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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!
Art day! Try it and use it.
Year 5 are really enjoying the start to the art day! They have investigated texture and shades of colour.
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.
A video of the children lining up to look at the Guru Granth Sahib which is the Sikh holy book. We learned it takes between 40 and 70 hours to read the whole thing! It has 1430 pages and includes teachings about equality and charity giving. We learned that Sikhs give 20% of their yearly income to charity.
Year 5 R.E. Where do Sikh's worship?
Year 5 visited the Gudwara today! We learned so much about Sikhism and had a really interesting visit. During this session we were comparing different places of worship for different faiths. It was really interesting to see the similarities and differences between the Church and the Gudwara. We talked about the holy book, (the Guru Granth Sahib) saw where it was read and kept, and we even had some drinks and biscuits at the end. We were so grateful to the volunteers that showed us around!
What is a Christian place of worship?
Year 5 visited St Stephens church as part of our R.E. learning. We discussed the actual parts of the church, such as stained glass windows and the altar, as well as asking lots of questions about Christian belief in general. We even rounded off with some singing! We really enjoyed our time at the church.
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.
Year 5 are currently trying to wrap their brains around some very tricky measures work! We are applying our knowledge of grams, kilograms, metres and miles to try and solve a tricky puzzle!
Raising money for children with diabetes!
5CB did not disappoint with their fantastic costumes!
It weighs how much?
5CB were given some time to explore the world of measures today! The lesson began with an easy task (or so we thought) as we had to estimate the weights of different objects. This turned out to be more difficult than we first realised as we didn't not know what a gram felt like! We measured everything we could lay our hands on, from our lunches, bins, shoes, to our actual hands (although that was unsuccessful) and recorded the different weights. Estimating became easier after we had a better idea of different weights.
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.
5CB were very excited to discover the parts of a flower and learn about how they reproduce! We dissected a Lilly and spent some time looking at each part with scientific eyes.
Life cycle learning
We are excited to move on to our new target in writing this week! We explored the idea of verbs 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.
Possibility adverbs washing line!
We are very lucky to have specialist gymnastic coaches to help us improve our leaps, turns, flips and balance. Watch out Team GB, we will see you in the next Olympics!
In our jigsaw learning this week, 5CB were discussing the importance of rules and responsibilities. To introduce this, the class had a challenge to come up with a game using some basic classroom items, such as a dictionary, or two lolly sticks. I thought I had set the class an impossible challenge but they definitely showed their creative side, producing imaginative and creative games, some even creating special rule books for the task! Well done again 5CB!
This Term, we will be exploring the Amazon and asking ourselves: 'Can I help save the Amazon Rainforest?'Through this enquiry, we will explore where the Amazon is situated and understand how the climate differs from here to there. We will discover the wonderful creatures that inhabit it and explore why this incredible biome is under threat.
This term, we will be reading the story of 'The Great Kapok Tree'. Through this text, we will be finding out why the Amazon is such an important place and discussing what we can to do to persuade people that it is worth saving.
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.
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.