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Jewish Studies - week beginning 23.11

 

This week was filled with mass excitement, as the children received their Etgar books! We have set straight to work on the subject and the children will be busy reading Chapter 2 for homework! In Chumash, we analysed Pesukim 1-7 in order to give our opinions on what Joseph and his brothers' might have been thinking or feeling. just before he tells them of his dreams.

Friday 27th November 

This week the children have continued the Greek topic, the children reread the story of the Seven Pomegranate Seeds and have spent the week writing a script for our end of term show. The children have really enjoyed this topic and are so excited to show you their efforts. Next Friday we will be having our Greek day and the children will be coming in costume, these can be as elaborate or as simple as they wish. In History, the children learnt about the roles of specific Greek deities.

 

In Science, we watched the David Attenborough style documentaries we definitely have some budding documentary makers. This week we learnt about the life and work of Alexander Fleming. The children made scatter graphs of penicillin experiments and drew their own conclusions. 
 

In Mathematics, we started our fractions topic, exploring equivalent fractions  and comparing and ordering fractions.
 

In Literacy, we looked at figurative language such as metaphors, similes and personifications. Do ask your children to explain the differences to you.

 

We really enjoyed meeting you all this week to share all the achievements of your children, and hope it will be in person next term. The children have all been given their reports to take home and have emailed themselves their favourite pieces of work to share with you.

 

Wishing you all a restful weekend. Shabbat shalom.

 The Year Five team.

 

 

 

 

Jewish Studies - week beginning 16.11

 

This week in Jewish Studies, the children have learnt a great deal more about the family dynamics of Ya'akov and his sons (the 12 tribes). We have explored Rashi's explanation over the course of Pesukim 1-4 in the story of Yosef, filling in the answers to some important questions we had. We have also learnt the text of Pasuk 5. Our Middah (value) for this week was the importance of Tefillah. As long as the Jewish people remain steadfast in prayer, we will always be protected. Shabbat Shalom!

Friday 20th November 2020

 

This week has been Anti-Bullying week and the children created kindness stones. Created a kindness jigsaw piece. Wrote a poem from the perspective of a bully. We also discussed cyberbullying and how not to be a bystander when we see behaviour we know is not nice.

In Maths, we continued our topic on measures; revisiting accurate measuring and completing worded problems. We also completed some Greek word problems in line with our current History topic. The children took part in the Primary Maths Challenge we gave all the children in Year 5 the opportunity to take part if they wished too. 

In Literacy, we wrote a poem called ' It's OK' and completed a comprehension of the Titanic disaster. The children were very knowledgeable on this topic. In Creative Writing, the children learned techniques and startegies to add length to a sentence. We discussed varied sentence lengths and the impact this has on their writing. Our shared texts this week were based on Greek mythological stories including King Midas. Please do ask your children if they know the moral of the story?

As part of our Greek topic, the children learned the Greek Family Tree and discovered some interesting facts.

In Science, we looked at David Attenborough's life and work. We have asked the children to write a script and create a documentary in his style about a specific animal. We look forward to seeing these next week.

The children heard and voted for their favourite Letter to MP Mike Freer and we have posted all of the children's letters to him. We look forward to receiving a response.

 

Wishing you all a restful weekend.

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 5 Team 

 

Jewish Studies - week beginning 9.11

 

This week in Jewish Studies, we have continued learning about the relationships and interactions between Yosef, his father and his brothers. We have identified key words that describe the characters mentioned in Pesukim 1-4 and next week, we will focus on some of their thoughts and feelings, P'G. In the Parasha, we have learnt why Avraham paid a huge fee in order to procure the cave of Machpela - so that no one should accuse him of acquiring the land unfairly or improperly.

Friday 13th November

This week the children have really enjoyed learning about the Greeks. We have been so impressed by the homework projects that have been brought in so far. The children identified and labelled the different important towns on a map of Ancient Greece. The children learnt the Greek number system please do ask them to explain which numbers they now know? We learnt about the Olympics and read some mythical stories including Theseus and the Minotaur. 

