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To parents and children - welcome to year 5! I’m sure that your child has settled into his/her new class and is back into the swing of the school routine. During the past few days I have been impressed with the work in the children’s books. All the children have worked incredibly hard on their presentation and learning and I look forward to this continuing during the year.
Thank you for supporting your child with his/her learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to your child’s teacher or to myself.
Mrs S. Gowers
On Friday 29th September, year 5 enjoyed a visit from Space Dome. Professor T welcomed us into the tent and showed us the wonders of the universe projected onto the ceiling above. We were able to take a tour through our Solar System, watch the planets spin through space, learn about how the tilted axis of the Earth gives us seasons, and were even lucky enough to experience travelling through a black hole!
We ended our stellar visit by riding an adrenaline-filled roller coaster through the rings of Saturn!
Our Solar System
After our Space Dome visit, Year 5 were inspired to create 3-D models of the Solar System. We worked in groups to select the correct size model for each planet, and paint them as accurately as possible. We then had to work out the order of the planets, and attach them correctly to the Sun, which is in the centre of the Solar System. We finished with models that represented the planets, and their orbits, which are hanging in the Year 5 classrooms.
Year 5 have been busy creating collages of space scenes. To create our collages we were only allowed to use paper or foil, and had to cut and layer shapes to form our images. An added challenge was that we were limited to a maximum of 4 colours!
We thought about what we have learnt so far in our topic to design our collages; you might be able to spot some NASA astronauts, or perhaps the Cassini space probe.
Our Ancient Greece topic began with an exciting dress up day. In our Ancient Greek costume we spent the day trying a range of activities that helped us learn about different aspects of Ancient Greek life. We learnt about the Greek gods (who resided on Mount Olympus) and heard the awesome tales of their power. We thought about day-to-day life for Ancient Greek citizens, and what their homes would have been like. We were even able to taste Ancient Greek food! We also thought about Ancient Greek art and theatre, creating our own mosaics, decorated plates, and performed a play of Theseus and the Minotaur!
In French, year 5 have been learning about the weather. Over the last half term, we have built upon our previous French learning with new vocabulary and grammar, which we then used to write a script for a weekly weather report. After practising, we performed our weather reports as if we were presenting for a national news station in France! Take a look at some of our videos to find out whether you need your umbrella or a sun hat!