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'I told myself I was stupid. I told myself I'd been dreaming. I told myself I wouldn't see him again. But I did.'
In Term 6, we're immersing ourselves in Michael's world as we join together our Power of Reading text, Skellig, with our enquiry: What might Skellig be? Using different mediums of art to piece together our thoughts about what Skellig might be, we will join Michael on his voyage of discovery as he ventures into the garage and discovers this intriguing stranger. Our challenge will be to create a scrapbook page about what Skellig might be.
Today we put ourselves into some of the Skellig characters shoes by creating freeze frames. When we were tapped on the shoulder we described what we (the character we were pretending to be) thought or felt.
What a strange way to start the day! As we arrived, there was a danger sign on the door and feathers everywhere! What had happened in our classroom? Why were there feathers everywhere? What had caused this mess? We can't wait to find out more!
This term is all about science! After our last exciting enquiry, we're getting stuck into our next enquiry: Why do we have day and night? In order to write a scientific explanation about this for our challenge, we're going to first immerse ourselves in the solar system, looking at the 8 main planets before focusing our attention on how the Earth and Moon orbit the Sun.
Challenge: Why do we have day and night?
To answer our enquiry question, we recorded our explanations on suns!
How does the earth orbit the sun?
We went outside to learn about how the earth orbits the sun. It was fun to physically become the sun, the earth and the moon and it helped us to understand how they orbit each other. We discussed how fast they would be moving and how long it would take them to do a complete orbit.
The Moon Man arrives
Today we found out more about our mysterious book character, Moon Man. After reading about his crash-landing on Earth, we discussed what we thought would happen next. Reading about the groups involved, we then acted out how we thought they would react, what they would have been saying and what they might have been thinking.
WOW Trip to @ Bristol
Year 5 ventured to @Bristol to launch our new enquiry about Space. We had a fascinating workshop in the planetarium where we were transported far out into our solar system to explore the planets that orbit the sun along with Earth. During our visit, we were lucky enough to also explore many other exciting scientific ideas including gravity, water power, the human body and much more!
Our Power of Reading text this term is, 'Moon Man'. We started by exploring the picture on the front cover. We discussed what we thought might happen in the story and how we thought the character might be feeling and why. We then explored the different images that can be created by the shadows and craters on the moon. Sketching pencils were used to create our own pieces of moon art. We can't wait to find out what happens in the story!
Science is at the forefront of our minds this term as we launch our first science enquiry: ‘Can change always be reversed?’ Working scientifically, we will be looking at the different properties of materials before moving onto investigating reversible and irreversible changes. We will be planning, carrying out and concluding a range of experiments and using out maths skills to record the data gathered. As our challenge, we look forward to answering the question ‘Can change always be reversed?’ by creating our very own science show, using the ipads.
During our computing lessons this term, we had the chance to use Lego Wedo alongside our Chromebooks. Our task was to create a system that would warn the highwayman, preventing Bess' death. We had great fun exploring and experimenting and although we came across some bugs, we managed to debug the problems!
As part of our work around E-Safety, we spent some time today exploring how we might have reacted and felt in different scenarios. These scenarios were both positive and negative online scenarios all based around images. We discussed how we could prevent the negative scenarios becoming reality. Have a look below at some of the freeze frames that we created.
We had an exciting morning exploring space using Google Expedition! We wore googles and felt like we were actually in space! We listened carefully to new information that will help us with our space topic next term.
Science week reflections
"I think Science week is really fun because we have got to do lots of experiments and learn things we did not know before. What really surprised me is how we got the sand through the sieve without loads of rice coming through" - Harris
"I think it was really inspiring because when I am holder I want to be a Scientist and this will help me with my scientific research. My favourite bit was alien soup!" - Georgia
"I think Science week was very exciting because we got to try and new things and learn words that we didn't know before. I was most surprised to learn that coffee granules dissolved in cold water!" - Flo
During our investigation, we learned how to make accurate measurements of temperature using a thermometer. It was harder than we thought! Then, using what we had learned in maths lessons, we plotted our data on a line graph.
What material would be best to keep a mountaineer warm?
We investigated which materials are the best thermal insulators and would therefore keep mountaineers warmest on their travels. We thought about variables that we would need to keep the same to create a fair test, made predictions, with reasons, for what we thought we would find out and decided upon an appropriate way to record our results. After conducting our investigation, we represented our data as a line graph and drew conclusions with reasons.
Taking our learning outside
Does everything outside have the same temperature?
When we arrived in the classroom, something creepy was going on! Strange music was playing and each table was filled with a strange substance...alien soup! Working as Scientists, our job was to separate the materials inside the soup to find out what was I each bowl. Using the skills we learned this week, such as sieving, filtering and using magnets, we were able to separate all the materials. We were left with a green liquid. But then we wondered, what if there was another material in time water? We have decided to evaporate the water to see if any other materials were dissolved in the water. Watch this space!
