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Year 5 - Atlanta Class

Spring Term Topic - Circle of Life

Summer Term 2

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We were lucky enough to have some dance workshops organised for the school. Each class learnt a dance from a country in the World Cup, it was called 'Road to Russia'. We were Brazil and managed to learn this dance in just 25 minutes!

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We took a Year 5 trip to Greenwich Park. We tried to make sun dials, did activities based on area and explored the GMT line. Completing challenges focussed on time zones and time differences.

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In PE we had some taster sessions to try some sports we might not usually have a chance to play. We had a go at archery and fencing.

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In our science topic, materials, we investigated what could affect the amount of carbon dioxide produced by effervescent tablets. We chose what investigation to carry out, planned it ourselves and recorded our results.

Summer Term 1

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We wrote our own poems about our favourite animals this term. We then performed them to the class, attempting to use our voice, face and bodies in a way to make our poem come to life.

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Our focus in PE this term has been cricket. We learnt the rules and worked up to playing a competitive match.

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In art this term we have been experimenting with overlays. We drew a picture and then used tracing paper to lay over the top. We attempted to use this overlay to change the picture or its meaning. 

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In DT and PSHE this term we have been learning about where our food comes from and the processes it goes through before it reaches us.

We have tried to create a balanced and healthy diet and even cooked our own meal in class.

Spring Term 2

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In maths this term, we looked at 3D shapes and identified their properties. We identified 3D shapes based on 2D representations and classified them based on their properties.

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In PE this term we have been learning to play hockey. We began by learning how to hold the stick, then moved onto dribbling and finally passing. We learnt how to use all of these skills in a game situation and why they're important to ensure victory.

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In our class book, The White Giraffe, a character made a traditional African healing potion. We used this as a basis to make our own healing potions and write some instructions on how to create and use them. We then made our potions in class using ingredients such as: komodo dragon blood, giraffe saliva and glacier water.

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Year 5 also had the opportunity this term to visit Margaret Bateson-Hill at Thamesmead Library. She is the author of Masha and the Firebird, which was the focus of our guided reading lessons. She gave us some great hints on how to create and write our own stories.

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In PSHE, we have been building our communication, team work and confidence. You can see a video of one of our activities here.

Spring Term 1

 

In music we have been learning to use the boomwhackers. They are percussion instruments that work using vibrations. The different coloured boomwhackers represent different notes.

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In art we researched some contemporary African artists and attempted to create a piece of art in their style. They ranged from sketches to found item sculptures.

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In PE we have been problem solving and team building through OAA. It is really important to be able to work as a team and to know how to communicate effectively.

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Autumn Term 2

This term, we have been exploring forces and looked in particular at friction, air resistance and water resistance. Look at some of the experiments we carried out to test the effects of these forces that happen all around us.

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In English we have been writing letters based on our topic book Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods. We wrote a letter to a judge at the Supreme Court to convince him that Kronos could not be found guilty of murder. Here’s one of the examples that we wrote.

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After our letters convinced the judge we had a release party for Kronos. We acted out how the characters in the story might have behaved at the party and tried to guess who we all were.

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We have been looking at statistics in maths and worked together to solve some tricky problems involving timetables.

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During PE we looked at dance and even created and choreographed our own dance routine to the music of our choice. We then had a whole school dance competition.

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In science we have been learning about Earth and Space. We created a profile for a planet of our choice and recorded the most interesting facts we could find.

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In PSHE we have been focussing on road safety. We have been learning about road safety around the world and have made posters to raise people’s awareness of this important issue.

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In PE we have been taking part in Gymnastics. We were focussing on balances and movements. You can see some of our excellent balances here.

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