Parts of this have been written by our Fuji and Olympus correspondents- thank you!
This week, in Year 5, has been full of action. We’ve been thinking like Engineers, with this week marking the beginning of a couple of new exciting learning projects:
We began a new DT/ English project. Our Design Brief for the coming weeks is to collaboratively design, make and evaluate a poetry anthology to teach children about underappreciated creatures. Our anthology will have moving pictures, which we will make using mechanisms (levers and linkages.) This week we tinkered with mechanisms and understood how levers are used every day all around us to reduce the effort required to complete an action.
In English we have been writing list and alphabet poems. The list poems involved thinking of someone you know and imagining them as a really scruffy person. Then making a list of what your scruffy person has in their pockets. We started of by drafting a ten item list and then were restricted to 6. Many items included banana skins and apple cores as well as sweet rappers, some were more obscure like a carrot containing car pieces. The lists weren’t held together by any other words except a starting sentence and a concluding sentence. Later in the week, we made alphabet poems, with an adjective and noun of the same starting letter and doing this for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Some of the different combinations included a twitchy taxidermist and a pop-eyed population.
This week we have been learning about the properties of energy. We ‘see’ energy all around us, it powers almost everything from yourself to huge generators. It comes in different forms: Gravitational, mechanical, thermal etc. Anyway, we were studying all of those properties in our Science room, we were also thinking about what energy even is!
We have been revising decimals this week in Maths. We have been exploring decimal numbers, going as far as 3 decimal places! We looked at decimals in a number of different contexts, perhaps most notably in pounds and pence. At the start of the week Year 5 focused on ordering decimal numbers but soon moved on to addition and subtraction, negative decimals were also looked at. Today, we turned our mechanical thinking to gears, considering how our knowledge of factors and multiples is a springboard into understanding how gears complete faster/ slower revolutions in ratio.
We have also been making progress in reading Malamander and resumed the PPA activities.
Maths: Rounding decimals, then moving on to fractions
English: Lost Words inspired poetry
Science: Energy and Power topic (‘Bright and Breezy’)