Mrs Everest – Year 5 and 6

Autumn 2017

Week Beginning 13th November 2017

Science

This week we found out about the system for classification developed by Carl Linnaeus known as the Linnaeus System. We then applied his levels of classification to help us play a fun game of ‘Guess Zoo?’

History

The invasion of Lindisfarne by the Vikings was our focus in History this week. We enjoyed hearing various accounts of how it occurred depending on whether you were a local Anglo-Saxon or a rampaging Viking. We then went on a fact hunt in small groups to locate the key information about this historical event. We are aiming to make use of our facts by writing a newspaper report about this event.

English

In English we have been using our editing and proof-reading skills to improve our Harry Potter themed newspaper reports. We found it was useful to colour code or edits and use the resources available to us, such as: sample newspapers; dictionaries and thesauruses. We considered where we could make use of newly learnt structures including relative clauses and use of the passive voice. We also enjoyed the opportunity to be creative when we watched a Pixar short to inspire a piece of narrative writing.

Week Beginning 6th November 2017

Science

We demonstrated our understanding of classification by grouping animals by species and sub-categorising by other factors.

History

This week we reviewed the Viking raids to Britain. We discussed the timeline for key events in this period and went on a fact hunt for information about Viking Arts and Crafts; Religion and Gods; Jewellery and Clothes and Daily Life at this time. We used the information to create posters or fact files to share our understanding.

Sharing Assembly

We were delighted to share our understanding of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution during Sharing Assembly this week. We took the opportunity to explain the terms inheritance and evolution, as well as to demonstrate how we included this knowledge within our diary excerpts written from Darwin’s point of view. During this assembly we also shared our work on Aboriginal art. We discussed the presence of specific symbols and how some of us had created dream time journeys within our final pieces.

French

This week, Year 5 and 6 have been demonstrating their understanding of the phrases: J’adore (I love), J’aime (I like), Je n’aime pas (I do not like) and Je deteste (I hate/ detest). They used these phrases to talk about activities they enjoy and those they do not.

 

PE

We continued our new PE unit which focuses on Dance. The ongoing theme for this unit is Harry Potter and the music used is ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ taken from the film score. This week both Owl and Kingfisher class enjoyed creating their own choreography for the next 32 beats. We were trying to suggest the control and flight of a broomstick in our series of movements.

Week Beginning 31st October 2017

Art

After our enjoyable art day (with the focus on Aboriginal art) at the end of last half term, the children were given an opportunity to revisit their final paintings. We reviewed the role of symbols and ‘Dreamtime’ stories within the Aboriginal culture and how the children had made use of these ideas in their paintings in varying degrees. Many children concluded that their ‘finished’ pieces actually required further development in the use of colour and tone, as well as the layering of various symbols and shapes.

 

English

We have begun to look at a new genre of writing this week – newspapers. We have explored the layout and key features. The children now have a better understanding of the power of a headline and why newspaper reports are ‘front-loaded’ with information. We have all begun to play with the language of headlines. Some of us have even attempted the use of puns.

Computing

This week, Year 5 and 6 have been looking into how and why computer networks work. To enhance our understanding of the connections within a network, Mrs. Bowen demonstrated using string to connect us within our own network.

PE

We have begun our new PE unit which will focus on Dance. The ongoing theme for this unit will be Harry Potter and the music used will be ‘Hedwig’s Theme’ taken from the film score. This week both Owl and Kingfisher class enjoyed learning the choreography for the first 16 beats. We were aiming for complete unison of movement across each of the two classes.

Week Beginning 16th October 2017

Art

This week, Owl class enjoyed an art day with the focus on Aboriginal art. As part of this topic we discussed the role of symbols and ‘Dreamtime’ stories within the Aboriginal culture. The children looked at colour and tone within samples of this style of art and noticed the link between the colours used and the pigments found within the Aborigine’s environment. As a class we then experimented with various symbols, shapes and colours before applying these tested skills to create final pieces.

