Year 5 Curriculum|
Today we have started our new Year 5 Science Unit: 'Materials and their Properties'. In our first lesson pupils had fun testing how different materials behaved when added to water. The materials pupils tested included: salt, sand, sugar, stock cubes, paint, plaster of Paris and baking powder. Groups had to observe what happened to each material in water and record their findings using scientific vocabulary.
Welcome to Year 5 2017-2018|
We have had a super first week back, with pupils in Year 5 settling into school well. As a new member of staff, I have quickly been made to feel welcome by the class. The class have been eager to get involved with the monitor duties they have been given and it has been lovely to see pupils taking responsibility for the upkeep of their classroom.
Year 5 homework will be set on a Thursday and pupils will need to return this to school by the following Monday of each week. They will be given a list of 10 spellings to learn, as well as a times table sheet to complete. Please help at home by testing your child on the particular table we are focusing on that week.
Year 5 pupils are also required to read regularly at home, sometimes to an adult but also independently. Plaese write a few comments in their reading record so we are able to monitor how much reading they are doing.
Year 5 will be using the Class Dojos to celebrate achievements. Raffle tickets will also be handed out when pupils do a lovely piece of work or are especially helpful. Each week we will draw a couple of lucky winners from the bag to recieve a small prize!
Year 5 PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
Year 5 have had play leaders training with specialist sports coach Chris Wright this term. They now understand how to organise, resource, support, encourage and adapt a range of playtime games for pupils to play at break times. They have even all been given their own whistles for their new roles and they can't wait to get started.
The Tower to the Sun|
This term Year 5 have been reading The Tower to the Sun by Colin Thompson. We have really enjoyed the story so far and it gave us a lot to think about. We have written news reports about aspects of the story, thought about how we would construct our own Tower up to the sun and also written our own endings for the story. Here are some photos of the pupils collaborating to uplevel their news reports.
Marshmallow & Spaghetti Challenge|
Posted: 21st Jun 2017
As part of our Towers topic, the children were set a challenge to make a tower from 6 marshmallows and a handfull of spaghetti which would hold an egg. This was extremely challenging however the children persevered and collaborated really well.
Egg dump 2017|
Year 5 really enjoyed taking part in the egg dump. All children took part and were very competetive and supportive. Our class winner was James. Unfortunately he was knoked out in the school final. Well done to all of Year 5
Trip to Tullie House 2017|
As part of our topic on Ancient Egypt we have also been to visit Tullie House Museum in Carlisle. We learnt all about what artefacts they used in those days and looked at some real, old things as well as some replicas. We found out about the gods they worshipped and what they believed about them. They believed in the after-life and much of their lives revolved around preparing the dead for the next life. We even got chance to role-play as an embalmer to prepare a pretend mummy. Then we had a ceremony to welcome the body into the after-life. It was very interesting and we learnt so much. After the workshop we also had a little time to look around the rest of the museum too and we found out a bit about the Romans and Vikings too. We really enjoyed the day - especially the dressing up (which everyone enjoyed the most).
Egyptian Themed Art|
As part of our Ancient Egypt topic this term, we been studying the pyramids and have made some effective silhouette pictures. Here are a few snaps of Year 5 starting off their pictures.
Making Death Masks|
As part of our Egyptian topic, year 5 have designed their own death masks.
Over the last two weeks they have been using a range of tools to draw and cut out their masks. They have also attached their full face mask to the outside using tape.
The next step of the process, is to strengthen their mask using newspaper and glue. They are really enjoy this project.
Year 5 have had a lovely morning making and eating bread.
As part of our DT topic 'Bread' year 5 have been learning and finding out:
* What individual people's favourite bread is (collected evidence fromjunior classes,
* Tasting and evaluating different bread,
* How different bread is made,
* Where different bread comes from around the world (creating powerpoints which they presented to the class,
* And making and eating their own bread.
Autumn Term Overview 2016|
This term we are reading the novel Skellig by David Almond. We will be writing our own chapters in the style of this author and including detailed description using DADWAVERS.
