Year 5 In The Learning Pit.28.4.2021
In Year 5, we have been focusing on prioritising the maths curriculum in order to get ourselves ready for Year 6. This week, we have revisited Number and Place Value through various activities and by placing ourselves in The Learning Challenge.
Today, Year 5 were introduced to their exciting new topic – Pharaohs. Throughout the day we have been working on a number of art and design techniques to produce ancient Egyptian artefacts for our very own museum. Using our metacognition phases throughout, we planned, monitored and evaluated our progress through continuous reflection.
Our focus key skill was to produce various pieces of creative work based on a theme, developing ideas through a range of preliminary sketches and models.
We have had such an amazing day!
This week at Hazeldown, we have been continuing to develop our metacognitive understanding in the classroom and on the playground. Using our cycle of metacognition phases, we have given ourselves time to reflect on all aspects of school life including: our friendships, our learning and our own progress. We understand that reflecting on the decisions that we make can not only have a positive impact on moving our learning forward, but can also help us to understand social situations that we might encounter during the school day and improve relationships.
This week, Year 5 have continued to focus on their current writing genre. We have been reading Tom’s Midnight Garden and exploring the descriptive language used. So far, we have worked on a descriptive list using a colon and semicolons, using relative clauses in our writing and using embedded clauses with parenthesis. We have then looked at how to up level our sentences by differing our sentences starters using our ISPACE Openers resource.
Have a look at some of our work:
Today, the whole school launched The Daily Mile scheme. Everyone embraced the challenge, including the adults! Here are year 5’s efforts:
As you know, this week is Science week and year 5 turned into scientific investigators yesterday to learn about the reproductive parts and functions of a flower. Have a look at the pictures below:
Remote learning didn’t get in the way of our celebrations today. All the children bought their favourite book to our zoom sessions to share why they loved that book so much! Have a look at all of the different books we shared.
Year 5 have returned after half term eager to continue their amazing learning.
This week, we are working on instructional writing. We are using the film “How To Train Your Dragon” to help us practise writing instructions. Once we have gathered all the knowledge and skills we require, we will be moving on to write instructions for making vegetable soup. This fits nicely with our new topic, Sow, Grow and Farm.
Below are some examples of our work so far:
This week in our learning journey, we have been looking at what our hopes and dreams might be for the future and how we think the world might change. Have a look at Max’s video below and Isabella’s ideas for the future.
The future. 2100.
In the future they may develop flying cars. Like our cars but without wheels. They would have things like on a monorail and use magnets so they can float. They would be solar powered and electric.
It might even have robots to look after people that are contagious from diseases that would be pretty cool. I think they will have special body scanners that can tell you if you’re poorly and make you better. If they can’t I think robots will be able to independently do operations. I know we have medical robots now but they can’t do this.
You will be able to ask Alexa to do things like cook you meals with a built-in oven, Alexa could throw balls for your dog. Alexa would be able to help with all the day to day chores.
Paper printers could print 3D images, sugar paper for baking, and normal paper print.
Things would be a lot more expensive. My mum said sweets when she was younger were 1p that are now 5p. A loaf of bread was 33p and now averages at £1.10. A pint of milk was 17p and now is 54p on average in the 1980’s.
Tv wouldn’t look like it does now. It would be 3D without needing to wear glasses.
In the future I think a loaf of bread would be much more expensive along with everything else. Imagine £15 for a loaf of bread!
At the airport they could have planes that flew themselves completely. Not just auto pilot.
A charger for your electronics, mega powered and would charge your phone, laptop etc within a minute. A multi charger.
Everything is recyclable in the future. Renewable energy is used in all homes. No animals are endangered as they have special equipment to keep them healthy and to support development.
But really I don’t know what will happen in the future, I just hope the word will be more green . I just want the world to be a better place for everyone and everything.
We have creative in all the different ways we can participate in remote learning and today we practised our French numbers with a quick game of Kahoot!
