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Friday 16th May

 

Hello and welcome to Year 5W’s blog. Wahoo! A non-uniform day for us all today for our super effort in getting 100% attendance last week. indecision

 

Highlights from the week include…

 

Numeracy – This week we have begun revising in anticipation of our SATS which will be coming up after the half term break. We have looked at multiplying a2 digit number by another 2 digit number, number patterns, missing number sentences and word problems involving money and weight. Wow…we told you we had been busy!

 

Literacy – This week we have been looking at non-fiction again. We have been reading inventors and their inventions. We learned the difference between a born inventor and an accidental inventor. Also, we now know that The Wright Brothers invented the first plane in 1902, that Alexander Graham Bell invented the first telephone in 1887 and that Marconi made the first radio broadcast in 1896 and Farnsworth the television in 1927.

                                                  

Can you imagine a world without any of these amazing inventions? So the next time you get on a plane, talk on your phone, listen to the radio or watch TV think about the person who invented it and the dedication and belief they had in their inventions!

 

In SUPER SENTENCES we have continued to look at a sentence called Personification of Weather (POW)

 

The rule is

  • A type of weather; wind, rain, sun, hail etc…is given a human quality or mood.

 

Here are some examples…

 

Sobbing uncontrollably, the depressed rain grumbled huge, heavy tears.

(Connor)

 

Thundering, the furious, frustrated cloud burst into tears..

(Blake)

 

The angry waves, which crashed onto the bright, golden beach, thundered like a herd of elephants.

(Alex)

 

Happy and smiling, the cloud burst into tears of joy.

(Leah)

 

Thundering, the aggressive, ear-popping hurricane whipped all the harmless, innocent children up in the air.

(Sophie)

 

CFL – We have continued our new topic called WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE. This week we have been thinking about the water around us and how it changes over each season. For example, in Winter the water freezes into ice or snow. Brrrrrrr!!!!

                                              

As part of our topic, we will be visiting Martin Mere Wetland Centre on Tuesday 20th May. The children will be learning about the water cycle and the importance of looking after water in our environment. The children are looking forward to the trip already. Thank you for all the returned permission slips and monies that have already been sent in. Please click on the link below to visit their website and find out all about Martin Mere.

 

http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/

 

Our Certificate Winner this week is Owen for impressing Mr Metcalfe with his spelling skills when playing Four-In-A-Row. So, a big well done from us all! smiley

 

A MASSIVE congratulations to Ellie and Charlie on receiving their GOLD wristbands, and to Bethany on receiving her PLATINUM wristband this week in assembly. The whole class is super proud of them all as they are such a fantastic achievement! nonono

                                                                                                  

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend. We will see you back again in school on Monday. Don’t forget we will be closed on Thursday 22nd May as school will be used as a Polling Station. Also, we break up next Friday 23rd May for our Half Term holiday for one week.

 

                                                                 

 

 

Friday 9th May

 

Hello and welcome to Year 5W’s blog. It has been another busy week here, with lots going on.

 

Highlights from the week include…

 

Numeracy – We have been looking at percentages and fractions!  We are now all experts at how to find a percentage of a number and will be a whizz at working out the new price of something in the sales! As well as that, we have been finding a fraction of a number. For example, 2/3 of £72. To work that out you divide by the bottom and times by the top!

So, 72 divided by 3=24

Then, 24 x2=48

Therefore, 2/3 of £72 is £48

Easy once you know how!

 

Literacy – This week we have been looking at non-fiction. We have been reading about sea creatures of mythology. We learned about sightings of them over the past few centuries. We discovered that mermaids lured (a new word which we will be trying to include in our writing) sailors to their doom on the rocks by singing sweetly. Also, we found out about The Asrai (from English folklore), Sirens (from Greek mythology) and The Silkie (from Scottish legends). Did you know that the Silkie is also known as The Kelpie?

 

In SUPER SENTENCES we have continued to look at a sentence called Personification of Weather (POW)

 

The rule is

  • A type of weather; wind, rain, sun, hail etc…is given a human quality or mood.

 

Here are some examples…

 

Flashing, the iridescent lightning clashed and clanged on top of the roof feeling angry, frustrated and furious!

(Bethany)

 

Falling fast, the sad, furious rain started to cry it’s big, frustrating storm across Britain.

(Tommy Lee)

 

Smiling happily, the sunny sun wrapped me in a iridescent, beautiful blanket of wonderful warmth.

(Charlotte)

 

In the middle of nowhere, the angry, frustrated rain poured buckets onto the ground.

(Tyler B)

 

Above the house, the frustrated rain thundered on the hard conservatory roof.

(Austin)

 

CFL – We have continued our new topic called WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE. We have looked at the features of a river. We found out how they begin their life (in a boggy marsh, high up in the mountains) and how their journey takes them downwards, until they eventually arrive at the sea. We learned that where a river begins is called the source and where it ends is called the mouth. Also, we learned what a meander is…it’s when a river bends.

 

As part of our topic, we will be visiting Martin Mere Wetland Centre on Tuesday 20th May. The children will be learning about the water cycle and the importance of looking after water in our environment. The children are looking forward to the trip already.

 

Thank you for all the returned permission slips and monies that have already been sent in.

 

Our Certificate Winner this week is Tommy Lee for entering class after break and lunch times setting the correct tone for learning. So, a big well done from us all!

 

A MASSIVE congratulations to Junior on receiving his PLATINUM wristband this week in assembly. The whole class is super proud of him as it is a fantastic achievement!

