Year 5 Mr Callaway

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

Reminders and Dates for the Autumn Term

PE is normally taught on Mondays and Thursdays.
19th and 20th December: Year 5/6 Christmas Play

Our Learning

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

Clay Monkeys

As part of our topic about the Maya people, we have been looking at artists from Central America. We noticed artists in the region paint, draw and create models of animals in their local environment, including monkeys. This inspired us to create our monkeys.

Trip to MoSI

We are all really excited to start our new topic in Science this half term. We are going to be learning all about forces! The children are feeling very inspired after our trip to the Museum of Science and Industry last week. We explored the whole museum, where we saw a demonstration of the mills, lots of HUGE pumps, and we thoroughly enjoyed our workshop, learning about Sir Isaac Newton and developing our understanding of forces.

Class Assembly

This week, we held our class parent assembly around the topic of Remembrance Sunday.  The children were fortunate enough to present it twice, so that the whole school could see it.  The children learned all about two soldiers from World War I and soldiers in current wars, writing poems and letters on this subject.  They shared their learning confidently and sang hymns magnificently and sensitively. Well done everyone!

DT – Totem Poles

As part of our Native American topic, the children have designed their own section of our class totem poles.  The children researched which colour and animal would suit them best, based on Native American traditions. We made our sections out of Modroc, and have now painted them. Once dried, they will form part of our class totem poles.

Religious Education – Bible Challenge

This term’s RE is all about the structure of the Bible and exploring why and how people use it.  Most recently, we have been looking at the miracles of Jesus, and searching for them in the Bible.

Chemistry with Cabbage

Year 5 have been visited by a talented scientist called Mrs Watson. She worked with our class all day on Thursday, and conducted a wide range of exciting experiments. The children also had a try at some really interesting chemistry.  We made our own indicators to test for acids and alkalis and made our own slime – yuk!

Roald Dahl Day

Today, we have been dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl characters. We have taken part in lots of exciting learning activities, such as a workshop, focussing on our book for the day – ‘James and the Giant Peach’ – and we even made our own songs about our book.

 

Our Learning from Year 4

Lego Workshop

This week, we had a company called Junior Stem in to work with us.  We used Lego to build robots and then we used a programming app on the iPad to control our robots.  It was amazing! Take a look…

Watch some of our videos to see our robots in motion by clicking on the links below:

Milo the Science Rover

Milo the Science Rover 2

Microscopes

We were loaned some microscopes from a real science laboratory recently.  We were very excited to use them!  We examined a number of different samples in petri dishes.  We had to try to guess what they were, then we had a closer look with the microscope and we described the materials using scientific vocabulary. We felt like real scientists!

Beowolf

We loved reading the story of Beowolf and how he defeated the gruesome monster Grendel.  We wrote our own versions of the story and we created some beautiful artwork to represent the story…

Design Technology

We had a DT Day earlier this week to design and make Viking shields and helmets.  We decided to use clay because it is very mouldable and because we could paint our shields when the clay had dried.  We worked in pairs to design them and then we each made our own shield or helmet.  We evaluated our designs by sharing them with other children.

Weaver Hall Museum

We had a fabulous day at Weaver Hall Museum on 3rd May where we learned all about the Vikings.  First, we met Olaf the Viking.  He told us stories and riddles, played the lyre for us, showed us lots of Viking and Anglo-Saxon artefacts and we even practised a Viking battle formation!

Then Olaf told us some riddles that we tried to solve.  Have a go at writing some riddles of your own!

After that, we became archaeologists.  We discovered the remains of a body and we had to use the clues to work out what he was like.  We found out that he was a Viking warrior.

Then we had to recreate the scene whilst imagining that one of our classmates was dead!  We thought she’d fallen asleep as she was still for so long!

We then practised using Viking runes.  Have a go at writing a coded message using the runes.

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Finally, we made our own little clay models in the style of Lewis Chessmen to represent the Vikings and all we had learned about them.

Here are the finished products…

Google Expeditions

We had an amazing virtual experience this morning with Google Expeditions,  taking a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace.  We saw lots of the grand rooms and we learned lots of interesting facts.  Did you know that there are over 40 000 light bulbs in the palace? Wow!  We also had a quick peek at some bull sharks – they were so scary!  You can download the Google Expeditions app onto an iPad to have even more experiences like these at home.

The Houses of Parliament

We have been very lucky to receive a loan box from the Houses of Parliament to use in school this half term.  As we are currently learning about ‘Our Nation’, we thought it would fit perfectly into our project.  We spent an afternoon looking at, and using, all of the artefacts.  We learned about the mace, the role of the speaker and the clerk, what a bill is and what happens with it in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, then how it becomes law.  We even came up with our own bills, then we debated one of the bills and voted ‘aye’ or ‘no’.  We had so much fun and we learned so much too!

