Welcome to Team Five’s Blog
2019 – 2020
Class Teachers: Ms Omoboni & Ms Nakonieczna
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Hever
Spring 1 – our topic is: Dark Tales
Welcome back to school! This January, as the wintry months provide us with a magnificently dark and dismal atmosphere, Team 5 will delve into a world of Dark Tales!
This Spring term we are reading and writing dark tales and eerie stories. We will aim to immerse ourselves in, and conceive, curious tales which spawn anguish, suspense, unease and strike fear into the hearts of the reader in English. Your spine will tingle and your hairs will stand on end as you join us on a journey through these remarkable texts.In Science we are learning about the greatest mystery of all – dark matter, the Universe and the planet on which we live. We will visit the Chislehurst Caves to hear the spooky tales held within and use this setting as an inspiration for our own dark tales.
Developing our vocabulary remains a high priority for the class and for the school and our stories will give us the perfect opportunity to show off some of our new words such as: murky, trepidation, pungent, devious and excruciating. To match one of our books we’re reading – and with all basis of time being the sun and moon – we will learn about the history and geography of time by looking at methods to measure time (including clockwork) and time zones across the world (Maths & Geography). To help give an overview of our prior history learning, we will also attempt to create a timeline of key historical periods.
In Art we will create dark images by using ink blowing and pastels and we will be looking at fear and phobias for our personal, social and emotional (PSHE) learning. We are using our PE lessons to create a dance sequence for the song ‘Thriller’ as well as continuing ball skills with Mr Garrick.
To start our half term unit, we arrived back from the Christmas holidays to find police incident tape across our classroom and a number of unusual items inside. We completed a SOCO (Scene of Crime Officer report) with our findings and suspected activity. Afterwards we found out that all these items related to our first text: The classic poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Look at some of the fun we had:
Team 5 were lucky to get a visit to the Sky Skills Academy Studios to make a Vlog about plastic pollution! We had a great day and even got to use real studio cameras, green screens and editing suites – look at what we got up to (and keep an eye out for our plastic pollution vlog during our Global Citizenship Week):
We like to get our learning out into the real world wherever possible! Look at us measuring the playground in order to complete some area and perimeter work:
Autumn 2 – our topic is: World War Two
This half term we will be learning all about World War Two and how it affected the lives of children in Britain, Germany and children of Jewish decent. As well as finding out about the history and geography of the war, we will also look at significant contributions made by individuals of all colours and faiths. We will be looking in detail at the role that Asian people played in helping the allied forces through the book:
We will also be helping our understanding of what the war was like as a child through our class texts:
To find out more about this fascinating topic, click on the images below:
We are already truly fascinated with our topic and are enjoying interacting with our replica war items. Here is David trying on the gas mask:
Today we found out about evacuees and listened to videos of their experiences – both positive and negative. We also discussed the importance of capturing first hand experiences as the period lengthens between now and the war. Here is a group creating a tableaux of evacuees being waved off:
In RE we will explore how Christians celebrate Remembrance and look further into the message of peace throughout the bible, as well as through other faiths. As part of this topic, we will visit our local war memorial at our church, St James Hatcham.
For Maths we are focusing on calculations through the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) but now with numbers up to 1 million! We are also working with negative numbers. You can practise negative numbers through the game below:
In Science we are looking at how materials change state and learning about solids, liquids and gases. This will give us a great opportunity to complete some experiments and investigations.
Autumn 1 – our topic is: What makes me, me?
We are beginning the year with a very important topic indeed – ourselves! We have already begun to look into our family trees and the find out about the heritage that makes up the class. In R.E we will examine the different faiths that are practiced in our borough of Lewisham and how the community works together with its different backgrounds and beliefs. As part of our Topic learning we will touch upon genetics and look at a light understanding of the hereditary genes, especially those that are dominant! Perhaps you can roll your tongue, have dimples, freckles or curly hair? Then maybe it’s down to your family genes – ask Team 5 if you would like further information.
If you would like to explore the theme of identity for yourselves and join our philosophical enquiry, clink the link below!
In Literacy we will be examining the genre of book reviews and will be writing our own one about the hilarious Louis Sachar book, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. We will be practising the reading skill of skimming and scanning for information quickly and brushing up those basic writing NAG! targets that can creep in over the Summer Holidays.
In Art we will explore portraiture though the style of Pop Art and the work of Pop Artist, Andy Warhol. We will recreate self portraits in this style and in ICT we will focus on creating digital photography images and image manipulation.
2017 – 2018 was a wonderful year for Team Five … see what we got up to!
This World Book Day Team 5 were lucky enough to have a special reading session at…
The Houses of Parliament!
We braved the snow and ice and were rewarded with an amazing tour of the Houses of Parliament – we even got to sit in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords! We also found the spot where Nelson Mandela gave a speech to Parliament and the statue that the suffragette, Margery Humes, chained herself to – how fascinating in the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote and Team 5 studying South Africa! After lunch, we were treated to some music from Lord’s researcher Chris Waterman’s band before being read to by Tigger, the Queen of Hearts and two Matilda’s! The special treat then came as Barry Sherman MP for Huddersfield came to read us some poetry. Enjoy our pictures below:
Our readings were great!
100 Year anniversary of women getting the vote.
Spring 2 – our topic is:
This half term we will be learning all about South Africa and the changes that it has been through in the past century. In Literacy we will looking at the life of Nelson Mandela through his book ‘A long Walk to freedom’! The genre we will be focusing on is biography and autobiography. To find out more about the great man, click on the picture below:
We will also be using critical thinking strategies to look at the human and physical geography of South Africa. Click on the picture below to find out more about this incredible geography:
We are already excited about our new topic – especially as we have had a parcel sent to us from South Africa (thanks to Mrs Fabian’s friend, Lindsey) and have also 7 new classmates to contend with…our class stick insects. Stick insects are not only indigenous to South Africa but lots of other parts of the world. Look at us meeting our new friends:
But we think that they may still like Ms Omoboni the best as they just won’t leave her alone!
Spring 1 – our topic is: Dark Tales
Are you sitting uncomfortably? Then we will begin …
This term we are reading and writing dark tales. We will aim to immerse ourselves in and conceive curious tales which spawn anguish, suspense, unease and strike fear into the hearts of the reader. Your spine will tingle and your hairs will stand on end as you join us on a journey through these remarkable texts.
In Science we are learning about the greatest mystery of all – the Universe and the planet on which we live. We will visit the Chislehurst Caves to hear the spooky tales held within and use this setting as an inspiration for our own dark tales.
In maths this half term we will be securing our knowledge of written methods for multiplication and division which can be found in our Calculation Policy which can be found on the Numeracy page here.
Autumn 2 – our topic is: World War Two
This half term we will be learning all about World War Two and how it affected the lives of children in Britain, Germany and children of Jewish decent. As well as finding out about the history and geography of the war, we will also look at significant contributions made by individuals of all colours and faiths. To find out more about this fascinating topic, click on the images below:
We have started our Literacy by reading and watching ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian and exploring the experiences of evacuees. We have coupled this with learning at the Blitz and the bombing of our local area. In Art we will look at pictures created by the artist Henry Moore and using them as a basis for sculpture. After we had finished looking at British children’s experiences, we have started reading the picture book Rose Blanche by Ian McEwan and Roberto Innocenti which has led us on to explore the awful events of the Holocaust. We will complete this by reading Anne Frank’s diary and finding out about her experiences. Click the picture below if you want to find out more:
In RE we will explore how Christians celebrate Remembrance and look further into the message of peace throughout the bible, as well as through other faiths. As part of this topic, we visited our local war memorial at our church, St James Hatcham. Here we really looked at the memorial, drew it and them prayed for those that had fallen during the wars. After that we returned to school to write our own prayers in memory of people who had died in both wars.
In Maths we have been having fun with the four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing). We have been working collaboratively using equipment to help our maths brains become really flexible. Have a look at our fun learning:
In PE we have been exploring the theme of travelling and finding safe and creative ways to travel around the equipment. Look at the how creative we have been:
Autumn 1 – our topic is: What makes me, me?
This half term we will be exploring a very important topic – us!
Look at what we have created through our ICT project on digital images!
In ICT we have been looking at how to create portraits of ourselves as digital images. We have explored perspective (looking at eye level, the face from above and below) and action versus still shots. We practiced creating our own digital portraits before editing them with skills such as cropping and adjusting the light. Once we were happy with our digital image, we used them to create an image in the style of Andy Warhol. Whilst we all have fabulous shots, here are some of our best creations:
Joseph by Kelvin:
J’adore by Mary:
Nick by Tobi:
David by Marion:
Shae by Xenelle:
Adryanna by Tosin:
Destiny by Elizabeth O:
Reece by Jacob:
Kelvin by Joseph:
Abiola by Chimdindu:
Mary by J’adore:
I’m sure you’ll find some of our amazing photographers’ images on the front of magazines everywhere in the future!
