If you would like some fun activities to try over the Easter break, STEM (the organisation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning) have created a number of different experiments and activities to try. STEM Easter activities
What is coronavirus? Why can't I see my friends or other family members?
If you are being asked these questions or others by your children and you're not sure how to explain it, then take at look at the link below. Mrs Richards has made us aware of a children's book that has been created, in a child-friendly format, to help explain what is going on at the present and why. Coronavirus: A book for children
Good morning Year 5!
How are you? Are you enjoying the Easter holidays? I hope you're having lots of fun whether that be outside in your gardens, on a walk or relaxing indoors. As it's the holidays, I won't be posting any new home learning until 20th April So please use this time to rest, relax and recharge!
I have absolutely loved receiving your emails with the work you've been completing at home. Please scroll down and have a look at what you, or your classmates, have been up to!
I have uploaded a video into the Video Resource Centre where you can see a little message from me and the first chapter of a book I will be reading. When I am reading, can you spot the word with a silent letter that we learnt in class? Hint: It is a pretty tricky word that means glum or sad.
Parents, I hope that the home learning put online has been helpful to you. This is a really difficult time for all and I don't want to be adding any pressure to you as you balance many, many plates. My aim is to try and make it as easy as possible for you. Please do not feel obligated to complete every activity I put online but find the balance that works for you and your family.
Lastly, I want to wish you all a wonderful Easter break,
Gallery of your home learning
Thank you Corbin, Honour and Amelia for sharing your fantastic home learning. The desserts look delicious - restaurant standard! - and you could definitely have future careers as illustrators! It has been lovely to see you sharing your learning with you parents and sharing new skills together
I am so proud of you all!
How well do you remember our topic of the Ancient Greeks? Need a reminder? It's OK, Corbin's got you covered with his presentation
Fancy something new to read? Can I interest you in a comic or a myth?
There's two new authors, Amelia and Honour, who's work you definitely need to read
Hi Year 5!
I hope you and all your families are well and safe. Hopefully you have managed to get outside once a day for some fresh air and have had fun at home. It is very strange not seeing you all but I've enjoyed uploading the photo's of our Ancient Greek Day onto the school website, just scroll down to find them!
Very excitingly, we now have a class email address,
where your parents can send me any examples of work, interesting facts or photos of activities that you have done and would like me to see. Just put your name on the email and let me know if you would or would not like it to feature on the school website. Mrs Richards has explained a little more about this in her newsletter, 'The Heart of Hertingfordbury Cowper' which was sent out via email on Friday. I cannot wait to see what you have been up to!
A message from Mrs Mo to all members of the KS2 Choir:
Please check the Choir section in School Clubs on the website where you can find suggestions for things to be doing at home.
Week beginning 30th March 2020
I hope you all managed to spend time with your families and out in the beautiful sunshine last week. Below are some suggested activities to help you with your home learning.
Home Learning Ideas - Other Subjects
Week beginning 23rd March 2020
I hope that during this unexpected time away from school you are able to make some special memories with your loved ones by having fun and playing, whilst following the government guidelines.
To help with home schooling, please find below some suggested activities for learning. I will endeavour to update the Maths and English learning on a regular basis and will give you a variety of activities to choose from. To parents, I have tried to give more rather than less so that you have a 'bank of information and resources' to draw upon and therefore this should, hopefully, be one less thing for you to worry about.
Wishing you all well at this uncertain time.
Stay safe and I hope to see you all again soon,
Good morning Year 5!
Please find below the answers to last week's homework, as promised. You'll see your homework sheet first but keep scrolling down and then you'll see the answers.
Well done everyone!
Cross Curricular Project
Other - Home Learning
Ancient Greek Day!
On Wednesday 18th March, we got to fully immerse ourselves in the world of Ancient Greece! It was such a fun day, incorporating lots of different activities and aspects of Ancient Greek life. This included the children being able to show off their battle shields and complete the final stage of becoming Greek potters by decorating the vases and pots they'd created in an earlier Art lesson. Scroll down to find out a little more - and see some pictures - about what we got up to!
Campaigning to the Ekklesia
Prior to Ancient Greek day, Year 5 had been learning about persuasive writing in their English lessons. They had specifically been looking at manifestos and the techniques that campaigners would use to convince voters. Every child in the class imagined that were an Ancient Athenian and thought of an issue or injustice that they believed should be taken to the Ekklesia (government) and voted into law. They then performed their manifesto to the rest of class showing off their fantastic public speaking skills!
Welcome to the Ancient Greek Olympics!
No opening Olympic ceremony would be complete without a pre-games parade in front of the King of Gods, Zeus, where he is presented with our sacrifice of 100 oxen! Before the Games began, all athletes joined together to say the Olympic Oath. Events included the javelin, discus, 200m dash, chariot race and relay chariot race. Great competing from all!
A banquet fit for royalty
Lunchtime was rather different on Ancient Greek Day as the children were treated to an banquet of traditional Greek foods such as stuffed vine leaves, feta cheese and hummus. To make the banquet more authentic, the children served each other the food and were able to finish off their meal by eating their own homemade Greek dessert that they had made earlier in the day.
