Year 5 w.b 30.10.23
Date: 3rd Nov 2023 @ 11:49am
What an exciting first week back!
Not only did children get to see our new forest school classroom on Monday, but they also completed their first Y5 forest school lesson this morning. This week we completed a challenge focussing on building children’s problem solving and resilience abilities.
Please could we remind everyone that children need a coat everyday, but particularly for forest school on Fridays.
We also have a number of children not completing homework. We expect children to be able to complete homework independently (although we know this is a challenge for some) and each piece to take around 20 minutes. If there is a problem with homework, or you face exceptional circumstances one week, please do let us know. We have communicated our expectations to children and reminded them homework is given and collected on Mondays. Children not bringing in homework will be asked to miss a break time in order to complete it.
In English, children have started to explore our new text - Henry's Freedom Box. They had great fun seeing a replica of the box Henry Brown escaped in and imaging what it must have been like to be nailed into the box not fully knowing what was happening outside. We are continuing to focus on sentence accuracy and handwriting. In guided reading we have started to look at a new set of texts; myths, legends and folktales. We have also completed reading our class novel, Street Child, and started our poem for the half term, The Highwayman.
In maths we have been looking at factors and multiples. The children are continuing to work hard as the maths challenge increases in Y5, and knowing their times tables really well will help enormously over the next few weeks and throughout the rest of the year.
In Art this week we began learning about two new artists - Jackson Pollock and Frida Kahlo. We looked at their artwork and began to complete our knowledge organiser to learn facts about them.
In PE we played netball, learning different passes. We then played two competitive games.
In RE this half term we will be looking at the nativity story and how it is recorded in the Bible. This week children thought about what they know about the nativity story and then compared these details with the Gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke.
Last half term we completed a history unit, so this half term is geography. We looked at North America remembering our work on continents from Y2. We then used atlases to locate continents, North America and countries.
In My Happy Mind our new unit is 'Celebrate'. We looked at the 24 character strengths and learnt that we all have these strengths but in different amounts. We identified our own key strengths and wrote about a time we used them in the last week.
We hope you all have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.