Year 5: Blog items

Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Week 4

Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 9:24pm

Another week flies by in the Year 5 classroom and we have so much to report! Let’s share just a few of our highlights from this week here…

 

We have now reached the end of the gripping tale that we have been reading over the last few weeks in our English sessions: ‘The Queen of the Falls’. This picturebook is based on the fascinating tale of Annie Edson Taylor, a “daredevil” from the 1900s who dreamed of fame and fortune and became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls…whilst inside a barrel! You could hear a pin drop whenever we read this story in class and the children were hanging onto every word. Although many predicted that Annie would be successful in her plight, this made what followed all the more shocking. The tumultuous ending in the aftermath of Annie’s feat led to many dropped jaws and shocked faces. Following this, we took part in a debate where the children considered the critical question: ‘Was Annie’s barrel feat a success?’ This led to a most impassioned and enthusiastic debate that was an absolute pleasure to be a part of. Next week, the children will write their final pieces, which is a diary entry based upon Annie’s incredible journey. Have a look at our diary plans above!     

 

In our RE work, we continued to explore the Christian Bible with its many books and stories. We considered the word ‘sacred’ and its meaning and what it takes for an object to be thought of in this way. To do this we thought of items that we hold dear and that are treasured within our own lives. We then connected our items to the sacred nature of the Bible by making comparisons and establishing differences.

 

In our Maths work, we have focused upon number sequences and negative numbers. Through a range of activities, we have gained more confidence and enjoyed Kahoot quizzes and online activities to further support our understanding.

 

Another brilliant week rolls by and I wish each of you an enjoyable and well-deserved weekend. See you Monday!  

Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Week 3

Date: 18th Sep 2020 @ 4:06pm

Is that really our third school week over and done already? It has absolutely flown by! We have had so much fun in so many different lessons with so much learning taking place!

 

In RE, we started our new unit which is centred around the Bible. We learned the history of the Bible in our first lesson and how it is made up of up to 66 different books with many different writers. We then were tasked with navigating the Bible itself using the book, chapter and verse to find the scripture that was required. After a few quick practises, the children then completed a problem-solving task in which they were given a specific Bible book, chapter and verse and they had to find the animal mentioned in that section.

 

We also completed our focus on ‘Trolls World Tour’, which reinforced our Choose Wisely motto and allowed us to connect our learning to our school values whilst utilising our thinking skills throughout. On Friday, we reflected on all that we had learned so far and selected our favourite quotes from the film that were meaningful to us. From these, we will be building up a ‘Choose Wisely’ Trolls focused display that will take pride of place within the Year 5 classroom.    

 

Please also see a guide to using Google Classroom attached to this blog as well as some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). These should be viewed in addition to the Acceptable Use Policy for Google Classroom as previously shared.

 

What a fantastic week and an even more fantastic Year 5 class. Have a brilliant weekend everyone and see you on Monday!  

Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Week 2

Date: 11th Sep 2020 @ 4:12pm

It has been brilliant to spend the first full school week of Year 5 with this amazing class! It has absolutely flown by with so much learning and hard work having taken place. Here are just some of the highlights…

 

We have continued to enjoy our class novel, ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’, which has been read to the children each day. We also tweeted the author, Maz Evans to express our enjoyment of the story so far. We are so grateful that she took the time to tweet us back which spread so much excitement across our classroom upon realising this. We have promised Maz that we will keep her updated throughout our reading journey!

 

In our Writing work, we have been using a story titled ‘Queen of the Falls’ as our inspiration for writing. This curious tale is all about an American schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor who, in 1901, decided she would be the first person to ride over Niagara Falls in a barrel. This has prompted some rich discussion in our class and the children have revelled in taking the viewpoint and perspective of the watching crowd on that fateful day. I have loved reading the writing that this story has inspired so far!

 

Our ‘Trolls: World Tour’ focus has also continued this week with some artwork and the children also had the chance to ‘Trollify’ themselves too. Using this software via our iPads, the children personalised their own troll versions of themselves to represent their uniqueness and individuality.

 

In Collective Worship, we lit our candle and gathered as a school via Zoom for our second Collective Worship of this year. This time we were also joined by Reverend Anne and St. Peter’s curate, Simon. Mrs Pringle reminded us of our monthly value of Dignity & Respect and we enjoyed a heart-warming animation video, which emphasised the importance of love, acceptance and positive self-image.

 

Please remember that the children have received their weekly spellings for the second week, which has been uploaded to Google Classroom. Spelling tests take place each Thursday in class with individual results uploaded to Google Classroom alongside the score achieved. These scores will only be visible to me and you/your child as they are sent via ‘private comment’. 

 

Weekly Maths and English homework tasks will be uploaded on Google Classroom each Friday too and should be submitted before the following Wednesday (16th September). If the children require any support or have any worries regarding their homework, they should speak to me about it on Monday.

 

 

Just to also make you aware that the school nurse service is still available to parents if you should require any health advice for your child. Please find the contact details below:

 

Peter Charlton

Community Staff Nurse
Formby 0-19 Team

T: 01704-395723

M: 07769-491162

 

A fantastic first full week as we have now really settled into our new routine. I wish you a wonderful weekend and see you all on Monday!

Year 5 - Autumn 1 - Week 1

Date: 4th Sep 2020 @ 4:57pm

We absolutely loved welcoming back the brand-new Year FIVE class this week! The opportunity to spend this next step of the children’s learning journey together is something for which I am incredibly grateful and I eagerly await the many memories that we will create throughout this year.

 

To commence our learning journey, music has been filling our heads as we focused upon the film, ‘Trolls: World Tour’. This first theme of the year builds upon our learning at the beginning of Year 4 where our stimulus was the first ‘Trolls’ film. Using this film, we have explored the importance of embracing differences and appreciating the variety and culture that makes up the world in which we live. Using our thinking skills, the children have: participated in some brilliant class debates; connected their learning (so far) to our school values and put on thinking hats to expand their knowledge of various music genres and their origins. A particular highlight was the opportunity to use this knowledge to create our own musical pieces using the app, ‘GarageBand’. 

 

We have also ensured that we are all set up on ‘Google Classroom’, which will be a key feature of our lessons during Year 5. By allowing your child to use Google Classroom, you are confirming your acceptance of our Acceptable Use Policy. This has been attached below if you have not yet read this. This week, our Maths learning has been supported by this resource as we have recapped and revised our understanding of concepts from Year 4. 

 

Homework and weekly spellings will be set via Google Classroom which the children have been familiarising themselves with this week. Going forward, homework will be set each Friday and children should complete Maths / English tasks by the following Wednesday and a spelling test will take place in class each Thursday.

 

The start of a new school year also signals the start of our new class novel. We are reading ‘Who Let the Gods Out?’ by Maz Evans which is a hilarious adventure story that delves into the world of Greek mythology and the Greek gods. We're loving it already!

 

In Collective Worship, we enjoyed a whole-school Zoom assembly with Mrs Pringle who reminded us to ‘Choose Wisely’ and inspired us to be the very best that we can be throughout this new school year. Using our monthly value of ‘Respect’, we applied this to the ‘Trolls: World Tour’ film by using the lessons learned so far to consider how we can choose wisely and show respect to those around us.    

 

I hope the children have enjoyed this week as much as we have and wishing you all the best for the weekend. Already looking to seeing you all Monday!

Welcome to Year 5!

Date: 1st Sep 2020 @ 3:19pm

Mr McCabe would like to wish you a warm welcome to Year 5!

The Year 5 classroom is ready and we are very excited to welcome back the children this week to commence the start of this journey.

 

School for Year 5 starts promptly each morning at 9:10am where Mr McCabe or Mrs Marsh will meet the children at the entrance of the external Year 5 door.

The school day will end promptly at 3:10pm where the children will be collected by a parent/designated adult at the same entrance. Please remember to abide by the one way system which is in operation.

During the Autumn term, PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday morning and Thursday morning. Both these lessons will not be practising contact sports and will be skills based only.

As of the week begiinning 7/9/20, on the two days allocated for your child’s PE lessons, your child is to come to school wearing their outdoor PE kit on both these days. If a child is unable to take part in a PE lesson, a note should be written from the parent/guardian to the child’s class teacher.

Children are encouraged to bring a snack each day to be eaten at break times. Please remember to provide your child with only a healthy snack – e.g. fruit, vegetables.

Children will need to bring their own clearly labelled water bottle into school. Bottles of water with a sports cap type lid are also encouraged so the children can drink as and when they need it throughout the day. 

I know that there may be times when you need to drop me a quick note for example: pick up arrangements, share news etc. So, with this in mind, you can now contact me directly via this email address: y5@tsp.sefton.school 

We hope this will enable each parent to be able to drop off and collect their child promptly so as to support the social distancing measures and one-way system we have in place.

Please kindly note, I will check this inbox each school morning at 8.30am. If there is a matter of urgency, please contact the school office as normal. 

All emails will be monitored in line with our Parent Communication Policy.

Please also let me know for our records, by the end of the week, if you would require an electronic device should your child need to isolate or in the case of a local lockdown.

I am looking forward to seeing the children tomorrow and to a truly wonderful year together!

Mr McCabe

Year 5 Final Blog - 17.7.20

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 7:37am

Hello to the world’s greatest Year 5 class… soon to be Year 6!

Today marks our final day in Year 5. It really doesn’t seem so long since we enjoyed our last day in Year 4 together and here we are, a year on.

This week, some of you shared your year highlights with me; these included so many which brought a smile to my face. Some highlights to share were making pet trolls; the cliffhangers when reading our class book ‘The Star Outside my Window’; the Celebration of Kindness video; adopting ‘Bintang’; the introduction of our happiness journals; the Museum history trips (I particularly loved it when you all became Victorian servants for the day!) and the inflatable obstacle course for Sports Relief.

