Having a voice

Year 5 discussed being part of the school community and having a voice.

They thought about the things they might like to improve in the school in terms of its grounds and facilities.
They then devised appropriate questions that they could put to the school to gain an idea of what they thought.
This proved to be harder than they first thought. If the question was not specific enough the results would not help them to move forward with their ideas.

The class then decided on one idea to put forward to Mrs Butterworth and wrote her a letter…they will deliver it to her today. Let’s see what she says..

Rules and laws

In PSHE Year 5 have been discussing rules and laws and why these are important things to have. They started off discussing rules in school and why we have them. A lot of children agreed that we have rules in school to avoid chaos and to try and keep everyone calm and shaving in the right way.

The children then referred this to why we have laws and realised that it is for very similar reasons.

As well as this the children also discussed how people can be influenced by their peers to break certain rule and how this influence can sometimes turn into pressure.

Digital pledge

Year 5 Kestrels have recently had an online safety lesson where they were discussing a digital pledge. The children spent time discussing what different communities they are a part of, before discussing how communities can be made responsible and respectful.

The children all had lots of ideas of how people should behave in a community, for example being kind to one another, listening to every ones opinions and reporting inappropriate behaviour online.

The class ended the lesson by signing around they’re very online digital pledge, agreeing to behave in the right way when online.

Arts Week: Applying grayscale effects using digital media

During today’s digital media lesson, Year 5 Kestrels edited photos they took earlier in the week.

They used photo editing software to manipulate the photos to resemble the same style as their artist for art week – Ansel Adams.

The focussed on editing their photos to have the following features:
– Grayscale (black and white)
– Dark black edges
– Extra white tones in white areas

In yesterday’s lesson, Kestrels found our Ansel Adams is a photographer who works with black and white photos and usually captures events of nature.

Children’s work

Jamie and Callum

Daisy

Cara

Arts Week: Ansel Adams

Today Year 5 were introduced to their artist for art week – Ansel Adams. They discussed how he is a photographer who works with black and white photos and usually captures events of nature.

They then completed a couple of activities using Ansel Adams as inspiration. One consisted of painting with a piece of string and the other was creating patterned landscapes. Both of these activities were completed in a grey scale theme. The children had lots of fun and produced some really fantastic work!

Collage

In Art, Year 5 have started a unit based on collage. We started by discussing what collage is and looking at the work of Henri Matisse. We then moved onto the artist Beatriz Milhazes. We have discussed and evaluated her work before having a go at a piece ourselves! In today’s lesson we completed our backgrounds made of lots of rectangular shapes and made our collage apps, ready for stamping on top!

Computing workshop

Year 5 Kestrels had a very productive Computing workshop this morning. Parents joined the class to work with them on coding in Scratch. The class really showed their skills, remembering all the key words and knowing how to code.

The children had a fun task of making the sprite (the cat) move around the maze until the route to the apple was found.

Children had to use their skills, of debugging, to ensure the commands they entered, worked.

Thank you to all the parents who attended. It was a valuable opportunity for the children to share their knowledge and work together.