Just before the children went inside to look at each other's Greek projects, they took part in a treasure hunt around the playground. All the clues were related to their learning about Ancient Greece over the half term and they all did incredibly well!
GSK Science Show
On Tuesday 11th March, Year 5 were invited to watch and take part in the GSK Science Show all about solids, liquids and gases. Before the show, the children got "hands-on" with different activities such as building molecules and atoms, using microscopes, seeing a Van der Graff generator, testing their reflexes and seeing the importance of washing their hands thoroughly! During the show, children got to watch intriguing experiments such as a relighting match, a rocket bottle filled with gas, changing colours of flames, glow in the dark liquids and lasers and a ping-pong experiment that ended with an almighty bang! All the children had a great time and in the afternoon created a poster or presentation about their learning. This will then enable them all to receive their Industrial Cadets Challenger Award.
In their Computing lessons, Year 5 have been learning about robotics and systems. They have recently been learning about abstractions and are now focusing on de-bugging code. This week their task was to de-bug and then extend a code for a computer-based maths quiz.
How well insulated is our school?
As part of our materials topic in science the children have been investigating the purposes of everyday materials in our school environment. They have looked at why, when a number of different materials could have been used, a certain material has been picked. What are its properties and how are they suitable for the purpose of the material? As part of this investigation, the children tested how well insulated our school building is by conducting the 'tissue test'. The children judged how much the tissues moved near door and window frames to report back...and they thought our school was quite well insulated!
The Grand Canyon
Whilst looking at the human and physical geography around the world, this week the children focused on the Grand Canyon. They learnt how it was formed through physical processes and the tourism (human geography) that is currently there to attract people to see its panoramic vistas. We spoke about the indigenous tribes who lived there long before the tourists arrived and the shift of the tectonic plates to help create this national park. The children then created an abstract piece of art, using the influence of map symbols, to show their understanding of the different human and physical geography in the Grand Canyon.
Save The Iron Man...
...from rusting! In Science, Year 5 have planned an observation over time. Their task is to prevent or slow down the process of rusting that will inevitably happen to The Iron Man as he walks over the fields and off cliff-tops. Each group decided which materials to test in order to slow down this non-reversible change. Would petroleum jelly work? Or covering him in sellotape? What about placing him for ever more in an air-tight container? Where should the experiment be placed? In a cupboard? Outside? Maybe by the radiator? The children are using nails to represent The Iron Man and will observe whether any rusting has started to take place in a few weeks time. The experiment will be left to run throughout this term until Easter and possibly until the end of the year!
Previously, Year 5 separated a mixture and were left with a salt water solution. All groups placed their bowl of solution near the radiator in order for the evaporation process to take place. Finally, the results are in! In all of the children's solutions, the water has evaporated leaving behind large salt crystals. We discussed why some groups bowls took longer than others and why the crystals are much larger than the salt we put in.
Uh-oh, what a mess!
Year 5 were introduced to their new Science unit on materials by being given a muddled mess of materials. The problem was...each teacher wanted their materials back exactly as they had lent them! The children started to discuss how to separate their mixture using the limited resources provided to them: a cup, a paper bowl, a spoon, tweezers, filter paper, a magnet and a piece of silver netting. Before they could start their investigation, tt got worse. Their mixtures were covered in water!
As you can see, the children did a fantastic job of separating the mixtures with the only two materials not pictured being the sand and the salt. The class decided the sand needed to dry on the radiator (as Nursery would not want the wet, clumped sand back) and the salty solution left is also by the radiator so that the water can evaporate leaving salt crystals behind. We're excited to see the results after the weekend!
This half term Year 5's topic is 'Location, Location!'. Predominantly a Geography-based unit, the children today were first tasked with defining new geographical vocabulary, using a matching game, and identifying where it would be found on a map or globe.
The children have arrived back for the start of a new term, a new year and a new book in English! 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan is a wordless graphic novel that tells the story of a man forced to leave his family and move to a new, imaginary country. A fantastic metaphor for the plight of many across the world, the children have explored the meaning of the novel through drama and fantastic discussion.
The abstract artists of Year 5
The children of Year 5 should be so incredibly proud of their finished pieces of abstract space art inspired by the work of Peter Thorpe.
Proving which bow is best for a boat
This week in Science the children investigated a different type of resistance, water resistance. Each group had to design a bow for a boat that would create the least water resistance. However...testing their designs in water was rather tricky to measure accurately because of the speed at which they dropped. Therefore, the groups tested their designs in liquids such as oil, bubble bath, washing up liquid and honey.
Throughout the autumn term, the children have been learning about Big Data and it's role in the world. Therefore, their independent task at the end of the unit was to choose an area that particularly interested them and to then create a presentation that they could deliver to Year 3 to teach them. Everyone did a fantastic job!
How do you lift a heavy load?
This week Year 5 were learning about a different mechanism - a pulley. They had to set up a pulley system to lift different weights (and using different amounts of pulleys) to form an answer to the question, 'How do you lift a heavy load?' Whilst the children admitted you could lift the loads provided without a pulley, it was much easier the more pulleys you used.
