Welcome to the Year 5 Sycamore webpage.
Class Teacher: Miss Utley
Support Staff: Mrs Mellor
Current Learning Journey: Invaders and Settlers
PE Day: Thursday
Current Learning Champion and Jigsaw Genius
Learning Champion: Alisha for always having a positive attitude to her learning.
Jigsaw Genius: Cornellia for understanding how it's OK to be different.
Acres Attributes: Yusef for always being respectful.
In P4C, we have been thinking about what home is and how it is important to us. We came up with lots of ideas on what makes us feel at home. We then looked at pictures of different homes around the world and in groups we came up with questions that we could discuss. After a vote, the chosen question was: 'Should everybody have a home?'
In Computing, we have been learning about spreadsheets and their purpose. We have learnt some key vocabulary such as: rows, columns and cells and we have used these to help us navigate a spreadsheet. We have learnt how to create calculations, delete cells and insert images.
In Food Technology, we have been learning about crumbles (a Yorkshire dish) and what ingredients go into them. We taste tested 3 different crumbles: apple, rhubarb and blackberry. We then decided which ingredients we would like to use in our recipe and next week we will be creating our own recipes!
We became Anglo Saxon Craftsmen/women and created some of the things we have been learning about. We made Anglo Saxon coins, illuminated letters, Anglo Saxon houses and practised weaving some clothes! We had a very fun afternoon and we learnt what it was like for the Anglo Saxons craftsmen all them years ago!
We love reading for pleasure
We had a class challenge during our Arithmetic Friday lesson. We had to answer the questions to find the answer and then we had to find the next question sheet with that answer on it. We aimed to find all of the matching cards but we didn't get them all!
Playing with parenthesis!
We have been learning how to punctuate parenthesis correctly. We spent time practically moving the clauses around and adding in information to create our parenthesis. We then applied this to our newspaper reports and got some of our own parenthesis in there!
In writing, we have been learning about newspapers and what their purpose is. We have made our own newspaper article based on the defeat of Grendel in our class book (Beowulf). We became newspaper journalists and used role play to interview Beowulf, the king and the witnesses. We then used this to help us create some speech for our article.
In PE, we have been learning how to attack and defend in Tag Rugby. Today, we had 1v1 competitions against our partner, we had to try and steal each other's tag! We then introduced the balls and in groups we had to keep the ball away from the defender.
This week in Philosophy for Children, we have created some questions based on a stimulus. The stimulus we looked at was an animal performing at the circus. In groups, we discussed our thoughts and ideas and we came up with some questions that we could discuss next week. We are definitely becoming philosophical thinkers!
In Jigsaw, we have been thinking about having positive behaviour. We learnt about the importance of following the rules and why we have different rewards and consequences to support this. We created some games and made a set of rules and got our friends to play our games!
In writing, we have been looking at different clause types, including subordinate clauses, main clauses and relative clauses. We have been changing the structure of the clause position in sentences and discussing how this has an effect on the sentence. We have also been learning how to punctuate these correctly in our writing.
This week, we have been learning about the Vedas during our RE lessons. We learnt about the 4 ways that Hindu's show commitment and have a positive life style. We then made posters in groups to represent what we had learnt.
What have we been doing this week?
We have been carrying on with our place value unit. We have been using place value to help us problem solve.
We have been learning about campaign speeches and why people do these. We have been focusing on modal verbs and how we can use these to persuade. We have also been looking at what relative clauses are and why we use these in our writing.
This week, we went on a school trip to Conisbrough Castle. We explored the castle and learnt all about the past owners. We learnt how and why the castle was built and we even got to spend some time playing in the castle grounds!
Writing class text: Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo.
In writing this week, we have been looking at character descriptions and we have drawn our own monster to describe. We have been focusing on expanded noun phrases and how we can use these to add detail in our writing.
In Maths, we have been looking at number and place value. We have also spent time looking at Roman Numerals. We have been doing problem solving activities using our knowledge of place value and Roman Numerals.
Reading class text: There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
We have started reading the first few chapters of the book. We have been using our inferencing skills to work out what is happening and how people feel. We have been using our APE (answer it, prove it, explain it) grids to help us write our answers to the inferencing questions.
We have been learning all about Anglo Saxons, who they were and where they lived. We have learnt about castles and labelled all the parts of a castle. Next week we are going on a trip to look around a castle and learn even more about the Anglo Saxons!
To start off our history week, we have began looking at local railways. We have looked at key facts about the history of Sheffield's railway and have put this into our very own timeline, showing the changes to the railway over time. (17/12/18)
In today's maths lesson, we have been looking at multiples of 3 and 6, and the similarities that they have.
