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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.
Wow! What a great success Wooftie Day has been. The children came to school dressed as cats and dogs and brought with them a generous donation of a pound. All the money raised is being donated to our chosen charity, the Bristol Cats and Dogs Home. Today we had an assembly run by the RSPCA, a dog show with real cats and dogs and even an obstacle course that had to be completed in record time! What a brilliant day!
This week we have been busy focusing on the Olympics. We have used atlases to locate where the Olympics is being held, as well as researching other countries that are taking part. We have looked in detail at the country, Australia. Finding out what animals live there to create mini fact books. In addition, we learnt a story from the dream time and produced our own aboriginal art... What a great week!
For our computing topic this term, we have been learning about tessellation. We have looked at shapes that have been tessellated in nature and in art. We then used a range of programs to create our own patterns. It was fun to explore a new program called Inkscape where we learnt to use the snap tool.
Challenge - Scrapbook pages
We can't quite believe it but we have finally finished our last enquiry. We have really enjoyed being part of Michael's voyage of discovery and piecing together our thoughts about what Skellig might be. These are our wonderful scrapbook pages with our ideas! Whereas some of us are certain about what Skellig is, others of us still remain puzzled due to the complex nature of this character. If you ever get a chance to read the book (we all think you should!) we would love to hear what you think Skellig might be...
Collaborative Learning in Maths
We have been putting our maths learning to good use! We were set a mission to plan and create a piece of work that demonstrates our knowledge of angles. Working in a team meant we needed to plan our jobs carefully and make sure everyone was involved. We now understand the importance of planning before getting started as this allows us to all understand what we are trying to create.
Taking inspiration from the baby blackbirds that we read about in Skellig, we have been learning to work with clay. We have learnt to mold the clay by applying the right amount of pressure and have added details by using special clay tools. We are excited to leave them to dry so that we can then add paint so our sculptured, clay birds look even better.
Kings Oak Academy taster day
Year 5 have had a day full of fun,spending the day at Kings Oak Academy. They used PowerPoint to create an animated screen saver, learned how to play a tune on the keyboards and they certainly enjoyed playing the drums as loudly as possible! All the children really enjoyed the day, learning what it will be like to venture off to secondary school. I'm sure they'll sleep well tonight after such excitement.
Are they wings?
"We had our arms around him. Our fingers touched behind his back. We explored the growths upon his shoulder blades. We felt them fold up like arms. We felt their soft coverings. We stared into each other's eyes and didn't dare to tell each other what we felt."
We discussed what we thought they had felt on his back and why Michael and Mina didn't want to tell each other what they were thinking. We think he has wings! After exploring different sketching techniques, we had a go at sketching cartoon, traditonal and angel wings. Here are some of our sketches.
It was all a dream...
Michael, trying to cope with what is happening since he moved to Falconer Road, has a nightmare about his baby sister. We wrote some beautiful pieces retelling his dream with a focus on using embedded clauses to add extra detail.
Today, Year 5 was puzzled as they entered the classroom. A heap of dusty grey feathers lay before them on the floor; why were they here? Where had they come from? This term Year 5 will be trying to uncover the curious appearance of the feathers, whilst undoubtedly discovering more than they bargained for on the way...
Year 5 have been busy using iMovie to create some super science shows. We have used our knowledge about forces to create a movie which explains and demonstrates how the force, gravity is acting on a dropped ball. We spent some time exploring all the things we can do with iMovie from cutting a clip to adding a voice over. We had a brilliant time creating these movies... we hope you enjoy them!
Our Vesak Festival Assembly
Today, 5JD delivered a fantastic class assembly all about the Buddhist festival, Vesak. This festival takes place on the full moon in May and celebrates the Buddha's Birthday. 5JD had loud, clear voices and could be heard by all. It was been really interesting to learn about another religious festival and to find out about how different countries around the world celebrate.
How can Sikhs show their commitment to God?
Throughout Term 5, we have been thinking about ‘How Sikhs can show their commitment to God.’ We created hidden panel books and filled them with research and information as to how Sikhs can show their commitment. These books then helped us to write a letter, answering our key question.
Showing respect online
Staying safe on line is so important! We have been thinking about what it means to show respect online and how we can make sure that we do. We understand that facial expressions and body language can not be seen through a text or email so we must think before we write. Be careful with what you write and how you write it!
To conclude our enquiry we wrote an explanation to describe why we have night and day. We combined all of the information we have learnt during our immersion activities to write our explanation. We also included diagrams to illustrate each step.
To explore more about our enquiry, we used a globe and a lamp to demonstrate why we have night and day. We discussed how the Earth rotates on its axis, which means half of the Earth is facing the Sun and the other half is facing away from it.
