way. On Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Prendergast visited Owls and Kingfishers to teach us how to use the fillings we had prepared to roll and cook traditional Chinese spring rolls. We all had a turn at making the spring rolls with fillings of our choice. Later, we were able to taste test and evaluate our creations. Most of us gave the spring rolls a thumbs up!

Week Beginning 28th January 2019

We have continued to embrace our Mrs. Wordsmith vocabulary resources in KS2. The children have learnt three new words this week: affluent, nauseating and suffocating (all adjectives). Why not ask your child if they can use these words in a sentence at home.

In Science, we were lucky to be visited by Dr. Jill Walker who introduced us to our Energy Challenge – a science competition we are entering. She spoke to us about her role as a scientist and even showed us how to calculate the kJ (kilojoules) of various foods. We were also allowed to try out a complex set of balances that we will need to use as part of our experiment for the Energy Challenge.

In Maths, we used our knowledge of fractions, specifically adding and subtracting fractions, to categorise calculations. Within our groups, we had to use mathematical language to explain why we felt some of the calculations were easy, challenging, somewhere in the middle or impossible. We realized how important our use of accurate vocabulary was when trying to explain our reasoning.

This week in dance, we took an initial look at dances from Chinese culture – specifically Lion and Dragon dances which are usually performed during the Chinese New Year celebrations. We even got to try being part of a Chinese Dragon Dance configuration.

Week Beginning 21st January 2019

We have really enjoyed getting to grips with our new Mrs. Wordsmith resources in KS2. The children have learnt three new words this week: feud, pot-bellied and snubbed. Why not ask your child about them at home.

In Science, we have begun to use our research into the endangered animals of China to compile a non-chronological report about our chosen animal.

We have also made use of our animal research and knowledge of deforestation in English this week. We used them to help us write the diary of Rang-tan, an orangutan suffering the effects of deforestation on his home.

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting fractions. We practiced using area models, bar models and calculation strategies. Once we had consolidated our strategies, we started to use this knowledge to problem solve.

This week in gymnastics we rehearsed and showed our final routines. We all managed to include the 4 key components and 8 compulsory moves. Some of the more experienced gymnasts were able to include more advanced moves to develop their routines.

Week Beginning 14th January 2019

This has been a week of new experiences in Owls and Kingfishers.

Year 5 and 6 had an opportunity to take part in a four day Bikeability course. Despite the chilly weather, all the children involved made progress in their cycling and road safety skills. They ended the week by earning their level 2 certificates and badges. Well done to all who took part. Your resilience and exceptional manners were widely praised by your instructors.

We have also had a ‘sneaky peek’ at our new Mrs. Wordsmith resources in KS2. The children are excited to get started with our approach to learning new vocabulary.

In History, we have begun to look at the significant dynasties in ancient China. We used a timeline to correctly order them.

In Maths, we have been comparing and ordering fractions. Once we had consolidated our strategies, we were able to use this knowledge to problem solve.

Week Beginning 7th January 2019

Happy New Year!

This week, we have begun to investigate our new topic – China (ancient and modern). To help us understand more about the country of China, we started by locating the country on a world map and identifying the country’s physical features using an atlas.

In English and Guided Reading, we have been studying non-fiction texts. We have identified the key features and used them to collect factual information to use in our writing.

In Maths, we have started to look at fractions. We have been using our understanding of factors and equivalents to help us simplify fractions.

Autumn Term 2018

Week Beginning 10th December 2018

During Guided Maths this week, Year 6 took turns explaining how to work through some ‘trickier’ calculations involving fractions.

In whole class Maths sessions, we have enjoyed challenging ourselves to calculate the area of triangles and the volume of simple three dimensional shapes.

This week, we have continued to make our Christmas cam toy. This involved drilling holes to make eccentric cams, gluing follower guides and sawing lengths of wood to make stoppers for our followers. These skills required focus and a steady hand.

We have continued to develop our invasion games skills during TAG rugby sessions in PE.

We have also begun to learn our contribution for the end of term church service next week.

