Welcome to our Explorers class page 2019/20
We are the year 5 class at Warren Hills Community Primary School. Our teacher is Mrs Reynolds and our support staff are Mrs Timson (TA) and Mrs Holmes (LSA).
We Love Reading
At school, we read lots of great books both fiction and non-fiction. We find out some really interesting facts and enjoy listening to stories. These help us with our work. We would like to share these with our parents at home and so we are asking you to dig out those book bags, so that we can bring books home to share with you.
A note from the teacher: Please could you spend some time each day reading these books with your child.
Spring 2 2020
Spring 1 2020
Swimming will begin again this term. It will be every Tuesday starting on Tuesday 14th January 2020. The cost of swimming still remains as £1.50 per week. Your child will require a suitable swimming costume, towel and swimming hat. If you do not have a hat, one can be purchased at the pool. Please ask your child's class teacher for pricing.
What an amazing half term we had in Spring 1. Take a look below at some of the things we got up to!
Making and launching our own mini rockets
We started our Stargazers topic by making our own mini rockets using effervesent tablets. We launched them in the playground. It did get quite messy!!
Curtis and the Wonderdome
Curtis came to visit us at school with his Wonderdome. This was a massive blow up dome, where we went inside and either sat or laid down. Curtis told us lots about space, including the planets, the solar system and the International Space Station. It was an amazing experience.
Night and Day
We used globes for the Earth, torches for the sun and balls for the moon, to explain how we get night and day.
Sizing up the planets!
We looked at regular and irregular shapes, sorting them into different data sets. We also had to match up the nets of of shapes to their 3D representations.
Programming robots to move around the moon!
We designed our own moon scenes and then we had to program Roamer and the Beebot to move around our lunar landscape.
As well as learning the djembe drum we are also learning to play the dunduns.
Our Amazing Visit to the Space Centre
Autumn 2 2019
We had an excellent visit from Creative Learning Services from Leicestershire Education team. We learnt all about the importance of the River Nile and how it flooded each year to grow crops. We practised mummifying each other, played ancient Egyptian games and also got to try our hands at exporting and importing goods. Penny was very informative.
Our very own Pharaohs!
For our Remembrance Assembly, we learnt the poem 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae. We also produced some art work.
Our djembe drumming assembly. We worked really hard and practised alot to play our rhythms. The audience enjoyed our show. Thank you to Mr Emerton and we look forward to learning more in the new year.
A fantastic morning making Chrtistmas decorations with our parents. We were very proud of the wreaths that we made.
Autumn 1 2019
PE this term will be on a Friday
Please ensure that your child has an indoor kit consisting of a t- shirt, shorts and plimsols and also an outdoor kit consisting of tracksuit bottoms or leggings, a t-shirt, sweatshirt and a pair of trainers. Please ensure that your child's kit is in school on a Monday morning and is taken home on a Friday for washing as we often have coaches and other sports visit is at short notice. We will not be swimming until the Spring Term.
Welcome back. We hope that you have had a great summer break. Our topic for the first half term is Scream Machine! We will look at forces and mechanisms, write poems and stories. To begin our learning, we will be taking a virtual trip to a theme park. Look out for our photos. Below is a map of what we intend to cover
To start our topic on Scream Machine, we went on a virtual trip to a theme park. It was amazing. We had to wear 3D glasses and it really felt like we were on the ride. Some of us were screaming, others of us were holding on tight. We went on roller coasters, log flumes and a Ferris wheel. Our favourite was the Jaws ride.
In Science, we are learning about forces. Today we learnt about centripetal force and found out that if you swing a bucket of water round in a loop quick enough, the water will not spill out. We all had our waterproofs on, but it was only Mrs Reynolds who got wet!
In DT, we looked at toy marble runs. We had good fun playing with them. We used these ideas to then build our own marble runs. Many of us made it too complicated to start and had to modify and simplify our designs to make them work.
Some children in Year 5 and 6 have been trained to become Play Coaches. This means that we are able to teach the younger children in the school how to play games and work together. We do this every lunchtime.
In our Maths lessons we like to be active. Here we were on a number hunt around school finding clues to answer questions involving the greater than, less than and equals signs.
In English, we designed our own roller coasters on a large piece of paper. We then added though and speech bubbles to different parts. This was our planning for a short story. We wrote about our roller coaster ride. Mrs Reynolds was very impressed with our writing.
Every Wednesday, Mr Emmerton from Leicestershire Music Services visits us to teach us how to play the djembe drums. The drums come from Africa. We watched a video showing how they were made from a tree. At the moment we have learnt two rythmns. One is called 'cheese on toast!' and the other one is called 'the big rhino goes very slow'. We say these words in our heads to help us to keep the beat.
In Science, we are looking at forces. In this lesson we investigated air resistance. In groups we made parachutes making sure that there was only one variable. Some of us changed the size, shape, the length of the string or the weight of the object attached to it. We then tested our parachutes to see which one took the longest to hit the ground.
In DT, we are designing and making a fairground ride. Today we learnt how to measure and saw the pieces of wood to make a box frame. Keep a look out on the website for our finished products.
Please see below for the Explorers class of the academic year 2018/19
Spring Term 2
Welcome back to our spring term. This term we are going to be learning about fairground rides and forces. Below is our map of what we intend to discover.
