5L - Mrs Lee
5C - Miss Coogan
HLTA - Mrs Murphy
Term: Spring 1
Our Current Topics
Talk 4 Writing plot: Overcoming the monster.
Focus: creating suspense.
Unit 7 - Angles
Model Anglo Saxon settlements.
Things to remember:
Swimming lessons for this term for Year 5 are on a Tuesday morning. Please bring full swimming kit to school.
P.E. lessons for this half term for Year 5 are on a Wednesday afternoon. Please come into school in full P.E. kit.
Drama lessons for this half term for Year 5 are on a Friday morning. Please come into school in full P.E. kit.
Homework and spellings are given out every Friday, to be handed in the following Wednesday.
Our current class read:
National Poetry Day 2018
Year 5 had a very busy, but wonderful day celebrating National Poetry Day this year. We had lots of exciting things happening such as: listening to poems read by students at St. Hilda's High School and also some of our parents, sharing our own poems with each other, exploring and reading lots of different poems in our Poetry Cafe (it wouldn't be the same without a biscuit or two...!) and finally, performing a whole class poem in assembly about the Greek gods complete with actions. An enjoyable day was had by all!
History - The Greek Olympics
After learning about what events the Greeks took part in in the Olympics, Year 5 set about designing their own Greek Olympics, with a modern twist. We had traditional events such as running, long jump, javelin and discus (using bean bags and coytes), but then included more modern, fun events such as the three-legged race and target hitting. The whole of Year 5 had so much fun, showed great team spirit and did their very best in their events. The winning team was "The Mythical Creatures" - well done!
History - Greek food tasting
For our topic on the Ancient Greeks, year 5 spent a morning sampling traditional Greek food. They tried food such as: pita bread, a range of dips (hummus, tzatziki and taramasalata), feta cheese, Greek yoghurt and honey. Some children tasted foods that they had never tasted before! We listed to traditional Greek music and watched video clips of some traditional Greek dancing.
They then reviewed their experience on a menu tasting card, using powerful vocabulary to convey their feelings of the food.
The Story Machine
To start the new academic year, we based our week around a picture book called 'The Story Machine'. We looked at the front cover and pictures to make inferences and predictions. We brainstormed ideas about what Elliott could have found in the loft and discussed how he was feeling at different points in the story. We made our own short "alliteration adventure" stories on luggage tags to hang in our reading areas, and even practiced typing on a typewriter, before finally playing a dice game to help us construct ideas for our own story - thinking about the character, the setting and the object that was found. Our homework that week was to write a sequel to "The Story Machine".
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018
Talk 4 Writing - Hook Day for The Highwayman
Year 5 came into class to a crime scene today, as their hook for their new text. There were a series of tasks that they needed to complete, in order to solve 'who killed Bess?' At the end of the activity, the mystery was solved and they opened a parcel which contained a book of 'The Highwayman' for them to read.
This week, Year 5 have started their Bikeability course. Their first session involved them checking their bikes for safety, turning, arm signals, emergency stops and rules of the road. In the afternoon, they split into groups and took part in a bike ride around the local area.
Talk 4 Writing - Editing our Inventions
Year 5 really enjoy being more independent in their writing process. In our class, we have editing volunteers who are confident with their writing, who sit at an editing station and make themselves available for other's to approach them with their writing. The children can get ideas, guidance and edits from the volunteer to improve their writing's quality. Here are some of our year making use of the editing station during their invention for a character meeting tale.
Maths Mastery - Properties of 3D shapes
Y5 have been investigating the properties of 3D shapes using concrete apparatus. They used cocktail sticks and polydron to create shapes and discussed the faces, edges and vertices. They then used their models to draw nets for the shape and draw a 2D representation.
DT - Anglo-Saxon homes
In conjunction with our History topic on The Anglo-Saxons, Year 5 have designed and made an Anglo-Saxon home. their scale model was designed individually and then made in groups of 3. Each child included all of the features that they had been learning about in History, using plasticine to make the contents of the home. After they had finished making their model, they evaluated their design and model and discussed what they could improve or change if they were to do this again.
