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Week Forty-One. w/e: Friday 16th June 2017

English:

This week, we have used a short film called RUIN: http://www.literacyshed.com/ruin.html to inspire our creative writing. We have looked our use of vocabulary, range of sentence starters, use of relative clauses, similes, metaphors and personification and how to write effective chase and action scenes. I am really impressed with how you have approached all the writing we have done in preparation for your independent write next week! Keep it up! Have a look at the ideas we came up with together ready for next Tuesday & Wednesday:

Maths:

This week, we have been reviewing and revising the year 5 areas that we need a little more practice on, such as long multiplication and fractions, decimals and percentages. We will also be looking at the different ways mathematical problems can be presented, by using the bar model. Our Maths assessment will be coming up this week, but you are all prepared and ready - I believe in you!

​​Science:

We've released our butterflies into the wild! Our class' were a little more active than class 3 or class 4! What a change from a caterpillar the size of an ant to a beautiful butterfly!

We have also started our science investigation into the effectiveness of habitats. See a work in progress below:

Sports Afternoon:

Well done for a superb Sports Afternoon, class five! I was really impressed with your teamwork and motivation! See the latest school news for photos from the day.

Key dates w/c 19.06.17:

Monday 19th June – Presentations for volcanoes, mountains and volcanoes!

Tuesday 20th June – Independent writing day 1

Wednesday 21st June – Independent writing day 2

Wednesday 21st June – class meeting.

Friday 23rd June – JGA Midsummer Madness

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Forty. w/e: Friday 9th June 2017

English:

This week, we have explored the use of inference, formality and persuasive techniques to create an informative text. We have focused on the non-fiction genre, linked to our topic: The Maya Civilisation. We have developed our skills of extracting key pieces of information from texts and how to create a summary. We finished the week in role as the Curator of a Maya museum, persuading a board of directors why they should give money to the upkeep of a Maya artefact or historical location. Next week, we will be returning to our fiction focus, developing our skills of narrative writing. 

Maths:

This week, we have been looking at Mathematical Movement. We have been translating and reflecting shapes, looking at describing the position of shapes in all four quadrants! Well done for your hard work on Mathematical Movement; it's not an easy area of maths! Next week, we will be reviewing and revising the year 5 areas that we need a little more practice on, such as long multiplication and fractions, decimals and percentages. We will also be looking at the different ways mathematical problems can be presented.

Science:

Our caterpillars have metamorphosed! We've got 5 butterflies which we will be releasing over the next week. We have also started our summer unit of work on 'Forces'. How many forces can you describe and explain?

Key dates w/c 12.06.17:

Tuesday 13th June – Year 5 & 6 Sports Afternoon 1:30-3:15 (wear team colours!)

Tuesday 13th June – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 14th June – class meeting.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Thirty-Eight. w/e: Friday 26th May 2017

What a busy half term! It's flown by, but we're fast approaching our final half term of year five! You are all working so hard, keep it up!

English:

This week we have been writing a biography for the mythical creature: Medusa! We've looked at how to structure biographies, how to use formal language and how to extract key information from secondary evidence. I'm really impressed with your writing. Even though some of the biographies are more like stories, the writing features you have included are brill! We've also played the odd story challenge. To play, think of 10 nouns that are as random as possible. For example: astronaut, kangeroo, Jupiter... Then, give yourself 5 minutes to write a story combining as many words as possible! Bring them in if you get chance to have a go at home!

Maths:

This week, we have been looking at how we can solve problems effciently and effectively using a variety of methods. We've looked at how some word problems are phrased and how we can extract the key infromation. We've also looked at how we can use the bar model to show our working out.

Art:

I am so impressed with your clay masks! They are superb! You have really captured the style, shape and design of the Maya. We have painted them this week, with just a layer of glaze to go! Take a look:

Science:

Our caterpillars are growing! We've got 6 caterpillars which we will be observing metamorphosing into beautiful butterflies! I wonder what they will look like after the break?

Key dates w/c 05.06.17:

Monday 5th June – Return to school.

Tuesday 6th June – Mathletics set.

Wednesday 7th June – class meeting.

Thursday 8th June – spellings checked.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great half term, stay safe and happy! Enjoy the sun!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Thirty-Seven. w/e: Friday 19th May 2017

English:

This week we have been looking at a variety of myths and legends: Arachne, Hercules, Theseus and Perseus! I can tell you really enjoyed reading them. We also wrote a description of Medusa; all of which are superb! I'm so proud of how far you have come over the year so far! Next week, we will be preparing our biographies, looking specifically at making them formal.

Maths:

This week, we have been looking at capacity, and statistics. We have looked in detail at the different aspects of a graph, as well as how to read one accurately. Next week, we will be focusing on our problem solving skills.

Art:

I am so impressed with your clay masks! They are fantastic! You have really captured the style, shape and design of the Maya. Well done! We will be painting them next week, look out for photos next Friday!

Science:

Our caterpillars have arrived! We've got 6 caterpillars which we will be observing metamorphosing into beautiful butterflies! What are the stages of incomplete and complete metamorphosis? 

Key dates w/c 22.05.17:

Tuesday 22nd May – Painting masks; bring in an old shirt/apron please!

Tuesday 22nd May – Mathletics due.

Wednesday 23rd May – class meeting.

Thursday 24th May – spellings checked.

