Year Five Penguins
Next Week – W/C 19.03.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – In English next week we will be starting our third and final unit of Term 4. We will be looking at balanced discussion texts and working towards creating our own about issues in our county.
Maths – Continuing with fractions, we will be revisiting how to subtract mixed numbers and then learning about fractions of amounts.
Science – In Science we will be conducting a school-wide investigation, measuring and recording the heights of different genders at different ages.
Art – As part of our Topic (Who do you think you are?) we will be learning about self-portraits and how to convey our personality through art.
Computing – In our Computing lesson next week we will be looking at different web pages and asking a rage of questions, such as: Who would use this page? What is it used for? What makes it successful/unsuccessful?
Sport Relief – As part of Sport Relief next week the children will be taking part in a sponsored mile at the Co-op Club on Friday 23rd March. There will also be a cake sale on Friday afternoon raising money for the cause 🙂
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Today the children were set the task of planning an expedition to the Antarctic as part of Science Week. To survive they needed to consume 3,350 calories a day, and would have to carry their food and drink in their expedition backpack.
They were given a food list which stated the cost and calories per portion, with a budget of £60 to feed all three people in their team. They had to be sure to include all of the food groups to keep their bodies running in the extreme conditions.
We came back together at the end and tried to work it out as a class, putting all of our ideas together.
The closest we got was consuming 3,351 calories and spending £63.15 – our brains were well and truly frazzled by the end! 🙂
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As part of World Book Day, we created dream jars (inspired by the BFG) which involved the children writing dream land descriptions. We discussed how important settings are in books because they transport you to a different world. The writing the children produced was fantastic and they had great fun doing it 🙂 Here are some examples of what we wrote:
“As soon as my tired eyes shut, I was in a world of pure imagination. I could see the striped sour sweets laying in the lime M&M grass. I looked up and my jaw dropped in amazement, the pink candy floss clouds were sitting in the sapphire blue sky. I ran on the bouncy rainbow bridge. Suddenly, I bounced a million metres high. As I stopped bouncing, I saw a gummy drop fish swimming in the whipped cream lemonade. I went in the candy coated castle. Then I saw a stair case made from Double Deckers. I felt like eating the whole world. Suddenly, I heard something, I ran to hide. Then I saw two red gummy bears, they were holding spears, I realised the the spear heads were made from jaw breakers. I ran. Then I was back in my room.” – Alfie B
“As soon as I opened my eyes, I had been transported to another world. Right in front of me was a titanic cake and gingerbread castle. Surrounded by a raspberry lemonade mote with a candy cane bridge. In the distance were Hershey kiss mountains with melted marshmallow topping. On top of the castle was a giant gum ball machine. Also, on top of the castle were ice-cream turrets – yum, yum! In front of the building were gummy bear soldiers guarding the castle. On top of the castle there was a watermelon toxic waste roof. The best part of it all were the lollipop trees!” – Brooke
“After a second of being asleep, I found myself laying on the edge of a cliff. I stood up and limped my way to a solid gold shimmering temple. The temple cracked continuously, eating away at the mossy cliff and falling into a toxic river. The dirt sizzled and burnt away into atoms. I walked silently into a Mayan city in the rainforest, in the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America. Jaguars outnumbered me and chased me down. I had only one choice and that was to slide down the loud rushing waterfall. As I went to jump, the jaguars turned into bones and the rest was sickly dust. I pinched my arm to test if I were dreaming but I couldn’t feel it. By this time I knew that this solid gold glistening mossy dream planet was not a thing of joy. I cannon-balled into the toxic lake but I vanished into thin air. I had awoken.” – Alfie K
“All of a sudden, I opened my eyes and I saw a dark misty temple. The bright banana sunset was in my eyes. I walked up to the deep waterfall. There was a half broken bridge. In the distance, I saw a big lava red dragon. He was spitting fire. I legged it from the dragon within seconds. The beautiful sunset turned into thunder and lightning. I panicked. I looked around but help could not be found. I knew there was only one way to escape. I jumped down into the never-ending waterfall. Suddenly, I woke up.” – Charlie W
“Suddenly, I opened my eyes and I appeared in a microscopic land. I looked forward to the glistening orchid purple stardust dangling peacefully. I climbed the ginger-nut colossal tree trunk to look into the distance. It looked like I was trapped. The sunlight was a Dijon colour and it shone through the fairy wonderland.” – Briee
“As soon as I fell asleep, I appeared in a magical land. All I could see were little microscopic fairies floating around in the rose pink and iris purple lights, catching dreams. In the distance, I saw an old hut. I walked carefully over the bridge and tried not to fall. I made it across but there was nothing over there. I started to make my way back over, but then I fell and woke up…” – Sinead W
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English – In English we will be continuing with our autobiographical writing. However, the children will be writing about their future ambitions using the correct tense.
