Year 5 School Magazine
Welcome to Year Five - St. Monica's Class
We cannot believe our first term this year is over.
What a busy start to the year it has been!
We started the term with a brilliant VCR workshop which brought the children face to face with the landscape of the last remaining wilderness - Antarctica. The children loved exploring the landscape and the wildlife in the region. Especially when they came face to face with an Emperor Penguin.
All of this really helped to support our learning on the life of Ernest Shackleton. We also attended a workshop at The National Maritime Museum which allowed us to get up close with lots of equipment that was actually used in expeditions. Handling primary sources was a really cool experience. The actor we met took on the character of Tom Crean, an Irish explorer who worked alongside Shackleton, he really helped us understand their epic voyage. We all really enjoyed our own voyage to the museum and back too! It was the first time most of us had been on the driverless DLR!
To further our learning we read ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill. We enjoyed the text and its fabulous illustrations so much that we spent the entire half term working through it. We wrote diary entries, postcards, advertisements, recounts, persuasive letters and even produced a newspaper article documenting the infamous rescue mission Shackleton undertook.
Later on in the term, Year Five were invited to visit the Francis Crick Institute. We spent a whole day there learning about the properties of different materials and how different materials react with one another. We independently carried out a range of science experiments including making a propeller soar into the air using electronic circuits.
During the second half of the term we dedicated our Literacy topic to Black History Month. We really enjoy discussing and debating current affairs in our PSHE topic so we choose to look at The Windrush Generation using Shaun Tan’s book ‘The Arrival.’ This enabled us to explore the rich and varied contributions of black people from the Caribbean to life in London. We were able to really understand what life was like for Windrush Generation in the UK after taking part in a theatrical workshop with The Freshwater Theatre Company. We danced to Lord Kitchener and re-enacted life on board. This really helped us in our favourite literacy task yet - taking on the role of individual passengers and writing from their perspective throughout the topic. This really enriched our learning as during our work-sharing time we were able to put ourselves in the position of all different types of migrants such as Nelly and Clifford Brown, a married couple in their thirties, to solo child passengers like Elizabeth Black aged 11. We wrote diary entries, letters, recounts, newspaper articles, streams of consciousness, poems and created our own short stories and poems.
We discovered a new class favourite poet John Agard and his work ‘Windrush Child’ inspired some beautiful traced artwork to accompany our own poems. Lots of the children were so proud of their work they requested a work selfie to share it at home. Finally, we’ve put a lot of effort into editing all of our amazing written work so that we can continue to improve upon it, and we’re going to continue to refine these skills in the Spring term too.
Moving onto R.E, we have been learning about being good stewards of God’s Earth and being positively active in our local community. We have been learning about the covenants in the Bible and our special relationship with God. During our R.E lessons we have introduced our literacy and art skills too. With the help of Miss Esther we were able to recreate a stained glass window of our class saint, Saint Monica. We have discussed in detail about the omnipresence of God in the world around us and even looked at this during Science. After learning about the life-cycles of living things we decided to try and simulate asexual reproduction. Most of us were successful and our cuttings of English Ivy created identical offspring. We had so much, we even donated some to Nursery!
In Maths we have been brushing up on our times tables and working hard to improve our number fluency. We have been tackling word problems and using our maths reasoning skills to solve tricky problems. It hasn’t always been easy but we have a great willingness to learn and help one another. This was especially evident in our Maths stay and play morning where our parent team captains saw us working hard in our groups.