Welcome to Inspire Year 5
Welcome to Year Five! I am Mrs Howarth and I am joined by Mr Mitchell and Miss Barlow who are the teaching assistants in Class Inspire. We have 30 lively and inquisitive children in Year Five and we will be undertaking some fantastic topics throughout the year.
Year Five is an exciting time for our children as it is a chance for them to really work hard and shine... showcasing their gifts and talents. We are very proud of our achievements and we aim to try our hardest in all that we do; inspiring others to do the same. We all work as a team, uplifting each other;
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."
Hebrews 13: 16
Welcome back! We hope you have had a wonderful break over the two weeks and feel well rested. Our final term in Year Five will be jam packed with interesting topics that we are sure to engage the interest of your children.
Homework this term will be weekly spellings, maths and comprehension. Reading texts and comprehension questions have been included in the homework section of our class page this term. You will also find additional resources for spelling/grammar and maths.
Please ensure your child practises their spellings as often as possible throughout the week to ensure they make good progress.
Math homework is given out on a Friday and is due in on the following Wednesday.
In English this term, we will explore historical narratives based around the Victorian Era. We will also learn key skills within classic narrative poetry.
We will develop our skills and apply various methods in Maths. We will focus on Measurement, Area and Perimeter and Volume. Homework will be based on reasoning and arithmetic skills. Daily Mad Minutes will be a strong focus this term, with the intention to build confidence and improve time performance.
Within Science, we will observe the Human Life Cycle. The children will be taught to describe the changes as humans develop to old age. They will learn that animals are alive; they move, feed, grow, use their senses, reproduce, breathe/respire and excrete. The children will also develop their skills to work scientifically by recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results.
Our PSHE lessons will focus on 'Growing and changing' and 'Keeping safe'. Within these sessions, the children will have opportunities to develop their understanding of these topics through research, discussion, debate, role play and much more.
RE this term will focus on Stewardship. The children will learn that all life on Earth is God’s creation. They will learn to understand how we are called to take care of Earth because it is a holy gift from God and the only place we can live. Throughout the unit, we will explore how when we make bad or thoughtless use of the earth’s resources, many people suffer, when we make poor choices about how we treat other living things (people, animals, plants) we cause life to be less than God intends. Throughout these lessons, the children will be given opportunities to reflect and respond within their learning.
In Computing, the children will learn how to input data and enhance their keyboard skills through Photostory 3. They will also partake in a Coding workshop this term.
In Music, we will continue to learn the Clarinet. Your child has been assigned a musical instrument which is to be left in school. At the end of the term, the children will hold a short musical concert to show off their newfound skills.
Spanish will continue to focus on seasons and super markets. Throughout these Spanish lessons, your child will revise months of the year and seasons, as well as weather. They will also explore compass points. Within these lessons, the children will perfect their grammar within Spanish and use a number of engaging learning strategies.
This term, your children will partake in Dance on a Monday and PE sessions on a Tuesday with Coach Tom from FUNDA. Please ensure your child is in full PE kit for those days. If your child is partaking in sports clubs after school, they will need a change of sportswear should the class be on a different day to PE or dance.
REMOTE LEARNING AT OLSA
Below, you will find work to complete if your child is isolating waiting for a COVID result or has tested positive.
If you are isolating, please follow the times below each day using your log in details which can be found in the front of your reading diary. There will be two online sessions in the morning and work on the school website for the afternoon.
If you have any problems, please email me at
9.00 am - Teams Maths
11.15 am - Teams English
2.30 pm - Teams catch up
Please email work to your teacher daily for feedback.
Isolation tasks have been set for you to complete on Purple Mash.
As well as daily Teams lessons, for each day you isolate, please complete one task for each of these subjects:
REVISION - MATHEMATICS
Below are some quizzes which will help you to revise the Year 5 math units. Keep playing the quizzes to improve your score.
OUR LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENTS...
During Topic Afternoon, Class Inspire explored The Rule of Law.
We discussed why Laws are important to society.
We learned how laws are rules that are made by people in power to order the way society behaves. Laws are made to keep us safe, make sure things are fair and limit the power of the Government. We explored the roles of Parliament, Government and the Justice System.
We then created a justice system for a new town 'Uptown'. The children discussed what laws were needed to protect the residents of the town. They added a prison, a school, a hospital, speed restrictions, traffic lights and much more to the town to make it a safe place to live. It was important to consider where particular buildings and safety measures were placed in order to create a harmonious environment. The children also discussed consequences to laws being broken.
Parents/carers and family members had a great time learning with their children,
"Very informative and interactive session. This topic afternoon has provided the children with the knowledge and understanding of why laws and rules are important to follow and what consequences will occur if they are broken. We certainly enjoyed ourselves, especially creating 'Uptown.' "
"The topic afternoon was really informative and gave the children knowledge and understanding about laws and rules. We enjoyed creating the town."
"Great to see the children working together, learning important facts in a fun way. Had a brilliant afternoon meeting the class."
"Children made good debates about what was required in a small town including the need for a zoo or swimming pool. Children were very engaged in the activities and had good inclusion and differentiation."
"It's nice to be back in class. We've really enjoyed our afternoon."
"We had a great time, thank you."
"Good to be back with the children in class. An enjoyable afternoon."
Class Inspire had a fabulous day with Alan. The children have been studying Roy Lichtenstein and have been developing their skills with printing methods.
Alan spent the day teaching the children how to create a piece of art inspired by the works of Lichtenstein, using press printing. All the children were fully engaged and amazed the adults with their final art piece.
