WELCOME TO YEAR 5
Over the next two weeks children will be creating a booklet on a group of islands in northern Norway called Svalbard. Within class they have created the booklet cover as well as chosen their contents page (without page numbers – these to be filled in when the booklet is completed). The first page after the contents is a brief fact file, giving an overview. Each subsequent page(s) of the booklet will be focused on a particular question, such as ‘What is the landscape like?’
As this is a two week project, children are expected to use their homework time to source their own information, take notes and present their findings in their own words. They are able to present the work in their own way, including pictures, but any writing needs to be written by hand.
Work will be presented to the class and stuck into their Science books on the 5th April, so the booklet needs to be completed by this time. Please do not put anything on the back cover of the booklet as this will be used to stick into the Science book.
An extraordinary journey that travels to the heart of the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. The destiny that awaits will have immeasurable consequences far beyond one world…Quite a description for one book, but Northern Lights certainly measures up!
In Science we have been looking at the different ways to classify animals, based on the Linnaeus' method. Our focus for the past two weeks has been on birds, including the structure and purpose of eggs. We decided to see why birds lay their eggs in different location so planned an investigation to answer the question, 'Where is the safest place to nest in the school grounds?' Children scouted the woodland area for materials before creating a bird's nest (using half a tennis ball). We have placed in miniature clay eggs so that if any predators do attack our nests, hopefully some tale tale marks will be left behind!
The children went to see what had become of the different nesting sites this morning. We were hoping for one or two that had signs of predators, but we had 8 different sites that had either attacked or damaged in some way. Children will be replacing the eggs to carry the experiment on for a week so we can tally our results on Friday, hopefully giving the answer of the safest place to nest in the school grounds.
Year 5 Travels to Spain!
The cultural and historical influences on the Spanish dance style flamenco. Year 5 were able to experience the sound of the guitar, clapping rhythms and traditional songs in their Flamenco workshop today. We all had a great time!
The children’s Reading Journals have now been given out. These are an integral part of their English curriculum, designed to develop comprehension skills, and encourage children to read, interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of fiction and non-fiction genres. They will be given questions to answer, linked to our class reader, but children will also be expected to ‘respond’ to books and texts they read independently at home and at school. A review of a book they have finished, whether fiction or non-fiction, is also expected.
Dates for your diary
17th January - Flamenco KS2 visit.
3rd February – Midyear reports sent to parents
9th February – KPSA Film night
13th- 17th February – Half term
27th Feb – 10th March – Fairtrade fortnight
7th March - U11 Boys Hockey
15th March – Y5 Open door (3:00-3:30)
4th April – KPSA Easter Bingo
5th April - Parents’ evening (3:20-6:30)
6th April - Parents’ evening (3:20-6:00)
7th April – School closes for Easter holidays (2:00)