Well done Year 5 for working so hard this term. I (Miss Petty) will miss you all. Thank you all so much for your kind wishes and gifts.
Wishing you a fantastic Christmas break.
Miss Petty, Mrs Haines, Mrs Mann and Mrs King
Week commencing Monday 10th December:
Maths: we will continue to measure angles using protractors, and will relate angles to 'turns'. We will also complete end of half term assessments in arithmetic and reasoning before revising addition and subtraction strategies.
Literacy: we will start to write our own versions of a chapter of 'Grandpa Chatterji', thinking carefully about how we can convey a sense of character, setting and atmosphere. We will aim to use some of the figurative language we have 'magpied' and offer our own creative examples.
Well done to Year 5 for completing the 'Adventure Run' on Monday - we are so proud of the class' fantastic attitude and teamwork.
On Monday 29th October (the first day back after half term), Year 5 will be visiting Colchester Garrison for a squash session. This session will be from 10-11am, which means that we will be leaving via coach shortly after registration. All children must have their PE kits with them!
Over the week of half term, there is a 'Battle of the Bands' competition on Times Tables Rockstars - Year 3 vs Year 5! Please login at https://play.ttrockstars.com/
Maths homework for this week is an online game (on ActiveLearn) rather than a worksheet.
On Tuesday 2nd October, thanks to the PTA, the children at Lawford were treated to a visit from children's author and illustrator Nick Butterworth.
Nick talked about his love of books and how, as a young child, he enjoyed listening to stories but didn't learn to read for himself until the age of 9. The children were really inspired by his enthusiasm and passion for writing and drawing, he talked about how opening a book was like opening a door into a world of imagination and how to turn a simple idea into an engaging and interesting story.
The children and staff alike, were wowed by his incredible on the spot drawings and illustrations and were equally entertained by 'his story about a story' involving his pet dog Jake, which inspired him to write the 'Percy the Park Keeper' books.
It was wonderful to hear him read one of his books 'The Whisperer' and discuss with the children the emotions they feel when reading for themselves.
We are sure Nick's visit will inspire a whole new love of reading in Year 5 and encourage many more creative writers and illustrators of the future!
We have had a very positive start to Year 5! Well done to all the children for settling back in so well and for being ready to learn. We have been revising and extending our knowledge of place value, starting to read and make predictions about our class novel, 'Journey to the River Sea', raising questions about our rainforests topic and we have explored paintings of the rainforest by different artists, including Henri Rousseau.
Why are the rainforests so important to us?
Welcome to Year Five 2017-18
We hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are ready to explore our first topic of the year - rainforests! We are so looking forward to welcoming you back.
- For the first half of the autumn term at least, PE will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays or Wednesdays, but pupils should ensure that their PE kits are in school every day.
- Spellings and Maths homework will be set on a Thursday. The weekly spelling test will take place a week later (Thursday). Maths homework will usually be online, via the 'ActiveLearn' website, but occasionally pupils may bring home a worksheet of challenges to attempt.
- Pupils will bring home their new homework books with their homework challenges for the autumn term enclosed. Pupils should complete at least two challenges by half term.
Please get in touch if you have any queries!
Miss Petty, Mrs Haines and Mrs Mann
It has been a brilliant year. Thank you for your support throughout the year and thank you so much for your thoughtful gifts.
We wish you all a very happy and relaxing summer! :)
Miss Petty & Mrs Haines
Week commencing 25th June 2018:
As you will be aware from recent email correspondence, on Thursday 28th June Year 5 will be visiting Manningtree High School to complete a range of science activities. We will be returning to school for the normal home time but all children will require a packed lunch on this day. Thank you.
Week commencing 21st May 2018:
Maths: We will complete some end of half term assessments and will continue to explore translation and reflection. We will also explore 3D shapes and their nets.
Literacy: We will complete a half term reading assessment and will begin to plan a biography about Tutankhamun, using the model biography that we have been learning.
