Children in Need
Today, 5HG excelled themselves with their entrepreneurial skills today. The children set up fantastic stalls and were brilliant at selling their produce! Thank you so much for your support with this event. Without your support, this wonderful experience would not be possible.
Composing Film Music for Goodnight Mr Tom
On Friday, we looked at the opening scenes in Goodnight Mr Tom. We identified there were three main scenes:
1. Going to church
2. Hearing Neville Chamberlain's announcement that war had been declared.
3. Seeing the evacuated children on their train journey.
We had previously studied a variety of war themed film pieces and identified their mood and structure. We used this knowledge to help us to compose music for the three scenes using a glockenspiel or xylophone. Some children even bravely performed their compositions. The children then recorded their music in their topic books, thinking carefully about the tempo and dynamics of each scene.
We have now completed our Blitz artwork and the results were amazing! We created our silhouettes using iconic London architecture we had researched in the previous lesson, unpeeled the masking tape and added the finishing touches!
For our second English unit, we have looked at poetry. We have studied a variety of linguistic devices such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, personification, similes and metaphor. During the second week, we focused on writing poetry for performance. Working collaboratively, the children wrote and then performed their exceptional poems.
Pack Up Your Troubles
Over the last two weeks, we looked at the popular war song, 'Pack Up Your Troubles'. We firstly looked at the origin of the song and then listened to the lyrics and tune. The children were then set the difficult challenge of composing alternative war-themed lyrics for the chorus. The results were outstanding! Some children were even brave enough to perform their songs to the rest of the class - wow!
Roman numerals marked the end of our place value unit in maths! The children were set a variety of practical and competitive challenges on the first day. One of these challenges was to use lollipop sticks to create a Roman numeral set by their partner. Year 5, I have been blown away with your maths over the last month and I'm looking forward to our addition and subtraction topic coming up next. Keep up your brilliant work - I am a very lucky maths teacher.
Over the next three weeks, we will be creating Blitz silhouettes in our art lessons. This week we discussed what a 'graduated background' was. We then planned our designs before painting our graduated backgrounds. We also created searchlights using masking tape. We will peel these off before adding our silhouettes. Next week, we will research London architecture at the time of World War II to help us to plan our silhouettes.
Irreversible Changes - Making butter!
On Thursday, the children used up some of their energy to make butter from whipping cream. As you can see from the photos, it was a very fun afternoon and the children's write up was as successful as their butter making. After creating butter, the children then tasted it on bread (another irreversible change).
This afternoon, Year 5 transported back in time to World War Two and entered Bletchley Park. We found out about the importance of code-breaking during the war and then were set a challenge... to crack the messages! The children worked in pairs to solve some very complex codes. As you can seen from the photos, the concentration and competition was intense during this lesson.The problem-solving skills and perseverance shown by everybody was exceptional! Bletchley Park would have been very happy with their new recruits.
Sketching WW2 Aircraft
On Friday afternoon, we had an art lesson where we sketched World War Two aircraft. We followed a step by step guide on how to draw the outline of the aircraft and then chose the aircraft to add decoration and detail. The focus from the children was outstanding and it was lovely to hear such lovely but constructive feedback given to each other to make improvements. I was blown away by the artistic skills shown by 5HG. Well done!
In science, the children were set a challenge to use equipment to filter dirty water to make it as clean as possible. The teams worked amazingly. They thought of brilliant innovative ways of filtering the water without any guidance! I was so impressed with the collaboration in the lesson and how supportive all the children were of their peers. Congratulations to the two winning teams who could not be split! I am looking forward to lots more science fun this year! Well done 5HG.
Welcome to Year 5