Year 5 Blog
In this Half Term, Year 5 have been practicing printing and tie-dye techniques to create their own wall hanging inspired by nature. We have been using techniques such as Styrofoam and we have created our own printing blocks from string: this helped us identify which method was the most effective for different purposes. We discovered that Styrofoam enables us to add more detail whereas string was great for big, bold prints. This week, we are very excited to be getting the fabric dye out to transform our white material!
Also, please can you add these spellings:
Spellings that we are focusing on this week are:
Remember, we don't formally test the children. They are encouraged to use the spellings in their work during the week.
We have been making our own moveable cars in Design & Technology- they work!
Royal Visit for The Great Exhibition
Royal Visit... from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Year 5 have worked so hard at their 'Cracking Contraptions' this half term that it made perfect sense to display them as part of The 1851 Great Exhibition.
Our royal guests visited the children in their classrooms and were suitably impressed with the diverse, amazing display of inventions. Well Done Year 5!
Gosh, where has the time gone?
The Year 5 team would like to express our heartfelt apologies for not updating you with all of the exciting things that the children have been doing. However, here are a few things:
In Science, we have looked at the reproduction of plants, insects, birds, mammals and recently humans! You can imagine the giggles and stunned expressions we had! They were absolutely fantastic though and have asked so many sensible and relevant questions- well done children!
In Design & Technology, the children are going to start building their own controllable vehicles (using wood, glue guns, electric motors and a hundred wonderful ideas).
In RE, last term the children learnt all about Judaism and we have now moved back to Christianity- asking What would Jesus do?
In English, we finished our class book 'Island at the End of Everything' and wrote some fabulous narratives with character and setting descriptions. Then we delved into the feline world of Varjak Paw and his adventures in the city- I don't know who enjoyed this more! This term we are immersing ourselves into the 'cracking' world of Wallace & Gromit. The children have been designing their own 'Cracking Contraptions' and are about to write an explanation of how they work. Soon, the Year 5 corridor will be transformed into The Great Exhibition of 1851 (which links with our Topic work on Victorians).
In Topic, the children are helping Sherlock Holmes investigate whether Victorian children were victims of the Industrial Revolution. So far, we have looked at what different types of evidence they might come across and they have all been provided with their own Police Pocket Notebooks. The children have investigated how children were treated in factories and will soon be looking at coal-mines and the Victorian Classroom.
In Maths, the children have worked so hard with fractions and are now ready to enter the exciting world or decimals and percentages!
Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars are still proving popular with our students and we are impressed to see so many children reading and practising their spellings at home.
We will update the blog every Wednesday from now on :-)
Kind Regards, the Year 5 team.
8.12.20 Change of party date for Otters!
The 5 Otters class party will now take place on Tuesday the 15th December 10.30-11.30am.
AMAZING AMMONITES! 8.12.20
The children have produced some incredible sketches of ammonite fossils.They worked in Conte (graphite) and focussed upon line, tone and texture. They have also started to construct 3-D ammonites using card, tissue paper and oil pastel. They have used PVA to give the fossils a final shine. Photo graphs are in the Photo Gallery star.
The children have now all finished working on their amazing seascape canvasses. They have been studying a variety of artists over the past few weeks and have produced a shared painting 'In the Style of....' one or more of those artists. They are currently on display along the Year 5/6 corridor and are accompanied by handwritten labels.
Please have a look at the Year 5 Photo Gallery star and perhaps ask your child to show you the painting they worked on, and to simply enjoy the 'virtual gallery' together.
They have all done SO well and we are very proud of their artistic achievements!
The Year 5 Team
Many parents have asked how they might support their child at home. Please check the 'Our Learning' star and the 'Useful Resources' star in the Year 5 page. The teachers will endeavour to keep you up-dated with the content of the learning taking place in the classroom.
Please try to practice key/commonly used spellings, Times Tables and to read with your child.
Thank you so much for your support.