Class 5O went across to St John Fisher today to experience geography and science lessons at high school.
In geography, we thought about how to make St John Fisher more sustainable. In our groups, we presented our ideas on how to improve the school site. We suggested things like a pond to attract wildlife, as well as solar panels on the roof.
In science, we separated the colours in black ink using a chromatography experiment. We then looked at the states of matter and sorted everyday objects into solids, liquids and gases.
Chartwells World Foods Session
Today, Chartwells came in to both year 5 classes to teach us more about world foods. We discussed which types of cuisine that we enjoyed eating and from where in the world they originated. We then tried some food from all over the world and used ingredients to create our own 'Rainbow Wraps'.
Year 5 have really enjoyed learning about different careers within the STEM category. We were visited by Jodie, a nurse who works in wound care. She showed us how to care for serious wounds using maggots. Dr Nasir also educated the children in the importance of CPR and how to perform it on people we know. Johnny, an electrician, taught the children how to wire a plug using two cables. It really has been an interesting and fun week!
Drama and Cooking at St. John Fisher
Today our children visited St. John Fisher to experience life in a high school. Our first lesson was drama. We practised performing from a script from Matilda, trying to change the expression in our voices. We also played a game using our peripheral vision and self control.
Next, we had lunch in the main school hall. It was nice to catch up with our friends that we hadn't seen in a while.
Finally, we had a lesson in the DT Department. In food technology we learned how to make friendship bread. We used several ingredients such as olives and herbs to flavour our bread.
It was a great session and we looked forward to sharing what we had made with our parents.
In topic this term we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks. We looked at what makes them special and what they do with their powers. Using this information we created our own Top Trumps to play together. We rated the Gods in terms of their fear factor, power and appearance.
Class Worship - Advent Promises
Class 5O have been thinking about Advent and how they can help others during this time. We made Advent promises and offered them to God.
Today the children enjoyed learning all about the real meaning of Advent. They discussed how to use the virtues during this time of preparation. Being hopeful for the coming of Jesus is really important and wondered what this could mean for our world today.
Both year 5 classes then created their very own advent calendar to use at home.
Year 5 has a fantastic time at Jodrell Bank learning more about space. In our first workshop, we discovered what life as an astronaut would be like. We watched clips of Tim Peake preparing for his space mission and then tried some of the training ourselves. We constructed circuits whilst wearing space gloves and had to test our strength... some of us were very surprised!
In the second part of the day, we went inside the inflatable planetarium and experienced sunrise and sunset. We also named the constellations and spotted planets in the night sky.
It was an interesting day enjoyed by all!
In Year 5 we looked at what it would have been like to be a soldier during the world war. We imagined how horrific life in the trenches would have been for so many men. With Mrs Palin we got into the role of a WW1 soldier and wrote a postcard to our loved ones describing the awful conditions. With Miss Olszewski, we created the front of our postcard. We used charcoal and different coloured paper to re-create a WW1 skyline.
Today the children learned all about the Hindu and Sikh festival of Diwali - the festival of lights. We read the story of Rama and Sita and created colourful elephants to decorate our classroom.
Greek Architecture... in Newcastle!
Year 5 took a walk into Newcastle Town Centre today to look for columns. Throughout the town, they spotted the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns that they had learnt about in history. We saw the Greek style columns in places that we least expected them to be... like banks, clothes shops and outside offices. These findings inspired us to come back and create our own column designs using black card and art straws.
Romeo & Juliet - Talk for Writing
Today the children got into the role of characters from the Romeo and Juliet play. They had to read cards about their character before introducing themselves to a group. This helped the children to write in detail through the eyes of a character and explain their part in the story.
Athens vs. Sparta... The Debate
This afternoon Year 5 learnt more about what it would be like to live in Ancient Greece. As a class we discussed two locations; Athens and Sparta. The children had to initially sort facts into the relevant location, then they merged into two teams. The teams had to debate on which place was the best place to live in... overall Athens was deemed to be the most sought after location!
Today, Year 5 learned a traditional French song 'Alouette, Gentille Alouette'. They enjoyed learning the lyrics and then used they new words to label a picture of the poor lark.
Raising money for our School Trip
Year 5 are holding a cake sale to raise money for their school trip to Jodrell Bank. They are going to discover more about space during their 'Earth, Sun and Moon' topic .
At break time, children will be able to come along to Class 5P to decorate a cake and have a drink for just £1... Bargain!
The Image and Likeness of God
After sharing and discussing the story of Creation, we discussed how we were one of God's most special creations. We discussed how we were like Him and also ways in which we can be more like God. We then drew half self-portraits for our Creation display.
Year 5 celebrated the birthday of Our Lady by reflecting on the important stages of Mary's Life. We discussed how she played a huge role in making Jesus the man he was and how difficult it must have been for her to say 'Yes' to God.
We created birthday cards, sang 'Happy Birthday' and ate cake to celebrate!
On rollover morning we enjoyed hearing a poem by Michael Rosen called 'Down Behind the Dustbin'. This inspired us to create our own poems about what we might find behind the dustbin. We used rhyming couplets to make our poems entertaining!