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The Spring term was another busy term in Year 5. Read on to find out all about what we got up to......
As readers we enjoyed the novel Tom's Midnight Garden. Using an image from the text, we used book talk and made inferences and discussed our ideas and questions in groups. As a build up to our writing, we then used freeze frames to re-create scenes from the story. As part of these, we then used hot-seating to question the main character in the scene on their thoughts, feelings and actions. As writers, we created a new chapter for the story. In the second half term, we also enjoyed reading Journey To Jo'Burg by Beverley Naidoo. This is a tale of children growing up in South African apartheid. Hot-seating and conscience alley helped us to explore the different problems each character faced. We went on to plan and write a diary recount in role as one of the main characters in the book.
We marked World Book Day by joining our friends in Year 2, sharing our favourite stories with them. Some of us brought in books from home....
Autumn term - Robin Hood
In our English lessons this Autumn, we have been doing lots of writing based on our MIDDLE AGES topic. We explored the legend of Robin Hood and compared different versions of the story. This helped us to write a diary entry for Robin Hood about his adventures at the Archery Contest. We also wrote our own stories based on the Robin Hood legends. As well as this, we spent time looking at what life was like for people in the Middle Ages, looking in detail at how life was different for the rich and poor members of society. We used what we discovered to write a factual report about everyday life in the Middle Ages.
Our next writing project was based on the poem, The Highwayman, which we used as inspiration to write a police report about the crimes that it describes.
To help us become fully immersed in our Middle Ages topic, we took a trip to Sherwood Forest (the location where Robin Hood is said to have been active) where we saw the famous Major Oak tree, heard more tales of Robin Hood and learned more about life in the Middle Ages. We also spent some time making pieces of Robin Hood-themed artwork on the forest floor, made completely from natural materials that we collected.
In Design and Technology, we linked our cooking project to our Middle Age topic. We decided to make Pottage which is a soup made from vegetables that would have been commonly grown and eaten by peasants in the Middle Ages. To prepare for this, we wrote our own recipes to follow before selling our homemade Pottage at the Autumn Farmers Market!
In Science, our topic has been Properties and Changes of Materials. We have had a term full of investigations to help answer our scientific questions, such as: Which type of paper is the best at absorbing liquid? Which materials will dissolve in water? Which type of biscuit makes the best dunker? How can different mixtures be separated? We also linked our Science to our Middle Age topic during STEM theme week, where we investigated which of Robin Hood’s arrows would fly the furthest by changing the number of fletching on the arrows.