Friday 16th October 2020
We did another excising science investigation this week. We looked at dissolving and observed whether there was a link between water temperature and the speed of dissolving sugar and salt. Ask your child what we found out.
In maths, we have been continuing to learn about place value, with numbers up to one million. We have been learning how to read numbers. This is something you could practise at home. Write seven-digit numbers for your child and see if they can read them accurately to you. We talked about how comma placement helps us to read numbers correctly.
In English, we have been looking at explanation texts. Next week, the children will be writing their own linked to some of the science experiments we have been doing.
Next week, we will also be completing a design and technology project. Please ensure your child has a drinks bottle in school each day next week (as they should anyway) to support their project.
A home learning task was set on Google Classroom on Monday. Please check with your child to make sure they have completed this and clicked 'Hand In' so I can view and assess it. Account details for both Google Classroom and Class Dojo were sent home on Friday. Please try to get your child signed up to both of these services to aid communication during these challenging times. Do let me know if you have any technical issues or questions.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 9th October 2020
This week begun with an exciting science investigation. The children enjoyed setting up an absorbency investigation as part of our 'materials and their properties' learning in science and technology.
The children completed their first writing assessment this week following our first unit (diary entries). I am really pleased with the progress that the children are making, and I am enjoying speaking to them individually about their writing and setting future targets.
In maths, we have been rounding and working with numbers up to 100,000. Today we looked at ordering and comparing numbers. Ask your child if they can remember the names of these maths symbols: < and >. May will know they are greater and less than, but which is which?
If your child would like to put themselves forward to be voted for, please could they create a short video explaining why they think that they would be good in the role and what they could offer. We will show videos to the whole class and vote at the end of next week. All children will be able to cast 2 votes (they can vote for themselves). The two children with the highest number of votes will be elected as the class representatives. Please could any videos be sent in to the Sycamore class email.
A little over 50% of the class have managed to successfully complete the Google Classroom task. It is important that once the task has been completed, your child clicks on 'Hand In' - this allows me to see it and write a comment. Please support your child with this and let me know if you have any technical difficulties. We REALLY want to get everyone as prepared as possible for a blended learning approach as it may become necessary for individuals or the whole class.
Friday 2nd October 2020
We made a start on our curriculum topic this week: Island Survival. We began by introducing the children to our key text, Kensuke's Kingdom and in science we explored properties of materials.
Mr Kamin has been teaching the children for several sessions this week, which they have enjoyed.
Hopefully you will have seen the email that explained the online learning task for children to complete. The submissions I've had so far are brilliant. Please support your child in accessing this task as we would like to be ready to offer blended home/school learning if it becomes necessary. Do let me know if you have technical difficulties.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 25th September 2020
An incredibly busy week has passed us by. The children have completed lots of assessments this week which has given me a great understanding of their starting points for the year. Next week, we are looking forward to beginning our first exciting topic of our new curriculum: Island Survival.
We have reached the end of our class text (Holes) which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. Today we watched the film which is very true to the story. Do ask your child to tell you everything they can remember about the story.
As a trust, we are following government guidance in making preparations for a blended / remote learning approach. We have been exploring this first in Sycamore Class. Please assist your child in accessing their online account information here. Please ask them to go on Google Classroom and sign in with these details at some point over the weekend if possible. I have put a picture on there, so on Monday, I will be asking the children if they can tell me what the picture is, to see if they were able to login successfully. Google classroom is accessible on most laptops, tablets and smartphones. You may wish to download some of the google apps including: Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides. These are all completely free, and over the course of the year, this platform will be used for the children's home learning tasks. Please let me know if you have any difficulties with this, and thank you in advance for your support. My aim is to ensure the whole class is able to access this website for home learning but also to deliver remote/blended learning in the event of a future lockdown.
Have a lovely weekend.
Friday 18th September 2020
This week seems to have flown by! By now, the children are becoming very familiar with the new school year routines and have settled really well into Year Five.
This week, we have continued to reflect on how our lives have changed over the past few months, directing these thoughts into a poetry unit. Together we read the poem 'Adventures of Isabel', and then throughout the course of the week, imitated the rhyme scheme and structure of the poem to tell a narrative of our experiences during lockdown.
We have continued to read our class text: Holes, which the children are hooked to! Do ask them about the story. We look forward to watching the film adaptation of the book in the following week. Please return your permission slip for the PG films consent letter that was distributed via ParentMail this week.
In art, we have been using our new sketchbooks to practise sketching the human form. We have been focussing on proportion and trying to draw life-like people. The children have learnt how to digitise their drawings, crop and resize them as we are publishing our narrative poems.
Some of the new vocabulary we have discussed this week: cavernous, scurry, rancour, ravenous & self-reliant. Can your child remember the meaning of these words?
I will be sharing details about home learning expectations very soon, and introducing the children to an online platform next week. Take a look at our planned learning for this term. Also, this knowledge organiser identifies some of the key information the children will be learning within the Science & Technology domain.
Please remember that you can contact me via the class email address: SycamoreClass@ruishton.oak.education.