Well the Easter holidays seem like a distant memory and we are soon approaching May half term! We have been very busy this term learning about how scientists work and what they do. The class have faced many challenges such as solving problems - How can we build a house which is water resistant? Making Predictions - Which household item is the best for cleaning copper pennies? and Creating Surveys - Which glove is the best for picking up small items/being the most waterproof or having the best grip?
We came to the conclusion that tomato ketchup and lemon juice were the best for cleaning pennies!
The children have learnt how to work well in a team and the challenges scientists may face and this week we are going to look at how scientists work in the real work using chromatography - watch this space!
I am very impressed with all the super homework coming in linked to our Viking topic. Uzair has again provided us with lots of exciting research, Emilia has shown us lots of Viking clothing and Viking runes and Dylan & Georgia wowed us today with a Viking axe & shield! Toby made us some yummy oat cakes earlier on this term and the plastic containers were empty by the end of the day! I look forward to receiving more homework this term.
Please remember to practise your spellings each week and bring P.E kits in every week. With the warmer weather coming up, it will be a shame to miss out due to leaving your kit at home!
We haven't posted in a while but we have been very busy working hard this term! This side of half term has flown by quickly and I look forward to meeting you again this week to discuss how well the children are doing so far.
We have had great fun in Science this term, investigating forces, making our own boats and racing them and even making our own catapults!
Attached are some pictures of the catapults we made, we then carried out group investigations to see how effective they were and analysed which forces were in action.
In maths week earlier on this term, we created 3D shapes out of spaghetti and went on a shape hunt in the secret garden. It was amazing to see the children really stretching their learning and trying to make some impressive, rather large structures of shapes!
In English, we have become fully involved with our book 'Stormbreaker.' We have just finished creating and describing our ultimate villain's lair. In Geography, we have been looking at erosion and how this had an effect on the residents of Hemsby. Some very funny acting skills were shown as we put ourselves in the shoes of the local people!
Thank you to all of the parents and carers who came to our Christmas craft afternoon. We really appreciated all of your help and look forward to seeing you on Friday to buy our brilliant selection of items! We will even be selling melting snowman biscuits!
In Maths we have been investigating cube numbers, square numbers, multiples and factors. This week we have been looking at perimeter and area. We used multi-link cubes to help us work out all of the cube numbers and square numbers - attached are some of the children's examples!
Thank you to some of the excellent homework still coming in! This week we got to try Pippa's white chocolate and lemon bread which was a big hit with all of the children and even the staff!
I have also attached some of our press printing work which we have been focusing on the last couple of weeks in Art. The children have worked really hard on their designs and they are looking really effective!
I look forward to seeing some of you this afternoon to watch our performance o the Highwayman! We have worked super hard and can't wait to showcase our hard work!
Another jam packed week! We have finished writing our Highwayman diary entries, in the perspective of Tim the Ostler, the Highwayman or Bess. I have been impressed with everyone's efforts to edit and improve their work and after reading them all tonight - it is safe to say 5C have produced some excellent, enjoyable pieces of writing. We look forward to casting the performance next week!
This week we have been busy working as scientists in a lab to test the best brand of kitchen towel. We tested five pieces of kitchen towel to see which was the most absorbent! It is safe to say that Blitz won as it held a magnificent 147 drops of water! Attached are some photos of scientists in action, carrying out a fair test!
Please keep the great pieces of homework coming in. This week we were lucky enough to try potato bread made by Toby - with a mystery ingredient of cheese!
It was rather tasty and enjoyed by all. I look forward to seeing more pieces of homework throughout the term.
In preparation for our Christmas Craft afternoon coming up, I would be grateful if you would be able to spare any clean tin cans preferably without labels on. Please bring these in over the next week or so if you can, so that we can try and spare enough for the class.
Well done to the children this week that have taken part in the WW1 Commemoration Concert at the Corn Exchange. Tomorrow we will also be taking part in a service of remembrance which will be performed in the road outside the school building.
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In Science, we have started our first topic where we have learnt lots about the eight planets and the distance they are from the sun. We even learnt a solar system rap, to help us remember the order of the planets! We then wrote our own mnemonics to help us remember the planets. Some of them were rather funny! A great effort from everyone.
Today we have started our topic on the Ancient Mayans and we have been discussing key events that happened in Maya Civilisation by looking at two different timelines.
A big well done to Finley and Evie this week who were awarded with certificates in assembly for trying their best in maths!
See you all next week!
We have had a great start to Year 5 and the children have all settled in and adapted well to their new classroom. I am super excited to have joined the Rushmere teaching team and I am looking forward to working with you all and teaching the children throughout their time in Year 5.
We have started life in Year 5 by discussing the PRIDE rules and the children have all signed the PRIDE contract to agree to stick to these rules all year!
We also discussed how to be an excellent talking partner and 5C have created their own checklist of the qualities a good talking partner should display. We put these skills to the test by sharing with our partners what we got up to over the summer holidays and the children have been given a new talking partner ready to work with for the new week ahead.
On Friday, we discussed the importance of having a growth mindset and how it is important to try our best, even if we do find things tricky. The children were given the challenge of making an origami penguin without any help and lots of them said 'I CAN'T DO THIS!' - highlighting the importance of using our growth mindsets, even if we are faced with a challenging task!
They then had a go at making the penguin using instructions to help. Dylan broke the record for making the smallest origami penguin!
The penguins will be used as a reminder to the children all year that they can achieve anything they put their mind to!
If you can, please come along to the Meet the Teacher session on Monday 10th September at 2.50pm, where I look forward to meeting you to give you more information about the year ahead.
We are 4S!
Each week we will update our blog with activities, pictures and comments on what we have been learning!