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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

What a busy start to the Year. It's so lovely to have my old class back. It has meant that we could get straight into our learning. Year 5's main focus this year will be English and in particular; Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar and Vocabulary. We have so many things to look forward to! Bike ability, sports events, forest schools, health talks, K'nex challenge, fire department visits and so much more! This is a very important year so full steam ahead!

National Curriculum Statutory Spellings for year 5

Topic: Ancient Greeks - Do you know what the sport is and whether it was from the ancient olympics or now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

smiley Welcome to Year 5 smiley

What a great start to the year we have had!! In year 5 you will be greeted by 28 individual children that work hard to be a team. We work together and support each other in our learning. We have a learning partner that we choose every week to enhance our learning opportunities and independence. We are inquisitive children and love to ask questions to explore topics that we are interested in.

There is a greater expectation in year 5 which we understand. We help ourselves reach these expectations by following the vision and code for behavior and strive to move up the ladder to get a green letter from Mrs Shirley. We know that attendance every day is important to keep on top of the high standards of year 5. We also know how to help ourselves if think we are stuck; The Gold Standard helps us with our writing which we use across the curriculum.

Also in our team; our teacher is Miss Kettle and our teaching assistant is Mrs Mills. On a Tuesday Mrs Pumilia teaches us too. The adults in our class facilitate our learning and help us to be confident, independent individuals.

We are all looking forward to a great year!! smiley

Check this page regularly for photos and updates on our learning!!

Home Learning

Curriculum maps

Materials investigation - irreversible changes

Sharing our favourite books on World Book Day :)

Making Melting Snowman Biscuits :)

Sharing Books and Reading with our Year 1 Buddies :)

Halloween Slime!!

We have enjoyed our Halloween themed day of poetry, problem solving and even making slime!! We looked at how materials change when mixed together. We learnt lots of new scientific vocabulary - ask us all about it :) We made a lots of mess but enjoyed it and learnt lots.

The Vikings

Vik the life sized model Viking will be joining us this term to help us in our learning. He currently is sitting on the sofa in the reading area where he is surrounded by Viking books and other information. He has a couple of weapons with him too. He gave all the children a great surprise but we have learnt lots from him already. Lets keep up the great work Year 5!! smiley

Archive 2015-2016

smiley Welcome to Year 5 smiley

 

Welcome to Year 5 - here you will find 30 independent, hardworking and happy children. We are enthusiastic and challenge ourselves in all of our tasks. We try our best through our choice of challenge and use the 5 B's if we feel like we are stuck. The learning pit display in our classroom helps us to understand that it's ok if we find a challenge difficult; that we need to persevere and leave the pit feeling like 'Mr Cool'.

In Year 5 we are a team, we work together and choose a learning partner each week to get the most out of our learning. We use our behavior ladder to remind us of the expected behavior expectations and strive to get that green letter from Mrs Shirley!

Our Class teacher is Miss kettle and our teaching assistant is Mrs Mills. In the mornings Mrs Penketh works with us then in the afternoon we have Miss Dring. Another person in our team is Mrs Bailey who we see on a Monday morning. The adults in the classroom facilitate our learning and question us to develop and challenge ourselves in order for us to make good progress.

Remember to visit our webpage regularly for updates on our learning!

Home Learning

Meet and Greet

We Visited the Chicks :)

Science - Gravity

Outdoor Maths

Outdoor Sciene Learning - Reactions to burning different materials

Chinese New Year

Guide Dog Visit

Science - Reversible and irreversible changes

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

 

Year 5 spent the week enjoying many great Christmassy activities! One of the activities were we made christingles and sang round the Christmas tree. Enjoy!!

Have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

From Year 5 smiley

Monday 22nd October - Magnificent Maths!

This week year 5 ventured outside for a Maths lesson. It was very exciting. The children were given a multiplication fact and had to find the related facts hidden in the playground or with another person. The children had the choice of working together or individually. This was lots of fun without the children noticing they were learning!! smiley

Tuesday 13th October - Saracens Tag Rugby festival

Yes that's right, another festival! We (years 5 and 6) were lucky enough to be invited to Welwyn RFC to take part in the Saracens first rugby festival this academic year. The children all showed exemplary behavior and played extremely well. The children played 5 games throughout the afternoon: they had lots of fun but were obsessed with eating after every game!! smiley I'm sure they slept very very well that night. Well done to all who participated - you will receive a certificate for your achievement.

Thursday 8th October - Let's Harvest

What a great morning! Harvest festival! We all walked down to St John church where we saw the generous offerings of food that our school had created. Year 5 teamed with year 6 and had a go at writing opening prayers. A fantastic effort which showed great understanding about harvest and the need to help and support others who are less fortunate than us. A wonderful year 5 memory!

Monday 5th October - E-safety workshop

We were very lucky to have an E-safety workshop which informed all the children and their parents about the dangers of the internet, gaming online and social media use and methods of how to stay safe whilst using any of the above. We were introduced to many scenarios which we discussed and drew conclusions. A very informative session for both children, staff and parents. Thank you to all those parents that came to the workshop - I hope you got a lot from it. The children were inspired by the discussions and wanted to create 'How to stay safe online' posters - we have now created a display in our classroom. 

Thursday 1st October - Viking Song

What an afternoon!! We were excited to take our learning outside of the classroom this afternoon to practice our Viking vs the Anglo-Saxons song. We took drums out to create a beat and to keep us in time with the music. Half of the class were the vicious Vikings getting ready to attack - stood on one side of the playground whilst the other half of the class were the scared Anglo-Saxons trying to protect their land. We learnt the song to the beat and began to think of ways to perform the song. A very fun afternoon!!

Friday 25th September - Football Festival

10 year 5 boys were entered into a football festival at Monks Walk school. All 10 boys played exceptionally well and made our school very proud through their team work and good sportsmanship. They won 2 games and lost two games. A great achievement, well done boys! A particular well done to Louie who received overall man of the match - excellent!

 

 

Running Festival

Friday 18th September

 

We were invited to Monks Walk School for a Year 5 running festival on Friday morning. We were all really excited and then a little nervous especially when we found out we would be running a mile!! There were 6 different schools there.The boys set off first whilst the girls cheered them on. It was very exciting! Then the girls ran their race whilst the boys cheered them on. The morning was a mix of fun, excitement and tiredness especially at the end of the week.  Every child ran exceptionally well and we are very proud of them all. A special well done to Amy who came 6th and was invited to race at Stanborough at a later date - Good luck Amy!! smiley

Guide Dog Visit - Tuesday 15th September

Every year Homerswood supports a charity. This year we are supporting the 'Guide dogs'. We were lucky enough to hear about their hard work during an assembly then they came round to visit us in our classroom. We loved it! We are looking forward to raising money for this great charity!

 

Archive 2014 - 2015

Welcome to Year 5!

 

We are always full of great ideas and love to help each other in our learning. We push ourselves to the limit, always trying our hardest. As we say in Year 5 – ‘it’s better to try and fail, than never try at all’.

 

Our class teacher is Miss Nicolaou and we are very lucky to have Mrs MacDonald support us in our learning every day.

 

We are a very caring and helpful class (you will never catch us without a smile!) Remember, if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours J

Picture 1

Road to Rio! Friday 10th July

Year 5 had an amazing trip to Gosling to take part in Road to Rio. They were able to take part in many fun activities such as hurdles, relay, long jump, distance run, javelin, sprint, shot, dance, rowing, gymnastics/ trampolining, badminton, lacrosse, rugby, tennis and gladiator/ bungee.

 

They were all so well behaved and made Homerswood proud. Marley and Emelia also took part in a 60m sprint race and Marley came second - well done Marley!

Fairlands Valley Park! Thursday 25th June

The whole school had such a lovely time at Fairlands Valley Park and we were very lucky with the beautiful weather. Year 5 had such an exciting time on the bellboats, orienteering, low ropes, high ropes and climbing!

Healthy Eating! Wednesday 24th June

Year 1 and 5 had an awesome time cooking healthy meals. They were able to make their own personalised fruit salad and healthy wrap. The children then had a teddy bear picnic joined by Year 2 where they were able to eat the food they had made. They also had the opportunity to try new exotic fruits. We all had a fun filled afternoon together!

FUDGE! Friday 19th June

This morning during FUDGE the children had the chance to design their own superhero and annotate all the special powers. They then made a mask for their superhero to become the superhero. They had lots of fun getting in role of their superhero and sharing with the rest of the class.

 

After break we gave the children a challenge to design and create the tallest tower using newspaper and sticky tape that would be strong enough to hold a bean bag. Well done to Vivien, Harvey, Lara, Louis, Chelsey and Omar for winning the challenge!

