Welcome to 5B!
Our class teacher is Miss Beech and we are supported in class by Mrs Carrington-Porter, and many other wonderful adults in school.
SPRING TERM 2
Today, we have been very fortunate to have a visit from Meghan Beesley. She is an athlete, who competes in the 400m hurdles events, representing Great Britain, and England. We completed a range of circuit events in the hall and then had a question and answer session with Meghan. She was very inspiring about participating in athletics and we all very much enjoyed her visit. Good luck at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast of Australia in the next few weeks.
In Reading, we have been looking at a text called 'Johnny and the Dead'. This is a playscript written by Stephen Briggs, that was originally a novel written by Terry Pratchett.
We had lots of fun acting this out, paying attention to the stage directions given.
Today, we have had our first topic lesson about Brazil. We have been looking at human and physical features in the landscape, and then located Brazil and other South American countries on a map.
In English, we have had an immersion lesson for our new topic about warning tales. We watched a clip called 'Alma' about a little girl who gets trapped in a doll after drawing on a wall with chalk. Some of us were a little scared after this! We then had a look at some hidden characters in images, and then had a go at designing our own for our own warning tales that we will write in a few weeks. Here are the characters that we created.
SPRING TERM 1
This afternoon, Miss Beech has had the opportunity to participate in a P.E lesson with the class, delivered by our Sports Coach, Elliott. We started with some fun warm up activities, then practised the skills we have learnt for Cricket. We then had a competetive game of Cricket, and the children had to persuade Miss Beech to join their team. We had a fun, active afternoon in the hall!
In English, we have been learning about Visual Literacy, using the Mumford and Sons music video for 'Lover of the Light'. We have been hotseating as the character in the video, who is blind, to imagine what his life would be like. We thought carefully about questions that we could ask to find out more and then put ourselves into character.
Today, we have been over to the William Allitt School, for a Languages day. We have had the opportunity to experience the language and culture of 4 different countries. We started off by learning a Brazilian dance called 'Capoeira', which is a form of Portuguese martial arts. We then had a German lesson, and learnt how to discuss our pets in the German language.
After lunch, we experienced Japanese. In this lesson, we learnt some basic Japanese greetings, how to make origami samurai hats and how to use chopsticks properly. We finished our day with a cooking session, where we made Spanish Tortillas, and got to sample our culinary skills.
We all had a fantastic time and learnt lots of new things during each session. Thank you to the staff and student helpers from the William Allitt for this experience!
This afternoon, we finished off making our boats in Topic. Here are our finished products.
Today, we have been completing a science experiment looking at the effect of different materials as insulators. We had a cup of ice cubes and tracked the temperature at 5 minute intervals, to see which material was the best insulator and kept the ice cubes frozen the longest.
28.01.18 & 05.02.18
In topic, we are building our own boats using lots of different materials. Here are some photo's of us in the building stage.
This afternoon, we have had lots of fun doing a Science experiment using materials. We were exploring with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to see how much gas was produced when we used different amounts of each material. We used a balloon on top of the bottles to collect the gas.
In English, we are learning about Explanation Texts. We have looked at Wallace & Gromit's Cracking Contraptions. Today, we have been focussing on technical language for each of their inventions.
Today, we did our first lesson of our new topic 'Whatever Floats Your Boat!' We used an approach to learning called 'Mantle of the Expert'. We became boat experts and were asked by a client, The University of Cambridge Art History Department, to find a boat that would be able to transport 300 people and some valuable pieces of Artwork, across the Atlantic Ocean to Brazil. We used ipads to research different types of boats, which would be best and then justified our choices. Some of the children then became weather experts and explained the pros and cons of different boats if we were to hit bad weather at sea. This meant that we had to use our expertise to think of a new boat to build, and found we would need to adapt existing designs to make our own customised boats.
In English, we have been learning about Autobiographies. We made a timeline of our life on cards to show events from birth, Infant School, Junior School, our favourite memories, things we are proud of, and what we hope to do in the future.
This half term, our Homework Grid was all about boats. Here are our superb pieces of homework that were handed in.
AUTUMN TERM 2
Today, Year 5 have completed their last Sing 2Gether session with the other schools in the project. We thoroughly enjoyed this, and are looking forward to sharing our hard work with parents next week.
This afternoon, we have been continuing with our topic 'Battle For The Crown!'
We looked specifically at the events of the Battle of Bosworth, and then did a re-enactment of the battle. We had lots of fun exploring what might have happened.
In Maths, we have been learning about Addition and Subtraction. We used digit cards 0-9 to explore which numbers would add to make the largest total, and which would make the smallest total. We had some fantastic discussions about how the place value of each digit could change this.
