We had a great time at Guideacres this week! The residential was fun and enjoyable for all. We worked in different groups throughout the trip to build fires, cook our own 3 course meals, make dens and play challenging team games.
The evening consisted of camp fire songs and delicious smores.
It’s a shame we couldn’t stay longer!
In Maths this week, we have been creating our own board games and then playing each other’s in the latter part of the week.
Inspiration has come from existing games such as Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Cluedo and many more, but the children have reinvented them and made them fun and exciting mathematical games.
Some of the questions and word problems were quite tricky and made many of us work hard to accurately calculate them!
Monday 25th June 2018 - Friday 29th June 2018
In English, we have been reading a class book to inspire our writing. We are finding Holes really enjoyable and are reading lots because we like it so much!
We wrote some truthful letters that Stanley should have sent to his Mum from Camp Green Lake. We also, all have different characters that we like and have written some great character descriptions of them.
One thing is for sure, we’re glad we aren’t at Camp Green Lake digging holes!
Monday 18th June 2018 - Friday 21st June 2018
We have been busy building and creating our Go-Karts this week, and they are really starting to take shape. Finished Go-Kart creations will be revealed at Year 5’s Soapbox Rally at the end of the month, where all are welcome to join for a picnic and cheering us on!
Massive thank you to all the wonderful parents who have been in to help so far – we couldn’t do it without you!
Monday 4th June 2018 - Friday 8th June 2018
Did you know that we should have 1 hour per day of exercise? Atlantic do!
We started Active Me this week, a 5 week PE course to learn about our bodies and why it is important to be active.
The session started in the classroom, where we learnt about the functions of the heart and its importance within our bodies.
We then went down to the hall to practically demonstrate how our bodies work and the part which our heart plays.
It was great fun and fun to learn Science through PE. It even got our hearts beating faster, what an easy way to be active!
Examining eggs as we learnt about the lifecycle of birds and being ever so brave, confident and amazing, when performing our poems to the whole of year 5!
Amazing work this week Atlantic!
Have a safe and enjoyable half term J
Monday 14th May 2018 - Friday 18th May 2018
A busy week in Atlantic 5!
Completing our Mexican cubes, which are now ready to become part of a bigger pyramid, was a fun challenge.
Folding accurately on the line to create the perfect cube took a bit of time!
They are all so different and look fantastic together!
In English, we started a new topic, performance poetry, which has given the opportunity to be orally creative.
Each group performed in front of the class to prepare for next week, when the children will perform their personalised poems in groups to all of year 5.
Monday 7th May 2018 - Friday 11th May 2018
Art Project – Week 4:
Our on-going artwork is going really well!
So far this term, we have designed a print, individually made a string template, and finally this week, have applied paint to our printing blocks. This allowed us to stencil print them onto a net of a cube, which we had prepared last week.
Next week, we will be putting our cube together, where it will become part of a Year 5 Mayan pyramid!
We certainly have the force from ‘may the fourth be with you’ this week. All round we have had an amazing week! Continuously striving to do our best work with lots of us concentrating extra hard, not only on the quality of our work, but also the presentation of our work!
On Friday, we challenged ourselves to do something in a day that seemed impossible, but with perseverance and teamwork we succeeded as a class and learnt the capital cities of 20 countries around the world.
Watch out, they may start testing your knowledge!
Monday 23rd April 2018 - Friday 27th April 2018
In English, we have been looking at letters of complaint, protest and persuasion.
To help us understand our protest and reasons needed to back up our point of view, we had a class debate. With our learning partners, we discussed reasons to be for and against the scenario and then split into these sides.
During our debate, everyone spoke formally and remembered to use professional language. There were lots of powerful adjectives, rhetorical questions and emotive phrases being used to make our points stronger and help persuade others into thinking differently.
Well done Atlantic, I am most impressed with your verbal and written work this week!
Monday 16th April 2018 - Friday 20th April 2018
To start off what is going to be a very enjoyable summer term, Atlantic class travelled over 5,000 miles to begin their journey to Mexico and Maya civilisation.
Children had the opportunity to be launched into a Mexican Day, where they were able to craft their own sombreros and take a virtual trip to the country.
On the trip, (after an active flight) they learnt about the culture of Mexico, created entertainment using musical instruments, learnt several basic Spanish phrases, researched particular areas of interest including Mexican sports and National Holidays, such as Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and experimented with vibrant colours to create different patterns and prints inspired by Mexican art.
We even got to sample some Mexican dishes! (more nachos please Mrs Hutson, they were delicious!!)
A very busy start to the week and lots more interesting and fun things coming up!
Monday 19th March – Friday 23rd March 2018
Year 5 had a brilliant day yesterday – (as always!?)
We took part, in the morning, in dance, orienteering, and Big Art (making Guy Denning pictures from ourselves and material and clothes.)
In the afternoon we had a fabulous dance warm up session all together as a Year 5 team, before going off in groups to practice long distance running/ sprint/ throwing and shot put.
Monday 12th March – Friday 16th March 2018
Year 5 Viking Day
As part of our history topic, year 5 spent an exciting day with a Viking expert, taking part in various activities and learning more about the Viking way of life.
During the morning we were able to try our hand at making a variety of crafts, including pottery, weaving bracelets, mixing potions, ink making and writing with quills. We also had the chance to learn how the Vikings used their shields to protect themselves in battle.
After lunch, the children had the opportunity to dig for artefacts in an Archaeology activity. We found and identified some interesting pieces, such as fire-blackened pottery, metal hooks, keys and nails, scallop and oyster shells, human vertebrae and even human ribs!
What a brilliant day!
