Year 5 – 2018/2019
Welcome back to another school year at James Brindley, I hope you have had a lovely and relaxing summer.
Here on our Year 5 webpage you will find updates of our class curriculum, news and photos of everything we get up to in Year 5.
During the Autumn Term our topic will be Geography based, we will be focusing on the question, “Why is the rainforest important to us?”. Children will be able to identify and explain the position of rainforests on a world map. Examining South America, we will begin to understand the significance of the Amazon River and study endangered wildlife in the region. Children will further explore the Amazon Rainforest through our class novel ‘Journey to the River Sea’, a story set in the heart of the rainforest.
Welcome to Year 5!
Ahead of our visit to Lledr Hall next week (Monday 18 June - Friday 22 June), please find below a reminder of the kit list and further information about our departure on Monday.
Packed Lunch for Monday!
All children will require a packed lunch for Monday. Everything should be disposable please- no lunch boxes.
Travel sickness tablets / wristbands
If your child suffers from travel sickness, please remember to give them a travel sickness tablet before coming to school on Monday. Please pass any travel sickness medication for the return journey to a member of staff when you arrive at school.
Suitcases / bags
As they arrive on Monday, children will be asked to leave their bags / cases under the shelter outside the entrance to the school office. They will then proceed to line up as normal. Medications will need to be handed to a member of staff as outlined below.
Medications, inhalers & spending money
Please ensure all medications and inhalers are labelled and in a separate bag if at all possible. These can be handed to Mr Graham, Mrs Kelsall or Mrs Seddon who will be waiting in the assembly hall to receive them.
Blue inhalers should be labelled and kept by children at all times in the event of them being required.
Spending money (up to a maximum of £10) should be passed to a member of staff in a sealed envelope with your child's name on it. These will then be returned to children when at the gift shop on Friday.
Departure & return
We will depart at 10am on Monday 18 June. Friends and family are very welcome to pop by and wave us off on our way. Tears are not advised, however, in case you set Mr Graham off!
We will return to school at approximately 3pm on Friday 22 June. Children should be picked up upon arrival. The school office will keep families notified by text should our return be delayed by traffic.
Updating the school website / Twitter Page
Where possible during the week, we will try to update the Year 5 Class Page (this one!) with a few photographs and notes. We will also try to update the school Twitter Page @JamesBrindleyPS (https://twitter.com/jamesbrindleyps?lang=en).
Any updates will be dependent upon internet connectivity (which can vary!) and may be very late at night. Please do not be concerned if updates don't appear or are infrequent.
To complete our work with the BBC this year, Year 5 were invited to spend a morning at the CBBC studios. The children have been part of a research project this year, viewing and offering opinions on new content. The staff at CBBC were full of praise for our lovely behaviour and for our fantastic creative ideas. Were delighted to have BBC journalist, presenter and reporter Nazia Mogra join us for a question and answer session. Thank you to the BBC for making our visit so enjoyable.
Following on from our Viking Visit last month, children have been working in groups completing 'Large Learning' posters demonstrating their learning in history, science, maths and English. Children typically love these sessions as it gives them complete creative control over how they present their work, which topic they wish to showcase and who they would like to work with. A short video of these sessions can be viewed below.
Please do keep watching the Year 5 Mathematics Teaching Videos for valuable homework help. The videos are valuable in modelling the processes that we teach in schools. You can access the videos by clicking the link below:
There are also a number of English Year 5 English Teaching Videos available now that will be valuable in helping children develop as confident, fluent writers:
We were delighted to be visited by a real life Viking (nearly!) in school this week. Our Viking experiment discussed, explained and demonstrated many of the fundamentals of the Viking way of life. We were particularly interested to discover that the Vikings weren't simply raiders and warriors but pioneers in trading all around the world. Below are some photos and video highlights of our visit.
Drawing to the end of our science topic, we were thrilled to have a very special visitor join us for our lesson today. The afternoon began with our children feeding back how they'd used chromatography to catch out the slippery Mr Haygarth and his whiteboard pen! Following this, we were extremely fortunate to receive expert advice on forensics, enjoying a superbly engaging and practical session on taking fingerprints and DNA swabs, exploring the role of a forensics specialist. Our sincerest thanks to Mrs Moss for giving up her time and offering her great expertise in this area- the children had a fantastic experience and saw the true value of science in action.
