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Welcome to Year 5 Holly. 


Your teachers this year are Mr.White and Mrs.Thompson. We have many exciting things planned across the year and the children will be focused on in-depth lessons based upon a high quality text. 





Learning Champion 


Well done to our Learning Champion this week, Shimaz. She always has a fantastic attitude towards her learning and is always eager to want to learn more. She is a real role model for Acres Hill. 


Another big well done to Louis, our Jigsaw Genius, who has really changed his willingness to learning and is now supporting children around the classroom. Fantastic to see! 



A big special mention to the whole of Holly Class who achieved at least 10 green cards each this half term meaning they get a reward from the shop. Keep up the hard work! 


The Highway Rat 


We have created some fantastic work based around the Highway Rat. Our pastel drawings are beautifully detailed and we have worked really hard on our newspaper reports using the GPS skills taught this week. 





Parent/Carer Lesson 


This afternoon we were very lucky to have some of our parents/carers join us for our art lesson based on our text 'The Highway Man'. 


We focused on some cave art and created our own pastel drawings using the skills built up over the past few weeks. These skills enabled us to blend our colours which have resulted in some brilliant pieces of work. Check back on this page soon to see the final product! 


Many thanks to the adults for coming in, I know the children really appreciated it as did I. We look forward to doing more events like this in the nearby future. 



We have been continuing with our fractions work this week looking at adding 3 or more fractions together. We used the bar model to show visual representation and this helps us when we are struggling to find the common multiple in our heads. 


Some children then moved on to problem solving activities where they used trial and error techniques to get to the final answer. 



Newspaper Features 


Today we have been looking at a range of different features in newspaper reports. Whilst looking at a range of GPS skills, we have started to also look at the language choices used within different types of reports. We noticed that the language in newspaper reports is normally formal to engage the right audience but they often include many quotes and interviews that includes informal language. We also discussed the differences between using past and present tense throughout the reports and will look to include these skills in our own writing this week. 


Julia Donaldson Week



This is a very special week in school as we are focusing all our work on the brilliant 'The Highway Rat' book by Julia Donaldson. This is the first time the children have read this book and we have already enjoyed the language choices and the humour included throughout the story. 


We we will be using this story to write our own newspaper reports about a new robbery on the highway. We will also be creating our own cave art with our parents/careers this week, which we cannot wait for! 








Learning Champion


Congratulations to this weeks learning champion, Karam. He has a smile on his face every single day and really puts the effort in, in every lesson. He is a real credit to himself, his family and the whole school. Well done! 


Another congratulations to our Jigsaw Genius this week, Tayyab. He doesn't always find it easy in every lesson and is often worried about asking for help. This week, however, he has shown great maturity in wanting to ask probing questions to extend his learning. 

Thank You!


A big thank you to Pete Mckee who after inspiring us with our artwork, has delivered some very special gifts to Year 5. The children have learnt a great deal from Pete Mckee and are currently creating their own pieces of artwork that will be on show around school very soon! 




After several weeks of fluency work in maths, we have started to look at different problem solving questions, using a range of methods to help solve the answer. The children are really starting to apply the knowledge they have built up and this has given them confidence and the skills to solve these reasoning problems. 





Graffiti Designs 


This afternoon we finished off our draft designs based around Pete Mckee's work. The children have been improving their skills each day and we have been focusing on the different techniques needed for our drawings. These skills have allowed us all to develop our drawings each time. Our final designs will be created this week and displayed in the classroom. 



Learning Champion 


Well done to this weeks learning champion, Halima, who has been putting 100% effort into everything she does. The quality of her work has really shown and to top the week off, she was awarded with her pen licence. 


Another big well done to our jigsaw genius, Magyar, who has really gone out of her way to help others in the class when they are struggling with their work. This is a fantastic attitude to show and I am really proud of her! 




Today we looked at adding like and unlike fractions. At first we found this very tricky but we continued to show resilience and we finally felt confident by the end of the lesson. We used the bar models to help support us with our visual support. 






Reading Buddy


Year 5 have partnered up with Year 2 and become reading buddies to help support the children with their reading skills. This is a fantastic programme that the children love taking part in. You can definitely see the buzz around the classroom when these children are reading. 