Reading with Reception
Year 5 felt privileged to be asked to read with the children of Reception class this afternoon and help them on their reading journey. Thank you for having us!
How can levers help us?
This week, the children were looking at a different type of force that can be used through a mechanism. Linking to our understanding of a see-saw, children experimented with how was best to use a lever to lift a weight. They had to consider the best position for the fulcrum to be to allow the weight to lifted with greater ease.
Understanding air resistance
In Science this half term we are learning about forces. The best way to learn is through experimenting with these forces in order to be able to understand them. Today, the children felt the effect of air resistance by running around the playground with their coat open, done up and then raised above their head like a sail.
BMX Growth Mindset Workshop with Mike Mullen
The whole school was incredibly lucky to have a wonderful assembly by champion BMX rider Mike Mullen. There were lots of gasps and ooh's as he performed tricks in the hall and spoke about having a positive, growth mindset in order to help us to continue to aim high. Year 5 were then fortunate enough to be able to put it into practise by having a workshop with Mike. Riding BMX bikes, the children built up their ability to either ride a bike or perform tricks with the stunts becoming more and more daring as the children really put their growth mindsets into practise.
Can you beat gravity?
As our Science learning moves from space to forces, there was one force the children knew really well - gravity! Using bubbles, the children were challenged to beat gravity for as long as they could using different techniques such as an electric fan, a paper fan, blowing and more.
Welcome to our Space Museum!
Over the course of the half term, the children have been busy at home creating, making, designing or writing their own space project. They were given creative freedom to produce anything related to space that was of interest to them and they could be as imaginative or as realistic as they liked. It was wonderful to see the range of projects that the children were created and it was even better to get to share these with other children in the school who visited our Space Museum!
Day and Night
As part of our Science learning about Space, the children were today investigating what a day is. Using globes, torches and a small stick in blue tac, they demonstrated the Earth's rotation in relation to the sun in order to investigate when and how night and day occurs. They also discussed the position of the sun in the sky across the day and how this affects shadows.
In Art, the children have been developing their blending and shading skills with dry media. They were tasked with creating their own imaginary galaxy from a selection of media resources, with the only criteria being there had to be some evidence of blending and shading on their planets. After a quick practise, the children produced some beautiful and colourful art that makes an area of our classroom look like an exciting galaxy!
Orbits of the planets
The children have just started their new topic - Space! They have learnt the names of the planets in the solar system and the order of the planets from the sun. In order to investigate the concept of a year, the children were tasked with creating the orbits of all planets in the solar system! Using the playground as the universe, the children decided how to mark out each orbit and which planet to start with. Following the construction, the children then played the roles of the planets whilst the rest of the children counted to ensure the orbits were going at the same speed. This allowed the children to clearly see the longest and shortest orbit and relate it to distance from the sun. Further research, revealed the shortest orbit round the sun is 88 days and the longest is 165 years! Do you know which planets these orbits relate to?
Learning to Learn
Our first week back at school has been an excellent opportunity to remind ourselves, and learn a little bit more about learning to learn. We discovered that there were many different parts of our brain, and that each part had a different purpose to help our body work. We learnt that our brains are each filled with 100 billion neurons that are continually helping us to live, grow and learn. Every time that we learn something new, our neurons make a connection (called a synapse) and over time, as we re-cap learning, re-call information and repeat actions the connections created between our neurons get stronger and stronger. To discover more about different types of learning we played lots of different activities: Where's Wally, Kim's Game, a listening game, learning to count to ten in Japanese, Boggle. This helped us to figure out what type of learner we are through which activities we found easier and why this was. To help with our learning we made fun brains containing (lots, but not all!) our neurons. Can you spot the synapses?
Welcome to Cedar - Year 5!
The children have been consolidating their understanding of area and perimeter as well as being challenged to find missing lengths on rectangles. To strengthen their understanding, each learning pair created a question which either involved calculating the missing length or finding the area. The second part of their task was to calculate the perimeter. The children enjoyed setting challenges for their classmates!
Year 5 were invited to compete in the WWW Games, alongside other schools, at Wodson Park where they represented the country Australia. The event started off with each team (country) parading around the track before pledging an oath to compete with fairness, sportsmanship and enthusiasm. Following this, the children split off into their separate activities. They were given around an hours practise before their competitive events started. The children took part in: rapid fire cricket, athletics, tennis, ultimate frisbee, archery, botcha, cheerleading and table tennis. All the children competed really well and should all feel proud of their efforts. Congratulations to those that won gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as to those that won 'Spirit of the Games' awards.
Where do you live?
In their Geography lesson, the children looked at Ordnance Survey maps in order to build up their map skills, for example: familiarising themselves with the symbols, grid lines and finding co-ordinates. All of the children worked really hard to locate familiar places and were thrilled to find where they live!
Fieldwork in the school grounds
As part of their study into where they live, the children have been looking at the geography in their local area. To practise field work techniques they went into the school grounds and stopped to really look at the environment they are in everyday. The children practised using compasses and directional language before finding north. After these they created 360º sketch maps of the outdoor space. They faced each compass direction (north, east, south and west) and were given a couple of minutes to carefully sketch what they could see facing that direction and what they could hear.
