Welcome to the class page of Year 5 Turquoise Class
Mr Gross and Miss Cooper are the Year 5 class teachers in Turquoise this year with Mrs McWilliams as our class TA. Mrs Street will teach French while PE (Games) will be taught by Mr Franco and Mr Turner. Mrs Culver will be teaching some of our lessons throughout the week.
Stansted Aerozone Visit
On Thursday 17th October, the children in our Years 5 and 6 classes were extremely lucky to be invited to Stansted airport to take part in a ‘Cool Aeronautics’ day at the Stansted Aero Zone. The children spent the day learning about aviation and aerospace, which included a number of hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities, plus talks from Young Engineers and even an Airline Captain from Easyjet. The children finished the day with a viewing of the runway and even got to glimpse a Jumbo Jet landing. We are extremely grateful for the Royal Aeronautical Society for funding the trip for the children and really hope the day inspired them.
Summer Term - second half
Year 5 had an amazing day at the National Space Centre in Leicester at the end of June. They saw rockets, satellites, Tim Peake's actual spacesuit and moon rock as well as learning lots of new information, having fun with interactive displays and watching a stunning planetarium show.
As part of their Science work on life-cycles, Year 5 have an incubator full of chicken eggs in the classroom.
This half term, the class have based their writing on a new text called 'The Princess' Blankets' written by the former Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
It is a fairy tale of a princess who cannot get warm, no matter what is done for her. A stranger with cold eyes brings her the earth's blanket, the ocean blanket and more, but nothing can warm the cold princess, until one day a musician wanders into the land, and her heart melts with warmth and love.
The children have written some great descriptions but have also held some fun discussions and class debates about possible solutions to helping the princess get warm again.
Year 5 had a brilliant visit to a local factory Rexroth (Bosch) across the road one morning in June to learn about hydraulics. After an introductory talk about the uses of hydraulics in the real world, the children took part in three different activities - two focusing on hydraulics and one on pneumatics. The children also learnt about careers at Rexroth and in the wider world. Well done to our engineers of the future!
In Maths, this half term, the children have been revising all aspects of decimals, fractions and percentages... and how they are equivalent.
Summer Term - First Half
One of the real highlights of this half term has been the incredible STEAM project undertaken with our 'artist in residence' (Jack Cornell). The overall concept was to analyse the balance between function and aesthetic in engineering and design. In the first task, the children used art straws and tape to design and build a bridge which would accommodate 2 way traffic and ensure that no cars fell off. They then tested the strength of the bridges with kilogram weights. The second task was to construct strong 3D shapes using more rigid straws joined by bent paperclips. This work really consolidated the class work on nets and 3D shape from the previous term. Finally, the children worked with great precision to construct 'hexayurts.' The whole project was great fun and really developed the children's Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics skills.
Year 5's History and Geography topic for the Summer Term is studying the Ancient Maya civilisation of Central America. Already, they have learnt about the historical and geographical context as well as learning about when and why the people sometimes wore masks.
Cambridgeshire Year 5 Maths Challenge
Huge congratulations to our team who performed brilliantly when Winhills hosted the first heat although they were not lucky enough to make it through to the final.
In Science this term Year 5 are learning about plants and animals. They have already revised the names and functions of each part of a flower and have tried to reproduce plants by taking stem and leaf cuttings, by planting seeds and by chitting potatoes (tubers) and keeping them in the dark. Now, they are waiting to see if their predictions are correct.
Spring Term - Second Half
As a reward for excellent behaviour, for hard work and for completing their homework, all of KS2 were treated to a bowling session on the Spring Term Reward Day. In addition, because they had worn school uniform every day, they were allowed the treat of wearing their own clothes for just one day. So much fun was had that it was a real incentive to work even harder the next term!
World Book Day
Year 5 had great fun dressing up...although possibly not quite as much fun as Miss Smith and Mrs Culver did as Alfred Noyes' Highwayman and his beloved Bess! The children shared favourite books, enjoyed a book-themed assembly and listened to more of their new story-time novel, 'The Wreck of the Zanzibar'. After reading Kensuke's Kingdom last term, we are now huge Michael Morpurgo fans and have a huge selection of his books in the classroom!
