Yesterday, we had some visitors from Badminton School come in to tell our year 5 classes all about liquid nitrogen. It was SO MUCH FUN! We heard a balloon pop REALLY loudly, saw a kettle boiling using liquid nitrogen, a ping pong ball spinning really fast when it was filled with liquid nitrogen, and used blue tak as a nail and a sausage as a hammer. Science can be really fascinating!
Literacy-We are continuing with our work on the Grendel, writing and editing our work to make sure it is the best it can be. We spend time on editing, as it is important to reread our work, and make any changes that we think we need.
Maths-This week we are looking at counting in powers of 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. This is all building on our work on the numbers system.
Spelling-We will be starting a new spelling pattern this week,
Over the past few weeks, children will have been bringing home a reading log to fill in every time they read. We ask that they try to read at least 3 times a week, as this will really help to increase their confidence with reading, as well as their understanding and vocabulary. Children should be filling in their own reading logs, with the date, the name of the book, and the pages they read that day. They should then ask a parent or adult to sign their reading log. They are not big books, and don’t leave much room for comments-we don’t expect a mini review after each reading session!
Please see the example picture of a reading log correctly filled out.
When children have finished a recommended reading book, we will be asking them to choose a time to take home a ‘Reading Challenge’ sheet. This includes some questions on their book, and asks them to think about what they’ve read in a bit more detail. We will introduce this sheet to the children in class, and then send on home to be completed over the half term break.
Please see the example of a good Reading Challenge sheet .
From this week, we will be starting to send home a weekly arithmetic challenge. Each class will have their own schedule for this, so please check with your child as to when it will need to be handed in. The challenge is not a test, and the answers will be included in the pack, so that the children can check their own work. To show real understanding, they should be able to explain to you how they came to their answers. To begin with, we will be sending home year 4 papers, to get children in a good homework habit, before we start on the year 5 questions.