To learn more about the position and distance between the planets in our Solar System, we took our lesson outside! Some of us were the planets and others measured the distance one planet and the next. It was really interesting to see just how far away some planets are from the the sun!
To kick off our next science enquiry, 'Why do we have day and night?' we took a trip to @Bristol! We spent the day exploring the different exhibitions and rounded off our trip with a visit to the Planetarium. The Planetarium show helped us to learn about our Solar system. We can't wait to find out more about our new enquiry!
We start this term with an exciting science enquiry ‘What affect does air resistance have on moving objects?’ We will be exploring a range of forces, from gravity to friction and designing experiments to show how these forces act upon moving objects. Throughout this topic, we will be discussing and explaining what we have observed, ensuring we use precise scientific vocabulary. Our challenge is something we are really looking forward to, where we will plan, design and create a parachute to see how long we can keep a lego figure in the air.
To complete our enquiry, we made our final parachute and competed against each other to see whose design would stay in the air the longest. We made sure we carried out a fair test and discussed how air resistance was affecting our parachute. Congratulations to Lucy and Tanya whose parachute stayed in the air the longest, with a time of 2.44 seconds!
Planning for our challenge!
In order to be ready for our final challenge, we tested out some different parachute designs. We tested a range of materials to decide which one we thought would make the best parachute. By editing our parachute, we finally created the perfect prototype for our challenge. We can't wait to make and test our magnificent parachutes next week!
Exploring air resistance
Today we investigated air resistance by running in the wind with different materials to feel which material and shape gave us the greatest air resistance. We discovered that the larger the surface area of the material and the lighter the material the more air resistance was created! Our results will allow us to plan and experiment with smaller materials that will contribute towards our enquiry question.
For our friction experiment we tested what materials would make a toy car travel down the ramp the slowest. We used 5 different materials, some were smooth and some were rough. The rougher materials created more friction which made the toy cars travel slower down the ramp.
Our water resistance experiment
As part of our enquiry we investigated how water resistance affects different shaped objects. We timed how long it would take for the different shapes to sink to the bottom of our container. We made predictions and ensured we carried out a fair test!
Send My Friend To School
We are revisiting persuasion this term in literacy and we have got ourselves involved in the 2016 Send My Friend To School campaign that is focusing on providing education to the millions of children that have been affected by emergencies such as conflict, climate change and health epademics. We are using persuasive techniques to write a persuasive speech to bring attention to this really important cause.
Here you can find out more about this important campaign:
To kick start our enquiry this term on forces, we watched a rocket launch and Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from space!
After a term of scientific investigations, it was finally time for our challenge! We were so excited to work in groups to put together our science show looking at reversible and irreversible changes. Here are just some of the many brilliant ones we did! We hope you enjoy them and most importantly, we hope you learnt something!
Lego We Do Day!
Our work around The Highwayman has inspired our computing topic this term. Using 'Lego We Do' if we have created an input and output device to warn the Highwayman that danger is on the way! This was a really exciting day where we explored the use of motors and sensors created our own device in pairs. We hope we can save the Highwayman.
How to separate materials
We have been working in teams to complete a mission! we were given a mixture of materials; sand, rice, paperclips and water. Our job was to work methodically to separate them. A sieve, filter paper, funnels and magnets was some of the equipment we had to help us complete the mission. The experiment hasn't ended yet as we eagerly wait to see if we can separate the salt and water through evaporation!
After listening to Agent Green, a dragon whisperer, from DCHQ (Dragon Conservation Headquarters) tell us a story and all about her interesting life with Fuse, her dragon, we learnt to draw a dragon. We then did a Year 5 workshop with Agent Green where we learnt about keeping and tracking a dragon. Inspired by what we had discovered, we created our own class dragonology. Here are some pictures of our dragons and some of the pages from our dragonology. We hope you enjoy them!
What a great week book week has been! Our storyteller told us some fantastic stories and then worked with us to create some poems. We worked with our learning partner to create 'I am' poems and some riddles. We thought they were so good, we have published them into a class book.
Here is an example of an 'I am' poem by Evie. S:
I am a pencil because I like to write
I am a sharpener because I have a point
I am a rubber because I forget my mistakes
Reversible and irreversible changes
In science, we conducted an investigation looking at reversible and irreversible changes. Our experiment involved combining vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, in order to see if a gas was produced. We then went on to observe how glow sticks go through a chemical change resulting in them glowing in the dark! It has helped us to gain a better understanding of reversible and irreversible change. We know that some good indicators of irreversible changes are when heat, gas, colour change and light changes occur.
