Hobbits - Y5
Class teacher- Mrs Brown
Mrs Moffit and Miss Feroz also help us with our learning.
All pupils need a book bag as we bring a home reader book home every day. When we have finished the book we take a quiz to determine how well we have read and understood the book. It is important to read at home as well as school and practise our multiplication tables regularly.
Autumn Term 1 2017
French: This half term we have been focussing on using our knowledge previously learnt of the French language we have already acquired to listen to and learn poems and songs in French. We listened to the words, discussed the meaning and then learnt them to perform in front of the class. This one is performed by Joshua and is named 'Deux petits oiseaux'
Group work: In our Maths and English lessons we enjoy working in groups, where we all contribute the a piece of work. This is great because it means we can share our ideas and motivate each other. In this lesson, we were discussing and deciding which aspects of delivering a presentation were the most important as we were presenting an advert to persuade people to come on holiday to the UK. We decided that being confident about your product was the most important.
Active Maths: We love getting out and active in our lessons. We often take our learning outside, using equipment and incorporating sports into our lessons. During this lesson we had to run across the playground to retrieve a place value problem, bring it back to our group and solve the problem together.
In order to raise awareness of road safety and to encourage our children to keep fit, the Hogwarts children took part in some bikeability training.
Clitheroe Castle: Within our topic this half term, we studied the History of the Anglo-Saxons and the battles of 1066. We took responsibility of our own learning within class, by researching and then sharing our knowledge with others. To reinforce our learning we then visited Clitheroe Castle, to see how Motte and Bailey castles were used to keep people safe from attacking armies. We took part in a drama workshop, where we reconstructed the three battles of 1066: Battle of Fulford, Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings.
We then studied the armour which the different armies used and then dressed our eggs in our home-made armour before throwing them from the top of the castle to see how effective the armour was. Believe it or not, some of the eggs survived! We had a fantastic day and learnt so much!
National Poetry Day: To celebrate National Poetry Day at Springfield, we invited members of the School Library Service into school to share some of her favourite nonsense poems with us. We got a poem to learn before the afternoon assembly where we showcased our learning and used Talk for Writing techniques to help us recite the poems by heart.
Autumn Term 2 2017
Dinosaurs in the Wild
Years 4 and 5 went on a very exciting school trip to Event City in Manchester where we got the opportunity to go back in time to the Jurassic period and observe dinosaurs in the wild! We saw dinosaurs hatching, being dissected and even trying to break free! Thankfully we managed to get to the escape pods in time and returned to 2017 where we could return to school. The children absolutely loved it!
For the Christmas Fayre this year, Hobbits decided to make Christmas CDs with a Design Technology focus. We carried out market research to find out people’s favourite Christmas songs before designing and producing our own cases to make sure the CD could be kept safe. We then recorded our own music and songs for the CD, including a whole school ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ and a very special staff rendition of ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. We then evaluated our choices and reviewed how well the product matched the design criteria.
The CDs sold very well at the Fayre and we made £80 for the school.
This half term, in our English lessons we focussed on ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. First we wrote our own innovated version of the story using our own characters, plots and ideas before then learning a play-script for a performance version of the story. We then created our own play-scripts using the features we identified, again using our own ideas! Pupils especially enjoyed taking on the roles of the different characters and using intonation and expression in their voices to perform the script.
As well as learning our tables in Year 5, we had a big focus on Multiplication and Division. We used the concrete, pictorial, abstract method when tackling our learning, ensuring pupils knew exactly what was happening at each step. When our knowledge was secure, we used it solve problems involving multiplication and division and developing our growth mind-sets.
Beauty and the Beast Pantomime
Linking with our play-script unit in English, and as a festive treat, the Hobbits – as well as the rest of the school – took a trip to King George’s Hall in Blackburn, where we watched the pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’. We enjoyed singing along and watching the fantastic performance including Kevin from Liberty X as Beast!
Mrs Phipps came to our classroom to ask if anybody wanted to join her ‘Pupil Parliament’ where pupils, along with other schools, could offer their suggestions to the mayor to help make the community an even better place to live. The role needed somebody who could speak in front of crowds and be able to take others’ suggestions and pass the information on. We had 5 pupils in Year 5 who were up for the challenge; they created a speech and designed posters to persuade peers to vote for them. Well done to Kaiden for being chosen to represent Springfield from Year 5.
Our Science topic of ‘Materials’ has been an exciting one! We have planned and carried out various experiments, including one where we had the challenge of separating a variety of materials using different methods and resources. Another investigation looked at reversible and irreversible changes and we came up with a question ‘Does stirring sugar in water help it to dissolve quicker?’ We planned an investigation, predicted the results, ensured the test was fair, carried out the experiment, collected the results and then evaluated. It turns out stirring does help sugar to dissolve quicker!
Spring Term 1 2018
Our Science topic this half term has focussed around The Earth, Sun and Moon and how they all fit together within our solar system. We investigated how day and night occurs and used balls to represent Earth and the celestial bodies to help us to explain their movements.
We researched the Saturn V rocket, which was built by NASA built to send people to the moon. We decided the design criteria of our rockets were for them to be: aerodynamic, comfortable for the astronauts to live in, safe and powerful. We chose the materials we wanted to use and then built our rockets out of our chosen materials; evaluating and changing our designs as we were building. We then tested them by shooting them into the air to see how far they flew.
Story Telling Week:
During Story Telling week, we learnt a paragraph of our class novel by heart, using Talk for Writing actions and strategies to help us. We drew a story map to help us to tell the story during assembly in front of the whole school! Throughout the week, we also had a visit from numerous visitors, including Creeping Toad, Alec Williams and Julie from Scholastic. We loved the visits and they reminded us of why we love stories so much! We then used these visitors as inspiration to write our own stories in class.
Each morning we have been accessing Cyber Coach; a virtual instructor to teach us routines to begin our day with an energetic start! We have learnt an aerobic routine, boxing routine and also a hip-hop dance! The teachers also love learning the routines and joining in.
We have been learning about the Shang Dynasty and finding out the answer to the question 'How did a pile of dragon bones help to solve an ancient Chinese mystery?' We loved becoming archaeologists, investigating what was found during the digs and what this can tell us about this fascinating civilization. We also created presentations about different aspects of this area of History including Shang beliefs, ancestral worship and burial rituals. We then presented these to our peers to share what we had learnt.
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