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Welcome to our class web page where you can find out about our amazing learning journey. You will find

information about our activities, examples of our work and comments from us! Please visit often to see our learning journey develop.

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Key Information

5ZB have indoor P.E. on a Thursday and outdoor P.E. on a Tuesday.

Year 5's entrance and exit points are to the left of the school reception.

 

Year 5 Curriculum Map 2021-22

Term 6

This term, we will be finishing off our enquiry, 'What makes Earth, Earth?'. Throughout this enquiry, we have been and will continue to explore the Solar System and the planets that make this up, we will be learning about  human and physical characteristics of countries and how these relate to where people decide to settle. As well as this, we will be exploring the artist Kathe Kollwitz and using her style of line drawing to help us replicate what Earth looks like from Space. Alongside this enquiry, we will be exploring Global Goal 11 which looks at sustainable cities and communities. As well as this, our class book, 'Phoenix by SF Said' will be used as inspiration in some of our writing tasks. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Techniquest trip! - Article 4 Access to Education.

Yesterday, Year 5 had a wonderful time exploring Techniquest in Cardiff Bay. We loved trying out the different scientific experiments and learning how to balance equipment, unlock magical doors, survive earthquakes, launch balls, burn off calories and speak sign language!

World Music Day! Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts - Today is World Music Day! We had a fantastic time focusing on the music genres of 'Rap' and 'Hip/hop' and had lots of fun re-writing the lyrics to the song 'Where is the Love?' by The Black Eyed Peas. Have a listen to our version below! 

Where is the Love? - 5ZB Version!

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No Pens Day! Shape exploration! Article 4 Access to Quality Education

Yesterday, we had a fantastic day learning without using pens. In our maths lesson, we carried out some exploration around shapes and considered the nets of some 3D shapes!

Term 5

 

This term, we will be continuing to explore our enquiry, 'What makes Earth, Earth?'. Throughout this enquiry, we will be exploring the Solar System and the planets that make this up, we will be learning about day and night, human and physical characteristics of countries and how these relate to where people decide to settle. As well as this, we will be exploring the artist Kathe Kollwitz and using her style of line drawing to help us replicate what Earth looks like from Space. Alongside this enquiry, we will be exploring Global Goal 11 which looks at sustainable cities and communities. As well as this, our class book, 'Phoenix by SF Said' will be used as inspiration in some of our writing tasks. Please check our website regularly for updates.

PE! - Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

For our last PE lesson Year 5 took part in an interhouse competition. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves playing cricket with Attenborough and McEwan taking joint first. 

Crown making - Right 4 Access to Education

 

This afternoon, we had a great time creating crowns ready for our Jubilee celebrations tomorrow! We can't wait to wear them tomorrow!

PE- Right 4 Access to Education

 

Yesterday, we had a great time working on our dance moved ready for our school performance. We worked on our paired work and our work in fours whilst ensuring we stuck to the beat of the song.

No Pens Day! Article 4 Access to Education

Today, we had a fantastic time working on our oracy skills. In maths, we did some outdoor learning where we got the cahnce to measure and run distances, weigh items around the field and calculate capacity using jugs. 

Term 4

Now that we have finished our enquiry which explored why some children can't go to school, we are now ready to begin our next exciting enquiry, 'What makes Earth, Earth?'. Throughout this enquiry, we will be exploring the Solar System and the planets that make this up, we will be learning about day and night, human and physical characteristics of countries and how these relate to where people decide to settle. As well as this, we will be exploring the artist Kathe Kollwitz and using her style of line drawing to help us replicate what Earth looks like from Space. Alongside this enquiry, we will be exploring Global Goal 11 which looks at sustainable cities and communities. As well as this, our class book, 'Phoenix by SF Said' will be used as inspiration in some of our writing tasks. Please check our website regularly for updates.

Enquiry Overview: What makes Earth, Earth?

Easter in a box - Goal 4 Access to Education

Yesterday afternoon, we were so lucky to have a visit from Lisa our local vicar. She told us all about the Easter story and we got to make some special boxes to help us remember the key parts of the story. We really enjoyed our afternoon with Lisa and we can't wait to share our special boxes with you all at home.

Art Prove it!- Article 4 Access to Education!

To 'prove' all of the art skills that we have learnt during this term, we created out own album covers using a mixture of collage and paint. We thought about someone who we found inspirational and then thought about a key message from them!

