Silverstein

Year 5

Welcome to Class 5 Silverstein.

Our teacher is Mr Cookson and our TA is Miss Charrington.

Half term!

14th February 2020

14th February 2020

Hello from the Year 5 Silverstein webpage!

Well this week’s highlight for many of the children in the school was our DT Day which this half term was focused on bridges. The children firstly learnt all about the different types of bridges and were shown some examples of some both in the UK and abroad. We then looked at some of London’s bridges and discussed what type of bridge each was.  It was soon time to build and the Year 5’s were rather baffled when told that their challenge was to use just ONE material: lolly sticks!  But armed with a glue gun, they set to work to make their own ‘truss’ bridges, having learnt all about cross bracing and the strength of triangles. We ended up with some real beauties but the real test of their designs came later when we found out if their wonderful creations could span a 50cm gap and support a load. It was a noisy event of ‘oohs’ and aah’s as we found out just how strong the bridges were! One of the designs supported SIXTEEN of our school dictionaries!!  It was a great day  and I hope a lot of children will take a little more notice of London’s bridges now!

In Maths this week we have been looking at fractions, starting with equivalent fractions and then moving on to improper fractions and mixed numbers. I’ve been impressed by how much the children have remembered from last year and how they’ve been able to apply this prior knowledge to more complicated problems.

In English we have begun a unit based on Clive King’s fantastic classic, Stig of the Dump. The children have been investigating the main characters and the setting from the beginning of the book so far. They have been thinking about certain objects Stig might benefit from having (apart from electrical items) and have been making sure that each object has at least two different uses. They have also carefully mapped out Barney’s ‘world’ using references from the text.

Our Humanities work this week has looked at time zones around the world and why we have them. The children have used a map showing time zones to work out differences from one part of the world to another.

Homework is in the usual place and as mentioned last week,  two different children each week will be doing ‘Year 5 News’ in place of one piece of homework. This week, it replaces the comprehension homework for those two children. The randomly-chosen children (they know who they are!) are to research something that is in the news and present it to the class the following Tuesday. It should focus on something of substance, which would be of interest to the rest of the class. It shouldn’t be based around a celebrity or the results of that weekend’s football!  The presentation should be in their own words, not cut and pasted! I’ve suggested powerpoint as the ideal tool to show their research but if this is unavailable Word, or even a handwritten presentation which could be read out would be fine. If possible I would like this emailed to me. It is due on Thursday morning along with the other homework.

I hope you all have fantastic weekends and see you next week!

Mr Cookson

 

February 7th 2020

February 7th 2020

7th February 2020. 

 

Hello again from Year 5 Silverstein! 

We’ve had another busy week here in Year 5, with a rounding-off of our English work on newspaper report writing. The children have excelled themselves in writing some outstanding reports based on an alien invasion in Shepherd’s Bush. They were asked to think about so much for these reports including reported speech, quotes,  passive voice, themed paragraphs, the orientation sentence… It was a long list, but they really rose to the challenge and wrote some really convincing reports. HG Wells would have been proud of them! 

In Maths, we’ve now come to the end of our unit on multiplication and division. The children ended the unit with a look at balanced equations and how we need to pay careful attention to brackets in Maths. They solved some tricky maths problems, (making sure the brackets were dealt with first of course) before making some of their own problems up for their partners to solve. 

In Science the question of changing daylight hours was discussed with the children. We asked the question: why is it dark when we get up in the morning in winter but not in Summer? After some rather imaginative suggestions from some of the children we established that the tilt of the Earth might have something to do with it. We looked at a number of helpful videos which aimed to make this clearer and the children then plotted average daylight hours in winter and Summer on a graph so the difference could be clearly seen.

 

Our R.E. work on the fascinating topic of death and the afterlife this term has led us to look at other religions and their beliefs. The children researched 5 of the major world religions to see how their beliefs about what happens when we die differs from the christian belief.  

It’s coding week this week, so the class was delighted to be told that their ‘hour of code’ was due on Friday. They all really enjoyed using familiar ‘block coding’ methods to make games of varying complexity in class. 

We’ve also been lucky enough to work with Vanessa from Lila Huset this week on an urban studies project. This work will run for the next four weeks and its aim is to ask the children to examine their local area and consider how it might be improved. Much of this focuses on traffic and pollution, so this week the children were out of the streets around our school, conducting their own traffic surveys to see see just how busy Uxbridge Road was. They were really surprised by the results and one one person in the class was close in their estimation of how many vehicles passed our school in one hour!

Homework is in the usual place and from this week on, two different children each week will be doing ‘Year 5 News’ in place of one piece of homework. This week, it replaces the grammar homework for those two children. The randomly-chosen children (they know who they are!) are to research something that is in the news and present it to the class the following Tuesday. It should focus on something of substance, which would be of interest to the rest of the class. It shouldn’t be based around a celebrity or the results of that weekend’s football!  The presentation should be in their own words, not cut and pasted! I’ve suggested powerpoint as the ideal tool to show their research but if this is unavailable Word, or even a handwritten presentation which could be read out would be fine. If possible I would like this emailed to me. It is due on Thursday morning along with the other homework. 

