2019 - 20
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!
2018 - 19
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!
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.
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!
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'.
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!
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.
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?
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?
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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'.
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)...