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Year 5 (Koalas)

Welcome to Koala Class!

During the children’s first year in Upper Key Stage 2, the pupils in Year 5 begin to take on greater levels of responsibility within the school. They are, for example, offered the opportunity to become school librarians. They are encouraged to become more independent in their learning, taking on responsibility for their personal organisation and study.

 

The Year 5 teaching team is:

 

  • Koala Class Teacher - Miss Hutchings
  • Kangaroo Class Teacher - Mrs Cook
  • Science Teacher - Mrs Simmons
  • Learning Support Assistant - Mrs Johnson

 

Homework

In Year 5, pupils will have two pieces of ‘formal’ homework each week. In order to prepare them for Year 6 and life beyond primary school, children are encouraged to spend 30 minutes on each piece of homework. Homework will be set on a Wednesday, and should be handed in on the following Monday. These pieces of homework are:

 

  • English/ Topic - Handed out at the start of each half term with activities to be completed weekly, and handed in each Monday.
  • Maths - Handed out on a Wednesday to be brought back to school on the Monday.

 

There will also be a list of spelling words handed out every other week for children to focus on and learn in preparation for a test in school. 

We will look towards using the online platform of Google Classroom to set homework, as well as other online learning activities. 

Reading

Regular weekly reading is encouraged. Children should read 5 times a week, and should record this independently in their reading diary. If 5 reads are not recorded in their diary, they will spend time reading with a teacher in school. 
 

P.E.

Although there may be occasional changes due to unforeseen circumstances, in general, indoor P.E. will take place on a Thursday afternoon, and outdoor P.E. will take place on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has appropriate kit in school with them on these days. 

 

Library Time

Our allocated library time in Year 5 is on Tuesday morning. 

Our Class Vision Statement:

We would like Koala Class to be an honest and respectful place where we can learn and thrive. A place where everyone is accepted, listened to, and feels safe. A fun and active class where we can be creative. A place where when you walk in, you smile.

A few photos from our trip to the River Itchen in Otterbourne!

Messy Maths!

Blog of the Week - 8th October
It has been another busy week in Year 5 with lots of learning going on as well as another trip!

On Wednesday, we went of on an adventure to St Cross Hospital and the Water Meadows in Winchester. We experienced public transport in order to get there, and even enjoyed a chippy lunch (which I know for many of the children was a highlight of the day!). The children enjoyed a rotation of activities across the day, including a tour of St Cross Hospital, a creative writing session, and sessions looking at stream dipping and the history of the meadows delivered by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. It was a very busy day, but a very enjoyable one too with fantastic weather!

In school this week, we have continued to explore the book 'Journey' and have explored how we can incorporate modal verbs into our writing to express the possibility or certainty of something happening. In Maths, we have continued to explore addition and subtraction, looking at the tricky concepts of estimating an answer, and using the inverse operation to check an answer. The children showed fantastic determination and resilience during these sessions! Finally, in our Topic lesson this week we started to explore the features of a river, and found out what a source, mouth, channel, meander and spring is. 

I hope you have enjoyed finding out a bit about what we have been up to in Koala class this week. I hope you enjoy looking at a few photos from our trip this week below!

Have a lovely weekend, 

Miss H x 

 

7th October - Water Meadows and St Cross Hospital Trip

Blog of the Week - 1st October 2021
I can't believe I'm writing this in October already... How time flies!!!

We have had a very busy week in school, with lots going on. Today we joined together as a school in the church for our annual Harvest Festival which was so lovely. The Koalas this week have been working hard in preparation for this, creating written descriptions of a harvest scene. We watched a video together showing scenes of ploughing fields, wildlife enjoying their natural habitats, and fruit being harvested from trees. From this, the children worked either independently, or in pairs to write a description using their knowledge of figurative language techniques. I have included an example of some of the wonderful writing that took place below this post!

In Maths we finished off our unit on place value, and today have started applying this place value knowledge by looking at addition and subtraction. We have focused in particular on the use of the formal method of column addition to support our calculation of larger numbers. 

