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PE days will remain the same for Term 5- Tuesday and Thursday.
This term we will be answering the question, 'WHY DO WE CARE?' We will kick start the term by listening to a variety of carers from our own community. A nurse, a volunteer from the homeless project, a paramedic and a mum will visit our school to share their roles with us. From this, we will plan and carry out our own act of kindness to make a difference in our own life. We aim to present our act of care on an A4 sheet of card to create our own class book. We hope to then widen our thoughts to see how we can make a difference to the world. This links nicely to Global Goal number 3 - Good health and wellbeing. To inspire us with all of this, we will be reading the book Skellig by David Almond. This book will take us on a magical journey where care and compassion are the underlying themes of the story. We will be writing biographies about Mary Seachole, creating magazine articles about how people care and re-writing our own versions of Skellig with care at the centre of our plot. We are hoping this term that we can make a difference to those closest to us and further afield. Watch this space.....
This term the children will have indoor PE on a Tuesday and outdoor PE on a Thursday.
This term, we are lucky enough to study The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. We have showed great maturity and have already enjoyed re-telling verses orally and re-telling our own versions. The text will support us and feature in much of our writing across this term.
Today we discussed the difference between Internet friends and in-person friends. We questioned whether we actually ever really know if they are male or female, old or young. We know never ever to give out any private information and always use common sense.
Today we finished our 3D modelling of the highwayman, Tim the ostler and Bess the Landlord's daughter. Can you spot Tim with wind swept hair and Bess with her long plaited hair tied with a love knot? We are quite proud of our final results.
Planning a fair test
Today we tested the questions we planned earlier this week. We carried out the test making sure that it was a fair test and that we only changed one thing. We now all know how to design, plan and evaluate a fair test.
Two members of our class, who are play Leaders, have been invited to a special training session where they learnt how to plan and lead games. Following this training, which forms part of a Healthy School Award, our two budding leaders led a class game of 'Castles'. With clipboard in hand, they led the session with expertise and confidence.
The theme of our science learning this term is forces. Following our investigative WOW day we set about leaning about levers, pulleys and gears. We had a go at designing our own 'machine' which involved using a beam, fulcrum, load and effort. We had lots of fun changing the position of the fulcrum- the pivot.
World Book Day 2019
We started the day off with ‘Booky Breakfast’. Many of the teachers shared their favourite book whilst we munched on a croissant.
In class, our text of the day was slowly revealed, bit by bit. We made predictions about what the text was about and who the author might be. Some our predictions were right, some were not. Our text was ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. This amazing story was read chapter by chapter. Although there wasn’t enough time to read the whole text, we were inspired to try and find a copy of our own and discover what eventually happens to Michael. We then went on to do some Japanese inspired art work and design our own desert island, just like the one that Michael landed on in the story.
In the afternoon, we braved what the weather wanted to throw at us and built shelters as if we had been marooned on a desert island….just like Michael. We even got to taste some marshmallows as a reward for working together and building our shelters.
Our art focus this term is 3D art. With this in mind we have started our project. We are using plastic milk cartons to make the three main characters in The Highwayman- Bess, Tim the Ostler and of course the highwayman himself.
What a day! We spent the day exploring the forces that act upon us. We loved every minute: making slime, throwing eggs out of windows, building towers, running around without shoes on, tug of war and so much more. Think you can now call us force experts.
This term the children will have indoor PE on a Thursday which will be led by Bristol Rovers- please note this could also be outside and outdoor PE with Bristol Sport on a Tuesday which will be tag rugby.
We are very excited to introduce our new book Viking Boy! We will be studying this during Term 3 to find out what happens to Gunnar on his quest to seek revenge on his father's brutal murderer. We will find out lots about Viking life on our voyage which sees Gunnar grow from boy to warrior.
Year 5 have been exploring input devices and using them to play and create online games. At the end of our learning, Year 5 were challenged to make their own controller using conductive and insulating materials, while also designing the controller to be fun and easy to use. We loved creating and making our own designs using several stages of evaluation and construction.
Coming to a cinema near you….
Part of our final challenge was to plan, record and star in a short trailer about the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne. We used iMovie to produce some quite punchy film trailers. Not only did they feature some rather menacing poses but they also briefly set out the key features of what happened when the Vikings first landed and took the monastery on Lindisfarne.
Watch and enjoy!
Safer Internet Day 2019
The focus theme of this important day this year was 'consent and permission'. Throughout the day, we learnt about how important it is to be aware of what you are consenting to when online and what to do if you do not wish to give your permission for anything connected online.
This week we moved on to learning about fractions in maths. Today we looked at finding different unit fractions and ordering them from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.
Expanded noun phrases
We were excited to start learning another of our writing targets today- T7 to use expanded noun phrases throughout our writing. To start with we cut up some sentences to identify the noun, adjectives, intensifier and the prepositional phrase. Finally we had a go at writing some of our own sentences based around our text ‘Viking Boy’.
