On Monday, after practising hard for our 'Fantastic Finish', we had a relaxing afternoon painting using watercolour paints and listening to World War 1 music. We became war artists and designed postcards of 'The Lusitania'. The children firstly sketched their designs and then carefully painted. As you can see below, the results were brilliant! We have a lot of very talented artists in 5HG!
In Maths, we have started to look at multiplication and division. We started the topic by looking at multiples and then moved onto factors. On Thursday, we created our own 'factor bugs' to help us find factors. The antennae of the bug were the 'easy' answers (the number we are factorising and 1). The legs were the factor pairs and if a number was a square number it was given a tail.
Children in Need
Today, was Children in Need day and there was a buzz of excitement all around Straits. Over the last few weeks, the children in Key Stage 2 have been working hard to think of ideas for stalls to make as much money as possible.
Seeing the classroom transformed this morning was amazing! The children at Straits are absolutely fantastic, but so are their parents/families! We could not create such a memorable and exciting event at school without your support and you are truly phenomenal. Thank you so much for your generosity and support.
We had a wide variety of stalls in our classroom including selling cakes, bookmarks, sweets, beaded bracelets, teddies, other refreshments and grab bags. We also had fun activities for the children to do such as a race track, ball aiming Pudsey game, a cup game, skittles and a grabber machine! On top of that there were 'guess the number of sweets' jars, 'guess the name of a teddy' games and raffles. Every stall was extremely popular, making lots of money! We must be a class of entrepeneurs!
Well done 5HG. As a class, you raised a phenomenal £175.72 and as a school we raised £1,190.95! Wow! I am so proud of you all.
War Horse Drama
This week in English, we looked at chapter 12 of War Horse, where Joey and Tophorn had been taken by the Germans. They were required to pull very heavy artillery guns through bleak conditions. They had no stables to stay in and they had very little food. Tophorn began to get ill. He was passed fit by Herr Doctor, the vet, however he warned the officer in charge to take it easy with him. Herr Major stated he could not do that, if passed fit a horse must work as expected, no exceptions.
The children worked in groups and thought carefully about facial expressions, movement, dialogue and tone of voice. The children played the roles of a horse and then either Herr Doctor or Herr Major. The performances were superb! As I mentioned in Tom's praise this afternoon, his performance of Herr Major was outstanding!
In addition to role play, we looked at how each scene for the film has a picture to represent it. The children created freeze frames which they thought would best represent chapter 12. Take a look at the children's freeze frames below.
On Friday, Straits had their Remembrance day. After observing an impeccable two minute's silence at 11 o'clock, the children in Year 5 spent the afternoon cross stitching poppies whilst listening to WW1 music. It was a wonderful afternoon and 5HG showed great perseverance and creativity.
In our Science lesson this week, our task was to work collaboratively to build the strongest bridge using given materials. The only materials each group had access to were four sheets of newspaper and sellotape. The children were also given a strict brief; their bridge must be 30cm long and the gap between the tables must be 25cm. 5HG, you were brilliant at this! We then scientifically investigated how much weight each group's bridge could withstand.
Measuring the strength and Flexibility of Different Materials
In our Science lesson, we discussed different ways we could test materials scientifically. We then planned a science investigation to test the strength and flexibility of the different materials. We were careful to ensure we performed a fair test so our results were accurate and comparable.
5HG had their first attempt at sketching this year. Using a range of sketching pencils the children carefully sketched WW1 scenes and soldiers. As I'm sure you would agree, from seeing the photos below, we have some extremely talented artists in our class!
Restart a Heart Day
Just before half term, paramedics came into Straits to talk to KS2 about the basics of CPR. The children firstly had an assembly discussing CPR and then took part in a workshop to practise their skills. As always, the children of 5HG listened very carefully and applied their new found knowledge on dummies.
Half Term and Parents Evening
Thank you so much to all the parents/grandparents who came to see me over the last two evenings. It was a pleasure to meet you all and discuss how well your children are doing in Year 5. I wish you all a happy half term. Remember 5HG, your homework this half term is to rest and have fun! I look forward to hearing what you all have been up to.
We have many exciting things coming up next half term, including our Year 5 WWI Fantastic Finish (Friday 8th December at 2pm), and making soup (you will receive a letter shortly after we return about this).
See you all on Monday 30th October! Also, well done Fran for spotting my spellings error - Our next spelling test will be Tuesday 31st October, not the 31st November!
As I'm sure you have heard (due to the children's excitement and enthusiasm), over the last few weeks, we have been creating 3D trenches.
During the first week we used cardboard, boxes and scrunched up newspaper to create our trench structures. The designs were very creative and varied. We then used newspaper and paste to paper mache the structure.
In the second week, we added a layer of paint to our trenches.
Finally last Friday we decorated our trenches using a variety of materials. Thank you so much for all the parents who allowed their children to bring in some items from home to decorate their trenches. We started our afternoon by hunting around the school grounds for any useful objects/materials for our trench. The children then worked fantastically in their groups to transform their trenches. Mrs Birch came into our classroom and was amazed by the creativity in 5HG. The final results were phenomenal! We will display our trenches for you all when you come to parents evening.
Last week in our Science lesson the children returned to the trenches and once again became soldiers. However, it was now the middle of Winter and the soldiers were extremely thirsty! Unfortunately, the temperature was so cold, all the water had turned to ice. The soldiers were set the challenge of melting ice as quickly as they could. They had a selection of materials available and carefully planned with their partner. A variety of thoughtful methods were used, including surrounding the ice cube with warm insulating material, breathing on the ice cube and shaking it. The children then uses a syringe to extract the water that had melted every 5 minutes, measuring the volume and recording it. They had a total of 30 minutes to melt as much of their ice cube as possible. The children then interpreted their results, creating a line graph and evaluating their success.
Composing Film Music
During one of our topic lessons, the children were set the challenge of composing their own music for the ploughing scene in 'War Horse'. We firstly listened to the music composed by the amazing John Williams used in the films. The children identified that there were four clear changes in the music as the mood changed. The children worked in pairs to create the 4 sections of music, thinking carefully about dynamics, pace and pitch. As an additional challenge, the children also wrote their music down. Everybody was brave enough to perform a section or the whole of their composition. The performances were exceptional! Well done 5HG, you were brilliant!
We have been having a lot of fun in our science lessons. One of our investigations was to make butter from whipped cream to find out more about irreversible changes. Whilst we were making the butter, we were baking some bread (another irreversible change). After shaking the cream for over ten minutes, all the groups had made butter! We then got to try our butter on the freshly baked bread.
We had a very exciting time in 5HG this afternoon! The children became soldiers in trenches in World War 1. They were given a challenge... to recover the different items in their 'trench mix' and create as clean water as possible! The 'soldiers' fully embraced this difficult task and plunged in! We had a fantastic Science afternoon and learnt a lot in the process. Well done 5HG!
Take a look at some of our photos below: