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Geography / Design and Tecnology

24/07/2017 at 12:58

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Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed their learning around rivers and the water cycle.  It was especially fun to take our learning out into the real world on our trip to Malham.

As a fun way to finish off the topic.  Children designed and created their own models of either a waterfall, a limestone pavement or a meandering river. They worked in pairs firstly to create and model the basic shape, then later to paint and bring to life their sculptures.

See the photos of the finished designs below and let us know what you think!

[Photos will be uploaded later today]

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This Week in Year 5

14/07/2017 at 15:55

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This week has been jam packed with events – with sports day on Wednesday and a transition afternoon on Thursday where the children got to meet their new teachers. Both classes seemed to really enjoy both events and are really making the most of their last few weeks in year 5.

In amongst all of that, the children have still been hard at work. In maths, we have been wrapping up our work on estimating measurements and have been looking at solving some tricky word problems in anticipation of our final assessments.

In literacy we are building up to writing our final extended write of the year. Both classes will be finishing up our literacy lessons with one final story and have been doing lots of work around film clips in preparation. This week, the children have been exploring descriptions of settings and characters and have produced some fantastic pieces of writing.

In topic, we have been creating some models to show how rivers and waterfalls are formed. the children are all working really hard and although they are still only in the beginning stages, I am certain that they will be fantastic by the end.

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Belated Videos – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

13/07/2017 at 09:57

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Pupils wrote scripts of their favourite part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  They then worked in groups to learn and perform their scripts. Below are some of the videos!

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Year 5 Trip to Malham

12/07/2017 at 10:43

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On Friday 7th and Monday 10th, 5L and 5B visited Malham. There were two main aims of the trip:

  1. to consolidate their understanding of the various topics that we have been learning about in our geography lessons (including the formation of rivers and waterfalls),
  2. to develop the children’s map reading skills.

For the vast majority of the trip the children took charge, first of all orienting their maps so that they could find Airehead – the source of the river Aire. From here, the children confidently led the way to Janet’s Foss and then to Gordale Scar, where we had lunch and 5L got to see some rock climbers in action as they scaled the walls!

After eating, the children were given plenty of time to go paddling in the water, with some being careful not to wet much more than their feet and others getting completely soaked! Luckily, all the children had brought a change of clothes and were able to quickly dry themselves off.

Once the children were ready, they led the way once more. The aim was to reach Malham Cove and to find Mrs Hawkhead and Mrs Young, who had ‘hidden’ somewhere along the route. Although the children of 5L initially started to travel in the wrong direction, they soon realised their mistake and set themselves on the correct path.

After a brief pause to watch the birds and to discuss the formation of Malham Cove, the children made their way along the top, being very careful and sensible so as not to hurt themselves. It was then that the children had to make their way back down to the bottom, counting the number of stairs as they went. From there we had a nice walk back to the minibuses, ready to return home.

Altogether, both trips went really well. The children all worked hard and did their best to follow their maps and although some children took charge more confidently, everyone gave it a good go. The very wet, rainy weather of last year didn’t return and although 5B got a little bit wetter than 5L did, they still persevered. Well done to all of our Year 5 children!

5B Photos:

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RE in year 5

11/07/2017 at 16:42

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During Spring term in RE Year 5 worked on a topic about Islam. The children learned about Muhammad and how the words of the Qur’an were revealed to him – this is why the holy book is treated in such a special way We then found out more about the stories in the Qur’an and how they give advice about how to live your life. We explored themes such as how to lead a good life, acts of kindness, forgiveness, patience and helping others and looked at how these themes are relevant to people’s lives today.

This term in RE Year 5 have been working on a topic called ‘What matters most to believers?’

This has involved looking in depth at rules and laws and our inner codes that help us make the right choices in the way we behave. We have studied things that matter particularly in Christianity and Islam by looking at stories and examples set by the leaders. We have also looked quite deeply at the Humanist point of view and how we should make the right choices because it is the right thing to do to lead a good life. We have compared values and beliefs and agreed that an important thing that matters to all is peace.

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Year 5: Weekly Summary

11/07/2017 at 09:32

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With only a few more weeks left in Year 5 the children are still working incredibly hard. We have finally drawn our work on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to a close. To wrap up this complicated unit of work, the children worked in groups to create scripts retelling the story in their own unique ways. The resulting performances were fantastic in both classes – with each group creating unique takes on the play, while still being true to the source. Due to some slight technical issues, the recordings of each performance need to be edited together and so will be posted separately (keep your eyes peeled for that one!).

In maths, we have covered a range of different topics over the last few weeks. First of all, the children learned about money – how to convert between pounds and pence, working out prices and amounts of change needed and how to solve various problems involving money. We even had some special visitors from Santander, who very kindly came into school to do a workshop all about money and what we can do with it.

We then moved on to measurements, starting by looking at the two main systems (metric and imperial) and tackling the sometimes tricky task of converting between them. Although the children found it difficult to start with, they persevered and in the end did really well. At the moment, we are working on making sensible estimates about the lengths, widths and heights of various objects and spaces around school.

In Science, we have been looking at the difference between reversible and irreversible changes and last week we conducted an experiment to see how much gas (in this instance Carbon Dioxide) was produced by various irreversible changes. this involved combining different liquids with solids to cause chemical reactions and fill up balloons. The children all had a fantastic time and made quite the mess, but found that mixing all of our materials together actually produced the best results.

Over the last few weeks, the children will be writing some stories with children in 5L basing theirs on a short film called the ‘Dream Giver’, before returning one last time to poetry. I am sure that the children will continue to work hard in the coming weeks and finish out Year 5 on a high note.

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