Happy Easter Magma Class!

Well done for another term of hard work.

We built bridges…

Celebrated Women’s History Month…

And even set records…

Have a good break, keep reading and practising your mental maths, and have fun!

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Building Bridges

Yesterday, the children of coral class became engineers. 

We set a challenge for them to design and build their own bridges, using only: newspaper, cello tape, straws and string. 

The catch was, that it had to be able to withstand the weight of a Guiness Book of Records!

Every single child showed determination during construction, regardless of the outcome. They demonstrated growth mindsets to be admired.

Can you remember the different types of bridges?

Homework!

Next week, Year 5 will be building bridges in class using newspaper, tape and string based on designs they have made! If you have any spare newspapers, please bring them in for the children to use in their design and technology lesson!

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This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: Remember to read every day to explore as many books as possible. Your comments should be detailed and try to write a different comment each day.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • persuade
  • physical
  • prejudice
  • privilege
  • profession
  • programme
  • pronunciation
  • queue
  • recognise
  • recommend

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on converting fractions into decimals. Watch the instructional video below to refresh yourselves on the correct method:

Use your knowledge to crack the safe in this interactive game:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?a=activity08

For this week’s optional homework in Philosophy for Children, we suggest discussing the following question with your child:

What is the most important subject in school?

To help discuss this question, think about these things:

  • Why is it important?​
  • How would life be different if we didn’t learn that subject?
  • Do we learn anything about that subject outside of school?
We’d love to hear your thoughts! Why not post on the blog using this sentence structure:
I think the most important subject in school is _________ because ___________.

Homework!

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: Remember to read every day to explore as many books as possible. Your comments should be detailed and try to write a different comment each day.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • redo
  • refresh
  • return
  • reappear
  • subdivide
  • subheading
  • submarine
  • submerge
  • supermarket
  • supersede

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on finding percentages of amounts! The video below will refresh the skills you need to practise independently:

Here’s a link to a space-invaders style game to apply your knowledge:

https://www.mathplayground.com/balloon_invaders_percent.html

REMEMBER! The ‘information for parents’ tab at the top of the blog has instructional videos for all areas of the Year 5 Maths Curriculum. Check it out!

 

 

Homework!

This week’s reading recommendation is…

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Reading: Remember to read every day to explore as many books as possible. Your comments should be detailed and try to write a different comment each day.

For example:

Monday – Prediction

What do you think will happen in the next paragraph? Why?
How do you think the story will end? Why?
What will the character choose to do next? Why do you think this?

Tuesday – Comparing and Contrasting

Can you compare one character to another?
How does the character change throughout the text?
What is the most important section in this book and why?
What genre would you say this book is? Why?

Wednesday – Vocabulary

What is the definition of the word and explain how this word is used in the text?
Choose a word and find synonyms and antonyms for it?
What words describe the character? The setting? The atmosphere?

Thursday – Retrieval

Where and when is the story set? How do you know?
Why did the character make the choice they did?
What does the main character think of the other characters? How do you know?
What might the main character be thinking and why?

Friday – The Text

How does the text make you feel? Why?
What atmosphere does the author create and why?
Who would you recommend the book to and why?

Weekend- Your choice of comment!

Spellings: You must practise these spellings in your reading diary in the look, cover, write and check section. Please use this to help you remember your spellings.

  • autobiography
  • autograph
  • antiseptic
  • antisocial
  • anticlockwise
  • interact
  • intercity
  • international
  • interrelated

Mental Maths:

Underneath the look, cover, write section, there is a mental math box. For homework this week we would like you focus on multiplying fractions by whole numbers. To avoid getting confused, here is a helpful video to get you started:

Here’s a link to a selection of games you can use to practise your skills:

https://www.splashmath.com/multiplying-fractions-games

REMEMBER! The ‘information for parents’ tab at the top of the blog has instructional videos for all areas of the Year 5 Maths Curriculum. Check it out!

 

 

World Book Day/Week

Well, what a week! I’m sure you know, but March 7th was World Book Day. To mark the occasion, our curriculum focussed on books and reading to show that there really is a book for everyone.

We started the week on Graphic Novels, because sometimes we read even when there aren’t many words! Through exploring Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, we looked at the power of image. The children then drew a visual expression on the theme of ‘being alone’ which can sometimes be a good or bad thing.

On Tuesday we moved on to poetry, because sometimes we read to help express ourselves. Children worked to develop their own poem about school which lead to some fantastic verses about school dinners and, of course, homework!

On Wednesday, we looked at stories of fiction, because it’s great to explore whole new worlds. Children created their own characters, worlds and stories. We finished by writing a diary entry in our new world in the style of Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.

To finish the week, we moved on to the works of Shakespeare and Non-Fiction. Children attended a workshop where they explored Romeo and Juliet, as well as acting out The Tempest during the end of day story.

In Non-Fiction we created our own Magma Class Records in the style of Guiness World Records. Did you know that Andrew and Vanessa are the best at tongue twisters? Or that David is the best dancer?! (A smooth criminal…)