Merazonia Wildlife Reserve, Ecuador.
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We were lucky enough to speak to Jeni from the reserve about the fantastic work that they do!
Maths Game: Multiply by multiples of 10, 100 and 1000.
Summer Term Vehicle: Go Green!
Throughout this term, we will be focusing on life on our planet and how important it is for us to preserve life and help our planet.
We will start the summer term, testing out our language skills by creating our very own nature poetry. We will then move on to a narrative piece before finishing the half term with persuasive writing (we will be persuading our school staff and pupils to recycle)!
We will be focusing in on decimals during the start of the summer term, learning how to add, subtract, multiply, divide and order them. We will then move on to Geometry and will complete our summer term with measure.
Beginning the term with the Easter unit, we will explore the resurrection of Jesus and our celebration of this through the Easter Vigil. We will then move on to the Pentecost, The work of the Apostles and will finish the term with Marriage and Holy Orders.
Our focus this term will be on North America (linked in with where the Ancient Mayans were located during their time). We will be honing our map reading skills, delving into the physical aspects of geography including climate zones before moving on to study the UK.
We will be going back in time to study the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. Our topic links in well with our Geography as the Mayans were located in North/Central America. Throughout this unit, we will be focusing in on the smaller details of Mayan culture, thinking about why we study this time period at all and exploring the legacies.
Our focus this term is on the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and the festival of the Day of the Dead. Using the techniques of Basquiat and the colours and repeating patterns of the sugar skulls of the festival, we will be sewing our own felt Sugar Skulls.
Linking in well with our Go Green vehicle, we will be designing and creating our own prototype bird hides. We will be exploring various frame structures and features of existing hides, alongside the work of famous archaeologists.
We are focusing on Living things and their habitats, exploring the natural world of life cycles, reproduction of some plants and animals and the work of naturalists and animal behaviourists. We will then move on to Animals, including humans. Throughout this unit, we will be studying the growing human, the stages we go through and changes as we grow older.
Monday 29th March.
We are supplying the ingredients for baking bread in pairs however, some of the children have asked if they can bring in their own ingredients to bake their bread. If your child wishes to buy their own ingredients, they will need: 500g of plain flour, 2tsp of baking powder and 310ml of milk.
Due to limited supplies in school, it would be great if your child could bring in their own mixing bowl and chopping board. It is ok if they do not have one!
We will also be dressing up as an Ancient Greek, this could be a warrior/a God or a regular Athenian!
Our vehicle this term is all around bread, baking and the Ancient Greeks. We will be designing our own Greek bread recipes for a mini street (maybe virtual) party, where we will taste our bread. We will also be designing our recipes and will be creating our very own Greek cook book, including some fun facts about the Ancient Greeks!
To start our Spring term off, we will be studying a classic - The Wind in the Willows. We will be using this text to enhance our creative writing skills by producing our own version of elements of this traditional tale and exploring the text through character profiles. We will also go further by writing our own play scripts with stage direction, props (that we have to hand) and narratives which we will then act out for each other (linking this to the Greek's love of drama). We will finish off our study of the Wind and the Willows with a reflective writing piece, a personal piece of writing, discussing how we enjoyed the tale and why.
We are studying 'Who Let the Gods out' in Guided Reading, exploring the main characters of Elliot and Virgo and exploring the text in greater detail. Elements of this text will also support our writing in English, where we will be testing our own persuasive writing techniques in writing a persuasive letter not to repossess our home!
After half term, we will be continuing to explore Ancient Greek culture and will look at the myths and legends of Ancient Greece, including the creation of our own mythical creatures and myths and legends, fact files and poetry writing as well as instructional writing through recipes for our bread.
Throughout the term, we will be studying multiplication and division, fractions and decimals. We will be applying what we have learnt in each lesson to the next, creating an in depth understanding of these mathematical concept through concrete resources, pictorial representations and problem solving and reasoning questions.
We will continue with our Mini Maths each morning, designed to recap previous units of work including Rounding, Roman Numerals, Estimating, long multiplication and bus stop division (to name but a few)!
RE: We are going to begin our spring term studying the Christmas story. As we already know (off by heart) the nativity story, we are going to look in depth at the thoughts and feelings of Mary, Joseph, King Herod and the wise men, developing our understanding of their actions. We will then move on to a study of the Parables of Jesus, exploring individual Parables and discussing the morals present and how Jesus used these stories to teach and spread his message. We will also touch on what it is like to be a disciple of Jesus, and how Jesus worked with his disciples to spread the word and his teachings. Our final unit will be the study of Lent, learning that it is a season and opportunity for Change and to become more like Christ. We will explore what can damage relationships and the consequences of giving in to temptation, recognising that the Sacrament of Reconciliation is the celebration of God's forgiveness of sin.
Science: Throughout the spring term we will be sure to get our goggles on as we will be looking at Materials, their properties and changes. We will be creating lots of scientific enquiries, designed in the classroom, to explore materials and both reversible and irreversible changes. We will be questioning theories in science and using our experiments to answer our own questions each lesson, using data to draw conclusions and apply these to explanations of phenomena as materials change.
