Year 5 travelled to Mediterranean and Rainforest habitats to experience the sights and textures of atmosphere and plants. It was a fantastic learning experience which was helped by the brilliant education team at Eden. One of the main messages that the children took away from Eden was how reliant and how we must protect plants and their habitats. Check out the steam bridge! A great cleansing time was had by all!
Otters and Stoats have totally immersed themselves in the Australia game! Having investigated Australia through topic and English over the half term, children put their skills to the test as they role played their way to creating a better, more unified Australia. Small groups represented a variety of offices, such as Logging, Farming, Climate Change and Tourism. They had to research and present their findings to the Australian government asking for large sums of money, trade with other offices, work out balances including percentages! The children have really enjoyed the week whilst working hard with their learning and building their group communication skills.
Our latest WOW writing walls.
Rainforest in a box!
The Otters have been demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of the structure of rainforests by building their own forests in a box. They have worked collaboratively and used a wide range of skills and materials.
The Otters have been studying plant life and flowering cycles in Science. To link with this, they have produced oil pastel images and also used a digital microscope to take some amazing photographs of flowers. Some real WOW moments.
They have also created some stunning leaf prints using poly-tiles and ink.
The Stoats put down their pencils and picked up the mixing bowls to make Smartie cookies! It was great for sneaky maths! We multiplied the ingredients by 4 to get enough cookies. We divided by 5 bowls. We used rounding to estimate our answers and inverse checking to prove them. Lots of weighing (g or decimals of kg) and timing. Unfortunately, there are no photos of the end product as the children scoffed the evidence!
The Otters played Dodgeball. It is a fast and furious game played between four teams all at the same time.
Why was Bill Larkin so lucky to have his 56th birthday?
The Otters discovered why Bill Larkin (Australian) was lucky to celebrate his 56th birthday. He lived in Kinglake s remote town....when disaster struck on his birthday. Ask your child what happened!
Year 5 have just finished their latest Wall Of Wonder (WOW) piece of writing. This is usually an opportunity to highlight skills we have learned in Y5 such as relative clauses, modal verbs, interesting sentence starters and punctuation within dialogue. Our story was based on survival in the outback. Lucky we had survival guides still fresh in our memories!
It's all about Shape.
In maths Year 5 have been learning how to describe the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes using the correct mathematical vocabulary. They have categorised regular and irregular polygons, played interactive shape games using the lap-tops and constructed 3-D shapes using nets.
Flintstones, it's the Flintstones!!
Year 5 have been taking inspiration from the cartoon Flintstone family, in order to come up with a Stone Age vehicle! (DT)They have assembled a simple card chassis, added dowel axles and wheels. Next, they are going to add their own bodywork. It can be absolutely any design they wish. The children have used junior hacksaws, sawing blocks and low-melt glue-guns. They have realised how essential accuracy is when measuring and sawing the axles in order to avoid the dreaded 'wobbly wheel!'
Survival Guides nearing completion....
The children are continuing with their Jurassic Survival Guides. This week they have designed the cover and written the 'blurb' for their books. They have all worked really hard on this activity, and are looking forward to being able to take them home to share with their families.
Year 5 have looked at the abstract works of art by Wassily Kandinsky. They have created their own images using their preferred medium. These wonderful examples were created by Otters!
Y5 have been delving into the past with their topic and stumbled across Stonehenge. The class found it intriguing how people at the time had such a strong affiliation with the sun and moon; a bit like us with our science. Ask your children about waxing and waning gibbous moons or even the supermoon! Using 3D nets, we created Stoathenge!
Stoats and Otters Go Underground!
Year 5 enjoyed a visit to Kent's Cavern near Torquay. They had the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the caves and to learn all about how the caves were formed millions of years ago. They could handle replica remains of human life and animals found at this site. They learned how early humans used sea-shells, moss and animal fat to make lamps. But when the flames were extinguished, they experienced absolute blackness. As part of this visit they also took part in a woodland trail/search and a dig for gemstones.
