This week Pacific 5 have continued to prepare for our design and technology project. We have already tried spring rolls and now have learned different ways to safely prepare food using a knife. We learned to use ‘The Bridge’ and ‘The Claw’ hold to safely prepare our fruit and then once our fruit had been prepared we were able to eat it!
What a busy start to the new decade! There has been so much going on this week! Firstly we started with our learning to learn day. Then we were introduced to our new topic on China and the Shang dynasty. We then tried and critiqued spring rolls as part our our design and technology project. We will next be going to think about designing and then making our own spring roll creations. After this we looked at some of the hardships of life in parts of Asia and had to create paper bags for our ‘boss’ to find out how much money we would potentially earn for our families. In science we also continued our work on the solar system, this time using fruit to represent the planets and their relative size to one other. Finally we started our class text for this term called ‘Spilled Water’ based on a young girl called Lu Si-Yan whose life is turned upside down while growing up in China.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Pacific class! First we had our Christmas dinner then we started to make our own pomander decorations. We learned about the history of these decorations and how they would have been used in the past. Hopefully you all enjoy your new scented decorations when you take them home at the end of term. There are many more exciting activities still to come over the last two weeks of term: Christmas Pantomime, Christmas Carol Concert, Christmas Jumper day and Class Christmas Parties - just to make a few!
This week we have been looking at persuasive words and phrases that we could use in our own persuasive letter. We generated vocabulary by looking at the new John Lewis advert and playing conscious alley. Two children were acting as the dragon and the little girl while the rest of the class explained why the dragon should or should not be allowed to come to Christmas dinner. Thank you to Riley in Arctic class who also brought in the story of the little dragon to share with all the year five classes.
This week we have continued to look at Lowry’s art. We have already looked at his style, perspective and developing buildings. We have now looked at creating matchstick people. With all of this preparation we are now ready to start creating our own Lowry style scene next week. In this scene we will try to include all of the things we have learned in our art lessons over the past few weeks.
This week we have been learning about stories from Jesus and looking at the moral behind ‘The Good Samaritan’. We discussed what ‘love thy neighbour’ actually means and have created five acts of kindness that we aim to complete over this next few weeks. These acts range from making our parents a cup of tea to emptying the dishwasher. We have written these acts out on post it notes and each time we complete an act we will remove this post it note from our topic book. We are looking forward to sharing examples of how we have spread kindness both at home and in school.
Monday 11th November 2019 – Friday 15th November 2019
Pacific have been learning all about the features of biographies this week. We have already been learning about Islambard Kingdom Brunel’s suspension bridges in science and have now started to research his life in English. We are next going to use all of this information to create our own biographies next week.
This week we have started our new topic all about the industrial revolution. We have now discovered what the industrial revolution actually was and looked at some of the changes that took place between 1750 and 1900. Throughout this term we will continue to look at the industrial revolution across our topics. In science we have started to look at the work of Brunel and his creation of the suspension bridge. We all worked in groups to devise our own bridges and then investigated to see which bridge design would prove the most successful. We were all in agreement that a suspension bridge provided the strongest support for our bridges.
As well as the industrial revolution we have all been very excited to received our new banded reading books. The school library has been revamped over the past few weeks. There are brand new books continually arriving at school so there is a wealth of choice available for each band.
Please continue to read daily at home as this will be so important help you to progress across each subject!
21st October 2019 - 25th October 2019
This week we were lucky enough to be visited by the team at ‘Explore Learning’. We completed some maths challenges and investigations working alongside our learning partners. We talked about being fearless and showing fearlessness when facing a new task. Oliver was voted pupil of the day by the tutors for his positive approach and methodical working and the tutors also commented on how impressed they were by the entire class. Well done everyone!
This week the moon came to Leigh North Street! We developed our critical thinking by looking at possible evidence for and against the moon landing actually happening. A lot of our class were very sceptical about the moon landing actually taking place!
We then were then lucky enough to look at and even hold rocks sent from NASA. These were not any rocks as these rocks are actual pieces of rock retrieved from the moon!
Pacific class have been investigating air resistance by making spinners. We found the average time it took for a spinner to fall and investigated to find out if paper clips would have an impact on our results.
Our week started with some diving games and exercises lead by the teachers from Southend diving school. We all were then given a certificate and a free voucher to try out diving lessons for ourselves.
Later in the week we completed our stories set in Asgard with Loki as our protagonist. We produced some really pleasing work and then worked together to edit our friends’ adventure stories. We could all identify successful features and suggested where improvements could be made. We really enjoyed working in a group to edit someone else’s work before editing our own.
In Pacific class we have been continuing to immerse ourself in our Viking topic. Last week we produced our own creation stories and this week we have looked at quest and adventure writing.
First we completed a Now Press Play Viking activity to help us prepare for our own Viking quest stories. We had a great time reenacting the role of a Viking child heading on an adventure. We then found out all about key Norse myth characters. We focused mainly on the character of Loki as he will be our protagonist when we write our own quest stories. In addition to this, when analysing Norse myth characters, we have also learned how to use point, evidence explanation (PEE for short!)
Monday 9th September 2019 – Friday 13th September 2019
This week we have started to learn from our new maths scheme called ‘Power Maths’. We have been working extremely hard in Pacific class to learn the new terminology and new ways of explaining our work. We have looked at concrete, pictorial and abstract ways of solving questions and really deepened our understanding of place value. This week we have been focusing on numbers up to 100,000 and looked at how to round numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.
Thursday 5th September 2019 – Friday 6th September 2019
We have had a great first few days starting life in year five. We immersed ourself in our brand new topic of the Vikings. After exploring and researching Viking villages we then created our own miniature replicas and made some really creative designs! Over the next term we will be investigating the following question: ‘What did the Viking’s want and how did Alfred stop them getting it?’
We are looking forward to studying Norse myths next week in our English lessons!