Year 5 went MAD!
At the MAD museum in Stratford that is! After having to postpone their trip due to the snow earlier in the year, the children were really looking forward to a morning exploring the interactive exhibits of the Mechanical Art and Design (MAD) Museum. From the moment the children stepped into the museum, they were instantly captivated by the whirring of cogs and cams and the intricate movements of these amazing inventions. The marble run room proved to be very popular and the class demonstrated excellent collaborative working skills to make the most extreme marble runs imaginable! There were automata that could draw, like the one in the class novel Hugo, as well as fascinating films about how some of these creations were made or operated.
Here’s one we made earlier!
What the children thought…
“It was unique and really fun!” – Lacey
“The marble run room was full of ideas” – Jake
“I likes reading all the information about the exhibits – it was really interesting” – Margaux
“Creative” – Bayley
“Unexpected and exciting” – Grace
“It was MAD!” –Matt
“The mini cinema had a really interesting film in it” – Kallum
“The whole place made me want to explore!” – Wilbur
“It was detailed and eye-catching” – Emma
“MAD is exactly what it was!” – Lilah
Spring Term 2 2017-18
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The Moon came to Harbury
Monday 13th November
As part of Anti-bullying week, year 5 have been celebrating what makes us unique. Today we discussed the fact that even though everybody is different we all deserve to be treated equally. We all wrote down something that make us unique and made a display of our differences on odd socks to celebrate that all being different is what makes us all equal.
Memories of the Manor
On Monday, Year 5 and 6 were lucky enough to visit Sulgrave Manor and experience what life was like for children during the Elizabethan era. The children found out about the particularly itchy woollen clothes children would have worn, how challenging writing with a quill and ink was and how wealthy people liked to show off their fortune. They also had the opportunity to play some Tudor games and some of them even had a go at gambling! Later, we were treated to a tour of the house and grounds and it was fascinating to see the difference between how rich and poor folk lived. I think you can see from these pictures and quotes how valuable the learning experience was for the class.
“I liked playing the games” – Chloe
“The costumes made me feel like a real Tudor – it was a really good experience.” – Lilah
“I liked learning about the spit boy.” – Kallum
“It was fun to dress up and I liked looking at the house.” – George
“We learned lots of interesting facts.” – Margaux
“I liked finding out that George Washington’s ancestors lived there.” – James
“I liked the way they made the costumes really authentic.” – April
“It was really interesting and it was a good experience.” – Emma
English Heritage Terrible Tudor event at Kenilworth Castle
As our topic this term has been about the Tudors, we thought you might be interested in this event at Kenilworth Castle.
What’s been happening in Year 5?
It’s been a fantastic start to the year so far and I’ve been really proud of how excited and engaged the children have been about their new topic: Terrible Tudors.
We started the year looking at different ways we learn and how having a growth mind-set is really important when you are learning new things. We then went on to improving our collaborative working skills with some team challenges – take a look at some of the pictures and ask your children about these. We are very good at Co-operation ball (our current record is 17 seconds) but we still need to master the Levitating Stick task. If all this sounds a bit confusing ask the children to explain how these challenges work.
At the end of the first week, we held our Tudor WOW Day where we made Tudor food, wrote formal banquet invitations and solved some tricky Tudor puzzles. The children also took part in a fantastic FACT or FIB quiz which they designed themselves – complete with terrible Tudor team names such as The Headchoppers and Pain in the Neck.
We’ve also looked at place value and Roman numerals in maths this week and started to read our class book, Road to London in English.