Class 5: The Kingfish

9th - 13th July
Our blog this week has been written by some of Class 5.
On Wednesday morning, KS2 had their sports day. We had lots of fun taking part in all the events such as; the 100 metre run, the long jump and the discus. We all persevered and showed collaboration in our teams. It was a great day and we all enjoyed it.
Fifi and Millie
On Thursday 12th July, Lisa Walker came into Year 5 and helped us paint a colourful picture of Brixham. All of our Year 5 pictures were bright and unique.   We didn't try to paint it exactly the same as Brixham but began our design by drawing 3 or 5 shapes. Then we had to join our shapes together. We are very proud of our paintings and will be showing them off  on our open afternoon on Wednesday 18th July.
Eden and Hannah
Yesterday a group of children from Year 5 were chosen to represent the school by going to the Princess theatre in Torquay to collect a Run for Life award. This was because our class had run the most miles. Run for Life was set up for children around the UK to encourage them to get outside and get fit.
Evie C 
Class 5 The Kingfish
Class Teacher: Mrs Reevell 
Learning Support Assistant (LSA) - Jo Hayden and Jeff Hannaford
Welcome to Class Five. You will be able to find copies of class letters here, plans for the term and examples of our learning. You can also find useful links to websites to help with your learning.
25th - 29th June
This week's blog has been entirely written by Issy, with help from Evie. Well done girls, you have done a great job!
This week year five have been making poems and discriptive pieces about Brixham and what our favourite part is.The  first thing we did was to think of ten nouns and then we had to expand it by putting an adjective before it.Also on Thursday we had a special artist and a friend to the school , Lisa Walker, come in to speak to us about her paintings of Brixham.We are going to be painting our very own picture about what we think of Brixham.We have really enjoyed this week and are going to have really good pieces to show the Soroptimist society for their competition, "What makes Brixham special".
11th - 15th June
In science we used a selection of different resources to create an easy to understand presentation for younger children to explain how the planets of our solar system orbit the sun. We  planned and presented our work in small groups, taking on different roles.
In maths we compared and ordered decimals and learned how to change a decimal to a fraction.
This week's English has been contributed by some of Class 5.
"Today we had a debate about the Odyssey and whether not Odysseus should stay in charge of the ship or if the crew should all get a say.We took it in turns to argue on behalf of the captain (autocracy) or crew (democracy). We had to think carefully about what the last person had said and find a reason to argue back. Then we had a democratic vote and the final result was 16 votes for the captain and 11 for the crew, which meant that Odysseus should stay being captain. I found it really fun that we all got a say." By Evie R
"Today in Class 5 we have participated in a debate about having one leader or the whole crew. It was fair and fun. It was a choice of democracy or autocracy, will Odysseus stay as captain or will the crew be the new leaders?" By Cyrus
4th - 8th June
In our ukulele lesson with Stuart, we started practising the songs we wanted to play in our end of year performance. We have all grown in confidence and ability and know enough chords to strum along to our favourite tunes. It won't be long before we are ready to show off our skills.
On Thursday we took part in a Kwik cricket tornament at the college. We played in four teams against other schools. We all tried our best and improved both our batting and bowling skills. We showed respect and great sportsmanship both towards eachother and our competitors.
21st - 25th May
This week we been listening to and retelling the story of King Midas. We used some fantastic vocabulary that we had found in examples of the story. Here are are few snippets of our amazing writing. Also take a look at the photos from Spanish this week.
King Midas had just had his tea, when an unexpected thud came from outside. Two of Midas's guards marched in with a satyr clinging to their arms. "Pick your feet up!" shouted the tallest guard but his words fell on deaf ears, because the satyr was half asleep. "He was asleep in your thorniest roses your majesty."
