Half term challenge!

After half term we will be looking at poetry in literacy, and writing our own Autumn poems.

Your challenge is to find a poem about nature, seasons or the outdoors that you like and bring it in to share with the class.

I can’t wait to see what you find!


Weekly round up

We’ve had a great week to close the term, with the children working hard to finish their presentations on Herne Hill. If you didn’t make it to the open afternoon on Friday do not fret, we will have them printed in class or on the blogs after half term.

In maths this week we revisited column addition and subtraction, also tackling investigations and word problems.

In literacy we began designing our own Iron Man theme parks, learning how to use persuasive writing to entice visitors!

After half term each class will be doing a forest school day in Sydenam Woods, keep an eye on the blog for more details.

Well done to everyone who dressed up today, we will let you know when the final fundraising amount has been calculated. All proceeds will go towards forest school.

Have a lovely half term break. I look forward to seeing you all on October 31st!



Herne Hill project

Throughout the past few weeks the children have been thinking about their local community and our local area.  As part of this we have produced some fantastic learning across the whole school and this will be on display for parents to come and see this Friday in the Sports Hall between 2.50 and 3.20.
Each year group will have a stall which will feature some of our fantastic learning and it is a great opportunity to learn about what your child has been doing and also to see what the other classes in the school have been learning about as well.  It also has been fantastic hearing the children’s opinions about their local community.

Invite to Write – short story

Use this line somewhere a your short story:

‘Peering over the edge, I saw…’

Things to think about:

Where are you? The edge of what?
What has happened just before this to take you to the edge?
What is about to happen?
What can you see? What is ‘it’ doing? What does it sound/smell like?

Remember to write a draft version before putting your story on the blog.

Once you have done a draft, write your story in the comment section below.

This week/Next week

This week

We’ve had another busy week in year five!

This week in maths we’ve been learning mental strategies to help us with addition and subtraction, and have been looking at decimals.

In literacy we have been learning how to edit our own work, working with our partner to improve our spelling, punctuation and sentence structure.

In project we continued with our presentations on Herne Hill. Make sure you come in next Friday to see some of our work!

Next week

Next week in maths we will be learning column addition and column subtraction.

In literacy we will be finishing our unit on the Iron Man, learning about persuasive writing.

In project we will be finishing our presentations.

This week/next week

This week in class has been a very busy one indeed!

The highlight of the week was going down to Elmgreen Secondary School to listen to the author David O’Doherty give some rather funny commentaries about what things can be dangerous and talk about how he got in to writing from a young age.   I hope the children were inspired to read and write more!
In Maths this week we have been learning about using mental methods to do different addition and subtractions, which can be very useful when going to the shops and trying to work out change! We also moved on to adding and subtracting decimals.  For example 5.5 – 2.3 is quite easy as we can just subtract the 2 from the 5 and then the 0.3 from the 0.5 to get 3.2.  There were also some trickier ones such as 6.7 – 3.9 which you would need to use a number line for as you can’t automatically take away 0.9 from 0.7.
In Literacy we have been writing a diary entry as Hogarth when he sees The Iron Man for the first time.  It begins with him being calm and peaceful, fishing and builds up to him feeling like something is watching him and then seeing the Iron Man emerge over the cliff top.  The children wrote some brilliant diary entries, imagining what Hogarth must have felt at the time.
In Project we have begun our final piece of work bringing together all the knowledge we have learned about the local area as well as the school in to a presentation.  These will be on display on the last day of half term for parents to come and view!
Next week in class…
Maths – using our knowledge of mental addition and subtraction to problem solve
Literacy – to write a descriptive piece of writing
Project – continuing with our presentations
Have a restful weekend everyone!

Learning to fail!

In metacognition we have been learning to juggle, so we can dissect the learning process together when learning a new skill.

Our aim is to be able to juggle three balls, but none of us are quite there yet! Today we discussed the importance of failure in the learning process, looking at famous athletes such as Mo Farrah and how they have learned from their failures.

 We reflected on the point of failure in juggling today – for most of it it comes when trying to remember throw, throw, catch, catch… Rather than passing the second ball.

Here are some pictures of our successes and failures!