Y5 spent 6 days in Kingswood, full of activities and adventure. They thoroughly enjoyed their experience, challenged themselves and overcame a lot of fears!
USA Project Day
For the past 5 weeks, Y5 have been working at home on their project, which was on one of the 50 states of the USA. This week, they brought them in to school to share with us all. We had posters, presentations, booklets, cooking, arts and crafts, songs, quizzes and prizes! We had a brilliant time, but we also learnt a great deal about the Geography, History and culture of the USA.
Primary Latin Day
Y5 have spent the morning learning all about the Romans, the empire and some Latin language. They created their own centuries, made banners, war cries and learnt some marches. All of the time, they learnt the Latin terms. They also learnt two Latin songs, which they performed to Y4 and “the emperor.” They have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and would love to do this again.
Talk 4 Writing - The Hook!
Year 5 have had such an intriguing Talk 4 Writing lesson today. We received a box full of items from our new shared text: an owl, a piece of bread, a scarf, a boot and a big coat. There were also letters, frozen inside big blocks of ice, that spelled out the peculiar word 'Starjik.' Finally, we were asked to make a large amount of instant snow. We made lots of predictions and had a lot of guesses about what this text could be about.
What linked all of these items and activities?
Our new text, 'Ice Palace.'
The Book Bus
This afternoon, The Book Bus came to Greenbank! Year 5 were very excited to go inside and choose a new book from their exciting collection.
The Story Barn
Today's trip to The Storybarn was a very exciting time for Year 5. We had three main activities throughout the day. We went on a nature walk around the park, where we were read and told stories about areas like the brimstone, the sensory garden and particular plants and trees. Then, we explored the story barn its self, by using their fantastic reading areas and we read 'The Polar Express.' Finally, we created art work in one of their classrooms, using printing and a winter theme, to bring home.
Science - Rocket Science
For our work on forces, Year 5 have made their very own rocket, which will teach them about air pressure, thrust, gravity and streamline. We worked in groups of three in class to make our rockets, then we went into the school yard to see them in action. Back in the class, we discussed our observations and what we had learnt from the activity.
Talk 4 Writing - Cold to Hot Tasks
Year 5 are very proud of our progress over the past 4 weeks, during our unit on suspense / horror setting writing. After our cold task and from looking at what made our shared text such a great example, we decided what we needed to practice and improve and then use in our writing. Our hot tasks are so much better and the children have really enjoyed writing them.
Maths Mastery - Converting between measure
As part of our unit on converting between different units of measure, this afternoon we have been solving Tarsia puzzles to test our knowledge. The children had to find the questions and answers that matched up, and gradually formed their finished puzzle.
Science - Rocket Science
Year 5 spent the afternoon finding out how a rocket takes off, exploring and observing the forces that are in action.
We observed two demonstrations. The first was the 'crushing can' investigation, which taught them about air pressure and opposite reactions. The second was Hero's Engine, which is the first ever steam engine created, which taught them about how thrust works.
Music - African Chanting Song
For this unit of work, we have been listening and responding to different musical compositions, both a cappella and accompanied. For this piece, we listened to two variations of the song and then learnt it as a whole class in a 'call and response' style.
Science - Air Resistance
Continuing our work on forces, this week we have been investigating air resistance and the effects that surface area and weight have on it. For this investigation, we made paper helicopters and dropped them, timing how long they took to reach the floor. We changed the weight of them by adding paper clips to the bottom, to see if this effected the speed that they fell.
The children planned their fair test and made their predictions, which unanimously agreed that 'the heavier the object, the quicker it will fall.' They recorded their results in a table and then evaluated, to check whether their results correlated with their prediction.
Reading - Letter to an Author
As part of our reading for pleasure, two children from 5W wrote letters to one of their favourite authors, Malorie Blackman. They have been reading her books recently and have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. Malorie Blackman read their two letters and sent a little reply, which the two children were thrilled about.
