Mrs Dosanjh

5 Crow

Welcome to Life at KPS for Year 5

Mrs Dosanjh and Mr Yarnold 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.

Mr Yarnold

5 Raven

April 2019

What we have been learning so far this year:

Arts

In Art, Year 5 have been studying the work of Victoria Villasana and used her style as an inspiration for their own work.

After practising different types of stitching, they moved onto embroidering onto a black and white photograph. They had to think about the message that would be conveyed through the use of coloured stitching.

Were they trying to show a certain emotion?

Is there a particular message that they want to get across through their finished piece?

Next, the children will move onto taking their own photograph and convey a message through this.

Computing

The children were introduced to the significance of Earth Day, which is celebrated globally in March. They were encouraged to find out and discuss current news and events relating to climate change.

The children were set the task of designing a t-shirt that conveyed a message of the importance of saving our planet. The children were encouraged to incorporate four main elements in their design. These included: clipart, text boxes, shapes and WordArt.

On completion of the task, the children were asked to research additional facts about climate change, pollution and deforestation by using the internet.

English

In English, the children have been writing a narrative to entertain the reader. Their stories are set in Ancient Egypt and they have used a range of techniques in order to make them ‘scary’.

When writing, the children have had to draft and re-draft to improve their stories. In the first draft, the children were able to lose control with their ideas, without focussing on spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In the second draft, they had to edit their work by adding more detail and making their ordinary ideas, extraordinary. We found this very useful as it has shown great progression in the journey towards the final piece.

History

As a celebration of learning about ‘Ancient Egyptians’, both Year 5 classes worked together to put on a fantastic assembly for parents and the rest of the school to enjoy.

The whole script was written by the children and consisted of Egyptian rapping, comparing Egyptian way of living to now, stories set in Egypt, as well as the History behind the pyramids.

The highlight of the assembly, however was when Mr Vig was put through the process of Mummification!

Maths

In Maths, Year 5 have been learning about different types of angles. Their learning was brought to life by looking for acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles in the environment.

An estimation was made for each angle they found.

They then went onto using a protractor to measure these angles and compare them to their estimates. Surprisingly, they were not too far off.

Music

Year 5 have been listening to ancient Egyptian music and discussing the criteria for composing music in the same style. They have begun to create their own Egyptian piece using a minor key and pentatonic scale. They have learnt to vary rhythm, dynamics, timbre and texture.

In addition, they have learnt songs related to their topic including ’Walk like an Egyptian ‘and ‘Tutankhamun’. They did a fantastic job performing the Tutankhamun song as part of their class assembly performance.

Physical Education (P.E.)

Children have been learning to play Cricket.  We have been practicing our bowling and fielding and learning the different terms used in cricket such ‘over’.  Children now know how many bowls constitute an over and are learning about the different positions in fielding such as a wicket keeper.

We have focused on organisational skills and children are now responsible to sort themselves out into teams and arrange their own batting and bowling order.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In this subject the children have enjoyed using IPADs to access an online comic, where the main character faces a series of dilemmas about his own identity. Recently, we have been learning what it means to be resilient, how we can build more resilience and how different groups, which we belong to influence our identity.

The children have very much enjoyed accessing resources in this way and we look forward to finding out how the main character’s story ends.

Religious Education (R.E.)

The children have been furthering their understanding of what Hindus believe about God. They now understand that all Hindus believe they are on a journey to increase their understanding of God.

We have also been increasing our understanding of the different names that Hindus have for God and the different roles they perform in the religion.

The children have been very keen to discuss the similarities and differences between the Hindu faith and their own and we have all enjoyed learning about the Hindu views on there being one supreme creator who can take many forms.

Science

In Science, we have been learning about ‘Materials and their properties. The children have been carrying out various experiments related to evaporation and condensation. Through this, they have been able to identify that some changes are reversible, whereas others are irreversible.

The children have shown great enthusiasm when conducting experiments and especially enjoyed observing how a solution can be separated through evaporation. They have also been learning how to make predictions and justify them. They now have a much better understanding of different states of matter.

Sikh Studies

In Sikh Studies, so far this month, we have been looking at the Panj Chor (The Five Thieves) and how to overcome them with the Five Values (Love, Humility, Truth, Contentment and Compassion). The Panj Chor are Lust, Anger, Greed, Attachment and Ego. The pupils have learnt examples in real life where the Panj Chor can affect us and how to overcome them with the 5 Values instead in our daily lives. This has been through role play and discussions on how to use the 5 Values practically in day to day life.