The children have been very busy in class. Below is a quick recap of our learning and how you can support your child.
We are continuing to dissect how to write a text that entertains the reader (primarily narrative). One technique that we will explore is “show don’t tell”. Writers use this to create a clear picture in the reader’s mind, make the story more interesting and allow the reader to fully understand how a character is feeling. We will also be looking at how to tighten tension, inserting dialogue, sizzling starts, how to plan ideas as well as brainstorming problems and solutions. Ask your child if they can read you something they have written that they are proud of.
We have started a new investigation titled ‘Down the Drain’. The students will be measuring how much water goes down the drain when the tap is left on whilst they are brushing their teeth. This Investigation gives a real and meaningful context for students to learn about volume, capacity and calibrated scales. Water conservation is an ongoing concern. In many urban areas water restrictions are permanently in place. It is easy to be mindful of conserving water on a large scale. However, as they investigate, students will discover how much water is wasted over time from something as insignificant as a dripping tap, or as careless as leaving the tap running while brushing one’s teeth. Ask your child about what form of measurement they would use to calculate the amount of water that goes down the drain and how they would work out how much is wasted in 5 minutes, or a day or a year or in their lifetime.
Our new Science unit is all about the properties of solids, liquids and gases and how they change either chemically or physically under different situations. We had a guest parent on Wednesday who helped kick-start the topic by demonstrating some amazing experiments. The students were definitely inspired. If you have a special interest in this area and would like to volunteer to come in and share your knowledge then please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher. Please be aware that in a few weeks students will need to do some ‘experiments or cooking’ as part of our learning. We appreciate your time, support and supervision in assisting the students with these tasks. Ask your child which experiment they found most interesting; either the steel wool rusting, the formation of iron hydroxide or the combustion of marshmallows.
Over the next few weeks and next term, students will be working through a program called ‘The eSmart Digital Licence’. This program is a series of modules designed to help them stay safe and communicate appropriately whilst using their computers and other technology. The modules are a fun way for children to prove their knowledge of how to best use technology whilst remaining safe online. It includes questions regarding mobile phones, social networking, viruses and spam, email, dealing with trolls, sending images, and lots, lots more. Have a discussion with your child about how they can stay safe online.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Year 5 Team
Aaron Flugge (Head of Year 5), Rose Millington, Diana Toufeili, Mark Wnek
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