Welcome Back to Year 5.
I am looking forward to an excellent year with you all. There are many exciting things planned for this year and I know you will thoroughly enjoy what we have planned.
*Could I ask you to collect any kitchen towel cardboard tubes, please? We will be using these in our Design and Technology lessons in the first half term. Thank you.
Centre for Life Visit - November 2019
Wow! What more can we say? What a fabulous day we all had - including staff and parent helpers!
We had an action packed day. When we first arrived, we visited the interactive Space Zone. This was where we had the opportunity to find out about our Solar System, the chance to be a weather person, we pretended to be a member of staff in the mission control room, we had our photo superimposed on an astronaut and even sat on a mock toilet in the International Space Station! Following this, we took part in an activity where we had to construct a catapult to send a rescue line to a target. The member of staff commented that our class scored the highest score on that task, ever! We then watched a theatre show where we were dazzled by lots of scientific facts and visited the interactive zone. After lunch (and a visit to the shop), we took part in our workshop, 'Mission to Mars'. We had to use coding to send messages to a Mars Rover to move and negotiate obstacles on a mock surface of the moon. The leader for the activity complimented our class on their resilience (one of our school values). We then finished the afternoon off with a visit to the planetarium.
Design & Technology Masterclass! November 2019
This morning we were treated to an introduction to the coding programme, Crumble, by Michael Nelson. We started the morning with identifying the components in a simple electrical circuit and how this links to creating a code to light an LED bulb. We also used a Crumble board and an algorithm to create a series of flashing lights on one 'Sparkle' board and then with 2 'Sparkle' boards. Mr Nelson shared with us that this was what the Lumiere lights were made of. After practising using coding in other ways, we then created a set of code to move a vehicle in a square with flashing lights on it. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the morning. Mr Nelson praised the resilience of our class as everyone persevered, even when they found it difficult to solve any problems.
Years 5 & 6 Indoor Athletics success! We are now through to the finals on Wednesday 4th December. Go Team Finchale!
Sharing our Geography Homework - November 2019
What a fantastic set of homework! I am so impressed by the high quality, imaginative and informative work Year 5 have produced. From 3D models, interactive models, PowerPoints and posters to a geography calendar, we have been treated to a wide range of information. As part of their homework, pupils are also sharing the work they have produced with the rest of the class. Each presentation we have heard so far has been clear and of a high quality. Everyone has learned a great wealth of information.
Maths Week England - November 2019
As part of our celebrations for Maths Week England, pupils in Years 5 & 6 took part in a live lesson in conjunction with NRICH. We had to solve puzzles and problems around volume. We had to estimate how many teddies were in a jar and then how many larger teddies would fit into our classroom. Interesting discussions were held and our pupils used some fabulous examples of mathematical language.
We had 3 pupils who estimated the correct amount of teddies in the jar and one pupil who calculated how many teddies would fit into the Year 6 classroom. Well done to everyone!
Sharing our talents - October 2019
Today, we were treated to Ethan playing a range of songs on his guitar. A firm favourite was 'I'll be Riding Shotgun' with everyone in the class joining in and singing. We were all very proud of Ethan sharing his special talent with us and showing what a fantastic guitar player he is.
Spooky Maths Day - October 2019
Pupils in Year 5 solved a series of problems which focused on the work they had carried out on the topic of place value with numbers up to a million. Each puzzle or problem they solved led them closer to finding out who the mystery prankster of Hallowe'en was. Once they had identified the prankster, they then created their own puzzles.
Captain Chemistry - October 2019
What a fantastic day we have had! We had a visit from Captain Chemistry to help us with our topic of 'Forces'. Throughout the day we took part in lots of practical activities including designing and making our very own rockets. We had to consider how to ensure our rocket was streamlined do that it could travel the furthest distance. After we had completed our designs, we then headed outside to see who had created the winning design. We then moved on to looking at air resistance and we considered how the shape of a parachute could affect the speed at which it fell using the 'Dropenater 5000'. After lunch, we looked at pulleys and levers and how they allow a smaller force to have a greater effect. We then finished the day off by investigating buoyancy by creating our own boat from tin foil. The boats that had the largest surface area were able to hold more weight before they sank. We have all thoroughly enjoyed the day and learned a lot to help us with our science topic.
European Day of Languages - September 2019
What a day we had! We were treated to a variety of languages in Year 5. We learned how to sing 'Happy Birthday' in Hungarian, some Spanish phrases, German phrases and food. Special thanks go to Tobi, Max, Henry and Diala.
Knowing the Risks of Social Media - September 2019
We have been discussing how to stay safe on-line and our focus this week was the importance of knowing that who you are talking to is who they say they are. We discussed top tips on how to safely check on the person we are speaking to, how and who we should report it to if we are worried and how to keep our accounts set to private. We then followed this up by playing the Google 'Interland - Be Internet Legends' game (focussing on Reality River) to reinforce what we had talked about in class. This session has proved to be useful for some members of our class already.
*See our class links below to access this game at home. It is best to play this in Google Chrome.
Multi-Sports Afternoon - September 2019
Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon at the Multi Sport Festival at Maiden Castle. Pupils took part in Jiu Jitsu and cycling. They built upon their Jiu Jitsu skills previously acquired during sessions in school, to the point where they were able to do short sparring sessions. The instructors were very impressed with the high level of talent they saw in our pupils. The behaviour of our Year 5 pupils was exceptional. They clearly demonstrated our school values and they were a credit to our school.
Links to the curriculum plans for Year 5: