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Key Information:

5KD have outdoor PE on a Monday and indoor PE on a Wednesday.

5KD's entrance and exit point is the top gate by the basket ball court. Please wait outside the gate on Crown Road.

Times table of the week: 11 times table

 

Term 6

 

In Term 6, we are continuing with our enquiry of 'How does engineering in the past affect the future?' through exploring the history of engineering through the ages, the engineers of the future as well as designing our very own engineering project to support the future transport of Bristol. 

5KD's Term 6 Shining Star

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Being Athletes - Article 31 Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 6, we got to enjoy our sports day. We were lucky enough that we all got chance to take part in every event and we put into practice all of our hard work and training from PE lessons this year. We ran, jumped and threw to the best of our ability and then cooled down with an ice pop to finish the morning. Well done 5KD - you were super athletes!

Being Writers - Article 13 Sharing thoughts freely

In Week 5, 5KD have been learning from home on Google Classroom. We have taken this opportunity to practise our creative writing and we have really enjoyed letting our imaginations run wild! We have even written some poems related to our Guided Reading text about asylum seekers and our RE learning about Jesus' teachings of grace and generosity. Take a look at some of our super writing below.

Dance Festival - Article 31 Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 4, 5KD have been lucky enough to take part in a dance festival at Pomphrey Hill. We have worked so hard to perfect our dance over the last couple of weeks and are really proud of our fantastic final performance. We also enjoyed watching children from another school perform and giving each other feedback on our dancing. Then, as the weather was so nice for us, we thought it would be rude not to enjoy some ice lollies as a reward when he got back to school! 

Being Scientists and Engineers - Article 28 Access to Education 

In Week 4, we tested out our final air resistance costumes. We had so much fun testing these out and we couldn't believe how much slower we ran with them on! 

Being Scientists and Engineers - Article 28 Access to Education

In Week 3, we have been looking at forces and investigating air resistance. To do this, we have thought about fair testing and have been designing and creating costumes for our air resistance race. We have thought about how we can make our designs as air resistant as possible in order to slow our opponents down!

Year 5 Rainbow Run Fundraising Event - Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 2, Year 5 took part in a Rainbow Run Fundraising Event and raised a fantastic £216.60 for Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal.  We chose this charity to support our classmate, Raihan, whose younger brother regularly spends time at the hospital. The money raised will go towards sensory boxes so that suitable sensory toys are available so that all children can have a comfortable and stimulating stay at the hospital. We were able to come to school in coloured non-school uniform and participate in a Rainbow Run on the playground. Together, we then enjoyed ice lollies and celebrated how we have all demonstrated our school value of humility through being selfless and working collaboratively as a team to support this wonderful cause. In addition to this, we wanted to say a very special thank you to Romilly from 5RO who independently raised an incredible £225 for this event. We are so thankful for your fundraising efforts - you are truly inspiring and amazing! In total, Year 5 have raised an incredible £441.60 which is incredible. Well done Year 5 - we are so proud of you all. 

Being a Historian - Article 17: Access to Information

In Week 2, we explored causation and thought about how the Roman Empire impacted engineering today. We found out about the countries that were part of the Roman Empire and discussed how the Romans are known for their incredible engineering including aqueducts. Then, we recreated an aqueduct by using toilet roll holders and marbles and discovered the difficulties in building and maintaining an aqueduct! 

5KD's Term 5 Shining Star

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Article 30: Minority culture, Language and religion

In Week 1, we started our new RE unit for the term. To begin this, we thought about what commitment means, how we show our commitment and the things we think we are most and least committed to. We then linked this to Muslim's commitment to the Prophet  and looked at the reasons why they might be committed to him. 

Term 5

For the first two weeks of Term 5, Year 5 continued to focus our learning around the book: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. Then, we moved onto our new enquiry, 'How does engineering in the past affect the future?' We will be going on a journey through the history of engineering. We will be exploring engineering way back in the Stone Age right the way through to current day where we, the engineers of the future, will be designing our very own engineering project to support the future transport of Bristol!

Enquiry Overview: How does engineering in the past affect the future?