Our new English text is Shackleton's Journey by William Grill which is already inspiring some great work about Antarctica and the 1911-1912 expeditions (led by Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen) to reach the South Pole.
In Antarctica, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team-mates Doctor Wilson, Petty Officer Evans, Captain Oates and Lieut. Bowers undertook a two month trek on December 14th 1911 to the South Pole. When they finally arrived on 17th January 1912, they found the Norwegian flag already there. They were all very disappointed they didn’t get there first, but Captain Scott’s team was the first British team to reach the Pole. Halley-Sue
The way back home was a disaster as one crew member collapsed on the way back. Another member was getting bad frostbite and told the others to go on without him because he was slowing everybody down. His crew disagreed, so in the middle of the night he went out into a blizzard and sacrificed himself. Eight months later, Scott and the other two members’ bodies were found and buried. Sophie
To link with their work on Antarctica, Year 5 have started investigating ice in their science lessons. This week , in groups, they discussed the factors that would cause an ice cube to melt more quickly. Next week, they will test their hypotheses and plan investigations about using insulation to prevent (or slow down) ice melting.
In Maths this half term, Year 5 have been revising written methods for all four operations and practising solving multi-step word problems in preparation for Assessment Week. Now, they are learning about geometry and learning to measure and draw angles using a protractor.
Spring Term 2019
In English, we have continued to read the exciting adventure story of 'Kensuke's Kingdom' by Michael Morpurgo and have written descriptions and predictions based on the text. We have also used the book in some of our Guided Reading lessons - our inference skills are working overtime as we try to work out what is happening in the story and why!
Our Geography work this term is largely based around map and atlas work so we have learn about the the Equator, the Polar Circles, the Tropics and also lines of latitude and longitude. We followed the route of Michael's round-the-world voyage in an atlas and then plotted it ourselves on a map of the world. We have worked out that he seems to be marooned on an island somewhere between Australia's Great Barrier reef and Papua New Guinea.
Year 5 have revised their grammar knowledge of word classes by making their own matching games with 24 pieces...and then playing with a partner. For each of these word classes, they gave an example and also used it correctly in a sentence - noun, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction, determiner.
Since the beginning of January, we have been practising our multiplication skills and learning the column methods of short and long multiplication.
Over the last few weeks, we have been learning about fractions. It can be tricky to find fractions of numbers and to find equivalent fractions but everyone has tried really hard and is making great progress. We have tried lots of different visual models to help our understanding.
It has to be said that chocolate cake was probably the most popular! The cake was also to celebrate having read 5 million words as a class and we listened to Michael Rosen's 'Chocolate Cake' poem at the same time!
In January, Winhills had an unexpected and exciting visit from a MAGPAS emergency air ambulance helicopter which actually landed on the school field! Year 5 were fascinated to learn a multitude of facts from the pilot and his air crew. The children then used these in some fantastic information writing and thank you letters. The children are now absolute experts and some even want to fly helicopters of be paramedics as a career!
Autumn Term 2018
The new school year started with 'Creative Week'. The children had great fun designing, making and then eating individual pizzas! They also had fun with team building games outside and they created some amazing volcano art.
The focus this half term has been on two short texts - a film called 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons and a narrative poem called 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. Both are very powerful and emotive so the children have already produced some amazing writing.
The Maths work so far this term has been on securing knowledge and understanding of Place Value including negative numbers and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000.
The next focus has been on practising written methods for addition and subtraction as well as using reasoning skills to solve some tricky problems!
Year 5 have been making the most of the fantastic late Summer weather to go outside on the field to investigate the relative sizes of the Sun, Earth and Moon. They discovered that if the Sun was an exercise ball, then Earth would be a malteser 93 paces away (to represent 93 million miles) and the Moon would be a 'million' sweet only 15cm from Earth.
They also investigated the way shadows change during the day as the Earth spins on its axis and orbits the sun. It may look as though the Sun moves across the sky but, actually, it is Earth that is moving.
