Welcome to Year 5!
In Year 5 we are taught by Miss Coupe, Mrs Oswald and Mr Greenley. We are also lucky to have dedicated support staff Mr. Wise (LSA) and Mr. Anderson (HLTA) to help and support us with our learning in and out of class.
After the trip to Pizza Express, class 6 were invited to the unveiling of the new Jane Austen statue in the market place outside the Willis Museum. We were treated to some period dancing displays and speeches from members of the council. Evreryone recognized Maria Miller from our trip to parliament.
Both year 5 classes have been on a visit to Pizza Express as and end of year treat. We were shown around the restaurant including the kitchens and store areas before turning our hands to making our very own margarita pizzas.
Year 5 have just finished their final pieces based on Neil Gaiman's book, "The wolves in the wall". They were set the challenge of writing the story of Lucy going into the house to rescue her pig puppet, creating tension in their stories. The writing was so good we decided to share it with Year 4. Everyone got to share their story with a partner and explain the process we went through to create the stories. Year 4 were suitably impressed!
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed the first Federation spelling bee. The morning was filled with activities to test our knowledge of the statutory word from the year 5 & 6 list. The Orbwars activities was a particular favourite.
Marking national Den Day for Save the Children, Year 5 were set a the challenge of building a den to keep Liam the Legoman dry. There was a lot of enthusiasm and some excellent ideas about how to make the dens look attractive, but would they keep Liam dry when the monsoon season struck?
Even though Year 5 are not old enough to vote in the general election, we decided to take part in the events of the day anyway. In the morning we had a look at the manifestos of different parties and presented them back to the rest of the class. At the end of the day the polling stations opened and we gave our names to the returning officer who then gave us our ballot paper. We're waiting to see who was elected after the count has finished this evening!
We ended up with a hung parliament. The Green party was the largest party with the Conservatives in opposition. The teachers are convinced the policies of a four day week and the abolition of SATs were probably the policies that swung it!
Treehouse Theatre - Vikings
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their Drama workshop with Ben from the Treehouse Theatre company. They all played a part in retelling the history of how the country was ruled during the Anglo-Saxon and Viking period.
We are looking at the circulatory system in Science this term. We have been learning how the lungs take in Oxygen and transfer it into the blood and then how the carbon dioxide gets exhaled from the body. We used balloons and worked on the playground to create a 3D model.
Our creative curriculum topic this term has been North and South America. We have particularly been looking at Mexico and had a go today at creating Mexican nachos! We made out own. Guacamole from avacados and salsa from tomatos and spices before topping them with cheese and melting it. Delicious!
In science this half term we have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes, and what we notice when a change is irreversible. This week we have looked at how heat can affect a substance and proved how a substance changes when heated by baking shortbread. This also linked into our maths work on measures as we had to convert the units of measure for the recipe.
As part of our Health and Wellbeing unit on "Who's in charge?" Year 5 visited the Houses of Parliament for a tour of the buildings and a workshop on law making. We were delighted that our MP, Maria Miller, was able to join us for the part of the day and take our questions too.