We have had a ‘testing’ week in Y5 this week. We have completed our National tests on Reading, Maths Procedural & Maths Reasoning. All the children worked really hard. We are very proud of them and the effort they have put in over the last few weeks. Da iawn Y5.
In Art we have been studying the Welsh artist Jeremy Thomas and the style of his paintings. In PE we have started the Summer Term by undertaking the very challenging 20m multi-stage fitness test! Everyone tried really hard and it was wonderful to see the children encouraging each other to keep going. In Science we have been building a variety of switches. We found out about the different types of switches and their functions.
In our topic work we have been naming and locating cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and identifying human and physical characteristics. We have also studied why and how some of these aspects have changed over time by comparing maps and photographs of places.
We have really enjoyed Science week, especially blowing things up!
Everyone looked amazing in their costumes. We have carried out many experiments including making rockets from film canisters, bicarb of soda and vinegar!. We have also investigated the physical reaction when Mentos meet different types of fizzy pop and also found out why certain cans of soda float or sink!
We have also conducted our own investigation into how fats and proteins are sensitive to changes in milk, how colours can change and disappear! We enjoyed discovering how chromatography works with the help of Skittles and we also made a right mess when made a non-Newtonian fluid or gloop as we call it. We also had the opportunity to visit the International Centre for Aerospace Training at Cardiff Airport. All the children really enjoyed the visit and a big thank you to everyone at ICAT for such a brilliant adventure.
We really enjoyed our trip to Dow Corning on Wednesday but the highlight of the week was when we got to work with Mike from Dolygaer. We have chosen the activities we will be doing and more importantly we have sorted the menu for the three days!
We have had a fantastic first week back after half term in Y5.
We have really enjoyed having a ‘Welsh Week’ this week and have loved finding out all about what makes Wales so amazing. We all entered the Eisteddfod art competition by drawing what we think Wales will look like in the future. We have learnt songs, listened to music and also shared our poems with other classes. We had a fantastic St David’s Day on Wednesday with everyone looking amazing in their Welsh themed costumes. A big well done to everyone who also entered the St David’s Day baking and home art competitions.
We have also started our new topic ‘Marvellous Maps’ This topic we give us the opportunity to explore a range of maps and to develop their understanding of the key features of maps. We will study a range of maps and atlases, including digital maps, and compare their features. We will also learn to use the eight compass points to give directions and give grid references to locate places on a map.
We discovered the true meaning of Lent, wrote our Lent promises and shared them with each other. We were also very fortunate to take part in an ‘Ash’ worship with Father Kevin.
We have had a wonderful first week back. It was lovely to hear that everyone had a fantastic Christmas and New Year.
In English this week we have started to read ‘The Snow Spider’ written by Jenny Nimmo. This book will form the basis of our written work this term as we will use it to develop a number of different skills. We already have a number of questions that we answered!
In our Maths lessons we have been investigating equivalent fractions & ordering different fractions by cutting up pizzas, dividing chocolate & sharing money! We have been changing the denominators of fractions so it is easier to order them.
In Science we have completed our Space topic and have also started to plan and discuss what we want to learn about in our new topic ‘Light’. We have also written and built our new targets for the rest of the year and will be displaying them in the classroom to remind us of what we want to achieve. We will be carrying on with our Tudor topics until half term as we still have a number of different things that we want to research.
Our highlight of the week was sharing how so many of us completed our christmas challenges with friends and family. It was a fantatsic way to start the new year.
We have had a wonderful week in Year 5 this week.
In Maths we have been working on our doubling and halving strategies. We have used the partitioning method to show our workings out, so that we can correctly solve the challenges. We have also been solving a variety of word problems, by extracting the important information from the question and then using the correct method to get the correct answer.
In English we have been writing instructions. We looked at all the different situations you would need instructions and as it is Christmas we wrote instructions on how to build a snowman. We used the short film ‘Lily and the Snowman’ as our inspiration. Click on the link to watch the film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qehqv13PJwI
In our ICT lessons this week we have been completing the Hour of Code. Coding helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. In our Topic work this week we have been studying Mary, Queen of Scots.
We really enjoyed sharing our LEGO learning with all our families on Friday. Thank you to everyone who was able to come along and support this event.
The highlight of the week for us was our talk from the Ahmadiyya Muslim women's association of Cardiff. They gave us a true insight into the Islamic faith and we all thoroughly enjoyed finding out lots of interesting facts. We look forward to visiting them in their Mosque.
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