Hi Year 5s!
We hope you're all well and enjoying time with your loved ones. We are missing you tonnes and can't wait until we are reunited and back to normal at school. For now you are all busy with your home learning and family activities, which are looking great so thanks so much for sharing and keep it up! If you would like some extra activities we will be uploading weekly tasks here on our page (see below) to keep you busy and don't forget to get involved with Miss McGeoch's challenges too if you're keen! We will also continue to set you some new activities on Mathletics and Spelladrome and don't forget to practise those TT Rock Stars! Be sure to take photos and videos of yourselves doing these things and keep us posted - we love hearing from you.
Year 5 Teachers :)
1st April 2020
What a strange week or two this has been! I am thinking of everybody at home – I know from speaking to the staff that we are all missing the children a lot. I was in school for the first couple of days but then my daughter and I had symptoms so I have had to leave the school in the capable hands of Miss Swallow and the other teachers and staff. They have done a brilliant job and I hope to be back in next week. Meanwhile I am also doing lots of “Homeschool work” too back in Baildon and speaking to Miss Swallow about fifty times a day to keep the show on the road between us all! My home office is not as nice as some of the little offices you have made at home.
The children who are still in school have been having lots of fun I know, but those of you who have sent in videos and photos of you at home are doing some amazing things too. I have been making bread with my daughters but not sure it is as good as yours Louis! I have eaten it this morning for breakfast and it tasted good for a first attempt. I can recommend the kneading of the dough to get rid of a bit of energy!
I have also been planting and growing seeds – runner beans, tomatoes and chilli’s. We are going to get the onions into the garden next. The children who were in school in the first week planted onions and potatoes in the school plot so we should have a harvest to look forward to at school too.
My daily walks have taken me all over the village but also up onto Baildon Moors. I will definitely try to keep up this new exercise routine when school life returns to normal. I have also managed to fit in a few exercise routines in my front room!
Keep sending the photos and videos in everybody – it is great to see what you are doing, Hope to see everyone soon. Thank you to all your parents and carers too for working so hard with you – they are doing a great job.
Love from Mrs Piotrowicz.
Spring 2 - Smashing Saxons
During the second half term, our work is based around a history theme - Britain’s settlements of the Anglo-Saxons and Scots. This will include an exciting trip to Dunston’s Hall in March, where we will learn about life and much more about the Anglo-Saxons. We will make Anglo- Saxon food and also dress up for the day to really get a feel for life in this era.
Within our science work we will be continuing to learn about properties and changes of materials. During the whole term, we will really be trying to develop our group working skills during our PSHE and RE work. In computing we will use scratch to create our own Anglo-Saxon themed games.
Wonderful World Book Day in Y5H!
Today we have celebrated our love of reading and books by creating our own character descriptions and dialogue. We took part in an author masterclass by Nadia Shireen where she shared with us her tips and ideas around how to create a successful character. She challenged us to create our own beast and villain characters. We then had loads of fun exploring our characters using role play and improvised dialogue. We shared these with our classmates and provided each other with feedback and suggestions to improve our characters further. We then used some character description examples from Roal Dahl to help us to write our own for our beastly characters. In the afternoon we had fun re-thinking alternative plots for David Walliam's Gangster Granny story and we got to draw really funny selfies of ourselves with Gangster Granny. We ended the day listening to our current class book The Beast of Buckingham Palace (another Walliam's classic) and celebrated our achievements and best dressed during assembly.
Wonderful World Book Day in Y5A!
Today we have celebrated our love of reading and books by creating our own stories. We made jigsaw stories where different people in the class wrote different sections of each other's stories. We ended up with all sorts of themes including: a grumpy grandad, football stories, a nasty gingerbread man and a story about Gerald the duck! We had fun writing and reading them to each other. We also designed the book cover to match with the story, which included writing a blurb.
