This week, Year 5 have got off to an inspirational start in their maths learning. Following Jo Boaler's youcubed creative maths ideas, we have been investigating what it means to be creative in maths, to think deeply and celebrate mistakes. We've been learning that our brains make new pathways when we make a mistake which means our brains actually grow!
Today, we have been investigating a world-wide unsolved maths problem - The Hailstone sequence.
We had to look for patterns and relationships between the numbers in our sequences to form a conjecture - this is like a prediction based on the data we know and see.
We've had to use motivation and engagement to try to solve the problem.
Thank you so much to the children in Year 5 for our lovely end of year gifts and cards. It was very thoughtful of you. Have a wonderful summer and have lots of fun!
From Mrs Syd, Mrs Norman and Miss Vass
We had a great transition day yesterday thinking about how we are going to reach our full potential in Year 6. We designed our own superhero costumes and thought about our super powers- all the qualities that make us good learners. The superhero display board is up in each Year 6 classroom ready for September. Take a peek here!
It was lovely to welcome so many parents and carers to Year 5 today to see our topic homework. The children have been really busy working on their projects this half term, and today we got to see the results of their hard work! Thank you to everyone that came for your positive comments and feedback to the children. And well done Year 5 for your magnificent efforts.
We have been looking at poetry by Allan Ahlberg this week. He is a poet and author who used to be a primary school teacher. His poems are all about children and things that happen at school and they really make us chuckle.
We have been reading his poems and discussing what we like about them. One of our favourites is 'Please Mrs Butler'. It begins like this:
'Please Mrs Butler
This boy Derek Drew
Keeps copying my work, Miss
What shall I do?'
Next week we will be writing our own versions of this poem, beginning, 'Please Mrs Whalley!'
Watch this space for some funny Year 5 poetry coming soon...
What a fantastic afternoon we had at the Deepway tennis court on Tuesday 15th March. Mrs Mason has been coaching us on our Handball skills this term and we got to put them into practice with a Year 5 Handball Tournament. We were split into mixed teams of 4 and we played 5 minute matches against all the other teams. If we were not playing we refereed matches to help out. It was a closely fought battle and the two winning teams at the end of the day were Team 4 and Team 11. We really enjoyed having the opportunity to do this activity as a whole year group and Miss Vass and Mrs Sydenham were very proud of the improvements we have made with our game playing skills and strategies.
We were very proud of all the children in Year 5 this week. For the whole of this half term, the children have been putting together a project called 'My Box of Delights'. This involved designing a box, inspired by one of our focus artists, and then filling the box with items that were special to each child. There were also opportunites to draw and paint in the style of the artist, and to find out more information about the artist's life and work.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 10th February, everyone shared their work and we got a chance to see what everybody had been up to. There were some really creative boxes on show and some fantastic items tucked away inside them- from baby photgraphs to first shoes; football medals and gymnastic badges; tooth fairy boxes and locks of hair!
It was a very enjoyable afternoon and it certainly taught us a lot about our clever and creative year group. Well done Year 5!
With the 2015 Rugby World Cup still in full swing, six schools from across the Dawlish Learning Partnership joined together for a Tag Rugby Festival. Tag Rugby is a safe, fun and exciting form of non-contact rugby as there are no scrums, line-outs or tackling allowed.
On a chilly Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 children from Exminster, Kenton, Cockwood, Starcross & Westcliff Primary Schools along with Gatehouse ACE Academy met at the Sandy Lane Astro pitches in Dawlish to play a number of matches. The games were kindly refereed by sports leaders from Dawlish Community College.
As it was a fun festival event, there was no overall winning team but medals were awarded to players who showed great spirit, enthusiasm and sportsmanship throughout the afternoon and everyone went away with a certificate for taking part and representing their school. Exminster did extremely well winning 3 of their games and drawing the other 2. Thanks to all the staff and parents who made this event possible. A great time was had by all.
This term we have finished our dream catchers and have hung them up in our classroom. We made these dream catchers because the Yanonami (a Brazilian tribe) believed they keep out the bad dreams. We used feathers, beads, string and other fabrics and they ended up looking pretty good. They were supposed to take 1 hour but they ended up taking 3 or 4. Some people ended having trouble making their design. Overall we had a fun time making them.
By Joel and Zachary
Our Brilliant projects
In Topic Year 5 have been learning about Brazil and we have made some amazing projects so we have taken some pictures
We have found Brazil a very good topic to do and the boys have enjoyed learning about football history from Brazil and the girls
have enjoyed learning about fashion and clothing.
We have mainly been focusing on chocolate and cocoa beans because they are grown in Brazil.
Reported by Keiron Gorfin
This week has been extremely exciting as we had our class assembly. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to practice, especially the choir (check out the school blog and see what adventures we had.) In the assembly we were explaining what we had done with all of our topics. In literacy we have been doing debating. Read next week’s literacy blog for more. We had some exhilarating quotes from the parents. We talked about our science and maths (also future blogs). Recently on Fridays for the past three weeks we have been having swimming lessons. In art we have been doing string printing when we draw a picture and glue some string on and then choose a colour and print them (unfortunately we have only got to the gluing stage.)
Keep up to date with more blogs coming soon!
By Zachary and Joel