Year 5 Blog

Welcome to the Year 5 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Over here and over there

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For the past few weeks, Year Five have been learning Birmingham as part of a local area study. We have looked into the famous buildings that Birmingham has, including the changes made to the city over the last century. Birmingham has many influential people that have left a big impression on the world whom we have researched and presented information on. Within Art, we have sketched the Birmingham City skyline.

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We have now moved into learning all about South America, specifically focusing upon Brazil. Currently we have been distinguishing between physical and political maps for the area and we will soon produce tourist board brochures for the Brazilian Government.

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Rugby Treat

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Year Five had a bit of a treat today, with a visit from Mr Davies from Bishop Vesey's Grammar School. Bishop Vesey's are now always in on a Friday working with a different year group for a term to develop sports skills. Year Six have been enjoying some specialist rugby training. But as they're away, we pinched their session!

We had great fun learning how to pass and receive the ball properly. We played interception games and finished off with a good session of Tag Rugby. We developed many skills (especially how to form up properly as a team) and are looking forward to further rugby sessions in the future.  


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Sponsored Events Next

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Next week Year Five will be taking part in school-wide sponsored events to raise money for the school to purchase more Literacy materials. In Year Five, we will be holding a sporting/fitness afternoon on Friday 26th September. We are going to challenge ourselves to see how many football and basketball goals we can score in 5 mins. We will seehow many jumps we can manage in 5 minutes using a skipping rope and to finish off how many Aerobic excercies we can perform (burpees, star jumps, push ups, squat jumps, etc...) - again all in 5 minutes. 

The children have all taken home sponsorship forms. We look forward to seeing how we get on next week. Stay tuned to the Year 5 blog to find out. 

Second week in - back to business

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We've got stuck back into to all of our subjects this week - ready to make super progress this year. In maths we have been consolidating and extending our knowledge of place value, addition and subtraction. Literacy lessons, we've been planning and writing an alternative sequel to the Harry Potter novel. Whilst in Science we are exploring the Earth, Sun and Moon.

This Friday we will be performing our expressive dances that wecreated whilst in Year 4, all about the Rainforest. If you're coming to watch see if you can see what the movements and actions we have designed represent. 

Steaming back into the Autumn Term

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Welcome back to Whitehouse Common. We hope you have had a fantastic Summer holiday and that you are looking forward to your time in Year 5.

This week we have been easing bank into the swing of things within our Art themed week. We have studied pictures of a local artist called Philip D. Hawkins who is famous for his painting and photogtaphs of railway scenes and trains. 

So far we have been gathering lots of research, preparing interview questions and writing a biography of his life. We have used this information to design and create 'mood boards' that illustrate the artists work and provide information to others.


Health Week & Sports Day

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This week we have thoroughly enjoyed a range of keeping healthy activities!

Food Roadshow

On Monday we learnt all about how to create healthy meals using basic foods and thought about what foods we enjoy! We have considered how we can make some of these snacks and meals at home with our families!

Cardio Tennis

On Tuesday we attended Cardio Tennis class. The coaches gave us lots of opportunities to try different techniques to improve our tennis skills. We played many games, but fortunately didn’t lose many balls!

Smoothie Anyone?

As part of thinking about our healthy eating, we have taken part in a cookery afternoon. We have made our own smoothies and enjoyed tasting them together! We thought about how we could advertise our product and what key persuasive points we could use to entice the viewer!

On Thursday we visited  the Life Education Caravan – we have thought about making healthy choices and how we can make the right choice for use and not follow the crowd. Being healthy isn’t just about exercise and healthy eating; it is really important that we have healthy minds.

Sports Day

Last week we enjoyed a splendid sports day; beautiful weather and a real team spirit shown by all of the children! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and loved taking part in our house team events.

Dissolving and more dissolving

This term we have been learning all about dissolving and how different substances react differently in different liquids. We have also thought about the rate at which materials dissolve and how different factors can affect this.  At home, speak to an adult when they are next cooking and see if you can explain some of the scientific processes.

Art Skills

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Shading is a really improtant skill to use in art as it  helps make our work look 3-D. We have produced some still life pictures of fruit and flowers and used shading effects to bring our pictures to life! We have thought carefully about where light hits the objects and how we can show this using shading effects and cross hatching in our work. 

ICT skills

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Over the last couple of weeks we have created our own Powerpoint presentations for our topic life cycles; we have learnt many tricks using our ICT skills to improve our presenatiuons and make them visually inviting for the reader. This week we have learn how to change the background picture on each slide and improve our use of animations. After half term we will be sharing our ICT work in class and evaluating our finished products. 

The Giant's Necklace

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Michael Morpurgo is a significant children's author, and so there was no doubt in our minds that The Giant's Necklace would prove to be an entertaining read. As part of our writing project we are studying a variety of genres - from police reports, non-chronological reports, diaries, narrative accounts  - all in response to this short story! This week we are producing a newspaper report based on the events so far; for this writing activity we will be drawing on our skills used at the Inspire workshop!

We'll look forward to sharing these reports with you in a couple of weeks!

Chance to Shine

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We are very much looking forward to sharing our talents with the school in our Chance To shine assesmbly on Friday 16th 2014. So far this term we have been utterly impressed by the standard, creativity and talent shown in other year groups and have loved seeing other children, including our sibilings, perform too! Make sure that you look out for our talents this week - I bet you didn't know the wide variety of hobbies and activities that we like to take part in!

Pupils must ensure that they have brought back their reply slip to perform at this event.

Athletics and ICT

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This week we have been using ICT to help improve our P.E skills! We have taken photographs and video footage to help improve our throwing skills; using this technology helped us to identify what areas we need to develop to improve our throwing. 

Next week we will continue to improve our running skills and will use the video technology to help us improve our starting position. 

Writing project

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In our literacy work this term we are looking at a range of stories which are set in Cornwall. We have researched Cornwall using the internet and found many interesting facts. There are a variety of different beaches in Cornwall, many of which offer a variety of watersports activities! We have thought about the landscape and how it differs from Birmingham. 

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