As Easter rapidly approaches, we will be doing a short topic (for two weeks) based around chocolate. We will be looking at where chocolate comes from, who discovered it and how it is made. We will also be designing and advertising our own chocolate bars. In the afternoon of Wednesday 5th April, we will be having a chocolate workshop.
Thank you to all the family members who contributed suggestions for our ‘Greatest Britons’ debate. Winston Churchill won the adult vote, followed by Alexander Fleming and then Florence Nightingale. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning more about the people suggested, ready to hold our own vote. We’ll let you know who we choose once we’ve had our debate.
Tuesday 21st March 2017
Throughout this half term, we have been continuing our Great Britain topic. We have been mini geographers and looked at: cities, rivers, seas and counties within Great Britain! Did you know there are over 40 counties in England? Ask us the countries and capital cities that make up Great Britain!
In literacy, we have focused on poetry, letter writing, character descriptions and non-chronological reports! As a whole, we enjoyed learning the Great Britain poem the most as we performed the poems and even created our own actions!
We have our new VCOP (vocabulary, conjunctions, openers and punctuation) wall up in our classroom. The two writing frames are for children who use all of VCOP within a piece of writing. Our current writing champions are Chloe and Alfie!
In maths this half term we have had focused on fractions. We have found fractions of amounts, equivalent fractions and have ordered fractions! We will be moving onto measurement for the rest of the half term, looking at length, weight and capacity!
As our topic has come to an end we will be beginning our new topic – chocolate! Where we will be designing our own chocolate bar as well as looking at where chocolate comes from.
Please remember that maths homework is now set on Mathletics.
In Literacy, we have been discussing the features of myths and legends and how they differ. Our main focus has been to study the Legend of Robin Hood. We have two displays: one inside the classroom showing class work and one outside the classroom showing some of the wonderful homework that the children have completed. (Click on the pictures to see a larger version that you can read.)
We used different sources of evidence to find out information about Robin Hood and whether these suggested if he was real or not. We used our information to write a report titled ‘Robin Hood – fact or fiction?’
We looked at the features of a diary and wrote three diary entries written from the point of view of Robin Hood.
The children wrote a detailed description of a forest setting focusing on using ambitious vocabulary and a range of figurative language.
Congratulations to Jacob Hodgkinson for being our latest mystery writer, for his diary of Robin Hood.
Not only did he include all the necessary features of a diary, he also included many of the areas that we had been working on in class, such as: relative clauses; fronted adverbials, modal verbs and adverbs to show degrees of possibility; and apostrophes for contraction and possession. His use of vocabulary was mature and well chosen throughout. Keep up the hard work, Jacob.
Should the Elgin Marbles be returned to Greece?
We have produced some fantastic, informative writing about whether the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece, linked to our topic ‘A Night at the Museum’. We looked at how the Elgin Marbles came to be in the British Museum and considered views from both sides of the argument, before forming our own opinions. Both Ms Gilmour and Mr Bailey were very impressed with the standard of our writing! Examples of our writing can be seen on the displays outside our classroom.
As part of our ‘Great Britain’ topic, the whole school has been involved in researching famous landmarks in London and making large models of these. These will all be put in the hall on Friday afternoon for the children to explore ‘London’. Year 5 children have all been involved in making Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and the London Underground. A massive thank you to Mrs Swift and Mr Keeling for all their hard work with the children.
Here is our model of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
This is our model of the London Underground.
For homework, children also made their own models.
1.) Ellie’s jigsaw model of Big Ben.
2.) Emilie T’s model of Big Ben.
3.) Justin’s model of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
4.) Isabel’s lego model of the London Underground.