In Topic we have started to explore our key question which is 'Is the River Itchen unique?', using maps to help us to locate physical and human features of countries, and practicing our use of compass skills to give an accurate description of where something is located on a map. We finished off by creating our own maps of Hampshire, drawing onto our maps key features such as rivers, cities, and surrounding counties. 

In spelling this week we have started to explore words containing the letter string -cious. There is no spelling test on these words next week, however should you wish to spend some time practicing them, our focus words are: delicious, atrocious, conscious, ferocious, gracious, luscious, malicious, precious, spacious, suspicious. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading a bit about our week in Year 5, and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Miss H x 

 

Harvest Scene Descriptive Writing

 

As the bright, enchanting summer comes to an end, all of the delicious crops turn from a lovely lime-green to a crisp golden colour. The cool, soft autumn breeze sings a charming, beautiful song to the crops, which start to do a lovely dance to the sweet tune. Whilst performing, these crops long to be harvested by the colossal, bouldering giants, which begin to hoover up the golden corn and wheat. As this happens, dazzling swallows gobble up the last of the berries ready for their journey south, soaring like Spitfires across the sky. Now we have reached the time of the year where we can give thanks to the farmers for the food we are able to receive, and give thanks to God for our wonderful earth. As the bright, enchanting summer comes to an end, all of the delicious crops turn from a lovely lime-green to a crisp golden colour. The cool, soft autumn breeze sings a charming, beautiful song to the crops, which start to do a lovely dance to the sweet tune. Whilst performing, these crops long to be harvested by the colossal, bouldering giants, which begin to hoover up the golden corn and wheat. As this happens, dazzling swallows gobble up the last of the berries ready for their journey south, soaring like Spitfires across the sky. Now we have reached the time of the year where we can give thanks to the farmers for the food we are able to receive, and give thanks to God for our wonderful earth. 

By Tuula and Rupert

 

 

Blog of the Week - 24th September 2021
It has been so lovely this week to get settled into Year 5 life, getting used to routines of 'normal' school days, and it has been nice to finally get really stuck into our learning across the curriculum. This week, we have started a number of new units of work across a range of subjects. In Maths we started exploring the place value of digits within numbers up to the value of 1,000,000. In our Topic lesson we kicked off our 'Rolling Rivers' topic by going down into the woods, and using our collaborative skills to come together in small groups to build our own mini rivers using a range of natural materials. Our English lessons have been based around the book 'Journey', and we have been focusing on generating word banks full of exciting descriptive language around images from this book. Today, we have finished off the week with a whole school writing day which has been based around the exciting discovery of a time capsule on the school grounds full of photos, uniform, maps of the school, and a half finished story from 50 years ago. The children rose to the challenge of trying to finish off the story today, with some absolutely fantastic continuations of the plot!

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Miss H x 

 

Kicking off our topic by building our own rivers!

Weekly Blog: Friday 17th September 2021
Wow! What a week, and what a way to start the term!! I'm sure the children will agree that we have had a brilliant second week immersing ourselves in the wilderness and becoming fully fledged Bushcraft tribesmen! The children were fantastic all week and really got stuck into every activity. It was so lovely to watch the way that the children supported each other, encouraged each other, and pushed one another to face personal challenges and fears. I have uploaded a number of photos from the week below for you to look through to see what we all got up to over the last four days!

Have a restful weekend, 

Miss Hutchings x

 

Weekly Blog: Friday 10th September 2021
Welcome back to a new (and hopefully more normal!!!) school year!

It has been a lovely week establishing routines and getting to know one another as we enter Year 5 together as Koala Class. We have had a busy week of creating artwork for displays, testing our collaboration skills with a number of rather tricky team building activities, and squeezing in a bit of Maths, English and Spelling in between! 

I have uploaded some photos below of some of the things we got up to in our first week together!

Best wishes, 

Miss Hutchings x 

 

Welcome to Year 5!

During the children’s first year in Upper Key Stage 2, the pupils in Year 5 begin to take on greater levels of responsibility within the school. They are, for example, offered the opportunity to become school librarians. They are encouraged to become more independent in their learning, taking on responsibility for their personal organisation and study.

