Welcome to Year 5H. My name is Miss Hewitt and I will be working hard to teach you all this year. I will teach exciting and motivating lessons, which will help you achieve your potential. Our class is supported by the wonderful Mrs Martin, who is hardworking, organised and nurturing. This is your first year in Upper Key Stage 2 and we will work our hardest to make it your most enjoyable year yet. This year you be challenged, supported and develop into independent individuals, ready to embark on your last year of primary school. I can’t wait to have lots of fun this year and watch you all grow!
As part of our Water topic, we have had the opportunity to visit the Centre for Life in Newcastle. We had a fantastic day, completing different workshops, looking around the exhibits and (of course) going on the 4D motion ride. We learned about water scarcity in different countries and how different parts of the brain work. Did you know that scientists believe life on other planets can only survive if they are within a certain distance of the Sun? This is because water will freeze or be non-existent if the planets are too close or too far away.
To introduce our water topic, Miss Hewitt and Mrs Flowdy set up a carousel of activities for us. We were looking at different ways to transport water and how to work in a team to do so. We had a great afternoon!
This week is British Science week! We have been learning all about forces in Science and the Rainforest in Creative Curriculum, so Miss Hewitt and Mrs Flowdy mixed them both! We first looked at how animals use their colouring as camouflage by completing a scientific enquiry. We also looked at air pressure and watched Miss Hewitt fail miserably at setting off the bottle rocket. Mrs Flowdy did a much better job though!
We also had a go at making our own bottle rockets, using little mice as the astronauts. We had a fantastic afternoon!
As our Creative Curriculum topic is War and Peace, we have been looking at Anderson shelters. We have designed and built our own Anderson shelters from materials brought in from home. Here are some photos of us constructing them and of the final products.
We love to read in Y5H! We have received our achievement certificates for Accelerated Reading. Our achievements range from reading 25,000 words to 250,000 words! Well done Harley, Alfie, Ella, Kit, Erin, Jack, Jessica, Daisy, Shannon, Thomas, Aimee, Amber, Will, Ella and Evan!
Last week, Miss Hewitt set us a challenge: could we design an investigation to find out which shoe was best? We discussed what was meant by 'best' and we thought that it would mean grip, especially with the chilly weather outside! We thought about different ways of testing the grip and friction of shoes and wrote these up into our science books. This week, we have completed our investigations and found that Miss Hewitt's clunky boot and her trainer were the best. We wouldn't recommend walking the dog in a flip flop or jelly shoe as they produced the least friction.
We have been fortunate enough to receive a 'Bunker Challenge' box through the Discovery Museum. We looked at the artefacts and wrote information cards about them. We found that these were all primary sources, meaning they were from the times of WW2. We knew the uses and purpose of some artefacts, but not of others. Can you guess what some were used for?
We have been looking at evacuation in our class, ahead of our debate on 'should children have been evacuated?'. We looked at the things that an evacuee would have in their suitcase and discussed if we would like to have been evacuated.We also thought about whether it was fair on children to be evacuated, when they didn't have a choice.
In DT, we have been looking at how Anderson shelters were built. Miss Hewitt set us the challenge of seeing how we could make a strong shelter from a sheet of paper. We discovered that when you fold the paper, it makes it much stronger. Anderson shelters were often made from corrugated iron which made them stronger and more durable.
This week (w/c 02/01/2017) we had a special visit from 'That History Bloke'. He came in to speak to us and introduce our new topic of 'War and Peace'. We had a fantastic time looking at genuine artefacts from both World Wars. Here are some photographs of us having a fantastic time.
This week (w/c 28/11/16) has been incredibly busy! We have had Mrs Harvey come and visit us with a different problem to solve. This time, we were asked to find a way to cool hot liquids quickly and safely. We loved completing this fair test in our groups like real scientists.
We have also been looking at the area and perimeter of shapes. Miss Hewitt set us a challenge of finding the area of a range of different boxes so we could calculate the number of square metres or square cenimetres of wrapping paper we would need. Y5H looked like Santa's workshop by the end of our session!
This week was also our Enterprise day. We loved looking around at the different tables and checking out the competition! We were happy to see lots of our items go to new homes.
To introduce our new topic, Europe, the children in 5F and 5H have tried some foods from different European countries. We thought about the ingredients in the foods and tried to work out where they might have come from. We are going to use our research into the food types to help us to plan and make some savory snacks later in the topic.
This week (w/c 17/10/2016) we had a visit from Tyne and Wear's Fire and Rescue Service. They came in to speak to us about how to keep safe during the dark nights and in the run up to Bonfire night. They also spoke to us about how to stay safe at home, including being careful with plugs, chargers and keeping doors shut.
They also told us that if grown ups would like a free home safety check, they can either call 0800 032 77 77 or they can fill in a form online at the website linked below. This service would allow you to receive a free smoke alarm and have them fitted in your home.
We have been incredibly lucky this week (w/c 17/10/16) as we have received a visit from Richard. He came in to talk to us about the life of a miner and showed us lots of different artefacts. We had an amazing time learning about the life of Peter Barrett, learning more about the Felling Pit disaster and all about the jobs and roles of different miners.
In maths, we have been learning about rounding numbers. We have rounded decimals to the nearest whole number, as well as rounding whole numbers to the nearest 1000 and 10, 000. On Friday, there were lots of rounding questions hidden around KS2 that we had to locate. When we worked out the correct answer, there was a letter next to it. All of the letters went together to make a really, really bad joke! Children worked very hard to solve the puzzle, well done Year 5H and 5F!
Year 5 visited Woodhorn Colliery, in Ashington, as part of our Outdoor Learning Week. We had a great time dressing up as miners, researching in the archives, studying art and creating some of our own art work. Here are some photos showing the exciting activities that we completed throughout the day. We had such a brilliant time!
We have been very busy these past few weeks in Year 5! We have looked at adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers in Maths and played a game where we used sandbags and puffs of air to decide how our hot air balloon would move. We have also looked at pulley systems in our Creative Curriculum sessions and tried building our own! We have also looked at Earth and Space in science and this week focussed on the rotation of the Earth and the impact this has.
This week we have been looking at materials and properties of materials in Year 5H. We began by looking around our classroom so we could see how many different materials we could see.
We have also been looking at place value in maths and adding and subtracting powers of 10, 100 and 1000. We were playing a game where we had to hit our target number before our partner adding and subtracting these numbers.