Reversible and irreversible change
In Year 4, we learned that some changes were reversible, for example, melting and freezing and ice lolly. But now we've learned that some reactions are irreversible! Such as cooking an egg! So what are the indicators that a change is irreversible?
Mixtures and solutions
What is a mixture? What is a solution? Can you always separate them to get the original materials back?
Properties of Materials
After our WOW, we learned how to group materials accordingly to our properties. We grouped them using Venn and Carroll diagrams. We could tell some things just by looking and touching, such as whether they were solid, flexible, elastic or rigid. However, some properties required further investigation. For example, were they magnetic, waterproof or soluble. How would you tell if a material has the property of conductivity? Some of our pictures might give you a clue.
What a start to our Science week! First, we watched what happened when we added mentors to Diet Coke. Within seconds, the coke erupted out of the bottle like a volcano! We think this is because of some sort of physical or chemical reaction, and will hopefully find out more during the week. We also explored a mixture of corn flour and water. It was so strange and it left us asking the question, 'Is this a solid or a liquid?'
We can't wait to explore this topic further to help us answer the question 'Can change always be reversed?'
Reflections of the term
'My favourite part of this term was the swimming gala, I really enjoyed myself!' Marcell.
'I worked as a team during art and particularly enjoyed the viking pastel art,' Harris.
'I loved dressing up as a Viking and learning about their way of life,' Lewis.
'The toast was yummy!' Tamara.
'The athletics was the most interesting part of the term, I really tried my best,' Grace.
'I enjoyed using the makey makeys in ICT, they were really fun!' Rene.
'I learnt lots of new things in maths this term,' Mo.
Did you know that not all 'facts' on this internet are true? This term, we've been thinking about how to find reliable sources of information on the internet. Just remember the simple rule - find the same information on three separate websites and it's probably true! We need to keep our eyes out for these Net Nasties. We designed some of our own Net Nasties to remind us of other dangers on the internet.
Why should we save the local Gudwara?
Our challenge was to create a non-chronological report all about Vikings and their life. During this term we have learnt lots about these brutal warriors and we can now safely say that we are very happy that we are living in 2017 and not 793AD!
We're using our indoor P.E. slot to have a go at Yoga. We didn't realise how challenging it could be! Have a look at our pictures to see how games have helped us practise our postures.
Every week we look forward to our Mandarin lesson. This week, we were taught how to use special paintbrushes to write well known words. It was a lot harder than it looked as you have to do each stroke in particular order!
Who were the Vikings?
Today we carried out some research to find out who the Vikings were and where they came from. We used atlases to understand how far they would of travelled to invade and settle in Great Britain. Did you know Vikings were raiders? This name comes from Scandinavian Sea-born raiders.
Toady we started thinking about all things fractions! We revisited previous learning and then created some different unit fractions using bottles and coloured water. We thought carefully about equal parts and the need to measure accurately. It was a very practical lesson and lots of fun!
During this enquiry, How does art enhance storytelling?, we will be investigating and evaluating a range of storytelling methods, including plays, audio books, stories told through music, art and text. Our final challenge will see us put together a class e-book starting with a music composition to introduce our innovated stories which will be told through the mediums of art, prose and spoken work.
Is the Christmas story true?
In order to investigate our key question, we first looked at a typical version of the Christmas story found in any story book. Next, we compared this version with two found in the bible. These were Luke Chapter 1:26-38 - 2:1-20 and Matthew 1:18 - Chapter 2:12. We looked at the similarities and differences between them and used this to answer our key question.
This term, Year 5 have been thinking about how to stay safe online. We thought about all the reliable people we can tell if we have a problem. SMART rules are really useful to help us remembering how to stay safe so we created our own colourful posters!
Our final challenge for our enquiry this term was to put together a class e-book showcasing our innovated stories using art, music and spoken words. Our e-book begins with a music composition which was created as a whole class. The e-book then goes on to showcase our innovated stories which were told through the mediums of art, prose and spoken work.
Today we had a chance to try out the new Chromebooks in school. We had lots of fun exploring how the Chromebooks work and how we could use Gdrive to share our work with the whole class. We saved photos linked to our enquiry and published our best pieces of writing. During the afternoon, we used our Chromebooks to explore Scratch.
Getting in to character.
In week 4, we finally finished 'The Princess' Blankets'. Whilst we loved the ending, we couldn't help think about emotional it would have been for her parents. We took our learning outside, and created freeze frames to show how they'd might have felt at each stage. Can you guess what we're feeling?