What a brilliant start to book week! Year 5 were visited by a storyteller who told a range of fantastic stories! He showed us how important it is to use actions and expression to bring a story to life. Later in the day, each class was visited for a workshop where we were able to listen to riddles and limericks. We even had a go at writing some of our own!
This lesson involved lots of discussion! we were set the task of separating pasta, rice, sand and water. In front of us, we had a variety of equipment from sieves to filter paper. We discussed the need to be methodical in our approach. We were so pleased we were able to work as a team and separate all of the items!
Properties of materials
We have been learning a lot about different materials. We were set a secret mission. In groups, we had to guess what the different objects were in each bag. We also had to write down what we thought some of the properties were for that object. In this lesson, we were introduced to new scientific vocabulary like absorbency and permeability. We were impressed with how many objects we got right!
What a treat we have had today! Mr G presented a science show and amazed us with some fantastic Science! He showed us lots of experiments that made us think about our enquiry question this term: 'Can change always be reversed?' We made ice cream which we got to taste, created flubber and even watched an explosion between coca-cola and mentos! In class, we have focused on the scientific vocabulary we will be using this term and have designed posters to show our new understanding.
Makey Makey Game Controllers!
Wow! We absolutely loved learning to use the Makey Makeys! First, we discussed what was meant by an 'input' device and learnt how to put the Makey Makeys together. We then discussed conductors and insulators and tested out different materials to see what would make suitable buttons for a controller. Next, we used everything we had discovered to design a game controller, testing as we went to make sure the connections were secure - this was a crucial time to make any changes! Finally, we headed back down to the ICT suite to play on various games using our awesome game controllers!
This term, we will be looking at measure. Our first focus is length. We have spent lots of time discussing different jobs where measuring length is important and have looked at different units that length can be recorded in. Estimating has been an important skill we have used when carrying out practical activities, thinking about what we already know to help us to estimate. Learning through practical tasks is a lot of fun!
"I have enjoyed multiplying fractions and converting fractions to decimals. It feels so good to be in the challenge zone!" Brooke
"Using clay to create Viking brooches was really fun. I was surprised how much concentration it took!" Sienna
"Being part of lots of athletic competitions has been my highlight, continuously trying to beat my best!" Ellis
"Working as part of a collaboration to create our Viking poster on leisure was my favourite part. i enjoyed carrying out the research." Reece
"Dressing up as a Viking on our WOW day was so funny!" Evie. H
"Using imovie to create our own masterpieces all about Lindisfarne was so exciting! They look great on the big screen!" Tanya
Challenge - The great debate!
After transforming our classroom into the House of Commons, we were finally ready to put our discussion skills to the test and debate our enquiry question, 'Were all Vikings brutal plunderers?'
Following the strict conventions of the House of Commons, we presented clear and convincing arguments, strengthened by our detailed historical knowledge and understanding. Our expert discussion skills enabled us to both support our side and challenge the opposition with confidence.
Discussion - Were all Vikings brutal plunderers?
Using everything we have learnt about how to write a discussion piece, we brought together all our knowledge about the Vikings and wrote a balanced argument. We started with an introduction before moving onto arguments for and against, making sure we developed each point fully. Finally, we concluded, giving our own opinion about whether we thought they were all brutal plunderers.
E-Safety: Reliable websites
Learning about E-safety is really important as it helps us to keep safe online. This term, we have been thinking about how we use the website to research. We now know that we can't always rely on websites to be honest and trustful and it is important to check information several times from a range of websites before we can ensure it can be relied upon. We created our very own 'Website Nasties' to help us to remember this important lesson.
Imovie - Lindisfarne 793AD!
As we head towards our final end write and challenge, we learnt about a very important Viking raid. To help us remember the key events, we put together an Imovie trailer. We hope you enjoy watching them as much as we enjoyed making them!
Not only have we been learning mandarin, but we have also had the chance to experience some Chinese cuisine. We had lots of fun rolling out the dough and filling the dumpling parcels before we finally got to taste the delicious savoury treat!
"Do games rot the brain?"
To help us write a good debate, we looked at an extract which discussed "Do games rot the brain?" We looked at reasons for and against and from the extract drew out steps to success. We then used actions to memorise parts of the debate.
Year 5 been busy researching the Vikings! We have used information books to find out about various aspects of their lives, ranging from what they ate, to what they did in their leisure time. From our notes, we formed groups and worked brilliantly together to produce posters to showcase our new acquired knowledge. We confidently presented these to the rest of the class. Reflecting on our team work, we are really proud with how we took turns, shared out roles and built on each other's ideas to create a fantastic end product. We can't wait to work collaboratively again soon!
