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:
Column addition method:
Column subtraction method:
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.
Class 12’s highlight of this week has certainly been making bread! Last week, they created 4 designs with various combinations of flavouring, choosing from sweet or savoury options. Not only could they personalise it to their taste, but they also got the freedom to consider the shape they wanted to make their bread- from a traditional roll to a plait or a swirl. This led us into Monday where the children spent time in the kitchen transforming their design into the real thing. They got the opportunity to knead dough, weigh ingredients as well as chop and grate the fillings. In the afternoon, each child tasted and evaluated their bread. All children’s evaluations showed they were all more than happy with their creation and I was very impressed with how professional their bread looked! Here are some of the children’s comments about their experience:
“I found the experience enjoyable, as baking isn’t something I do often.”
“My highlights were having the chance to experiment with the shape of our bread using salt dough and then getting to choose our own combination of ingredients.”
“This unit has been so much fun because we got to design our own bread and then understand how to produce it by making it for ourselves.”
Our first three weeks of 2020 have taken the children on a road trip around Europe and given them a feel for some the wonders within our own continent. The children are working in small groups to research a given country with the aim of producing a ‘Lonely Planet’ style persuasive brochure.
Our science for this term focuses on life cycles, beginning with exploring plants. The children have revised the parts of a plant and learnt about how sexual reproduction occurs. In groups, they then dissected a flower and enjoyed being able to identify and name the parts. Following on from this, we looked at asexual reproduction and the children are having a go at growing their own Rosemary plant from a cutting.
We have been learning about QR codes and the children have become excited by noticing them everywhere around them. Eventually, the children will create their own QR code to add to and enhance their English persuasive holiday brochure.
This DT unit has proven to be a hit with the children! They thoroughly enjoyed tasting different types of bread and rating them based upon their appearance, texture, taste and smell. Our most favoured one was fruit bread.
Towards the end of this week, we will be introducing the children to the story ‘Have you filled a bucket today?’ Why not ask your child to explain this to you. We are going to be looking for children who are being bucket fillers and showing love, kindness and generosity towards others.
I am so proud of the start to Year 5 Class 12 have shown! Throughout the beginning of the Autumn term they immersed themselves in our performance of The Tempest and put on a stunning show at the Haymarket.
The theme of being stranded on an island fed into our English unit through the study of the text ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children absorbed themselves into the writing process and empathised with the main character Michael. They were able to put themselves into his shoes and write a diary entry in anger and later in regret and remorse.
Over our computing unit in Autumn 1, I was impressed by their team work used to create a racing game on the computer programming software, Scratch. Together, they were able to debug any errors they came across and create a game they could play competitively against one another.
Moving into Autumn 2, Class 12 have been exploring Vikings alongside fairy tales (Oh yes we have!). The text ‘Blackberry Blue’ was the stimulus for our English. The children thoroughly enjoyed reading Jamila Gavin’s fairy tales with a twist and enjoyed identifying the traditional features whilst being grabbed by something they weren’t expecting. Using these as a model, the children wrote their own versions which they put a lot of effort into and were really proud to share with one another.
Alongside this, our topic has been the vicious Vikings. Using their research notes in history, the children have create eye-catching posters about different aspects of the Vikings: art, religion, culture and traditions. Our Viking Day yesterday appeared to be a great hit and it was an enjoyable day creating models of a Viking longboat and a Viking shield, crafting a necklace with their name written in runes and learning our song ‘Viking Rock’. I was blown away by the projects they brought in and could really see the effort and time they put into these- so thank you for supporting your child to complete this.
In art, we have been getting creative using different painting techniques and colour tones to form pictures of a Viking longship in a storm. Many of their final pieces are on display around the school.
Throughout the whole of the Autumn term, Class 12 have experienced a range of hands-on science lessons, linked to changing materials, by carrying out their own experiments; from creating casein plastic, to using a range of methods to separate a mixture of materials.