Who's Charlie Hickman?
To conclude their topic work on local history, Year 5 have been looking at very local artefacts...old log books, map and records of the school. They were presented with the Hertingfordbury School chest and had to guess at what would be inside before being allowed to handle, inspect and investigate the items. The children greatly enjoyed finding out about old pupils, the number of children in the school and reading the regular updates from the headteacher.
Who's Charlie Hickman though? Well, ask anyone in Year 5 and they'll be sure to tell you a few tales!
Hertford Town Trip
On Tuesday 14th May, Year 5 went on an exciting visit to the local town of Hertford in order to find out more about its history. The children started the day with a walk across Hartham Common and looked for different views of landscapes, which fits in with art work this half term. After they walked across to the museum and were treated to a workshop entitled 'Hertford's Home Front'. It gave the children a fantastic opportunity to handle, look at and be curious about artefacts from the war, including clothing, gas masks and food items. They were then tasked with thinking about which groups of people would have use of the artefacts and conducted an historical enquiry into a set of photographs from the time. Following this, the children were led on a tour of the town where they got to stop and look at buildings that they have often seen before but from a different viewpoint. Who knew there was an Anglo-Saxon cemetery under part of the town centre? How many rivers meet in Hertford? Have you heard the story about the handbag factory?
Thank you to all the parents who helped transport the children to and from our trip, your support is greatly appreciated.
This half term the children are going to be creating their own landscape of Hertfordshire. Before they started any art learning, they were asked to think about what the word landscape meant. They then looked at different examples of painted Hertfordshire landscapes and some of their discussion included: which ones they liked or disliked and why, the colours and number of shades they could see and what they think it would be like to step into the painting.
Mental Health Workshop
In preparation for an upcoming opportunity regarding mental health and social media use, the children were invited to a workshop about young people's mental health with a particular focus on online activity. The session began with children thinking of someone they think is amazing and the specific qualities that make that person amazing to them. After, the children listened to a fictional scenario about a child in school and, during the listening, paused intermittently to discuss what they would or could do in that situation. The children shared their ideas differently, either through drama, a song or an explanation. The session was concluded with a brief discussion on the pressures that some children may feel they are under and what to do if they feel this way. The themes raised during our workshop are going to be revisited during our PSHCE lessons.
In English, the children have been studying a novel of literary heritage; 'The Railway Children' by E. Nesbit. As part of their exploration of the characters (and their perspectives), the children were asked to think of questions for different characters in the story. They could ask them anything they were curious about, and use all their knowledge they had gained from the first four chapters. A big well done to: Ruth, Mother, Peter, Phyllis, Roberta and the Old Gentleman who took on their character roles with great gusto!
Using digital mapping
This half term the children learning more about where they live. They have been learning about the United Kingdom and how it is broken into countries, regions and counties. The children recapped what the difference is between a human and physical feature of geography and, using digital mapping, located certain features of the United Kingdom. They really enjoyed using the satellite and "street view" images and pictures to clearly see the human and physical features. Some of the features they located included: The Angel of the North, Dartmoor, Giant's Causeway and Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
What did Jesus do to save human beings?
The children have concluded their R.E. topic, 'What did Jesus do to save human beings?' by discussing the importance of different statements. They have thought and shared their ideas about which statements are the most and least important in regards to our enquiry question. Statements included: 'He took on himself the punishment that people deserved' and 'He performed miracles'.
Finding the perimeter
In Maths, the children have been re-capping how to find the perimeter of a shape. They have been focused on finding perimeters of any rectilinear shape, including composite rectangles! To support them in their learning, the children have been using coloured matchsticks to create the shapes before finding the perimeter.
Welcome to Ancient Greece!
On Wednesday, the children were transported back in time to Ancient Greece! They arrived in school in their costumes and spent the day engaging in a number of different activities to conclude our history learning.
Finishing our work at the pottery
The children's clay pots have all dried and are ready for the finishing touches. Firstly, the children made a terracotta colour to cover their creation. Whilst they waited for this to dry they played the traditional Greek game of knucklebones. After, the children were able to add the decoration to their pot using a very fine paintbrush and black paint.
The Olympic Games
To warm up for the Olympics, the children learnt a Greek dance called the Hasapiko. This was practised quite a few times to get the steps as throughout the dance the repetition of the steps got faster and faster! Thoroughly warmed up, the children were now ready for the Olympics. The first event was the same as the very first event in the Ancient Greek Olympics - the 200m dash. This was followed by the javelin and to round up our games, the children were split into teams and competed in the race of amour.
Ready to refuel after the competition, the children were ready for their banquet. There was a selection of Greek food to try, including: Greek salad, feta cheese, olives, grapes, hummus, taramasalata, tzatziki, pitta bread, potatoes and stuffed vine leaves. The children were served their meal by "slaves", and took turns offering the food to their classmates. To end the meal, the children ate a Greek yoghurt and honey dessert that they had each made themselves earlier that day.
