In computing, year 5 are investigating websites to evaluate them for accuracy. This week, they have produced a fact file for the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus, a very rare creature indeed! We will look at the site and see what clues we can identify to determine its trustworthiness.
Children in year 5 are starting their new topic of learning - Who Do We Think We Are?
This links to the Anglo-Saxons and eventually to Vikings. We started the topic looking at Beowulf in English and children should be able to tell you all about Grendel and his awful deeds!
In CC, we have been archaeologists to examine artefacts and evidence. Children used a grid to record their findings and then used the clues to make predictions as to who we were investigating. (Some children will not know yet who we are looking at- shhh!)
We have been focussing on speaking and listening this week in English, using our work on Shackleton and Antarctica as our inspiration. Children worked to storyboard our part of their adventure, then worked on freeze-framing those scenes. They considered the thoughts and actions of the men to then work into play writing.
Year 5 have been enjoying learning about Space and the Solar System. In Space Day, we were lucky to have the Black Hole Planetarium here all day and children watched a fascinating presentation about the Sun, stars and its affect on the seasons, climate and time.
Year 5 have been trying to judge their English skills - which are the most important to show in our writing, and then which challenge us the most to achieve. Surprisingly, the two lists were quite different! This made us focus on our writing and how we can best achieve our individual targets.
Our focus this half term is geography, which links to our Antarctica work from English.
We have looked at grid references and reading from a map, and then human and physical features. Using our new map skills we then looked at contour maps and lines. We made models of mountains to demonstrate how they help us to see them in 3D form.
Year 5 have had an amazing day, looking at different countries around the world and working on their communication skills. Dressed ready to travel, they have learnt about a HUGE number of new cities and places and are hopefully now inspired to travel the world.
As well as persuading others to join their expeditions and researching destinations, they have decided that communication was vital so worked on improving this during team skills activities.
This weeks assembly linked to our monthly value of Friendship. Children thought about the qualities they looked for in a friend, and how they could show positive friendship.
In their art lessons, year 5 are starting to study Mayan gods and create their own god. They have to consider what they will be the god of- perhaps the moon, sun, or animals. They have been sketching out their work and are now justifying why they have given them those features.
Year 5 spent time outside exploring their environment. They placed a hoop on the grass to identify flora and fauna they found, and looked for items they classed as "treasure" and then had to decide why it was precious.
We worked in partners who had come from different first schools from our own, and focused on communicating with each other to describe, select and identify the items we found.