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Year 5 - Kestrels

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March 2017


Year 5 have had a fantastic Spring term so far. We celebrated Burns Night in style with a class assembly all about the life and works of Robert Burns, Scotland's National Poet. During the assembly we recited poetry, sang Auld Lang Syne, danced a Highland dance and paraded a haggis with the help of a traditional Scottish bagpiper. We then continued the festivities in class by sharing the haggis (which wasn't to everyone's taste!).

In geography we learnt all about North and South America, exploring the 50 states of the USA and developing our understanding of the importance of the River Amazon. We have enjoyed completing the weeky 'One Mile Run' along with developing our fitness and coordination skills in PE. In ICT we have been learning how to programme animations using Scratch. 


In science we learnt all about the digestive system, following the BBC's 'Terrific Scientific' science programme for schools. We participated in a televised 'Live Lesson' and recreated the 'poo' investigation in class. This lead to some great story writing about the journey of a mars bar through the digestive system, which we entered into the BBC Radio 2's 500 word story competition. 



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We have had a fantastic first term in Kestrels class. We began the year by studying the brain, including learning about the different parts of the brain and understanding how memory works and how we learn. Our first class book was Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

This half term we explored South America through our most recent book study, Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotsen. We baked spinach and potato empanadas and learned how to write both fictional and instructional texts.

In maths we have developed our understanding of number, place value and the four operations as well as improving our times tables knowledge and mental arithmetic.

In PE we have played hockey, developed our endurance in long distance running and performed short routines in gymnastics to improve our balance and core strength.

In addition, we performed a class piece on African djembe drums, led the school's Harvest Festival back in September and recited Christmas poetry, Twas the Night Before Christmas, from memory to the whole school.

We have been practising spellings every day as well as developing basic skills including handwriting, reading comprehension, punctuation and grammar.

Our most recent hexagon treat was a chocolate fountain party!