Fountain Primary School

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Fountain Street, Morley, West Yorkshire, LS27 0AW

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Emma Walker

Year 5

Friday 3rd November 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We are looking forward to another exciting term in Year 5, with lots of fun learning opportunities planned. In Maths, we have been finishing our statistics topic by completing, reading and interpreting a range of tables. We then applied this learning and knowledge to real life situations and practised reading a bus timetable.   

In English, we have started our new narrative topic, which will be linked to the Charles Dickens novel, ‘Oliver Twist.’ This week we have focused on using descriptive language to describe the characters and the setting and we have looked at similes and metaphors to make our writing more interesting. Our grammar focus was to use a semi-colon, which we found quite challenging at first, but after lots of practise and resilience, we are beginning to use them in our own writing, as well as being able to apply it to other subjects such as Topic and Science.

We had a very fun Science lesson this week, making Halloween potions for the wicked witch. Unfortunately, she gave us the wrong recipe, so we had to work out how we could retrieve a substance from a solution. After lots of discussion, we figured out that the only way to remove the salt from the solution was through evaporation, which we wrote about in our Science books. We also learnt that this would be a reversible change.

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Friday 20th October

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had a fantastic half term in Year 5, using our growth mindsets to apply our knowledge in challenging situations, in addition to learning lots of new things!

In English this week, we have used all the interesting information we collected during our topic lesson last week to plan and write a detailed information text on our chosen Victorian job. Can you remember how much a pure collector was paid compared to a chimney sweep? We are working really hard on our editing skills, improving our ability to proofread and spot errors or areas for improvement within our own work and that of a partner.

In maths, we moved on to our statistics topic, discussing how to read and interpret line graphs. We impressed our teachers on Monday with our correct use of key vocabulary, such as data, axes and estimation. To challenge ourselves, we progressed onto looking at comparison graphs and improving the accuracy of our estimations.

We shared all the facts we have collected about Queen Victoria so far this half term to help us create a timeline of her life. In order to add more detail and fill any significant gaps, we used an information text to collect additional facts.

Finally, we have enjoyed getting creative this week when designing our own Christmas art, which is intended to raise money for charity. We will have the opportunity to order calendars, mugs and Christmas cards featuring our very own design!

Well done for all your hard work this half term!

We are looking forward to all the exciting learning opportunities that are planned for next half term.

 

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Friday 13th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week in Maths, we have been mastering the formal, written methods for addition and subtraction. We then practised applying this knowledge to word problems involving money. We found this quite tricky, but together we persevered and supported one another to reach our end goal.  

In English, we started looking at information texts and their key features. We now know that information texts should be organised into clear paragraphs, with subheadings, to make them easier to read. In preparation for writing our own information texts next week, we carried out some group research on the different Victorian Jobs that children would have had to do! We’re glad that we weren’t born in Victorian times!

We have also been busy writing letters in Science, in order to keep people safe! After discussing a range of materials and deciding why they would be an electrical conductor or insulator, we applied this to real life to advise our friends about using the correct materials to keep safe e.g. we now know that putting a metal knife into a toaster would be very dangerous!

One particular highlight of this week was having the Leeds Theatre and Education group in to carry out some of our PSHCE work with us. We found it really fun because we got to use some of our drama skills and we got to ask lots of questions.

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Friday 6th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week we have continued to shine in maths, applying our knowledge of negative numbers to discuss temperature and using our growth mindset to tackle some tricky problems! At times we got a little bit frustrated that we couldn’t reach the correct answer on our first attempt, but we all showed resilience and felt really proud of ourselves.

In English, we became Victorian journalists, who were assigned a very important job – reporting about Queen Victoria’s Coronation! We began by interviewing people who attended the special occasion to gather extra details, such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster. Can you remember our top tips for punctuating direct speech?

We have also been busy conducting an experiment in Science – to prevent Olaf from melting! After discussing the materials that we thought would be good insulators, we worked in teams to carry out our experiment. Was your prediction correct? Which material made the best insulator?

As part of our topic, we looked at a range of inventions from the Victorian era before applying our observational skills to producing detailed sketches.

Finally, we have met as a whole year group this week to learn a poem for our Harvest Festival Assembly, which we hope lots of you will be able to attend! The KS2 assembly will be held at 2.15pm on Wednesday 11th October.

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Friday 29th September 2017- Thackray Medical Museum

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had another fun-filled week in Year 5!

 

In English this week, we have been looking at newspaper reports and their features. To start, we looked at a range of examples and together we picked out the key features to write on our working wall. We then looked at a bad example of a newspaper report, before using our editing skills to improve it. We’re getting much better at editing our work now and we will be focusing on editing our own writing next week! To end the week, we played the role of Victorian Journalists and collected information about Queen Victoria’s Coronation, which will help to us to write our own newspaper reports next. We also used our drama skills to get into character and describe how we might feel if we were present at the Coronation!

