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July 21 2017

Year 5 Blog

Giuseppe Loporchio

Summer Term 2017

Year 5 Blog

Week beginning: 17/07/17

 

 

It has been a very exciting last week in Year 5.  On Thursday, we were lucky enough to take part in a live Skype session with the Jorvik Centre in  York.  We heard all about everyday life during Viking times.  It was great to see genuine Viking artefacts and hear about their value.  For example, we were shown a Viking comb which was very valuable to Vikings as it meant they could comb out all the lice which lived in their hair!

In the pictures, you can see one of year 5 asking a question.  The teachers were very proud of how well we sat and listened for a whole hour and how we asked really interesting questions. We were amazed by how much knowledge the ‘Viking’ had!

We also completed our Viking rune bags.

Happy holidays!

Year 5 bloggers

Week beginning 03-07-17

In English this week, we have started writing our first person recounts from the point of view of either a Viking invader or a monk on the island of Lindisfarne.  We have tried really hard to make our writing dramatic and full of emotion.

We are enjoying making our Vikings runes bags in DT although the sewing is quite tricky for some of us!

On Wednesday, we watched the very funny Year 6 play.  Rowan also enjoyed watching the Year 4 Cuffley Camp assembly.  Acacia and Mulberry will be watching it next week.

Year 5 represented the school in the Harpenden Year 5/6 Rounders Festival and came a brilliant 2nd out of 8 teams!  What an achievement!

Year 5 bloggers

Week beginning 26-06-17

This week, we stepped back in time to re-enact the Viking invasion of the holy island of Lindisfarne.  We painted our faces to intimidate the peaceful monks, just as the Vikings had done centuries ago.

In maths, we measured our bedrooms and worked out a scale to draw it onto paper.  Mrs Wilding gave us a budget of £500 to buy new furniture but we had to make sure it would all fit.  Using the iPads, we looked online for prices and dimensions using Argos and Ikea websites.

Year 5 bloggers

Week beginning 12-06-17

We have had a packed week in year 5!  In addition to all our usual lessons, we also had a trip to the Bushey and Radlett synagogue on Thursday morning.  We had a very interesting talk, followed by the chance to try on some of the traditional Jewish clothes and try some challah bread, which was delicious!

In Science, we have been learning all about friction and devised an investigation to try different surfaces.

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Week Beginning:  08-05-17

Oscars

On the 11th of May, year 5 held our Oscars night in the hall.  We watched the films that they had made. For the weeks leading up to the night, everyone went around the school to do filming and editing . On the night all the parents came to watch the films and everyone was dressed up in their finery. After that, the children went to play outside and have snacks. Soon the awards would be given out and tension was building up as everyone wanted to know you would win. Everyone sat back down in the hall and the children were nervous but hopeful that they would win. The teachers called out the names of the children who had won.

Everyone held their Oscars with pride and glory. We were all excited about our awards but sad that all the fun filming, editing, costumes and preparation was over!

­Art

In art we have continued focusing on Barbara Hepworth. We decided to make collages on our special places.

Molly and Louisa (Rowan)

 

Week Beginning 01/05/17

On Tuesday we had ‘Chance to Shine’ cricket which we will be having every week this half term. As the Oscars are next week, we decided that we would do some last minute filming as well. The next day we had another P.E lesson where we had a District Sports trial for the long distance running. As well as the trials, we had a practice for District Sports long jump. In maths we did some challenges where we had to find out the three missing numbers in some calculations that were set out in column method. We have also done some art this week where we are making collages based on Barbara Hepworth.

Last minute editing and filming

 

Week beginning 18-04-17

English

This week in English we have been learning about Barbara Hepworth.  We have been using our note-taking skills to make notes from some videos we watched and using websites on the laptops.  We used our notes to write a biography about Barbara and soon we will be putting what we have written in our English books, into our art book, but before we do that we are going to check for missing words and random capital letters.

Maths

This week in Mrs Wilding’s maths group, we have been converting measures. On Tuesday we started doing answering some problems about different units of measurement. On Wednesday we walked around and on each table there were different objects and we had to find how much the things weighed in metric and imperial units.

In Mrs Bolshaw’s maths, group we have been putting numbers in between number lines.  For example, you have 223,870 where would you put it between 100,000 and 1,000,000? We had to put it on a number line.

Art

We chose a picture of a Barbara Hepworth sculpture which we transcribed into our art books.  Next week we will start to think about our own collages inspired by her work.

We have also continued with our Oscars filming.  Some groups have nearly finished filming and will be busy editing next week.

Rowan bloggers:  Izzy, Leah and Matthew

 

 

Spring Term 2017

Year 5 Blog

 

Week beginning 27-03-17

In year 5, we have had a busy week starting our filming.  We have been putting into action all of the skills we have been learning about in the last few weeks.  We have found that just a few seconds of action can take a long time to film! It has been tricky to find quiet spaces to film in, but we have enjoyed overcoming the challenges.  Some of us have started to edit the films on the iPads and have added sound effects and music using iMovie.

