Stop motion characters!

Today, Year 5 were experimenting with the various ways in which they could manipulate plasticine to make characters for their upcoming stop motion animation masterpieces!

We had some fantastic creations, but we realised just how difficult it must be for professional stop motion animators to manipulate plasticine/modelling clay to create the characters we see on TV! Even moving a part of an ear to make a smooth movement would take 5-10 photos!

Take a look below at some of our great inventions.

We’re looking forward to having a go at making our own characters at home this weekend!

Homework Summer 2 Week 3

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Summer 2 Week 3 – due in Wednesday 28th June 2017

 Reading:  You should be reading every day! Please make sure you write a comment in your reading diary. This could be a prediction or summary of what you have read.

Spellings:  

This week we have challenged the children with several difficult words, which the children have attempted to use in their writing, but are finding difficult to spell correctly. They are to practise learning the 10 words. They will be tested next week and the results will come home.

observant                 observance            observation

expectant                  expectation

hesitant                     hesitation

tolerant                     tolerance               toleration

ICT  

Continuing on with the learning from this week, we would like the children to begin to create the people or objects they need within the stop motion animation. The ‘characters’ could be drawn, made from plasticine and molded, use blu-tack or another material you wish.  We look forward to seeing your creation!

Some children showed an interest in using plasticine and we have found a recipe that you can follow!

  1. 1 cup flour.
  2. 1/4 cup salt.
  3. 2 sachets cream of tartar.
  4. 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
  5. 1 cup water.

(You can then add food dye to each batch if the children what to make it more colourful!)

Put everything on low heat and stir until the mixture thickens. Sprinkle some more flour to take it off the pot and knead it with your hands. Add flour until it stops sticking to your fingers and starts resembling real plasticine (albeit softer). Keep in a box or a plastic bag to prevent it from drying.

Times Tables Homework: 

By the end of Year 5 you should have learnt and know all the times tables.

This week you have chosen to learn ____ and _____     in order/out of order/division facts

We would like you to show your learning in any way (some examples could be: as a video on the blog; write the tables out if you’re not confident; create a poster; writing a song or poem). Remember to encourage a family member to test you! You could even complete some multiplication sums using the table you have chosen!

Here are some links to resources and games you might find helpful:

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

http://www.learnyourtables.co.uk/en/index2.htm

https://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/www/flash/bso/bso-flash/index.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge

Lunchtime Surveys

We are looking at ways to improve children’s experiences during lunchtime at SPS. In order to get as many different viewpoints as possible, we are surveying all those who have an interest or involvement in school lunchtimes. As a result, we have devised questionnaires for parents and children and would be very grateful for your input. The surveys are short and anonymous. All you need to do is click on the relevant link below and answer a few short questions. Children will have an opportunity to complete their survey at school if they have not already done so at home. 

Many thanks

Miss Kelley and Ms Gomulka

Parent Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S5YTGDW

Children’s Survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R98JCRQ

Homework Summer 2 Week 2

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Reading:  You should be reading every day! Please make sure you write a comment in your reading diary. This could be a prediction or summary of what you have read.

Spellings:  

The spellings the children have chosen have been taken from the national curriculum and are listed in the year 5 and 6 reading diaries of words that children should know how to spell. This week they are to learn the 10 words they have chosen, as they have found these words challenging to remember and learn. They will be tested next week and the results will come home.

co-ordinate          co-own

co-ownership       co-author

re-examine          re-evaluate

re-energise          de-ice

ill-equipped          semi-final

ICT  

This week the children have been introduced to stop motion animation. As part of Art, they have created a story motion story board of the film they will create. For homework, we would like the children to create a setting or backdrop that they can use. They could use a card board box to create the scene or a piece of paper with the setting drawn on.

Times Tables Homework: 

By the end of Year 5 you should have learnt and know all the times tables.

This week you have chosen to learn ____ and _____     in order/out of order/division facts

We would like you to show your learning in any way (some examples could be: as a video on the blog; write the tables out if you’re not confident; create a poster; writing a song or poem). Remember to encourage a family member to test you! You could even complete some multiplication sums using the table you have chosen!