 

In maths, we have continued to use our place value knowledge from last week to round numbers. We started with smaller numbers and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. However, by the end of the week, we had grasped the concept of rounding enough to move on to rounding much bigger numbers to the nearest 10,000 and even 100,000! To consolidate our learning, we worked in groups on Friday to carry out a rounding investigation. We had to look at a range of celebrity twitter statistics, with some of the numbers reaching 1,000,000, before deciding how we would appropriately round these very large numbers. We are finding maths really fun at the moment!

 

Our highlight this week was the Y5 trip to the Thackray Medical Museum. It was really fun because we got to dress up as Victorian school children and travel by coach to our venue- our driver even let us put on the radio! We spent our day having a tour of the museum and taking part in a Victorian Workshop. We found the tour of the museum really interesting because we learnt more facts and got to walk down ‘The Street’, which were so realistic that they gave some of us a fright!! We found the workshop educational and lots of fun, as our teacher was also Victorian and very, very strict, (even stricter than than Miss Fletcher and Miss Gaspar last week.) She told us more about the punishments in Victorian schools and showed us some real life objects that would have been used. She then let us find out about our Victorian characters, using clues, before we were allowed to dress up as our character to take part in a role play lesson. We think that our performances were definitely worthy of an Oscar or two!

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Year 5

Friday 3rd November 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We are looking forward to another exciting term in Year 5, with lots of fun learning opportunities planned. In Maths, we have been finishing our statistics topic by completing, reading and interpreting a range of tables. We then applied this learning and knowledge to real life situations and practised reading a bus timetable.   

In English, we have started our new narrative topic, which will be linked to the Charles Dickens novel, ‘Oliver Twist.’ This week we have focused on using descriptive language to describe the characters and the setting and we have looked at similes and metaphors to make our writing more interesting. Our grammar focus was to use a semi-colon, which we found quite challenging at first, but after lots of practise and resilience, we are beginning to use them in our own writing, as well as being able to apply it to other subjects such as Topic and Science.

We had a very fun Science lesson this week, making Halloween potions for the wicked witch. Unfortunately, she gave us the wrong recipe, so we had to work out how we could retrieve a substance from a solution. After lots of discussion, we figured out that the only way to remove the salt from the solution was through evaporation, which we wrote about in our Science books. We also learnt that this would be a reversible change.

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Friday 20th October

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had a fantastic half term in Year 5, using our growth mindsets to apply our knowledge in challenging situations, in addition to learning lots of new things!

In English this week, we have used all the interesting information we collected during our topic lesson last week to plan and write a detailed information text on our chosen Victorian job. Can you remember how much a pure collector was paid compared to a chimney sweep? We are working really hard on our editing skills, improving our ability to proofread and spot errors or areas for improvement within our own work and that of a partner.

In maths, we moved on to our statistics topic, discussing how to read and interpret line graphs. We impressed our teachers on Monday with our correct use of key vocabulary, such as data, axes and estimation. To challenge ourselves, we progressed onto looking at comparison graphs and improving the accuracy of our estimations.

We shared all the facts we have collected about Queen Victoria so far this half term to help us create a timeline of her life. In order to add more detail and fill any significant gaps, we used an information text to collect additional facts.

Finally, we have enjoyed getting creative this week when designing our own Christmas art, which is intended to raise money for charity. We will have the opportunity to order calendars, mugs and Christmas cards featuring our very own design!

Well done for all your hard work this half term!

We are looking forward to all the exciting learning opportunities that are planned for next half term.

 

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Friday 13th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week in Maths, we have been mastering the formal, written methods for addition and subtraction. We then practised applying this knowledge to word problems involving money. We found this quite tricky, but together we persevered and supported one another to reach our end goal.  

In English, we started looking at information texts and their key features. We now know that information texts should be organised into clear paragraphs, with subheadings, to make them easier to read. In preparation for writing our own information texts next week, we carried out some group research on the different Victorian Jobs that children would have had to do! We’re glad that we weren’t born in Victorian times!

We have also been busy writing letters in Science, in order to keep people safe! After discussing a range of materials and deciding why they would be an electrical conductor or insulator, we applied this to real life to advise our friends about using the correct materials to keep safe e.g. we now know that putting a metal knife into a toaster would be very dangerous!

One particular highlight of this week was having the Leeds Theatre and Education group in to carry out some of our PSHCE work with us. We found it really fun because we got to use some of our drama skills and we got to ask lots of questions.

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Friday 6th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week we have continued to shine in maths, applying our knowledge of negative numbers to discuss temperature and using our growth mindset to tackle some tricky problems! At times we got a little bit frustrated that we couldn’t reach the correct answer on our first attempt, but we all showed resilience and felt really proud of ourselves.

