Happy New Year to you all! I hope Christmas was a relaxing break and that you are ready to begin the Spring term. Thank you all for your generous gifts at Christmas, they were much appreciated!
The themes this term are ‘Crime and Punishment’ and ‘River Deep, Mountain High’, which will be applied across the curriculum. We will being going on a fun and engaging ‘Rivers’ trip after half term.
Hope you all had a super summer holiday and are rested ready for the busy term ahead. There are lots of exciting and interesting things planned to ensure learning is fun, as well as a challenge. Our topics for this term are Robin Hood and Medieval Monarchs and Space Odyssey. This year we will have both Mrs Weller and Mrs Spurdle working alongside your children to support them.
I am delighted to be continuing my teaching in Year 5 and I am looking forward to the fun we will share as we journey through the year.
Kind regards, Mrs Ellmore
In Art we have been studying the artist Peter Thorpe, who creates abstract art based around a space theme. We hope you like our own take on Peter's fantastic designs.
We had a fantastic morning, learning how GSK perform spot tests on athletes to check for use of banned substances.
What is a Year?
Part of our scientific enquiry this week is understanding what a year is and how the position of the planets in our solar system affects their orbital period. We used a model from planets we had created to help us map out the orbital path of each planet to see how their distance from the sun affected the length of time it took for one orbit!
Year 5 surpassed themselves in their homework this week: Show me what you know about our solar system. Super models, brilliant diagrams and interesting games were just some of the creative pieces of work. We had to share them with our buddies, who thoroughly enjoyed learning all about space too.
In English we have been experimenting with the use of sentence structure to create suspense within a story. We have been using both long, descriptive complex sentences and short powerful impact sentences to create affect in our writing. Whilst everyone has started to create tense, page-turning stories, here are some examples Mrs Ellmore found particularly nail-biting!
I was possessed by the cold from my feet. I was sinking to the ground hoping we would make it. We were horrified to be lost, but we couldn't find our way to the rocket. I was swiftly passing out - for a second I thought I had saw it! But it was nothing! Every second my heart was getting faster and faster until...it stopped! By the time I woke up I found myself in the rocket safe and sound.
By Oliver Bailey
As my feet touched the ground, I realised that no man’s feet should ever step foot on this unbelievably cold ground. I needed to get off! My heart started beating faster – as I started asking myself the same question over and over but the answer never came. Will I ever leave? Finally, the rocket was found infront of my eyes. But as I inched closer I saw it was covered in frost! What was I going to do?! The ship, which needed to remain a constant temperature, would probably never work again!
By Caitlin O’Neill
Mercury’s rocky cold ground, which sent terrible vibes into my body, was nothing liked I’d seen on Earth. I knew I was done. As the ground grew colder and colder, I started to run but the atmosphere grabbed me back. I fell. When I regained consciousness I saw the rocket, which looked different than before. What I thought was the rocket, turned out to be a robot! I reached into my pocket for my radio but all I heard was silence.
By Charlie Ryan
As I shivered throughout my body, my feet touched the damp, icy ground. The spine-chilling wind froze my back. I knew I could not survive here much longer. The deep wind, which grew colder around me, made me shiver with each new breath. I shook with fear. As I gazed around me I realised I was the only one here!
By Edie Dunlop
The cryogenic surface of Mercury, which was slowly freezing me, was getting colder and colder. I was going to die. There was nothing, not anything, I could do. My teammates were not going to let me die. Claire scooped me up into a fireman’s carry and was running faster than she had before. She had me over her shoulder. Joe, who was opening the door to the ship, received me from Claire and let me down in the oxygen chamber. Soon after I was able to catch my breath. I had defied the odds. I was alive!
By James Browne
Hertfordshire Fire Service
Year 5 had a great afternoon learning about fire safety: how to keep safe around fire and what to do in an emergency. We even had a special tour of one of the fabulous fire engines.
Mrs Ellmore was so impressed with the Year 5's Robin Hood stories that she decided we must share them! Once we had edited and added any improvements we read them to our buddies, who enjoyed them very much.
Young Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
We had a fantastic afternoon learning about the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet. Year 5 loved getting involved and becoming a cast member within the show.