Welcome to Year 5 - Mr Linstead's Class
Year 5 have had an excellent start to the term. In maths, have consolidated our learning in mental addition and subtraction. In English, Key stage 2 were lucky to experience a visit from Prime VR - a company who specialise in virtual reality experiences. Year 5 had a whistle stop tour of the wonders of world looking at the Great Wall of China, Michu Pichu and the Taj Mahal. This has helped to create our persuasive adverts based on these wonders.
When Year 5 returned from a long lunchtime of football and dancing, they were shocked to find their chairs were no longer there to support them. No warnings, just a letter telling from their chairs telling them exactly how they felt, peppered with a few home truths - and they were not best pleased! In effort to rectify their mistakes, Year 5 crafted beautifully written persuasive letters to win back the trust of their supportive friend.
This term we have looked at animals (including humans) and the different properties of materials. After weeks of watching our caterpillars grow and get bigger by the day, they finally turned into chrysalises. Another anxious wait and around two weeks later they emerged into fully formed painted butterflies. We studied them in class for around two days and fed them nectar from local flowers and sugared water. Once the temperature was a little more consistent, we released them into the wild. It was amazing to watch them fly! We also made casein (plastic, see picture 2) which is found in milk and was used to create products such as combs and cups. We added white vinegar to heated milk, stirred then separated the mixture. After a week or so, the casein turned into hard plastic. Next, we made Oobleck (picture 3) which is a non-newtonian fluid - a mixture which has properties of both liquids and solids. When pressure is applied, the material acts as a solid, however as soon as pressure is released it turns into a liquid.
Art - Making A Cartouche (name plates)
Year 5 have enjoyed continuing their learning into Ancient Egypt. Throughout the term we have based lots of our learning within Ancient Egypt. This has included some cartouches (name plates). Year 5 wrote their names in traditional hieroglyphics as used by Ancient Egyptians.
British Science Week
As part of British Science Week 2018, we observed over time how salt can affect apples. We found that the salt removed some of the moisture from the apples during 1 week in the salt. This was also linked to our study of Ancient Egypt and how the Egyptians used Natron during the mummification process. Year 5 also discovered the many micro-habitats of different mini-beasts. They made a note of the conditions of their environment and the species they found there. Also, how many legs, size and name of the insect. Beware Townlands, some students observed a 'giant spider' living near to the KS1 playground!
Computing - We are Cryptographers
This term in Computing, we are currently investigating the different uses of cryptography throughout the world. So far we have looked at Monoalphabetic Cyphers, Semaphore and sending Morse Code signals using lights. We will continue to look at how data is encrypted and how we can make sure we are safe online.
Science and D&T - Visit to Heath Lane
Year 5 were very lucky to be able to visit Heath Lane Academy this term. They participated in different experiments in order to solve clues. Then, they tried their hand at making some delicious pizzas!
Here are some of our war poems based on what we have learned about the second world war. We have used green screen technology to digitally superimpose a background.
Our theme this term has been World War 2. We have designed and built Anderson shelters and the topic has inspired some really powerful war silhouettes. We used pastels and gently blended the colours together. We then used black paper to make an outline. Here are just a few of our fantastic pieces of work!
This term we have been learning all about area and perimeter and fractions. Here is a some work showing a fraction of our learning!
This half term Year 5 are investigating different types of forces found on Earth including gravity and air resistance.
End of Term Trip - Bosworth Battlefield 2017
Year 5 have had an extremely exciting day at Bosworth Battlefield where we learned all about life during the Battle and had a look at some of the weapons which were used - and how to use them. We tried our hand at Falconry and had an incredible view of where the battle took place. It was great to see the things we have learned in action and share our impressive knowledge of the battle.
Year 5 were very lucky to be invited to Bosworth Academy to take part in their Big Bang Science event. They took part in a host of activities including making their own speaker, investigating reversible and irreversible changes and what cells look like using microscopes. We had a fantastic day!
Science - Observing over time
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new class mates who will be with us over the next few weeks. Here we have 5 painted lady caterpillars. Over the coming weeks we will see them transfrom into beautiful Butterflies. Stay tuned to watch them GROW!
Year 5 have really enjoyed learning all about Ancient Egypt this term. Take a look at our fantastic learning! We really enjoyed showing the whole school all the fascinating facts about Ancient Egypt. Check out our Ancient Egypt Rap - 'King Tut's Lair' here.
Year 5 are currently learning about cryptography in computing. We are learning through morse code, semaphore and cyphers!
