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We have outdoor P.E on Tuesday and indoor P.E on Thursday.
Today, we were learning about the different planets in our Solar System and the relative sizes and distances of them.
We did an experiment to show how huge the solar system is.
1 square of toilet paper represents 16 million km!
The Earth is about the size of a cherry tomato when the sun is represented with a giant exercise ball.
Did you know that the sun is so large that the Earth would fit inside it more than a million times?
We can't believe how huge our solar system is!
This afternoon, we were visited by Jake from Bristol Rovers who spoke to us about the importance of keeping fit and healthy. We thought about why exercise is important. Did you know exercise helps your brain to refocus and is really good for helping you to learn?
We became very immersed in our book 'Moon Man' through lots of drama techniques. Can you match the freeze frame to the correct sentence?
The noise brought hundreds of people from a nearby town.
Soliders sped to defend the earth.
Firemen hastened to quench the flaming light.
The ice cream man hurried to set up the stand for the spectators.
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.
Term 4 Reflections
" I loved the science this term. The experiment was great fun when we had to separate the different materials." Alexandra.
"I enjoyed creating my own festival in R.E!" Marion
"My favourite part of this term was the alien soup lesson. It was so exciting!" Richie
"Wake and shake is great. It is a great way to start the day because it puts me in a good mood." Sienna
Why are festivals important to religious communities?
For our R.E enquiry this term, we have been answering the question: Why are festivals important to religious communities? We have linked our question to Sikhism. We started by carrying out research into festivals that Sikhs celebrate. We found out about Vaisakhi festival which was really interesting. Four our challenge, we designed posters to show why festivals are so important.
We have been thinking about Global Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation.
Did you know that 1 in 3 people do not have clean water? We were shocked by this fact! We looked at how the water in our tap gets there and then thought about ways we could lessen our water wastage.
This global goal inspired us to develop our photography skills. We thought carefully about how we could show the power of water. We used the cropping and editing tool to make our photographs more dramatic.
Reversible and irreversible changes
We loved investigating reversible and irreversible changes. The alien soup challenged us to use all of our skills and knowledge to separate all of the materials. We filtered, sieved, evaporated and even used magnets to separate the mixtures and solutions.
Staying Safe as a pedestrian
We had a very interesting lesson today with Andy who helped us to understand how to stay safe when crossing the road. He told us all about the green cross code and told us about the different places that are safe to cross.
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.
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!
This term the children will have indoor PE or swimming on a Tuesday and outdoor PE with Bristol Rugby 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.
Secret Garden Observations
We can't believe how much the secret garden changes each term. Since we visited it in Term 2, we have noticed that it is a lot muddier and all of the leaves that had fallen have now gone. It was nice to see the sun was out even though it was cold and frosty. We don't think it will be too long until we start seeing some new life on the trees!
Makey Makey Madness
For our computing this term, we discussed how a keyboard and a mouse works. We then explored a Makey Makey.
We realised that it replaced the need for the mouse. Because we understand how a circuit works, we used this knowledge to create our own game controller. We investigated conductors and insulators to help us make our controller. It was lots of fun!
We have been determined to achieve our very best handwriting today ready for display. We have been publishing our Non-chronological reports on Viking life. We are making sure all our letters are a consistent size, sat on the line and that our ascenders and descenders are clear.
Observing Over Time
In Science, we have been observing over time. In Term 1, we recorded our height and arm span. This term, we re-measured our height and arm span and were surprised to see the difference! We will continue to observe how these measurements change over the course of the year and then plot our results in a line graph.
These are our final products from our WOW day. Once our salt dough had dried, we painted them. We think they look just like viking jewellery.
We were challenged to work collaboratively to produce a product to display our understandings of The Vikings so far. Some of us made posters and others made games. We had lots of fun playing the games and we deepened our understandings at the same time.
What was it like to be a Viking?
What a great start to 2018. Design, make, act, draw, research..... you name it we did it! Our WOW day really got us thinking about what it would be like to be a Viking. We can't wait to get stuck in and learn all about these brutal warriors.
5JW will have outdoor PE on a Tuesday and indoor PE on a Thursday. Homework (including reads) will be checked on a Wednesday.
