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Year 5 learning this week

Below you will find our weekly teaching and learning summary to find out how we develop and enrich your child's learning whilst they are with us.

Week ending What we have been learning about
21/06/2024

This week, Year 5 have continued to delve into the world of Odysseus, reading about his voyage into the ‘Land of the Dead’. Based on this, the children have been writing their own recounts of the story, incorporating dialogue between the different characters. In Maths, we have explored how nets are used to build 3D shapes, as well as how to measure the radius, diameter and circumference of a circle. In Science, we have been looking at the life cycles of humans, and considering all the changes we go through between infancy and old age. 

Spellings: To spell words with irregular spelling patterns: achieve, apparent, bargain, bruise, community, mischievous, muscle, necessary, vehicle, system.

14/06/2024

This week, Year 5 have continued to delve into the story of Odysseus. We have been learning about the story of the cyclops, and then the children were asked to design their own mythical creature, thinking about its origins, physical features and other characteristics. In Maths, we have been exploring properties of shapes, including the difference between regular and irregular polygons and identifying different types of triangles and quadrilaterals. Today, the Year 5 children had a fabulous ‘Greek Day’, delving into the culture of ancient Greece in the morning and finishing the day off with an Olympics!

Spellings: achieve, apparent, bargain, bruise, community, mischievous, muscle, necessary, vehicle, system

07/06/2024

This week, Year 5 have delved into our new Power of Reading text, ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden. We have been learning about some of our main characters, including the Greek Gods, Odysseus and his wife Penelope. The children then wrote a letter to Penelope from the perspective of Odysseus as he sailed off to the Trojan War. In Maths, we have concluded our topic on decimals by practising multiplying them, and have started to explore properties of shapes, recapping terms such as parallel, perpendicular and symmetrical. On Friday, we finished off our Art topic on Vivian Suter from last term, creating a large, collaborative abstract piece as a class which will be displayed in the hall soon.

Spellings: To spell words that are homophones or near homophones: cereal, serial, complement, compliment, principal, principle, stationary, stationery, wary, weary.

24/05/2024

This week, the children have been tackling the Maths reasoning SATs papers, having a go at completing these bit by bit after revising the key topics that come up. On Monday, the children had fun using their oracy skills in a day full of science. In the morning, they learnt about different naturalists, and researched a naturalist in groups. They used the information they found to create their own presentations about their lives and their work. Then, in the afternoon, they presented their work to the rest of the class and one of the Year 5 teachers; the children impressed us with their oracy skills and confidence, as well as their listening skills when not presenting.

Spellings: We have been revising our Year 5 and 6 spelling words.

17/05/2024

This week, Year 5 have been writing balanced arguments, considering whether school is important. Whilst doing this, they have been endeavouring to include modal verbs and adverbs of possibility. We have also had our first go at some of the Year 6 assessments, including Reading comprehension, arithmetic, grammar and spelling. We have been so impressed with how Year 5 have approached these challenges, and are incredibly proud of their hard work and determination. In Religion and World Views, we have continued to delve into Buddhism, learning about how a buddhist follows the Eightfold Path to help them achieve Nirvana. 

Spellings: To spell words that are homophones: bridal, bridle, guessed, guest, heard, herd, morning, mourning, passed, past.

10/05/2024

Year 5 had a brilliant start to the week when they took part in our Rainforest Ranger Day! They engrossed themselves fully in the morning, singing songs inspired by the rainforest, taking part in a scavenger hunt and building their own survival dens. Since then, the children have been creating double page spreads, writing in detail about everything they did and learnt. In Computing, we have been practising creating our own stop animation videos, which will later be themed around survival in the Amazon Rainforest.

Spellings: To spell words that are homophones: aisle, isle, allowed, aloud, altar, alter, ascent, assent, farther, father.

03/05/2024

This week, we have continued to delve into our Power of Reading text, ‘My Name is River’. After meeting Lucia, a native girl who lives in the Amazon rainforest, the children have been writing Literacy guides for her, explaining concepts such as homophones, how to use a dictionary and key Year 5 and 6 spelling words. In Maths, we have been continuing to explore units of measure, including metres, kilometres, centimetres, grams and kilograms. In Science, we have been learning about living things and their habitats, looking at life cycles of different species and how they differ from each other. 