Maths – We will be continuing work with fractions and multiplying them by an integer.
Science – In Science we will investigating how babies develop from birth and recording data. As well as this, as it is National Science Week, we will conducting a surprise science investigating using our problem solving and reasoning skills.
Topic – We will learning about compasses and following directions using North, North East, South East, South, South West, West, North West and North.
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Today we all dressed up for World Book Day and the children looked fantastic. It was great to see them so excited by dressing up as some of their favourite characters 🙂
Next Week – W/C 26.02.18 & W/C 05.03.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Due to the snow days last week, the children will be completing the work they had missed from the week commencing 26.02.18.
English – In English we will be continuing with our autobiographical writing, the children will be writing about an early memory.
Maths – We will be returning to fractions next week, adding and subtracting like and unlike fractions.
Science – In Science we will be studying the human life cycle and discussing what we want to find out this term in our lessons.
Topic – We will be locating the Isle of Sheppey on a range of maps and using the iPad to research the island.
PSHE – As a value of the month for March is ‘LOVE’ we will be discussing the different types of love and how we can show people we care.
Also, it is World Book Day on Thursday 8th March – remember to dress up 🙂
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We are very excited to have been shortlisted for the following scheme to raise funds for the federation’s libraries, during the month of March. Vote for us to win the top prize in store!
Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during March- April, on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.
The stores where you can vote are:
3179 Sheerness ME12 1RH
5003 Sittingbourne Express ME10 1BQ
6835 Sittingbourne Express ME10 4SG
We look forward to being able to share the progress with you. Happy voting!
Fabulous French!//php the_excerpt(); ?>
We have started to learn French this term and today we learnt how to say hello, goodbye and introduce a name in order to say who we are.
We used a simple nursery rhyme to help us and had great fun making our little birds… I wonder if you can guess the rhyme, here it is in french, ask your child to read it to you 🙂
Deux petit oiseaux
Assis sur une branche
Je m’appelle Fifi
Je m’appelle Blanche
Au revoir Fifi
Au revoir Blanche
The children seem to really be enjoying getting to learn a new language and it’s great to see them being so enthusiastic about another culture.
HOOK – Who do you think you are?//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Today the children walked from Rose Street to Sheerness Town Centre to Sheerness Beach. On their way they had a ‘GEO-BING’ sheet with lots of different geographical features they had to look out for and be the first to tick off!
These features ranged from types of plants and rock to landmarks to types of shops or leisure facilities.
Despite it being really cold and windy we had a great afternoon. 🙂
Our amazing home learning!//php the_excerpt(); ?>
During the half term we have created fantastic pieces of home learning. Take a look 🙂
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On Tuesday 20th February the children will be conducting a local geography walk to kick-start their topic this term, ‘Who do you think you are?’. This will involve the children walking from Rose Street through the town centre and along Sheerness beach. The children will be studying the features of their local geography and thinking about the variety of geographical categories the Isle of Sheppey falls into (such as: industrial, coastal and rural).
As the weather is still very unpredictable, could you please ensure that your child is wearing sensible shoes and has a suitable coat for the walk.
Miss Carter 🙂
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Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to Term 4!
This term our topic is the ‘Who do you think you are?’ in which the children will be learning about the geography of their local area. They will be using maps and compasses to assist their learning, as well as building a bank of geographical vocabulary.
Our English lessons for this term will be closely linked to our Topic as the children will be creating autobiographical pieces of writing. We will also be writing a discussion text focusing on the building of the Paramount Park in Kent, discussing arguments for and against.
In Science we are going to be learning about humans, in relation to their growth and development. We will also be conducting scientific research, using diagrams and graphs to record our findings.
Maths lessons this term will be continuing to focus on fractions and then later moving on to decimals and percentages.
The children have made fantastic progress in their reading so far and we want to keep this up! We will check reading and contact books every day to ensure they are reading at home. As well as this, children have their homework grids to select home learning tasks from throughout the term.
If you have any questions or queries please see me after school, or make an appointment with the office.
I am looking forward to another brilliant term with the children.
Miss Carter 🙂
Term 4 Homework Grid//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Please see below the homework grid for Term 4 : -)
Sculptures//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Today the children completed their sculptures inspired by the work of Alberto Giacometti. They made their forms out of pipe cleaners and covered them in foil for a COSMIC effect.
We think they look amazing and I’m sure you’ll agree! 🙂
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Today in computing we used the ‘Cargo-Bot’ app to experiment with the input and output of commands. We had to use our reasoning and problem solving skills to determine what the correct input would be to achieve our goal.
