Welcome to 5V!
We are taught by Miss Vickers and supported by Miss Guest, along with many other adults in school.
We love being creative!
To start our amazing Year 5 experience, we have had a chance to be creative by making our own Mayan Temple as a group on the first day of term. We have even made Mayan Worry Dolls that we will tell all of our worries to, just like the ancient Maya of long ago!
The video below tells a story about Silly Billy (by Anthony Brown) who was a worrier until he stayed over at his Grandma's house. She taught him all about worry dolls, just like Miss Vickers told us about them!
We love Science and investigating!
This term, we are looking at forces in the world around us. Today (11.09.2018), we have been looking at gravity and how it works. We found out that it was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton after an apple fell on his head one day! We carried out an experiment using a balloon and a straw to see how gravity is a force that cannot be stopped. This was really fun!
We watched the video above and we were amazed by this! We watched Miss Vickers try to do the same but we knew that this wouldn't happen because the pull of gravity is a lot stronger on Earth.
More science investigations!
we have been looking at air resistance and we had lots of fun doing this! Miss Vickers gave us lots of different materials to create a parachute to help some astronauts whose shuttle had broken. We made three different parachutes and tested them to see which size would be best to use. We found out that the biggest parachute we made was the best as this took around a second to drop to the floor when the others were less than 1 second!
We love acting!
To help us with our Mayan topic, we had a chance to act out the lives of different Mayan social classes. Some of us were nobles, women and farmers. We now know that Mayan society was a class system with the most amount of people in the commoner section. We had lots of fun guessing who belonged to the different classes!
We've been creative again!
Today we have created our own Mayan God after learning all about Mayan religion! Miss Vickers told us lots of facts about how they were worshipped and we enjoyed listening to the part about sacrifice!
Today we have had French day and we focused on colours and body parts. To fully immerse ourselves into the day, we created our own self portrait in the style of Vincent Van Gough. Miss Vickers asked us to identify the different parts of our face in French and we started to say what colour our eyes and hair is. We really enjoyed it today and we can't wait for our next French day!
Bringing History to life!
What a day we've had today! We went to The Bosworth Battlefield Centre to support our learning for History this half term. Our topic looks at the battle for the crown between Richard III and Henry Tudor so we had a chance to learn about the Battle of Bosworth (which ended the Wars of the Roses in 1485) from experts. Our day included a chance to explore different artefacts from the period, a guided walk around the battlefield and a walk around the exhibition centre. We particularly enjoyed trying on helmets from the battle and being involved in the walk as different people in the battle!
Learning out of classroom!
To help with our understanding of perimeter, Miss Vickers took our maths group outside and we found the perimeter of different parts of the playground. We really enjoyed using the trundle wheels and it was a fab introduction to our new unit. We did get a little soggy because it started to rain just before we came inside!
Battle for the Crown!
We have been learning all about the Battle of Bosworth and we looked at the battle strategies used by both the Lancastrians and Yorkists. We went outside and carried out our very own Battle of Bosworth. We didn't have a crown so we used Miss Vickers' scarf instead! Watch one of our battles below.
The video above shows the strategies that we used to help us in our battle.
Whatever Floats Your Boat!
Today we had a mantle lesson where we were pretending to be boat experts. Our client had asked us to design and build a boat that would carry expensive art work from Cambridge University to Brazil. We used the brief to research boats and then designed one that would suit the client. Unfortunately, we had to redesign our boats after we were told by weather experts about an incoming storm.
Due to our science topic being Space, we have been looking at the phases of the moon throughout the lunar cycle. We used Oreos to create each phase and the creme represented the section of moon that we can see, the biscuit represents the part of the moon that we don't see.
To Infinity and Beyond!
What another fantastic trip we have had today! We went to the National Space Centre in Leicester as part of our science topic which focuses on Space. The day started off with any amazing workshop where we looked at rocket science and how they fly into Space. Everyone loved it when we explored the Solar System in the Planetarium because we learned a lot of facts about each planet and we had a chance to answer questions about the Solar System. After this, we split off into our classes and explored the rocket tower, learned more about each planet in the solar system and looked at what it is like to live in Space. We really enjoyed it today and it was a fun way to end our science unit.
The video below will go wobbly because the experiment that we watched made Miss Vickers jump while she was recording it!! 😂
Boats, boats, boats.
This week we have finished building our boats and we tested them in water. Most of the boats in the class floated in the water for a little while however some of our boats sank. We used the test as an opportunity to evaluate our work and suggest ways that we could improve them in the future.
Today we had French day and we were looking at the country's capital, Paris. We started the day with a research lesson where we used the iPads to find out facts about Paris and we then used the research to create posters about the city. After Lunch we had an art session where we sketched some famous buildings in Paris then we were challenged to use newspaper to create our own version of the Eiffel Tower. Some of our structures were really tall but they couldn't stand on their own! We had a really great day and can't wait for the next one.