Year 5 bloggers

 

Week beginning 20-03-17

 

September 23 2016

Year 5 Blog

Giuseppe Loporchio

Year 5 blog w/e 23rd September

Peace festival

In year 5 on the 21st of September we went to the Harpenden Peace festival.  It was led by the head boys and girls of the local secondary schools.  Some schools that were there sang songs whilst others read out poems including us.  We found it very interesting.  We all even sang a song in Latin!

Maths

In maths we have been covering the subject of negative numbers.  It means it goes below 0 e.g -9 . Then it was prime factors.  Prime factors are factors that are prime numbers. Today we were looking at a line graph. This is what it is: a graph that is a chart which use dots to show the information.  You join the dots with the lines like dot to dot.

English

In English this week we were learning about the Highwayman poem so today we chose a person to draw around.  In our group we chose Millie.  Then we had to write about the person that was on the sheet.  Ours was Bess the land lord’s black eye daughter. On the inside we wrote about how they feel on the side out we wrote what they looked like.  If you come to Rowan they will be on the ceiling.

Year Bloggers Abi and Izzy

 

 

Year 5 blog 24-06-16

Maths

In maths, we have been doing some work related to the Euro Championships. Also we have been looking at line graphs and angles.

English

In English, we have been writing about The Wreck of the Zanzibar – a book we are reading in class. 

Science

We have been looking at seed dispersal. We learnt about different ways this happens.                

Art

We have been looking at Barbara Hepworth and her styles of art. We made a mood board and we chose a theme to concentrate on. E.g. Ocean, City, Nature etc.  We are making an abstract collage on our theme using a range of materials both natural and man-made.

Next week, during Humanities Enrichment Week we will be researching our local area.  Below is the homework linked to this.

Humanities Enrichment Week

Next week, we will be investigating our local area. In preparation for our project, please make a list of local places of historical interest. You do not need to gather lots of information because we will be doing this during the week. However, it will be helpful to jot down some websites that you think could be useful. In addition, please bring in any books or leaflets that you think might be helpful during our project.

Challenge: Can you find a place of interest that nobody else knows about?  Are there any secret tunnels? Are any of the buildings haunted? Are there any famous (or infamous) previous residents of Harpenden?

Please bring in your list as soon as possible next week.

 

Year 5 Blog

Art

In Year 5 this week we have been looking at the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth. Many of her sculptures are inspired by nature so that is what we will use to make our collage. We will be going out and finding natural materials for our own natural sculptures. We are also looking at another sculptor called Henry Moore; he does similar sculptures to Barbara. These two sculptors went on nature walks together and this is how their art is so similar.

English

In English we are looking at a book called Wreck of the Zanzibar. We are all really enjoying it, so much so we are going to be writing the next bit in the story. We are (this week) planning our story, some dramatic some solemn and sad. We will be writing this in 3rd person and adding descriptive detail to engage our reader.

Maths

We have been doing some maths linked to the Euro football competition, including: analysing data, calculating the capacity of stadiums and calculating the time teams will spend travelling during the tournament.  As well as that we have been looking at 3D shapes and measuring them in volume. We have also been learning all about rotating 2D shapes!

Science

We were fascinated to find out about the insides of a lily.  We dissected the lily and labelled all the parts.  We used the Easi-scopes to look the parts in greater detail and took some amazing pictures.

          

Friday 10th June

We have had a busy first week back!

English

In English, we have been exploring ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’ and writing letters between the main characters. As well as this, we have created setting descriptions which included describing the character’s senses, different sentence lengths and cohesion.

 Maths

In Maths, we have been learning about area and volume. To do this, we investigated Satsquash’s footprint which was great fun! We have also been handling data, finding rate and calculating mean, median, mode and range. Ask us to sing you our song! We have also been creating bar graphs and using co-ordinates to draw characters.  

Science

This week, we have learnt about the different parts of a flower and we will be moving on to looking at this in more detail using the EasyScopes next week!  

Topic

We have found out lots of information about Viking trade and exploration. Did you know that the Vikings travelled as far as Newfoundland?

Year 5 Bloggers

 

Year 5 blog 27.05.16

Maths

In Miss Tucker’s maths group this week, we have been learning how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators, mixed numbers and improper fractions eg. 5/6 + 8/12 = 18/12 = 1 ½

In Mrs Wilding’s and Mr Bolshaw’s maths groups, we have been learning to solve problems involving time, intervals and rate.  Also, interpreting line graphs and reading intermediate points.

English

In English, we have been reading The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo. We have learnt how to write some speech dialogue between two characters. At the end of the week, we wrote a letter from a character to another including what we found out from the book and the feelings that the main character felt.

French

In French, we have been learning about holidays, if we like them or not and what we do when we go.

Ou vas-tu en vacances? Where do you go on holiday?

Je vais au camping.  I go camping.

RE

We have been learning the main features of a synagogue. Also, we have been learning about the similarities and differences of two different places of worship.

History

In History, we have been writing Viking reports about the raids of Lindisfarne in 793 AD.

