This week in Year 5 we completed our final character descriptions and moved onto writing diary entries based on our class novel Journey to Jo’burg. We have worked hard to include a range of features in our character descriptions. Including the use of: sentence openers, interesting adjectives, similes and metaphors. Our final pieces of work have been excellent!
Last week was Space Week. The theme this year was Satellites. In Year 5 we have looked at the uses of manmade satellites and we have also learned about natural satellites such as moons that orbit around planets like Earth.
We then researched and compared the planets and discussed where we could go if we could no longer live on Earth. As a class, we decided on Mars.
In Class 11, we have been thinking about our personal targets for the rest of the Autumn term, as well as discussing our targets with Mr Wilson for Numeracy and Literacy.
Here is an example of what we have been thinking about and the types of targets we have been set. All our targets are SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based) and are agreed with the teacher so that we know what we are working towards.
Ask your child about their targets!
Year 5 have enjoyed completing fitness circuits on Monday mornings recently ahead of their upcoming multi-skills sessions. Children took part in a bleep test to assess their current levels of fitness before completing a number of timed relay events last week. All children tried extremely hard and had a great time.
This half term, Year 5 will be reading ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ by Beverley Naidoo, which tells the story of South African siblings Naledi and Tiro and their fight to save their baby sister. Bravely, alone, they set off on a journey to find their mother, who they hope will be able to help. It isn’t until they reach her in the city of Johannesburg that they come to understand the dangers of their country, and the painful struggle for freedom and dignity that is taking place all around them.
While reading this book, children will be completing a number of independent writing pieces. To begin with, children will write a character description about one of the book’s main characters. They will then take upon the role of Naledi and will write a letter to Mma (Naledi’s mother) before finishing the half term by writing a diary entry based upon the events of Naledi and Tiro’s journey across South Africa.
Listen to Chapter 1 of Journey to Jo’burg below: