This year our PE lessons will be on Thursday and Friday. Please make sure you bring in your kits every week. Homework will always be given out on a Monday and should be returned by Friday. This will include spellings, Maths and English. Please make sure you bring in your homework every week - we will be keeping a record. You will also receive mental maths homework on a Friday to be given in on Monday. Make sure you learn your spellings at home as well as in class as you will be tested every Friday.
You should aim to read at home as much as you can, as you will be able to tick off a box on our reading chart. If you tick off 30 boxes, then you will receive a prize. Get reading!!!!!
WOW Launch : Viking Archaeological Dig
Our question this term is, 'Were the Vikings always victorious and vicious?' For our WOW launch, we took part in an archaeological dig. We dug up different artefacts and thought about what we thought they were and what they were used for in the Viking times. It was so interesting!
WOW Launch: What will I look like in 50 years?
Our science topic this term is Animals and Humans. Our question is, 'What will I be like when I am as old as my grandparents?' For our WOW launch, we used an app on the iPad to age ourselves. A lot of us were shocked at how many wrinkles we now had, and how grey our hair was. It was hilarious, and there were many tears of laughter. Take a look at these pictures - see if you can spot Miss Leech!!!!!
We have been doing lots of lessons on number and place value in class this term. Last week, we used Numicon to help with our understanding of the place value of decimals. The board represented the number 1, and then the blue shapes were a tenth and all the other shapes were hundredths. We used this idea to create different decimals. It was really fun!
This term Year 5 are very lucky because they get to have dance lessons with Abbie every Friday. They have been creating and practising a routine to the Jackson Five. Don't blame it on the Boogie!!!!!
We were very lucky this week in Year 5 because we had a visit from Olaf Grimson, a Viking who told us many tales about his life. We were lucky enough to see lots of different artefacts and hear all about his travels, all the way from Norway. We even got to recreate a battle with the Anglo Saxons. We had a great day and learned lots about the vicious Vikings! Have a look at our pictures to see what we got up to.
International Day of Languages
On Friday, we all dressed up in brightly coloured clothes to celebrate international day of languages. In Year 5, we were Mexico. We ate lots of different food including: Chicken Fajita Wraps, Tacos, Doritos, Guacamole, Salsa and Refried Beans. The children really enjoyed all the food... it disappeared very quickly. We looked at pictures of Mexico and some of the children drew the Mexican flag. In the afternoon, the children got involved in two workshops, dance and drumming. It was a really great day!!!!
We were very lucky this week as we had a visitor coming in to teach us all about the ICT program Scratch. This prepared us for our ICT unit this term; 'We are Game Developers'. We made our own etch-a-sketch game. They all did very well and created some great games.
Today, the whole school had a small taster session with a visitor with some fantastic drums. The children all followed instructions and beats really well and even created their own sounds with the drums, their hands and even their feet. They had a lot of fun!
Can we recreate a Viking meal?
Today, we looked and tasted different Viking meals. For dagmal (breakfast) we had porridge with dried fruits, and for nattmal (dinner) we had stew with oatcakes. The children all enjoyed it - especially the stew!
This week, Year 5 helped our school to celebrate Harvest. We joined in our whole school collective worship and helped to teach others about the importance of sharing and giving thanks for the things we have at this time of year.
Can we create a Viking long boat from a range of materials?
Yes we can!
This week, Year 5 have designed and made Viking long boats during our DT lessons. We collected materials which would help our long boats to float and even designed and made shields and sails to add to them. After we had built our boats we had to test them to see if they would float.
Take a look at our photos to see what happened next...
As you are aware last term we had a Reading Challenge where children ticked off how many times they read at home. If they read 30 times or more, then they received a certificate and a brand new reading book for them to take home as a prize.
Congratulations to Dynuh, George, Xinan, Grace, Farid, Poppy, Hubert and Emma - I hope you enjoy reading your own books.
Welcome back after what I hope was a lovely Christmas. This term, our learning challenge is Egypt. 'Will we ever rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?' I am very much looking forward to this to topic and I think the children will really enjoy it.
Our Christian Value this term is courage. This week we discussed what courage means, how we can be courageous, and we thought about people we knew who were courageous. The children then designed their own superhero masks, writing all over it about Courage. Take a look at 5CL's courageous superheroes.....
In Science this full term, we will be doing all about materials and their properties. To start off our topic, our WOW launch was all about 'Which material works best for....?'
The children received a letter from The Ice Company, who was asking the children to conduct an experiment to see which material would keep their ice the coolest for longest. We tested different materials and our results were very interesting.
The children all became Pharaohs today in our learning challenge lesson, and they came up with a list of rules which they would enforce if they were a Pharaoh in Ancient Egyptian times. It was very interesting! Some of the children would make very powerful Pharaohs!
The girls from both year 5 classes were invited to go to a few sessions with a company called Positive Futures. The girls go to play lots of different older games with each other, and had a lot of fun. They worked together to play all the games and came back really interested in some of the different things they saw.