RE: On Monday and Tuesday, we will explore Pentecost - the narrative of Pentecost and what the Holy Spirit represents and the qualities it brings.
On Friday 18th May 2018, Year 5 enjoyed a full day in the fresh air celebrating 'Outdoor Classroom Day'.
The children in KS2 worked together in sports teams to complete a number of activities, including natural resource artwork, Bush craft, Geo-caching and team building. Miss Petty and Mrs Collyer (thanks to donations from families) were able to set up an area for the children to be creative and recreate the school emblem using natural materials.
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a fantastic Easter break.
This term, our topic question is:
What makes a strong and successful civilisation?
Well done to Year 5 for all their hard work this term. Over the Easter break, we have asked all pupils to focus on learning/revising the spellings of the first column of Year 5/6 words in their planners. We have also asked pupils to have a go at some test-style questions, focusing on fractions, and an Abacus homework sheet focusing on measurement. This homework can be handed in on the Wednesday of the week we return.
Thank you for your continued support!
Miss Petty and Mrs Haines
On Tuesday 27th March 2018 at 2pm, we will be performing the Easter Story at St Mary the Virgin Church, Lawford. We look forward to seeing many of you there.
As the night closes in,
The planets leap over the firmament,
Whispering for the night.
Whilst black holes devour planets one by one,
One by one.
Comets shoot over the sky like diamonds.
We just glitter.
Rockets stroll across the night sky,
Admiring the universe.
Us stars give out light, hoping for some appreciation.
Astronauts wink as they float by, wishing for a sign of life,
The Sun starts to go to bed.
We just glitter.
The Milky Way leads a path to victory,
As a nebula swirls and whirls out of sight.
Satellites cough as dust gets in their glistening eyes.
The Moon jumps to and fro.
But, we just glitter.
The Moon is like a sad star which only comes out at night.
The Moon is a knight's helmet which fights off aliens.
The Moon is a frisbee which got thrown too far.
The Moon is a human tooth which got lost.
The Moon says, "It's a new day."
As the Moon orbits other planets,
It is like a guinea pig running for food.
The Moon waves goodbye to the Sun,
To get ready for its night shift.
As the stars get ready, they whisper, "It's time,"
The stars and Moon shimmer and glimmer,
Whilst the Sun hides away.
The stars wink at the Moon and say,
"You're doing great."
The Sun coughs to get their attention and says,
"It's nearly day."
Then the Sun rose and it was no longer night,
How would the Moon shine so bright
Now the Sun had come?
By Marrisa and Emily L
The Moon wept as the stars aligned,
They all huddled round to comfort the graceful Moon,
His tears bounced from planet to planet, dripping off stars,
and floated freely within the dark matter.
The asteroids that were floating suddenly stopped.
They all stared longingly into the Moon's eyes.
Pupils will spend more time planning and preparing different poems this week; I hope to add more examples soon!
Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely half term.
Please note that homework will be set every Wednesday and will be due for completion by the following Wednesday. This homework consists of spellings and Maths homework. Maths homework is usually set online but pupils will bring home a Maths sheet if it is a written homework for the week.
Please get in touch if you have any questions.
We also discussed how we feel when we are online, and how we can use the Internet responsibly in line with the Safer Internet Day phrase, 'A better Internet starts with you.'
We had a brilliant time at the Music workshops at Manningtree High School on Thursday. We used a range of instruments to perform a Samba composition, we used special software to create our own music on computers and we learnt chords on the ukulele, playing along to a song from Moana!
On 23rd January 2018, as part of the 'Connecting Classrooms' project that we are taking part in, we explored the issue of hunger. We discussed what we already know about hunger - or what we understand 'hunger' to mean - and the questions that we might have about this issue. The class shared some very thoughtful ideas.
We explored hunger on a global level, looking at statistics on malnourishment for various countries. We discussed the many causes of hunger before reading and discussing case studies on particular countries - Vietnam and Bangladesh, for example. We began to think about what can be done to combat hunger - and the measures that are already in place in some countries.
