Year 5 Class of 2016-2017
Welcome to Year 5
Topic Overviews 2016-2017
Our Autumn term learning!
Summer learning links!
Mayan football, headdresses and food
Young Akbal introduces us to life in the Maya civilisation, which existed in Central America 1,000 years ago. He tells us about his city's pyramids, buildings and food, including the importance of maize to their civilisation. He discusses how you can tell the status of a person by the headdress that he wore, before showing us how the game of Mayan football is played.
Spring learning links
The force factor!
Put your knowledge to the test. Can you find the cause and direction of the forces in the different scenarios? Each scenario has a force question and the aim is to find the right arrows and missing words.
Forces at the Funfair!
‘Forces at the Funfair’ is an interactive, investigative computer game that enables you to explore the effect of changes in several variables on the motion of a rollercoaster car. By adjusting the materials used and the design of the rollercoaster car, you have the opportunity to investigate the effects of friction (rolling resistance and air resistance) on the motion of the vehicle and use your understanding of forces to improve on the design of the car.
More fractions fun!
Click here for more games to make learning about fractions fun and to support the learning that we experience in class.
Click here to access a range of games that make this important topic in maths fun!
Play the game of 'Viking Quest', which takes you back to AD 793. Can you build a ship, cross the seas, loot a monastery and return home to claim your prize? Your chief has set the challenge, it's up to you to respond.
A fantastic game, full of fun and information about Vikings. Help to build a longship or longhouse! You can also play a board game online all about the Vikings.
Click here to read some really cool facts about the moon!
Predict the angle!
In this game, you can predict the size of the angle by stopping the arrow at the right time! This is a fun game that you will be so eager to play.
European Space Agency (for kids!)
Click on the link to have a look at the European Space Agency 'Space for Kids' website. You can read about space, play games and watch videos about life in space. It is very interesting!
The Mission 2110 Roboidz needs your help!
The world has been taken over by the evil roboids, intent on the destruction of the human race! YOU CAN HELP TO DEFEAT THEM. Click on the link below to play this game, use your knowledge of 3D shapes and help Caleb to defeat the evil roboids once and for all!
Be a hero!
A clock on the screen shows the time, and three keys have answers – but only one is the right one. You have to jump your way around platforms and ladders to get to the key, dodging dragons and knights and other hazards in a way that would put Super Mario to shame!
Help Max and Molly fix the tower clocks by telling the time and working out time differences!
Terrific times tables!
Have fun playing this game and practice your times tables at the same time! Could you beat your latest score?
Events in Year 5
Well done to Brooke, Niamh, Jessica, Amelia and Ella who joined with Y5 girls from Durham High School and four other local schools to showcase their performing talents in a colourful and lively production of "The Happy Prince". They represented our school very well and it was very impressive to see the girls learn new vocals and choreography in a relatively short space of time. Mrs Whitton, Miss Scott and Mrs McGuire loved the performance. Well done girls!
Year 5 were lucky enough today to start our PE topic of Tennis with a very knowledgeable coach. We looked at developing an understanding of the 'ready' position and started to build skills in coordination, agility and balance.
Maya masks! Year 5 have been making their own mosaic-style Maya masks after learning about the use of masks in Maya times. We have been looking at the use of masks in Mayan funerals, the use of masks by priests and the use of masks by warriors too.
Year 5 have been looking at how the Maya used hieroglyphs to communicate.
We have been looking at the use of numbers in Ancient Maya times and how the Maya developed their own number system too!
As part of their learning in RE, Year 5 visited All Saints Church to take part in an Easter Journey. We learned a lot from the interactive presentation of the story of Easter, recognising the importance of this time of year for Christians.
Well done to Jack who has achieved three Blue Peter badges. Ask Jack about them he said he is more than happy to help you.
Y5/6 Boys Football Team Collecting their Pearl League Champions Cup, March 2017 Well done to our Year 5 boys (Thomas, Robert, Oliver and Ben) and also to our Year 6 boys too!
Some of the children in Year 5 decided to spend their break time on the yard building homes for minibeasts. Their creations were very impressive!
Year 5 have been enjoying playing games in French to develop our vocabulary knowledge about numbers and places in a town.
Water resistance! Here are some pictures of Year 5 carrying out an investigation to find out how different shapes move in water.
In Year 5, we have loved doing English work about Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As part of this, we acted out a few scenes from the play version of the novel. We discussed characterisation, character motive, expression and the features of a play script. It was fun and helped us to understand the play more.
Viking Longships! Year 5 have been studying the shape, features and uses of Viking Longboats in history this term. We made our own Viking Longships whilst learning about them.
Diara shared with us a panflute that a family friend had brought back from South America. We talked a little about the instrument, how it is played and the traditions that are linked with a panflute.
Children in Year 5 have been doing their own Viking projects at home!
Gymastics! In gymnastics this term, we have been exploring shape, line, levels, jumps and travelling. It has been great fun!
Testing Viking food! We were very lucky to be able to try some Viking food that Mrs Moyes had made for us. We tried Viking oatcakes and Viking bean cakes. It was great!
We are Vikings! Here we are trying on Viking helmets and carefully holding a sword or an axe.
Check out our runestone designs! Viking day was awesome!
Viking day! We also practiced writing in runes and we then transferred our runes into a design for a runestone.
Our Viking Day! This morning we have been looking at Viking artefacts. We have been thinking about their uses, purpose, who may have used them, what they may have been used for and what they may be made from.
Here are some pictures taken during festivities at Finchale at the end of last term. We enjoyed a fantastic KS2 Christmas party, a delicious Christmas dinner and we acted and sang in our Fabulous KS2 Panto!
Christmas jumper day! Check us out wearing our Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity!
Year 5 put on an excellent show for our Spectacular Space class assembly on Friday. All of the children performed wonderfully with expression and clear speaking. Your school was so proud of you Year 5!
For the past three weeks, we have been following the Young Enterprise programme and we have had a brilliant time! We developed skills and knowledge about economy, trade systems and laws.
Children in need! We have been raising funds for children in need this year at Finchale by wearing our pyjamas or something with spots on and donating to charity. Pudsey joined the party too!
In English, Year 5 have been looking at this fantastic book by Lucy & Stephen Hawking. We have done some fantastic analysis and written work in class. The story is about George, his pet pig Freddy, his friend Annie and Annie's scientist dad (Eric).
In maths, Year 5 have been looking at measurement (including reading scales, converting units, solving word problems, adding and subtracting with units of measurement). As part of this, we made potions.
Year 5 have been making our own 3D models of the different planets as an art project and in preparation for our class assembly (on 25th November). All of the children worked really hard on their planets. Well done everyone!
Year 5 joined the school at 11am on 11/11/16 in two minutes of silence to mark Remembrance Day.
Halloween disco! Some pupils from Year 5 opted to go to the Halloween disco this week. The children had a lot of fun and there were some fabulous outfits!
Children in Year 5 are continuing to be very enthusiastic about our Spectacular Space topic. They've been working hard over half term too! The work was so impressive that we have created a display to showcase it.
Harvest Assembly and our Harvest Competition! This afternoon, Year 5 were privileged to be able to watch the Reception Harvest Assembly. It was great and all of the children did really well. Children from Year 5 have also been taking part in the Harvest Competition. All of the entries were fantastic! Our Year 5's had clearly put a lot of effort into their projects!
Bikeability Session One! Today we had our first Bikeability session which focused on the safe use of bikes. It was enjoyable and informative for us all!
What a fantastic day! Twenty four of our pupils from Key Stage 2 attended the Durham Schools Cross Country event at Meadowfield Leisure Centre. This included six children from our Year 5 class. The weather was kind and our pupils ran well. They proved themselves to be excellent ambassadors for our school and representatives of our class. Well done.
Today, in maths, we worked in teams to build 3D shapes out of cocktail sticks. We talked about the length of the sides, the faces, the angles and the vertices too. The children really enjoyed this and it helped them to revise the features of 3D shapes.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. Here at Finchale, we held our own Coffee Morning to raise funds and we had a fantastic (and yummy!) time in the process!
European Day of Languages! Year 5 were visited today by Mrs Hammil, who speaks fluent french, and played games linked to Les Planetes! They also learned a song called 'Alouette' which they later performed in assembly.
We are really enjoying our learning in PE this term. We are having fun orienteering and learning many new skills along the way.
Hoopstarz! Today we had a visit from Tracey from Hoopstarz. Tracey worked with us to improve our hoop skills and we really are 5* Hoopstarz now. We even ended up with a certificate!
Pull-up 3D shapes! To begin our learning in mathematics this year, we have been making pull-up 3D shapes. If you carefully pull the string, the net of the shape will fold into a 3D shape!
Space Art! Year 5 have been getting artistic inspiration from Peter Thorpe. He produces abstract art, using a contrast in colours for the background and foreground. This is to make the features stand out. Our class produced wonderful art from this!
Orienteering at Finchale! This week we were lucky enough to have a visit from Mike and Rob (from DSSP) to work on our orienteering skills. After a warm up which focused on compass points, we took part in two orienteering activities where we had to search for markers and record our findings. Our skills have really developed!