Welcome to Classes 11 and 12
Year 5 children have been getting creative and decorating Christmas branches which have been hung in the school hall. They have also designed and made some beautiful stain glass windows.
We are Geographers!
Year 5 have been enjoying our class text: ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo. We have linked this to our Geography topic ‘Stranded!’
In the story, Michael washes up on a strange island in the middle of the ocean. We learnt about how contour lines are used by map-makers to show lines of similar height. We then made contour models of the island!
UWE Geography students visit Year 5!
On Tuesday a group of first year students taking a degree in Geography and Town Planning came to Year 5 as part of our ‘Stranded!’ topic. They came with a number of activities to look at our local area. Sam Harris and Ruben …. tell the story:
‘Our first activity was a board game, like Monopoly. We had to use a dice and decide how to spend our money. Another activity looked at good and bad roads. We had to decide how to make a road safe – putting in cycle lanes and crossings. Another activity was to look at a site in Horfield and decide what we wanted to build. We chose a waterpark!’
Everyone learnt a lot about what planners do and we used our geography skills of map-reading looking at the human and physical features of our local area!
Year 5 are learning about Hinduism in RE this term. We are following the enquiry, ‘How does belief in Brahman affect the way Hindus live?’
We learnt that Hindus speak about Vishnu as a god that can come into the world in many forms to restore balance. We imagined what problems in the world that would need an intervention from Brahman. We made these problems from play-dough. Can you guess what they are?
Linked to our class text, ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, Year 5 have been following the fortunes of the main character, Michael. In the story, Michael meets a strange old man called Kensuke who seems to be both looking after him and telling him what to do.
We discussed the question, ‘Is Michael a guest or a prisoner?’ To help with this, one of our class acted as Michael and walked down the conscience alley. One half of the class told her why she was a guest, whilst the other side said she was a prisoner.
At the end we had to decide what we thought.
We shared and discussed the fabulous book ‘The Lost Book of Adventure’. The illustrations in the book inspired our initial sketches / designs which in turn led us to lino printing. We learnt the skills and processes involved in lino printing. We also learnt how to mix the secondary colour green and how to produce different tones – lighter, darker and brighter. We discussed all of the qualities we expect to see in each other throughout Year 5 and our high expectations of ourselves i.e. respect, generosity, determination and perseverance. We are proud of our Class Charter and the strap line ‘Wanderlust – (n) a strong impulse to explore the world’, is intended to drive all our learning throughout Year 5. Please pop up to see our Class Charter whenever you would like to.
Our learning metaphor for 2019/2020 is Exploration so very soon you will be able to see our new Class Charters.