I hope you all have amazing weekends.

Mr Cookson

31st January 2020

The end of January!

31st January 2020.

Hello again from the Year 5 Silverstein webpage!

We’ve turned our attention to non-fiction in English this week as the children have begun their new unit on news reports. They began looking at some real news reports so it was clear how these articles were put together and what sort of language was used. We then carefully analysed a longer news report which made a fictional event sound really realistic by using these same techniques.  This then formed the model for the work the children are now in the middle of- a news report about an alien invasion of Shepherd’s Bush!

In Maths, we have continued our work on multiplication and division. The children have been fine-tuning their skills in 2 and 3 digit long multiplication before tackling some word problems and puzzles. We then moved on the ‘bus stop’ method for short division which the children mastered really quickly!

In Science this week, we have been learning about the reason we have night and day as well as different time zones. The children were asked how things would change if the Earth didn’t spin and concluded that they were happy with things as they are!

Our R.E. work has focused on the afterlife this week. The children finished their pictures showing what they thought Heaven might look like before writing poems about it.

Homework this week is in the normal place and is due back next Thursday (as is Mathletics).

I hope you all have fantastic weekends- January’s over! Well nearly anyway, so make sure you toast its passing!

Mr Cookson.

 

24th January 2020

24th January 2020

Hello again and welcome back to the Year 5 Silverstein webpage.

The children have been busy cycling in between their regular lessons this week as we have been lucky enough to have’ Bikeworks’ training them up on essential road safety skills. The children loved finding out how they should be safe on the roads and listened well to their instructors.

In English this week we have now finished our work on myths and have begun a new unit on newspaper reports. So this weekend would be a good opportunity to encourage your children to read some of the stories in the Sunday newspapers as I will be asking the class to identify some of the ‘key features’ of news reports next week.

Our Maths work this week has focused on the standard written method for long multiplication. The children have done well setting out their calculations using up to four digit numbers and have begun to use the method to solve some tricky word problems.

We’ve had the laptops out for our computing classes too, where the children have been using ‘Scratch’ to compose some of their own computer code. This block coding software is really helpful in teaching the children how to tell a computer what to do and in what order, and they have managed to create their own animated fish tanks using it!

Homework this week can be found in the usual place and is due in on Thursday 30th January.

I hope you all have amazing weekends. See you next week!

Mr Cookson

17th January 2020

17th January 2020

Hello again and welcome back to the Year 5 Silverstein webpage.

We’ve had a good week here and our timetable has been slightly amended to incorporate a Science activity with resident scientist Beth, who has been teaching small groups of children about the wonders of space! They’ve had such a lot of fun building rockets and then investigating other planets.

We’ve carried on our work on area and perimeter in Maths this week with some investigations of irregular shapes. The children made some rather accurate estimations of a few very ‘un-mathematical’ shapes before measuring the areas of their feet and hands!  They ended the week with some further calculations of rather more conventional shapes’ areas- namely that of trapeziums, triangles and parallelograms.

In English, the children have almost finished the first drafts of their myths. These stories aim to make sense of something in the world. They have done a great job so far imagining a mysterious world which is lacking in some natural phenomena and it’s the job of their hero to return it to his land! There is danger a-plenty in some of these stories and their poor heroes and heroines certainly have a tough job ahead!

Our learning in Science has caused a few gasps this week as the children discovered just how enormous the Sun is and how far away it is. The videos they were shown did a tremendous job of making this clear and they were eager to find out more when given ipads to carry out further research.

We’ve ended the week with a study of perspective in Art. The children were shown several paintings where the laws of perspective had been rigorously applied before composing their own rather more abstract perspectives using floating objects they had drawn.

Homework this week can be found in the usual place and is due in on Thursday 23rd January.

I have also sent out a quick parentmail about the cycling training which is starting this Monday and which continues throughout the week. The children will need their own working and roadworthy bike, a helmet , warm clothing and if possible, a bike lock.  It’s a great programme, suitable for all levels, where the children will be taught important cycling skills starting from basic bike handling and balance through to cycling along planned road routes on the final few days.  I have received most of the consent forms, but if you have not signed this I’m afraid your child will not be able to participate.

I hope you all have amazing weekends. See you next week!

Mr Cookson

 

 

Friday 10th January 2020

10th January 2020

10th January 2020

Happy New Year! And what a lovely new website we have for our school.  I hope all your holidays were fantastic and once again, a huge thank you for your kind gifts and messages which made my Christmas all the more marvellous!

