Happy Halloween!

During the last week of school before the October half term the children created Halloween poems. We discussed the various techniques used in poetry such as rhyme, alliteration and syllable patterns. The children then had the freedom to design their own spooky Halloween poems! Here are some examples below. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Viking Seascapes!

Over the last 7 weeks, Year 5 have been practising key techniques in painting and collage to create a masterpiece of a Viking longboat/seascape.

We have learnt about various techniques in collage such as tearing and layering and have experimented with various paint techniques such as splatter painting and blow painting.

The children have worked extremely hard on their masterpieces and their effort has completely paid off! Just look at some of the fantastic sea scapes our children have created.

Separating Mixtures

Year 5 were tasked with the problem of separating a number of mixtures. They were given a wide range of apparatus and resources that they had to select and then use to separate the mixtures. There were many successes but also some incidents where children had to go back to the ‘drawing board’ and think again as their first attempts had not worked.

The children worked in teams to discuss the most appropriate method based on prior learning and had to think carefully about the apparatus most suitable for the task. We will be learning more about reversible and irreversible changes in our science lesson this week.

We are Vikings!

Today, our year 5 children were very fortunate enough to visit Murton Park and spend the day being Viking settlers. It was an outdoor, hands on day full of physical tasks and team building opportunities.

We learnt all about the Vikings and how they used to live.

We learnt how to be farmers and had a go at ploughing the fields! It was hard work!

We made our very own oil lamps out of clay…

We even learnt how to make our own bread out of wheat!

And finally, the most fun part of the day (although it was a tough choice) had to be when we all got the opportunity to be Viking warriors! We were given spears and shields and we had to defend our settlement from intruders.

We have had such a fantastic day being Viking settlers. Some of the children even said they didn’t want to leave and they wanted to stay living as Vikings! We can’t wait to learn more about the Vikings in our topic lessons next half term.

Breaking News!

In topic, we have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons and the role they played during their time in Great Britain. Today we have been learning about the discovery of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, where several artefacts from the Anglo Saxon times were excavated. We discussed how artefacts can tell us a lot about the way people lived. We gathered evidence to draw our own conclusions about the Anglo Saxons before going back in time to 1939 and writing our very own ‘breaking news’ newspaper articles about one of the richest discoveries of all time!

Narrative Writing

Over the last 4 weeks, Year 5 have been busy writing their very own narratives. We based our stories on an animation called ‘A Shadow of Blue’. The animation is about a little girl in a wheelchair who uses her imagination to take her shadow on adventures. We used the animation to plan our paragraphs and followed the structure of the story, adding our own individual ideas in along the way.

Some of the writing produced by Year 5 has been absolutely outstanding. We started with a setting description and carefully planned each following paragraph with specific vocabulary, particularly working on our sentence structure. Here are some snippets of our stories below. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did!

States of Matter

This week in Science we have been learning about the 3 states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. We have learnt about reversible and irreversible changes and have experimented with melting, freezing and evaporating. What better way to learn about these concepts than making our very own chocolate?

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