Science/DT Day- 22/5/18
Year 5 took part in the whole school activity of Science/DT day. The task was to build a house on stilts which would float in water. We spent time thinking about effective materials to use and we designed the house in groups.
After building the houses, we tested whether the materials used would be conducive to floating in water. Each group was given a different item to add to the water to act as stilts to test whether the properties of the item would change upon entering the water. This included observing whether the materials dissolved or melted. For example, we discovered chocolate melted but sugar cubes dissolved.
It was an interesting day which was both fun and produced effective investigative learning opportunities. See below for photos of the day!
Aylmerton Residential Meeting
For any parents who were unable to make the residential meeting today, your child will be able to bring home a handout of the key information from tomorrow.
Summer 1 - Great Britons
This half term, Year 5 will be learning about Great Britons. We will focus on what made Britons 'great' and, in particular, explore the life and works of William Shakespeare. We have already started to understand Macbeth and will explore this text through drama and reading an up-to-date version of the story.
We will look at the key events in British History to make sure we all understand when certain periods were. We will learn about what life in Elizabethan Britain was like when Shakespeare was alive.
Science and Maths trip to Norwich City Football Ground - 27.3.18
Year 5 enjoyed a day at Carrow Road although they had to earn their tour of the ground. Aiming to be Energy Conservation detectives, the children learnt about Renewable and Non-renewable energy and how electricity is made. We also learnt how much each of parts of the football ground costs to run (e.g. floodlights, under pitch heating, etc) and the children then had to use their knowledge to propose ways that NCFC could reduce their energy usage (hence saving them money).
At the end of the day, each group had to present their proposals. Everyone tried hard with their work and presentations whilst enjoying a behind the scenes look of the Canaries 'nest'.
Science Day with Thorpe St Andrew's 20.3.18
The Science staff and Year 7 children from Thorpe St Andrew's provided a fantastic morning of Scientific investigative learning for Year 5.
The Year 7 children were excellent teachers, introducing us to all sorts of things they have been learning about. Activities that we participated in included: the Van der Graaf Generator, (which explored electricity and static energy) creating circuits, an investigation involving Chromotography, learning about acid and alkaline foods/products and investigating whether proteins were present in foods with an indicator. All of these were fascinating mini workshops to take part in!
Thank you Thorpe St Andrew's staff and children for organising this and for providing such an interesting and enjoyable learning experience.
World Book Day 7.3.18
Blofield Primary School enjoyed a postponed World Book Day due to the snow! Year 5 dressed up as a variety of book characters ranging from Disney characters, football characters and many more! See below for class photos of all the fun!
Bell Ringing 5.3.18
Year 5 had a great morning learning a variety of bell ringing techniques with Mr Carter and his team. The workshop included learning how to ring bells, composing their own sequences and performing them as a group.
In a thank you letter, one child wrote: "Thank you very much for coming to Blofield Primary School. I really enjoyed learning about bell ringing. It was fascinating and a lot harder than it looked. I especially enjoyed the activity with Mr Carter learning nursery rhymes with bells. It was very fun. The computer activity was very challenging at first but when you knew how to do it it was easy".
All in all, a very enjoyable experience. Thank you Mr Carter and your team!
Year 5 are learning about our new Topic for the second half of the Spring term through a variety of subjects including English, Maths and Science. In English we have begun thinking about Spring poetry and will be exploring various poems connected with Spring before writing our own poetry. Later this half term, we will be linking Maths with the GoGoHares theme.
In Science, we will be learning about different forces through planning and carrying out our own investigations. In Design and Technology, we are going to explore levers and pulleys and aim to make a model hare with moving limbs.
Science Day - Tuesday 6th February 2018
Year 5 conducted an investigation into the best insulators and conductors for keeping ice cubes frozen. We had a great day learning about the first law of thermodynamics; the conservation of energy and that there is a sense of satisfaction of predicting, planning, doing the practical work, interpreting results and arriving at a conclusion.
For the parents reading this, your task is to explain why the frying pan (that feels coldest to touch) is melting the ice at the fastest rate? (ask your child if you don't know!)
Dance PE Sessions, Spring Term 1
This term Year 5 have been lucky enough to have a specialist Dance Teacher teach us about Ancient Egypt, which has enabled us to incorporate our Topic learning into Egyptian themed dancing. During these sessions, we have enjoyed learning about the River Nile and mummification amongst many other themes. We have then worked in groups to enact scenes from Ancient Egypt, using a variety of dance techniques learnt.
Magnifying glasses at the ready! This half term we are all detectives, investigating the fascinating remains of Ancient Egypt. We will be examining evidence and using it to form suggestions about what life was like for the Ancient Egyptians, including what artefacts can tell us about the different gods they worshipped and their beliefs about life after death - we've left all the gory bits in!
We are continuing this theme through our English work too as we analyse extracts from books where the authors are brilliant at creating tension in their writing.
Year 5 Visit to Norwich Castle
Year 5 had a wonderful time on their school trip to Norwich Castle on Tuesday 16th January 2018. We thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Ancient Egyptians and how they lived. Some of the highlights of the day included: exploring some of the Ancient Egyptian artefacts, learning about how bodies were mummified and touring the Egyptian gallery. We even got to dress up as Ancient Egyptians and re-enact some typical scenes from Ancient Egyptian life!
Sainsbury Centre trip
Year 5 (and Year 6) enjoyed a fascinating day at the Sainsbury Centre (UEA) on Tuesday 28th November. We had a guided tour of the centre, where we learnt about the history of the centre, some of the artefacts, sculptures and paintings on display. We took our sketch books to capture some of the fabulous sculptures and also made lovely clay sculptures using Maya inspiration.
During the second half of the Autumn term we will be learning about the Ancient Maya civilisation in Topic, as well as improving our global geography skills. In English we will learning about Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, then learn about Playscripts. In Maths, we will be concentrating on multiplication and division, finishing the term looking at statistics.
Year 5 - Making our own e-safety DVD.
We worked with an external company to make a quiz-style DVD about e-safety. We were all assigned specific roles: quiz team members; directors, cameramen and all the other production support roles. We had a fabulous time and used our e-safety knowledge to great effect!
Welcome to Year 5!
We are looking forward to a packed year of learning and this half term our Topic is 'Once Upon a Time... When the World Began'. The document below outlines the first half term's learning.