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Life at KPS – Year 5 July 2019 2019-07-18T09:44:44+01:00

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

July 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

In Design and Technology, the children have been busy researching and designing board games around the theme of pollution and climate change. They are now at the manufacturing stage and are occupied with using a variety of materials to construct and decorate their board games.

Once these games have been completed, the children will have a go at ‘playing’ them before evaluating this project.

They have been very enthusiastic during this project and it is lovely to see such brilliant team work.

Computing

Pupils have continued with the coding unit this month. They have designed and created their own maze games using the paint facility of the program and selected an appropriate background. Furthermore, pupils have had an opportunity to test and evaluate their games with their peers.

In ‘Hungry Snakes’, pupils added a code to make a snake move in different directions. They also used two separate ‘if hit’ conditional statements to make the egg hide when the snake touches it.

Pupils have continued to practise and improve their touch-typing skills using an online program entitled ‘Dancing Mat’.

English

In English, the children have worked extremely hard to write persuasive letters to Slough MP Tan Dhesi. Their completed letters are going to be hand delivered by the Head boy, head girl and their deputies, to Tan Dhesi’s office in Slough.

The children have used powerful techniques and language so that their letters really make an impact and encourage Mr Dhesi to help resolve the issue of Global warming.

The children are hopeful that Mr Dhesi will hear their voices and raise a question in parliament about this burning question for their generation.

Geography

This month children have been learning about plastic pollution and climate change. We have watched some of BBC1’s Hugh and Anita’s war on plastic and children have taken notes and produced written work and cartoons about the topic. The children have also been using laptops to conduct their own research on nurdles and different types of pollution. They have been making use of their ICT skills to record and use this information for both their English and DT work.

Maths

Children have been learning about volume and capacity.  There was a discussion about what it means to make an estimate. They estimated capacity by guessing how many tablespoons of sugar it takes to fill a small mug or glass. The children used their knowledge about the difference between volume and capacity and the size of a teaspoon and a tablespoon to estimate the capacity of different sized containers.

They were pleasantly surprised at how good some of their estimates were.

Music

The children have been learning music about the environment.

They have learnt to sing songs related to a peaceful world and have accompanied the melody by playing chords and following notation. They have continued to read crotchets, quavers and pitches. This has developed their perseverance, resilience, team work, co-ordination, rhythm and pitch.

The children have also written and sung their own lyrics related to a clean and safe environment.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month we have been asking children how active they are in and out of school.  At the start of the year a company called Active Movement came in and asked children how much exercise they got during a normal school day and on the weekends.  They did this via a questionnaire which all children filled out. Now this month we had to answer the questionnaire again and send results to Active movement so they can analyse and send us a report.  The report will come with findings and also recommendations that we can consider to increase our levels of physical exercise.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PSHE, Year 5 have been thinking about their own positive traits. They thought about what kind of perception they have about themselves and how our perception of ourselves can be very different from other peoples’.

During the next stage, they thought how other peoples’ perception of ourselves can sometimes effect our own self esteem.

It was really interesting to find out how we rate our own self-esteem and why it is vital to have a positive one.

Religious Education (R.E.)

In RE this month, the children have continued to think of ways of showing commitment to God. There were some interesting discussions, which showed that it is not always easy to show our commitment, as our daily routines and busy lives can over power us. However, sometimes we can change the way/s that we show this commitment.

The children looked at a scenario where a child was feeling distracted at Church every Sunday. We thought very hard about the advice that we could offer.

Science

In Science, Year five have been learning about the human body in science this term. In this lesson children learned about muscles; how they work and their function. Children worked in groups to investigate whether there was a correlation between leg length and how far you could jump. Children spent some time thinking about which independent variables they could measure. Working in groups, they measured each other’s jumping distances and calculated the average distance for each child. Back in class children compared results and drew a line graph which they interpreted.

Sikh Studies

The children have completed an end of year assessment test to assess how much of Sikh Studies they have learnt over the course of the academic year in Year 5. Their assessments have been compared with the scores they received from the initial assessment at the start of the year. Children were able to see what they scored before and what they have scored at the end of the term and see how much they have learnt and retained over the year. Any areas of weakness found from the majority of the class will be used to inform the planning for the next academic year.