This term we will be learning all about fractions. We have had an exciting lesson combining measure, to fill different sized bottles with different fractions of liquid. By the end of the lesson, we were able to confidently explain 'How it is possible for different sized bottles to have the same fraction filled?'
To get us started, we designed our own Viking shields and then listened to and did some drama based on Viking sagas. Next, we designed our on Viking jewellery and made it out of salt-dough. Finally, we made a Viking longship. We're looking forward to finding out whether all Vikings were brutal plunderers for our enquiry!
"I really enjoyed innovating the Princess' Blanket!" Brooke
"Listening to music and expressing our feelings in Art was lots of fun!" Ruby.S
"Using the oil pastels was very messy but the end result looked great!" Sienna
"Everything! I have liked everything!" Kieran
"Being in the challenge zone during Maths." Liam
"It has been great to use our imaginations to produce our amazing descriptive writing." Nell
Is the Christmas story true?
In order to investigate our key question, we first looked at a typical version 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 the question.
We brought together everything we have done this term to create a whole class Ebook that includes our magnificent paintings of the Secret Garden as well as audio extracts from our own innovated fairytales. We hope you enjoy listening to them and that our artwork enhances your experience!
Innovating a Fairytale
Over the term, we have been practising creating detailed setting descriptions and using figurative language to produce vivid imagery in the readers mind. In our end write, we have used similes, metaphors and alliteration to ensure the reader is hooked from the start! Adapting the story slightly, we have changed the stranger that visits and cures the princess but we were sure to keep the happy ending the same! Our end writes have taken a lot of time and effort. We are so pleased with the finished result!
Christmas at St Stephens
Year 5 and 6 were very lucky to experience a fantastic Christmas celebration in our local church today. We were able to sing songs and watch 4ZB perform their version of the Nativity. It was great to be reminded of what Christmas is all about, caring for one another. We are certainly feeling festive now!
Creating our own Secret Garden Blanket
Using oil paints, we have been experimenting with colour and texture to create some fantastic pieces of art. We have focused on abstract images and designs which convey the magical blanket that we are describing within our own pieces of writing.
As we approach our end write, which will include writing our own ending to our innovated fairytale, we got into small groups and used actions to help us learn and re-tell the ending from The Princess' Blankets.
5JD have been busy learning how to program! We have produced a script to allow our sprite to move around the screen and to even have a conversation with a different sprite! As a challenge, we set ourseleves the task of producing a 'knock knock' joke between two sprites. This task made us think carefully about the wait time and the need to loop instructions.
The Secret Garden's Blanket
Determined to earn his reward, the stranger wrapped the Princess in four blankets stolen from nature. Inspired by Carol Ann Duffy's rich use of language, we are going to apply our knowledge of figurative language to innovate a description of the Secret Garden's blanket. We took advantage of our wonderful outdoor space and went outside to gather things for our blanket in a bowl. We then tipped our findings onto our tables and designed our own blankets. We were surprised by how different they all looked! We are looking forward to using them to inspire our writing...
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 took on the role of royal servants and used the stranger's arrival as an excuse to have a good gossip, as well as an opportunity to develop our dialogue-writing skills.
Abstract artAs part of our immersion and have a go for our enquiry, 'How does art enhance storytelling?', we used the medium of tissue paper to create some abstract art. We chose fire and hillsides so that we could link our artwork to the story opening that we wrote where we describe the setting for the story. We didn't want our art to represent an accurate depiction of fire or hills so we zoomed into the pictures and instead used shapes, colours and forms to achieve its effect.
'I have loved learning about all the different animals that live in the Amazon and reseraching the different food chains.' Sienna
I have really enjoyed P.E this term. I particularly liked the skipping challenge as I kept beating my score!' Charlie
'Maths has been really fun! I have definetly been in the challenge zone!' Edie
'I have loved our enquiry! Filming the campaign videos were lots of fun and it was nice to work in a team to support one another.' Kieran
Why should we protect the Amazon Rainforest?
Persuasion was our text type for Term 1. We looked at the features of persuasive texts to put together a toolkit for a successful piece of persuasive writing which we did as our end write. We research the various threats to this wondrous biome and most importantly, considered potential solutions to save and protect this exotic landscape for future generations.
How far would a Sikh go for his/her religion?This term we have been researching Sikhism. We discussed what it means to be committed to a religion and how Sikhs may show their commitment to god in different ways.
This term our value has been trust. We discussed what it means to be a trustworthy friend and created some anti-gossip posters promoting a trustful friendship.
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 diffrent 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.
What does it mean to have respect?
5JD have been thinking about what it means to have respect. Using drama we have explored how to show respect to others. It is important to think about our tone of voice and body language. During this task, we showed fantastic collaboration skills and a real eagerness to perform!
How do we show 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.