In year five, we take internet safety very seriously. We have done lots of work in class on it this year, but Safer Internet Day gave us the opportunity to recap and think more deeply about our internet use. We discussed different online scenarios, thought about people's importance online and decided that our friends and family mean the most to us.
We then thought about our wishes to make the internet a safer and happier place, and then what we (along with internet companies) could do to achieve this.
We hope you loved your Christmas cards! The attached "make do and mend" decorations had been carefully researched and designed to appeal to as many people as possible! The children learnt three different stitches in order to create them: running stitch, back stitch and blanket stitch. They also learnt how to sew on a button, so no excuses next time one falls off; they can repair it themselves!
We spent an absolutely brilliant day at Cannon Hall yesterday being evacuees!
The children participated in four different activities:
In "Rationing", we made carrot biscuits using our weekly rations. The carrots bulked them out, made them tasty, and were easy to get hold of because you could grow your own! We then learned about why things were rationed during the war, what was rationed and how people dealt with it. Did you know that it was illegal to waste food during rationing?
In "War Messages" we learnt all about Morse Code - how it was used, who invented it and how to use it ourselves. We decoded messages, changed messages into Morse Code, and used torches to send our own messages. We also looked at posters and slogans from the war and used these to design our own posters, which we will finish back at school.
"Make Do and Mend" taught us about how hard it was to get hold of new clothes during rationing. We made a rag rug and learnt to darn a sock, as well as looking at artefacts from the time.
In our final activity, "Toys and Games", we learnt how different entertainment was 80 years ago! Despite there being no tablets or phones, we actually really enjoyed playing with marbles, tiddlywinks, jacks and various other games, including Monopoly!
It really was a wonderful day, but we were very relieved to be told at the end that it was just a drill, and that we could go home to our families this time! What a wonderful place to be evacuated to though!
A massive thank you to all parents / carers / guardians who did fabulous jobs with the children's outfits. It really contributed to making the day more special.
Having watched a video about sundials, Y5 decided they wanted to investigate how and why shadows move and change during the day. We had a wonderful day drawing around our shadows at different times, measuring them and comparing them. We found out that they move depending on where the sun is in the sky. When the sun is low (in the morning and the afternoon), the shadows are longer. When the sun is higher in the sky (around midday) the shadows are shorter.
This half term, our Design and Technology project has been all about sewing! We started by learning about how to create different stitches, then thought about what we could use them for. We also learnt how to sew a button on. We designed Christmas decorations, thinking about which stitches to use for different parts of them. Our stunning, completed Christmas decorations were attached to the Christmas cards that we made for our families; they loved them!
On Monday 5th November, Year 5 invited parents in for our first family fun session of the academic year. We decided to look at Armistice Day (as it is the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1 this year). We took inspiration from the hidden rock phenomena and make our own with poppies on them. Our plan is to hide these rocks round school for the other children to find.
On Wednesday, Year 5 and 6 went to Cannon Hall to take part in Team Activ's cross country competition. The children represented our school fantastically and we had some good successes (coming in second in the girl's race and first in the boy's). Because of their success, some have progressed to the next part in the competition.
As part of our Harvest Festival, Year 5 decided we wanted to give back to our local community. We asked for donations of tinned food to take to the local food bank. We were overwhelmed at how generous everybody at High View was and managed to take the food bank 9 boxes worth of goods.
Year 5 Blog
Miss Levitt, Mrs Mundy, Mrs Tadajewski, Mrs Alcock, Mrs Joyce and Mrs Bailey make up the Year 5 team.