Year 5 had a fantastic visit to Borwick Hall this weekend. On Friday we crammed lots of fun activities in including canoeing, low ropes climbing, an exploration of the grounds, football, rounders and a night time movie. On Saturday we used the centre’s electronic orienteering kit and chose a workshop activity to take part in – creative writing, watercolour painting, sketching the hall, maths crafts and documentary making. What an amazing weekend!
Check out some of the children’s diaries of their weekend:
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Click here to read Igor and Harvey’s murder mystery stories inspired by Borwick Hall and the grounds:
Harvey’s story Igor’s story
It’s time for a new focus theme in Year 5 … we’re going to have a history focus when we look at The Industrial Revolution in Lancaster and Morecambe. This will be inspired by our current English theme which is based on the novel Street Child.
Check out our plans for more information ….
Y5 creative curriculum planning Industrial Revolution lighthouse newsletter
We learnt about World Oceans Day on Friday 8th June. It is celebrated around the world on that date to raise awareness of the importance of the world’s oceans and to raise awareness of the negative impact human’s have on the environment. This year’s theme was a focus on plastic pollution – what it is, why it is a serious environmental issue and what we can do to help prevent it.
5G have been exploring their artistic talents again, this time creating art inspired by traditional Canadian artists. We’ve designed Thunderbirds, inspired by the spiritual cultures we studying in our creative curriculum unit.
It’s time for a new focus theme in Year 5 … we’re going to have a geography focus when we look at The Americas. We will be learning about North and South America and we are looking forward to an art project inspired by traditional Canadian artwork and a music project inspired by South American Samba beats! Check out our plans for more information ….
Y5 creative curriculum planning the americas lighthouse newsletter
What a fun start to the new term! On Monday we travelled to Australia to celebrate 24 Hours Around The World. It was an action packed day, but the highlight for 5G was creating art work inspired by traditional Aboriginal rock and bark art.
5G finished their DT projects last week. We made set designs for a scene from The Tempest, which we have been studying in English. Each set design needed to have a moving stage part – it moved through a gears system that we integrated into the design. Check out this video of our set dioramas (in our evaluations we noted that some gear systems were more successful than others!)
What a fantastic time we had at Literacy Live! 5G took part in a Soundscape Poetry workshop, we made eBooks for students in Norway to help them learn English and we had a workshop with Mikey; he taught us how to create Found Poetry using song lyrics – and he also taught us the importance of believing in ourselves and our ability to be creative.
Year 5 had a really interesting visit from The Highway Traffic Officers today. We learnt about road safety and how to stay safe on motorways and busy bypass roads like the Bay Gateway. We topped up our knowledge of the government laws associated with road safety. They showed us the equipment they use to keep themselves and others safe, then we all had a tour of their highway patrol car.
5Gr had great fun celebrating World Book Day!
5Gr had a great P4C session today. We started with our stimulus story: The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it was None of his Business. We explored the theme of revenge by focusing on questions about whether revenge was ever fair or ok? Then we created posters of everything we had discussed associated with the theme of revenge.
Our new theme to start Spring Term 2 is Super Shakespeare. We will be looking at his life and legacy, as well as studying one of his most famous plays – The Tempest.
Y5 creative curriculum planning Shakespeare lighthouse newsletter
5G have had an action packed day celebrating Chinese culture by looking at their traditions and customs at Chinese New Year. We’ve watched dragon and lion dancing, read the story of how the zodiac animals were chosen, learnt Chinese songs (click IMG_0611 to see us singing!), counted to ten in Chinese, made a Chinese lantern, had a yummy Chinese buffet for dinner, made a Chinese Dragon and painted a cherry blossom tree with our names written in Chinese on it! Phew!!! We’ve had a fantastic day!!
5G sang a song in the school values singing assembly this morning. They sang Big Bay View, a song that celebrates our local community, and they sang it beautifully!
Year 5 took part in an Anglo-Saxon workshop which was led by Adrian, a historian who specialises in this time period. Adrian gave an all round view of the Saxons, covering topics such as clothing, warfare, religion and food. This also included a demonstration on how a quernstone was used to grind wheat.
