Mrs Chahal

5 Crow

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 5

Mrs Van Rooyen and Mrs Chahal 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.

Mrs Van Rooyen

5 Raven

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November 2019

Arts

In DT this term we have begun a new topic on construction.

We have linked this to our class topic about World War One and have begun to research information about bridges across the world. We found some images of bridges and picked our two favourites and drew sketches of them. We also researched information and facts about bridges including information such as how much weight bridges can hold, what materials are used to create them and the sizes of different bridges. We will later begin to construct our own bridges in class using paper and masking tape which need to carry the weight of a brick!

Computing

In Maths our topic has been line graphs and tables. We have been learning how to read and interpret line graphs and even learnt some rhymes about how to remember which the ‘x’ and ‘y’ axis are. We have been reading line graphs to retrieve data and also plot some information on the graph.

We then learnt how to read tables and discussed where we would see tables in the outside world and how these can help us. We then created our own two way tables to show information.

English

This term we have been studying the Great War. We have been looking at how WW1 started and discovered it was with the assassination of the Austria-Hungarian Emperor, Franz Ferdinand. We used this history to practise our expanded noun phrases, direct and indirect speech and passive voice. We will be writing news reports and therefore, learn how to inform the reader. We looked at the features of news reports and agreed on what makes a good, quality report. We discovered that in order to have quality writing, we need to include the following: Catchy headlines; quotes from a person who observed what had happened, reported speech, facts and if possible, an image/photo. During our discussions, we also learnt about ‘fake news’ and news that was used as propaganda.

History

This term in history we have been focussing on the First World War and the impact this had on the world. We have been researching how the war began and the reasons behind this. We have been looking at the timeline linking to the war and then created our own, including the key event involved.

We also looked at pictures from the war in depth and began to piece stories together using clues from the photographs. We came up with some very interesting stories using our knowledge on the war.  We also tried to put ourselves in the shoes of a soldier and understand just how difficult this time would have been.

Maths

In Maths our topic has been line graphs and tables. We have been learning how to read and interpret line graphs and even learnt some rhymes about how to remember which the ‘x’ and ‘y’ axis are. We have been reading line graphs to retrieve data and also plot some information on the graph.

We then learnt how to read tables and discussed where we would see tables in the outside world and how these can help us. We then created our own two way tables to show information.

Music

They have learnt to sing the song ‘Remember’ which focuses on remembering those who fought and died in the wars linking with remembrance day and their topic of World War 1

We have discussed the importance of music to maintain morale and help keep the troops’ spirits up during the war.

The children have learnt ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ and ‘Pack up your troubles’ which can be sung individually or together as partner songs.

In addition, we have discussed life in the trenches with a view to creating a piece of atmospheric music to represent the horrors of the soldiers’ living conditions.

Panjabi

This month the children have been learning about the story of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and the Boulder in Punjabi by learning the vocabulary of the story in Punjabi and retelling the story in Punjabi verbally and also in writing in their books. Pupils have been using cartoon images of the story about the Boulder and Guru Nanak Dev Ji and after sequencing the story in the right order they have been writing the story in Punjabi next to the pictures. Then they have retold the story themselves in Punjabi afterwards to the rest of the class.

PE

In PE, we have been learning the various skills involved with playing football.  We have focused on passing, dribbling and shooting as well as marking, positional play and coaching.

Children have been practicing to control and pass the ball with the inside of their foot and to follow through with power when passing over longer distances or shooting.

We have focused on team play by working together to figure out which players are best suited to which positions on the pitch.  This has led to using our communication skills to coach each other before a game starts as well as during any warm ups or matches.

We have also focused on specific terms used in football such as ‘man – on’, ‘throw – on’ and ‘down the line’.

PSHE

During the month of November, we had a week of Anti-Bullying. We are now clearer about what bullying actually We know now that bulling is something that happens repeatedly and by the same person. We also learnt that if someone does something unintentionally hurtful – once only – then that is rudeness. However, when someone does something intentionally hurtful and they keep on doing it, even when you tell them to stop or tell them it upsets you, that is bullying.  We have also made some pledges, using them we would like to create a safe and happy place for everyone around us!

RE

This term, we are studying Hinduism and we are learning how Hindus show their commitment to God and to evaluate if there is a best way to show commitment to God. Mrs Nanda kindly offered to visit Y5 to share information about her religion, as a practising Hindu. We initially brainstormed some questions we wanted to ask her during her session and had to think carefully about what we already know and what we wanted to know. We really enjoyed the session and discovered that there were many aspects of Hinduism that we fell short on our knowledge. We also read a sacred story from the Hindu scriptures and explained the message in our own writing.

Science

In science, we are leaning about animals including humans.  We looked at the digestive system and learnt what happens to food as soon as we swallow it. We learnt that digestion starts in the mouth and it is completed in the small intestines using enzymes. We also learnt about the different types of teeth and the importance of brushing teeth. We had a fun and interesting experiment about the acidity of some drinks and had some useful discussions about the effect of these drinks on our teeth. We used litmus strips to test the acidity and made some comparisons. We learnt that foods and drinks that are high in acids wear away the enamel that protects your teeth, a process known as tooth erosion.

Sikh Studies

This month, the children have been using role play to explain about Guru Nanak Dev Ji to a non-Sikh. Using the footage captured by Newsround of our school celebrations, pupils have got into pairs and practised doing a role play of having to explain to a non-Sikh person about Guru Nanak Dev Ji. The non-Sikh person has just learnt about Guru Nanak Dev Ji from watching Newsround and wants to know more from pupils at this school. This has enabled children to share their knowledge that they have acquired this term so far on Guru Nanak Dev Ji and use it in a real-life setting.