In English, we became Victorian journalists, who were assigned a very important job – reporting about Queen Victoria’s Coronation! We began by interviewing people who attended the special occasion to gather extra details, such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster. Can you remember our top tips for punctuating direct speech?

We have also been busy conducting an experiment in Science – to prevent Olaf from melting! After discussing the materials that we thought would be good insulators, we worked in teams to carry out our experiment. Was your prediction correct? Which material made the best insulator?

As part of our topic, we looked at a range of inventions from the Victorian era before applying our observational skills to producing detailed sketches.

Finally, we have met as a whole year group this week to learn a poem for our Harvest Festival Assembly, which we hope lots of you will be able to attend! The KS2 assembly will be held at 2.15pm on Wednesday 11th October.

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Friday 29th September 2017- Thackray Medical Museum

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had another fun-filled week in Year 5!

 

In English this week, we have been looking at newspaper reports and their features. To start, we looked at a range of examples and together we picked out the key features to write on our working wall. We then looked at a bad example of a newspaper report, before using our editing skills to improve it. We’re getting much better at editing our work now and we will be focusing on editing our own writing next week! To end the week, we played the role of Victorian Journalists and collected information about Queen Victoria’s Coronation, which will help to us to write our own newspaper reports next. We also used our drama skills to get into character and describe how we might feel if we were present at the Coronation!

 

In maths, we have continued to use our place value knowledge from last week to round numbers. We started with smaller numbers and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. However, by the end of the week, we had grasped the concept of rounding enough to move on to rounding much bigger numbers to the nearest 10,000 and even 100,000! To consolidate our learning, we worked in groups on Friday to carry out a rounding investigation. We had to look at a range of celebrity twitter statistics, with some of the numbers reaching 1,000,000, before deciding how we would appropriately round these very large numbers. We are finding maths really fun at the moment!

 

Our highlight this week was the Y5 trip to the Thackray Medical Museum. It was really fun because we got to dress up as Victorian school children and travel by coach to our venue- our driver even let us put on the radio! We spent our day having a tour of the museum and taking part in a Victorian Workshop. We found the tour of the museum really interesting because we learnt more facts and got to walk down ‘The Street’, which were so realistic that they gave some of us a fright!! We found the workshop educational and lots of fun, as our teacher was also Victorian and very, very strict, (even stricter than than Miss Fletcher and Miss Gaspar last week.) She told us more about the punishments in Victorian schools and showed us some real life objects that would have been used. She then let us find out about our Victorian characters, using clues, before we were allowed to dress up as our character to take part in a role play lesson. We think that our performances were definitely worthy of an Oscar or two!

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Year 5

Friday 3rd November 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We are looking forward to another exciting term in Year 5, with lots of fun learning opportunities planned. In Maths, we have been finishing our statistics topic by completing, reading and interpreting a range of tables. We then applied this learning and knowledge to real life situations and practised reading a bus timetable.   

In English, we have started our new narrative topic, which will be linked to the Charles Dickens novel, ‘Oliver Twist.’ This week we have focused on using descriptive language to describe the characters and the setting and we have looked at similes and metaphors to make our writing more interesting. Our grammar focus was to use a semi-colon, which we found quite challenging at first, but after lots of practise and resilience, we are beginning to use them in our own writing, as well as being able to apply it to other subjects such as Topic and Science.

We had a very fun Science lesson this week, making Halloween potions for the wicked witch. Unfortunately, she gave us the wrong recipe, so we had to work out how we could retrieve a substance from a solution. After lots of discussion, we figured out that the only way to remove the salt from the solution was through evaporation, which we wrote about in our Science books. We also learnt that this would be a reversible change.

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Friday 20th October

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had a fantastic half term in Year 5, using our growth mindsets to apply our knowledge in challenging situations, in addition to learning lots of new things!

In English this week, we have used all the interesting information we collected during our topic lesson last week to plan and write a detailed information text on our chosen Victorian job. Can you remember how much a pure collector was paid compared to a chimney sweep? We are working really hard on our editing skills, improving our ability to proofread and spot errors or areas for improvement within our own work and that of a partner.

In maths, we moved on to our statistics topic, discussing how to read and interpret line graphs. We impressed our teachers on Monday with our correct use of key vocabulary, such as data, axes and estimation. To challenge ourselves, we progressed onto looking at comparison graphs and improving the accuracy of our estimations.

We shared all the facts we have collected about Queen Victoria so far this half term to help us create a timeline of her life. In order to add more detail and fill any significant gaps, we used an information text to collect additional facts.

Finally, we have enjoyed getting creative this week when designing our own Christmas art, which is intended to raise money for charity. We will have the opportunity to order calendars, mugs and Christmas cards featuring our very own design!

Well done for all your hard work this half term!

We are looking forward to all the exciting learning opportunities that are planned for next half term.