Friday 25th May – Year Six fair. Bring in a small amount of money, if you'd like.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Thirty-Six. w/e: Friday 12th May 2017

English:

This week we have been looking at how to improve our description, using sentence starters, relative clauses and a range of punctuation. We have written our own myth or legend; I am very impressed with all of your writing! Next week, we will be continuing to look at a variety of myths and legends, as well as biographies! This may seem a strange combination, but a biography of Medusa sounds very interesting!

Maths:

This week, we have been looking at area, perimeter and volume. We have been developing our understanding of 2D and 3D shapes and proving our ideas right or wrong. Next week, we will be looking at capacity before moving on to data handling.

Art:

We have planned Maya masks out, making sure that the masks are symmetrical and show off to our rival tribes! We have used plasticine to develop our skills ready to work with clay, which we will be doing on Tuesday!

Assembly:

Well done for showcasing your skills and talents with your writing and Kung Fu Punctuation to the whole school, last Monday!

Key dates w/c 15.05.17:

Tuesday 16th May – Mask making with clay; bring in an old shirt/apron please!

Tuesday 16th May – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 17th May – class meeting.

Thursday 18th May – spellings checked.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Thirty-Five. w/e: Friday 5th May 2017

English:

This week we have started our unit on ‘Myths and Legends’. We have been using ‘The Alchemist’s Letter’ as our inspiration (https://vimeo.com/125527643). We’ve been looking at how to improve our description, using sentence starters, relative clauses and a range of punctuation. I am very impressed with all of your writing; well done! Keep it up! Next week, we will be writing our own myths and legends. We will be creating our own magical objects and thinking a moral for our writing…

Maths:

This week, we have been looking at area and perimeter. We realised that there are 10,000cm2 in 1m x 1m! Well done for understanding a difficult topic quickly! Next week, we will be looking at finding the area and perimeter of more and more complex shapes…

Art:

We have started to plan our Maya masks out, making sure that the masks are symmetrical and show off to our rival tribes! Next week, we will be looking at planning our masks using plasticine, ready to make them out of clay the following week.

Key dates w/c 08.05.17:

Monday 8th May – Class 5 Special Mentions assembly.

Tuesday 9th May – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 10th May – class meeting.

Thursday 11th May – spellings checked.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Thirty-Four. w/e: Friday 28th April 2017

Message for Parents: lots of paperwork should be arriving home this evening! Targets for the Summer Term, a new times-table online challenge and the Summer Term Curriculum Map. If you have any questions, please let me know.

English:

This week we have completed our unit surrounding stories from other cultures. We have been reading more chapters from '1001 Arabian Nights', as well as looking at how we can create pace and suspense using specific sentence structures. Your short stories designed to fit into '1001 Arabian Nights' are super! I'm so impressed with all of the writing features that you are naturally using independently! Well done! Next week, we will be looking at 'Myths & Legends'... Sneak peek: what is an alchemist?

Maths:

This week, we have finished this unit looking at measures: conversions, imperial and metric. We have practised our scaling skills involving recipes and revised some of our key year 5 areas, such as long multiplication. Next week we will be looking at area and perimeter...

Science:

We've become gardeners! We've been planting bulbs and looking to see if we can grow plants by using different cuttings. We've also looked at the life cycle of plants. Next week, we will be looking at the life cycles of animals.

Topic:

We have had a fantastic presentation and workshop by a specialist/archaeologist! We've done a variety of activities today; trying on Maya clothes, Maya Gods, food of the Maya, how the Maya trade and what a typical home may have looked like. You asked so many questions, class 5, and I can tell you've learnt so much! Take a look at some photos from the workshop:

Key dates w/c 01.05.17:

Monday 1st May – Bank Holiday: school closed.

Tuesday 2nd May – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 3rd May – class meeting.

Thursday 4th May – spellings checked.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk


Week Thirty-Three. w/e: Friday 21st April 2017

Welcome back to the Summer Term!

I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break, it was great to see you all happy, healthy and safe on Tuesday.

If you would like to see any previous webpages, please use the link to Autumn/Spring on the right hand side...

English:

This week we have been looking at stories from other cultures. We have been reading chapters from '1001 Arabian Nights'. You have produced fantastic pieces of writing based on the stories we have read so far. I was very impressed with your level of detail! Next week, we will be looking at how to use pace to create suspenseful writing, and writing our very own chapters to go into '1001 Arabian Nights'...

Maths:

This week, we have been looking at measures. We have looked at the similarites and differences between metric and imperial units of measure, and we were surprised by how often we still use imperial measurements! Next week we will be looking at problem solving using different measurements...

Science:

We've become gardeners! We've started looking at the life cycles of plants and animals and started to grow tomato seeds. Next week we will be planting bulbs and looking to see if we can grow plants by using different cuttings!

P.E:

We have met Miss White, a PE specialist, who will be working with class 3 and class 5 over the coming weeks to make the best use of our P.E time possible. We had a great first lesson last week, and are looking forward to the different techniques and sports we will be learning over the next few weeks...

Key dates w/c 24.04.17:

Tuesday 25th April – Mathletics due and set.

Wednesday 26th April – class meeting.

Thursday 27th April – spellings checked.

Friday 28th April – Special workshops!

Friday 28th April – curriculum map sent home.

As always; any questions, comments or problems: please email me.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and happy!

Mr Price

mprice@ga.jessegray.notts.sch.uk