Welcome to Year 5
Welcome back to school. We hope to be using the website to keep you apprised of events at school that the children have taken part in, and also of what they will be learning from term to term. Please let us know if there is anything specific you would like to see with regards to the curriculum.
Continuing our excellent science work this term, and following on from a visit to our classroom by a beautiful queen bee, Year 5 boys and girls were put in charge of a special investigation: to find a suitable place for the queen to nest in Sheldon Country park. The children had to consider many very important factors like closeness to flowers, number of threats or predators and much more. The children worked brilliantly and behaved fantastically. Furthermore they also found some excellent potential sites that we will try to feedback to the queen. Maybe we could send her a bee-mail?
Year 5 enjoyed some outdoor learning this week as the weather took an upwards turn. As part of our work on flowering plants and pollination by insects (such as bees), we wanted to conduct an investigation to see if the colour of a flower had any impact on the number of insects that visited it for nectar. The results were very interesting; therefore ask your child what they learned from the afternoon.
Year 5 have been adding a new dimension to their maths learning this week as we moved away from identifying and sorting 2 dimensional shapes to building our own 3d shapes from nets. The children did a great job of putting together the shapes to create some new shapes they had never seen before - can you remember what each one was called?
Continuing our work on materials, this week Year 5 got all 'slimy' when investigating irreversible change. "Irreversible change means you cannot change it back to its original form (after mixing)" said Zac (5C), and we enjoyed making a putty from glue, cornflour and fairy liquid. We even added some glitter!
For science this term Year 5 have been looking at different types of materials and how they react together. We thought we would try to remove each of the four materials (sand, salt, paper clips and stones) we had placed in a big box using some of the experiment procedures we had covered this unit - , filtering, dissolving and evaporating - as well as with the help from some of our old friends the magnet and the sieve. Ask your child what the process was - can they remember each step and the sequence. Why did we need evaporation?
For Maths this term Year 5 have (partly) been getting to grips with fractions. Can you see if we have been getting it right?
Welcome back and Happy New Year. The children this term have been revelling in our new class book - Pig Heart Boy' by Malorie Blackman. They have produced some wonderful pieces of work ranging from news reports about the breakthrough scientific procedure, a diary entry from the recipient of the animal organ, and a discussion piece about the positives and the negatives of the procedure and whether or not it should take place at all.
To top all of this though, the children were given the opportunity to dissect a real heart! Miss Stephenson bought lots of lamb’s hearts and ably lead the dissection (which means cutting open and examining) in a step by step process. We saw the muscles that help the heart to beat, and the valves that make sure the blood only flows in the right direction. It was a fascinating and interesting experience, described by many in Year 5 as a ‘Once in a lifetime opportunity’, and many of us now feel inspired to become doctors, vets or scientists.
Check out the pictures below!
After the end of our scintillating China topic, Year 5 have begun to learn about all things 'Space'. We will be looking at individual planets, the history of space travel, the famous men and women who have journeyed into space, and even be creating some solar systems of our own. Have a look at the photos on here as we work through the topics.
To get the topic off to a supersonic start, Year 5 embarked on a superb trip to Leicester to visit the space centre.
Continuing with our Chinese topics the children immersed themselves into Chinese folk tales. They planned and performed their own shadow puppet shows to the est of the year group and a visiting Mr Hyde, who was most impressed with the storytelling. This lead on to the children writing some excellent traditional tales themselves and also reviewing each other's plays.
As well as Shadow puppets, Year 5 also created oracle bones (also known as Dragon's Bones) which were the shoulder blades of oxen and sheep that were burned and engraved with questions an Emperoro would want to ask of his ancestors. What would you ask if you could speak to your ancestors?