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Year 5 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 5

We hope you had a lovely half term, and it's great to be back!

Now that the children have settled in so well, we look forward to seeing their progress in the run up to Christmas. There are so many exciting things planned for forest school, Spanish, a visit to a Roman fort and a visit from Professor McGinty. We are kicking off this half term with Dream Big week - a topic week based on inspirational role models from all sorts of backgrounds


English

This term we will be starting off with Alfred Noye's poem: The Highwayman. It's a narrative, full of rich, archaic vocabulary, and figurative language - so there will be lots of new skills for the children to enjoy mastering.


Computing

We will be looking at staying safe online, we will be focusing on online relationships.


P.E.

This term we will be playing handball: we will start with the different throws and catches alongside learning some rules. We will practise shooting and defence, then had some fantastic games. Later in the term will move onto gymnastics looking at balances, rolls and forming sequences.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


YPC

We started our Invaders and Settlers topic, at the end of last term, with investigations into the lives of the Romans; we will continue our studies by looking at the Vikings and Anglo Saxons to discover how they influenced British culture, power and economics.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

In R.E. this term our focus will be on friendships and hopes for the future.

In P.H.S.E., we will look at UNICEF Rights of the Child and celebrating difference.


Science

In Science, we will be focusing on forces, starting with gravity and then looking at other forces. Then how forces are used in simple mechanisms such as levers, pulleys and gears.


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

We encourage the use of our learning hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at our Virtual Library website.

Class 5H - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Mr Hogarth

A big thank you to each member of 5H for the wonderful start to the new school year. It has been lovely getting to know you, learning more about your character, your hobbies, and interests. I have been impressed with how quickly you have settled, and how you all strive to model the school values each day.

In English, we have thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells. It is a real page-turner that has had us on the edge of our seats. All members of 5H are eager to read the last few chapters to find out what will happen to Fliss and her school friends. Linked to this book, we have written our own suspense narrative, reported on Dracula being on the hunt for young blood, and produced a persuasive writing piece to convince people to visit the wonderful (and spooky) Whitby.

In Science, we have been helping Dr Zorg to learn more about ‘Earth and Space’. We have used our scientific and investigative skills to research and learn more about our solar system, the shape of Earth and the planets, and why we have daytime and night-time. 5H enjoyed a particular investigation - charting the changes in length of shadows over time.

Our YPC started with D&T. We looked at different examples of framed structures and joins, in preparation for designing and making our own bird hides. 5H were very sensible and mature when using the equipment and demonstrated excellent teamwork to produce some excellent bird hides, which are all still standing strong weeks later. We then looked at the art work of Charles Sheeler, learning about perspective and vanishing points, and had a go at creating our own perspective masterpieces. After half term, we’ll continue our research on the Romans, Vikings, and Anglo-Saxons.

In maths, we have developed our place value knowledge, tackling questions on rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, adding and subtracting, and identifying the value of larger numbers. We have also practiced our times tables with frequent games of Hit the Button.

It has been a wonderful 7 weeks for all. At home, over half term, If you would like some extra practice, then our school website has links to some great educational games.

My advice, however, is to get some rest, and to be ready for the next term!!

Have a lovely week. I look forward to seeing you in November.

Mr Hogarth

Class 5LW - Autumn 1

20th October 2021 Posted by Miss Wade

Our first half term has been a super one! I have really enjoyed getting to know all of the children in 5LW.

In English we have been reading Room 13 and investigating the strange events taking place in The Crow’s Nest Hotel. We have had lots of fun learning all about Whitby and writing pieces of work that create suspense and tension.

In Maths we have been thinking carefully about number and place value. We have used these skills to help us to: round numbers, add and subtract, as well as solving lots of tricky problems.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed our Earth and Space topic in Science. We have learnt about the planets in our solar system and why we have day and night. We conducted an investigation over time and found out all about shadows. The children have been extremely curious and have asked lots of thoughtful and relevant questions.

We started the term in YPC by designing and making our own bird hides. The children were incredibly sensible using the saws and worked well in their teams. Following this, we learnt all about perspective and drew our own perspective pictures. I cannot wait for next half term where we will be continuing our Invaders and Settlers topic.