 

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Friday 13th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week in Maths, we have been mastering the formal, written methods for addition and subtraction. We then practised applying this knowledge to word problems involving money. We found this quite tricky, but together we persevered and supported one another to reach our end goal.  

In English, we started looking at information texts and their key features. We now know that information texts should be organised into clear paragraphs, with subheadings, to make them easier to read. In preparation for writing our own information texts next week, we carried out some group research on the different Victorian Jobs that children would have had to do! We’re glad that we weren’t born in Victorian times!

We have also been busy writing letters in Science, in order to keep people safe! After discussing a range of materials and deciding why they would be an electrical conductor or insulator, we applied this to real life to advise our friends about using the correct materials to keep safe e.g. we now know that putting a metal knife into a toaster would be very dangerous!

One particular highlight of this week was having the Leeds Theatre and Education group in to carry out some of our PSHCE work with us. We found it really fun because we got to use some of our drama skills and we got to ask lots of questions.

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Friday 6th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week we have continued to shine in maths, applying our knowledge of negative numbers to discuss temperature and using our growth mindset to tackle some tricky problems! At times we got a little bit frustrated that we couldn’t reach the correct answer on our first attempt, but we all showed resilience and felt really proud of ourselves.

In English, we became Victorian journalists, who were assigned a very important job – reporting about Queen Victoria’s Coronation! We began by interviewing people who attended the special occasion to gather extra details, such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster. Can you remember our top tips for punctuating direct speech?

We have also been busy conducting an experiment in Science – to prevent Olaf from melting! After discussing the materials that we thought would be good insulators, we worked in teams to carry out our experiment. Was your prediction correct? Which material made the best insulator?

As part of our topic, we looked at a range of inventions from the Victorian era before applying our observational skills to producing detailed sketches.

Finally, we have met as a whole year group this week to learn a poem for our Harvest Festival Assembly, which we hope lots of you will be able to attend! The KS2 assembly will be held at 2.15pm on Wednesday 11th October.

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Friday 29th September 2017- Thackray Medical Museum

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had another fun-filled week in Year 5!

 

In English this week, we have been looking at newspaper reports and their features. To start, we looked at a range of examples and together we picked out the key features to write on our working wall. We then looked at a bad example of a newspaper report, before using our editing skills to improve it. We’re getting much better at editing our work now and we will be focusing on editing our own writing next week! To end the week, we played the role of Victorian Journalists and collected information about Queen Victoria’s Coronation, which will help to us to write our own newspaper reports next. We also used our drama skills to get into character and describe how we might feel if we were present at the Coronation!

 

In maths, we have continued to use our place value knowledge from last week to round numbers. We started with smaller numbers and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. However, by the end of the week, we had grasped the concept of rounding enough to move on to rounding much bigger numbers to the nearest 10,000 and even 100,000! To consolidate our learning, we worked in groups on Friday to carry out a rounding investigation. We had to look at a range of celebrity twitter statistics, with some of the numbers reaching 1,000,000, before deciding how we would appropriately round these very large numbers. We are finding maths really fun at the moment!

 

Our highlight this week was the Y5 trip to the Thackray Medical Museum. It was really fun because we got to dress up as Victorian school children and travel by coach to our venue- our driver even let us put on the radio! We spent our day having a tour of the museum and taking part in a Victorian Workshop. We found the tour of the museum really interesting because we learnt more facts and got to walk down ‘The Street’, which were so realistic that they gave some of us a fright!! We found the workshop educational and lots of fun, as our teacher was also Victorian and very, very strict, (even stricter than than Miss Fletcher and Miss Gaspar last week.) She told us more about the punishments in Victorian schools and showed us some real life objects that would have been used. She then let us find out about our Victorian characters, using clues, before we were allowed to dress up as our character to take part in a role play lesson. We think that our performances were definitely worthy of an Oscar or two!

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Year 5

Friday 3rd November 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We are looking forward to another exciting term in Year 5, with lots of fun learning opportunities planned. In Maths, we have been finishing our statistics topic by completing, reading and interpreting a range of tables. We then applied this learning and knowledge to real life situations and practised reading a bus timetable.   

In English, we have started our new narrative topic, which will be linked to the Charles Dickens novel, ‘Oliver Twist.’ This week we have focused on using descriptive language to describe the characters and the setting and we have looked at similes and metaphors to make our writing more interesting. Our grammar focus was to use a semi-colon, which we found quite challenging at first, but after lots of practise and resilience, we are beginning to use them in our own writing, as well as being able to apply it to other subjects such as Topic and Science.

We had a very fun Science lesson this week, making Halloween potions for the wicked witch. Unfortunately, she gave us the wrong recipe, so we had to work out how we could retrieve a substance from a solution. After lots of discussion, we figured out that the only way to remove the salt from the solution was through evaporation, which we wrote about in our Science books. We also learnt that this would be a reversible change.

