Year 5 Mrs Bradley

Welcome to our class page. Please check regularly to find out all about our exciting learning.

Reminders and Dates for the Spring Term

PLEASE NOTE: PE lessons are on Mondays and Tuesdays – make sure you have full indoor and outdoor kit in every day.

March

Thursday 1st – World Book Day

Wednesday 7th -Author visit and workshops

Sunday 25th – Clocks go forward by one hour

Friday 30th – Good Friday

April

Monday 2nd – Easter Monday

Friday 6th – Break up for Spring Holiday

Our Learning

Below you will find lots of photographs about the learning in our class.

Walk Through The Bible

This half term, Year 5 are having a special visitor. He will be using drama to tell the story of the Bible from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

Curtis Jobling Visit

We had an inspiring day when author and illustrator Curtis Jobling came into school.  He drew some of his characters, read from his books and introduced us to Curious Cow.  Later, he explained how top authors – like him – write fantastic stories and when we had a go, we were impressed with the results.  Imagine getting a masterclass from the creator of Bob the Builder – incredible!

Spaceport and Indian Art

We have had a really busy week in school this week. We visited Spaceport in Birkenhead on Friday as part of our ‘Space’ Topic. Whilst at Spaceport, we learned about how to become an astronaut, how the planets orbit the sun and how to make a rocket take off. Also, the children also took part in an Indian Art workshop with a visiting artist. They all loved coming back covered in glue! Here are some photos of our week!

Health Week

As part of Health Week, we decided to explore balanced meals.  We made some very tasty wraps, using lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and cheese – yum!

Our Fabulous Class Assembly

We really enjoyed sharing our learning in our class assembly this week.  Facts, songs, poetry, artwork; it had it all.  We hope that everyone who came to watch had as much fun as we did.

World Rivers

This afternoon we have been investigating world rivers, by locating them in our atlases and then finding out a bit more information using the iPads.  It has been interesting to find out that each river is so different.  For example, did you know that the mouth of the Amazon River is wider than the length of the River Thames?

Christmas Dance

Year 5 have been fortunate enough to have a one-off dance lesson with Becky. We have worked on a special Christmas-themed dance to ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’. Below are some pictures of us.

Clay Monkeys

Artists from Central and South America have been our focus this half-term, relating to our History topic on the Mayan Civilisation.  We noticed that some artists focus on monkeys, and other jungle animals from the region, so we decided to try our hand at clay monkeys.  Some are cheeky, some funny and some mischievous-looking – remind you of anyone?

Eggs-citing Science!

This morning we finished our week’s Science by throwing eggs off a bridge!  Don’t worry!  We were testing the parachutes we had made.  We have been investigating air resistance and we wanted to know if our parachutes would take an egg safely from a great height to the ground.  There were varying levels of success, as you can see from our photos!

 

 

Museum of Science and Industry

We had a fantastic time on our trip last week.  We explored different forces in the ‘hands-on’ exhibitions, experienced the wonder of machines powered by water, steam, air, gas and coal, and took part in a ‘Forces and Flight’ workshop.  We found out that Sir Isaac Newton discovered the concept of gravity when an apple fell on his head!  This experience has helped us to understand different forces in action and we cannot wait to follow this up with our classwork.

 

Diwali

Learning about Diwali today has been fun and interesting.  We have used many of our senses, as we tried some delicacies made by Mrs. Sen, drew some traditional pictures with powdered rice and designed our own mehndi patterns.  Mrs. Sen explained what Diwali is all about and she dressed Mrs. Bradley in a beautiful sari. We can’t wait for our dance workshop tomorrow.  Happy Diwali!

 

We are Historians

Today we have been using our Historical skills to answer questions about the Native Americans.  We were given a general area – such as food, houses, etc. – then we had to develop a question we wanted to answer.  In our groups, we used cooperative skills to search for information and decide if it was useful and/or accurate.  Deciding if we were looking at primary or secondary sources was challenging, as sometimes it’s hard to tell.  We thought about asking Mrs. Wightman if we could go to North America to look at some real totem poles and tipis….

 

Rock Kidz

Well, what a fantastic time we had with Cy and Jonathan from Rock Kidz.  We discovered many things about ourselves, including that it’s cool to be me, we should respect everyone and we definitely don’t want any bullying here!  Mrs. Bradley learnt how to rap nursery rhymes – well, almost – and we all learnt that perseverance really pays off!

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Christmas – Already?

