Silverstein

Year 5

Matthew 5:9 -‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God’

Welcome to Class 5 Silverstein.

Our teacher is Mr McInroy

Our class TA is Miss Kayleigh

Our LSA is Miss Kaisa

 

 

Weekly updates

Friday 24th September 2021

Contrary to last week’s post, our class assembly has been moved to the 18th of November. I will send a parent mail out in a few weeks to confirm. 

English 

We’ve begun writing our myths. The children have been extremely excited to get going with these and I’m excited for them to get pen to paper and for me to read their stories! The children are focusing on applying the skills and spellings that we have been learning during the last few weeks.

Maths 

In maths this week, we have wrapped up our work on place value. We have covered Roman numerals, decimal numbers and reasoning problems involving money (which is often tricky!). The children have worked exceptionally hard and they are ready to go for our addition unit starting next week.

Elsewhere in the curriculum 

This week in Art, we continued our work on the face and figure. We explored the work of the amazing Frida Kahlo and then the children created their own self-portrait inspired by Kahlo’s. Yesterday, some of Year 5 played friendly football matches against Wetherby. It was great fun for all, with the children showing much enthusiasm and sportsmanship. It was lovely for me to go with the children, as I seldom get the chance to!

A note from Mr Perry about the Harvest Festival

It is wonderful that we are getting back to some semblance of normality at St. Stephens and that we can all meet together to celebrate our church festivals. On that note, you are all invited next Thursday morning at 9am (September the 30th) to our Harvest Festival where we come together to thank God for our harvest. This will be held in St Stephens Church.

Every year we collect non-perishable goods to go towards feeding those in need at a local charity. Like last year, proceeds will go to the ‘Upper Room’. You would have all received a Parent Mail with the list of appropriate goods. We look forward to seeing you there.

An update from Colin, our scientist in residence, on our yesterday’s final session

 

Yesterday Y5 looked at the question of whether we are alone in the universe – in other words, are there aliens? They discussed what makes Earth such a good place for life and we experimented with torches and marbles to see how we spot alien planets circling around other stars. Understanding whether these planets have any life requires us to know if there is any water there. That’s something that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will launch in December, can help us understand. So the students got to know the workings of the telescope a little better. Finally, I asked them to draw what they thought an alien might look like based on what they had heard in the session. I was really impressed with their imaginations, including a creature with an umbrella-like-protrusion on its head to protect it from a sun that was brighter on its home planet than our Sun is.

 

It’s been lovely to still have glorious weather with us!! Let’s hope it stays for the weekend…

Mr McInroy

 

Friday 17th September 2021

Another busy week! We’ve had football matches, science experiments and amazing art opportunities. It has also been lovely to be able to have assemblies again, seeing all the children and staff together. On the topic of assemblies, our class assembly will be on the 11th of November! Will also send a Parent Mail in due course.

English

We have laid the foundation for our myth writing starting next week, covering story structure, direct speech and using adventurous vocabulary. The children have been unbelievably enthusiastic about this topic, with their focus and interest being sure to pay dividends in their writing.

Maths

This week, we continued to look at Place Value. After we completed our rounding focus, we have moved on to look at counting forward and backward to the powers of 10, 100, 1000 and 10, 000 and negative numbers.

Scientist in Residence

“Year 5 had great fun today exploring all the ways that space affects their lives every day, often without them realising it.

We saw how days, months (“moonths”) and years are really space words. Satur-n-day, Sun-day and Mo-o-nday too. The students learned about celestial dangers like space junk, asteroids and burps from the Sun. They even re-discovered the dwarf planet Pluto.

They designed their own constellations on light up peg boards, held a real piece of Mars and heard about the astronomer who named two stars after himself (albeit backwards). Finally they found out how all food they eat is really space food.

I hope they now see how we’re a part of space, not something somehow separate from it.”

Homework:

Spelling sentences – It is important that the children revisit their spellings throughout the week and not just learn them all on one day. This way it will help with retention of the words/rules.

Mathletics – please ensure the children have completed this by Friday morning.

Times Tables – keep practising! It would be great if every child could learn all their times tables with rapid recall. They should pick the ones they know they need to practise.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Mr McInroy

 

Friday 10th September 2021

N.B. Some children didn’t take their homework books, as they were at house captain presentations. Please can they do it on a piece of paper and they can stick in their book on Monday!

Our first English topic of the year is Myths and Legends, which the class seem to be eager to get started with. Over the next few weeks, we will be building up to writing our very own etymological myths, which explain how a certain natural phenomenon came to be (I am already looking forward to reading them!) In Maths, we will lay the foundation for our Year 5 learning by securing place value and number. Additionally this term, we are covering ‘The Victorians: The Industrial Revolution’ in History, ‘The Face and Figure’ in Art, ‘Judaism’ in RE and ‘Forces’ in Science, which involves some exciting experiments in the coming weeks.

