Welcome to Year 5’s Class Page. Laura Goddard is the Class Teacher in Year 5.
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Weeks Beginning Monday 3rd July 2017
What a busy few weeks we have had at RPA!
We have concluded our Castle Attack! Challenge pack with our medieval banquet. All of the children took part in a battle re-enactment using their own handmade shields for defence! The children shared some facts and jokes that they had researched during our learning for the challenge, before enjoying a 5 course banquet fit for a King!
We’ve also had some excellent homework plates, where children have designed and made their very own model castles and created their own medieval menus.
In English, We have completed our Macbeth class text, which the children have used as inspiration to write their own free verse poems. I’m looking forward to reading the final poems!
We also took part in the recent RPAs Got Talent competition. There were 13 entries from Year 5, which we had to whittle down to just 2 acts for the show (with great difficulty!). All of the children showed great courage and enthusiasm to perform in front of the class, who were then able to vote for their favourite act. The two lucky acts from Year 5, who went on to perform to the school, were Andrew Hope and Rosie Owen with Amber Edge. Andrew showcased some excellent impressions, and Amber and Rosie showcased their gymnastics. Well done Year 5!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Weeks Beginning Monday 12th June 2017
This week, we have celebrated our attendance with a tea party – well done Year 5 and keep it up!
In Maths, we have been looking at angles and how to find missing angles. The children used their collaboration tool to create their very own tutorials so that we help other children learn all about angles.
In English, we have created some fantastic medieval menus…great inspiration for our very own banquet! We have also started writing the next chapter of Macbeth. The children have been deciding what will happen to Fleance following his return to Scotland! We have been using roleplay to act out our stories before we write.
For NICER, we have been researching medieval table etiquette and comparing to table etiquette today…let’s just say, it was very different! We have also been using our TASC wheel to generate some ideas and plan for our upcoming banquet.
Year 5 have also been busy preparing for their class assembly. However that hasn’t stopped them from completing some excellent pieces of work, which we were able to celebrate in our recent assembly. Well done for all of your hard work Year 5!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Weeks Beginning Monday 1st May 2017
We’ve had a very busy few weeks in Year 5…
The hook for our Castle Attack! Challenge pack was a fun-filled visit to Stafford Castle. When we were there, our tour guides, Alan and Tracey, gave us a great insight to castle life. We started with a session all about weapons and how castles were attacked, before trying out the chain mail and helmets, shields and weapons. We then had a tour around the castle and the grounds, before coin minting in the Castle Keep to make our very own ‘peace pennies’…just like William the Conqueror!
We have used our trip to Stafford Castle as inspiration for our writing too…we have completed a recount of the trip as well as using our Imagining tool to write our very own castle attack stories! Some children have also continued their learning outside of the classroom and have used their knowledge of story writing to create a ‘how-to’ booklet for the class to refer to, which includes success criteria, WAGOLLs and their own examples…all undertaken in their own time!
In Maths, we have been solving castle related worded problems using our division knowledge. We have also created symmetrical floor plans of a castle by using our knowledge of reflection.
For NICER, we have created a timeline of Stafford Castle, as well as looking at the location of castles and the geographical characteristics to find out why castles were built in particular locations.
We have also had some great homework plates handed in already…I’m very much looking forward to seeing the rest!
All in all, we have had a very busy half-term, and we are all looking forward to working towards our banquet next term!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Weeks Beginning Monday 27th February and 6th and 13th March 2017
What a busy few weeks Year 5 have had!
In English, the children have been writing scripts ready to film their adverts for their healthy tuck shop… 5 Alive (due to open Monday 27th March). The children have also been busy undertaking some market research to help them decide on the best healthy snacks and product names. As well as this, Year 5 have also completed some amazing sketches to use for the posters to advertise the tuck shop.
In Maths, the children have been learning all about time. They became teachers for the morning when they researched and presented to the class all about time.
World Book Day was heaps of fun! All the children put 100% effort into their fancy dress ideas…. There was a dog, a wardrobe, some snow queens and a few rats just in Year 5 alone! The class read the Great Paper Caper and the day’s activities were all based around the book – including a paper plane competition!
Year 5 also deserve a huge congratulations for their attendance! The class was lucky enough to have another attendance tea party last week. The children are looking forward to the next one already! Keep it up Year 5!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Weeks Beginning Monday 6th and 13th February 2017
This week in English, the children used their story maps to complete their narratives. The characters went on all sorts of adventures in the rainforest; some of the stories were even entered into 500 Words 2017 – Chris Evans’ short story-writing competition for children!
