2019-20 YEAR 5

Welcome to the Year 5 Class of 2019-20
Mrs Gibbs, Mrs Deacon and the Year 5 team have an exciting time planned for the Autumn term!  The main topic in the class is 'The Victorians' where they will learn what life was like back in the Victorian Era. 
Beginning with a Biography about Queen Victorian they will move to the story of 'Street Child' to discover what life was like for poor children of the time.  This will be a great literacy and history link, learning about life and also using the events and experiences from the text.
In art lessons the class will focus on a range of skills such as pencil drawing and creating backgrounds with collage, all linked to Victorian artists, such as William Morris and William Turner.  To truly experience life in Victorian times the children will create a sampler in their design and technology lessons.  These sewing and design skills will then be used later in the term to create craft items for sale at the school Christmas Fair.
Don't forget PE sessions are on Thursday and Friday, but PE kits should always be in school from the Monday to the Friday for an extra sessions of to act as spare clothing.  Swimming will be held on a Friday morning until around the half term week.
The class will be having a Victorian day, so start looking for suitable costumes!  More details to follow!
Young Voices at The O2 2020
Wow! What an amazing day we all had at the O2 arena this week for Young Voices 2020. Well done to all of the children who attended, you all sounded amazing as part of the choir of 8,000 people! Here are some photographs of the Year 5 pupils who attended the trip.
Maths - Cubed Numbers
In Maths, we have been learning about squared and cubed numbers. To help us to understand these new concepts, we made physical representations out of multi-link cubes. We now know that to square a number, you mutliply it by itself. To cube a number, you first square it then multiply it by itself once more. For example: 4x4=16 (4 squared) and 4x4x4=64 (4 cubed).
Victorian Peg Dolls
In Year 5, at the end of our Victorian topic, we each made our very own peg doll. We learnt through our history lessons that children relied on much simpler entertainment compared to children living today. It is safe to say that the Year 5 pupils thoroughly enjoyed making these simple toys, and they couldn't wait to take them home to show their families. Here are the completed toys:
Year 5 Victorian Day
Year 5 travelled back in time this week with their Victorian dress up day. The classroom looked different when the children arrived, with desks in straight lines and displays covered in Victorian images. A blackboard at the front of the classroom reminded children that 'Cleanliness is next to Godliness'. Pupils took part in a range of lessons and activities including cross-stitch, handwriting, times tables and exercise drills. In the afternoon, some light relief from the gruelling lessons came in the form of traditional playground games including hopscotch, skipping and hoop & stick. Everybody looked amazing in their costumes - thank you parents for your efforts once again. Here are some photos from the day:
World Mental Health Day 2019
Year 5 raised awareness and funds to support Young Minds on World Mental Healthy Day 2019. We wore yellow to school and took part in a few activities related to our well-being. First, we looked at things which can affect our well-being in a positive way. We ranked these in order of importance with a partner and discussed our choices. Then, we learnt about mindful breathing and mindful movements. Finally, we enjoyed reading a story called Lucy's Blue Day in which a girl's hair changes colour to match her mood. We all practised the mantra 'It's ok not to be ok.'
In Science, we tested a range of materials to see which were soluble and which were insoluble. We found that salt, sugar and coffee were all soluble. We also found out that sand, rice, chalk and flour are all insoluble. The pupils ensured it was a fair test by agreeing to use 50ml of room temperature water, 1 level teaspoon of the material and to stir 50 times on each occasion. How else could you repeat the experiment at home, but by changing different factors?


In Science, we tested different materials to see which would conduct electricity, and which would act as an insulator. We found the tin foil, paper clip and copper tape all allowed electricity to pass through it and therefore lit up the bulb. We found that the wooden lollipop stick, paper, rubber and plastic all acted as electric insulators. Here are some of our completed circuits:
Year 5 recently undertook their cycling training with Outspoken Training. Every pupil passed Level 1 and 27 pupils passed Level 2. Well done everybody!
We have been using the app Scratch Jnr to build our own games in our computing lessons. This week, we followed the instructions in this video to build our own 'Cross the Road' game. Next week, we will personalise and customise the games. We hope to publish some of our finished games onto this page. Check back regularly to keep up to date!
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Here is some information on how to help keep your child safer online. The link to the Newsround webpage has many videos covering different areas of online safety.
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Safer Internet Day: On Wednesday 12th February Mr Walker will mark Safer Internet Day with an assembly for the children of Key Stage 2.   In 2020, Safer Internet Day in the UK will encourage young people to explore how they manage their online identity, and how the internet shapes how they think of themselves and others.

Free to be me: exploring identity online

We want Safer Internet Day 2020 to celebrate difference and help us work towards creating a truly inclusive internet. The campaign will focus on what makes up your online identity – such as the facts or characteristics about you, how others perceive and interact with you, as well as how online services identify you. It will also look at how offline stereotypes and discrimination are challenged or reinforced online.

Feel free to look through the resources below.