Atlantic 5 have started a new Science topic this week.
We are beginning to look at ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’.
This week, we began with sorting materials into solids, liquids, or gases. This generated a big discussion in class and allowed us to identify the differences between the 3 states.
We can’t wait to get investigating over the coming weeks!
In English this week, we have continued to analyse The Highwayman. The children have enjoyed learning about the poem and understanding the character’s appearances, feelings and behaviours.
We started off with drawing a portrait of a character using oil pastels. On Tuesday, we hot-seated each character and asked open-ended questions, which would allow us to explore some of the behaviours shown throughout the poem.
The children have worked hard this half term and I wish them all an enjoyable and safe half term break J
Year 5, who are studying volcanoes, learnt so much on Tuesday afternoon by talking to a retired journalist, named Frankie Stapleton, who lives on the volcanic island of Hawaii in the Pacific ocean. She moved there after the Second World War with her husband. She very kindly got up very early in the morning to talk to us at 2pm Leigh North Street Primary School time, (Hawaii time 4am!). She is a relative of Mrs. S. Knight who works at the school. She told us all about the history of the island and how it was formed. She told us what it was like to live there and how the presence of the volcano changes the way that she lives. It was a brilliant opportunity for all the children and they had loads of questions that they were able to ask and have answered.
This week in Atlantic 5, we have been making musical instruments, that will calm or scare our mythical creatures.
The children have completed a structured Design & Technology process for this project - researching first and then leading to design, development, construction, evaluation and finally, playing musical tunes around the Year 5 area.
The finished outcomes are great and the children should be very proud of themselves!
In Computing this week, we have been learning what it means to be scammed.
Knowing that is it being tricked into believing something or to give out your personal information we created some fake news reports and competitions that could easily scam some people!
11 plus club open to all children in Year 5. Just turn up each week from 12:30 onwards after you have had your lunch.
Active learning in force for Atlantic this week! We have been busy building shelters outside, which our mythical creatures would live in. Working with our learning partner or in small groups helped us to combine our ideas and make something even more amazing for our mythical creatures. (shelter photos in separate email as too big to attach! Is there something I need to do with the photos to reduce them?)
In Science, following an investigation into air resistance we looked at and investigated water resistance this week. Using blu-tack to make different shapes we tested which shape would sink the fastest or slowest. We discovered that depending how streamlined the shape was and its surface area effected how much water resistance it had.
Pupils from Lancaster Special School came to visit Year 5.
It was really fantastic to see how these young adults had managed to cope with their adversities and have very successful lives, both in education and at the start of their working lives.
We all learnt that if you persevere you can succeed.
We all learnt to respect others even though they may seem a little different from us sometimes.
It was a very good morning for us all to share.
The results of our first two days at school – thinking about Myths and Legends - and the 6 aspects of the school values ASPIRE.
It was really a great two days.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to come in and help, it was much appreciated.
Monday 4th - Friday 8th December 2017
Year 5 looking at evidence to see whether King Henry VIII’s boat, the Mary Rose, was sunk by the French in 1545, or by an accident that happened on board.
Monday 27th November – Friday 1st December 2017
Year 5 have really worked hard to produce some excellent Christmas decorations this week.
A Christmas scene with a Tudor Rose on the reverse.
Hopefully you will receive one when the decorations are taken down at school so that you can hang it at home as part of your Christmas decorations for years to come!
Monday 20th November – Friday 24th November 2017
A normal working week this week – every class - heads down and working hard to achieve our goals.
Year 5 anti-bullying posters on display.
Art works in the style of Nicholas Hilliard (a Tudor Artist).
These miniatures are the size of a playing card.
Year 5 have been enjoying the new wellbeing room, using it as a stimulus for some poetry.
This week we have all been looking at the issue of the ups and downs that we sometimes have in life – the downs sometimes caused by bullying.
We designed a game of snakes and ladders to illustrate the point.
Great fun was had playing the game.
We all have a better understanding of the part we each have to play in the lives of others and how it is so easy to bring people down (snake) or lift them up (ladder).
Year 5 have been studying constellations as part of our Science topic this week – and what better way to study them than to make accurate models out of pretzels and marshmallows – and then eat them!
Year 5 painting pebbles
A day at the beach
Monday 9th October - Friday 13th October 2017
Mathematics in Year 5 taught in different ways – all using the school’s new smart technology.
Year 5 have had a great week making pottery planets and visiting the beach – making beach art, listening to history talks about Leigh in the past, racing paper boats in very exciting and tense races, and seeing seals!
Space Day – Please see the pictures showing the fun that we had on the day.
Year 5 this week have been looking at the properties of shapes.
Top Trumps – remember the game?
We designed Top Trump Mathematic Shape cards
Who has the most edges?
The most vertices?
The most different shaped faces?
The most faces?
Research on the internet at home definitely helped to construct the winning cards.
Monday 18th September – Friday 22nd September 2017
Year 5 start to make the solar system, (not in 6 days!)
Starting with Pacific 5 – the Sun is constructed.
Other Year 5 classes to follow constructing the planets – watch this space!
We hope it is going to make a great display, and one from which we can all learn, and talk about the characteristics of our solar system.
Monday 11th September – Friday 15th September 2017
INVESTIGATIONS INTO THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EARTH’S MOVEMENT AND THE SUN
Year 5 have been studying how the Earth moves by looking at the shadows that are made over a period of time, and then posing the question to themselves of why they move as time progresses.
We discovered lots of facts in our conversations including the fact that some people on Earth are moving as the Earth spins at approximately 800mph (1290kmph) depending on where you are standing on the Earth. Funny how we don’t feel it!