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Welcome back after half term! We hope you had a well-rested break. We have already begun our next learning challenge topic all about Ancient Egypt, and we are all looking forward to a very busy but productive half term.

Class Notices

This year our PE lessons will be on Monday and Thursday. 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!!!!!

Keep scrolling to find out what we have been up to so far this year.........

Autumn 1

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! 

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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!!

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Using Numicon 

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! 

Dance Lessons 

This term Year 5 are very lucky because they get to have dance lessons with Abbie every Friday. They have been creating and practicing a routine to the Jackson Five. Don't blame it on the Boogie!!!!! 

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Viking Day!

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 ti celebrate International day of languages. In Year 5, we were Mexico. We tried lots of different food from Mexico, including, chicken fajita wraps, tacos, guacamole, salsa and refried beans. We really enjoyed the food... it disappeared very quickly!

In the afternoon, we also took part in some workshops, including dance and drumming. It was a really fun day!

Drumming Sessions

Today, the whole school had a small taster session with a visitor with some fantastic drums. The children followed instructions and beats really well and even created their own sounds with the drums, their hands and even their feet. They had lots of fun!

Can we recreate a Viking meal?

Today, we looked at and tasted different Viking meals. For dagmal (breakfast) we had prridge with dried fruits and for nattmal (dinner), we had stew with oatcakes. The children really enjoyed it - especially the stew!

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Using Scratch!

This term, Year 5 have been very busy being game developers. We have used Scratch to programme our own Viking games. We've learned all about programming and have created a game which includes a Viking long ship travelling to invade Britain.

Harvest

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.

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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...

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Reading Challenge

 

As you know, this half term Year 5 were set the challenge of reading at home. The children ticked off how many times they read at home and when they reached 30 times, they received a reading prize.

This half term, 5 children completed the challenge. Well done, Kemi, Amy, Malak, Diana and Retaj!

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Autumn 2

Welcome back!! We hope you enjoyed half term and are ready to learn lots of new things.

This half term we will be learning all about the Rainforest and why it is important to us. we have lots of fun activities and learning planned, watch this space...

WOW Launch: Chester Zoo Islands Visit

As our WOW launch for the new topic of rainforests, we visited Chester Zoo. We went on a boat trip around the new Sumatran islands, looking at all the different islands. It was brilliant. Then, we walked around all the other parts of the Zoo, looking at all the animals and their habitats. The best part was the tropical realm world, where we saw the different layers of the rainforest and the different animals and plants that would live in each part. It was a great day!

WOW Launch: Predator and Prey Tag

Our new science topic this term is, 'Do all animals and plants start life as an egg?' For our WOW launch, we decided to play a Predator and Prey Tag Game. We arranged the children into different groups of animals and the predators had to catch their prey. The children begun to realise how difficult it can be for animals and how they depend on each other for survival.
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Children in Need Assembly

Year 5 performed a brilliant assembly this year for Children in Need. The children all showed off their own personal talents and tried to encourage everybody else in the school to raise money for Children in Need through their own talents. The assembly had a theme of 'Gogglebox' and the children who performed were excellent. We also had our very own Pudsey Bear!!! Well done to all of Year 5!
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Respect Week

On Friday, we got together with RES to talk about respect week. We spoke about what makes a good friend. The children then drew around each other's hands and wrote all the qualities of good friends on their fingers. They were really lovely. Some children also read together, and also played in partners. It was really nice to see the children mixing with other classes. Both classes obviously really enjoyed it!
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Kid President's 20 Things We Should Say More Often

Role Play Debate

Our second unit in English this half term is persuasive arguments. Because we have been doing lots on the Amazon rainforest, we decided that our topic should be deforestation. The children have done lots of research on the effects of deforestation and today, the children got into character and had a full class debate on the topic. We had some very passionate children who felt very strongly about the topic and certainly put across their arguments very well. We especially loved Charlie's powerful speech about the effects of deforestation, he even surprised us with an interesting accent! Well done 5JO!
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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

In Year 5 we have been very busy learning songs for our Christmas play and we are all looking forward to performing for our parents. The decorations are up and we are all getting very excited. Watch this space for what we've been getting up to...

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Merry Christmas everyone!

We have been very busy this week, getting ready for Christmas. This morning we all went to Church to celebrate Christingle. 

We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Congratulations to our Reading Challenge winners this term!

Well done Kemi, Retaj, Malak, Amy, Emad, Ethan, Dylan and Taylah!

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Spring 1

Welcome back everyone! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and are ready for a new term. We have lots of fun things to learn about this half term, beginning with our new Learning Challenge topic all about the Ancient Egyptians. We hope you enjoy reading all about what we get up to. Watch this space.......

This half term our Learning Challenge is 'How can we rediscover the wonders of Ancient Egypt?' We will be finding out all about how people lived during this time and discovering facts about the Pharaohs and pyramids.

 

 

WOW Launch : Materials and their properties. 

In science this term, we will be learning all about materials and their properties. To start our new topic, we had to find out 'Which material works best for...?'

The children received a letter from The Ice Company, who asked the children to conduct an experiment to find out which material would keep ice cool for the longest. we tested lots of different materials and the results were very interesting.

Positive Futures: Girls PE

This half term our girls have been very lucky. They have had he chance to take part in lots of 'old fashioned' games. They have really enjoyed working together and have come away with lots of different games that they can play at break times. 

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Egyptian Pahoahs!

We have been finding out about Ancient Egyptian Pharoahs in our Learning Challenge this week. We all researched different Pharoahs and then spent some time thinking about and writing our own rules as if we were Pharoahs. What rules would you put in place if you were a Pharoah?

Ancient Egyptian Artefacts

This week we have spent some time using Ancient Egyptian artefacts to help us to find out more about the people that lived during this time. Take a look at our artefact table and see what you can find out. Use our labels and fact cards to help you. 

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CSI YEAR 5

This week something very strange happened at Arnot St Mary Primary School.

Detectives from 5JO and 5CL set to work to investigate what happened. Read our recounts to find out more...

Lent

We found out all about the Christian Festival of Lent, To help us celebrate, we all enjoyed a pancake or 2! Ask us why we celebrate in this way...

Why did the Ancient Egyptians build pyramids?

We all made a pyramid by folding a net and filled it with information all about the pyramids. We found out all about the materials they were built from and what was buried inside each one. Read our pyramids to find out more...

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Spring 2

WOW Launch: United Utilities Visit.

To begin our new Learning Challenge, 'Will you ever see the water you drink again?' we had a visit from United Utilities. We spent the morning finding out about the water cycle and the uses of water. We even found out how much water we use in a day and created a graph to show this. 

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