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Friday 20th October

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had a fantastic half term in Year 5, using our growth mindsets to apply our knowledge in challenging situations, in addition to learning lots of new things!

In English this week, we have used all the interesting information we collected during our topic lesson last week to plan and write a detailed information text on our chosen Victorian job. Can you remember how much a pure collector was paid compared to a chimney sweep? We are working really hard on our editing skills, improving our ability to proofread and spot errors or areas for improvement within our own work and that of a partner.

In maths, we moved on to our statistics topic, discussing how to read and interpret line graphs. We impressed our teachers on Monday with our correct use of key vocabulary, such as data, axes and estimation. To challenge ourselves, we progressed onto looking at comparison graphs and improving the accuracy of our estimations.

We shared all the facts we have collected about Queen Victoria so far this half term to help us create a timeline of her life. In order to add more detail and fill any significant gaps, we used an information text to collect additional facts.

Finally, we have enjoyed getting creative this week when designing our own Christmas art, which is intended to raise money for charity. We will have the opportunity to order calendars, mugs and Christmas cards featuring our very own design!

Well done for all your hard work this half term!

We are looking forward to all the exciting learning opportunities that are planned for next half term.

 

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Friday 13th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week in Maths, we have been mastering the formal, written methods for addition and subtraction. We then practised applying this knowledge to word problems involving money. We found this quite tricky, but together we persevered and supported one another to reach our end goal.  

In English, we started looking at information texts and their key features. We now know that information texts should be organised into clear paragraphs, with subheadings, to make them easier to read. In preparation for writing our own information texts next week, we carried out some group research on the different Victorian Jobs that children would have had to do! We’re glad that we weren’t born in Victorian times!

We have also been busy writing letters in Science, in order to keep people safe! After discussing a range of materials and deciding why they would be an electrical conductor or insulator, we applied this to real life to advise our friends about using the correct materials to keep safe e.g. we now know that putting a metal knife into a toaster would be very dangerous!

One particular highlight of this week was having the Leeds Theatre and Education group in to carry out some of our PSHCE work with us. We found it really fun because we got to use some of our drama skills and we got to ask lots of questions.

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Friday 6th October 2017

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

This week we have continued to shine in maths, applying our knowledge of negative numbers to discuss temperature and using our growth mindset to tackle some tricky problems! At times we got a little bit frustrated that we couldn’t reach the correct answer on our first attempt, but we all showed resilience and felt really proud of ourselves.

In English, we became Victorian journalists, who were assigned a very important job – reporting about Queen Victoria’s Coronation! We began by interviewing people who attended the special occasion to gather extra details, such as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Dean of Westminster. Can you remember our top tips for punctuating direct speech?

We have also been busy conducting an experiment in Science – to prevent Olaf from melting! After discussing the materials that we thought would be good insulators, we worked in teams to carry out our experiment. Was your prediction correct? Which material made the best insulator?

As part of our topic, we looked at a range of inventions from the Victorian era before applying our observational skills to producing detailed sketches.

Finally, we have met as a whole year group this week to learn a poem for our Harvest Festival Assembly, which we hope lots of you will be able to attend! The KS2 assembly will be held at 2.15pm on Wednesday 11th October.

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Friday 29th September 2017- Thackray Medical Museum

Gemma Bray (g.bray) on: Year 5

We have had another fun-filled week in Year 5!

 

In English this week, we have been looking at newspaper reports and their features. To start, we looked at a range of examples and together we picked out the key features to write on our working wall. We then looked at a bad example of a newspaper report, before using our editing skills to improve it. We’re getting much better at editing our work now and we will be focusing on editing our own writing next week! To end the week, we played the role of Victorian Journalists and collected information about Queen Victoria’s Coronation, which will help to us to write our own newspaper reports next. We also used our drama skills to get into character and describe how we might feel if we were present at the Coronation!

 

In maths, we have continued to use our place value knowledge from last week to round numbers. We started with smaller numbers and rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. However, by the end of the week, we had grasped the concept of rounding enough to move on to rounding much bigger numbers to the nearest 10,000 and even 100,000! To consolidate our learning, we worked in groups on Friday to carry out a rounding investigation. We had to look at a range of celebrity twitter statistics, with some of the numbers reaching 1,000,000, before deciding how we would appropriately round these very large numbers. We are finding maths really fun at the moment!

 

Our highlight this week was the Y5 trip to the Thackray Medical Museum. It was really fun because we got to dress up as Victorian school children and travel by coach to our venue- our driver even let us put on the radio! We spent our day having a tour of the museum and taking part in a Victorian Workshop. We found the tour of the museum really interesting because we learnt more facts and got to walk down ‘The Street’, which were so realistic that they gave some of us a fright!! We found the workshop educational and lots of fun, as our teacher was also Victorian and very, very strict, (even stricter than than Miss Fletcher and Miss Gaspar last week.) She told us more about the punishments in Victorian schools and showed us some real life objects that would have been used. She then let us find out about our Victorian characters, using clues, before we were allowed to dress up as our character to take part in a role play lesson. We think that our performances were definitely worthy of an Oscar or two!