As part of our topic, we will look into our family trees and the find out about the heritage that makes up the class. In RE we will examine the different faiths that are practiced in our borough of Lewisham. As part of our Topic learning we will touch upon genetics and look at a light understanding of the hereditary genes, especially those that are dominant! Are your ears attached or detached? Maybe you can roll your tongue, have dimples or have a widow’s peak? Then maybe it’s down to your family genes – ask Team 5 if you would like further information. To reflect on our understanding of self, we will be making some philosophical enquiry and thinking really deeply. You, too, can explore the philosophical world here (click picture):
Through Literacy we will be examining the genre of book reviews and will be writing our own one about the hilarious Louis Sachar book, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. We will have a heavy focus on grammar and will be practicing the reading skill of skimming and scanning for information quickly.
Our Maths will take us on an incredible journey through our brain as we work with number and place value. The pattern sniffing and reasoning that we will explore will ensure that we make the most of ‘brain crossing’ and that our synapses are firing. If these are things you’ve not heard of before, just ask Team 5 about how our brain grows during the solving maths problems. Whilst we love all maths, imagine just how busy our brains were working during this maths activity (we were challenged to four 4s and the four operations to create every number between 0 and 20):
In Art we will explore the work of Pop Artist, Andy Warhol, and recreate self portraits in the style of this artist through the media of paint and through ICT where we will focus on digital photography images and image manipulation.
To find out more about this extraordinary artist, see what The Tate has to say (click on the picture):
For Science we will be learning about the human body, with a focus on the skeleton, digestion and healthy eating. We started our learning about bones by thinking about the shapes and other features that make a successful supporting structure. We only had ten minutes, ten sheets of paper and a metre of tape but were largely similar in our design. Have a look at our endeavors:
To have fun testing your knowledge of bones, click on the game below:
And lastly…always remember…
We enjoyed our final weeks with the 2016-2017 Year 5 class and wish them well as they move to Year 6. Now we are excited to welcome the new Year 5s back to school!
The General Election 2017!
This week Team 5 learnt all about the General Election.
Every four years, the United Kingdom elects a new parliament. This is called a General Election and it’s pretty complicated but Team 5 have now become political experts! We learnt all about how the government is formed and about the cabinet (that is not what you’d think as it’s not somewhere to put your trophies!) as well as the voting system and the leaders and manifestos of the main political parties. Team 5 did then hold their own vote – but we won’t tell you who won as we don’t want to sway the voting public! Our country will be safe in Team Five’s hands though and everyone in the class really liked the idea of lowering the voting age. Here are some of the things that our own experts at St James Hatcham would like to advise you on:
“M.P. stands for Member of Parliament. We also learnt about manifestos which are the plans that the parties will try to carry out if they win.” Maria.
“The ballot box is where you put your vote and it is sealed and closely monitored so that no-one can take your vote out.” Sossna.
“The winning party needs over 326 seats (those are what we say an M.P. has won) to win. If it is less than that, it will be a hung parliament.” Frankin.
“When a party has over 326 seats, it is called a majority.” Russell.
“Theresa May used to be Home Secretary before she became Prime Minister. This meant that one of the things that she was in charge of was the Police.” Chimdindu.
“Some parties actually want some of the same things.” Jonelle.
“I’ve learnt about the First Past The Post system.” Hannah.
“It’s been a really interesting lesson.” Benaja.
Summer 2 – our topic is: Wolf Brother
This half term we are travelling even further back in history to the turn of the Mesolithic Period into the Neolithic Period (that’s the Middle & New Stone Age). We will look into this period of very early human history and explore what we mean by ‘Prehistoric’ and how humans used and interacted with nature during this time. We will look at both how humans learned to understand and manipulate the world around them and how we can understand this period of time through artifacts. We will look at how archaeologists study the past and also at the geography of early settlers – we will also link this knowledge to place names around us today.
Find out more about this historic period on this website (click on the picture):
For Literacy we will be reading the spectacular Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver. The book is set in this historical period of time and is not only a fabulous, dramatic story but also teaches us lots about the way of life and use of nature of early humans. We will also use the book to teach us lots about wolves – as this will be used to create information texts about wolves; we’re sure that we will be able to teach you all a thing or two about these amazing animals by the end of the term!
In Science we will revise what we have learnt in previous year groups about food chains and link this to our current learning. We will also study the life cycles of different living things and seed dispersal . We will have an on-going ‘Nature Table’ set up for the children to try new fruits, plants and seeds – this week the students have tried apricots (which they agreed tasted both sweet and a little sour) and sunflower seeds (the general consensus of which is that they taste very much like nuts).
We love angles! We think that they’re just right (except when they’re any other type of course!). We have started our half term by looking at different types of angles and how to calculate and estimate angles in a number of different ways. Next we will build to look at the interior angles of shapes. Did you know that they are 360 degrees in a full rotation and that’s probably because old calendars (such as the Persian Calendar) used 360 days for a year – when they watched the stars they saw them revolve around the North Star one degree per day?
