Welcome to Year 5 - River Fowey
The first half term has been about immersing ourselves back in time to when the Anglo-Saxons invaded. First of all we had to learn who the Anglo-Saxons were, where they invaded from and why! We learnt about the Saxon kingdoms and settlements and about Alfred the Great and why he was the only English king to be known as 'great'! Finally we finished off the topic by looking into family life during this time and we designed and made our own Anglo-Saxon houses to create our own village.
Our science topic this term has been space! We learnt a lot about our solar system by writing factual reports in English. This gave us a really good understanding of the planets. We then scaled out the size of the solar system using toilet paper across our school field and many different sized fruit to represent the planets! We then looked into the movement of the Earth and the moon around the sun, learning about the phases of the moon as well as carrying out an experiment to identify if the sun changes our shadows.
In P.E. for the first half term we were really lucky to work with the Cornish Pirates. We had six weeks of great rugby coaching learning loads about the game of tag rugby; how to pass accurately, intercept and the basic rules. It took us quite a while to master going forwards but throwing backwards!!! We had great fun getting very muddy but learning a lot!
This half term we have started to look at creating counter-balances with partners. We have explored different balances and how to hold our lines. We have had good fun trying to perfect these!
Lots has been happening over Christmas time. We have been working really hard on our Christmas performance songs. We have created movement to the songs as well as learning the words! We have also decided that a lot of us (21 out of 29) children wanted to sing a solo! So we have been practising putting all of this together!
We have also taken on a gingerbread theme! We had some DT lessons where we learnt to sew and produced some gingerbread men to go on our class hoop that gets put up in the hall with all the other Christmas hoops. We have also been making gingerbread men, turning them around to create reindeer faces. We did some amazing decorating with icing!
Our wow work this term went to Scarlett Styles for writing an great piece of writing. We have been studying the epic poem and myth ‘Beowulf.’ We spent a considerable amount of time exploring language and creating pictures in the readers mind through our sentences. Scarlett worked really hard to adapt and add to her sentences, using what we learnt about the ‘power of three’ to produce her own characters, plot and setting. She worked consistently and with great precision. During our independent writing time, Scarlett produced an amazing piece of writing. Using all of the skills that she had learnt she wrote brilliant sentences using great vocabulary and punctuation. She used inverted commas correctly to punctuate her speech and remembered all of the key features of the original myth that we studied. This was a great piece of writing - what a great learner!
The new year has brought a new topic - Inspirational Artists! We have opened our topic box and have asked plenty of questions to guide our learning.
We have already made a start to our topic by producing clay pots. We were really lucky to have Penrice come to the school to include us in a project they are developing. We had a specialised geography session linked to history and then we transferred what we learnt onto clay pots. We had a really enjoyable time and learnt a lot! Thank you to Penrice for making us a part of it.
As a class we chose to do the Hogwarts Sorting hat song as a performance poem in our assembly. We decided which attributes we felt each person had and the children either assigned themselves or they were assigned in a sorting ceremony to each of the houses. We then learnt the poem using a range of methods and then performed it in front of the school.
In science this half term, we are looking at changes in materials! We started off by looking at what we knew already and then started off looking at different scientific words and the meaning of them! We continued to apply this by testing lots of materials for these properties. Of course we loved finding out whether something was magnetic!
In R.E. this term, we are looking at Christianity with a specific focus on the Bible! We looked at how the bible is put together and we also looked at the different types of stories that the Bible covers. We focused on 'The Good Samaritan'. Through Godly play, the story was read, questions were asked and discussed and then the children had a range of media where they responded to the story in many ways. We had a lego station, an arts and craft station, a clay station and a writing station. The children made the choice of what they wanted to create and with what media. They produced things such as an anti-bullying poster, key characters modelled and a step by step guide to what to do if you are in trouble, to name a few. This allowed us to not only understand the Bible story on a basic level but to really understand and value the key concepts of the story.
In our art lessons we have been studying Vincent Van Gogh. We have been exploring his use of line and colour through different pastels. We have experimented and decided a type of pastel to use and re-created 'Starry Night'.