Years 5 and 6 Weekly Roundup, Term 1 Week 1

Welcome back to Years 5 and 6 after a lovely summer break, well rested and ready for a great year of learning.

Firstly a very warm welcome to our new students.
Mila, Yasmin and Africa in Year 6.
Omar and Cheyenne in Year 5.

war horseThis week we have started reading our first piece of fiction for the year, the historical story War Horse, by Michael Morpurgo.

This relates very well to our topic for this term, which is World War 1.

We have analysed and answered questions about the first few chapters of the book and over the weekend the children have been given Chapters 5 and 6 to read for Monday’s lesson.

In Numeracy we have been looking at place value and written addition – a good way to start our learning in Maths for the year.

For homework Year 6 have a research assignment to find out about the wonderful Fibonacci Numbers and their relationship with nature. This task should be presented on card for display in the classroom. Fibonacci_Sequence_Nautilus_Shell1

For homework Year 5 have some fun magic squares to complete with an added challenge of trying to complete a magic hexagon.

In Science Year 6 are learning about the heart and lungs. This week we looked at the heart’s structure and found out that it is muscle tissue that contracts and relaxes. We discovered how it pumps blood to the lungs and the rest of the body in a double circulation.

For homework the children need to label a diagram showing the parts of the heart and answer some questions about it.

In Science Year 5 are learning about Earth and Space. This week as an introduction to the topic we completed a Mars challenge. For this activity the children worked in teams and had to choose six things from a range of equipment and essential items to take with them on a surface mission to Mars.

mars-planet-profile-101111-02For homework the children have a sheet on planets to complete.

Both Year 5 and Year 6 also have spelling lists for the week.

Looking forward to meeting all of the parents and seeing you in the coming weeks!

Years 5 and 6!

Years 5 and 6!

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