                                                                                                  

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend. We will see you back again in school on Monday.

Hello and welcome to Year 5W’s blog. It has been another busy week with lots going on.

 

Highlights from the week include…

 

Numeracy – We have been doubling and halving decimal numbers, converting between km, m,cm and mm, solving problems and (in readiness for our holidays) exchanging between different currencies. What a lot we have got through this week!  

 

Literacy – Did you know that there actually was a REAL Little Miss Muffet? Her name was Patience and she lived with her father, the famous Dr Muffet. He was fascinated by spiders and their medical properties. It is believed that he used to feed them to his daughter (wrapped in a ball of butter) to help cure a cold! Yuch!

 

          We have been finding out all about Patience and her father this week. We have written a newspaper recount all about the spider which attacked her in the celebrated nursery rhyme. Here are some of them…

In SUPER SENTENCES we have begun to look at a sentence called Personification of Weather (POW)

 

The rule is

  • A type of weather; wind, rain, sun, hail etc…is given a human quality or mood.

 

Here are some examples…

 

The wind stroked the space shuttle gently before lift off

(stroked is being caring).

 

Norman was beaten by the hail.

(beaten is being attacked/aggressive)

 

CFL – We have begun our new topic called WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE. We have started to think about the water around us and what we use it for. Can you think of any of the uses we have for water?

 

As part of our topic, we will be visiting Martin Mere Wetland Centre on Tuesday 20th May. The children will be learning about the water cycle and the importance of looking after water in our environment. The children are looking forward to the trip already.

 

A letter is coming home tonight with your child. Please can you send back the permission slip promptly. Many thanks.

 

Our Certificate Winner this week is Alex for quiet enthusiasm throughout the week whilst working. So, a big well done from us all!

 

A MASSIVE congratulations to Hannah on being the person EVER in Year 5 to achieve their PLATINUM wristband. The whole class is super proud of her. What a fantastic early birthday present. On that note, happy 10th birthday to both Rebeckah and Hannah for Monday – how lucky to have the day off!

                                                                                                    

As always we hope you all have a fantastic Bank Holiday weekend. Fingers crossed for good weather. We will see you back again in school on Tuesday.

 

 

 

Friday 25th April

Hello and welcome back to Year 5W’s blog. We hope you all had a brilliant Easter break and that the Easter Bunny brought you lots of eggs!

 

Highlights from the week include…

 

Numeracy – This week we have been learning all about angles! We found out that an angle is really just a turn. We measure how far the turn has moved in degrees and we use a protractor to measure how many degrees. If an angle makes an L shape we call it a right angle. If it is less then that is an acute angle, and if it is more then it is obtuse. Also, angles are EVERYWHERE!

 

On Wednesday, we went into the ALPS to look for angles. We used a camera to take photos when we found any. The following day, we used a protractor to measure the angles as accurately as we could. Here are some of the angles we found...

Literacy – This week we have been looking at poetry. We read a poem about spiders called Spinner and then two contrasting poems about rain. We have been using the text to help us answer a range of SAT style questions.

 

In SUPER SENTENCES we have continued to look at a sentence called Verb, person

 

The rule is

  • A sentence starts with a verb to give it more importance. The verb is always followed by a comma and then a name or personal pronoun (he, she, it, they) followed by the rest of the sentence.

 

Here are some examples of the children’s sentences…

 

Swimming, the gigantic, fierce dragon skidded gently around the pile of rich gold.

(Viraj)

 

Snoozing, the huge, aggressive dragon curled up in a fiery, boiling ball.

(Alex)

 

Snoring, the dragon slowly drifted off, instead of guarding the amazingly bright gold.

(Josh)

 

CFL – This week we have finished our garden models and have now gone on display along the corridor. They look absolutely fabulous and we are all really pleased with them. We finished our topic by evaluating our models, deciding what we enjoyed, what we found tricky and what we could do to improve them next time. Next week, we are launching our new school website which allows us to upload picures much easier than now. So look out for the photographs of all our completed gardens on next week's blog.
 

 

Our Certificate Winner this week is Blake for his accurate grammatical knowledge in Super Sentence work. So, a big well done from us all!

 

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

 

BYE

 

 

Hello again from all of us here in Year 5W and once again it has been an action-packed week. Frustratingly, we have 'GREMLINS' on our class blog again and the last few weeks blogs have gone missing somewhere! Once again, we apologise to any of our loyal readers.


Highlights from the week include…

 

Numeracy – This week we have been looking at word problems. It can be tricky trying to decide which operation to use. Should we add, subtract, multiply or divide? After that, we need to think about how we could solve the problem. Do we need to use a mental method, some jottings, a formal method like a column or are the numbers too big so we needed to use a calculator? What a lot to think about! We have been using the RUCSAC method to help us. The letters stand for…

Read

Understand

Calculation

Solve

Answer

Check

 

Literacy – The children have been looking at non-fiction (factual information) this week entitled Battle of the Beaches. They have been reading it and then using the text to answer a range of questions about the features of the text and why the author has chosen to use specific words.

 

In SUPER SENTENCES we have continued to look at a sentence called Verb, person

 

The rule is

  • A sentence starts with a verb to give it more importance. The verb is always followed by a comma and then a name or personal pronoun (he, she, it, they) followed by the rest of the sentence.

 

Here are some examples of of how it works…

 

Running, Sarah almost tripped over her own feet

 

Tiptoeing, he tried to sneak out across the landing without waking anybody up.

