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.
Art / Design and Technology
We started designing our own ‘Nature Friendly’ bags. We began by looking at different ideas for logos and slogans that we may have seen before. We talked about what makes an effective logo and slogan and what is needed for bags to be eye-catching. We learnt that logos need to be simple and memorable. We then brainstormed some ideas before designing our own bags in our art books. Finally, we then created our beautiful bags, that have some very powerful messages about protecting our environment and our endangered species.
This term we looked at coding. We were lucky to have Scratch Editor, which is an offline piece of software to practise our coding skills. Our first task was to create a character with a background and then to make the character move. After this, we had to give our character an obstacle to jump over. Finally, we had to make sure that all the events must be able to ‘stop’. We could also bring in a score and a second obstacle to make it more interesting! We had such good fun!
We developed our knowledge about fronted adverbials, all the different clauses, such as: relative clauses, subordinate clauses and embedded clauses even more when we had to describe a typical battle between the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans. We also had to garnish our writing with clever word play and for this, we tried to use amazing and ambitious adjectives in our expanded noun phrases. To write with flair, we had to make the reader feel worried and nervous and so we had to think how to build suspense in our writing.
We have been learning about the Vikings! We learnt that the Vikings came originally from three different Scandinavian countries, which is Denmark, Sweden and Norway. What was interesting is that the word ‘Viking’ comes from a language called ‘Old Norse’ that means ‘a pirate raid’. The Viking age was about AD700 to 1100. In Britain, the Vikings landed with their longships in AD 787. We also learnt that in 793, the Christian Monastery at Lindisfarne in Northumbria was attacked by Vikings because the Vikings knew there were treasures, money and that the monasteries had no weapons to defend themselves. We also learnt about the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings 1066.
We have started our new topic: Position and Direction. In this topic we have started by refreshing our memory and understanding what the x and y axis are. We then began plotting coordinates in the first quadrant. We had fun creating a robot using coordinates and this was really challenging but we got there in the end! We are now looking at translations with coordinates and symmetry and will then move on to area and perimeter!
The children have been learning complex rhythms using dotted crotchets and quavers, dotted minims and dotted quavers and semi quavers. In addition, they have also revised how to write and follow crotchets, quavers, semi quavers and minims.
They consolidated their rhythm knowledge by playing rhythm bingo.
The children have also begun to learn an informative song about the Vikings Playing an ostinato on drums simultaneously whilst singing.
We have been learning 5 sets of Panjabi letters and revising our previous knowledge by reading and writing Mukta words. We have also been beginning to construct new Panjabi words. Children are using the Panjabi alphabet sheet to allow them to make connections, furthermore, recognise familiar sounds to enable them to read and write Mukta words and words with different symbols. This term, children have also been learning about self-hygiene in Panjabi. For speaking and listening our main focus has been on directions. To make our learning interesting children have been using a variety of interactive resources such as flash cards and pictures. This term they have also been learning about Guru Arjan Dev Ji and Guru Ji’s shahidi.
This month we had our Sports Day! Children competed against each other in races such as Hurdles, Sprint, Football Dribble, Bat and Ball, Sack race and Space hoppers.
Children raced in their families and collected points throughout the day, and the winning team with the most points was The Sky Gliders. Well done to all the Reds!
We also had a picnic with the parents, parents races and a teachers race – which was won by our Year 3 teacher, Mrs Athwal!
We have been following the Jigsaw ‘Changing ME’ topic. We focussed on how the body changes during puberty and we have looked in detail at the menstruation cycle. We have looked at how a girl’s body changes during puberty and we now understand the importance of looking after ourselves physically and emotionally. We all understand that puberty is a natural process that happens to everybody and that it will be OK! We were also lucky enough to get a visit from FRED, who taught us how to keep a healthy mind and body.
We learnt this term how Christians commit themselves to God and why it’s important. We learnt that commitment to Him shows others how important He is to Christians. If something is important in our life, we commit ourselves to it. If you like or love something, you commit to your time to it and if your job or family is important to you, you commit yourself to them. Christians go to church to pray and worship God every Sunday. The Bible is the Holy book and Christians read from the Bible to commit themselves to God. Once per month, Christians take communion to show commitment to God and with that, they show that they remember that Jesus died on the cross for them.
This term in science we are studying the topic of Animals including humans. We have been learning about the different stages from fertilisation to old age and also physical changes in the human body that lead to puberty. We have been looking at the growth of babies and the changes that happen during old age. We have also been looking at the gestation periods of animals and found it interesting that the elephant is the animal with the longest gestation period, which is 22 months!
Children have been doing their end of year assessment on Sikh Studies. They have been showing what they have learnt over the year in all the topics covered in Sikh Studies.
Children were given a chance to revise first by looking through their Sikh Studies book from work done since the start of the academic year in September.
After children will have then went through their papers to see their scores and marked papers. Then we will go through the answers as a class so children can see what they got wrong and what the answers were.