Reward visit to Pet's Corner - Samworth Academy
Thanks to our dedication and commitment to learning, we were the attendance winners for the Autumn Term. As a reward, we visited the Pet's Corner animal unit at Samworth, where we got to see and handle lots of different creatures. These included baby mice, rats, a chinchilla, gerbils, hamsters, a cat that loved the computer and last but not least, a bearded dragon!
This treat has definitely inspired us to keep up the great attendance for the rest of the year!
New Class Ambassadors!
After doing a wonderful job for the Autumn Term, Beth and Joe have handed over their badges to the new recruits. This job involves meeting and greeting visitors at our classroom door, and informing them about the exciting learning that is taking place.
Fae and Rhys are proud to have been voted as the new ambassadors by the rest of the class, and we all wish them lots of luck in their new role as the Spring Term begins. We held a short handing over ceremony in class which gave Beth and Joe the opportunity to offer Rhys and Fae a few words of useful advice.
Beth and Joe will now become trainers for the new class ambassadors across school.
In PE, we dribbled our way into the new year as we participated in our first hockey coaching session. Mr Halfpenny taught us lots of new skills. This was out first of six session taking us up to half-term. We can't wait until next week!
Christmas Video Messages
This year, as a school, we decided to exchange the sending of Christmas cards for donations to King's Mill Hospital. Each class did something a little different to spread the Christmas cheer - and our class decided to film video messages. We think you'll agree that these are a much more fun, heartfelt and environmentally friendly alternative. Enjoy watching and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
We imagined we were Egyptian embalmers, and tried out our skills on oranges. As a springboard for writing, and to practice our scientific skills, we carefully followed a set of instructions, being careful not to destroy the outer appearance of the orange as we pulled out its insides! We added cloves and spices to make it smell nice as the weeks go by.
We completed the process by filling the oranges with salt and wrapping them in bandages.
Now all we need to do is wait, and see what's happened to them when we get back after Christmas - how exciting!
Christmas Coding - Computing
We developed our programming skills to enable The Grinch (and his drone) to collect gifts to return to Whoville! We created algorithms to ensure that each level was completed correctly, and used our logical reasoning skills to evaluate the success of our approach. When things didn't quite go to plan, we had to 'de-bug' our algorithms to see where things had gone wrong and correct the relevant section of code!
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Here we are presenting our best work using our computing skills. We used excellent empathy skills to write diary entries in role as Howard Carter on the day he discovered Tutankhamun's tomb. These will take pride of place in our best writing folders!
Working with Paint
We examined many examples of Egyptian artwork, and noticed that it had a very distinctive style. This included pale colours (due to the pigment being made from the earth's natural resources).
ATTENDANCE AWARD - THIRD WEEK RUNNING!
Thank you for your support and dedication in helping us to achieve this! For the last two weeks, we have achieved 100% - just amazing! Let's keep going!
We created storyboards to create a happier ending to a short, thought-provoking film. The children produced some excellent work showing their understanding of how small acts can be life-changing for others. Their ideas (and artwork) were fantastic!
We spent some time learning how to handle 'Little G' correctly, carefully and considerately.
Thank you for your support in helping us to win the 'Attendance Award' for week commencing 05.11.18!
We are loving having 'Little G' in our classroom - look how much he enjoys a selfie!
Anti-bullying Week 2018 - Random Acts of Kindness
This year's theme for Anti-Bullying Week is: CHOOSE RESPECT! Year 5's mini-theme is: 'Random Acts of Kindness'. In Circle Time, we shared a thought-provoking story called, 'The Sunflower Sword'. This inspired us to reflect on how small kindnesses can make a BIG difference. Our challenge for the week (and the future!) is to carry out as many kind acts as we possibly can (at school, home and in the wider community), and see what a difference we can make. We wonder if you'll notice anything at home? If so, please encourage your child to write down their random acts of kindness, and bring them in to fill up our class 'Kindness Bucket' by the end of the week!
What better way to spend a lesson than cosied up on the snuggly rugs in our beautiful library? We used the iPads, and a huge range of information books, to expand our knowledge in response to key questions linked to our topic. Ask us what we found out - we are now qualified EGYPT EXPERTS!
This half term we are learning the skills needed for Invasion Games. Today, we practised aiming and throwing accurately to land a beanbag on a very small target! Next, we worked as a team; testing our sending and receiving skills using both underarm and overarm techniques. Finally, we played a game using a bean bag and a hoop that required excellent teamwork, spatial awareness and all of the above skills. We like to call it Quidditch!
Remembrance Day 2018 - Land, Sea and Skies
To mark the WW1 centenary, we took part in a whole-school themed day. Year 5 were tasked with creating a piece of artwork that incorporated our sketching skills, along the theme of 'Land, Sea and Skies'. The first part of the morning was spent learning about battle in the Great War, and how soldiers, ships, planes, tanks, boats and animals all contributed.
We then used a variety of techniques to create a multimedia piece of artwork. This incorporated a colourful wash background, carefully cut silhouettes, ICT images and beautifully sketched bi-planes. We proudly showcased them during an assembly at the end of the day, where each class presented their day's learning.
Please check back again next week to see some finished examples of our work!
Art: Draw like an Egyptian!
The first week of our Autumn 2 topic began with a fantastic Art session where we sketched Egyptian people (on quite a large scale!). We explored the different Egyptian gods, and noticed that the chest and head of a god (or any Egyptian person) is drawn as if looking at them from the front. The hips, legs and head of the figure are drawn as if looking at them from the side. This style is unique to artwork of the Ancient Egyptians, and so we made this the focus of our work. We worked hard to ensure that our figures were correctly proportioned too. We look forward to painting them next week!
Investigation: Phases of the Moon
Can we use biscuits to recreate the Moon phases - YES we can!
We worked in groups to recreate the way the Moon orbits the Earth which - in turn - orbits the Sun. We used different sized balls, torches, and the darkness underneath tables to explore how the Moon appears to change shape dependent on its orbital position. We then used this knowledge to correctly order our carefully sculpted Oreo cookies. Look at the moon over the next few weeks, discuss which phase it is in, and see if you can watch its progression through the lunar month (29.5 days).
Throughout the day, we moved around classes to refine our Learning to Learn Skills: Conduct, Communication, Thirst for Learning, Perseverance and Resilience, Co-operation, Independence and Respect.
Here we are putting our CO-OPERATION skills to the test...
Caythorpe PGL - An energetic, adventurous and action-packed beginning to Year 5!
Sneak a peek at what we got up to on our first adventure of the year. We really pushed ourselves to the limit, and achieved more than we ever believed possible!