Flood proof housing

Year 5 have been getting hands-on with hacksaws this week as they started construction of their prototype floodproof houses for the imaginary community of Watu island. These will...

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Year 5 have been getting hands-on with hacksaws this week as they started construction of their prototype floodproof houses for the imaginary community of Watu island. These will be tested in 5cm of water to test their structural soundness and whether they will withstand flooding.

Children have been working from their design, using the dimensions and materials that they specified, and have applied some of the strengthening techniques to make their prototype sturdy.

As well as this, we have begun a new English unit which will focus on persuasive writing, in the context of sustainable beauty products. We will be looking at the positives and negatives of palm oil, plastic packaging and the overall impact that some cosmetics, such as shampoo, can have on our planet. You may wish to finish watching the BBC documentary, which contains some interesting information about the farming of palm oil, using the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfPW2iwJK6U 

In Maths, we have bene learning about how fractions and decimals relate to each other, as well as rounding to one decimal place and ordering decimal numbers. Next week we will be moving on to relate both fractions and decimals to percentages. The worksheets from this week can be downloaded here: Week 4 Worksheets

The spellings for this week are below. Please keep rehearsing these!

Finally, in Guided Reading we have continued the story of Noor Inayat Khan and her brave decision to work in the SOE in Paris, subverting the Nazi party and communicating information back to England. We will be skipping chapters 8 and 9, but if you wish to read them and follow the story, you can find them here: Ch 8 and 9 for blog

You may also wish to read ahead for the coming week. The text can be downloaded here: GR text ch 10-15

Genevieve in Fuji, along with her journalism club, has produced an incredible newsletter called UCPS Times. It is full of the latest news as well as games and quizzes. If you would like to have a read, you can download it here: UCPS Times 2

Next week:

PE continues to take place on a Wednesday and Thursday. You will need suitable trainers for outdoors. As the weather becomes warmer, please ensure that you have suncream or a hat for outdoor sessions.

Home learning:

The expectation is that all Year 5 children will complete the following:

  • 30 minutes reading daily
  • 15 minutes on TT rockstars daily
  • 15 minutes spelling practice daily

Additional work can also be found on the blog, such as Maths worksheets, reading comprehensions and project-led challenges. Please see some resources and website links below that may be useful. Please pick what is most helpful for you or your child.

Corbett Maths Primary 5-a-day

5-a-day

Reading comprehensions:

L1-Four-Stories-881

L2-Look-Closer-881

Maths reasoning and problem solving:

I See Reasoning – Y4

Have a lovely weekend.

Year 5 Team.