Topic - Ancient Greek Pottery
After a week of sketching, pattern practice, observing and being inspired by Ancient Greek pottery design, Y5 have designed their own Ancient Greek pot. They have used traditional patterning and an image befitting of a pot from the era, as our History learning comes to a close with this brilliant fine art unit.
PE - Dance
The children really enjoyed learning two different styles of dance this half term. They worked in groups to come up with a traditional Chinese dance to perform to the class. Then, they choreographed a whole-class performance of 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson.
Science - Magnet Circus
To explore and understand the force of magnetism, Y5 took part in a magnet circus, where they observed and helped demonstrate 5 different activities.
They saw the mysterious Lenz's Law in action, tried to create a floating paper clip, tested and sorted magnetic materials and metals and also learned that opposite poles attract and how to draw a field of magnetism.
Talk 4 Writing - Greek Myths
Year 5 have worked extremely hard to achieve such outstanding work during their Talk 4 Writing unit on Ancient Greek myths.
They have written their inventions, after their imitation and innovation of Apollo and Daphne from 'The Orchard Book of Greek Myths.' They have then published their work in our own anthology called 'The Greenbank Book of Greek Myths.'
They are very proud of this and have really enjoyed looking at their published work.
This week, we read a text all about life in space. We worked as a class to clarify the language, we created and answered questions that we had about it and finally, we wrote retrieval questions for each other to answer.
In our Reciprocal Reading group this week, we delved into 'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling, where the children tried out the process of clarifying, questioning and predicting themselves.
Science - Effervescent Rocket Poppers
After last week's very exciting, teacher-guided investigation into air pressure, Y5 were very excited to investigate air pressure for themselves.
This afternoon, they saw a demonstration of effervescent rocket poppers and discussed what role air pressure was playing. They discovered that the reaction between the Vitamin C tablet and the water inside a film canister, causes gas to be produces, which increases the pressure inside the canister. When the air pressure has built up so much that it has nowhere else to go, the lid blows off and shoots into the air.
They chose to investigate if the amount of tablet used increases the time that it takes for air pressure to pop the lid.
National Poetry Day
Our fantastic group, the Reading Revolutionaries, spent the afternoon of National Poetry Day, visiting every single class in the school, from Reception to Y6, sharing poems that they had chosen.
National Poetry Day
For National Poetry Day, Y5 learnt the poem 'The Greek Gods' by Paul Perro by heart and then performed it in their KS2 assembly.
Science - Air Pressure
To begin their investigations into the forces, Y5 took part in three demonstrations of air pressure in action. We observed and took part in 'gravity-defying water,' 'egg in a flask' and 'Magdeburg spheres.'
The children then write about what they observed, explaining the science behind the intriguing phenomena.
P.E. - African Dance
After two weeks of learning their traditional African dance moves and turning them into a short group performance, Y5 got to share their work with their teachers.
History - The Greek Olympics
After learning a great deal about the Ancient Greek Olympics in our topic lessons, the children created advertisements, using persuasive writing, to entice those living nearly 3000 years ago to attend the games. They took part in a shared write to gather our information and to learn how to be persuasive.
They then used their shared write to create their digital advertisement. They wrote about what events they would compete in, where they were held, who was allowed the spectate and take part and even what the prize for winning an event was.
Maths Mastery - place value
for the first few weeks of Y5, we have been looking very closely at our understanding of place value. We have used a vast array of concrete resources to help us read and write numbers up to 1,000,000. This knowledge has then allowed us to accurately order and compare them.
History - Ancient Greek Restaurant Afternoon
For our topic on the Ancient Greeks, year 5 had an afternoon sampling traditional Greek food. They tried food such as: olives, pita bread, figs, a range of dips (hummus, tzatziki and taramasalata), feta cheese and Greek yoghurt.
They then reviewed their experience, using powerful vocabulary to convey their feelings of the food and wrote an advertisement for their very own Greek restaurant.