This term we are really lucky to have Bristol Sport in teaching us tag rugby. Already I can see some budding rugby players of the future!
We enjoyed bringing shields and longboats to life using collage. It did get a little messy but we enjoyed recycling Christmas leftover wrappers and paper to create our masterpieces!
WOW! What a way to start 2019..... we went back in time to the Viking Period. Ulf Tarkinagson came to visit us bringing lots of artefacts, armour, games and knowledge from the 8th Century. We have had so much fun and have learnt so much! Check out our photos below.
The Princess’ Blankets.
We are very excited to explore our Power of Reading text this term - The Princess’ Blankets. On our journey we will be exploring how the arts can enhance storytelling. We will create performances with drama techniques, produce music and get artistic with paint. Investigating properties of materials will also feature on our journey and we will be testing a range of materials that might help keep the poor princess warm. As well as this, we are hoping to make our own class blanket in time for Christmas!
Our weaving is finally finished!
We have completed our weaving and Miss Mills very carefully removed it from the loom and mounted it onto card so that it could be taken home and given as a Christmas card.
We are all very proud of our final products and I'm sure that you will be extremely impressed too!
What a day! We loved looking at textures, tones and shades today to re create the ocean blanket. After practising each skill, we combined each one to produce our masterpieces.
Science- Changes over time.
Year 5 are investigating how our environment changes over time, and how we measure this. The secret garden was a wintry treasure trove of fallen leaves, worms and sticks! We enjoyed sketching the environment.
This week, as a school, we have been focussing on anti-bullying. We have thought about what bullying is, how it makes people feel and how it can be prevented.
We have also had a visit from a touring performance group. We watched a performance all about bullying and its effects entitled- A Bully’s Paradise. We learned lots of information through an interactive show and at the end we were able to determine: what bullying is; the different types of bullying and what to do if we see it happen.
This Term, 5AH will be developing our hockey skills to help us perform better in a game situation. These skills will include passing, possession, shooting, dribbling and working as a team. Have a look at how our lessons have been going so far:
Today 5AH became scientists!
We conducted an investigation into which material would be the best conductor of heat for a pan and why. As a small group, we used a heat source- a hot water bottle, and tested three different materials- wood, plastic and metal. At the start of the investigation, we took a temperature reading and then repeated this every minute for 5 minutes. Once we had looked at the data, we concluded that metal was the best conductor of heat and this would make the best material for a cooking pan.
Today we looked at volume and capacity in class. We compared different household bottles and containers and looked at their capacity. We then went onto measuring different volumes of water using scaled measuring equipment.
For our WOW day we thought about patterns and explored different ways art can make us feel. We listened to some classical and heavy metal music and drew whatever came into our minds on the page. We then thought about how art can represent feelings and created our own patterns. Finally, we weaved our own patterns using a loom board and a range of materials.
Our challenge was to create a campaign video that persuades the public how to protect the Amazon Rainforest. We hope you enjoy them!
For our WOW day we were lucky enough to have ‘Jungle Jonathan’ come in to school with his collection of exotic rainforest animals. We encountered a tarantula, a scorpion, stick insects, a gecko and even a snake! We learnt about the effects that deforestation is having on these animals' homes. We are looking forward to finding out about what we can do to help prevent this from happening.
We loved pulling apart a flower to identify all the parts to help us learn about pollination and fertilisation. Each part of the flower was identified and labelled, we also discussed the role it played in pollination.
Today we held our Pupil Voice elections. After listening to the candidates we then decided who we wanted to vote for. We made sure that we didn't tell anyone who we were voting for- it was a secret ballot after all!
We can't wait for the results to be revealed!
Today, we went to Red Class in the Infants to share our amazing science mini books about the life cycle of various animals, amphibians and insects. Our challenge was to create a mini book explaining the life cycle of an animal that a younger child would understand.
As you can see Red Class children were extremely interested in our science mini books!
Adverbs of possibility
We are excited to move on to our new target in writing this week! We explored the idea of adverbs of possibility and investigated how best to put them in our writing! Firstly, we had to decide what the meaning of each word was, and put them on a scale. We thought a human washing line would be best! Finally, we added them to sentences and created our own.
We are observing things over time. We predicted what our secret garden might look like next term. We enjoyed sketching what it looked like today.
We are very lucky to have specialist gymnastic coaches from Bristol Rugby to help us improve our leaps, turns, flips and balance. Watch out Team GB, we will see you in the next Olympics!
As a class, we have been reviewing what being a ‘Purple Learner’ is all about this week. Today, we looked at collaborative learning and unpicked what it feels like, what it sounds like and what it looks like working in a group on a collaborative task.
Our mission, for our collaborative task, was to produce a document or presentation on how to survive a night in the Amazon rainforest. We were introduced to the task by reading the first chapter of the text ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell, which creates tension by describing the moments before a plane crashes in the rainforest. We shared lots of ideas, thought about what we would need to survive and by talking together, we worked collaboratively on the task.