Category Archives: Class Work

What is it like in Norway?

Last week, year 5 started their Geography topic on Norway and Wales. They have been learning all about the country’s similarities and differences and focusing on the cities of Cardiff and Oslo. They have studied atlases and digimaps to locate various places on their maps. Today, they focused on the different climates of both cities. They learnt about what life is like in Norway, why not ask them what they learnt?

Claude Monet

Our topic this year in Art is Claude Monet. The children were given a jigsaw of one of his paintings and had to assemble it to see just what the impressionist’s work was like. They are looking forward to creating their own colour palette this week and delving more into the artist’s life and work.

Using Scratch

Computing has started in year 5 and the children have been using Scratch to generate moving characters that can talk. It’s been a lot of fun hearing them record their own voices to add to their characters…we’ve even had a talking doughnut! They are a talented bunch and can’t wait for next week’s lesson where they can build on their programming skills.

Earth and Space

Year 5 have begun their science topic of Earth And Space. The children had lots of facts to share with each other and over the topic we will be able to clarify some of these ideas.
The children have some rocket words which are key topic words – these will be reviewed each lesson.
Our rocket words for this topic are:
Heliocentric
Geocentric
Nicolous Copernicus
Ptolemy
Orbit
Ask Kestrels if they can explain them to you. We are trying to remember them and their definitions.
We also looked at the planets in the Solar System. We have learnt a mnemonic to help remember the order of the planets. It is:
My Very Energetic Mother Just Served Us Noodles
Have a look at Jessica’s super neat work.

PE

Year 5 had their first PE session today. They impressed Mr Gill with their listening skills, organisation and teamwork. They managed to play on 4 separate pitches and rotate their groups to play each other. Well done Year 5.

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

Adding sound to create atmosphere

In the last couple of lessons in Computing, Year 5 Kestrels have been learning about a new program called Audacity – a sound editing tool. It allows children to edit their recordings and then add sound effects.

Mr Baddhan asked the children to record their ‘Descriptive Setting’ stories into Audacity and then add sound effects downloaded from another sound resources website called Sound Bible.

Here are some examples of Year 5’s atmosphere recordings.

I’m sure you agree, some of the recordings sound fantastic creating atmosphere and realism to their stories.

Keelie

Amelia J

Kaiden

Frankie L