Thursday, 15 June 2017

Acids and Alkalis

On Wednesday 14th June Mrs Madgwick, a Science teacher from the Cotswold School, came and did a very engaging and practical Science lesson with Year 5 on 'Acids and Alkalis'. Using indicator paper and a pH scale we investigated if 15 everyday household products (eg. shampoo, vinegar, milk) were acids or alkalis. It was a very enjoyable lesson and we learnt so much! 


 




Monday, 15 May 2017

Computer Control Workshop Day!

Thank you so much to Mr Kettle from STEMworks for a brilliant Computer Control Workshop!
We started the morning thinking about how we use computers and how they work (inputs and outputs). We thought about definitions for what a robot is and how we use robotic things in our everyday lives. We then split into groups of 2’s and 3’s and made our 15-minute Lego EV3 robot.





Once our robots were built we were set a series of challenges. Each challenge was worth a different number of points.

Challenge 1 – STOP  (worth 20 points)
We had to start with our robots in the STEMworks box, program our robot to travel forwards in a straight line and stop with the 2 front wheels exactly on the black line at the stop sign.



Challenge 2 – PARK  (worth 30 points)
We had to start with our robot in the STEMworks box, program our robot to travel forwards to the end of the mat, turn right, travel forwards and park the whole robot inside the other STEMworks box.



We then adapted our robots, adding sensors to tell it to stop and adding sound files.

For the afternoon session we were given 3 different challenges. We had to complete as many of these, as accurately as possible, in the time given. Each challenge was worth a different number of points with 140 points in total up for grabs! We had to write and test each program. When each program was ready it was judged by Mr Kettle and we were awarded points. We had to adapt our robots to complete these challenges.

We had a brilliant day and learnt so much about computers and computer programming!







Friday, 5 May 2017

Summer Term Communication Letter

Dear Parents/ Carers of Year 5 Pupils,

Welcome back! We hope you are well rested and ready for an action-packed term! We have already started this busy term with a fantastic week of ‘Bikeability Training’.

Summer Term Curriculum

Here is an outline of some of the areas of learning that we will be covering in class this term. 

Maths
Measure (time, volume, distance, perimeter and area)
Geometry (angles, reflections and translations, 3D shapes)
Problem solving
English
Word Play Poetry
Biographies and Autobiographies
Stories from a different point of view
SPaG
Science
Living things and their habitats
R.E.
Who is Jesus? What do people believe about him?
Computing
Programming (STEMworks Computer Programming Workshop Day – 15th May)
Analyse and evaluate data
P.E.
Athletics
Rounders and Cricket
Swimming (after half term)
Topic
(History, geog, art, D.T.)
Mysterious Remains
Enterprise


How you can help at home

Homework – Please note change of day
Year 5 children will continue to receive one English and one Maths homework weekly. However, as a change from last term, we will ask for Maths homework to be handed in on Tuesdays and English homework to be handed in on Wednesdays. We will set some MyMaths homework tasks as part of the Maths bubble homework. If you do not have access to the internet at home children are welcome to use laptops at school to complete these tasks during Friday lunchtimes.
If your child has any trouble with homework, all they need do is come and ask us (where possible before the due date).  It is also appreciated if you could help encourage children to take responsibility for their own homework. Each homework should take half an hour. If your child does not complete the task within this time, please sign it at the bottom, to let us know they have spent half an hour working on the task.
In addition, the children will continue to learn a spelling rule each week. They will receive a list of spellings that follow this rule every Monday and will need to learn these for a weekly spelling test on a Friday.
Please find attached to this letter the half termly spellings the children need to learn at home (and what they scored when tested on these spellings this week). These will not be taught in lessons and will be tested at the end of the half term. Thank you for your support with this – it makes a big difference.


Reading
Please continue to read regularly with your child. It is so important as children become more fluent with their reading that they understand what they have read. Please ask them questions about the characters and plot to check their understanding and encourage them to express their own opinions about a story/book. Please also encourage them to read aloud with appropriate intonation and expression, paying careful attention to punctuation marks used by the author.

Planners
Please could you check your child’s planner at the end of each week and sign the bottom of the page. Your child should take responsibility for asking you to check and sign it. The children will record their weekly spelling and times tables tests scores in their planners. We will collect the homework planners each Friday.

P.E
The children will have a P.E. session on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Sometimes our timetable has to change so P.E. kit should be in school each day please. It would be useful for the children to have both outdoor trainers and plimsolls (or clean trainers) as part of their kit so that we can use both the hall and outdoors.

Planners and reading books
Please have these in school each day. Thank you.

Enterprise Project
We are hoping to run an enterprise project later this term. More details to follow.


Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,


Mrs Michelle Parkin and Mrs Marika Hortop

Friday, 28 April 2017

Bikeability

What a busy start to a busy term!

We loved our Bikeability sessions with Alex and Fiona, our confidence and skills have really improved!





Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Experience Easter

Thank you to Reverend Ford and his team for our wonderful 'Experience Easter' workshops in our beautiful church.








Friday, 31 March 2017

Future 'Bake Off' contestants?


Year 5 have been enjoying themselves learning about Fairtrade.

Having discovered the value of buying Fairtrade products and that chocolate can form part of a healthy diet, we researched chilled chocolate desserts. We then designed our own desserts, taking into account taste, texture, colour and visual impact. We made our chocolate desserts very professionally. We were involved in sharing out the ingredients, including chocolate, strawberries, popping candy and squirty cream, as well as using sharp knives and graters. Well, you can imagine, the smell in the classroom! Once we had all evaluated our desserts, we really enjoyed eating them!

We also used the work we have been doing in English to design a persuasive poster to encourage other people to buy our product. What a week!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

British Science Week 2017!

We really enjoyed our Science Day based on the topic 'Change'.

We made bread rolls, with different groups altering the recipe so we could investigate why we need each of the ingredients. We enjoyed tasting the different rolls and could really tell the importance of each ingredient!




We explored changing colours, using paper towels and water coloured with food dye.




After playing 'Worm Hunt' on the field (trying to find different coloured pieces of wool, not real worms) we talked about the importance of camouflage and have created our own butterflies to camouflage into out classroom habitat!








Monday, 13 March 2017

Trinity Sculptures

We have been learning about the Trinity and have expressed our understanding of the Trinity through sculpture.

Friday, 3 March 2017

World Book Day!

Look at these beautiful collaborative art pieces we have produced based on the book 'Journey to the River Sea'.










Sunday, 26 February 2017

Terrific Scientific - Experiment 2 - Water

We have been investigating if the water that comes out of our taps in Northleach is hard or soft water, using a water hardness testing kit.



We also carried out an investigation to find out if warm water sometimes can freeze faster than cool water. We will send our findings to The University of Southampton so they can use them in their scientific study. We are looking forward to seeing how our results compare to results from around the country.






Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Terrific Scientific - Experiment 1 - Taste!

We are taking part in the BBC's Terrific Scientific campaign.

Our first investigation was based on 'Taste'. Did you know that not everyone's sense of taste is the same? Some people are supertasters, which means that they find bitter tastes more unbearable than others.

To carry out this investigation we put blue food dye on our tongues and counted the number of big pink bumps (fungiform papillae) which contain our taste buds, we could see within the circle. By counting the number of fungiform papillae we had, we were able to determine whether we were supertasters, tasters or non tasters.

We had great fun and are looking forward to seeing how our results compare with other children from around the country!