This week we have been focusing on what bullying is. We used the acronym STOP to help us remember. Several Times On Purpose. We created anti bullying posters, making sure they had a slogan and that they were bright and colourful to attract our audience. We also wrote important anti-bullying messages on hands to be displayed around the school. Finally, to finish the week, we created comic strips. We created anti-bullying super hero's that saved the day and made sure everyone was a good friend!
A stranger arrives...
After countless attempts to cure the Princess, a mysterious stranger arrived at the palace claiming that he knew magic and could stop the Princess suffering from the cold. If successful, as a reward, he planned to carry her back to his own land to be his wife. We thought carefully about the Forest Blanket and what this might look and feel like. We created our own class forest blanket and used this to help us write a setting description.
We have had a great time trying to learn the opening to the Princess' Blankets off by heart! We have come up with actions to help us remember the different parts of the opening and have thought carefully about how we can use our voice to add interest.
After reading our story opening, we went outside to create some pieces of art using the great outdoors! We were inspired by the huge, roaring fires in the palace and used leaves to create our own fire! The leaves are such vibrant colours this time of the year! Our pictures look fantastic!
For our Wow, we spent the whole day having fun exploring storytelling in different ways. We looked at different versions of the story of The Three Little Pigs and then worked in groups to act the story out. We looked at the story Eric and investigated how pictures can add more information to a story and finally we looked at how music can affect our mood and make us think about different things. We created some artwork to show how the music made us feel. We are really looking forward to this enquiry.
Enquiry: Why should we protect the Amazon Rainforest?
Futuristic Places of Worship
To complete our RE unit this term, we were set the challenge to design and make a futuristic place of worship. We made sure that all of our places of worship had the basic key features of a church but the rest was left to us! We made a huge variety of places of worship and these ranged from floating churches to rocket powered churches!
What is a place of worship?
We had a fantastic trip to St Stephen's Church where we were greeted by Peter and Sandy. They told us lots of interesting facts about the church and spent time telling us how marriage in a church is conducted and why it is so special. We got some time to explore the different parts of the church. We enjoyed finding out about the font, which is where babies are christened and standing by the lectern ready to read a story from the Bible.
What is Marriage?
In our final week of Term 1, we got to visit St Stephen’s church where we learnt all about what marriage is and what it means to Christians. We learnt about what is involved in a marriage ceremony and about the promises that two people make when they get married.
Our class have been experimenting with different effects you can achieve when taking photos digitally. During our trip to St Stephen’s church we took photos of the key features of a church and edited these photos using different filters. We were amazed at the impact that some of the filters had on our photos!
To complete our enquiry, we recorded our own campaign videos to persuade people to help protect the Amazon Rainforest. We wrote our own scripts and used Green Screens to create our videos. We hope you enjoy watching them and that they persuade you to make even one small for change for the good of this wondrous biome!
Our End Write
This term we have been focusing on persuasion to answer the question 'Why should we protect the Amazon Rainforest?' We have produced some fantastic pieces of writing that include the power of three, imperative verbs and even a catchy slogan. Have a read and see if we can persuade you that the Amazon is worth saving!
In science, we have been researching parts of a flower. We have used diagrams and labels to help us understand and remember the many different parts. We then used this information to explain how plants reproduce. We never knew how important bees are to keep flowers reproducing!
We worked as a class to create a way to perform a poem about the layers of the Amazon. We thought about actions and ways we could use our voices to make it more interesting.
As part of our enquiry, we've been learning about the different layers of the rainforest. We worked collaboratively to create posters which show our learning. We were also astounded to learn of the many reasons for deforestation in the Amazon. We created mind maps to show the reasons why we're cutting down so many trees.
We have been busy immersing ourselves in all things Amazon! Fact finding, researching and understanding the importance of this tropical paradise. We read 'The Kapok Tree' which allowed us to further understand how the Amazon helps us today, giving us medicines and food to eat. What would we do without the Amazon?
In Science this week, we have been learning about food chains and how devastating it would be if the producer, the Amazon Rainforest, was destroyed. Here is an example of the food chain we drew and our explanation, answering the question: What would be the effect of the producer disappearing?
As our Wow, to introduce our enquiry on the Amazon Rainforest, we went on a school trip to Bristol Zoo. While we were there, we took part in a workshop on rainforests. We learnt lots of interesting information about the different layers within a rainforest and the animals that live there. We met some different animals too: a stick insect that camouflages itself as a leaf, a hissing cockroach and a tenrec. We had great fun and are looking forward to learning a lot more during our enquiry.
From farm to food
During Wild Week, we harvested some HUGE corguettes! Working together, we scooped them out and filled them with a delicious (veggie) bollognaise. There was enough to share with the other year 5 classes, and the teachers finished them off. We look forward to seeing what we can harvest next!
The Secret Garden
How do we show respect?