 

The Year 5 teaching team is:

 

  • Koala Class Teacher - Miss Hutchings
  • Kangaroo Class Teacher - Mrs Holland 
  • Science Teacher - Mrs Simmons
  • Learning Support Assistants - Mrs Hinton, Mrs Beer, Mrs Palmer and Mrs Armstrong

 

The children will be split into their base classes (Koalas / Kangaroos) in the morning for Maths and English. They will then come together every afternoon, where they will be based together in Koala Class. 

 

Homework

In Year 5, pupils will have two pieces of ‘formal’ homework each week. In order to prepare them for Year 6 and life beyond primary school, children are encouraged to spend 30 minutes on each piece of homework. Homework will be set on a Friday, and should be handed in on the following Wednesday. These pieces of homework are:

 

  • English/ Topic - Handed out at the start of each half term with activities to be completed weekly, and handed in each Wednesday.
  • Maths - Handed out on a Friday to be brought back to school on the Wednesday.
     

As well as this, regular reading and learning of times tables is encouraged. Children should aim to read 4 times a week, and should record this independently in their reading diary. 

We will look towards using the online platform of Google Classroom to set homework, as well as other online learning activities. 

 

P.E.

Although there may be occasional changes due to unforeseen circumstances, in general, P.E. will take place on a Friday. 

 

Library Time

Our allocated library time in Year 5 is on Friday morning. Please encourage daily reading at home.

25th June - First Aid Training

20th May Outdoor Day - Today the children hunted for faces in the trees in our woods. They had to use their imaginations and put themselves in the hot seat as that tree, answering questions to tell the story of how they came to be there. There were some fantastic tales! In maths, year 5 hunted for different types of angles outside and checked their size using a protractor. They discovered that most man-made objects have right angles.

Egyptian Day - 30th April. Y5 enjoyed dressing up as Ancient Egyptians and joining in a full day workshop with Mr Egypt. They found out some fascinating facts about Ancient Egyptian life, took part in some dancing, ate bread, wrote in hieroglyphics and even got a chance to mummify each other!

Rainforest Survival Day - 22nd April. After reading 'The Explorer' by Katherine Rundell, the children tried to survive for the day in our school 'Rainforest'! They worked incredibly well in teams, developing their skills of communication, collaboration and problem solving to create clean water, forage for safe foods and create a bed in the trees. They particularly enjoyed trying some Creepy Critters!!

World Book Day - 1st April

11/09/20 - A very exciting first week!

It has been so so lovely to have the children back in school, and it has been wonderful to see so many smiling faces ready and raring to go for a fantastic year in Year 5!

This week has very much been spent getting back into the rhythm of being in school, with a focus on wellbeing and transition. Throughout the week the children have created some beautiful pieces of 'self-representing' art to display in the classrooms, participated in some wonderful discussions around 'The Colour Monster', and have successfully worked together to save our new friend Fred!

Below will be some photos from across the week. I hope you enjoy having a look at what we have been up to at the start of what promises to be a very exciting year!

Miss H x 

Welcome to Year 5! (2019/20)

Our Class Vision Statement
We would like our classroom to be a place where everyone is happy. A place where we show determination in all that we do, and when we are unsure, a place where we are encouraged and show encouragement to have a positive mind set. A place where we are respectful by showing kindness and care to one another, and to our classroom environment. A place where we listen, and are listened to. A place where we have fun and enjoy learning!

During the children’s first year in Upper Key Stage 2, the pupils in Koala Class begin to take on greater levels of responsibility within the school. They are, for example, offered the opportunity to become school librarians. They are encouraged to become more independent in their learning, taking on responsibility for their personal organisation and study.

 

The Year 5 teaching team is:

 

  • Miss Hutchings – Class Teacher 
  • Mrs Smith - School Direct Teacher Trainee
  • Mrs Simmons – Science Teacher

 

Homework

As well as regular reading and learning of times tables, pupils are also have two pieces of ‘formal’ homework each week. These are:

 

  • English/ Topic - Handed out at the start of each half term with activities to be completed weekly, and handed in each Tuesday.
  • Maths - Handed out on a Tuesday to be brought back to school on the Thursday.

