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Class 5

Attenborough PB

Welcome to Year 5- Attenborough Class

My name is Mrs Hutchings and I am the class teacher. We are supported by Mrs Ribbits as a Learning Support Assistant.

Year 5 is an important year as it marks the start of Upper Key Stage 2. The children are well-established in the school and begin to take on more independence and responsibility.

We take a thematic approach to learning and the children make links between prior learning and new experiences in many ways. I am passionate about using literature and art to enhance learning and also lead on History and MFL in the school.

We take opportunities to enhance learning through visits and visitors so that we know more and remember more:

Autumn 1 City Life (Local walks and a Market visit)

Autumn 2 The Tudors (Library Visit)

Spring 1 Earth and Space (Shared visitor with Yr 2)

Spring 2 Buildings and Bridges in The Industrial Revolution (Colne Valley Steam Railway)

Summer 1 Early Islamics (Mosque visit or Guest Speaker, to be confirmed)

Summer 2 Rivers (Trip to Sudbury Water Meadows)

Please contact me via email: j.hutchings@devere.essex.sch.uk or telephone via the office.

Curriculum Overview

Please click here to access the curriculum overview for Year 5

Class Blog

27th January 2023

Attenborough Class have been really busy developing their methodology for written multiplication. We explored  area (or grid) models to learn how crucial place value is to the process and began applying it in different size calculations.

In English, we have been focusing on developing vocabulary and persuasive devices. In Geography, we have been learning all about Global Trade and how good are transported around the world. We have also looked at how trade has developed over time to the trillion dollar industry it is today, realising that some brands and logos would be recognisable to children around the world.

13th January 2023

In Attenborough Class, the children have worked hard to be able to convert fractions by finding a common denominator, and learning how this can help to order fractions. We have also explored which numbers some up regularly and which are more rarely used.

In English, we have begun a new tale by Philip Pullman called ‘Clockwork’, defining new vocabulary and the devices an author uses to create tension.

As part of our Science topic on Earth and Space, the children have created beautiful solar system diagrams using pastels.  They also took part in a practical lesson, recreating the movements of the planets around the sun.

9th December 2022

We are using a visual text in English to explore a distant moon call Pandora, filled with six-legged creatures called hexapods. This has led to some detailed, technical writing and amazing insect-based creations which they children loved developing. 

In Maths, we are getting to grips with Fractions as well as exploring larger multiples in practical ways (see photos). 

Our biscuit designs are ready to be mixed, baked and decorated; a Christmas sweet treat to take home next week. 

In History, the children have been exploring the different lives of Rich and Poor Tudors and been practising teamwork in PSHE and RE. We would also like to thank families for coming to hear our Reading for Fluency lesson this week. We appreciate your support.

25th November 2022

In Maths, we carried out investigations into special numbers. The children worked in groups to find square, cubed and prime numbers in a variety of ways. This exploration is so important, even as the children get older.

In DT, we are exploring biscuits – which are the most popular? What makes them popular? What is it about the texture or taste people love? As part of our research phase, we taste-tested some chocolatey biscuits and some Xmas specials to inform our designs.

In Science, we discussed how babies grow inside the body and how doctors monitor their growth and development after birth. The children had lots of insightful questions and really enjoyed learning just how clever our bodies are.

11th November 2022

Attenborough Class have been learning about poetry in English. We explored ‘Cinquains’ which are a similar to Haikus as the have a set syllabic pattern in a five-line shape.  In the photos you will see proud children sharing their colourful poems on a topic of their choice. This led to the exploration of a narrative poem called ‘Night Walker’ by Philip Gross. The children read the poem to fluency, learning about the structure from the original piece, and wrote their own walker poems, including Desert Walker, Rainforest Walker, Day Walker and Sunset Walker, to name a few. The children then used a text called ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers to inspire their illustrations.

In Maths, we are learning about multiples, factors and special numbers. The children are particularly proud of their work in this area of the curriculum and the progress they are making.

Finally, you can see some of the finished Norwich market paintings and a special piece for Remembrance Day, which captures imagery from both recent losses in the pandemic (rainbow) as well as the iconic soldiers in the poppy fields of World War II.

7th October 2022

Attenborough Class have had a busy couple of weeks full of exciting learning opportunities. Last week, we were visited by ECC’s ‘Abbie Ayre and the Shed of Science’ who delivered a fantastic performance around Air Pollution and the little changes we can all make to help improve Air Quality. This was a great compliment to our learning about Materials and the visitors were impressed by the children’s Road Safety awareness.

In English, the children used their knowledge of the ‘Cogheart’ story so far to write impassioned diary entries for the main character, Lily. Many are displayed on our ‘Proud Wall’ which parents will be able to visit at Parent Consultations. Next, we have been looking at news reporting. The class took part in a Think, Pair, Share activity, role-playing as reporters and witnesses to a terrible airship crash that happens in the book. You can see photos of the event below.

In Art, we are taking inspiration from a recent Norwich city painting competition piece to sketch out a scene showing the iconic covered market stalls. The photos show Before and After sketches where the children were learning about perspective.

23rd September 2022

Welcome to Year 5! The children have started back really well and are starting to get to grips with the challenges that Upper Key Stage 2 brings.

We have dived straight into a new adventure by reading, analysing and creating writing around ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl. It is a thrilling tale set in Victorian London, but with a few differences to our world. Humans live alongside ‘mechanimals’ like Malkin, a mechanical fox, and his humans, Lily and John. The children have got to know these characters well and will soon be writing diary entries in character as Lily, and a newspaper article detailing an airship crash.

In Maths, we have been exploring numbers up to 1 million and they particularly enjoyed sorting top footballer salaries into groups this week.

Our theme is ‘City Life’ and we have begun looking at village life around our school and comparing it to Norwich, as a nearby historic city. In Science, we are exploring how to separate mixtures. Swimming is going well: the children have been assessed and put into appropriate groups and started a range of activities in the water. I am really pleased with how they have behaved going to and from school on the minibuses.

I look forward to sharing more of their learning with you as the term continues.

Mrs Hutchings

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