This year, Mrs Myers will be teaching every morning and Mrs Ward will be teaching every afternoon, supported by Mr Buckner.
The School Day:
School reading books need to be read daily and the reading record signed by an adult. They will be checked every morning at school. If children wish to complete reading quizzes at home they can do so by accessing Accelerated Reader online.
Children are expected to practise their times tables daily by accessing TimesTableRockstars.
Children will be set Maths homework tasks on Mathletics each Monday. These tasks will consolidate their learning from the previous week and must be completed by the following Monday when new tasks will be set.
Your child has been sent home their login details for each of these online learning tools. If they have lost or misplaced them, please inform a member of staff immediately so we can replace them. They can access the activities by following the links below.
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Academic Year 2021 - 2022
Year 5 Qualities
We have spent a great deal of time considering the most important qualities for a Year 5 pupil at Prince Bishops and we are delighted to announce that we have them by the bucketful...!
Our Class Novel
This term, our class novel is Cogheart by Peter Bunzl.
When 13-year-old Lily's inventor father vanishes after a Zeppelin crash, Lily is determined to hunt down the truth behind his disappearance, helped by Robert, the local clockmaker's son, and her wily mechanical fox Malkin.
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We are already engrossed in the story and desperate to find out what has happened to Lily's father, John!
We have been fascinated by the mechanical characters we have met so far but have also been horrified by the way in which they have been treated by some of the humans in the story. We have designed our own mechanimals who each have their own unique personalities, characteristics and talents and we have reflected on this poignant quote from the text:
"Feelings and intuition, love and compassion, those are the things that make a soul, not blood and bones or machine parts."
Jasmine has enjoyed the story so much that she has bought her own copy and had it signed by the author!
Maths - Place Value
Our first unit of work this year focuses on understanding the value of numbers up to 1 million. To begin, we recapped our Year 4 number skills by exploring how many different ways we could represent numbers with 4 and 5 digits. We then investigated what generalisations could be made when adding and subtracting 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s to these numbers.
In Year 5, we LOVE French!
We have spent our first few lessons recapping and extending useful language and investigating the differences between French and English sounds and spellings. We have also explored how familiar word and phrases can be combined in different ways in order to understand and build simple, meaningful sentences. We have particularly enjoyed playing speaking and listening games with the days of the week and weather phrases.
Academic Year 2020 - 2021
Our current class novel is Cogheart by Peter Bunzl and we are gripped!
To practise using all of our Year 5 writing skills, we retold the story so far as a first person account (in role as Lily - the main character).
Year 5 held their own American election day to vote who should be the next president. They discussed issues such as gun laws, immigration, climate change and coronavirus and looked at the candidates back record. The final vote mirrored the actual results and saw Joe Biden win the vote by 28 votes to Donald Trump's 1.
The Ten Plagues of Egypt.
In R.E., Year 5 have been learning about the Ten Plagues and how Moses led the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. The class were very creative and wrote a rap to retell the story.
Who Let the Gods Out?
Our hilarious new class novel tells the story of Elliot who has so far succeeded in keeping his mum’s illness a secret. However, now the money is running out and things are getting desperate.
When a young Zodiac goddess, Virgo, lands in his back garden, Elliot thinks he might see a way to resolve some of his difficulties but, instead, the pair manage to accidentally release Thanatos (the immortal death daemon) from centuries of imprisonment.
With a wicked megalomaniac on the loose, Elliot and Virgo are out of their depth so must call on the help of Zeus and other long-retired gods to recapture the fugitive. But can they get to Thanatos before he gets to take over the world?
In our first few weeks back to school we have plunged into our class novel, writing diary entries, newspaper articles and letters based around Who Let the Gods Out? We've also conducted research into dementia (as this is the illness we think Elliot's mum is suffering) and shared our findings.
Reading books should be brought to school daily and we would be grateful if you could read with your child each evening.
Reading records should be signed each time your child reads at home; once a reading record is complete, your child can come to school the following day in non-uniform
Spellings will be sent out on a Friday and must be returned the following Friday ready for a spelling test.
P. E. is on a Monday and children should come to school dressed in their (weather appropriate) P.E. kit.
Here you will find work for children to complete at home. This section will be updated weekly with a new selection of work then the following Friday any answer sheets will be uploaded to allow children to self-mark.
The home learning grid is designed to give children a choice of topic-based tasks to be completed throughout the week.
If you have any questions, we are available through Facebook messenger and the school's e-mail.
Easter Home Learning for Year 5.
We're sure you've been working hard to complete the tasks we have set so please relax over the Easter holidays; you deserve it! However, if you would like to stay busy there are plenty of activities on the Easter activity grid.
Have fun! Stay safe! And don't eat too much chocolate!
