Year 5 Blog

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

Theatre Visit

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Year 5 were very fortunate to receive a visit from a theatre group week which taught us all about social groups and rights.

We became members of the 'Circle Group' in a fictional land called Broddington. All our hands were stamped with a circle to signify our belonging.

Our group was being pressured from outsiders and we looked at the complexities of how to respond to negative media and community pressures. In the end we made good choices to overcome our difficulties. 

Police Badges

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In Year Five we have enjoyed developing our sewing skills to produce a police badge of our very own. We first needed to design the badge and decide upon the best stiching choices to use and colours of fabric and thread . We then made them and evaluated how successful we were. It was difficult to keep our badges in line with our designs but we perservered. 

Everyone was able to thread their own needle (Wahoo!), saving the teachers much frustration. 

Solar Eclipse

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Today we got to witness a solar eclipse from earth. This is when the moon passes between the Sunand Earth. At 9:30am this morning all of the school gathered on the field to watch this special sight. (We had to wear special glasses to protect our eyes) Its seemed very eerie because it went very dark and quiet.

After we had watched it, we did a selection of activities, linked to space, in our phases. These included; making a news report about the event; writing an explanation about what was happening and producing art work using pastals and chalk.

The next partial full solar eclipse will happen in 2026.

Crime and Punishment

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Year 5 have been investigating a serious crime this week! A trophy from the cabinet in the entrance hall has gone missing! The children had to think about how to analyse the crime scene, as well as writing a short list of questions that could be asked to one of the witnesses around school. Some children wrote questions for Mrs Murray, Some children wrote questions for the teachers and some children wrote them for other children. Once the list of questions had been complied children had to look at a finger print under the microscope.

 

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Mayan Masks

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To end our Mayan topic, this week Year 5 have been designing, making and decorating Mayan masks. At first we looked at and evaluated lots of examples of Mayan masks. They were all linked to nature and painted in natural colours like browns, yellows, red and oranges.  Then we make our own out of clay. We learnt how to join two pieces together using cross hatching. After they had dried we painted them using only three colours.  Here are the pictures of our masks. 

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WOW!

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This week Mr Melville and I have been very impressed with all of the homework based on Mexico. There has been such a selection of activities including, information booklets, menus, food tasting and poncho making. Here are some pictures and examples.

 

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Lemon Power!

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We used three simple steps to make a circuit using lemons.

  1. We placed the strips of metal (aluminium, copper, brass and zinc) into the lemons
  2. Then we attached the wires to each strip of metal
  3. Next  the we attached the wires onto the clock

The citric acid in the lemon reacts with the metals to create a chemical reaction. (It acts like a battery) This then releases the electrons that travel through the writes to the clock.

Have a look at the steps bellow.

http://sciencewithkids.com/Experiments/Energy-Electricity-Experiments/Electricity-from-fruit-and-vegetable.html

It was lots of fun but very difficult to get to work. You can also use a potato. 

Feeling Inspired

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Last week we had lots of fun pretending to be police inspectors and collecting evidence regarding a peculiar incident with frogs and lily pads! We had to interview witnesses to see if their claims were true.  Whereas this week, we will be picking apart and writing our own newspaper articles.  On Tuesday we were lucky enough to work with parents, grandparents and friends in the Year 5 workshop. It was a Literacy based theme and linked to our work on newspapers. Mr Melville and I can’t wait to read your final newspapers next week!

Look at the recent news on the website below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/

 

Ancient Mayan Civilisation

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Mayan Civilisation

We have already been learning about Mexico and last week we designed persuasive posters to convince people to visit. We explained about foods, traditions and key places to visit.

This week we are building on our knowledge of Mexico by beginning to learn about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. Today we researched about the class system and later this week we will be writing a diary extract as if we were a priest, warrior or farmer. Life was very different depending on how much money you had and what your occupation was. Would you rather be a nobleman or a peasant?

 

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A fun filled week

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Swimming

For the whole of this term Year 5 will get to go swimming. Last week was their first week and they all had so much fun. They all got to develop their strokes like front crawl and backstroke as well as learning new skills like sculling feet first and head first. They cannot wait to have this week’s lesson!

 

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Literacy

This week, in Literacy, the children have started to prepare a debate and persuasive piece of writing. They would like to convince the judge to re-open the case of the Highway Man because he was wrongly murdered by King George’s Men and there has been a terrible injustice. Let’s see if their letters will be persuasive enough to clear the Highway Man’s name forever. 

 

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A light bulb moment!!

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We’ve now started our new topic in science, this half term it is electricity. We have had lots of fun making a range of circuits for example, ones that include two blubs, two batteries, buzzers and switches. We’ve also begun to explore the differences between parallel circuits and simple circuits; looking at how to turn one blub off whilst leaving the other one on. We’re all so excited about the investigations we will be planning and carrying out during this topic. 

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Can you remember what each symbol represents?

 

 

Welcome Back!

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Welcome Back!

We hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and that you are ready to work really hard in the spring term. This week has been so exciting; we have begun to read The Highway Man by Alfred Noyes. We have already written descriptions of the characters and will be re-enacting parts of the poem as well as analysing the language used and explaining the impact on the reader.

Also this term we will be investigating electricity in science, looking at The Mayans in topic and continuing to visit Birmingham Metropolitan College for P.E.

 

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