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15th September 2017

  • Year 5 Weekly Roundup
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This week in English, we started our unit on explanation texts. We began the week by brainstorming different types of non-fiction texts, followed by comparing and identifying the differences between instructions and explanations. After this, as a class, we compiled a list of explanation text features in order to annotate an extract relating to the water cycle. Later in the week, we focused on learning how to use causal connectives within our writing, to prepare us for writing our own explanation text next week. We applied our knowledge of causal connectives to verbal explanations, by thinking of an everyday household machine, such as a toaster, creating a pictorial flowchart of the processes involved and then explaining how it works to another team.


This week in maths, the children have been using their knowledge of multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 to calculate more difficult equations. They learnt how to multiply 2-digit numbers by 9 and 99 by multiplying by 10 or 100 before subtracting their original 2-digit number. This then progressed into multiplying by 19, 29, 39 etc. by multiplying by a multiple of 10. Finally, the children multiplied a 2 digit number by 5, 50 or 25 by multiplying by 10 or 100 first and then halving or quartering the number.

Project Work

This week’s IPC learning has developed the children’s ability to collect and record information in a meaningful way.  We researched tourism in Antarctica and created a holiday brochure aimed at attracting people to visit there.  We also started to look at using and interpreting maps in a variety of forms, focusing initially on 4-figure grid references.  We will move on to 6-figure co-ordinates next week in order to find more specific locations on a local map.


This week, we continued the topic of “greeting, age and gender”.  We have discussed the difference between the two ways to ask about age and we also learnt how to introduce gender in Mandarin.  We engaged in various activities to apply our learning in context such as role play, flashcard games, board games and Kagan structures. You may like to practice this topic from this link: https://quizlet.com/_2fi2fo


Pupils continued to work on the problem solving game called Sugar, Sugar on the www.abcya.com website.  This problem solving game incorporates logical thinking and trial and error to complete each level.  The levels increase in difficulty and allow pupils to solve each problem in a unique way.

Physical Education

During our PE lesson this week, we have looked at running over different terrains in cross-country. We have learnt how to undertake hill running as well as how our technique changes on a straight section of our course.


This week, Year 5 students shifted their focus from solo instruments (as in Bach's Cello Suites) to the work of small ensembles. Students listened to several excerpts from György Ligeti's 'Six Bagatelles' and discussed the tone colour of different woodwind instruments mixing their sounds together.



  • Complete the comprehension into the homework book.  Please write in full sentences, using a pen.  To be completed by Wednesday 20th September.
  • Read for at least 20 minutes per day. 


  • My iMaths:  To be completed by Wednesday 20th September.
  • Times tables: Please complete the times tables grid into the homework book, using a pencil.  To be completed by Wednesday 20th September.


  • Continue with the project set last week.  To be handed in week commencing 9th October.


  • Please see the spelling journal for spelling words which were given out this week.  Children should learn their spellings for a test using one of the spelling strategies into their journal.  To be tested on Monday 18th September.