Autumn Term 2016
Our topic this term has been all about World War 2 including rations, evacuees and how it WW2 started. This term we have linked our theme with literacy to create some war poetry based on what we have learnt about life during World War 2. We then performed these in front of the green screen in uniform!
We have enjoyed out P.E lessons with Mr.Moon this term. This term we have been learning how to Kurl, Dodgeball and Quarter Dodgeball. We have also been incorporating our characteristics of learning into P.E. These include: fairness, listening, risk taking, communication and teamwork.
This term we have also been learning about E-Safety and the digital world! Here we are using role play to show how we can stay S.M.A.R.T online!
In Maths we have been using dice to practice our mental addition skills!
Bosworth Academy Big Bang Science Day
Year 5 were really lucky to be able to visit Bosworth Academy for the day. They had the opportunity to do a variety of science experiments led by the excellent Bosworth staff. The children were all excited to take part!
Bosworth Battlefield Class Trip
Year 5 went on a class trip to the Bosworth battlefield. We reinforced learning about how King Richard III fought Henry Tudor in 1485. The children really enjoyed the guided walk around the battlefield as well as trying on armour. Some children were lucky enough to handle some weaponry, too.
Children in Year 5 enjoyed experimenting with white vinegar and milk, among other chemical reactions. They learned that, if mixed, the two materials will react and create a new material called casein. Casein is a protein in milk. It will dry and become a hard solid within 48 hours. Some of the earliest plastics were based on the protein casein.
Year 5 enjoyed a trip to the local library in Earl Shilton as part of World Book Day celebrations. Each child was really enthusiastic in discovering a huge range of various kinds of books.
Hindu Temple visit
Year 5 and Year 2 enjoyed a faith visit to the Shreer Hindu Temple in Leicester. The children were very lucky because, as we arrived, we were able to witness how Hindus conduct their daily morning worship. The children were offered blessings and the priest talked about the main Gods and their importance to Hindus. Thank you to the Shreer Hindu community for their warm welcome.
Ancient Egypt Class Assembly
Year 5 produced a wonderful class assembly that was enjoyed by the whole school and the children's parents. They all took great pride in their assembly and good determination to get everything ready.
Year 5 are very fortunate to benefit from PE lessons from the Leicester Tigers in the Spring term. They also receive theory lessons building teamwork, respect and discipline among other things.
Making Ancient Egyptian Death Masks
Year 5 children enjoyed making Ancient Egyptian death masks in Art ready for their class assembly.
Basketball with the Leicester Riders
A couple of Leicester Riders' stars came into Townlands to deliver a basketball master class!
Learning gymnastics in PE with Mr Moon.
Fun learning in maths!
An ongoing selection of photos from maths learning in Year 5.
Christmas Church Service
A selection of Year 5 children really enjoyed singing at a church service in Earl Shilton for the Christmas lights switch on. They all sang beautifully.
Autumn Term PE
Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre
Year 5 had a fantastic time at Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre. They bravely took part in two activities: rock climbing and raft building. Unfortunately, on raft was not sturdy enough and this resulted a couple of children taking a dunk in the river!
Year 5 enjoyed a Science Day at Heathfield Academy this term. They made rockets, made ice cream, learned about biology and looked at the amazing effects of fire and ice. The children had a brilliant time and learned a lot.
Bosworth Academy Super Learning Day
Year 5 had another exciting trip to Bosworth Academy! During the Super Learning Day, the children were treated to a variety of exciting activities: French, Drama, PE, Cooking, Transfer Printing and Mono Printing.
Bosworth Academy Big Bang Day
Year 5 received a very warm welcome from Bosworth Academy and the children loved their freebies. The children completed three activities: creating a speaker and listening to vibrations; experimenting with flames and materials to see how fireworks get their colour; looking at reversible and non reversible changes. Have a look at the photos to see how much fun they had!
This term, Year 5 were treated to circus lessons. They learnt how to spin plates, balance feathers and juggle.
When EYFS had some feathery visitors, Year 5 could not resist having a peak!
Summer term class letter
This term, Year 5 learnt about Human and Physical Geography. They took their learning home with them and conducted research on a specific topic within this theme that was of a particular interest to them. Then, the children needed to present their chosen topic creatively. The standard of work was very high and included information books, fact posters, powerpoints and models. The children shared their learning with the class by delivering short presentation. Then, they hosted a Geography exhibition - the whole school and parents were invited in order to celebrate the children’s work. A big thank you to everyone that attended to support the children and celebrate the their achievements.