Term 4

To begin Term 4, Year 5 will be continuing to investigate the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality. The focus of our learning will answer the question "why are so many children prevented from going to school?" We will be working towards our ambition which is to create a song or rap about the hardships faced in countries which result in less opportunities for quality education. Alongside this enquiry, our writing will continue to be based on the book 'The boy at the back of the class' which tells the story of a young refugee coming to a new country to learn, make friends and to build a new life. Please check our Enquiry E-Book and class page for updates on our fantastic learning!

Rock Steady Concert- Right 4 Access to Education

 

This afternoon, we had a wonderful time watching some children from 5ZB and across the school perform in the Rock Steady concernt. We were so impressed with the instruments that they could play and the lyrics that some children had learnt too. We really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!

Red Nose Day 2022 - Article 4 Access to Education

This morning, we have had a fantastic time celebrating Red Nose Day. We started the day off with a whole school assembly where we told jokes and had a raffle to win prices kindly donated. Then, we learnt about a young boy who had shown resilience and had been helped by the Red Nose Day fundraising. We then made our own comic strips to represent a time when we had been resilient. We then had a 'nose and spoon' race with the other two Year 5 classes! We can't wait to take part in the Red Nose Day quiz this afternoon!

Maths Day- Maths Around the World! Article 4 Access to Education

Today, we have had a great time learning all about maths around the world. We have learn three traditional maths approaches used in Japan; Sudoku, Tandram and Origami. We have really enjoyed learning all about these different ways of exploring maths!

No Pens Day- Article 4 Access to Education

 

Today, we had a fantastic time working on our oracy skills. We completed our enquiry abition which answered the question, 'Why are so many children prevented from going to school?'. As part of this ambition, we learnt and performed our very own raps. In maths,  we used concrete resources to represent maths equations and in reading we explored part of our class book!

Rap 1

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Rap 2

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World Book Day! Article 31: Rest, Play, Culture and Arts

Today we ccelebrated  25 years of World Book Day! In 5CW, we have explored synonyms and antonyms for the words we have dressed up as. We also explored artwork that expressed words and had a go at drawing an image to represent our words. In the afternoon, we were joined by 3GL and enjoyed sharing and listening to different stories. Then, we gathered in the hall and listened to each teacher read an extract from a book, chose which one we wanted to listen more of and listened to some more back in the teacher's classroom. 

Times Table Winners Treat! - Goal 4 Access to Quality Education

To celebrate winning the Year 5 times table champtionship ... AGAIN... we decorated cookies with some delicious, sweet treats! We then enjoyed our cookies whilst watching Trolls! We really hope we win the championships again!

Term 3

In Term 3, Year 5 are going to be investigating the Sustainable Development Goal of Gender Equality. The focus of our learning will focus on the question "why are so many children prevented from going to school?" Our ambition for this term, will be to create a song or rap about the hardships faced in countries which result in less opportunities for quality education. Alongside this enquiry, our writing will be based on the book 'The boy at the back of the class' which tells the story of a young refugee coming to a new country to learn, make friends and to build a new life. Please check our Enquiry E-Book and class page for updates on our fantastic learning!

Athletics final performances - Goal 4 Access to Education

 

Today, we had the chance to create and perform a final athletics performances which included all of the things we have learnt during our indoor PE sessions.

Safer Internet Day- Goal 4 Quality Education

 

Today, we had a fantastic time taking part in Safer Internet Day. We started off the day talking about how to keep ourselves safe online and how to interact with other players respectfully when playing games. We thought about the advice we would give an alien on how to play games nicely. Then, we considered our online 'footprint' and the things that would make our online footprints. Finally, we created some e-safety fortune tellers!

Chinese Dance Workshop- Goal 4 Quality education

 

Today, we had a fantastic time taking part in a Chinese dance workshop where we got got to learn some traditional Chinese dances. We also got to use traditional Chinese props to help us with our performances. We had a great time and we hope you enjoy the video of our final performance.

Final Chinese Dance!

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Indoor PE with Mr Gill- Global Goal 4 Quality education

 

This term, we have been working hard on our athletic abilities in indoor PE with Mr Gill. This week, we worked on cartwheels which we found very tricky! We all improved in our balancing and cartwheel skills by the end of the session and we can't wait to focus on a different skill next week!

Maths Day!- Global Goal 4- Quality Education

 

Today, we have had a fantastic time learning all about how maths is linked to animals and plants. We have worked alongside Tom Holloway, a maths and science expert, and we have designed a scaled version of a zoo. We thought carefully about the size of the animal containers, the times and amounts of feed needed, cost of staffing and food and the profit that we would like to make. We have really enjoyed using our maths skills to help us create our zoo ideas!