If you want to know more about angles, click on the protractor image below:
Later this half term, we will be looking at geometry, the composition of 3D shapes, how to translate and reflect them and the specific properties of circles and types of triangles. Before we finish the year, we will also be revising number facts and written and mental methods for the four operations.
’13 Dead, Nothing Said’ exhibition:
At the end of the last half term, Team 5 were honoured to be invited to the ’13 Dead, Nothing Said’ exhibition at Goldsmiths University. We were met at the university by Professor Les Black who gave us a talk about the terrible events of the New Cross Fire in 1981 and the rise of people afterwards demanding attention for the matter. He spoke of his association with the events and of the support from some of the families of the deceased. Professor Black was impressed with Team 5 associating other learning to the exhibition – linking similarities with apartheid and the Sharpeville Massacre in South African history and with bias of written recording of events from our work on newspapers and the Peasants’ Revolt. Thank you to Professor Black, Marl’ene Edwin and Ms Miller for inviting us and to Team 5 for being so mature and reflective during the visit.
Summer 1: Revolt and Revolution!
Topic and Literacy:
We have returned from our Easter break to revolt and revolution in the air! Our learning this half term will transport us back to the Middle Ages, from The Black Death in 1348 up to the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. We calculated that this seismic event took place 636 years ago and we have already begun considering what life was like for communities living in England at the time of plague and pestilence.
We will find out about the causes and effects of The Black Death and the short and long term consequences which signalled major changes to the social structure of England leading to a ‘great uprising’ or protest known as the Peasants’ Revolt.
Though our class text, ‘Fire, Bed and Bone’ by Henrietta Branford, we will find out about the legendary Wat Tyler and other important historical figures such as John Ball who influenced the rebels and led them to local landmark Blackheath during the uprising. We will re-enact the main events during our own quiet riot and report on it by writing, editing and publishing our very own newspaper report about the revolt.
Keep posted for our school trip this half term – we hope to visit The Clink Prison Museum, notorious for being the prison that gave its name to all others. This Medieval jail was home to both petty criminals and notorious villains and we hope to hear their stories on a guided tour.
How would you fare living in the Medieval times? Click here to play The Museum of London’s ‘Medieval Game of Life’ and find out!
We continue with our learning from Spring term about decimals by securing our calculation methods for the 4 operations with decimal values using money and measures in real world contexts! Here we are working hard at reading and interpreting decimal values on stop watches and a range of measuring devices:
Once we are calculating securely with decimals to 3 places we will then use all our knowledge of tenths and hundredths and multiplying by 10 and 100 to help us learn about percentages. We will find out how they link to Fractions and Decimals, learning some of the key equivalents and then calculate percentages of quantities in real world contexts.
We have visited England’s oldest prison The Clink – now a museum – to learn more about its rich and gory history of housing criminals and rebels dating back to 1144. Here are some photos from our outing – you may recognise some of these infamous characters!
Spring 2: Long Walk to Freedom
Topic and Literacy:
This term our topic is all about the great politician and human rights activist Nelson Mandela and the impact his life has had on the lives of South African people. We will focus in particular on the lives of black people during apartheid and consider what we can learn from this system of institutionalised (and lawful) racial segregation and discrimination of the past to secure freedom for all in the future. We will study the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and how we can ensure that this international agreement of rights is upheld for children across the world.
“Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another …” Nelson Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom
We will be reading Nelson Mandela’s biography as well as information about influential South Africans – some of which we have named our tables teams after: Wandile Mabanga, Miriam Makeba, Desmond Tutu, Bridget Radebe, Francios Pienaar and Helen Suzman. We will also be reading ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ a story set in apartheid South Africa and written by South African author Beverley Naidoo.
Our writing will focus on a range of genres; biography, letters and arguments using a wide range of conjunctions, connecting devices and parenthesis to connect and explain our facts and ideas. We will construct timelines and investigate a wide range of maps – click here to explore a map showing South Africa today where 1 dot = 5000 people.
Have a look at some of the learning we have completed so far this half term:
We will share all we have learned in our class assembly! March the 21st remembers an important event in the history of apartheid in South Africa and we will be ‘Remembering Sharpeville’ as part of our assembly on Friday 24th March at 9.15am.
Our Numeracy this half term will build on the knowledge of fractions we focussed on in Spring 1 by linking them to decimal equivalents and investigating the relationship between tenths, hundredths and thousandths. We will learn how to partition, compare, order, round and calculate with decimal values and problem solve within the numerous real world contexts that we use decimals!
Take a look at these statements about decimals – who can you convince of your answer?