In Science, we have been thinking about how plants reproduce. We looked at a range of different types of plants and then sorted them as a group, into whether they reproduce sexually or asexually.
This morning, we began our new singing project called 'Sing 2gether Swadlincote'. We have a very experienced music teacher called Clare, who will be working with us for the next few weeks, on a Wednesday, to learn songs for our singing showcase with 2 other local schools.
Today in Science, we have dissected flowers to look at the parts inside. We were really fascinated at what we saw!
Today in English, we have been looking at the story of 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'. We have used our skills of editting and improving for the story opening, to make it the best that it can be.
Today, we have had an immersion day for our new English topic of Narrative Writing. We are basing this on Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas".
The teachers were dressed up as the main characters, and we watched a clip of the film of Halloween Town, up until Jack finds the Christmas Tree door.
We then looked at the characters of Jack and Sally and thought about what they look like, and how they might be feeling at this part of the story.
This half term, our Homework grid was all about the War of the Roses and the Tudor Dynasty.
Here are some of our fantastic Homework projects that we have completed.
AUTUMN TERM 1
Today, we have dressed in our pyjamas to raise money for books for our school library. We enjoyed feeling very chilled out all day!
18 - 20.10.17
In Maths, we have come to the end of our first chapter, all about Place Value. As a way of consolidating their learning, the children have created their own place value board games based on rounding, finding more or less, greater than and less than, and also reading and writing numbers up to 1000000.
This afternoon, we have learnt about the Mayan creation story. We learnt that 2 gods, called Tepeu & Gucamatz, were the creators of the World. They originally made people from Clay, Wood and finally out of Corn. The children then had a go at these, and then we retold the story using our models.
This afternoon, 5B have had our INSPIRE Spelling workshop. The children thoroughly enjoyed making their spelling games, and creating fun ways of learning the words on the Statutory Spelling lists.
In PSHE, we have been looking at bullying and the effects of this. Miss Beech drew a person onto a piece of paper, then we said unkind things to it amd crumpled the paper each time. When we unrolled it, we saw that our character Gerald was all creased and uneven. We thought about how this links to how people who are the victims of bullying might feel. We had a long discussion about what each of us can do to be kind and help others so as we can stop bullying from happening.
Today in English, we have been looking at the features of Non-Chronological Reports. We used some exisiting reports and analysed them to see what features they did have, amd which were missing. We then added in the missing sections with our partner.
Today, Year 5 have visited the National Space Centre. We have had lots of fun and learnt lots of new information about Space. We particularly enjoyed the Planetarium and watching a 'Tour of the Night Sky', creating our own Weather Broadcasts, as well as exploring the other fantastic exhibitions. Thank you to the children for their superb behaviour whilst representing our school today, and all of the parent volunteers who gave up their time to support this visit, without whom, visits such as this wouldn't be able to go ahead.
In Science, we made models out of Oreos to represent the 8 phases of the Moon. We really enjoyed doing this, and tried really hard not to eat them during the lesson!
This afternoon, we have completed an Art project for the National Memorial Arboretum. They are currently holding an exhibition called 'Heartfelt Messages'. We used traditional paper folding techniques to create a heart, and then wrote a message of remembrance, or an important family memory or person inside of them.
The results are beautiful! I am looking forward to seeing them as part of the final installation. Well done 5B!
In Maths, we have been looking at Place Value. Today, we made digit cards and our 'In Focus' task asked us to use all 16 digit cards to make 3 numbers greater than 10,000 but less than 1,000,000.
In Topic, we researched information about why corn and cocoa were important to the Ancient Mayan Civilisation. We then made Chocolate Bark using plain chocolate, cayan pepper, salt, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. We will try it tomorrow once it has hardened.
In English, we made traditional Mayan worry dolls. They are designed to take your worries away at night, whilst you sleep. Can you find yours?
In Science, we have been learning about how the planets move around the Solar System. We did a piece of drama to show this.
In English, we are continuing with Instructions. In todays lesson, we ordered instructions to make a card lizard. We found this tricky, as despite ordering them correctly, some of the instructions were quite vague, meaning they all turned out differently.
Today in English, we were using imperative verbs. We played Charades to see if our partner could guess which imperative verb we were acting out.
Today, we had an immersion day for our English topic about Instructions. We made chocolate cornflake cakes and then wrote a simple set of instructions about how we made them.
This half term, our Homework grid was all about the Ancient Maya Civilisation.
Here are some of our fantastic Homework projects that we have completed.
In 5B, we have had a democratic vote to decide who is going to be our Student Council Representative for the year. The children all gave fantastic speeches, and once the votes were counted, Oliver received this role. Well done Oliver!