Year 5

Kestrels

This half term has been busy both in school and at home. In English we have been reading the book ‘Odysseus’ and Year 5 have been fully immersing themselves in Greek mythology. We have written profiles of different Greek gods, writing newspaper reports about the Trojan War, analysing the character of Odysseus and designing our own mythical creatures or monsters. We will be using our knowledge to write our own Greek myth inspired story. In Maths, we have been learning about multiplication and division before moving on to learning about the properties of shapes and learning how to measure and compare angles using a protractor.

In Science, we are learning about Properties and Changes of Materials. We will be classifying materials by testing their properties and identifying how this affects their use in everyday life. We will also be testing materials to examine their different properties such as thermal and electrical conductivity and solubility. We will examine how to separate different mixtures by different methods such as using magnets, sieving, filtering and using evaporation to recover dissolved solids. We will learn about reversible and irreversible changes and how new materials that we use today have been developed by scientists and inventors.

In History, we are learning about the Ancient Greeks. We have been using lots of different sources to investigate what evidence they give us about life in Ancient Greece and how the culture and beliefs of Ancient Greece influences our lives today. In Art, we are studying still life and have built on our work involving Rousseau to draw the features of flowers in more detail both in colour and monochrome. We are learning about the work of Freda Kahlo and how she used colour and composition in still life. In RE, we are continuing to learn about Sikhism, the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib to Sikhs and the use of stories by different cultures and religions to teach. In PSHE, we are thinking about our futures, possible careers that we might like to have and how we can help others. In Computing, we are learning how to give clear instructions and linking this idea to the use of algorithms. In French, we have been learning how to describe the weather.

Plus we have found time to play in the snow – when it is available!

Finches

During this first half of the spring term, we’ve had Ancient Greece as our theme. In English, we have been studying the book Odysseus and learning all about his trials and tribulations to get back to his homeland, Ithaca. The book inspired us to create some brilliant newspaper reports about the cyclops which he meets. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be writing our own adventure stories – I wonder what obstacles our heroes will face?

In Maths, we have been focussing on Multiplication and Division and using the Power Maths books to try different methods with each operation.  Next week, we are starting our Shape work and will be looking at classifying angles and accurately measuring them using a protractor.

In our afternoon sessions, we have been discussing Sikh stories and what we can learn from them, how to ask what the weather is in French and in PSHE we have been focusing on our dreams and goals. We’ve been particularly thinking about what our aspirations are for the future and how they compare to people in other cultures. Coming up over the next couple of weeks, we will be thinking about how we can support a charity.