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Year 5 blog

We have had some excellent debates around what makes a person ‘great’ and who should be included as a ‘Great Briton’. The class voted Alexander Fleming in first place, followed by Winston Churchill in second and Stephen Hawking in third. Thanks again to everyone who contributed suggestions for us!

After reading and studying many different British legends, the children have written their own legends.   They have worked extremely hard on these, editing and improving them continuously, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading them.  These will be made into books for others to read – I’m sure that you’ll enjoy reading them too.

Well done to our final mystery writer of the term - Layla Armitage.  Her legend was written in the correct style and she managed to interweave action, description and dialogue throughout.  Her sentence types were varied, including relative clauses and subordinate clauses, and she worked extremely hard to include a wide variety of punctuation.  Preferring to print at the beginning of the year, Layla now produces beautiful, joined-up handwriting which is lovely to see.

As Easter rapidly approaches, we will be doing a short topic (for two weeks) based around chocolate.  We will be looking at where chocolate comes from, who discovered it and how it is made.  We will also be designing and advertising our own chocolate bars.  In the afternoon of Wednesday 5th April, we will be having a chocolate workshop.

Thank you to all the family members who contributed suggestions for our ‘Greatest Britons’ debate. Winston Churchill won the adult vote, followed by Alexander Fleming and then Florence Nightingale. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning more about the people suggested, ready to hold our own vote. We’ll let you know who we choose once we’ve had our debate.

 
As part of our topic in the summer term, we will be making models of the Easter Island statues. If you have any shoe boxes, or other sturdy boxes of a similar size/ shape, please could you bring them into school for us. Thank you!

We were set the challenge of making a structure that could support the weight of a hardback book, using only cocktail sticks and midget gems. The display shows all of the successful structures.

 

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In Literacy, we have been discussing the features of myths and legends and how they differ.  Our main focus has been to study the Legend of Robin Hood.  We have two displays: one inside the classroom showing class work and one outside the classroom showing some of the wonderful homework that the children have completed.  (Click on the pictures to see a larger version that you can read.)

 

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We used different sources of evidence to find out information about Robin Hood and whether these suggested if he was real or not.  We used our information to write a report titled ‘Robin Hood – fact or fiction?’

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We looked at the features of a diary and wrote three diary entries written from the point of view of Robin Hood.

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The children wrote a detailed description of a forest setting focusing on using ambitious vocabulary and a range of figurative language.

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Congratulations to Jacob Hodgkinson for being our latest mystery writer, for his diary of Robin Hood.

Not only did he include all the necessary features of a diary, he also included many of the areas that we had been working on in class, such as: relative clauses; fronted adverbials, modal verbs and adverbs to show degrees of possibility; and apostrophes for contraction and possession.  His use of vocabulary was mature and well chosen throughout.  Keep up the hard work, Jacob.

As part of our ‘A Night at the Museum’ topic, we found out about the Terracotta Army. We produced posters to show what we had learned, and created some amazing art work using chalk.  Here are a few examples of our work which can be seen on display in the classroom.

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Should the Elgin Marbles be returned to Greece?

We have produced some fantastic, informative writing about whether the Elgin Marbles should be returned to Greece, linked to our topic ‘A Night at the Museum’. We looked at how the Elgin Marbles came to be in the British Museum and considered views from both sides of the argument, before forming our own opinions. Both Ms Gilmour and Mr Bailey were very impressed with the standard of our writing!  Examples of our writing can be seen on the displays outside our classroom.

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As part of our ‘Great Britain’ topic, the whole school has been involved in researching famous landmarks in London and making large models of these.  These will all be put in the hall on Friday afternoon for the children to explore ‘London’.  Year 5 children have all been involved in making Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and the London Underground.  A massive thank you to Mrs Swift and Mr Keeling for all their hard work with the children.

Here is our model of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

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This is our model of the London Underground.

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For homework, children also made their own models.

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1.) Ellie’s jigsaw model of Big Ben.

2.) Emilie T’s model of Big Ben.

3.) Justin’s model of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

4.) Isabel’s lego model of the London Underground.