 

In continuation of last week we had and a Q&A session with Sam Tomlinson (who works at the Houses Of Parliament). The children asked some impressive questions and wowed me with their knowledge of Government and Parliament.

 

In Maths we started our Measures topic, the children measured items around the classroom and calculated the area. We learnt the formulas for area and perimeter of rectangular shapes. The children went on to solve area and perimeter problems applying these formulae.

In Literacy, the children wrote a creative piece called 'Fire' and learnt how verbs(participles) are placed in the perfect tense. We finished the shared text "Rooftoppers" and focused on character description.

 

As part of our Greek Topic, we would like the children to come into school as either a mythical creature, God or Goddess, Philosopher, Spartan soldier or wearing a Greek toga. We would like to do this on Friday 4th December. I have told each child which character I would like them to be. These costumes need not be elaborate. 

 

The following children were chosen to represent Kerem Cares:

Tzedakah-Raphy and Liya

Tikkun Olam- Amelie and Ari

Kehilla- Chloe and Jenna

 

All the children wrote great manifestos as part of their nominations.

 

Wishing you a restful weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom 

 

The Year 5 Team

 

Jewish Studies - week beginning 2/11

 

This week we have been busy revising Yaakov's family tree and delving into the Chumash text about Yosef and his brothers. We have learnt Rashi's explanation on the first Pasuk in Parashat Vayeshev and examined the Torah's introduction to Yosef and the relationship he has with his brothers. In preparation for this week's Sedra, we have focused on the Middah of 'Emunah' (belief) in Hashem.

Uk Parliament Week

Friday 6th November 2020

 

I hope you all had a lovely half term and it has been lovely seeing all the children so enthusiastic to return to school. This week was UK Parliament week and we have been learning about the UK GOVERNMENT. The children had a virtual tour of the Palace of Westminster and partook in a live Q&A session. We discussed the importance of voting and the children were very passionate about create their own campaign speeches. 
The children have been asked to write a letter to our local MP-Mike Freer-about any topic they feel is important to them. 
In Mathematics, we focussed on short and long division and revisited multiplication. 
This term, our history topic is Ancient Greeks. The children enjoyed creating their top trump cards depicting Ancient Greek Gods or Goddesses. Our topic homework this term, will give solely based on Greeks and the children have been given a selection of options to complete across this term. In Art, the children created Greek patterned vases.
in Literacy, the children completed a comprehension and learnt about past and present participles. We also began our shared text ‘The Roof-toppers’. In Creative Writing, the children learnt to add a character’s thought and description to their writing and slow the pace in a story. 
Due to our COVID measures and to insure good ventilation, all windows are open in the classroom. As the weather gets colder, so does the classroom temperature and we would like to request all children layer up with a under-layer as well as a jumper or cardigan. 
The children were all very excited to see our new Kerem addition, Pepsi and are looking forward to seeing him again soon.

Shabbat Shalom 

 

The Year Five Team

 

 

All about the Greeks

Friday 23rd October 2020

 

We can’t believe how quickly this first half term has passed by. The children have all worked incredibly hard and deserve a good break.
This week has been assessment week and we have been very impressed with how the children have approached their tests. We explained to them that the tests were for us to see their strengths and help address which areas they need to work on. All the children were calm and focused and did their very best. The children were tested in comprehension, spellings & grammar and mathematics (both mental arithmetic and reasoning). We also assessed the children’s science topic knowledge. The assessments have now been sent off for marking and we will be able to share the results with you at Parents' Evening in November/December.

 

Last week the children used their observation skills to draw a self portrait, using a photo of themselves for one half and drawing the other. See the photographs below to see some examples of  their wonderful work!

 

This week we sent home an email regarding the children's use of non-age appropriate gaming portals, especially Fortnite. Thank you for working together with us, we appreciate your support.

 

Wishing you all a healthy and joyful half-term, 

Shabbat Shalom
 

The Year 5 Team

Friday 16th October

 

This week the children enjoyed learning about Black History Month and we had some very interesting discussions. I look forward to seeing their posters next week. 

