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Class 5M Welcome back, we hope that you have all had a lovely Easter break and are looking forward to the summer term.
This term we are looking forward to lots of new and exciting things again.
Our topic this term is ‘Street child’, a novel which is based during the Victoria times.
The topic will extend through many subject areas including literacy, history and geography. It will particularly give children a great insight to what life was like during the Victorian era and will link to the local area. We will use many skills learnt throughout the year resulting in children writing their own diary entries, formal letters and play scripts. Children will have the opportunity to use their artistic skills this term along with their designing skills to plan and design William Morris patterns. This is a very exciting topic drawing on many skills with lots of fun and meaningful activities enabling this topic to be stimulating and fun. (See topic plan for full details) In English we will study the novel ‘Street Child’; this will allow us to develop our writing through recounts from various chapters in the novel. We will show our empathy with the characters through writing diary entries. We will also write character descriptions, as well as produce and act out play scripts. As parents / carers you can support at home by helping your child to complete homework relating to our class work and pointing out descriptive writing encouraging discussions around why it is a good piece of writing. In Science we will be learning about animals including humans. At home children could be doing some of their own topic research to help them further engage with the topic, i.e. Do they know the life cycles of different animals, i.e. butterfly? Do they know what the difference is between a mammal and an amphibian? Do they know what a carnivore, omnivore and herbivore are? In Maths we will be focusing basic skills and problem solving (further information can be found on the topic plan). To help your children you need to provide your children with opportunities to practice their times tables, recap on previous topics to keep it fresh and encourage problem solving relating to real life issues, such as, with money and measure as an example. You can help your child by encouraging them to practice their times tables and mental maths skills whenever possible. In R.E. the topic is ‘Life in the Risen Lord’ and ‘People of Other Faiths’. Parents are encouraged to start discussions with children relating to these topics focusing on key terminology and its meaning. PE - is on Monday (all Year 5) and Thursday afternoons for 5S and Friday afternoons for 5M. Please ensure your child has a white t-shirt, blue (or black) shorts and a pair of trainers for outdoor use, which they should leave in school. As an optional extra, a dark coloured pair of jogging trousers and a jumper can also be worn when we are outside. The only jewellery permitted in school is a pair of plain small stud earrings, which should be removed for P.E. for safety. We are not able to remove them or cover them, so this will result in your child not taking part in our P.E. lesson. Please ensure hair is tied back also. Homework - this will be handed out on a Friday and MUST be completed and returned to school on the following Thursday. Children will be continuing to take home an independent reading book which will be brought home on a daily basis and MUST be returned to school every day. Again children can be reading their own independent book from home or class reading area once they have finished the given book and completed a book review. Thank you Year 5 Staff: Class Teachers: Mrs S Moscardini and Mrs N Scholey Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Davies
Support Assistants: Mrs L Hibbert, Mrs P Halloran, Mrs T Berla and Mrs L Bellwood

Interfaith Day

As part of our whole school Interfaith Day, in Year 5 our focus was on the faith of Islam. We began by working in groups to look at similarities and differences between our Christian faith and those who follow the teachings of Allah, the name given to the god followed by Muslims.

 

Our day was very interesting. This was enhanced by the fact that some of our classmates are Muslim and they were able to answer many of the questions that came about throughout our day of learning and comparing.

 

We learned so much about the Mosque, which is the name of the building where Muslim men and boys pray, the holy book called the Qur’an, praying towards Mecca, prayer times, how people sit in when in prayer and much more.

Science

We had much fun carrying out our science experiments looking at soluble and insoluble materials. Our first experiment involved mixing flour and water. We predicted what might happen and had to use our observational skills to record what we saw. Though the flour turned the water cloudy, we learned that the flour mostly settled to the bottom, making this mixture insoluble.

 

Then we mixed salt in water. Many of us correctly predicted that it would dissolve, making this a soluble solution.

 

Next Mrs Moscardini showed us some thick mud which she had collected, water was then added to this.  Each group was set a challenge to see what could be done to get their water clean. One person suggested using rocks and sand. Mrs Moscardini showed us the available items. We knew most things apart from a circular white paper. She told is it was called a filter paper and asked if anyone knew what a filter was. A few class mates had filters on their fish tanks which allows cleaner water to pass through, trapping dirt. We found out that a filter paper does the same thing.

 

We were provided with; a beaker, filter paper, a funnel and could use a sieve. Each group was keen to compile their own test with an aim to obtaining the cleanest water.

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