Mrs Van Rooyen
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.
In Year 5 we have been learning about the various birds of Sikhi. We focussed on our class bird, the crow. We’ve done lots of work relating to our class bird.
We learnt a Sikhi story linking to the crow about Bibi Rajni and Bhai Mohan Ji and thoroughly enjoyed writing about this. This story links to Guru Ram Das Ji and one of trees around the Harmandir Sahib complex called the Dukh Bhanji Beri.
We also learnt some fascinating facts about the crow and were surprised at how intelligent these birds are.
Furthermore, we wrote some wonderful poems about the crow with some very impressive language. We learnt different styles of poetry before we created our very own poems.
Lastly, we spent some time drawing sketches of the crow and finishing these off with watercolour paints. This took lots of concentration and dedication and resulted in some beautiful images.
To start the year, we designed our class charter together. We looked at our three school rules – be ready; be safe; be respectful – and collaborated to decide how we would follow these rules in class and in different areas of the school. For example, we will always be respectful when others are talking: it is important to show that we are listening. We will always be ready with our equipment: it will prepare us for learning.
We also looked at the importance of preserving and having resilience when things are difficult – we are not going to give up. We discussed being a small community and working as a team as part of the larger school community.
We also looked at the meaning of the raven in Sikhism and learnt that we should be treating others with kindness and not to gossip about others.
In art, we learnt about different shading techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, circles, stippling, choice, etc. We have been sketching our class bird and used our learnt skill to shade it. We also used watercolour paint. First, we learnt how to blend colours and then drew some ‘fun and cheeky’ ravens, which we painted by using our new skills.
In writing, learnt about a form of poetry called a ‘cento’. Then we used the poem by Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Raven’ and created our own new poems by using this form of poetry. We also created some mini fact files on ravens. We enjoyed watching videos about a raven called ‘Fable’ and he showed us how clever these birds really are.