 

CFL – This week we have continued with our new topic which is entitled What does your garden look like? We have continued to work on our garden models and they are looking FAB! Some of them have decking, or sand pits, or flower beds. Some even have a pergola! WOW!

 

Our Certificate Winner this week is Terri as her writing is a joy to read: so lively, well thought out and always very well presented. So, a big well done from us all!

 

Also, a big well done to Bethany, who has achieved her GOLD multiplication wristband this week. FANTASTIC!

 

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

 

BYE

CFL – This week we have continued with our new topic which is entitled What does your garden look like? We have drawn up plans, in readiness, for the garden which we will be building over the next few weeks.

On world Book Day we had a fabulous day in school. Thank you for all the wonderful costumes that the children came to school in. Click here are some photos from the day. Click here to see the winners of the Super-Sentence-Story-Teller competition reading their stories, including our winner, Ellie.

Our Certificate Winner this week is Rebeckah, she may not have won but she was a Super Star Storyteller. She used lots of expression and was animated throughout! So, a big well done from us!!!

 

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Leah, who shared her birthday with Mrs. Roberts, on Monday. Also, congratulations to Tyrese, who reached double digits on Thursday and is now 10.

 

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

Many thanks to those parents who have already returned Parent’s Evening slips. It’s not too late to grab an appointment, so please return any remaining slips with your child next week. We look forward to seeing you all.

 

BYE

 

Friday 28th February

Welcome back, after the half term break, to Year 5W.

 

Highlights from the week include…

Numeracy – This week we have spent the first part of the week investigating ratio and proportion and other interpreting data and using it to produce a line graph. All very tricky concepts but we have impressed our teachers with our hard work.

Literacy – This week we have been looking at a text called Leg’s Race. It is all about a girl who is due to race in an upcoming competition and yearns to be placed in a top five place. Unfortunately, her Uncle becomes very ill during the night (before the race) and she has to run several miles to get him some help. Luckily, she still has enough energy left and manages to achieve an amazing second place! We thoroughly enjoyed reading her story. As we were reading, we used the text to be SPOTTERS and CLUE-FINDERS.

Also, as part of our GRAMMAR work we have been looking at conjunctions and how we can use them to join main and sub-ordinate clauses together.

For example…

The dog was barking. It had heard a burglar.

The dog was barking because it had heard a burglar.
(The main clause) (The subordinate clause)



In SUPER SENTENCES we have started to look at sentence type called NOUN, which, who, where. It links nicely with our grammar work, as this type of sentence includes both a main and sub-ordinate clause.

The rule is
 

  • use commas (or brackets) to embed a clause in a sentence that links with the sentence topic and begin the clause with a which, who or where


For example…

Snakes, which scare me, are not always poisonous.
My pet dog, who only has three legs, loves to chase seagulls.
The deserted beach, where the shipwreck was found, can only be reached by the sea.

Here are a couple of good examples from the children…

The moonlight, which shimmered and gleamed on the beautiful, amazing unicorn, lit up the enchanted forest. (By Courteney)

During nightfall the divine, delicate unicorn (which was unbelievably mystical) was the most unique creature in the forest. (By Ellie)

CFL – This week we have begun our new topic which is entitled What does your garden look like? We have been designing our own ideal garden and have drawn up (in 3D) our designs. Some of them look spectacular! As our topic progresses, we will be building our design using a variety of different materials.

Our Certificate Winner this week is Shauna for a super effort to achieve 100% attendance this week.

 

So, a big well done! In addition, she won the Pupil of the Week cup for the Upper Phase this week in our whole school assembly! WOW!!!

 

Happy Birthday to Charlie who reached double digits on Monday this week, and is now 10. Also, big birthday wishes to Connor who celebrates becoming 10 today.

 

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

Wrap up warm as the weather is supposed to be having a cold spell over the weekend! Brrrrr!

 

BYE

Friday 14th February - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

 

This week has been, as always, extremely busy in school. Here in Year 5W we have been busy building our very own Greek City State during Numeracy based upon various maths tasks. In Literacy, we have looked at the poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ and adapted to write our own poem all about the epic Greek battle that took place at Thermopylae. In CFL, we have designed our own Greek shields this week.

In school, the highlight of the week was the ‘Westfield Bike Shed Bake Off’ which took place yesterday. A massive thank you to all the families at home that made cakes and took part in the competition, the response was phenomenal! Congratulations to Eloise for being our class winner with her extremely delicious carrot cake…yum, yum!

Despite our best efforts, the computer is not allowing us to upload any of the other photos from the day. We will add them as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, it would allow us to add this one picture of Leah icing our class entry, which was a rainbow cake.

Our certificate winner the week was Tyler J for offering a shining example in how to behave well and work hard for large parts of the week.

 

All that remains is for us to wish you all a fantastic half term break and we will see you back in school on Monday 24th February.

 

BYE

 

Friday 7th February

Welcome back to another busy and exciting week in Year 5W.

 

 

Highlights from the week include...

Numeracy – This week we have been super, super busy! It has been a week all about shape! Did you know that triangles can be different? Well we do now! There are four different types of triangles…scalene, right-angled, equilateral and isosceles. Ask us at home if we can describe each triangle and its properties.

 

Also, we have looked at what makes a shape regular or irregular. Then we investigated the symmetry of regular shapes to see if there was a pattern…and there was! Finally, we have been looking at reflecting a shape across a mirror line. So as you can see it has been super, super busy!

