Spring Term 1 2020
In history we have explored the reasons the railways were introduced. The first line was from Stockton to Darlington to help carry coal from Durham colliery. George and Robert Stephenson built Locomotive No 1 which revolutionised the transport industry.
For a DT lesson we have made cardboard models (not to scale) of our own steam trains. We looked at making them in proportion and solved problems that arose in joining materials so the models were stable. Here we are in action.
Even though it was hard to make it was lots of fun. Building our marble runs was challenging, but at the end of the day rewarding.
Even though we worked as a team we had to use our own initiative. It was a stressful but satisfying day. It was hard work but worth it.
We made projects using our own ideas. We had to communicate and listen to each other to make our plan.
We all took a role in making our marble run. It was a brilliant, but hard work and the best day ever. A very unique and different day.
A fun and enjoyable day. A creative day. We had to use scientific skills. We had to all get stuck in and work as a team.
An inspirational experience. We needed to use our imaginations to construct. It was a problem solving activity.
Summer Term 1 2019
In our Cornerstones topic 'Beast creator', a suggested activity is to carry out a worm survey. We were shown the art of worm charming (stamping/banging the soil quite hard) to trick the worms into thinking it is raining. Therefore, they come to the surface. We had to measure our a square metre on the field and put a piece of string round it. We then spent 30 minutes trying to 'charm worms'. The results were collected from our 8 sample squares, added together and then divided by 8 to get the average. In total we found 18 worms which averaged out at 2.25 worms per square metre. A rough estimate of the size of the field was 40m by 60m = 2400 square metres. It would appear from our results that approximately 5400 worms could live in the school field! Here are Year 5 worm charming groups.
We have been learning how to use a protractor.
1) Place the centre of the protractor where two lines join.
2) Make sure the 0 line is exactly lined up with one of the two lines.
3) Starting at zero read the scale.
4) Remember an acute angle will be less than 90 degrees and an obtuse more than 90 degrees.
It is important to measure accurately.
In English we held a debate about whether the countryside should be left alone or, if more houses should be built on rural land. This links with our power of reading book 'Varmints' where creatures live in peaceful meadow then, the OTHERS come and erect skyscrapers.
Two parties were chosen from notes made on their views. Miss Weall was the speaker in charge of the debate.
Each member of the class then voted in a secret paper ballot.
For keeping the countryside untouched - 16
For building more houses in the countryside - 15
As there was only a majority of 1, it was discussed that in real life, both parties would have to work together and come to a compromise. This debate will now lead to a piece of written work, to write a balanced argument with a concluding paragraph explaining which side they agree with and why.
An excellent lesson by the whole of Year 5.
MUSIC - BOOMWHACKERS
We have been learning how to read colour coded music to play using the boomwhackers.
Look at the concentration needed.
Our focus book this half term is Varmints. We are only 8 pages into the book after two weeks. as we have explored vocabulary, emotions and atmosphere. These pictures are of freeze frames from one image in the book. Miss Weall chose people to tap on the shoulder and they had to say what they were thinking and feeling in character. We will then write a diary entry for our chosen character at this point in the
Our topic for this half term is all about bugs. We are exploring minibeast habitats, what they eat, what eats them and discovering where in the world the deadliest bugs live.
We started by looking in our own school surroundings : listing what we found, where we found them and then making a map of the area and labelling where the bugs were found.
What an amazing day we had at Tatton Park. We had three Victorian workshops during the day.
1) Learning how to make up a fire and make a bed up correctly.
2) To sweep and scrub the floors - polish brasses and see how the coal and water for the 24 bedrooms could be taken upstairs by lift.
3) To learn the recipe for scones and make them - and to wash up and clean up once finished.
Maybe, being asked to do a few jobs round the house at home, won't seem too bad!
Spring Term 2 2019
We have been doing a lot of science experiments about forces - air resistance, friction and water resistance.
For the whole of the spring term we are learning about the Victorian era. Our topic is called Revolution, as there were many new inventions during this period of history. Street Child is the book we are reading in English and we are finding it really exciting, especially when Miss Weall stops at a cliffhanger.
Some excellent topic homework has already been added to our class display and, once everyone has finished their contributions, a photo of the finished display will be uploaded.
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