Performing their manifestos
After lunch, the children played a game of 'Medusa' where children were turned to stone if Medusa caught them. The children have since adapted this game to add in other Greek characters, such as Zeus, and this is so lovely to see. There was also time to complete in a treasure hunt around the playground where children had to solve clues that helped to consolidate their Greek learning from this term. Finally, the children went out to the performance area in the music garden and performed their manifestos to the electorate. The ideas presented included: giving women the right to vote, giving women the right to compete in the Olympic games, giving slaves a day off each week, changing the rules of an Ostracism, holding a prisoner Olympic games and giving Gods the opportunity to retire.
At the very end of the day the children held a 'Greek Museum' where they displayed all their history work from this half term for their parents to see. It was a great success and well done Year 5 for all your hard work!
The children have been learning about the importance of vases to the Ancient Greeks. Each vase often has an intricate design depicting an aspect of Ancient Greek life or culture; for instance an Olympic event or a woman completing chores. The children have been practising their sketching skills by carefully observing Ancient Greek vases and drawing them. Then they were able to create their own design, also thinking about the shape of the vase they wanted to make.
In RE the children have been investigating the question, 'What did Jesus do to save human beings?'
Looking at the image of a Japanese cross, the children were asked to consider what the image was telling us. They discussed the suffering of Jesus on the cross (Good Friday) but also that he is no longer there (instead there being an almost ghost-like shape) to indicate he is alive again (the empty cross on Easter morning).
The children used watercolours to create the background for their Japanese cross artwork ready for the cross that they will be creating next week.
Creating our own computer games
This term the children have been looking at robotics and systems in their Computing lessons. They have used Scratch to create different types of interactive games and are now working in pairs to design and make their own game, which they will present to the class in three weeks time.
The Battle of Marathon
This week in their History lesson, the children were learning about the Battle of Marathon. In order for them to appreciate all the different people involved, and why the battle was so significant, they re-enacted the battle through drama. To make their battle more authentic, the children used their shields which they created based on Ancient Greek designs.
In order to prepare for an upcoming battle the children have been designing and making their own shields based on Ancient Greek designs. Inspiration has been taken from: gods and goddesses, mythical creatures, Greek patterns and more!
Where does the word alphabet come from?
Well, from the Ancient Greek word alphabetos!
This week the children of Year 5 have been learning how to read and write in Ancient Greek. They have looked at the similarities between the Ancient Greek alphabet and the modern one used today, especially when it comes to writing their name! Then each child chose a fact that they had learnt so far in their History lessons and translated it into Ancient Greek. Can you work them out?
What happens when a candle burns?
To conclude our Science topic on materials and their changes, the children investigated what happens when a candle burns. They were able to carefully observe the changes of state a candle's wax goes through and they had a great discussion on whether this was a reversible or non-reversible change. In order to prove the need for oxygen to allow a candle to burn, we put a lit candle under a glass jar and estimated how long it would take for the flame to be extinguished. It didn't take very long...only 12 seconds!
Linking our Science learning on changing states of matter and our Geography learning on volcanoes, the children were challenged to find the best materials to make a volcanic eruption. The children began the lesson by looking at the effect of an effervescent tablet in water, and were excited by the fizzing and dissolving that occurred. After this they were presented with a number of liquids and fizzy solids (e.g. effervescent tables, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder) and had to plan their experiment. Finally, they were able to conduct their experiment and wait for the eruptions!
Building cube numbers
In maths, the children have been developing their knowledge of cube numbers by building them! They have done this to show a cubed number is itself times itself times itself, e.g. 2³ = 2 x 2 x 2
The unexpected beautiful weather allowed our P.E. session to be moved outside, where the children engaged in a highly competitive game of 'Catch the Flag'. Well done to the children for demonstrating great teamwork, and for the individual pieces of skill and darting runs that won each game!
Learning aboard the Life Bus
This week the children were fortunate enough to have a PSHE session on the Life Bus. Their session looked at how they can look after their own physical and mental well-being and why it is important to take the time to do so. They were then set a very intriguing task. On the walls of the bus were nine 'human given' statements, for example "I need to be able to make mistakes", "I need to be able to have my own opinions" and "I need to be able to say 'no' sometimes". In small groups the children then had to decide which of these 'human givens' was the most important, and rank the rest in order down to least important. Finally, the children watched a short film about a friendship dispute. They discussed which 'human givens' each character was displaying and what they might do in that situation.
In maths this week, the children have been revisiting area. They have been estimating area using non-standard and standard units of measure. To help understand the scale of different standard units of measure, the children were tasked with making shapes that had an area of 1cm², 10cm² and 1m². The children didn't think making 1m² would be as tricky as it was!
Oh no, lots of different materials in the science cupboard have all mixed together to form a mixture!
The children were tasked with separating all the different ingredients (flour, dried peas, pasta, pencil shavings, sugar, paperclips and rice) so they could be put back into the science cupboard correctly. However, they were unable to use sieves because they were being used by another class...how were they going to solve this problem?
In their maths lesson today, the chidren were practising their conversion of different units of measurement. In order to help them understand the difference in scale between the different units, they measured different objects in the classroom.