Shackleton's Journey

In Term 5,  we will be reading the biography 'Shackleton's Journey' by William Grill. This wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of the Endurance reaching the South Pole and the efforts it took to get there. As part of our learning, we will be writing in role, researching information and even writing job applications! In art, we will be looking at famous artists and different mediums to create artwork.

Article 16 - Protection of Privacy

In Week 6, we have been super Computer Scientists and developed both our online safety and computer programming skills. First, we thought about our digital footprint and the responsibilities that we have for our online actions and keeping ourselves and others safe. Then, we used our coding skills, including our knowledge of sequencing, selection and repetition, to code fantastic dance routines and games. Through this, we have improved our debugging skills by finding and fixing any mistakes or problems in our programming. Here are some of our creations below!

Code.org Dance Party

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Code.org Dance Party

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Article 17 - Access to Information

In Week 5, we have been continuing our focus on measurement in maths by looking at mass. We began by thinking about when we might measure mass in the real world.  

Then, we had a go at estimating the mass of objects around our classroom and using a range of equipment to measure the objects (and ourselves!) to see if our estimates were correct. Finally, we had a go at converting our measurements from grams to kilograms and vice versa.

Article 6 - Life, Survival and Development

In Week 5, we have been lucky enough to take part in some virtual workshops on climate change and road safety. During our climate change workshop, we thought about the causes and effects of global warming as well as the ways in which we could make our local area more sustainable. During our road safety session, we discussed the do's and don'ts for crossing the road and the different types of crossings we might use to make sure we do this safely. 

No Pens Day! Article 13: Sharing Thoughts Freely

In Week 4, we had a fantastic No Pens Day! We kickstarted the day by refreshing our understanding of oracy and the four strands. When being a writer, we put our oracy into practice by discussing how the crew would be feeling when they set sail on Endurance in Shackleton's Journey and made good luck charms from salt dough. When being a mathematician, we focused on capacity. We enjoyed estimating and experimenting with water and different containers and bottles. We also enjoyed Spanish with Mrs Thomas, taking part in the skipping challenge and exploring more of Shackleton's journey. 

Article 5 - Family Guidance as Children Develop

In Week 3, we have learnt about Jesus' teachings of forgiveness. During this, we acted out the parable of 'The Two Debtors'. We then thought about forgiveness in our relationships with friends, family and our wider community. We reflected on the importance of forgiveness for our relationships even if we can sometimes find it difficult. 

For the first two weeks of Term 5, Year 5 are continuing to focus all of our learning around the book: Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. To finish off our learning, we will be writing letters to our local MP, Chris Skidmore, about an environmental issue we want to address. We will also be finishing off our collage work ready for a whole year group art display!

Article 13 - Sharing thoughts freely 

In Week 2, we have been working hard on our letter writing. We have used our new knowledge of persuasion to write persuasive letters to our local MP, Chris Skidmore, asking him to do something about littering in our area. We have given reasons why he should listen to us and possible solutions that he could put in place to make Kingswood a cleaner and safer place to live for humans and animals. We are looking forward to sending these to him and hopefully getting a response to make a real change to our community! Have a read of some of our letters below.

Whole School Oracy Day - Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion 

In Week 1, we participated in a whole school oracy day. Firstly, we started off the day by recapping our steps to success for good listening and discussions. Then, we discussed what oracy is, why it is important and how it helps us in our lives. We also looked into the four strands of oracy including the social and emotional, linguistic, physical and cognitive strands. With this understanding of the strands, we acted out some different scenarios and compared them against the strands. Finally, we secured an understanding of the linguistic strand by using our words carefully to describe something around the pond that our peers had to sketch! 

Here is what 5KD have to say about oracy: 

- "Oracy is when you can communicate how you feel" - Evie

- "Oracy is about speaking clearly so others understand you" -  Ruby

- "Having good oracy skills will help you make friends and get a good job" - Bobby

- "Oracy is about learning to talk and learning through talk" - Thomas

- "We use oracy all of the time in school when we share ideas and listen to other people's ideas" - George

Term 4

For the remainder of Term 4, the whole school are focussing all of their learning around the book: Here we are: Notes for living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers. This wonderful picture book will take us on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing planet Earth. From land and sky, to people and time, the notes explore what makes the world and how we live it. We will be using the book to re-establish our class and whole school community, focussing on important messages such as kindness and to inspire our writing, reading and to create some beautiful artwork too.

