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Year 5 Weekly News 26.04.24

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I am so proud of all of you for your hard work and progress in our classes this week. It was wonderful to see you engaging with the topics and actively participating in our lessons. What a great week we've had team, well done. 

As always, our first lesson of each week is maths. In our math lessons, we delved into the fascinating world of angles. We began by recapping what acute and obtuse angles are. Next, we explored the skill of measuring angles using a protractor which allowed us to develop our ability to accurately determine the size of acute and obtuse angles. 

Excitingly, we began to read our new class story in our first reading lesson of the week. First, we read the blurb, looked at the front cover and then made predictions about what we thought might happen in the story. From the blurb, we learnt that at the beginning of the story our characters are in a plane which crashes over in the middle of the Amazon rainforest (and they are without their parents). As a class, we felt that this story may be an adventure or quest story. As a class, we predict that the characters are going to need to overcome many different challenges to survive the new dangerous world they find themselves in. After making our predictions, we read the first chapter which led to many questions about the story. I'm looking forward to reading more!

The theme of 'rainforest' inspired our art lesson as we started our 'Big Art' project. We enjoyed colour mixing to create different shades of green. We will be using different mediums next week to add texture and detail to our leaves. 

After our first reading lesson which introduced us to our new class story, the rest of our sessions focused on enhancing our comprehension skills. Our lessons were designed to help us become more proficient in understanding and interpreting texts. We had the opportunity to read extracts from the D.K Witness Amazon book, which provided us with fascinating information about the Amazon rainforest. We learned how to use evidence from the text to support our answers, improving our ability to analyse and draw conclusions from what we read. This skill will serve us well in our future reading endeavours.

In our English lessons this week, we have continued to explore 'The Promise' by Nicola Davies. At the start of the week, we investigated an example text which showed us what a good 'narrative description' looks like. We went onto unpicked the writing tools within it and had a go at using them ourselves as we wrote a setting descriptions. Your work is fantastic so far, and I can't wait for us to start writing the main piece. 

In our PE lessons, we enjoyed athletics on Monday and tag rugby on Thursday. In our athletics sessions, we focused on relay races. We practice the skills of starting the race, and how to successfully pass the batons. Great work team.

For this week's RE lesson, we began an brand new unit. In this unit, we will be learning about the women of the Old Testament. I was so impressed by the number of women you were able to name from the bible! You are superstars. We then discussed whether they were women from the Old Testamant or women from the New Testament. Finally, as the lesson went on, we were introduced to the women that our lessons will be focusing on. 

For out first lesson In our "Fake is a Mistake" unit, we talked about why people can be tempted to tell lies about themselves sometimes. The children said it could be to impress people or to make people like you more, but that lies always get found out and then you can look silly. Although when we're playing games it can be ok to pretend to be someone you're not, we decided that it's best to be honest in real life as friendships are built on trust and we need to remember that we're all unique and special in our own way so lying to friends is not necessary. After our discussion we filled in some interesting and true facts about ourselves and asked our friends for help if we were struggling to think of things. This made us think if the Bible quote: 'Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth' from 1 Corinthians 13:6

Following on from last week's music lesson, we used our word bank to support this lessons improvisation task. We briefly scanned our word bank to familiarise ourselves with the word content. Using our Hey You! song, we had to complete the sentence – I'm gonna... We had to chose one word we remembered and complete the sentence quickly by using our improvisation skills. We had a lot of fun doing this. We all took part, and Annie even had a go at being the lead, by choosing people at random.

In French, we all had a go and asking for and giving directions. Some children challenged themselves to give directions with up to 3 instructions and even tried writing their responses too. Instead simply saying "c'est a droite" we also worked on "c'est la premiere/deuxieme/troisieme a droite."

During our computing lessons, we learnt about vector drawings, and we even had a go at making them ourselves. 

By Friday, it was time for Science and Geography. In our Science lesson this week, we started our new topic on separating materials. Our focus for this lesson was on the properties of materials. We discussed what properties are and how they help us to identify different materials. We also explored some of the different properties of materials, including their texture, colour, transparency, and conductivity. In Geography, we thought about the areas of Wybunbury that we would like to preserve and keep. Using google maps, we took a walk through the village and considered the benefits of the man-made and natural features and discussed their importance to the village. We then talked about the areas and buildings we would demolish, preserves, build or redesign. We all agreed that Wybunbury Moss is a place that we must preserve. 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, 

Miss Pennance 

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