We began the week by focusing on the perimeter of rectilinear shapes. To begin with, we did this using concrete materials (square tiles), before applying this to abstract questions. We had to use our knowledge in relation to the properties of rectangles and squares in order to find the length of the missing sides on some of the shapes. We then revisited the written method for dividing by a single digit number and then applied this to word problems. We discussed the language used in worded questions and what this means. The questions required us to use our knowledge of other areas of maths including conversion and money and apply this to division,
Following on from a reading comprehension paper about underage soldiers fighting in WW1, we discussed the opinions that different people may have about this topic (parents, siblings, the government etc). We also continued to look at features of newspapers and finished an article by writing in the missing feature: headline, 5W introduction and captions. Next week, we will be writing our own newspaper articles about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of the war.
We began the week looking at fact families for multiplication and division and soon came to realise that there are eight different facts we can find from three numbers. Following on from this we had a look at the short written method for division - the bus stop method. After a quick recap we started to carry our calculation into decimal places instead of leaving our answer with a remainder and before long we were looking at problems including missing digits.
The start of a new term meant the start of a new book - Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo. Set in World War One, the book reflects on a young boy's life from the trenches. We were taken back to Tommo's first day at school and analysed his feelings towards this using Point, Evidence, Explanation (PEE). As we continued to read we discussed the pressures that some families faced when the First World War was taking place and how they had to adhere to the rules set by the Colonel. Alongside this, we also analysed the features of a newspaper report and looked at two examples of reports from newspapers written in 1914.
I would like to thank all members of Team LG for a fantastic term. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Have a very well deserved rest, take care and most of all stay safe. I look forward to seeing you all in 2019!
Love, Miss Garratt x
A huge well done to all members of Team LG and Team LL for their effort and commitment to producing a fantastic Christmas performance for parents. Well done to all the narrators, actors and choir members. You were all fab in your own way!
Throughout our lessons this week, we have focused on plotting and finding coordinates in the first quadrant. We were given the opportunity to explore this using various games online. Then, we were given coordinates to plot on paper, which resulted in a Christmas picture being created.
This week, we wrote a set of instructions on 'How to make a Christmas card'. We initially wrote our draft on paper before we published them using Microsoft word. This allowed us the chance to add borders, change the font, colour and size of our text and copy and paste images from the internet.
We began the week by finishing off our unit on addition and subtraction. We applied our knowledge to multi-step word problems and questions that required us to reason. Following this, we have begun with an introduction to multiplication and division by focusing on multiples. Because we are whizzes at our times tables, we were challenged into applying our knowledge to test style questions.
Our SPAG focus this week has been subordinate clauses. We have broken sentences down into main clauses and subordinate clauses and identified our use of these within our own writing. Our stimulus for the week has been a video of Whitby Abbey. The film takes the viewer on a walk through the Abbey grounds and into a crypt. This stimulus has sparked a lot of excitement from the members of Team LG and some fantastic writing is currently being produced.
We began our Maths lesson on Monday by applying the written method for addition to part part whole models and addition pyramids. Following this, we moved on to the written method for subtraction, looking at calculations that have the same number of digits, a different number of digits and then decimals. Some of Team LG also began applying their knowledge to reasoning questions.
Throughout our Reading lessons we have focused on the skill of retrieval and using the question to help structure our answer. This is something that we need to continue working on in the near future. During our writing lessons, we have used our knowledge of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to begin writing a poem about Whitby. We are going to continue this next week, with a focus on similes, personification, alliteration, metaphors and onomatopoeia.
Throughout the week we have focused on the written method for solving addition calculations. We began by looking at numbers that have the same amount of digits, followed by numbers with differing digits and decimals. This is something we will be continuing with next week, including the application of this skill to solve part part whole models and reasoning questions.
Since our return from Whitby, we have been writing recounts of our day trip. We have had a particular focus on the use of correct punctuation and have also incorporated modal verbs. This week we have completed our recounts, edited and are now in the publishing stage. It's fantastic to read different perspective's of the day and the bits that the children enjoyed the most.
We have had an excellent day in Whitby and I would like to give credit to each and every member of Team LG for their fantastic behaviour. You have done Park Street Proud!
Our day began with a short walk through the cobbled streets, before we headed over the swing bridge to the boat moorings. We sailed out to sea on Captain Cook's Bark Endeavour but unfortunately the sea was quite rough so it wasn't long before we headed back to the harbour. Following this, we dined at the Magpie Cafe, stuffing ourselves full, not only with fish and chips but with ice-cream too. After lunch, we walked to the beach and participated in fossil hunting before attempting a spot of crabbing. However, we had very little luck as the tide was out, which meant we attracted more seagulls than anything else. Heading back to the coach, we had to walk up the 199 steps. It's safe to say that after all the exercise it was a quiet journey back to school. A fab day was had by all!
Throughout each school year, there are opportunities where it is valuable to visit the local area to enhance the curriculum, particularly for Geography and History. It is essential that we have parental permission for these educational visits, alongside the risk assessments which school carries out before a trip.
As part of the Year 5 Geography topic this term, we are currently organising to take the children out and about around Wombwell. Our current topic focusses heavily on the similarities and differences between Wombwell and Whitby, allowing the children to compare the geographical features, heritage, economy, history and industry. We feel that by visiting Wombwell itself and following our scheduled day trip to Whitby, the children will be able to make these comparisons.
Due to the current weather conditions, it is not always possible to predict whether a trip out of school will be possible on certain dates and therefore this may have to be decided a couple of days in advance. It also means that scheduled dates may need to be cancelled if the weather is not suitable.
To avoid issuing the same letter each time, we are asking parents/carers to give permission for any local visit throughout this term. This means that if a visit has to be cancelled due to the weather etc, you will not be required to sign any further consent forms. As class teacher, I will notify you a couple of days in advance of intended walks around the area to ensure that children come to school in appropriate footwear and clothing.
A letter address to parents/carers regarding this is being sent out this afternoon. However, you can also download the permission slip by clicking on the file below.
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