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Wake & Shake: Elton John

This week, we focused on one of the UK’s most celebrated and award winning artists, Elton John, and realised that he sound has changed from a rocky, upbeat sound to slower, heartfelt songs. All of them include the iconic piano sound!

Artist: Elton John

Songs: I’m Still Standing, Saturday Night’s Alright, Candle in the Wind (reading lesson), Crocodile Rock, Tiny Dancer, Your Song, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues, Rocket Man, Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Exploring Space

Last week, we used a Playstation 4 game called ‘No Man’s Sky’ to help us experience what it would be like to fly through Space, explore undiscovered planets, and even fly at light speed! Thinking about all our senses, we described flying through an asteroid belt as well as our emotions for the build up to pressing the light speed button…

Along with this, we also explored the surface of Mars to realise that there are vast canyons across the planet. Year 5 looked at the missions that the Mars Rovers have done and how they drill and collect soil samples. To take our own samples, we erupted an ancient volcano multiple times, then decided where we should drill. Check out our soil sample!

Can you work out how many times this volcano erupted?

Year 5 Wake & Shake

Each week, Year 5 start their day by listening to a song by a certain artist and having a dance! The artist will change every week to help explore a range of music and eras. We have also started looking at the lyrics of a song during reading lessons to support our inference skills.

Here are the first few weeks of artists and songs we have listened to:

Elvis Presley – Blue Suade Shoes, Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, All Shook Up

Jackson 5 – ABC, I Want You Back, I’ll Be There, Who’s Lovin’ You

Blondie – Heart of Glass, Call Me, One Way or Another, Maria

Come back to Y5s page to see more each week!

Sun, Earth and Moon

To help our understanding of the Solar System, we have started by staying relatively close to home. We have explored different scientists’ theories through history, and whether they were geocentric or heliocentric ideas.

Then, we have created Sun, Earth and Moon models to show how they move in relation to each other, but the most fun we have had so far was on Thursday when Mr C brought in lots of Jaffa Cakes! This helped us understand how the phases of the Moon are created, and help us remember each phases name. We also used a ping pong ball and light to see the phases change right before our eyes!

Egyptian Shadufs

With the weather so amazing recently, Y5 took a stroll into the woods this morning to create our very own Egyptian shadufs.

Shadufs were a way of collecting water from the Nile up the banks to the farmland, and they had a variety of structures.  We went down to the local stream, and created our own shadufs by the bank using only natural resources (and some string from the classroom!). In teams, a structure was made, and counter balances were also added by using appropriate sized rocks. Check out the incredible finished shadufs!

For all the photos and shadufs, visit our class blog

UK history

For the past few weeks, Year 5 have been exploring ‘Why are we a United Kingdom?’ for their topic question.

Before we explore the attractions of our capital city, we have taken a journey through our country’s history to find out how we became a ‘United Kingdom’.

Starting with the Battle of Hastings, we acted out the events that lead to the victory of William I. After this, we discovered historical documents such as the the Bayeux Tapestry, the Domesday book and the Magna Carta. We took a closer look at our past monarchs, the crusades and even found out about the civil war and Oliver Cromwell!

Photos, writing and artwork can all be found on our own class blog, just follow the link



Virtual Velodrome

This afternoon, Y5 had a go at a ‘Virtual Velodrome’ with each child having a chance to cycle a flying lap and post the best time possible!

Everyone managed to cross the line in under 30 seconds, well done!

For more details and photos, visit the Y5 class blog

Science Week

Last week, Y5 had an amazing visit from a scientist who came along with a working 3D printer!

It was fantastic to see it in action and the children even had a chance to draw their own 3D shapes using 3D printing pens.

As well as this, we had a visit from a group of Sheffield Hallam University students. They split us into two groups and did lots of exciting activities around global warming and volcanoes. The children loved it so much, they all left comments for the students on the blog.

For details and photos, visit our individual class blog  

Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Masterchef

Yesterday, the Year 5s learnt all about Mrs Beeton and her influence on Victorian cooking. We looked at what it meant for ingredients to be seasonal and had a go at cooking our own varieties of Mrs Beeton’s vegetable stew.

Check out our class blog for all the photos and more details!

Y5 Victorian School Trip

Here are some photos from our amazing day at The Old Classroom in Barnsley.

Miss Sharpe was there to greet us and we were transformed into children from 1883. The names and family backgrounds were all of real people; it felt as if we were helping them come to life!

We experienced a lesson at wooden desk and children were told off for telling tales. Someone had their fingers clamped for being a ‘fidget’!