 

Literacy – This week we have continued looking at persuasive texts. However, we have concentrated on writing techniques we can use to help persuade. For example, asking your reader a rhetorical question, using emotive language and finishing with an If; if; if – then, SUPER SENTENCE.

 

In SUPER SENTENCES we continued looking at a sentence called Imagine 3. The rules are:

 

  • The sentence begins with the word imagine
  • It then describes three parts of something
  • The first two parts are separated by commas
  • The third part ends with a colon

 

Here are a couple of good examples…

 

Imagine a world with massive sky scrapers, where tall towers rule, where there are friendly people: the Land of Charlie is the place. (By Charlie)

 

Imagine a city with beautiful, fantastic scenery, where there is a night sky, where you can have a lovely, breath-taking night out: New York is your place. (By Blake)

 

CFL – This week we have been finding out about the Ancient Olympics. We looked at the first Olympic village called Olympia. The Greeks only allowed men, boys and unmarried women to compete. There were only a few events compared to today! Some of them were wrestling, running, chariot races, the discus and javelin. After that, we have designed our own persuasive posters all about the Ancient Olympics using some the persuasive techniques we learned in Literacy.

Our Certificate Winner this week is Jack for showing some real enthusiasm for his persuasive work this week. A big well done!

 

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

 

BYE

 

 

Friday 31st January

Welcome back to another busy and exciting week in Year 5W.

Highlights from the week include…

Numeracy – This week we have been investigating doubling and halving whole and decimal numbers that have got odd numbers in them. Doubling isn’t too hard but halving can be really difficult!
For example…

Half of 37
We partitioned the 30 into a 20 and a 10…much easier to deal with.
Next we partitioned the 7 into a 6 and a 1…again easier to deal with.

So, half of 20=10 and half of 10=5….altogether that makes 15.
Then, half of 6=3 and half of 1=0.5….altogether that makes 3.5
Finally, 15+3.5=18.5…therefore half of 37 is 18.5!

As well as that, this week we have also investigated some of the rules of divisibility. We discovered that

 

  • A number will divide equally by 2 if it is even (ends in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8)
  • A number will divide equally by 3 if you add up all the digits in the number and they are a number in the 3 x table ( eg 1425 is because 1+4+2+5=12 and 12 is in the 3 x table)
  • A number will divide equally by 4 if it is even and the last 2 digits are in the 4 x table (eg 6920 is because 20 is in the 4 x table)
  • A number will divide equally by 5 if it ends in 5 or 0
  • A number will divided equally by 10 if it ends in at least one 0
  • A number will divide equally by 100 if it ends in at least two 0s


Literacy – This week we have been looking at persuasive texts and investigating their features and language. We have also taken a quick look at the apostrophe and why we have them. Did you know that sometimes they are used to replace missing letters like in the word can’t? The apostrophe replaces the letters that you take out of cannot! They can also be used to show ownership of something. For example, in the sentence the man picked up the dog’s bone the apostrophe is to show that the bone belongs to the dog. Clever stuff, don’t you think?

In SUPER SENTENCES we continued looking at a new kind of sentence called Imagine 3. The rules are:

 

  • The sentence begins with the word imagine
  • It then describes three parts of something
  • The first two parts are separated by commas
  • The third part ends with a colon


Here are a couple of good examples…

Imagine a place where the sky is the limit, where there are irresistible smells of hotdogs and doughnuts, where there is divine candy: the Land of Awesome is the place! (By Joshua)

Imagine a place where breath-taking things happen, where rides are fun, where children scream as they go on the spinning wheel: this place is the fair! (By Hannah)

CFL – We have been researching Greek Gods this week. We found out that the twelve most important gods lived on Mount Olympus in Greece. Ancient Greek people believed that they could influence the gods by offering them gifts, sacrifices and praying to them. They also believed that natural phenomena like earthquakes and storms were caused by the gods being displeased or angry with them! Did you know that Zeus was the King of the Gods and that the only thing he was frightened of was his wife Hera?

We have all started to produce our own booklet all about Ancient Greek Gods. We can’t wait to share some of them on here once they are finished!

Our Certificate Winner this week is William for working hard, working independently, having a real ‘go’ and acting upon the things he’s been shown. A big well done!

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

Friday 24th January

Welcome back to another busy and exciting week in Year 5W.

 

Highlights from the week include…

 

Numeracy – For our mental starters, we have been halving and doubling both whole and decimal numbers. We looked at ways to make it easier like partitioning the number into chunks. If it’s a decimal number then take out the decimal point to work it out, then put it back in again once you’re finished.

 

For example…

 

½ of 46…1/2 of 40=20 and ½ of 6=3…20=3=23 so ½ of 46=23

 

Double 3.8…treat it as 38…double 30=60 and double 8=16…60+18=78…then put back in the decimal point before you answer to arrive at 7.8

 

Some great strategies we sure you’ll agree!

 

As well as that, this week we have continued with problem solving. Aha me hearties! We have all been pirates and helped to solve some ‘Pirate Word Problems’. It has been great fun and we have really enjoyed it!

 

Literacy – This week we have begun to look at stories from other cultures. The story we have been reading is called A Long Way Home and is all about a young boy called Rashid from India who has run away from home. We have been searching the text for clues about the characters and the setting. We can’t wait to find out what happens to Rashid next week! We hope he gets back home safely.

