The children were asked to investigate how different sized /shaped boats affect the amount of cargo they can carry. The children were given the challenge, working with their learning partners, to make two boats; one using plasticine and one using tin foil. Once they had built them, they were to test them out in a tray of water to see if they were buoyant and how much cargo (marbles) they could hold.
Maths – 3D Shapes
The children have been learning about three-dimensional shapes and their properties, including their nets this week. The children were given a creative task to build 3D shapes using mini marshmallows and cocktail sticks.
In our topic this term we are learning all about Vikings. In our lesson today we were discussing: what we know about the Vikings already and what we would like to find out. We them discussed artefacts and one of the images we saw was a shield. In our classroom we are very lucky to have a replica shield and sword. The children came up one at a time to have a feel of how heavy and big they are; this brought out further questions about battles, clothing, helmets and so on.
We were lucky to have visitors in from Bucks Fire Service, who spoke to us about how to be safe in our homes - from closing our bedroom doors to not leaving our phones, tablets and laptops on charge while we sleep. We also discussed escape routes and the children contributed really well.
DT - Bread Making
Our DT topic this half term has been bread making; we worked alongside Mrs Walter to make bread. We used a basic bread recipe and then added savoury ingredients to our bread, such as bacon, cheese, sausage, pepperoni and sesame seeds. The breads looked amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed our baking experience.
St Andrew’s Church
In our RE lessons we have been learning about the similarities and differences between different denominations. We visited the local Baptist church, St Andrew’s, to learn more about their beliefs.
Researching Other Denominations
In our RE lessons we have been learning about the similarities and differences between different denominations. We researched four different Christian denominations Anglican, Pentecostal, Baptist and Quakers, using books and the internet. We found out lots of interesting similarities and differences.
DT - Bread Tasting
This half term in DT we are making our own bread. We researched lots of different types of breads: pitta, rye, a white cobbler, a wholemeal tin loaf and bagels. We looked at the weight of each bread, estimating whether they were heavier or lighter than the bread before. We then tried the breads and evaluated them on taste, texture, appearance and its origin. This has given us a good idea of the bread that we want to make!
It was very important to Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs that the human body was preserved. A method called mummification was developed by the ancient Egyptians. Mummification was a complicated and lengthy process which lasted up to 70 days. We worked on our collaboration skills to dress one member of our group as a mummy using only newspaper and masking tape. We had a great time!
November is the month of Holy Souls and we remember people that have gone before us. We remembered and prayed for family members that are no longer with us.
Ancient Egyptian Day
We had a fantastic day making Pharaoh inspired death masks, an Egyptian themed musical theatre session and having a Royal Egyptian feast!
Mrs Simmons visited the class to explain the parts of the Rosary and the Mysteries. We prayed one decade of the Rosary.
No Pens' Day
Year 5L had a fantastic day on No Pens' Day. We used our speaking and listening skills to play maths games and in a Philosophy for Children lesson - where we discussed the differences of being rich or poor. These are some of the questions we discussed:
Would you have more friends if you were rich or poor?
Who is more likely to say, “Money isn’t everything” – rich people or poor people?
Who are more likely to be greedy? Rich people or poor people?
Who are more likely to be rich? Greedy people or people who aren’t greedy?
Can you be rich and poor at the same time?
Our class debated the topic - ‘Should school operate a four day week?’ During the week we prepared arguments for both the opposition and proposition. In a very close debate the proposition won. Both teams worked really hard and were fantastic. Another fun filled day!
Diocese of Northampton Schools Mass
Year 5 were honoured to participate and spend the morning with other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Northampton for the ‘Year of Prayer and Vocation 2017-2018’ Mass.
We spent time learning about hieroglyphics. Using blocks, cubes, paper clips and other materials we found around the classroom, we created our names, words and simple sentences. We had to guess what our partner’s sentences were. It was great fun and taught us a lot about Ancient Egyptian writing.
Ancient Egyptian Tomb Discovery
Year 5 had an exciting morning pretending they were excavators and archaeologists. A great stimulus for writing a diary entry of Howard Carter. All the children crawled through the tunnel to find artefacts, they needed to remember as much as they could, go back to their team and draw what they had seen.
Year 5 are blessed to have musical theatre every Wednesday with a specialist teacher. The children will be challenged to improve their singing and drama skills.
PE – Tag Rugby
The children are enjoying having a rugby coach from St Paul’s working with them to perfect their tag rugby skills this term.