Spring Term 2 2017-18
Spring Fever Parent Handbook
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.
The amazing and very funny Nick came from University of Warwick to demonstrate some amazing chemistry to Years 5 & 6. There were colour changes, huge amounts of foam, explosions and frozen bananas! It was very inspirational. Thank you Nick!
‘It was really fun! It was nice to have Nick come in and teach us how to do some of the science’ – Maddi
‘It was very inspiring and made me and a few of my friends want to be scientists’ – Phoebe
‘I found the chemistry really interesting because he made sure everyone knew what it was and he was really funny- he should be a comedian!’ – Sophie
We learned the names of lots of different bones, for example, mandible, cranium, humerus, patella, tibia and fibula and metatarsals. We looked at model human skeletons and real parts of animal skeletons. Then we made our own!
This week we performed our class assembly. As well as teaching others about the circulatory system, we told stories of broken hearts. Here’s one that Matt and Courtney created.
On Monday Professor Gowland kindly volunteered to show us all about the heart. We measured our pulses and our blood pressures. Small groups worked to dissect pig hearts (we thought about Trudy from Pig Heart Boy), and those who were brave enough even had a go with the scalpel themselves! It was amazing!
Thank you from all of Year 5!
We created a scientific model to show how the ribs and diaphragm help the lungs work. We could see the balloon lungs inflating and deflating as we moved the plastic bag diaphragm! It was an exercise in perseverance but everyone’s model worked in the end! A big thanks to the children who remembered their bottle and plastic bag. You can veiw our video by clicking on the photo.
Working together to calculate area and perimeter
Team work was particularly important in this maths lesson- the children were concentrating hard!