Miss S Bryant - Year 5 Teacher
Mrs S Solway (Monday - Thursday) & Mrs J Sweet (Friday)
Our class enquiry is the Ancient Maya.
The Maya civilization existed from about 600 BC to AD 1546. Their land covered the southern portions of Central Mexico and parts of Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
We’ve looked at their number system which we all agreed was immensely confusing and we are glad our number system is less complicated.
We made hot chocolate and added cinnamon but not the chillies the Mayans used.
We will be making Fajitas this week so more photos to follow!
Co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions
Later, a cat crept up the tree as the little, green bird eagerly pecked the juicy apple and ate it noisily. The cat paused before he got to the bird. He watched the bird quietly because he didn’t want to scare it away.
and joins words or groups of words which are of the same importance in the sentence – it is called a coordinating conjunction
Because joins words or groups of words which add extra meaning but which are not as important as the rest of the sentence – it is called a subordinating conjunction
Year 5 have written newspaper reports to report the devastating fire which happened in our class book ‘Journey to the River Sea’.
Each child had a template to write on. Some of the pictures show children editing their work with purple pens and checking off DADWAVERS and personal targets.
Our focus for the next few weeks is ‘fractions’. I hear the groans now! This was also the reaction of the class however we have been referring to our Mindset language:
This is too hard = this may take a bit of time and effort
I can’t do maths = I’m going to train my brain to do maths
I’ll do it step by step and take it slowly
I can’t do this = I can’t do this yet…
I’ll never be as clever as her/him = I’ll learn how he does it
And we’re up for the challenge!
FRACTIONS ARE FUN!
We’ve been consolidating our division skills, using the bus stop method, and we have encouraged the children to write out the relevant times table next to the calculation to help. This aids them to calculate with no errors.
Every morning when arriving in class Year 5’s first work of the day is Mini Maths.
There are a variety of questions including a daily mix of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The impact this has had on the children’s maths is tremendous as their brains are learning to swap between all the different calculations quickly.
In maths we have been busy learning about prime numbers and dividing and multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000.
Some parents have asked for extra work for their children to help with their maths. On the right hand side of this page, under Maths websites, there are some links to useful websites that will give your child extra practise with maths.
Mathsphere.co.uk - select Year 5 worksheets, select any option to download and print
Mathsmadeeasy.co.uk - select Year 5, scroll down to Year 5 Maths Resources. We suggest the children pick topics that they have covered so far before working on the others
Topmarks.co.uk - Any but especially 'Problem Solving'
Primaryresources.co.uk - scroll down and select problem solving, choose a subject eg word and real life problems and then choose anything with a blue 5 and either DOC/PDF/PUB/WORD at the end of the line.
This week we have been learning to interpret line graphs. On Wednesday we wrote stories to match the data on the graph.
Green Week Videos
Year 5 had a really exciting day yesterday: all the children experienced making Victoria Sandwiches.
Each group had a bowl and weighed out all the ingredients themselves. Some children also had a go at cracking the eggs into the mixture!
Later in the day, everyone made buttercream icing.
After the cakes had been cooked and were cool the children put jam and buttercream in the middle of the sponges.
We all got to taste our wonderful creation. Mmmmmmm! Mouth-wateringly delicious! Everyone got to take a piece home too: sorry if yours didn’t make it home!
Soluble or Non-Soluble?
We collected a variety of materials in transparent beakers. Then we added the same amount of cold water to each, stirred and watched to see if the material dissolved.
- Sand = Non-soluble
- Brown sugar = soluble
- Salt = soluble
- Coffee granules = soluble
- Flour = soluble
- Porridge Oats = non-soluble
All of Year 5 have been engaged in their maths learning this morning. They had to work out the cost of each potion for Harry.
Today we had some questions to answer from the text Oliver Twist.
We used the method P.E.E. (have a look at the link under Home Learning, Comprehension using PEE).
The children cut up the questions and matched the answers using each category; Point, Experience and Explain and stuck them in their books.
We have been practising joined handwriting. Two new joins for the children are: ‘f ‘ and ‘x’.
Have a look at the picture to see how they are written.
This week we have looked at all the punctuation we know and reminded ourselves of their uses.
As you can see from our Maths Working Wall we have been busy consolidating our Year 4 knowledge in place value.
This year we will be working with 7 digit numbers.
M, Hundred Thousand, Ten Thousands, Thousands. Hundreds, Tens, Ones.
7, 3 4 6 9 2 8
or…… 7 million, 3 hundred and 46 thousand, 9 hundred and 28!
This term our class book is Street Child by Berlie Doherty