 

In order to prepare them for Year 6 and life beyond primary school, children are encouraged to spend 30 minutes on each piece of homework.

 

P.E.

Although there may be occasional changes due to unforeseen circumstances, in general, P.E. will take place on the following days:

 

  • Outdoor Games (with sports coaches from R&R Games) – Friday afternoon
  • Gymnastics / Dance – Wednesday morning

 

Library Time

Our allocated library time in Year 5 is on Friday morning. However, the children are also trusted to use the library in their own time. Please encourage them to read daily at home.

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Blog of the Week

13/03/20

What a busy week we have had in Koala Class!

This week we have truly immersed ourselves into our 'Young Engineers' projects. This has involved us doing detailed sketches of our products, along with starting to adapt these to become technical drawings that a manufacturer could follow to produce the product. In our English lessons this week, we have written pitches to talk about our products, along with persuasive speeches to consider what techniques we could use to persuade someone to buy our product. 

To finish off the week we got to enjoy a bit of dressing up for Sports Relief! As part of this we got to enjoy this year's edition of 'Otterbourne's Got Talent', as well as our 100 mile challenge.

Enjoy the weekend!

Miss H x

 

Sports Relief

Today we all came in dress up as a sport, as a sports person, or just in sports kit! Along with this, the school set itself a challenge to see whether we could collectively walk a total of 100 miles around the playground. Here are some pictures of Koala Class in action!

Blog of the Week

6/3/20

This week we wrote letters to Mr Baker who is the head teacher of Sesame School in Uganda, to tell him all about what we have been up to since Christmas. In Maths we looked at adding fractions this week, and for our longitudinal study we went down to the pond on a very rainy day!

This week we also had an event called World Book Day where we dressed up like our favourite book character. On this day we had two authors called Francesca Tyer and Richard Hardie come in, and we got to write a story with them. It was awesome and fun!


By Eddie and Connie

 

World Book Day

What an exciting, jam-packed, day we have had! Before I go on to talk about our day, I must start with how fantastic the children looked in their costumes- it was very clear that a lot of thought and effort had been put in, and they looked absolutely brilliant!

Today we have been lucky enough to participate in a range of different book related activities. To begin with, we enjoyed a workshop alongside year 6 with two authors called Richard Hardie and Francesca Tyer. During this workshop, we learnt from the authors about how to write stories, and we worked together to create our very own characters and plot for a story. 

During the rest of the day we enjoyed a range of different activities including designing a National Book Token, investigating a 'crime scene' in our school library, writing our own 50 word stories, and designing our very own front cover for our favourite book. 

Enjoy a few photos of our day! 

Blog of the Week

28/02/20

This week was Spring into Fitness week where we have done lots of different fun activities relating to sports. 

We had lots of different people come into school from their jobs to tell us about how to stay healthy. We had a visit from Doctor Davis who spoke to us about our hearts, Doctor Wootton who tested whether our height changes our strength, Jack and Helen who spoke to us about eating healthily and self-esteem.

In English we wrote a diary across the week to record all of the things we have done such as yoga and circuit training.


By Sophia and Millie

 

Spring into Fitness Week!

The children have had a very exciting first week back at school where they have participated in a range of activities all about promoting physical and mental well-being. 

Enjoy some photos of what we have been up to!

A little task for the half-term holiday...

Blog of the Week

14/02/20

This week we have been doing lots of fun and interesting stuff like History, Maths, Science and English. In History we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks where we have been looking at the word 'plastik' which stands for the most important things that the Greeks did. Miss Hutchings always jokes that she doesn't like the word 'plastik' because it has a k on the end instead of a c! We also made homework projects on our chosen Greek buildings such as temples and theatres that we shared with the class. Finally, in Maths we have been looking at fractions, and we have had the challenge of making our own guides to adding fractions.