I know there are many, many more we share as well as the funny stories as a class we have – we will always remember ‘No troll left behind’ for sure!  We are so very fortunate to be a part of such a special school family and class.  Although we have been apart now since March, and only seen one another virtually, we will remain – as always – an incredible team and I simply can’t wait for us all to be back together in Year 6.

 

Over the Summer, should you may wish for your child to continue to keep up with some learning, below is a list of things that they can do before Year 6 starts!

Read, read, read…. as much as possible and, where appropriate, you could ask questions to help support the development of your child’s comprehension skills. This useful link may help here.

Other reading materials can be accessed via the following websites:

Free Children's Stories

The BBC 500 word competition has many excellent reads upon it written for children, by children! The finalists are shared here to enjoy. 

All MyMaths Year 5 tasks remain available for additional Maths revision and learning for the children.

Times Table Rockstars and ‘Hit the Button’ are highly recommended for ensuring mental maths fluency is maintained over Summer!

You may still continue to use the Explorify and/or James Dyson Foundation websites to support your child with developing their scientific thinking and enquiry skills.

The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is still available to practise and develop Spanish language skills.

The children have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional linguistic practice too.

The children can access Team Tutti here which is a self-guided musical learning experience for the children.

Short PE activities are available from AfPE.

Previous home learning blogs remain available for your child to complete any remaining tasks that they may not have accessed yet.

The ‘Learning at Home’ section of the school website has a wide range of appropriate curriculum links resources to support Year 5 children. Or whole school Twitter feed has an abundance of free suggested resources too.

 

Thank you for all your hard work since March boys and girls; you really are fantastic!

Thank you as well to all those parents who have sent in gifts, cards and kind messages this week - they are very much appreciated!

Have the most wonderful, well-deserved Summer break. Keep safe, take and have fun! 

See you when you’re Year 6!

Lots of love

Mrs Martin x

 

September 2020 - Transition Guide for Year 5 into Year 6

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 12:01pm

Please see the transition PowerPoint below for additional information to ensure that your child has the best start to Year 6.

Thank you,

Mr Curragh, Mr King & Mrs Martin

Year 5 - Learning from Home - w/c 13.07.20

Date: 11th Jul 2020 @ 9:05am

Hello Year 5!

This is our final week of Year 5. It certainly isn’t the way we thought our final week would be when school closed for most of you in March. However, we are thirteen weeks of online learning later and I remain, as always, incredibly proud of you all; whether that be with the work you have emailed in, the MyMaths work you have completed, the Zooms you have made me smile in with your news and tales, or the kind messages I have received. You are a wonderful class whom I have missed so very much. Thank you for continuing to bring the sunshine even on some of the greyer days.

Mr King and Mr Curragh very much enjoyed their Zoom with those of you were able to attend this week. I’m sure you all enjoyed it too. Our last Zoom for the academic year will take place bright and early at:

 9.05am on Friday 17th July.

This Zoom will be as a whole class and I cannot wait to see us all together again so please set those alarms and make sure you are there for our Year 5 final farewell. As always, you will receive a text message the day before to confirm the login details required to join the meeting.

Straight after our Zoom meeting, we will also be sharing our ‘End of Year Leavers’ Service’ on the school’s YouTube channel at 9.20am.

In ‘ordinary times’, we would all come together in church to celebrate this. However, we encourage all our TSP families to watch this celebration of both our Year 6 pupils, who will be moving onto secondary school and despite closure, give thanks for another successful year at Trinity St Peter’s.

As explained by Mr King and Mr Curragh in Zoom last week, in September, we will be introducing the new learning platform, 'Google Classroom'. Further information on this can be found in the 'Google Classroom Letter' attachment below. Please read this letter as well as the 'Google Classroom Acceptable Use Policy', which is also attached.

Individual login details will be sent via text message early next week. 

If you experience any difficulties signing up, please let us know via the curriculum account (FAO Year 5) next week so that the whole class is prepared for September.

As always, if your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example: Y3 Reading/Maths) then please access the specific year group class blog, which will provide them with an appropriate Reading/Maths task.

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC continues to provide daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online here .

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

 

English

Reading:

Many of you will have heard of the inspiring, influential work of Marcus Rashford, the Manchester United player, during the past few weeks. He partnered with a charity called ‘Fareshare’ and his ‘open letter’ to the parliament was a huge success. This reading comprehension is about Marcus, his life and the inspiration he is.

Remember that the Summer Reading Challenge enables the children to have regular access to books as well as a safe space to connect with their peers. This can be accessed via the Summer Reading Challenge website where well over 1,000,000 books have already been read!

English (Writing):

The writing task set for this week is called  'Brain Swap'! This is an exciting way for you to demonstrate your green hat (feelings/empathy) thinking and to write a poem from someone else’s point of view. This could be a family member, friend, a celebrity, a historical figure or even an animal! Your poem can be entered into a competition and have your poem published too! The closing date for the competition is Friday 24th July.

Watch this short video of David Walliams reading the winning story of the age 11-14 section of the BBC 500 word competition – It is BRILLIANT and has been written through the eyes of a £5 note. It may give you an idea of how you could write in the role of something/someone else. 

Brain Swap examples

Brain Swap Planning Sheet

Brain Swap Entry Form

English (Spellings): Please see this week’s spellings below:

Last week of Year 5 spellings:

Referred, referral, referring, transferred, reference, referee, preference, interfere, interrupt, queue

SPAG

This week I have attached a short SPAG quiz to recap some of the SPAG we have already covered during Year 4 and Year 5. There is lots to remember in SPAG, so if you are unsure of any of the terms such as parenthesis, relative clauses, modal verbs, you can have a recap by visiting this website.

 

Maths:

All MyMaths tasks remain available should there still be any tasks to complete, then have a go. These are always helpful for additional revision and learning for the children.

White Rose Maths this week is looking at units of measure –  be sure to watch these videos carefully before you have a go at the sheet.

The daily ‘Problem of the Day’ can be accessed here too!

Lesson 1 Metric units 

Lesson 2 Imperial units 

Lesson 3 Converting units of time 

Lesson 4 Timetables 

And of course, don't forget to keep your time tables knowledge up to speed here.

History:

Now that the Titanic topic is complete, this week I would like you to reflect on some very recent history, but still history all the same!

I would like you to reflect upon our time in Year 5… most of that was spent together although it probably feels like an eternity ago for most of us! I would like you to create a memory bank of your Year 5 highlights going right back to September 2019. This could be funny moments you recall, places/trips we visited or things you learned. I really hope you enjoy this little trip down memory lane and I hope you share these with me to make me smile too. Our Year 5 Twitter page will be good for you to look at to help spark some other memories too!

Art:

This week I have found two simple, yet very effective art ideas for you to have a go at. 

The first one is an illusional piece of art  you will enjoy - depdnendet on your choice of colour this could be made to reflect the summer season too.

The second site, in case you haven't already completed any from this site is Draw with Rob. He has created many short videos of how to draw a whole host of different things espcially animals! 

Enjoy! 

 

 

Science: 

This week, have a go at these Science experiments at home. These fun and easy Science experiments are great to do at home because they require ingredients you are likely to already have in the kitchen. Attached are four different science experiments, including: a dissolving experiment; make your own lava lamp; fun with density and fireworks in a glass

Fireworks in a Glass

Dissolving

Fun with Density

Lava Lamp

You may still continue to use the Explorify and/or James Dyson Foundation websites to support your child with developing their scientific thinking and enquiry skills.

 

Spanish:

The Language Angels ‘Home School’ resource is an excellent tool for the children to develop their linguistic skills. Required details to login can be accessed as per the whole school blog here. Year 5 children can additionally access age appropriate interactive games made available for them to play from home on www.languageangels.com (login details already sent home with the children).

The children have individual login codes for Duolingo for additional practice too.

 

Music:

The children can access Team Tutti here, which is a self-guided learning experience using animated characters to deliver fun and engaging lesson content. This impressive resource includes musical concepts; creative challenges to encourage the implementation of new skills and an interactive quiz to assess learning. Enjoy!

 

PE: 

Joe Wicks continues to lead live workouts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am here. Any of his previous workouts can also be accessed from this link too.

The ‘North Sefton School Games’ (@NorthSeftonSG) account on Twitter is still continuing with ‘Try it Tuesday’ where physical challenges and activities can be found.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

 

RE:

When the children begin a new RE unit, a connection is established to a key concept or ‘big idea’ within Christianity. This is important in helping pupils to understand the 'BIG story’ of the Bible! This resource includes a wealth of YouTube clips for the children to enjoy, which link to each of these core Christian concepts .

St Peter's weekly Sunday Club has a multitude of ideas to complete with the whole family here! 

The Big Question continues be uploaded each week on a Friday morning on our class blog page. 

The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources here to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

 

Collective Worship:

The B Tales continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel. Videos are posted here by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

This website is an excellent additional source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or to share any learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day. Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July. 

Please note that the school’s ‘curriculum’ email account will close on Friday 17th July.

I hope you all have a great week and I look forward to our whole class reunion on Zoom on Friday morning!
 

I miss you all,

Mrs Martin x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 13.7.20

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:27am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Are holidays important?'

Since March 17th, people in the UK were only allowed to travel to other countries if the journey was essential. Anyone who returned to the UK was also required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. A new traffic light system, recently launched, means countries have been given a green, amber or red light depending on the number of coronavirus cases there, allowing people to potentially have a summer holiday this year. All passengers have to wear face coverings on planes and ferries.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource has some children telling us about their holidays (1) and the second resource shares more information about holidays and why we have them (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Discussion - w/c 6.7.20

Date: 3rd Jul 2020 @ 8:32am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'How important are first impressions?'

A red, white and blue paint job on the Prime Minister's plane has recently been revealed. The RAF Voyager is used by the Prime Minister and members of the Royal Family for official visits around the world and was previously coloured grey. An official spokesperson for the government confirmed that the plane received its makeover in Cambridgeshire in the colours of the Union Jack at the cost of £900,000, taken from public funds.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached, which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource gives some descriptions of what some children are planning to do. (1) and the second resource shows some examples of people representing others. (2). Enjoy!

