Monthly Archives: February 2018

Understanding feelings

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.

Online behaviours

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:

• Unkind messages
• Inappropriate pictures being sent/uploaded
• Blackmailing
• Cyber-bullying

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!

Fraction cubes

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.

Equivalent fractions

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.

Anglo Saxon bags

Year 5 investigated Anglo Saxon bags this afternoon. There were many ideas for the possible purpose of the bags:

  • To keep a map in
  • For money
  • Hold small toys
  • Carry a notebook

The children then practiced their sewing skills on some card…that was interesting. They were great at sewing, threading the needles was a little trickier, it took a lot of concentration and fine motor skills.

The children also had a go at practicing drawing accurate lines. The lines had to be precise measurements, which is another skill in itself.

There are designs to be investigated and make, ready for tomorrow‘s lesson.

Bag materials

Year 5 problem solved and analysed materials today.

They investigated the pros and cons of certain materials to use for making our Anglo Saxon bags.
Paper and tissue paper were not suitable for the task. The children came up with some good reasonings, like it was not durable enough.

Thin plastic had some good qualities, it was durable and waterproof, which is helpful. Unfortunately, because it was shiny it was hard to sew together.

Carrier bags was next on the list… great because it is recyclable and waterproof, but when it was pierced, it just split and ripped. Not a suitable material to sew.

The final choice was a material called hessian. This material is strong, durable and because it has tiny holes in it, the needles will go through nice and easily. Perfect. Although it is not waterproof, the children decided that they could line it with plastic to protect whatever is inside. Well done Year 5.

Dividing numbers with remainders

Today Year 5 had a go at dividing numbers that have remainders.

We started off with a very visual representation using sweets and sharing them into equal groups. The children soon realised that there were going to be some sweets left over (this was our remainder!).

Then the children had a go at a question on their whiteboards. They could choose how to find the answer, some were drawing their visual representations, whilst others were straight into the bus stop method.

This led nicely to working in the workbooks and using only the bus stop method. The children even tackled some worded problems!

A good effort today Year 5!

Anglo Saxons research

Year 5 have been busy researching again…

Their task was to find out:

• jobs in Anglo Saxon times
• children
• what they ate

Then they had to compare then and now.

We found out that the jobs (which were mainly mens) were quite physical and often outdoors, things like: farming, blacksmiths, building.

The children did not go to school, they learnt things from their parents. Boys learnt whatever trade their father had (as well as hunting, gathering eggs and building) and girls learnt weaving, cooking etc. Girls often were married at 10 years old! Also, their toys were handmade, sometimes out of wood. They would play with dice and counters too.

Because they farmed the land, many of the foods are similar to today They ate a lot of vegetables, in fact most anglo Saxons were pretty much vegetarian, as there was little meat around. When they did have meat it was deer or wild boar.

Great fact finding Year 5. Well done to Sophie S. for putting all the children’s points on the board.

Positive role models

David Walliams, Christiano and Emma Watson

In PSHE, Year 5 have been discussing what makes a positive role model.

The children had to each think of someone famous and what it was that person has achieved. A few examples we heard were David Walliams, Usain Bolt, Sam Smith, Christiano Ronaldo and Emma Watson.

The children then went on to discuss what qualities these people would have needed to be able to achieve their goals. We noticed that all of the qualities we thought of were very similar to our behaviours for learning! These included perseverance, confidence, pride, curiosity, a positive attitude and patience.

Then we went on to think of our own goals and what we would like to achieve. Year 5 has lots of brilliant ambitions, lots of children want to be teachers, we have a few dreams of being writers and we even have a goal of working for NASA!