History: We are delving hundreds of years into the past to explore and understand Ancient Greece. Not only will we increase our understanding of Chronology and find out where Ancient Greece sits in our World's history, but we will focus in on significant aspects of Ancient Greek culture, what it meant for the individuals at the time and the legacies left behind. We will be exploring Ancient Greece through enquiry, asking questions and studying artefacts, questioning how far we are able to trust the evidence.
Geography: We are going to continue an in depth exploration of Greece throughout the term, focusing in on the country and researching the climate and living conditions, comparing the country to other European countries, looking at Biomes and touching on Global warming and the role we play in this.
Art: We are testing out our drawing techniques through exploring the artwork and life of Artist and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Through his work, we will be learning about drawing facial features accurately and in proportion and using shading techniques to enhance our drawing and make it appear realistic. As Alberto was a well-known sculptor, we will then apply what we have learnt about the face and will move on to sculpting our own faces out of clay.
DT: Throughout spring, we are going to be tasting, testing, designing and baking our own Greek bread. We will learn where the ingredients for bread actually come from, explore and evaluate ingredients that we can include in our bread recipe, writing our own recipes, baking the bread and evaluating our products. Our bread will be designed according to a brief and so we will need to think about how our bread will be fit for purpose and whether we succeeded at the end of term. Our work in DT will contribute to cookbook, where we will be writing out our recipes to create a Year 5, Ancient Greek cook book!
Spanish: We are going to continue to develop our love of the Spanish language further, this time building on our knowledge of descriptions and moving on to describing our own features and those of different animals in Spanish. Lessons will be designed to ensure that we have lots of practice in both speaking Spanish, and writing in Spanish with the aim to holding full conversations to describe ourselves and others. Our Spanish skills in writing will be developed further, as we learn how to write simple sentences in Spanish, building on what we have learnt from Year 3.
I have set up a class account for Oxford Owl, it is full of e-books for you to read online. Children can use their reading bands to help you choose your books. Google 'Oxford Owl' and click on 'class login'. The log in is: Username: stjosephy5 Password: Spring21
I will be asking for the children to upload a picture of their reading diary on a Monday to show their weekly reading.
Submitting work online.
Please watch this short video, it provides guidance around uploading work to Google classroom and any other tips for you! https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=yI-zxlKO9wQ.+I&feature=youtu.be
There is also a free app that allows you to scan the work and it creates a document that can then be uploaded. The app is called Adobe scan and the link below tells you how to do it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOnhcKZTBGQ&feature=youtu.be
Hello Year 5 Parents,
Year 5 are fundraising for Mary's meals!
On Thursday 10th December 2020 we will be launching the rockets that we have been designing throughout the term. The children are welcome to dress up as scientists and engineers for the day in order to get into the spirit of the launch. We would ask that the children kindly donate £1.00 if they come dressed up.
The children have also been busy testing out their skills to create their own abstract impressionist artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock. As this is our final piece of art after weeks of hard work, the children will be painting directly onto their own canvases.
If you are interested in purchasing your child's artwork to bring home, you are very welcome!
Small Canvas: £2.50, Medium: £3.00 and Large: £3.50.
All proceeds that we raise will be going directly to Mary's Meals to help St Joseph's to reach their target.
Reading with your child at home.
Your children will be coming home with a 'Top tips for reading at home' sheet. I am sure many of you will be doing this already, but it can act as a good checklist to support when reading with your child.
As there will be one link for each evening, please ensure that you only click on the below links to login at the exact time of your appointment and no earlier to avoid you joining another parent's appointment! Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to speaking with you all.
A warm welcome to Year 5 from
Mrs Brookfield & Miss Taylor.
Over half term...
I have talked to Year 5 about looking for and bringing in a story after half term that fits with the morals of our class saint, Saint Jerome. Over half term, children can choose a story to bring in that can relate to the concept of knowledge or have characters/settings that link well with St Jerome.
After half term, we will be completing an art project to celebrate our class saint!
We spoke to a Space Engineer who worked for NASA!
Our zoom with Space engineer, Steve Ringler was a success today. He worked on the team that designed, built and launched Juno which is currently orbiting Jupiter. The children enjoyed speaking to Steve about his own experiences in engineering, but were also able to find out the answers to the more important questions - how do you go to the toilet in space? What do you eat? Is there an edge to the universe? What happens if you fall into a black hole?
Year 5 will have Maths and English homework weekly.
Homework will either be set through worksheets in the homework book or via Century Tech. Homework will be set on a Thursday and will be due in the following Wednesday.
Children have 'mini maths' homework Mon-Thurs. These are short maths activities that allow the children to continually revisit maths concepts and calculations throughout the year.
Children should read daily, with their reading diary signed.
Here is a great link if you are looking for book recommendations:
Year 5 will also have weekly spellings. These will be in their English homework books.
- To support with handwriting, the children will have handwriting guides for the spellings to complete as well as learning their spellings.
- They will bring home spellings with the words to learn for the week, on the back will be the test that the children have completed, so you can see their progress (please ensure that they are brought in the following week so that they can be filed).
- You can access Century Tech through this link: https://www.century.tech/
- The children should have their username and password in their reading diaries. It should be:
The first 3 letters of their first name, full stop, first 3 letters of their surname, day and month of birth @st-josephs-uttoxeter.staffs.sch.uk e.g. email@example.com
If you are struggling to log on, do let me know.
There may be additional homework set for RE or another foundation subject, this will be shared in advance with a separate due date if needed.
Throughout the autumn term we are looking at space engineering and exploration. Through this, we will be speaking with professionals within the space industry and the children will team up to design and build a rocket which will be launched on our launch day! All of the subjects throughout the term will be linked to our vehicle e.g. Science fiction is our genre in English and Guided Reading and we will be using Satellite imagery and mapping in Geography.
Through our RE lessons this half term, we will exploring our gifts and talents through our unit on Creation. We will be considering the story of creation as a way of explaining that God is creator. We will be reflecting on our God-given gifts and talents and considering how we can live our lives in response to the teaching of Christ. Following this, the children will be moving on to study the Miracles & the Sacrament of the Sick where we will be exploring some of the miracles of Jesus and the work of the Church to heal and care for the sick in Christ's name.
Throughout the half term, Year 5 will be exploring an intriguing new sci-fi book: "The Kid Who Came from Space." written by Ross Welford. Using this story, they will be completing writing pieces, developing their ability to write both formally and informally. The children will peruse a crime scene and use clues to write a formal newspaper report about a potential alien abduction. They will then explore the main character, Tammy, who has been abducted, writing a creative piece from her point of view. The children will then use the tools that they have learnt throughout the term, to complete a final piece of science fiction writing.
We will be continuing with the genre of science fiction and fantasy in our guided reading lessons,where we will be studying the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. We will look at the language of the writer and use our comprehension strategies to infer, predict, retrieve, question, clarify, connect and summarise the text.
In the Autumn term, Year 5 will be exploring Place value further, studying numbers of values up to one million, Roman numerals, number sequences and negative numbers. Year 5 will then move on to addition and subtraction of whole numbers of four digits, including learning how to estimate to check their answers and how to work calculations out mentally. Following this, Throughout their lessons, the children will apply what they have learnt to real life contexts and problem solving and reasoning questions.
Given that our vehicle is space exploration, it was natural to begin our Year 5 geography by studying the Earth from Space. Throughout the term, we will be exploring the world from above, using atlases and digital maps as well as the globe to map our world, tropics and time zones. Following this, we will continue to use our satellites in the sky, but we will focus more on navigation and OS Mapping, comparing Uttoxeter to the Lake district and beyond.
Throughout the term, Year 5 will be delving into our Space race history. The children will be enriching their knowledge of local history, by focusing on the design and creation of the Lovell telescope and the impact this has had on space exploration. The children will then move further afield, exploring the infamous space race and human's exploring our solar system. Year 5 will then delve further into the history of human space exploration, looking at Galileo and the legacy he had left behind.
Continuing to link in with our Vehicle for learning, for the first half of the Autumn term we will be focusing on Earth and Space. Our learning will include exploring the solar system in further detail including the nature of the planets and how the solar system is made up. We will be learning about the orbits of planets around the sun, and the orbit of the moon around the Earth. We will take an in depth look at day and night and the phases of the moon. Throughout this half term, the children will be creating their own enquiries and each lesson will be designed around a question including: Is it always day or night on Earth? Are all planets the same? Does the moon really change shape? The children will then answer this question following the lesson, using what they have learnt for support. Following the half term, we will be moving on to forces, to allow the children to consider how forces could impact on their rocket designs.
At the beginning of the Autumn term, the children will be grouped into their very own space companies, where they will be designing their company logo. As a team, they will begin to develop prototype designs for rockets that will be launched using water pressure at the end of term. The class will need to think carefully about the design of their rockets (shape), as well as the materials they use (which will be purposefully limited to allow for creative thinking). The children will have the opportunity to create a prototype, launch and evaluate this, before moving on to designing their final rocket with any amendments, ready for launch. During the first half term, the children will have the opportunity to speak to a space engineer who had worked on the Juno satellite and ask them questions to help their design (alongside any other queries they have about being in space).
Art will be linked to our learning vehicle through history, where the children will be studying Art movements in the 1950's and 1960's - Abstract Expressionism - to gain a better understanding of life for people in that era. The children will be studying artist profile of Jackson Pollock, before practising and applying the techniques of the artist in their own sketch books, testing and experimenting, before creating finished pieces that they will then evaluate.
Year 5 will begin the term by recalling their numbers to 30, before moving on to counting up the 1000. The children will learn that not every number needs to be memorised and will use patterns in the language to help their understanding. Following this, we will be learning the Spanish names for the planets in our Solar System and describing them in further detail.
Year 5 will begin the Autumn term focussing on Lacrosse and Hockey. Not only will they be learning rules and techniques, they will continue to develop their sense of teamwork and sportsmanship.