5HH 2019 - 2020
Did the Ancient Greeks Change The World?
Welcome back to everyone! We hope you had a fabulous summer break and managed to spend some fun times together with family and friends. It was great to see everyone so enthusiastic to be back and we can't wait for all the amazing adventures in learning we will have this year.
Week ending 13.9.19
This week in 5HH, we have been back to our usual school timetable. The children have coped well with the challenges they have been set and the high expectations that we have had of them. They are getting used to the new routines in Year 5 and settling quickly.
In English, we have started to study the book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. Leading up to this, we studied what the word ‘daredevil’ means and explored different examples of this, including a video of a mountain biker called Danny Macaskill, which isn’t for the faint hearted! The children wrote a diary extract for Danny. We then studied Niagara Falls in more detail to learn about the context of the book. The children explored this and then wrote a postcard to a friend, imagining they were there and explaining what it was like.
In Maths, we have been studying place value. The children have gradually moved through from 5-digit numbers up to 7-digit numbers, exploring what each digit is worth and representing the numbers in various ways. They then applied this knowledge to comparing numbers using the <, = and > signs. Throughout the week, the children have been challenged to think about how they can make the largest/smallest numbers using different digit cards and they have been encouraged to spot mistakes in answers to questions, explaining why they are wrong.
In our Topic lesson, we started to think about our big question: How did the Ancient Greeks change the world? The children decided what they wanted to find out and how they wanted to showcase this. They presented this in a fishbone diagram.
In Art, we have been learning to sketch using various types of pencils. The children have created their own ‘personality’ page at the start of their sketch books; sharing with us what they enjoy doing in their free time.
In Computing, we studied how we view a web page. We discussed the differences between the Internet and the World Wide Web, before then acted out what happens when we type a web address into our browser.
In Guided Reading, we have read chapter 1 of The Umbrella Mouse by Anna Fargher. She is our author of the half term and this is her debut novel. It is told from the perspective of a mouse and is set during World War 2. The children have enjoyed reading this text and exploring the vocabulary used in it.
We have had our second drumming lesson this week and our hands were definitely aching by the end of it! We learnt about where the Djembe drums are made, before learning a rhythm and also improvising our own rhythms. Well done to Eric Campbell who was Mr Proctor’s Drummer of the Week and to Oliver Pettet who was our Star of the Week!
Please make sure you have your PE kit in school all week and it is clearly named. We will be doing outdoor PE on a Wednesday and indoor on a Thursday.
Hello everyone! After graduating with a degree in ICT and Education 16 years ago (start guessing my age), I completed a PGCE at MMU and have been teaching ever since. My favourite subject to teach is Art and I quite like maths too, which is funny because it was my worst subject when I was at school. I love my job, not just for those "lightbulb moments" but for the fun and laughs we get to have every day! When I am not teaching, I am looking after my two wonderful children who are 6 and 3, they certainly keep me on my toes! I love to go walking with our black lab, Oscar, travel and having fun with my family. I have thought of three interesting things to tell you about me which you might not know: 1. I have jumped out of an aeroplane! 2. I have heli-hiked on top of a glacier in New Zealand. 3. I am really interested in extreme weather.
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