As part of our topic 'What are we doing to our planet?', Year 5 visited the Wrabness Nature Reserve to look at what the Essex Wildlife Trust have put in place to help the wildlife and so see how it has helped. It was great to observe how humans actions have made a positive impact to the wildlife and environment in our local area!
The children behaved incredibly well and were so excited to catch a range of bugs and beetles, create some shelters in the woods and interact with nature first-hand.
Can You Walk Like an Egyptian?
For our ‘Wow Starter’ coming back after half-term in Topic, we learnt all about canopic jars and how the ancient Egyptians used them. When they died, they believed that preserving and mummifying their loved ones would help them pass over to the afterlife safely. The ancient Egyptians used to remove the liver, lungs, intestines and stomach of the dead and they were washed, dried and wrapped in cloth which allowed them to be placed into the canopic jars in one piece.
We had to use many skills when making our Egyptian Canopic Jars. We had to use crosshatching on the clay to make sure individual parts attached properly. We had to sculpt the clay, using water to help blend and smooth. We used a water and clay mixture which is called slip. Our canopic jars were then placed in a kiln. After our clay had been in the kiln, we glazed our jars in various colours: grape, red, blue and yellow.
Ancient Egyptian Afterlife
In Topic, we learnt all about the journey to the afterlife and what the ancient Egyptians believed would happen after they had died. We studied the different stages to the ancient Egyptian afterlife and compared it to other religions, such as Christian beliefs, Muslim beliefs and Hindu beliefs.
We then used mono-printing as a way of portraying different stages to the ancient Egyptian afterlife. Check out our photos of our work!
Reproduction of Plants
In this lesson, our aim was to be able to describe the life process of reproduction in some plants by exploring asexual reproduction. We followed instructions to take cuttings from a geranium plant. This is an artificial method of asexual reproduction. Any cuttings that develop roots over the next few weeks can be planted into pots of compost. These new plants will be genetically identical to the parent plant. From this activity, we are now able to explain the difference between sexual reproduction and asexual reproduction in plants.
Planets and Space
For this lesson, we were able to discuss and act out the movement of the Earth, and other planets whilst orbiting the Sun. The Sun is at the centre of our solar system and we learnt the order of the planets and how they move in the solar system.
Jesus the Healer
In RE this term we have been learning about healing and miracles. As part of our lesson today, we focused on the miracle of the healing woman. First, we discussed the importance of music within religions and discussed some examples of when music is used within religion. In order to help us to remember and explain the key points of the miracle of the bleeding woman, we had to create our own song. Our song had to be to tune of ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ or ‘Frère Jacques’. We worked as a group to think of our lyrics, rehearsed and then preformed to the class.
The Myth of Osirus and Isis
In Literacy, we have been learning about myth stories. The myth we have been learning about is about two brothers; one who is made pharaoh and one who was extremely jealous and decides to kill his brother! To really immerse ourselves in our new text, we did a conscious alley from the point of view from of a few characters. We then did a short burst of writing from the point of view of one of the brothers.
PSHE - Being Me in My World
For this lesson, the children had to work as a team to create the tallest tower made out of paper and sellotape only.
The first time round, there were no rules given; every child just had to get stuck in to help.
The second time round, the children were given clear job roles which were a material manager, designer, timekeeper and task manager. It was important that the children stuck to their roles and worked as a team.
Some teams worked extremely well and this was clear based on their communication and teamwork. After the activity, children had to write down six rules that they thought were important to be successful with this activity.