Being a Writer! Article 15: Setting Up or Joining Groups 

In Week 6, we had an exciting delivery from a school in Switzerland. We read through the letters and learnt about some amazing individuals who attend a school in a Reichenbach, a small village in Switzerland. Then, we were being fantastic writers and wrote letters to send back to our penpals. We are looking forward to hearing from them soon. 

Term 4 Shining Star!

 

Click the link to watch the Shining Star video for Term 4:https://youtu.be/6esc5yyh5fk

Easter in a Box! Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion

In Week 6, we were very fortunate to have Rev. Lisa come in to see us. We explored the Easter story through different scenes and built a visual representation of the story through asking questions, decorating eggboxes, keyrings and bunting. We really enjoyed having Rev. Lisa come in and furthering our understanding of Easter. 

Being Artists - Article 31: Rest, play, culture and arts

In Week 6, we have been completing some art work based on a picture from the book 'Here We Are'. We have practised our shading skills by focusing on using dark and light effectively in our sketching. We have also put our collage skills into practise and our coming together as a year group to create a collaged ocean scene. Check out some of our amazing art work below!

Being Writers - Article 13: Sharing Thoughts Freely 

In Week 5, we have been amazing writers! We have written fantastic story openings and showcased our understanding of direct speech and expanded noun phrases. Firstly, we wrote a story opening about an illustration from the book, ‘Here We Are’. Then, we discussed the message of the story which is that we only have one planet earth so we must take care of it. This inspired our work and we linked the problems that occur in real-life and the Global Goals into our story openings. These included plastic in the ocean, deforestation and melting ice caps. Check out our work below! 

Mini Documentaries - Article 17: Access to Information 

In Week 5, we have been amazing Technologists. Firstly, we watched a couple of documentaries and established the steps to success for creating a documentary. These steps included video footage/pictures, facts and figures, key vocabulary and loud and clear narration. Based on the underwater illustration from 'Here We Are', we have researched underwater animals, plants and zones and prepared our own mini documentaries using a green screen! Find out about Great White Sharks and The Abyssal Zone below!

Mini Documentary on Great White Sharks

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Mini Documentary on The Abyssal Zone

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Red Nose Day! - Article 4: Making Rights Real

In Week 4, we have celebrated Red Nose Day and have donated to Comic Relief. We all dressed funny for money in outfits that made us and other people smile and laugh. We also participated in a joke telling competition. Check out our outfits and our favourite joke below! 

Warning: Cheesy Joke!

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Collaborative Outdoor Learning-  Article 31 Right to rest, play, culture and arts 

In Week 3, we have thought about what collaborative learning is and what it might look, sound and feel like. We have put our collaborative learning skills to the test by completing some team building activities. We have even been lucky enough to get outside to do this and we had a great time completing our scavenger hunts!

Article 13 - Sharing thoughts freely

In Week 3, we have been re-immersing ourselves in our purple learning approach. So far we have thought about learning behaviours that help to move our learning on (movers), polite disagreement and what helpful talk sounds like. We have linked this to our oracy guidelines and have practised using helpful talk through discussing statements such as 'the internet is better than school for teaching you things' and improving our listening skills by having a go at being a 'silent summariser'. Have a watch of some of our discussions below and see if you can spot how we have used helpful talk and displayed our super listening skills!

Discussion 1

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Discussion 2

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Lockdown 

The first two weeks of Term 4 were our final two weeks of online learning. During the first week, we developed a fantastic understanding of possibility adverbs when 'Being an Author' as well as consolidating our knowledge of conjunctions. Whilst 'Being a Mathematician', we persevered with our learning of equivalent and improper fractions and mixed numbers. We also have secured a deeper understanding of inference whilst 'Being a Reader' too. We have been fantastic athletes by completing bootcamp and yoga sessions in addition to being superb historians and researching Fairtrade. Throughout our second week, we celebrated World Book Day and explored alternative versions of Fairytales. We have created superb comic strips, wanted posters and have even engaged in a class debate in which we built on our oracy skills! Also, we designed and created sustainable houses for the big bad wolf from the Three Little Pigs to live in. We are so proud of the work that 5KD have produced and cannot wait to see them back in the classroom. Take a look below at our wonderful work.