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Year 4 Blog

Friday 23rd June

Rachel Wilby (r.wilby) on: Year 4 Blog

As always we have been working hard in Year 5 and this week has been no exception. In between, being Time-warping TV producers in our maths lessons and up and coming journalists in our English lessons we have found time to get up to a whole host of things this week. Where do we find the time!

You might have spotted some familiar faces on Calendar News Wednesday evening, when ten of our Year 5 pupils visited Morley Town Hall to work in collaboration with other local schools for a very special event. Four hundred children performed at Morley Town Hall at a special event inspired by the tragic death of MP Jo Cox. They came together as part of "The Great Get Together", a movement which has sprung from Jo's maiden speech in Parliament in which she said we have more in common than that which divides us. In true Fountain spirit, our pupils showcased their wonderful talents and we are so proud of the pupils that took part. Check out the report on the ITV website: http://www.itv.com/news/calendar/2017-06-21/hundreds-of-children-at-jo-cox-get-together-event/.

Year 5 School Council representatives, Scarlet and Eve joined other Aspire schools at Morley Victoria on Thursday to share ideas on ways to enhance environments in school. We look forward to hearing their feedback. 

Our school Librarians had a very important mission this week. Bright and early Thursday morning they set off for Headingley to visit Leeds Library service. Their mission, to choose nearly 400 books for our beautiful school Library. Armed with hundreds of requests from pupils they set about choosing a a wide selection of books. It sounds like they had lots of fun and we can't wait for the books to be delivered!

Finally, we want to say a huge WELL DONE to all our Year 5's who took part in the Sports Day at Bruntcliffe Academy. You were fantastic and showed fantastic resilience on one of the warmest days of the year. 

Another awesome week Year 5! Well done! 

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Teachers Blog: Week 2

This week has been a busy one in Year 5! It started off with our Heritage Day on Monday, where we were lucky enough to have the help of some Leeds Trinity students. It was a jam-packed day, full of activities looking at the history of Morley from a geographical and historical perspective. We started by creating map markers to explore how the landscape of Morley has changed from today back through to 1854. Then we were History Detectives, using investigative skills (in addition to original trade lists and the 1891 census) to uncover more information about the people who lived on our very own Fountain Street, before creating a story about them. On Tuesday Mr Dalton invited Year 5 to attend a workshop about John Bunyan’s famous work, ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’. The children were really engaged throughout.
Thursday was another busy day, as it was World Book Day. Well done to everyone for making such a fantastic effort with your costumes, it was lovely to see so many different book characters brought to life! We had a fun literary themed day, creating our own book related menus and our own potions, inspired by the brilliant Harry Potter books. At the end of the day, we had a special whole school assembly, where the real Burglar Bill was revealed and it turned out to be Miss Bray!
Well done to the Year 5 boys who played in the football tournament this week, they were fantastic!
We hope you have a relaxing weekend, after what has been a busy week.
Miss Bray and Miss Wilby

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Year 5 - Spring 1 Week 6 Update

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What a 6 weeks we’ve had! It has been an amazing half term and we have worked our socks off. It is safe to say we are ready for a week of rest and relaxation. As always this week, we have been learning lots of new and exciting things.
In Maths, we have been converting percentages into decimals and fractions and have been tackling some very tricky reasoning problems.
In Literacy, we’ve been reading and performing our instructional text maps. The text maps help us learn how to improve our writing and they’re also really fun! Our instructions about how to get up in the morning were so detailed, even an alien could follow them!
In Science, we have been writing songs about space and we have been imagining what it was like to be British astronaut Tim Peak. We wrote a diary using our writing skills to write about a day in the life of this amazing man.
Finally, Year 5 would like to say an enormous THANK YOU to Miss Gaspar who has been working with us since September. She leaves us this week to help Churwell. We know she will do fantastic things like she did for us!

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Teacher's Blog: Week 4

What a crazy couple of weeks we’ve had! Last Wednesday, Year 5 finally set off on their adventure to Robinwood!

The long, yet picturesque, ride on the coach gave us lots of time to think about the amazing activities that were awaiting us. We were excited for the action packed days to come but nervous about being away from home!

Right from the start, we got stuck into so many activities. Some of our favourites were Zip-wire, Giant Swing (Chop Chop Banana!) Trapeze and Caving. We showed great growth mindset and resilience and tried our best to have a go on all the activities.

The food at Robinwood was delicious! We had an English breakfast every morning with healthy pasta and wraps for lunch and dinner. Although we were very jealous that the teachers had a mouth-watering cheese cake to eat!