Yes, Christmas is not too far off and we have been creating our own fabulous Christmas cards.  The children brought them home on Friday and I’m sure you’ll agree that they are very impressive?  If you haven’t done so already, please return the completed form and money as soon as possible and no later than 18th October.  If you do this, then we can get the completed cards back to you, all ready for sending at Christmas.

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Chemistry with Cabbage

The lovely Lorelly Wilson came into our class on Friday and we were totally amazed!  We had no idea that you could use cabbages to do Science investigations, did you?  We tested lots of everyday liquids to see if they were acids or alkalies, we discovered how our stomachs break down foods, so that we can digest them and we made some lovely slime to take home.

We also discovered that nail varnish remover dissolves polystyrene in the same way that water dissolves sugar – incredible!

We had a fabulous day and said, “Wow!” a lot!  We can’t wait to learn Chemistry at High School.

 

Road Dahl Day

We had a fantastic day, dressing up as characters from the wonderful Roald Dahl’s books.  Taking part in the workshop with Michael was brilliant, as we pretended to be James (from James and the Giant Peach), his awful aunts and some of the creatures from the story.  Incredibly, we also discovered that it’s possible to pretend to be a city, like New York!

Later, we made up verses of a song about James and the Giant Peach and then sang them to each other.  Some were funny, some were tuneful and some will keep Mr. Callaway and Mrs. Bradley humming for a while to come! Perhaps we should produce our own record?

 

Our Learning in Year 4

Warrington Wolves Rugby

This term, we have had great fun with Warrington Wolves in our PE lessons. The children learned lots of different rugby skills.IMG_0412

Weaver Hall Museum Trip

This week, we enjoyed our trip to Weaver Hall Museum to learn more about the Vikings.  It was an exciting day that began with us becoming a human time line to see where the Vikings fit in amongst the Romans, Saxons and Normans.  After that, we were on an archaeological dig where we discovered a Viking grace and began to investigate what we could find out about the body.  Thanks to Daniel, we were able to recreate the Viking tomb! Next, we had a go at making our own Viking clay models – some were very good!

In the afternoon, we were able to visit a Viking’s home.  His name was Olaf and he told us all about what life was like for him in the Viking times. He was a friendly Viking, and even let us recreate a Viking army, with the very brave Nathan being our leader!!

All in all, we had a great day.  Have a look through some of the highlights of the day in our gallery.

Easter Eggs!

We have had lots of fun today taking part in the Easter egg competitions.  Well done to the two children who won extra eggs for the best egg and for the fastest roller!  Well done to everyone for taking the time to decorate your egg and having so much fun.

Our Class Debate

We have been lucky enough to receive a chest of exciting things from the Houses of Parliament to be able to take part in our own debate.  We discussed what a debate is, saw some examples of debates in Parliament and voted to debate whether school children should have to wear a school uniform.

In the end, the overall majority lay with not wearing a school uniform!  Have a look at some of our pictures.

Design Technology

Before half-term, we had a whole day of DT where we designed houses that fit into the Westbrook area.  We had to use our measurement skills, as well as the knowledge that we have learned about how buildings are designed and built around a strong frame.

Chinese New Year

This weekend sees the celebration of the Chinese New Year.  We are celebrating the Year of the Rooster this year and we have been taking part in lots of different activities related to the celebration.

At the beginning of the day, we read the story of how the Jade Emperor ordered all the animals to race to decide which order they would appear in the Chinese calendar.  After that, we took part Chinese Dance Workshop, then practised some Chinese writing and artwork.  Finally, we created our own fact-files about the Chinese New Year.

Warrington Detectives

We have been working hard on our new topic all about Westbrook and Warrington. During our geography lessons, we have been learning how to read maps and labelling some with symbols to show different areas of interest.  We’re now looking forward to our trip on 1st February where we will discover more about what’s around our area and what attracts people to visit Westbrook.

Science

This half term we are studying the topic ‘States of Matter’.  We have already explored different liquids, solids and gases; made and played with ‘gloop’ and had a go at making our own ice-cream to investigate the temperature that liquids turn to solids.

Ancient Greeks

During our project about ‘Ancient Greeks’, we tasted some Greek food and designed our own healthy plates of Greek food.  This was very exciting and some of us tried foods that we haven’t tried before.  Have a look at our finished plate.

Science

This half-term, we are learning about Electricity.  We have had lots of fun using the electrical components and creating our own, working simple circuits.  Watch out for photographs from our trip to the Catalyst Museum on 30th November.