                                          Term 3
This term, we have continued with our enquiry, 'What does ethics have to do with clothes?' Despite having to work from home in lockdown, we researched slave trade, the work of Edward Colston and discovered how fantastic Fairtrade is.  

Lockdown 2021

This term, we have become superb and resilient technologists by completing our school work online. Since being told to stay at home and stay safe, 5KD have continued to explore and apply new learning and challenge themselves in everything that they do. Whilst ‘Being an Author’, we have developed a wonderful understanding of reported speech, metaphors and possibility adverbs. In ‘Being a Mathematician’, we have consolidated our understanding of multiplication, division, factors and squared and cubed numbers. We have also persevered with inference skills whilst ‘Being a Reader’. We have enjoyed activities based on Safer Internet Day and Mental Health Week as well as weekly virtual meets where we can see our friends and play fun games including bingo and scavenger hunts. Here is  just a small sample of what 5KD have been getting up to over Term 3. Keep up the fantastic work Year 5, you are all superstars!

Term 2

In Term 2, we continued with our enquiry of 'How are lives saved?' through making healthy salads, writing non-chronological reports on the Eatwell Plate and creating TED Talks which addressed and answered our enquiry title. 

Then, we moved onto our new enquiry, 'What does ethics have to do with clothes?'.

What does ethics have to do with clothes? - Enquiry Overview

This term, our class book is Street Child by Berlie Doherty. We will be following the journey of Jim Jarvis through the Victorian Era and the troubles that he faces. Through this book we will be focusing on a variety of genres and linking it to our year group targets. Making links with our class book, we will be learning about the Industrial Revolution which links to our Global Goal this term- Decent Work and Economic Growth.

5KD Shining Star Term 2

Check out the link below to see 5KD's Shining Star!

https://youtu.be/Ppn6Jy2IrOg

Christmas in a Box! - Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion

In Week 7, we were very lucky to have Rev. Lisa visit us. We explored and learnt about Mary, Joseph, the shepards and the three wise men and their involvement in the birth of Jesus and the Christmas story. 

WOW Day! - Article 17: Access to Information 

In Week 6, we had our enquiry WOW day all about the Victorian era! We kickstarted our day by choosing a Victorian name for ourselves and comparing Victorian and modern classrooms. We were particularly shocked at the punishments Victorian children faced if they were rude or didn't follow instructions. We watched clips about child slavery in coal mines and textile mills and discussed whether their rights were met, linking to the Rights of a Child. We have practised Victorian handwriting and found out about Victorian workhouses. In the afternoon, we explored what games Victorian children played and made our very own thaumatropes. 

Chronology - Article 28 Access to Education

In Week 1, we have been working on our chronology skills. We have been putting these new skills into practice by ordering some of our own life events and some key events from the Victorian period on timelines.

Year 5 Times Table Champion of Champions - Term 2!

Article 29 - Aims of Education

In Week 6, we have been working on our purple learning skills. We have talked about what it means to have a growth mindset and how we can learn from our mistakes and have a positive attitude towards our learning. We have created some beautiful posters that we will display in our classroom to motivate us when we are finding our learning tricky. We know that we can achieve anything we want to if we just keep practising!

Article 13 - Sharing thoughts freely

In Week 5, we have had no pens day! During this day, we have used our oracy skills to solve maths problems, immerse ourselves in the our new enquiry book and practise our debating skills. We even got to learn some sign language. Here are some photos and videos of what we got up to! 

Saying our name in sign language

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Saying our name in sign language

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

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I Can Sing a Rainbow

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Article 31 - Rest, play, culture and arts

In Week 4, we have been looking at the work of Picasso. We have practised our colour matching techniques and tried to use his artistic style to complete some of his famous paintings. We are really proud of how they have turned out!

