Your child’s journey through Year 5
Year 5 enjoyed a trip to the Greenwich Observatory. The planetarium show was fascinating, with millions of ‘Goldilocks’ planets, we think that other life forms almost certainly exist! Standing over the Greenwich Meridian Line with one foot in the East and one in the West was fun!
We created patterns using mosaic tiles and glass beads; this helped us to think of how we used space and pattern. We went on to create our own clay tiles, which were fired. Taking inspiration from Dutch ceramics, we then decorated our tiles using a limited palette.
As part of our learning about rocks, we carried out a series of investigations to record properties of different rocks. We selected our own equipment to test hardness, solubility, structure and permeability.
We had a wonderful week and developed some excellent skills. Creating our own bird designs and developing these to prints was a real highlight. It was a great experience using a professional press. Our hard work came together for the exhibition.
We were lucky to work with a Mosaic Specialist who taught us safe methods to cut tiles. Together, we designed our mosaic and worked together as a year group to create our fabulous tiger. We think he looks g-r-r-r-eat!
Working outside is fun! We were given a series of challenges which involved converting measures in different units and problem solving using perimeter. Team work was essential.
The children have been working on their sketchbooks and creating some wonderful work.
Year 5’s summer Extreme Earth topic started with making ‘erupting’ volcanoes.
As part of our science learning, we carried out an investigation to see if we could make a parachute and container to protect a raw egg when it was dropped. We worked in pairs and decided on our own designs and use of materials. We tested our ideas inside, before dropping our eggs in the playground. It was really interesting to see which shapes created most resistance and fell slowly. Sadly, some of our eggs didn’t survive…..
Take One Picture Week
We felt very sorry for the bird who was being experimented on in the painting ‘An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump’ by Joseph Wright of Derby (1768) and decided to make birds that could be free. We used card to create colourful tropical birds. It took a long time and we showed great resilience to produce some beautiful final products.
We also practised drawing different birds and chose our favourite to create a print. It was really exciting to pull the paper away from the polystyrene print and get to see out final result. We’re happy to say that they look stunning!
Our final piece is a whole class effort. We painted lots of tonal strips using only one colour plus white and black paint. Then we drew huge feathers and cut them out to create feathers. These were then arranged to make two fabulous wings. Look out for the final result…. we’ll post some pictures very soon…..
We were testing how the shape of a piece of Blu-tac affects the water resistance and which one moves through the water faster – the round ball shaped one or the wide flat one.
Anglo Saxons and Vikings
Year 5 have been learning about Anglo-Saxons and Vikings who settled in Britain. They have incorporated this with a focus on independent learning, supporting each other and maintaining focus. It’s been a great start to the term!
We have been enjoying clay tile making.
As part of our Loving London learning, we took a trip to the Houses of Parliament and Horse Guards Parade.
We visited the Museum of London to continue our learning on Roman London.