Year 5 - Learning at Home - w/c 6.7.20

Date: 2nd Jul 2020 @ 2:51pm

Hello Year 5,

Here we have it... another week that is running away from us so quickly. I continue to miss all of Year 5 so very much but love being able to see them all each week where we can catch up with one another. Next week, we will have our penultimate Zoom sessions – these will take place again on Friday afternoon.

So that we have a final mix of groupings, can I please ask your child to join the session according to their month of birth.

Schedule:

Friday 10th July             @ 12.30pm        Sept - Dec

Friday 10th July            @ 1.15pm           Jan - April

Friday 10th July             @  2.00pm         May - Aug

Hopefully, your child will be able to join us. As usual, you will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password to join the meeting.

The activities below are the learning tasks set for children accessing the Year 5 curriculum. If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example Year 3 Reading) then please complete the suggested reading task I their class blog. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

English

Reading:

This week I have added two reading comprehensions – one is about summer postcards and the other is a short poem about the sun. The poem is seeped in imagery and description. There is an expression called ‘poetic licence’. This means that as a writer you can practically create your own words and style –very much like how Dahl and Walliams create their own ‘splendiferous’ words! In this poem you will come across words which are new – and they have been written with a poetic licence! You will still be able to work out what they mean by looking for key words and in the context they’re written in.

Key vocabulary to check you understand: legendary and nook.

 

Writing:

This week I would like you to write a letter to Mr King and Mr Curragh as your new teachers next year. Although you know them both well (after all, they’ve practically been our next door neighbours!) it would be lovely to send them a letter sharing things with them that you’d like them to know. Obviously I know you all almost inside out by now, but it would be really lovely for Mr King and Mr Curragh to hear from you too.

Here are some ideas for things to include, you can include anything you would like to tell them.

  • Things you enjoy doing
  • What you like and dislike
  • What subject you enjoy learning about most
  • Which piece of work you are most proud of
  • What your favourite book is
  • What sports you enjoy
  • Favourite food/music/place/TV show

They will enjoy receiving these letters and they can be sent to the same email address the buddy letters were sent to: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school

I know how much they are both looking forward to teaching you in September too!

 

Spellings:

This week’s list:

innocent, innocence, decent, decency, confident, confidence, assistant, assistance, independence, existence

These are tricky words – as always, make sure you understand the meaning of each word.

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the Year 5/6 and the Year 3/ 4 Spelling Lists which I have shared on previous blogs too. Try choosing three words again this week that you can’t yet confidently spell and set yourself the goal of mastering them by the end of the week.

SPAG:

This week the SPAG focus is coordinating conjunctions. This clip  will be a good way to recap how, why and when we use them.

Once you have visited the BBC Bitesie link, complete the SPAG activity here
 

Maths:

This week I would like you to revisit MyMaths once again and pick another area of Number that you are yet to complete. This recapping is really important and beneficial to you. Be sure to complete the lesson first – I have noticed that sometimes you are just heading straight to complete the ‘practice’ section so be sure to do the lesson first as that will go through exactly what you have to do before you complete the task.

I am glad White Rose Maths seems to be a big hit with many of you and that you find the videos useful too. This week we will be recapping on shape both 2D and 3D as well as reflection and translation.

Lesson 1 Regular and irregular polygons 

Lesson 2 Reasoning about 3D shapes 

Lesson 3 Reflections 

Lesson 4 Translation 

All worksheets and the answers are downloadable at the bottom of this blog. Follow the timetable suggested which is attached at the bottom of the blog so that you can then complete the WRM activities for the rest of the week.

You can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!

And of course, as ever… times tables practise! 25/25 is the goal! How are you getting on?

 

History

This week it is our final History lesson and the focus question is 'In what ways has the Titanic changed history?'. Work through the Powerpoint, reading the information carefully on each slide.

What do we mean by changing history? Think of some key events in history that you have learned about that changed the way things were at the time e.g. the world wars. If events had gone differently, life could have changed as well.

Do you think that the Titanic sinking was significant (important) enough to make change happen? Look into some different ways in which the Titanic sinking changed several laws and guidances around sea travel. Do you think these were significant changes; what would be different if the Titanic hadn’t sunk?

Look at the Change Cards on the worksheet 6A and order them from most significant change to least significant  Record your reasonings in a short explanation text on Worksheet 6C/6D.

 

Art:

Thank you for the art work, which you shared with me on Zoom! I can see how many of you had visited the Tate Art Museum with your wonderful creations.

As there is so much to exhaust at the Tate, this week you’re invited to go back and choose another art related activity to complete Maybe yours will be drawing or painting or perhaps the activity you choose will be to discover about an artist and complete a quiz.

Click this link to see a whole host of ideas that await you! 

Explore the website and choose the activity that suits YOU! Have your completed piece of artwork ready for next week’s Zoom again, so we can see the wonderful array of work you all produce!

 

Science:

Our science curriculum is now completed. There are however many suggestions on this website for activities and experiments you can enjoy.

 

Spanish:

Children to access Language Angels, where children can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

Well done and muchas gracias to those of you who continue to log into Duolingo too! Bueno!

 

PE: 

Joe Wicks has been a fantastic motivator during Lockdown and we are sure many of you have thoroughly enjoyed his sessions. As of this week he will be taking a well-deserved rest and reducing his workout days. You can now access his online PE lessons on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing: 

Children should continue to make use of the ‘Think U Know’ resource and stay up to date with new content and material. As we know there is an increased amount of time spent online, it is important to stay on top of ‘online safety’. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: 

Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

Why not try this week’s Explore's 30 creative activities which can be done with built-in features of an iPad. There are many fun activities you could take a look at!

 

RE:  

The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: 

The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

I hope you all enjoy the week ahead..and I am keeping my fingers crossed for less rain!

I look forward to seeing you all on Zoom on Friday afternoon!

Mrs Martin x

 

Picture News Discussion - w/c 29.6.20

Date: 26th Jun 2020 @ 8:05am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: ''Why do we have statues?'

Following protests campaigning for Black Lives Matter, demonstrators in Bristol pulled down a statue of a former slave trader, Edward Colston, and threw it into the harbour. It is likely that the statue will now be placed in a museum. Many other famous statues have been in question in other parts of the UK, with issues regarding what they represent and if they should be given prominent positions in towns and cities.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different examples of statues (1) and the second resource shares the thoughts of some children regarding who they think deserves a statue and why. (2). Enjoy!

Year 5 - Learning from Home - w/c 29.6.20

Date: 25th Jun 2020 @ 10:02am

Hello Year 5! 

So this week, we welcome the month of July! How can time be passing us by so quickly? The weather was so lovely towards the end of last week so I hope you enjoyed some time outdoors and that those paddling pools you’ve been telling me about were back in good use!

Next week, we will have our Zoom sessions again on Friday afternoon – it really is a lovely way to end the week and for the children to all share what we have all been up to with one another. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another.

This time, please can we kindly ask that once again, your child joins the meeting at the time again according to your child’s forename initial.

Schedule:

Friday 3rd July               @ 12.30pm        A - H

Friday 3rd July               @ 1.15pm          L - M

Friday 3rd July               @  2.00pm         P- T

 

As usual, you will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. We hope as many of you as possible can join and we look forward to seeing your child next week!

The activities below are the learning tasks set for children accessing the Year 5 curriculum. If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example Year 3 Reading) then please complete the suggested reading task I their class blog. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

English

Reading Tasks:

I couldn’t resist it! A Titanic themed reading comprehension this week for you! There is slightly more text this week than in previous weeks, however this is good practice for you to read longer pieces of text and answer questions from this. Aim to read this in about 10-15 minutes. Everyone reads at different speeds but it is important we try to read at a good fluent pace.

Why not start by reading the nine questions FIRST this week so that you know what information you are looking out for and you could answer the questions as you go. When you are reading longer pieces of text, it is important to remember the order of what you read for when you return to the text to retrieve answers. Similarly, take note of the subheadings in non-fictions texts such as this one as this too will help you recall here certain information is written.

Key vocabulary to check you understand: watertight, vessel, exquisite, transatlantic, suites, precautions, comparable and theory.

Can you work out what ‘crowning glory’ means?

The word ‘vicinity’ was one of our Ninja vocab words – can you remember what this means too?

 

Writing:

Continuing on from last week, you are going to write another diary entry in the role of your chosen passenger. This week, your writing will focus on that fateful night… 15th April 1912. Emotions of the character and vivid description will be key to this piece of writing – see the WAGOLL provided on Showbie with checklist to complete too.

Spellings:

Well done on continuing to keep up to speed with your spellings. This week’s words are listed below:

Hesitant, tolerant, tolerance, observant, lightning, expectancy, muscles, neighbour, persuade, programme.

One of the above words is a homophone and can therefore be spelt two ways. Can you discover which one it is? Clue: we use this term in computing too!

Don’t forget to keep going over the Year 5/6 and the Year 3/ 4 Spelling Lists which I shared on last weeks blog. Try choosing three words again this week that you can’t yet confidently spell and set yourself the goal of mastering them by the end of the week.

SPAG:

This week the SPAG focus is inverted commas – also known as speech marks. This clip will be a good way to recap how, why and when we use them.

https://ZIEUHUN.exampro.net

 

Maths:

Well done to all of you for continuing to work so hard each week. I’m glad you have been able to check the feedback on MyMaths – I hope you find it helpful.

We now only have three ‘school’ weeks left. As opposed to setting any ‘new learning’, I would like you to once again pick another area of Number that you are yet to complete. This recapping is really important and beneficial to you. Be sure to complete the lesson first – I have noticed that sometimes you are just heading straight to complete the ‘practice’ section so be sure to do the lesson first as that will go through exactly what you have to do before you complete the task.

