Year 5

In Science this term we have been learning all about forces, particularly gravity and how it affects everything we do. We used ping pong balls and straws to see if by sucking or blowing throw them we were able to 'defy' gravity by temporarily balancing it. Have a look at the pictures below to see how we did! 

We have also found out all about air resistance and friction and how they affect the way objects move through the air. To test out how we could affect them both, we made and then flew our own paper planes! We evaluated why they flew the way they did and then made modifications to make them more aerodynamic. Check back soon to see the pictures! 

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Today was art day! We combined our English learning with our art to create a page that you would see inside a published book. We were inspired by our core text 'The Lost Words' by Robert MacFarlane, which is an anthology of poems based on the beauty of the natural world. We have focused on our use of figurative language to create powerful metaphors in our poems and then combined this with matching illustrations.

 

Have a look below to see the amazing pages we created! 

This half term in guided reading, we have been studying the text Kenuske's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. It is all about a boy called Michael and his family, who decide to shun real life for an adventurous life at sea! 

 

To help us develop our inference skills, we put ourselves into the shoes of the characters and wrote a message in a bottle we thought that they might send. To make it look old we crumpled it, tea stained it and even crumbled coffee all over it! 

 

We're hoping that we can find an eco-friendly way to send these messages off to sea so get your thinking caps on!

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Today we started our life-sized Egyptian paintings. We painted outside for as long as we could until we had to battle the wind and the rain! We had plans flying over bushes, we had weights to keep our paper on the ground and we had a lot of fun! We moved inside in the end and have begun to create some incredible work, have a look below! We tidied up so well that we may have got ourselves a bit messy in the process...apologies again but great art is a messy business!

A big thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to Parents day this week, it was a pleasure to talk to you about the progress your wonderful children are making.

 

If you were unable to make it, please do contact us or the office to arrange a meeting, we would love to see you!

Welcome back year 5! We hope you all had a lovely break and we are so pleased to see you! Thank you for settling back in to school life so quickly too. 

 

We have started our summer term brilliantly by kicking off our new topic all about Ancient Egypt. This week we have used chalk and charcoal to create Egyptian inspired self-portraits and are now working on creating life sized Egyptian art using mixed media such as paint, pen and collage. Check back soon to see our final pieces"

It all got a bit messy.....we are very sorry about the grubby shirts and grubby faces!!

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In art we have begun our study of the Japanese artist Katushika Hokusai. He is famous for his prints of the 'Great Wave' which links brilliantly with our Natural Disasters topic. We have based our Hokusai inspired work on our core text in English 'The Tornado Chasers' and created our own 3D tornado drawings. We have thought carefully about how varying our pencil pressure can affect perspective and make certain parts of our picture look like they are coming forward and backwards!

We have used hatching and cross-hatching when sketching to build up layers of colour to create an brilliant 3D effect. Check back soon to see our amazing finished pieces!

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In maths this week we have been focusing on statistics. We have looked at line graphs and timetables and thought carefully about the real life contexts in which we might see them.

We have answered a wide range of questions and also written our own for our friends to solve. We were even given line graphs with no titles or labels on their axis that we had to make real life contexts up for! Have a look at the examples in the picture, what data story do you think they could be telling?

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Today was RE day and we have spent time learning about and discussing the concept of justice. We have spoken about what it is, where we might see it and who is responsible for it being carried out fairly. We also spoke about injustice and what we can do to make sure it doesn't happen.

The children had so many great ideas linked to their knowledge of the wider world and they were able to make links between it and the stories of Jonah and the Whale and the parable 'The Prodigal Son.' We also looked at how Muslim people believe in 'Justice for All' and made comparisons between the different faiths.

 

Have a look at the newspaper reports about Jonah and the Whale below, can you remember how God showed justice to Jonah?

In maths we are learning how to add and subtract numbers with up to 6 digits. We will also be using these skills to solve real life problems. To make sure we are ready to apply our skills to different contexts we have been practising plotting 4,5 and 6 digit numbers on number lines and testing our partners to see if they can spot when we have got it right and when we have tried to catch them out!

We have been using numbers like 25,000, 2500, 250 and 25 to make sure our friends can use what they know about place value to plot them correctly. We have been brilliant at it and are ready to tackle some tricky problems with some big numbers now! Check back soon to see how we got on.... 

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This Friday afternoon was science afternoon and we learnt about solutions and suspensions. We made sure our test was as fair as it could be and evaluated where we could improve this next time. We also made predictions based on what we already know and shared our ideas to help each other. We tested whether oil, flour, sugar, sand and coffee would dissolve in tap water and then discussed how things like temperature and mixing may change the outcome.

We also made sure that we understood the difference between melting and dissolving and discussed which could be reversed and why. If you are doing any cooking at home maybe you could look out for which materials dissolve into solutions and which don't!

We have been loving our art sessions inspired by Arcimboldo! We have spent time discussing his work, what we like and what we don't like and have used it to inspire our own Arcimboldo - esque drawings. We have been learning to refine our sketching techniques using different pencils, different pressures, hatching and cross hatching. We have even learnt that we can 'draw' with a rubber to create highlights! It is so important to remember that there are no mistakes in art, some of the most amazing pieces of work have come from an 'oops' moment. Great resilience Year 5. We hope you are as proud of our pieces as we are.

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In maths we are carrying on our fractions learning and this week we are working on converting improper fractions to mixed numbers AND to convert mixed numbers back in to improper fractions again!

We are using all sorts of strategies to help us including using cubes to work it out practically, bar models to work it out using pictures and we are even using our multiplication and division knowledge to help us mentally.

If you're having a pizza night this week see if you can try and convert some improper fractions into mixed numbers or mixed numbers back into improper fractions!

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Picture 2 A great use of mental strategies!
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Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a lovely, relaxing week off and that you are ready for another jam packed half term! We have started our new art learning today all about an Italian artist from the 1500's called Guiseppe Arcimboldo. He used fruit, vegetables, food and flowers to paint images that you really need to look twice at! Have a look at the pictures below and see if you can spot how clever and interesting his work is!

 

We have started to plan our own Arcimboldo inspired work, have a look below!

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Here is some of our Arcimboldo inspired work!

Here is some of our Arcimboldo inspired work! 1

What a busy half term we have had! We are so close to our 500 leaves target, we can see that reward coming our way very soon, thank you to all of you who have continued showing the 6 Bidbury values in the classroom, on the playground and at home. We are all very proud of you.

 

Here is a little snap shot of just some of the amazing learning we have been doing this half term. From earthquakes to news reports about intergalactic battles via equivalent fractions, we have been so busy that our teachers think we deserve a rest next week!

 

We hope you all have a lovely and relaxing half term break and come back focussed and ready to learn just as much next half term!

Welcome back Year 5 and well done on settling in so quickly. As everyone has been focussed so well on our Bidbury Values we are on track to meet our 500 leaf target for our exciting reward! We are especially looking for children to self-regulate.
In maths we are focussing on decimal numbers and how we round them to one decimal place or to the nearest whole number. We are linking what we know about rounding decimals to what we already know about rounding to whole numbers to help us!
In PE this half term we are thrilled to say that Year 5 will be focussing on their swimming skills! Our PE afternoon is Thursday so please do make sure you have what you need. If you have any questions about this please do ask us!