We had fun testing our book knowledge by playing 'Guess Who?' with familiar story book characters. Would you be able to guess the story book character from the clues: his best friend is Christopher Robbins and his favourite food is honey? A member of our class guessed the character after only these two clues alone!
We also did book speed dating where we had one minute to convince our partner that our favourite books were worth a read. From these speedy descriptions lots of us realised there were lots of books we had not known about but would now love to read! Well done 5A, keep up the fantastic reading!
We enjoyed a very interesting Science lesson when Mrs Redman and Miss McGeoch gave us lots of dry materials that had got into a terrible mess and we were asked to sort them back into individual groups of materials. Unfortunately Mrs Redman and Miss McGeoch did not give us any sieves or filters, so we had to get creative with the resources she gave us. We were ingenious enough to make holes in a paper plate to make a sieve and one group even made a shaker to separate out the materials. It was a messy afternoon, but fun nonetheless!
In Art this week we've been exploring line drawing. We looked at different artists and examples of popular and famous line drawings and used these to inspire our own line drawing designs. After practising the techniques we chose items from around the classroom and had a go at drawing them using a continuous line - it was pretty challenging but we loved it!
Spring 1 - Our Active Planet – Earthquakes
During Spring 1, Year 5 will be learning about earthquakes in detail across the curriculum areas and largely focusing on geography. We will be researching what an earthquake is and what causes them. We will be using our map reading skills to find out where earthquakes occur, as well as developing our understanding of grid references and co-ordinates. We will also be looking at the impact of an earthquake and what you should do in an earthquake. This geography work will be strongly linked to our English non-chronological reports work. In computing year 5 will be looking in more depth about keeping safe online and will produce a whole school presentation on this important issue for safer internet day. In PSHE, we will think about how people respond to natural disasters, including some debating work. In music, we will create our own earthquake themed compositions and in art we will be sketching using the artist Lebbeus Wood as inspiration. In science we will be learning about properties and changes of materials.
We enjoyed learning all about online safety and presenting it to the whole school in assembly BUT it was VERY NERVE RACKING! - Lola and Paige
I enjoyed writing about advice to keep you safe online - Gracie and Aimee
I enjoyed using Microsoft word to write about being internet kind and how to protect ourselves online - Libby and Daisy
I enjoyed writing about cyber-bullying and learning about how to report it - Evelyn and Sarah
I liked learning all about how to survive in an earthquake - Gracie
I really enjoyed watching what everyone else had done for their performances - some were serious but others made me laugh - Matei
I liked how people used props in their performances - Oliver Ch
I liked how I was able to Iearn all about how to survive an earthquake - Grace
I enjoyed learning all about the tectonic plates - Robert
I have learnt so much about earthquakes because this was something I knew hardly anything about - Matei
I liked learning about the Richter scale
I enjoyed learning about the ways that tectonic plates can move - Cameron
We found out all about the Nepal earthquake in 2015 - Ryan and Jaidon
Autumn 2 - To infinity and beyond!
During Autumn term 2, we focused on finding out about the Earth, Sun and Moon in our science-based topic ‘To Infinity and Beyond!’ We learnt about our solar system and the conditions on other planets.
We also had an exciting visit to the Science and Media Museum - have a look at our photos of the day.
In DT, we rose to the challenge of designing and making our very own battery powered Mars Rovers; researching the current Mars Rovers within our computing work. It was great fun and a relief that they all worked!
In English, wrote our own short stories about journeying to outer space.
In PE we did orienteering despite the varied weather conditions and loved the mud!
We had so much fun in our run up to Christmas and deserved a well-earned rest.