Ask your child if they can remember the meaning of some key vocabulary used during the visit:
Thank you also to the parents who came along to support this visit.
We imagined what life would have been like in the caves by candlelight!
And then the flame was blown out! It was so black we couldn't see our own hands in front of our faces!
We gathered together all the important elements to create a fire. As natural hunters, we caught Fox and ate its contents!
I Will Survive!
Year 5 have been learning all about the features of Non-Fiction texts.They are now all creating their own Jurassic Survival Guide.
Their pocket books also include a pull-out timeline.
The Stoats were blown away with the incredible distances and sizes of the planets relative to the sun. If the earth was the size of a football, the sun would have a diameter of 25 metres! Also, Neptune would be in Plymouth! Instead of the children walking those sort of distances, we used toilet paper to help scale the distances between the planets. 450 sheets (10,000,000km= 1 15cm sheet) would get you to Neptune from the sun, whereas 15 would deliver you to the earth. Stoats really enjoyed the whole investigation, especially with some of the unusual planet names!
Jurassic World Play Scripts
All of the children in Year 5 have now completed their latest piece of writing for the Writing Walls. They have written really exciting play scripts based on a short film clip from Jurassic World.
Dartmoor Paintings on Exhibition
Thank you to all families who managed to come and admire the children's Dartmoor paintings. They were exhibited around the amphitheatre. They are now on permanent display along the 5/6 corridor.
5 Otters experimented marbling background paper for a dinosaur themed collage. They added a dash of malt vinegar to a tray of water. Then they floated very oily marbling ink on the surface. They carefully laid a sheet of paper over the ink and captured the marbled effect. The Otters then cut dinosaur silhouettes for a dramatic scene.
5Otters have been learning about basic drumming rhythms and patterns with Mr.Minto.
Tony Gee Puppet Workshop.
Twenty Year 5 children went to St.Lukes College last week to work alongside renowned puppeteer Tony Gee. They had fun creating their own puppet characters and even performed to one another. These twenty children are going to lead puppet-making sessions for the other children in the school-hopefully to include EVERY child. It is even thought that St.Leonards Primary may make an attempt on a world record (the most number of people taking part in a single puppet show!)
The Year 5 pirates enjoyed a fantastic day aboard the Golden Hind. Drakes drum beat out as they went on board. They learned all about Sir Francis Drake, his famous voyages and encounters. Below deck, they learned what life was like on board ship for the crew. They also visited the Brixham Museum to learn more about local sea-faring.
The Dartmoor canvasses will be exhibited for everyone to see after school on Friday the 3rd of November. Artist David Morgan will also be there. Weather permitting the paintings will be displayed outside. If not, in the year five corridor. All welcome!
The children have been working on individual and group gymnastic routines. They have shown that they can perform balances, rolls and stepping sequences. They have performed on the floor and using apparatus.
THE SCIENCE OF DEDUCTION!
The Science of Deduction!
Week by week, the Otters have been trying to solve a murder mystery case! They have used forensicstyle tests to deduce which member of staff committed the crime. They have analysed hair samples, taken finger prints and tested soil samples as part of their investigation.
Exeter City Football Premier Stars
The children have enjoyed visits by Exeter City Football Club coaches. This is part of the Premier Stars schools programme. They have taken part in a combination of classroom based and physical training sessions.
Fortunately for the Year 5 children, we had professional artist, David Morgan, come in and share some of his skills with painting on canvas. Watch this space for private gallery showing where the artists will speak to you about their masterpieces!
Welcome to Year 5!
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If your parents missed 5M’s Sharing Assembly on Friday 3rd March, talk them through the assembly using the presentation photos that you displayed!
Take a look at some of the exciting, different physical activities Year 5 took part in during our 'Healthy Living Week'...
Representing different offices - for Aborinals, Farming, Tourism, Forestry and Reefs, for example - Year 5 pupils bid for funding from the Australian government, which was not always forthcoming if proposals were not backed by sufficient evidence!
Have fun making a colourful picture with Bing and Flop.