Some children from Year 5 went on a 4 day residential to Buckden House. We had an amazing week doing lots of activities such as high ropes, caving, walking, archery and ghyll scrambling. Here are some pictures of our adventures!
We have been learning about deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest. We looked at the pros (e.g. medicine, shampoo, and resources) and the cons (e.g. climate change, flooding, extinction, destruction of habitats and biodiversity).
We developed our understanding by doing an investigation at the Den. We created two hills - one which had no trees (deforested) and one with trees. When we poured water over them we saw how the soil was effected.
We have had two visits from a local police officer.
Our first visit was about 'Online Bullying'. She explained what it was, talked through how to notice it as well as how to prevent it and what to do if it happens. Our second visit was about 'Online Safety'. This sessions ensured we understood how to stay safe online; looking at age restrictions and the CEOP button. Hopefully we are all now more confident when online!
We became members of an Amazon tribe! We had an injured member who we had to get to safety, so we collaborated to make a stretcher. We needed food, so we persevered to make a fire. Then we got stuck in the vines and had to help each other get through the vines of the rainforest!
Here are some pictures of how we got on...
In Literacy, Year 5 are beginning to read 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson. We have been studying the main character, Maia, and looking at her journey along the Amazon river. We absorbed ourselves in the setting by listening to sounds and watching clips of the Amazon to help us to understand the setting and atmosphere.
We collaborated to create a dance to represent what you would see in the Amazon (from the animals to the trees).
Here are some of our dances.
Year 5 have been looking at forces during this half term - such as gravity, air resistance and water resistance. We conducted an investigation to see what effects how quickly something falls to the ground. We made parachutes of different sizes to investigate air resistance and surface area.
"The biggest parachute was the slowest to fall because it has a larger surface area so there is more air resistance." - Samia
Year 5 had a lovely morning being creative! We used origami skills to make lots of different things such as wreaths, snow flakes and baubles.
We created our own poems about the sky. We distilled to look for opportunities to practise new skills such as personification and using figurative language. Here are 3 of our poems:
We listened to some of the Grimm Brother's Fairy tales such as Rumpelstiltskin and Hansel and Gretel. We recreated different parts of the stories. We got 'lost in the woods' and had to find our way out then made some potions!
This half term, we have been looking at a variety of poems around our topic. We acted then out, created art and wrote our own versions of the poems.
Here are some of our performances:
Year 5 had a great time learning about bonfire night and activities which take place around this time of year. We got conkers and made them so we could have conker competitions - we had to work on our aiming technique! We also had a fire and thought about how to be safe on bonfire night - we even had popcorn fireworks! To end the day we went apple bobbing, only one of us managed to get an apple though!
Year 5 have been working towards creating our own Ancient Egyptian clay tablets this year. We completed a variety of tasks to help us to develop the skills to complete this. This included:
- Researching Egyptian art work
- Exploring clay skills using plasticine
- Designing our tablet
- Creating a prototype out of plasticine
- Making our final tablet in clay
- Painting the tablet
Here are some pictures of our journey.
Throughout this half term we have studied the Ancient Egyptian period. Four members of our year group created a green screen to share the information we have found out. We hope this helps you to learn more about the Ancient Egyptians!
To develop our understanding of the Ancient Egyptian era, we went to the Leeds City Museum. We explored the museum and took part in an Ancient Egyptian workshop where we looked at Egyptian artefacts, made our own amulets, mummified a body and even saw a real life mummy!
We had an amazing time - here are some of our pictures:
While reading 'The General' we found out a lot of information about General Jodhpur. We used this to create an information test. Here are two readings of our information texts.
As part of our work in Literacy we have been looking at a book - The General. To absorb ourselves into the characters we got into role as soldiers and officers of The General!
To begin our learning around the properties of materials, we looked at solids, liquids and gases. We began by separating different solids from each other: sand from cornflakes, sugar from peas, rice from paper clips and flour from raisins. We decided which equipment would be best to help us to separate these materials (colanders, sieves and magnets). We looked at the materials and discussed their properties (magnetic, small, flow etc) which helped us to choose the correct equipment.
Here is how we got on:
We learned how to become an archaeologist! We used sieves, trowels and gloves to dig for artefacts. We found lots of replica artefacts from Ancient Egypt. We used our noticing muscles to see what they told us about Ancient Egypt.