I was pleased to hear some of you tell me in our Zoom call that you are really enjoying the White Rose Maths daily lessons. This week, the WRM lessons are again recapping Learning Goals which we have already visited in Year 5 – measuring angles. Although this has been set on MyMaths, the online protractor was difficult to manage and made some questions quite difficult to solve. The White Rose Maths this week will hopefully ‘iron out’ any difficulties.

A couple of you mentioned how you hadn’t realised there was a video to watch first. I have copied the video links below for each day so you can clearly see what to watch first before completing the worksheet for each day:

Lesson 1 Measure with a protractor 

Lesson 2 Drawing lines and angles accurately 

Lesson 3 Calculating angles on a straight line 

Lesson 4 Calculating angles around a point 

You can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!

And of course, as ever… times tables practise! 25/25 is the goal!

 

History:

I loved hearing you recall so many facts about the Titanic on Zoom this week; from the story about the 4th funnel to the reason for the number of lifeboats onboard! You are all working so hard – well done!

This week you will consider:

‘Why were so many lives lost on the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic?’

When the Titanic sank, the news spread across the world as a huge tragedy. People were looking for someone to blame for the massive loss of life. Survivors, both passengers and crew members alike, were brought in to be questioned about what had happened on the night the Titanic sank, revealing the actions of those in charge as well as the attitudes of everyone on board at the time.

Using the information on the slides, investigate the Titanic sinking, beginning with its owners and construction, exploring how the rumour of it being unsinkable started and the consequences of this rumour spreading. After each point, pause and think of where you think the blame lies or what the main reason was for people losing their lives.

Think about the actions of the different people in charge on the night of the incident, including Captain Edward Smith and J Bruce Ismay, using information from survivors as sources of evidence. Astonishingly, many of the deaths that occurred were as a result of the freezing water. Drowning was not the main cause of death when the ship sank...

Look at the Titanic cards and form your own ‘Diamond 9’. We have done this Diamond 9 activity before: you put what you feel to be the most important at the very top of the diamond, then two beneath that, then three, back to two and then the final one – your facts will then form the diamond. (Sheet attached)

 

Art:

Thank you for your modeling work, which you shared with me on Zoom! Using what you had so creatively was very impressive! I LOVED the Lego ‘sinking’ Titanic – brilliant!

This week we are off on a virtual school trip to the Tate Art Museum! Click this link to see a whole host of ideas that await you! Maybe you’ll create a piece of art through the drawing of simple line drawings and primary colours in the style of Piet Mondrian.

Perhaps you will make your own paintings through the use of objects you collect by following this wave painting idea

Explore the website and choose the activity that suits YOU! Have your completed piece of artwork ready for next week’s Zoom so we can see the wonderful array of work you produce!

 

Science:

After last week’s Zoom, when one class member had a picture of the science skittle science experiment as his backdrop, I thought I would share it here for you all to have a go at! You will have to ask your parents very kindly if you could have a packet of skittles…. All in the name of science of course! The process you see happen is called ‘diffusion’. This is a fun experiment, which will teach you about chemical reactions – follow the instructions here and read the information to help your understanding. 

How will you organise the colours? Will you use hot water or cold water? Be creative with your experimenting and have fun!

 

Spanish:

Children to access Language Angels, where children can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

Well done and muchas gracias to those of you who continue to log into Duolingo too! Bueno!

 

PE: 

Today sees the conclusion of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. We hope the children have enjoyed taking part, you can still see all the activities by searching #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive on Twitter or consulting the timetable in the previous blog.

Joe Wicks has been a fantastic motivator during Lockdown and we are sure many of you have thoroughly enjoyed his sessions. As of this week he will be taking a well-deserved rest and reducing his workout days. You can now access his online PE lessons on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Computing: 

In class the children LOVE it when Google have a special day and the google logo is linked to a world event or current affair. This fun acitivity enables the children to create their own Google logo through the teaching of coding! 

Children should continue to make use of the ‘Think U Know’ resource and stay up to date with new content and material. As we know there is an increased amount of time spent online, it is important to stay on top of ‘online safety’. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: 

 

Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

Why not try this week’s Explore's 30 creative activities which can be done with built-in features of an iPad. There are many fun activities you could take a look at!

 

RE:  

On Monday 29th June, it is the Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul! First, the children should watch the following videos to tell/remind them of the story of Peter here and the story of Paul here. In line with our school SHINE values, the children should be encouraged to consider how St. Peter and St. Paul inspire and encourage us. As we celebrate this feast day, perhaps the children could write a short reflection, prayer or poem on what we can learn from these two saints in 2020.

The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: 

The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

Have a great week everyone – see you on Zoom on Friday afternoon… don’t forget to bring along your art to share!

Mrs Martin x

Year 5 - Learning from Home - w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 3:34pm

Hello to everyone!

I hope you have yet another lovely week. As always, I really enjoyed our Zoom catch-up last week and hearing what you have been up to. Your cheerful faces are always such a joy! 

This week, we will be hosting more Zoom sessions; this week they  will take place on Friday afternoon. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can all see, hear and talk to one another.

Once again, please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time again according to your child’s forename initial.

Schedule:

Friday 26th June                     @ 12.30pm        A - H

Friday 26th June                     @ 1.15pm          L - M

Friday 26th June                     @  2.00pm         N - T

 

You will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. We hope as many of you as possible can join and we look forward to seeing your child next week!

The activities below are the learning tasks set for children accessing the Year 5 curriculum. If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example Year 3 Reading) then please complete the suggested reading task in their class blog. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

English

During our Zoom call, so many of you shared with me what you were reading at the moment – it seems Harry Potter remains a strong favourite for so many of you and I was pleased to hear how a few of you have also started J.K. Rowling’s 'The Ickabog'. If you are yet to start, I really recommend you do – it’s a really good read so far!

Reading Tasks:

This week’s reading comprehension task is a fiction piece called ‘The Winged Horse’ by Rosalind Kerven. It is based on Greek Mythology about Medusa and Perseus.

Key vocabulary to check you understand are: barren, bristled and constellation. Other words you may not be sure of, but by thinking about its root word will help you to decipher (work out) what it means.

 

Writing:

Well done on completing your newspaper articles last week! I enjoyed reading those that were sent across – you are budding journalists! Well done also for using the resources on Showbie so well.

This week, your writing task is going to go hand in hand with your History; you are going to write a diary entry as if you are a passenger on The Titanic. After chatting with you all on Zoom last week, I can really see how interested so many of you have become in this History unit already, so I think you will enjoy this! You will have to decide however, which passenger you will be. Are you going to be leaving to start a new life in North America in hope of a better life meaning you will be travelling in third-class or will you be on of the first-class passengers awaiting to board this luxurious liner? The history lesson will help you do this so make sure you have done the history task first. 

As always, find the resources on Showbie. If you need to recap on anything learned to date about The Titanic, please look at previous blogs – there is lots to support you.

This week it is also National Writing Day! On 24th June 2020 you are invited to get involved with the #247challenge – a quick, fun and easy challenge to get your creative juices flowing! The challenge has three simple rules: 1. Write a story or poem in 24 words. 2. Start with the words ‘One day’. 3. You only have 7 minutes to write! See this link for more information – I cannot wait to see what 24 words you write in 7 minutes!

Spellings:

I hope you are getting to complete your weekly spelling tests each week and the suggestions on how to practise them each day in our timetable are helpful. Well done for keeping up this routine and practising these. Good luck for this week’s test.

And this week we have… you guessed it! MORE homophones! Six more! The English language really is incredible! There are also four words from the Year 5/6 spelling list too:

As per last week, be sure you learn the meaning of each word properly so that you can spell it correctly.

Wary, weary, who’s, whose, principal, principle, complete, recognise, language, leisure.

This week I have also uploaded the Year 5/6 Spelling List. Why not have a look and see which words you already know? Gove them a tick. Try choosing three words that you can’t yet confidently spell and set yourself the goal of mastering them by the end of the week.

I have also added the Year 3 and 4 Spelling List too as we know there are some tricky words on there too! Keep checking back over this list too.

 

SPAG:

This week the SPAG focus is determiners. Before school closed, we looked at the different type of determiners there are. If you can’t remember, don’t worry! . Watch this video to remind you… and you’ll no doubt think… ‘Oh yessss! I remember!’.

This week's SPAG questions.

 

Maths:

Well done to all of you for continuing to work so hard each week. On our Zoom calls this week, I shared with you all how to view the feedback I have given on this site in case some of you hadn’t checked it. To recap; log in and click the purple tab ‘scores’. This will show you the learning you have completed to date. Click one of the lessons and on the bottom of that page you will see a white speech bubble. If you hover the cursor over this bubble, the comment from me will be be there. Take some time to check over this feedback and see if you are able to have another go if needed on some of the lessons.

Continuing with the revision of all we have done to date, I would like you to choose another lesson from the Number section that you are yet to complete.

Follow the timetable suggested which is attached at the bottom of the blog so that you can then complete the WRM activities for the rest of the week.

This week, the WRM lessons are recapping Learning Goals which we have already visited in Year 5 so this will be a great opportunity to recap, reinforce and revise (wow – that’s a lot of words sharing the prefix re-!). These lessons are subtracting with decimals and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.

Daily lessons are provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

As well as MyMaths, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!

And of course, as ever… times tables practise! 25/25 is the goal!

 

History:

Now that I know how many Titanic fanatics there are out there, I am really excited to continue to share with you our next lesson.

During Zoom this week I was delighted to see how much you have embraced this topic already – art work of The Titanic was shared, Lego models have been built and a Minecraft Titanic was even ready to set sail with Jack and Rose aboard the ship! I also loved how one of you now have your very own mini model of this impressive ship too! This is typical of the ever enthusiastic and passionate class of mine that I miss and love so much!

This week, your learning links well with the English task which you will start. You are going to be finding out more about the people who were aboard the ship from across the different classes. Obviously, back in 1912 there was no social media, but your task this week is to create a social media page for one of the voyagers. You have seen our Class Twitter page so you understand the concept of sharing your news with others via an online platform.

