News from the classroom
We have been busy preparing for Easter in year 5. We have undertaken a range of art projects including making pom pom chicks, baking egg nests and completing quizzes and trails around the school grounds.
We have been so lucky in Year 5 to have had some chicken eggs arrive in our classroom. We have been taking care of them and watching them hatch. Whilst we have had them with us we have been charting their development and growth and researching all about them. We wrote our own information leaflets about them and even created chick museums to share our knowledge.
The Day The Chairs Quit
We could not believe it when we came into the classroom to find that our chair has disappeared and had left some notes behind for us. They had decided to quit due to our bad treatment and neglect of them! Thankfully, we wrote persuasive letters to them and managed to persuade them to come back.
RE Salvation Day
To explore the concept of 'Salvation', we undertook an Easter story trail. There were six stations representing the key event of Holy Week. We had to engage with each area to explore the key events and feelings and also think about our own responses.
Hopes and Dream = Palm Sunday - we drew and wrote on stones what our own hopes and dreams are
Servant King = Jesus washing the disciples feet - we had a go at dipping out fingers in the water and making a cross on our hands
Remembrance = The Last Supper. We shared bread and wine as we explored the concept of communion
Alone = The Garden of Gethsemane. We use clay to create a representation of things we were afraid or sacred of to add to the garden
Sharing our sorrows = The crucifixion. We took a red ribbon each and reflected and prayed for people who may be suffering or in need
Resurrection = Easter Sunday. At this station we got to have a chocolate egg each as we thought about the importance of eggs at this time of year and what they represent.
We then broke into small groups to explore the Stations of the Cross and shared this together as a class to find out more detail about the events of Jesus last days.
There was a lot of discussion and some amazing reflective work undertaken including thinking about how else Christians could remember the salvation Jesus offered and reflecting on what sacrifices we could all make to make the world a better place.
On our return to the classroom, we each had a section of a rainbow which we had to decorate. When we put all of the pieces together then it represented our class coming back as one - Together we are stronger.
This week we have also completed our animal art project. We looked at how to collage our artwork from last week together and then how to create the features of the animal to layer on top. Take a look at the end results.
Return to the classroom
It has been great to finally return back to the Year 5 classroom. On Monday we finally got to have our Christmas party and had great fun together catching up. This week has already been a busy one making Mother's Day cards and getting stuck into a new art project which saw us creating patterns and movements on the page to music. In maths we have been exploring nets and then in English we have been looking at the book The Day The Crayons Quit which we really enjoyed reading.
Year 5 have been fabulous during lockdown engaging in the live sessions each day, taking part in extra online lessons and activities as well as submitting work and listening to feedback. Take a look at some of the highlights from their learning.
Although lunch this year was a little different, we still had fun designing and decorating hats, pulling crackers, eating our roast dinner and even singing a little karaoke.
Art and DT
We have been undertaking some projects in preparation for Christmas including water colour poppies for our calendars, sewing Christmas stockings, making Christmas cards and baking ginger bread stars. We have also been learning a range of songs in music and MFL which we are going to perform and film as we cannot have our usual Carol Concert.
As part of our RE work we had a day focusing on the concept of 'Incarnation'. We explored the question, 'Was Jesus the Messiah?' and involved us taking on the role of investigative journalists to explore the time period of the Old Testament of the bible, eye witness accounts, interviewing people from the time and using a range of sources to explore the Christian beliefs about this time of year. We were also lucky to have a live Teams meeting with Mrs. Stanley, who is not only our class link governor but a devote Christian, who was able to offer us an insight into how Christians reflect the importance of Christ at Christmas. The children loved having their own press passes for the day and offered a thoughtful insight through role play, writing newspaper reports and undertaking deep discussions.
In English we have been thinking about the theme of ‘relationships’ linked to Anti-bullying week last week. We focused on the film ‘For the birds’ and this has led to drama work, research, looking at different perspectives including why people might choose to bully and then writing persuasive letters to a bully to stop. As part of this, we also spent a session celebrating the uniqueness of everyone. We secretly wrote compliments to each other and had a great time finding out what everyone had said was special about us.
In Art we have been focusing on the painting ‘The Great Wave’ by Hokusai. We have been creating mood boards to represent the sea, following an online tutorial to create a drawing of the painting and then using our colour mixing skills to paint these pictures.
To end our topic on Islam, we explored the use and importance of patterns within Islamic art. We designed and then painted our own tiles inspired by Islamic Art.
This week we have been exploring the film 'For the Birds' which has also linked in with it being Anti-Bullying Week. We acted out the story and then created freeze frames for key parts within the drama. We thought about the actions and the words of the different characters and their emotions at different points within the story.
To mark Remembrance Day, year 5 worked towards creating an outdoors display to which the whole school could add decorated stones to so that the whole school community could celebrate together despite being apart at the moment. On 11th November, the class undertook a range of activities to reflect on this occasion, including learning about and researching war memorials around the world, designing their own war memorials, writing remembrance acrostics, designing war medals as well as two different art activities involving paint and pattern work.
In our topic on Islam, we have been finding out about mosques including why they are important to Muslims, how they are designed and the different features of a mosque. To demonstrate their learning, the children had a go at creating model mosques representing and describing the different key features.
This half term we have moved on to developing our hockey skills.
This week we took our writing outside. We have been focusing on poetry writing and working on being selective and adventurous in our choice of words. We have been watching Planet Earth clips to inspire us for our writing and have also been preparing a performance of a poem.
In PE we have been developing our throwing skills looking at throwing for accuracy and distance. We have used javelins, shot put and discus to perfect our skills by watching professional athletes first to look at the techniques needed.
In maths we are looking at multiples and factors. We have had a go at making factor bugs and then used chalk to make multiple spider diagrams on the playground.
In Computing we are continuing to think about communication. We had a go at using Morse code by making an electrical circuit and using this to send each other messages. We have also used Caesar Ciphers and looked at creating and decoding messages. This work has also led to exploring the important message of eSafety including staying safe online, internet security and how this works and choosing secure passwords.
In art we have been undertaking a unit of work on dragons using the mediums of sketching, clay and watercolours. Take a look at the final display of our work.
In year 5 we have been exploring the concept of 'ourselves and our relationships'. This has included looking at emotions, resilience, well-being, managing feelings and friendship. We have been growing some new grass hair, planning a date with ourselves, roleplaying our reactions to different situations and evaluating the impact this has on someone else and making our own emotion masks. We will continue to build on this work throughout the year in line with the new relationships education.
In ICT we have begun thinking about communication. This week we had a go at semaphore. It was very hard trying to make the exact shapes so our partner could work out the letter and decipher the message!
It is so amazing to welcome back the whole of Year 5. As well as beginning learning in many subject areas, we have also had a daily PSHE focus exploring community, well-being and our emotions. We experimented with skittle rainbows, created a gratitude tree and also made commitments for the term alongside a range of other activities.