 

Sparks fire visit Monday 15th June

We were lucky enough to have the local fire brigade visit year 5 and 6 this afternoon. They gave us lots of information about fires and fire safety. We learnt all about what to do in the event of an emergency and what happens when you dial 999. The children have been challenged to check their houses for smoke alarms and make sure everyone in the house knows what to do in an emergency.

Ark Farm Thursday 23rd April
Ultimate Warriors Tuesday 24th March

Hockey and multi-sports Friday 20th March

Year 5 had an eventful morning at Monks Walk. There were various sports children took part in such as; football, dodgeball, tag rugby, volleyball, handball, tennis, baseball and rounders.

Our hockey team played very well and I am proud of all Year 5 for having great team spirit!

Year 5 & 6 library visit Wednesday 18th March

Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to meet Piers Torday. He spoke about his journey as an author and shared ideas and tips for children when writing. Both year 5 & 6 will be having lessons based around his book 'The Last Wild'.

GLAM! Friday 13th March

Year 5 have had an awesome morning with mums, nans and aunties. We had lots of fun art activities; water colour portraits, sewing with felt, bunting, paper chains and pom poms. The adults also had the opportunity to have their maths skills put to the test in 4 in a row and torture times.

K'Nex challenge Tuesday 10th March

Year 5 have had a very exciting morning creating a Mars rover. They had to ensure it steered and had other different components e.g. satellite, solar panel etc. Well done to all children completing the challenge and persevering when it got a little tricky. But a big congratulations to our winners Connor and Deanna!

 

Here are what a few of Year 5 though about the K'Nex challenge:

Connor - "I thought the K’Nex morning was awesome because I used my imagination in a competition. We learnt a lot about space and the moon passing the sun to make an eclipse."

Deanna - "It was cool! It has inspired me to get some K'Nex for myself at home."

Charlie - "It was super fun and cool. I learnt a lot."

Kitty - "It was really fun and the best day ever! The K'Nex were a bit tricky at first, but then was fun. It was a brilliant challenge."

 

Chinese New Year Friday 13th February

Year 5 have had lots of fun creating Chinese drums and different types of dragons. Have a look at the wonderful and creative art work based on Chinese new year.

Year 5 Sharing Assembly on Safer Internet Day 2015

On Tuesday 10th February, Year 5 shared an assembly on internet safety. They shared useful tips and digital good deeds that you can do to keep safe when using the internet.

Below is a PowerPoint on using the internet safely and a video of our Sharing assembly.

Year 5 Sharing assembly on Safer Internet Day.mp4

Still image for this video

Our Science investigation

As part of our Science Topic ‘Materials', the children have carried out an investigation testing different materials and if they will protect an egg.

Here are our results:

 

Polar bears group

Material

Not broken

Little broken

Very broken

Cotton wool

YES

 

 

Plastic box

 

 

YES

Bubble wrap

YES

 

 

Tin foil

 

 

YES

 

Lions group

Material

Not broken

Little broken

Very broken

Tin foil

 

YES

 

Tissue paper

 

 

YES

Fabric (sock)

 

 

YES

Plastic bottle

 

 

YES

 

Monkeys group

Material

Not broken

Little broken

Very broken

Bubble wrap

YES

 

 

Cotton wool

YES

 

 

Sponge

YES

 

 

Plastic box

 

 

YES

 

Pandas group

Material

Not broken

Little broken

Very broken

Tin foil

YES

 

 

Plastic bag

 

YES

 

Fabric (sock)

YES

 

 

Bubble wrap

 

 

YES

 

Zebras group

Material

Not broken

Little broken

Very broken

Cotton wool

YES

 

 

Plastic wrap

 

YES

 

Fabric (sock)

 

 

YES

Paper

 

 

YES

 

Pyjama day for The National Brain Appeal

Pyjama day for The National Brain Appeal 1

PE gymnastics (bridges)

Hero day for children in need

Hero day for children in need 1

TAG Rugby Team

TAG Rugby Team 1

Year 5 Walk to School Trophy (November)

Year 5 Walk to School Trophy (November) 1

Some examples of our wonderful and inventive poems

Our Science investigation

As part of our Science Topic ‘Life Cycles’, the children are carrying out an investigation on germination. They are testing how light and water affects germination.

