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Year Five - Mrs Stirk/Miss Bevan

Summer 2

 

It's the final half term of the school year and we are in for a busy time!  We have absolutely loved teaching class 5SB and we are so proud of the children's hard work and progress.  Well done everyone!

 

This half term we have our amazing Year 5 and 6 production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and we can't wait for everyone to see it. 

 

We will also be learning about the local area during Heritage Week, including a visit to the National Coal Mining Museum to help us to understand what life was like for miners.

 

Not forgetting our camping trip in July, which we are all so excited for.

 

Amongst all this we will be learning about how humans change as they grow, we will be designing and making our own mobile phone cases and we will be studying aspects of the industrial revolution. 

 

 

 

 

In our Maths lessons we have been learning how to draw angles and measure them using a protractor.  We are really good at this!
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We have pulled up lots of potatoes from our allotment.  We used them to make a delicious potato salad.
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Summer 2 newsletter

Summer 1

Welcome back to the first half of our final term.

 

In our history and geography lessons this half term, we will be comparing and contrasting the physical and human features of Leeds city to the more rural setting of Haworth in the Pennines, 10 miles west of Bradford. We will be looking for similarities and differences in these two places and will learn about them first-hand with a trip to Haworth.

 

In our science lessons we will be exploring the ways in which scientists investigate by examining how forensic science is used to help to solve crimes. We will be becoming CSIs and will investigate a ‘crime scene’ using the techniques we have learned!

We are sure that the children will love learning about all these things and we can’t wait to get going!

We have been taking our fingerprints and examining them to look for whorls, loops and arches.

We have also been analysing handwriting.  We discussed the similarities and differences in groups to match the samples.

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Our tin-can insects are going to look great in our allotment. 
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We're tough at Clapgate: we braved the wind and the rain on our Haworth trip to view a grey but fabulous landscape from the top of the moors! 

 

We also explored the high street ready to compare to the streets of central Leeds.

 

We loved our visit to the chocolate shop where the owner very kindly showed us cacoa beans and let us sample some lovely truffles.

We had a great time!

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Summer 1 Newsletter

Spring 2

 

Welcome back after our half term break.  We have so many exciting activities planned this half term. 

We kicked off with an exciting introduction to our Vikings topic on our Viking Day!  We played a Viking game, found out lots of information through completing a quiz, examined artefacts and learned all about Viking weaponry.  The day ended with an awesome spear wrestling competition!  Check out the photos below.

 

In keeping with the Viking theme, in English we will be reading the text 'Beowulf'.We are also learning about forces in science with lots of practical, engaging tasks designed to develop our scientific thinking and to improve our skills.  Our Science week will also develop our thinking with some amazing activities and exciting experiments.

 

 

Our Viking Day was great!  We learned lots about the Viking weapons and finished with a spear wrestle!
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In Maths we have been working on 3D shape.  We have made various shapes, opened them out to explore their nets and have then drawn them, challenging each other to guess whether the nets are possible or not.
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Our Science lesson on air resistance involved us making hoop gliders or paper helicopters.  We then chose a variable to change and investigated how this would affect the hoop gliders/helicopters. 
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Spring 2 Newsletter

Welcome to Class 5SB!

 

Welcome back!  After a lovely summer break, all the children seem raring to go and eager to work hard and continue to progress.  We are delighted to be teaching such a lovely class of children and we are looking forward to seeing them learn, investigate, explore and grow over the coming academic year.

 

Our History topic is Anglo-Saxons this term.  We have some great activities lined up for the children, culminating in an Anglo-Saxon museum in December, showcasing all their amazing work. 

We have also embarked upon a voyage of discovery about Space, which the children are already excited about. 

 

Here's the children's own display to get us started off:

 

 

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Planet sizes

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In Maths we have learned about angles.  We made rockets out of twigs and used counters to label the different angle types.
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P.E. is on Mondays and Wednesdays this half term.

 

Please ensure P.E. kits are brought in on those days.  They can be brought in and kept in school if that is more convenient. 

As the weather gets cooler, feel free to bring in jogging bottoms and a warm top for when we go outdoors.

AUTUMN 2

 

Here we are starting the second half of Autumn term!  We have been so proud of all the children and their incredible hard work over the first half term.  We are sure that this excellent attitude to learning will continue.

 

We are continuing with our Anglo-Saxon topic, making models of houses and designing coins.  Be prepared to be wowed at our museum during the last week of December!

 

In Science, we are moving on to investigate the various properties of materials and how they are used.  We're even helping out a member of staff who is expecting a baby, by testing the absorbency of different nappies! We'll report back to her to advise her on the best ones.

 

 

To get us warmed up we had a go at sorting materials according to their properties:
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We explored Instasnow to investigate its absorbent properties and to get us thinking about how we might investigate the absorbency of nappies.

 

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Our investigation into the absorbency of nappies was great fun!  We worked in pairs to predict, plan and carry out the investigations.  We tried different ways - some of us chose to pour water onto each nappy until they could absorb no more; some of us poured a certain amount of water onto each nappy and pressed a paper towel on each one, observing the size of the wet imprint; some of us poured water on each nappy and then tried to squeeze it out.  Interestingly, the overwhelming majority agreed on the same nappy brand as the most absorbent. 

 

Our next step is to advise Miss Shield which nappy brand we think is the best!

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Autumn 2 newsletter

Spring 1

Happy New Year!  We hope you have all enjoyed the Christmas break and have refuelled for 2017.  We are really excited about this half term as we will be writing about the Amazon rainforest in English and we will be studying the river Amazon in geography.  Our science topic is Life Cycles where we will be learning about the similarities and differences in  life cycles of mammals, birds, insects and amphibians.  Additionally, we will be having some rugby coaching and we will be going on a trip to see The Witches at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  This is an awesome half term!

 

We have been learning about negative numbers in Maths and we played a brilliant game to deepen our understanding.
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We have been learning about the life cycle of a flowering plant.  We learned the names of the different parts of the flower and then labelled our own collages.  We then learned about the different stages in the life cycle and what happens at each stage.  Our labelled collages are on display in our classroom.
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Our PE lessons with a rugby coach are great fun and we have learned lots about the correct grip and how to pass the ball accurately. 

 

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We have been learning about the life cycles of insects, comparing those with complete metamorphosis with those with incomplete metamorphosis.  We even made our own 'models' of them:
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Spring 1 Newsletter

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