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Was it all fun and games for the Greeks?

25/09/2017 at 12:23


As part of our work on the ancient Greeks, we are looking at how they made their lives better and what they did to ‘entertain’ themselves. During this lesson the children are going to learn two invaluable historical skills: source analysis and historical enquiry. Using the information available to us from limited primary source material, we will try and create an image about the ancient Olympics.







Job 1:

Source analysis and understanding – look at the sources and comment on what they tell us and how you know.

Hint – Use this sentence starter if you want to…

I think (what can you tell me)… because (What in the source tells you this) …

Use this information to draw out conclusions about the ancient Olympics. What do these sources tell you and how does this help create an overall image of the events?



Job 2: Extension:

What information do these sources NOT tell us?

What do we need to know to improve the accuracy of our conclusions?

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Another week in year 5!

22/09/2017 at 14:31


Its been another fun week in year 5.

In maths, we have been continuing with our learning around place value.  We have been increasing and decreasing numbers by a hundred, a thousand, ten thousand, one hundred thousand and even a million! Phewww! We have also been learning how to round big numbers. It is almost time for us to move on to our next topic which will be addition and subtraction. To get a head start at home, practise your column addition of large numbers, more than 2 numbers or decimal numbers.

 Literacy has been a lot of fun.  Pupils have read a range of different Greek myths and everyone has their own favourite, from the myth of Medusa to the myth of Perseus and Polyphemus!  We will doing lots of writing around Greek myths.  Some of this includes writing from a different characters perspective and creating our own Greek setting and describing it.

In RE, we learnt about why the Western Wall is a special place for Jewish people. We even wrote a prayer or a wish (or just a nice message) which we would say if we were at the wall.  I couldn’t believe how many unselfish pupils there are in year 5.  Many wished to end hunger, terrorism and injustice. Many wished the temple could be rebuilt for Jewish people.

In History, we created a scaled timeline and plotted onto it the different period in Greek history.

In Science, we explored forces in water and learnt that water resistance is actually very similar to air resistance.  For example, we managed to demonstrate again how by giving an object a large surface area, it would fall more slowly. We also weighed the objects in the water and found that their weight changed!


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Adverts can be misleading!

20/09/2017 at 16:23


In PSHE, we learnt that you shouldn’t believe everything in the media.

Adverts especially can be misleading.  Some adverts will exaggerate or even lie to customers to encourage them to buy their products.  Other adverts may play on someone’s insecurities and may seem to offer them a way to feel better about themselves. Some may promise the customer a better way of life if they use their product.

One funny example, was the advert below.

This was a funny way to try and encourage men to buy the product.  They would smell so attractive that even angels would fall from heaven to meet them! Sadly, this just isn’t true!

Unfortunately, however, some adverts may try to influence how someone feels about the ‘perfect life’ or the ‘perfect body image’.  They aim to manipulate how you feel and make you think you need their product to be happy / beautiful / rich / popular.






The slogan ‘eating less is a beautiful thing’, could be very damaging for some people.  They may believe that in order to be beautiful, they must eat less or be thin.  This could lead to people eating an unbalanced diet or having a bad self-image.

It is important to remember that the media cannot decide what is beautiful and what isn’t.  More importantly, year 5 agreed it was more important to be beautiful on the inside.

The main thing we learnt from this lesson was to be mindful of what you see in adverts. To think for yourself about what it important to you and to not be influenced to buy something you don’t need.

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All about Greece!

14/09/2017 at 15:11


We played a fun game called ‘drag and drop’.  This is where you go on Google Maps and drop the yellow man into different places (in Greece).  By studying the images we see, we can deduce information.

From this image we can see that Greece attracts tourists and that it has some ancient temples.  We can also see that is can be warm and sunny as people are wearing shorts!






From this image we can see that Greece has beautiful beaches with clear water.  Again we can see that many people are visiting the beach, possibly suggesting that Greece is a popular holiday destination.








This image shows us that Greece might be quite mountainous.  It could also suggest that goats are farmed as perhaps it would be too steep for cows.







Finally, we ate some Greek food.  This included feta cheese, olives and stuffed vine leaves.  There were some mixed reactions! (click on an image to enlarge it)


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Gravity and Air Resistance

13/09/2017 at 17:01


Today we created parachutes of different sizes to try and prove that a parachute with a largest surface area would fall slower than a parachute with a smaller surface area. This is because the bigger the surface area, the higher the air resistance.

We split into 6 groups and each group created a parachute with a varying surface area – from a square 10 cm by 10cm, to a square 60cm by 60cm!

We used bin bags to create the parachute and blue tack to provide a weight.  We used string and sellotape to join the materials.  We kept the amount of blue tack the same and the length of the string the same just to ensure the test was fair.  We also tried our best to drop each parachute from an equal height.  To ensure the test was accurate we repeated it several times.

We managed to prove that the parachutes with bigger surface areas fell much slower than parachutes with smaller surface areas.

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5B and 5L – the first week back!

08/09/2017 at 15:35


Both year 5 classes have had an impressive and positive start to the year.  It has been so lovely to get to know all the children and their unique personalities.  I can tell we have two classes filled with happy learners!

Next week, each class’s timetable will begin properly.

In maths, we will be focusing on number and place value.  We will be writing, reading, ordering and comparing numbers up to 1 MILLION!

In literacy, we will be doing a small bit of writing on recounts before getting started with our Greek myths topic. This is what we are most excited for as we will get to read lots of exciting myths.

In our history lessons we will be studying Ancient Greece and in our history lesson next week we will be tasting some Greek food. If you would rather your child not eat these foods, please let either Miss Bradley or Miss Levett know. We plan to try olives, feta cheese and vine leaves stuffed with rice! We will send out a letter before the lesson just to make parents who may not have seen the blog aware.

In our science lessons we are looking  at different forces and this week we have already found out some interesting facts.  Did you know that the weight of an object does not affect how fast it falls, because the gravitational pull is still the same.  We found out that a force called ‘air resistance’ CAN have an effect, however. In the weeks to come we will be looking at levels and pulleys and we may even make and test-out some catapults!

PE begins next week (on Monday) but after school clubs do not begin until the week after.

Have a safe and fun weekend!


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