Katherine Johnson weekly class update 11/06/2021

Welcome back Year 5!

I hope that you all enjoyed a well-deserved and sunny rest during the half-term. We have had a great first week back to Katherine Johnson Class. The sun has been shining so we have begun planting some plants in our Year 5 gardening bed. Each class in the Junior school has been given a gardening bed to plant some plants of their choice. Before the half-term, we had a discussion as a class to decide which plants we would like to plant. We have planted: strawberries, tomatoes (2 different varieties), lavender, some lettuce (donated by Mrs Hammond – thank you!), a giant sunflower (again donated by Mrs Hammond) but our most exciting plant is… the walking stick kale! When this plant has fully grown (it will grow taller than some of us), it can be made into an actual walking stick! We spent some time as a class researching this – it is very cool! We found out that Kew Gardens once planted 3 of these and also made them into walking sticks. We are looking forward to taking care of our plants and watching them grow.

In English, we have begun our new writing unit which is based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. We had two experiences this week (before beginning our writing), to explore the difference between the two films as well as a taste test! In our taste test, Miss Bugg gave us a variety of different chocolate/sweets and we had to close our eyes and describe the flavours and texture. Some of us were very surprised with the sour snake!

In maths, we have been looking at key words and how to find them in word problems; they give us clue as to whether we should add, subtract, multiply or divide. We have also used all of our knowledge to create our own garden patch; Miss Bugg only gave us a certain amount of money to use. This has involved us adding up the cost of our plants; using multiplication to work out the cost for water over the month and subtraction to work out how much money we have left to spend. Overall, we have had a fantastic week back in school learning!

Katherine Johnson class weekly update 21/05/2021

A fantastic week to end this half-term!

This week we have been very busy putting our creative hats on by making Mayan masks from milk bottles (they’re very versatile!). We had to cut the milk bottle to the correct shape for our mask, then use our paper mache skills to cover the milk bottle (it was pretty messy!) and lastly we decorated them. They look brilliant – well done year 5s!

In maths, we have now finished mastering all 4 operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Well done!

Our class sentence stacker is complete for our diary in our English unit based around Scott from the Antarctic. We have worked very hard to complete our own diary entry in our independent write. Our writing has come on leaps and bounds this last half-term! I have really enjoyed seeing the children’s confidence in writing and vocabulary improve.

An enjoyable half-term had by all the Katherine Johnson Squad! I wish you all a restful and happy half-term break – the sun is even joining us for the week off! I can’t wait to hear what you have all been up too.

Katherine Johnson class weekly update 21/05/2021

Following on from our last weekly update, we have had another great week in Katherine Johnson Class!

We had an extra fun experience day in English, where we practised pulling a sled with weight on it. This is because Scott from the Antarctic and his team used to pull a sled with more than 100kg on it! We tried pulling Miss Bugg (who isn’t quite 100kg!) and then had some sled races! I think we realised how difficult and tiresome it is pulling a sled.

In English this week, we have begun writing our diary entries and our class sentence stacker is looking great. The class sentence stacker is where we take a sentence from different children in the class and put them together to create our own ‘class story’ or in this case class diary based on Scott and his teams experience racing to the South Pole.

In Maths, we are learning a new method to divide: bus stop method! We have enjoyed learning about what division means (sharing) and also what happens when sometimes we cannot share or divide a number equally – we’re left with remainders. We practised this using matchsticks and seeing how sometimes numbers can not be shared equally.

Katherine Johnson weekly class update 10/05/2021

This week, we have enjoyed learning about the Mayan game called Pok-a-tok. We have looked at the rules of Pok-a-tok and also practised playing this outside. It was harder than you think; we had to pass the ball to one another without using our hands or feet. We had to be very inventive in our passing! We also felt (with weights) how heavy an actual Pok-a-Tok ball would have been – 3.5kg! A lot heavier than any of us thought. Luckily, Miss Bugg didn’t use a ball this weight!

In English this week, we have finished writing our independent adventure stories. The children should be very proud of how much their writing has improved across the half-term. It is amazing and lovely to see the class enjoying writing. Watch this space J.K Rowling! We are now starting our new non-fiction unit and will be creating a diary entry from the perspective of Scott of the Antarctic. Scott was an explorer who raced the Norwegians to be the first to get to the South Pole. Unfortunately, they lost the race but tried their hardest. We have found the structure of a diary entry and also created our own camps outside; imagining what it may have been like for Scott and his team.

In maths, we have started learning about short and long multiplication. As a class, we are becoming experts in this and have enjoyed a multiplication treasure hunt and murder mystery!

Another fantastic week in Katherine Johnson Class. Well done Year 5s!

Katherine Johnson weekly class update 07/05/2021

After the extra long weekend, we have enjoyed a week back in class together! We have been exploring different Mayan cities and discussing how each city had its own set of rules. We discussed the benefits and disadvantages of this as a class and then designed our own Mayan city! We had to think carefully about the buildings we needed and where they would be situated in our city, as well as making sure that we could provide food as well. They wouldn’t of had Mayan McDonalds back then (which some of us were highly disappointed about!).

We have also started learning how to code a Times Table maths game from scratch; this will be a project that we will build upon weekly! We are becoming fantastic coders!

In English this week, we have been planning and writing our own independent adventure stories. They have been fascinating to read and the children are very proud of them! Well done to all of Katherine Johnson on producing some interesting and fantastic adventure stories! Your writing has come on leaps and bounds!