PE

Rowan and Acacia had the chance to play Chance to Shine Cricket as the year 6s were at Kingswood. We also did tennis and played mini matches.

Happy Half Term everyone!

Year 5 Bloggers Lottie and Luke B               

 

Y5 blog

English / History

This week we have continued to compare the Anglo-Saxons to the Vikings .We have be comparing things like food, religion, settlements, marriage, children,  houses and daily life. As well as that, we have been going over subordinating conjunctions and how to use them effectively. Earlier in the week, we had some assessments in reading, spelling and grammar.

History

We learnt how to write Viking runes and we drew some animals with runes written over their bodies.

Maths

We had an arithmetic test as well as 2 reasoning papers which included some multi-step word problems.

Ellis and Darcy

Year 5 Bloggers

12-05-16

English

This week we have started our new topic in English which is based on a Michael Morpurgo book, The Wreck of Zanzibar. Our teachers have read the opening chapter to us and asked certain questions about the characters and setting.  As well as that, we have written a leaflet about the Vikings and Anglo–Saxons. We used brackets, relative clauses, dashes and cohesion, thinking about our reader at all times.

Maths

This week in maths, we have been learning how to solve difficult word problem including division multiplication, additionion and subtraction. Also, we have practising all of our written methods, trying to remember to line our columns up with the decimal point.

Topic

In topic this week we have been learning about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons to help us write our leaflets.

French

In French this week we have been learning to say how to go somewhere. For example: Je vais a la piscine.

Year 5 Bloggers Sophie and Lydia

 

Year 5 Mulberry Blog 06-05-16

English

During English we have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We are planning to make a an information text  about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, comparing and contrasting their lifestyles.

Maths

In maths lessons we learnt to multiply fractions. There is a new times table challenge every day at lunch time. There is a gold, silver and bronze level. If you finish it you go on to the secret platinum level and only four people in the school have reached it. We have also been revisiting area and perimeter, using our new understanding to solve problems.

Science

In science we have made paper boats and tested which boat was the fastest and most stable boat in the water and holding the most paper-clips. Our record was 165 from the boat made by Sophie and Lizaveta which held 180 paperclips.

Music

In our music lessons we have made Viking music inspired by the Vikings. The drone represented the boat being sent out to sea with a dead person inside it. The tune represented a flaming arrow being shot on the boat. The rhythm represented the ship on fire.

 

Year 5 Bloggers

29-04-16

Click on the link below for a copy of the homework set by Ms Clifford.

 The Queen homework.

Oscars

All the Year 5s made a mini film in small groups and we celebrated our hard work at the Oscars night on Thursday with all the parents and teachers. There were different genres of awards. In each genre a number of people got nominated but only one person could get a trophy out of each genre. This year we had something new called ‘People’s Choice Award’. It is where all the parents get to vote for their favourite film of the evening. They watched all of the films earlier before voting.  ‘Haunted Halls’ from Acacia Class won this award.

Maths

In Miss Tucker’s maths group this week, we completed lots of tests, which included times tables, perimeter, area, problem solving, addition, subtraction, number sequences, multiplication, division and loads more. We also learnt how to convert measurements by remembering the rhyme ‘horse to fly multiply, fly to horse, divide of course.’ In Mrs Wilding’s maths group we were also converting between units of measurements and a times tables test. In Ms Clifford’s and Ms Walters', we have been learning about 3D shapes. With Ms Walters, we have been learning our times tables.

Science

Rowan Class on Tuesday we made paper spinners to investigate air resistance. We were timing them, finding the total time it took for them to fall to the ground, finding the average and comparing them. With Miss Vettese, we were using force meters to measure newtons. We were put in groups with a bag and a force metre. We chose an object, put it in the bag, looked how many newtons the object weighs and record our findings.

 

Year 5 Bloggers Anneka and Lauren

 

Friday 22nd April 2016

Year 5 are extremely excited about next week’s Oscars ceremony! All of the children have been working really hard to put together their own films and look forward to sharing them with you next week.

English

This week, we have been learning all about information texts and their structure. As part of this, we have been looking at how they lived, where they came from and Sutton Hoo. We have all made notes from different places and have used this to create informative paragraphs about Sutton Hoo, thinking about our reader at all times.

 

Maths

In Maths, we have been looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. We have explored equivalents and how to change fractions into decimals and decimals into percentages. It was quite hard but lots of fun!

 

We have also been working on converting units of measure. For example, cms into mms. We have a special rhyme to help us remember how to do this. Horse to fly multiply. Fly to horse divide of course!  

 

As well as this, we have had fun learning all about 3D shapes and their properties. In Ms Walters and Ms Clifford’s group, we made and sold our muffins (360) which we had planned and designed in our Maths lessons. The muffins were a huge success and made a profit.

 

History

We have started our exciting new topic! This term, we will be learning all about the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons.

 

RE

This week we have been learning all about the Festival of Passover. As part of this, we learnt all about the Sedar Plate and the special meal which takes place.

 

Look back next week for pictures of our wonderful Oscars evening!

 

Your Year 5 Bloggers Sophie and Summer

 

 
 
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