The whole class has made a great start to reading in Year 5, devouring all the new Accelerated Reader books as well as enjoying the class novel (Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson) and relaxing in the book corner. In less than a month, the class has already read 883,224 words so hopefully they will be close to 2 million by the end of October!
In December, all the Year 5 classes were lucky enough to spend a day in London!
Mrs Connell was able to get tickets for the children to watch a performance of 'Hansel and Gretel' at the Royal Opera House - it was an amazing, brand new experience for everyone and not one that they will ever forget!
Beforehand, our class looked around Covent Garden market and watched a hilarious street performer do some escapology.
The National Space Centre trip
Year 5 had a fantastic day at the Space Centre in Leicester. One of the main highlights was our film called Astronaut in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. We were amazed at not only what an astronaut has to do in space and all the training, but we gasped at the special effects as they zoomed above our heads.
The Thor rocket was amazing....so high up (Mrs Wright struggled with the height)! We then toured the exhibitions and learned about our universe, solar system and life as an astronaut. We had so much fun and enjoyed every minute.
Art with Jack Cornell
Year 5 have enjoyed learning about 2-point perspective drawing with our artist in residence, Jack Cornell. They learnt how to draw buildings and used a line of horizon and two points to draw their cuboids. The children looked at other artists work are created collages using black and red card. Although it was a little tricky, all the children enjoyed it.
DLPT Sports Event
Year 5 participated in the DLPT Sports event. This included dodgeball, rounders and multiskills. We enjoyed working as a team and showed good sportsmanship. Overall we came joint second!
We had a lovely session with Mrs Suali learning about life as a Sikh. She showed us the 5Ks and helped us think about how we can make right choices. Following this, we wrote her thank you letters explaining what we learnt. It was a really interesting session, thank you Mrs Suali.
In Science we have been learning about forces. We have planned and designed parachutes with a range of variables to test air resistance. There were any factors we had to consider: shape, size, material, height, weight, length of string and object. Most of us used a boiled egg as we could also measure the damage to the egg as well as how slowly our parachutes fell.
We have been reading different poems from Cosmic disco and have created our own images based on colour. These images have helped us create our own colour poems based on Aurora Borealis. We have included personification and used thesaurus' to help enhance our vocabulary to create the imagery.
Safety Zone at St Neots Fire Station
Year 5 had lots of fun at the Safety Zone. There was a range of activities: water safety, legal ages, dog handling, first aid, car safety, fires in the home and internet safety. The children learned to call 112 or 999 in an emergency, to not put any personal details on line, why wearing a seatbelt is vital whilst travelling in the car and what to do if there was ever a fire in the home.
In Maths the children have been focusing on adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. They have become more confident in converting from mixed to improper and vice verse. One key element they need to ensure they are secure in is their timetables, as they help a lot! The children have also been working very hard on their arithmetic skills, progressing onto multiplying by 2-digit numbers.
In English we have watched a short animation called The Piano. Using this film, the explored the emotions and flashbacks of the main character,. This helped to develop their use of expanded noun phrases, parenthesis and relative clauses. The children wrote their own flashback for the character which also included dialogue. They tried very hard to ensure their verb tenses were accurate as well.
In Science we have begun our new topic on Forces. The children researched into Isaac Newton for their homework and have investigated gravity using tennis balls. There are many other forces we will investigate: air resistance, water resistance and thrust. The children are very inquisitive and have enjoyed completing their research tasks.
This term in topic, our focus is on Rivers. The children have begun by learning about some of the main rivers in the UK, where their source and mouth is and using maps, atlases and the internet to find out the main cities and towns near the rivers. We are hoping to visit Riverside Park and Pocket Park this term to study how rivers flow and the wildlife they attract.
During our visits to Ernulf (every other Tuesday), the children have had the fantastic opportunity to do trapolinning on their Olympic sized trampolines. They have been learning to perform pike, straddle and tuck jumps.
We had a fantastic trip to The Imperial War Musuem at Duxford. We went on Concorde and saw a vast range of aircraft. We even saw Spitfires flying! We learnt more about what life was like during the Battle of Britain and even got to dress up as a pilot. It really was a lovely day.
