Year 5 worked super hard this past week, finishing off a lot of our current topics.
The children have made some FABULOUS humorous letters for their writing and some have even started looking at our next writing topic of cracking contraptions. In our next writing topic, the children will design and write about a Wallace & Gromit inspired contraption that they will then pitch to Chagford Primary's Dragon's Den - a panel of Miss Simpson, Miss Armstrong, Mrs Ramoutar and Mr Finch.
In maths, we have nearly worked our way through our shapes topic. This week, the children have been looking at angles, identifying and calculating them on lines and shapes. After that, we will move on to position and direction.
We have finished our topic on the Middle East with a lesson on the Ottoman Empire. After the break, we'll be moving on to our final geography topic of energy and sustainability. We are wrapping up our science topic of humans and animals over time. After the break, we will be creating a balanced argument about the impact of humans on the world and the animals in it before we move on to reproductive cycles for our final topic.
This week in spelling, everyone created their own personalised spelling list. They all picked 15 words from our statutory words so far and have been practicing them all week. When we get back after the half term, they will work in pairs to test those spellings. Lists went home on Tuesday but you can also find them below just in case.
It was SATs week next door in Maple Class and the children in Birch Class had to change up some of their usual routine to support, including walking through the school a different way and keeping the noise levels down more than usual. They did an awesome job!
In English, we looked at punctuation and rhetorical questions to help improve our humorous argument letters which we then started drafting. The children have come up with some amazing and funny ideas for why their inanimate objects are quitting including golf balls being afraid of the dark and green apples tired of being second best to red ones. Additionally, in guided reading, we focused on predictions for our next novel. We looked at the cover, the blurb and the first few pages to see what how our predictions changed or improved.
In maths, we finished area and perimeter and have now started our statistics topic. We began with our start of unit assessment and started the topic with line graphs. The children learned to read and draw them this morning. Next week, we will also be exploring tables including timetables and two-way tables.
We started our new RE topic which will focus on Christianity and how Christians decide what to do (aka What Would Jesus Do?). Our first lesson focused on the greatest commandment and the parable of the wise and foolish builders. The children discussed how listening to God showed how Christians follow the greatest commandment and by doing this, God will reward them.
In science, we looked at the four main geologic eras and what creatures lived in them. The children drew them and made very good connections to predict what animals came next and why. This will all build up to a short presentation about the impact of humans on the world and its ecosystems.
Congratulations to George and Ethan for their certificates this week!
Our spellings this week can be found below. The children will be tested on Monday.
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