Year 5 - The Bright Sparks
PLEASE NOTE, Mrs Bennett will be going on maternity leave on Friday 6th May. Miss Cree will be taking over Year 5. If you need to contact Miss Cree, you can do so using her email address - firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Atkin - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings and PPA cover on Friday afternoons.
Mrs Mitchell - Monday and Thursday mornings.
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Welcome to Year 5!
We are Team Bright Sparks and this is our class motto and chant...
We're Team Bright Sparks, we work so hard, we shine so bright and together we can help each other see the light!
We're Bright Sparks and we're unstoppable!
PE *SPRING 2 UPDATE!
Our PE days have changed again for this half term. We now have Swimming on Wednesday afternoons and PE with the coach on Monday afternoons. Please ensure you wear your normal school uniform on Wednesday but remember to bring your swimming kits on these days. On Mondays, please come to school dressed in your PE kit for the whole day as usual. A gentle reminder that on Friday's you must be in the correct school PE kit as you will be in it all day.
PE *SPRING 1 UPDATE!
Our PE days have changed again for this half term. We now have Swimming on Wednesday afternoons and PE with the coach on Friday mornings. Please ensure you wear your normal school uniform on Wednesday but remember to bring your swimming kits on these days. On Fridays, please come to school dressed in your PE kit for the whole day as usual. A gentle reminder that on Friday's you must be in the correct school PE kit as you will be in it all day.
PE *AUTUMN 2 UPDATE!*
Our PE days have changed for Autumn 2 as we now have PE coaches and access to the hall opposite our school. Our new PE days are Mondays and Fridays. We kindly ask that all pupils come to school for the whole day in their PE kits on both these days. Please make sure you have the correct PE kit on as you will be in them all day. We will have our PE lessons outside for the first term so please ensure you wear sweatshirts in case the weather turns cold.
Homework will begin on week 2 and be due in the following Friday. Most of the homework activities will be set online including activities on Seesaw, ReadTheory, Times Table Rock Stars and EdShed. We will be sending home a new remote learning / homework book this week with all new log-ins to support home learning. More information to follow next week in regards to homework.
As mentioned on the Week 1 Newsletter, homework is aimed to be effective at supporting your child's learning without taking time away from them relaxing, attending clubs and being kids! Homework for Year 5 will be set every Friday and should be completed by the following Friday.
Each week the following tasks will be set:
- Reading - 20 minutes x 4 times per week. One of your reading sessions each week will need to be recorded on Seesaw. Please record yourself reading for only a few minutes and submit it this on the Seesaw reading task. This is so I can listen to you read each week. You will also need to complete some reading tasks on Read Theory each week.
- Spellings – I will set new spellings each week and upload a list with some short activities on Seesaw. You can also go on to EdShed to play games specifically linked to the spellings list set each week.
- Times tables – please go on Times Table Rock Stars each week so you can regularly practise your times tables. Again little and often will support your times table practise.
- 2 additional tasks - These will change each week but could include maths, reading, writing, SPAG, science or topic based tasks.
The instructions for each task will be on the Seesaw activities each week but they should not take more than 15-20 minutes. If you have any questions about your homework, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Summer 1 - Our Geography topic is ... Raging Rivers!
This half term we are going to be Geographers again! This time we are going to be looking at Raging Rivers. In this topic we will be learning all about rivers and the water cycle. We will also be conducting some field work.
In Science, this half term we will continue looking at Forces. In this topic we will be exploring forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. We will also look at how mechanisms such as levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
In Art this half term, we will be painting landscapes. We will be improving our painting techniques using mainly watercolour paints and looking into famous artists that painted landscapes such as Monet.
In Maths, we will be moving on to look at fractions, decimals and percentages and the relationships between these. After that, we will move on to look at Geometry including properties of shapes and position and direction.
In writing, we will be writing some rhyming poems about rivers. Then we will move on to write some explanation style texts linking to our Raging Rivers Geography topic.