Welcome to the Spring Term!
We would like to welcome Mrs Spencer to Turquoise class as our TA.
We have an exciting term ahead of us, with a new quality text in English (Goodnight Mister Tom), a new topic on the Battle of Britain and lots to investigate in science. Please see the Spring Term Curriculum Newsletter for more information on our topics and learning for this term.
We will have dance every Monday after lunch and PE alternates every Tuesday. We also have play leaders from Ernulf coming in every Wednesday in the afternoon. Please remember to bring indoor and outdoor kit as well as a water bottle.
In English we are enjoying the novel Goodnight Mister Tom. We have written a letter to William Beech's mum, written a diary entry as either Mister Tom or William and are keeping track of our personal thoughts and feelings using an emotion graph. We are already seeing changes in personality of both the characters.
Fractions has been our focus this term in maths and learning how to add and subtract them by finding the common denominator has been a challenge. We are also practising our times tables daily as these are essential when working with fractions.
In Science, we have discovered how filtering, sieving and evaporation can separate mixtures. We sieved pasta and flour and evaporated the water and salt solution. We were really pleased with our end result, salt crystals. After this result, we wondered whether evaporating a sugar and water solution would leave the same results.
In Topic, we are enjoying learning about the Battle of Britain. The air raid sirens were very loud and we practiced hiding under the classroom tables as children in WW2 would have done. We have enjoyed learning about life as an evacuee as well as developing our understanding about why the war started.
Year 5 have continued to enjoy Goodnight Mister Tom but are now developing their writing skills by writing a biography on Winston Churchill. They have found out some very interesting facts for their homework and used this to begin planning their writing. We have learned about the key features of biographies by analysing others, such as Teresa May's, Usaine Bolt's and Mary Secole's.
In maths, we have been learning about decimals and money. We created a shop where we had to buy items, write our own receipts and ensure that the correct change was given. More recently we have researched how much items cost and used our arithmetic skills to add, subtract and multiply amounts.
In science we have learned all about the life cycles of mammals, insects, birds and amphibians. There were some similarities but also a lot of differences.
We have had our last session with the Young Leaders from Ernulf. We thoroughly enjoyed our sessions on tag rugby, football and circuits. PE sessions will continue every Tuesday with Mrs Culver and Miss Moniz.
World Book Day saw many of us dressed us as different book characters. We enjoyed listening to different stories read by other teachers and dropped everything and read throughout the day.
We had an exciting whole day of science with all the KS2 teachers.
With Miss Scott, we made our own digestive system and learned about the different organs needed to digest food. In Miss Smith's session, we learned about the effects exercise has on our bodies. With Mrs Wright, we dissected a plant and learned about all the important elements of plants. In our session with Mr Gross, we used different scientific chemicals to extract DNA from a strawberry.
The children had a fantastic time exploring these different elements of biology.
Mrs Wright is the year 5 teacher this term, with Mrs Culver and Mrs Grimes our TAs. The children began the term very positively and enthusiastically. We are really impressed!
This term we will be learning lots about the Ancient Greeks and Earth and Space. The children are already enjoying their Indian Drumming sessions with Mr Suali and their PE sessions with Mr Franco and Mrs Culver on a Thursday.
We have started to read the Greek myth 'The Adventures of Odysseus' in English. In maths, we have revised our place value knowledge and are learning to round numbers up to 1,000,000!
Here is our curriculum leaflet for this term.
Over the past few weeks, the children have enjoyed many activities.
In English, the children have been writing diaries, letters and a speech in different roles from The Adventures of Odysseus. They have been developing their sentence structure as well as their choice of vocabulary to describe characters and settings.
In Maths, the children have worked really hard on their written methods for addition and subtraction. They also are more confident in working with larger amounts.
In science we have been investigating how shadows are formed. The children also posed the question, 'Why do shadows move and change length?' To solve this we drew around our shadows on the playground at different times of the day. Some children discovered that in the morning your shadow might be visible but by the afternoon it may not due to a tree's shadow having moved.
