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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!
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.