We are also working on writing our opening of The BFG. We have been focusing on being resourceful and using all of our knowledge from our notes on previous lessons and linking this to ‘The Forgetting Curve’. Have a read of this fantastic opening below:
In the middle of the witching hour, a towering Oak tree was home to a screeching owl. With a flap of its wings it took off from the branch, flailing wildly to escape the shadow that moved stealthily towards the town.
Whirling on the air currents, the owl proceeded to the town, coming to rest on the roof of Mrs Conker’s Home for Girls. In the dormitory below, Sophie rose cautiously from her cold creaky bed, put on her spectacles and looked through the frosted paines of the window. From her lookout she spied the snowy white owl perched on the roof.
Sophie got out of bed, slipping on her trainers, and began to creep across the room trying to avoid the creaky floorboards. Suddenly, lights in the corridor outside the door to the dormitory flicked on and the disembodied voice of Mrs Conker pierced through the room “Who’s that out of bed?!”
Sophie timidly replied “Sophie miss.”
Mrs Conker bellowed back “Get back to bed and we will continue this in the morning!”
The red haired orphan looked back at the old faded door and decided Mrs Conker had left. She began to creep back towards the window. Looking out into the street below, she noticed how the buildings looked crooked and foreboding in the shadowy light. Just as she was about to close the curtains a clap and flash of thunder and lightning rolled through the town casting a silvery glow which illuminated a tall, hooded figure!
We also spent some time interviewing members of our family or friends, discussing how they felt about retirement.
For this I interviewed my grampi who is retired over facetime.
When did you retire? – 1997
What did you do before you retired? – My grampi used to run his own company.
Do you like being in retirement ? – I love being in retirement but I don’t like being old .
Why do people retire? – they might be unfit to work , or they could reach an age where they want to do something other than work.
Would you have retired earlier/ later? – No.
What benefits is there to retirement? – you can do what you want when you want more or less.
Is there anything you don’t like about retirement? – yes, it feels like you get older quicker.
Do you have any worries now you’re retired? – no , not apart from trying to keep healthy.
Keep up the great work Year 5!
Last week, we were writing film reviews for films linked to time travel. We also created our own online Literacy Working Wall – just like the one we have at school. We are using this to collaborate with our literacy skills. We’ve also created one for Maths and our very own I Wonder Wall, where we discuss anything we might be worried about.
This week, we will be focusing on Mental Health Week. We have some fun activities that we will be sharing, whilst focusing on all the resources we have to support us to look after our mental health.
Well done Isobel for taking time out of her remote learning to support our local zoo with some fruit and vegetables for the animals!
Well, that’s another week of impeccable learning coming to an end!! Year 5, you must be exhausted; you have all worked so incredibly hard and been so resilient with your learning.
We’ve seen some amazing writing – some of your best yet, we might add (we’re not going to let a Lockdown get in the way of our Super North Star!) We have been so proud seeing your love of learning grow and grow, despite these difficult times, but year 5 you have risen to the challenge …… and excelled!!
Have a look at some of the incredible things we have completed this week:
Wow, we are completely overwhelmed with how much work is being shared with us from Year 5 at home. It’s impossible to share everyones – there’s just so much!!! Here is a snippet of all of the amazing work that our wonderful children are doing at home.
We researched the photographer and artist Andy Warhol and had a go at making a digital montage of ourselves replicating his style.
During our zoom sessions, we like to have bit of fun too!! Today, we watched a video from Rob Biddulph and tried to draw the same character with our paper on our heads!!!
Continuing our learning journey of ‘The Time Traveller’, we have spent our time at home building time machines, making timelines of our lives and speaking to the older generations of our families to see how things have changed in their lifetime. We even had a look at some photos from https://www.francisfrith.com/teignmouth/photos to see what our local skate park used to look like!! We couldn’t believe how different it looked! Have a look at Thomas’ picture!
We are continuing to work really hard on our core subjects of maths, literacy and SPaG with the addition of some of the Oak National Academy’s videos. Today, we learnt all about non-finite clauses and wrote some of our own. We shared these during our afternoon zoom sessions.
