Thursday, 7 November 2019

Tutankhamun and the mystery of his death

Murder.... Illness.... Accident....

Year 5 have been looking at Tutankhamun as part of our topic, particularly the cause of his death.

5W were given the evidence of 3 causes of his death; murder, illness and an accident...

Based on the evidence given the class were challenged to decide which they believed was the cause... they also had to justify their choice with a discussion.

The main belief was that Tutankhamun died by either an accident, involving his chariots, or from an illness, most likely epilepsy.

Hardly anyone thought he was murdered... but the mystery still surrounds the death.

We, like many Egyptian scholars, just don't know ...

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Bestival Investigation

Scientists abound with our Year 5 science investigation.

The children have worked hard for suggestions of work surfaces that can be sustainable within this modern day society. Looking at a challenge set by "Bestival" to provide a work surface to use within the environment, year 5 have been looking at a variety of widely available, everyday materials, testing the durability and absorbency.

Metal, wool, wood, tin foil, chalk and a few other everyday items were tested by the children. Cutting, scratching and immersing in water provided an overall durability of the substance within the setting.

Some of the substances stood up to the demands placed upon them by our scientists, some unfortunately were less up to the tasks.

Overall the substance that the classes choose to be the best substance for the festival surfaces was ...

Find out soon!!!

Monday, 7 October 2019

Investigating Polygons

Investigating Polygons

In year 5 both classes have been busy investigating what makes a polygon either regular or irregular.

Working in small groups they have discussed shapes that were provided and chosen initially if they thought they were Regular or Irregular.

Distinguishing between the two categories provided discussion about what shapes classed as Regular and which classed as Irregular. 

Polygons are any closed 2d shapes that consist of 3 or more straight edges.

Most of the children were confident with their initial answers and were able to justify their choices of the placement of the shape. 

As a whole class then they discussed the definition of the two classifications of polygons.

Regular Polygons have sides equal in length with angles that are also equal to each other.

Irregular Polygons are 2d shapes that have sides that are not equal or angles that are not equal.

Children were encouraged to place post-it notes on to clarify why the shapes were placed in the categories chosen.

They then reviewed their choices and made corrections where needed. 

Monday, 30 September 2019

Egyptian starters!

There are many ways to introduce a topic to the children. Role play is usually very interesting or allowing them to find a topic they find interesting and giving them time to research. However, we have found that there are few ways more effective in engaging children than hands on experience.

And so we took all of the Year 5 children to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to give them time to experience some Egyptian artefacts up close.

We started by looking at all of the artefacts, hieroglyphics and sarcophagi that the museum had to offer and doing our very best to sketch these so we definitely had something to remember them by when we got back to school. The ancient sarcophagus and mummies certainly captured our imagination and had the children asking some very in depth and wonderful questions we can't wait to find the answers to.

After we had had a look around the rest of the museum, the children were able to observe some artefacts up close and even able to handle some! They had to become archaeologists, writing profiles for the artefacts they found or taking observation photographs. They also became restoration experts where they were able to try and piece together some artefacts that had previously been broken.

This was a fabulous trip that certainly met our objective of engaging the children in the topic and they came back with more knowledge and insightful questions that we can't wait to answer.

A huge thank you to all at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery that made the experience so educational and enjoyable.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Rustling Rainforest

Last week, Year 5 treated the school to an assembly based around the rainforests. The children worked especially hard all week to learn their lines, songs and dances and put on a wonderful show. We taught our audience about the importance of rainforests, where they can be located as well as the harrowing truths around deforestation.

Enjoy our selection of pictures depicting the action from the assembly.

One of the many highlights included the performance from our very own River Dancers which really buoyed the crowd. The teachers even joined in!

Monday, 20 May 2019

Botanical Gardens

We are starting our new topic where we focus on the rainforests around the world. To gain the children's interest in this topic, we took a trip to the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. This was a fantastic experience which answered a lot of the children's questions but also led them to think up even more interesting questions which we aim to answer through the rest of the topic in school.

We started the day by looking around the different rooms to get a feel of the environments the plants grow in. It was amazing to really feel how it would feel in a tropical place, even if it was incredibly warm and humid. We were able to see a huge variety of plants including cocoa plants which were our favourites. Of course we were also fascinated by the huge fish swimming around in the pond.

Once we had visited the various rooms, observing all of the incredibly interesting plants and avoided (mostly) the prickly cacti, we had a lesson in how plants grow. Here we learnt about all the aspects of a flower. This included: the parts of a plant, seed dispersal, the importance of animals and why flowers are so bright.




 Once again, this was a brilliant way to begin our topic and immerse ourselves into the world of rainforests while also covering many of our Science objectives in a fun and entertaining way. We can't wait to take what we learnt and use it back at school.