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Year 5 - Miss Pierpoint


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Autumn 1 Week 1

We have had a fantastic first week in Year 5! The children have settled in so well and have tried so hard with all of their learning. We have mastered place value up to a million in Maths and have begun to explore The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan in our English lessons. We got very creative designing our own scenery for the Lost Thing, inspired by the music from the short film.

Autumn 1 Week 2

This week in Year 5 we got stuck into our Music lessons on the ukuleles and sang a perfect rendition of the Thumb Brush Strum using the G, C, E and A strings. We also began our Art topic by mixing tints, tones and shades of the primary colours. Ask us what colours are on the primary and secondary colour wheels, we're experts!

Autumn 1 Week 3

This week we continued to develop our learning surrounding mining in our History lessons. We organised key events from the history of coal mining into chronological order and debated which events were the most significant. We considered the question 'if the first mine shafts were never created in the 5th century, how would the mining industry have ever existed?' In our Maths lessons we all had our 'lightbulb moment' with rounding numbers to the nearest 1,000 and 10,000. So much confidence and beautiful presentation in our books!

Autumn 1 Week 4 & Week 5

What an excellent couple of weeks we have had in Year 5! We have been delving deeper into our Science topic of Earth and Space and have been learning more about orbits and how planets move in relation to one another. To best display this, we became the Earth, the sun and the moon ourselves, creating live models to show both the orbits and rotations of the Earth and moon on their axes. We challenged the theory that the Earth is flat, which was widely believed in ancient civilisations. We tested this theory by comparing how a rubber disappeared over a flat surface and a spherical surface, the same as Aristotle once observed using ships. We concluded that the Earth must be spherical. A Haribo celebration was absolutely necessary for all of our hard work!

Autumn 1 Week 6 & Week 7

History - The Miner's Strikes

In our History lessons we became miners participating in the 1984-1985 miner's strike. We considered the emotions miners would have felt due to low wages, unreasonable working hours and poor working conditions. We channelled these emotions into creating some wonderful picket line placards and chanting to relive the experience the miners had during the strike. Year 5 made very convincing miners I must say!

Science - Phases of the Moon

Our Science lessons became particularly exciting as we studied the phases of the moon. We recreated and crafted the phases of the moon using a popular sweet treat, Oreos! Science always becomes the most fun (and memorable) when it is edible, especially when Miss Pierpoint lets us eat our creations to absorb all the knowledge!

Reading - Reading like a Scientist

In our Reading lessons we are becoming experts in text marking both fiction and non-fiction texts to indicate where we take pauses, emphasise words or lift our tone. We carefully considered the appropriate text marking features for an information text about the Moon. To inspire our performances, we studied a clip of Brian Cox and considered how he enunciates important vocabulary and pauses to emphasise words. Here are some of our excellent performances when reading as scientists!

What a fantastic first half term we have had in Year 5. We have become miners, musicians, mathematicians, scientists, oreo-eaters, artists and authors. I cannot wait to see what Autumn 2 brings for us!

Autumn 2 Week 1 & Week 2

Maths - Square Numbers

We have had a very strong start to our second half term in our Maths lessons in Year 5. We have begun looking at square numbers and Year 5 were very impressed when they realised an array for a square number will always be shaped like a square. We had lots of fun experimenting with different numbers by creating arrays to see if they were square numbers.

DT - Mining Lamps

Our Hepp DT day taught us some valuable DT skills as we designed and created mining lamps. We began by using a junior hacksaw to saw our wood into two separate pieces. Then, we carefully considered our design choices for the base of our mining lamps by using peer critique. We used the pillar drill to create holes in the mining lamps and assembled the lamps using our best designs. Finally, we created a complete electrical circuit to light our wonderful lamps.

Remembrance Day - Haiku Poppies

For Remembrance Day, we created a poppy wreath to hang on our classroom door. To decorate our poppies, we wrote remembrance haikus which were incredibly thoughtful and poignant. "Red poppies bloom in the battlefields and trenches. We remember them."

Autumn 2 Week 3 & Week 4

History - Visit from a Miner

We had a very special visitor in Year 5 this week as Miss Pierpoint's grandad came to tell us all about what it was like to be a miner at Maltby Colliery. We learnt that miners often worked for 8 hours a day, seven days a week and that many mines closed due to the importation of coal from abroad. We finished the day with some edible coal which is surprisingly delicious!

Art - Taotie Artefacts

We have started our new Art topic which focuses on the creation of taotie artefacts such as masks and ritual vessels. We analysed the key features of taotie artefacts and identified that they often have horns, fangs and eyebrows. Then, we used careful precision to recreate a line drawing using sketching pencils to recreate a taotie artefact of our choice. Look at our beautiful creations!

Autumn 2 Week 5 & Week 6

Trip to St Pius

We had the opportunity to visit St Pius to gain some experience in a secondary school. The focus of the day was on design and technology. We had the chancre to have our first food technology lesson where we baked oat biscuits and we used computer-aided design (CAD) to create a box to store our biscuits inside. We also designed and created moulds to melt chocolate into. It was a fantastic day and we learnt so much!

Autumn 2 Week 7 & Week 8

Art - Making of Taotie Masks

This week we expertly crafted our taotie masks inspired by our original designs. We used clay tools to test a variety of different carving and shaping techniques. We ensured our taotie masks had the correct features of large eyebrows, sharp fangs and long horns. We then painted our creations to mimic the effect of bronze casting. We are beyond proud of our creations!

English - Instructions Writing

Have you ever been annoyed by the festivities of Christmas? Well look no further, as Year 5 have entered their villainous era and have written a set of instructions on how to steal Christmas. We ensured our instructions had a fantastic structure, including subheadings and a numbered list, and thought carefully about the steps needed to turn Christmas into a Grinchmas. Our final writes were absolutely brilliant and we made sure to publish our writing proudly. What a wonderful final piece of writing for the Autumn Term!


Merry Christmas from Year 5!

What an excellent Autumn Term we have had! Well done to all of Year 5 for their hard work and dedication to their learning. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and I cannot wait for Spring Term!

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