 

In SUPER SENTENCES we are looking at a new kind of sentence called Imagine 3. The rules are:

 

  • The sentence begins with the word imagine
  • It then describes three parts of something
  • The first two parts are separated by commas
  • The third part ends with a colon

 

Here are a couple of good examples…

 

Imagine a place devastated by bombs, where skeleton trees are rotten to the wood, where the sky is devilishly red: hell is this deathly place. (By Tyler J)

 

Imagine a place where children always laugh, where everybody wants to go, where people’s happiness is immense: this place is the super, exciting funfair! (By Terri)

 

CFL – Did you know that the Ancient Greeks lived in city states? We discovered that the two main ones were Athens and Sparta and that they spent a lot of time at war with each other. We have begun to create our own city states this week. They needed to have an acropolis which would be raised land, such as a hill. They would build a temple to worship the Gods on the acropolis. Also, they needed an agora (a market place), buildings to live in, shops and then the whole state would be surrounded by city walls, to keep out their enemies.

 

Our Certificate Winner this week is Tommy Lee for behaving well and making valuable contributions to our lessons. A big well done!

 

Big congratulations to Adan who celebrates his 10th birthday on Sunday – we hope he has a fabulous time!

 

As always we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

 

 

BYE

 

Friday 17th January

Welcome back to another busy and exciting week in Year 5W.

Highlights from the week include…

Numeracy – It has been all about doubling and halving both whole and decimal numbers this week for our mental starter. We learnt a little trick to make it easier…take out the decimal point and then put it back in once you’ve doubled or halved!
Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy!

 

Also, we have been solving word problems involving money. We used the RUCSAC method to help us. (Read, Understand, Calculate, Solve, Answer, then finally Check.)

As well as all that, we have also been looking at our 6 times table this week and all its related facts. For example…

4 x 6 = 24 so… 40 x 6 = 240 and 4 x 60 = 240 and 40 x 60 = 2400
4 x 6 = 24 so… 0.4 x 6 = 2.4 and 4 x 0.6 = 2.4 and 0.4 x 0.6 = 0.24

How amazing is that? Look at how many other multiplication facts we know just from that one fact! Can you think of any others?

Literacy – We have been looking at poetry again this week and the language that poets use. We have looked at metaphors, similes, personification, alliteration, repetition and powerful adjectives and adverbs. Wow! That’s a lot! We looked at the narrative poems (that means they tell a story)The Visitor by Ian Serraillier and The Bully Asleep by John Walsh. Click on the link below to hear The Visitor being performed by the actor Jonathan Kemp.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ian-serraillier-the-visitor-poem-only/8842.html

In SUPER SENTENCES we have continued to look at a sentence called Ad, same ad. For this kind of sentence the rule is to use the same adjective (describing word) twice. The second adjective is repeated straight after a comma.

Here are a couple of good examples…

During the day, the clouds were dark, dark and threatening, since it was going to rain. (By Sophie)

Miles away from anywhere, the bleak, desolate graveyard was abandoned, abandoned and lonely, with only long forgotten bones to keep it company. (By Courteney)

CFL – This week we have been doing some map work. We began by looking at a map of the world and identifying the continents. Then we tried to name some of the countries that belonged in each continent. Then we looked at where in the world Greece was. We found out that it is in Southern Europe, close to countries like Italy and Turkey. It’s capital city is Athens. We found out that it is a very hot country with lots of mountains. The temperature in Athens was a pleasant 15 degrees, whereas it was only a chilly 5 degrees in Wigan!

 

Science – We have been finding out lots of interesting facts about the sun, the earth and the moon. We found out about their size. Did you know that the sun is the biggest, then the earth and finally the moon which is tiny by comparison? Then we investigated how they move about in our solar system. We went into the playground and experimented. Here are some pictures of us…

 

We discovered that the sun never moves. The earth orbits (goes round) the sun and it takes 365 days (or a year) and the moon orbits the earth and this takes 28 days.

Our Certificate Winner this week is Viraj for achieving his first band and upping his game when it comes to times tables. Amazingly, he also won Pupil of the Week for the Upper Phase during assembly and gets to keep the trophy for the week. A massive congratulations to Viraj from all Y5W!
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and we will see you again in school on Monday.

APOLOGIES

UNFORTUNATELY THE BLOGS FOR DECEMBER AND LAST WEEK HAVE DISAPPEARED FROM OUR CLASS BLOG DUE TO A TECHNICAL HITCH ON THE WEBSITE.

 

This week it has been Assessment Week in school. We spent the early part of the week doing some tests so that our teachers can see how much progress we’ve made since arriving in Year 5. Thankfully, they weren’t too tricky or stressful and we have all done well and impressed Mr. Metcalfe, Mrs. Roche and Mrs. Roberts.

 

Highlights from the week…

 

Numeracy – This week we have been looking at quick mental methods to work out multiplication and division problems. For example when multiplying…

 

40 x 6 = 240 (hide the zero, multiply 4 by 6 which makes 24, then put the zero back on the answer and HEY PRESTO you get 240!)

Or…

 

29 x 3 = 87 (split the 29 into 20 and 9, then hide the zero and multiply the 2 and 3 which makes 6, put the zero back on to get 60 and store that in your brain for later. Then multiply the 9 by 3 which makes 27 and add that to the 60 you stored away before. HEY PRESTO you have 87!)

How quick and easy is that?

 

What about division then?

 

320 divided by 8 (hide the zero and work out 32 divided by 8 which is 3, then put the zero back on and HEY PRESTO the answer is 30!)

