This term, 5S and 5B have developed their skills in extreme conditions and blasted off in to space! At the start of half-term, we explored Shackleton's historic expedition to Antarctica and travelled the world looking at extreme environment - developing some survival skills. The second half of the term, they got their engines prepared for the adventure ahead by producing some amazing, out-of-this-world homework. We linked this with science, by enjoying learning about different astrological bodies: The Earth, Sun, Moon and other planets (MVEMJSUNP), asteroids, meteoroids and comets. Have a look at some of the children's homework masterpieces below!
In English, we learnt the model text 'Alien Landing!', which is Talk for Writing finding tale, full of mystery, suspense and spookiness. The children loved learning the actions, story mapping and writing about the two main characters, Joe and Dan. The children learnt how to create the same atmosphere as the author using their toolkits. Their toolkit included: setting description using figurative language, adverbial clauses and phrases, empty words, different sentence types and lengths and use of characters' emotions and thoughts.
Spring Term was a tricky one, as lockdown hit again: but Year 5 still did some excellent work on Dojo at home. We did some brilliant multiplication and division in Maths, some inspirational figurative language writing (setting the scene for the audience) and created some eye catching pop art drawings and art work. We became time travellers exploring our local area (Chelmsley Wood) by looking at the history, local community and changes we want to make in the future.
When we returned to school we had the highlight of Year 5 - learning about animal life cycles! We were honoured to have a delivery of 16 chick eggs and all 16 of them hatched. 5B and 5S had a week of looking after and caring for the chicks, whilst we explored the life cycle of different animals (mammals, birds, amphibians and insects). Take a look at us with some of our chicks.
Summer term we plan on exploring Narrative poetry and will be exploring the heart breaking love story of 'The Highway Man'. Across Guided Reading and English, we will discover different adaptations of the original poem by Alfred Noyes. In English, we will create our actions to help us remember the poem, look at different view-points of the tainted characters and have a go at writing our very own narrative poems. Watch this space.
We will continue to learn Spanish - making sure we are developing our oral fluency and even have a go at writing some Spanish. Let's hope the British Summer keeps warm so we can get outside and pretend we are on the sunny, sunny beach to write our postcards. Music we continue learning about bars and rhythm - even composing our very own!
In theme we will be dropping in on the Tudors. From Henry VIII and his jilted six wives to Queen Elizabeth I leading battle against the Spanish Armada, Year 5 jump in on this emotional rollercoaster of British monarch history, with an open mind and hopefully our heads.