The children have been practising their gymnastics skills, specifically working on their vaulting. They have been perfecting their mounting of the vault and challenging themselves with the ways in which they are dismounting.
Using Scratch to create an orbiting planet
Building on their space topic from last topic and developing their use of programming through Scratch, the children were tasked with creating an orbiting planet using the programme.
Which solid is the hardest?
First of all children were asked to consider the question, 'Is a solid always hard?'
They were then given a selection of solids (bread, toast, dry pasta, cooked pasta, a marshmallow, a chocolate button, a jelly bean and butter) and had to predict which one was the hardest. Following their prediction they had to devise an experiment to test the question of which solid is hardest.
Exploring 'The Arrival'
'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan is a fascinating book because it features only intriguing illustrations. The children have thoroughly engaged in this book and explored, through drama, what it is like for a person to be a new arrival in a strange and culturally different place.
Who is the new 'Arrival'?
On their first day back at school the children were greeted by a suitcase in the classroom. There was no label or information about where it had come from. All the children could use to identify the owner were the clues inside.
At the end of the lesson, the children were introduced to our fantastic new book 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan.
In the lead up to Christmas, the children of Year 5 have combined their English learning (on instruction writing) and maths learning (on measurement) in order to become bakers for the day and make their very own miniature Christmas cake! Their ingredients were in bulk and they had to decide which equipment they would need to accurately measure out the quantities stated in the recipe. Their Christmas cake recipe needed a variety of measures, including: stated quantities of an ingredient, grams and ml. They also had some ingredients in fractions. The children worked incredibly well together in their groups and are very excited to decorate their cakes.
Testing our space buggies
For the final part of our D&T project on building space buggies, the children needed to evaluate whether their product had met the aim. Part of the aim was to build a vehicle, that when pushed forward would travel more than one metre in a straight line. The children had lots of fun testing their space buggies and seeing how far they could go. There were even space buggy races! Many space buggies did move forward...but not in a straight line! We discussed the positioning of the axles and whether the wheels had been glued on straight. Year 5 worked so hard on their space buggies and should feel very proud of all they achieved!
Let's build space buggies!
The children of Year 5 had been set a very important task. They needed to design and make a space buggy from a range of different materials and using a range of different equipment, that could travel for at least 1m in a straight line when pushed. The children started off by evaluating real space buggies (using videos) and identifying features they wanted included in their own design. After all drawing out fantastic designs, the children were then tasked with organising their time in order to complete their build. They thoroughly enjoyed being given the opportunity to use saws in order to cut their wood, using mathematical skills of measuring. They thought carefully about how to attached their axles and wheels, and greatly enjoyed adding the finishing touches. We now have an amazing fleet of space buggies all ready for action!
How to play...cards?!
In their English lessons, the children have begun a unit on instruction writing. This will feed into something very exciting we have planned for tomorrow. In order to re-familiarise themselves with non-fiction instruction writing, the children were set a very strange task. They were asked to talk about any card games they play and how they knew how to play them. Instructions! The children read through the instructions and identified the features of the text. Working together, they then followed the instructions to play the game. Quickly, the children realised it was very similar to another game they knew!
Can we stop gravity?
The children recapped different forces that worked on a stationary object, such as a block on a table. We spoke about how another force, friction, would also be affecting the block if someone was pushing it along. The children were shown a balloon falling to the ground and discussed the forces they were observing. They were then given the challenge of trying to beat gravity by keeping the balloon in the air for as long as possible. The children decided to use handmade fans, their hands, heads and feet and blowing to keep the balloon in the air. As a class, they then watched the effect of a hair dryer blowing air onto the balloon and discussed which of their strategies had the greatest effect.
Who is correct, Aristotle or Galileo?
Linking our learning on space and forces the children were presented with a historical and scientific challenge. Aristotle believed that heavier objects fall faster, whilst Galileo thought that all objects fall at the same speed regardless of weight. It was decided that Year 5 were the exact group of children to settle this debate once and for all! Using first film canisters and marbles, and then a piece of A4 paper the children started their investigation...
Aliens have landed
In our English lessons the children have begun to look at the short story 'Alien Landing'. In the story, two boys are fishing at night when they are suddenly mesmerised by silvery light. It is an alien space ship!
"Out of the dark interior a shadow began to move..."
The story then jumps to 24 hours later, where the main characters are suffering from amnesia and cannot recall anything that has happened since they initially saw the spaceship. The Year 5 children then explored the story through drama by creating freeze frames. As the week progresses they will be planning and writing the missing 24 hours of the story!
We are now moving onto our new topic, Take Off! This will continue to link with our learning on space, but the focus will be on understanding how different forces work. Today the children began to investigate the force of friction and learnt how it was caused between two surfaces rubbing against each other. In order to understand friction, the children had to investigate whether different amounts of force were needed to pull the same object across different surfaces. It was obvious to the children who had invented the measure of Newton's! A lot of fun was had investigating how Newton meters worked and conducting their own experiments. Well done for all your hard work!
