This half term the children were introduced to the short and long methods of multiplication. The short method is used when the multiplier is 1-digit and the long method is used when the multiplier is 2-digits. We were very impressed with how well the children picked up these new methods and we will continue to consolidate them across the next term.
Following on from this, we revisited the short division method and develop our understanding of remainders. Firstly, we explored whether to round the remainder up or down depending on the question; for example, how many boxes are full vs how many boxes are required? Secondly, we learnt how to express our remainders as both a fraction and a decimal.
Times Tables Rockstars has been a huge success, especially our Year Group battle with Year 6. It was an incredibly close finish, with just 1 point between it to Year 6. We were very proud of the children’s engagement and determination throughout this. Looking at the statistics, some children must have been glued to their devices throughout the battle (sorry parents!).
The children have loved exploring and creating electrical circuits. They have learnt the symbols for each of the components and they were excellent at predicting which materials were electrical conductors and which were insulators.
Our Vikings topic excited the children from the start. They were fascinated to build upon their Year 4 understanding of Anglo-Saxons and how this overlaps with the Viking era. We investigated where they came from, why and how they came here and their brutal raid on Lindisfarne.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting your child(ren) to complete their outstanding Viking projects. We are truly blown away with their creativity, presentations and their computing skills to put these together electronically. It has been amazing to see how well the children have interact and embraced their new platform for homework (and possible home learning). Again, thank you for helping your child(ren) learn this to become more familiar with this. We also understand it can take some time!
The children’s Viking seascapes have turned out beautifully! They used a range of painting techniques to create a stunning background for their detailed pencil sketches of a longboat.
Throughout this half term, our outdoor games lesson have focussed on tag rugby skills. We have been pleased with the progress all children have made with their confidence in their catching and passing skills. During our matches, some excellent tries were scored.
In class this week, the children have enjoyed had many exciting Overton Christmas traditions delivered in a Covid safe way: from Open the Box, to staff panto and their Christmas lunch.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for your festive cards, wishes and gifts. We are incredibly grateful!
We hope you and your families enjoy a safe, happy and healthy Christmas and wish you a wonderful 2021.
Academic Year 2020-2021
The children have had a really busy Autumn term so far and we have been incredible impressed with how they have settled back into the school routine. Their enthusiasm and engagement has enhanced their learning and we’ve had a lot of fun along the way.
From the beginning, the children have been hooked by our production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. From their initial audition through to their wonderful performances, they’ve certainly brought the play to life. Despite it not being the normal theatrical journey for Year 5, the children have embraced the experience and loved every minute.
During Autumn 1, we were fortunate to receive a visit from two professional theatre directors who worked with the year group and transformed them into actors. The range of activities they put on enabled the children to really get the most out of their performance and enhance their confidence and characterisation skills.
The performances themselves were filmed this week by two fantastic volunteers who helped the children turn their performance of The Tempest into a Hollywood blockbuster. We can’t wait to share it with you. Get your popcorn ready! Please bear with us whilst the activities in the cutting room are completed and once this is available to share you will be advised.
In gymnastics we’ve been refining our skills in balance and counter balance by revisiting previous gymnastic skills and adding some new partner based ones, as well as tweaking our presentation skills as a gymnast. The children produced some excellent routines and worked beautifully together- showing a shining example of our learning relationships power.
Our science has been packed full of hands on experiments about the materials and their properties. Many children have commented that these experiences have really improved their enjoyment of science and we’ve been so pleased some of them have even tried them at home! To name a few, we have explored properties of materials; reversible and irreversible changes; thermal insulators and we even made our own plastic.
English- Blackberry Blue
English in Autumn 2 was kick started with an introduction to a modern twist on traditional fairy tales- Blackberry Blue. The clues they were given kept the children guessing and meant they were enthralled from the start. Why not ask your child to tell you the story of Blackberry Blue and how it is both similar and in contrast to other traditional fairy tales?
Academic Year 2019-2020
Here is a reminder of the written methods we are using in Year 5:
Our values for this half term are: Salvation, preservation, responsibility, wonder, consequences. We are exploring these using the context of our rivers topic.
Our English unit has focussed on the famous poem ‘Leisure’ by W.H.Davies. We began with speculating on the meaning of the poem before discovering his motivation for writing it was his experiences of living as a tramp in both the UK and USA. Like many of his poems, it engages with the themes of hardship, love of the natural world and the fast pace of life. To conclude the unit, we wrote our own versions about the things we feel we have no time to do.
Science has continued from the first half of spring term looking at life cycles but it has moved from exploring plants to animals. The children have enjoyed understanding and exploring the different animal groupings as well comparing and contrasting these.
In geography, we have developed our understanding of how rivers are formed and the features of a river. Over the coming weeks we will be moving into understanding flooding- the consequences of and our responsibilities towards this.
Our River trip has tied all of these elements together nicely. We spent half of the day walking up a steep hill (The Hanger), wondering at the views across the valley, before creating a model of a river using natural resources. The other half of the afternoon was spent in the river, taking measurements, racing ducks to understand velocity and fishing for invertebrates. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a credit to our school in the way they conducted themselves.
Move over Paul and Prue! The incredible bakers of Class 11 have been holding their ‘Great British Bread Off’! Firstly, we conducted market research by investigating and tasting different bread types. Next, we designed our own bread shape (after exploring and practicing on salt dough).Then, we chose our own flavourings and baked our bread! They looked divine and tasted delicious – we evaluated them (and scoffed them!)
We’re also busily writing our Travel Brochures, persuading people to visit the country that were now experts in! Using all the features of persuasive writing, we will doubtlessly tempt any reader to visit and enjoy the attractions, foods and culture of Russia / Poland / Croatia / Spain / Italy/ Iceland/ Austria.
It has been a busy start to 2020 in Class 11!
In Geography, we have been learning about the countries that are in the European Union – studying their climates, populations, landmarks and cultures and comparing them to our own. In English, we are using all our powers of persuasive writing to sway other year groups to choose our selected countries for a well-earned holiday!
Ever the busy Scientists in Year 5, we have begun to study lifecycles this term. Starting with the reproduction of plants, where we have dissected flowers to illustrate sexual reproduction and are aiming to grow our own rosemary plants through asexual reproduction.
In DT, we have been looking at bread – so far, we have conducted taste tests and market research to determine the most popular types (fruit bread in our class) and will be designing and baking our own unique tasting mini loaf in few weeks’ time. Yum!
This term we are introducing the story of ‘Have you filled a Bucket today?’ to the year group. This charming tale encourages children to show kindness and consideration for others – filling others ‘bucket’ with their good words / deeds. Why not ask your child to explain this this to you further?
Our start to Year 5 was a busy one! The children of Class 11 were almost instantly immersed into our production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ as part of the Shakespeare Schools Foundation. Their performance at The Haymarket was incredible – so much dedication, talent and bravery. Well done Class 11!!!
The first half of the term saw some superb writing as the children shared Morpurgo’s ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ (linking to our desert island theme), providing excellent emotional diary entries and exciting setting descriptions, supported by lots of roleplay. The hands on science topic of ‘Materials’ -enjoyed by all – included many opportunities for experimentation and we even created some casein plastic!
This half term we have been studying the Vikings. Those scary, hairy invaders from the North captured the children’s imaginations and provided an excellent stimulus for art; dance; newspaper articles, scriptwriting and computing using green screen technology. Viking Day on December 11th meant our own mini invasion when the children arrived in fantastic Viking costume and shared their version of ‘Viking Rock’ and their fabulous projects which had obviously been the culmination of many weeks work. Thank you for supporting your child with this.