"He wasn't bothered at all your majesty," added the smallest guard.  - Eden
Gleefully, he ran home, turning everything into gold. He touched the palace door and immediately it turned to gold. He went outside and ordered his two servants to go and get the finest meal gold can buy. He sat down and suddenly his wife came in. "What's all this fuss about?" said his wife anxiously. - John
The next day, king Midas heard a knock on the door and opened it. Standing before him he found a figure with lustrous curly hair framed around his face. The god stood way taller than himself and spoke with a deep voice. - Eden
14th - 18th May
We began the week in a very practical way  when, after our Ukulele lesson, Stuart showed us how to make thumb pots from clay. We had found out that the Ancient Greeks were skilled at making beautiful pottery which they decorated  with themes from daily. We had a go at making our own "Greek style" pots.
In science, we used speed dating to help us discover more about the planets in our solar system. Working in teams of eight,  we had three minutes to try and convince others that our planet was the most interesting. After we had moved along the line and listened to all the planets, we had to decide which planet we thought was the most interesting and explain why.
In English we listened to the story of King Midas. We used the text to identify quality vocabulary and used dictionaries to find the meanings of these words. Using a story map, we also started to plan our own version.  
8th - 11th May
This week in maths we continued to explore fractions, comparing fractions with different denominators (that were multiples of the same number). We discovered that we could cut the fraction with the larger denominator into the same size pieces and that when the denominators are the same we can easily compare them. Take a look at some of the posters we created to explain this.
In this weeks installment of "The Odyssey", we followed Odsseus and his men as they we driven ashore onto an unknown island after a terrible storm. On the island, they encountered the Lotus Eaters who drank a juice that would make them permanently happy but made them forget everything they cared about. We debated the question, "Should Odysseus drink the juice?" and then talked about happiness and whether it is good to be happy all the time.
On Tuesday those of us who didn't go to Forest School worked on our knowledge of angles and compass points,  giving eachother directions to move around the playground.
30th  April - 4th May
This week we have been following Odysseus's voyage as he travelled to the island of Ismarus and battles with the Ciconians. We considered whether Odysseus and his men were right to go to war and thought about whether there should be rules that people should follow during war.
In Spanish we drew our favourite pets and labelled them using Spanish vocabulary. Take a look at some of our fantastic artwork.
In science we considered the evidence proving the Earth is a sphere. We linked this to our topic by finding out about what the early Ancient Greeks believed ( that the Earth was a flat disc surrounded by water) and how Aristotle challenged this view when he noticed that ships disappeared over the horizon (this was how the Greeks were able to hide their ships from the Trojans)>
23rd - 27th April
This week we began our journey through the story of the Odyssey. We heard how the Greeks declared war on the Trojans because the King's wife Helen had been taken from Greece to Troy. We considered the question "Were the Greeks right to go to war against the Trojans?" We practised listening to and considering the views of others, using our school value of respect.
In maths we collaborated together to create a giant fractions number line to demonstrate and consolidate our learning so far. We created visual representations of fractions to help us and included equivalent and mixed number fractions.
Group 1 had a great time at forest school with lots of collaborative activities and the opportunity to use our knowledge of compass points to follow directions.
Back in class Group 2 watched a fantastic short film called "The Alchemist's letter".We discussed the meaning behind the story, used a thesaurus to find synonyms and designed our own memory machines.
19th - 23rd March
After reading aloud, editing and improving, we have been working on the final draft of our non-fiction information text on gravity.  We have included features such as subheadings and labelled diagrams and have thought carefully about presentation. 
In maths, we used grouping of place value counters to understand how to divide 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit number including exchanging and numbers with remainders.
We created designs for our Easter gardens, which we will be making next week.
As we come to the end of term we will be taking a last look at others aspects of Anglo Saxon life. Please see the link to the BBC bitesize page where you can discover more about this fascinating period of history.
16th - 20th April
We have had a busy and vaired first week back with activities including a  Relax Kids session to begin the week and a mini marathon competition at BCC.
