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

June 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

We have been given our design brief for our Design & technology topic. As we have been learning about pollution in our environment and the impact that it has on our local and global environment, we though it’s time to educate others too.

In this project, we will design and construct a 3-d game about the effects of pollution on our environment. We will try our best to make it entertaining and informative at the same time.

Watch this space!

Computing

In this half term, pupils have been introduced to coding. They have gained greater understanding of how programs respond to inputs in order to do different things. They have created simple games by incorporating key presses and buttons. They have had an opportunity to trial their games and evaluate them with their peers.

Pupils have progressed to using a timer to program and sequence a variety of actions in order to create a simple animation. In ‘Space Travel’, pupils had to create a program to fly and land a rocket on different coloured planets whilst avoiding space rocks.

In addition, pupils have used an online program entitled ‘Dancing Mat’ to help them practise and improve their touch-typing skills.

English

The children have been writing a persuasive letter about climate change to their MP Mr Tan Dhesi. In preparation for writing their letter they have been exploring arguments around climate change as well as developing their skills of persuasion.  During the pictured lesson children randomly chose a topic from a grid and each were given opposing sides of the argument. They each had only 30 seconds to come up with two strong arguments to beat their opponents. Some children lasted for 5 or 6 rounds.  Truly the politicians of the future!

Geography

In Geography, we are still working on the topic of Pollution and how it impacts our local and global environment. We watched Greta’s emotional speech, which showcased her passion for the environment. We had time to reflect on the content of her speech, as well as the features that made it such a powerful one.

We realised that different types of pollution are having devastating effects on our World.

We hope to come up with some solutions so that we can make a difference. As they say, every little helps!

Maths

The children have been using practical maths lessons to investigate the volume of shapes. In previous lessons they have used unifix cubes to investigate whether different shaped cuboids have the same volume.  In this lesson they were making open boxes using a square piece of paper and investigating which box had the largest volume by using their knowledge about how to calculate the volume of cuboids. Pictured is a group of greater depth students using inference skills and discussing which box theoretically has the greatest volume.

Music

The children have been learning about music from the sixties.

They have learnt to sing songs written by the Beatles and have used the chime bars to play the melody, following notation. They have learnt to read crotchets, quavers and pitches. This has developed their perseverance, resilience, team work, co-ordination, rhythm and pitch.

In addition, they have begun to compose lyrics about the earth and environment. They will continue to practice their chime bar skills by learning melody and accompaniment.

Physical Education (P.E.)

his month was our school Sports Day.  Children took part in many different races where they were required to put all their previous learning into action.  They had to use techniques learnt in PE lessons to compete against each other in a variety of challenges and races.  Some of our races involved problem solving where children had to work as part of a team to complete challenges faster than the other teams.  This put many skills learnt in PE lessons into practice and the children were excellent in displaying their teamwork and tenacity to finish any challenge they were confronted with.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PSHE, the children have been reflecting on their achievements this academic year. They looked back at their aspirations and targets set at the beginning of Year 5 and thought about what had supported them to achieve those, as well as what they would do differently for next year.

The children were both pleased and surprised at all the experiences they had shared and how much they had achieved in this year. This was a very positive exercise as it made children feel very proud with all they had accomplished.

Religious Education (R.E.)

In RE, we have been looking more closely at Christianity. One of our key learning questions is ‘How do Christians show their commitment to God?’

We examined the ten commandments and reflected on how people follow these in order to show their commitment to God. We had an interesting discussion about which of the ten commandments would be more challenging to follow than others and why.

We went onto deliberating how we as Sikhs, show our commitment to God and whether it is an easy thing to do.

Science

This half term, children have started a new topic in science, animals including humans.  As part of the topic they have been learning about the bones which make up the human body and how they are similar and different to the bones in other animals. For this activity, children drew an outline of one of the other children in the class and then drew on and labelled the bones they knew about and recognised. Then they used post it notes to make comments about other outlines and improve each other’s knowledge.  Children then conducted research to deepen their knowledge of which bones are in the human body.

Sikh Studies

The children have been learning about the Panj Takhts (The Five Seats of Political Authority) and also the history about each one. It has been found that some pupils recognise one or more of the Panj Takhts because they have visited them in India or learnt about them elsewhere.

The children learnt the names and locations of the Panj Takhts as well as knowing the significance of each one. The Panj Takhts have been compared to the British Values of Democracy and the Rule of Law in terms of the Houses of Parliament being the Political Authority of the UK.