We can now recognise what numbers are both multiples of 3 and 6, as well as understanding the relationship of doubling the 3 times table to work out our 6 times table. Using numicon, we have worked out multiplication sums in the 3 and 6 times table and were able to show the understanding we have between the two multiples. (17/12/18)
In writing, we have been looking at relative clauses and how they can extend our sentences by adding more information about the noun. This will help us to create specific instructions to Mount Merapi next week. This practical activity allowed us to see how a relative clause can be embedded in a range of sentences.(6/12/18)
In today’s French lesson, we have been listening and speaking simple French phrases based on activities that we might do in our spare time, outside of school. It was great to put our own sentences together using a variety of French phrases and share these with our peers. (5/12/18)
In today’s writing lesson, we have been focusing on subordinate clauses in preparation of writing our instructions to Mount Merapi. This practical activity allowed us to understand the structure of sentences when a subordinate clause is included. This really helped us to visually see how subordinate clauses can be written alongside a main clause. (5/12/18)
Maths Morning at Acres Hill
Thank you to all parents and carers that attended the Maths Morning in Y4 today, the children really enjoyed taking part in their arithmetic work as well as showing parents their understanding of addition and subtraction. The children really enjoyed it! (30/11/18)
Today's writing starter!
We are getting confident in converting singular words into plural. (27/11/18)
Before we began to plan our adverts based on selling our own firework, we had a go at sorting words into plural and singular categories from our WAGOLL. From this we learnt a range of different rules that we must consider when converting words into its plural form. This also helped us with our spelling! (26/11/18)
Today in spelling we played a group game called Spell it. The aim of the game was to choose a spelling card for our partner to spell correctly. If they spelt the word correctly, they would roll a dice and work around the template to the finishing line.
In maths we focused on making number bonds to 10 and 100. Using our knowledge of this we used base 10 to show representations of each number. Also, we played a number bond pairs game which helped us build our confidence to complete our work on number bonds. (16/11/18)
Today we have been working really hard in both our writing and maths lesson. (13/11/18)
Before planning our newspaper reports, in writing we recapped our understanding of verb forms by highlighting the ones that were used as part of the newspaper witness statements. (12/11/18)
We have finally finished our firework artwork. They look great! (9/11/18)
Today in our arithmetic lesson, we have been practising adding and subtracting 4 digit numbers with exchanging. In pairs, we consolidated our learning through a game that helped us to practise applying our understanding of addition and subtraction through the use of the column method. We rolled a dice to create our sum and whoever solved the sum the quickest gained a point. We had so much fun doing this! (9/11/18)
Today in Writing, we have been learning about how to write a newspaper report about the disappearance of Lila. Before we begin to write our own, we came up with our own catchy headlines with the use of alliteration to make this even more effective. In the lesson we also completed an activity called Role on the Wall where we had to draw the outline of the characters in the newspaper report and write key words based on how they were feeling as well as what they may have said when being interviewed by reporters. This lead us to record and ask key questions via IPad to get us to feel what it would be like being a news reporter. (5/11/18)
In this weeks music lesson we had the opportunity to look at the cornets we will be playing for the very first time. As well as practicing our rhythm activity, we also got to have a go on the cornets too. (22/10/18)
Today in French we have been learning about colours, listening to how they are pronounced and spelt. From doing this, we completed a matching activity that allowed us to complete and identify these colours in our word search. (16/10/18)
Next week is the start of Acres Hill’s 10 day Active challenge. Let’s try and get as many people travelling to school in an active way as possible.
This week in Maths we have been learning how to add 4 digit numbers together involving column exchange. Today's Friday lesson was an opportunity to display our understanding of doing this as well as carrying out subtraction to solve a range of problems. We had to justify why some questions had the wrong answer.
Using place value counters really helped us to represent each problem for us to answer.
This week in writing we are preparing to write a biography about author, Philip Pullman who wrote our class text, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter'. In order to do this we have been looking at verb forms that we can use in our writing. Although challenging at first, the ordering and matching activity really helped us to understand the different forms. (9/10/18)
In todays Art lesson, we have continued looking at developing our pastel techniques in order to create our firework art work in the upcoming weeks. Our focus was to look at how a snapshot of a firework from a piece of artwork can include a variety of pastel techniques within it. (5/10/18)
Today was Arithmetic Friday in our Maths lesson where we were looking at multiples of 6. Using our base 10, we identified how we can use this to support our knowledge of our 6 times tables. (5/10/18)
Today in History we have been using the IPads to research information about Guy Fawkes' life. This research will then help us to write up our very own Guy Fawkes fact files. (2/10/18)
Every Monday in our music lessons we are learning to play the cornet. In order to do this we learnt to follow different beats through singing a range of different songs. Also, we had a go at drawing our own musical notes to help us begin to read music. We really enjoyed our music lesson taught by our visitor! (1/10/18)
Today in Maths we have been learning to count in 100's and 1000's. In order to do this we used digit fans to make a 4 digit number, which we then used place value counters and base 10 to represent the changes in the thousand and hundreds column. (27/09/18)
Mount Cook Residential! 24/09/18-26/09/18
What we will be covering this half term:
Y4 Sycamore Autumn Term Home Learning