Welcome to Fox class! Our teacher is Mr Hollingsworth, who has been at Bedwell ever since he started teaching. He is really good at history and geography, and he says his favourite things are sports (especially American Football), dogs and Star Wars. He doesn’t like cats. very much, and although he’s not scared of many things, he does find bats a bit creepy!
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English - This half term we have worked on all thing persuasive. The term began with a spy-themed assault course, followed by a secret message from MI6. Our model text was a letter of application to join the secret service in order to capture the infamous Dr Black. After weeks of learning about the features and structure of persuasive writing, we wrote our own application letters. Needless to say a handful of us wanted to apply to work in Dr. Black’s evil organisation instead, which we did with great relish and enthusiasm.
Art - In the Spring, we spent time in our English and Guided Reading lessons exploring the story Wonder, by R.J Palacio. This brilliant, inspirational book has allowed us to see the world through the eyes of August Pullman - a boy battling to be seen as more than his facial differences. At the start of the unit, we spent time creating art work using the front cover of the book for inspiration. To achieve this, we also spent time reflecting on the words that stand out to us. Below, you can see some fantastic examples of our finished pieces.
English - This half term we are learning to write recounts, with a focus on newspaper articles. A recount is a piece of non-fiction writing, so we will first look at the different types of non-fiction and discuss their uses. Having done that we will learn what makes a recount (past tense, chronological order etc). We will also continue to develop our ability to analyse and infer from a text through our reading lessons. Finally, we will be working on improving our spelling every day - in Year 5, our focus is on adding suffixes to root words.
Maths - We will continue to follow the Herts Essentials framework. Over the coming weeks, we will be focussing on written strategies for multiplication and division, with most of us learning to use short and long division to quickly solve problems. In addition, we will be developing our understanding of fractions, ensuring that we all have a really clear idea of what fractions are and what they mean. This will lead to us comparing, ordering, simplifying, adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, as well as learning how to interpret negative numbers in a variety of ways.
Science - We will begin by completing our Electricity topic, developing our ability to draw conclusions from results and learning about the lives and work of famous scientists like Faraday, Maxwell and Franklin. We will then move on to investigate evolution, learning about the way that animals around the world have adapted over time to suit their environment.
Humanities - This half term we will carry out a focussed study of Brazil. We will begin by completing a map study of South America, locating different countries and capital cities. Following this, we will then explore the culture and human geography of Brazil, researching things like the flag, language, currency, cuisine, arts and sports. We will look into the economy of Brazil and how the country makes money. Finally, we will draw together everything we have learned about Brazil to compare life there with life in the UK.