Hawk Class - Y5
My name is Mrs Hudson and I am so lucky to be the Hawk class teacher. As well as being a class teacher, I am also Deputy Headteacher which means that I spend some time out of class to do other jobs that help to make our school such a brilliant place to be!
Monday – Mrs Hudson (am)/Mrs Elliott (pm)
Tuesday – Mrs Hudson
Wednesday – Mrs Burch
Thursday – Mrs Hudson (am)/Mrs Elliott and sports coach (pm)
Friday – Mrs Hudson
Our topic at the moment is Earth and Space and we have already started learning lots about it as you will see from our photos below. Our learning is active and creative and we are currently enjoying reading Phoenix by SF Said.
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Week 2: Monday 1st March - Friday 5th March 2021
This week we have continued to study the story of Hansel and Gretel. We have rewritten the dark tale using a range of narrative features and created some wonderful pieces of work. In maths we have looked at the volume of different cuboids and ways of solving problems involving volume. Our art work was based on a dark picture from the story; we mixed colours and used a range of techniques to create the mood. After hearing the story 'Silly Billy' we used twigs and materials to create our own worry dolls. We really enjoyed making gingerbread from scratch and it tasted scrumptious!
To end our lockdown time together we chose a treat in school. Hawk bubble held a 'Hawk Bubble's Got Talent' show with heats and a grand final and Deer bubble chose to have extra sport time.
Week 1: 22.02.21 - 26.02.21
This week we have been learning about Hansel and Gretel which is our text for World Book Day. We have been using a variety of targets to write some amazing stories about the children in the woods and at the witch's house. In forest school, we enjoyed making little cottages from the resources in our school grounds. Some of us had to use our perseverance skills because the wind blew down our houses so we had to rebuild it. In art, we used viewfinders to look really closely at a small part of an illustration from Hansel and Gretel. We then used colouring pencils to recreated these.
Week 6: 8th February - 12th February
We have had a wonderfully busy last week of term 3. We have researched, planned and created our own non-chronological reports based on Earth and Space where we have included as many interesting facts as possible. In maths, we have been trying hard to convert between metric measurements and solve problems involving different units of measure. We have learnt about star constellations and used spaghetti and mini star stickers to replicate them. As there is an abundance of fruit in school, we made our own fruit salads. We also made Chinese lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year.
Week 5: 1st February - 5th February
This week we have been busy learning how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000 and we were able to apply these skills to converting units of measure. During English, we enjoyed our oracy lesson especially the um er game where we had to try and talk for a minute without saying um or er. We also practised using watercolour paints and created some fantastic galaxy pictures. Because this week was mental health week, we spent some time thinking about mental health and doing some activities to help with our mental heath. We particularly enjoyed having a go at some yoga.
Week 4: 25th - 29th January
Another amazing week of learning both at home and in school! Well done everyone. We have continued to learn lots about earth and space and found out about the famous astronaut Tim Peake. We watched and interview and wrote down what we thought were the most interesting facts about him.
As it has been the RSPB Bird Watch Week, we have spent time bird watching in our school grounds. We made bird feeders using lard and bird seed so that our birds will have food during these cold winter months. We also made bird maggots by adding flour to lard and seed and rolling the ingredients together. We placed all of our bird treats in the school grounds. On Thursday, we took part in a live lesson about birds which aired on CBBC.
In maths we have been continuing to learn about fractions, decimals and percentages. We are now experts as converting between them!
Week 3: 18th January - 22nd January
This week the children, both in school and at home, have been incredibly busy. We had fun creating some fantastic solar systems made out of salt dough. As part of our reading and writing lessons, we have been focusing on chapter 9 of the book 'Phoenix' by S.F.Said. We have practised using subordinate clauses and direct speech to retell part of the story. In maths, we have continued working on decimal numbers and have started to round them to the nearest tenth and whole number. We have particularly enjoyed our problems solving Fridays where we got to play a game called strike it out.
Week 1-2: 5th January - 15th January
The past two week years 5 and 6 have started to learn about Earth and Space and all of the children have loved it! We are reading the book 'Phoenix' by S.F.Said who also wrote 'Varjak Paw'.
On Tuesday, he did a live question and answer session on Twitter so Mrs Hudson sent some tweets and he replied! We were all so excited. In English, we have been focusing on narrative and have used fronted adverbials to describe our own alien character. In maths, we have been working on decimal numbers and have started to convert them into fractions. We have particularly enjoyed our problems solving Fridays.
TERM 2 - WWI continued and Animals In War.
Week 7: 14th December - 18th December
Our final week of the term has been incredibly busy! As well as finishing off the learning for our topic, we have been focusing on Christmas joy. We have filmed our nativity, made Christmas brownies, had a party, watched a pantomime and made Christmas Tree decorations. After a hardworking and successful term, it is definitely time for a well-earned rest.
Merry Christmas to one and all!
Week 6: 7th December - 11th December
We started learning about The Christmas Truce during WW1. We watched the Sainsbury's advert and read a picture book to understand what had happened. In English, we though of alliteration and similes that we could use to retell the story. In maths, we have been learning how to calculate the area of a rectangle. We used our knowledge of drawing with pencils to recreate a piece of artwork based on when the soldiers shook hands. In history, we read about The Battle of the Somme and located where it happened on different maps.
We LOVED our Christmas lunch celebration on Thursday and made some beautiful hats to wear but we were too excited to remember to take any photos!
Week 5: 30th November - 4th December
What a busy week! In English, we have been working hard on publishing our non-chronological reports and those that are finished look really professional. We have also been brushing up on all of our skills that we have learnt so far this term by writing some short narrative pieces.
