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Autumn Term 1

MATHS

So far this term the children have been: 

  • Practising their place value skills including: comparing and ordering numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000; and finding the value of digits in numbers. 
  • Adding and subtracting up to 4 digit numbers using the formal written method. 
  • Multiplying and dividing up to 3 digit numbers using the formal written method. 
  • Identifying 3D shapes and describing 3D shapes; working out their names, faces, edges and vertices. 
  • Identifying and measuring acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles. 
  • Measuring and calculating the area and perimeter of polygons and rectilinear shapes. 

 

 

 

LITERACY

So far this term, Year 5 have been reading Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 

 

We recently visited Cliffe Castle in Keighley and explored the Lewis Carroll Exhibition. The children enjoyed our trip and we learnt about the connection between Cliffe Castle and Alice in Wonderland. Below are some pictures of Cliffe Castle and one of the cases from the exhibition. 

 

    

 

We are now moving on in literacy and are learning about Non - Chronological Reports. We are linking this to our topic of Space! We will be entering a writing competition where we are going to write our own Non-Chronological report to do with something we are learning about Space. 

Space

This term the children will be learning about the Solar System as part of their science unit. We will discuss and explore the amazing facts about the galaxy, the sun, moon and the planets.

 

We started by looking at the order of the planets relative to the Sun. We have recently investigated the distances of the planets in our Solar System relative to the Sun. To do this we went outside and used our playground to map out the distances between the planets and the Sun. 

 

Star Centre Visit

As part of National Space Week, both Year 5 classes took an exciting trip to The Star Centre in Keighley. While there we were able to learn more information about our Solar System, space and how science and technology plays an important role in our everyday lives. 

 

During our visit the children were able to explore space in 3D in the centre's Cosmodome. We worked with and programmed robots similar to those at the International Space Station. We entered Mission Control and launched our own rockets and even took our own special trip to space!

 

Art

So far this term the children have been looking at developing their shading, sketching and printing skills. Using the illustrations from Alice in Wonderland by John Tenniel as inspiration, we learnt about the invention of the printing press to mass produce illustrations for books. 

Taking inspiration from Tenniel's drawings, the children then used shading techniques to develop their own character. The children used their character to create a printing block of their own. 

 

Peter Thorpe

Combining our learning in science and art, we have started to look at the work of artist Peter Thorpe. The children are still developing their sketching skills and we have used pastels and charcoal to explore different artistic effects. 

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