Welcome to the Year 5 page!
“A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit!”
Welcome back everyone, time to begin another chapter along our Y5 journey.
Each day remember to strive to be the best you can be- make the most of every opportunity! Times will sometimes be tough so remain resilient, resourceful and reflective and together we shall grow as life-long learners.
Our theme this term is Heroes? We will be discussing what this means to us, before reflecting on inspirational stories, challenging scenarios, historical figures and high quality literature. Take a peek inside our curriculum booklet to see for yourself!
I look forward to continuing our next step on what will be a year to remember … let’s get cracking!
The Lost Words
"Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children…"
"The Lost Words" by Robert Macfarlane and Illustrated by Jackie Morris has been the stimulus for both our writing and art this term. We have explored powerful language choices and the effect made on the reader. We then gathered words and phrases about teasels, to create our own poems in the style of Robert Macfarlane’s.
We then used a range of mixed media techniques to illustrate our work. After sharing our work on twitter we received some amazing feedback!
What Is Faith?
We had a wonderful day at the Cathedral and Faizan E Medina Mosque in Peterborough! We learnt so much about faith and belief in two beautiful buildings. Upon our return the children presented their learning in a style of their choice.
The Bridge Challenge
For Science Week, we were set the challenge of building a bridge out of paper which could hold a weight of 1 kg - and only half an hour to do it! A very tricky task indeed, but with great teamwork we had some fantastic results!
The Human Body
This term we have explored the human body, how it works and how we should take care of it. Our model lungs showed us the different processes involved when we breathe.
Writing A description Of Psammead Using The 4 Keys To Character
This term we have been reading the fantastic book, 'Five children and It' by Edith Nesbit. The children have used the '4 keys to character' to write a description of Psammead, the ancient, ugly and irritable sand fairy. You can read and listen to two fabulous examples below.
Anthea dug in the sand. She was startled and screamed. She felt something disturbing. It was warm and hairy. The sand began to shuffle and squeak.
“You let me alone!” a voice retorted. With that, the sand continued to move before her eyes and finally she saw a figure of an old hunched creature. It coughed and splattered and gagged.
“I believe I must have dropped asleep,” stated the creature.
“What is it?” pleaded the girl.
The creature frowned disapprovingly and scowled.
“Does she always talk nonsense or is it the rubbish on her head that makes her look silly?” bellowed the creature.
The children have produced some superb writing this term. Evan was inspired to write a description of The Lighthouse from this image:
The wind breathed deeply. All was still and silent. The cloud guardians released the night. So a golden beam stabbed through the darkness defeating it. Here the lighthouse stood tall over the rocky outcrop below. The storm was brewing: a silent danger approached.
The village lights shone out and upon the dark alleys, streets and corners. Cheers of laughter spoke out. It had been a brilliant day.
The golden beam stabbed through the soul of darkness; a jewel glittering. Higher than a steeple, this lone eye stared over the village and coastline below.
Inside, the lighthouse all was silent save for a calm yet powerful humming. Which began to grow louder second by second. Cogs turned, cams rotated and wooden wheels span, bringing it to life. It was protecting all who sailed closely.
The only light was that from a candle which burned dimly casting shadows from wall to wall. It illuminated only one thing. The lighthouse keeper. He was busy at working: writing in his journal, his jobs for the day. Screeching to a halt, the cogs ceased turning, the whole world was plunged into forbidding darkness.
Everyone certainly had to have a lot of patience to get the mechanisms running smoothly when they made some amazing automata for children in KS1. They all did a great job!
We had a super day at the Workhouse, with everyone really enjoying getting into character. It was a great experience which enabled us to have a better understanding of what it would have been like to live as a pauper during the Victorian times.
Below you can find great examples of discursive writing where the children have applied all they have learned about life in the Workhouse.
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
The children have drawn buildings from around Grantham inspired by the work of artist Tom Wriglesworth. They explored the ways Tom used line and colour and then created their own. Not only was everyone at Belmont impressed - Tom saw some of the artwork on Twitter and gave it some fantastic feedback: "Wow, these are stunning! Thank you for sharing them with me! I have some serious competition; well done Year 5."
You can see Tom's Twitter page by clicking here.
This term I have introduced the children to POP lacrosse, a junior version of the game. They are developing their throwing and catching skills with a lacrosse stick. and have played a series of small games. We have thoroughly enjoyed our sessions and they have performed well. This is a new and exciting sport, something the children have never experienced before.
The children have produced some inspirational writing already this term. Using a photo of a castle's rising steps their focus was then to create a picture in the reader's mind. Here are a few fabulous examples:
Very, very quietly Tom tiptoed onto the magnificent stone stair case. The antique arches glazed down at him like sentinels, making him look small like a tiny fly. Danger was lurking, wait - he could sense it! Mysterious screams shouted but no one could hear for they were trapped in silent bottles waiting to be released. Spirits were encircling him in the cold creepy air of the castle yet he showed no fear whatsoever. He continued to step forward ...
Very, very slowly Tom crept into the old gloomy castle. Like tall towers of blood the walls stretched over him as he climbed the brick steps. The light, white moon shone beside the creaking dark door. Suddenly he saw something, it was sparkling and glittery. It was a diamond.
Very, very quietly McKenzie stepped between the marble arches where eagles stared. They stared at him. Waiting and waiting for his next move. Footsteps tapped to the rhythm of a beat but they were not McKenzie’s. He stepped forward, getting closer to the sound which echoed creepily all around him. A thud rang out, followed by something rolling towards him. It bounced down the stony steps and landed at McKenzie’s feet – it was a head. The face of someone he knew. At that moment the eagles left their perches and flew down.
Very, very cautiously Sam ran quickly into the castle. The stone steps stretched upwards through the magnificent archways above. Whilst he shivered, deep dark spirits watched him from the shadowy corners all around. At the entrance before him was a gate. An iron gate; it barred his way so he could not pass. Through the walls, he heard screams, they were quiet at first, then began to get louder. Somehow he must find who was trapped. At he thought this he spotted a door he’d never seen before.
My Choice Homework - Queen Victoria
I was really impressed by the standard of work completed for the My Choice homework about Queen Victoria. Everyone was very proud to share their learning with the rest of the class.
In Science Y5 have been exploring the properties of solids, liquids and gases including their molecular structure. We then considered what happens when a balloon explodes. We discussed how the air inside a balloon is put under pressure when it is being blown up, and the molecules in the balloon are stretched. When they cannot stretch any more the balloon tears itself apart. Each piece shrinks, making a noise, if pieces move faster than the speed of sound.
We then placed paper circles from the hole punch inside the balloon. This showed how compressed air inside the balloon expands when it is popped, pushing the paper circles in one direction - similar to an explosion. We then explored what would happen to the displacement of the paper circles if we blew up our balloon different amounts or varied the amount of paper circles inside. We learned to measure the circumference of the balloon and the “blast” diameter.
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