In spelling, year 5 were given a homophone. Without talking, they had to search the room for the person with the matching homophone and make a matching pair. They then had to find the meaning of each word.
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.
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.
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.
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