In our music sessions we will be carrying on learning how to play the Steel Pan Drums with our music teachers Miss Salt and Mrs Miles.
In PSHE, we will be exploring how we can be more responsible.
In PE, Year 5 will be working on their striking and fielding skills in their Cricket and Rounders unit with the PE coach. They will also be developing their teamwork skills in Tag Ruby with Miss Cree.
Spring 2 - Our History topic is ... The Steel City!
This half term we are going to be Historians again! This time we are going to be looking into our Local History of Sheffield – A.K.A. The Steel City! In this topic we will be exploring how Sheffield went from being a small market town known for its ‘Little Mesters’ making cutlery from steel to the Europe’s leading city of steel production. We will look at the impact of the steel industry on the city over the years, explore the contribution Sheffield made to WWI and WWII, understand how the ‘Women of Steel’ contributed to the war efforts and how Sheffield’s steel industry looks today. We also have a fun trip planned to visit the Kelham Island Museum and we have arranged for a special author to speak to us about her Women of Steel book.
In Science, this half term we will be looking at Forces. In this topic we will be exploring forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction. We will also look at how mechanisms such as levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
In DT this half term, we will be looking at mechanisms. We will be designing an educational toy that incorporates a simple mechanism inside it to make it a moving toy.
In Maths, we will be carrying on with our big Fractions topics. We will be looking at equivalent fractions, converting improper fractions to mixed number fractions (and vice-versa), adding/subtracting fractions with the same denominator, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, multiplying fractions and finding fractions of quantities.
In writing, we will be writing an interview based on our talk with a real author and writing our own portal story.
In our computing this half term we will be looking at databases.
In our music sessions we will be moving on from Bamboo Tamboo and onto Steel Pan Drums with our music teachers Miss Salt and Mrs Miles.
In PSHE, we will be exploring healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Our DT mechanisms project ... moving toys!
In our DT topic, we designed and made a moving toy that included a moving cam mechanism. Our design criteria was to link the moving toy to Sheffield's steel industry. Take a look at some of our creations...
Our Author Zoom Call!
On Monday, Year 5 had the fantastic opportunity to have a video call with author Michelle Rawlins. In History this half term, we are learning all about the history of Sheffield's steel industry and its impacts on the city today. Michelle Rawlins has written a book called Women of Steel and she can kind enough to talk to us about the Women and Steel and their contribution to the war effort. We also had chance to interview her so we ask her lots of questions about what it is like being an author and the process she went through while writing her books. It was great to speak to a real author and understand how they write and publish books. It left us feeling inspired and ready to write our own stories in class!
This half term, we have moved on to learning how to play the Steel Pan Drums! We are learning how to play them and started to learn a few songs. Take a look at us in action...
Spring 1 - Our Geography topic is ... Marvellous Mexico!
This half term is our Geography driver! Our focus will be looking at Mexico. We will use atlases to locate it and identify and map out key geographical features. In addition, we will look at its physical and human geography characteristics and begin to compare it to the United Kingdom looking at similarities and differences.
In Science this half term, we will be exploring ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ in which we will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird and describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
In Maths, we will be moving onto out Perimeter unit and start our second unit of Multiplication and Division in which we will look at the multiplication column method and the bus stop method for division. After this, we will be starting our Fractions unit.
In Writing, we will be looking a suspense stories and exploring which writing tools we can use to create and develop suspense throughout a story. After that, we will move on to writing a persuasive advert and explore how we can use persuasive language to try to encourage others to visit Mexico!
This half term we will be doing our first DT unit of Year 5! We are going to be looking at cooking and nutrition. Our unit is called ‘What could be healthier?’ and we will be looking at a traditional recipe and adapting this to make it healthier and potentially more sustainable.
Our DT day!
On Tuesday 15th February, Year 5 had their DT day. We were lucky enough to have the brilliant help from Mr Moffatt who is a trained chef!