Week commencing 22nd January 2018:
Year 5 will be visiting Manningtree High School on the morning of Thursday 25th January for a Music workshop. We will return to school at lunchtime for children to have their lunch as normal.
Please note that ActiveLearn Maths homework is set online each week. Currently, this homework is being set on a Friday and is due for completion by the following Friday.
A huge well done to Alex, Saziye, Owen and Alice who represented Year 5 at the squash finals at the Garrison on Friday 19th January. They came a fantastic 2nd!
Please note that there is a new 'homework challenge grid' for the Spring Term which has been stuck into your child's homework book if they have brought their book into school. A copy of the grid is available on our website, too.
Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely break.
Our topic question for this term is:
'What would happen if we fell off the Earth?'
Thank you all for coming along to our sharing afternoon! We hope you enjoyed it. The children were thrilled to have so many of you there.
We invite you to attend our 'Rainforests' sharing afternoon which will take place on Friday 24th November at 2.45pm.
Week commencing Monday 18th September:
Please note that we will have a spelling test every Wednesday. A new spelling list will be stuck in each planner every Wednesday. Some of the words will relate to our spelling rule for the week. This week, we have been exploring words that have the letter string 'ough' (rough, thorough, through, bough, for example) and the differing sounds that this letter string can produce.
Homework on ActiveLearn
Abacus Maths homework is set on a Wednesday and is due for completion by the following Wednesday. Pupils should also log in to their ActiveLearn Bug Club accounts to complete weekly reading.
Our class reading book is 'Journey to the River Sea', an adventure story by Eva Ibbotson. This is linked to our topic for the term, 'Why are the rainforests so important to us?'
What a wonderful first few days we have had together.
We are really proud of the way the children have returned to school ready for the new academic year.
This term we are looking forward to discovering more about the rainforests of the world.
Our topic question is ...
From Monday 11th September the children will start their squash lessons in PE, followed by netball later in the week. To help support us with this, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day.
This week we are learning to...
improve our knowledge of number and place value in maths and show an understanding of non-chronological reports ('information texts') in literacy.
Monday 10th July
Maths- we are learning to calculate the area and perimeter of composite shapes using problem solving skills.
Literacy- we are learning to use identify persuasive devices used in trailers and generate ideas for our own trailer.
SPAG- we are focusing on ensuring our tenses are consistent throughout a piece of writing.
On Wednesday 15th March, Year 5 took part in a science day hosted by the Science Boffins. We looked at the food webs and the circle of life, the digestive system and the composition of blood. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience due to the hilarity behind the science.
Dance and Movement- The Solar System
Year 5 have been learning to choreograph sequences of movement through their own interpretation to music which reflect the characteristics of the planets. I wonder if you can tell which planet we might be portraying?
Rehearsals for the Easter production have begun.
As Spring Term 2 begins, we have been rehearsing for the upcoming Easter performance by focusing on reactions to lines and scenarios. With the help of our visitor, Mr Bond, we have been able to show our emotions though body language, distance and gestures. We have also learned how to focus during a freeze frame and keep everything locked in position - including our eyes.
DT- Space food project
We have been trying some space food; dehydrated ice cream and dehydrated strawberries.
'My favourite is the ice cream as its really creamy'
'I really like the ice cream but the strawberries were a bit sharp.'
'I like them both but they are weird.'
On Tuesday 21st March, we took part in a yoga session, which many of us had not tried before. We participated in routines, learned the basic postures and played many games.
Here is some feedback from the children:
'Are we going to do this every Tuesday?'
'Could this be one of our PE activities?'
' I thought we would be only be meditating like Grandpa Chatterji, I didn't realise there were games too.'
(character from previous unit of work in literacy)
'It's really fun.'
Space Home Learning Challenges
Here are some examples of the practical challenges that can be completed this Spring - rather impressive.