A Happy New Year!

Welcome back to you all after the festive break. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2017.
It’s only day 2 but T5 have been busy doing lots of learning.
In maths we braved the elements and collected data outside. We were looking at how far children can travel in 12 minutes. We used equipment such as stopwatches and trundle wheels to gather our data. In the next lesson we will use the data to create line-graphs.

Have a look at all the fun we had…

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A big thank you

A big thank you to you all for your support over the Autumn Term and what a busy term it was!
A trip to the Botanical Gardens, Roald Dahl Week, Inspirational Maths, Christmas Carols accompanied by the Brass band to name a few!

Here is a snippet of all the learning (and fun!) we had…

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I’m sure the Spring term is going to be just as exciting

Outdoor maths: May 11th

Braving the elements, we headed outside for some outdoor maths – we weren’t going to let a little thing like rain stop us from learning! It was all in aid of improving our line graphs skills.

In groups, we gathered our data: we used stop watches to time ourselves and used trundle wheels to calculate our distance travelled. In class, we had devised a table to record our results.

Back in class, we used our data to create line graphs along with questions about the data.

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Have a look at our work below: image

Spellings

Please find below a copy of the spellings from Friday 13th May 2016.
The children will know group they are in an therefore which list is theirs.
Thank you,
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Greek Maths

What would you buy?

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On Tuesday 2nd February, we used our problem solving skills to calculate the price of items from The Ancient Greek Theatrical Props Warehouse.
Below is an example of some of our work.

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Then on Wednesday 3rd February, we were given a job:

As the creative curriculum coordinator of AFJS, your job is to arrange a Greek Day for Year 5. Luckily, they have been doing some fundraising so you have £700 to spend!

 

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We were following the 3 rules for ‘calculating accurately’:

ESTIMATE
CALCULATE
CHECK IT MATE!

Welcome back after a lovely half term.

We were super impressed with all the time board games! Thank you for your continued support with home learning.

We all enjoyed our R.E day, and as well as using our hand prints to show the Ten Commandments, we also made our own islands with our own rules! You can imagine, I’m sure, how much the children enjoyed this bit.

Our topic this half term is rivers, and the children have been designing their very own “Intrepid Explorer Pleasers” to help them on their adventures along The Amazon River. Some also had the chance to act out their amazing inventions to the class.

 

 

 

 

Botanical Gardens

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What could these substances be?

What could these substances be?

Geography skills

Geography skills

Geography skills

Geography skills

After a few mix-ups with lunch, T5 were on their way to The Botanical Gardens.  Although the traffic hindered our journey, we arrived with eager smiles on our faces.  We were ushered up the spiral stairs and into one of the classrooms where things were about to get a LOT more interesting!

 

We impressed our guide (Amanda) with our geography knowledge, identifying the equator and the Tropic of Cancer.  Ms Trainer was also very impressed with our knowledge of the layers of the rainforest. We had been listening!

 

One human rainforest later (see picture!) and we were ready to handle some rainforest substances but not before Ms Trainer de-stressed: smelling vanilla pods is known to lower stress levels don’t you know!

 

Our guide introduced us to substances that are found naturally in rainforests: peppercorns, cocoa beans, bananas and rubber.  Excited eyes lit up at the sight of a kit-kat but this was short-lived as it was made of rubber!  We were tasked with identifying some mystery items.  We scored full marks, continuing to  impress all the adults.

Next up was the handling of some rainforest creatures (look away if you’re squeamish!). First was Brian the Giant African Land snail.  I think this was Mrs Sandall’s favourite!  You can find them on the forest floor eating leaves and even stones for calcium to harden their shell!

The class favourite was Monty, the chameleon.  This particular types don’t change colour to camouflage into their surrounding; but it will change colour depending on its mood!  I wonder what colour it goes when it’s angry?  Or hungry?

Next up we learned all about hunting.  Tyler caught us a monkey for lunch with a poisoned dart (well it was a rubber dart and picture of a monkey but shh!).  Eliza picked up the biggest seed EVER and we found out that bamboo can grow to the size of a Year 3 in only a week!

After all that talk of bananas and chocolate, we were ready for lunch- quick (but thorough) hand wash first though!

Next it was on to our tour of the glasshouses where we learned that the Banyan Tree grows ‘crutches’ to help keep it balanced and that there is a plant known as Old Man’s Beard.  Can you guess what it might look like?

Carnivorous plants next! We found out all about fly soup.  This was followed by the Arid room where we discovered why cactus plants have spikes and that they can go 5 years without water!

After another wash of our hands, it was time to clamber back on board the bus and head back to school.

All in all it was a fantastic trip.  Thank you to all the staff at Abbot’s Farm and the helpers we had.  It wouldn’t have been possible without you.  We hope you enjoyed yourselves too!

T5.