Below is a link to some useful information on how your child can prepare for their KS2 mathematics SATs whether they are in Year 5 or 6.
There are topic boosters and past papers with video tutorials to help target specific weaknesses. For Year 5, there is a mini-maths (less than 5 minute) video for every day of the year to help establish a daily routine and encourage thinking-outside-the-box puzzles. The resources can be used on PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile phones via the website. Students who have used the resources in the last couple of years have said how it has helped them understand and be more successful in their maths.
Year 5 Kestrels have been discussing how to respect and understand others’ opinions. We started off with a problem to solve. This was ‘There is not enough space in the playground for football and other activities to be happening at the same time’. What can we do?
First of all the children discussed whether they agreed or disagreed with this statement and spent time listening to each other’s opinions.
We then came up with a list of ideas to fix this issue.
Finally, we spoke about how during our discussing we listened to others’ opinions, and we discussed how we should do this with respect and understanding.
These were a few of our ideas:
Don’t argue with opinions
Let people have their say
Ask for reasons to understand why that is their opinion
The main message the children received from the PSHE lesson was that everybody is entitled to their own opinions and we don’t always have to agree with each other, but we do always have to show respect.
On Friday, Kestrels class were introduced the book Piggybook, written by Anthony Browne. They started their discussions looking at the front cover of the book and thinking of what the story could be about. We then started to read the book and stopped half way through. This gave us a chance to predict what would happen in the rest of the story. We discovered that the story was based around the mom of the family doing all of the work! They mum called the dad and the boys pigs because they were treating her pretty badly, we discussed how this was a brilliant metaphor.
In today’s lesson we looked at the characters in the story, how we could describe them and how they might be feeling in the story. We described mom as being fed up and feeling like she is taken advantage of. The boys and the dad we described as being useless and lazy!
Tomorrow we will be planning our piece of writing from a characters point of view.
Over the past few days Year 5 have been discussing not only how to stay safe on the internet, but also how online behaviours can have an effect on young people.
We started by discussing what things people (our friends and family) do online that make us feel good. From this we had lots of ideas including being sent a nice message, being helped on a game and being complimented on how well you are playing a game.
After this we discussed things that people do online that do not make us feel very good. These were some of our ideas:
We completed 3 different activities all around different online behaviours and how these can have a positive or negative effect on young people. One of the activities included the children thinking of an online good deed that they could do. Some of the ideas we had included sending a nice message to someone or helping someone on a game. We have all decided what our good deed is going to be and we will check in this time next week to see if we managed to complete them!
Today Year 5 used a number line and their fraction wall cubes to place fractions on the line.
They used good learning behaviours: working with others, curiosity and some perseverance. Using the fraction cubes they looked for equivalent fractions and used this to place different fractions into the number line.
The cubes made it easier to see if one was bigger or smaller than the other, for example they looked at 4/16. They could see it was less than 1/2, as 8/16 would be equivalent to 1/2. They compared it to 1/4 and could see it was equivalent and discussed 4 lots of 4/16 would make a whole (16/16). Also it was you could times the numerator and denominator of 1/4 by 4 and you would get 4/16, so they are equivalent.
Year 5 have had a lovely afternoon completing their Anglo Saxon plans and starting their sewing. Threading the needles was difficult but everyone showed great learning behaviours, working with others as well as lots of perseverance.
Today we have been looking at equivalent fractions.
The children discussed how we could see that fractions were the same by looking at our fraction walls. Then we looked at how we write them and discovered that equivalent fractions can be made by multiplying the numerator and the denominator by the same number. It was fun making equivalent fractions with the fraction wall as well as using our multiplications.