5W - Mr Waters
5B - Miss Bing
LSA - Ms Williams
Our Current Topics
Term: Autumn 1
Day for P.E. to be confirmed.
Home/school contact books are given out every Friday and should be back in school by the following Wednesday.
Spelling tests will be on Wednesdays.
Incubation of chicks, week 3 (May 2017)
We began this week by candling our eggs for the last time. We saw that the dark patch had grown significantly, which meant that the chicks were getting a lot bigger.
On Tuesday, 3 of our eggs had begun to crack, which meant that the chick inside was trying to get out.
When Wednesday morning came, we found that a chick had hatched over night. However, during Maths, we noticed that another hatching was taking place and we all watched the chick fight its way out and managed to catch it on video, which you can find below.
On Thursday, 3 more chicks hatched and we have lots of pictures of them hatching, being introduced to our brooding pen and of Y5 holding and observing them.
Incubation of chicks, week 2 (May 2017)
Today, we candled our eggs from our incubator for the second time. 8 of our eggs are 'fertilized' and have a developing chick inside.
Using our egg candler, we were able to see inside the egg. We saw veins all over the inside and a dark mass which moved! Clearly, the chick has changed a lot since the last time we candled them.
Hopefully, in one week, we will be able to observe hatching and have our chicks in our brooding pen in the classroom to care for.
Germination (May 2017)
For our topic on 'all living things,' we want to observe the process of germination, so we have planted runner beans in pots in our classroom and also in the flower beds in the playground. Over the next few weeks, we will observe the growth of roots and the stem and be able to write about this process after seeing it first-hand.
Incubation of chicks (April 2017)
This week, we put 24 eggs into our class incubator, which we set at 37.6 degrees and will automatically rock gently backwards and forwards, to replicate the care that it would receive from the brooding hen.
A few days later, when we used our candling torch, we saw inside the eggs and in 8 of them, we saw a dark spot, which is the early development of a chick inside.
We will hopefully be able to write back to you with how these develop over the next 3 weeks, before they start hatching at 21 days.
The Heritage of Liverpool (April 2017)
For our new History topic, we will be exploring the heritage and culture of Liverpool, which will involve lots of sessions ran by The Greenhouse Project of Liverpool, which we will then explore further in the classroom.
To begin our topic, we went on a guided tour, by one of The Greenhouse Project, around the city centre, where we learnt about the origins of China Town, the Albert Dock and the warehouse district. We also found out lots of interesting facts about the beginnings of Liverpool, life long ago and the culture of our city.
North America Project Day (March 2017)
This week, the children finally got to show how much hard work they have been doing at home for the past two months. Each child got the time to stand in front of the class and share their entire project, which included music, lots of food, films, PowerPoints, 3D models, posters and even props, quizzes and prizes.
All three Y5 teachers would like to thank parents and carers for all of their help to make this such a rewarding week for all of the children. Everyone learnt a great deal more about each state of U.S.A. and had fun doing so!
Religious Education -
Stained Glass Windows (January 2017)
In R.E. we have been learning about stained glass windows and their importance in Christian churches. We have discussed how they show stories from the Bible and of the history of Christianity, but also of how they show the images and memories that are sacred and important. To understand this, this afternoon, we have been taking part in a stained glass window workshop. We had an artist visit the classroom, to teach us how to cut glass and also used ink, pastels and oil to create stained glass style paintings to display memories and images that are special to us and our own history or religion.
Greenbank does 'The Cube (December 2016)
As an end of 2016 treat, Y5 took part in a recreation of the TV show 'The Cube!' They competed in teams - boys versus girls - in a number of challenges in order to beat 'The Cube!' In the end, it was really close and there were only 2 points between the two teams. But, with 80 points, the winning team was.... the GIRLS!
'Well done for a brilliant term and I can't wait to see you again in the New Year,' - Miss Faulkner.
Maths Mastery -
Volume and Capacity (Dec 2016)
This week, Year 5 have begun to understand the calculation of volume and capacity. We have done this by first observing 3D cubes and cuboids and recreating them ourselves, counting the cubes needed and writing our answers in cm3. This has allowed the children to have a clear concrete representation of what volume and capacity means and what it looks like, so that we can move on to "width X height X length" next.
To challenge each other, the children made a cube or cuboid and they had to work out the volume of another's creation. They did this by working out the area of one of the faces and multiplying it by how many cubes were in the height of the shape.
Design and Technology -
The Apprentice Christmas Bakeoff (December 2016)
Y5 worked in teams to design, make and present a selection of Christmass-themed cupcakes, that were to be presented to a judge!
