Class 11 and Class 12

In Class 11, the teacher is Miss Abblitt. Her Teaching Assistant is Mrs Bridgement. Mrs Morris is the other Year 5 teacher. She teaches Class 12, along with her Teaching Assistants, Mrs Owen and Mrs Tahir. 
Year 5 continued with their very busy week by building bridges from card.  Mr Swinton came in to teach the children how a structure can be made strong and sturdy just by correctly folding and creasing card.  The children used their imagination to build some elaborate and unique structures.
"Are you fascinated by a historical era?"
" Do you have a bursting imagination or an urge to travel back over 900 years?"
 
Year 5 had a "mind blowing and fantastic" ( if soggy) trip to Mountfichet Castle this week.  Favourite thoughts included learning about "specific buildings and torture mechanisms",
 " exploring the imposing castles", exploring the "hell hole which was a pit where they put prisoners and left them there until they died", and   "the smoke from the blazing fire and animal smells which lingered", 
 
Although it rained we "put our optimistic faces on" and got on with exploring the castle. As one child said" It's worth a day out"
Year 5 had great fun designing and making pizza!
 
We thought about what toppings we would like and how we would package our product. We made our dough and prepared out toppings.
 
The best part, of course, was the tasting.  Comments included - "fabulous," "tasty," " lovely" and  "better than Domino's."
Book week and World Book Day has been so exciting for Year 5! We have loved Macbeth! We wrote letters from Lady Macbeth to persuade Macbeth to kill Duncan and become King. 

This term, our topic is Castles. We are looking forward to finding out all about where and why castles were built and what life was like inside castles. We will be visiting Mountfitchet Castle later in the term.

In English, we have been reading ‘Why the Whales Came’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children have very much enjoyed the story so far and have written some excellent persuasive writing based around the book.

In Geography, Year 5 have been learning how to use an OS map, looking at the symbols used and contour lines. In particular, they have compared the features of our local area with the area around Llangollen (where some of the children will be going for their residential visit.)

Mathletics


The children are enjoying completing their mathletics homework.  Why not ask them to share with you?

In Science, we have been thinking about separating materials. We mixed salt and water together a few weeks ago and have watched as the water has evaporated. Most of our experiments are now simply left with a cup full of salt crystals.

Year 5 loved their Victorian day yesterday! They practised writing on slate and with ink pens, as well as learning cooking and gardening skills. The children all acted brilliantly in role - they even managed to be "seen and not heard" for some of the time! 
Year 5  (children and staff) are really enjoying The Highwayman. Today they chose their favourite part to learn and recite to the rest of the class. Ask us to tell you all about it!
Year 5 have had a busy and exciting start to the year! 
This term, we are studying The Victorians and the children are very much enjoying reading Street Child as part of this topic. The story is from the point of view of a young Victorian boy - through his story we have found out about workhouses and how Dr Thomas Barnardo helped destitute children by opening children's homes. 
Class 11 and 12 have been pleased to find out about Wildlife Corridors, and very much enjoyed making and planting seed bombs in the outside area. As part of the project, we looked for natural items in our school environment, including a little bird watching.
 
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We have also found out about materials in Science, including testing different materials for flexibility, transparency, magnetism and solubility. 
 
As well as this, lots of the children have taken part in Bikeability training with our visiting instructors. They have worked hard at learning how to keep themselves safe on the road and practising a range of signals to use when cycling. 
Year 5: 2017-2018 academic year. 
Below are some examples of the learning that took place during the last academic year. 

Class 11 and 12 have been learning about castles in the medieval times. They started off by finding out about the very first castle called a Motte and Bailey – they even made their own!

A few weeks ago, the Year 5 children had a very exciting day using recyclable materials to create model dragons. They had to use their problem solving skills to work out how to attach different junk. Finally, they used papier-mâché on  the models and shared them with the rest of the school.

During book week, the children were reading the well-known Michael Morpurgo book ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ and made collage islands using the description in the story to help them.

They had a fantastic visit to Mountfitchet, where they got to experience medieval life in a castle.

Previous learning has included...