We are always busy with our school allotment. Nursery, Class 1, Class 2 and Class 5 are busy sowing seeds ready to plant in our allotment beds at the end of April. So far, we have planted Brussel Sprouts, Cucumbers, Butternut Squash, Peppers and two varieties of Tomatoes!
Miss Majid, from our nursery class, came into Year 5 today to talk about how Islam is a religion that encourages environmental responsibility.
She also spoke about the hijab she wears. We are very grateful to Miss Majid for her taking the time to answer our questions.
Our new book is a dazzling story about a world powered by imagination. In 'The Land of Neverendings' we enter a world of silliness where humans and their toys live on long after they have left the Hard World...
We've just started reading this book put we can't wait to share with you the work we'll be doing around it.
We visited the planetarium, robot exhibition, science theatre and curiosity zone.
Shea said, "It was interesting to learn that Uranus lies on its side because scientists think something bumped into it."
"I really liked the actor robot because it could tell whether you were smiling and then gave a response!" exclaimed Josh.
We've started reading our thrilling class novel. The story is about a young girl whose dad goes missing. Can she persuade her new friends to help her find him?
An epic quest across wild Scottish highlands and islands begins, where friendships will be made and broken, lies will be untangled and the children will face danger and excitement at every turn…
We've already completed some fantastic written work based around the story so far. Take a look!
Work by the wonderful Year 5 class of 2017-2018
What we have been learning
As part of our PRIDE week celebrations in school we based our maths and English lessons on a relevant topic. In maths, we collected and analysed data about the different types of families within school and created line graphs using this data. In English, we looked at the different types of families and created our own recipes on what makes a family.
As a class we were invited to attend a transition day at Greenfield Community College Sunnydale Campus to experience what comprehensive school is like. During our visit we experienced a range of curriculum subjects and activities which the children will never forget. We made slime in maths, held organs in science and bounced on trampolines. We thoroughly enjoyed our Greenfield experience and we look forward to visiting other local comprehensives in the coming weeks.
As a class we were lucky enough to be selected for the Mini police programme. The club runs on a Tuesday night and helps to educate our children about appropriate social behaviour and how to be a responsible citizen. As mini police officers we have our own uniforms and in the near future we will be educating our peers about what it takes to be a responsible citizen. If you have any questions about extra-curricular opportunities please do not hesitate to ask.
As a school we celebrated Chinese New Year. We took part in a range of activities which focused on the story behind New Year, the symbols associated with New Year and the decorations used in celebrations.
Year 5 were lucky enough to have a taster session of Judo, they loved it. If anyone would like further information of the clubs in Bishop Auckland or extra-curricular opportunities feel free to come into school and ask.
As part of the Prince William Award, we invited parents into school to take part in activities which help to build confidence, teamwork and resilience. We would like to thank parents for their continued support.
As a class we have been selected to take part in the Prince William Award. By participating, the children will be provided with opportunities outside of the classroom to develop; self-confidence, social skills, teamwork and decision-making abilities.
Year 5 have already visited Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle) to visit The Clockwork Garden, which is an interactive exhibition. During the visit, we looked at art inspired by Fiona Banner and other artists. The pupils had the opportunity to create their own Typography.
Week beginning 15th May
In Maths, we have measured reflex angles. The children had to decide who had the 'perfect' dab.
Week beginning 8th May
Our new book in English is Gangsta Granny.
On Thursday the children went to see Gangsta Granny at the Sunderland Empire Theatre with year 3 and 4. The children absolutely loved it!
In maths we have been looking at Roman Numerals. We have learnt a useful mnemonic to help us remember what each letter is worth.
Week beginning 1st May
The children visited Greenfield Community Primary school for a curriculum day. They investigated who had kidnapped Perrie Edwards, finding clues in each lesson.
The children had Nikki come into school on Thursday from the Prince William Award. She worked with us all morning and set us team building tasks.
Our topic in English and Geography is Fairtrade.
In English, the children have created informative posters and written a persuasive letter to the kitchen persuading them to use Fairtrade products.
In Geography, the children have explored through the use of an Atlas and iPads where Fairtrade products come from. In detail the children have focused on South America and learned the countries within it. The children have looked at the production line of bananas, coffee and chocolate in detail, learning how much profit each person within the production line earns.
The books we are looking at this term are:
We have been very lucky to have the opportunity to visit Bowes to take part in an art project. This project is in conjunction with artist Mark Clarke and author/illustrator Jessica Shepherd. The children were able to look around the exhibition and meet Jessica, the children had the opportunity to sketch and make prints of their sketches. Our final piece of work will be displayed in the gallery as part of the exhibition. More photographs of our visit to Bowes Museum to follow.
Below is a link to our curriculum map. Have a look at the different topics we will cover over the year.
We have read the following books as a class: