This term, we have been learning about the Earth and Space. We started off by researching Galileo Galilei, a philosopher who made great improvements to the telescope which helped us discover the planets and solar system. We have written some great biographies all about his life and work as a scientist. Can you remember the key fact that Galileo discovered using this telescope?
After that, we moved onto looking at the planets and their order. We used mnemonics to help us remember. Can you name the planets? What mnemonic did you think of? We have enjoyed researching and finding out lots of information about our Earth, the Sun and the Moon. We have even looked at how the Earth rotates on its axis causing seasons and day and night.
What is your favourite fact that we have learnt?
This week is Road Safety Week! In our PSHE lessons, we have been learning about dangers of our environments and how we can stay safe. We created posters to give advice on how to stay safe when crossing roads and when outside. A useful website we used was the https://www.think.gov.uk/ website to look at top tips.
As well as looking at road safety, we were also visited by a lady from Network Rail who came to talk to us about staying safe near railway tracks.
We learned that the railway tracks are very dangerous because there is lots of electricity and the trains are so fast. We always need to keep away from railway tracks, even if we can’t see a train.
As part of Anti-bullying Week children in Year 5 discussed, debated and considered the affects of bullying, including cyber-bullying.
Bullying UK is encouraging people to #ChooseKindness and help stand up to bullying. In their National Bullying Survey in 2016, they found that:
- 50% of young people were bullied about how they looked
- 81% of young people were called horrible names by others
- 55% of young people were left out by their friends
No-one ever knows the struggles people are going through inside and we believe that a simple act of kindness can help a person feel empowered to stand up to bullying. We are encouraging everyone to get involved in choosing kindness and be the reason to make someone smile.
#ChooseKindness top tips
Choosing kindness doesn’t cost anything but can help someone enormously. We all have choices to make, do you #choosekindness?
- Choose kindness, as you never know what someone else is going through
- Saying something nice can bring a smile to someone’s face
- Acts of kindness will never come back to hurt you and is never wasted on someone
- Being mean and hurting others can hurt someone very deeply, think twice about what you say or do
- Acts of kindness are good for you- they release oxytocin which lowers our blood pressure
- Being kind can help others feel happy and confident.
Year 5 chose kindness #choosekindness.
Today, we took part in a Poppy workshop reflecting on why we have Remembrance Day each year. Can you remember why we celebrate this day?
We had to remember some key words and actions and whenever Jimmy said these words, we had to do that action. For the remembrance, we had to stand with our arms behind our back making sure we were listening. When he said enlist today, we had to point like we were recruiting people to come and fight in the war.
We learnt a song that they sang during the time of WW1. Can you remember the name?
What happened one Christmas during WW1?
After that, we split into two groups and learnt a poem all about getting people excited to go to war. We added actions and performed our poems using expression.
This week, we have been learning a new multiplication method. We have been working on long multiplication multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits and moving onto 3 digits by 3 digits as our challenge.
The children have been working really hard practising this new method. Here is a WAGOLL below.
Can you solve these calculations using the written method for long multiplication?
23 x 15 =
34 x 17 =
72 x 14 =
23 x 24 =
34 x 27 =
43 x 27 =
This term in 5K, we have started our new DT topic which is all about textiles. Can you remember the definition of this work? We have been designing and creating a talking textile. This is a story board of the story Theseus and the Minotaur. We have each designed our part of the story and are going to create it using different fabrics and sewing them together.
Next lesson, we are going to work on learning different types of stitches. Can you name any you already know?
What is the purpose of our talking textile? What does this topic link to that we have already learnt about?
Today, we were visited by TEACHREX. We learnt all about the dinosaur, T-Rex. We discovered that they had a brilliant sense of smell which help them find their prey. Can you remember what dinosaurs are? Another fact we learnt was that they had a very strong jaw with a bite force of 4000 kilograms (which is the same weight as a large African elephant sitting on your head). Wow!
After playtime, we had our own special workshop where we got to be involved in making our very own movie where we would be running from a T-Rex. We thought of abstract nouns to describe how we would be feeling, verbs to describe what we are doing and adverbs to describe how we would be moving.
We linked English to our workshop and creating sentences with expanded noun phrases and adverbs to upstage our writing.
Today, we have been doing a Science experiment all about helping an egg to fly. We read a book which was all about an egg who wanted to fly like the birds.
We designed and made parachutes to keep the egg flying and wanted it to land without breaking. We tried different sizes of parachutes and predicted which one would make the egg stay in the sky the longest.
Can you remember which one?
What force helped the parachute stay in the air? What force pulled the parachute towards the ground?
Can you write about our investigation?
This afternoon, we had our Sports Assembly! We took part in lots of different races trying to earn first, second, third or fourth place. We really enjoyed it and our parents got to come and watch!
Take a look.