Finally, we are reminding ourselves to look after our mental health. Mrs Prentice spoke to us about our ’10 a day’ – Our very own magic. We realised we are doing lots of these every day.
Well done Year 5! Everyone at Hazeldown are so proud of how hard you are all working – don’t forget to say a big thank you to the adults at home who are helping you too.
Year 5 have been fantastic at accessing all of their remote learning whilst at home!! We are especially enjoying our zooms, where we are able to discuss our lessons from the day and speak to our friends. We also played a great game of scavenger hunt today!!
Keep it up Year 5 – we are so proud of you all!
Year 5 have been extremely busy completing their remote learning. They have shown some fantastic resilience in taking everything in their stride. We have really enjoyed our zoom sessions and it’s been so lovely seeing all of your smiling faces. Keep up the fantastic work year 5!!
Have a look at this video of all of your amazing learning you have been sending to us – music courtesy of our very own Alex from Monkey Puzzle!
Year 5 have been busy over the last 2 weeks working hard on researching torches, designing their own, crafting their designs and then evaluating their use whilst searching for chemical elements on Alchemy Island.
Children have been looking at the 6 principles of Design and Technology: user, purpose, functionality, design decisions, innovation and authenticity to go through the process of designing and crafting their torches.
Take a look……
Mrs Prentice was so impressed with Monkey Puzzle’s learning today!! Children took turns to put themselves in the hot seat as Verideon, from ‘The Alchemist’s Letter’. It was such an amazing, engaging lesson; just look at the emotional vocabulary we were able to produce…….
Monkey Puzzle began to create their 3D contour maps of Alchemy Island today.
They began exploring contour lines by understanding that they are a map’s way of showing you how high the land is. The children also learnt that contour lines join together places of the same height and form patterns that help us to imagine what them and actually looks like.
We looked at Naismith’s rule to remind us that the closer together the contour lines are, the steeper the land.
Today we paid our respects to fallen heroes from world wars and other conflicts. Mrs Prentice was incredibly proud of the compassion and empathy displayed by Monkey Puzzle class during their class discussion and the 2 minutes silence.
Today, Year 5 began their new learning journey – Alchemy Island! We had to find a treasure chest and key to unlock the riddle and map to begin our quest. Once we solved the mystery, we set off on our quest to look for hidden portals around the school!!
We can’t wait to enter the world of Alchemy Island!!
Last week, and some of this week, Year 5 have revisited a unit of learning – Playlist- from the lockdown period. This is to ensure children have understood some of the main pieces of knowledge that may have been missed from this learning journey.
Year 5 have been so busy with their Off With Her Head Tudor topic this term.
Here are just a few of the amazing pieces of work they have journaled:
We also reflected on our own individual ‘Lockdown’ experiences and journaled some of learning we produced:
This week in PE, Year 5 have been demonstrating all the different ways that they can use their ‘Learning Values’.
During our Tudor dancing session, we spoke about showing empathy to others when they were struggling to remember the dance steps. We also worked well within our teams; communicating well with each other and building on our relationships.
We showed some fantastic resilience during our cross country session (having to run for 6 minutes at a time to complete as many laps as possible whilst our team cheered us on) and used words of encouragement when we were starting to tire!
Well done Year 5!!
This week, Year 5 have been looking at historical events on a Tudor timeline. We recreated the timeline using our collaboration and reasoning skills. We had a fantastic debate, using our yellow speech bubbles to agree or disagree with which historical event should go with which date!
Today, in Year 5, we tried out our very own Tudor dance in PE. It was our first attempt at this and we really enjoyed it. We’re looking forward to learning some more moves next week!
Have a look at our video:
Last week, in Ebony Bubble, years 3, 4 and 5 all focused on their art skills in their learning journeys. Here are a few examples:
Year 3 are really enjoying their learning journey (Predator) this term. We have seen such a variety of ways to be creative and share your learning. Keep sending us your pictures!!