Each team elected a project manager and they split themselves into two sub teams - cupcake design and packaging design - to efficiently create their products. The children had great fun and there were some fantastic results at the end of the week. Our judges (Mrs Wriggley and Mrs Kemeena), took a long time to deliberate and they had to call on the expertise of our school cook, to pick a winning team.
'Santa's Cupcake Sleigh' won, because of their six unique designs; in particular, the judges loved one particular Christmas tree design and they said that this was the reason that they picked this team to win!
Design and Technology -
Packaging (Dec 2016)
For our topic in Design Technology lessons, the children have designed and created their own packaging and cupcake to give as a gift.
First, they designed what they wanted their cupcake to look like - labelling what ingredients they would need (icing, sweets, colours). Then, they also designed a box for the cupcake to fit inside, to give as a present. The next day, they created their design onto a net of a cube and cut it out, folding and sticking it all together.
Finally, the children used what they had brought in from home, or what was provided to them, to bring their cupcake design to life. After the process, we evaluated their cupcakes and packaging together, thinking of what we could or would want to do differently.
The children have now taken their cupcakes home, in their own specially designed box, to give to someone special .
Wild Weather (Nov 2016)
This week, for our topic on 'Wild Weather,' the class made a 'tornado in a bottle.' We used water, to act as the lighter, warm air in the process; washing up liquid, to be our cold, denser air; and glitter, to show pieces of debris caught in the tornado. We used this to aid our understanding of how a tornado is formed. We mixed them all together in a bottle and when we shook them, the water, washing liquid and glitter span in a funnel shape, replicating a tornado.
We then started to research the effects of a tornado, particularly looking at the precautions that must be taken to stay safe. Finally, we wrote letters of advice, to people in the USA, giving tips about how to stay safe when a tornado strikes.
'Room 13' inspired
descriptive settings (Nov 2016)
For the past 3 weeks, the children of 5W and 5PR have been learning how to write descriptive settings, through a Talk4Writing unit based on the incredible book 'Room 13' by Robert Swindells. The book is all about suspense and tension, but also about creating scenes which are vivid and detailed.
So far, we have completed the 'imitation' and 'innovation' stages.
Here are pictures of:
- Our actions that we created to our favourite passage.
- The story maps we made to help us remember the passage and bring it to life.
- The innovation that we have written together as a class (with our plan and features), changing the setting and main character, but keeping the plot.
Independent Research Project -
Apollo 11 (Nov 2016)
We have thoroughly enjoyed our time spent this week, listening to and seeing all of the fantastic independent research projects that the children have spent a lot of time on creating at home. The children have learnt a great deal about the Apollo 11 mission, the crew, the tasks they completed on their mission on the moon and even important quotes and dates.
We have some excellent posters, drawing and speeches and we thank parents, carers and children for all of their hard work and help.
Maths Mastery -
Division (Nov 2016)
Here are some pictures of Y5 using their Maths Mastery skills to prove their understanding of division with remainders. They have used arrays to show the calculation and that a remainder has been found. This will now really help the children to understand the formal written method of short division.
Maths Mastery -
Factors (Oct 2016)
This week in Maths, the class have been discovering the factors of numbers up to 50. As part of our Maths Mastery, we used counters to form 'arrays' for each number, to show how many different ways the number can be made using multiplication, then recorded our findings.
This has allowed us to learn new terms, such as square numbers and prime numbers and will now move forwards, where we will be finding the highest common factor and prime factors of numbers.
Judo! (Oct 2016)
This half term, Y5 have been taking part in Judo lessons, ran by Judo Education as part of their P.E.
The children have been learning how to perform controlled throws and moves. Each week, they have been practicing what they have learned previously, learning new moves and then taking part in a match against each other.
Go Run For Fun (Oct 2016)
Year 5 were invited to take part in a 'Go Run For Fun' event at Wavertree Athletics Club, where they ran 2K, with over 600 children from schools all over Liverpool.
They took part in a warm up, ran the 2K and then met Emily Diamond - bronze 4 X 400 relay medallist from Rio 2016 (and even got to hold the medal!).
Ancient Greek Restaurant (Sept 2016)
For our topic on Ancient Greece, both year 5 classes enjoyed a Greek restaurant afternoon, where they sampled traditional food from the country. They tried dished, such as: olives, fresh figs and taramasalata.
The children then described the texture, flavour and smell of the food in detail and reviewed the restaurant, rating the food on a star system.
This has also fed into our DT and Computing work, as the children followed this up by creating Greek God inspired restaurant names, signs and logos for their restaurant and then a 'Comic Life' interactive poster to advertise their shop using the iPads.