I hope that you all have a restful half term and I cannot wait to see everybody again in November.

Class 5JW - Autumn 1

17th October 2021 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

It’s been a busy first half term, we have covered a range of different skills. In Maths, we have been focusing on the number system and place value, being able to identify the value of larger numbers and also Roman numerals.

In English, we have been enjoying the book ‘Room 13’ by Robert Swindells. It has kept us on the edge of our seats and has shown lots about using suspense writing, which we have had a go at ourselves. We have also found out about the town of Whitby and created our own non-chronological reports.

In Science, we have learnt about Earth and space and have investigated why we have night and day and worked at developing our Science skills. We have created line graphs and looked for patterns in results.

In D.T. we have also created some amazing framed structures, creating bird hides and using saws to cut wood and then creating strong joints. In Art, we have been developing our perspective skills, learning about vanishing points.

We have lots to look forward to next half term, such as finding out about the Romans, Vikings and Anglo Saxons and having a visit from Professor McGinty.

Have a great half term break. Have fun, stay safe!

Class 5W - Autumn 1

12th October 2021 Posted by Mrs Walker

What an excellent start to the school year, with new teachers, topics and special days to celebrate. I'm proud to say that 5W are settling down beautifully and are beginning to show the potential that we hope for. Lining up and moving professionally round the school has improved tremendously, as we are aware of how we appear to others. Class systems are coming together; we know where to find what we need and what is expected from us presentation wise.

Our first topic in Science has been all about our solar system, and we have enjoyed learning the names of the planets, and how they all orbit around the sun.

Design Technology has been successful, resulting in the creation of our fantastic bird hide models, so YPC ( our Yardley Primary Curriculum for humanities) has been great fun.

Standards in English have been set, and everyone is doing their best to get their joined handwriting to the standard currently required by the government. Excellent grammar, good spelling and accurate punctuation are vital this year, so we are being encouraged to check our work ourselves and correct any mistakes before handing work in.

There has been a welcome influx of fabulous books, at school, and children should be asking to read with adults at home. They may help themselves to any book on the bookshelves, although it's lovely to see children bringing in favourite books from home too.

Never forget the value of reading for pleasure, alongside the enormous benefits when learning new vocabulary, spelling and language structure.

The children are working hard in maths, the best way you can help is by playing times table games together or online - the odd informal test on a journey is always helpful, and don't forget to get your child to log in to MyMaths and Timestables Rockstars for extra practice.

We have so much to do and so little time. Thank you for your support (as always).

Mrs Walker

Year 5 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 5

Welcome Back!

We are so incredibly happy to see all the children returning to school with smiles on their faces, showing enthusiasm and curiosity. We are looking forward to teaching them lots of exciting lessons and useful skills. We shall all work together to have a great term with new, inspiring topics.


English

This term we will be reading Room 13 by Robert Swindells. There will be a focus on deeper understanding of the text through higher order questioning and discussion. Using themes from the book, a range of writing genres will be explored while paying close attention to grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Computing

Ready for a year of coding and game design, we are going to start with a programme called Scratch, where we are going to create a maze game.


P.E.

In Dance, we will be developing our skills, of breakdancing. For P.E. we will be studying Netball.

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E. lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.


YPC

We are going to start the year studying framed structures, with pupils designing and creating bird hides. Then we are going to study perspective and the artist Charles Sheeler. Later in the term will look at Invaders and Settlers, studying Romans, Vikings and Anglo Saxons and their effect on Britain.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

Our topic in R.E. this term explores the different ways in which we can help others including the care of animals and our environment. In P.H.S.E., we will look at UNICEF Rights of the Child and goals for the future.

Science

In Science we are learning about Earth and what lies beyond our solar system. This will give the children an understanding of the various methods of scientific enquiry used to answer different types of question.

Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon.

We encourage the use of our learning hub, Times Table Rockstars and MyMaths websites. Times tables can be a bit of a stumbling block, and the only way forward is regular practice to improve speed and out-of-sequence recall. Please support your child by hearing them read and encouraging them to read independently as often as possible, they may also like to take a look at the Virtual Library on the website.

