English - Letter evaluation and poetry
We have looked back at the persuasive letters we wrote last week, and evaluated them against our success criteria to see how effective they were. We heard them read aloud, and read them aloud ourselves, to hear the effectiveness of the words.
Maths - Fractions
We've enjoyed starting fractions, recapping what we learned in Year 4 and investigating equivalent fractions. We have also looked at improper fractions, representing these visually before converting them to mixed numbers.
Topic - Design and Technology and Art
In addition to planning and creating our own Medieval peasants' pottage (to give to you parents - look out!), we have started to make our own 14th century inspired book, by aging paper with different materials (tea, coffee, watercolours) to see what material made the cartridge paper look the oldest. We will be joining our books together at the end of the week.
Topic – Peasants Revolt and Coronavirus
In our topic lessons we have been learning all about the peasants revolt. We have had a go at acting this out to really engage with the topic and get a feel for what people went through in the medieval times. We have also completed a comparison between the plague and the coronavirus looking at the similarities and differences between the two viruses.
English – Letter Writing
In our English lessons we have been planning out our own letters, thinking about they style in which we are going to write it in. We have been looking at the use of setting through expanded noun phrases and feelings for added affect, before been given the chance to write it.
Maths – Division
In our maths lessons we have continued to focus on division, advancing onto dividing numbers with remainders. The pupils have stuck to using the bus stop method having now fully understood how each of the numbers can be broken down and how the remainders of each of the columns is exchanged.
Topic – Flagellants
Our topic lessons have been looking at the Flagellants. We have been discovering who they were and what made them so different during the time of the plague, creating our own Flagellants recruitment posters, showing our understanding of the lives that they lead.
English – Letter Writing
In our English lessons we have moved onto our next focus of letter writing. We have been looking at the key features of letters whilst comparing the similarities and differences. We have discussed what makes a letter formal and informal as well as how the target audience and purpose of a letter will affect how it is written and structured.
Maths – Division
In our maths lessons we have been focussing on division. We have been looking at dividing 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers using the bus stop method. We have then had a go at performing some reasoning and problem solving questions taking our learning to the next level.
English - explanation texts
This week, we have spent time writing, editing and proof reading our explanation texts, in order to perfect them before presenting them to parents at our assembly next Wednesday. Both classes are excited to share their written work, and have been concentrating hard on independent proof reading.
Maths - multiplication
Year 5 have been working on their 4 digit by 1 digit, 2 digit by 2 digit and 3 digit by 2 digit multiplication fluency. We have been practicing formal methods of multiplication and using estimating before a calculation to get a ballpark answer.
Reading -Treason by Berlie Doherty
Both classes are thoroughly enjoying our new class read, Treason - based in the Royal London courts of the 1600s. This will lead into our next term's topic, Off With Their Heads!
Topic and English – The Black Death
Our English has closely linked into our topic over the week as we have been learning all about the Black Death. We started off by looking at some explanation texts and pulling apart its key features with this being a focus for our next big write. We then performed some research about the black death looking into the reasons for the catastrophe and the impact it had. Using the information, we had gathered we transferred this into sentences using casual conjunctions and adverbials to deepen our writing.
Maths – Multiplication
Our new focus in maths is Multiplication. We have started looking at multiplying 4 digit numbers by 1 digit using a range of resources and visual representations. We have then applied and deepened our learning by solving different reasoning questions using examples from real life.
Week 1 - Festival of Triangles
We have had a busy first week back with the children taking part in a whole school focus week of the festival of triangles. In our maths lessons we have been looking at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes with a clear focus being on triangles and tetrahedrons. We have looked at what properties make triangles the strongest shape and from our triangle scavenger hunt how they are used in many structures.
In English this week, we dived straight into explanation texts. We looked at good exampled of explanation texts (and good examples of information texts, so that we could tell the difference!) and used a success criteria to identify what made them so good. We then looked at cause and effect - and how the idea helps us to build an explanation text. Over the coming weeks, we will be writing an explanation text about the Black Death, to compile our knowledge about our new topic: Peasants, Princes and Pestilence.