 

Topic – Our Visit to West Stow

On Tuesday, all of Key Stage 2 went on a visit to West Stow, one of England’s great archaeological sites. At West Stow we enjoyed the extensive indoor galleries and the recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village. It was wonderful to explore the history of this period via a range of archaeological finds; to watch a film about the known history of West Stow and even have an opportunity to dress up as an Anglo-Saxon. Many thanks to Mrs. Hawes for her organisation and to all the adults who gave up their time to accompany us on the trip.

Sports Crew Training

Although our new Year 5 Sports Crew have been chosen, they were unable to attend their training session due to the residential trip. To ensure that we didn’t miss out, last year’s Sports Crew agreed to attend the training in their place and take on the new role of mentors this year. In their roles as Sports Mentors they will pass on the training received from the WSSP leader Ms. Baker. The training consisted of a review of the role of the Sports Crew within school as well as opportunities to share ideas for non-competitive, competitive and inclusion activities to take back to their own schools. The six children who attended collaborated well and showed a fantastic understanding of the Sports Core Values.

Week Beginning 9th October 2017

Maths

This week, Owl class have practising multiplying and dividing by 10/ 100/ 1000 (both integers and decimals). We have been finding methods which work well for us but have been focussing on the traditional algorithm for multiplication. Developing our use of calculators has been helpful for self-checking our written calculations.

English

Owl class have been writing diaries. We began by writing informal diary entries as if we were Harry Potter, the main character in our class reader. We discussed how we could maintain the informal style whilst still including inference (showing the character’s feelings not telling them). As the week progressed we carried out research into the life and work of Charles Darwin. We then used this research to inform our diary writing in role at a time when he set off on an exploratory voyage to the Galapagos Islands. To do this it was important to consider structure, content and the style of vocabulary chosen.

Forensic Science Workshop

On Friday morning, we very much enjoyed our Forensic Science Workshop. Our instructor explained the work of a forensic scientist which led us to discuss our recent learning about DNA. To help us practise our forensic science skills, we had to collect evidence from a crime scene. We used magnifying glasses to seek out finger prints on various objects and made use of tweezers to collect evidence without contaminating it. By combining visual clues along with DNA evidence we were able to identify the perpetrator of the burglary.

Year 6 STEM Day at SVC

On Tuesday morning, Mrs. Everest and Mrs Cowen accompanied Year 6 students to the STEM day held at SVC. We enjoyed a variety of tasks which challenged our mathematical and scientific thinking, as well as our ability to engineer a machine fit for a specific purpose – flight. Beyond this we also enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate in small groups to reason, solve problems and engage with technology.

Week Beginning 2nd October 2017

Maths

This week, Owl class have explored different methods to help when rounding decimals. We played a game to reinforce our understanding of decimal ordering. Later in the week we explored column addition and subtraction.

 

English

Owl class enjoyed giving individual performances of their own ‘Jabberwocky’ style poems in English this week. We also scanned sections of a Harry Potter text for inference and used our findings to help us write diary entries from his perspective. We collaborated in pairs to edit a diary entry, discussing how best to enhance it. Finally, we made use of our new Grammar Toolkit and constructed different types of sentences.

 

We have enjoyed many other areas of the curriculum this week such as Evolution in Science, painting and design in Art and reviewing our knowledge of Hinduism in RE.

 

Week Beginning 25th September 2017

Music

This week Owl class enjoyed taking their recorder playing to the next level in Music by playing a duet. This has assisted their music reading skills.

 

History

Year 5 and 6 spent some time this week discussing life in an Anglo-Saxon Village, focussing on where the settlements were usually made and why. We also studied a number of Anglo-Saxon artefacts. In groups we considered what each object was, what it was made from, how it might have been made and who might have used it.

 

English

Throughout the week, the children have been reading and performing poetry. We have considered various styles of poetry and adapted our performances to fit. In addition, we have taken a known poem (The Jabberwocky) and adapted it into narrative form, before peer editing to improve our narrative style.

 

Science

Inheritance, adaptation and the Theory of Evolution have been the key areas for discussion this week in Science. To find out more about one of the significant evolutionary thinkers, Charles Darwin, we carried out an information scavenger hunt. Once as much information as possible had been retrieved about Darwin we plotted it on to a timeline of his life.

 

Maths

This week our exploration of number has led us to explore negative numbers, multi-step calculation and Roman numerals.