Schools are fortunate to have received funding from the government this year to support children to catch up on missed learning caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). Miss Williams, as our KS2 Specialist Catch-up teacher, will be working with a number of children from Year 5 who need additional support in their Maths and English learning. These sessions will take place on a weekly basis as on-to-one sessions and in small groups. More details on this will follow later on in the term.​

A note from our Scientist in Residence, who is working with Year 5 this half-term:

‘It was the first Scientist in Residence workshop today and Y5 explored what it will take to send the first humans to Mars. This is particularly relevant to them, as the first Martian is probably at primary school right now – it could be them.

They tackled challenges from the astronaut training process, learned how a space toilet works (and what to do when it doesn’t!) and discovered how to extract oxygen from water.

We took a trip on board the first space tourism flight, learned that Martian sunsets are blue and that there bags of poo on the Moon.

The next time I see them we’ll look at how space affects their lives every day, often without them realising it.​’

Homework:

All homework will be set on Google Classroom.

It will consist of:

  • Spellings and grammar sentences
  • Mathletics
  • Extra grammar OR comprehension
  • Mental Arithmetic (starting next week)
  • Reading (to do throughout the week)

We would expect all children to produce high quality pieces of work and as the children are in Year Five, any pieces that are messy, rushed or below their ability will be done again. We appreciate your support with this.

Reading is monitored by myself and Miss Kayleigh through various in-class activities, reflecting on fluency when reading aloud, prediction and inference skills as well as recall.

We appreciate many parents are keen for children to move on to free readers; however we will take the following half-term to get to know your child’s abilities and decide on the next best steps for them using our professional knowledge and expertise.

Admin

Our PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, so your child can wear PE kits on these days.

Reading books will be given out on Mondays and need to be returned on Fridays; however, if your child finishes the book it can be brought in earlier in the week.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend,

Mr McInroy

Friday 3rd September 2021

It has been a fantastic couple of days in 5 Silverstein – a short and sweet week! It has been great starting to build a relationship with the class, and I am looking forward to continuing to do so over the next few weeks. Everyone comments on how they are such a delightful group of children and I can see why!  It has been lovely meeting a few of the parents and carers this week and I look forward to meeting all of you at some point over the coming weeks.

About me: it’s approaching my tenth year of teaching now (time flies) and during this time I have worked in a range of settings and schools in the UK and overseas. This is my second year at the amazing St. Stephen’s and I am looking forward to the journey continuing. We are also lucky enough to have the hugely experienced Miss Kayleigh and Miss Kaisa working with 5 Silverstein this year.

Yesterday, we created our own class charter to establish the rules we would like to have in place to create a safe and happy learning environment. We then carried out our first writing exercise of the term, as the children regaled me with their written accounts of the summer holidays – these were extremely enjoyable to read (lots of amazing trips and holidays seemed to have happened!) We finished the day with creating our own self-portraits with oil pastels and black card ready to display in our classroom.

Today, we created more displays to make Silverstein class their own. We wrote some prayers for the year to help support us when things get tricky this year, created our own cultural influences display giving us the chance to celebrate everybody’s heritage and then moved on to researching about our class’ namesake, the wonderful Shel Silverstein.

 

Homework:

Homework will be going out this week in order to get children longer to settle into the new routine.

All homework will be set on Google Classroom.

It will consist of:

  • Spellings and grammar sentences
  • Mathletics (starting next week)
  • Extra Grammar OR comprehension
  • Mental Arithmetic (starting next week)
  • Reading (to do throughout the week)

We would expect all children to produce high quality pieces of work and as the children are in Year Five, any pieces that are messy, rushed or below their ability will be done again. We appreciate your support with this.

Reading is monitored by myself and Miss Kayleigh through various in-class activities, reflecting on fluency when reading aloud, prediction and inference skills as well as recall.

We appreciate many parents are keen for children to move on to free readers; however we will take the following half-term to get to know your child’s abilities and decide on the next best steps for them using our professional knowledge and expertise.

 

Admin

Our PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays, so your child can wear PE kits on these days.

Reading books will be given out on Mondays and need to be returned on Fridays; however, if your child finishes the book it can be brought in earlier in the week.

My e-mail is j.mcinroy@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk. Please contact me if you have any queries or would like to discuss anything further.

 

I hope you all enjoy the weekend and what looks to be sunny weather next week (long overdue!),

Mr McInroy

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

Please see Google Classroom.