We made sure we always followed the Golden Rules even though we weren’t in school. We were a great year group and represented Fountain Primary once again with our outstanding manners and achievements. We all loved each and every activity and made the staff of our school very proud.

Back in school this week we have been using our experiences at Robinwood to produce some amazing work. In English we have been writing a diary, documenting what we got up to during our residential. We have also been creating some sketches of the amazing

Teacher's Blog: Week 2

Year 5 have been working really hard this week. We would like to share what we have been doing.

Maths 

This week in maths we have been learning about decimal place values and converting two decimal place numbers into fractions. We have also been doing decimal addition pyramids. They were quite a challenge!

English 

In English we’ve been learning about paragraphs with indents, non- chronological reports and dashes. We’ve been collecting information for a plan which will create a non-chronological report about Morley.  

Topic

This week in topic we’ve been learning about maps and have been finding the fastest route to Robinwood but we had a limited amount of map so we couldn’t just go on the M62. We have been writing down the route just like a Sat-Nav!

It has been a good week as it’s our residential trip to Robinwood soon. Everyone’s very giddy. And don’t forget; JUNK FOOD PROJECT EVERY WEDNESDAY!!!

Teacher's Blog: Week 1

Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are looking forward to an exciting half term. This week in English we have been looking at instructions and the importance of using imperative verbs and time connectives to make sure the instructions are clear and precise. 5GB wrote some fantastic instructions telling an alien how to make a perfect sandwich. They realised that it was trickier than expected to break down a seemingly simple task into clear, easy to follow steps. 5RW have been practising their editing skills to enhance their instructions. In maths, the children have all been enjoying using with Roman numerals and have done some brilliant work to crack codes and sort numerals into the appropriate place on a Venn diagram. We began our topic with a Q&A session on Robinwood, where the children could ask any questions or discuss any worries they might have. The children said they felt more confident and excited about our upcoming trip after this session.

Our new science topic this term is Earth and Space. The children have come up with some interesting questions that they want to explore about space. We are really looking forward to looking into this subject more in the coming weeks.

Well done to all of Year 5 for settling back in to the new term really well.

Teacher's Blog: Week 7

Well, we have reached the end of our first term in Year 5. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the pupils and the parents, for making us feel so welcome. It has been a fantastic, enjoyable and memorable first term at Fountain Primary School. Time seems to have flown by and the children have produced some brilliant pieces of work in all subjects this term. Our Victorian topic has now come to an end, but we hope the children have enjoyed learning about this important period in British history. In English and maths, the children have been incredibly resilient and developed their growth mindset, by not giving up when something proves difficult. This week, we have been doing lots of reasoning and problem solving Christmas challenges to revise everything we have learnt so far. As part of our Christmas topic, which centres around the wonderful book, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, the children have created Christmas haikus, about the characters and the storyline in the book.  Our Christmas assembly on Monday, was a great success and we thank you for your support. The children worked incredibly hard to put together a show in just one week and we were very proud of them and all their hard work – it definitely paid off, the performance was fantastic. Well done Year 5 and 6!Once again we would like to thank Year 5 for a brilliant start to the school year, it is a joy working with you all.

We hope you have a lovely Christmas and see you in 2017!

Teacher's Blog: Week 6

We’ve had a busy week as we started our Christmas topic with a two-day WOW last week. As part of our Christmas topic, we have been reading Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It links really well to our Victorian topic and the children have been picking up on lots of links.

There’s been lots more work on fractions this week, and the children have been incredibly resilient as we have introduced new concepts, such as multiplying by whole numbers.

In English we have been creating some fantastic character and setting descriptions based on the text, we all agree that Scrooge undergoes a miraculous transformation over the course of the story.

Preparations for our Christmas performance are well underway, and we are all very proud of how hard the children have worked to put this performance together in such a short space of time. It is very impressive! We hope to see you there to celebrate Christmas and the children’s hard work next Monday.

Teacher's Blog: Week 4

We were very impressed with the fantastic crime narratives that the children produced last week – we definitely have some future authors in Year 5. This week we have started a new text type, looking at newspaper reports, before the children write their own based on the crime they created in their stories.

In maths, we have been exploring fractions and the children have tried really hard to develop their understanding of equivalent fractions and noticing links between fractions and the work we have been doing in the rest of the half term. These connections are a key part of mathematical learning, so it is great that the children are starting to independently make these links.

As part of our science topic, on the properties of materials and changing state, we have been carrying out a few experiments. I think a firm favourite was our investigation into how we could keep Olaf at a constant temperature, using our very own mini Olafs (ice cubes in a cup!). The scientific language and shared knowledge which these investigations generated were very impressive and the children enjoyed learning about how different materials act as thermal conductors or insulators.

