We were very lucky today to have a visit from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. We took part in a workshop and discussed the different services that the Fire Brigade provide. We also found out about what happens if you make a hoax call, how to test your smoke alarm and how to 'Stop,Drop and Roll'. Have a look at our photos of the visit.
Today in Year 5, we enjoyed playing and sharing a selection of Maths games. We had to use various skills and knowledge. Some of the games were more strategic and we became a little competitive but all in a good natured way!
We also enjoyed completing our French projects this afternoon. Over the last few weeks, we have created and researched a question of our choice about the Geography of France. They are super!
The children have worked hard this term and settled into Year 5 brilliantly.
Have a lovely half term.
We have been busy this week using our architect's drawings to construct our Mayan pyramids and palaces. We made our models using card and used the joining, cutting and finishing skills that we have been learning. Our classroom was a bit messy but it was great fun! Then, we were able to paint our models. They are red as the Mayan pyramids and temples were red like blood as they believed the buildings were living things.
In Year 5 we have been making Mayan temples using cardboard, glue, tape and clay. It was very fun and we are looking forward to doing a similar project. First we made the bases of the temples using cardboard then we taped them together using masking tape. Finally we painted the temples red using paint but the Mayans would have used blood, then they were left from dry. Joe and James
Well done to all those children from 5NS who took part in a cross country event at Stover School on Tuesday 26th September. Congratulations Harry, Finn, Molly, Alfie and Georgia and Matthew.
The Mayans were very fond of hot chocolate. We are comparing foods that the Mayans might have tried with our diet now. Mayan people added spices, honey, vanilla and chilli to their hot chocolate to enhance the flavour. Toy we tasted hot chocolate with orange, strawberry, salted caramel and mint. We then reviewed each one for taste, smell and appearance. Then we are going to design our own super hot chocolate drinks.
This week for GOAL, we are doing Geography. Today, we have been looking at The Water Cycle.
Here is some of our work.
Kiera wrote this poem...
Water evaporation to the clouds
Always going round
Time for condensation
Every time it has precipitation
Runs off surface
You know the water cycle
Can you say, 'The Water Cycle'?
Let's do it
What a morning! We had the absolute pleasure of welcoming some PGCE drama students into Year 5 for the morning this Friday. We were using drama to explore Harry Potter (our writing sequence at the moment.)
We explored The Dursley characters and looked at how to physicalise their characters to display emotion and atmosphere.
Next, we linked this to our writing. We can't wait to see all the creative ideas that come from this in the upcoming week.
What an incredible Science Day! After a jam-packed morning creating a play about the life of Mary Anning and investigating if Dinosaurs were warm or cold-blooded, we went on to create a dinosaur which could survive extinction. Some of us researched extinction theories and presented our findings to the rest of year whilst others worked in groups to make the toughest Dinosaur.
Today we shared our writing with Year 6. We have been writing ology texts about mythical creatures. We've looked at Dinosaurology and were so inspired, we have been busy writing our own diaries about our voyages to far away lands hunting for unicorns, Hippogriffs, dragons, goblins and much more.
We also merged our English learning with our GOAL presentation skills so we could present our diaries authentically.
Matthew: 'I loved describing what happened in my journey. I chose to write about the land of virtual myths and I focussed on two myths to help me shape my diary'
On Friday, we had Exeter Exotics visit us to help us with our Dinosaur research. We were answering Sophie's question: what animals are descendants of Dinosaurs?
We're looking forward to writing a review of their visit later this week.
They brought with them, Cornflake, the cornsnake, Razor, the bearded dragon and BiBi the skunk amongst others.
We were allowed to meet the animals up close and ask lots of interesting questions.
We received a letter from paleontologist William Buckland explaining that an Allosaurus had rampaged through Exminster Fossil site on Tuesday night, leaving an unhatched egg and destroying Buckland's finds.
We set to work hunting for the Allosaurus egg and Buckland's excavation packs.
We then completed Buckland's research and classified the Dino remains into groups.
This week we have been learning about Viking trade. The Vikings travelled to far away seas in order to collect valuable goods.
We re-created a trade between the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxons had the advantage - they were settled on mainland england.
The Vikings lost traders and resources on the way, giving them a disadvantage. This was tricky to handle and we had to use all our rainbow values to keep going and secure some successful trade deals!
This week, in our Vicious Viking topic, we created 'The Thing'. This is the Viking version of parliament.
We role-played being a Viking family.
We had to make a very important decision about whether to leave our lands and re-settle in another land. Our chieftain promised us we would have more fertile soil and be wealthier.
After much debate, we decided to leave and travel over seas to new lands.
Our school librarians in Year 5 really care about our library and making sure children in Year 5, and throughout the school, enjoy using it.
So much so, that Scarlett in 5N has spent her lunchtime today creating eye-catching displays to help children find books they might enjoy.
Well done Scarlett, we love your inspirational quotes!
We are looking forward to sharing our learning with our adults this Friday (9th - 2.30pm) at our Saxon Showcase. Preparations are well underway. We have been designing Saxon items to share: shields, brooches, buckles and jewellery. We have had to work to a design brief, designing for either Martha - a wife of Saxon land owner - or Peter - a Saxon farmer.
This has been part of our GOAL learning so we have had to plan our projects and the resources we have used.
We can't wait to share them with you.
Last Friday, we invited Year 6 to come and listen to our writing based on the book 'The Promise' by Nicola Davies.
It was a great experience to share our creativity with Year 6 and get their advice on how we could improve our work.
Some of the comments from Year 6 included:
'Wow! This is incredible. Your description makes me want to read more. How is this not published yet?'
' You have widened your vocabulary, for example 'devouring', and you have made a story that makes you want to read more.'
'I liked the fact that it was different and you have used cohesion and description'
Thank you Year 6 for all your advice!
We have now moved on to learn about performance poetry, in particular Benjamin Zephaniah's Talking Turkeys!