Year 5

Year 5 update    31-10-17
In the first half term, we have been:
  • learning about where the Maya lived
  • investigating the rainforest 
  • finding out about the animals of the rainforest
  • reading about a girl called Maia, who went to live in the amazonian jungle 
Now - after a great visit to kick off the second half of the term - we are anxious to get onto the next aspect of our topic. 
The children learnt all about the importance to the Maya of our favourite sweet treat, and will be going onto explore not only how the Maya used the cacao bean in everyday life, but also experiment with making their own flavoured chocolates as part of the DT this term. Look out below for all the latest pictures and images from our visit and what we will be up to next.
A quick reminder:

1. PE, will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. All kit MUST be in school on these days. in addition, Class 11 are swimming for the next few weeks and will need to remember swimming kit on Tuesdays and Fridays please.
2. Home Readers; it is essential that you read with your child every night and sign with a brief comment in the passport detailing what you have read together. Please can you make sure that the book title, the author together with the pages read are noted down and a signature is recorded. As was stated at the reading meetings and in the letter which came home, without these things a strike will be given. If a child leaves a planner at home, please send a note in to confirm they have read.
3. End of day: If someone different is picking your child up from school, please make sure the adult knows the password. Please also inform the office ahead of time, or write a message in their reading planner, so that class based staff are aware of this. Thank you for those of you who are already doing this.
4. Spelling list will come out each week, so please can you ensure that the children learn their words and the pattern which runs through the list. There will be a weekly test.
5. The children will also need to learn their tables facts, so please ask your child which times table they need to practice.

  1. Spellings: These will continue to be sent home (stuck into their planners) and then tested the following week. We will look at the spelling rule in class prior to spellings being sent home.
  2. Children must complete their reading homework (red homework book) on the evening that they finish their book - this will also be part of their reading for that day. 
  3. Multiplication tables - all children will need to know all their tables facts. please help your child to learn the facts.
Second Half of the Autumn Term. 
World Kindness Day.
It was World Kindness Day on 13th November. We have discussed kindness and how a little act of kindness can change a child's (or adult's) feelings.
Little acts of kindness can be as small as a smile or a helping hand. As part of the build up to World Kindness Day, the children all made something to give to another child in the school.
In Class 11 we made a book of acrostic poems, which talked about the qualities children in Year 1 have. In return they made all of class 11 pupils a book mark.
The first day back after the October break and the children were off to Cadbury World - not for the chocolate, but to learn a lot more about chocolate and its importance in the life of the Maya.
The children were very excited and couldn't wait to get there.
We started with a talk from the experts on site about how important chocolate was to the Maya people and especially to the priests and rulers of the Maya who thought chocolate was a gift from the Gods to their chosen people.
They learnt about (and dressed up as) a Monarch and a High Priestess with others dressed as their slaves (doing all the hard work of grinding the cacao beans into a powder).
The children found out that the feathers from the Quetzal bird were made into headresses for the different rulers and religious leaders in Maya times. The taller the headress (and the fancier the feathers) the more important the person.
Values Champion
Shortly before half term, the pupils in the class voted to elect a values champion. This is a member of the class who has shown all our key values, especially the first half term value of cooperation.
Take a look at all the things Year 5 have been doing before half term......
The children have been very busy - building shelters, practicing writing instructions and getting to grips with coding. They are starting to build a maze game, which they will set in the jungle (the Amazon of course).The programme we use for coding is scratch. This is free on line, so maybe you can ask your child to show you how they can get the screen object to move around.
The slideshow below is a summary of all the work we have been doing in the first half term