5W - Mr Waters
5B - Miss Bing
LSA - Ms Williams
Our Current Topics
Term: Spring 2
Swimming will be on Tuesdays, so bring your kit in a P.E. bag and come to school in your sports uniform.
5W will also have P.E. on Wednesdays this half term.
Home/school contact books are given out every Friday and should be back in school by the following Wednesday.
Spelling tests will be on Thursdays.
Primary Latin Day
Y5 have spent the morning learning all about the Romans, the empire and some Latin language. They created their own centuries, made banners, war cries and learnt some marches. All of the time, they learnt the Latin terms. They also learnt two Latin songs, which they performed to Y4 and “the emperor.” They have thoroughly enjoyed themselves and would love to do this again.
Talk 4 Writing - The Hook!
Year 5 have had such an intriguing Talk 4 Writing lesson today. We received a box full of items from our new shared text: an owl, a piece of bread, a scarf, a boot and a big coat. There were also letters, frozen inside big blocks of ice, that spelled out the peculiar word 'Starjik.' Finally, we were asked to make a large amount of instant snow. We made lots of predictions and had a lot of guesses about what this text could be about.
What linked all of these items and activities?
Our new text, 'Ice Palace.'
The Book Bus
This afternoon, The Book Bus came to Greenbank! Year 5 were very excited to go inside and choose a new book from their exciting collection.
The Story Barn
Today's trip to The Storybarn was a very exciting time for Year 5. We had three main activities throughout the day. We went on a nature walk around the park, where we were read and told stories about areas like the brimstone, the sensory garden and particular plants and trees. Then, we explored the story barn its self, by using their fantastic reading areas and we read 'The Polar Express.' Finally, we created art work in one of their classrooms, using printing and a winter theme, to bring home.
Science - Rocket Science
For our work on forces, Year 5 have made their very own rocket, which will teach them about air pressure, thrust, gravity and streamline. We worked in groups of three in class to make our rockets, then we went into the school yard to see them in action. Back in the class, we discussed our observations and what we had learnt from the activity.
Talk 4 Writing - Cold to Hot Tasks
Year 5 are very proud of our progress over the past 4 weeks, during our unit on suspense / horror setting writing. After our cold task and from looking at what made our shared text such a great example, we decided what we needed to practice and improve and then use in our writing. Our hot tasks are so much better and the children have really enjoyed writing them.
Maths Mastery - Converting between measure
As part of our unit on converting between different units of measure, this afternoon we have been solving Tarsia puzzles to test our knowledge. The children had to find the questions and answers that matched up, and gradually formed their finished puzzle.
Science - Rocket Science
Year 5 spent the afternoon finding out how a rocket takes off, exploring and observing the forces that are in action.
We observed two demonstrations. The first was the 'crushing can' investigation, which taught them about air pressure and opposite reactions. The second was Hero's Engine, which is the first ever steam engine created, which taught them about how thrust works.
Music - African Chanting Song
For this unit of work, we have been listening and responding to different musical compositions, both a cappella and accompanied. For this piece, we listened to two variations of the song and then learnt it as a whole class in a 'call and response' style.
Science - Air Resistance
Continuing our work on forces, this week we have been investigating air resistance and the effects that surface area and weight have on it. For this investigation, we made paper helicopters and dropped them, timing how long they took to reach the floor. We changed the weight of them by adding paper clips to the bottom, to see if this effected the speed that they fell.
The children planned their fair test and made their predictions, which unanimously agreed that 'the heavier the object, the quicker it will fall.' They recorded their results in a table and then evaluated, to check whether their results correlated with their prediction.
Reading - Letter to an Author
As part of our reading for pleasure, two children from 5W wrote letters to one of their favourite authors, Malorie Blackman. They have been reading her books recently and have thoroughly enjoyed doing so. Malorie Blackman read their two letters and sent a little reply, which the two children were thrilled about.