We will be writing some non fiction too based on the theme of birds in the book - factfiles and non-chronological reports.
In author study week we will study a couple of Roald Dahl texts: George's Marvellous Medicine and Revolting Rhymes.
During numeracy children will be learning about
* Short multiplication and division
* Multiplying by 10 and 100
* Vulgar and decimal Fractions
* Number sequences
* Word problems (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
* Shapes and nets
Once every week children will be taking part in a reading workshop which includes; reading comprehension
This term we are studying rainforests. We will look at the global location of these and what they are like, including what kinds of creatures live in them. We might even meet some. We will watch videos and look at a variety of information books and learn about deforestation.
We will be making 3D collages based on rainforest creatures this term. We will then be putting them together to make a collective class collage.
During this term children will be look at and tasting bread from around the world.
They will also have the opportunity to make their own bread.
Over this term during P.E children will be taking part and learning tag rugby, gymnastics along with team building and team games.
Rainforest Creature Workshop|
What an amazing time we had this week at the Rainforest Creature Workshop with Bugs N Stuff in school. We learned so much about the different types of animals and how they behave in their habitat. It was fascinating seeing them up close and getting chance to even touch some of them. Even some parents plucked up the courage to get involved.
WW1 Cookery and Craft Event|
Year 5 had a brilliant morning at the Wave today for the WWI cookery and craft event. We enjoyed tasting the old-fashioned recipes that would have been cooked 100 years ago and learned about different cooking utensils that were used back then. It was so interesting and informative. They were also brilliantly behaved. Well done everyone for getting so involved.
This term our class have been having cricket coaching. It has been great fun and we have learned a lot about the rules and tactics for the game. We have also uncovered some budding batters and bowlers.
Science Investigation - Friction|
Another fantastic investigation from Year 5. This week the children planned and carried out an investigation to find out which type of footwear has the most friction. In groups they chose 6 different types of footwear and collected all of the equipment they needed to carry out their investigation. Before they started they made predictions. Using the ramp, footwear, metre ruler and weight each group measured in cm at what height each footwear began to move down the ramp. As a group they evaluated the results before writing their conclusions and drawing comparative graphs.
Science Investigation - Air resistance|
Year 5 had a fantastic time carrying out their investigation. They collaborated in small groups choosing materials, resources and how they would carry out the investigation to ensure it was a fair test. Each group designed, made and tested 3 parachutes to find out which one would take the longest time to fall to the floor. They made predictions, recorded their results and wrote conclusions.
During the Summer Term we will be learning:
Numeracy: Fractions (ordering and mixed/improper), place value for addition and subrraction, rounding.
Literacy: Extended writing, Skellig by David Almond, argument and debate, debate poety, narrative poety.
Topic: Ancient Egypt and Anglo Saxons
* Air resistance
* Water resistance
* Levers, pulleys and gears
Science: Animals (including humans)
* Keeping fit and healthy
* Life expectancy
* Difference between the gestalion period of humans and other animals
* Self portraits
P.E: swimming, cricket and other team games
Art: Current Scottish artist Steven Brown
Ancient Egypt School Trip|
Year 5 have been to visit Tullie House Museum in Carlisle to find out about life and death in Ancient Egypt. We found out lots of information by taking part in a variety of activities, during which the class had lots of fun dressing up and acting out specific roles, as you can see from the photos below. We also visited exhibitions there, which were very interesting and informative and we got to touch and feel real ancient artefacts. We had a fantastic day and built on what we already knew about this ancient civilisation, that we learned in previous years.
For our Easter service in St Kentigern's Church we learnt a poem about how Jesus was nailed to the cross and we also made some silhouette artwork to match the theme of the poem. They looked beautiful. Well done Year 5.
Year 5 had a fantastic time dumping their eggs. After a very tense time, Hannah was our class winner. She went on to compete against other class winners but was unfortunately knocked out. Well done to all children who took part.