Creating our own piece of abstract art
In their Art lessons, the children have been studying the abstract artist Peter Thorpe. He creates paintings using left over paint colours and themes them around his passion - space! The children have looked carefully at a variety of his different paintings and have begun to design their own piece of abstract space art using Peter Thorpe's work as inspiration. Previously the children were given an opportunity to experiment with different colours and painting techniques, using tools such as paintbrushes, sponges, cardboard and straws. They have used the knowledge they gained from this to decide on a final design. The children had a lot of fun being abstract artists and creating the background for their piece of art!
Identifying themes in the story of Moses
In their RE lessons, the children have been talking about the main events in the story of Moses. They have begun to identify and discuss where and when different themes appear in the story, such as: freedom, justice, evil, suffering, leadership, vulnerability and obedience. In small groups the children created a tableaux depicting a moment in the story that evidenced one of the discussed themes. We then finished our lesson by discussing if these themes were present in modern society, and providing examples of this.
Developing our gymnastics skills
During their gymnastics lessons, the children have been developing their flexibility, strength, control and balance skills. They have been practising techniques on how to mount and dis-mount apparatus safely. This has involved the children jumping off apparatus of different heights using various types of jump. For example: half turn, full turn, half turn tuck and full turn tuck. During a recent lesson, the children were able to practise these skills whilst also building up their upper body strength.
In the week leading up to the centenary of the end of the First World War, Year 5 have been reflecting upon the conflict and why poppies are seen as the recognised sign of remembrance. At the beginning of the week they were introduced to the poignant poem 'Where the Poppies Now Grow'. Using this as inspiration, the children captured a range of emotions through their writing of group and independent cinquains. Following this, each child stitched a felt poppy together to make wreaths for our school memorial service. Each poppy was adorned with a leaf, upon which each child has written a short but powerful message to the soldiers of World War One.
Drawing the galaxy
Inspired by our work on space, the children have used shading techniques to create a 3D image of the galaxy using oil pastels, chalk and paint. Can you spot which parts of the picture were created with which medium?
A biographical recount of Sir Isaac Newton
In Science the children had been learning about how scientific thoughts on the formation of the solar system had changed throughout history. Building on this, they were tasked with writing a biographical recount all about Sir Issac Newton. The children began by researching Newton's life, and used the iPads and class books. It was wonderful to see children continuing their research at home and bringing it into class to share. After they had gathered all of their research, the children planned how to structure their recount and the facts that they would include. They edited and improved their work before publishing their work, a fantastic and informative piece of factual writing.
Reading with Reception
Year 5 were incredibly excited to start shared reading with the children in Reception. Each Reception child chose a book for their Year 5 reading partner to read to them, and they all listened fantastically well. There was time after reading the story to talk about their favourite parts of the book and what they found funny, and it was wonderful to see the interaction and excitement between all the children. Cedar Class were so enthusiastic about sharing this time and being given the responsibility to help younger children fall in love with reading, that they described it as "an absolute joy!" We cannot wait until our next shared reading time Oak Class!
Investigating the orbits of the planets
In order to support their understanding of the orbits of all the planets in our solar system, the children recreated the solar system in the playground. Placing the sun at the centre, they worked together to draw out the orbits for each planet. The children agreed they needed to start with the orbit of Neptune because it is furthest from the sun. They worked inwards until they reached the planet with the shortest orbit - Mercury. All of the children were given an opportunity to be a planet. Using pigeon steps they walked around their orbit, and it enabled the rest of the class watching to visually see what it meant for a planet to have a longer or shorter orbit. The children rotated so they each got to experience this.
Investigating the solar system
This week in Science the children were challenged to make the solar system out of fruit and vegetables. They had to recall the number of planets, their names and then justify why they had chosen a certain piece of food for each planet taking into size and comparison to other planets. Finally, the children ordered their fruit and vegetable version of the solar system.
Welcome to Cedar class, Year 5!
Year 5 had a great Cultural Day today. We focused on Australia and learnt lots about ancient and modern Australian life. The day started with a look at the geographical features of the country and how life in Australia started many years ago. We then had a go at speaking in Australian lingo, before playing the traditional aboriginal ball game, Boogalah (we had to substitute the kangaroo skin ball with a football!). The afternoon was spent creating some beautiful Aboriginal pieces of artwork.
We were fortunate enough to welcome Sasha's Mum and Ruva's Dad into the classroom to teach us all about growing up in Slovakia and Zimbabwe. It was an absolute privilege having you in the classroom- thank you so so much!
Hertford Class Trip
To finish off our local study on Hertford, we went on a trip to the historic town and learnt lots about its history.
We went on a guided tour around the town, learning lots about the buildings and what lies beneath our feet (some of us found it pretty cool that we were standing on an Anglo-Saxon cemetery!); we then explored ordinary life in Hertford during the Second World War, looking at authentic and replica objects, documents and photographs; we finished off the day by having a picnic at Hartham Common and enjoyed the sunshine!
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed Outdoor Day- it was great being out all day in our beautiful school grounds. We started off the day by playing active games about decimal numbers; we then used our drama techniques to think about what we would do if we were deserted in Hertford to help with our Explorer's Guide explanation text; and we finished off the day by using the music garden with Mrs Mo. Fantastic day had by all!
