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 3rd December 2021

Always a great week when we have DT Day! The children thoroughly enjoyed preparing and cooking some delicious chutney, that will be on sale at the Christmas Fair next week. I must say I was very impressed with their culinary skills – they might be able to give you a hand in the kitchen with Christmas preparations this year! (Thanks a lot for all the jars that were brought in) 

English 

We have been continuing our work using visual media (inspired by The Lighthouse). The children wrote predictions and created setting descriptions this week. Next week, they will be writing their own recount of the video in the first person. We have spent a lot of time in class building our vocabulary, which is really paying dividends in the children’s writing. 

Maths 

We have been continuing our work in multiplication and division. This week, we looked at prime, square and cube numbers. Next week, we will move onto multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1,000 and written methods for multiplication. 

Have a great weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 26th November 2021

Today was a real treat! It’s been a long time since the children have been on a class trip together, and Gunnersbury Park & Museum was a great way to get back into the swing of things! The workshop was fantastic: a truly immersive experience learning lots about Victorian schooling – I’m sure the children will tell you all about it!

English

In English, we have moved onto our ‘Visual Media’ unit, where we will be using short films as stimuli for writing. We started this week with ‘The Lighthouse’, and will be building up to writing a narrative retelling the story.

Maths

This week, we started our multiplication and division unit. We have covered multiples and factors, and will be moving onto prime numbers, square numbers, cube numbers and mentally multiplying and dividing by  10, 100 and 1,000 next week.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:
Next week will be our DT Day – always a fun experience for the children! We will be making chutney to sell at the Christmas Fair (more info to come next week).

Admin:

ANYMORE JAM JARS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! Thanks

Have a cracking weekend,

Mr McInroy

 

 

 

 

Friday 19th November 2021

First of all, what a fantastic day yesterday was. The children were absolutely amazing in their assembly and made me, and I’m sure all of you, very proud. Of course a big shout out to Miss Kayleigh and Miss Kaisa, who were integral in helping put the ‘performance’ together.

As detailed via Parent Mail, next Friday we are visiting Gunnersbury Park & Museum for our Victorian School experience (I’m excited myself!) Please could you make sure payments are in ASAP if not already done so, and please contact me if there’re any issues in doing so.

English:

In English, we are wrapping up our poetry unit. We have covered performance poetry (as seen in the assembly), limericks, nonsense poems, riddles and free verse poetry – applying various poetic tools along the way. Next week, we will move onto our ‘Visual Media’ unit, in which we will use ‘The Lighthouse’ video as a stimulus for our English. More about this next week!

Maths:

Today we finished our ‘Statistics’ unit. We have covered: line graphs, bus, train and TV timetables. Next week, we move onto multiplication and division: we will be starting with multiples and factors before moving onto prime and square numbers.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

The children have really enjoyed the start of our ‘Life Cycles’ unit in Science. We have spent the first two lessons learning about sexual and asexual reproduction in plants – with a big highlight being dissecting a lily!!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend,

Mr McInroy

 

Friday 12th November 2021

It was lovely chatting to you all over the last couple of evenings and I look forward to seeing you at our class assembly. Rehearsals have been in full swing this week, and the children are looking forward to sharing their wonderful work with you next week (on Thursday).

Have a fantastic weekend,

Mr McInroy

Friday 5th November 2021

Great to see the class this week after a lovely break! 

English 

We have been wrapping up our information text unit on aliens. The children have thoroughly enjoyed  this topic and the writing has been excellent; I’m looking forward to reading them over the weekend! We now move onto our poetry unit, which is always enjoyable and gives an opportunity to develop their poetry writing and performing skills. 

Maths 

In maths this week, we started our statistics unit. We spent a few lessons on reading and interpreting line graphs, before creating our own. 

Elsewhere in the Curriculum 

New half-term, new topics. In Geography, we are learning about the UK; in RE, Monastic Communities and then Advent; in Science, Life Cycles; in Computing, Scratch (coding) and in Art, The Figure, taking inspiration from a wonderful range of artists, including: Lubaina Himid, Keith Haring and Edgar Degas. 

Enjoy the weekend,

Mr McInroy

Friday 22nd October 2021

An exciting week to end a great half-term! The children had a great time on their cycling proficiency course, and we had a great time in class working on our DT, Black Voices and Red Card for Racism activities.

