29/09/2017 at 13:17
Another week has passed and yet again it has been packed with learning!
In maths, we finished our topic of number and place value. We completed a Rising Stars test to see how able we were to apply our learning in a test condition. Everyone showed a great growth-mindset during these tests, gave 100% and didn’t give up. This is far more important than the score we get. Our new topic of addition and subtraction has begun. Again, to get a head start, practise your column addition and subtraction at home!
In literacy, we have continued our topic of Greek myths. Pupils also created their own Greek setting. We saw some wonderfully creative ideas and some incredibly scary monsters!After creating our Greek islands we then wrote some descriptive sentences. If anyone were to read our descriptions, they would be able to picture the island in their minds! 5B have just begun to read the myth of Pandora. At the moment, Pandora has a dilemma. Should she open the box? Comment below and tell us what you think!
In science, we learnt that leavers, pulleys and gears are simple mechanisms that can make tasks easier. To prove this, we create a lever out of a ruler and used another classroom object as a simple fulcrum. We conducted several experiments to see how the position of the fulcrum affected the effort needed to lift the weight. We found that the least effort is needed when the fulcrum is closest to the load. We actually managed to use a 100g weight to lift a 1kg weight! When we tried a 50g weight however, we couldn’t lift it. We wanted to experiment further though, so we extended our lever arm by taping two ruler sticks together. This actually enabled us to lift the kg weight with just 50g! Science is awesome!
In history, we looked at some images of ancient Greek pots, with depictions of the ancient Olympics painted onto them. By studying these images, we were able to deduce and infer information about what the Ancient Greek Olympics may have been like. This lesson was entirely online, so if you want to see how we did, check out the blog post below!
Residential: We are really excited to get a date set for our year 5 residential. 5L are going on Monday the 21st May and returning on the 23rd. 5B will leave on the 23rd and return on the 25th. This is a really fantastic trip which receives great reviews year after year. Many children have already brought back their slips and money and we can tell that this will be an enthusiastic group who will make the most of this fantastic opportunity.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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)
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.