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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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?
This week’s reading recommendation is…
Reading: You should be reading every day. Remember your comments should be detailed. Remember each day you can try to write a different comment.
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.
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):