Children in the ‘Ebony Class Bubble’ have settled in well to their new school day. They’ve been working really hard and even had time to explore the wildlife outside on the field, making bird’s nests.
We are so, so proud of the fantastic work that year 3 keep producing and sharing with us. We clearly have some budding performers amongst our year group.
Have a look at these videos:
This week the children have been developing their art skills.
Gemma sent in these wonderful works of art:
Just look at Sienna’s incredible predator collage:
Jem also really enjoyed making this wonderful collage; he was so proud of himself. And so are we Jem!
Frazer has even challenged himself to sew a shark!! (Not a real one, of course) Super work Frazer!
Keep sending in all of your fabulous work year 3. We are completely blown away with everything you are doing. We are so very proud of you all.
Year 3 continue to amaze us with their wonderful home learning.
Frazer has been planting his own flowers and has produced his very own little project on plants!
Nicholas has used objects around the house to support him with his maths lessons and has also produced a wonderful Haiku poem on his chosen predator!
Sienna and Jude have been working really hard on developing their understanding of the human skeleton and comparing it to the skeletons of various animals.
Whilst Billy took himself back to the Stone Age, on a visit to the beach!
Keep sending us in all of your wonderful work year 3!! You are all doing amazing!
This week, in year 3, we have been learning all about Haiku poems. Have a look at this fantastic performance from Sam!!
Last week, in Year 3, our focus was on the different parts of a plant and the functions of these parts. We also looked at collecting information on predators and producing our very own leaflets. Here are just a few of the amazing pieces of learning produced!
Archie worked super hard on all of these amazing powerpoints and just look at his leaflet!!!
Jayden put together this lovely, bright and informative leaflet on lions.
Evie put together this amazing leaflet on ‘Predators In Action’.
Fantastic effort Year 3!! Your IT skills have really progressed and we are so proud of you all!
Keep sending in all of your fantastic learning and we will share it on the blog.
Year 3 are continuing to produce some fantastic home learning! They are really enjoying their new topic of ‘Predators’, especially all of the wonderful science. Here are just some of the pictures they have been sending to their teachers……
Jayden put together this lovely fact file on the different parts of a flower.
Whilst Sienna completed her own science experiment, using celery, to see how the roots and stem absorb water. She then produced these wonderful food chains, showing us where animals get their energy from.
Alistair has really enjoyed learning all about predators and prey at home and also drew this fantastic picture of a ferocious leopard!!
Billy compiled his information from his week’s vocabulary lesson to put together a Glossary for our topic.
Evie has been working extremely hard on all of her home learning, sending in work daily for her teachers to see. She still makes sure she takes the time to look after her mental health and go for nice walks with her family. Just look at that view!!
We love seeing all of your pictures year 3. Please keep sending them in to us. We miss you all very much!!
Welcome back to everyone in Year 3, we hope you have all had a lovely half term!!
We are really looking forward to our new learning journey: Predators!! We can’t wait to see all the wonderful learning you will be producing over the next six weeks – don’t forget to keep sending us pictures of all the lovely things you are doing. Just like Jayden, from Cherry Class, has done with this amazing video on Muslim Worship. Have a look!
Cherry Class have been working incredibly hard at home, producing a lovely variety of home learning.
Sam enjoyed making his cave paintings using all natural products.
Nicole has been focusing her time on climate change and reducing pollution. She has even written a letter to our local MP!
Jude has been practising his spellings and has produced these lovely Neolithic patterns!
Lola has made these fabulous posters and Jacob has enjoyed splashing in the waves during his spare time.
All of you are doing amazing and Mrs Prentice and Ms Tierney are very proud of you all.
Keep up the great work Cherry Class and keep sending us all of your lovely photos! Enjoy Half Term and we will speak to you very soon.
Everyone is working incredibly hard and learning so many new skills, whilst at home.
Nicholas made some delicious looking pancakes and decided to map out his house, calculating the perimeter of each room!! Well done Nicholas!