"I thought it was really good. I enjoyed drawing the pictures and then printing them out. My final piece looked really good because I took my time and added lots of detail ." Elliott
"I had an awesome time!" Zac
"My piece of work turned out great. I like how my picture had layers." Eva
As part of our Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness Week, Samba Sally held a Yoga/Dance session for our class. Parents and Carers were invited along and we had a wonderful session. The children and adults thoroughly enjoyed themselves and left the session feeling positive and energised.
This afternoon, Bonnie visited Year 5. She was very interested in the children's learning and was impressed with what they knew in Geography. The children enjoyed having Bonnie learn with them and hope to see her again in future lessons.
Today has been a fabulous day - The Fun Food Chef delivered a captivating lesson on Spanish food.
We learnt how to make a potato frittata, a Spanish paella with an accompanying chorizo and chickpea side dish. We also made our own Spanish bread, filled with onions, fresh herbs, olives and juicy, red peppers. All the dishes tasted amazing and many children enjoyed all the different, exotic tastes.
This afternoon, we had a visit from a lady called Briege who shared some interesting information regarding the work of CAFOD. The children were fully engaged throughout the lesson and learnt lots of new things.
Ask your child what important information they took away from today's lesson... they will surprise you with their newfound knowledge!
Today was a special day in Class Inspire - we finally drew our raffle ticket prize!
The children have been working so hard this term and have each received many raffle tickets in recognition for their achievements.
We were all nervous as we pulled out the winner. The lucky child was Luca Blackburn!
"I was very excited when my name was called because I was not expecting to win!"
Mrs Howarth also pulled out ten more tickets for the runners up. Those children will enjoy a play at the local park when the weather brightens up.
Well done to all the children in Class Inspire. You have worked so hard this term and we are excited to see you progress further next term.
In Inspire Class today, we focused our learning around healthy eating. We researched where our food comes from - from farm to fork, and the options we have when making particular dishes.
Today we made two dishes of Spaghetti Bolognese - one using a shop bought sauce and another using only fresh ingredients. We discussed how many shop bought sauces, although delicious, can be high in salt and sugar, as well as preservatives.
When the Bolognese was ready, we tasted both dishes and decided which we each preferred.
As we had such a lovely time making these dishes, we are going to have a go at home with parents and carers to reinvent this dish and put our own stamp on it.
"I have learnt about healthier choices and how to make a healthy Bolognese sauce. I enjoyed participating and cutting up the vegetables. It was all delicious." Macy
"Today I learnt that you can't say you don't like something unless you have tried it. Also, you don't have to have just meat in your Bolognese - you can add lots of vegetables in it too." Autumn
"Today I learnt how to make Bolognese and how to carefully cut fruit and vegetables." Henry
"I have learnt that the meat you buy in the supermarket can come from lots of places around the world. The beef we used today was from Britain." Luca
"I enjoyed cutting the vegetables for the Bolognese. I also enjoyed eating it!" Jessica
"I enjoyed learning how to make Spaghetti Bolognese. It was so fun!" Jacob
"Today, I have learnt how to make Spaghetti Bolognese and all about healthy eating. We found out where our food comes from and how to make healthier choices. I really liked the Bolognese!" Orla
This afternoon, we created some wire sculptures inspired by Alexander Calder. We explored various techniques and based our work on animals. We then critiqued our work and explored how we could improve our skills. Next week, we will explore clay.
Class Inspire celebrated Mass with Father Chris this morning. Our theme was around Thanksgiving and left us feeling refreshed in spirit. Our class Mass was extra special today because it linked in with our Harvest contributions. Every child came to school today in their own clothes and donated food which was delivered to the local food bank, The Lighthouse Community Foodshare. It felt very good to give to the community and know that we are helping others in need.
Class Inspire had a fabulous time using the maths equipment today. We explored a number of engaging methods which link to our multiplication and division unit. The children enjoyed discussing which methods they could use to solve different problems.
"I enjoyed using the base ten equipment and the counters to solve the five different problems on my challenge card." Jessica
"I enjoyed using the base ten equipment to make a cube.Today I learnt what a prime number is." Xander
"Today I learnt how to make large cubes using the times tables that I know. I now know that I need to practise more with all of my times tables." Autumn
"The cubes and base ten equipment helped me to work out my problem quickly." Jacob
"I found out that I could use blocks to help me count in multiples. I struggled with the place value counters to solve a problem but managed to use another strategy." Hugo
"Today I learnt that how to use arrays in different ways to solve a calculation. I used the cubes and I drew dots to help me see where the soldiers would go. I would use this method again." Eva
Today we had a visit from Harold the Giraffe and the Education Bus. The focus for our lesson was about physical and emotional needs. Here is what a few of our children in Year Five learnt today...
"I learnt about my body and the things I should and shouldn't do to keep my body healthy."
"I learnt about body parts such as the lungs, the heart and blood cells. You shouldn't take drugs or smoke and adults should not have too much alcohol. Children should not be doing those things!"
"Today I learnt that smoking can give you tar in your lungs. That makes it hard to breathe. Also, the brain is so complicated, scientists don't know everything about the brain."
"If someone asks to ride your bike and you don't want them to, you should keep calm instead of shouting at them because that would hurt their feelings. Instead, explain why you don't want them to ride your bike."
"If you are feeling stressed, you can have a little bit of alone time to think about things. You could also talk to someone you trust like a friend or adult."
Class Inspire had a fantastic day at the zoo today. We enjoyed looking at the various animals and had a lovely picnic in the sun.