Our topic this term is the Ancient Greeks and we began by considering how much they have influenced aspects of modern life. In English we used dictionaries to locate words which were derived from Ancient Greek and discovered their meanings including words like telephone and geology. We also looked at evidence left behind and started to think about what this evidence tells us about life in Ancient Greece.
In maths we are continuing to explore fractions and have used practical materials to find out about improper fractions and how these can be changed into mixed numbers.
12th - 16th March
Highlights from this week include:
  • Science - investigating water resistance - using a lump of plasticine we timed how long it took for different shapes to fall through a cylinder of water.
  • Maths - using the steps we have learned we multiplied 4 digit numbers by 2 digits.
  • English - We are writing what we have learned about gravity as an information text - writing in the present tense and using subheadings to organise information.
  • R.E - we worked with Mrs Parker and thought about questions we could ask about the origins of the Earth and humans and how these questions could be answered by Christianity, Cosmology and Evolution.
5th - 9th March
This week we have had a big focus on science. We explored the force of gravity and it's effects.  We carried out investigations including dropping objects of different masses at the same time and discovering that they landed at the same time. We found out about Sir Isaac Newton and his idea that all things have gravity, the greater the object the larger the force of gravity. We also looked at how air resistance was a force working against gravity and collaborated in a group to carry out a fair test to find the best (slowest) parachute.
26th - 28th February
A short week this week due to snow! We were all very excited when it began snowing on Wednesday. After playing out in it, we came back into the warm and wrote some beautiful Haikus which perfectly captured our feelings about and the beauty of the snow. After illustrating the pages (using white pens on black card) we created a Class book as a lasting memory of the day.
Also this week we were lucky enough to meet Ester and Victor two Kenyan tea farmers who came to talk to us about Fair trade. It was really uplifting hearing how their lives had changed for the better since they had formed a Fair trade co operative. We learned that the Fair Trade premium paid for every 100kg of tea had made it possible for the co operative to build schools, medical centres and provide clean running water. Every Fair Trade product we buy really does make a difference to people's lives so look out for the Fair Trade symbol.
19th -  23rd February
This week in maths we have been focusing on understanding how to multiply a number by more than one digit. We began by using place value counters to show the numbers and then moved into formal written methods. Working with a partner, we talked through the steps and created posters to show our understanding. We also revised how to round numbers and played the rounding rap. ( See the link on the left.)
In English we listening to and reading stories about brave deeds and valiant knights. We have analysed the language used in these Arthurian legends and identified old fashioned and descriptive vocabulary linked to our English target.
After finding out about what the Anglo-Saxons wore, we have designed brooches based on symmetrical patterns.
In science we concluded our learning on materials by considering examples of irreversible changes. How many examples of irreversible changes can you find at home?
29th January -  2nd February
This week in maths we have been investigating area. We collaborated together to create posters to explain what we have learned about area and perimeter. We found out that a rectangle could have the same perimeter but a very different area. We also explored how we could find the area of composite rectilinear shapes by splitting them into rectangles.
In English we identified the features of newspaper reports, talked about the use of inverted commas to show direct speech and asked and answered questions about how Arthur, Sir Ector and Kay felt when Arthur pulled the sword from the stone.
We carried out some fun maths activities on Friday for number day including collaborating in our table groups to find the biggest number we could make. We also tried to solve clues in a number murder mystery. Although we were close, only Evie managed to solve all of the clues to reveal the murderer. The clues gave us plenty of practice of problem solving and mental calculations. 
22nd - 26th January
This week in English, linked to our target, we have been extending our vocabulary. We looked the meaning of words like embellished and undaunted and found a way to represent them to help us really understand.
In topic work we considered the evidence of what we know about the Anglo Saxons arriving in Britain. Through role play, we explored it from different points of  view.
In science we carried out our own dissolving investigation. First we made a hypothesis about what we thought might affect how quickly sugar would dissolve in water. Then we carried out the test.  We chose temperature of water, number of stirs or amount of sugar. We collected data and talked about our findings.