As part of Learning Challenge 8, children worked in groups to design an experiment themselves. Groups chose to observe the effect of Mentos on different soft drinks, recording their results in different ways including taking notes, drawing bar charts and even scatter graphs! We were keen to see if there was any correlation between the length of the reaction and the volume of liquid displaced from the bottle.
You can watch short highlights of each of the reactions in the video immediately below.
Our science led topic is entitled ‘Could you be the next CSI investigator? ’this term.
Key learning challenges include:
LC1: Can you think of five materials that can be changed and reversed and five that cannot?
LC2: How have scientists made use of changes to create materials that make our lives easier, e.g. cling film?
LC3: Which materials dissolve and evaporate and why can this sometimes be an important quality in those materials?
LC4: How are reversible and irreversible changes important to forensic scientists?
LC5: How could you solve a crime by using forensic evidence?
LC6: What is bicarbonate of soda and what impact does it have on different materials?
More information on our wider curriculum for this term is available on the Year 5 Spring Newsletter which children will receive this week. A copy is also available in the 'Useful Documents' section of this page, below the September part of this blog.
Preparations are well underway for our class assembly on Friday 08 December 2017. For those who are unable to make it, we've uploaded a sneaky peak - below- of some of our curriculum work that we'll be showcasing.
We have also been very busy finalising details for our Santa Run on Wednesday 13 December 2017. The run will raise money for our chosen class charity, 'The Running Charity' who help young homeless people rebuild their lives. We're looking forward to completing our 2km run and raising funds for this very worthwhile cause. Thank you in advance for all your support in sponsoring our children and in helping assist the run on the day.
This month we have been exploring in depth, the problems facing the Amazon Rainforest and the implications facing the population as a whole. The children were shocked to find out the extent of the damage caused by a vast number of methods of extracting natural resources from within South America.
In Science, we have been looking at both sexual and asexual reproduction in plants. The class really enjoyed the hands on session, dissecting lilies, examining the carpel and stamen in detail. Videos and photographs of this session can be found below.
I look forward to meeting you all at Parent's Evening, later this month.
Finally, our 'Autumn Term Curriculum Newsletter' is available to download by scrolling just below this entry past the link to the Year 5 Mathematics Teaching Videos. Also available are the'Year 5 End of Year Expectations', 'Homework Timetable' and 'Year 5 Spelling Wordlists' documents.
Mr Graham, Mrs Kelsall, Mrs Lyth & Mrs Seddon
Welcome back! We hope you've all had a very peaceful and relaxing summer and that your children are excited about coming back to school. The Year 5 team spent some time in July getting to know the children and outlining the expectations of the Year 5 curriculum. We are now really looking forward to getting started with our new class.
As has become tradition, to kick start our geography topic, we will be visiting local woodland to meet a Forest Ranger. During our visit, children will work in teams to build their very own rainforest survival shelter- Bear Grylls style. This year we will be meeting with Forest Ranger, Richard Marshall on Friday 15 September 2017 at Blackleach Country Park.
For our visit, we require a signed permission slip (to be returned by Friday 08 September) to allow your child to attend and would be glad of a number adult helpers. Full details are on the letter that your child will receive on their first day back at school- a copy will also be available below (the 'Useful Documents' section) in the event of a letter being misplaced. On this day, children may come to school in their own clothes, suitable for the shelter building activity, but must bring their uniform and school shoes to change into upon returning to school. The Forest Ranger has been in touch today (Thursday 14 September) to advise children to wear wellies if they have them as the site is quite muddy currently. We look forward to welcoming our parent helpers who will be joining us and thank them kindly for their time. We will leave school promptly after registration and return to school in time for lunch.
From September, children will rehearse the recall of times tables facts, attempting to answer twelve questions within a minute. All children will start with the 2 times tables before progressing through the other times tables once they can successfully recall all twelve facts within a minute. This will help with the retention of number facts and help prepare children for the proposed introduction of a SATS-style times table test in 2019.