Attached you will find a Powerpoint which shows you sources which give us the information of how we know some of the people who may have boarded the ship. There are profiles of other passengers and crew, which you will find really interesting. Maybe one of these characters is whom you will write as in your English task.

 

Art:

I LOVED seeing the art you shared with me on Zoom this week. Many of you have worked so hard on your pieces of artwork and have produced some amazing pieces of work during lockdown. I so enjoyed seeing so many of you in Picasso form and even some of the Year 5 families who had also been ‘Picasso’d’ too!

This week, the suggested art activity it to make your own model of the Titanic. This can be in any which way you choose. The Powerpoint attached suggests using clay but that is not always readily available so remember to be creative as you like if you want to do this task this week.

You could make your own play-doh and create a model, use Lego, create one with old boxes/junk modeling. You may decide not to make a model and instead create a collage instead using different coloured pieces of paper, card and other materials.

Explore using your imagination and have fun! I would love to see what you have made – maybe bring it to our Zoom meet on Friday and we can enjoy viewing some of your work like a visit to an online art exhibition!

 

Science:

Although our Y5 Science curriculum is complete, last week I did promise you a Titanic related science task! It is exploring why things sink and float in water and what you can do to change the density of the water so that it changes this. There are activity sheets attached – have a go at the experiments o the first couple of pages – can you make predictions before you carry out the experiment? Again, if you’d like ot share your findings with us in Zoom that would be fun!

 

Spanish:

This week you can access the Oakland Academy Spanish lesson here to le. n how to describe the weather, 

Children can also continue to access Language Angels, where they can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

Well done and muchas gracias to those of you who continue to log into Duolingo too! Bueno!

 

PE: 

Joe Wicks has been a fantastic motivator during Lockdown and we are sure many of you have thoroughly enjoyed his sessions. As of this week he will be taking a well-deserved rest and reducing his workout days. You can now access his online PE lessons on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Tomorrow sees the start of the Youth Sport Trust 'National School Sport Week'. This year, everything will be online - meaning you can get involved from the comfort of your own living room! Attached is a timetable with different challenges to try each day- why not tweet some of your best scores and use the hashtags #NSSWtogether and #StayHomeStayActive

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

 

Computing: 

This week, the activity is linked to photography skills; you will be able to use pic collage to create your own pieces of art - much like those of David Hockney. Let your imagination loose as you step into the wonderful world of Hockney type art!

Children should continue to make use of the ‘Think U Know’ resource and stay up to date with new content and material. As we know there is an increased amount of time spent online, it is important to stay on top of ‘online safety’. You can find the resources for these activities here.

Music: 

World Music Day was officially launched in 1982 and became a major world music event, celebrated in over 120 countries every year. World Music Day is all about the joy of making music. This link will take you to resources to help you participate in Make Music Day on Sunday 21st June. This year’s song is the Morecambe and Wise classic, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’.

Weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark’ continue to be available online. Children may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams’ 'Marvellous Musical Podcast' continues to be a hit. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. There is also a quiz for children to complete after listening – enjoy! 

 

RE:  

The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship

The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

Have a wonderful week everyone and I look forward to seeing you on Friday on Zoom!

I miss you all,

Mrs Martin x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 22.6.20

Date: 19th Jun 2020 @ 8:51am

This week's dicussion prompt question is: 'Should zoos have been allowed to reopen earlier?'

Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in the UK and was closed on 21st March, following lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak. It reopened on 15th June after being closed for 3 months. During the long period it was closed, the owners were concerned that it may not ever have been able to reopen due to the huge lack of income caused by the closure and the huge costs involved in feeding the animals.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some of the wild animals you might find if you visited a zoo (1) and the second resource shares why some people think we have zoos. (2). Enjoy!

Picture News Discussion - w/c 15.6.20

Date: 12th Jun 2020 @ 9:18am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How should we learn to manage our money?'

A mother from Northumberland recently spent £100 on a second-hand vending machine to provide an opportunity for her children to learn about money after tiring of them arguing over snacks and other items during lockdown. Mother of four, Sarah Balsdon, was getting so fed up with her children's constant arguments that she and her husband, Kyle, came up with the idea to provide them in a limited and controlled way, whilst helping the children learn how to manage money.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource shows some different ways that children have received money (1) and the second resource provides even more information about pocket money. (2). Enjoy!

Year 5 - Learning from Home - w/c 15.6.20

Date: 10th Jun 2020 @ 8:03pm

Hello to everyone!

I hope you have yet another lovely week; the weather has certainly not been what we had grown accustomed to in May but I hope you still have managed to be productive and have fun.

Next week, we will be hosting more Zoom sessions and these will take place on Wednesday but this time in the morning. Hopefully, your child will be able to join us! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another.

This time, please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s forename initial. For example, John Smith would join in the session for the J initial. Pease note that this is different to the previous meetings to allow the children a chance to see and hear other members of the class.

Schedule:

Wednesday 17th June  @ 9.30pm           A - H

Wednesday 17th June  @ 10.15pm         L - M

Wednesday 17th June  @ 11.00am         P- T

 

As per previous Zoom sessions, you will receive a text message the day before to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to  Zoom.

We look forward to seeing your child next week!

The activities below are the learning tasks set for children accessing the Year 5 curriculum. If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example Year 3 Reading) then please complete the suggested reading task I their class blog. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

English

Hopefully many of you have now enrolled onto this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which launched on Friday 5th June. There appears to be many activities and books available to read and will sure be a new way of completing this challenge!

Reading Tasks:

This week’s reading comprehension task is a non-fiction report about another rather large animal; not a mammoth but a rhinoceros! As a class of animal lovers, I am sure you will enjoy reading this text and learning some interesting facts about these magnificent animals. 

I hope many of you have now started reading the J.K Rowling book ‘The Ickabog’. I, for one,  am hooked! It is not a typical Rowling-style read, but it is certainly both entertaining and intriguing. All chapters she has released to date our available to read with suggestions for what to illustrate if you wish to enter the competition she is running also. It's not too late to start... join in!

Writing:

Last week, you began the role as a journalist and started to create your own newspaper report using the resources shared on Showbie. This week there are the next set of resources shared for you which will read in line with the uploaded suggested timetable for Year 5 too.

Don’t forget to send any completed pieces of writing (even better if they are illustrated too just like in our Author Books at school!) if you would like to share them with me.

Spellings:

I hope you are getting to complete your weekly spelling tests each week and the suggestions on how to practise them each day in our timetable are helpful. Well done for keeping up this routine and practising these.

The spellings for this week are:

Descent, dissent, draft, draught, desert, dessert, steal, steel, profit, prophet.

As you can see, these spellings are more homophones. It is super important to understand the difference of each word meaning.

Descent is similar to a word we often use in maths – can you work out what that is?

Dissent – an interesting and not often used word… could you find the meaning of this word and put it into a sentence perhaps linked to our weekly class discussions?

Remember to understand the meaning of each different word. To be able to spell it correctly, you will need to be able to understand what they both mean and how they are different.

 

SPAG:

This week the SPAG focus is parenthesis. We use parenthesis in our writing and although the BBC Bitesize link to complete this week refers mainly to brackets, we know that we can also use dashes and commas in the same place too.

This week's SPAG activity.

Maths:

So that we continue to revise all we have done so far to date, I would like you to look at your MyMaths profile carefully. At the start of lockdown, all of the Number aspects of MyMaths were opened for you to work through and recap on. This week, I would like you to choose one of these areas to complete. If you have already completed them all, you can perhaps spend time reading through the feedback that has been provided to date and perhaps retrying some tasks to see if you can have another go and increase your score.

Follow the timetable suggested which is attached at the bottom of the blog so that you can then complete the WRM activities for the rest of the week. This week these are linking percentages to fractions as well as the addition of decimals numbers (something which you are all very good at!). Daily lessons are provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

As well as MyMaths, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’!

And of course, as ever… times tables practise! How are your scores coming along?!

 

History:

This week, you are about to set foot upon The Titanic! What an incredible ship it was – even today, a ship of such grandeur would be greatly admired by many across the globe.

Look through the Powerpoint and read the text carefully and study the photographs well paying close attention to detail. You will be most surprised, I think, to see the difference between the classes of people aboard the ship and how the amount of money you had depended on the experience you would also have had.

Once you have read through the Powerpoint, look at the Activity sheet attached below. You can choose which of the worksheets you would like to complete 3A/B or C – remember these sheets do not have to be printed; they are simply a visual resource to help you just like in class when we share things on Showbie but complete the work in our books or on paper.

Use the letters and source cards to help you as you think like a historian and examine the evidence for clues. Have fun!

 

Art:

So after last week’s art lessons, are you all now a class of budding Picassos?!

Keep these safe so I can see them during our next Zoom meeting on Wednesday morning!

For this week’s art activity, I have attached some Titanic related art work. This examines the use of colour and how this can provoke emotions and feelings. Similar to the music lesson last week which was about emotions and mood, but this time using our sense of vision and not hearing.

Look through the attached Powerpoint, which helps you to understand the use of colour more and then complete the first sheet 2A. You can use paints, pencils, crayons or felts to complete this activity.

 

Science:

Our science curriculum for Year 5 is now complete – well done! If you need to complete any of the remaining science activities, they are still accessible on previous blogs. Next week, I will provide you with a Titanic linked science lesson to keep those scientific minds thinking but in the meantime, there are lots of other exciting resources for science available online.

A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For more additional tasks, you can also visit the following website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish:

This week, visit the Oakland Academy to complete the lesson 'Saying where you live' in Spanish. This half hour video will help you read, speak and understand more spanish vocab.

Children to access Language Angels, where children can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

Well done and muchas gracias to those of you who continue to log into Duolingo too!

 

PE:

I know how fit and active you all are in Year 5 – I’ve enjoyed hearing on Zoom of how you have even managed to continue to practise your skills whether that be football, taekwando, boxing or gymnastics! Great effort!