Pete McKee Workshop 


This morning we were very lucky to have Sheffield artist, Pete McKee, come in and share some of his work with us. He even demonstrated some of his art skills to help us with our graffiti work. We loved this workshop and have definitely learnt new skills to make our work even better! We will post some of our work once we have finished. 



Pete McKee 


Ahead of our visit from Pete McKee this week, we have been learning a little more about this famous Sheffield artist. We have been researching all the different examples of art work he has produced and has on show in our amazing city. We are using this research to create fact files on Pete McKee that we will present to the rest of the class. We have been learning many interesting facts about this Sheffield icon. 





How fractions make up a whole 


Today in maths we have been looking at how fractions make up a whole. We have created our own fraction strips so that we can visually see how each fractions makes up a whole. We will be using these all week to help us solve different problems. 


Some us created our own fraction walls while others looked at what fractions (with different denominators) make a whole. 









Our maths focus this week has been decimals and we have been learning how to order, compare and convert. We have also been been working on our reasoning skills and applying these skills to answer 'deepen' questions. 



Learning Champion 


Well done to our Learning Champion this week, Esah. His positive attitude and willingness to succeed in his learning has helped him progress really well this week. Keep it up, Esah, you have been a real champion this week! 


Well ill done to our Jigsaw Genius, Izzy. Her kind and caring personality has seen her really help out her peers this week. She always has a smile on her face and is a real credit to Holly class. 





This half term we have been focusing on poetry, linking in with our graffiti and art topic. We wrote poems about 2018 and what we wanted to achieve by the end of this year. The children then read aloud their poems to the rest of the class using expression and actions to create imagery. These poems were fantastic and many children even used a range of poetry features including rhyme, similes, repetition and personification. These features really improved the quality of our poems. 







This week we have been completing our graffiti names for our display. To looked at a range of designs from the internet and used these to help create our own. This will help us as we work on our graffiti wall that will be displayed in the classroom. 



Reading Text 


Our reading text this half term is Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone and we are loving it! The story is set in Antarctica and focuses on the adventures of two children. The children are using this text to improve on our reading knowledge and we can't wait to find out what happens in the story next.



Learning Champion 


Well done to this weeks learning champion, Zaid. He has really shown a fantastic attitude towards his learning and is starting to show a willingness to want to improve in everything. 


Another big well done to Aryan, our Jigsaw Genius, who has really come out of his shell this week and has seen him flourish into a really popular member of Holly class. 

Dreams and Goals


This week in our Jigsaw lessons we are looking at dreams and goals. We focused on everyday jobs and how these jobs contribute to the society we live in today. 



Graffiti - Vandalism or Art? 


We have already started our Spring topic 'Graffiti - Vandalism or Art?'  The children have enjoyed creating graffiti versions of their names! 


While you are out and about, please see if you can spot any examples of graffiti and discuss whether or not they think it is art and why.  Obviously, please try to shield the children from some of the more explicit language that people use. 


We will particularly be looking at the work of Peter McKee, whose work is well known in Sheffield.  See if you can find out where the picture below is in Sheffield.

Spy Day preparation 




Preperations for our spy day have continued his afternoon as we have started to think about our Dragons Den pitches. For this we have designed gadgets with ideas that will hopefully set our gadgets apart from the rest. We are excited but nervous about entering the Den as we have heard the judges can be very strict! 

Learning Champion 


This weeks learning champion is Zaid. He doesn't always find learning easy, however, this week he has shown a fantastic attitude and willingness to improve at everything and has done it all with a smile on his face! 


This weeks jigsaw genius is Daniel, who as a learning partner, show a fantastic attitude to wanting to support them! 


Well done to both of you! 

Spy Agency 


As we continue our work towards our Spy day, we have been looking at instructions in our writing. We will be writing a set of instructions to break into the enemy base and successfully complete a retrieval of secret files. We look forward to sharing these with you next week. 

Learning Champion


This weeks Learning Champion is Aisha who has been creating some beautiful pieces of writing. She has been working really hard to create pieces of writing that really interest the reader and she certainly has this week.


Our Jigsaw Genius is someone who stood up and took responsibility when thing didn't go to plan with his group. He admitted to his faults in the group sessions and this was a really mature thing to be able to do. Well done Karam. 