Ian Green Wildlife Photography workshop
Year 5 had the fantastic opportunity to work with the professional wildlife photographer, Ian Green. We spent the morning outside in our wonderful grounds, learning how to take interesting, beautiful and captivating pictures. We learnt that, often, the most poignant picture comes from looking at the small details and taken from different and unusual perspectives. Thank you so much Ian, you have really inspired the children. We can't wait to see the pictures!
The Life Bus
Year 5 had a great opportunity to go into the the Life Bus and explore the concept of friendship and peer pressure; the children investigated different ways to say 'no' and gained an understanding of the correct way in which to do so. Thank you Nancy for, yet again, a fantastic experience on the Life Bus - we look forward to seeing you again soon.
The classroom has had a makeover! We have our new Harry Potter-themed reading hub and our walls look a little different too... The children have already immersed themselves into their new topic and are looking forward to all the fantastic new learning in store!
Fantastic Ancient Greek Projects
Wow! This half term, the children were asked to create an Ancient Greek artefact as homework, for our Ancient Greek Museum. The children have spent so much time and effort on these amazing pieces of work. I am so incredibly impressed. Well done Year 5!
Ancient Greek Day
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed our 'Ancient Greek Day' which finished off our exciting
topic! The morning was filled with Ancient Greek pottery making; then we tucked into our Ancient Greek Feast for lunch (some were more taken with the Mediterranean cuisine than others) and the afternoon was full of Greek dancing, Olympic Games and we finished off the afternoon by welcoming the parents into our classroom to enjoy our Ancient Greek Museum. A great day was had by all!
Olives, Urns and Olympics
We have started our new exciting topic learning all about the Ancient Greeks. We have transformed our 'reading hub' into the Ancient Greek Parthenon; we have been writing our own 'deathly' versions of Pandora's Box and have taken part in 'Madusa's Maths' - Year 5 have really got into the spirit of things!
On top of that, Year 5 have produced some beautiful Greek vases...
Which will fall first, the feather or the apple?
Linking with forces, the children explored the shape and texture of an apple and a feather. Through close observations and careful sketching, the children produced these stunning drawings. Well done Year 5!
We have been enjoying our science this term. Year 5 have taken part in numerous (messy) investigations and experiments! What fantastic enquiry skills they have!
In maths, we have been practising measuring and converting skills before using them to help us with our problem solving skills. Well done for working so hard Year 5; keep it up!
Wow, what a fantastic trip the children had at Manor Adventure. It was a privilege to go with them - the team work, encouragement, kindness and resilience they showed was truly fantastic. Here are some pictures to show what the Year 5's (and 6's) got up to!
Freedom and Justice
In R.E., we have been looking at the question, 'How can following God bring freedom and Justice?'. We have explored the story of Moses and have thought carefully about the themes presented. We have thought closely about what 'justice' means to us personally. The children have created some beautiful phrases illustrating their thoughts about justice, freedom and God, which are displayed in our classroom.
Year 5 have started the first 7 weeks, looking very closely at Growth Mindset; in particular, the many functions of the brain. We have learnt how to look after our brain and keep it healthy. We have been reiterating our class motto, 'You never you can't do something, you just can't do it...yet'.
Y5 KNEX Challenge: April 2017
Year 5 enjoyed a busy morning, building moving bridges as part of a KNEX challenge. They worked together to design and create their unique bridges, ensuring that they had a moving part and were able to hold a weight! Well done to all the children who worked hard throughout the morning, especially our class winners, Sam and Aaron!
Ancient Greek Day Spring term 2017
Welcome to Year 5!
Recently the whole class took part in an inter-school sports competition at Wodson Park, Ware. The children had the opportunity to try various different sports and did remarkably well, bringing home several medals!
We have been learning about historical places in the county of Hertfordshire. We are focusing on St Albans and Hertford and recently took a trip to visit the St Albans Cathedral and the Verulamium Museum. Both places are built on important historical sites. The cathedral was built on the site where Saint Alban, the first Christian martyr, was killed, and the museum is located where the Roman town of Verulamium was once built.
To link with our RE topic, we learned about the importance of pilgrimages to the shrine of Saint Alban. The children were given roles in which they had to make offerings to the shrine and talk (in role) about what bought them to the Cathedral. Some were giving thanks but others were asking for forgiveness!
In Year 5 we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks. We took part in a Greek Day where we tried Greek food, listened to Greek music and made Greek puddings!
The class also took part in Greek style games and made some Greek style pottery.
In Year 5 we have been learning about gravity. We tried an experiment to see if we could beat the force of gravity! Could we drop an egg from a height and stop it from breaking?
Working in teams of four, we used a range of materials to build a contraption that might help the egg float or glide - and something to cushion the impact.
We had seven groups. The egg smashed in five of the groups but two groups managed to successfully protect the egg. We discussed air resistance, parachute designs and cushioning effects. We also thought about whether it would be easier or harder to do this experiment on the moon (less gravity but no air)...