In Literacy, the children wrote two stories varying in pace and feeling entitled 'Two Beginnings'. We continued our shared text and the children wrote a description of a scarecrow, elevating their vocabulary and using literacy techniques to add interest to the reader. We discussed figurative language and types of parsing.

In Mathematics, we looked at square, cube and square roots and revisited factors, multiples and prime numbers.

In Geography, the children researched the river Thames and created fact files.

In Art the children started their half portraits and we were so impressed by the abundance of artistic talent. 

In Science, the children experimented air resistance by testing out their parachutes. Do ask them which parachutes were the most aerodynamic?

In PSHE we discussed the qualities of a good friend.

 

We have one more week of term and will be assessing the children's progress next week. Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Year 5 Team

Friday 9th October 2020

Dear Parents,

 

This week, Year 5 were able to visit and have their lunch in the Sukkah. 


In Literacy, the children explored how to build a story around dialogue. We started the shared text - The Haunting of Amelie Jones. Next week we will start exploring the text in detail. We also continued to develop our scanning and skimming skills during our comprehension lesson. 

In Maths, we began our topic on multiplication and division, the children explored prime numbers and the terms factors and multiples, including the highest and lowest terms. The children really enjoyed our Prime Number themed mystery using the skills they had learned this week to solve a crime.

In Geography, the children learned about the uses of Rivers.
In Art, we explored some of the work of Georgia O’Keefe. The children were inspired by her mountain landscapes to create their own, using similar techniques and colours. Please see some examples below.

 

This week we sent home the children's lunch menu cards so that you can tell them in the morning what they will be having for lunch that day. Please make sure that they should only be bringing in fruit and vegetables for morning break.

 

Alongside this, we are giving the children a tube of smarties, which they will need to bring back to school. This will need to be completely filled with all the 20p coins they can find and fit inside the tube! 

 

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom

The Year Five Team 

This week in photos

Friday 2nd October 2020

 

We have had a lovely week at school this week, although it felt somewhat shorter without Monday. We hope that you all had a meaningful Yom Tov.

 

In Maths this week, we consolidated the children’s understanding of addition and subtraction, extending them to solve multi-step word problems, with the introduction of basic algebra. Next week we will be visiting the concepts of factors, multiples and prime numbers and it will be beneficial for the children to be reminded of this vocabulary over the weekend.

 

In Literacy, we revisited our shared text and developed our inference skills in order to decipher answers to specific questions.  A copy of the book is available in the Google Classroom, under the topic 'Shared texts', for any children who wish to continue reading the story.

 

In Art, the children painted their river scene sketches, using watercolour paints. Please see the photographs below. We certainly have some budding Artists!

 

In Science we learnt about air resistance and the children spent the afternoon designing and creating parachutes to test out their theories! The children all seemed quite perplexed to learn that two identically sized objects, that weigh different amounts, fall at the same speed, as discovered by Galileo.

 

In Geography, the children learnt how ox bow lakes are formed and revisited river terminology.

 

As the festival of Succot begins this evening and extends to over next weekend,  we will limit our regular weekly homework. For this reason, we are giving the children a reduced homework schedule of just Maths and English. This will be uploaded to the Google Homework Classroom and to be completed in their respective homework books. Please ensure that no written homework is completed on the festival days. 

 

Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach,

 

The Year Five Team.

 

 

Friday 25th September 2020

We have had a busy week in Year 5.

This week in Creative Writing the children wrote a piece on their dreams for next year. In Literacy, our focus this term is elevating the quality of the children’s writing and handwriting. The children reviewed the types of parsing in speech including nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. The children all wrote an amazing short piece of writing called the ‘The Island of Lights’. Please do ask them to show you what they wrote.

In Maths, for this and next week we will be focusing on mental and formal strategies for addition and subtraction including the column method.

In Geography, the children learnt about the various features of rivers and labelled them.

In Science, the children created a fact file on our forces topic. They identified key vocabulary and facts relating to gravity.
In Art, the children sketched a perspective drawing of a river scene. Learning how to develop depth and the uses of shading.