STEM Science 


This week in our STEM Science lesson we have been looking at 'energy'. 


We looked at all the different ways we create energy and then split off into groups to design a poster and then present our source of energy back to the rest of the class. 


We also discussed which energy source is the most renewable and how we should be looking to use these in the future to help prevent the alarming rates of global warming. 




Spy Bases


For our instructional texts, we have designed our own spy bases. We had to think about the layout of our bases and include some key features. We had to think about what rooms we wanted to include and the security procedures in place for example; eye and voice recognition and secret door knocks. These ideas will support us with our instructional writing next week. 



Letters to MI6


Our writing focus this week has been based on persuasive writing. We were very fortunate to receive a letter from MI6 asking for our help in a number of assignments. This week we had to persuade Derek Smithers, a technology consultant for MI6, why we should be hired as an agent. The children worked really hard to create some very pleasing pieces of work. We look forward to hearing back from MI6 regarding our applications.        


CV Writing


This afternoon we have been looking at CV's and how these help us with getting our dream jobs. We looked at different examples before creating our own CV's that we will be using to apply for the MI6 agency. 





This half term we have been focusing on multiplication. We have been looking at prime numbers, factors and squared numbers to help with basic multiplication facts. These facts have helped us move on to solving 4x2 digit numbers. This has been very tricky for many children but our hard work and resilience is now paying off and we are finally starting to get it. 



STEM Science 


Holly class have been very fortunate to have volunteers from Sheffield University coming in to teach us many great things in science. Each week will be a different focus and they allow us to investigate and use different enquiry skills to find out so many fascinating facts! This week the topic was about 'dinosaurs' and we looked at the different of the world and how the dinosaurs developed over a period of time until the present day. 


We we are already looking forward to our lesson next week!



Assault Course Task 


As part of our secret agent training, today we took part in an assault course to help train for field missions. A massive thank you to Errol for helping to train us today, we certainly worked hard! 



This week we have designed our own gadgets for MI6. We decided to use everyday objects as we felt they would go undetected by our enemies. 


Here is is a look at some of our imaginative ideas. Come and look at our secret agent file but remember you cannot tell anyone about what you see!





Secret Agents 


This half term we were surprised by a letter sent to us from MI6. In this letter we have been assigned 8 different tasks to complete. These tasks will assess whether we are ready to become secret agents. Keep checking to see how we get on with each task!

Acres Hill News


In our writing this week we have been focusing on newspaper articles. We imagined we were in charge of Acres Hill News and wrote an article about the strange issues happening on planet Pheonix from our reading text. This produced some fantastic pieces of writing which all included some interesting and very detailed quotes from eyewitnesses that saw everything! 

Class Assembly 


This week, Year 5 Holly performed their class assembly to the whole school and plenty of parent and carers. We were extremely proud to show off our high level writing skills that we had spent the first few weeks focusing on. We also presented our own solar system that we created. This is now on display in Holly class and we love it! To finish the fantastic assembly off in perfect style, we even showed off our musical talents and sang 'Don't Stop Believing' by The Journey which we are focusing on this half term. This was one of Mr. White's favourite songs and we all made him very proud, especially because of our dance moves. 

Our Topic this Term is

'Our Solar System'



This half term our learning journey is taking us to places we have never been before. Over the next few weeks, Year 5 Holly will be looking at the solar system and why it is important for us to know what goes on within space. This will see us creating our own solar system and starscapes for our ceiling. 




During the Autumn half term, Holly will be looking at the earliest civilizations from around the world and asking 'what did they do to help us today?'


We will be researching the Shang Dynasty and how this civilization formed many things that we still do in the present day. 

Home Learning 


Every Friday, children will be sent home with different tasks including; spellings, reading tasks and mental math activities. These are to be completed to the high standards we expect in Holly class and returned by the following Wednesday. Children also have their 'Home Learning' sheet with a range of different curriculum activities to complete over the half term. 

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Class Teacher Contact Page

Please feel free to email me using this linked page. I will get back to you as soon as I can or contact me on the school telephone number.

Maths Puzzle 4th November 16

Our Golden Rules across the school

Holly Class Charter - agreed and shared

Home Reading Question Cards

Learning and Having Fun

Year 4 Sheffield South East Learning Partnership