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Year 5

Adults in our class this year are: Our class teacher is Mr Costi Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Gadhia Other adults who help us in the classroom are Mrs Castellana Our PE days are Wednesday and Friday. We hope you enjoy reading our weekly blog below.

Week Ending 25/9/20

For the past few weeks, we have all been working hard at a variety of PSHE and Art-based lessons. In our PSHE we have been focusing on ourselves and how we can stay happy and safe; to link to this, in Art we have created self-portraits, focusing on our use of shading to create detail and shadow.

Week Ending 2/10/20

This week we have started our new topic about Ancient Egypt! We have already learnt much about the different pharaohs and how they were buried in the necropolis called the Valley of Kings. Our art is also linked to the Egyptians; we have started by practising different mediums to draw hieroglyphs and deciding which ones were best.

Week Ending 9/10/20

For the past few weeks, we have all been working hard at a variety of PSHE and Art-based lessons. In our PSHE we have been focusing on ourselves and how we can stay happy and safe; to link to this, in Art we have created self-portraits, focusing on our use of shading to create detail and shadow.

Week Ending 16/10/20

In Art this week, we continued with our design for the Egyptian sculptures. We practised drawing profiles of different ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses that could decorate the sculptures and then we mapped out different techniques which we could apply to create the finished product.

Week Ending 23/10/20

Throughout this month, for Black History Month, Year 5 have been learning all about the history of black people in our country and around the world to raise their awareness of what has happened in the past. We learnt about the stories and the hardships of these individuals and we then designed posters to celebrate their achievements.

Week Ending 6/11/20

In Maths this week, Year 5 have been learning about collecting and interpreting data. We discussed the best ways to present data in different situations and created a range of graphs and tables to present our data.

Week Ending 13/11/20

This week, Year 5 have been learning all about the Ancient Egyptian afterlife and we have created fact files to show what we have discovered. We found out about the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony and the embalming process: what they do to the bodies before placing them in the tomb. We also discovered that the Egyptians believed their souls had to travel through the dangerous underworld and be judged by Osiris, the God of the Dead, before they could reach the afterlife!

Week Ending 20/11/20

In English this week, Year 5 have been learning all about Cinquain poetry; this is a special type of poem which has a very specific structure: the poem must be five lines long and each line has a certain number of syllables. We shared ideas for different themes to use as our poems and we created our poems around these themes, making sure to adhere to the structure!

Week Ending 27/11/20

In Science, we have been learning all about space and the Solar System. This week, we learnt the names and we investigated the sizes of the different planets in the Solar System. We also measured how far away each of the planets were relative to each other (on a smaller scale!).  Even on such a small scale, we were still a long way away from each other!

Week Ending 4/12/20

Continuing with our Science work, this week we were looking at the different phases of the moon. We conducted an investigation of how best to demonstrate what the moon looks like at each different phase; in the end, we used Oreos as a clear visual image, while also resisting the temptation to eat them!

Week Ending 13/12/20

For our final activity in our Science topic on the Solar System, we designed an experiment to test how the moon got its craters. We dropped marbles (meteors) from different heights into a container of flour (the surface of the moon) and we recorded the diameter of the crater. Some of our work ended up looking a lot like the real surface of the moon!

Week Ending 18/12/20

Week Ending 8/1/21

For our new Science topic, Year 5 have been learning about different materials. The children investigated the properties of different materials and how they help them fulfil their functions and also conducted an experiment to investigate the solubility of different substances from around the house!

Week Ending 15/1/21

In English, for the past two weeks, we have focused on the story of ‘Wing’ and I have been really impressed with the high quality of writing that has been produced; we gave the characters very interesting dialogue, created beautifully descriptive dream poems and showed great expression when producing drama scripts! I hope we all enjoyed ‘Wing’ and that we are looking forward to our next story on Monday!

Narrative poem 1

Narrative poem 2

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