Term 5 - London
Welcome to London, everyone! This term, we will be exploring the magnificent city of London. We will be studying the marvellous monuments and landmarks, reading the super London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd and we'll even be going there ourselves! We can't wait!
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This term, we studied mysterious hidden worlds! To begin with, we explored the magnificent picture book Journey. It was a really brilliant way for us to make predictions and practise our inference work - as we had to 'read' the story completely through its illustrations. We studied the structure of the story in detail too which enabled us to write our own words to accompany different parts of the adventure. Then, we wrote our own creative stories inspired by the elements of Journey that made Aaron Becker's book so exciting for us to read.
We also completed a unit on persuasive writing. We learnt all about the issues surrounding animals in captivity and focused on orcas for our class discussions. Then, we learnt about the sad story of Morgan, an orca currently in captivity in a Spanish waterpark. We then used a variety of persuasive writing techniques to compose letters demanding that she be set free - and sent some of them all the way to Tenerife!
We were lucky enough to visit the Big Pit National Coal Museum, where we ventured 300 feet underground to see what life was like for the thousands of men who worked at the coal face. We also got to visit the King Coal Mining Galleries, which was an exciting audio-visual experience telling the story of how the Welsh mining industry evolved.
This term we will be focusing on History in our Victorian Bristol topic. We're looking forward to finding out what life was like for children and comparing it to other periods we've learnt about. We will be welcoming The History Squad into school to bring our learning to life as well as reading Berlie Doherty's story 'Street Child'. In Art we will be looking at a variety of Victorian artists and themes throughout this era.
In maths we will be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will begin by learning the links between fractions, decimals and percentages and will then practise converting between them.
In Science our topic is Growing Up. We will learn how to represent data using different types of graphs and charts. As part of this we will investigate the effect of exercise on heart rate, using pulse meters.
The children have had a fantastic second term learning all about Intrepid Adventures.
In English, they have been writing biographies about the great Laura Dekker and the inspiring Matthew Henson. They have also written their very own amazing adventures stories based on the book 'The Great Explorer'. We were really impressed by the descriptive language and creativity the children had when coming up with their own tales. After our marvelous trip to Aerospace Bristol, we wrote instructions on how to create our very own periscope, including the science behind how they work.
In Maths, we have been focusing on multiplication and division. The children have learnt formal, written methods to help them quickly solve number problems. We have also been looking at the properties of shape and how to classify them, in addition to measuring and calculating angles.
In Science, we have been exploring forces and completed our own investigation about friction, making sure it was a fair test. In geography, we have been learning how to read maps with 6-figure grid references and learning how to read contours on a map too. We have been lucky to have Mrs Begen teach some of our Art lessons. We have been focusing on Music in Art and looked at some great abstract classics, such as Picasso and Kandinsky.
At the beginning of term, we engaged in amazing workshops run by Unique Voice as part of Anti-Bullying Week.
Each class performed amazingly well in the Christmas Concert, sharing their songs with over 500 other children in the Pavilion Hall.
Jaguar and Sloth enjoyed their time at swimming and have improved lots over the last terms. Next term, it will be Armadillo Class' turn to go swimming (11th January). They will be going with Sun Bear Class (Year 6) each Wednesday.
Welcome to Ancient Greece... This term, we will be delving into a world which is surrounded with magic, mythology and monsters! We will discover heroes, heroines and evil beings...
Our author of the Term will be Maz Evans, we will be reading her book 'Who let the Gods out?' as our class story, learning all about what Elliott gets up to when Zeus, Virgo and Hermes suddenly drop on his doorstep!
Ancient Greek Day
On 27th September, we fully immersed ourselves in Ancient Greece by travelling back in time! One of the most fabulous parts of the day was meeting Richard from the History Squad (but we all knew that he was ACTUALLY a Spartan sent forwards in time to teach us!). He talked about fierce battle techniques, the clothing they wore, how Spartan children were educated and, best of all, how to use their weapons and armour: we held the sword and tried the armour on - it was heavy! Another activity we did, was a modern version of the Ancient Greek Olympics: The Olympics! However, we did not take part in the infamous Pankration for logistical reasons... And, while we weren't learning about bloody battles or winning powerfully at sports, we took time to be leisurely (like the Athenians), making tsatziki and pitta chips and crafting great pieces of art! It was a fun-filled day and we certainly found it hard adjusting back to the modern day.
Design and Technology! This was the opportunity for Year 5 to learn all about the DT process: Research, Design, Make, Evaluate. Our design brief was to make a Greek Salad. It had to be appealing to look at, have a tasty balance of flavours, be filling, be easy to eat, be served in a shallow bowl and be prepared safely.. Take a look at the pictures to see how you think we did?
This term, we have been recapping our place value knowledge and extending this to numbers up to and including a million. We have revisited Roman Numerals as well as rounding and our confidence has really grown in both of these areas. After place value, we moved on to addition and subtraction strategies including mental and written methods before applying our understanding to a range of problems
In English, we have looked at a range of Ancient Greek Myths and used these as inspiration for creating our own horrible beasts and myths which we published in an anthology. We then moved on to taking part in a debate about the education of Spartan children and then wrote these ideas in a formal balanced argument. We have been focusing on using correct punctuation this term and we are so proud of the children for all their hard work.