To celebrate World Book Day, Year 5 visited Earl Shilton library. Here, they listened to extracts from a variety of books and were given the opportunity to select books to borrow.
RE trip to the Methodist Church
As part of the National Curriculum, children are expected to visit different places of worship in order to look at their features. This month, Year 5 visited the local Methodist Church. This enabled them to compare the features with a different Christian place of worship that they were already familiar with: St. Simon and St. Jude's. Also, later this term, children will be learning about Hinduism and our trip to the Methodist Church will enable them to make comparisons between these places of worship.
Visit to Redmoor Academy
Year 5 really enjoyed their trip to Redmoor Academy for the Big Bang Day. There were many Science activities that children could do: race remote control cars, design a plasticine car so it was streamlined, watch ice cream being made. One highlight of the day was going into ‘the dome’: the children were able to look at the night sky from the North Pole, were shown the constellations and how to find the North Star.
Ancient Egyptian Assembly
A big thank you to all the friends and family that came to watch our Year 5 class assembly - we really appreciated your support. We really enjoyed sharing our learning with you!
This term, we have been learning about Ancient Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians are famous for many things; perhaps the most famous is their pyramids which can still be seen in Egypt today.
In Maths, we made some of our own pyramids: triangular based, square based, pentagonal based, hexagonal based.
In Maths, we made some of our own pyramids: triangular based, square based, pentagonal based, hexagonal based.
In October, four children from Year 5 went to the Hinckley Hub for a Democratic Event. Here, they met the Mayor and local councillors. They learned about local politics and were given the opportunity to ask the mayor and councillors questions.
Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre
This term, Year 5 and 6 had an exciting day at Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre. Here, the children were taught how to rock climb and canoe.
Big Bang Day
This term, Bosworth Academy kindly invited Year 5 to a 'Big Bang Day'. We had a fantastic day learning about Science. We looked at cells through microscopes: comparing cells from ourselves (taken with a swab) to cells from an onion. Other things that we enjoyed were looking at sound waves and experimenting with chemicals and Bunsen burners to see how fireworks get their colour.
Super Learning Day
This term, Bosworth Academy generously invited Year 5 to two different events. The first of these was a 'Super Learning Day'. We had a great time in Media, creating a new music video for 'What does the fox say?' using a green screen. We had a great time in French, using French sentences in role play situations. Plus, we had a great time in Drama, acting out an extra terrestrial adventure. Also, we had a great time in Puppet-Making when we had to create and make our own characters for a role play. Take a look at the fun that we had in the photographs.
Thank you to everyone that took the time to visit the Year 5 Viking Exhibition. All the children put a lot of effort into their projects and were really pleased to share their work with so many people. There are photographs from the event below.
Last term, we really enjoyed our Vikings topic. We learned to read and write using the Viking runes; we researched the Vikings on the internet and in books; we used our research to create information books. In particular, we enjoyed creating Viking long-ships (the Viking's also called them dragon-ships). Have a look at our long-ships below.
Trip to the Methodist Church
Welcome to Year 5
Well, the Autumn Term just flew by, didn’t it? I can’t believe that it is the Spring Term already! This term we are going to be lucky enough to have a student working with us during January and February.
Our main theme for the Spring Term is ‘The Vikings’. We will learn key facts about the Vikings as well as having some fun with writing in Viking runes. The children will also be asked to research an aspect of our theme in their own time. This research project will allow the children the opportunity to research a topic in depth. This homework will be given out at the start of term but will not be due in until Monday 17 March; allowing the children the time needed to research and present their work to a high standard. The children will have the freedom to present their work in a way that suits them – I’m really looking forward to the creative ideas that they will come up with!
PE shall take place on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has both their indoor and outdoor kit on these days – this includes pumps for indoor PE and trainers for outdoor PE. Long hair must be tied back and earrings must be removed for Health and Safety reasons. Any newly pierced ears need to be covered with micropore tape which is to be provided by home.
Spellings are given out every Friday to be tested on the following Friday. Maths homework will be set by your child’s Maths teacher once a week. Please ensure that your child is given some time at home to complete homework and practise their spellings regularly.
Please make sure that your child reads aloud at least three times a week outside of school. This needs to be recorded in their Reading Record. When your child reads aloud, it is important that they are asked questions about what they have read in order to check their comprehension.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. The best time is after school, as I will have more time to give to you.