As part of Fairtrade Fortnight year 5 designed and made posters. They used their knowledge of fairtrade products to create a colourful instructional poster. They had lots of fun using different materials, chalks and paints.
World Book Day|
Posted: 3rd Mar 2016
The children looked wonderful today in their World Book Day costumes. We had a range of different characters.
Dance Festival Performance|
Well done to all the Year 5 dancers who took part in the show on Monday night. They really were fabulous and looked brilliant on stage. The costumes they made also looked great. Here's a behind the scenes shot from the night. We cant wait to see the DVD.
We had a story teller in class this week, to coincide with Wold Book Day, who told us stroies from Norse Mythology. They were fascinating and very entertaining. She even used a drum to make music which accompanied parts of the stories. The children thoroughly enjoyed it and were very inspired.
DT - Costume design|
As part of our DT work this term we decided to design and create the costumes for our dance show (or rather parts of them). There were some extremely interesting and unusual designs which were very well thought out and lots of consideration was given to the specification for the task - such as: parts not being able to fall off on to the stage.
In order to create them in the classroom, we had to give lots of thought to: the materials we could get hold of quite cheaply, strong techniques for joining them and also how to work as part of a team to actually make them (for example, holding parts together that needed to be attached.)
We hope they will look very effective on stage and withstand our dance routine. More photos to follow after the big night!!
Visit to University of Cumbria, Carlisle.|
Posted: 11th Feb 2016
Year 5 have had the opportunity to visit the University of Cumbria today. They have had a fantastic day with James (a third year Primary Teaching student) and Alison (a Lecturer). During the day the children took part in various activities, one of which included finding out information about the university whilst participating in a guided tour. Another activity involved the children working in groups to write a news report as well as acting this out and filming the end product. At the end of the day the children received certificates whilst wearing graduation gowns and a mortarboard (cap).
Internet Safety Day|
As part of the Maryport Extended Schools Partnership, Year 5 took part in an e-safety morning with Jeff Haslam and the Wave Centre in Maryport. The children learned how to stay safe when using the internet. We used the following website to help make decisions about how to deal with certain online scenarios - www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Year 5 have been writing ransom notes in literacy as part of our work on the Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. They could choose whether the wanted to make their letters on the computer or by hand for a more authentic appearance! They all look fantastic on show in our classroom.
Space Station Live|
On Tuesday, Year 5 tuned into the live space station talk with astronaut Tim Peake as part of our Science topic. It was fascinating watching how different everyday things are in space, such as eating, drinking and moving around. As you can tell from the pictures, the children were engrossed!
Secondary School Masterclasses|
A few creative writers from Year 5 were selected to go to Beacon Hill Secondary School this week to take part in a literary masterclass with some juniors from a few other local primary schools in the area. The theme was Harry Potter, which was particulary popular.
Then, similarly, a few other children from our class were chosen for a numeracy and science masterclass at Beacon Hill, which they thoroughly enjoyed too - as you can see from the pictures.
Thank you to Beacon Hill staff for the photos!
Problem Solving through Dance|
Year 5 have been really getting into preparations for our dance festival. The children have been working in lots of different groups trying to solve problems given to them and create a range of shapes and letters with their bodies. The trickiest part of dance always seems to be NOT moving and keeping still sometimes. Some of the boys really stood out today as they were AMAZING at this task!!! See for yourself - can you tell what our performance is going to be about?
Posted: 28th Jan 2016
Year 5 had a lovely session with our visitor Ian today. They listened to his life story and tales from the circus. He finished by telling a tale about a little boy who was unable to tell a story himself.
What a busy week our class has had. We have also managed to fit in a fantastic workshop with drama coach Becky. The children acted out a sleep over play as well as taking part in lots of fun activities such as PROJECTION!
