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Learning Blog

The Y5 Learning Blog! Look here for a summary of what is and what has been happening in Y5 at HBJ.
In Focus
Today's Maths No Problem in focus task really had the children thinking. We had lots of different ways to go about solving the problem including rounding, doubling, playing with place value and partitioning. Fantastic work Y5!
2018-19 Charity Launch Day
Don’t forget, children are invited to dress up as an animal and bring in a small donation on Friday 12th October to celebrate the school’s new designated charities for 2018-19, The WWF and The Yorkshire Wildlife Park!
Y5 Super Survival Stories
The Y5 children have been putting the finishing touches to their stunning survival stories of Arctic adventure. This week children have been editing, re-drafting, improving and publishing their stories. The effort, concentration and desire to make these stories something to be proud of has been fantastic. We have had a great time designing front covers, writing blurbs and binding our books with the super cool binding machine.  The children cannot wait to share these stories with you and each other. 
Reading for Meaning and Finding the Gist
Y5 have been reading an extract from a book called Stitch Head. The children have worked hard to understand the text by using our reading strategies. First they asked 'I wonder...' questions, then we related the text to what we already know and made links. After this, we made sure we fully understood any tricky words before locating the VIP words which fully help us to understand the meaning. Finally we put all our knowledge together to get the gist of the text. The children showed their understanding by summing up the passage in the headlines you can see below.
How do people adapt to different locations?

We have been looking into this line of inquiry across Y5 and have started by looking at climate zones and world biomes. 

The children will be researching into what biomes are, what the different types of biome are and what makes each biome unique. 

Once we have understood the different biomes and climates of the world, we will be exploring how different groups of people have managed to and continue to survive in extreme climates. 

So far the Y5 children have been really engaged with this line of inquiry and have been asking some fantastic question which we hope to investigate such as

What makes wind?

Does the sun orbit anything and if so how does this change the weather on Earth?

This is how we survive 
As part of our inquiry into our central idea (This is how we survive) Y5 have been starting to plan some survival narratives. Their stories are all based on the same short film stimulus and one still image of an arctic explorer. Their plans are coming across nicely and it's great to see so many fantastic, creative and different ideas coming from the same stimulus. Head over to the Y5 Gallery page to check out some of our plans and see the innovative ways children have chosen to present their imaginative ideas as planning. 
Watch this space for some finish stories before too long...
European Day of Languages
Yesterday (26-09-18) was the HBJS European Day of Languages. Y5 spent the afternoon celebrating all things languages. We started by trying to name all the European countries (there are 46 - how many can you name?) and then we looked at the languages that were spoken in some of these. 
Next, we discovered who our very own class language experts are. We're a talented bunch of linguists in Y5 with fluent Chinese, Urdu, Russian and Polish being spoken alongside many other languages. 
Finally, we looked at how Google Translate and Word Reference can help us in our language work and used these resources to research how to write and say different fruit names in a variety of languages. The children then did some observational drawing and colouring to create a label a fruit bowl of language joy. We all had a great time. Tres bien!
Following on from Mr Watson's assembly, the Y5 children will be really working on their focus and concentration this week.
We hope to see a real improvement in tuning out distractions, focusing on the task in hand and getting into our individual learning bubbles. The human mind can only focus on one thing at a time so to do a good job in our learning we really have to concentrate. 
IQ Cards - Christmas Fundraiser 2018
The children in Y5 have been designating and creating seasonal images and patterns ready for our IQ Card Christmas fundraiser. They will be bringing home their design, a glossy leaflet and a letter explaining what this is all about.  
This is a great opportunity for parents and carers to see their children's designs come to life as wrapping paper, cards and sticky labels. What's more, with each purchase you will be helping the school to raise vital funds. 
We hope you like the designs when they reach you at home! 
Maths: No Problem!
Today we explored the following statement and tried to see if it was true or false and then to prove our answers.
When we say 'more than' we always do an addition.
When we say 'less than' we also do a subtraction. 
Below we have one solution we seeks to prove it is false. Do you agree? Have they fully proved their answer?
Parent Drop Ins
Come and meet your child's teacher and spend some time in the class working with the children. 
When? Friday 5th October 8:40-9:15 or 2:30-3:05
Where? Please sign in at the office and you will be shown to your child's class.
We look forward to seeing you there!
In our Geography work we have been learning about climate zones.
Firstly, we tried to unpick the difference between climate and weather. Next, we looked at which places have different climates and we realised that the closer you get to the equator the hotter and wetter a place tends to be. We made detailed notes about all the different climate zones.  
We then tried to understand why this was. The children have done a good job of explaining this using diagrams and writing frames. Perhaps they can fill you in if you ask...
Across Y5 we have been reading, writing and comparing numbers up to 1,000,000. To do this we have been using number cards to allow us to manipulate numbers and play with place value. This work has all been part of our new and exciting Maths No Problem approach to teaching mathematics. Teachers and teaching assistants have been very impressed with how children have taken to our new approach to maths. Onward and upwards!  
Across Y5 we have been inventing back stories for this intrepid explorer. 
Who is he?
Where is he?
Why is he there?
What does he hope to find?
We can't wait to see where the imaginations of the Y5 take us with their survival stories. 

Overarching theme: How the World Works

Central Idea: This is how we survive

Lines of enquiry:

How do people adapt to different locations?

What is a healthy lifestyle?

Do animal lives matter?


During the Autumn Term, the Y5s will be learning all about how the world works.

How do people survive in extremes of weather? What should we be eating to keep healthy? Can you design a HIIT workout? Is it wrong to eat meat? Are all animals equal? What are microbes and how do they help and harm us?

Focusing on key Geography and Science skills and knowledge, children will explore these questions and come to their own conclusions. Alongside this, we will be writing a range of different texts including survival stories and animal rights arguments (some of which we hope to share on here). In our maths, we will be continuing the Maths No Problem work on place that value we have already started, putting down strong foundations to build great mathematical thinkers.

The Y5 staff, and hopefully the pupils, can’t wait to get going and really get their teeth into some fab learning!

Welcome Back Y5

It has been fantastic to welcome back the Y5s this September and they have really impressed us by hitting the ground running.

To kick the year off, we have been exploring the central idea Who We Are and looking at the following lines on enquiry:

Why do people help each other?

What makes a good team member?

How can we develop positive friendships?

What is my role in school and the wider community?

The children have shown excellent critical thinking and have really engaged in exploring these questions and drawing their own conclusions. We really hope this learning will set them up for a successful school year.

All the teaching and support staff in Y5 are looking forward to a busy, exciting and successful academic year. Bring it on!

Meet the Teacher


It was fantastic to see so many parents and carers today for the Y5 meet the teacher sessions. Hopefully you enjoyed visiting your child’s class and looking through their books. We continue to be impressed by and proud of the start Y5 have made this year and hopefully you were similarly impressed with the work you got to see and the children’s attitudes to their learning. Thank you to all those parents and carers who made it today and to those who could not make we look forward to seeing you soon. Don’t forget, you can catch your child’s teacher most days on the school yard at 3:20 if you need a quick word.

Sorry to the J9 parents and carers, we have had to rearrange your meet the teacher session as Mr Fieldsend was absent today – he is looking forward to seeing you next week.