It has been another fantastic week. Well done Year 5! 

Teacher's Blog: Week 3

Thank you to all the parents who attended our reading morning, the children really appreciated having an adult to read to. It was lovely to see so many children enjoying a good book.

Friday saw lots of lovely buns and cakes being brought into school, which the children enjoyed tucking into at break time, so again thank you for your support. The classrooms were a riot of spots and Pudsey Bear ears!

This week, both Year 5 classes have really impressed us with the fantastic crime stories they have produced. The quality of the children’s writing is outstanding and they have clearly enjoyed this genre.

As part of our topic we have been looking at the British Empire during Queen Victoria’s reign and exploring how it highlights the importance of our British Values.

Teacher's Blog: Week 2

In English this week, the children have been creating the setting and character descriptions for their crime/mystery stories. They have been coming up with some fantastic examples of using figurative language to add extra detail. We are looking forward to reading the stories next week!

Building on our work on factors and multiples, we have been looking at multiplication and how we can apply this knowledge to real life in maths.

As part of our topic on the Victorians, we have explored different jobs often done by children in the Victorian period. The children then created an advert to attract people to apply for the position of either a chimney sweep or a mine worker. There were some fantastic slogans, such as ‘Every Sweep Helps!’. We will be looking at the British Empire and the lasting impact it has had.

 

Teacher's Blog Autumn 2: Week 1

We hope you have all had a lovely, relaxing half term. On Monday, both classes were very excited about trick or treating and came into class on Tuesday full of stories about the number of sweets they had collected! In maths this week, we have been recapping our work on factors, multiples, prime and square numbers, as well as looking at divisibility rules to help us with our mental arithmetic. This week in English, we have started a new text map as the end goal is to write our own crime/mystery story, which is very exciting. We have been continuing with our Victorian topic, which all the children seemed to be enjoying, by looking at the different jobs held by people in Victorian times. We were all very relieved that the job of ‘crossing boys and girls’ were no longer needed!

On Wednesday, both classes were lucky enough to have a visit from a theatre group, who delivered a performance and workshop. They did some fantastic work discussing the different aspects of the characters’ personalities. We were very proud of the way the children conducted themselves throughout the session and the fantastic ideas they came up with.

Teacher's Blog: Week 7

Well done Year 5 for a brilliant half term, we are incredibly proud of how well you have settled in and of all the fantastic work you have been doing. This week in particular you have created some amazing poems in the style of the Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti. There have been some super sentences using similes, metaphors and personification flying around the Year 5 classrooms – we definitely have some future writers in the making here!

We had our homework project afternoons this week, where we were astounded by the effort and hard work that went into these projects. From scrumptious cakes and biscuits made using original Victorian recipes, to some fantastic models and posters, we have really enjoyed looking at your homework projects. Take a look at the pictures to see for yourself all the hard work the children have put in over the last few weeks.

Next half term we will be continuing with our Victorian topic learning about the different jobs, inventions and exciting changes that occurred during this fascinating period.

We hope you have a lovely half term holiday and come back well rested and ready to work.

Teacher's Blog: Week 5

We have had a slightly calmer, but just as exciting, week in Year 5. In maths we have been working hard using our knowledge of column addition and subtraction to solve calculations, including those with decimal numbers – very tricky stuff! The children have all been working on improving their concentration, our focus from Monday’s assembly and it has been lovely to see the amazing quality of their work. As part of our topic on the Victorians, we have begun designing a bookmark in the style of William Morris and in the coming weeks we will be transforming these designs into hand-sewn bookmarks.

In our English lessons this week, we have been trying something new – learning a text type through the use of a text map. The children have worked hard to retell the example non-chronological report about ‘Famous Victorians’, and the results are very impressive (we will hopefully be uploading a video link so you can see them in action!). The children have enjoyed using the text map to learn about how to structure a non-chronological report and next week they will be using everything they have learnt this week, when they start to write their own. We are looking forward to reading them!

Teacher's Blog: Week 4

Year 5 have had a very exciting week. On Tuesday, both classes went on a school trip to Armley Mills – it was our Victorian day! The children were fantastic and many members of the public commented on how well behaved the children were. We were very proud of the way they immersed themselves into the workshops. Everyone enjoyed the experience and we all learnt so much – we’ve got plenty of mini-experts on life for Victorian children now! It was fascinating to find out what schools were like in Victorian times – the children are very glad that school teachers no longer use the cane!

In maths this week we have been doing lots of work on rounding numbers. It was tricky to start with, but we have been very resilient and we have kept trying, so now we can confidently round numbers to the nearest thousand.

We have been finishing our work on diary entries in English and the children have been using all the facts and information they gained from their trip to Armley Mills, to enhance their work.

Well done to everyone in Year 5 for a brilliant week and for being fantastic representatives of Fountain Primary School. We are very proud!