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  • St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
  • Alvechurch Road, West Heath, Birmingham
  • West Midlands, B31 3PN
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Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Numeracy

This term in year 5 for numeracy the children have been learning about a range of mathematical concepts. One of these is finding the volume and capacity of different 3D shapes. The children have used lentils to measure the volume and capacity of cubes and cuboids and once they became more confident, they began to measure the volume and capacity of 3D shapes within the school. These are some of the pictures from the children’s work outside the classroom.

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ICT

This term in I.C.T we have been looking at blogging and have been attempting to create our own blogs using Microsoft WordPress. The children have researched different aspects of blogging and looked at what makes an effective blog. They have then used this information to create some interesting blogs, including: how to stay safe online; news about their favourite football team; their list of top ten books; and even a blog about different animals living in the Amazon Rainforest. 

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Literacy

In literacy this term one of the areas we have covered has been poetry. The children have been studying the Jabberwocky and have done this in a variety of ways, including through the use of drama. The children learnt about the meaning behind the poem and then rehearsed in groups before performing in front of year four, who were kind enough to be our audience. They were fantastic and showed great intonation and tone in their voice as well as some inventive choreography for their routines.

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Geography and History
Our topic this term is ‘Are we damaging our world?’ Over the course of the term the children have been researching the effect of overfishing, different types of renewable energy, and even, what we can do to make our school and our planet more sustainable. The children were particularly interested in researching some of the world’s vulnerable ecosystems and what we have done to try and protect them. The children enjoyed researching collaboratively with others and presenting their findings to the rest of the class.

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Science

In Year 5 we have been learning about different forces and how they affect our daily lives. As part of this, the children have been conducting scientific investigations on a number of different forces, including: designing boats to investigate water resistance; testing how levers work; and testing the amount of friction produced by a range of different materials. Here are some examples of the children testing a range of different materials to see which one produced the most friction. The children had great time conducting their investigation and working as scientists.

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Numeracy

In numeracy this half term we have been focusing on geometry. The children have been learning how to label circles, draw and measure angles to the nearest degree and calculate angles on a straight line and around a point. This week we created a poster about our learning on angles. This involved drawing angles of a specific size accurately and writing a step-by-step guide of how to do this. The children also explained in their posters how to calculate angles on a straight line and around a point. At the end of the lesson the children further developed their understanding of angles by teaching their numeracy partner about angles using their poster to support them.  

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Literacy
In year 5 this term we have begun reading our new class book, The Wolves of Willoughby chase. So far, the children have worked in small groups to retell the beginning of the story using drama. Everyone in the class thoroughly enjoyed getting into character and re-enacting part of the story. During the coming weeks we will be continuing to explore the novel in greater depth, and later in the term we will write a narrative based on the book.

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Religious Education
During the last half term in Year 5 we have been learning all about the Jesuit Virtues of being eloquent and truthful. We have discussed how important it is to always speak well of others and ourselves, as this is what God wants us to do. We talked about how sometimes being truthful wasn’t always easy, but it is the right thing to do. Drama helped us to understand these virtues and we acted out some scenarios we had written ourselves, in the prayer garden. As you can see we really enjoyed taking our learning outside, whilst learning about the importance of being eloquent and truthful.

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