Welcome to Year 5!
In English, we have been finding out how to write speeches. We looked at persuasive techniques and wrote our own speeches encouraging men to join the army! We then performed our speeches thinking carefully about volume, intonation and movement
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.
Over three weeks, we created Blitz silhouettes in our art lessons. In the first 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. In the second week, we researched London architecture at the time of World War II to help us to plan our silhouettes. Finally,we made our silhouettes and added them to our backgrounds.
Irreversible Changes - Making butter!
In science, 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.
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 winning team! I am looking forward to lots more science fun this year! Well done 5HP.