Turquoise class have continued to enjoy their Indian Drumming sessions, which also include dance and singing. Well done to the children who went to the Heads Conference in Cambourne and performed for many head teachers across the county.
Year 5 have been extremely busy the past few weeks!
We have started to read Kensuke's Kingdom in English and have been in great anticipation, waiting to find out what happens to Michael and how he survives. We have been learning to proof read our writing and check that our sentences make sense.
In Maths, we have been learning formal written methods for multiplication and division. We have discovered that it is very important that we know our times tables and so will continue to practice these regularly.
In Science we have learned more about our solar system and can name all 8 planets in order. We have enjoyed learning about space, however we still have many questions to ask!
We have also been learning about the Trojan war in our topic sessions with Mrs Culver. We were amazed to discover that the Trojan horse could hide 30 men and created by Odysseus.
With Year 6, we made many yummy treats to sell. With the help of Mrs Lee, Mrs Culver and Mrs Grimes, we made rocky road, fairy cakes, cookies and flapjacks. The sale was a huge success and we raised £180.70! Thank you to everyone who supported us.
DLPT SPORTS EVENT
Year 5 really enjoyed their sports morning playing football, netball and dodgeball. We tried our very best and worked well together. Overall we came fourth.
We have had a fantastic few weeks preparing for and celebrating Christmas.
In English, we finished reading Kensuke's Kingdom, which we thoroughly enjoyed, and wrote a class Christmas Haiku. We read our poem in our Christmas performance.
In Maths, we learned about perimeter and even had to find the perimeter when some of the measurements were missing. That was quite tricky.
We have enjoyed learning about materials and their properties. We have learned new vocabulary such as permeable and insoluble. We tested different materials to see how flexible, magnetic, hard, permeable or transparent they were.
In Ancient Greece, we have been comparing what life was like in Sparta and Athens. There were many differences such as democracy and what boys and girls were allowed to do. It was a difficult choice.
Well done to all the children for practising and participating in our Christmas performance, Carols by Candlelight.
We have also enjoyed our Reward Day! A silent disco was the perfect way to celebrate all of our achievements this term. Well done Turquoise class!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year!
2016 - 2017
Autumn term 2016
Miss Smith is the Year 5 class teacher this year and is very impressed and happy with the 28 children in her class. During the first few weeks, they have shown themselves to be curious, focused and keen to learn as well as being good friends to each other.
The focus for Maths lessons has been on place value and understanding how much each digit in a number is worth. The children have practised counting, reading, writing, comparing, ordering and rounding numbers up to 1,000,000. These skills will be crucial for their calculation work during the rest of the term. The children have also learnt about negative numbers in the context of temperature, about Roman numerals and have played strategy number games to improve their reasoning skills.
Reading has been a huge focus at the beginning of Year 5. All the children are reading regularly at home and doing extremely well on their Accelerated Reader quizzes but also loving reading all sorts of books, magazines and newspapers at school. As a class they have enjoyed lots of Michael Rosen poems and 'George's Marvellous Medicine' but, at the moment, are reading about another unusual grandmother - David Walliam's 'Gangsta Granny'.
The first two weeks of the Year 5 spelling programme has been focused on learning to spell words with a silent b such as lamb, tomb and doubt. Everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the paired games and activities and they have also learnt some new words to use including subtle as in, 'The cake had a subtle taste of lemon.'
The children have been learning to write newspaper reports and took the great picture book 'Tuesday' by David Wiesner as inspiration. It portrays the strange night that a small town was visited by hundreds of toads on levitating lily pads! Having practised how to include the key features of a report, the children then wrote independently about a coastal air-sea rescue.
In other work, Year 5 have been learning: about the number system, religion, architecture and masks of the Ancient Maya civilisation; how the Earth and Moon orbit the Sun in our Solar System; and how to say simple phrases and sentences in French with Madame Allden. They have a dance and netball lesson every week and are currently learning to sing a medley of pop songs.
Lots of learning and lots of fun!
Our new poetry unit of work is based on an anthology called 'Cosmic Disco' by Grace Nichols.
The first poem we are studying is called 'When the colours spoke' and has already generated some brilliant language and imagery as well as art work.
Over the last few weeks, the children have used their addition and subtraction skills to solve one-step, two-step and multi-step problems in Maths. This involved visualising each problem and thinking carefully about the language of the problem and what exactly it was asking. After working hard on investigating multiples and factors, the children are now revising the grid method of multiplication before moving onto using a column method.
In English, the children have been writing some amazing poems about colours, hummingbirds and the Aurora Borealis. They used some incredibly powerful vocabulary and imagery to create pictures in readers' minds. This skill was further developed in a unit of work called 'The Piano', a short film by Aidan Gibbons which tells the story of a lonely, elderly man who has flashbacks to the memories of his past as he plays a melancholy melody.
In Science we have carried out two exciting investigations; one was to investigate friction using materials that could possibly be suitable for a bike brake pad and the other was to use rotocopters to explore air resistance.
We would like to say a huge 'Thank you' to everyone in Year 5 who contributed to Children In Need and another 'Thank you' to Mrs Suali who came into school this week to explain all about Sikkhism.
What a busy end of term!
At the beginning of the month, Turquoise class recorded an acapella version of 'Silent Night' to go on the Winhills Christmas CD; they later performed this in the KS2 carol concert 'Christmas By candlelight'. Miss Smith was truly impressed by how easily the children learnt the carol and how beautifully their voices blended together.
All the children loved using their Art and DT skills to create some stunning Christmas cards, penguin calendars and decorations for the classroom.
Congratulations to the whole class for earning Reward Day at the end of term. They did this by working extremely hard all term, completing all their homework and showing exemplary behaviour. Because they also wore smart school uniform every day and always remembered their PE kits, they were also allowed to wear their own clothes for the day. Everyone (including the teachers) thoroughly enjoyed visiting the cinema in the morning (to watch the BFG) and then playing games and decorating biscuits in the afternoon.
Year 5 have made a brilliant start to 2017; they are working incredibly hard and are already making great progress in all areas.
In Mathematics, they have revised factors including prime numbers, factor bugs and factor trees. They have also learnt about cube numbers and have practised solving calculations which include these and square numbers too. Each lesson this week has included mental strategies for division as well as work on naming, estimating, measuring and calculating angles.
In English, they have just refreshed their knowledge of writing and punctuating sentences with subordinate clauses. This week they have been learning how to write persuasive letters on the theme of how important it is for primary age pupils to have daily outdoor breaks.
Year 5 have been working hard on division this week. They practised grouping place value counters to secure their conceptual understanding before moving onto using the formal written method (also known as 'bus stop'). Very quickly, they improved their learning and can now divide six digit numbers by divisors up to 12. They have also learnt the correct vocabulary of divisor, dividend and quotient.
The class had a visit from 'Everyone health' this week who used fun activities to teach the children about food groups and the importance of balance in a healthy diet. The children have also been keeping healthy with their daily 20 minute walk around the school field.
Year 5 have had another very busy week practising their calculation skills - particularly division and multiplication - so that they are now achieving much higher scores on their weekly arithmetic tests. Well done children - keep practising your times tables.
The class has started studying a new text as inspiration for their writing. It is a narrative poem - 'The Highwayman' written by Alfred Noyes in 1906. The language is quite challenging at times but the children are enjoying learning new vocabulary and particularly enjoy the rhythm as they recite the verses.
The illustrations in this edition of the text are very striking and really add to the emotional power of the book so the children enjoyed using them as inspiration for their own charcoal drawings. They focused on these lines from the first verse:
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon cloudy seas,
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
And the highwayman came riding—
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.
The Science topic for this term is 'Properties and Changes of Materials'. After revising their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases from Year 4 and of properties such as transparency, flexibility, and permeability, Year 5 spent a busy afternoon investigating solubility. As well as being very organised and focused, they needed excellent measuring and timing skills when testing whether salt, sugar, sand, flour, coffee, gravy and rice dissolved in water.
This week Year 5 have started learning about equivalent fractions; cutting up cake and chocolate was tasty and really helped with this! We discovered that to ensure that everyone had a piece of chocolate, we needed one and three twenty-fourths of a bar. This is equivalent to 1⅛ bars.