We had a great time at the college learning archery,  we all persevered and after some practice, most of us were able to hit the target. 
15th - 19th January
This week in English we explored the Legend of King Arthur. We looked at different sources and versions of the story. We found out that according to the legend, Arthur became king when he pulled a sword from a stone. The sword bore the message that whoever was successful was the rightful king of England. 
In maths we used our perseverance to help us understand how knowing multiples of 10, 100 and 1,000 could help us with trickier multiplication calculations. Mrs Walker created a trading game which we loved and it really helped to secure what we had learned.
In science we investigated dissolving. We looked carefully at different powders and thought about whether they would dissolve in water. We observed what happened when we added the powders without stirring and noted those powders that did dissolve when stirred.
8th - 12th January
This week we continued to think about the journey of the three kings. In grammar we learned how to use co-ordinating conjunctions: but, or, yet and so and used these in our first person diary entries written from the point of view of one of the kings. 
In maths we multiplied and divided whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 and investigated how the digits moved to the left or right. 
Also this week we started to find out about the Anglo Saxons, who they were, and why and when they came to Britain.
January 2018
Welcome back and Happy New Year!
This term we would also like to welcome Mrs Walker who will be with us until half term. Our topic theme is Perseverance and we will be focusing on how life changed in Britain with the arrival of the Anglo Saxons. To really bring this topic to life, we have planned to visit Escot Park for an Anglo Saxon day (more details to follow). 
In English we will be looking at myths and legends and in particular focusing on the legend of King Arthur, comparing different versions of the story and retelling the story in our own way. 
Please see the Spring term plan for more details of what we have planned for this half term.
3rd - 5th January
We started off the term thinking about New Year customs. Using our skills of perseverance and collaboration we worked in groups to make Calennigs. These were a Welsh tradition designed to bring good luck to the home. We have also been thinking about the story of the Three Kings remembered through the Christian celebration of Epiphany. 
In maths we collaborated to solve investigations involving calendars and the journey of the kings.
20th - 24th November
We started the week looking at "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" by Hokusai, who was the Japanese painter mentioned by Kensuke. We looked at the dramatic shapes and noticed the figures of the fishermen in the boats. We sketched our own versions and painted them with water colour paints ( pictures to follow).  We also used the picture as inspiration for sentences with a subordinate clause. We identified the main clause and subordinate clause and swapped the round to see the effect on the sentence.
In maths we investigated multiples and factors and created factor bugs with different numbers of legs according to how many factors they had.
In Spanish we finished our topic about Spanish music by reviewing everything we had learned and by playing some Spanish percussion instruments. We also enjoyed trying out our salsa steps.
13th - 17th November
This week, we thought about an episode from our story from a different point of view. We thought about how Kensuke felt after Michael had sent a message in a bottle to try and get away from the island. We used the word "dilemma" to describe the situation both he and Michael were in. 
In Maths we used the inverse to check addition and subtraction calculations, solved muliti-step problems and created some of our own.
In science we considered the differences in life cycles of a mammal, bird, insect and reptile, demonstrating what we have learned over the last few weeks. We also started our new topic with a quiz, encouraging us to think about the properties of different materials.
On Friday we completed our planning and marketing work for our Little Bridge House "£20 challenge" Each group wrote formal letters asking local businesses to get involved in some way. We also created posters to advertise what we are hoping to do. The projects are looking good and we feel confident at this stage that we will be able to raise money and meet the challenge.
6th - 10th November
This week in Spanish with Fiona, we continued to explore Spanish music and traditional dances.We tried out  some flamenco moves and learned the steps for Salsa dancing.
In R.E we made games to help us understand the Buddhist ideas of enlightenment and Nirvana.
On Thursday we enjoyed Theatre Alibi's fantastic play "Apple John" The play relied on music and mime to tell the story of John's life with all it's ups and downs.  We made links to what we have been learning in science about life cycles and to "Kensuke's Kingdom" when Kensuke tells Michael his life story. 