Across this term, we have been doing a lot of work on fractions in maths lessons. The children have used numicon to create fractions, and have used playing cards to compare fractions with different denominators. They have also played some board games to make sure they keep practising their skills. Keep it up 5CL - you are doing brilliantly!!
Outside our classroom this term, we have had an Ancient Egyptian Artefact Table set up. It has lots of different artefacts and questions for the children to think about. We decided to spend one of our lessons outside with all the artefacts, conducting an investigation to specific artefacts and discussing them. It was very interesting, and the children came up with some really fantastic questions and ideas.
A disaster occurred on the Year 5 corridor, late one evening. Some of artefacts had been stolen and our mummy had been viciously sabotaged. As the children came in, the scene was all cordoned off with lots of different clues as to who may have committed this vicious crime. The children then had to use their magnificent detective skills to solve the crime, and then write a recount for the police. They did amazingly well and produced some fantastic pieces of writing. They should be so proud of themselves.
In R.E this term, we have been looking at religious festivals from different religions. We created a lantern and Mehndi pattern for Eid and Ramadan. They created a storyboard for Hanukkah, and we looked at the festival of lent. Luckily, this lesson was actually on Shrove Tuesday, so we let the children eat some delicious pancakes and we discussed why we eat pancakes at the start of lent. The children also decided what they were going to give up or start doing for Lent. A lot of them said they would help out more around the house - so make sure they stick to that!!!!
This week, children created their own pyramids and wrote about them. They discovered: why Egyptians built pyramids, how they were built and what they were used for.
Welcome back after half term break. Our learning challenge topic this term is 'Will we ever see the water we drink again?' So we will be doing lots about water this term in both science and learning challenge. We are focussing a lot on shape in maths this term and will be writing poems and film narratives. And we are also looking forward to World Book Day and Sports Relief.
To begin our topic, Year 5 had a visitor. United Utilities came to school to talk to the children all about the water cycle and water usage. The children definitely learnt a lot and were definitely shocked about how much water they use in a day!!
A select few of Year 4 and Year 5 children were chosen to represent our school in a maths competition at Alsop High, with other primary schools from our area. It was a great afternoon and it was definitely challenging! However, Arnot St Mary came out on top and won the whole afternoon. We are so proud of them all and wish them well in final on the 31st March. Well Done Guys!!!!!
Ahhhhhoooyyy mateyysss! For World Book Day, we all dressed up as pirates and had a fantastic day. We had visitors from Year 3, who were our reading buddies, and we also performed some pirate poems to the rest of the class. They did very well and we had a lovely day!
In this week's science lesson, we investigated the question, 'If we change the temperature of the water, how will this affect the time taken for the sugar to dissolve?' The children made sure that their experiment was a fair test, and they recorded and evaluated their results.
Over the last few lessons, we have been looking at why we sing in worship. We discussed the importance of singing, why we sing and how singing makes us feel. The children also decided that we can still worship without singing, through prayer and by living our lives the way God meant us to. We identified praise and worship words in two hymns and then we created our own Wordle with these words.
As Year 5, we performed an Easter Service at the church for the whole of the school. The children performed extremely well and did themselves proud. As a class, we also looked at different symbols of the Easter Story and tried to place them in order of the story. The children worked as a class to recognise and arrange these symbols, and then they looked at images, stories and books to research different versions of the Easter Story. Children also recognised different elements of the story in stained glass windows in Church.
Recently, we have had a few sessions with Mrs Mack completing our unit, 'We are Web Developers'. First, we used the programme Kompozer to create our own websites for our made up websites. Then, we looked deeper into the coding side of how to create a website, and we wrote our own code for our restaurant's website.
Over this last half term, we have been very lucky to have drumming sessions every week. The children get to play with the drums and learn how to keep to a beat. They have really enjoyed it. Thank you very much,
To end our learning challenge unit of, 'Will we ever see the water we drink again?', the children all wrote a fantastic explanation booklet all about the water cycle. They described each of the stages in great detail, draw a diagram and even created a glossary. They are now experts on the water cycle.
To begin our crime and punishment learning challenge unit, we began by looking at graffiti. As a class, we had some great debates about whether graffiti is art or a crime? And begin to discuss why you would commit a crime like graffiti. It was very interesting and the children had some wonderful opinions. We then turned our attention to Banksy. We looked at his work and the children decided that his work was art. The children then created their own graffiti pieces, turning a crime into something peaceful. We definitely have some budding artists among the class.
I was very lucky that I got to go to Colomendy with some of 5JO and 5CL, and Mrs Buffel-Morland this week. We had a fantastic time, the children were an absolute pleasure and they were a credit to our school and yourselves. Of course we missed the rest of class dearly, but we are sure they had a wonderful relaxing time with Miss Oakes.
This half term we are going to be having gymnastics every Thursday. Our JM Education will be taking our sessions every week, teaching us lots of different shapes, forward rolls and cartwheels. We are already making so many improvements.
For our next unit in English, we will be studying the poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. For our first lesson, the children were given some clues from a crime that had been committed. We did not read the poem beforehand and the children had to decide with their partners what they think the clue meant and how it links to the crime that had been committed. They did very well and I now think we have some budding detectives.