Kestrels

Welcome to Year 5!
 
We have lots planned for this year and hope the children will enjoy challenging themselves and learning new things.
 
Our first topic is Angry Earth. We will look at volcanoes, tsunamis and earthquakes - the causes and effects.
 
PE lessons are on Tuesday and Wednesday - PE kits are needed for both days.
 
Homework will be sent home on Fridays to be handed in every Wednesday. Please make sure you child has read at least 5 times each week and that you have signed their reading record and homework card. They will need their reading record and reading book in school every day. 
 
 
We are looking forward to the year ahead.
If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.
 
 
The Year 5 team. 
 
 
'First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare.' Walt Disney
 
 
  • Mrs Clewer

    Class Teacher

  • Miss Luscombe

    Teaching Assistant / Teacher

  • Mrs Dunne

    Teaching Assistant

 
A Mystery Passenger
 
 
The children explored the suitcase of a mystery passenger, using their inference skills to build a picture of the owner. They were able to find out a lot of information about the lady, who was a passenger on the Mayflower when it sailed from Plymouth in 1620. 
 
We have since explored the journey they undertook and looked at what life would have been like on board the ship. We are using this information to inspire our writing, which we hope to enter into a writing competition for a chance to be published. 
 
 
 
 
Design Challenge
 
Today the children became architects. Their challenge was to work in a team to create a building that could withstand an earthquake. The children used marshmallows and spaghetti for their creations, which we then tested by shaking the tables and dropping them. 
All groups showed excellent team work and perseverance and many of the buildings survived the testing process. 
 
 
Topic Launch
 
We kicked off our topic for this term by imagining what would happen if a tsunami hit Plymouth. We formed disaster task-force teams to coordinate the emergency services and come up with survival plans. 
 
 
Reading
 
The children are enjoying using the ipads for our reading lessons. We are studying the book Wonder and the children are learning to prove their ideas using evidence from the book. 
The book is also teaching us all about being kind to those who are different and how our actions impact others, even if we don't intend them to. 
 
 
 
 
 
Church Visit
 
As part of our RE unit, we visited the local church. The reverend talked to the class about symbolism in Christianity. Two of the class were able to model some of the priest's vestments and we learnt about the different colours worn in the Christian calendar. 
 
The children were guests at the baptism of Winnie the Pooh and also attended the wedding of two of their friends. 
 
 
 
Outdoor Education
 
The children spent their English lesson in the conservation area, lighting fires and watching the flames. We then thought about our descriptive language to inspire our writing about Razvani - the Fire Fiend's - Grotto.