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Thames View Primary School

Learning, fun and achievement for all.

Thames View Primary School

Learning, fun and achievement for all.

Blenheim

Welcome to Blenheim Class!


Teacher: Mrs. Patterson
Teaching Assistant: Mrs. Inkpen

 

Blenheim
Blenheim is a popular, old English cooking apple, perfect for making Apple Charlotte. It has a nutty, sweet taste and crumbly texture and so is often served with cheese. It has a huge crop and is often chosen by people who grow apple trees in their gardens.

 

Term 4

Welcome to Year 5. 

Our Year 5 team are looking forward to continuing our

 year of excellent learning,  great  fun  and outstanding achievement for all!

 

HOME LEARNING

(due to self-isolation / school closure)

Please find in the links section below a range of activities for your child to choose from to help them with their home education during their absence from school.

We have also included links to various websites that also offer daily maths activities and to Corbettmaths that also have video tutorials for any areas they need reminding of or have not yet been introduced to (eg. decimals).

 

Children have had their Sumdog login reminders this week and have been asked to check other logins and to let us know if they are having problems logging in to Spelling Shed or Times Tables Rock Stars.

 

Topic

Go with the Flow!

In Term 4 our focus is on Rivers.

 

We will learn about the features along the journey of a river from its source to its mouth and consider its impact on the environment - both natural and man-made.

 

The children will learn how a river is formed and the fascinating features that are created due to erosion, deposition and transportation as well as visiting the River Darent (via the Horton Kirby Environmental Education Centre) to see some of these in action!


Back in the classroom, we will be developing our mapping skills to trace the River Darent and our local River Medway, comparing them and considering the different ways they have developed with human use.

 

As well as improving our vocabulary with a plethora of terminology, we will be looking to the future and investigating how rivers and man will continue to have an impact on the environment.

 

                                            

 English

Our English lessons are linked to our Rivers topic and to our novel study of

'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame.

 

The children will start the term by writing a class poem based on a wonderful poetry book called 'River Story' by Meredith Hooper, developing their thesaurus skills to improve their vocabulary and beginning to learn about a river's journey through the beautiful illustrations and language.

 

Our next English projects will be based on 'The Wind in the Willows', starting with studying the main four characters. As we discover more about Mr. Toad's obsessions, the children will develop their own chapters for the story, creating a

play script to act them out.

 

Finally, we will be considering the impact of some of Toad's antics and debating some of the issues they raise.  The children will aim to persuade for or against when preparing for a debate and then write a balanced discussion text considering both points of view.                           

 

                                          

Reading

In Year 5, children will be reading and discussing books with an adult

on a regular basis and they should ensure their reading books and reading records are in school every day.

We ask that all children, even confident readers who prefer to read to themselves, are heard read aloud at home as often as possible.  This does not have to be their school reading book, but anything they enjoy (eg. newspapers, TV guides, leaflets, magazines).  It would be helpful if you could write a comment in their reading record too.

Children will need to show their reading choices and response to reading regularly in their Reading Record books.

 

Our class novel for Term 4 will be 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame which we will be exploring using  a recording for BBC Radio read by Bernard Cribbins.  The children will be following the broadcast using transcripts of the story.

 

We will be getting to know Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr. Toad as we join them on their adventures along the willow-fringed river and beyond!

 

 

Maths

 

As well as continuing to practise multiplication/division facts and arithmetic, 

in Term 4 the children will focus on fractions and decimals for

their daily Maths lessons.

 

They will continue their work on fractions by comparing fractions less than and greater than 1 as well as adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.

 

Moving on to decimal fractions, children will understand the place value of each digit up to thousandths then use this to learn how to round them to the nearest unit or tenth.  This will help them to then order and compare their decimal fractions.

 

Finally, this will be linked to percentages enabling children to find equivalent fractions and decimals as well as practising some real-life problems such as calculating the discount they get in a sale!

 

As children often learn different mental and written methods for number work to those adults at home may have learned or use now, please come and ask if you would like to discuss how best to help them at home.  We will aim to give examples of relevant methods with any homework we send home.

Mrs Patterson Update Message

Well done to everyone that has been working hard at home.  I have been monitoring the Spelling Shed, TTRock Stars and Sum Dog.  The competition is on to see who will be top of the leagues. Spelling Shed has a new leader well done PR who is just ahead of NT and CB.

We are also second place in the school classes league so lets try and get to number 1. In the school league we have PR, NT and CB in the top ten. It is good to see so many of you using this website, if you didn't manage last week see if you can spend some time this week.  On TTRock Stars,  I have set up a Year 5 girls v Year 5 boys. Sorry for the problems with girls scores recording but hopefully this is now sorted with the girls in the lead currently.  SW is top girl and JC is top boy.  We need to try and get some more Year 5 names in the school leaders league AC is top so far but not in top 10 so lets try to get Year 5 names in top 10.  I have added a challenge maths activity to Sum Dog so see if you can manage this. Well done for those of you that have had a go at the challenge already currently CP is at the top.  Try to also have a look at the White Rose Maths lessons for each group if you find year 5 difficult you could always look at the year 4 lessons. This week our theme is Brazil so see what you can learn about this interesting country. Will keep updating website and adding any good links for you to follow.  I have continued with the Joe Wicks workout (day 7 for me).   So if you have not started this it is a good way to start the day and then we can all get fit.  Hope everybody managed to get on remember you can always do it later in the day if you cannot make 9 am. On Friday he is doing a Fancy Dress Friday so may wish to join in and he has also been able to add music (with permission from the artists) which he will be playing tomorrow.  If you take part try to take photos so we can share at a later day.

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