Friday 14th October
This week in Year 5...
Find out all about Year 5 at Homefield Primary School.
This week in Year 5...
A Busy Week
Angles, Comics and Kites
A Packed Week
Whether it's repeated addition or reproduction, we are all about multiplying this week.
How to Look After a Dragon
Happy New Year!
Well we have been working hard!
Not only have we been ensuring that our play, Aladdin Trouble, is top notch, we have been working hard in English to finish writing our suspense pieces (using action and description) based on Kensuke's Kingdom. I have been so impressed by the language and vocabulary that has come through this unit and is clear in your writing - well done! We are now writing poetry that uses imagery (metaphors) and will be writing our own using Microsoft Excel (you'll have to wait and see why!) to write our own poem based on Brain Moses' 'If I were a shape...'
We had a visit from Mrs Hirst, the Year 7 Transition lead and Science Teacher at Lynne Grove, and some Year 7 and 8 pupils who lead a Science workshop this morning. She was so amazed at the children's knowledge, predictions and explanations and could tell that we are great scientists already! We were all blown away by the three experiments she showed us and the children were a credit to the school.
In Maths, we have been decimal-focused and will be starting a new unit of Geometry next week. We realised that decimals were not as scary as we thought as we can add and subtract them and multiply and divide them by powers of 10 in the same way we would whole numbers.
As World Cup fever has started, we were lucky enough to play in a class 'Inflatable Football World Cup' tournament. It was a great experience for all and you can read our very own sports journalist's report of the whole tournament below! Well done Mark - I think there's a career ahead of you here! Thank you all for your fabulous posters designed as homework to give lots of information about the World Cup countries - you've done some great research and presented it nicely.
We are also coming to the end of our Play Leader Training with Coach Mark. The children have been developing skills to enable them to lead games with children in a fair, inclusive and fun way. Keep up the great work!
Keep up the Super Reading and determination to do your best!
This morning was very exciting - we FaceTimed Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi of the Metropolitan Police in London to ask her about what it's like to be a police officer. We had a lot of questions to ask her and were really surprised and amazed at her answers! We found out that the strangest thing she has dealt with was a man dangerous driving in a wetsuit! She is very passionate about her job and loves it because she gets to help people, especially children and it is a very exciting job to do! She told us about when she met the Queen, Bear Grylls and Theresa May, and that she is responsible for organising the security around Donald Trump's visit. Some of the pupils were also jealous because she has been involved in policing a number of football matches at stadiums belonging to Chelsea, Fulham, Wembley and QPR! We learned a lot about what being a police officer involves and made us realise that it's not just about arresting people but there is a lot of bravery and kindness needed to do such a difficult job! We were inspired by Lucy who despite certain challenges has managed to persevere to become the successful officer she is today. It seems as though she has inspired many of our children to consider policing as a future career! Thank you, Lucy!
We have been busy this half term linking our knowledge of fraction, decimals and percentages and I was very impressed by the quality of the homework that came in this week with your posters explaining your knowledge!
We have also been gripped this half term by Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. We are loving finding out about Michael's adventure and were so gripped when he fell off the boat that even Miss Everett had to stop to breathe! We will be writing our own action scenes based on this and have already begun picking out vocabulary that we really like to make our own!
In PE we have been perfecting our netball skills and have really enjoyed playing matches against each other to get even better! Mrs Duffield has been a brilliant coach!
We have been extremely excited about performing our play 'Aladdin Trouble' with Year 6 and all children who auditioned this week should be extremely proud of themselves! It is not easy standing up in front of a lot of people and having to act, speak loudly or sing! Well done all! It was certainly not an easy decision for us to allocate roles and we know all the children will be brilliant as we start rehearsing next week!
We have been finding out about mountains in Geography, especially about mountain ranges and famous mountains from all over the world as well as what exactly makes a mountain a mountain y looking at their features. Ask us about what we've found out - particularly about when a hill is considered to be a mountain.
Please please please can we make sure that we are reading at least 5 times at home during the week AND getting reading records signed AND bringing them in so we can record it! We are struggling to break the 70% or more barrier at the moment which isn't great when our target is 80%. I can really tell when your reading has influenced your writing as the two do go hand in hand, and why wouldn't you want to get better at both?!
As always, have a lovely weekend.
Well another term is over and what a busy time we've had these last few weeks!
Today we delivered our Easter cards to local residents and I was very pleased to hear that the office had recieved a call from someone who was so delighted to have received a card from us and had said that it had made her day! (Look guys- indirect/reported speech!) Well done!
I think the highlight has to be our trip to West Stow last week. The children were so amazed to see all the Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the museum as well as the recreated houses that the Anglo-Saxons would have lived in. They started the week with lots of questions about the Anglo-Saxons and they now know most of the answers thanks to this rich resource! We even had time at the end of the day to follow the Beowulf and Grendel trail around the grounds to find beautiful hand-carved statues and figures relating to the Beowulf story. Keep an eye out in the Photo Gallery for pictures from our trip.
We were pleased to welcome Mr Bartram (a parent) to school on Monday who came and spoke to us about what it is like to work for a newspaper. We found out lots about what it is like to work for the Great Yarmouth Mercury and were also inspired by the fact that journalists can write about anything that interests them! I'll definitely be looking out for all you future sports reporters, fashion column writers and book or film reviewers!
This visit was inspired by our current English topic of newspaper writing based around the picture book 'Tuesday' by David Wiesner. The children have thoroughly enjoyed 'reading' the book to find all the clues that can help us to interview witnesses and write a factual report about what exactly happened that Tuesday night... Watch this space!
In Gymnastics, we have been learning to (or improving) our cartwheels, as well as putting a sequence of moves together. The children have made great improvements in this and have four more sessions with Mr Carr to look forward to after Easter.
In Maths, we have been filling our minds with all things fractions-realted: from finding equivalent fractions, adding them, subtracting them, turning improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice-versa, we still have more to do!
Thank you for embracing the new Homework challenges and for those of you who have ensured you have handed in your work on time. I hope it has been benficial to parents to see what we have been up to as well as helping the children to consolidate what we have been doing in school. I have set a few spag.com challenges for the children to complete over Easter, so please give these a go!
Most imporantly, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and make sure you get lots of rest so that you can come back more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed than the Easter bunny, ready for the Summer term!