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Bee-Friendly Garden

Throughout this term, the children in Year 5 have really embraced our Topic of learning about the human effect on our planet. They have shown great passion and consideration for all areas we have covered.

We were lucky enough to have a donation of bee-friendly flowers from The Essex Wildlife Trust so we could revive our flowerbed once more! It’s safe to say the children had an amazing time de-weeding, prepping and planting new flowers for our Year 5 bee garden. We are ‘buzzing’ to see them grow!

Wrabness Nature Reserve

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.

For or Against Renewable Energy?

Our new topic of ‘what are we doing to our planet?’ has kicked off with a lot of discussion and passion from the children. They have loved learning about the human impact on the planet and how best to protect it. They learnt about the pros and cons of renewable energy and had a friendly debate in small groups.

Layer Marney Trip

Year 5 had a fantastic time at Layer Marney Tower where they learnt all about how The Vikings once lived and how their invasions of England influenced our lives today. The children learnt how to weave, do archery, build model long boats and even were lucky enough to hold some Viking battle armour and weapons!

The children were all impeccably behaved and even the rainy weather didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

The Jabberwocky!

For our nonsense poetry unit, we have been learning The Jabberwocky. This poem has a lot of portmanteau words in it (words that blend the sounds together and combine the meaning of them to make a new word).

Take a look at the poem below to see if you can read it and also look at the photos of our drama work surrounding the poem we all had great fun doing it!

Jabberwocky

BY LEWIS CARROLL

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

 

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

                                    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!                                   

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!

 

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

 

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

 

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

 

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

 

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

Green Screen in Science!

We learnt how to use the green screen app on the iPads to create our very own wildlife documentary called ‘Life.’

We hope you enjoy watching them!

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Can You Walk Like an Egyptian? 

 

Ancient Egyptian Afterlife and Mono-Printing

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!

Ancient Egyptian Artefacts

In Topic, we looked at some ancient Egyptian artefacts. We asked lots of interesting questions about these objects and made sure we investigated the answers!

We studied the following artefacts:
Tutankhamun’s Death Mask, a sarcophagus, a scarab beetle, a piece of Egyptian clothing, the Sphinx, some papyrus paper and Egyptian wall paintings.

Canopic Jars

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.

Science

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.

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.

Literacy

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.

The Journey to the Afterlife

In Literacy, we have been learning about explanation texts. We have read an explanation text called ‘The Journey to the Afterlife’ which explains what the ancient Egyptians believed they needed to do for their loved ones once they died so that they can reach the afterlife safely. We split up into groups and we created a freeze frame for each paragraph of the text to help us understand the process they went through.

RE

In RE this term, we have been focused on Jesus the Healer. We have learnt about all of the stories from The Bible that explained what happened when Jesus healed his followers. From these stories, we learnt that sometimes Jesus directly heals them (by touching them) and other times he indirectly heals them. We have had many opportunities of drama during this unit so here are some photos!

Jigsaw Being Me in My World

For this lesson, we worked in our table teams and we chose an item from a bag without looking. In the bag, there was a selection of random items, such as, spoon, pebble, coins, frisbee, bell, egg timer and cups.

Our ‘mission’ was to make up a new game using the item we selected.

Some teams created rules for the game and it was clear how to win. Other games were a little confusing because the team did not come up with clear rules for the game. We thought about and discussed the following questions:

Why do we need rules in society?

How do rules keep us safe?

Why might people break rules?

What can we do if we think a rule is not fair?

How can rules in a school help us to learn and grow?

We understand that rules, rights, and responsibilities are necessary for groups of people to live harmoniously together and achieve their goals.

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