On Wednesday, Year 5 visited the Botanical Gardens as part of their learning about the topic Rain forests. The class had a fantastic time in the taught session where they learnt about plants and animals from the rain forests. In these sessions the class had the opportunity to handle the animals: there was a stick insect, a chameleon and a corn snake. There was also some enormous seeds, such as the coconuts and the coco de mer. They were enormous! Year 5 then went exploring the different plants and birds. We saw the tropical, sub-tropical, Mediterranean and arid houses. We also met some beautiful peacocks, peahens, parakeets (budgies) and a very friendly macaw! We learnt a lot and had lots of fun!
Year 5 was visited by Maria, the nurse, today and learnt about keeping healthy in different ways. We learnt about the importance of sleep, exercise and a healthy diet. We also learnt about some things that can effect our health, such as head lice, asthma, eczema, colds and athletes foot. Maria taught us some ways to take care of ourselves when these things happen. Year 5 asked lots of thoughtful questions and learnt a lot today.
Year 5 have had a fantastic week learning through the story Coraline during Book Week. We started the week of with drama and a visit from an author. We used our creative and D&T skills to create characters and a new setting. We really enjoyed working with parents to make the dioramas. They look fantastic!
We then used these to create a stop mo
tion video on the iPads to depict the problem
and resolution in the story. We made some brilliant chase and escape scenes!
We finished off the week by using all this inspiration to write our own stories and solve fraction and percentage problems in maths.
This week, Year 5 visited the Balaji Hindu Temple in Dudley. Swati, our guide, showed us around the mandir and explained the Hindu beliefs to us. We visited the shrines and heard different stories about the Hindu Gods. We had lots of questions and learnt a lot!
This week year 5 have been using research skills to deepen our understanding of Hindu beliefs. We learn about beliefs about Dharma, Karma, reincarnation and Moksha. We then had time to find out more in books and on websites. We worked collaboratively to make sense of these ideas. Then we used these ideas to create a code that Hindu children might follow.
Year 5’s RE topic this term is Hinduism and we are thinking about commitment. Our ‘big question’ is ‘How far will a Hindu go to show commitment?’
This week, we learnt about artifacts like the puja tray, which contains kum kum powder, incense, diva lamps, prashard (different types of offerings) and fruit or sweets. Did you know that different Murtis (gods or goddesses) like different types of offerings. Hindus do puja at least once a day as part of their daily routine to show commitment to their religion.
In groups, we made puja trays and the artifacts that are used by Hindus in this practice.
Year 5 have created stop motion videos using apps in the iPads. We first made story boards to plan the movements of the subject (the astronaut and space probe) across the landscapes that we had created. We took pictures, moving the subject a little bit at a time. Have a look at the videos that we created! We’re feeling very proud of our learning about Space!
Year 5 have had so much fun learning all about space and using everything we have learnt to create dioramas. We started by researching, then, in groups, we planned and designed a planet. We listed the equipment and materials that we would need. Then we put our plans into action and created a space scene. They look fabulous! Next week we are going to film stop motion videos of a shuttle landing so stay tuned!
Year 5 have been learning about physical well being and why being healthy is important. We learnt about different activities and the amount of energy we use. Did you know that physical activity is necessary for strong muscles, bones and a healthy heart? We tried out different activities and then had a go measuring our heart rates to see how it changed over time.
We also learnt about keeping safe online. Year 5 learnt about fake news, why it happens and we came up with some tips on how to tell if news is fake or real. Remember: if a news story seems exaggerated or unrealistic, you should double check on a reliable news source.
Year 5 have learnt all about shading and smudging and have been using this technique to create shapes and shadows that can be seen on the moon’s surface. We have used our knowledge of the moon’s craters to make these images. First, we used a viewfinder to choose a section of the moon’s surface. Then we shaded with chalk and smudged with our fingertips to create different effects.