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Kingfisher Class

Kingfisher Class

Mrs Hawes and Mrs Lund  – Year 5

Spring Term 2020

It's been a very strange week and some of our Year 5 students decided to write a little song about it...

Home Learning

Year 5 Kingfisher Class

Home learning

 

For any of our class members who need to self-isolate due to the current circumstances, please find some tasks to help you maintain your learning opportunities from home.

 

A variety of activities (including Maths, English and Reading) can be found at:

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home

For a variety of learning opportunities (particularly for consolidation purposes) across the curriculum, take a look at:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

Don’t forget that you can make use of your TT Rockstars login to improve your Times Tables:

https://ttrockstars.com/

 

Week Beginning 2nd March 2020

This week, we started our new Art unit on fashion history. We have learnt about how fashion has changed over time and looked at the work of some influential designers, recording our discoveries and opinions in our sketch books.

 

We have continued to build on the work completed in previous PE lessons this term, resulting in some excellent sequences involving the skills we have been learning.

 

On Friday, we worked hard at solving a range of fraction problems. Although they were quite tricky, we were able to apply lots of the fraction skills we have been learning over the past few weeks.

Week Beginning 2nd March 2020

It's been another busy week in Kingfisher Class. The highlight of the week was probably World Book Day as we got the chance to dress up as book characters, decorate our doors and have some 'snuggle up and read' time.

Week Beginning 24th February 2020

Our DT topic continued this week as each group had the chance to make their own 'scone creation'. Then on Thursday afternoon, we joined together with Owl Class for a 'tea party'. We really enjoyed making sandwiches and cups of tea to have with our scones.

 

In English, we have read the story of Hamlet and have explored the plot and characters by working in role. On Friday, we learned about the Globe and discussed whether we would have liked to watch Hamlet being performed. We have also been working on using dictionaries to create word-webs.

 

Everybody appeared to really enjoy studying art work as part of our RE unit. On Tuesday, we then created our own pieces of art to express ourselves and our emotions.

 

 

 

Week Beginning 10th February 2020

This week we began our DT topic on 'High Tea'. All of us REALLY enjoyed tasting plain, fruit and cheese scones before then designing our own recipes ready to make after half-term.

 

Our English lessons have involved writing from different characters' points of view. As part of this process, we have used writing workshops to focus on different aspects for editing.

 

In Mathematics, we have continued our work on Fractions. We particularly enjoyed adding and subtracting fractions, using bar models to represent each calculation.

Week Beginning 3rd February 2020

In Science this week, we have been working in small groups to research the growth of different mammals. We then used PowerPoint to prepare presentations on a mammal of our choice. 

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Week Beginning 27th January 2020

We had a great time in our MFL lesson with Mrs Connolly this week. We have been working on how to give the time in French.

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Week Beginning 20th January 2020

It's been another really busy week in Kingfisher Class with lots of new learning going on!

 

In English, we continued to study 'The Highwayman' but began to consider how other characters in the poem might be thinking and feeling. We explored these ideas by working in role. It was a lot of fun and really allowed us to investigate each character's ideas and motivation.

 

We have continued to work on written methods of calculation in Mathematics. This has involved consolidating our multiplication skills and learning a new written strategy for division. It was a little tricky but with practice, we know we can do it!

 

During PSHE lessons this week, we have learned about managing risk and financial capability. On Thursday, we enjoyed thinking about different career paths and the average wages earned for various jobs. Many of us found the data quite surprising!

 

 

Week Beginning 13th January 2020

It's been a bit of a crazy week in Kingfisher Class and we have loved it! Our particular highlights were our trip to see the Tower of London on Tuesday, our Bikeability sessions around the village and the Quicksticks session on Thursday afternoon. A really busy but fun week!

 

Week Beginning 6th January 2020

This week, we have really enjoyed getting to grips with our new topic: Brilliant Britain.

 

We learned about many of the Kings and Queens of England, created fact files, ordered them and put them on a timeline. We then investigated photos linked to our History focus of 'crime and punishment'. 

 

Autumn Term 2019

Week Beginning 9th December 2019

On Thursday, we really enjoyed working together on a prime factors investigation. Some people were so enthusiastic that they wanted to carry on with their work during break time!

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We continued our RE work this week, beginning with a walk around the village and ending with collaborating on some pieces of poetry. We were really pleased with our final poems.

Week Beginning 2nd December 2019

This week we have really enjoyed exploring poetry.

In RE, we have been attempting to answer a challenging question: 'Whose world is it?'
We have also finished 'publishing' our Greek adventure books. We are all very proud of our work.

Week Beginning 25th November 2019

In Science this week, we presented our learning on 'Earth and Space' by creating double page spreads. We really enjoyed considering the layout of our work and being able to add colour and images to our writing.

 

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This week we returned to our Odyssey-inspired adventure stories, editing our work both individually and with a partner. We then created front and back covers, including a blurb, and used our word-processing skills to type up our final stories. 
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Our music lessons have continued to have a focus on reading music. We are hoping to have something ready for the Carol Service... watch this space!
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We really enjoyed Christmas Craft morning on Friday. You can see lots of pictures of us making our wonderful decorations here:
Week Beginning 18th November 2019
In science this week, we have been learning about Earth and Space. We have 'speed dated' planets in our Solar System to find out interesting facts about them and discovered that people used to believe that the Sun and and planets would orbit the Earth. It has been fun learning that all the planets really orbit the Sun. Although it was cold, we tried to compare the size and distance of the planets by selecting objects from a peppercorn to a football to represent their size. Two and a bit toilet rolls were used to measure the distance of the planets from the Sun, each sheet representing 16 million km! We also have been learning about how day and night happen as well as the seasons and why we only get to see the same view of the Moon as it orbits the Earth.
In maths, we have been revising multiplying and dividing numbers by 10,100 and 100 and finding as many ways to do this as we can.
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Week Beginning 11th November 2019

Kindness Week

In Kingfisher class we explored the terms 'not nice', 'mean' and 'bullying'. We discussed stories which highlighted differences in the characters and the way in which they were treated- putting ourselves in their situation. We also discussed different scenarios of which many of us had experienced something similar. We were then able to discuss which of the terms best fitted these scenarios, giving us confidence to use the appropriate vocabulary.

Later in the week, we were able to plant bulbs (which were kindly donated) around the grounds which should provide everyone with some pleasure next year.

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On Tuesday we spent the afternoon in the Explorers' Area where we made dens, climbed trees, made pizza wraps and sang songs around the fire. We had a fantastic time and despite the mud (or perhaps because of it!) we can't wait to visit again.
In Mathematics this week, we have been learning about factors. On Thursday we applied our knowledge in order to play 'Stand up, sit down'. It was really tricky but we persevered and helped each other and eventually we managed to get all the way round the circle correctly!

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For homework last week, everyone read 'Fight For Life' by Sofia Zambuto. Then, on Thursday we had our first DLG of the year. Lots of us made thoughtful contributions to the discussion, listening carefully and responding to each other's points.
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Week Beginning 4th November 2019

In Mathematics this week, we have continued our work on statistics. We really enjoyed working in groups to analyse a variety of line graphs.

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In PE, we began work on our dance inspired by 'The Odyssey'. Our focus today was performing in unison and staying in time with the music.

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This week, our Mrs Wordsmith words were colossal, sweltering and submerged. One of the pupils in Kingfisher class came up with her own action for submerged so she taught it to the rest of the class! We decided it was a great action to help us remember the word.

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Week Beginning 28th October
Whilst reading 'The Iliad', we took lots of notes about the characters and their relationships. We then used this information to make our own webs, showing how the characters were linked to each other.
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In English, we have been working together to decide which were the key points from each chapter of our guided reading text, The Odyssey. We then had lots of fun using drama to act out our favourite scenes.

Week Beginning 7th October

Follow this link for updates on our residential trip to Kingswood from the 16th -18th October.
Well done to everyone in Kingfisher Class who achieved their next certificate on the 30 second challenge! As we are on residential and won't be in Friday's assembly, we gave out the certificates in class.
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We had a lot to fit in on Monday and Tuesday so we were very busy. In Mathematics, we practised our rounding skills by playing some different games. We also played a game in English which involved finding different types of punctuation in our reading books; we were surprised how difficult it was to find some of the more advanced pieces of punctuation.

 

Our unit on forces came to an end in Science this week. We really enjoyed a rather competitive water resistance investigation before feeling the effect of levers. 

 

We think the whole school enjoyed our performance of 'The Harvest Tango' in the harvest assembly on Tuesday. We each got to choose our fruit or vegetable for the song - though some were more popular than others!

Week Beginning 7th October

Thank you to everyone who came to watch our class assembly on Friday. We hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing it!

 

In Science this week, we have been investigating friction. On Monday and Tuesday we tested various materials to see which ones would produce the most friction and slow down the bicycle tyre the quickest.

Homework this week is just to spend some time on TT Rockstars (https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student). We recognise that this weekend is likely to be hectic as you all prepare for our residential trip and therefore this homework can be completed any time before we return after half-term. 

Week Beginning 30th September

In Maths this week, we have been looking at column addition and subtraction. On Thursday, our lesson became VERY competitive as we played a game to practise written methods of addition.

We have really enjoyed our first sessions learning 'The Harvest Tango' and can't wait to perform our final version during the Harvest Festival assembly. We thought you might like to see our second rehearsal:

The Harvest Tango

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We began our new Science unit this week: Forces. On Monday, Mrs Hawes taught us all about gravity and then at the end of the week we were introduced to air resistance. We enjoyed our investigation and showed excellent cooperation skills.

Week Beginning 23rd September

In Maths lessons this week, we first developed our rounding skills before testing what we have learnt over the past few weeks through a selection of Mathletics activities and problem solving group tasks.

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In Art, we learned about hues, tones, tints and shades. We then used our knowledge of tints to paint some beautiful backgrounds.

Week Beginning 16th September

We've had another really busy week of learning in Kingfisher Class.

 

In English, we have been starting some writing inspired by Jumanji and 'what might happen next'. We explored our ideas through drama at the beginning of the week, before collecting vocabulary and then we began writing on Thursday. It was fantastic to see so many of our Mrs Wordsmith words being used in independent writing.

We had our first Art lessons of the year, looking at using different pencils and techniques for drawing animals. We look forward to improving our work through the use of collaborative feedback next week.

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In Maths, we continued our work on consolidating our understanding of place value.
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Week beginning 9th September 2019

Maths: In Maths lessons this week we have been consolidating our understanding of place value through a variety of activities and games. We have also started using Times Table Rockstars which the children have been very enthusiastic about! Don’t forget that this can be accessed at home and is a great way to speed up recall of multiplication facts.

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Mrs Wordsmith: We have been working on three new words in our Mrs Wordsmith sessions: rebellious, havoc and lounge. Take a look at the photos and see if you can tell which action matches each word.
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History: We have dived into the world of Ancient Greece this week, learning about city states and religion. After taking notes, we created our own information texts on Greek gods and goddesses.
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Music: This week we began learning to play our recorders, learning the notes B, A and G. Although moving between the notes was a little tricky, everyone concentrated well and we agreed that it actually sounded pretty good for a first try! The children are allowed to bring their recorders home to practise but must remember to have them in school every Friday.
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Homework: This week’s homework is to create their own Greek god or goddess. The finished piece must include a picture and some information about their creation.

Week beginning 4th September 2019

Kingfisher Class have enjoyed a variety of activities during this first week. As well as creating front covers for their writing books in PSHE, the children have also begun to learn about ancient Greece, have been introduced to our text for English lessons (‘Jumanji’ by Chris Van Allsburg) and have taken their first steps in learning to play the recorder. What a busy three days we have had!

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