Or…

 

64 divided by 4 (split the 64 into multiples of 4…40 + 24 = 64. Then divide the 40 by 4 which is 10, divide the 24 by 4 which is 6. Finally, add the two answers together…10 + 6 = 16. So 64 divided by 4 is 16.)

 

We loved these quick mental methods and by the end of the week we were even working out the answers to decimal divisions and multiplications too!

Literacy – This week we have been looking at conjunctions. What is a conjunction we here you ask? Well…a conjunction is just a posh way of saying a word that joins two sentences or phrases together.

For example…

 

The man was anxious. He had lost his wallet.

This would become…

The man was anxious because he lost his wallet.

 

Can you think of any conjunctions to join these sentences?

 

Nightfury Dragons have a 10m wingspan. They can fly at heights of up to 1000m.

 

George went to the shops for some milk. He bought some sweets too.

 

I adore watching Coronation Street. I’m not very fond of Eastenders!

 

After we became really good at this, we began to explore putting the conjunction at the beginning of a sentence instead of always being in the middle.

 

I have to visit the dentist today as I need a filling.

Or…

As I need a filling, I have to visit the dentist today.

 

We agreed adding conjunctions will definitely help to improve our writing.

 

As well as that, we have begun a new 15 minute ‘blast’ in class this week called SUPER SENTENCES. We have been concentrating on De:de sentences. These are sentences that have a description and then some detail that are separated by a colon. (The colon takes the place of a conjunction)

 

The ship was quiet and still:there was no-one on board.

DESCRIPTION:DETAIL

 

Next, we take our sentence and EXPLODE it. (That means make it even better!)

 

Drifting through the ocean, the ghostly, deserted ship was quiet and still:there wasn’t a soul to be seen on board.

 

We're sure you'll agree that SUPER SENTENCES is yet another way to help improve our writing!

 

CFL – This week we have chosen our felt and begun cutting out the shapes to sew onto our cushions. So, making them is now underway!

 

Our certificate winner this week is Junior for applying himself into everything he does. A big thumbs up from us all to him!

 

Enjoy opening your Advent calendars…we can’t believe that it will be 1st December on Sunday!!! The weeks are just FLYING by now! Once again, we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and will see you again on Monday.

 



Week Ending Friday 22nd November

BEWARE!!! There be dragons on the loose in Year 5. This week we have been we have been learning about the features of non-chronological reports (that's information texts for anyone who isn't sure!) and whilst we have studied myths and legends previously, it seemed a good idea to base our information texts on describing and classifying dragons. This captured the children's imagination nicely and they were all able to draw upon ideas creatively, using some terrific vocabulary on the way. Some examples of this are:
 

"............aggressive........."
".........has guillotine spikes........"
"............most immense dragon..........." WOW!

In numeracy this week we have introduced the most dreaded of maths topics......fractions! We established that familiar fractions like 1/2 have equivalents like 2/4 or 5/10 and we have used multiplication and division to find equivalent fractions.

For example: 3/4 =9/12 when you multiply both numbers by 3; similarly 16/24 = 2/3 when you divide both numbers by 8. Year 5 were so good we also introduced decimal and percentage equivalents like 1/4 =0.25 =25%.

In CFL we have recorded all the different sewing stitches we have learned, including their functions. We are now ready to start making our cushions for real.


This week's certificate winner was Alex for engrossing himself into his dragon writing. A big well done to him.


Our Class Hero this week is a 3 way split between Tyler J, Tyrese and Eloise- what stars!! They will have to share the trophy over the coming week.

 

BYE for now!

 

 back to another busy week here in Year 5W. Today has been Children in Need Day and all the school spent the day in their onesies and pyjamas! It has been a fun way to raise money for those children less fortunate than we are. However, as we have been so comfy we think every Friday should be onesie day!!!

 

Highlights from the week…

Numeracy – This week we have been looking at perimeter and area. Did you know the perimeter is ALL the way around the outside of a shape? And that area is ALL of the space inside of a shape? Well we do now! We have looked at both regular and irregular shapes and worked out their area and perimeter. As well as this, we have spent the week looking at time. We have been working out the difference between two times as real life problems. For example, if a film begins at 14.45 and lasts for two hours and 20 minutes what time would it finish? Or, I go swimming at 10.25 and stay in the pool for 40 minutes what time did I get out? We used a number line to help us work out the answers.


Literacy – This week we have continued looking at an old, English traditional tale called The Laidly Worm. This week we have concentrated on making predictions about what might happen next in the story or what a character might do next. Also, we have been looking at what makes vocabulary effective. We asked ourselves why does the author choose to use certain words or phrases? What does it make us feel or think?

CFL – This week we have each designed our musically themed cushions. There are some amazing ideas and Mr Metcalfe and Mrs Roberts can’t wait to see them all once they’re completed. On Tuesday, we finally got out the sewing needles! How exciting is that? We were all given a piece of felt, a needle and some thread to practice different stitches. That’s not Fred…not string…but th-r-ea-d! Amazingly, we have learned four stitches this week…running stitch, back stitch, over stitch and trickiest of them all …blanket stitch! We cannot wait to get started on our cushions now.

Connor said, “I thought that running and back stitch were quite easy but over and blanket stitch were definitely more difficult. I really needed to concentrate!”

Jack said, “The more you practice the better you get. Mrs Roberts told me my blanket stitching was really neat. I know it’s because I stopped chatting and concentrated and got on with my sewing.”
 
