Year 5 has got off to an exciting start- Ancient Greek Style!
On Thursday 13th September, all Year 5s were able to experience different aspects of Ancient Greek life. Read on below to find out more...
Ancient Greek clothing
One of the most common forms of clothing, for both men and women, was a tunic (usually made out of linen). We created our own tunics using pillowcases. These were then decorated with traditional Greek patterns.
Laurel wreaths were also worn as a symbol of victory and honour. We used paper plates and green tissue paper to represent the laurel branches!
Boys would attend school in Ancient Greek times, whilst girls would help their mothers at home. As a one off, we allowed the girls experience some educational activities too!
Numbers- abacus' would be used to help with maths. We made our own and then used them to solve different problems.
Writing- pupils would write on wooden boards covered with layers of wax. They used a wooden pen called a stylus with a sharp end for writing and a flat end for 'rubbing out'. The wax was melted and reapplied from time to time. We had a go ourselves, with play-doh as wax and cocktail sticks acted as the stylus.
Astronomy- this was another subject studied by the Ancient Greeks. They were fascinated by the stars and different constellations. We created these using pipe cleaners and beads.
The people of Greece are well known for their healthy, Mediterranean diet. We sampled different types of typically Greek foods, including: dried figs, olives, feta cheese, houmous and pitta bread. This was washed down with some fresh grape juice! We evaluated the foods as we went.
Once again we were lucky to be visited by Mr Williams and his students from Badminton School. As always, they wowed and amazed us with their demonstrations of the properties of liquid nitrogen: from freezing bubbles to shattering rock hard bananas.
This all links in to the work we have been doing this term on material properties in science. Although we did find out some surprising facts! Did you know that...
...liquid nitrogen boils at room temperature?
...liquid oxygen displays magnetic properties?
Once again many thanks to Badminton School, The Institute of Physics and Bristol University for funding this great scientific event!
As part of our study of material properties, we were invited to go along to UNIT DX to take part in their hands-on materials workshops. This was an amazing opportunity as UNIT DX is a science research lab at the cutting edge of scientific development in our area. They work on everything thing from possible new treatments for diabetics to drones that can identify gas leaks.
In our workshops, we had the opportunity to work with Liquid nitrogen again, the scientists were really impressed with our knowledge. We also had the chance to make different types of slime – Mrs Pearson was not impressed as she hates slime!
Finally, we had the chance to work with plastics; looking at how by using reversible changes we could form new shapes.
In the afternoon, we walked to the Engine shed were we took part in an Ada Lovelace
inspired coding session ran by students from Bristol University.
On Thursday 18th October, 5PB were treated to a LEGO Robotics Day. Rob, an engineer for the MoD, had been visiting all of the other classes in the school for the last few weeks and on Thursday it was our turn!
Rob spoke to us about different types of robots and then it was our turn to work in groups and construct a rover using LEGO. We carefully used the kits given and using teamwork, built our robots. They were then ready to be controlled using coding.
A programme was loaded onto the iPads and then we used different code to control the movement of the robots. In no time we were moving forwards, backwards and turning. We then had to carefully co-ordinate the movements of our robots when they were placed on a table with others.
It was a fantastic day and we all gained a lot from it. Thank you Rob!
On Thursday 25th October, Backwell Junior School had a visit from James Carter, a published poet.
James led a whole school assembly in the hall to start the day off. We were treated to hearing a number of his poems from a range of his books, accompanied by ‘Steve’ his Melodica and his trusty guitar too!
We then went back to class and worked in small groups to perform a number of poems. We thought carefully about our performance and how to make the audience as engaged as possible.
James then came and worked with us in the afternoon to create our very own list poems. We thought carefully about powerful word choices and produced some fantastic verses! We rounded the day off by performing these poems in front of the whole school.
A fun-filled day was had by all!
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