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The Year Five Learning Blog
Hello and welcome to the Year Five Learning Blog.
In this space of the website we will endeavor to keep you up to date with all the fantastic learning and work which is going on in Year Five. Expect updates from pupils, teachers and staff alongside photographs of work to showcase what we have been getting up to during our school days. We hope you enjoy following our learning journey in Y5. 
Making the Main Thing the Main Thing
In Y5, we are covering and learning lots of different things across a whole range of different subjects. However, during the next five or so weeks we are having an extra focus on mastering three key parts of learning.
1) Our seven times tables
2) How to correctly punctuated dialogue (speech) in our writing
3) Understanding what our key concepts mean (responsibility, reflection, causation, perspective, connection). 
We are revisiting these key learning points regularly, having low (or even no) stakes quizzes of our knowledge in these areas and trying to apply our learning to different situations. If we keep the main thing the main thing, we are sure the children can master these three key parts of our learning. 
Is the point of a journey just to reach a destination?
In assembly this week we looked at and discussed the idea of making the journey to a destination or outcome really count. Yes, we all want to get to where we're going, but sometimes the getting there can be really important.
When we link this to our learning in school, we saw that the journey to new learning is crucial and we need to make the most of it. If we focus too intently on the outcome and not on how to get there it can often take longer and lead to less success. 
The key message - take your time and think on your learning journey. 
At some point during the week beginning Monday 21st October, the children in Y5 will be taking part in the annual Readathon. This event has been a successful and much loved fixture in the HBJ calendar for many years. The Readathon is a whole school fundraiser to help school replenish and refresh the supply of books in school. Children will be sponsored (sponsor forms have gone home with a letter) to read for a whole afternoon - what a treat! All funds raised will then go back into school to buy new books for the children. I know the children cannot wait and nor can the Y5 teachers, who love getting lost in a great book!
Maths No Problem
The children are really getting into the swing of things with Maths No Problem in Y5. So far we have been exploring, problem solving and reasoning with a range of place value problems and we are moving on to look at addition and subtraction. 
Want to help with maths at home? Log on to Timestable Rockstars or support your child(ren) to know all their timestables up to 12 x 12 by practicing and quizzing. Little and often will make a big difference. 
Refugee Visit
We're really looking forward to our visit from some asylum seekers and refugees based in Sheffield next Monday. The children will be hearing about their life stories and what has brought them to end up in Sheffield. Children will also have a chance to ask questions and find out for themselves about the journeys of our visitors. 
The following day, we will undertake a sponsored walk to Forge Dam to help raise money for Assist - a Sheffield based charity which helps asylum seekers in our city. Fingers crossed the weather stays dry and we have a fantastic time. 
What are we reading in Y5?
All three Y5 classes are currently reading Shadow by Michael Morpurgo. The children have been really engaged in this book and it's powerful narrative. The book deals with many of the issues and topics we are discussing and working on during our current unit and is already proving a great topic of class discussion and debate. 
Tuned Percussion Project
On Wednesday this week, the children in J8 started work on their tuned percussion project. This ten week project involves staff from Sheffield Music Hub delivering a weekly session using different tuned percussion and will culminate with a performance for parents and carers (date to follow shortly). In previous years this has been a real highlight of the year for the children in Y5 and J8 got off to a flying start managing to learn a song in their very first session and to perform it as a whole class group. Mr Goodhand was very proud. 
Children in J7 and J9 will be involved in this project during the Spring and Summer terms. 
British Values Underpin Our Society
As our next unit of work, children will be considering whether or not British Values underpin the way we live in the united kingdom. As part of this, pupils will be looking at two key questions,  'what are British values and how do they affect our lives?' and 'what motivates groups to act as they do?’'
We have started this unit by looking at the Highway Rat and are currently starting to retell this children's class for an older audience.  So far, the children have been very engaged, enthusiastic and have impressed with their creative ideas and accurate writing. 
As this unit continues, we will also be having a visit from some asylum seekers living in Sheffield who will be sharing their experiences and telling us a little about their lives. The children will then undertake a sponsored walk to raise funds to support Assist, a charity which works with asylum seekers in Sheffield (a letter has gone home about this). 
We are really looking forward to getting our teeth stuck into some fantastic learning and look forward to see how thew children progress and what their opinion is on the big questions we cover. 


Our Culture Affects Our Values and Actions
During the first few weeks back, the children have been grappling with the central idea that our culture affects our values and actions and have been discussing and debating whether or not they believe this statement to be true. 
As part of this work, the children in Y5 have been comparing and contrasting school life in Ethiopia with their own school life. This has led to a lot of rich discussion and a piece of writing exploring a 'typical' school morning for rural communities in Ethiopia. We have considered what we have to be grateful here for and compared what we consider to be 'essentials' with what those in other locations have a need. We feel this has given the children a real appreciation for the education they receive in the U.K. and set them up for a successful year of learning.