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Autumn Term 2017

What an exciting term to come back to...
It will kick start with the Tour of Britain events on the first day back. We also have the MacMillan Coffee afternoon, Harvest Festival and Christmas celebrations to look forward to, in addition to all of the fabulous learning we will be doing.

In English we will begin by reading some extracts from Roald Dahl, followed by Kenzuke's Kindgom by Michael Morpurgo which was voted for by the class before the end of last year during our transition activities.

In maths we have begun by consolidating our knowledge of place value and are moving on the the 4 main operations - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as prime numbers, multiples and factors of numbers.

Our new IPC topic is Making New Materials with many hands-on practical activities and experiments.

Making new materials

We are surrounded by amazing materials that can be shaped, combined, condensed, frozen, melted and burned. In this unit, we are going to experiment with different kinds ofmaterials, and become cooks, chemists and creators of new materials.

In Science, we’ll be finding out:
• About the chemistry of cooking
• What happens when we dissolve or melt things
• About gases and what they are
• About different materials used in the kitchen
• About conductors and insulators
• About magnetic materials and their uses
• How to separate mixtures by sieving, filtering and evaporating

In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
• How to make our own clay
• How glass is made
• How to create a brand new material

In Art, we’ll be finding out:
• How artists use different materials in their work, especially recycled and reclaimed material.
• How to choose materials to express an idea

In International, we’ll be finding out:
• How different countries work together to invent new materials

In RE, we’ll be exploring:
• Religious expression such as faith members’ expressions of identity, looking at different expressions in different faiths and denominations.

• How people express their beliefs through personal symbols and artefacts.

• the significance of religious festivals and rituals.

World Food and Art Day

On Wednesday 18th October, the school took part in world food and art day where each class was given a box of food and clues as to which country they werre given, and which artist they would look at.

Year 5 researched Ameria and their artist was Jackson Pollock.

We learnt part of the National Anthum, about the presidents, researched the history of Jackson Pollock and then produced our own Pollock-inspired artwork.

Homework produced about Spitfires and The Battle Of Britain

Wow! The effort, research and hard work out in by year 5 to produce their homework relating to WW2 was absolutely fantastic! Thank you. Here are some examples...


Making our own bike challenge

Following on from the excitement of seeing the Tour of Britain puss us not once but twice! We decided to set the children a team challenge. In groups they had to design and make their own bike to fit a toy teddy. The bike had to have two wheels but could have any kind of frame. The children had access to a range of materials including wooden and cardboard wheels and tools such as saws and drills.

Every group successfully made something for the teddy to ride.

Literacy group work

In literacy, we are looking at Kenzuke's Kingdom and used our excellent team work skills to ask and answer questions, as well as making predictions about what will happen after chapter 3. Question King is a task where a crown gets passed around the table and the 'king' asks the question which is then discussed as a group. Perfect for forming full and detailed answers to comprehension questions.

WW2 study

From the 30th October to the 10th of November, year 5 have been learning about why WW2 started, how it effected children at home (especially about being evacuated), and the life of a fighter pilot.


1940's Dress up day

As part of our WW2 study, we have dressed up for the day in 1940's style clothes and taken part in a celebration assembly to share our work from the week.

WW2 1940 dress up dayWW2 Sharing Assembly

Making New Materials - Science Workshop

On Thursday 9th November, Labrascals came to the school and delivered a truly disgusting and thirlling workshop in which we learnt how to make slime and jelly worms using a range of polymers (a chain of molecules) which then, during a cchemical reaction, created much longer polymer chains. The Children not only got to make their own slime (which they loved) but they also learnt a great deal about chemical reactions and positive and negative molecules.

We used sodium alginate and calcium chloride to create our own polymer chain of jelly worms as well as creating slime using a mixture of PVA glue and borax.

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