U Dance Festival|
As part of our PE curriculum this term our class is taking part in the U Dance Festival. The show will take place on 29th February at 8pm at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Rehearsals are well underway and we are preparing for our perfomance with the help of specialist dance teacher Helena, who has really helped us to improve aspects of our dance. She has helped us to add different levels and directions, create our own motifs and canons, and put our ideas for movements, which have been mostly chosen by the children themselves, to music. The dance is based on Rainforests, which we have been studying this year and we have tried to incorporate many aspects of our topic work into the performance. As you can see below we took lots of inspiration from images of rainforest creatures. The children came up with their own ideas using the pictures.
Comic Strip Art|
Due to the vast amount of budding artists in Year 5, we took part in a Comic Strip Art Competition as a mini topic this half term. The comics we had to design for the competiton were all based on the new Peanuts movie that has recently been on at the cinema. In order to prepare for the competition, we looked at the characters from the comics and discussed our own versions of the storyline from the new film. We also, looked at what makes a good comic and how they look. Lots of design features were discussed such as: speech bubbles, thought bubbles, and onomatopoeia in spikey sound bubbles (as we decided to call them).
Some of our pupils from year 5 and 6 have been taking part in Bikeability this week. They have been working towards their Bikeability Level 2 Certificate all week and have all passed. Well done to everyone who took part.
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During the Spring Term we will be learning:
Numeracy: place value, addition and subtraction, co-ordinates and line graphs, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, perimeter, area and volume
Literacy: Extended writing skills, formal and informal letters, drama, stories, reports, argument, oral poems and poetic styles.
* Earth, Sun and Moon
* Night and day
* Phases of the moon
* Air resistance
* Water resistance
* Levers, pulleys and gears
Topic: Spring 1 - What is so special about the USA? Spring 2 - Ancient Egypt
P.E: Team games and dance
Art/DT: Costume design
French: On holiday & eating out
As part of our Rainforest topic this term, we have been creating a 3D rainforest collage using natural materials to represent parts of the landscape. We used leaves, twigs and moss to recreate the different layers.
To mark this week in school, raise awareness of what bullying means and learn how children can deal with it, Year 5 have been studing High 5. (These are the 5 steps to dealing with bullying). We had lots of discussions about how different situations might arise and develop and how to behave if they occur. We also came up with some words that represented what bullying meant to us as a class. We have added these to our class High 5 display.
Child Line Visit|
On Thursday 3rd December year 5 had a visit from 'Childline'. The children enjoyed learning about the importance of Childline and how children and young adults can access and use it. They took part in several activities such as; an assembly, questions and answers, group discussions and practical work.
Christmas Craft Afternoon|
Year 5 and their parents and carers had a lovely afternoon doing Christmas Crafts. They took part in two activities. First, they made a pot pourri bauble using felt, ribbon, cotton wool and pot pourri. Then, they made a paper bauble. They had to measure stripes of paper accurately and using split pins join them all together. When it was assembled they used glue and glitter to decorate.
Team GB Gymnast Visit|
Well done to all the children who helped raise money for our Sports for Champions visit, with an extra big thank you to two special members of Year 5 who managed to raise £35 each! Wow!
Science - Autumn Term (2)|
During this half term year 5 will be learning about 'Materials and their properties'. They will be carrying out several investigations including; separating solids and liquids, finding the best insulator for keeping ice cold and finding out which paper is the strongest. As well as carrying out investigations in small groups, the children will be learning about the importance of predicting what will happen, fair testing and drawing conclusions.
I will add photos from each investigation
Year 5 had a visit from St John's Ambulance today. They had the opportunity to learn lots of important life saving skills. First, they learnt how to put an injured person into the recovery position. Next, the children learnt about injuries that needed bandaged and how to put on the bandges. Finally, they learnt about the importance of having a first aid box and knowing what needs to be included in them. Year 5 had a good morning.
Year 5 had a fantastic visit from 'Tommy from Tullie House. He talked about life in the First World War. He told us a stort about Tommy and Wildfred's life from the trenches and the Chrisitmas truce. He showed us some uniforms and some of us were allowed to wear them (even Mrs Beatson). We also had a chance to explore weapons, pictures and artefacts. It was really interesting.
