Our talking point was 'What makes a good friend?' As a class we feel being trustworthy, kind, caring, working together, protect and support are key factors to making a good friend. We gave each factor a colour (pink for caring, blue for kind etc). We then used three factors of most importance and made a friendship braclet.
We have begun looking at ways we can join plastic this well. We have mage bracelets by plaiting and using circular looms. We made our own looms out of cardboard and strips of plastic, ready to weave next week. We also began writing up our journals about Esther's struggle in the junkyard and are looking forward to creating books made from used plastic.
Our plants in class 5 are growing well. After patiently looking after our geranium cuttings, they have finally sprouted roots. Now we have replanted the cuttings and we hope to soon have 12 plants from our original 3. Some of us had to replant our sugar snap pea seeds as they were over watered and the seeds decomposed. Others are beginning to climb so much we had to find sticks for them.
In our topic work, we have continued to think about the affect our plastic waste has on animals. Can you spot the plastic in the stomachs of our animals?
Using the video treasure (which can be found here - https://www.literacyshed.com/the-thinking-shed.html) We have written some incredible poetry about life in a junkyard. We have really captured changing of feelings and tried to really make others think with our use of language.
This week in class 5, we have begun working on our new topic - Trash or Treasure. Using news videos and articles, we have explored the issue of plastics in our work.
To help us understand this further, we became animals trying to get their food. We looked at how plastic builds up in the stomach of an animal, making it more and more difficult for then to digest the right amount of food. We were horrified by some of the things we discovered.
This week the children in class 5 have been learning about Life Cycles and using their knowledge to write wonderful informative piece about the life cycles of different animals.
This week in Year 5, we have put our science knowledge to the test. Use all we have learned about properties of materials, we created contaminated water by dissolving and mixing different materials together. Then, we planned a way to get our water as clean as possible.
We dissolved salt, mixed in sand and mud, added pebbles and paperclips.
We separated the materials back, thinking about sieving, filtering, using magnetism and evaporation. Hopefully, when we come back after Easter, our water should have made its way into a pot, leaving the salt behind!
As it is Easter, and to complete our Mayan topic, we created our own chocolates. They turned out even better than we thought! We made boxes for them and wrapped them in foil so we can give them to someone as an Easter present (or just enjoy eating them ourselves)
28th March - We work really hard in music today, identifying notes and changing short pieces from major key to the minor key. We found out that when you change a piece to the minor key, it make the music sound creepy, like something you would find in a haunted house. Do you which note you need to change to turn a tune in the major key into minor key?
29th March - We had a great time at the institute of sport, participating in many different events.
Year 5 have had a very exciting week this week! On Monday we had our topic trip to Cadbury World in Birmingham. As well as eating and buying a HUGE amount of chocolate we also managed to learn all about the Ancient Mayans and how cocoa was a very important part of their life, they even used cocoa beans to trade. All of the children took part in a Mayan workshop where they were able to play the game Pok-A -Tok and some children dressed up in traditional Mayan dress. We learned how chocolate was made; from the harvesting of the cocoa pods to the bars that we enjoy to eat.
During the rest of the week we used our experiences from the trip to plan a recount and write about Mayan life and create some fantastic chocolate bar art work. We have continued our work on fractions in Maths, specifically focusing on adding mixed numbers with different denominators. Mr Draper has been running active learning breaks this week too which the children have really enjoyed.
Class 5 4.3.19
In Class 5 this week we have been researching about Ancient Mayan life in preparation for our visit to Cadbury World on Monday, we have discovered that they were a very advanced civilisation however they also took part in human sacrifices to please their gods! In PE we started our units on tag rugby and badminton where the children demonstrated some excellent rallies. World book day was wonderful, lots of children enjoyed dressing up and we took part in a special book themed orienteering session outside.
Class 5 Blog 4.2.19
This week in year 5 we have continued our maths work on fractions and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. In writing we have been planning a newspaper report around one of the characters in our class book 'Cogheart'. Some of the ideas the children have come up with some fantastic ideas for headlines and how to capture the readers attention. In PE we continued to add movements to our dance on Monday and on Wednesday we played some short sided games in Basketball, focusing particularly on our movement and finding space. In science we continued our work on mechanisms, making our own 'waving hands' out of card using levers.
Class 5 Blog 11.2.19
Year 5 are showing huge improvements in their basketball skills. Over the last few weeks we have been focusing upon passing, dribbling and using these skills in short games. Good sportsmanship has been a key focus. Many students have shown that they are exceptional team players who can reflect upon the performance of other class members by giving feedback and advice. Over the next few weeks we will be improving our dribbling skills.
Following our division work, this term year 5 are focusing upon fractions. As a class we have reflected upon where we might see fractions in everyday life. Students gave some fantastic examples such as: when a phone battery is half charged, when a bottle is 3/4 full, when a cake is cut into different slices, when a clock strikes quarter past and so forth. We have been able to draw and represent these in different ways. Making our own hopscotches and coloring in a fraction of these is one practical task we have carried out. In the morning students have played fraction dominos which aim at consolidating learning and recognizing that some fractions are equivalent. We can't wait to tell you more over the new few weeks!