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We have outdoor P.E on Tuesday and indoor P.E on Thursday.
Recreating the Solar System
This afternoon we learnt all about how big our Solar System is, exploring the size of the planets and the distances between them. We couldn't believe how giant this amazing system is!
For our WOW, we visited 'We the Curious'. It was amazing! We got to visit the planetarium where we experienced a space show in 3D! It was great fun and we have learnt so much about space already. Did you know that Pluto isn't a planet anymore but actually a dwarf planet?
Before our WOW tomorrow, we started to think about what we already know about space.
We thought about what a whole rotation means, why we have seasons and why there are 365 days in a year.
We had some fantastic discussions and can't wait to find out more about our fascinating Solar System.
We have outdoor P.E on a Tuesday and indoor P.E on a Thursday.
Joe's Fantastic Bike Skills
Observing and Recording
We have been finding out about which materials are soluble and insoluble. We did this by creating an experiment. We made sure it was a fair test by measuring the exact same amount of water in each glass. We added the same amount of material to each glass and stirred five times. We recorded what we observed. We found out that salt and coffee is soluble and when mixed with water a new solution is formed. Flour is insoluble and creates a mixture.
We also launched an investigation to which chemical changes were reversible and irreversible.
To help us think about what we already know, there were several questions set up around the classroom. We walked around and added our answers and thoughts. It was really interesting to see what other people had put.
For our Science WOW, we looked at everyday ingredients that react strangely with one another. We put mentos into diet coke and watched as a volcano of fizz erupted from the bottle. We also made our own gloop out of water and corn flour. One moment it was a solid and the next it was a liquid. Very strange! We can't wait to find out more about this enquiry!
5DW will have outdoor PE on a Wednesday with Bristol Rugby and indoor PE on a Tuesday.
Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday.
Please ask your child about the exciting new reading prompts to help with reading at home. A selection of questions have now been stuck into your child's reading record and an e mail has been sent offering tips and help.
This term, as historians, we are investigating the question: ‘What was it like to be a Viking?’ Throughout the term, we will learn all about who the Vikings were, how and why they travelled, settled and invaded and what impact they had on our land. To end the term, we will put all of our knowledge to the test to complete our challenge which is to produce a non-chronological report explaining Viking life. What an exciting enquiry, we can’t wait to get started!
R.E Prove it
Are people more important to a religion than the place? That is the question our class had to debate. We selected four captains, two for each team, to discuss their case and encouraged them to gather evidence with their team before the debate started. It was great fun!
Yesterday, we began our exciting new topic-The Vikings. To kick start our learning, we began our day dressed as vicious Vikings, creating our own colourful shields that we could have used in battle. We then created our own runic name and explored other things that Vikings used to say and do. Finally, after a quick run around with Bristol Rugby, we created our own Viking jewellery. We cant't wait to continue our amazing learning!
Term 2 reflections
''My favourite moment of this term was when we went into the secret garden and created pretend fires from the Princess' Blankets book,'' said Aisha.
Chloe mentioned, ''The computing day was amazing and fun!''
Preston said, ''I loved working through long multiplication as maths is my favourite.''
''I enjoyed the challenge of working through our new target of reported speech,'' said Charlottte.
''I enjoyed swimming this term because I've made progress,'' said Louis.
We recreated the forest blanket using Autumnal oil paints. Although this was very messy, we had a great time and we are thrilled with the end results!
Trip to the Gurdwara
Today we were lucky enough to spend the morning in our local Gurdwara. We learnt all about the Sikh religion and how a Gurdwara is used. We explored the Langar Hall, where we had biscuits and squash, and then moved on to the Holy Room where all prayers take place. It was a very interesting trip and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
What happens as we age?
We have been exploring what happens as humans age. As part of our research, we explored the life cycle of a human. We then considered the facts and presumptions that people make about people as they age. To show off all of our fantastic learning, we created an end product collaboratively that could be shared with the class.
As a class, we discussed what categorizes as bullying, the types of bullying and strategies you can use to prevent them. We decided to educate the nation by making posters and creating videos to show what it feels like.
Fun with fire
Our poor Princess is bedridden because she is freezing cold. Using this as inspiration, we created our own fires using natural resources.
The Princess' Blanket
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 Power Of Reading text is 'The Princess' Blanket' and we will be reading and exploring this book alongside our enquiry. As we read this story, we will get to know the cold princess and figure out if she will ever find a way to stay warm. Our final 'Prove it' 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.
We have had a fantastic, art-filled day in 5ZB today! To begin this great WOW day, we slowly revealed part of a story and we had to guess what the story was about. We then listened to a classic story involving three clever pigs and one nasty wolf- can you guess what it was? We then acted out scenes from this well-known story. Before lunch, we then used images from a story to help us predict what the story was about. In the afternoon, we explored how music can be expressed with artwork.
Term 1 reflections
"My favourite part of the term was today, 60s day," said Louis P.
"My favourite moment of term one was reaching and beating my first prove it," said Joshua.
"My favourite moment of term one was creating our newspaper reports about Hurricane Irma," said Alfie.
"My favourite was going to Bristol Zoo at the start of the term," said Sophie.
"My favourite was going swimming," said Carey.
To celebrate the school's birthday, children at St. Stephen's have been dressing up in the theme of 1960s (The beginning of the school - 1967). We have been learning about the music, entertainment, fashion and currency used back in the decade.
This term, we are answering the question, ‘Why do some people believe God exists?’ Throughout this enquiry, we will be finding out about the different types of believers and discussing why some people choose to believe whilst others don’t. We will use evidence from the bible to try to gather a picture of what ‘God’ might look like and use this to think about why people choose to believe in him. For our challenge, we will write a newspaper including points of view from believers and non-believers.
R.E. Prove it
To celebrate all that we have learnt in R.E this week, we wrote a newspaper report about Hurricane Irma which explored the views of a Christian and an atheist on the event.
Wanted - God
We read extracts from the bible to gain information on what God is like. Using this knowledge, we created wanted poster that explained what God was like without using a photo.
Today we were very excited to visit the infant school and show the new children our mini life cycle books. We based our stories on 'The Hungry Caterpillar.'
How does a flower reproduce?
This afternoon, we have been exploring how a flower reproduces. We had the opportunity to dissect a lily and explore what was inside of it!
To kick start science week, we researched living things and sorted them into groups according to their characteristics. We can't wait to continue our scientific enquiry!
This afternoon we explored the secret garden, noting down what we could see, hear, touch and smell. We will use these notes to help us write a setting description.
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.