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  • 12
    Mar

    Measuring Angles

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    Year 5 had a go at estimating and measuring angles this week in Maths. A delicate and precise skill that they soon realised required their full attention.
  • 07
    Mar

    World Book Day Illustrators

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    The focus for World Book Day was to explore an illustrator's style and then have a go at replicating their art. Class five were looking at Cressida Cowell, author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon books and The Wizards of Once series. Her illustrations have a lot of energy and while having a bit of a messy style, they capture the emotions of characters very clearly in the face. This approach is very accessible, especially for those that appear less confident in their artwork and the results were brilliant across the class. Lots of children were very proud of their final sketches at the end of the day.
  • 07
    Mar

    The World Cup Of Books

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    To celebrate World Book Day, class 5 hosted the prestigious World Cup of Books! This competition gives the children some input and choice over our next class text. The process is simple, I chose 16 books to be entered into the competition and then the children are provided with the front cover, blurb and first chapter of all 16 books. They are then allowed to explore all 16 books, having a look at as many as possible to give them an idea of the books they like the sound of and will eventually vote for. After that, all the book names are put into a hat and pulled out in pairs to face off against each other in a blind class vote. The first round of 8 matches quickly narrows the competition down to quarter finals where tension is growing in the air! A semi final left us with Nevermoor, Holes, Everdark and The Wizards of Once (TWOO). After a split vote of 11 all in one semi final, a redraw was suggested which had a match of the Nevermoor versus Holes and Everdark verses TWOO. 2 very close fixtures but Holes and TWOO went through to the final. This result left some children very frustrated as their favourites had not made it through but we were set for a huge final of two very different books. To my surprise, Holes went on to win and has now been chosen as the new class text. However, several of the books entered are in the class library and so are available for children to read. Below is a list of all the books should any children desire to read them at home/ bring them into school. They are all highly recommended by other upper Key Stage 2 teachers and are all on/have been on my personal to read list. Nevermoor, Everdark, Artemis Fowl (In class), Skulduggery Pleasant (In class), Cogheart (In Year 4), Beetle Boy, Time Travelling With a Hamster, Mortal Engines, The Light Jar, The Wizards of Once, Holes (In class), The Last Wild (In class), Cosmic, Sky Chasers, The Eye of The North,
  • 05
    Mar

    Space Craters

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    We carried out a science experiment this week to replicate how craters are formed on the moon. By dropping different sized balls into sand from different heights, the children measured the diameter of the crates formed. After being asked why these results happened, the children provided some well thought out responses.
  • 28
    Feb

    How does exercise affect our bodies?

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    In PE today we were taking our heart rate to see how different exercise may change it. After struggling to find pulses, the class completed some aerobic and strength exercises. The results were fairly consistent with a few anomalies and these were then put into graphs to be shown clearly.
  • 26
    Feb

    Scaling of the Solar System

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    We made the most of the sunshine on Tuesday afternoon and made a fruit model of the solar system. Each piece of fruit represented a different planet relatvie to their real life size. Earth was represented by a cherry tomato while Jupiter was a water melon. Who new children would get so excited over holding a water melon! Some children were amazed at the size difference between planets and this gave them a good idea of how small our planet really is.
  • 08
    Feb

    Planets

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    This afternoon Year 1 was lucky enough to buddy up with Year 5. We happen to both be doing some similar in our topic work and therefore Mr Chaffey and I both thought of making planet balloons - naturally it was decided that we should do it together. Each year 5 child had a year 1 buddy and together they started paper macheing balloons - it was definitely busy! All of the children managed to make a paper mache balloon and they are currently drying ready for the next stage; painting. The children will be able to choose which planet they would like to recreate with their balloon - I just know they will be ace. It was lovely seeing them again!
  • 08
    Feb

    Time Travel Day!

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    On Friday each class traveled back in time to a different part of history. Year 5 went back to Georgian times following their trip to the Jenner museum. The children created a short drama performance that showed the changes in every day life from then to now including forms of entertainment, school life and home life. Although some aspects of life had its attractions in Georgian times, we all agreed that there were more advantages to life today.
  • 05
    Feb

    Safer Internet Day

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    The whole school was learning about how to be safe on the internet today. The focus in KS2 was giving and receiving permission in different scenarios both online and offline. Year 5 were very knowledgeable in this area and we consolidated their understanding by considering how actions online and offline might make others feel. We talked about gaining permission from Parents/carers and friends before doing something and also about asking parents/adults before giving permission.
  • 04
    Feb

    Jenner Museum

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    On Monday, year 5 had a trip to the Jenner Museum. They were fortunate to be the first group to see the new virtual reality experience. This amazing technology allows the user to explore Doctor Jenner's house in a virtual reality as it would have been when he lived there. Historians have researched into what the contents of each room was like by using the actual inventory list from Jenner himself to recreate every part of the house. It was great to experience such modern technology as a way to look into the past. We then had a tour around the house and saw some of the objects in real life.