Welcome to Year 5!
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.
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:
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.