No Pens Day! Global Goal 4- Quality Education

 

We had a fantastic day during No Pens Day where we worked on our oracy skills all day. Throughout the day, we completed all of our learning by using our voices and we didn't use any pens or pencils all day! We can't wait for the next No Pens Day!

Class Party!

We had a fantastic time at our class party this afternoon after we won the Year 5 times table championships! We can't wait to compete again this term!

Term 2

In Term 2, we will be continuing with our enquiry 'What does ethics have to do with clothes?'. As change makers,  we will work towards creating speeches to raise awareness about fast fashion and child labour as well as educating our audience about how we can shop sustainably. 

Term 2 Shining Star

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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 shepherds and the three wise men and their involvement in the birth of Jesus and the Christmas story. 

Maths Day: Article 28: The right to an education

Today spent exploring the maths around us and just how much we use it and rely on it every day. We and engineer from Bristol University come in to talk to use about how she has used it for surveying, lazer light productions, computing and her favourite sport F1.

We used the context of Space and our Solar system to explore rockets. So did maths help us with the following?!

-3d shapes (yes)

-nets to make shapes (yes)

-measuring our launches (yes)

-calculating averages (yes)

-plotting our results on a graph (yes).

 

 

No Pens Monday and Odd Socks Day! Article 12: Sharing thoughts freely

 

Today, we had a fantastic time working on our oracy skills as part of no pens day. We thought about how we use oracy in every day life. We then used our oracy skills to make predictions based on our new class book. As well as this, we designed our of figures using cubes and explained these designs to our classmates. We then learnt the Odd Socks song and performed these with our very own odd sock puppets!

Term 1

This term, Year 5 will be using their skills as historians to learn all about life as a Victorian. We will be linking this knowledge with our writing which will be based around the book 'Street Child', a true story from the Victorian period. We will also be using our skills as geographers to find out more about slavery and fast fashion and using this new knowledge to create speeches that will raise awareness of child labour and the importance of fair trade. Keep an eye out on our class page to see all of our fantastic learning! 

Visit to St Stephen's Church: Article 14- Right to freedom of thought and religion

We really enjoyed our time at St Stephen's Church this morning where we learn all about the role of the church for the Christian community. We got to explore the key features of the future, discussing their uses as well as how they have changed over the years. We can't wait to go back and visit again soon!

Farmer's Week

Article 27: The right to nutritious food

In week 6, we took part in Farmer's Week. We started by exploring what was meant by 'Farmer's market' and the term, 'Field to Fork'. We used this to help us order the stages of food production - from cow to yogurt; sow to sausage and bee to honey.

 

Next, we split into groups. One group was led by our resident gardener - Mr Evans in the allotment distributing and raking compost and planting seeds. In the other session, we were joined by visitors from The Travelling Kitchen who taught us how to make cous cous salad and feta fritters.

 

At the end of the day we got to taste the things Year 5 had made and share them with our parents and carers. We've had a great week being farmers and look forward to tasting more of our school-grown produce!

Harvest Festival-Article 14 freedom of thought and religion 

Today, we had a great time watching 4AH's Harvest Festival! We really enjoyed learning all about it and we couldn't believe how far some food travels! We ended the celebrations by sampling some delicious harvest loaf.

Poetry Day- Article 31 Right to play, culture and rest

We were fortunate to welcome a poet into school to share some of his favourite poems and help us create our own.

After his input and guidance, we were creative and wrote poems to fit a certain number of syllables, rhyming pattern and rhythm. Some of the class performed theirs to the school.

There is such a huge variety of poems that we explored and considered: "What makes that a poem?". We've put links to a couple of our favourites below.

The Boneyard Rap by Wes McGee was performed (with actions of course) to a class in Year 3- we only had one hour to learn and practice the poem.

5ZB Perform Boneyard Rap

Chocolate Cake | POEM | Kids' Poems and Stories With Michael Rosen

Benjamin Zaphaniah: Talking Turkeys

School Library- Article 28 Access to education

This morning, we had a fantastic time in the school library. We shared some books together before having a read through some books on our own. We can't wait to spend some time exploring the different books in the library over the next few weeks!

Play Pod- Article 31 Right to play, culture and rest

 

This afternoon, we had so much fun exploring all of the items in our play pod. We learnt how to play with them fairly and safely and we can't wait to start using them during lunch breaks.

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