By Connie and Paris

 

Sharing our homework projects

The children spent time today sharing their Ancient Greek buildings projects with the class. Many children were brave enough to come to the front of the class and share some information about their chosen building along with how they made it. The children then enjoyed doing a walking gallery where they could have a closer look at the finer details of the different projects as well as using the opportunity to ask questions.

Greek Dancing!

Over the past few weeks, Koala class have worked very hard to produce their very own sequence of 'Greek dances'.

The dances include a whole class sequence to depict Spartan warriors, group Spartan warrior sequences, a whole class sequence to depict the story of the wooden horse of Troy, and a whole class sequence to tell the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

We hope you enjoy the end product of our hard work!

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Blog of the Week

31/01/20

This week we have done lots of Maths, English and Science. When we did Maths, we were learning about improper fractions and mixed number fractions. In English we wrote a character profile about a character from a Greek myth. Finally, in Science we have been doing the garden bird watch. 

Our favourite thing however was Art, where we drew our own figures in the style of Lubaina Himid which was really fun.

By Noah and Elliot

 

Greek Architects in the making!

In our topic lesson today we learnt all about Ancient Greek architecture. To begin with however, we put our drawing and describing skills to the test by doing a 'reconstruction relay' of images of Greek buildings. In groups, the children had to nominate an artist, and the remaining members of the group had 10 seconds each to look at the image before going to describe it to their artist who had to then follow their instructions to draw the building!

We had some great (and some interesting!) outcomes!

Learning a new myth using 'Pie Corbett'

In our English lesson today we explored the myth 'Icarus and Daedalus'. In order to be able to write a precis of this myth, we needed to know the story really well, so we used the method of 'Pie Corbett' to help us. The children were given a section of the story in groups, and they had to draw images for the words in their section of the myth, which they then created actions to represent. We then together as a class learnt each other's actions in order to be able to retell the myth. 

Blog of the Week

17/01/20

We have had a busy week this week! This week in English we have been doing some descriptive writing about Theseus and the Minotaur, and the moment they met in the maze. Also this week we have done a lot of Maths. In Maths we have been using expanded column multiplication to multiply up to a 4-digit number by a 2-digit number. We have also enjoyed continuing our new History topic all about the Ancient Greeks. 

By Millie and Olivia

 

Beware of the scary Spartan Warriors!

In PE this week, Koala class have been working on a dance routine where they transform themselves into Spartan warriors. They have been working on using short, sharp and quick movements to show power, and have been trying to reflect their character through some fearsome facial expressions!

 

In small groups, they then started to create their own sequence of spartan dance moves, working hard to ensure that they move in time to the counts of 4 within the music.

Enjoy some pictures of the warriors in action!

What's the Link?

We began our brand new topic 'Glorious Greeks'this afternoon. During this session, the children had the opportunity to begin exploring aspects of Greek legacy. They did this by exploring various images, and asking themselves the question 'what's the link?' to Ancient Greek life. The knowledge that children already had of Ancient Greece really shone through during this task, and the different ideas that the children had of potential links and clues for what Greek life was like based on what they could see in the images were brilliant. 

Protest Day!

To conclude our topic, we went out onto the playground to stage a mock protest to stand against proposed plans for a factory being built next to the River Itchen in Otterbourne. The children marched with passion, and would definitely have had their voices heard if they were in a true protest situation!

As the topic draws to a close I must use this opportunity to say how proud I have been of the way that the children have voiced their opinions and concerns with such maturity and clarity. The letters, texts, and speeches that they have written across the half term have been truly incredible!

Blog of the Week

6/12/19

This week we have been making protest banners, and with this we have also been writing protest speeches to stop a factory that could be built in Otterbourne. In Maths we have been learning all about how to find the perimeter and area of a shape. In Science we have been learning about polar bears and their problem with global warming and problems with food. Finally, in outdoor PE this week have been doing invasion games and in this we have been practicing dribbling balls and knocking over cones.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about what we have been up to this week!

