Welcome to Red Kites and Year 5 at Kilmersdon CEVA School. Kites is taught by Miss Baker. Everyone in Kites is happy, friendly and hard working. We support each other, enjoy a challenge and endeavour to produce work that we are proud of.

This term we are learning about Volcanoes and Earthquakes. In the Spring term we will be studying Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. In the Summer term we will be exploring Europe and rail travel!

__Week beginning 12th March 2018__

Spelling - adding the suffix -ness and -ship to root words in words such as: childishness, foolishness, happiness, carelessness, tidiness, sponsorship, membership, partnership, ownership and championship.

Grammar - writing sentences that have a main clause and a subordinate clause using a subordinate conjunction. A subordinate clause does not make sense on its own. __Subordinating conjunctions__ include: after, although, before, even though, if, once, when, while, because, since, until and unless. If the subordinate clause begins the sentence then the clause needs a comma to separate it from the main clause. __After__ the rain halted, everyone raced outside to finish watching the tennis match.

Literacy - persuasive writing linked to Vikings. What language is used to persuade the reader?

Maths - addition and subtraction of fractions. First, when denominators are the same eg. 2/3 + 2/3 = 4/3 = 1 1/3. Then, with simply linked denominators (denominators are multiples of each other) by finding the common denominator, eg. 3/4 + 5/8 = 6/8 + 5/8 = 11/8 = 1 3/8 The common denominator is 8.

__Week beginning 5th March 2018__

Spelling - adding the suffix -ity to root words in words such as: possibility, ability, eternity, community, curiosity, visibility, activity, sensitivity and flexibility.

Grammar - using an embedded clause to add detail in sentences, eg. Luke, as soon as he heard the news, rushed to the hospital.

Literacy - different, and more interesting ways, to end a story.

Maths - division where the reminder is given as a fraction, eg. 43 divided by 5 = 8r3 or 8 3/5. Finding fractions of amounts or numbers, eg. finding 3/5 of 20. First, find 1/5 so do 20 divided by 5 = 4. Then, find 3/5 by multiplying this by 3 so 4 x 3, which makes the answer 12. From last week, continue to work on understanding improper fractions and mixed numbers and converting between them. An improper fraction is when a fraction has a numerator higher that its denominator, eg. 5/3 five thirds. A mixed number is when there is a whole number and a fraction combined, eg. 2 1/3 two and one third.

__Week beginning 26th February 2018__

Spelling - homophones and near homophones(words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have a different meaning) such as: father, farther, guessed, guest, heard, herd, mourning, morning, there, their, they're. Make sure you understand the meaning of these words.

Grammar - writing sentences that have a main clause and a subordinate clause using a subordinate conjunction. A subordinate clause does not make sense on its own. __Subordinating conjunctions__ include: after, although, before, even though, if, once, when, while, because, since, until and unless. If the subordinate clause begins the sentence then the clause needs a comma to separate it from the main clause. __After__ the rain halted, everyone raced outside to finish watching the tennis match.

Literacy - writing a story based on the short film 'Replay'.

Maths - understanding improper fractions and mixed numbers and converting between them. An improper fraction is when a fraction has a numerator higher that its denominator, eg. 5/3 five thirds. A mixed number is when there is a whole number and a fraction combined, eg. 2 1/3 two and one third.

__Week beginning 19th February 2018__

Spelling - homophones and near homophones(words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have a different meaning) such as: past, passed, proceed, pieced, aloud, allied, affect, effect, aisle and isle. Make sure you understand the meaning of these words.

Grammar - punctuating and setting out direct speech correctly. Using commas correctly after a fronted adverbial or after a subordinate clause when it begins a sentence and for lists.

Literacy - writing a story based on the short film 'Replay'.

Maths - finding equivalent fractions. Fractions that are written differently bu are equal in size, e.g. 1/2 = 2/4 = 3/6 = 4/8 or 2/3 = 4/6 = 6/9 etc. Finding this in different ways including multiplying or dividing the numerator and denominator by the same amount, 4/12 = 1/3 because 4 divided by 4 is 1 and 12 divided by 4 is 3 and 4/12 = 12/36 because 4 x 3 =12 and 12 x 3 = 36. Recognising that the denominator tells us how many parts make up the whole and that the numerator tells us how many parts we have (3/4 - 4 parts make up the whole (denominator) and we have 3 parts (numerator)).

__Week beginning 5th February 2018__

Spelling - words with silent letters, such as: wrestle, wrapper, island, aisle, debris, mortgage, yacht, guarantee, guilty and thistle.

Grammar - punctuating and setting out direct speech correctly.

Literacy - writing a story based on the short film 'Replay'.

Maths - calculating the area of rectangles by counting squares and then using the knowledge that length x height/width = area (l x h = a). Knowing that it will be measured in square units and recording this correctly. Calculating the area of composite shapes by dividing them into squares or rectangles.