In Maths, the children have been investigating area and perimeter. They were challenged to find the area and perimeter of different spaces around the school. They have also continued their ‘Catch Maths If You Can’ challenge…This week’s challenge was all about baked beans – from how many beans there are in a tin, to how much liquid each tin holds. Year 5 certainly rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to find out!
In NICER, the children have been concentrating on writing a questionnaire ready to start their market research for their healthy tuck shop next half term. They will be using the class site, as well as asking children around school, to complete the questionnaire.
The children have also completed a CAF for the characters that they could dress up as from our class texts, for World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March…Our texts include: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Oliver, The Amazing Rainforest and Ratatouille.
Finally, the children have all been practising their presentation skills by sharing their ‘All About Me’ presentations in class. They have found out lots of wonderful facts about each other and their families!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Weeks Beginning Monday 23rd and 30th January 2017
This past week in Year 5, the children have been using the class text to help them to write a narrative all about a visit to the rainforest. On Monday, the children used their Imagining tool to take them to the rainforest to describe exactly what it was like. They then decided on each part of their story mountain; from crash landing and being stranded there, to suffering a food shortage caused by deforestation. They have completed their story maps ready to write the final narrative next week…Mrs Goddard can’t wait to read them!
In Maths, the children have been focusing on multi-step problems and using their Noticing tool to make sure that they are using the correct calculations to solve them. They have also started their ‘catch maths if you can’ challenge. The children have had to choose a different focus, such as a can of beans or a keyboard. They have then used their Questioning tool to create different Maths related questions for each focus. Each week, the children will then investigate some of the questions to see what they can find out.
For NICER, they have been using ICT to help research different recipes which they could try for their healthy tuck shop outcome. The children will be using the recipes, as well as research about different food charities and Fair Trade, to create a booklet all about healthy foods.
All of the children have been helping to celebrate some superb achievements with Merits, Star Writer and Master of Maths awards. As well as this, some children have been presenting their homework plates to the class (which have been amazing so far… the standard has certainly been set!) and sharing some achievements from outside of school. It is great to see just how much the children can achieve when they really persevere…Well done year 5!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Weeks Beginning Monday 2nd, 9th and 16th January 2017
Year 5 have had a great start to the spring term. The children came back to a lovely letter of thanks, from the Donna Louise Hospice, for all the hard work that Year 5 had put into the fundraising before Christmas…. they managed to raise a grand total of £62.42 and this helped to raise awareness for a very worthy cause.
The children started off the term with a food tasting day as their hook for their challenge – ‘Food vs Man’. They have created their very own Year 5 kitchen in the classroom with a fruit and vegetable stand where all the children are able to try new foods each week! They have also started to research some different healthy recipes which they can trial to help them to come up with the perfect snacks for their healthy tuck shop.
Last week, the children were writing diary entries in English, from the point of view of Ramaema – the main character from their class text. The writing outcomes have been outstanding! This week in English, the children have been focusing on an explanation text all about Fairtrade. The children have completed a CAF of the questions they would like to answer. They undertook the research independently so they now have all the facts which they are going to include in their writing.
In Maths, they have been looking at negative numbers. The children took part in mathematical origami to create some random number grids. They then had to use their collaboration tool to work together to create a human number line. The children also took on the role of teachers for the day, to teach the rest of the class all about negative numbers!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Week Beginning Monday 5th December 2016
What a busy couple of weeks the children in Year 5 have had!
The children enjoyed the Christmas Pantomime…Cinderella! They then used what they had seen to help them to write a character description for Cinderella. They have also been writing instructions for recipes to use for their final challenge outcome – biscuits for the Christmas Fayre.
In maths, the children have been investigating different charities that people donate money to. They have used the data to create some different representations including: tally charts, pictograms and bar charts.
Everyone enjoyed their last day in Forest School, where Year 5 made some great Christmas crafts and enjoyed some hot chocolate and snacks by the camp fire!
The children have continued their Pillars and Drains challenge and were transformed into Police Officers for the day when Mrs Wedge came to visit. There was a question and answer session and the children gained an insight into a day in the life of a Police Officer. They were amazed to find out just how many Learning Power Tools Mrs Wedge used every day!
Year 5 also took part in a 2-day Bikeability course to complete level 2! The weather wasn’t the best, but they all used their perseverance tool to show that they could meet the standards they needed for the level 2 cycling safety award. Well done Year 5!
The children are now looking forward to the Christmas Fayre and have plenty to prepare. They will be raising as much money as they can for the Donna Louise Trust – a very worthy cause!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Week Beginning Monday 14th November 2016
Year 5 have continued their fun in Forest School, where they have been making gruel – just like Oliver Twist had!
