I hope you all had a well-rested holiday and didn’t eat too many Easter eggs! We have a very busy Summer Term ahead with lots of exciting things taking place. As well as our school production at the end of the year, we will be celebrating the church’s birthday at our Pentecost Party, sports day, our trip to Bhaktivedanta Manor and transition day; where the children will experience a day in Year 6. Our themes this term are ‘Ancient Egyptians’ and ‘Rainforests’, which will be applied across the curriculum. With thanks, Mrs Ellmore J
Year 5 had a fantastic time at Harlow Outdoors. We completed many challenging activities, but all the children showed their resilience and determination and completed the tasks well. Mrs Ellmore was most pleased with how everyone cheered each other on with lots of praise and encouragement.
Today we learned how to do arithmetic in French and designed our own maths based board games to play entirely in French.
Bhaktivedanta Manor - Hindu Temple
Year 5 had a wonderful day out at Bhaktivedanta Manor. Not only did we get the opportunity to walk through the beautiful, tranquil grounds but we also learnt lots about the Hindu faith, particularly the story of the Gods. We enjoyed a delicious cheese curry, made using the milk from the cows at the temple and even got to go on a cart ride. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with many stating they can't wait to go back and visit again!
This half term we have learned how to use the CAD software application 'Sketch Up'. We took on the role of architects to design our own virtual galleries and filled them with art. We hope you enjoy browsing our finished galleries.
This week in English we have been looking at the poetry of Roger McGough. (You may have heard him on Radio 4) We produced our own poetry radio shows using poems from his anthology 'Poetry Pie' and some we had written ourselves. Please use link to hear our shows:
In Science this half term we have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes. We have conducted many exciting experiments to find out more. Such as 'Can we prevent iron from rusting?', 'How much Gas can be produced by an irreversible change?' and 'What happens when a candle burns?'
However, for some reason, the question we are all most looking forward to answering is 'What makes the best rocket fuel?' Come back at the end of the half term to find out the answer!
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!
Our 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. Please see the Spring Curriculum letter for more information.
Kind regards, Mrs Ellmore
Building Bridges Project
As a Design and Technology project, Year 5 designed, created and tested bridges. We started off investigating the best shapes within bridge designs and looked at some epic bridge failures. We then used this knowledge within our own designs before constructing them. Finally we used weights to test our designs. Most of our bridges were successful, however, we were unsure that we would have had such a high success rate if we'd conducted the test outside in the windy weather!
In buddy time, Year 5 had the opportunity to read their 'Stig of the Dump' adventure story to their Year 1 buddy. Riley from Year 1 said he really enjoyed listening to the story. Megan said she liked how her buddy Sofia had written the story and that she found it very interesting.
Year 5 had a super time visiting Epping Forest today. We had the opportunity to investigate how a river changes as it moves from upstream to downstream. We looked at the river width, depth, speed and how the shape and size of the pebbles change as they move along the river bed. Although 'Doris' may have blocked a few of our rivers up with copious amounts of leaves - this didn't stop our investigations, or the fun!! (P.s We can confirm no sightings of the infamous Dick Turpin!)
Today Year 5's Dragon's Den team were able to present the outcome of our challenge to a group of 'Super Dragons'. Mrs Ellmore was very proud of the team, everyone spoke clearly of their enjoyment of the task, they were able to explain what went well and what could have worked better. We now have to wait and see if we have been selected for the next round. Fingers crossed!
Linking with our theme of Crime and Punishment, Year 5 have been studying Shakespeare's Macbeth in English. We have been using various techniques to build suspense into our own extracts, including use of similes and metaphors, short sentences and effective descriptions. Here are a few fabulous snip-its to give you a taste.
Blood dripped, sympathy and friendship lost, Macbeth had killed Duncun. – Angela
As the wicked Macbeth, who had a shiny dagger shimmering in his hands, saw the motionless guards, an evil look covered his face. – Francis
Macbeth kept moving forward, he couldn't stop himself, as he entered the room his hands moved forward until it was too late. – Richard
Lady Macbeth turned and picked up a log. She chucked it aggressively into the roaring fire. – Fraser
Macbeth drifted through the eerie corridors, staggering and trembling until he got to the room that Duncan was in. – Natalia
"I will wait my turn at being king!" shouted Macbeth with a lie in his eyes. - Cara
Macbeth was astonished. He was a man! Not a coward! His fists clenched. – Aston
Suddenly an evil look appeared on Macbeth's guilty face, even though he could feel his heart pounding. – Charlotte
A knife. A knife as sharp as sharpened flint lay in his open hand as if sensing that soon he would put it to use. - Izzy
On returning from the Christmas holidays on the 5th January 2017, Year 5 discovered that a crime had been committed in our classroom. Someone had taken and eaten Mrs Ellmore's chocolates!! At the scene we discovered some chocolaty fingerprints, a muddy footprint and a suspicious shopping list!
After hunting for clues, we then attempted to solve the crime using techniques such as chromatography and fingerprint testing to try and work out who the culprit was.
Using chromatography we discovered that the pen used to write the shopping list was from the office. From this we concluded that the suspect must be an adult with access to the office. After this we worked out that the culprit had size 5-6 feet. From this we guessed that the culprit was female.
Shockingly, when Mrs Fusi came in to welcome the children back to school, she was spotted with a chocolate wrapper hanging out of her pocket! Our culprit was caught!
Hope you 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. Also as well as having Mrs Ryan and Mrs Weller working beside me to support your children, we are fortunate to have a student teacher, Miss Mitchell, for the duration of the year as well.
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
We have made a great start to our topic 'Space Odyssey' this half term. In Art we have been creating 3D models of the planets, looking at their relative sizes and colours. We then used these models in our science lessons to help us map out the orbits of each planet around the sun.
This showed us the that as each planet moves further away from the sun, the time it takes to orbit the sun increases.
4th November 2016
We had a lot of fun in English this morning, participating in a 'poetry slam'. After working hard all week writing original poetry about space, children had the opportunity to perform their favourite poem to the rest of the class. Our judges scored the performances and poems out of ten and the three highest-scoring poets went through to the grand final. The judges chose Natalia Afonso as the overall winner. Her piece, along with the poems performed by the runners up, is here for you to enjoy.
Ode to Earth
By Natalia Afonso
How fine you are
With your relaxing bays,
Stunning food to glamorous cars.
Are you born in May?
Do you know you are priceless?
No you don’t, now you do!
Earth, I don’t want to LEAVE you! Goodbye.
By Daniel Birkett
I dream of zooming into space
Inside a hurtling rocket
Out of the window I would see
The big old moon, a sphere of moon dust,
The stars, the most beautiful part of space,
Planets, nine of the things, like a floating city,
Ring, Ring! The satellites working like mad
to help up communicate with each other,
A milky way, like a giant floating eye in the dark atmosphere.
Monster Munching Meteor
By Joseph Walsh
I’m a ball or anger.
I’m a ploughing piece of planet.
I’m a pouncing rock with wings.
I’m a soaring bundle of madness.
I’m a flying, uncontrollable stone.
I’m a long, downwards flying firework.
I’m a shooting ball of energy.
I’m a monster munching meteor.