We ended the week working on our £20 challenge plans. Within our groups we took on different roles to help us work out the resources we will need and how we are going to go about putting our plans into action. We wrote letters to supermarkets explaining what we we raising money for and encouraging them to donate products or provide them at a reduced cost. 
30th October - 3rd November
We began the week with the challenge of writing a hundred word precis of the story so far. We focused on using adverbs and adverbial phrases for cohesion(helping our writing stick together). Having looked closely at shells before half term, we created spirals using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers.
In maths we explored how the bar model can be used in different ways to represent addition and subtraction problems. We created posters to show our understanding and thought of our own examples.
In science we spent time reading and researching the life cycles of different animals including; mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.  Collaborating in a group, we presented what we had found out, using technical vocabulary such as metamorphosis.
We enjoyed our final gymnastics lesson with Miss Williams, using what we had learned about travelling and balancing on different apparatus.
Finally, thank you to all of the children who bought in and talked about where they would choose to visit on a round the world trip.  There were lots of imaginative ideas on how to present the information, including Lucy's fantastic model of the Peggy Sue, and lots of interesting reasons for particular choices. We look forward to seeing more next week.
16th - 20th October
This week we have spent time talking about how we could improve our reflection area in the quiet courtyard. We shared our ideas and drew birds eye view plans of our ideas.he
Also this week, we found out more about Kensuke and all the skills that he had developed to help him survive on the island.  As he enjoyed painting shells, we used our own shells to observe and draw. We wrote a setting description of the forest, using some of the powerful descriptive vocabulary that we had identified in the story.
On Thursday we had a great time participating in a multisports festival organised by Year 11 PE students. We tried out tag rugby,  netball and basket ball and all enjoyed the afternoon.
9th - 13th October
In English this week we used our new found understanding of some fantastic vocabulary to create sentences demonstrating our understanding. We continued to explore descriptive writing and talked about what it was about the writing that helped to paint a picture for the reader.
In maths we completed our work on Place value including exploring negative numbers. We worked out that the further away from zero, the bigger the negative number. We also continued to work on different methods for learning our times tables,  including making fortune tellers.
Linked to the story, we found out about lines of latitude and longitude and labelled the tropics and equator on a world map.
In science we began to explore the life cycles of different creatures including amphibians, insects, mammals and birds.
2nd - 6th October
This week we have been thinking about the fantastic vocabulary Michael Morpurgo uses in his stories. We read words in the context of the story and talked about what we thought they might mean. Next we used a dictionary to find a definition of the word, then we acted or drew the word. Take a look at the news page of the blog to find out more. 
Also this week we developed our collaborative skills in gymnastics,  creating a routine with our partner.
In maths we worked on rounding numbers and thought about the steps we needed to follow. We created posters for our maths wall explaining how to round numbers and applied rounding to real life situations. We also rounded the distances that the Peggy Sue travelled from port to port, rounding the distances to the nearest 10, 100, and 1,000 nautical miles.
In RE this week we found out about the three main beliefs in Buddhism and considered how we could apply these ideas to our own lives.
22nd - 29th September
This week we put our maths curriculum on hold as lots of us were taking part in bikeability. So instead we linked our maths to the story of Kensuke's Kingdom.  We found out how many nautical miles and how many days it took to travel to each port mentioned in the story. Then using column addition we worked out the total number of miles and the total number of days. Some of us used our knowledge of division to help us work out how many weeks it would have taken.
Another activity that we really enjoyed was discussing in our groups which items we would like to bring with us to a desert island. We could only bring five things and we needed to explain why we thought they would be useful, this lead to some lively discussion and everyone got really involved.
Also this week we used scientific vocabulary to help us explain the process of reproduction in flowering plants. We used drama to help us in our presentations and explained the processes of pollination, fertilisation. seed dispersal and germination.