Red Nose Day for Comic Relief

We had a fabulous day dressed up in our pyjamas.  We told jokes and laughed a lot, but we also learned what Comic Relief is all about through the story of Hassan, see the video below.

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British Science Week

We had an amazing week in school to celebrate British Science Week.  We completed exciting investigations linked to George’s Marvellous Medicine, we had special visitors to school (including a science boffin and a university physicist) and we even made slime.  It was so much fun that we didn’t want it to end!

Design Technology Day

Following on from our Westbrook visit a couple of weeks ago, we had a whole day dedicated to designing and making our own models of the buildings of Westbrook.  We worked in groups of three to plan our models, then we built a frame before constructing the rest of the building.  We were very pleased with our efforts when we evaluated them at the end of the day.

The Big Bird Watch

As part of the RSPCA’s Big Bird Watch survey, we took part by conducting a bird watch on the school playground.  We also completed some research about common UK birds and wrote fact files, we did some sketching of UK birds and we also constructed tally charts and bar graphs to show our data.  We loved using our binoculars to spot different birds.

Oral Explanations

We have been learning about Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Cracking Contraptions’ in our English lessons.  We watched the video of ‘The Snoozatron’ and then we drew diagrams and wrote notes to explain how it worked.  We then gave an oral explanation to a partner, who used a tick-list to see how effective our explanations were. We then wrote up our explanations.  We loved Wallace and Gromit!

Snoozatron video

United Utilities Water Workshop

As part of our Science and Geography work, we has an exciting workshop in school where we learned all about water.  We acted out the water cycle, where we even popped a balloon full of water over Beth because she was the land!  We calculated how much water we all use in a day and we found out that some of us are water wasters, but after making a water saving promise, we are going to try to become water savers.  We also learned how some people in the world are not as lucky as us, and don’t have clean water to drink.

Westbrook Geography Fieldwork

We had an amazing time finding out more about Westbrook as part of our project, Warrington Detectives.  We completed a quiz to find our more about Westbrook Centre, conducted traffic surveys (we counted over 400 cars in about 20 minutes!), we also did some surveys about local businesses and which ones were most popular, and we interviewed members of the public.  We then used all of this data to create graphs and tables back in the classroom.

Chinese New Year

We had a fantastic day to celebrate Chinese New Year 2017.  We all dressed in red and took part in a dance workshop where we learned a dragon dance and did a dragon parade.  We then performed for the rest of the juniors, it was so much fun!  We also completed lots of research on the iPads about China and Chinese New Year and we used these facts to write information texts.  We learned so much!

Gymnastics

We have been lucky enough to have Miss Stubbs working with us in PE this half term for gymnastics.  We have learned lots about balances, shapes and jumps so far.  Have a look at what we have been learning…

Christmas Decorations

As part of our Design Technology work, we designed and made little robin decorations.  A huge thank you to all of the wonderful adults who helped make them – we couldn’t have done it without you!

The Catalyst Museum

We had an amazing Science Day at the Catalyst Museum in Widnes.  We were real scientists for the day and we even wore white lab coats and safety glasses!  First we tested liquids to find out if they were acids, alkalis or neutrals, using test tubes and pipettes.  Our teacher was a scientist but she showed us that not all scientists are old men with crazy hair!

Next, we made our own switches for circuits using paperclips and aluminium foil.  We learned that conductors of electricity are always metal.  It was a fabulous day!

Tie Dye

We have been exploring textiles in our Art and Design Technology work.  As part of our India project, we looked at how we can add colour to fabric using tie dying.  We made tie dye T-shirts and sashes for the Year 1 and 2 Christmas production.  They looked fabulous in our creations!

Advertisements

In English, our focus has been on persuasive writing.  We watched lots of TV adverts and we read lots of magazine and newspaper adverts.  We learned about the techniques used to persuade people to buy products, then we wrote and performed our own TV adverts.  We even used catchy jingles and slogans!

Fun Run

We had a great time doing our fancy dress fun run and raising money for school.  Look how proud we are of our achievements!

Fun Run!

Home Learning

As part of our Geography work, we shared our home learning about India.  We had lots of interesting facts to share, Indian money to look at, Indian clothes to see, some Indian spices to smell and even a postcard from India to read!

Electricity

In Science, we made electrical circuits with a ‘ghost ball’.  We learned that a circuit needs to be complete for electricity to travel around it.  It was great fun!

Tasty Greek Food

As part of our Design Technology work, we tasted lots of delicious Greek food and then we designed and created our own tasty dishes. Yum!

Story Telling

In English, we loved retelling the Greek myths we had been reading.  Our favourites were Theseus & the Minotaur and the Adventures of Odysseus.  We then wrote our own Greek myths.  They were fabulous!