Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 5
Mrs Van Rooyen and Mrs Sharma warmly welcome you to Year 5.
The aim of this page is to highlight some of the fantastic learning that has been happening in Year 5, this page will be updated monthly, with photographs and information about the learning we have completed during the month.
We hope you enjoy looking through these updates and do discuss your child’s learning with them to celebrate their success. We look forward to any suggestions you may have to make your child’s learning a pleasant experience.
This term we started to explore some existing ideas on coiled clay pots. We evaluated the ideas and we were thinking about our own ideas. We looked at the ideas we liked and those we liked less to incorporate what we liked more into our own ideas. Next, we had a practise session where we practised with the clay. For some of us, it wasn’t very easy and our teacher advised us to use less clay and to roll it between our hands before we roll it out on our boards. This was good advice and it went really well. In our follow-up lesson we made our pots! We were had so much fun on making it and it all went well for most of us. Some tried too heavy balls on the rim and they had to think how to reduce the amount of clay and to have less clay for smaller balls in their designs.
This term, we have been looking further at website design. We also reminded ourselves on what makes a ‘bad’ website and a ‘good’ website. We started with our mini-website in Power Point and learnt how to create links to different slides and how the transition works without clicking on a slide but to use a link to advance from one slide to the next slide. We also have a home button, which we need to link to the main slide, which is hour home page. Eventually, we will also learn how to create links from some of our information to safe outside links.
This term we spent time more time on completing our research on our Roman topic. We also had more short sessions where we practised all the necessary grammar that will enable us to write a good Roman report. We also spent more time on reading about the Romans and would like to share some of our favourite facts we learnt: The Romans bathed together in their baths, they invented many things such as: calendars, books, newspapers, the number system and roads. Many of our buildings and how they are heated, the way we get rid of our sewage, some of our wild animals, religion, the words and language we speak, how we calculate distances and why we use money to pay for goods were all introduced by the Romans.
This term we developed our chopping skills even more by cooking some Chinese to celebrate Chinese New Year! We loved it and it was so much fun. First, we had to cook the carrots and the sugar snap peas and this happened whilst some friends fried the mushrooms and other vegetables. The soya sauce was a winner to add some taste to our cooking! Some other friends had to cook the wheat noodles and at the end, we mixed it all! We couldn’t wait to get home to have our own cooked meal!
InHistory, we looked at the Roman Social Structure in the Roman Society. The social structure of ancient Rome was based on heredity, property, wealth, citizenship and freedom. It was also based around men: women were defined by the social status of their fathers or husbands. Women were expected to look after the houses and very few had any real independence. Ancient Rome was made up of a structure called a social hierarchy, or division of people into differently-ranked groups depending on their jobs and family. The emperor was at the top of this structure, followed by the wealthy landowners, the common people, and the slaves, who were the lowest class.
In Maths this term we started with short division and we learnt very quickly how important our times tables are! We then moved on to fractions and found this topic really as one of our favourites! First, we learnt about proper and improper fractions and how to convert and improper fraction to mixed numbers vice versa. We added up and subtracted with the same denominators. That was easy! Then we moved on to adding up with mixed numbers and solved some problems too. We are getting so confident now however, we still have a few more things to learn about fractions.
This month, year 5 have been linking their music work to their topic on the Romans.
They have learnt to sing songs related to Romans including ‘Just like a Roman’ and the ‘Road Building’ Song
The children have also been learning about Roman fanfares. They’ve talked about instrumentation and rhythm used and have composed their own on chime bars using ‘C E and G’
In addition, they have been learning musical terms such as dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, pitch and duration. Once learnt, they will be able to apply them to compositions and performances.
This term we have been learning the 6 sets of Panjabi letters and revising their previous learning by reading and writing Mukta words and beginning to use them in to sentences. Children also learning the first symbol Kannaa and reading words with this symbol. For speaking and listening our main focus has been on different seasons. Children are learning about different seasons in Panjabi and how the weather changes according to the seasons. They are also learning new vocabulary about weather through their experiences. We are also learning about Chali Mukte (Forty Liberators) in Panjabi.
Children in Y5 have been continuing with learning to play Hockey. They have been practicing the skills needed to play the sport by taking part in stick and ball dribbling drills designed to improve control of the ball and hockey stick.
Fitness is a key factor when playing Hockey so we have been taking part in strenuous warm ups which have also helped warm us up in this cold weather! We have learnt the correct way to hold the Hockey stick as well as run with the stick while keeping ourselves and those around us safe.
Children will be working on quick footwork skills and teamwork to improve on their game play. These skills are transferable to many other team and individual sports and we will be discussing this in our lessons.
In PSHE this time, we looked at Safer Internet Day and spend some quality time to think about online behaviour and our online reputation. We learnt that it’s important to always be kind and say positive things online. We also shouldn’t get involved with activities online where we will get in trouble. We watched a video, which taught us about safe sharing and how to think twice before we share anything like pictures and information. We know now too that if you delete a picture online, it stays on the Web for a very long time. We will definitely be more smart users of the internet!
In RE, we learnt about the Hindu god: Brahma
Who is Brahma?
Brahma is the first god in the Hindu triumvirate, or trimurti. The triumvirate consists of three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world. The other two gods are Vishnu and Shiva. Vishnu is the preserver of the universe, while Shiva’s role is to destroy it in order to re-create.
Brahma’s job was creation of the world and all creatures. His name should not be confused with Brahman, who is the supreme God force present within all things. Brahma is the least worshipped god in Hinduism today. There are only two temples in the whole of India devoted to him, compared with the many thousands devoted to the other two.
In Science, we continued with our learning about materials. In our second experiment, we learnt that aluminium foil does not only have high thermal conductivity, but it’s also very thin (low mass), and has therefore a high surface area. Due to the latter, whatever heat the foil absorbs, is lost rapidly to the surrounding air. We also found out that aluminium foil is a great insulator when used properly and a bad one when used incorrectly. It is a great reflector of thermal heat and also conducts heat well so if it is in direct contact with something it won’t insulate well. We took some ice cubes to find out if aluminium foil is a conductor or insulator.
This month in Sikh Studies children have been learning about the Martyrdom of Baba Deep Singh Ji. Children learnt the background of Baba Deep Singh Ji and the reasons for Martyrdom. They learnt lots of facts about Baba Deep Singh Ji too looking at paintings and images of Gurdwaras linked to Baba Deep Singh Ji.
Children then had to write a fact file on Baba Deep Singh Ji and then explaining about the Martyrdom as a diary entry of what they saw or as a letter of someone who was with Baba Deep Singh Ji in battle.