In Year 5, the children had the exciting opportunity to build their own explorer buggies with a working circuit and pulley mechanism. Their buggies needed to be durable enough to navigate the rough terrain and thick foliage of the Amazon rainforest!
The children worked safely and sensibly together to: saw wood; sand wood; use hot glue guns to adhere parts of the chassis; assemble their circuit and add their bodywork. They learnt lots of new skills and got to use tools that many of the children had never used before. All children showed great teamwork, determination, resilience, perseverance, and problem-solving skills. Here are just a few of their fantastic creations!
In 5R this week, we have been looking at the different life cycles of animals and how they produce young so differently from one species to another. They looked for trends and patterns in a selection of animals and created a fact file about a chosen species.
As well as being scientific, they were able to show off their artistic skills as you can see from the animal portraits!
In Year 5, we have read a chapter of The Explorer called The Fire. The children then went on to create figurative sentences and writing them out as a typograph. You can see in the examples below belonging to Sam, Armandas and Jack that it was a chance for them to get creative and artistic with words. Well done to everyone!
In Year 5, we have been looking at different breads and tasting them. The breads were from different cultures, and had different textures and tastes. Then the children designed and made their own WW2 bread design thinking carefully about what rationed items might have been available at the time. They were creative and adventurous in their tasting and vocabulary.
5R have been practising our signing to celebrate Signing Week. Children signed their names, answered the register and sang songs using sign language. They really learnt some new skills and enjoyed it hugely! Well done to Nik, Ria, George and Luke who were some of the children in the class who signed their names without looking at the sheet!
We have been learning about cityscapes in Art and have used different mediums to replicate some of our own. The children produced some 3D cityscapes modelled from the work of Charles Fazzino then went on to use different watercolour techniques to produce water reflections and ink for the buildings.
In Year 5, we have been looking at Europe in Geography and how Greece is a great tourist attraction. In order to understand more about this, the children had a food tasting afternoon where they tasted different types of traditional Greek food. Through a restaurant review ( as you can see with Taylan and Amelia’s examples below), they wrote about their favourite and not so favourite tastes and rated each food. They had a great time and enjoyed sampling tastes that some of them had never experienced before.
Designing and making bags for Sheba from ‘The Peculiars’ – our class book
In Year 5, the children have been applying the skills they have learnt (whilst making poppies out of felt) to their bag designs. They have become much more confident with threading needles, tying knots and sewing a variety of stitches. The children added buttons and button holes to their designs and many added embellishments; some even made their own embellishments. What was particularly impressive, was the way in which they helped one another, demonstrating great teamwork skills! Their finished products were particularly eye-catching and very functional. They should be very proud of their completed designs.
Road Safety Walk
Our road safety walk consisted of a traffic survey where children filled in a traffic tally chart of the different types of vehicles on the local roads. Lisa Clissold from Thurrock Borough Council also did a speed test which amazed the children as it showed far too many drivers not adhering to the 30 mph speed limit.
In Year 5, the children have been learning all the skills needed to make a bag out of felt. The children practised threading the needle, tying knots, sewing a variety of stitches and attaching a button by making a poppy for Remembrance Day. Evie, Finley. L, Kelsie, Elsie, Nicole, Daniela, Matthew & Finley. E. all employed great patience, determination and accuracy to create their poppy, which incorporated a straight stitch, as well as blanket stitch. They are now applying these skills to their fantastic purse designs.