Year 5 - Ruby Class

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Welcome to Year Five
Mr Blenkiron

Wednesday 20th January
— Today's maths is continuing on from yesterday's giving more examples and questions related to dividing a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number.
1. The White Rose video can be found by clicking here ,
2. Complete the worksheets sent via parentmail
3. Mark your answers.

10:30am English
1. complete the philoso-tree attached to the parentmail (you will all hopefully remember the philoso-tree format from debates we have had in class). Give reasons for and against Annie Edson Taylor travelling over Niagara Falls in a barrel in the form of roots and gusts of wind respectively.
2. Then write a letter to Annie as a friend either warning her against her daredevil stunt or supporting her decision to do it.

1:00pm Reading — As usual on a Wednesday, this is your chance to independently read a book of your own choosing, but be sure to note down your favourite parts, lines or phrases from what you have read.

2:00pm History
1. Please make your way through the 'Boudicca's Rebellion' powerpoint, this links you to a video about Boudicca's rebellion against the invading Romans, and reminds you of the Celts' use of woad for war paint.
2. You will be asked to explain whether you agree that Boudicca was right to attack the Romans or whether she was wrong to do so.
3. Then, your task will be to design your own Celtic war paint designs on either a male or female face (both are attached here), and, if possible, either with face-paint or using your computer, paint your design onto your own face or a photo of your own face. You may want to take some inspiration from last year's Ruby Class by clicking here.


Topic — Roman Britain — 'What did the Romans ever do for us?!'
Our topic in Ruby Class this half-term is Roman Britain. We will first be setting the scene; thinking about what Britain and Britons were like at the point of the Roman invasion. We will consider the native Britons' reaction to the Roman occupation, and ask ourselves the immortal question: "What did the Romans ever do for us?!" Within this topic, we will complete timelines; explore how the map of our country has changed from Celtic tribal areas into our modern-day counties; consider the changes in landscape and technology; debate the morality of the Boudiccan rebellion — while getting into the Celtic spirit; learn about Roman military tactics and the beliefs that the Romans brought to our shores. Finally, we will consider some of the main reasons the Romans eventually abandoned Britain and who came afterwards.

Writing — Queen of the Falls
We will be using 'Queen of the Falls' as the main stimulus for our writing lessons. Without giving too much away, this is a story about a daredevil feat involving a lady called Annie Edson Taylor, a barrel and the Niagara Falls... The children have already been introduced to this topic and will work up to creating a series of diary entries about Annie's life. The key areas we are hoping to master through this unit are: identifying the audience for and purpose of our writing; organising paragraphs around a theme with a focus on more complex narrative structures; using commas after fronted adverbials; and using commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing.

Reading — Hansel & Gretel
Alongside this, our reading focus will be Neil Gaiman's rendition of 'Hansel & Gretel' — a darkly evocative retelling of the classic folk tale. The purpose of this unit is to master the skills of: evaluating an author's choice of languageincluding figurative language (metaphors, similes, personification etc.); identifying and discussing themes and conventions (particularly within the folk/traditional tale genre); and summarise the main ideas from more than one paragraph.

Maths — Measure, Multiplication and Division
In maths, we will be starting off by focusing on improving our fluency in the areas of measuring and calculating perimeter before moving onto multiplication and division; learning to use long-multiplication and exploring different techniques for division. We will push for a deeper understanding of these methods and concepts through worded problems and questions that involve reasoning. We will also focus on developing our abilities to break down a multistep problem into its component parts in order to help us calculate the answer without being blinded by its seeming complexity.

Science — Humans
In Science our topic will be 'Animals, including Humans', this topic will focus on the changes that occur to the body as it develops to old age. This will include some of the effects of puberty, with a focus on hygiene, and will also give the children the opportunity to research their own scientific quandary such as 'Why do we get wrinkles?' and 'At what age do we stop growing, and why?'

Creative — Impressions and Culture
Before the lockdown, Ruby Class had begun to explore ways of creating the impression of movement by analysing and recreating Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' -- and applying this impressionistic technique in some cases to our planetary artwork on the solar system. Throughout this term, we will continue to work on achieving other effects in our artwork such as perspective, reflection and shadow. We will also consider the differences in artistic styles between the Celtic Britons and the Romans; and create Celtic war paint and Roman shields.

R.E. — Christos Anesti!
This term the children will learn about the significance of Christ's resurrection, on Easter Sunday after having been crucified and placed in the tomb on Good Friday, and his later ascension into Heaven. We will think about what these mean to Christians of varying denominations, how this is celebrated within the church, and how we may feel about such events as individuals — asking pertinent questions with respect and clarity of thought.

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