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Today for ‘Safer Internet Day’ we discussed how to be a good friend online. We created a friendship thermometer recording the different things we do online and how they make us feel. We then pledged one online good deed that we will strive to achieve when we are online.
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Today in Science we learnt about the eight phases of the moon. We also learnt how the moon moves, we discovered that it rotates on it’s axis whilst orbiting the sun. As a class we made a model of the lunar cycle using paper plates and black card. We decided to position the lunar phases around our working wall so we could see the moon in action – remember it goes anti-clockwise!
Next Week – W/C 05.02.18//php the_excerpt(); ?>
English – The final week of term will see us completing our cosmic scripts.
Maths – In Maths we will be learning how to add like and unlike fractions.
Science – We will be conducting a Science investigation to track how the position of the sun changes, and discussing why this is. We will also be learning about the lunar cycle and creating our own version as a class.
Topic – In our Topic lesson this week we will be continuing to research biomes and designing our own, inspired by the Eden Project.
Art – Our Art lesson this week will involve the children completing their Alberto Giacometti inspired sculptures.
Computing – As it is Safer Internet Day next Tuesday, we will be learning about how to stay safe online. As well as this, we will be using a range of apps to practice sequencing and coding.
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Today in Science we made a solar system out of fruit, we did this so we could compare the different sizes of the planets.
Space Setting Descriptions!//php the_excerpt(); ?>
Here are some of our fantastic setting descriptions about space. We had to use similes/metaphors, fronted adverbials and describe three out of the five senses.
“Curiously, I stepped out of my towering craft. I could smell a fantastic odour coming from what seemed to be a cosmic flower bed. I saw massive craters that dug two miles beneath the ground. Thick amethyst smoke cuddled at my feet. I quickly sprinted forward, I suddenly fell into a pit of lime green slime. I struggled and squirmed but I only sank deeper. I closedcmy eyes in hope of survival. With a thud I landed. I opened my eyes once more and saw a cave. The walls were blacker than the blackest segment of obsidian ore. Before long, I reached a mossy wall covered in vines that led to the surface. Once I climbed back up, I reached the other side of the planet. Sunlight reflected off of the silver water. Magenta trunked trees with butterscotch yellow leaves stood hunchbacked casting a shadow. A whirlpool of stars dazzled and glimmered. In a blink of an eye, a beacon like light burst out of space.” – Arif
“Slowly, I stepped out of the rocket. I was petrified and could not believe my eyes. I saw a gargantuan shooting star dancing gracefully across the oil black midnight sky. Ahead of me, I saw microscopic stars twinkling elegantly. A peaceful silence echoed around me all I could hear were my footsteps cracking on the tough rocks. Suddenly, my mouth filled with the taste of fear. Unexpectedly, a storm of dust filled the air. I was plunged into total darkness. I could not believe my eyes. It was cold and wet. All of a sudden, a big gush of wind came by and blew all of the dust away and I was free.” – Sinead W
“As soon as the rocket landed, I saw them, the ice white crystal stars. I looked around and saw the Milky Way. I turned my head down. I touched the soft moon dust, it fell smoothly through my hands. It was so silent, I could only hear me breathing anxiously and every time I spoke it echoed. The colour of the planet was rose red it was mind blowing, it was very wide. Also, it looked like hell. Suddenly, a massive thunderous storm came in. Out of nowhere tons of thunder came striking down.” – Soleil
“Bravely, I stepped from my safe homely rocket onto another planet. I could not get my brain to believe what my eyes were seeing. Billions of miniature glistening stars stared at me as I glided. Nervously, I jumped and floated like a drone. I thought I was dying. I could see my home planet millions of miles away. Afterwards, I slowly bent down and touched the surface. I could smell the sweet smell of lavender travelling up my nostrils. The taste of mint invaded my mouth and almost put me to sleep. Slowly, silence travelled through each of my ears through my suit. I could not believe what I was seeing, the plush velvet sky flew by. The stars were crystals twinkling in the empty misty sky. The floor was as shiny and metallic as metal. My tears blocked my view. My breath covered my helmet. I wiped it away with my hand and carried on. I could see no signs of life in my area… but who knows?” – Alfie K
“Courageously, I stepped out of the rocket and couldn’t believe my eyes. I saw the shimmering violet stars, they were like magical fairies lighting the sky. The Earth was perfectly spherical but also all bumpy and rocky. It was like I was dreaming with open eyes. I couldn’t believe it. I looked down at my feet, all I could see was the midnight navy ground. Later on, I saw lightning and I heard thunder. It was as bright as the magical stars. I started to panic. I was scared of the thunder and lightning. It stopped in the afternoon and the lustrous stars started to come out. At that moment, I felt safe again.” – Tyler