We had an informative demonstration from Mr Moffatt on safe knife skills to support with our preparation of ingredients. We learnt some key tips and used these to prepare onions, peppers and tomatoes for our chilli con carne.
We then cooked these ingredients to make a meat and vegetarian version of a healthy chilli con carne.
We then taste tested each one so we could evaluate our final product.
In addition, we designed our own sustainable packaging for our own chilli con carne. We thought carefully about how to make our packaging appealing and ensuring we include key information such as ingredients, nutritional values and cooking instructions.
Take a look at us in action...
Autumn 2 - Our Science topic is ... 'Extraordinary Earth and Spectacular Space'
This half term, our topic is Science and we will be exploring ‘Extraordinary Earth and Spectacular Space’. During this topic we will be able to describe the movement of the Earth and other planets in our solar system, describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth, use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and understand that we can describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as spherical bodies. We will also be developing our Working Scientifically Skills.
In our English lessons, we will be writing a non-chronological report, a persuasive letter and poem all linked to our ‘Extraordinary Earth and Spectacular Space’ topic.
In our Bookflix lessons, we will be exploring texts linked to Earth and Space such as ‘Man on the Moon’ and ‘A Galaxy of her own’.
In our Maths lessons, we will be finishing off our Addition and Subtraction unit and starting our Statistics and Multiplication and Division units.
In our Art lessons, we will be looking at the artist Peter Thorpe and his famous rocket art work.
In our PE lessons, we will be going across to the hall with a sports coach to develop our dance (Mondays) and gymnastic (Fridays) skills.
Autumn 1 - Our first topic of the year will be ... The Rotten Romans!
Our first topic of the year is a History topic called The Rotten Romans. As Historians, we will be investigating how the Roman Empire rose to power, how they invaded Britain and their impact on Britain today. In addition, we will be comparing the Romans to the Ancient Greeks. During this topic, we will be looking at how the Romans and Greeks fit into History, use primary and secondary sources to support our enquiries, compare these eras of History to other significant eras previously studied and consider how and why there may be different versions of the same events from History.
In our Reading lessons, we will be exploring texts linked to the Romans including the story of Romulus and Remus and the Thieves of Ostia.
In our Maths lessons, we will be developing our knowledge of skills in Number. Starting with our first Place Value unit, followed by an Addition and Subtraction unit.
In our Science lessons, we will be focusing on the Year 5 topic Animals including Humans in which we will describe the changes as humans develop to old age.
In our Art lessons, we will be exploring traditional Roman mosaics and create our very own mosaic design.
In our Music lessons, we will be learning about and to sing the song 'Livin' on a Prayer'.
In our RE lessons, we will be learning about Christianity.
In our PE lessons, we will be doing multi-sports and team games.
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We hope you enjoy our harvest song ...
We have been very fortunate to have Miss Salt and Mrs Miles teaching us bamboo tamboo for the last few weeks. Took a look at us in action!
We will rock you!
The biscuit song!
Harry Potter song!
In PE in Autumn 2, we have been doing gymnastics on Fridays. We have done jumping, rolls and balancing so far. Take a look at us in action doing some different rolls including:
-Teddy bear roll
Science - Extraordinary Earth and Spectacular Space!
Today we researched two models which detail how the planets move in our solar system. We found out that ancient civilisations (including the Romans and the Greeks) used the Geocentric model which placed Earth at the centre of the solar system. They thought that all the planets orbited the Earth. In 1543, an astronomer called Nicolaus Copernicus published a book in which he introduced a new model in which he said the Sun was at the centre of our solar system not the Earth. This new model is called the Heliocentric model. We also found out that it's the Sun's gravity which keeps the planets orbiting around it and that all planets orbit at different speeds. For example, it takes Earth 356 days to orbit the Sun whereas it takes Jupiter 12 years to orbit the Sun!
We used our research to then demonstrate our new knowledge by recreating the Heliocentric model on the playground. Take a look at us in action...