Year 5 have been reflecting on British Values in their
lessons, realising their relevance across different continents and at different
points in history.
In Re the children have been considering the people of the Old
Testament and their prophecy of a Messiah. When examining extracts of the Old
Testament, Ben commented that “they wanted strict rules and laws”. Paloma
added, “the people of Israel were wishing for a saviour to stop all the
attacking.” (Isiah 9 6-7: power and peace will be his kingdom.) We then
reflected on what a society would be like if it did not share our British
values. We were interested to realise that people in the past, wished for such values,
whereas perhaps we take them for granted.
We also found an extract in the Old testament that made
reference to equality, where the people of Israel were wanting a Messiah who
would treat the poor fairly. (Isiah 11 1-5 He will judge the poor honestly.)
Previously in RE we had been looking at the impact of Nelson
Mandela and reflected on what life would be like in the midst of apartheid. Ben
said that, “there was no equality in apartheid”.
On Friday the 15th of November, year 5 enjoyed a fantastically vicious Viking visit. Our learning truly came to life with the help of Thorul Hammerson, our visiting Viking. By dressing up in fantastic costumes, the children felt that they had been transported back in time. We learnt that his trousers that were made of plentiful material, were to demonstrate his wealth, as was his silver-tipped leather belt and bag.
We had studied the significance of artefacts; how they can indicate how far and wide the Vikings had travelled and traded with places as far away as North Africa and Constantinople. Being able to hold them meant that we could appreciate what Viking life was like, with several families all living in a long-house alongside the animals. Through Thor’s clever questioning, we were able to piece together the facts that we had already learnt and apply this knowledge. Eg. where did the horn come for to make the drinking horn?
We were also surprised that many of the Viking words for cutlery and kitchenware are very similar to words we use today eg “ketill”
We were also interested to learn other words with Viking origin eg “Ransack”
from the old Norse “rannsaka” which means to search a house. Also, “window” which literally translated means “a wind-eye”.
We knew, from our study of artefacts that chess pieces and dice had been found, made from walrus tusk or reindeer antler. Therefore it was great to have the chance to play a fun game of ‘Fox and Geese’ which tested our tactical moves; one fox tries to eat the 13 geese and the geese win if they manage to block in the fox.
In the afternoon, the children watched as he made some coins which would have been worth £25. If you wanted to spend less, you chopped the coin in half or even quarters, known as a “four-thing” (farthing). Who knew a blunt axe could split a watermelon in half as well as split your money into pieces?
The following quotes show how much this visit added to our learning……
Autumn – “It’s been a fun day and it gives you a lot of education.”
Jasmin – “It’s interesting to learn about the Vikings. The day has helped us to learn how they lived.”
On Friday 5th May, year 5 enjoyed a trip to Hickling Broad to support our work on the history, tourism and habitat management of the Broads. Despite the gloomy weather, the children took part in sketching the view from the bird hide, learning about the variety of habitats and wildlife there – as well as dyke dipping. It was lovely to receive a compliment from the staff there who commented on their enthusiasm, engagement and excellent behaviour. Well done year 5!
Don’t forget to look at our blogs to see more photos from the day.
In English lessons in the spring term, year 5 enjoyed learning about classic poetry. They studied ‘Night Mail’ by WH Auden and ‘From a Railway Carriage’ by Robert Louis Stevenson. The children then went on a very exciting train trip in the last week of term from Dereham Station to Wymondham Abbey Station. We took lots of photos which helped them write some fantastic poems in the style of Stevenson’s when we got back to school. If you’re down at Dereham Station, have a look out for the children’s displayed poems!
The children worked really hard throughout the poetry unit and produced some brilliant poems which they were all proud of. Some of their poems are below, enjoy!
Year 5 had a busy British Science Week. In keeping with the theme of journeys, we learned about the journey of milk – from the different farms that cows are kept on right up to when the milk gets delivered to the supermarkets.
We also had a go at making butter from shaking milk, it was a good workout for us all!
We cooked some delicious cheese scones and researched where the ingredients had come from. The ingredients that travelled the furthest to get to us in Dereham were the oat milk (from Belgium) and lactose free butter (from Sweden).
We really enjoyed all of the different visitors who came in to talk to us about their roles in the science world.
As part of Year 5’s South America topic, the children spent Friday 4th January learning about different countries in the continent. The children all really enjoyed the day and learned a lot about South American counties.
The children learned all about carnival and created their own dance routine to have a carnival celebration themselves. In the afternoon, the children learned about the artist Romero Britto and had a go at creating a piece of art in his style.
We learned about the things that make Columbia an interesting country and lots about Columbian heritage. We discovered the lost city of El Dorado, which as the myth goes, was an old Columbian city. Our treasure maps show just where we think the city might be. In the afternoon, we found out how chocolate is grown and then made. Some of the best chocolate beans are from South America!
Children enjoyed a poem called “Up and Down the Andes” which explores the journeys made by children across Peru to celebrate the sun festival. We then painted Aztec style suns. We also tried Aztec style weaving using wool and sticks.
Mrs Rathi and Miss Skinner are settling in nicely to their new roles in year 5 and the children have been incredibly kind in assisting them.
We have had a busy half term, with some exciting learning opportunities that the children have relished.
In English have been writing persuasive letters; we hoped you enjoyed reading them! Once we had perfected our persuasive prose, we then moved on to learning about science fiction. The children seem to have loved creating their own characters and sci-fi scenarios. We are currently in the process of writing our own science fiction stories so watch this space for some exciting and gripping stories.
Our reading is now taught as a whole class lesson once a week. The children have really engaged with “Kensuke’s Kingdom” by Michael Morpurgo.
Our maths has been focused around place value, addition and subtraction. Through using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of our numbers, we have been ensuring our maths skills are getting stronger by the day. We have also taken advantage of the good weather to participate in some active and fun lessons to support the strategies we have learned.
In our Science topic, we have explored “Earth and Space”. We found out about the heliocentric and geocentric models of the solar system and sought evidence that the Earth does really revolve on it’s axis. Ask your children if they can explain why we have night and day.
Linked to our science, in geography, we have been learning about geographical features of the Earth. Volcanoes were a popular and exciting topic; the children were in awe when confronted with an erupting volcano.
In year 5, we proved that having no pen was not a barrier to learning. What an exciting and creative day we had! Following on nicely from our previous day’s learning in maths, the children enjoyed an active lesson. In mixed teams, they developed their reasoning skills as they helped each other by explaining the significance of estimating and rounding to solve space-themed word problems. This was followed by fun and games with our times tables. Have you tried playing Fizz Buzz recently? It really got us thinking!
In English, we were able to think differently about novels. With pens down, we turned our attention to creating an illustration for a book cover, especially for our own story. We carefully considered the purpose and impact of a book cover first, before exploring a range of artistic media and techniques.
It has been a fantastic half term for our year 5 classes and team.