I loved the part where we built the frame using the saws - Archie
I enjoyed all of it becasue we ALL got to a go at making the Mars Rover and it was fun - Evelyn
I loved making the Mars Rovers because we made our own circuits and the DT was fun designing. My group was awesome! - Amelia
I liked designing the wheels and we were so creative with our ideas - Libby
It was fun watching it zoom across the floor and winning the race. We had great team work and it was fun designing as a team - Caitlin
This topic was 100% fun! I love everything about it - Callum
I enjoyed doing our Mars Rovers becasue we were all part of making it - Sarah
I loved everything we did in our amazing DT lessons. I really enjoyed designing both the wheels and the roof and the circuit work was awesome - Matei
The Mars Rovers were fun but a challenge to make - Lola
I have enjoyed the Mars Rovers this term - Paige
I enjoyed making the Mars Rovers because we got to work as a team - Lucia
I loved the mechanical vehicles because it was cool how the motor spun and made the wheels move! - Harry
I enjoyed using the saw and all of the tools and cutting up all of the wood. I was so pleased that it worked - Oliver C
It was fun building the circuit and watching it move was fun. Our team work was amazing - Elliot
I loved the sawing and drilling to make our Mars Rover - Ollie M
I liked orienteering because I loved running around, reading the maps and finding all of the numbers - Grace.
I enjoyed orienteering because it was a fun way to stay healthy - Daisy
I liked orienteering becasue it was super fun! - Aimee
...it was fun and sometimes there was a monster orienteering game - Taylor
I LOVED the trip because we found out about the Milky Way - Robert
When we went on the school trip the mirror maze was easy but fun because of the twists and turns - Jess
I loved the mirror maze on our trip - Archie
On the school trip I really enjoyed the space show - Matei
The Wonderlab on the school trip was amazing - Caitlin
Having fun generating exciting vocabulary to support our 'Journey to Space' stories that we shall soon be writing.
Autumn 1 - Groovy Greeks
Our first topic in the Autumn term was ‘Groovy Greeks’, where we studied Greek life and their
achievements and their influence on the western world.
Through our History, English, DT and music lessons, children looked at everyday life; they researched who the gods were that the Greeks used to worship, Greek architecture, the theatre and the Arts, famous Greeks, democracy and the Olympics. Our music was linked to Ancient Greek literature and the Heroes of Troy.
In computing learnt how to use Sketchup to design our own Greek temples and theatres, as well as reinforcing our word processing skills and creating research files about Greek Food. Linking to our DT we celebrated Greek Food by researching, taste testing and then making our very own Greek food in the outside learning environment.
What a fun-filled term we had!
Other cool and exciting things Year 5 have been doing over Autumn 1:
Amazing Greek architecture!!
We have made Ancient Greek buildings using Sketchup in computing - Amelia G.
One of my favourite things this half term was using Sketchup in computing - Matei.
We had great fun using Sketchup in computing - Gracie-Mai
I liked Sketchup because it was fun to do different designs for Greek temples - Jess
We have been loving gymnastics and learning new ways to balance - AG
I enjoyed playing netball this term because I like playign sports that get me fit - OM
I loved PE because we did NETBALL AND ....GYMNASTICS. PE is amazing - Grace W
English is my favourite lesson and we wrote about the ancient Greeks and Hercules meeting the Hydra - Daisy
We learnt all about Hercules and his twelve labours in English - Maris
Learning all about Greek mythology was so interesting.
I loved the souvlaki, it was delicious and I loved sitting around the fire as it felt like I was camping! - Nellie
I liked the fact that they let me make a vegetarian skewer, it was gorgeous. I loved the Greek salad too - Nicky
I liked making the Greek salads and Souvlaki because we got to cook them ourselves - OM
Making the Greek food was lots of fun, especially making the skewer and chopping up the tomatoes - Josh
I liked cutting up the chicken and mixing it up with the garlic and onion.
I enjoyed making the souvlaki because we roasted them on a fire. The best part was eating them with the whole class - Kaylan.
I really liked the souvlaki because it had loads of flavour - Alannah
I enjoyed making the chicken skeweres and cooking them on the fire outside. THEY WERE DELICIOUS! - Brooke
I love souvlaki - Liam