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Kingfisher Class

Mrs Hawes and Mrs Lund  – Year 5

Autumn Term 2019

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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