Art & Music Week

This week, year 5 have taken part in Art & Music week and started by listening to their chosen piece of classical music – symphony No. 1 in E minor by Florence Price. She was the first black female composer to have her music played by an orchestra in the 1930,s.

 

The children studied the piece and discussed the various instruments that made the incredibly happy piece of music come alive. They then learnt how to do the African American dance ‘The Juba’. This is a dance made famous because black people were once not allowed to play musical instruments so they made music on their bodies instead.

 

There were some incredible short dances made by the children.

Investigating Materials

Year 5 have continued with their science investigations into materials and their properties. This week, they have been testing materials such as salt, sugar and gravy to establish whether a material is soluble or not. They then had to carry out a series of investigations to establish whether a different temperature of water would affect their results. Tomorrow they will analyse their results and draw a bar chart to represent their findings.

Maths

Year 5 have been learning the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have been disgusting the properties of polygons and equilateral s and have been constructing nets to replicate 3D shapes, such as cuboid and rectangular prisms. It’s been good fun and they have learnt a lot.

Electricity

Continuing with the topic of Materials and their properties, year 5 have planned and carried out an investigation into which materials would be suitable for use in football floodlights. They set up their circuits and chose various materials to test. They studied the brightness of the bulb to see which material was the best at conducting electricity. They then discussed their findings and offered their recommendations. Super team work year

A Sensible Debate

Today year 5 had a fascinating discussion about xenotransplantation (transplanting a pig heart into a human). This is the subject in their class novel and they really got into debating the pros and cons of having such a transplant. Tomorrow, the children are going to interview each other on their opinions; with a view to writing a letter of protest to the hospital.

Investigating materials

Year 5 have been busy learning about materials and their properties. Last  week, they were testing materials to see which was the best lining for a lunch box.

In groups, the children worked together to carry out a fair test of materials such as: sponge, cotton wool and bubble wrap. They tested each item for magnetism, transparency and permeability as well as flexibility and hardness. Ice cubes were placed into glass jars and each jar was wrapped in 1 particular material. They then timed each ice cube to see which material offered the best insulation. This week the children recorded their results and decided which insulator they would choose to use for their football floodlights.

Exploring Science

Year 5 have started their new topic this week – Materials & their Properties. They began by feeling various objects hidden under a cover, and used a range of words to describe what they could feel. They then had to match descriptions of words to words such as permeable and transparent. It was a lot of fun and the children learnt a great deal.

PSHE

Year 5 have been looking at ‘Peer pressure” and how detrimental it can be. They watched a video explanning the dangers and how important it is to be themselves. They studied various scenarios and had to give the characters advice on how to stand up for themselves