Welcome to our Explorers class page 2022-23

 

We are the Year 5 class at Warren Hills Community Primary School.

Our class teacher is Miss Bourne and Mrs Timson is  the teaching assistant in our class.

PE this term will be on a Thursday

Please ensure that your child has an indoor kit consisting of a Warren Hills P.E. T-Shirt, shorts and plimsolls and also an outdoor kit consisting of plain tracksuit bottoms or leggings, a Warren Hills P.E. T-Shirt, sweatshirt and pair of trainers. Long hair must be tied back and earrings removed (if your child is unable to remove earrings themselves, please ensure they are removed before school). 

Swimming this term will be on a Tuesday

Payment for this can be made on ParentPay at a subsidised cost of £1.50 per week. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit of a one piece swimming costume or shorts, a swimming hat and a towel.

 

We Love Reading

In our class, we know how important reading is to help us learn and we follow a reading scheme in our school called Read, Write, Inc. We each have a home reading folder to bring our books home in every day and a yellow reading record. We enjoy reading at home and know how important it is to practise with our parents/carers regularly to help us become successful readers.

A note from the teacher: Please ensure that your child brings their home reading folder back to school every day and remember to encourage them to spend some time reading either to an adult or independently each day.

Autumn Term 2022-23

 

Roll up, roll up. You’re going on a day trip to a theme park, to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Learn about the science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. Design a theme park and show your ideas on a digital map. Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let’s go behind the scenes to see forces at work. Good news. The engineers at ‘Scream Towers’ love your work and want you to build a death defying new drop ride for their theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff. Okay, ready to ride? Don’t forget to scream if you want to go faster.

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Welcome to our Explorers class page 2021/22

 

We are the Year 5 class at Warren Hills Community Primary School. Our teacher is Mrs Reynolds and Mrs Timson is the teaching assistant supporting us in our class.

                                 PE this term will be on Friday                      

Please ensure that your child has an indoor kit consisting of a white t-shirt, dark shorts and plimsols and also an outdoor kit consisting of dark tracksuit bottoms or leggings, a white t-shirt, sweatshirt and a pair of trainers. Please ensure that long hair is tied back, earrings must be removed (if your child cannot remove earrings themselves,please ensure that they are taken out before they come to school)

 

Swimming this term will be on Tuesday

Swimming this term is only for a small group of Year 5 children. You will have been informed by the school office if your child is attending. Payment for this can be made on ParentPay at a subsidised cost of £1.50 per week. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit of a one piece swimsuit, a swimming hat and a towel.  

 

We Love Reading

In our class, we know how important reading is to help us learn and we follow a reading scheme in our school called Read, Write, Inc. We each have a home reading folder to bring our books home in every day and a yellow reading record. We enjoy reading at home and know how important it is to practise with our parents/carers regularly to help us become successful readers.

A note from the teacher: Please ensure that your child brings their home reading folder back to school every day and remember to enjoy spending some time listening to your child read each day.

Spring 2 2022

Let’s travel back in time to meet the terrifying Tudors.

During this half term, we’ll meet a very important figure from history. Online research will help us to write biographies about influential people of the period, and we’ll use source materials to create a Tudor timeline. Tudor portraits will provide us with the inspiration to create royal paintings; we’ll learn a courtly dance and compose Tudor music. Our geography skills will help us to compare maps of Tudor Britain to present day Britain. Internet research will help us learn more about Henry’s life, his marriages and his break from the Roman Catholic church.

Spring 1 2022

Journey through space, the final frontier. Navigate beyond the Sun, the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System. Investigate the eight planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth. Programme a rover to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none. Compare the times of day at different places on the Earth.. Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space themed songs. Then it’s 3, 2, 1, blast off. Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission. Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone? Or are there other life forms out there?

To launch our topic on Stargazers, we made our own mini rockets for a science investigation. We used water and effervescent tablets to create a gas in the mini fuel tank. Some of our rockets went a long way. 

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We also went 'planet dating'. Each of us found out about a planet in our solar system and then disseminated that information to others. We learnt a lot about each of the eight planets, including how the temperatures on each planet varied immensely. 

This was a fun activity. We tried to recreate the movements of the Earth, our moon and the Sun. There was a lot of spinning involved and some of us got very dizzy!

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We created a stop motion animation of how night and day are created using torches, globes and Lego figures. 

Playing games and solving puzzles to practice our equivalent fractions skills.

Autumn 2 2021

Let's travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt. Cruising along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings. Find out about life on the river's fertile banks, discovering Egypt and it's fascinating cultures. Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs.

Open the doorway to ancient Egypt - who knows what treasures you will find?

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In Science we have been learning about forces. This investigation involved designing an aerodynamic carriage for a zip wire (air resistance) and then testing it along various different types of material for the wire to see which one would go the quickest (friction). We had to make sure that our results were reliable and we talked about the variables that we should keep the same and the one that we should change.  

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Today, we got to meet Claire Cashmore, a paralympic athlete that attended the games in Tokyo this year. She was so inspiring. We even got to hold her gold and bronze medals. The bronze one had a rattle in it so that the blind athletes knew it was a medal. 

This half term we are learning about ancient Egypt. Francis and her colleague from Creative Learning Services came to talk to us about how important the river Nile was to the ancient Egyptians. It was actually known as 'the River of Life', it was that important. 

We also got to learn about the types of objects that would have been traded along the Nile, played an Egyptian game and got to mummify the hands of other children. Our favourite part was Mrs Reynolds having to have her heart weighed to see if she had been good enough to go to the afterlife!

What an amazing afternoon we had in our Lego Robotics workshop. We made some amazing fairground rides, which was linked to our topic last half term. 

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Simon Cope Karate Club visited us in school today. It was great to learn some moves and also how to count in Japanese. 

Today we have been learning about steamlining and have made boats that are hopefully streamlined and therefore creating less water resistance. Some of our boats were more successful than others!

Autumn 1 2021

Roll up, roll up! Our first topic of the year is called Scream Machine. We will be visiting a theme park (virtually) to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of the fair. We will be learning about the science behind roller coasters, looking at the forces and mechanisms that make the rides work, including cams, pendulums and pulleys. We will even get to design and make our own model theme park rides. 

Take a look at our topic web below to see what else we will be learning about over the half term. Also check back here to see what we get up to.

And don't forget to scream if you want to go faster!!

To start our topic we had a visit to a virtual theme park in class. We all had to put choose our seat, fasten our seatbelts and put on our 3D glasses. It felt like we were really on the rides. Some of them were very fast and scary.

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Solving Pentomino problems in Mathematics

Designing a roller coaster ride with lots of speech and thought bubbles to help us get our ideas together for a short story about a trip to a theme park.

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Investigating marble runs ready to create our own roller coaster marble runs in DT. We must make sure they are stable and that the marble runs all the way to the end. Can anyone include a loop the loop?