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.
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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.