 

Fast well and see you on Tuesday

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

The Year 5 Team

 

 

 

 

FLUMMOXED FRIDAY CHALLENGE!

Friday 18th September 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

We have had a busy week. The children have worked hard and enjoyed the sunshine.
 

In Creative writing, the children wrote a piece called You’ve Got Mail and wrote a description of receiving a parcel or letter in the post. In Literacy, we introduced a shared reading lesson. This lesson focuses on developing reading comprehension skills and inference, as well as looking at literary techniques used by authors. This week we read the first chapter of ‘My life as a cat’.


In Geography, we continued our topic on Rivers, identifying key towns, the source and mouth of world rivers and giving the children the opportunity to develop their map reading skills and make use of indices.


In Mathematics, we continued our Number and Place Value topic, we focused on ordering numbers, identifying the value of digits and adding and subtracting 100’s, 1000’s and 10 000’s.

 

In Science, we introduced the children to our topic on Forces. The children learnt about the forces they encounter in daily life and learnt about the discovery of Gravity by Isaac Newton. The children learnt the difference between Weight and Mass, please ask your child which units they are measured in.

 

This week we have been incorporating some PSHE lessons based on kindness and respecting each other . I feel the children have really benefited from this, as the children have been happier and playing well with each other. 

 

There are a few requests that we would like to share with you. The first is that children should be bringing in two snacks for morning break, as they often tend to be hungry when coming in from break. The second is to be wearing correct school uniform: School shoes- not trainers unless there has been a letter written to us to let us know new school shoes are being ordered.
 

Shana Tovah and Shabbat Shalom!

 

Kind Regards


The Year 5 Team

This week

Friday 11th September 2020

 

Dear Parents,

 

It was lovely 'meeting' you all on Wednesday during our Meet the Teacher evening. It definitely felt strange meeting via Zoom rather than in person. It has been amazing getting to know all the children and observing the dynamics of the class. 

 

We are now reaching the end of our first full week. The children have worked hard completing a variety of assessments. In Creative writing, the children wrote a piece called the Burglary and discovered one of their favourite stories was based on one. Do ask them about it? 
In Geography, we started our topic on Rivers, identifying key towns along UK rivers and giving the children the opportunity to develop their map reading skills and making use of indices.
In Mathematics, we began our Number and Place Value topic, we focussed on rounding numbers up to to 100,000.

In Science, we introduced the children to our Forces topic. The children learnt about the forces they encounter in daily life and played a game of Forces Bingo.

This week we have been incorporating a lot of PSHE lessons based on friendships and respecting each other. These lessons will be ongoing as we hope that the children can develop their attributes of respect towards one another I will keep you updated about their progress.

 

There are a few requests that we would like to share with you. The first is that children should be bringing in two snacks for morning break, as they often tend to be hungry when coming in from break. The second is to be wearing correct school uniform: School shoes- not trainers unless there has been a letter written to us to let us know new school shoes are being ordered.

 

Have a restful weekend and Shabbat Shalom!

 

Kind Regards


The Year 5 Team

Week Commencing 7/9/20

Friday 4th September 2020

 

Welcome back! It is hard to believe that the children have not been together in school since March. They have settled back into the school routine and we hope that they have enjoyed their first couple of days. We have thoroughly enjoyed teaching them.

 

This week we have started assessing the children. They have completed a Non-Verbal reasoning paper and been assessed on their Spellings and Mental maths skills. We will carry out more assessments next week including reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning. We do not want the children to be anxious about these tests; they are simply to show us where the gaps are and where individual children need extra support or extension. Once we have marked and analysed the assessments, we will be in touch with each of you to discuss your child's results and needs.

 

We would like to remind you that PE is on Tuesday and Thursday and that the children should come into school in their PE kit on those days.

 

Please send in any homework folders as we seem to be missing a few.

 

Homework will begin next week- we will tell you more about it at our Meet the Teacher meeting on Wednesday.

 

We look forward to seeing you, albeit virtually next week and to telling you more about the exciting year ahead.

 

Shabbat Shalom

The Year 5 Team

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