If you haven’t yet had the chance to look at the Yorkshire Sports organisation You Tube channel, have a look here. They have created a wealth of PE lesson videos for you to enjoy either on your own or with family members.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Mr Wicks is still going strong too – if you are still completing his daily activities; wow well done! Perhaps you’ve taken a break and it’s now time to rejoin him at 9am on Monday!

Computing:

Continuin on from last week's task, I have shared again Explore's 30 creative activities which can be done with built-in features of an iPad. There are many fun activities you could take a look at - which will you have a go at this week?

Music:

I've been missing the fun we had together when we had our class sing alongs.! Why not try this music lesson at The Oakland Academy where you can learn to sing a song about living in peace and harmony... and how very relevant that is for us all to hope and pray for at the moment. 

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams has also announced his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as his daily reading, he is also recording a musical podcast each week. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. If your child wants a further challenge, why not put their knowledge to the test by completing the quiz after they have listened?

RE:  

The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: 

The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

Stay safe and stay happy and I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday morning on Zoom!

Mrs Martin x

Picture News Discussion - w/c 8.6.20

Date: 6th Jun 2020 @ 12:49pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'How important is it to have a routine?'

Since the beginning of the lockdown, many people have had to completely change their  routines in line with the new guidance and new rules. Of course, this has also meant the closure of schools as well as many workplaces and places to visit too. Routine means different things to different people.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is a sorting activity for a daily routine (1) and the second resource shares Arthur’s experience of a day without any routine. (2). Enjoy!

Year 5 - Learning at Home - w/c 8.06.20

Date: 4th Jun 2020 @ 12:48pm

Hello to everyone!

How lovely it was to see so many of you on Zoom this week – your cheerful faces and sharing of news really brightened my day! We are planning on more Zooms to be held soon too so I look forward to seeing more of the amazing work from the blogs you were sharing with me – the artwork of The Titanic from so many of you quite literally took my breath away! They were FANTASTIC! Thank you Year 5 – you really are wonderful; you continue to make me so proud with your commitment, dedication and enthusiasm. 

The activities below are the learning tasks set for children accessing the Year 5 curriculum. If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example Year 3 Reading) then please complete the suggested reading task I their class blog. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

For your additional information and support, the Government have provided guidance for parents on how to ‘Help Primary School Children continue their education during coronavirus’  and have also indicated use of the Oakland Academy which we can also highly recommend for direct teaching. 

 

English

This week from 8th-14th June, there is a special seven-day online 'Dream Big' festival in partnership with Waterstones for families to celebrate the power of imagination and Puffin's 80th birthday. Watch on Puffin Facebook and YouTube channels as each day two events take place. It promises to be great fun and another way of enaging children in the wonderful world of literature, storytelling, reading and illustrating.  

The Summer Reading Challenge website launched on Friday 5th June – I hope as many of you as possible are able to enroll and join in with the reading challenge fun!

Reading Tasks:

This week’s reading comprehension task is a newspaper report about a woolly mammoth! I’m sure I can guess which book you are all thinking about now…. The Ice Monster! There is a key word in this text – 'cloning'. Read the text first then try and make a sensible prediction as to what the words means before looking it up.

On May 26th, JKRowling launched a new book online for us all to enjoy: ‘The Ickabog’.  I’m hoping many of you started it especially if you are inbewteen reading books as it seems this will only be available for a while online whilst schools are closed. Plus, we all love a competition and there is a chance for YOU to illustrate ‘The Ickabog’ itself!

Writing:

Last week, the task was to complete a book review and I know being a class of bookworms there will be a whole range of books that were reviewed! Some that were shared with me were well known Walliams classics that we all know and love but also a couple of book titles that I hadn’t heard of (The book ‘What’s that in Dog Years?’ by Ben Davis sounds like a very sad book so grab some tissues first if you are going to read that!). Well done everyone!

This week, in line with the reading comprehension for this week, I would like you to step into the shoes of a journalist and create your own newspaper report! Remember, newspaper reports are formal pieces of writing (so this follows on well from last week’s SPAG activity).

Head over to Showbie, to see the resources to help you with this week’s task.

 

Spellings:

The spellings for this week are some more homophones – these are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have different meanings. We have looked at many homophones already – Before you look at this week’s list, double check you are still confident with these:

hear/here, there/their/they’re, your/you’re, where/were/wear/we’re.

This week’s list is:

affect, effect, serial, cereal, alter, altar, stationary, stationery, compliment, complements

Remember to understand the meaning of each different word. To be able to spell it correctly, you will need to be able to understand what they both mean and how they are different.

 

SPAG:

This week the SPAG focus is ‘antonyms and synonyms. We recap on these often in our SPAG sessions. This BBC video and quiz will help refresh your memory on these words.

When we write, it is really important to ensure we use synonyms to avoid overuse of the same words.

E.g:

The happy little girl was so happy because she received a puppy for her birthday – she was happy!
 

This sentence could be improved by using synonyms of happy:

e.g. The happy little girl was so excited because she received a puppy for her birthday – she was delighted!

Now take this antonym and synonym quiz!

 

Maths:

This week the task set for you on MyMaths is linked to improper fractions. We have covered this in class already but I recommend you work through this video clip  and through the MyMaths lesson first as a recap before completing the practice part.

Follow the timetable suggested which is attached at the bottom of the blog so that you can then complete the WRM activities for the rest of the week. Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding.

As well as MyMaths, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily Problem of the Day’!

And of course… how are those times tables going?! Are you the latest Times table Rock Star?! Keep on practising by using this online checker to ensure you are keeping up to speed! 25/25 is the score that you are aiming for and maintaining!

 

 

History:

Following on from last week’s learning, this week you are going to think like a historian. The PowerPoint attached is for you to look at some primary sources of evidence from the time of The Titanic. It is important to study the pieces of evidence carefully – some things will give you facts, others will give you clues so that you can infer things from it – this is called ‘speculating’. You will see that you have to be very careful when you look at each piece of evidence and connect your learning back to when we did ‘Fake News’ in Year 4 in our Computing unit.

Open up the ‘Titanic Activity’. The first three worksheets - 2a/b/c are examples of how you can record your learning.

 

Art:

This week, I would like you to look at the life of Pablo Picasso. Picasso was alive during the time of The Titanic although his artwork does not typify the other artists of this era. This video clip will teach you about the fascinating life of Picasso and his works.

I’d like you to have a go at drawing some portraits using the unusual style that he is well remembered for today.

This video will help you with your artwork this week. Try and complete a self-portrait and portraits of other people you know too. Keep these safe so I can see them during our next Zoom meeting!

 

 

Science:

 

Our science curriculum for Year 5 is now complete – well done! If you need to complete any of the remaining science activities, they are still accessible on previous blogs. During Zoom, lots of you told me about how you watched the rocket launch to ISS. Maybe you could reseach further about the International Space Station (ISS) and ask yourself would you like to take a visit?! This video shows gives you a tour of the space station!

There are lots of other exciting resources for science available online. A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For more additional tasks, you can also visit the following website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish:

Children to access Language Angels, where children can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

 

PE:

Yorkshire Sports organisations have created a wealth of PE lesson videos which are available on their YouTube channel

These cover gymnastics, dance and orienteering to name a few but  there is something you could get the whole family involved with.

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

Mr Wicks is still going strong too – so if you are still completing his daily activities; wow well done! Perhaps you’ve taken a break and it’s now time to rejoin him at 9am on Monday!

Computing:

Why not try this week’s Explore's 30 creative activities which can be done with built-in features of an iPad. There are many fun activities you could take a look at!

 

Music:

This week, we will look at exploring emotions in music - click this link and follow the lesson. Music is so emotive and this lesson looks at how and why musicians may choose to write the songs they do. All of us will respond differently to pieces of music - I know that some of us love rock music whilst others would prefer pop! This lesson really makes you think about what you hear and connecting it to how that makes you feel. 

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams has also announced his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as his daily reading, he is also recording a musical podcast each week. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. If your child wants a further challenge, why not put their knowledge to the test by completing the quiz after they have listened?

 

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

 

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning,  or to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

 

I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

Stay safe and stay happy.

I miss you all,

Mrs Martin x

 

 

 

Picture News Additional Resource - 4.6.20

Date: 3rd Jun 2020 @ 6:37pm

The prompt questions for this additional, special discussion resource are: 'What does Black Lives Matter mean?' and 'Is Blackout Tuesday an effective way to raise awareness of racial inequality?' 

 

'Black Lives Matter' and 'Blackout Tuesday' are movements to both raise awareness and educate people about racial inequalities around the world. Racism is something we can all learn about and find out ways that we can support and promote equality for all.

 

On Tuesday 2nd June, millions of people around the world shared a plain black image as part of ‘Blackout Tuesday’, a global event to protest against racial inequality. Organisers behind the movement asked people to: post a picture of a black square on their social media account; mute their account for the day and use the time they would otherwise be on social media to educate themselves on Black Lives Matter.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

An additional resource will allow you to read through the experience of American author, Shola Richards. Perhaps consider: What can it teach us about the effects of racism on his daily life? Does any of his experience surprise us? Why do you think he wanted to share his story at this time?

Picture News Discussion - w/c 1.6.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 5:15pm

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'Why do people choose the jobs they do?'

The number of people seeking to start a career in the healthcare sector has risen during the pandemic, official figures reveal. Health leaders said the wish shown by thousands of people to help them to fight illness was “truly humbling”. The NHS Health Careers website has seen a 220% rise in people expressing an interest in becoming a nurse.

 

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. The first resource is where some people share information about their job (1) and the second resource is where some people explain how they feel about their jobs (2). Enjoy!

Year 5 - Learning from Home - w/c 1.6.20

Date: 29th May 2020 @ 9:15am

Hello to everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed half-term and made the most of the most of the incredible sunshine we were blessed with all week.