Week Beginning 18th September 2017

Explorers’ Area

On Tuesday this week, Year 5 had the opportunity to visit the Explorers’ Area to experience some Anglo-Saxon themed outdoor activities. The children from both Owl and Kingfisher classes experienced various activities including: fire lighting & fire safety; Anglo-Saxon cookery and thumb pot making. The good weather and the new experiences contributed to making it a truly fantastic day for all.

 

Kings Choral Day

On Tuesday this week, Year 6 were given the opportunity to take part in the Choral Day being hosted by Kings Ely School. Children from a variety of schools in the area were invited to receive choral training from Dominic Peckham. Later they were able to collectively apply the skills he had taught them in a wonderful concert held at Ely Cathedral.

 

English

Throughout the week, the children have been: collecting and improving their poetry word banks; playing with poetic language and structure and writing their own ‘Jabbermockery’ poems in the style of Lewis Carroll’s original poem. Within their Learning Partnerships they have begun to edit their stanzas to enhance the language choices and effects of each section.

 

PSHE

This week we have continued our theme of ‘Beginning and Belonging’ by discussing our Network of Support. The children considered what a network of support is, who might be part of their own networks and why.

 

Maths

We have continued our work on number this week by exploring number lines and how we calculate when negative numbers are involved.

Week Beginning 11th September 2017

English

  • Owl class have been looking further at the poem ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll. We have been exchanging his made up, portmanteau words for real words to add clarity to a reading of the poem. Next, we compared the framework of the original poem with a mock version called ‘Jabber-mockery’. We are currently creating poetic word banks to capture a selection of appropriate words on our own themes. These will be used to support our writing of our own mock, Jabberwocky style poems.

 

Maths

  • This week, we have enjoyed a variety of activities related to number and place value. We played a brilliant game with our Learning partners called ‘Beat my Number’ which helped us to consider the value of each digit we placed. We have also been applying our place value knowledge to solve a range of questions, particularly those that challenge our fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills.

 

History

  • We have continued our new topic of Brave Beginnings, by finding out more about the various tribes and where they came from. To demonstrate our understanding, we colour coded maps to show their origins and the course they followed to reach the land we now called the United Kingdom. We also considered the key events of this period in history and recorded various events in chronological order on a timeline.

PE

  • In PE this week we continued our OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities) lessons. The focus was on group challenges which required collaboration and problem solving skills. It highlighted for all groups the importance of communication and cooperation.

Week Beginning 5th September 2017

English

  • This week we have been reviewing our foundation knowledge in Grammar. We discussed the main parts of speech with a focus on identifying and using them. We then identified nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs in Lewis Carroll’s poem ‘The Jabberwocky’. Some of us were also able to identify pronouns, prepositions, determiners and even a relative pronoun. Charlotte also helped us to use our speaking and listening skills when she gave her oral presentation about her family holiday to Crete.

 

Maths

  • Owl class enjoyed a variety of activities which revisited and refreshed our mathematical knowledge and skills. We created Fortune Tellers to assist us with identifying known and unknown times tables. Using 16×16 squared paper, we created multi-coloured symmetrical designs for our Maths books. We also enjoyed finding different ways to explain and record our understanding to solve a maths problem. The teachers questioned us orally about our reasoning as we progressed through each level of the problem.

 

History

  • To start us off on our new topic of Brave Beginnings, we completed a KWL chart. We were able to discuss with our learning partner what we already knew about the Anglo-Saxons and what we wanted to spend time finding out about. After that we found out a little bit about how to Roman occupation left Britain and what happened next.

PSHE

  • In the early part of the week, Owl class played get to know you games and created Owl that represented our personalities. We went on to discuss the expectations of us as Year 5/6 around the school and in our classes when we collaborated to create a class charter. We also discussed target setting, the different zones we work in when we learn best and how best to achieve this in class. We also talked about what makes us a good Learning Partner and completed a drawing activity that encouraged us to give productive and supportive feedback.

PE

  • In PE this week we began a series of OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities) lessons. Although the rain kept us indoors we very much enjoyed our Rainforest Orienteering challenge.