This is what we are learning about this term: Year 5 Autumn term pathway 20-21
How to be a mysterious ninja
We have been looking at instruction texts in our English modules. We started the first week with, ‘How to be an international diamond thief.’ We learnt the features of this text and then put them into practice in our second week. The class chose to write an instruction text on, ‘How to be a mysterious ninja.’ We had lots of fun when a mysterious ninja came into class and kidnapped Maisie. This helped us to make interesting and high quality instructions.
Science – Exploring Light
We spent some of the afternoon exploring several key questions from our ‘Light’ science module. We asked the children to explore: what creates light, how do we see things, and how do we use the properties of light. We had fun using torches, mirrors and a blackout room to investigate. The children then wrote up their findings, created diagrams and, both independently and with support, wrote down their explanations. Here are some pictures of us creating periscopes.
History – Timelines of WW2
We started our Autumn 2 history module by looking at the major events of WW2; putting them in the correct order on a timeline. We looked at several pictures, discussing what was happening in each of them. We then matched the written events to the pictures and the dates. Finally we turned them into display posters. Have a look at what we achieved.
Geography – 4 and 6 figure grid references
We spent an afternoon working with 1:25000 Ordnance Survey Maps. We started by finding villages using 4 figure grid references and then learnt how to use a 6 figure grid reference to find individual houses, locations, and buildings. We used the map key to help us identify the different symbols. We used maps of the local area which made it very relevant to the children.
Our Autumn 1 Curriculum Floor Book
Over the course of the term, we compiled a curriculum floor book where we can celebrate all the learning that takes place over the half term. We want to share it with you. The WALT (We Are Learning To) shows the objective we are learning that lesson and next to the date we have the subject area we are covering. Enjoy!
Our Autumn 1 Religious Education and Collective Worship Floor Book
Over the course of the half term we record, photograph and celebrate our RE and CW learning each week. This book is a celebration of our response to the ‘Big Questions.’ These questions make up think about our own responses, what the religion studied says about it, and links it to theological texts. Our theme for Collective Worship this term has been ‘Perseverance.’ Very important as we come back into school after the holidays and lockdown.
Jigsaw/ICT – ESafety and Programming
We want to keep your children safe online. We spent the lesson discussing healthy behaviours online and how your body and the people around you give you clues as to when you have been online too long. We then used Scratch Jr to program a moving algorithm where 2 characters have a safer internet discussion.
Design Technology – Using K’Nex and Meccano to build a moving object (using instructions)
We used a range of complicated instructions and resources to construct a range of motorbikes, airplanes, bikes and creatures. This DT project required your children’s engineering and robotics skills to follow instructions, work as a team and solve problems. We had a fantastic time exploring and building these models.
Jigsaw – Rules, Rewards and Consequences
We played a game where we were split into groups and given a piece of equipment. We then had to create a game with rules, rewards and consequences. In talking partners, on small white boards, the children thought of the most important rule (responsibility) they should have at their school. We shared these in an open discussion about why rules and responsibilities might be necessary in a school environment and in society. We then had time to watch a news clip of the London riots in 2011 and asked the children which rules (laws) were being broken, why they thought people were acting in this way and would they have joined in. Our class conclusion: rules, rights, and responsibilities are necessary for groups of people to live harmoniously together and achieve their goals.
Science – Exploring Forces – Catapult Challenge
Our Science unit this term is forces. We have been looking at what forces are involved when we push, pull, throw and drop objects. Our challenge today was to build a catapult then hypothesize what forces were at work with the moving object when we fired it. We drew diagrams, wrote paragraphs with our prior knowledge and learning, and experimented. Watch this space for more experiments over the coming weeks – bottle rockets, save the egg, hovercrafts etc.
Reflections – How am I growing?
We have been reflecting as a class on how we grow physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our class reflection corner is created to allow us to write our thoughts and put them as leaves on our class tree. The children will add to it as they grow and develop over the coming term.
Meet Shelby our Class Hermit Crab
The class were incredibly excited to meet our new class pet. We had a discussion and a vote as a class as to what we should call her/him. We decided on ‘Shelby.’ We researched all about hermit crabs, especially how to tell whether they are girls or boys, however Mr Dakin wasn’t brave enough to look under its belly to find out. Miss Watts thought that as its colours were so beautiful it must be a girl; the class agreed. So for better or worse, right or wrong, Shelby is now a girl crab.
Meet the Crew
Badger Class Teamwork
During mark making week, Badger class did lots of activities to build our friendship, learn our behaviours and enjoy being back together. They particularly enjoyed this teamwork game where they had to work together to pick up a tennis ball. We did it with our strong hands, weak hands then anything other than hands. It was really fun.
Who am I? – Balloon Game
During our In Class Collective Worship, we discussed about how we grow and develop. We shared how we found lockdown and compared it to our theme of Perseverence. The class found that there were so many positive ways they grew and overcame the situation. We wrote down a way we had grown on a piece of paper and put it inside a balloon. We then blew it up, threw it round the class room and popped a different balloon colour to our own. We then had to guess who had written the statement and celebrated their resilience.
Why is measuring accurately important?
During Science today, we challenged the class to explore, identify and experiment with a huge range of measuring devices. They ranged from trundle wheels to force springs. The children discussed, worked in teams and explored the items; writing their findings in a table. They had lots of fun. What would happen if we didn’t measure our ingredients out properly or didn’t measure our room properly to add furniture? It would be chaos.