Newspaper Reports

Over the last two weeks, Year Five have been building up a newspaper report, reporting on the dramatic events of the Greek and Trojan battle over the captured Helen. Today, we are writing the ‘tail’ of our newspaper report using a share write before we go it alone. Look at the fantastic ideas some of us have had so far:

By the end of the week, we should have finished and presented reports. Watch this space!

The Wooden Horse

As part of our guided reading sessions, we have been reading the Ancient Greek myth, ‘The Wooden Horse’. So far we have summarised the key events of the story (very successfully) and sequenced these in chronological order. The Summarise and Sequence Shadow was very helpful during these lessons.

Today, we collected description from the Orchard version of the tale and drew and annotated pictures of the wooden horse. This activity is going to be used to prove what we know about myths and legends and how they change over time. 

Later on in the week, we are going to read a different version of ‘The Wooden Horse’ and compare the changes!

The Big Question

In Year Five, we are making really good progress into our ever changing understanding of our big question ‘How do changes affect the future?’

As well as our previous learning on the Cadbury brothers and their impact on employment, the Ancient Mayans and the affect they had on their community, we have also done sessions about politics and manifestos, as well as a session on drugs in sport.

Here are photographs from the ongoing display in Y5GE. Feel free to come in and look more closely!

Features of a newspaper report

Over the next two weeks, Year Five will be writing a newspaper report based on the Ancient Greek myth ‘The Wooden Horse’. We are hoping to then apply the non-fiction writing skills to the current topics we have been learning about in relation to our big question ‘How do changes affect the future?’

Today we listened to and enjoyed the myth (gaining full understanding of what a myth and a legend actually is) and gathered the key events. In our English lesson we began to identify features of a newspaper report in groups- here we are in action:

Cycle speedway

On Friday Y5NH all went down to cycle speedway to give it a go. All the children got involved and really enjoyed racing each other around the track. I was extremely hard they all tried especially in the heat and how supportive they all were of each other from the sidelines. 

Reuse recycle reduce

This week Y5 have enjoyed a trip down to Leaf allotments. We learnt all about how the reuse and recycle unwanted products given to them and how they try to reduce waste by ensuring everything collected is put to good use. Here we are giving a helping hand and learning how we can do more recycling at home. 

Amazing angles

Last week Y5 worked really hard only some challenging missing angle questions. We were able to successfully use our knowledge of triangle and quadrilaterals to work out the missing angle. The teachers were super impressed with our explanations on how to work out the questions and our ability to quickly recall facts about angles we’d learnt 2 weeks ago. For example that the interior angles in a triangle add up to 180° and 360° in a quadrilateral. Here we are working hard and showing off our correct working out. 

Mayan facts

All this week Y5 have been researching facts about the ancient Mayan civilisation. The children have researched facts about clothing, houses, jobs, location, language and mathematics and time in history. They have summarised all that they have found using books and the Internet to create amazing information posters about this extinct civilisation. In Y5NH the posters are up on display so feel free to come and look and you will certainly learn some interest facts about the Mayans. Here we are in the middle of creating our Mayan posters.

Drawing Rectangles

This week is maths action research week. Each year group is teaching objectives related to shape. Our Year group’s objective is:

– Use the properties of rectangles to deduce related facts and find missing lengths and angles

Today, we have defined what a rectangle is. Could you define its properties? How many sides does it have? How many pairs of parallel lines? What do its internal angles total? What about each individual angle- what is the measure of that?

Then, each child is using those properties to draw their own rectangles. First, we practiced on whiteboards:

After that we got into groups to draw other rectangles. In Y5GE we had differentiated challenge cards- because we like to know exactly what we should be trying to achieve. 

In Y5NH we are using a range of tools in order to create rectangles of different sizes because we like a more open-ended creative task.

The best thing about the lesson is it incorporates other important mathematical skills: measuring with a ruler, using a ruler to draw straight lines and measuring with a protractor to check.