Autumn Term 2023
After testing the levels of air resistance with different materials last week, this week we looked at water resistance. We discussed whether we think water creates more resistance on moving object or air and we decided water. We came up with this conclusion by linking to our own knowledge; when we walk through air, we can barely feel the resistance but when we walk through water, we can feel the water pushing against us. We then went on to investigate how different shapes create different amounts of resistance when moving through the water.
Below are some pictures of our investigation in action.
As part of our ‘Earth and Space’ topic in science, we had a go at making the planets in our Solar System. Each table had a different planet to create and we used paper mache to create the shape and structure. We then had to look closely at the different colours and shades in our planet. As a group, we had to decide on 5 colours that we were going to use and created a colour palette. We create a ‘swatch patch’ in our art books to show which colours we used for each planet. We were not allowed to deviate from this palette but could mix our chosen colours to create different shades and tones. We had to think carefully about different brush techniques we could use to show different techniques.
This week in RE, we looked at Humanism. We had lots of discussions and watched some videos from the Humanist website to help us sum up what defines a Humanist. Below are some of our class ideas.
We started our first Year 5 RE lesson by discussing what 'philosophical' means and what philosophical questions might look like. We worked together to create a mind map of our thoughts. We decided that philosophical questions often have a deeper meaning and we many not know the answer. Below are some examples of our work from this lesson.
In PSHE this term, we are looking at the puzzle piece 'Being Me in My World'. The puzzle piece talks about the different rights and responsibilities we have as citizens and how these might differ for a refugee. This week we have been looking at rules and responsibilities. As a group, we were given 3 random objects and we had to create a game using these. We had a set of rules we had to follow; all of the group had to be included, there had to be a way to win and we only had 10 minutes to create this game. We had to think carefully about our communication skills and team work. We then demonstrated the game to the class and spoke about why it was so important o include rules it our game. It meant everyone had a fair chance and everyone knew the expectations of the game.
This week in Topic, we have learnt all about different Ancient Egyptian Gods. We learnt that the Egyptians believed that every God and Goddess were responsible for different aspects of life. We discussed lots of different Gods and their responsibilities, we then chose which one stood out to use and why. We then put our art skills to the test to sketch a God and the add colour using oil pastels. We thought hard about the most fitting colours and how we could blend the oil pastels to add more texture. see some of our hard work below.
The Journey to the Afterlife
Summer Term 2023
In Literacy, we have been learning about discussion texts. We are learning about the purpose, features and potential audiences for discussion texts. Our class text is titled 'School Uniforms- Good or Bad?' and we have pulled this apart to help us understand the structure of a discussion text. As a class, we created a new discussion text titled 'Zoos- The Positives and The Negatives' to show both the good and bad sides of commercial zoos. This week, we are starting to plan our own discussion texts which will be based around the pros and cons of renewable energy. To help us remember different types of energy and the advantages and disadvantages, we had a game of Top Trumps! Each card had a different type of energy source- renewable and non-renewable- and we had to make notes about each source. The children had great fun and there were some friendly competitions to be had!
What Are We Doing to Our Planet?
In Topic, we have been learning about the importance of bees and how we can help to save them. Over the past couple of weeks, we have worked hard to plan our ideal bee garden, de-weed the garden bed and plant lots of different flowers to help attract the bees. We have also have the opportunity to create little bee baths to help bees to reenergise while they are pollinating.
We received a lovely donation of bee-friendly flowers from Morrisons and some of the children even brought in some of their own seeds to plant, which was kind and helpful, and the other children were very appreciative. Please see a selection of photos of our hard work below:
Endangered Animal Sketching
In Topic today, we have been looking at endangered animals. We looked at why and how animals become endangered and found there were 2 main reasons; natural causes and human causes. During the lesson, we also talked about how we can help to save endangered animals. We also spotted that Paddington Bear is an Andean (or spectacled) bear and that these bears are actually endangered too. We had a quick practice at some of our sketching techniques and then chose an endangered animal to sketch. Below are some examples.
In Topic this term, we have been learning all about the impact that we have on our planet; both positive and negative. In today's lesson, we were looking into what deforestation is and the purpose of deforestation. We found that there were both pros and cons about deforestation and split the room into 2 sides; 'for' and 'against' deforestation. We worked in teams to discuss points 'for' or 'against' and then put our debating skills to the test. As a class, we went over the rules of debating and were very quiet and sensible to ensure all points were heard. Logan was a great example of a chairperson and helped to keep everything in control. Below are some pictures of our debate in action.