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Term 4

Term 4 Newsletter

Enquiry Overview: Can change always be reversed?

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.

Comic Relief!

We have had a great day today for Comic Relief. We came dressed in our Pyjamas clutching our pound donations. We found out about the amazing charity and created persuasive posters to inform and persuade our audience that they should donate to comic relief, a very worthy cause indeed. 

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Google expeditions!

What a great day! we got to use some goggles fitted with a special App to explore lots of different places. It was like we were there! We went to the moon, swam with sharks and even climbed Mount Everest, in the space of half an hour!

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Keeping safe online

We have been thinking about how to stay safe online. We know that there are lots of apps we can use that mean we can communicate with different people. We thought about a range of scenarios, from how it would feel if we received a joke from a friend to how it would feel if you saw a photo of yourself online but didn't know how it got there or who took it. We thought about what we could do if this happened to us. 

Reflections on our Science week

"I didn't know that you could get salt back from water once it had dissolved!" Abi

 

"I enjoyed the alien soup! It was fun to use all the different equipment and to work in a team, problem solving." Billy

 

"The wow was great! The more mentos mints we added the bigger the explosion!" Blake

 

"It has been a great week! I can't believe how much I now know!" Emily

 

"The investigation was fun. I have enjoyed learning how to read a thermometer." Harry

Science Challenge

Our final challenge in science was to make and bake a cake. Whilst doing this, we discussed which changes were chemical and physical. Which ones could be reversed and which ones were irreversible. This was an extremely fun challenge although the best bit was tasting the final product. 

Investigation time!

We have been busy planning and carrying out an investigation to find out which material is the best at keeping water warm. We used a range of materials and made sure we had one control test. We thought about what a thermal conductor was and this helped us to make our predictions. During the investigation, we took it in turns to read the scale of the thermometer accurately. This is harder than it looks!

Taking our learning outside!

Does everything outside have the same temperature? If no, why not?

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World Book Day!

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Alien soup!

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 in each bowl. Using the skills we learned this week, such as sieving, filtering and using magnets, we were able to separate all of the materials. We were left with a green liquid. But then we wondered, what if there was another material in with the water? We have decided to evaporate the water to see if any other materials were dissolved in the water. Watch this space!

Line graphs

During our science enquiry, we have been looking at statistics in maths. We recorded the temperature of the classroom throughout the day and recorded this using a table. We then took this data and plotted it on a line graph. We thought carefully about how to ensure we produced a successful line graph. 

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Reversible and irreversible change

We have been understanding the difference between a reversible change and an irreversible change. To do this, we looked at a range of different reactions. From placing a berocca into water, to cooking an egg. This helped us to understand the difference between physical changes and chemical changes. 

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WOW!

As part of our wow, we watched what happened when mentos mints were added to coke. It was exciting to watch the explosion of coke. We thought it looked like a volcano erupting! We also made a gloop, using water and corn flour. It was strange how one moment it acted like a solid and another it moved like a liquid. We can't wait to explore this topic further to answer our enquiry question: 'Can change always be reversed?'

What happens when you add mentos mints to coke?

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 Term 3

Term 3 Newsletter

Enquiry Overview: What was it like to be a Viking?

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!

5JD Reflections

"I have enjoyed the Makey Makeys because they were great fun and involved lots of problem soling." Kishan

 

"I enjoyed visiting the Gurdwara because it was so interesting!" Emily

 

"Viking day was great fun! Dressing up was exciting and I liked making the viking shields." Harry

 

"Learning about Viking Saga's was my best bit! I really liked 'How Odin created the world!'" Theo

 

"Creating our own non-chronological report was great fun! We got to make lots of important decisions. My team work skills have really improved."

Computing

We have been using Makey Makeys to design and make our very own games controller. To do this, we firstly had to create a circuit for our Makey Makeys. Then we explored which materials in the class were conductors and which were insulators. Finally, we got to create our games controllers and try them out on some games! We were amazed at our results and we certainly won't look at celery the same way again!

Challenge

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! For our challenge, we worked collaboratively and focused on content and presentation. We have developed our communication skills as well as sharing and problem solving. We are really pleased with our final pieces!

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Visiting the Gurdwara

As part of our R.E this term, we have been thinking about the question: 'What is a place of worship'. We went to visit a local Gurdwara and found out lots of interesting information. It was great to see where the Guru Granth Sahib is kept and we had all of our questions answered. A really fun trip to help us gain knowledge about  Sikhism.

Celebrating the Chinese New Year!

To help celebrate the Chinese New Year we learnt calligraphy. We were taught how to hold the special calligraphy brushes and then the word 'luck' was broken down into sections to show us the different shapes we needed to make with our brush. It was a difficult skill to master. We painted on to red as this is a lucky colour in China. We created book marks which we can now use everyday!

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Collaborative Learning

To help us complete our challenge this term, we worked in groups to create a non-chronological report. Researching viking life was extremely important so we had enough information to include. We use ipads to look at a range of websites. Once we had carried out our research, we got to work creating our projects. We were able to create whatever we wanted as long as it showed the new knowledge we had gained. In groups, we shared our ideas, took turns and worked collaboratively to produce finished projects we felt very proud of. 

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Negative numbers!

Outdoor learning - Viking saga

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Possibility Adverbs

We have been thinking about possibility adverbs. They show different levels of possibility. How likely or unlikely an event is. We started off by creating a word bank of possibility adverbs. We then went outside and ordered ourselves from very likely to very unlikely. We had lots of discussion about what the words meant and placed the words into different contexts to fully understand them. It was a really fun activity that helped with our learning. 

