Perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes

In Year Five, we have been using addition and subtraction to find missing sides on composite rectilinear shapes (shapes made up of quadrilaterals stuck together!) The next step is to then add up the sides to find the perimeter.

In Y5GE, we needed to slow this process down. Yesterday, we spent the whole lesson learning and applying these skills until we found all the missing sides. This clearly paid off because after the lesson and a small piece of purple pen work for some, we did fantastically at it in the beginning of the lesson today.

Currently, we are working in groups to utilise these skills and find the perimeters of each shape. We have certainly nailed these skills!

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Hot Seating

We are looking at a new Ancient Greek myth this week in Year Five, Theseus and the Minotaur. We have summarised and sequenced the main events. At the end of the lesson, three children took the stage as ‘Theseus’ to be hot seated about their feelings. This will help us in our diary writing later in the week.

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: