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

May 2019

What we have been learning so far:

Arts

In art we have completed our final pieces based upon the work of a famous artist. The artist that we chose embellishes black and white photographs with a needle and multi-coloured thread. The children used photographs of themselves and tried to represent aspects of their personality. Our work is proudly displayed in the Art gallery. Please do come and have a look. Can you work out the message or emotion we are trying to convey through our work?

Computing

Over the last half term, pupils continued to complete their t-shirt designs for ‘Earth Day’ focussing on incorporating the four main elements in their design. These included: clipart, text boxes, shapes and WordArt.

Pupils then used the internet to research additional facts about climate change, pollution and deforestation. They were then presented with a choice of either incorporating or presenting this information in a poster format or as a PowerPoint. Once completed, pupils will have an opportunity to present their work to their class, and to evaluate their presentations through discussions.

English

In English this term we have been writing scary stories based in Egypt.

We spent a lot of time analysing what makes a good scary story.

During the next stage, we wrote our own stories, using the process of drafting and re-drafting.  We then decided to record the stories and used a sound mixing programme called ‘audacity’ to add effects and scary music.

We thought about the tone and pace of our voices very carefully, as these have a huge impact on how ‘scary’ the stories sound.

We hope you enjoy listening to one of the stories that we recorded!

Maths

In Maths, we have been further investigating the properties of shapes and angles. We have used our reasoning and problem solving skills to find different ways of creating 360 degrees. During the investigation, we also looked into the properties of triangles, whilst classifying them into isosceles, scalene, right angled or equilateral.

We enjoyed this activity, as we got the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams and it encouraged us to use lots of mathematical vocabulary.

Music

Year 5 have used graphics to write a rhythm piece in four parts.

They have learnt that syncopation is a rhythm that falls between the main pulse beat and that an ostinato is a repeated pattern.

They have understood the need to listen to each other and play rhythms with sensitivity to dynamics and balance so as to produce a whole class piece.

In addition, they have listen to different orchestral instruments and categorised them into the four different sections of the orchestra based on their sound and criteria.

Physical Education (P.E.)

This month children are preparing for Sports Day.  We have been practicing for events such as 50m sprint, javelin, egg and spoon race and football dribble.

We have been practicing the sprint start technique and learning about the difference this technique can make to our sprint times when performed properly.

We have also been discussing the amount of practice and dedication that professional athletes need to perform at the top level.

Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

In PHSE we have decided to revisit the idea of internet safety. The children now understand that as soon as a photograph of themselves is shared on social media they lose control over it and learnt about some of the consequences of that happening. We then went to look at how we can keep ourselves safe while playing online games and we learnt some of the language that online gamers use and what it means.

Religious Education (R.E.)

During this month the children have been learning about Christianity, we have completed a conscience alley exercise where the children had to debate if it was permissible to tell a small lie in order to save someone’s feelings.  It was a very interesting, lively debate and interestingly most of the children felt that being untruthful under any context was bad. We went on to look at scenarios, where the children had to place themselves in the shoes of someone who faced a dilemma surrounding being untruthful and the ramifications of being untruthful.

Science

During this half term year 5 have been continuing their exploration of materials, change and states of matter.  During the last few weeks we have been exploring reversible and irreversible changes. We have conducted lab experiments about solubility and saturation of different liquids, about separation of solutions and about neutralising acids.  We have been learning how to plan scientific investigations and how to record data, systematically and scientifically.  In the experiment pictured here we used bicarbonate of soda to neutralise different acids and tested our solutions with Litmus indicator paper. We discovered that certain acids are stronger than others and that an irreversible change occurs when we neutralise those acids with bicarbonate of soda.