In English, the children have been writing an information text on different charitable organisations which help different communities around the world. The children were able to select and research an organisation of their choice to write their information text. They will be using these to create a presentation in ICT ready for their final challenge outcome.
In Geography, they have been using maps to locate the different communities which the organisations support worldwide.
During Maths lessons, the children have been using division so that they could calculate the ingredients and cost of their biscuits which they have chosen to make and sell at the Christmas Fayre; raising money to help the local community. They also enjoyed a day of Pokemaths, where they used questioning, reasoning and collaboration tools to help them to find Mew!
In Science, they have been looking at states of matter and they have enjoyed some practical lessons where they have represented different states, as well as making Oobleck – to see if we could decide if it was a solid, liquid or gas!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Week Beginning Monday 7th November 2016
To kick off their Pillars and Drains challenge pack, Year 5 children visited the Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple for inspiration. The children were able to use their noticing tool while visiting the different shrines and their questioning tool to find out all about the temple and the Hindu faith. The children have even started to recreate one of the shrines in the classroom!
In English, they have been writing newspaper articles about a local ‘drain’, William Palmer….”The greatest villain that ever stood in the Old Bailey”. They have also started to read and watch Oliver Twist, they have used the text to help them to write some interesting sentence examples so that they can use them in their writing.
The children are also continuing their fun in Forest School for this half term, where they have been collaborating and using different tools to make bowls to enjoy some porridge cooked on the camp fire!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Week Beginning Monday 17th October 2016
The children in Year 5 all worked exceptionally hard on their art work for the RPA Art Gallery on Wednesday afternoon. Over this half term, the children have trialled different media, then used their preferred medium to create their own interpretation of ‘One Small Drop’. This represented the theme of their trip to the Dudley Canals. They were able to peer critique and help each other to improve the art pieces and then create the final piece based on the feedback gained from the previous drafts. The children also created a CAF for their display which included all the skills used and allowed them to reflect on the different Learning Power Tools that were used throughout the whole process (which turned out to be most of them!).
Continuing with science learning all about habitats, the class Ant Monitors have been working hard on keeping everyone updated on Year 5’s Amazing Ant Army’s new habitat in the classroom. They have created an ant life cycle, an update on the habitat so far, as well as an acrostic poem!
In maths, the children have been looking at the different methods which can be used to help solve multiplication calculations. Then they developed a set of instructions to create ‘How to’ videos to teach other children all about multiplication. After that, they used this to help them to write some detailed thinking frames to reflect on their learning.
Finally in English, they have been writing what they think the next chapter of the class book will be…they have had some fantastic next chapters including Mr Tumnus turning into a human as he enters our world through the magical wardrobe, as well as the children being stuck in Narnia as the Snow Queen has cast a spell on the wardrobe which means that the children can no longer use it!
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Week Beginning Monday 3rd October 2016
In English, the children have continued reading the class text – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They have been using their Imagining Tool to create descriptive scenes about Narnia. The children also chose a character from the book to write a character description.
In Maths, they have been learning all about decimal numbers. They then used the skills learned to complete ‘The Budget Challenge’ and ‘The Party Bag Challenge’, where the children worked collaboratively to help solve problems.
During NICER lessons, the children have been focusing on their art work ready for their challenge outcome. So far, they have trialled different media and the children have decided on their preferred medium ready for their final piece. As well as this, they have looked at some work by different artists and started a first draft ready to peer critique next week.
Some of the main activities in Year 5 – Week Beginning Monday 5th September 2016
Last week in Forest School, the children in Year 5 were looking at the differences in living things such as insects and trees – this mirrors their science learning where they are learning about living things, their habitats and lifecycles. As well as this, they were able to make their own structures linking in with the class text – the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They also looked at estimating when they were cooking pancakes around the camp fire!
Whilst on the Big Adventure, the children learnt about the history of Dudley and the canals through taking part in a treasure hunt. They were then able to venture into the caverns on a barge where they learnt more about mining while watching some short films. They also got to see a light display inside the cavern! The children then used their experience at the canals to write their persuasive leaflets for Dudley Canals.
In maths, Year 5 have been learning about converting measures, and the big picture was to use the skills that the children had learnt, to convert the recipe on the day of the bake off. When completing the TASC wheel, the class decided that they should create a giant snowflake to reflect the snowy winter scene that Lucy stumbles upon when she clambers through the enchanted wardrobe. The children achieved this by each making an individual chocolate orange cupcake with blue frosting, then placing them together to create the giant snowflake. This seemed to impress the judges as we went on to not only win the bake off, but scored a full house – a bake off record!