Year 5 Blog

Welcome to the Year 5 blog. Find out what our classes have been up to lately!

Constellation Spotters

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This week in science we learned about constellations. We discovered that constellations are patterns of stars in the sky. Many constellations have names and stories that go with them.

Clcik on the image below to find out more about constellations.

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After finding out about the many shapes the constellations make, we created our own constellation telescope. These were the instrctions we followed:

1. Cut out a small circle from the black card a size that will fit on the end of the cardboard tube

2. Mark on a constellation onto the black card with a pencil.

3. Pierce each star with a pencil with bluetac underneath.

4. Stick the black card on the end of the cardboard tube and look through.

 

We evaluated our finished product afterwards - perhaps try to make one at home, using what you learned from your first attempt.

 

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Brilliant Brummies!

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To kick off our Topic this term, we had a day out to Birmingham. However, this was no ordinary trip...we were on an open top bus! We had a guided tour with the Big Brum Buz and went sightseeing all around the city centre - it was pretty fun and we learnt lots about brilliant Birmingham's history, landmarks, buildings, people and canals!

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Afterwards, we went to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for a look at how Birmingham has developed through history from as far back as the War to the present day.

Welcome to Year Five

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We have had a fantastic start to Year Five so far. Well done to everyone for having such wonderful, positive attitudes to school. Miss Greenwood, Mrs. Mytton and Mrs. Rowney are extremely pleased to see all of their children in smart uniforms and entering their classrooms with a smile on their faces. It has been lovely to hear all about what everyone has enjoyed doing over the summer holidays.

This week we have been focussing on the Paralympics and thinking about the challenges that these athletes have overcome. We have also had lots of fun creating some fantastic art work.

We are looking forward to having a brilliant year together!

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Year 5's Health Week Fun!

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Our focus in Year 5 for Health Week was 'Exercise and Health'. We had a fantastic and fun-filled week taking part in lots of different activities, including a skipping challenge, creating and testing out our own 10 minute workout, and designing a new piece of fitness equipment. We were also very lucky to have Mr Williams from Bishop Vesey's PE department come and speak to use about how food and exercise are linked.

Through our Maths lessons, we were exploring and comparing the nutritional values of different foods. We looked at healthy alternatives and analysed the different costs from different supermarkets. 

In Literacy we took on the role of the lead character in 'Run Fat Boy Run' and wrote a diary entry as he was training for the marathon. 

Take a look at our 'Wow Book' page that shows a snippet of what we got up to!

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Sir David Attenborough

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To commemorate the 90th Birthday of Sir David Attenborough, we have been learning all about him and his fantastic work. We have watched some of his documentary clips and wrote an autobiography in role, as well as learned about all the ways he has been celebrated. 

 

 

 

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Making bread!

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As part of our current DT project, linked to The World's Kitchen, we have been analysing, designing and making our own bread! We had a few ingredients to choose from for our first round of batches and got quite creative! The trickiest part was making sure we followed the method accurately and used the correct kneading techniques. We have learnt a few things we can improve on for our final product though, which is what it's all about!

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Shakespeare Week!

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As part of our Shakespeare celebrations, we read and discussed some extracts from Macbeth then had a go at recreating a selection of scenes ourselves! It was great fun and Miss Ainley and Miss Greenwood were extremely impressed that all of the children made a huge effort to use the actual language from the original play! Miss Maugham had heard all about it and even came to watch us too!2016 04 14 17.28.14 1

DT Fairground rides!

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As part of our DT work this term, Year 5 have designed and made their own fairground rides using pulleys and gears. 

Miss Ainley and Miss Greenwood have been very impressed with the children's grasping of key vocabulary and being able to talk about their models using the terminology, such as driver belt, pulley, gear, driver, follower, input, output and many more!

The classes really had to work collaboratively to make the models following a systematic approach, and use their perseverance skills when things didn't quite go to plan!

Poetry Project!

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Before Half Term, we had a very exciting poetry project in school. Year 5's poem was 'The Star' by Jane Taylor - which is the original poem that 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' was taken from. We did lots of fun activities exploring poetry and the poem, before devising our own performances of the different stanzas. Pur performances were filmed and sent to other Year 5 classes in the LTE for them to watch - and we got to watch theirs! 

It was a great couple of weeks and we now feel very inspired about Poetry! Head over to www.lte-literacy.co.uk to see our videos! 

Performance Poetry!

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Before Half Term, we had a very exciting poetry project in school. Year 5's poem was 'The Star' by Jane Taylor - which is the original poem that 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' was taken from. We did lots of fun activities exploring poetry and the poem, before devising our own performances of the different stanzas. Pur performances were filmed and sent to other Year 5 classes in the LTE for them to watch - and we got to watch theirs! 

It was a great couple of weeks and we now feel very inspired about Poetry! Watch this space for details on how you can access our peformance videos!

Learning with a twist!

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Over the last couple of weeks in Year 5, we have been having lots of fun learning in different and new ways.

We have secured our knowledge of fractions and decimals using Tarsia puzzles (and even creating some of our own pieces!) which the children have really enjoyed completing in teams.

We have also been visiting the Phiz Lab as part of our Science lessons on Electricity. In the Phiz Lab, we have investigated building circuits with different components and seeing how different changes effect our circuits. We also get to wear lab coats and goggles (safety first!) - check out our groovy photo below!

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Mad Science Assembly Today

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Today we were lucky enough to have a Mad Science assembly. We saw some fantastic experiments and even took part in some too! It made us curious about science and helped us to question why certain things happen.

There will be a Mad Science Club on Tuesdays 3.30-4.30 for year 4 children starting one February 9th for 6 weeks. The year four children will have been given a letter about this today. For anymore information please ask at the office.

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