Visiting West Leigh
We enjoyed walking down to West Leigh to make Christmas decorations with Squirrel class. Take a look at the pictures below.
Our finished Ancient Greek theatre masks
We carefully painted our masks to create various different characters. We had to mix the colours we wanted and consider the size of brush necessary for each part. Take a look through the pictures below – aren’t they fantastic?
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…!” We enjoyed having a boogie and playing some festive games with 5PB and Year 4 this week!
Computing Day – Thursday 13th December
We all had a fabulous time today, learning about and creating our own stop animations. We realised how patient people who make films in this way are as we quickly realised it was harder than it looked.
We split into 7 groups and each took a scene from the myth, ‘Perseus and Medusa’.
Watch each video below, which act out different scenes of the myth.
Scene 1: Perseus tries to persuade King Seriphos to not marry his mother. King Seriphos agrees only if Perseus completes what he thinks is an impossible task – to kill the gorgon Medusa.
Scene 2: Perseus comforts his mum who is worried about Perseus attempting to kill Medusa.
Scene 3: Perseus meets Hermes who gives him some magical items to help him with his quest.
Scene 4: Perseus and Hermes meet the three grey, old women to get some vital information from them.
Scene 5: Perseus kills Medusa.
Ancient Greek Masks – Tuesday 27th November
We are still busy making our Ancient Greek theatre masks in DT. We have used tissue paper and newspaper to build up features on our masks, bringing them to life. We are looking forward to painting them next week…Visit the page again soon to see the finished masterpieces!
Wednesday 14th November – Bristol University Students Visit
We were lucky enough to have some students from Bristol University visit out class today and they told us lots of fascinating facts about teeth and bones. We even got to see and feel real animal skulls…including a giraffe’s skull!
Ancient Greek Temples Learning Log
So many members of 5T went above and beyond for this learning log. It was amazing to see lots of family members getting involved and lots of creative ways to create the temples. See some of the pictures below.
Thursday 8th November – Trip to Bristol Museum
Year 5 had a fabulous day at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. We enjoyed an Ancient Greek workshop and spending time looking around the museum. We all had a wonderful day and there were plenty of moans when it was time to leave. Well done to all of 5T who behaved wonderfully all day and showed lots of enthusiasm.
See photos below.
Thursday 25th October – Poetry Day
We were lucky enough to have the poet James Carter come in for the day…and what a day it was! He started the day off with quite a show-stopping assembly with plenty of musical instruments! Then, in class, we spent some time looking at his website and reading some of his poems. We got into groups and chose poems to perform to the class, really considering how to engage the audience whilst performing. After lunch, James did a workshop with Year 5 and left us to write some poetry. We were only able to have a few children read their poems out in assembly but the whole class should be very proud of the poems they created. What a way to end our half term…!
See photos and videos below.
Monday 15th October – Robotics Day
Wow! What fun we had. In the morning, we built robots and spent time coding so we could make them move forwards and backwards as well as making them spin. We had to code two different robots and make them take different paths, without hitting one another (check out the videos below). We had to adopt a ‘trial and error’ approach and lots of ‘hands on’ learning – the best way to learn! In the afternoon, we added infrared and colour sensors and experimented with looping within loops. See photos and videos below!
Thank you to the parent helpers that came in!
Tuesday 9th October – Trip to Unit DX and the Engine Shed
5T were lucky enough to experience a day as a scientist whilst visiting Unit Dx – a science incubator, located in central Bristol. We were given a tour of the flexible laboratory spaces available and it was great to see real scientists busy at work; many of us were surprised to see lots of the scientists didn’t wear white lab coats like we thought! We also took part in three fabulous workshops which all built on our learning from our current science unit of ‘properties and changes of materials’ in school. In one workshop, we examined how simple substances can be mixed together to form a new independent substance with unique chemical properties whilst making brightly-coloured slime. Another workshop involved two chemists giving an interactive demonstration using liquid nitrogen and liquid carbon dioxide. In the final workshop, we learned about polymers – we applied heat to some plastic which weakened the bonds between the polymer chains, meaning the material changed from a solid-like to a liquid-like state. We moulded the plastic into various shapes and the best thing is – because the plastic can be heated, cooled and reformed over and over – we can redo this again at home! We then walked to the Engine Shed, where we celebrated Ada Lovelace Day – a celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) – and did some coding on laptops linked to Ada Lovelace. We all had a great day and we hope some of our pupils feel inspired to consider a STEM career in their future.
Tuesday 25th September – Liquid Nitrogen Demonstration
Wow! What an experience… we had goosebumps galore as the liquid nitrogen’s vapour tumbled around us like clouds. Unbelievably, the temperature of liquid nitrogen is -196…now THAT’S cold! Would you believe us if we told you that we made a kettle whistle from liquid nitrogen at room temperature? What about if we said we made a balloon completely shrink when placing it in liquid nitrogen and then re-grow to its original size almost instantly after removing it? The best bit surely was hitting a banana which had been frozen by liquid nitrogen with a hammer and seeing it shatter to smithereens! Or perhaps it was ‘tickling’ frozen petals from flowers, making them shatter like shards of glass.
A big thank you to Mr Williams and the Year 11 students from Badminton School for delivering such an informative, interesting demonstration.
Watch the videos and look at the pictures below to see some of the fascinating things we got up to.
Thursday 20th September – Performing our play scripts
We had a WONDERFUL English lesson today, performing the play scripts we have been writing about Perseus and Medusa. Take a look at the pictures and videos below, showcasing our fabulous acting skills.
Tuesday 18th September – Super Science
We made our own simple filters using different materials and explored which materials make the best filters. Proving many of our predictions wrong, it turned out that sand was the best filter out of the materials we used.
Who can come up with some reasons why this might be the case...?
See pictures below.
Tuesday 18th September – Maths Investigation
We enjoyed working with our partners today whilst doing a maths investigation.
See pictures below.
Friday 14th September - Ancient Greek vases
We have been looking at Ancient Greek pottery and vases in our art lessons; ‘Black Figure Pottery’ was a common pottery style, where black figures decorated orange clay. We have carefully drawn our own designs inside the outline of a Greek vase. They certainly look striking up on display – be sure to come in and take a look!
See pictures below.
Thursday 13th September – Ancient Greek WOW Day
WOW! What a way to kick-start our topic on the Ancient Greeks. We spent the morning making our outfits – a chiton and laurel wreath. We then learned about Ancient Greek school-life and did a carousel of activities (writing, arithmetic and astronomy). It was agreed by all that we left the best activity until last – tasting and rating some Greek food and drink. It’s safe to say, most of 5T did NOT like olives…but they LOVED honey!
See pictures below.
Wednesday 12th September – English
We enjoyed working collaboratively in our table groups today whilst looking at the features of playscripts. We’re now ready to write our own playscripts of a Greek myth next week…stay tuned!
See pictures below.
Friday 7th September – bleep test
We all got our running shoes on today to do the bleep test. We all recorded where we managed to get to as we aim to beat our scores at the end of Term 1. Our P.E. lessons this term will involve lots of running and circuit training to help us develop our fitness levels.
See videos below.
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