This term year 5 are taking part in a design and technology project to make a bag, as they would have done in Anglo-Saxon times. They will be testing various fabrics to see which is the most suitable and evaluating their final piece of work.
This week they were practising their measuring skills, drawing lines accurately and having a go at sewing.
Year 5 have been learning about the importance of personal hygiene this week. They have learnt all about their bodies starting to change and how they need to make sure they shower, wash their hands and brush their teeth regularly.
As a class we have discussed how germs are spread and we carried out an experiment to look at some evidence. We took 4 quarters of potato and rubbed one in a flower bed, one around a sink, one was rubbed across a child’s hands and the fourth one was simply put in a plastic bag as the ‘Control potato”. We made our predictions as to which one might have the most mould on, and in one week, we will study the potatoes and see if we we’re correct.
Year 5 have started their topic of Music this week. We are looking at rock music and have been studying various rock bands and their songs. We have learnt all about how songs are constructed and are now able to keep time and copy other children’s rhythmic hand-clapping patterns.
We ended the session reading music and playing tunes on the glockenspiels… the children we’re amazing!
On Friday, year 5 took part in an experiment looking into the effectiveness of Hydrogels. We submerged a crocodile egg in water and we”re going to measure it every day for a week to see just how much water the crocodile will absorb before it stops growing completely.
Some of the children have predicted a giant crocodile will emerge… Let’s hope not!
During the last few Computing lessons with Mr Baddhan, Year 5 Kestrels have been using a new program called Audacity – a sound editing tool. It allows children to edit their recordings and then add sound effects.
The children recorded their suspense stories from a previous English lesson, and then added sound effects downloaded from a website called Sound Bible.
The children were also reminded about the importance of downloading copyrighted files from the internet. Always ask permission from the website or owner.
Year 5 have been looking into how everyone around them can be different in lots of ways, yet they are all equal. They have been introduced to Dot and her family and friends, and have learnt how they all support each other in a variety of ways.