Topic - Ancient Greek Pottery
After a week of sketching, pattern practice, observing and being inspired by Ancient Greek pottery design, Y5 have designed their own Ancient Greek pot. They have used traditional patterning and an image befitting of a pot from the era, as our History learning comes to a close with this brilliant fine art unit.
PE - Dance
The children really enjoyed learning two different styles of dance this half term. They worked in groups to come up with a traditional Chinese dance to perform to the class. Then, they choreographed a whole-class performance of 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson.
Science - Magnet Circus
To explore and understand the force of magnetism, Y5 took part in a magnet circus, where they observed and helped demonstrate 5 different activities.
They saw the mysterious Lenz's Law in action, tried to create a floating paper clip, tested and sorted magnetic materials and metals and also learned that opposite poles attract and how to draw a field of magnetism.
Talk 4 Writing - Greek Myths
Year 5 have worked extremely hard to achieve such outstanding work during their Talk 4 Writing unit on Ancient Greek myths.
They have written their inventions, after their imitation and innovation of Apollo and Daphne from 'The Orchard Book of Greek Myths.' They have then published their work in our own anthology called 'The Greenbank Book of Greek Myths.'
They are very proud of this and have really enjoyed looking at their published work.
This week, we read a text all about life in space. We worked as a class to clarify the language, we created and answered questions that we had about it and finally, we wrote retrieval questions for each other to answer.
In our Reciprocal Reading group this week, we delved into 'The Jungle Book' by Rudyard Kipling, where the children tried out the process of clarifying, questioning and predicting themselves.
Science - Effervescent Rocket Poppers
After last week's very exciting, teacher-guided investigation into air pressure, Y5 were very excited to investigate air pressure for themselves.
This afternoon, they saw a demonstration of effervescent rocket poppers and discussed what role air pressure was playing. They discovered that the reaction between the Vitamin C tablet and the water inside a film canister, causes gas to be produces, which increases the pressure inside the canister. When the air pressure has built up so much that it has nowhere else to go, the lid blows off and shoots into the air.
They chose to investigate if the amount of tablet used increases the time that it takes for air pressure to pop the lid.
National Poetry Day
Our fantastic group, the Reading Revolutionaries, spent the afternoon of National Poetry Day, visiting every single class in the school, from Reception to Y6, sharing poems that they had chosen.
National Poetry Day
For National Poetry Day, Y5 learnt the poem 'The Greek Gods' by Paul Perro by heart and then performed it in their KS2 assembly.
Science - Air Pressure
To begin their investigations into the forces, Y5 took part in three demonstrations of air pressure in action. We observed and took part in 'gravity-defying water,' 'egg in a flask' and 'Magdeburg spheres.'
The children then write about what they observed, explaining the science behind the intriguing phenomena.
P.E. - African Dance
After two weeks of learning their traditional African dance moves and turning them into a short group performance, Y5 got to share their work with their teachers.
History - The Greek Olympics
After learning a great deal about the Ancient Greek Olympics in our topic lessons, the children created advertisements, using persuasive writing, to entice those living nearly 3000 years ago to attend the games. They took part in a shared write to gather our information and to learn how to be persuasive.
They then used their shared write to create their digital advertisement. They wrote about what events they would compete in, where they were held, who was allowed the spectate and take part and even what the prize for winning an event was.
Maths Mastery - place value
for the first few weeks of Y5, we have been looking very closely at our understanding of place value. We have used a vast array of concrete resources to help us read and write numbers up to 1,000,000. This knowledge has then allowed us to accurately order and compare them.
History - Ancient Greek Restaurant Afternoon
For our topic on the Ancient Greeks, year 5 had an afternoon sampling traditional Greek food. They tried food such as: olives, pita bread, figs, a range of dips (hummus, tzatziki and taramasalata), feta cheese and Greek yoghurt.
They then reviewed their experience, using powerful vocabulary to convey their feelings of the food and wrote an advertisement for their very own Greek restaurant.