For our Black Voices Week project, we learnt about George Washington Carver, an agricultural scientist and inventor who promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. The children discovered that not only did Carver help increase crop yields through his work – creating food and income for many people – he also devised solutions for surplus produce; for example: milk, flour and soap from peanuts and soya. Amazing! The children had great fun working in groups on their arts and crafts projects, which depict Carver’s idea of crop rotation. The children also spent time researching Carver, adding information to their projects, which they then presented to the class. We were also lucky enough to have a Zoom meeting with Erusa, an innovation engineer, who shared an inspiring presentation about her role as an engineer, aiming to lessen carbon emissions in the energy industry. The children have had a great week!

For DT Day this week, we created four-string puppets inspired by our English unit: Aliens. The children had lots of fun designing their own aliens using kitchen roll and coloured card, which they then attached to a bamboo grip using string. It was a challenge tying all the knots (and keeping them untangled) but the children persevered and ended up making fabulous puppets with moving arms! Roll on the next DT Day…

(a short video we made! https://youtu.be/Np5f8_0vhxQ)

The children have worked exceptionally hard throughout the half-term and made great progress; I’m sure they’ve told you about lots of the learning that’s been happening in school. Looking forward to more of the same!

Homework:

There is still homework for the half-term week (none for the Christmas break).

I hope you, and the children, have a well-deserved break.

Mr McInroy

Friday 15th October 2021

Another great week in 5S! We are now looking forward to what is set to be an action-packed week, with the cycling proficiency course happening, ‘Black Voices Week’, DT Day and ‘Red Card For Racism’ day. Woah!

This week, in English, the children have enjoyed creating their own alien and finalising their plans for their alien information report. In Maths, we wrapped our Addition and Subtraction unit, and prepare to move onto our Statistics unit.

Elsewhere in the Curriculum:

Hispanic Day is always an amazing day at St Stephen’s. Mrs Perreira’s assembly was a wonderful way to start the day, which was then followed by various activities throughout the day. Our country was Chile, with our inspiring figure being Gabriela Mistral, the Nobel Prize winning poet.  We were lucky enough to have a visitor from Chile, who read the story of Gabriela to the children, we translated some of her poetry and then wrote some of our own and finally the children took part in a dance workshop (great fun!)

 

Friday 8th October 2021

Another action-packed week! I hear all teams got on well with their football efforts this afternoon: a big well done from me!

English 

We have moved onto information texts. We have spent the week exploring the features of such texts, gathering vocabulary and ideas which the children will use in their own and polishing up on some of our grammar skills (relative clauses!)

Maths 

In Maths, we have continued our work on addition and subtraction. We have been focusing on using the inverse to help check and complete calculations, the skill of estimating answers to calculations (using rounding) and identifying the operation(s) needed in word problems.

Elsewhere in the curriculum 

In Art, we had great fun with our collages inspired by Amy Sheridan; in Science, the children created catapults to explore motion energy (always a Forces highlight) and in Judaism looked at synagogues and what you would fine in one.

Reading:

Reading aloud to an adult is a vital part of children’s development as readers, providing the development of skills which are otherwise difficult to achieve by a child simply reading to themselves. With this in mind, please make sure your child is reading aloud to you at least once a week.

Have an amazing weekend!

Mr McInroy

Friday 1st October 2021

Another fabulous week in 5S!

English 

We wrapped up our myth writing in style, with all the children producing excellent, entertaining pieces of writing! I look forward to next week, where we begin our next English unit: explanation texts.

Maths 

We have moved onto addition and subtraction. We started the week with revision of operational skills, before exploring using the inverse to check our answers and solve inverse related reasoning questions. Next week, we will be getting stuck into some tricky word problems!

Elsewhere in the Curriculum 

Science has been a particular highlight for the children this half-term, in which we have been looking at Forces. This week the children created parachutes to help understand air resistance and created different blue tac objects to help understand water resistance. The class were incredibly enthusiastic about their science learning, and of course had lots of fun along the way!

Admin 

A reminder that homework should be returned by Tuesday, except Mathletics, which can be returned by Friday morning at the latest. 

 Miss Kayleigh and I have been impressed by the standard of homework that is coming in, so thank you for all your support at home. 

Have a great weekend,

Mr McInroy

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Class Information and Homework

For homework please see Google Classroom.

Our curriculum map for this academic year:

Y5 CURRICULUM MAP 2021-22

Our poem this half-term is ‘The Marrog’, by R.C. Scriven. You can see the wonderful performance of it below (in full assembly get-up!!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KezY2uCWnUc