Willow Class Year 5

Maths of the Day
 
On 'Maths of the Day' Day Willow class took part in physical activities to help collect data. We ran about and sprinted between two cones recording our times. This was then used to create tables with other members of the class. We then add to read the times and find answers to questions such as:
Who was the fastest?
What is the difference between the fastest and slowest runner?
What is the total of the 3 quickest times?
 
We also answered questions on which was our favourite food and which was our favourite sport by sprinting around an obstacle course and playing bean bags in the appropriate hoop. We then turned these into bar graphs.
Class Assembly
 
Thank you to all the parents who came to our most recent class assembly. Despite some technical issues, the children still performed well and spoke clearly. Each and every one of them had a speaking part! Well done Willow Class. 
Paultons Park
 
On Friday 8th March, Year 5 visited Paultons Park to learn about forces during their science day. We had a session learning about how the wheels and chains work on the rides, as well as air resistance and gravity.
We had a great day! 
We were also able to go on lots on the rides (as there were no queues) and many of us went on more than once!
Fire Service Visit
 
On Thursday (28.2.19) year 5 were lucky enough to receive a special visit from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. 
 
They learnt all about fire safety, how to keep themselves and their family safe from fire, how to check their smoke alarms and what to do if a fire was to break out near them. They also learnt about the importance of having an exit plan.
 
They learnt the important phrase of 'Get out. Stay out. Call 999' and 'Stop, Drop, Roll;
  
In addition to learning about fire safety, year 5 enjoyed looking around the fire engine and even had the chance to spray the fire hose. 
 
A fantastic, memorable visit for the two classes.
Science Week
 
First week back after Christmas and we took part in a whole school planned 'science week'.
As our topic was forces we begun the week looking at types of forces and how Sir Isaac Newton first thought of gravity. We then moved onto some experiments:
  • We designed parachutes to stop an egg from smashing as it hit the ground (air resistance)
  • We investigated how the force exerted effected the distance travelled by a stomp rocket
  • We discussed angles and how this would effect how far the rocket would travel
  • We looked at surface tension with water, coins and washing up liquid
  • We created levers and pulleys, and investigated how the effort would need to change if the fulcrum moved
Take a look at some of the photos below
SCIENCE DAY!
 
On Tuesday 20th November we had Science Day!
 
In the morning we designed a 'Mars Rover' and considered the features they would need and in the afternoon we investigated craters by using 'Play Doh and flour.
 
Below are a couple of pictures and a piece of work showing our investigation
Intraclass Football Tournament
 

 

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Pts

 Blue

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 Red

3

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 Green

3

0

3

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3

 Yellow

3

0

1

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Magic Moments

 

  •          Big tackle by George on Jax. Both boys stood straight up and showed               excellence by shaking hands.
  •          Nene’s constant energy up and down the pitch
  •          Rosie playing for two teams due to unfair numbers
  •          Lots of respect for the referee
  •          Kevin saving the ball with his face…TWICE!
  •          Filip making a flying save from a shot that was heading into the top                   corner

 

Good Reads
 
Having spoken to the children about reading, I have created a list of books below that would be great reads for the them!
 
Skellig - David Almond
Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell
Pax - Sara Pennypacker
Noah Barleywater Runs Away - John Boyne
The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain - John Boyne
The Secret Horses of Briar Hill - Megan Shepherd
The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd
Wonder - R.J. Palacio
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
Beetle Boy - M.G. Leonard
Bearkeeper - Josh Lacey
The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas - David Almond
 
 
What a busy start!
 
Literacy
 
We have written some lovely poems about the environment and we are now using the text 'Princess' Blankets' to inspire our writing. We have written speeches, letters and designed our own blankets ready for a descriptive piece.
 
Maths
 
We started at looking at numbers up to 1 million and understanding what the digits stood for. We then moved onto mixed numbers and improper fractions and we are now looking at decimal numbers. What a busy start!
 
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Willow Class
 
Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a great summer and is ready to begin Year 5 with a bang!
 
This term, our topic is:
 
'Keen To Be Green'
 
We will be exploring the importance of looking after the environment and the impact of what happens if we don't. 
 
 
Important information
 
PE
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.
For this half term Tuesday will be gymnastics in the hall, and Thursday will be ball skills on the field. Please make sure that you child has the appropriate clothing for each day.
It is advised that PE kit stays in school for the week for clubs and in case there is a reason for PE to change days.
 
Water Bottles
Please make sure that your child comes to school with a named water bottle.
 
Clothing
School clothes and PE kits often get misplaced so please make sure that your child's name is visible on all their clothing including PE bags so that their items can be returned to them if they get lost.
 
Homework
Homework will be set most weeks on a Friday and unless specified, will be due in the following Wednesday. Children are expected to read either to an adult at home or to themselves and sign their reading record every time so that we can keep a track at school. If your child reads competently to themselves, ask them some questions about the book so that you can see if they have understood what they have read.
We also expect children to regularly practise their times tables. This is a fundamental skill and the quicker and more fluent they are at this, the better their understanding of Maths will be.