Article 24 - Health, Water, Food and Environment

In Week 3, we have prepared, practised and performed TED talks to showcase our new knowledge from our enquiry into how lives are saved. In these talks, we aimed to give people information about how they can make healthier life choices by considering the Eatwell Food Plate, healthy cooking methods and the negative effects of sugar. We hope you enjoy and can learn something from our TED talks! 

TED Talk

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Article 31 Rest, play, culture and arts

In week 2, 5KD have been rewarded for their amazing efforts at raising money in the St Stephen's Smartie Challenge. We raised a total of £160.77 for the PTA and we want to say a massive thank you to them for rewarding us with a class party - we had a fabulous Friday afternoon!

Creating and Eating Nutritious Salads - Article 24: Health, Water and Environment

In Week 1, we were able to pick lots of vegetables from our amazing allotment including spring onions, beetroot, lettuce and carrots. We then put into practice our learning from Term 1 about safe and healthy methods of food preparation by washing, chopping, peeling, dicing, grating, roasting and boiling our ingredients. We put them all together to make delicious salads that we all enjoyed eating!

Pumpkin Carving - Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 1, we had a whole school pumpkin carving competition which showcased the children's thought, care and skill. Well done to all those in 5KD who entered! Check out our superb entries below! 

Term 1

Enquiry Overview: How are lives saved? Sustainable Development Goal 9- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

This term, Year 5 are going to delving into Sustainable Development Goal 9- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure with a focus on how lives can be saved through having a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Alongside this, we will be doing work based on the book 'Journey to Jo'burg' which is based on a true story about children living during the Apartheid. Please check our page for updates on our fabulous learning!

5KD's Shining Star - Congratulations Logan!

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Year 5’s Times Table Champion of Champions Term 1

Article 31 - The Right to Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

In Week 8 we have had our final singing assembly with Nigel. We have been working on projecting our voices this term and we are really proud of our singing! 

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

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Clarity - Zedd

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Article 24 - The Right to Health 

In Term 1, we have been persevering in mastering our street dance skills. We have been following a street dance master class and in Week 8 we have put together all of the new moves we have learnt. Well done 5KD! 

Our Street Dance Routine

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Week 7 - Article 17 Access to Information 

In week 7 we have been reflecting on the inspirational people that our school houses are named after. We have been lucky enough to watch some of David Attenborough's ‘A Life on Our Planet’ documentary and from this we have reflected on what small changes we can make to have a big impact on saving our planet. 

Year 5’s Times Table Championing week 7!

Marshmallow Madness- Article 28 The Right to Education

Today, we were set the challenge to make towers using only marshmallow and spaghetti! We got very sticky but it helped us reflect on what made great team work!

Year 5’s Times Table Champion of the week in week 5!

Seasons and Crops - Article 17: Access to Information

In Week 5, we have been learning about the different seasons and which crops can be sown and harvested in each season. We have been lucky enough to sow some lettuce, coriander and basil from the allotment which we will look after until they are ready to be harvested!

Sporting Chance - Article 31: Right to Play 

In Week 4, we have had the most wonderful opportunity of developing our jumping skills with Sporting Chance. This week we focused on our standing long jump and can’t wait for our next session!

Places of Worship - Article 14: Freedom of Thought and Religion

In Week 3, we have been learning about different places of worship. We started off by discussing how to show respect in a place of worship and came up with some fantastic ideas, as shown below! We are looking forward to learning more about Sikhism and their place of worship - a Gurdwara. 

WOW-Class Party Article 24 Right to health 

Today we kickstarted our new enquiry with a class party. After the party, we thought about the kinds of food that we had and what would happen to our health and bodies if we ate this food all of the time. We realised that we would become unhealthy and even unwell if we had unbalanced diets all of the time so we want to lean about healthy diets so we can keep ourselves in good shape as well as saving lives of others! 

This term, Year 5 are going to be delving into Sustainable Development Goal 9- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure with a focus on how lives can be saved through having a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Alongside this, we will be doing work based on the book 'Journey to Jo'burg' which is based on a true story about children living during the Apartheid. Please check our page for updates on our fabulous learning!
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