Year 5 - Fox
TERM 1 - Who Dunnit?
Wow, what a term!
Fox class have dived into the past of Crime and Punishment and discovered many gruesome ways in which people were punished for committing crimes. We have looked at hanging, beheading, branding into criminals skin and at how women were made to wear a Brank for gossiping. Although, some children think we should bring back some of the punishments from the past!
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the Science that they had to under take in order to solve the crime that was committed in our class; I am sure you heard that our book corner was destroyed at the beginning of the term. The children worked hard learning about different types of forensics such as finger printing, chromotography and looking at fibre samples, in order to find the culprit. They were very successful and, through the process of elimination, worked out who it was and decided on the consequences they should have to face! Well done guys!
We have also been working hard looking at the work of Ruth Singer and her amazing criminal quilts. The children have amazed me with their sewing skills and I look forward to seeing their finished piece. We are also looking forward to our visit from the Magistrates at the end of the term!
Term 2 - Space Invaders
We have blasted off into our new topic! The children are really enjoying learning about space and we have been surprised with what they already know. Fox class had an amazing memorable afternoon with the visit from the Astronomy Roadshow, going into the Planetarium and completing lots of space activities.
We have looked at the planets, the rotation of the Earth and Moon and even looked into the evidence of Earth being spherical – we do still have some sceptical children who still believe there could be some truth to the Earth being flat!
We have looked at the Moon phases and created Moon phase art using chalk and shading. We will also be experimenting with marbling paints to create planet like art.
Our class book ‘COSMIC’ has captured the children and is proving to be a positive aid on their writing.
The children were fantastic in our Science experiment looking at how temperature changes in space and how materials like metal and thermal insulators keep Astronauts warm.
Mr Scott’s love and knowledge of Space has allowed the children to get a greater understanding of our Solar system and he has arranged a time to answer all their space questions as well as take them out to look at Mercury’s transition across the sun – using special glasses of course!
Fox class have been immersing themselves in all things Egyptian! We had 2 amazing memorable experience days where we created mummies, Canopic jars, organs, 3d pyramids, pharaoh headdresses and more. The children learnt about how the Ancient Egyptians built pyramids and the time it took to build them; they looked at the process of mummification and gained a better understanding of why they took organs but left particular ones inside the body.
The children took on the STEM challenge of creating an Egyptian boat to get their people (Jelly Babies) across the River Nile. They were given limited resources and limited time to make their boat. They were all amazing! They worked great with their partners and the outcome was fabulous – we only had 1 out of 12 that didn’t remain afloat.
We have been looking at artefacts from the era and asking questions to find out more information about them and the purpose.
The class seem to be thoroughly enjoying this topic and we are all looking forward to showing you their amazing work in our exhibition at the end of the term.