__Week beginning 29th January 2018__

Spelling - words with silent letters, such as: doubt, debt, lamb, thumb, solemn,autumn, column, knight, knuckle and knock

Grammar - organising writing into paragraphs. Using the acronym 'TiPToP' to help to remember a new paragraph needs to begin when there is a change in topic/event, place, time or person.

Literacy - expanding detail in paragraphs, writing more than one sentence to describe and event/action or fact. Describing settings.

Maths - calculating perimeter. Measuring accurately to the nearest mm and using decimal notation 4.5cm (45mm). Using the knowledge that with the perimeter of a rectangle there are two pairs of sides of equal length which means they can do:

- 2 x (length + height/width) or 2(l +h)
- or (2 x length) + (2 x height/width) or 2l +2h.

Calculating the perimeter of regular shapes using multiplication (a square is 4 x the length of one side, a regular hexagon is 6 x the length of one side etc.).

Calculating the perimeter of rectilinear shapes (L-shapes, H-shapes, T-shapes etc.) and using their knowledge of rectangle perimeter to help with this.

__Week beginning 23rd January 2018__

Spelling - correct use of ie or ei for words such as: deceive, neither, protein, ceiling, either, caffeine, deceitful, seize, perceive, conceive

Grammar - adding relative clauses to sentences using a relative pronoun (that, who, whom, whose, which) or a relative adverb (when, why, where), e.g. The small child, who was fiddling nervously with his sleeve, stood outside the warden's office. Converting a relative clause back into two sentences, e.g. The small child stood outside the warden's office. He was fiddling nervously with his sleeve.

Literacy - writing a newspaper report linked to Holes.

Maths - long multiplication for multiplying up to 4-digit numbers by a 2-digit number, e.g. 34 x 28, 345 x 23 or 3458 x 23. Applying long and short multiplication to problems and puzzles. Quick recall of times tables.

__Week beginning 16th January 2018__

Spelling - correct use of ie or ei for words such as: receipt, field, fierce, achieve, receive, eight, believe, relief, height and ancient.

Grammar - adding relative clauses to sentences using a relative pronoun (that, who, whom, whose, which) or a relative adverb (when, why, where), e.g. The small child, who was fiddling nervously with his sleeve, stood outside the warden's office.

Literacy - writing a newspaper report.

Maths - short multiplication for multiplying up to 5-digit numbers by a unit, e.g. 2345 x 5 and long multiplication for multiplying up to 4-digit numbers by a 2-digit number, e.g. 345 x 23. Quick recall of times tables.

During a Science Investigation, Red Kites mixed different materials and observed the resulting chemical changes. They mixed: Plaster of Paris with water; vinegar with bicarbonate of soda; lemon juice with bicarbonate of soda and effervescent tablets with water. They enjoyed the results!

__Week beginning 8th Jan 2018__

Happy New Year.

Spelling - spell words that have the letter string 'ough', e.g. enough, dough, thorough, thought, rough, although and bought. Use the phrase o (oh), u (you), g (great), h (hooligan) to help you remember.

Grammar - using fronted adverbials to open sentences in different ways. Use them at the beginning of a sentences to help give more detail about the action that follows (they could be about how, when, where, how much or how often something happens), e.g. Inside the trunk, eight black spotted lizards hid. Like a tiny mouse, the child answered the question.

Literacy - write an informal letter linked to the story Holes.

Maths - use short division to solve division of numbers with up to 4-digits by a single-digit number, e.g. 3456 / 4. Solve division word problems interpreting remainders, e.g. 5860 muffins are made every day and they are packed in trays of 6. How many trays are needed for each day? How many trays will be full?

Week beginning 9th October

In Literacy this week we will be writing complex sentences that have a subordinate clause, subordinating conjunction and a main clause. We will be editing our descriptive writing based on Wildside. Also, we will begin looking at the language and structure of an explanation text. In spelling we are focusing on the word ending -ant and -ance.

In Numeracy, we will be looking at positive and negative numbers, counting forwards and backwards through zero and using negative numbers in context. We will also be rounding numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, ten thousand or hundred thousand.

Week beginning 25th September

Kites will be visiting the Wildside Experience in Devon on Monday and Tuesday. Remember your packed lunch for Monday, your torch, teddy and book, as well as everything else on the kit list! Meet me (Miss Baker) in the hall at normal time with all your luggage before going to the classroom. You do not need to be in school uniform - come in sensible clothes for the day.

The learning this week in literacy will be descriptive writing linked to this trip. We will also be writing complex sentences that use a subordinating conjunction. There will be no spellings this week because of the trip.

In maths we will continue with place value in numbers up to one million. We will be adding and subtracting powers of ten (multiples of ten, hundred, thousand, ten thousand or hundred thousand) and then looking at rounding to the nearest ten, thousand, ten thousand or hundred thousand.

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