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Viking life presentations

Year 5 Kestrels have been spending time researching Viking life using the iPads and various information books. Once their information was collected and recorded in their History books they teamed up with a classmate to create a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint. The children loved making their presentations, especially when it came to adding the transitions and animations to their slides! Some of them even included sound.

Today the children presented what they had created. It was really great to see how much hard work and effort all of the children had put in! All groups worked really well together and helped each other through the performance. Well done Kestrels.

Peer Mediator training

Year 5 had their last whole class training session with Miss McClelland. The next two sessions will be solely for the chosen Peer Mediators.

They started with a game as always.

The children have really got the hang of working well as a team, especially when it means they have to sacrifice their part in the game in order to win.The children came up with some good qualities they think Peer Mediators need:

  • Confidence
  • Patience
  • Tolerance
  • Caring
  • Polite
  • Co-operative
  • Democratic
  • Good listener
  • Good thinker
  • Peaceful
  • Responsible
  • Creative in problem solving
  • Independent
  • Trustworthy

The children then wrote down their top three qualities…

Once that was done the children had to think of classmates who had the three qualities they wrote down. They had to give their papers to the most qualified person.

Shayla received a lot of the papers and the class decided it was clear she always showed the qualities, she always has a smile and has a “good heart”.

Then the children were told what the job of Peer Mediator involved:
Some of your lunchtime
Later lunch
Twice a week

The children then voted for classmates that wished to be considered for the job. There were only 12 places available.

All the nominations were put into a box ready to be counted.

The results will be announced as soon as possible.

A big thank you to Miss McClelland for guiding us through the training, it was a lot of fun and thought provoking.

The class thought they had learnt so many skills and got better at:

  • Solving conflicts
  • Confidence
  • Thinking more
  • Working harder
  • Concentration
  • Independence
  • Multi tasking
  • Working with others
  • Sharing ideas

I think the children have been better team players and considering others feelings as well using strategies to everyone’s advantage.

Spam fake emails

Today Kestrels have been discussing what spam email is and how you should deal with it. We started off discussing what we thought spam was. The children came up with lots of ideas such as it being something that you receive that you don’t want or someone repeatedly sending you the same message.

We then looked at a scenario where a young boy had received an email telling him he had won a prize. We discussed what the boy had done, why he made those decisions and what he should have done to deal with the email. After discussing these questions we came to the conclusion that you should not open emails that are off someone that you do not know and include suspicious content. The message should be deleted straight away and you should inform your parents or carers.

Video: Chemical reactions

Year 5 Kestrels have looked at more chemical reactions. We watched clear water turn blue when methylene blue was added to it.

As we were watching it, it began to become clear again!

Then Miss Edwards shook the bottle and it turned blue again!

That was amazing to see.

Then Miss Edwards kept the bottle still and we observed the liquid return to clear.

Watch the video and see for yourself.

The children observed and decided that the methylene blue was absorbed into the clear liquid or it dissolved.

They also decided that it was a reversible reaction and that is why it returned to clear (once it was not shaken any more).

This happened because oxygen was introduced into the solution (when shaken) and this made it turn blue again.

‘Soda Snake Firework’

Today in science year 5 were watching a demonstration called ‘Soda Snake Firework’.

A glass bowl was filled with sand and topped with some baking soda and icing sugar mixed together. Then a bit of Propan-2-ol was drizzled on top of the mixture. After setting it alight the mixture started to caramelise and eventually what looked like a black snake emerged from the bowl.

It did take a few attempts for us to get it right, but we got there in the end!

Milk with detergent investigation

This afternoon in science Year 5 have been investigating what happens to milk when detergent is added to it.

We started off with a bowl of milk with a few drops of different food colouring scattered around. Then we dipped a cocktail stick into some detergent before sticking it in the centre of our milk. The colours all merged today and swirled around the bowl. It was pretty amazing to watch!

Peer Mediation training – Feelings

This afternoon Miss McClelland came in for some further Peer Mediation training.

They started with showing some emotions with facial expressions. Can you guess this one?

They talked about feelings and thought about recognising them.

It was interesting to see how many qualities are needed to be a Peer Mediator and how those qualities need to be worked at- constantly.

We will be looking out for all those skills being shown daily.

Bowling and batting skills

Year 5 Kestrels had some more cricket training this morning.

It was another chance to put their bowling and batting skills in to practice. More and more skills are being built on and put in o the test when the matches are on.

Well done Year 5. Lots of concentration and listening skills were needed, great practice for training in the afternoon.