Year 5 had a fantastic afternoon making jar lanterns and Jacko laterns. Thank you to all adults who attended.
Visit from Tullie House|
Year 5 & 6 had a visit from Tullie House. The visit was to educate the children about the local habitats and wildlife which are looked after. The children really enjoyed learning about the local habitat and the animals that live there. They also had the opportunity to see and touch some of the animals. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children and has enhanced their understanding.
Year 5 are really enjoying multi-skills and were super competitive!
Rainforest Creature Workshop|
Wow! What a fantastic afternoon! We met lots of creatures and so did our parents. It was so exciting and absolutely fascinating - finding out about them all and even handling some too. We learned so much! Please check back to see our favourite bits soon!
If you would like to find out more about the creatures we met, please visit the webiste of the workshop provider: http://www.bugsnstuff.com
United Utilities Water Workshop|
Sam from United Utilities visited year 5 to educate us on how to save water. We looked at different ways of using less water such as turning the tap off when brushing our teeth and having a short shower instead of taking a bath. We also looked at where water comes from in the first place.
Year 5/6 residential to Lockerbie Manor - July 2015|
Posted: 6th Jul 2015
We had the BEST time at our residential this year. We arrived on the warmest day of the decade and we were hot! We stopped off at Bitts Park on the way for a picnic before our holiday began.
When we checked in we were told the rules and shown around by the manor staff. We then began our first activities, fencing and archery. It was way too hot for fencing so we only had a short session. We then had a delicious tea which has roast chicken or steak pie. After tea we had our night time activities which were blind trail (which was hilarious) and the low ropes. After this we had showers, tuck shop and hot chocolate.
Not much sleeping happened on the first night mainly due to the almighty thunder storm outside. A bolt of lightning hit the manor and the electric was blown! Luckily we weren't camping in the pods outside! That school was very scared!
In the morning we had some very sleepy children! However after a full scottish breakfast we felt revived. Our first activities today were zip wire and abseiling, we had to be very brave as it was very high! After lunch (sausage roll and beans or sandwiches) canoeing and kayaking was next which the children loved and lets just say they got very wet!
After drying off it was tea time and we had pork stroganoff, sweet and sour chicken and stir fry veg finished with a chocolate brownie. Tonight was blind trail and low ropes for the opposite groups and after the rain some of us were very muddy! But that's all part of the fun!
Again we had showers and hot chocolate and let's just say there wasn't a peep out of any rooms tonight -some very sleepy children and teachers!
A full scottish breakfast again in the morning and it was obstacle course time which the children really enjoyed. Then it was lunch time and time to go home.
The children were exceptionally well behaved and the staff at the manor commented on this. It was lovely to see the children in a different environment and get to know each other better.
The University of Cumbria|
In February 2015, Year 5 took a trip to the University of Cumbria! We had a great day and even got to dress up in graduation gowns!
Here is what some of us thought about the day:
"I loved looking around the university; I hope I can go there when I'm older!" - Harley
"I thought it was really fun and the best part was when we got to create our own comic strip!" - Will
"I really enjoyed it, my favourite part was being awarded with our certificates!" - Abbie
For the last half term of the Summer Term, our main topic will be Brazil! We will be looking at Brazil's place in the world, their culture and music, the Amazon (and the plants and animals that live there) and why it is such an amazing country! Attached, is a picture of the Brazilian flag.
In Science, Year 5 will be investigating how people change from when they are born to when they get very old.
On Thursday Year 5 and 6 visted Rattlingate Scouts center for a day of bushcraft. We had a great day. We split into 4 tribes and each tribe chose a leader. We then learned compass skills and had to use them to find our way to the camp which was hidden in the forest. At camp we sat on tree stumps around a camp fire. We then had to go and build a shelter and collect wood for our fire. Each team was awarded sultanas throughout the if they impressed our bushcraft teacher Howard. We then had bush tucker trials where we tasted rabbit, muscles, sea bass and trout. After this we had a game of forest hide and seek and then we had to light a fire using flint and steels. We had a fantastic day!