Our PE day is now on a Thursday.
Swimming is on a Tuesday- don't forget you swimming kit and £1.50 to swim.
Forest School is on a Friday (please bring a change of clothes)
Spring Term 1
Welcome back after the Christmas break and a very Happy New Year! We now have swimming on a Tuesday. Please remember to bring £1.50 for swimming, £1.80 for a swimming hat (if you need one), towels and swimming costumes.
Our new topic this term is Alchemy Island as we are following the curriculum from Cornerstones where we are focusing on new worlds and new lands to discover!
Explorers class have been investigating the Earth, Sun, Moon and space through a series of interactive lessons. They have used ratio to scale down the planets as fruit; acted as the sun and earth to show night and day and lastly used oreos to show the 8 phases of the moon.
Autumn Term 2
Welcome back to the second part of our Autumn term. Our topic this year is Peasants, Plague and Pestilence, where we will be studying the cause and effects of the Black Death in the 14th century!
Below is what we intend to cover.
As part of our changing materials, we investigated how different materials changed when heated, mixed or had other properties added to them, such as food dye to eggs cooked in different ways.
The Explorers class took part in a taster Judo session. The class learnt different hold, flips and, most importantly, self control.
The Explorers class had an opportunity to have a visit from the local police. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the term citizenship and how to become a good citizen through a series of fun exercises.
Autumn Term 1
We are the Year 5 class. Mr Daren is our class teacher, Mrs Timson supports our class.
We hope you have had an excellent summer and are ready for the learning journey ahead. Our topic this half term is the terrible Tudors! We will be exploring the world of the Tudors, their rise and fall and lastly crime and punishment in Tudor times!
Here is what we plan to cover this term.
To discover more about how the Tudors lived, the Explorers explored the grounds of Donington Le Heath Manor House. The children had the opportunity to dress up in Tudor clothes, make Tudor food and play with Tudor toys.
Design and Technology
We researched how the Tudors lived and why their houses had a distinctive pattern. From card and paper, we created smaller versions of the house.
Roald Dahl's birthday at Warren Hills
As it was Roald Dahl's birthday today, we decided to celebrate his life and work by trying our hands at recreating artwork of his and Quentin Blake's. What do you think of our creations?
Science- life cycles of plants
We have been looking at the life cycles of plants this half-term and we recently identified types of seed dispersal. We identified wind, animal and gravity seed dispersal. Can you identify which seeds belong to which from the pictures below?
Welcome back after half-term.
This half term we are focusing on World War One and World War Two.
Below is what we intend to cover.
We have been asked to take part in a local community art display that is celebrating and recognising the lives of 50 men from Coalville who were the first men to sign up to serve in World War One in Leicestershire.
We were asked to create a an art design on a cut out of a soldier.
Here is what we have accomplished so far...
We decided to use old copies of newspapers from World War One to make seem authentic. We then added red to him to signify the suffering our soldier must have gone through during the war.
Parents in class
This term, we decided to to invite our parents in to make and decorate Christmas activities. The children and parents lots of fun and it was lovely to see how creative the children and parents could be.
Beaumanor Hall for World War Two Day
To enthuse and inspire the children, we decided to go to Beaumanor Hall for a World War Two Day as part of our World War One and World War Two topic. The children got a chance to see how coded messages were sent backwards and forwards; how top secret buildings were disguised to fool the enemy; how rationing worked and what you were limited to eating and also experienced a real life air raid drill!
Welcome to our Spring term Explorers!
This term we have swimming on the very first day that we come back (Tuesday). Please remember to bring a towel, swimming costumes, swimming hat and £1 for swimming.
Below is what intend to cover.
As part of our topic on the Maya civilisation, we looked at a story in one of their sacred texts.The story was about two twins who play an ancient ball game with gods of the underworld (Xibalba) to free their father and uncle. We pretended to be the twins and and a journalist so that we could interview them for our upcoming newspaper report.
The great Maya disappearance!
How did the Maya civilisation end? Where did they go? Are they still here? The children investigated this using a range of sources and were therefore historians as they made their own judgements and explained in their own words the overall factor in their disappearance.
Science- Space, Sun and the Earth!
As part of our space topic, we had to gain a better understanding of the solar system and the world around us, as well as how the Sun affects our daily lives. In order to do this, the children made orreries which are models mad out of card that show the solar system and how the planets are spherical bodies.
Spring term 2
Welcome back to a new term of learning. We plan on covering the marauding and explorative Northmen from the Scandanivian countries of Sweden, Denmark and Norway, otherwise known as the Vikings. Below is what we intend to cover.
Why were the Vikings so good at exploration? How did they explore to parts of America and beyond? Explorers analysed the Viking longships and discussed how each part was vital in making them efficient tools of voyaging as well as warfare.
May the force(s) be with you!
Our science topic this term is forces such as gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction to name but a few! We investigated how to measure weight and not mass using forcemeters; we also made parachutes and investigated how parachutes are affected by different factors.
Welcome back Explorers to our Summer Term!
We still have Swimming on a Tuesday and we now have PE on a Tuesday, so don't forget your PE and swimming kits for Tuesday!
Below is what we intend to cover: