Enjoy looking at our creative learning log.

Year 5 have been exploring space recently. Last week, children had the option (for home learning) to either build a space mobile, create a set of space top trumps or outline a timeline in space travel. Mrs Andrews and Miss Terry were blown away by children’s amazing efforts and creativity… well done! 
After reading and sharing a small snippet from the comic-like book ‘El Deafo’ by Cece Bell, Year 5 put themselves in the shoes of someone who was unable to hear. Not only did Mrs Andrews have a beautifully quiet classroom, children learnt some ways to communicate with their peers and adults. With grit and determination, all of Y5 managed to peer assess, up-level and re-draft their written work during English without having to use their voices or hear what someone was saying! Ask your child about the sign language they learnt. Can they show you the vowels? How to ask to go to the toilet? Can they show you a ‘B’, a  ‘P’ or a ‘W’? 
During Spring Term 2, Year 5 children have been reading the story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This has linked into their writing work and is starting to link into Design Technology and Art. Mr Bellison (Mrs Andrews’ Dad) visited the school with a car that he has built. Children had the opportunity to ask lots of questions and complete beautiful observational drawings. They learnt how he sourced his materials, how he designs cars, how many cars he’s built, how long they take him to build and lots more! Everyone was buzzing after their exciting afternoon and they are looking forward to linking this experience within their Science and Design Technology next week. 
We have enjoyed decorating our snowmen this morning at break time.
Sorry we’ve not uploaded anything for a while, it’s been super busy in Year 5! We’ve had lots of Eureka moments and we’ve had to remember to call ‘Miss Bellison’ Mrs Andrews… pheewwww… hard work! We’ve begun to look at the story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and we’ve been completing lots of activities linked to it. We’ve re-created the sounds from Commander Pott’s workshop using percussion instruments and our voices as well as writing persuasive letters to persuade a real-life ‘inventor’ to come into our school and share his collection of handmade cars! In Science, we have been learning about ​​​​​​​​gravity and all the other forces that act on us and objects. We put all our knowledge to good use today when we tried to create balanced up-side-down snowmen and we thought about the forces that were acting on them. We have also used the microscopes on the iPads to capture the snow and ice up close and this will link into our art work. We said we’d been busy!
Best Wishes to Miss Bellison who gets married tomorrow.
Eureka! Year 5 have investigated materials and their properties,  planned an experiment and conducted an experiment all in one week… Phew!! This half term, Year 5 are looking at Properties of Materials and will be planning lots of comparative tests to find the best conductors and insulators for different purposes. 
Children visited the Arctic and Antarctic to gain an understanding about the wildlife that lives there, its landscape, temperature, precipitation and lots of other facts! All children recorded their findings in passports and this has aided them in the their Arctic and Antarctic comparison writing this week.
Congratulations to all members of Les Ecureuils who achieved their Bronze reading certificate and Orange Circle maths certificate this week. A massive thank you to all parents and carers who have encouraged their children to complete their weekly maths and reading tasks! Now our task is to achieve our silver reading certificate and yellow triangle maths certificate. Well Done Les Ecureuils! I am super proud of you all, Miss Bellison 🙂 
Year 5 have started to learn about Holi (the festival of colour) and Diwali (the festival of light), two Hindu festivals. On the last day of the half term, children were greeted by Diva (Hindu candles) lit classrooms, Hindu music and Diwali themed activities. This week, children have begun to learn about Holi. To support them with the vocabulary and poetry, everyone had fun re-creating the Holi festival scene where coloured powder paint was thrown; you probably saw the mixture of colours on the main playground and on all the year 5 children and teachers! Children enjoyed this activity, with many saying that it was the ‘best day ever’ and it has supported children to produce some incredible poetry. 
Year 5 hosted a Creative Cafe based on the story ‘The Tin Forest’ written by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. The children re-created the Tin Forest scene using junk modelling and tin foil. 
“There was once a wide, windswept place, near nowhere and close to forgotten that was filled with all the things that no one wanted.” So begins Helen Ward’s tale of the Tin Forest where an old man lives who tidies the rubbish and dreams of a better place. With faith, ingenuity and hard work, he transforms a junkyard into a wonderland in this poetic modern fable.


Careers Fair


On Friday, Year 5’s had an exciting Viking immersion morning. Children were split into three groups and completed three different activities. The three activities were:
  • Drama – identifying the feelings of Vikings and Monks after a Viking  attack on a monastery 
  • Geography – plotting a route by sea from Denmark, Sweden and Norway to Norwich
  • Art/DT – looking at the purpose of a longship and designing their own​


Year 5 have been writing their own Viking Myths based on traditional Viking Myths that they have been reading during Guided Reading sessions. Today, children worked in challenge partners to identify strengths in their work and areas for development. Children helped each other to work on their areas for development. 


Over the next half term, children are focusing on living things and their habitats. Y5 kicked off the topic by learning about all the different parts to a flower. Children tried to label a diagram at the start of the lesson (only confidently able to label a stem and petal). Then, they carefully dissected and explored lilies. By the end of the lesson, children were able to label all parts of a flower. The children were creative, engaged and asked lots of amazing scientific questions!