Term 3 –
Term 3 has been an amazing learning journey for Class 5. We learnt about the rotation and orbit of the Earth around the Sun and Moon around the Earth. We can name and describe the 8 planets in our solar system and saw a ‘You are here’ poster which told us where we live in our galaxy. We then saw a film which showed us how large the stars are and how massive the universe is. The class then split into planetary research groups to learn as much as they could about each planet to share with the class.
Our science cross-curricular focus has involved music, art and writing. In literacy, Class 5 became authors and wrote their own Science-Fiction stories. They became concept artists and designed and drew their own worlds and planets. The children had some good discussions to consider what it would be like to visit worlds with different gravity, surfaces, atmospheres and food! In music, the children listened to Holst’s composition ‘The Planets’ and had a go at creating their own atmospheric music for their planets, recording what they had composed with musical notation.
In maths, the children have been exploring the concepts of multiplication and division, including prime numbers, factors, multiples and different calculation strategies for multiplication and division. We learnt that multiplication is repeated addition and division is repeated subtraction and looked at different representation of multiplication and division using arrays, place value grids and place value counters to help reveal the underlying structure of the maths involved.
The class took part in the Sportshall Athletics and represented the school superbly by enthusiastic embracing every challenge and using a growth mind-set. In this terms outdoor learning sessions, the children made the most of every opportunity to explore the outside world, walking up hills and fields, looking at the nature, birds and wildlife around us, drinking hot chocolate made using a Kelly kettle and building fabulous dens and shelters.
Well done Class 5 on another amazing term.
Term 2 – Wow! Class 5 have had the most spectacular term 2 continuing on their cross curricular journey through South America, Animal Lifecycles, Brazilian Art and South American Folktales. The children are continuing to make progress in developing their fabulous team working skills and successfully wrote, choreographed, rehearsed and performed, in the round, their own South American Animal Folktales to the school in their Class Worship.
In maths the children have been learning about addition and subtraction, writing their own word problems and explanations. This term we have been focusing on identifying misconceptions and celebrating our mistakes as opportunities for us to learn.
Balanced arguments, involving human and physical geography, will be our cross curricula focus till Christmas promising much researching, argument and debate, encouraging us to use those developing oracy skills of voice projection, presentation and good listening.
The South American Folktale books the children published in beautiful handwriting, with their amazing Romero Britto covers are currently on display in the hall.
Term 1 – This term the children have been learning all about South America and Brazil. Class 5 collaborated in teams to set up market stalls of information. The children then had to explore the market place and find out facts about Brazil and South America including identifying the countries of South America, locating major Brazilian cities, identifying the surrounding Oceans, describing the difference between human and physical geography and identifying and describing the six major ecosystems of Brazil.
In Maths, the children have been learning about place value and identifying numbers up to a million. They have been learning about all the different ways numbers can be represented and partitioned including using ‘Part, part, whole’, Singapore bar modelling and place value counters. A secure understanding of place value enables children to read and write numbers with confidence and ensures they line up digits correctly when working with large numbers.
In Literacy, the children have read, adapted and performed Brazilian Animal folktales and written their own animal poems and stories, exploring descriptive and figurative language using adjectives, noun phrases, similes and personification. They used their lifecycles learning from Science to inform their stories and the changes and attributes the animals may of gained or lost. Once published, Class 5 are hoping to read their stories to other classes and create a cover for their books, inspired by Romero Britto, in collaboration with Year 1 pupils.
The School Open day was a great success and Class 5 were praised for their contribution to the days celebrations of Victorian costumes and displays. The Class had followed the theme of ‘Now and Then’, deciding what they would research and what they would produce. They produced interviews of school children from ‘now and then’, photographs of Hutton ‘now and then’, and drawings, posters and diagrams of Victorian clothing, technology, school day, and subjects. Creating a fabulous display for the classroom and singing beautifully on the day with the rest of the school. The children have worked together really well together this term. I am very proud of their achievements this term and hope they are too.