So we’re back to action here in Year 5 Silverstein, where we have certainly hit the ground running. The children are straight back to their regular timetable and have now begun their new unit on myths and legends in English. We have so far re-familiarised the children with the language of myths and their purpose in attempting to explain something in the world. And what better question to try to answer than ‘how did we get here?’ So we began by reading a range of creation myths from around the world to see how different they were and to see how the stories tried to answer the big question. We then read a well-known myth (Pandora’s Box) where the children pretended to be Pandora and put her ‘stream of consciousness’ down on paper as eloquently as they could!  Today, we’ve been looking at some of the terrifying monsters which the Greek myths describe before inventing a new one, which the children will aim to include in their own myths next week!

Our Maths lessons so far this term have focused on measurement- specifically the measurement of perimeters around shapes . The children have done extremely well understanding this and have been furiously  measuring and drawing shapes to calculate and show their perimeters.

In Science this term we will be studying space. We began the unit with an examination of our own planet and its ‘neighbours’ in space- namely the sun and the moon. The children discussed their current understanding of this before we drilled down to the facts which were recorded in their books.

Our R.E. work focuses on the journey of life this term and we began this unit with an explanation of what ‘milestones in life’ were. Once established, the children set to work considering what their future milestones in life might be.

Homework this week is back to normal and can be found in the usual place.

I hope you all have fantastic weekends and see you next week!

Mr Cookson

Class Updates

Friday 20th December

It’s the end of term!

And what a term it’s been. The children have been amazing and a real pleasure to teach and I felt so proud of them while watching their excellent performance at the Christmas carol service this week.

Thank you so generous Westfield voucher which I was given this afternoon. It is hugely appreciated and will certainly come in useful during these last few shopping days before Christmas!

As your children have probably already told you, there is no homework over this holiday, so they should be feeling especially refreshed when they come back in the New Year.

I wish you all a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. I look forward to seeing you again in 2020.

Mr Cookson

Friday 13th December

Welcome back to the Year 5 Silverstein page.

We’ve had another busy week here in Year 5, with our DT Day on Thursday being a particular highlight. I’m sure many of you will have seen some rather delightful nativity scenes coming through the door and I hope they have been given pride of place in all your living rooms!

We’ve continued with our multiplication and division work in Maths with a further study of factors, multiples and prime numbers. The children were set some really tricky puzzles and problems calling on their understanding of these.

In English, we have been revising some key aspects of grammar and punctuation and the children have also completed their Autumn term reading assessments, having looked at some practise retrieval and inference questions beforehand.

In Science, we have been looking at plant and animal life cycles. This week, the class learnt about the different ways that animals fertilise and care for their young. The children set out this information in carroll diagrams and were able to group animals according to given criteria.

Our Humanities work on the Industrial Revolution is now drawing to a close, but not without a final look at the grim conditions facing the poor as they spent another day in the awful workhouses.

As we have the Carols by Candlelight concert approaching, the homework is slightly different this week. The children have their regular set of spellings and Mathletics but no comprehension. Instead of this, I have asked them to use careful language to describe the winter scene shown on this week’s spelling sheet. This should be a highly descriptive paragraph which gives a clear indication of what it might be like to be in this place.

I hope you all have fantastic and restful weekends.

See you next week!

Mr Cookson

Friday 6th December

Welcome back to the Year 5 Silverstein page.

We had a great trip to the Steam and Water museum by Kew Bridge today. The children learnt a huge amount about the uses of steam and saw some enormous machines which were used in the nineteenth century to pump water around London.

In Maths this week, we have continued our work on multiplication and division. The children have used their knowledge of factors, multiples and prime numbers to solve some tricky problems and have recently been looking at square and cubed numbers.

We’ve been a bit ‘off topic’ this week in English as our lessons have been focused more on comprehension and grammar. We have read a long passage from Roald Dahl’s autobiographical book, ‘Boy’ and the children have been practising using evidence from the text to support their answers. They have also been fine-tuning their grammar skills, with a look at modal verbs and how to use personal pronouns accurately.

Our Science work on life cycles continued, with a look at asexual reproduction in plants. The children were shown a variety of plants which reproduce asexually and were then set to work to link different plants for their similarities or differences.

The life of a monk has been under the spotlight in R.E. We have been discussing how their lives differ from other Christians and how their days are organised between prayer and other recreational activities.

Homework this week is slightly different: The children are to do their spellings and Mathletics as usual, but should also design their Christmas nativity boxes as outlined on the attached ‘design sheet’. They should be getting their materials together, ready for our DT day which is on December 12th.

I hope you all have fantastic weekends and see you next week!

 

Mr Cookson

Homework

Friday 14th February 2020

Please remember to bring in your reading book and record daily.

Instructions and comprehension questions.

Spr 1 Wk 6 – Instructions and Comprehension Questions – Y5 Homework

Comprehension text

Spr 1 Wk 6 – Comprehension Text – Y5 Homework

Spellings and Grammar

Spr 1 Wk 6 – Spellings and Arithmetic – Y5 Homework