Every year, the children at Winhills take part in the Cambridgeshire 'Read it again' competition to help choose a winning picture book. This week, Year 5 spent time sharing the books with some of the Reception children. We're not sure who enjoyed the experience most!
Year 5 now have a 'challenge area' just outside their classroom where they can extend their learning in Maths and in Grammar/Spelling. This week, Maths has proved most popular with children exploring the ultimate division challenge, fraction match card games and multiplication link cards.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about 'The Highwayman' this week and have done a brilliant job of writing in role as both Bess (the landlord's daughter) and as Tim (the ostler at the inn).
How can I ever tell you of the terrifying events of this evening?
As dusk started to fall, I was heading downstairs to help my father serve the customers when I heard a loud thudding on the door. My heart was pounding as I glanced out of the window and saw troops of redcoats at the door. I trembled at the sight. My lips quivered. Had they heard about my beloved highwayman? Terror-stricken and startled, I ran to the cellar to attempt to hide but felt a heavy hand on my shoulder.
The redcoats seized hold of my arm and dragged me to my bedroom where I was bound to the foot of my narrow bed. They gagged me until my mouth was as stiff as stone. I gazed out to the horizon wondering what would happen to my sweet darling. I glanced at the musket beside me and thought that I would die.
As I stood there, I could just make out a tall, dark figure riding towards me. My heart leapt at the sight of my beloved highwayman. What could I possibly do to save my only love?
I was so desperate, I made a mad decision. I felt for the trigger and found it. I drew one last deep breath. BANG! Had my sacrifice saved him?
The White Horse Inn
This is an emergency! I am Tim the ostler and I work at the White Horse over Bodmin Moor.
I am writing to inform you that my beautiful Bess is in the arms of a vicious highwayman and your job is to get rid of him for me so that me and Bess shall be married soon. He stole her from me and I want revenge! She has a smooth and silky face with a cherry-lipped smile and felt things for me until that evil highwayman came along.
I heard the robber say that he was going out to rob and would be back at midnight tonight. Come to the gates and I will show you the way so that you can capture the villain.
Yours faithfully, Tim.
Following on from last week's Science investigation about dissolving materials, this week the investigation focused on separating materials. In groups, the children used sieving, filtering (filtration) and attraction to magnets to separate salt/water, sand/water, raisins/flour and paperclips/rice.
As we couldn't find a way to separate the salt and water, we have left the solution over the half term holiday to see if evaporation will separate them.
After a restful half term holiday, everyone has been ready to work hard again this week!
In maths, the children have been learning more about fractions including starting to add or subtract mixed numbers and, in Science, we have started looking at reversible and irreversible changes in materials. The children have been focusing on characterisation in English - showing through powerful word choices, rather than telling a character's personality. There were nine children who chose to enter their 500 words homework stories into the competition so hopefully someone will be successful!
The children were also lucky to have an opportunity to work with Mrs Suali on Indian drumming this week. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
Last week was ‘Assessment Week’ during which the children undertook tests in Reading, Spelling,
Grammar, Arithmetic and Maths Reasoning. They worked incredibly hard and achieved some great
results, clearly demonstrating the progress they have made. Well done Year 5!
In Maths, the children are learning everything they can about decimal numbers and linking them to their fraction knowledge. They have been reading, writing, comparing, ordering and rounding decimals before adding and subtracting them
The class are enjoying their new English text called the ‘The Princess’ Blankets’ which is a dark, unusual and thought-provoking fairy tale. The children have already produced some fabulous writing with rich vocabulary and complex sentence structure.
On Monday last week, the class had a enjoyable visit to St Neots library. Some children are already members but others have also joined as a result of the visit.
In Science this week, Mrs Culver helped the talented scientists to create an incredible 'plastic' substance just by mixing milk and vinegar. Miss Smith was amazed as she had never seen anything like it before!
Year 5 were inspired by the Spring weather to create some lovely art work based on the flowers in the classroom. The children spent a calm and relaxing afternoon using a range of media including paint, pastels, charcoal and pencils to represent daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, roses and irises.