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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. 

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Fantastic Fractions!

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! 

WOW!
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Viking Rune Hunt

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Term 2

Enquiry overview: How does art enhance storytelling?

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.

A very Merry Christmas from 5JD

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Term 2 Reflections

 

"My favourite part was reading the Princess' Blankets. I was so glad that it was a happy ending!" Ruby

 

"I have enjoyed all of it!" Kailas

 

"The story was great! I loved the suspense. I couldn't wait to find out how it was going to end!" Charlie

 

" I really enjoyed creating the class blankets using collage. I enjoyed learning how to sketch and shade." Bailey

 

"Maths has been great! I enjoyed learning about squared and cubed numbers. I hadn't heard of them before." Blake

 

"The chrome books were a lot of fun and really easy to use!" Lucy

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.

Our R.E challenge

Challenge

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.

E-book

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E-safety

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!

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Art

As part of our challenge, we have been using oil paints to create some abstract paintings.

First of all, we had a go at using different techniques and experimented with colour. We thought about how colour can show different emotions. We then created our final piece based around the Forest Blanket. These pieces of art will be used to create a class e-book.

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Computing

During our computing topic,  we had the chance to try out the new Chromebooks. We had lots of fun exploring how the Chromebooks work and how we used Gdrive to share our work with the whole class. We then used Scratch to create our own 'Knock Knock' jokes, uploading our finished animations into our class folder on Gdrive.

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5JD's Class Assembly

Today, 5JD wowed the school with a fantastic class assembly. We were loud, clear and confident and showcased our amazing Writing and Art. We really enjoyed showing the whole school how we had learnt the opening to the story off by heart using actions. We feel really proud of what we have achieved so far this year and can't wait to keep learning lots more!

Anti-Bullying Week!

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!

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Our Secret Forest Blanket

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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. 

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Story Opening

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. 

 

The Princess' Blankets Story Opening

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Outdoor Learning 

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! 

 

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Wow!

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.

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Term 1

Enquiry Overview: Why should we protect the Amazon Rainforest?

Wow!

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.

Our first enquiry this term will provide us with plenty of opportunities to refine our skills as geographers and scientists. We will develop our map-reading skills, research life in the Amazon Rainforest, investigate the rainforest as a vital natural resource and consider the human impact on this diverse, yet vulnerable, environment. Our challenge will be to create a campaign video persuading the public to protect the Amazon Rainforest

Term 1 Reflections

 

"I loved going on the school trip as part of our WOW because it was fun to see all the different animals. I couldn't wait to find out more!" Kailas

 

"The best part was filming using the green screen because it was something I have never done before, it was a real challenge!" Kish

 

"I loved the Amazon art because I got to create something from scratch." Alisha

 

"It has been fun meeting our new teacher and changing classrooms." Kyron

 

"I have enjoyed practising and improving my handwriting. I can't wait to keep improving and bettering it!" Mya

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!

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Our finished products!

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. 

Digital Photography

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!

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Challenge
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!

Ruby and Ida

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Charlie and Kyron

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Kishan, Eva and Storm

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Matthew, Kailas and Emily

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Macy, Jayden and Mya

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Annie, Ruby and Abi

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Rihanna, Lucy and Alisha

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Harry and Olivia

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Flower Power

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! 

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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!

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Performance Poetry!

 

Performance poetry has been helping us to understand the different layers in the Amazon Rainforest. We worked with our learning partner and used actions to bring this poem to life! We thought carefully about how we can use our voices as well to really capture our audiences attention.

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Have a go!

We have been becoming experts in using green screen! We worked collaboratively to film and perform a script that would persuade our audience to help save the precious jaguars by giving just £3 a month. This has helped us to understand what a successful campaign video should look like. We can't wait to have another go!

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Immersion

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?

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Food chains

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?

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WOW!

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

Imaginative writing!

We visited the school pond today to get ideas for a piece of narrative. We discovered pond skaters and fish and thought these could feature in our writing. We included lots of detail in our writing and enjoyed sharing them in our sharing assembly this afternoon.

 

Using the pond for inspiration!

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Collaborative Learning

Year 5 were set an exciting collaborative learning task today that linked with the global goal - Life on Land. 

In Nepal, many farmers living on the mountainside grow fruit and vegetables, including tomatoes. To earn a living they need to sell these at the local market. The problem is getting to market involves a long, dangerous walk down the mountainside and over a river, at the end of which the tomatoes may well be squashed.

We worked together to plan and make a creation that could carry the tomatoes across a tricky course! We worked well as a team, shared our ideas and problem solved to create some fantastic containers that managed to solve the problem and carry the tomatoes successfully!

Fun at the allotment!

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Wild Week - Food Webs

We explored how humans can impact on food webs in an ecosystem. We discovered that although we may only utilise one aspect of a food web, the consequences of our actions were much greater than we first thought and often affected the entire web.

Wild Week - The Secret Garden

We started off the afternoon by creating faces using small pieces of twigs and leaves. We then went on to create pictures in teams. We picked two colours and two adjectives from an envelope and had to encorporate these colours and textures into our creation! We were really impressed with what we produced and had a great time working in our teams.

Secret Garden Creations!

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Fun with the Playpod!

How do we show respect?

Today we spent the day looking at the value: Respect. We discussed what it meant to have respect and thought carefully about how people being respectful to us impacts on our lives. After lots of thoughtful discussions, we created a shield to show things that we value and how we show respect to them.

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