18th -22nd September
We began this week by making careful observational drawings of the plants we found in the school garden. We drew pictures of buds, flowers and seeds, then on Tuesday we used watercolour paints to try and match the colours as closely as we could.  The finish results were fantastic. 
In maths we continued to look at comparing and ordering larger numbers and looked at sequences of numbers that were increasing or decreasing by powers of 10.
Linked to our story Kensuke's Kingdom, we used the index in an atlas to locate cities mentioned in the story, then used grid references to locate them on a world map. After marking these cities on our own world map, we plotted the route of the Peggy Sue as it sailed around the world.
11th - 15th September
This week we used the democratic process to vote for our Class Councillors, it was a very close call with effective speeches as to why we should vote for each of the candidates. After the vote, we are pleased to announce that our new councillors  are Eden and John.
We had a really fun start to the week with our first ukulele lesson. We all had the chance to participate and have a go.  We learned how to play two chords and even strummed along with Stuart while he played some songs at the end of the lesson.
In English we are reading "Kensuke's Kingdom". Now that the characters in the story are setting off on a voyage round the world, we have been thinking about the arguements for and against setting off on this kind of expedition.
In maths we have been learning how to read, write, order and compare bigger numbers. By the end of the week, we were all really confident at reading bigger numbers, with some of us confidently reading numbers that included millions. 
In science we talked about what we remembered about the life cycle of flowering plants, we went out into the school garden to investigate at first hand.  We were suprised to find evidence of buds, flowers and seed pods sometimes on the same plant!
Welcome back!
This term our whole school theme is the christian value of "trust". We will be linking our learning to the story "Kensuke's Kingdom" by Michael Morpurgo, with a particular emphasis on world geography. Please find below a copy of our plan for the term and the curriculum map for Year 5.



4th February- 9th February 2018
This week we were lucky enough to consolidate our learning at Escot park. We had a fabulous time looking at how the Anglo-Saxons lived by using natural materials to create everything they needed to survive. We were able to help the blacksmith create a brooch for our display, made bread and worked with wood to create a skittle and bowling ball. Everyone had a fabulous time and the class have informed us that this was the best trip they have ever been on!
During English, we have been writing news reports on the moment Arthur pulled the sword from the stone. We have used our persevering muscle to make sure we have used the correct tense and ensured we have written our report in a succinct way.
For maths this week we have been learning how to calculate the area of a composite rectilinear shape concluding with being asked to calculate the area and perimeter of an area outside to create a fictitious jousting tournament. 
It is also the final week of Mrs Walker's placement as after half term she will be moving on to a new school. 
Mrs Walker has really enjoyed her time here in class with us and would like to say thank you for being so lovely.
Home learning task - Greek gods and goddesses
What can you find out about the god or goddess that your table group is named after? Information might include something they are associated with or a particular story about them. You could ompile a fact file, create illustrations or even have a go at telling stories about them.
Homework project 30.10.17
Linked to our science learning about life cycles, can you research and present information about the life cycle of a particular animal you are interested in. The animal could be a reptile, mammal, bird or insect and the information can be presented however you wish,  eg  a poster,  picture book,  cartoon or life cycle wheel. 
Classes 3, 4, 5 and 6 celebrated 'European Day of Languages' on Tuesday 26th September.  Each class had a variety of activities that they could do.  One of them was to learn how to say hello in 9 different languages.  They were able to practice saying hello in those languages and coloured it in using the colours of that country's flag.
Homework task autumn term 1
If you were planning a sailing trip around the world, where would you go?
  • Pick 5 different cities/ from different countries around the world, making sure that those cities are close to the coast.  
  • Explain your route and any places you might pass along the way
  • Explain why you have chosen these particular places.
The final presentation can take any form: written, pictures and maps, a spoken presentation  models, be as imaginative as you like.
We will look at the presentations in the final week of half term.