Year 5 spent a brilliant morning at Tesco last Friday on a 'farm to fork' trail learning about how the food ends up on the shelves. They explored the whole store including behind the scenes in the giant freezers which were minus 20 degrees Celsius! They used their maths skills when investigating weights and prices as well as their geography skills to find out which fruit and veg had come the shortest and longest distances....cabbage came from Lincolnshire and grapes from Chile! After such a busy time, the children were very grateful for a snack and to have the opportunity to try a range of different cheeses and breads such as Stilton and Mediterranean bread. Finally, they were delighted with the gift of an apple and an activity pack with a sticker chart to record their healthy eating over the next two weeks.
Since the Easter holidays, everyone in Year 5 has been working super hard but also having lots of fun!
Maths learning has been focused on 2D and 3D shape - trying hard to remember the names and properties of regular and irregular shapes as well as sorting them in different ways. To support their visualisation and reasoning skills, the children built some impressive 3D models with construction kits.
In English, the children have continued to use 'A boy, a bear and a boat' as inspiration for writing and described in detail an imaginary sea monster that might be lurking in the ocean underneath the boat. They also debated three objects that they would take on the voyage rather than just a suitcase, a comic book and a ukulele! There were all sorts of great, well-justified suggestions including: a teddy bear to double up as a reminder of home and also as a comfy pillow; a sat-nav because the bear's map was clearly useless; a constant source of fresh water so that neither the boy nor the bear became dehydrated as this would impair their judgement.
Year 5 have now had three swimming lessons and Miss Brock says they have been brilliant in every way - very sensible and hard working...and a real pleasure to teach. Well done Year 5!
This week, they have learn to convert units of measure in Maths (partly by using the contents of Miss Smith's food cupboards!) and to research, then write about, the Polar Regions in their combined English/Geography lessons.
Children from Year 5 (and one from Year 3) thoroughly enjoyed the first Winhills after school scrabble club.
Year 5 have been very busy recently. Last Monday, the whole class went to St Neots fire station to learn about different ways they can keep themselves safe. After a picnic lunch, they learnt about water, rail and bike safety as well as a person from 'Trading Standards' teaching them about the age restrictions on buying certain products. The police explained how to keep themselves safe online and the fire officers showed them how to escape from a smoke-filled room before calling the emergency services. It was a really fun afternoon but hopefully the children will also remember the crucial safety messages.
On Tuesday after school, a team of brilliant mathematicians from Year 5 joined 9 other teams from the local area in one of the heats for the 2017 Cambridgeshire Year 5 Maths Challenge. Although they didn't win, the children did us proud and were particularly commended on their performance in the second round of questions.
'Read it again' award ceremony
Every Spring, Winhills enjoys taking part in a Cambridgeshire Libraries competition to find the best new picture book and, this year for the first time, we were invited to attend the awards ceremony at Crosshall on Thursday afternoon. Two pupils from Year 5 and two from Year 4 had the amazing opportunity to meet and chat with the shortlisted authors. They even bought two signed books for school.
Year 5 were inspired by the General Election and spent a week preparing to hold their own Winhills mock election. After forming their own parties, the children in Year 5 wrote manifestos and persuasive speeches to explain their policies. They took part in a class debate and spoke in assembly before canvassing support at breaks and lunchtimes. On Election Day, Year 5 set up a polling station with booths, ballot papers and a ballot box. They checked that all votes (including postal and proxy votes) were fairly cast before the close of polling.
In total, 250 votes were cast with these results:
Tremendous Team 41
Super Democracy 36
Huge congratulations to Grinhills but a big 'Well Done' to all the parties for fighting such great campaigns.
What an amazing time Year 5 had in Cambridge today! They spent the morning in the Fitzwilliam Museum learning about paintings (including some by famous artists such as Monet and Picasso) before exploring some of the galleries containing sculptures, armour and Ancient Egyptian artefacts. After a picnic at the Botanic Gardens, the children visited the glasshouses (particularly enjoying the rainforest and cacti-filled desert), watched dragonflies at the fountain and found the centre of the maze. Great fun and lots of learning!