Over the next two weeks, the whole school will be hosting more 'class-catchups' via 'Zoom!' Our class catch-ups will take place on Wednesday 3rd June. I really hope your child will be able to come along! Once again, we will host 3 meetings to ensure that we can see, hear and talk to one another. Please can we kindly ask that your child joins the meeting at the time according to your child’s surname initial. 

 

Schedule:

Wednesday 3rd June @ 12.30                B - F

Wednesday 3rd June @ 1.15                  H – L

Wednesday 3rd June @ 2.00                  M - Y

 

You will receive a text message on the morning to confirm a password/hyperlink to join the meeting. You will need to be able to have access to Zoom -  www.zoom.com 

 

Hopefully, all being well, we look forward to seeing your child next week!

We now enter into our final half-term of Year 5… wow! Whilst we are still predicted more glorious sunshine this week too, I hope the children are able to complete the activities listed below. If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example Year 3 Reading) then please complete the suggested reading task in their class blog. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child. Should you wish to complete all the weekly activities, a suggested timetable has been attached to support you.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

The Government have also released this guidance for parents and carers on how to 'Help  school children continue their education during coronavirus' to further support you.

English

Exciting news! Despite the closure of public libraries, we are pleased to tell you that this year's Summer Reading Challenge scheme will go ahead virtually. The challenge called 'The Silly Squad' will enable children, aged 4-11 years old, to have regular access to books as well as have a safe space to connect with their peers. The Summer Reading Challenge website launches on Friday 5th June when children can be enrolled and commence their challenge!"

Reading Tasks:

This week’s reading comprehension task is another poem; this time entitled ‘Wings’ written by Pie Corbett. Before half-term, I shared the children’s poetry archive website. Please do take a look if you haven’t yet – there’s a wealth of poetry to explore and enjoy.

 

This week, JKRowling launched a new book online for us all to enjoy: ‘The Ickabog’.  The Ickabog launched on the 26th May and will be published for free on this website, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three) at a time. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic; this story is entirely different. The super exciting part is that there is a chance for YOU to illustrate ‘The Ickabog’ which is due out later this year. By following the story and reading the website, you will be given suggestions as to what draw by J.K.Rowling herself.

Writing:

What books have you been reading during lockdown? Have you been reading books through the blog or perhaps you have been enjoying other books you have sourced yourself or already had at home waiitng to be read? This week’s reading task is to complete your very own book review. This book review is to give your own personal response to a book that you have enjoyed!

Take a look on Showbie, to see the resources to help you with this week’s task.

 

Spellings:

The spellings for all this week are:

defuse, return, rewrite, reuse, reappear, overtake, mistake, misfired, interfere

*Remember, the prefix ‘mis’ only has ONE ‘s’

SPAG:

This week the SPAG focus is ‘Standard English’ – we have talked about this in class before and referred to also as formal and informal use of language. Remember when we write letters about palm Oil last year? We ensured they were all formally written by having a respectful and serious tone. It may sometimes be called ‘posh’, ‘formal’ or even ‘the Queen’s English’. The word ‘Standard’ refers to the use of its use of standardised vocabulary and grammar which excludes the use of slang words and incorrect grammar.

This BBC video will help you understand this further as you recap the use of Standard English before completing this task.

 

Maths:

This week the task set for you on MyMaths is connecting your fractions learning to percentages. Remember whenever we say a % of a number, a % is always out of 100. This video clip supports the MyMaths lesson well should you need it as a recap. We have been including these kinds of questions on our 4 a day each day in Year 5 so don’t let the video for KS3 pupils worry you – it is only reinforcing elements of learning that you already know.

As well as MyMaths, you can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for next week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding. The lessons this week are all linked to fractions – a key element of Year 5.

And of course no blog ever feels complete until I have reminded everyone to continue to practise their times tables… the key to most maths in Year 5… is times tables knowledge! Here is an online checker to ensure you are keeping up to speed! 25/25 as the score that you are aiming for and it is there to remind you to keep on going and even when you get 25/25….. keep on doing this each day to make sure you don’t forget!

 

History:

I am so excited about our history topic for our final half-term as know you are all going to really enjoy it; The Titanic.

Many of you will already have heard about this famous ‘unsinkable’ ship already and over the next few weeks you will delve into the fascinating history of this maritime tale.

Firstly, can you discover when the Titanic was built and set sail? Link this date back to a timeline of history you have already studied before e.g. How long after the Egyptians was the Titanic? Was Queen Victoria alive when the ship set sail? Did World Wars 1 and 2 happen before or after this time? Plot these key times on a simple timeline to help you understand where this piece of history occurs.

Read through the PowerPoint. Using the fact sheet attached you can either order them in facts of importance or label them A-P and add them to the graph of significance. So for example, Fact A you may feel is VERY important/significant so would mark a cross on +5 of A on the graph. If it is not really significant it would be a negative number on the graph e.g. -3

All you need to do is consider the facts learned (Black hat thinking) and then decided of you think these are significant or not so significant! You will need to use your yellow, white and grey hat thinking to help your decision-making. (Thinking hat poster attached as a reminder).

 

Art:

This week, I’d like you to have a go and drawing a very simple black and white line drawing of the Titanic. Following this video you will see how you can create depth and perspective to your drawings with ease. And remember Austin’s Butterfly?! That video taught us that our first version will not be the best version and to ask for feedback from an adult or sibling so you can try again and see if you can improve upon it. You may choose to add colour to it too.

Science:

Our science curriculum for Year 5 is now complete – well done! If you need to complete any of the remaining science activities, they are still accessible on previous blogs.

However, there are lots of other exciting resources for science available online. A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For more additional tasks, you can also visit the following website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish:

Language Angels have extended their provision and have created a designated ‘Home School’ section to their website. This will enable your child to continue their foreign language learning journey whilst they are at home through a range of learning activities. Please see our whole school blog here, which provides both the login details required as well as information required to access the resource. The Language Angels website can be accessed here.

Computing

 

This week you can also find another mini technology activity for children to try attached to this blog – it is creating their own comic or magazine through a free app called ‘Book Creator’ .

In addition to this, ‘Think U Know’ have created some great resources for children to keep up to date with online safety. Currently, we are aware there is an increased amount of time spent online. Staying safe whilst online is incredibly important and something we spend a lot of time looking at when in school. You can find the resources for these activities here.

PE:

All of the online lessons provided by AfPE remain available and can all be accessed through this link. These quick and easy activities provide lots of fun and could even lead to some family competitions!

As per the school blog, there are a number of challenges and activities that have been set as part of the 'School Games Active Championships'. Please check the whole school blog and Twitter feed to see how you can be involved.

And of course, the PE teacher to the nation contonues to do his thing each morning. If you are unable to do his 9am workout they are all avaioable onlone for you to do at your leisure through this link.

 

Music:

On Tuesday, 2nd June, there is an initiative to join the largest choir with Young Voices singing a song familiar to you: ‘The Power in Me’. You just need to be free at 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon and have your best singing voice on the ready! Be sure to log in and register as soon as possible so that you can access the song for your very own rehearsal. The song ‘The Power in Me’ never felt more relevant than it does for us all now.

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams has also announced his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as his daily reading, he is also recording a musical podcast each week. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. If your child wants a further challenge, why not put their knowledge to the test by completing the quiz after they have listened?

RE:  

The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: 

The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

This website is an excellent additonal source which tells you all you need to know about the coronavirus and how we can prevent the further spread of this virus. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning or wish to share any of their work, please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

We miss you all but we are really looking forward to seeing you all on Zoom on Wednesday!

Take care,

Mrs Martin x

 

Year 5 - May Half-Term w.c. 24.5.20

Date: 21st May 2020 @ 12:13pm

Hello everyone!

I can't believe another half-term has passed and we have all been apart for so long. I can see many of you continue to work hard through the online learning tasks and through the emails you send me. Well done to you all! As it is now May half-term, there are no set tasks for you to complete, however I have listed some things you may choose to do to keep yourself busy including completing any tasks on previous blogs which you may not have had time to attempt yet. Attached at the bottom of the blog, you will see a fun sheet with lots of suggested activites. All you need it is two dice to get started!

Here are some other suggestions below:

- Keep up with the reading, bookworms! I know how much you all enjoy stories - both reading them and listening to them - and very much look forward to hearing what books you have been reading. Next half-term, I will be asking for you to be reviewing books as your writing task, so use this week to make sure you have a favourite, recently-read book to review. I can strongly recommend 'Slime'... it's a typical Walliams book which I know you'll enjoy (full of things to make you say "Ughhhh!")! 

-Some of you may have already started reading the The National Literacy Trust's extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures, which I shared on our blog last week. It is made up of contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators. This Book of Hopes aims to comfort, inspire and encourage children during lockdown through new ideas, ridiculous jokes, heroic tales and more. Please find this completely free collection here.

-Various celebrities continue to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone’ on Wizarding World here. Stephen Fry, who has won many prizes for his performances as an audiobook narrator, read Chapter 4 last week where we are first introduced to Rubeus Hagrid. There are also challenges and quizzes set after each chapter for you to try too!

-David Walliams also continues to read each day with all readings available to catch up on here. Plus, there are a range of audio books which continue to be available on The World Book Day website too!

-Don’t forget that Luke Temple’s writing competition closes on 31st May - you may wish to enter if you haven’t already! I have read a couple of the entries already which I have to say will really impress Luke Temple! Good luck to all of you who enter!

-Continue to access websites such as MyMaths, Sumdog and TimesTable Rockstars. There is an abundance of tasks available for the children to work through!

-You can also refer to White Rose Maths for their daily ‘Problem of the Day’ here! Daily lessons and activities are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child.

-The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used at home to teach children about the spread of infection and medicine. Please see Science in a Box here.

-As many children may be spending more time online throughout this period, the online education programme ‘Think U Know’ have released some home learning activity packs in order to further support online safety. Such fifteen minute activities can be found here.