By Harrison and Owen

 

Protest Banners

We spoke in class today about what makes a successful protest, and how when used peacefully and properly, protest banners are a clear and visual way to get a message across to a large number of people. Following on from this discussion, the children created their own slogans to speak out against the factory that is potentially going to be built next to the River Itchen, which they then painted onto cardboard. 

Here are some photos of the Koalas in action!

Creating a class Monet in the style of Pointillism!

In Art today, Koala Class have been applying what we learnt last lesson about the painting style of Pointillism, to create our own class Monet masterpiece! The children were each given their own section of one of his paintings, which they had the challenge of recreating on their own piece of paper.

Once they are all completed, the pieces are going to be stuck together to see what his painting looks like in the style of Pointillism!

Computing with Mr Bagge

Year 5 were lucky this week to have a whole day of computing with Mr Bagge. The children learnt a lot throughout the day, and they thoroughly enjoyed putting their problem solving skills to the test in order to modify code on Scratch, and find and fix any bugs that occurred! By the end of the day, the children had read and answered questions around different codes, and had modified code to create different shapes, and had created code that moved different toys around a toy shop.

Blog of the Week

29/11/19

This week in Science we have been making presentations about fossils and what evidence they give us about the world. This week we have also done some coding in computing and have we learnt how to read and modify code on Scratch 2. As well as that we have done lots of Maths. In Maths this we have looked at prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers, and alongside those we have been multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. 

Thank you for reading our blog!

by Max and Megan

 

Blog of the Week

22/11/19

We have had a jam-packed week in Koala class with lots of different activities going on. We started the week by going pond dipping with Mrs Smith to kick off our research for our longitudinal study where we are investigating the question 'Does the temperature of the water affect the number of species found in our pond?'. The children found lots of different minibeasts in their sample trays which hopefully you have seen the pictures of further down on our class page!

In Maths this week, we started our unit of work exploring multiplication and division. We started the unit by looking at what is meant by a multiple and a factor, and challenged our learning to find common factors of different sets of numbers. 

We also continued our exploration of rivers this week, where we considered how rivers are used by humans, and how this might positively or negatively impact the river itself. The children had lots of great ideas around this, and really considered both the positive and negative sides in a very balanced yet inquisitive way. 

We look forward to what promises to be another exciting week next week!

Have a good weekend!

Miss H x

 

Your Time to Shine Day!

The classroom was looking exceptionally bright and colourful today as the children came in wearing their brightest colours to raise awareness of the importance of wearing bright colours in order to be seen when walking near roads. The children worked hard this morning creating their own parking banners to go outside the front of the school to remind people not to park on the yellow lines. 

Pointillism Inspired Art

In our art lesson today, we learnt all about an art style called 'Pointillism'. Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small dots of colour are applied in patterns to form an image. It takes advantage of the way our eyes work with our brains in order to blend the individual dots together to create the intended image. The children enjoyed experimenting in this style, and had a go at recreating a painting of an apple using the style of pointillism. 

Here are just two examples of the fabulous art produced today, created by Megan and Imogen.

Pond Dipping

The children enjoyed going down to the pond today as part of their longitudinal study investigation. For their study this year, the children are exploring whether the temperature of the water effects the number, and the type of species that live in the pond across the year. The children enjoyed getting stuck in and exploring the pond life they found through their dips, and are looking forward to investigating this further and seeing the changes that occur. 

Blog of the Week

15/11/19

This week in Maths we've been looking at statistics. In statistics we have learnt all about line graphs.

On Monday, it was Remembrance Day so in the morning we had a service where classes from across the school wrote a poem or diary entry and shared it with the school. 

Today it has been Children in Need day so we have all dressed up in rainbow colours. Some people even coloured their hair or had their face painted!

We have had an awesome week and I hope we enjoy next week just as much!


by Priya

 

Year 5's Remembrance Poem

Year 5 have written their own remembrance poems during English this week. We then chose lines that we liked from the different poems around the class and edited them together to create a class poem to read during our remembrance service at the church. 

Outdoor Classroom Day

During outdoor classroom day, Koala class enjoyed going outside with Mrs Smith to create logos for their longitudinal study groups using natural materials!