"I liked making the Picasso faces!" Cameron.
"I liked writing the newspaper report and reading it out in assembly." Sienna.
"I loved the harder maths this term!" Luke.
Trip to St Stephen's Church
Today we were lucky enough to visit St Stephen's Church and learn all about marriage. We learnt all about what marriage means to Christians and even got to act out a marriage ceremony!
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.
Observing over Time
For our Science enquiry, we have been observing the Secret Garden. We went outside and compared the Secret Garden with photographs we had taken from Term 1. We noticed that there were far fewer insects and hardly any leaves on the trees. We can't wait to go back in Term 3 to see what else might have changed.
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.
We have been thinking about what bullying is. We know it means Several, Time, On, Purpose. We decided to think carefully about what it means to be a good friend. We were all given a secret friend and asked to look out for them and do something nice. We brought in sweets, gifts and notes to show our friend how much they mean to us. It was so exciting! We also created anti-bullying videos to show what bullying is and what we can do if we think we are being bullied.
The Ocean's Blanket
As a class, we created our own blanket to swamp the Princess. We thought about the things we might find in the vast ocean. We then zoomed in on our image so it became abstract, thinking carefully about shapes, colours and textures. We all created our own mini pieces of art and then created a large blanket of all things from the ocean. We then developed our painting skills and re produced another blanket, created flames and then created our own princess in the style of Picasso.
The Stranger Arrives!
We read the part of the story where the stony eyed stranger arrives at the palace. We thought carefully about the description given in the book and what people from the palace and village might of thought about him. We then went outside and created some role plays to show what the local might of said about the mysterious stranger.
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.
For our WOW, we took part in lots of different activities that explored how art can enhance storytelling. We read extracts from stories, performed well known fairy tales and had a go at sequencing stories just from looking at the pictures. In the afternoon, we listened to a a range of music and explored how music and art can be linked. We have had a brilliant day and can't wait to start reading our new text.
Our reflections for term 1
"I loved the zoo trip!" Ashton.
"I can't believe how many shocking facts I have discovered about the rainforest." Eve.
"I loved the green screen and especially writing our own script." Alexandra.
60s dress up day.
Happy birthday St Stephen's Junior school. We had lots of fun dressing as if we were born in the 1960s. We also loved learning about how different fashion, music, money and life in general was back then.
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.
Why do some people believe God exists?
Take a look at our persuasive campaign videos which inform the public on ways which they can make a difference and help protect the Amazon Rainforest. We hope you enjoy them.
Targets Targets Targets!
We love targets in Year 5. Today we have been looking at our new target - T3: Use adverbs to show possibility.
We thought about different degrees of possibility and went outside and ordered the different adverbs. This helped us to see how possible or likely something was.
This skill is really going to help us when writing our own campaign videos to persuade people to save the Amazon.
"We definitely need to make a change to help save the Amazon!"
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.'
What a great start to our science week. We used our Purple Learning Powers to research living things and sort them into groups according to their characteristics. We also enjoyed finding our own insects and thinking about how we might group them.
'Prove it' basket!
We are very proud of our writing in 5JW this week. Our awesome mastery basket really inspired us. It is really exciting to be able to use our imagination and write about something in the 'prove it' basket. Making sure we include our targets of course!
We have been working on our sketching skills using the Austin's Butterfly concept. We had a go at sketching a butterfly and then shared these with our partners. Our partners then gave us areas to improve on. After getting our feedback, we then had another go at sketching using their suggestions to help. We repeated this three times and we couldn't believe the improvements in our sketches! As well as this, we focused on fine lines, tones and shades to produce a great parrot sketch.
We have been working hard on rounding. Working with 6 digit numbers and rounding them to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and even 10,000! Miss Dent has taught us a song to help us to remember.
"It's 5 or above you round up. If it's below 4 you round down!"
The Secret Garden
In order to help our writing come alive, we went and explored the Secret Garden. We used our sense and thought about what we could see, hear, smell and touch. We created mini books full of our ideas. These ideas will help us to write a setting description. We can't wait to get writing!
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