Spellings: To spell words that are homophones or near homophones: advice, advise, device, devise, licence, license, practice, practise, prophecy, prophesy.

26/04/2024 This week in Literacy, Year 5 have been looking into different verb forms, including the simple, continuous and perfect tenses. We have been using these verb forms whilst writing a letter excusing our Power of Reading text’s protagonist, Dylan, from attending his school Geography trip so that he can fly to the Amazon Rainforest instead.  In Maths, we have been looking at units of time and how to convert between them, and are starting to move on to other units of measure. In Religion and World Views, we have begun to study Buddhism; in our first session, the children have been learning who the Buddha was.
Spellings: To spell words with irregular spelling patterns: accompany, communicate, conscience, desperate, disastrous, interfere, nuisance, queue, restaurant, rhythm
19/04/2024 Year 5 have had a brilliant start to the new term. In our Literacy learning this week, we have fully immersed ourselves into our new topic ‘Rainforest Rangers’ by beginning to explore the Amazon Rainforest. Inspired by this, the children have written some wonderful descriptive paragraphs from multiple perspectives, such as a sloth, jaguar, toucan or even a tree! In Maths, we have been learning how to reflect a shape on a graph using a mirror line, including using coordinates to help us describe the shape’s position. It has also been lovely coming back to the warmer weather, and during our PE sessions we began to prepare for Sports Day, which we can already tell the children are feeling very competitive about!
Spellings: To spell words that are adverbs of possibility and frequency: certainly, definitely, frequently, infrequently, obviously, occasionally, often, probably, possibly, rarely
28/03/2024

It has been a lovely final week in Year 5. In Maths, we have been looking at translating shapes on a grid, and how coordinates can be used to help with this. On Monday, the children prepared and organised their very own salad bar! After spending the morning chopping ingredients, we set up shop and all had the opportunity to try the different vegetables (and croutons) on offer. The rest of the week has been spent wrapping up our Victorians topic, which we are so pleased the children have thoroughly enjoyed.

Spellings: To spell words containing ‘ough’: although, bough, dough, doughnut, enough, plough, rough, though, tough, toughen.

22/03/2024

This week in Literacy, we have been writing newspaper articles based upon our Power of Reading text, describing the event of Nansi disappearing from the theatre. Whilst writing these, we have been thinking about what different characters might say if they were interviewed for the article, and whether they would be honest or not! In Maths, we have been looking at the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percentages. In Computing, we have been creating our own Victorian inventions, and thinking about how we could design these using a software called ‘Tinkercad’.

Spellings: To spell words where ‘ough’ makes an /or/ sound: bought, brought, afterthought, fought, nought, ought, sought, thought, thoughtfulness, wrought.

15/03/2024

This week, Year 5 have been enjoying getting stuck into Science Week! On Monday, we conducted a number of Science experiments, including building our own marshmallow catapults and launching baking soda rockets into the sky! We have also been learning about Maggie Aderin-Pocock, an inspirational space scientist, and making our own picture books in the style of the ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series about her. In Maths, we have been learning about multiplying fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers.

Spellings: To spell words where ‘ough’ makes an /or/ sound: afterthought, bought, brought, fought, nought, ought, sought, thought, thoughtfulness, wrought.

08/03/2024 This week, Year 5 have been centering our Literacy learning around the life and work of Dr Barnardo. The children have been researching their ideas and learning all about the impact on society he had, ready to write their own biographies about him. In maths, we have been looking at how to add fractions with different denominators, add mixed numbers, and multiply fractions by a whole number. We also had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day on Thursday! The children were challenged in groups to create the theatre from our Power of Reading text, Gaslight, either by showing the different rooms inside the building or creating a working puppet theatre.
Spellings: To spell words with ‘ie’ after ‘c’: society, deficient, efficient, emergencies, glacier, inefficient, science, scientists, species, sufficient.
01/03/2024 This week, Year 5 have continued to learn all about Victorian England, and what it was like to live in the era. In Literacy, we have seen Nansi face a dilemma: should she try to escape the theatre or should she stay? The children have written a balanced argument based on this question, making sure to not show any bias in their writing until their conclusion! In Maths, we have finished learning about angles, including how to identify angles within shapes. We have also returned to learning about fractions, thinking about how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. In Science, we have continued to use our enquiry skills to discover more about properties and changes of materials.
Spellings: To spell words with irregular spelling patterns: ancient, amateur, awkward, criticise, equipment, excellent, foreign, pronunciation, symbol, yacht.
23/02/2024