Katherine Johnson weekly class update 31.04.2021

We have had another busy week in Katherine Johnson class!

Our class sentence stacker for our adventure story, ‘The Explorer’ is looking great; we are using metaphors, personification and similes to make our writing interesting for the reader!

In maths, we have moved onto multiplication and have been exploring multiplying (and dividing) by powers of 10. This week, we have learnt more about the Mayan timeline and in particular have had a closer look at their pyramids! We used art straws to recreate our own pyramids; which proved trickier than we thought! Some of us made pentagonal based pyramids, hexagonal based pyramids and even octagonal based pyramids! It was lovely to see the children supporting each other and working together during this activity. Some of the children even worked as a table to make a giant pyramid! Check out some of our photos!

Katherine Johnson class weekly update 23/04/2021

We have had a great week in Katherine Johnson Class and it’s been even nicer to see the sun shining!

As a school, we are partaking in the ‘Get Up and Go Yellow’ fundraising event to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Whilst discussing this as a class, we found out that several members of the class during the lockdown also participated in a daily 20 minute walk to help raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which is lovely to hear! Well done to all those children who completed this! The official fundraising event will be held later in the year but we are beginning to grow sunflowers to have a race to see whose can grow the tallest! On Monday, we were busy planting our sunflowers and decorating our plant pots with our designs. Throughout the week, we have been taking it in turns to water them. We can’t wait to see how tall they (hopefully) grow! We are enjoying learning about the ancient Mayan civilisation and even tried making some Mayan hot chocolate after reading the recipe in our guided reading sessions. Take a look at some of our reactions! It was made from water, hot chocolate powder, cornmeal and a dash of chilli powder! It didn’t taste like a Starbucks or Costa!

We have been working hard in English on our adventure story, ‘The Explorer’ where we are carefully thinking of our vocabulary that we are using and the effect this can have on the reader. We have spent time this week practising how to edit and improve our work. Year 5 are becoming great editors!

In maths, we have been practising the inverse operations for addition and subtraction. We even designed our own hotels! Some of us were given a budget and had to make sure that our hotels didn’t exceed the budget which was hard when we wanted every room to have a Hot Tub! Who knew it could be so difficult to choose between carpet or tiles for a room? A fantastic week. Keep it up Year 5! Well done 🙂

Katherine Johnson Class Update 16/04/2021

I hope that you all had a lovely, well-deserved and restful Easter break and are raring to go for the new Summer term. This term our topic will be the ‘Mysterious Mayans’. We will be using a cross-curricular approach when learning about this ancient civilisation that lived in Mesoamerica (or Central America as we know it today). In English, we will be looking at the adventure book called The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and also the non-fiction book: Scott of the Antarctic by E & J Dowdeswell and Angela Seddon.

We are becoming great mathematicians and will continue to build our resilience and problem solving skills whilst recapping the 4 operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction and division).

This term, PE will continue to take place on a Thursday afternoon. Please can the children continue to come into school on a Thursday in their PE kits. We will be continuing to wear slippers inside the classroom so please remember to pack these.

I appreciate that it has been a difficult year with home/school learning and we really appreciate all of your support to date. At the start of every half-term the children will be given a ‘Homework Projects’ sheet. The homework tasks will be based around our learning theme: ‘The Mysterious Mayans’. It will be a mixture of English, History, Geography, Art and D&T activities. These tasks are optional and can be completed through the half-term at the children’s own pace. Each task completed will allow the children to gain house points and a certificate at the end of the term. Homework projects can be handed in at any time, however the last date to complete them is: 24/5/2021. The children will also have weekly spellings which they will be given on a Monday and then tested on a Friday. These will be issued on Google Classroom as well as the children receiving a paper copy to stick into their planners. We recommend that the children read at least 3 times a week at home. This could be novels, non-fiction books, comics or newspapers. The children can read independently or to an adult/guardian. We will be issuing reading records where you or the children can write what they’ve read. At the end of each week, we will be discussing and sharing good books that we are reading at home. The children are welcome to bring to school the books that they are reading. If the children fancy any maths, they are more than welcome to access their Times Tables Rockstar Accounts. The children will have their account information in their planners.

Thank you for all of your support throughout what has been a challenging year so far. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me: s.bugg@coastalfederation.com

Katherine Johnson Class Update 27/11/2020

This week we have been submerged in Suffragette history! We have explored anthems, musicals, art and news. We have written a newspaper report about Emily Davison jumping in front of a horse and we know the difference between Suffragists and Suffragettes! Most of the children were amazed to find out the deeds the Suffragettes did to try to get the vote!

In maths, the children have started learning a new method for their multiplication and have progressed really well in just a few short sessions. Please get on rockstars to practice those times tables!!!

In english, the children have rewritten The Highwayman and drawn matching pictures. This has taken the whole week so a lot of effort has gone into these stories! Well done year 5!

Katherine Johnson Class Update 20.11.20

We’ve had a really interesting week learning about gender equality around the world – what it is and how it has changed over time. We have discussed whether gender equality exists in 2020 and have decided as a class that there is still a long way to go! The Suffragettes fought for justice 100 years ago and we have learnt how women lived before the war and how it is different to today.

In maths, we have learnt all about multiples, factors and prime numbers! Please ask the children all about them – they’ve become experts!

In english, the children have started drafting their own story of The Highwayman, using words from the poem!

We have also discussed anti-bullying and the children have created posters to help us all remember to be kind!