Here are our results so far:

 

How does water affect germination?

 

No water

Some water

Lots of water

 

Split

Root

Stem

Split

Root

Stem

Split

Root

Stem

Day 1

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-

-

-

1/4

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Day 2

-

-

-

2/4

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-

1/4

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Day 3

-

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-

2/4

2/4

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4/4

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Day 4

-

-

-

2/4

2/4

2/4

2/4

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Day 5

-

-

-

3/4

3/4

2/4

2/4

-

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Day 6

-

-

-

4/4

3/4

2/4

2/4

-

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Day 7

-

-

-

4/4

3/4

2/4

4/4

-

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Day 8

-

-

-

4/4

3/4

2/4

4/4

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Day 9

-

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4/4

3/4

2/4

4/4

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Day 10

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4/4

4/4

3/4

4/4

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How does light affect germination?

 

No light

(in cupboard)

Some light

(under desk

Lots of light

(by window)

 

Split

Root

Stem

Split

Root

Stem

Split

Root

Stem

Day 1

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-

-

-

-

-

-

-

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Day 2

2/5

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1/6

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1/5

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Day 3

4/5

2/5

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3/6

1/6

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2/5

1/5

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Day 4

4/5

2/5

1/5

3/6

2//6

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2/5

2/5

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Day 5

4/5

2/5

1/3

4/6

3/6

-

3/5

3/5

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Day 6

4/5

3/5

3/5

4/6

4/6

-

5/5

4/5

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Day 7

5/5

4/5

3/5

5/6

5/6

2/6

5/5

4/5

2/5

Day 8

5/5

5/5

3/5

6/6

6/6

3/6

5/5

4/5

2/5

Day 9

5/5

5/5

5/5

6/6

6/6

3/6

5/5

4/5

2/5

Day 10

5/5

5/5

5/5

6/6

6/6

4/6

5/5

4/5

2/5

 

Picture 1 Day 1 - No water, some water & lots of water
Picture 2 Day 10 - No water
Picture 3 Day 10 - Some water
Picture 4 Day 10 - Lots of water
Picture 5 Day 1 - No light
Picture 6 Day 10 - No light
Picture 7 Day 1 - Some light
Picture 8 Day 10 - Some light
Picture 9 Day 1 - Lots of light
Picture 10 Day 10 - Lots of light

YEAR 5 Archive 2013-14

Welcome to Year 5

 

Bonjour,

 

As a class we have written this introduction to help you get a feel for what it is like in Year 5.

 

We enjoy being in Year 5 because we have an amazing teacher, Miss Sullivan, and she is supported by her fabulous sidekick Mrs Mills, our teaching assistant. We are also extremely lucky because for one afternoon each week we get to be taught by the brilliant Mrs Pumillia whilst Miss Sullivan is out of class planning even more fun lesson for us.

 

As a group we are creative, inquisitive, enthusiastic for knowledge and always ready for a challenge. We have many different talents in Year 5 including football and netball which we work on each week with Stuart and the young leaders from Monk's Walk School. We are encouraged to celebrate our individuality and realise that although we may not all be the same but when we work together we make an excellent team!

 

Our classroom also has 3 very important members who help us with our learning. Firstly there are our 2 mascots who live in the reading corner. Dave, our outgoing orangutan, and Steve a legendary leopard. They help us focus on our reading and during circle time they allow us to openly talk about our feelings. Then there is Zazoo the zebra our travelling reading buddy who gets to come home with us and help us read.

 

We realise that we still have a lot to learn before we go into Year 6 but we are really enjoying our topics and we have a thirst for knowledge. Last term we learnt about 'The Big Bang Theory' , we explored space and evolution, we learnt lots of interesting facts and became good friends with Charles Darwin. We all loved the topic so much that we went to the Natural History Museum as a treat. This term our topic is 'The Groovy Greeks' and who knows where our learning will take us...

 

As a class our goal is to show the younger children how to be the best they can be. We try to set a good example and demonstrate how the vision and code should be followed. Occasionally we can loose our way a little and forget the rules but then we have Miss Sullivan and Mrs Mills to remind us!

 

We wish we could share more with you but we have to get back to our learning. Please check out the photographs below to see some of the amazing things we have done so far. We promise to keep you updated on our learning so don't forget to check back regularly.

 

Au Revoir,

 

Year 5

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