Finally, the highlight of our week involved watching KS1 perform their nativity play – Christmas with the Aliens. Well done KS1; you were spectacular!

Week Beginning 3rd December 2018

In Maths, we have been reviewing our knowledge of Area and Perimeter. By using the given formula, we were able to apply our existing knowledge to identify the perimeters and areas of compound shapes.

In English, we have been editing to improve our World War One information texts considering how we could use formal language and structures to achieve the appropriate tone for this topic.

In Science, we have completed the next stage in the scientific method for our investigation into Friction. By developing a clear hypothesis, we were able to structure an easy to follow method to help us carry out our tests.

This week, we have also been using our D.T skills in two ways. Firstly, using our cookery skills to create tasty festive treats for the Christmas Fair and secondly to use our woodwork skills to begin our Christmas cam toy.

Week Beginning 26th November 2018

Week Beginning 19th November 2018

What an exciting week we have had!

In Maths, we have been looking at graphs. By carefully studying the data presented, we can ask and answer questions to help us gain a deeper understanding.

In English, we have independently planned, written and edited a short narrative based on a series of Harris Burdick illustrations.

On Thursday morning, Owl and Kingfisher classes were surprised to find a crime scene in their classrooms. Their task for the morning was to use their investigative and scientific skills to identify and decipher the evidence. We looked at Chromatography, Finger Print patterns and Blood Spatter (to name just a few areas) to aid our investigation. On Friday, we made use of our evidence and notes to write a formal crime report.

In Science, we completed our investigation into air-resistance. Once we had collected and collated our data in a table, we used this data to created graphs in Excel to show our findings in an alternative format.

Week Beginning 12th November 2018

Well done for a wonderful assembly today Year 5!

During History lessons this week, we have been researching an area of personal historical interest for our independent projects. Our weekly homework task is also linked to these projects. We will collate, record and present our findings in our own classes next week.

In Maths, we have reviewed our knowledge of division with a focus on efficiently using the bus stop method.

We have collected evidence about the unusual incident in our text ‘Tuesday’ and have begun to record our findings in a formal written report. To do this, we have made use of modal verbs, passive voice and succinct paragraphs

Over the course of the week, we have also continued to enjoy our recorder lessons, TAG rugby training science investigation about air resistance and SQUIRT (designated reading) time.

Week Beginning 5th November 2018

This week we have been discussing the changing role of women during WW1, the factors leading to the end of the First World War and Remembrance. We were also very lucky to have visits from Mr. Petty and Mr. Sheldrick who shared their local knowledge linked to the First World War and those who survived.

In Maths, we have been consolidating our knowledge of multiplication. We have also begun to review division focusing on the two methods – grouping and sharing.

We have been creating a first person narrative for the story Tuesday as if we were one of the frogs. Our target was to see if we could achieve the ‘7 second rule’.

 

Week Beginning 29th October 2018

This week we have been reviewing our multiplication skills in Mathematics, using both expanded and compact methods.

In English, we have been creating a narrative for the text Tuesday.

We have begun our unit on learning to play the recorder. We clapped out rhythms and began to learn the notes ‘B’ and ‘A’.

 

In PE, we were introduced to the key skills required in TAG rugby.

Week Beginning 15th October 2018

Our final week of this half term has been a busy one. We started the week by completing the Sci-Fi stories we have been working on independently. We also reviewed our arithmetic and reasoning skills. In Science, Year 6 put their independent investigative skills to the test. Later in the week, Year 6 spent some time crafting their assembly and Year 5 went to Kingswood on their residential trip. From all reports, Year 5 enjoyed some great activities and beautiful weather. Photos are here!

We wish you all a restful half term holiday.

Week Beginning 8th October 2018

Year 5 and 6 children in Owls and Kingfishers have had a busy week. Throughout the week we have been crafting our new Sci-Fi stories independently. We have made use of our previous narrative writing experiences to support our vocabulary usage and sentence crafting. On Tuesday, Year 6 took part in a STEM challenge day at Soham Village College where their Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical skills were put to the test. Whilst Year 6 were away, Year 5 completed a mixed skill project day. On this day, we made hedgehog bread, completed mixed media Autumn project boards and worked through an engineering challenge (to design and create an effective catapult) in small teams. In addition to all this, we have also reviewed bar models in Maths, learnt about WW1 in History and had Korfball training in PE.