-The Big Start Assemblies team have provided a package of free online resources to help engage children on the topic of faith from home. The team has made available one complete series of thirteen assemblies (each packed with interactive stories, films and songs). These media rich resources are ideal to encourage discussion with children around positive Christian values, such as: faith, hope and courage!

-Children can also access many of the free resources being suggested on our whole school Twitter feed and previous website blogs, from Association for PE activities to free singing resources delivered by Out Of The Ark.

 

Please continue to encourage reading for pleasure too and also use our Learning at Home page which will direct you to a wealth of resources as well as our Wellbeing page which has ways to support you and your child also at this time. 

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful week and continue to stay safe.

I miss you all. 

Love and best wishes, 

Mrs Martin x

Year 5 - Learning at Home - w/c 18.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 9:17am

Hello everyone!

I hope you have all had another lovely week. This is the last week of our Summer first half-term. Time seems to be going so quickly at the moment, doesn’t it?! I hope you are all spending your time wisely and having fun whilst still learning too.

Listed below are learning activities set for Year 5 next week.

The activities below are the learning tasks set for children accessing the Year 5 curriculum. If your child is accessing another year group’s curriculum (for example Year 3 Reading) then please complete the suggested reading task in their class blog. 

Please remember the activities that have been set are there to support you in your child’s learning. These activities are suggestions in line with what your child would have been doing had school been able to remain open. We appreciate that each family will have their own routine, which will differ widely. Therefore, please do not worry about completing all the activities set, just select the activities which you feel will be the most beneficial for your child.

To support your child further, the BBC have now expanded their education provision, providing daily lessons for all ages in many subjects. You can access resources here or watch the daily lessons online by following this link.

You can also refer to our whole school Twitter feed and the 'Learning at Home' section of our website where useful websites and resources are being shared daily as well.

 

English

Reading:

This week’s reading comprehension task is a poem entitled ‘The Colour of My Dreams’ written by Peter Dixon. Poetry can be such a fun and light-hearted way to enjoy reading – this link here provides you with lots of other children’s poetry for you to enjoy either reading or listening to!

This week I am delighted to share another free online book - this book ties in perfectly with our school value of Hope and as we all know, during this current time, this value means more to us than possibly ever before. The Book of Hopes is an extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson. 

In addition to this, various celebrities are taking turns to read chapters of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ on Wizarding World. Harry Potter himself got us started last week by reading the first chapter! There are also some fun challenges and quizzes provided – another new and interesting way for the children to practise their comprehension skills!

The recommended audio books are still available on The World Book Day website and David Walliams continues to read each day a new chapter of his book 'Bad Dad'.

Writing:

Following on from last week’s writing task – an interview – this week you are going to use these answers to create their biography. (Don’t worry if you didn’t do last week’s activity – the resources remain on Showbie to help you complete it). Writing someone’s biography is a privileged thing to be able to do and I am sure the person who shared their life with you last week will be very much looking forward to reading the story of their life. Perhaps you will even present it to them as a gift to treasure!

On Showbie this week, you will find a WAGOLL,  a guide to how to write your biography and the key words to use. Like when we write in our Author Books, you may choose to include photographs of this person or illustrations in a way you feel will compliment the writing best.

Final call for buddy letters: If you haven’t yet sent your letter, please email them across (preferably typed) to the curriculum@tsp.sefton.school email address FAO Mrs Martin ASAP.

 

Spellings:

Looking back over the past three weeks, recap on the spellings learned to date. Ask an adult or sibling to help you. Don’t forget the Y3/4 Word List was also shared so keep going back to that to recap and remind yourself on all the different spellings you have learned to date.

SPAG:

Using apostrophes is this week’s SPAG focus. As you know, apostrophes are used in two ways:

  1. To show where two words have formed one and a letter has been omitted – this is contraction form.
  2. To show the possession of an item or thing – this is called the possessive apostrophe.

Click the hyperlinks above to recap their use on BBC Bitesize.

Once you have watched the links above, click here to complete this week's 8 SPAG questions. As a;ways, answers are attached below. 

 

Maths:

Firstly a huge well done to all of you who entered into the National Sumdog competiton last week. Overall, Year 5 finished in 97th position…. which is pretty impressive when you consider that 5,965 classes across the country were entered! So a great big well done to each of you – I am very proud of you!

This week in maths, we will be looking at ‘measure’. When you log onto MyMaths ,some of you will have an activity linked to time in the way we measure things; in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, whilst others will be measuring the volume and capacity of things. Capacity is the word given to how we measure the amount that something can contain.

These videos will both help you understand what volume and capacity means in a mathematical sense.

BBC Bitesize - What is Volume?

Volume in everyday life

As well as MyMaths, you can also refer to White Rose Maths (WRM) for their daily Problem of the Day’! Daily lessons are also provided here along with video tutorials to support your child. The activities for this week are attached below, along with the answers so that you can check your child’s understanding

Please also remember to continue to practise your times tables… the key to most maths in Year 5… is times tables knowledge!

Art:

This week, we are going to focus on ‘Mola’ art, which originates from Panama. These are beautiful, intricate designs made by the Kuna people of Panama. Typically, they are made of layers of brightly coloured fabric that is cut and stitched into place. We will be creating ours on paper and the great thing with this art project is that you can choose any animal, sea creature, bird or flower and make it as bright and colourful as you want. Here's a great link that you can follow along with to create your next masterpiece!

 

Geography:

For this week, we are going to find out about trade and industry in South America. Ask yourself: What products do you think South America produce a lot of that they export to other countries? You may be surprised by what you find out from this week's lesson. Use the Fact Cards to see which products different South American countries produce and annotate (or draw pictures) on the map of South America. If you'd like to challenge yourself, then you may want to make a list of some of the produce in your home and find out where it originates from. Enjoy! 

 

Science:   

This week, we are going to compare and analyse the gestation periods of different animals. As you know, Science and maths link very closely so this week we will be linking maths to our Science lesson by creating a graph or chart to represent the different gestation periods of different animals. Use the 'animal gestation period table' and represent the data in a different way to what has already been done. Think carefully about what type of chart or graph would be the most clear when representing this type of data. 

There are lots of other exciting resources for science available online. A variety of resources to spark curiosity and develop thinking skills can be found here, on the Explorify website. All of the activities are designed to encourage your children to think like scientists and it is completely free to sign up and enjoy!  

The pharmaceutical company, Pfizer Ltd, have also developed some new educational materials to be used by parents and students at home. Superbugs: Join the Fight and Science in a Box teach children about the spread of infection and medicine.

For more additional tasks, you can also visit the following website where there are 44 challenges for children to try at home.

Spanish:

Children to access Language Angels, where children can access age appropriate interactive games made available for them on to play from home. Pupil login details have been sent home via their planners.

PE:

Well done to those of you who completed their 5k challenge last week. After talking to you all on Zoom, it seems like keeping active is one of the things you are doing best – well done! It was lovely to hear how many of you are getting your exercise on your bikes too. With an adult, it is a great time to learn to ride your bike on the road as the roads are quieter at this time – remember to always cycle safely and wear a helmet at all times!

Joe Wicks is still continuing as the nation's PE teacher every Monday to Friday morning at 9am - thank you Mr. Wicks! All workouts can be found here.

Computing:

This week, you may enjoy having a go at the mini technology activity attached to help encourage the children to use technology in a positive and productive way.  We are aware many children will be experiencing increased screen time at home and you may not know about some of the educational apps and ways you can use technology to support their digital literacy skills. 

Last week, Knowsley City Council provided this excellent resource to help you develop your coding skills further and learn how to recreate your favourite film on Scratch? This is a coding site you have used before in school and will recognise straight away. If you didn't get the chance to complete this last week, maybe you can have a go at it this week instead. 

Music:

As well as accessing the weekly singing sessions / resources from 'Out of the Ark,' you may also want to access the weekly 'Edsential At Home' resources. Every week they upload an easy to follow, educational and fun downloadable activity sheet, which uses a variety of websites, videos, books and songs to create an interactive and fun learning experience at home. Follow the link to take a look at this week and the previous week's activities. 

David Walliams has also announced his new 'Marvellous Musical Podcast'. As well as his daily reading, he is also recording a musical podcast each week. Join him for a marvellous musical journey and meet some familiar names along the way – from the 19th-century Franz Liszt, to the famously grumpy Ludwig van Beethoven. If your child wants a further challenge, why not put their knowledge to the test by completing the quiz after they have listened?

RE:  The Big Question will be uploaded on a Friday morning on our class blog page for you to discuss with your family. St Peter's website also have a weekly Sunday Club page which will share RE ideas for you to complete with your family.

Collective Worship: The B Tales will continue to release collective worship videos every Monday via their YouTube channel and would love to be part of your weekly collective worship routine. Videos will be posted by 10am every Monday morning.

Watching television programmes or films together also provides an opportunity for you to check your child’s comprehension and develop inference. We know that learning happens in abundance at home. So let them paint, bake, build...these are all wonderful learning opportunities!

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your child's learning, or wish to share any of their work please email to this address: curriculum@tsp.sefton.school instead of the school's usual admin account with the title FAO Year 5. This email account will be checked daily from 12noon and 2pm each day.

I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

Stay safe and stay happy.

I miss you all,

Mrs Martin x

Picture News Discussion - w.c. 18.5.20

Date: 15th May 2020 @ 8:35am

This week's discussion prompt question is: 'If you could live anywhere, where would it be?'

An Italian architect is planning a city of skyscrapers! Luca Curci said that he wanted to build four self-sufficient, interconnected towers with trees, wildlife and farms. His project is called, 'The Link'. He claims that his buildings, for 200,000 people, would be the best way to tackle population growth, pollution and poverty. He says, “We need a sustainable vision, my towers are designed to encourage a sense of community.”

Supporting resources and prompts to use when discussing this issue at home are attached below.

There are additional resources also attached which you may wish to take a look at. They will allow you to consider the different types of houses that people live in (1) and also why houses might be designed in a certain way (2). Enjoy!

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