It has been another busy month in year five! We’ve been learning about famous British Inventors in history, and we’ve created information texts about some of them; we enjoyed presenting this how we wanted. In science, we’ve investigated water resistance – we used our knowledge of air resistance to make predictions then we discussed similarities and differences between the two forces. As part of a NatWest project, we planted trees and had a fantastic lesson from Dogs Trust on how to behave around dogs. We had a visit from Lancashire Police and we learnt about the potential dangers of drugs.
This month we’ve been studying non-chronological reports in English, and we’ve built up our skills to create our own reports about our solar system. We’ve enjoyed working with watercolours in art and we’ve also created our own pictures based on the Northern Lights and space. Our Tales Retold, resilience project has restarted and we’ve enjoyed sinking our teeth into some drama! In maths, we’ve been looking at multiplication and division and have worked towards the formal method of short division and long multiplication. As part of maths week, we’ve calculated how far we walked during the daily mile and engineered 3-D shapes out of cocktail sticks and marshmallows. In science we’ve been learning about gravity and air resistance.
What a busy month it has been!
In English, we have created playscripts inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia; we enjoyed sharing these scenes and comparing them to the official film script. We have been focusing measurement, area and perimeter as well as consolidating the skills we’d learnt in maths so far this year – take a look at us ‘walking the perimeter’ of our classroom. In geography, we focussed on learning about the key features of earthquakes and volcanoes, and we enjoyed making edible tectonic plates. This busy month culminated with rehearsal of the nativity and what a fantastic time we had practising and performing this!
This month, we’ve been writing narratives with a historical setting in English; we’ve also begun to look at playscripts and have particularly enjoyed analysing film scripts, comparing these to the films. We loved making burgers at B&FC after taste testing and planning our own burger recipe! It’s been such an exciting month for us as it has been our theme day (where we made dreamcatchers, Native American wigwams and generally immersed ourselves in Native American life) and on this day we also had our class assembly! In Maths, we have been focussing on multiplication and division – we are getting much sharper with our instant recall of times tables too. We have applied our knowledge of geographical layout of North America to create 3-D models of the continent and as part of Anti-Bullying Week we have focussed on the importance of ‘one kind word’.
This month, in English, we have been looking at persuasive texts and have thought about what it means to be persuasive; we have discovered various techniques (used by professional advertising companies) and have applied these to our own persuasive writes. We have also created persuasive speeches to help consolidate this learning. Linking with our North America topic, we have been learning about Andy Warhol’s printing and pop-art: we have created our own repeated prints in Warhol’s style. This month we also began an exciting, new project in English – Tales Retold. Within this project, we’re learning to develop oracy and drama skills through the lens of storytelling. This has helped us to be mindful of the resilience framework. Some of us were lucky enough to take part in Bikeability where we learnt to ride on the roads and increased our cycling proficiency! In PE, we’ve been looking at high, medium, and low movements – we have acted out stories that we wrote in our first unit of English and have performed these to our peers.
6th/7th October 2021- Bikeability
Year 5 children had the fantastic opportunity to learn some road and bike safety during a two day Bikeability course with Blackpool Council. The children really enjoyed consolidating the skills they already had and learning some new skills in different scenarios. They started off on the school playground and once the teachers were satisfied that they were confidetn with the Level One skills, they were able to progress onto road safety, where they cycled around the local areas in some trickier situations. The children were all very proud and there were a range of Level One, Two and Three certificates and badges. Well done Year 5!
Year 5 September 2021
This month, we began our new topic: North America where we’ve investigated the continent’s position in relation to the rest of the world. We have worked on our team building and communication skills and started our dance unit in PE. In English, we’ve written our own version of the Legend: Beowulf and have been exploring numbers up to one million in maths.