Homework!

Next week, Year 5 will be building bridges in class using newspaper, tape and string based on designs they have made! If you have any spare newspapers, please bring them in for the children to use in their design and technology lesson!

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This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: Remember to read every day to explore as many books as possible. Your comments should be detailed and try to write a different comment each day.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • persuade
  • physical
  • prejudice
  • privilege
  • profession
  • programme
  • pronunciation
  • queue
  • recognise
  • recommend

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on converting fractions into decimals. Watch the instructional video below to refresh yourselves on the correct method:

Use your knowledge to crack the safe in this interactive game:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity08

For this week’s optional homework in Philosophy for Children, we suggest discussing the following question with your child:

What is the most important subject in school?

To help discuss this question, think about these things:

  • Why is it important?​
  • How would life be different if we didn’t learn that subject?
  • Do we learn anything about that subject outside of school?
We’d love to hear your thoughts! Why not post on the blog using this sentence structure:
I think the most important subject in school is _________ because ___________.
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UPDATE: Cormorant class trip to the Science Museum

Next Monday 25th March is the Cormorant class trip to the Science Museum. As a safety precaution, could all students please wear school uniform on the day. Adult helpers may come into class in the morning with their children. We will be leaving school at 09:20am. Due to the timing of our afternoon workshop at the museum, as well as the likelihood of traffic on the return journey, we will not be back at Selsdon until 4:00pm.

Homework!

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: Remember to read every day to explore as many books as possible. Your comments should be detailed and try to write a different comment each day.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • redo
  • refresh
  • return
  • reappear
  • subdivide
  • subheading
  • submarine
  • submerge
  • supermarket
  • supersede

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on finding percentages of amounts! The video below will refresh the skills you need to practise independently:

Here’s a link to a space-invaders style game to apply your knowledge:

https://www.mathplayground.com/balloon_invaders_percent.html

REMEMBER! The ‘information for parents’ tab at the top of the blog has instructional videos for all areas of the Year 5 Maths Curriculum. Check it out!

 

 

Week Three

After a super book week, Year 5 have enjoyed another jam-packed week of learning.

In Science, we explored how different materials can be separated through filtering, evaporation and sieving. After an initial discussion, it was time to get hands-on. In groups, the children had to separate a mixture of water, sand, salt, marbles and metal clips!

 

In Maths, we continued to develop our core operation skills in real-life reasoning problems. One highlight was definitely the ‘asteroid blast’ game, in which pupils had to reach a set of target numbers (on asteroids) using just 3 numbers and all the four operations.

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In English, we began by finishing off our explanation texts of the water cycle. Once completed, it was time to move on to our new focus for the rest of the term- the graphic novel Varmints, written by Helen Ward. Before seeing the book, children were encouraged to draw what they thought a varmint might look like and then create a public awareness poster to warn citizens about a deadly varmint outbreak!

 

 

 

Building on from our own book week session on Shakespeare, Year 5 also attended a Bigfoot workshop about rapping the Bard’s plays. Each class was given a sample of Shakespeare’s work to perform to music, reciting the lines in time with the beat.

If that weren’t enough, in Topic each class learnt about the different stages of a river as it journeys from source to mouth. As for Art, we practised different shading techniques through cross-hatching to make our sketches more realistic.

What a week!

What was your favourite part of the week?

Homework!

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: Remember to read every day to explore as many books as possible. Your comments should be detailed and try to write a different comment each day.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • autobiography
  • autograph
  • antiseptic
  • antisocial
  • anticlockwise
  • interact
  • intercity
  • international
  • interrelated

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on multiplying fractions by whole numbers. To avoid getting confused, here is a helpful video to get you started:

Here’s a link to a selection of games you can use to practise your skills:

https://www.splashmath.com/multiplying-fractions-games

REMEMBER! The ‘information for parents’ tab at the top of the blog has instructional videos for all areas of the Year 5 Maths Curriculum. Check it out!

 

 

Book Week Bonanza

To mark the occasion of World Book Day on March 7th, Year 5 dedicated the whole week to books! With a smorgasbord of creative activities, we hoped to show that there is something for everyone in the wide world of reading.

One day explored graphic novels, because sometimes we read even when there aren’t many words! Through an analysis of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, we looked at the power of image to convey different emotions and stories. The children then created their own.

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Another day focused on poetry, because sometimes we read to help express ourselves. Children worked to develop their own poems about school life in a variety of styles- from limericks and haikus to acrostic and free-verse poems! This lead to some fantastic verses and performances!

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We also looked at stories of fiction, because it’s great to explore whole new worlds. Children created their own characters, worlds and stories. We finished by writing a diary entry in our new world in the style of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.

 

 

 

Non-fiction texts were also examined, because it’s fascinating to learn more about the world around us. After a discussion of their key features, each class had great fun putting together their own unique book of facts and ‘world’ records.  

We even moved on to the works of Shakespeare, because no reading week would be complete without one of the greatest English language writers and storytellers of all time. After learning more about his life and legacy, the children displayed their thespian talents by performing the infamous witches’ scene from Macbeth.  

What was your favourite part of Book Week?

Homework!

Happy World Book Day everyone! It was so good to see Year 5 dressing up as their favourite characters and sharing their favourite stories!

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: Remember to read every day to explore as many books as possible. Your comments should be detailed and try to write a different comment each day.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: As last week was so focused on reading the spellings will remain the same, so take the extra time to practise using these words within your own sentences. This will help your understanding and make it easier to use them in your writing!

  • refer
  • prefer
  • transfer
  • referring
  • preferring
  • transferring
  • reference
  • preference
  • transference
  • referee

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on using all four of the operations (x, +, -, ÷) in your own calculations. To challenge yourself, try and include all of them in one word problem. For example:

Robin has three boxes which each contain twelve carrots. He picks six more carrots, then loses a box. He divides the remaining carrots amongst his five donkeys. How many carrots does each donkey get?

Here’s a classic online game to warm up your calculation skills:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Homework!

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: You should be reading every day. Remember your comments should be detailed. Remember each day you can try to write a different comment.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • refer
  • prefer
  • transfer
  • referring
  • preferring
  • transferring
  • reference
  • preference
  • transference
  • referee

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on practising your multiplication and division skills. Here is a video to refresh your memory on how we lay out a multiplication calculation (remember, you can also carry the ten below the next column to the left, instead of above as in this example):

Use this video to remind yourself of how to lay out a short division calculation:

Use this online game to develop some seriously quick reflexes (and some seriously impressive mathematical skills):

Homework!

 

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: You should be reading every day. Remember your comments should be detailed. Remember each day you can try to write a different comment.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • vicious
  • precious
  • conscious
  • delicious
  • malicious
  • suspicious
  • ambitious
  • cautious
  • fictitious
  • infectious

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on practising your addition and subtraction skills. Here is a video to refresh your memory on how we lay out an addition calculation:

Use this video to remind yourself of how to lay out a subtraction calculation:

Here is an online game where you can test your addition and subtraction skills:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Homework!

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: You should be reading every day. Remember your comments should be detailed. Remember each day you can try to write a different comment.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happening in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character thinking of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • receive
  • deceive
  • conceive
  • perceive
  • perceive
  • conceited
  • shield
  • believe
  • fierce
  • grievance
  • achieve

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on representing data in a line graph. You could choose your favourite animals and compare their maximum heights, or perhaps record the amount of water you drink throughout the day.

Use this link to explore creating a line graph online:

https://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/graphing/classic/line_data.asp