Here are some links to resources and games you might find helpful:

 

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

http://www.learnyourtables.co.uk/en/index2.htm

https://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/www/flash/bso/bso-flash/index.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge

Rocket Mania

Year 5 have had a tremendous day learning with scientists!! They learnt the importance of a scientist and how many made amazing discoveries. They then became scientists themselves and designed rockets using the plastic bottles we have been collecting and had an afternoon of launching each design!

 

I am sure the children have come home and informed you in greater detail of the events! What was your most exciting part of the day?

Homework Summer 2 Week 3

Screen Shot 2016-09-16 at 17.19.38.pngReading: You should be reading every day! Please make sure you write a comment in your reading diary. This could be a prediction or summary of what you have read.

Spellings:  The spellings the children have chosen have been taken from the national curriculum and are listed in the year 5 and 6 reading diaries of words that children should know how to spell. This week they are to learn the 10 words they have chosen, as they have found these words challenging to remember and learn. They will be tested next week and the results will come home.

Times Tables Homework: By the end of Year 5 you should have learnt and know all the times tables.

This week you have chosen to learn ____ and _____ in order/out of order/division facts

We would like you to show your learning in any way (some examples could be: as a video on the blog; write the tables out if you’re not confident; create a poster; writing a song or poem). Remember to encourage a family member to test you! You could even complete some multiplication sums using the table you have chosen!

 

Here are some links to resources and games you might find helpful:

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

http://www.learnyourtables.co.uk/en/index2.htm

https://www.nationwideeducation.co.uk/www/flash/bso/bso-flash/index.html

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge

 

For homework we would also like you to either experiment with the online version of scratch (can only be used on a computer) or continue to use scratchjr (which works on iPads) to create an animation or interactive game! What you create is up to you, even simple projects can be extremely engaging.

 There is a tutorial on the right hand side of the screen when you select ‘try it out’ on the home screen:

https://scratch.mit.edu/

Explore the website and see what you can come up with! You can create a free account with an email address if you want to save your projects but please inform your parents before you do so.

If there are any projects you find on the ‘explore’ page that your think are helpful for school, copy the website address (URL) and paste it into a comment on the blog.

Homework Changes

In this final half term, we are going to broaden the scope of the homework we set. We shall now blog homework that is related to all areas of the curriculum in order to reenergise and enthuse creativity.  Spellings will still be included, as children are not only expected to learn the National Curriculum Spelling list for the year group, but should also be applying learnt spelling rules to a variety of words.  However, children will not be expected to write sentences, unless this helps them in learning the spelling and using it correctly within a sentence. Weekly spelling tests will continue.

How to PEEL a conclusion!

This week, Year 5 have been working on our Science investigation writing skills, and we have reached our conclusion – writing a conclusion!

We learned that in order to write an effective conclusion, we must PEEL:

Make your Point

Use Evidence to back up your point

Explain your evidence

Link back to the prediction/hypothesis

We also discussed the idea of anomalies in the data and how we could identify these, thinking about why they might have occurred and what we could do to avoid them if we were to repeat the experiment.

Finally, we discussed whether our experiment was a ‘fair test’ or not, which we decided it was not! Further investigation is needed…

Below are some pictures of us working hard on our conclusions!

Keep helping Year 5!

Thank you to all those who have already brought in bottles. Keep them coming in!

 

Plastic Bottles and Tennis balls!

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On the first Friday back after half term (9th June 2017)  Year 5 will be enjoying a science day with the help of scientists from the National Physical Laboratory.

The children at Heavers Farm and Selsdon Primary will be building and launching water rockets and we would like to ask for your help please!

For the day we need as many of the following as possible:

 

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We need the plastic bottles that are used to hold fizzy drinks.

We would be very grateful if you could bring in these empty clean bottles and old tennis balls after half term.

If you have any of the items above at home please could you send them into school with your child to give to Year 5!

Thank you in advance for your help!