It has been lovely to welcome Year 5 back to Echelford. This week, we have been immersing ourselves in our new topic on the Victorians. Our Literacy learning has been centred around our new Power of Reading text, ‘Gaslight’ by Eloise Williams, and we have been writing diary entries from the perspective of our protagonist Nansi. We have also tested our historical enquiry skills, by looking at and analysing a variety of sources from the Victorian era. In Maths, we have been learning how to draw reflex angles, as well as how to calculate missing angles both around a point and on a straight line.
Spellings: Words with silent letters: ascend, autumn, build, disciple, doubt, island, lamb, receipt, solemn, thistle.

09/02/2024 Year 5 have had a busy final week of term! On Tuesday, we took part in ‘Safer Internet Day’, where the children thoroughly enjoyed discussing all the ways that technology has advanced and improved over time. Then, the children created their own ‘influencers’, thinking about how their influencers could have a positive impact on others. In Literacy, we have been thinking about how to correctly punctuate direct speech, and writing recounts from the perspective of Shackleton after returning home safely from the expedition. In Maths, we have been continuing to practise measuring and drawing angles using a protractor.
Spellings: To spell words with silent first letters: knife, knight, knowledge, knuckle, mnemonic, pterodactyl, wreath, wreckage, wrestler, writer.
02/02/2024 This week, Year 5 have been thoroughly enjoying taking part in ‘Echelford Enterprise Week’! The children have been making their own magnets, and have had to consider factors such as profit, budget and design. Over the course of the week, we have sculpted our magnets, painted them and packaged them so that they are ready to sell to raise money for the NSPCC. We have also been thinking about how to write persuasive adverts that will convince someone to buy their product. In Computing, we have been preparing to film our own weather report for Shackleton’s Antarctica expedition, using iMovie to edit and put them together.
Spellings: Words with the suffix ‘-fer’: conferring, difference, inference, preference, preferred, referee, reference, referring, transference, transferring.
26/01/2024 This week, Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed writing complaint letters to Ernest Shackleton, as if they are disgruntled members of the crew who aren’t happy with the experience they’ve been having since the Endurance sank! In Maths, we are taking a short break from fractions, learning about identifying different angles and how to measure them using a protractor. In Design and Technology, the children have been practising their sewing skills, including the running, back and blanket stitches, ready to make a pair of mittens that could keep them warm on an Antarctic expedition.
Spellings: We have been learning to spell words that are adverbs of time: afterwards, earlier, eventually, finally, immediately, previously, 
recently, tomorrow, whilst, yesterday.
19/01/2024

This week, Year 5 have been writing application forms as if they are applying for a job on Shackleton’s ship - the ‘Endurance’. We were also learning about how to use commas in a variety of ways. The children had to research a member of the crew, write their applications using persuasive language, and then be interviewed for the job by one of their peers! In Maths, we have investigated the relationship between fractions and decimals, in order to be able to order and compare them. In Science, we have been exploring the properties of materials and their changes, thinking about all the different properties a material might have. 

Spellings: Words with the suffix ‘-able’: changeable, agreeable, rechargeable, noticeable, knowledgeable, microwaveable, irreplaceable, manageable, replaceable, salvageable. 

12/01/2024

It has been lovely to see all of Year 5 again as we kick off the Spring term. In Literacy, the children have been introduced to our topic this term - Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica! We have been writing diary entries from Shackleton’s perspective aboard the ‘Endurance’, predicting how his mood and opinions might change the longer he is on the ship. In Maths, we have been looking at fractions, including equivalent fractions and equivalent tenths and hundredths. We have also started to look at Antarctica’s climate in more detail in our Geography lessons, as well as thinking about why the world has different time zones.  
Spellings: Challenge words - accommodate, dictionary, secretary, available, marvellous, sincerely, opportunity, controversy, suggest, twelfth.

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