Week Beginning 1st October 2018

English

This week, we have been planning and writing a Sci-Fi story in stages. During the writing of our ‘Mission to Melarina’, the children have had opportunities to: plan out the five stages of their story arc; complete a vocabulary capture and craft sentences in various styles, some of which contained some advanced punctuation and structures.

 

RE

We have continued to look at stories of faith this week but our focus religions have changed. This week, we enjoyed Sikh and Islamic stories which contained morals.

PE

In our Invasion Games unit this week, we used shadowing techniques to improve our ability to intercept a football or hockey air flow ball.

Science

How do we have Day and Night? What causes the changes of season? These are just two questions we have been researching this week?

PSHE

We have been discussing how to be better learners by developing our listening skills. Through some small group debates, we discovered how to be both a good contributor and a good listener.

Week Beginning 24th September 2018

Maths

We have been developing our understanding of number further by looking at negative numbers. We made use of number lines to support this skill. We then applied our understanding when problem solving and looking at reasoning questions. We also created self-marking tests on EXCEL as a way of revising Place Value.

RE

This week’s focus has been to look at Stories of Faith. We have focused on stories about Jesus told in the four books of the New Testament by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

PE

Year 5 and 6 enjoyed an opportunity to review their dribbling, passing and attacking skills in our Invasion Games unit.

Week Beginning 17th September 2018

Maths

We have been demonstrating a more secure understanding of place value this week. We have made use of our place value knowledge to support our activities involving rounding.

Year 6 Choral Day

On Tuesday, children in Year 6 were invited to attend a choral workshop hosted by Kings School in Ely. The vocal coaching was provided by vocal coach/ musical leader/ singer Rachel Staunton and members of the Kings Ely music department. As a group we trained our voices and learnt various songs in the recital room at the Hayward Theatre and the Lady Chapel in Ely Cathedral, before finally giving our concert to parents and onlookers under the Octagon in Ely Cathedral. Those of you able to join us will agree that the final sound our children produced was incredibly impressive, especially remembering that we were some of the youngest children there and learnt all of the words without lyric sheets.

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Science

This week’s Science lesson included a knowledge harvest of our current knowledge on the topic of Earth and Space. We recorded our knowledge in a variety of ways to best demonstrate our understanding.

Year 5 in the Explorers’ Area

While Year 6 were at their Choral Day, Year 5 went down to the Explorers’ Area. Whilst there, we enjoyed opportunities create, record (using charcoal) and tell our Stone Age stories around the camp fire. We also tried our hands at crafting shelters from natural resources. Later, we created pots out of clay similar to those created in the Stone Age.

Week Beginning 10th September 2018

NSPCC Workshop

Representatives from the NSPCC visited us this week. They shared their ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ Campaign with us. Now we are all aware of our rights and responsibilities.

English

We have continued to use the book ‘Flotsam’ this week to inspire our writing and provide us with opportunities to revise the GPS topics of parts of speech, noun phrases, fronted adverbials and punctuating dialogue.

Science

This week was Biscuit Week in Science. We investigated which type of biscuit made the ‘best dunker’. By following the scientific method, we have given structure to our investigation.

Maths

Week Beginning 5th September 2018

 

Welcome back Year 5 and 6! We have enjoyed our first few days back at school and have settled into our new classes well. This week, we have tried several activities including:

Maths

After our initial discussions about Place Value and Number, we investigated combinations of digits using dice.

 

Art

We began our year in Art by discussing how we combine colours to create tints, tones and shades. We focused on creating tints of a pure colour as a background for our Stone Age artwork.

   

English

This year’s English lessons started with some role play. We stepped into some ‘strange scenarios’ and then recorded our ideas from those role plays. Later, we used these ideas to inspire our first piece of writing: a diary entry.

PE

Year 5 and 6 had a healthy start to the year by completing some activity circuits to raise our heart rates in PE.