Hello Year Five! We have a big favour to ask you. We are collecting for harvest festival this Friday, as we let you know in the Green Un. The food donated will be given to a local foodbank that supplies our community. We are asking for any dried or tinned food, that does not require refrigeration or have a short expiration date. Anything you can donate will be much appreciated and your generosity will be well-received from those who benefit. Thank you!
Mrs Dwyer and Miss Eden have been so proud of how hard our class have worked to complete the home learning sent over the summer. Here is a photo of just some of it, and we have had even more emailed to us since it was taken! In addition, the children are currently doing fantastically with striving for their goals – passing handwriting and getting their 40 reads for Autumn already! Alongside this, many children are bringing back filled in WAGOLLs from their CLIC test or spelling or times table practice. Keep up the good work Y5GE!
Today has been fantastic! The Year Fives travelled by coach to York (which was otherwise called Eboracum in the Ancient Roman times). We have gained so much knowledge, but also shared some of the information we already knew – we were commended constantly by the people leading our workshops of what a well-informed, polite bunch we were! So well done, Y5.
The day was split into two halves, a workshop called ‘Exploring Eboracum’ and the other ‘Life of a Legionary’. In the first workshop we had to decide whether each character we were introduced to was a citizen or a slave of the Roman Empire. We had plenty of clues for us to work out, but also got to complete a number of activities to put ourselves in their shoes. We were dressed up as a Roman and did everything from grinding wheat to hairdressing (the boys were really good at this – we have some naturals!)
The second workshop was about being a Roman Legionary, which we have already learnt a lot about in Guided Reading. We handled artefacts and then got to dress up in their armour and carry their weapons – we were ferocious!
This week, all the Y5s have been introduced to their first spelling list and the spelling rule it is related to. The spelling rule is using the suffix ‘shun’. We revised that a suffix is a group of letters (or letter string) found at the end of a word. More common suffixes we already know are -ed, -ing and -able.
When learning about the suffix ‘shun’, we have found out that it can be spelt in 4 different ways! -tion, -sion, -ssion and -cian. Each version of the suffix can be found with different root words, dependent on their final letter. More details of this can be found on the photograph below:
We are doing well in our spelling lessons and have done investigational work, learning and using the definition of the word, practising in our spelling books and next week we will be using the Spellodrome games to help us!
It has a fantastic start to our journey in Y5. The children have settled in really well and we are already challenging them with their learning. A few highlights from the weeks include:
- receiving some home learning related to the 101 challenges
- learning about the volcanic eruption in Pompeii and writing about it
- completing our first indoor and outdoor PE lessons, as Y5s
- just being phenomenal!
Keep it up – you’re making us proud.
As part of our morning learning last week we created some imaginative mask designs. Some of us finished them off this morning ready for a final group photo. Aren’t we handsome and pretty looking?!
Yesterday was a very exciting day for Year Five. We spent half the morning dancing and the other half drumming. We had two wonderful teachers: Paul and Thuba. Paul is Mrs Senior’s brother and he taught us the drumming rhythms and patterns on the African drums. Thuba taught us an African warrior dance.
We learnt so much about Africa and drumming. Drums are the most popular instruments in Africa, closely followed by the xylophone. There are many different type of drums – we had 4 of them in school! The most common one is the djembe (jem-bay). The top of the drum is made of goat skin – the other drums we saw had cow skin tops. Cow skin is harder and needs to be heated to be stretched across the drum. For the djembe, the sound comes from the hollow bottom of the drum, so we tilted them when we play.
When we went into our dance session with Thuba, as well as learning our amazing dance we also learnt a lot more about Africa. The type of dance we did would have been done by warriors, warriors are the ones who protected their tribe. Drumming, dancing and singing all go hand-in-hand. Drumming is learnt from a young age and used for different ceremonies such as weddings.
Across the continent of Africa many different languages/ dialects are spoken. Zimbabwe has 2 main languages, but there are many more. Thuba speaks 7 languages. The other facts we learnt were that from late November to February is the rainy season and it is dry the rest of the year round.
We had a fantastic time and then opened the carnival – it was boiling and a proper performance!
As it was the last lesson in the sequence for the below objective:
Convert between different units of metric measure [for example, km and m; cm and m; cm and mm; g and kg; l and ml]
we were working in groups to match measures, written in different units of measure, proving what we knew! There are so many different measure conversions for them to recall, metres to centimetres and to millimetres and grams to kilograms etc. We relied on a WAGOLL to check our answers. The trickiest part was succinctly writing how we proved it.
Last Thursday 21st June, WCM were lucky enough to have an author in for the day. AF Harrold (real name Ashley!) began the day with an assembly and performed some of his own poems. He was also known best for writing the book ‘The Imaginary’, which was a Sheffield Children’s Book Award nominee.
When he came into Year Five for the first workshop of the day, he had the classes in stitches. He added funny endings to words for nouns in rivers, and then how it changed when the same thing was in the sea. He also wrote a birthday poem for Emily in Y5GE.
Last week, we finished our maths block on shape. One of the lessons was based around the objective of recognising 3D shapes from their nets and different representations. Part of this learning involved taking the 2D shapes (in polydron form) and building their own 3D shape. Each group then used the shape to describe it’s properties. For example, those who built a cuboid were able to describe it had 6 faces: 2 square and 4 rectangles. I’d even say that some of the children didn’t even know they were doing learning!