Class 5A - Summer 2

20th July 2021 Posted by Mr Abraham

Our final half term in Year 5 has been a busy one!

We finished Stormbreaker and completed a piece of non-fiction writing informing readers about the weird and wonderful world of jellyfish. We also tried our hands at a few different types of poetry - the haikus in particular were stunning.

We began to look at statistics in maths, looking at bar charts, line graphs and timetables, as well as learning to reflect and translate shapes across the x and y axes.

We started the term in YPC with a D&T focus, designing and making our own moving toys using CAMs, and then exploring optical art and foam printing through the work of Bridget Riley.

Sports Day was really fun, though it was a shame that parents couldn't join us.

Finally, on the morning of my final day at Yardley Primary School, I'd like to say thank you to all of the staff, parents, pupils, and particularly this year's 5A, for making my time here so special, and for teaching me so much. I know that the class, and the school, will continue to go from strength to strength.

Class 5JW - Summer 2

19th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Wainwright

Another busy ½ term with lots going on.

In English, we finished ‘Stormbreaker’ and also did some non-fiction writing, investigating fascinating jellyfish. We all learnt lots about these amazing creatures and created some fantastic non-chronological reports. We also put our poetry hats on and had a look at some different styles of poetry, including haiku.

In Maths, we revisited fractions and decimals, as well as looking at some work on graphs and time.

We had a very practical YPC half term, creating toys using CAMs. Pupils showed great skills using saws and showed great problem solving, whilst getting their toys to bob up and down, spin or both. We also looked at the art of Bridget Riley and created colour prints using foam tiles, with great success.

Pupils participated enthusiastically on Sports Day and it was a pity they couldn’t be cheered on by more than their class mates, perhaps next year we will be able to be a more of a family affair.

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching 5JW and am impressed with their resilience with dealing with the various interruptions caused by COVID. I wish them a successful time with their various teachers next year and hope it can be more settled for everyone.​

Class 5W - Summer 2

12th July 2021 Posted by Mrs Walker

We can't quite believe another year has gone by. 5W have worked incredibly hard; the progress they have made is evident in their books, and their improved confidence and maturity.

During our science sessions we have been learning about the reproduction cycles of living organisms; there has been some fieldwork involved, and it has been helpful to expand our general knowledge and observations ( for example - all the 'fluff' that's been around in the air recently, came into our discussion of seed dispersal).

Maths has included a unit on geometry, one on statistics, then some work on fractions, decimals and percentages. Remember to remind your child to use Mathletics over the holidays to consolidate their knowledge.

During English lessons, we really enjoyed our class novel, Stormbreaker - and managed to get some great pieces of writing done whilst using it for inspiration.

YPC has been D.T. and art based, with some stunning work produced in various styles (have a look on Twitter).

We still have a few sunny afternoons of rounders to look forward to (it might get us in the mood for some sporty, family time, in the park, this summer holiday).

I have had the best time teaching this class, they are a wonderful bunch of young people, and I am going to miss them tremendously.

Thank you to your gorgeous children for their hard work, humour and resilience this year, and thank you to the lovely families, supporting them, who have made all the progress possible. Have a great holiday and be ready for Year 6 in September.

Hasta luego,

Mrs Walker

Class 5T - Summer 2

9th July 2021 Posted by Mr Thacker

A personal message from Mr Thacker:

What a strange and challenging year it’s been! Your children have been incredibly resilient, hardworking and a delightful distraction from the outside world. Considering the amount of school they’ve all had to miss due to lockdowns, their progress has been very good and they have continued to show a huge amount of enthusiasm and effort during lessons.

This will be my final year at Yardley Primary School. After thirty years of teaching here, I’ve decided that now is the time to move on to other things. I will miss working with children and seeing them develop and grow - both emotionally and academically - and I feel very lucky to have worked with such an amazing team of teachers over the past three decades. I’m also delighted that Class 5T will be my last ever class as they have made my final year of teaching in the classroom very enjoyable.

Thank you, goodbye and best wishes to you all.

Mr Thacker​