In maths, we have been learning how to calculate perimeter by using and applying out knowledge of addition, subtraction and multiplication. As we near the end of our topic, we have all made our own trenches which look amazing.
For our nativity, we have been learning and practising our special song - 'O Little Town of Bethlehem.' Finally, to get us into the Christmas spirit, we decorated our class Christmas tree!
Week 4: 23rd November - 27th November
This week we have been really busy with our assessments however we have also managed to fit in lots of other learning.
We had our first oracy lesson which we really enjoyed- especially performing to the rest of the class. We had to communicate with each other and choose statements to role play.
In DT, we made paper parachutes which were a little tricky to make but we persevered. Linking to this, we looked at different forces in science. We are now experts on air resistance and gravity.
During our PSHE lesson we discussed bully, discrimination and racism and created some posters to share our messages.
This week in maths, we have been practising dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. We have been able to apply our skills to a range of questions.
Week 3: 16th November - 20th November
This week in English, we have written non-chronological reports about animals in war explaining the role of horses, mules, dogs and pigeons in WWI. We have learnt so much about them that we could add lots of detail. In maths, we have been working on multiplication, including square and cubed numbers. In science, we made and test 3 different sized parachutes to investigate which had the best air resistance. Continuing with our WWI theme, we researched trench food and made our own biscuits. We left them out overnight to see how hard they would be after 1 day and tried to imagine how hard they would be for the soldiers who had to wait for 10 days to receive theirs. We used sugar in ours but knew that eventually the biscuits sent to the trenches were made from flour, water and salt.
Week 2: 9th November - 13th November
This week we have continued to learn about animals in war. We published our diary entries and tea stained them to make them look more authentic. With Wednesday being Remembrance Day, we designed and painted a pebble to commemorate all of the fallen soldiers and they were added to a whole school poppy made from pebbles. Mrs Harris and Mrs Hudson took some of them to the Warmley War Memorial. Lots of us have been busy at home creating our own trenches which are totally amazing! Using 'Draw with Rob', we drew a cartoon version of ourselves to be made into a calendar for 2021.
Week 1: 3rd November - 6th November
This week we have started to look at our remembrance unit 'Animals In War'. We read the heart-warming book 'Stubby' which tells the real life story of a dog who was part of the American army in WWI. The artist Paul Nash continued to be our focus in art and we used all of the drawing skills that we had learnt last term to create our own interpretations of his work.
As a school we are commemorating the fallen soldiers from all wars and we designed our remembrance pebbles that will become a whole school piece of art.
In maths, we have been reading and interpreting timetables so that we can find our way around the world successfully when we are older!
Week 7: 19th October -23rd October
This week has been brilliant! We have continued to learn more about life in the trenches in WWI and drew diagrams to explain the features. In English, we have been imagining that we are soldiers in the trenches during WWI and have written diaries entries from the Western Front. We worked really hard to include all of the knowledge that we have acquired this term, such as, these of fronted adverbials, short sentences for effect and powerful expanded noun phrases.
In maths, we have learnt how to accurately draw and interpret line graphs. There was some amazing problem solving by some children!
Finally, we had a freaky Friday with everyone, teachers included, dressed in Halloween outfits to raise money for our wonderful school.
Week 6: 12th October - 16th October
Another busy week in Hawk class! We have been using our addition and subtraction skills to solve multi-step word problems and reason in maths. Our WWI topic continues to fascinate us. We are reading the diaries of Jack Cornwall, who was a famous person in the navy, and continuing with War Horse. We have started to learn more about life in the trenches and on Tuesday we had the best time creating our own. We were put into two teams and used materials around us, as well as our imagination, to build a trench. We then had a social distanced battle!
In PSHE, we thought about why we like living in our country.
Week 5: 2nd October - 9th October
We started the week with Edward bear joining us as we have won the award this month thanks to our book reviews that some children completed at home. We have been busy continuing to learn more about WWI and have written some wonderful setting descriptions. We have designed our Christmas cards to bring home to show you before they head off to the printers to be ready to be made into cards to send to friends and family so look out for those in the near future. On Friday, we celebrated World Mental Health Day by wearing yellow and talking about what made us feel emotionally and mentally happy. It was great to have our first WWI project in school!
Week 4: 28th September - 2nd October
What a busy week! We were very excited at the start of the week as our new interactive whiteboard was being installed - it is truly amazing.
Knowing the names and species of the plants and trees in our school grounds is important so we went on a hunt collecting seeds or berries with their leaves and then used the computers to identify the types of foliage that grow in our community. It was really interesting and enjoyable.
In RE we have continued to study Islam and thought about the Qur'an and gathered our ideas together.
Propaganda in WWI was our history focus this week. We studied posters and their use of language to influence the British people and then created our own. We also made short videos to influence people to go to war to fight or to help the war effort if at home.
Week 3: 21st September - 25th September
This week we have been working hard in our English lessons retelling parts of our class book 'War Horse' focussing on using adverbs to show time, place and manner. Everyone has improved and produced amazing work! Thinking carefully about our pencil lines and tone, we have continued to creat impressive artwork.
We were incredibly excited to be able to meet our new school pets (and were the first class for a snuggle!)
Week 2: 14th September - 18th September
We have been incredibly busy this week working hard and gaining new knowledge on e-safety, line and tone in art and the alliances in WWI.
Week 1: 7th September - 11th September
We read the book 'Happy' and wrote some wonderful poems based on what makes us happy. We also made some happiness boxes which we decorated and brought in things from home to look at and share with a partner - all things that make us happy!