Click here and here and here for some short videos from the day.
5G created some fantastic group balances in PE the other day …..
We’ve got a new display in 5G all about our new class novel ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’. We’re looking forward to reading more of the story and adding to our display.
5G visited the library bus today to choose new books for the class library.
Today 5G put the highwayman Dick Turpin (Ryan!) on trial. We all took part in a courtroom role play. Some of us were members of the court (Clerk, Prosecutor, Usher, Defence), some of us were witnesses (Bess, PC Brooks, Tim the Ostler, Mrs Brown) and the rest of us were the Jury led by a Foreman.
The jury found the defendant (Dick Turpin) GUILTY of his crimes and the Judge (Mrs Greenwood) sentenced him to death!
5G had a busy afternoon today! Mrs Greenwood gave us a set of clues about why the Anglo Saxons invaded and we had to work out what the clues represented. We then used this information as background knowledge that would help us to sort 10 facts under the headings: Definitely, Definitely Not, I Don’t Know – I’ll Need To Research It. We then went back to our original clues and decided which were push factors and which were pull factors. Finally, we tried to spot these factors in a cartoon about Anglo Saxon Invasion.
5G started their Gymnastics PE unit today – we were developing our travelling skills; learning steps, turns and spins that we can include in sequences we will create in the future.
Happy New Year!!
We’re kickstarting the new Spring term with our Anglo Saxon creative curriculum theme …
Y5 Saxon MTP
In English we’re going to spend the first couple of weeks of the term studying The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes.
It’s time for our new English theme – we’re exploring Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. We’ll be writing our own alternative endings to the story …. Mrs Greenwood is looking forward to choosing some fantastic pieces of writing for 5G’s new display.
Our new curriculum focus area starts this week. We’re going to be studying the life and work of David Hockney as part of a focused art unit.
Y5 creative curriculum planning David Hockney
5Gr are loving our Treasure Island theme and we’ve been singing some traditional sea shanties as part of it….
We’ve also been writing some fabulous pirate adventure stories which Mrs Greenwood has LOVED reading. The children have made an audio recording of an extract from their stories, which you can listen to in the video below (and you can see their fantastic pirate watercolours too!)
Ten Pieces and The Nutcracker – Live Lesson
The children in Year 5 took part in a BBC Live Lesson today. The BBC worked with the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet School to lead a Live Lesson full of dance, movement and characterisation. The children learnt how to create their own original dance moves, inspired by Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The music chosen for the programme will also feature on the Ten Pieces III Repertoire – which aims to inspire a generation of children to get creative with classical music.
Our new curriculum focus area is Treasure Island! Click the link below to see our learning lighthouse for this theme.
5Gr have been having fun in their french lessons practising the names of colours through song! Click below to here us singing!
Check out this fantastic piece of English work – using figurative language to write descriptive sentences. It gave Mrs G goosebumps when she read some of these sentences ….
5Gr finished their Digital Citizenship unit this week in Computing. We refreshed our understanding of being safe online and designed posters to encourage children to make sensible choices when they are online.
In 5Gr we’ve kickstarted our Philosophy for Children journey by thinking about what makes a good philosophical question. We re-read the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and decided where to put questions about the story on a question quadrant. This is going to help us think of some brilliant philosophical questions in the future ….
In Year 5 we’ve totally embraced the school’s Our Amazing Planet theme. We’ve been focusing on the Frozen Planet – we’ve researched the Arctic and Antarctic and we’ve learnt about famous polar explorers (keep your eyes peeled for these being turned into biographical writing).
We created some stunning silhouette art work inspired by the Northern Lights, using a watercolour background … check out some of our work below.
Class 5G are VERY proud of the myth that they have written in our shared write sessions over the past two weeks. Click the link below, have a read and see what you think ….
We’re kicking off the year with our Groovy Greeks history theme, we’re going to be looking at Greek Myths in our English lessons too … check out our creative curriculum and reading lighthouses below for more details ….
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