Our certificate winner this week is Charlotte for whilst been off poorly from school, accessing last week’s blog to find out what she had missed and doing her own ‘catching up’ at home. What a star! All of the staff in assembly today were so impressed with Charlotte that she was chosen as The Pupil of the Week from the Upper Phase. So, a MASSIVE round of applause and a HUGE well done to Charlotte from us all.

Once again, we hope you all have a fantastic weekend and look forward to seeing you again on Monday! The weather forecast says it’s going to be REALLY cold...brrrrrrrr...so make sure you wrap up!

 

BYE

 

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8th

 

Welcome back to Year 5W. After a relaxing week off for half term we have all come back raring to get on with our work. One thing we have all noticed is how early it is getting dark now in the evening. Also, there is a definite chill in the air… we think winter is on its way!

 

Highlights from the week…

Numeracy – This week we have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 to convert between different units of measurement. Also, we have been looking at the relationship between mm, cm, m and km. Did you know there are 10mm in every cm? We do now! As well as that, we found out that there are 100cm in every metre and 1000m in every km. Now that we know that, we have easily been able to convert between different units of measurement because we just need to multiply or divide by 10, 100 or 1000! How clever is that?


Literacy – Interestingly, this week we have been looking at an old, English traditional tale called The Laidly Worm. Click on the link below to read the story for yourself.

 
http://myths.e2bn.org/mythsandlegends/textonly527-the-laidly-worm-of-spindleston-heugh.html

We have been using clues within the text to help us determine facts about the characters. For example,

Courteney said, “I think the queen is evil because she lied about the princess going for a walk as she had captured her and hidden her away.”

Ellie stated, “I believe that Princess Margaret really loves her father because she was miserable when he went away but was really happy once he came home.”

CFL – This week we have begun to look at our new topic. It is called ‘Does a stitch in time save nine?’ We will be making our own musically themed cushion over the next few weeks. As we’re sure you know, all good designers begin by looking at what products are already on the market. So that’s exactly what we have done! We have researched cushions with musical designs on the internet. Next, we designed our own theme board where we put together ideas and looked at which colours work well together.

Our certificate winner this week is Owen for showing his group how to settle well into independent work.

Our Hero of the Week is Junior with the phenomenal score 25 of stickers!!!!!

We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and look forward to seeing you again on Monday!

 

BYE

 

 

 

...so busy that this week seems to have flown by! Only one more week now till half term!

Highlights from the week...

Numeracy
- Once again we have been looking at written methods for subtraction and addition of both whole and decimal numbers. Mr Metcalfe says we are getting really good at this now! As well as that, we have been looking at quickfire ways to work out the change when paying with a £5, £10 or £20 note.

 

Literacy - This week we have been reading an English traditional folk tale called The Asrai. It's about a young man who fishes in a strange lake and discovers an unusual creature. We have been spotting and clue finding the text, two very important skills. Also, we have used evidence from the text to support our answers.

CFL - We have used the laptops this week to design and produce a computer version of our propaganda posters. On Tuesday we began to make our very own gas masks! How exciting! We have been waiting for weeks to do this. Unbelievably, they are made out of brown gummed paper! We can't wait to see them once they are finished!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents who came to visit us this week for Parent's Evening. Thanks It was very nice to meet you all. If you were unable to attend this week, then please pop in before school or at hometime, and we will arrange a meeting to let you know how your child is settling in.

If you haven't already done so, can we ask you to please send in your child's permission slip for our cinema visit next Wednesday. We are all looking forward to watching the latest Percy Jackson film, which links very nicely with our current Literacy topic looking at myths and legends.

Well done to VIRAJ for earning this weeks' certificate supporting his ideas about the story with references to the text!!!!!!!!!!!

 

All that remains is to wish you all a great weekend and look forward to seeing you all next week.

 

BYE

 

 

Year 5W staff and children



Friday 11th Ocober

Welcome back to another exciting week in Y5W. Week six of this half term completed….now only two more weeks to go till half term! How quickly time flies when you’re having fun!

Highlights from the week…

Numeracy – We have been exploring patterns and relationships in number and shape. How complicated does that sound? What it means is we’ve been looking at patterns. For example…

What would come next? 435, 429, 423, 417, ___

Literacy – This week we have been exploring the features of myths and legends. In particular, we have read about Pandora’s Box and Jason and the Argonauts. Today, in Big Writing, we wrote an extract from our own myth. We invented a mythological beast and a hero and described their mammoth battle!

CFL – This week we have designed our own propaganda posters. We looked at some from wartime and tried to work out what the message was. After that, we then used their ideas to design and colour our own posters.

Our certificate winner this week is Courteney for impressing us with her hard work and enthusiasm.

Our Hero of the Week is Bethany with the amazing score of 24 stickers! Wow! We are impressed!

A big thank you for all the prompt responses for Parent’s Evening next week. Appointments will be sent out tonight and we look forward to seeing you next week, on either Tuesday or Thursday evening. Apologies if you haven’t been allocated the time you requested, we have been overwhelmed with the response! We have tried to give you an appointment as close as we can to your preferred time, but if there are any problems please pop in to see us.

All that remains is to wish you all a great weekend and we will see you back in school again on Monday!


Welcome back to yet ANOTHER busy and exciting week here in Y5W. This week we have noticed how much earlier it’s getting darker…winter is on its way!