Jayden has produced this lovely video, talking about his ‘green zone’ from the ‘Zones of Regulation’ work in the Mental Health folder on our Google Drive. Super work, Jayden!
We have been so impressed with the range of learning that has been taking place over the last week. We love receiving your photos that show us your happy faces and all of the wonderful things you are doing!
Jacob has been working really hard at home and even found the time to make some lovely cakes!
Jude and Ethan, along with their football team, have been completing a 5k walk or run this week, raising over £500 for the NHS!! Such a great achievement, well done boys!
Jude then showed some resilience and resourcefulness when he didn’t have the ingredients to make salt dough, but still managed to make some wonderful prehistoric beakers.
Sam built an amazing fort in his garden, using recyclable materials, and Dylan has been busy working on his Stone Age information report. Great work boys!
Zac has been continuing his love of fractions; just look at all those calculations! Ali enjoyed camping outside with his brother and taking care of his chickens. Keep enjoying the fresh air Ali!! Fantastic work boys!
Clearly not content with writing an amazing information report, Dylan then went on to make this yummy cake! Looks delicious!
Keep sending us your photos and look out for them on the school blog! We miss you all and hope you are all safe and well. You are all learning some amazing life skills.
Take care 🙂
We have been so impressed with how creative Cherry class have been this week. Our current learning journey is focusing on ‘Tribal Tales’. Have a look at Evie’s and Jayden’s cave paintings and Tilly’s fort!!! Well done everyone. Little Bear has even been carrying out some activities whilst you are all at home.
So far this week, we’ve been blessed with beautiful weather. The children have focused on their online learning in the mornings and in the afternoons they have really enjoyed building forts, assault courses, playing with the sand and water. Children have been fantastic at following the social distancing rules the government have set and siblings have enjoyed playing together.
It’s been wonderful to see all of the learning the children have been up to. Well done to all of you who have shared your work. If you would like your work to be shared to the blog, keep uploading it and keep checking in. We would love to see what you’ve been up to!! Don’t forget to send us pictures of all those life skills you are learning too!
Jude has been using his amazing retrieval skills to learn about our new topic, Tribal Tales!
Lacey has been working really hard on her grammar skills!
Dylan has continued to produce beautiful handwriting whilst researching our CIP words!
Zac enjoyed our Fractions unit so much, he is independently continuing to learn about this topic.
Well done to each and everyone of you. Keep working hard and make sure you have plenty of time for playing too. We hope you are all happy and healthy. We miss you!!
Cherry class have been working really hard over the Autumn term learning to play the plastic trombones.
The children were so proud of their achievements that they invited their parents in for a full performance to see their progress. The class performed amazingly!! The parents were then invited to have a go…… it’s not as easy as it looks is it?!!!
Special thanks to Mrs Price.
Year 3 have been working really hard on their fantastic learning journey “SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS”.
All the children were invited to their celebration event with a special golden ticket inside a chocolate bar wrapper. The year group (including the teachers) then came dressed as their favourite characters from the class reading book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, to show-case their learning to their parents. All involved had an amazing time creating their own smoothies, making peppermint creams and decorating various Christmas gingerbread shapes, amongst other activities!!!!! Mmmmmmm delicious!!
Today, Year 3 had an exciting afternoon thanks to the generosity of Sharon from the Creation Station. The children enjoyed creating Play-Dough sweets for their class sweet shop.
Today, Year 3 participated in an exciting quiz using Plickers (digital media resource). They worked in teams to answer questions on rivers which has been a key part of the learning journey, Flow.
Cherry Class are really enjoying learning how to play the P-Bones on Wednesday mornings.
Today Year 3 have been investigating how rivers are formed. They used sand, rocks, pebbles and water to create the different features of a river.
This week the whole school have been focusing on their Super North Stars. The children have worked extremely hard on mapping out their future aspirations. These have included their values, strengths, the team around them and magnets (barriers to achieving their goal). This has also been linked to Growth Mindset and Inspirational Maths.