Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

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This week, we have begun our Year 5 journey! We have started by learning about non-chronological reports and will be writing a fact file about an animal. In science, we have been learning about the Solar System. Did you know that the sun is our biggest star? In maths, we have been learning about place value and Roman Numerals. We know D = 500, C = 100, M = 1000, X = 10, L = 50, I = 1 and V = 5. We have loved learning about tag rugby with Miss Dodsworth. We now know how to pop the ball.



In Swifts this week we have been learning about rounding numbers in maths.  We have learned a rhyme to help remember the rules.  In PE, we practised some stretching and breathing exercises and played tag rugby!  Some students will be taking part in a football tournament.

In English, we have been writing character descriptions for our chosen animals.  We have used similes and metaphors.  In science, we did some activities to prove that the Earth is spherical.  We used a plasticine boat to prove our theory.

Some students have prepared PowerPoint presentations and speeches for the student council.  The elections will be tomorrow.

Best wishes, Swifts!



In Maths, we have been doing rounding and subtraction. We have done lots of collaboration when we played Maths games to practise these skills. Lots of children showed resilience and compassion when the school council awards were given. Our school council members are Freya, Megan and Gilbert. Congratulations! Oscar is a special advisor for the school too. We are sure they will all do a great job and represent Swift Class brilliantly. 



Yesterday, in Science, we took part in a virtual field trip with National Geographic Education. Through the powers of YouTube, we were able to watch and listen to a number of experts in their field talking about their current work on space. This linked so well with our current topic of learning and it was amazing to see what experts are working on to get a sense of wonder for space and promote the "wow, I could do something like this one day!" mentality. This links to our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) aims in Science. If you'd like to watch the video again, the link is:



In writing, we have been writing our own Just So Stories in the style of Rudyard Kipling. We have been using ADD and Magic 6 to improve our speech writing. We had great fun last Friday during our D.T day when we made doodlers. They are upside-down cups, fitted with a circuit and pens attached so they draw doodles on paper when they jiggle. We tinkered in groups and made our doodlers in pairs. This was a chance for us to practise our group work skills. In maths, we have been learning about multiples. We know that multiples are numbers in the times tables. In science, we have been measuring the length of shadows every hour. We found that in the morning and afternoon, the shadows were longer and at midday it was at its shortest. We have been very busy in our French lessons too. We have learned how to talk about our pets and how old we are and talk in full sentences. We have been thinking deeply in R.E and asking the question, 'How was the Earth made?' Did the Big Bang start everything? Did God? We grappled with this idea and debated it together.




Swift Class have been learning how to draw self-portraits using drawing tools.