In year 5 we have had a very busy and exciting two weeks! Last week we explored Colchester castle, learning all about the Romans, including their weapons, invasions, way of life and their downfall. The children had a brilliant day and all came back to school brimming with new knowledge and excitement for our topic. In science we have been putting on our lab coats and experimenting with dissolving, testing the time taken to dissolve for different substances. The children created some fantastic poetry for our Macbeth topic last week, diving headfirst into the cauldron of disgusting ingredients and bringing to life their horrifying creations through a poetry reading with the other schools in the trust. Our architectural skills have developed leaps and bounds, with the children exploring truss' and beginning construction of our wooden bridges.
This week in year 5 we have been learning about different types of bridges. The children explored a variety of building techniques as ways to reinforce their structures and investigated to find out what combinations of those techniques would build the strongest bridge.
In science we investigated how to separate materials in a mixture and used a range of techniques for different substances. The children got creative with their experiments and used newspaper as a filter!
The children have been very intrigued by our new History enquiry into the life of Romans, sharing their knowledge and expertise. In preparation for our trip to Colchester castle next week, we have been exploring how and why the Roman army were so successful in their invasions and how far their invasion spread.
This week, Y5 had their USA day to celebrate all the fantastic work they’ve done this half term in International Studies! We had a wonderful day that started with the children researching each of the individual states in order to find out their defining characteristics, geographical qualities and interesting information. From this, they created a physical 3D map of the USA that showcased these vast differences within the country. Following this, the children learnt the hand jive from the iconic American film ‘Grease’ and quickly became hand-jiving experts! Finally, to end the day, the children made replicas of important landmarks across the USA and presented them to the class, talking about their significance. A ‘totally radical’ day was had by all!
Over the past two weeks, Year 5 have been writing letters in role as ‘The Alchemist’, a character who tragically neglected his family in order to work on and construct a revolutionary machine that turned metal into gold when fed with precious memories. The children have really embodied the character, writing to persuade his son to forgive him. Using things such as flattery, emotive language and a range of sentence openers, they have worked hard to pull on the heart strings and to convince him to give them another chance. Have a look below at some of the fantastic letters that have been produced!
Year 5 have been exploring a new style of art this half term – surrealist art! Firstly, we researched surrealist art to see who originated it, where it originated, and what characterises the style. Our minds were blown by its interestingly unique and fantastical style, and we couldn’t wait to get started with it. Last week, we had a go ourselves and tried to recreate Salvador Dali’s famous painting, ‘The Persistence of Memory’. Have a look below at some of our fantastic attempts! We’re very much looking forward to trying to replicate the work of Magritte, another famous surrealist artist, this week.
This week Year 5 have started a new topic in science: properties of materials! We have refreshed the knowledge we have gained from previous years this week and have been thinking about the way we can describe and categorise materials, identifying their properties. To do this, the children decided what the best way to prevent their classification would be, deciding on a Caroll Diagram that clearly allowed them to compare the items in a way that was easy to observe. Then, using items from around the classroom, they classified a range of materials, changing the properties they were comparing each time. We had a great time scratching our brains and thinking about the more difficult to categorise items, and a lengthy discussion about the difference between a material and an object ensued!
This half term we have been looking at Earth and Space in our science lessons. Over the last few weeks we have explored the different types of planets, why the Earth is spherical, how day and night occurs, and the phases of the moon. This week, we have been exploring the constellations seen in the night sky from different point of the world! The children have been researching the different constellations, looking at their shape and interesting facts about them. Now, they’ll likely be able to spot them on a starry night – see if they can!
This half term, Year 5 have been looking at electrical greeting cards in Design and Technology. After familiarising ourselves with the history of greeting cards, the pros and cons of different types, and how we can make a circuit to power our electrical greeting cards, today we started planning them. We worked like true card designers by researching our purposes and themes to make mood boards; this will make it easier to ensure our cards are fit for purpose when we start to make them next week! Just have a look at the creatives in action yourself!
Wow.. What a fantastic start to Year 5 the children have had! They have each come in with such a wonderful attitude to the new learning and challenges that lay ahead of them and we, the Year 5 team, couldn’t be more impressed. Nothing demonstrated this commendable beginning of the year more than their first piece of English writing: an innovation of the story of The Three Brothers (originally told by Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows). Just have a look at some of the examples below to see why we have been so pleased; their descriptive language is out in full display, they have shown that they can vary their sentence openers to make their writing flow, and finally, their presentation (even after six weeks off) is top-notch! Well done Year 5!