Highlights from the week…

Numeracy – We have been revising multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10,100 and 1000. Also, we have been investigating 3D and 2D shapes and looking at their properties.

Can you guess what shape I am?
I have 6 faces.
I have 8 vertices.
I have 12 edges.
That’s correct….I’m a cube!

Literacy – This text week we have been looking at biographies of significant children’s authors. In particular, we have looked at Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Morpurgo. As well as that, we have been investigating complex sentences. We have learned how to add a W opener to a sentence. For example…

The cat ran over the road.

We can improve this by adding a when, where, why, what or who to start the sentence.

As the dog was chasing it, the cat ran over the road.

Much better!

CFL – It’s still wartime In Year 5. This week we have been over to the ALPS. Whilst there, we discovered an old box filled with somebody’s treasures. We have been exploring who they belonged to and what clues the treasure could tell us.

Our certificate winner this week is Dylan for being able to act upon what he is told.

All that remains is to wish you all a great weekend and we will see you again on Monday!

Friday 27th September

Welcome back to yet ANOTHER busy and exciting week here in Y5W. Can you believe that we’re already half way through this half term? We can’t!

Highlights from the week…

Numeracy – We have been revising multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 10 and 100. We were just SO good at that Mr Metcalfe decided to move us on with our learning. Next, we looked at multiplying and dividing whole numbers by 1000! We were just SO good at that Mr Metcalfe decided to take us a step further and try it with the DREADED decimal numbers! Guess what? We could do that too! Aren’t we amazing? The trick is to move the digits left to get larger and right to make them smaller. It’s NOT about adding or taking away zeros!

Literacy – This week has been all about instructions. We have been looking at the features (what we would expect to see in an instructional text). Things like…

 
  • A title
  • An introduction
  • What you will need
  • What to do
  • Bullet points
  • Numbered instructions
  • Pictures or diagrams to help explain the text
  • Chronological order


We have had a go at writing our own set of instructions today in Big Writing. Our title was ‘How to make your teachers crazy’ and it was great fun thinking up ideas on how to get on Mr Metcalfe, Mrs Roche and Mrs Robert’s nerves!

CFL – It’s still wartime In Year 5. We began the week by thinking about how an evacuee would be feeling when they arrived at their new home in the countryside. We wrote a letter home telling our mum all about our new life on the farm.

NEWSFLASH!
Rationing has arrived in Year 5. This week we were asked to go home and ration our sweets, pop, juice, TV time, internet time and mobile phone use so that we could imagine what it was like during the war. We found it really difficult. When we realised how little food that each person was allowed during rationing, we were really shocked. It made us realise how lucky we are today!

This week we have had two birthdays in class. A big Happy Birthday to Blake who was ten yesterday and to Joshua who celebrates his tenth birthday today!

Our certificate winner this week is Eloise for turning Mr Metcalfe’s stomach and making him queasy with her revolting recipe! Yuch!

Our Hero of the Week is Rebeckah with the amazing score of 35 stickers!

All that remains is to wish you all a great weekend and we will see you again on Monday!





Y5W 2013/14


Week Ending Friday 20th September


Just back from a fabulous day at Tatton Park where we have been learning how it was for evacuees in World war II. Share our memories with us.

Week Ending Friday 13th September

Welcome back! Don't let the date scare you. It's been a super and busy first full week in 5W. Here's whats been going on.

HIGHLIGHTS of the WEEK

Lit- We have been sharing extracts from famous authors to look at how they use dialogue to portray characters. It's tricky but we have been trying to write our own effective speech sentences too. In BIG WRITING- we had to use speech to give our own versions of the Dambusters raid

" I'm going in RED LEADER!" called the pilot, banking to the left in a steep arc.

Num- This week we have been doubling and halving both whole and decimal numbers as well as rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000! Wow! How clever are we?

CFL- It's 1939 and Britain is now at war with Germany! We have been finding out how the war started and listened to Neville Chamberlain's speech. Afterwards, we imagined what it would have been like to be there and wrote about how we would have felt.

Certificate winners this week were Adan for settling well into Year 5 and Charlie for his extensive knowledge of countries and continents around the world. Fantastic boys!

Hero of the Week is Junior with a total of 17 stickers. Well done!

Can we please remind you that our class trip to Tatton Park is next Friday 20th September. If you have not sent back the reply slip could you please do so as soon as possible. Many thanks for your co-operation. The children are very excited about being an evacuee for the day!

Wishing you a great weekend, see you back on Monday.

The Year 5W staff and children



 

Week Ending Friday 6th September

Welcome to Y5W's BLOG!  It will be here that you will be able to catch up with what's been going on in Y5W. You will get a flavour of the week's key learning and find out which children have done something special. You will also receive news, reminders and requests to help keep you informed about school.

All the children have made a very settled and impressive start to life in the upper phase and they are quickly getting used to the high standards expected of them. It's going to be a successful year for sure!

By now you should have received a letter regarding our trip to Tatton Park which supports our learning about World War II. We are inviting to come dressed as evacuees to help bring the experience to life.

Our certificate winners are
Tyler J for being well up for Year 5 and Tommy Lee for being ready to learn. WOW!

Our first HERO of the week is
Ellie with 15 stickers. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Reading books and journals will be sent home shortly. They can be used as a point of contact between yourselves and schools, as well as a record of home reading.


Bye for now,
Y5W Staff

*** School will re-open to all pupils from Monday 8th March. Please see your Weduc account for further information. ***
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