Weekly Round Up w/c 21.11.16

Last week in Maths we used all of our times tables facts to help us in lessons looking at factors and multiples and then using this knowledge to help us with short division. We spent some time in the Learning Pit struggling with the bus stop method for division, but we all persevered and are hopefully coming out the other side. We will have more practice on this to cement our learning this week. Also, look out for Maths videos on the blog which will take you through the methods for short division and long multiplication, so that you can refresh your memories at home.

In English we continued to use Shaun Tan’s book ‘The Lost Thing’ to inspire our writing. We used modal verbs and certain phrases to make suggestions about what someone should do if they’d found a lost thing. We also looked at the features and mannerisms which make up a character, so that we could make our own central characters, ready to write our own Lost Thing stories in the coming weeks.

In Science we continued with our topic of forces, focusing on air resistance this week.

In Art, we started work on our Christmas hoop! These will be going up very soon to get us into the festive spirit, so please do come and take a look. We’ll put photos on our blog as well.

We have also started planning our class assembly, which will take place on Tuesday 6th December. I’m sure you’ll be hearing all about it in the coming days!

Miss Lezameta

Weekly Round Up w/c 14.11.16

We’ve had another fantastic week of learning in 5SL.

In Literacy we have started a new book, ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan, which we have used to inspire our writing. We looked at the language used in the book to do some writing, giving advice and using modal verbs. We also designed our own Lost Thing and used expanded noun phrases to describe it. This will be used in writing our own Lost Things stories over the coming weeks.

Multiplication was our focus in Maths this week. We looked a formal methods for multiplying one-digit by 3-digits or two-digits by two-digits. We will continue to look at multiplication and then move on to division next week.

In Science we continued with our Forces topic, looking this week at why certain shapes sink whilst others float. We’ll continue looking at forces, in particular air resistance, next week.

I hope you all have a great weekend,

Miss Lezameta

Weekly Round Up w/c 7.11.16

Another great week of learning in 5SL!

Last week in maths we looked at using our times tables facts and mental maths strategies for multiplying and dividing larger numbers. Next week we will look at using Place Value to multply numbers e.g. multiplying by 10, 100 or 1000.

In Literacy we finished our work on our Autumn poems, which we will display in the classroom soon for you to take a look at. We worked hard on our similes, metaphors and personification to really bring our poems to life. Next week we will start our work with the text ‘The Lost Thing’.

In Science we continued learning about Forces, focusing on the effect of upthrust when an object is placed in water. Hopefully you saw the pictures of our serious scientists.

We continued with our SRE topic, understanding more about the human body and the reproductive system. We will finish this unit this week.

We have lots more learning to look forward to this week!

Miss Lezameta

Weekly Round Up w/c 31.10.16

We’ve had a fantastic first week back, making good use of the beautiful Autumn landscape to inspire us in English. We’ve started writing Autumn poems, and will be finishing them next week and performing them to put on the blog.

In Maths we revisited rounding and tackled some word problems. Next week we will be looking at mental strategies for multiplication and division.

We were lucky enough to spend a day in Sydenham Hill Woods, where we enjoyed some Forest School activities and played games. It was a fantastic day out to work on our team-building and class-building skills.

In project we started Sex and Relationships Education. If children have any questions about what they have learned in the lesson, they can write them down and pop them in the postbox in their classroom. We also encourage children to talk to parents at home about what has been covered in the lesson.

Home Learning

Learning spellings

Practicing 7x table for test on Friday

Commenting on “Invite To Write” blog posts.

Weekly Round Up w/c 10.10.16

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.

Weekly Round Up w/c 3rd October

Apologies everyone for the delay in getting this out to you!

Last week in class was 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. (see photo)  I hope the children were inspired to read and write more!
In Maths 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 were 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 began 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!
Finally, in Art we started to experiment with a 2B and 4B pencil, drawing various types of lines and patterns. This will build up to our final piece being a sketch of a shoe.
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

Weekly Round Up (w/c 12th Sept)

What a busy start to the year with our first full week of term! We have been working hard in 5SL!

In Maths we are working on Place Value at the moment. We looked specifically at numbers with up to 6 digits. We worked on identifying what each digit in the number signified and used our knowledge to order and compare different numbers. Next week we will continue with Place Value but will be looking at rounding numbers and looking at negative numbers, counting through zero.

In Literacy we have started to read the Iron Man. We will be using this book over the coming weeks to inspire our Literacy. Using Ted Hughes’ wonderful description of the Iron Man as having a head ‘shaped like a dustbin but as big as a bedroom’; we used this as a starting point to start writing similes of our own to describe other parts of his body. We also put ourselves in the shoes of a seagull watching the Iron Man rebuild himself after walking off a cliff. We thought how we could describe how the seagull might be feeling in recounts that we wrote.

We have started our project on the History of our Local Area, looking at maps from over a hundred years ago and making observations on how Herne Hill has changed over time. This week we will take a history walk around the local area of the school to add to our observations.

In Art we finished some beautiful posters to decorate our classroom which show our school values. I hope you get the opportunity to come and see them soon!

What a busy week and productive week! Here’s to many more like it!

Miss Lezameta