Welcome back Year 5!

First of all I would like to give a huge warm welcome to all of our new Year 5 children who returned to school this week. We have spent the last three days of the first week back settling in to our new classroom and getting to know each other.

We have written biographies in English, recapped place value in Maths, created bookmarks for our class reading books, made birthday cards for the year and created some fantastic ‘This is me’ self portraits in Art.

Here are some of the brilliant self portraits we created. Can you guess the child behind the portrait?

Learning aside, I am so impressed with how each and every child returned to school with a huge smile on their face and adapted so well to the new rules and routines we have in place. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves. I cannot wait for another week of learning, fun and getting to know each other. Here’s to a fantastic year!

Miss Thorpe

Pond dipping!

Yesterday the children of Kexborough Primary school became pond explorers! We spent the afternoon learning about the life cycle of a frog and the different creatures you might find in a pond.

Luckily for us, we have a fantastic school pond that we could use to go and investigate to make our learning fun and practical! The children worked in pairs to carry out the pond dipping experiment and used a checklist to tick off any interesting creatures they found.

Planting

This afternoon we learnt about the different parts of a plant, their functions, and what plants need in order to grow. We then had the opportunity to plant various plants, flowers and seeds in our school grounds. We worked together in groups to fill the school planters full of beautiful flowers and plants. We made sure they had plenty of compost, water and access to sunlight. We can’t wait to see how they grow over the next few weeks.

Science – The Human Body

Today, we have been learning all about the human body. First, we watched a video and learned all about blood. Then we returned to our classrooms and made a skeleton and labelled the bones. Did you know there about 200 bones in the human body?

Afterwards, we completed a quiz outside, and raced around the stations in the playground to find the answers. We were all amazed to learn that if we laid our blood vessels out end to end they would stretch two and a half times around the world!

Then we made blood from cornflour, starch and water. This makes a Non-Newtonian solution which is part liquid and part solid.

Finally, we made plasma out of PVA glue, shaving foam, soap, bicarbonate of soda, yellow food colouring and eye wash. When we mixed it all together we had a slime substance!

We have had a lovely day. Thank you to Mrs Cook for organising this for us!

Blossoming tree

Today, we went outside and painted the blossom tree in watercolour. Mrs Frostick taught us how to dab with the paint to make it look like blossom flowers.

Afterwards, we played cricket with Mr Rodgers. After a nail biting final ball/final wicket innings the girls emerged triumphant!

Thursday

Today the children have been put into groups to do a range of activities. For the first activity the children painted pictures in a pointillist style. First, we discussed what animal we were going to do. Then we drew our designs and used cotton buds to make a dot effect. We then had extra time to draw some cartoon animals with the inspiration of the cartoon workshop on Seesaw.

Afterwards, the children invented their own chocolate bars. First we discussed what our favourite chocolate bar was and why we liked it. Then we looked at different chocolate bars to see what was inside each of them. After we tasted them to give ideas for our dream chocolate bar. Have a look below to see what we got up to.

Treasure Maps!

Today we spent the day making treasure maps and hunting for Easter eggs. The children worked in two mixed age groups and worked together to design a treasure map of our school. They had to plan it, design their map, write out a series of instructions and finally hide the treasure! (an Easter egg). The groups then swapped treasure maps and had a go at solving the other teams hidden treasure puzzles. We found the eggs in the end- and finished the day off by sharing the chocolate!

Magical Measurements

On Monday the children in KS2 engaged in some practical measuring activities for our maths lesson. We designed our own recipes for a magic potion which would give us a special super hero power! The children had to design their recipe using the correct measurements and choose the most appropriate measuring equipment for their potion. We were learning how to measure to the exact millilitre which was very tricky when trying to do this in a big jug! It was great to see the children working practically and systematically to create their super hero potions.

Today’s tasks

I will soon be setting tasks on SeeSaw once I am all set up with it and I will be able to view all the exciting things you have been up to! But for today I will set some on here.

I have been practising making origami flowers. Today I learned how to make a rose. Perhaps you could have a go? You can use red card/paper or be like me and find some scrap paper lying around a use that! (Remember to check it isn’t needed anymore!) Could you make a bunch of roses and display them in your window?

How to make an origami rose

I will show you mine on SeeSaw when I am logged in – I am sure yours will all look much prettier!