Class Teacher: Miss Sarah Burbridge
Teaching Assistant: Ms Michala Clarke
Welcome to Owl Class' web page, here you will be able to keep up to date with what our hard-working year fives are doing in school. We hope you have as much fun looking through as we do in lessons!
In English, we have used our Percy Jackson Text to inspire our recount texts. The children went on to write their own newspaper articles using the structure learnt from the model of excellence. See picture below for our amazing examples. The last few weeks we have looked at poems by Pie Corbett and Valerie Bloom. The children have enjoyed analysing the poems and looked at common themes between them. They have performed poems of their choice in groups and have enjoyed writing their own poems.
In Maths, we have been very busy covering many different things such as; volume, timetables, time, mental maths strategies and problem solving. The children have thoroughly enjoyed applying their knowledge and skill based learning to problems. It has been frustrating for some to get those brain cells thinking hard but all have revelled in the challenge it has given them.
In Science, our topic has been Materials. The children have looked at thermal conductors and insulators and have investigated solubility. The children have particularly enjoyed the reversible and irreversible changes because they have been able to see first hand the changes. We looked closely at how vinegar and milk reacted as well as Diet Coke and Mentos. The childrens' reactions were priceless.
In Topic, we have continued our work on Ancient Greece where the children have enjoyed writing their own myths and diary entries about the Trojan war. The children also made structures using junk modelling and set themselves a challenge to create a structure with pillars that could support weight. We have also covered healthy eating looking closely at the eat-well plate and have designed menus to show a healthy balanced diet.
This term we are centering our work around Ancient Greek myths and culture. We will be looking at the Ancient Greeks during Topic and thinking about the impact that they still have on our lives today. For example, the children have been comparing Ancient Greek and modern democracy and deciding which is fairest.
We have used this theme as inspiration for our Talk 4 Writing text, we have learnt Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief as our model of excellence and are looking forward to writing our own journey tales. After that, we will be beginning a non-fiction unit.
In Maths, we have been focusing on 'Shape, Space and Measure'. The children have been enjoying the opportunity to get 'hands on'. We have also enjoyed weekly experiments for our new Science unit on 'Materials and their Properties'.
To celebrate the end of our Anglo-Saxon topic we had an Anglo-Saxon Day! The children had the chance to compete in Anglo-Saxon Masterchef, judged by the one and only...drumroll... Mr Pantling! We also played Anglo-Saxon games, decipher runes and finally had a battle for the crown on the playground. Harald Hadrada, King of Norway, won our battle; defeating William of Normandy, Edgar the Atheling and Harold Godwinson - just imagine how this would have changed the course of history!
This term, our title is 'Anglo-Saxons and Vikings'. We have centered all our work around our text 'Beowulf'.
In English, at the moment, we are writing a defeating the monster tale.
In Maths, our focus is on Fractions.
In Science, we are now looking at plants and animals and their life cycles.
In Term 1, our topic was 'What an Amazing Find'. We centered all our work around this, looking at Skellig in English and the Wonders of the World in Topic.
In English, the children wrote finding tales around the discovery of Skellig in the garage. They then went on to write a discussion text about whether or not Michael should tell his parents. The children were able to use Skellig to help inspire their own writing.
In Maths, the children have been focusing on place value, decimals, standard written methods, problem solving and fractions. They have worked hard to learn all these methods and are trying hard to use them in different contexts.
Within Science, our topic has been 'That's Life'. The children have looked closely at the growth of humans and have focused on the changes that occur at each stage.
Within Topic, the children have enjoyed finding out about Natural and Man Made Wonders of the World. They were able to locate them on a World map and enjoyed sketching and creating sculptures.
Thank you to all who completed the Topic Homework. The creations were a true delight to see and I could see how much the children had enjoyed spending time creating them.