Monday, 29 March 2021

Advice for King Henry VIII

The children in year 5 have been looking at King Henry within our Tudor topic.

They have been given the task of advising the King about his wives and how Anne Boleyn wrote a letter to King Henry about her treatment. 

The children worked in small groups to role-play the role of both King Henry and his advisors.


They came up with lots of points to support the arguments both for and against what King Henry had in mind for her.

Some of the children would have certainly made King Henry think twice about his treatment and maybe even have changed his mind as to what he eventually did...




Monday, 30 November 2020

British Museam Virtual Visit

We usually have a trip to the Birmingham Museum and this was not able to go ahead so we had the next best thing...Year 5 were lucky enough to have a virtual visit to the British Museum, this is the one in London.

Looking at Ancient Egypt we looked at the various aspects within our topic including actefacts that have been discovered and where they would feature on the Ancient Egyptian time line, what would be required within the tombs for the afterlife and also what other major civilisations that the Ancient Egyptians had interacted with... Along side this was a kahoot quiz that pitched both classes against each other.

It was impossible to seperate the teams as both scored full marks within the quiz.

Both classes enjoyed the experience and the information given to them will only help deepen their knowledge of their topic.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020


We're looking at forces this term in Science. So far we have managed to identify the different types of forces that act upon objects on Earth. 

Today however we focussed on air resistance. And what better way to test air resistance than making parachutes?! 

The children carried out two different experiments. Does the material the parahute is made from affect air resistance and does the size and shape of the parachute affect air resistance?

We made parachutes of the same shape out of cloth, paper, card and a plastic bag. We then made sure that we dropped these from the same heights in order to make it a fair test. The results of the experiment showed us that there was very little to no difference between the different material parachutes. 

So we moved onto different shapes. The children chose their own shapes to create and tried to keep them to roughly the same size. They found that a triangular parachute was much less effective than a square or a circular parachute. 

We looked at the fact that the weight doesn't affect air resistance rather the size and the surface area and had a lot of fun finding this out!

Friday, 6 November 2020

Outdoor Perimeters!

Year 5 have taken advantage of the sunny Winter weather and moved their Maths learning outdoors. We are beginning to look at perimeter and using our previous learning in order to solve problems. The children had to remember the basic properties of shapes as well as being able to define regular and irregular polygons. The children quickly learnt that, in order to draw regular polygons to the correct dimensions, they had to divide the total perimeter by the number of sides. We quickly realised that it would help using a protractor so we can definitely draw a regular polygon. Year 5 loved having chalk and using it to draw the different shapes and we found it was a fun, interactive and effective way to introduce perimeter again.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Vacuum Chambers!

Year 5 were very lucky and chosen to carry out a workshop sent on behalf of the Thinktank Museum on behalf of Fit4Food. We were looking at why our food turns mouldy and what we can do in order to prevent this. We started by giving the children all the equipment and asking them to come up with different ways they could use them. Some of the children were incredibly innovative and explored the equipment, managing to work out how the valves worked as well as how these would affect the syringe. All of the children were engaged and excited. We then looked at how we could create a vacuum chamber and what purpose this could serve in the real world. The children created the chamber and, in order to test it, placed a balloon in the jar. They used the syringe to pump the air from the jar and watched as their balloons deflated. Once we had figured out we had created vacuums, we looked at how mould occurs on food and how we could use the vacuums to prevent this. They then placed a piece of bread in the jar and once again used the syringe to remove the air. We are leaving them for two weeks to see whether mould develops alongside a piece of bread left out in room temperature. Keep an eye out for our tweet showing you the results.

Monday, 9 March 2020

Tudor Inspired Art - Portraits

Year 5 have been looking at portraits, first learning placement of the features of the face before adapting what they know and drawing a Tudor portait fit for a King (or Queen).

Looking mainly at the inspirations of King Henry VIII and his wives, the children sketched the outline before adding the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.  

Once drawn the children have started to experiment with watercolours 

Friday, 6 March 2020

Shakespeare Part 2

‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears...’

Our second part of Stratford was indeed an interesting start as we had a small amount of snow falling as the children arrived at school ready to depart.

The guides were whisked off to their various posts and the other children were entertained and briefed about the day ahead.

The rain was light but did not dampen the spirits of the children... and even though it might have prevented 
our guides from going outside into the garden, they improvised and embraced the challenge.

Not only were the guides talking to their peers (friends), but also were talking to other visitors to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (the countrymen/ countrywomen).

Americans, Spanish and a variety of other visitors from other cultures were enthralled with the knowledge the children had and imparted with vigour and enthusiasm.
All the guides were listened to by the visitors and the comments were well received from the visitors to the adults who accompanied the children.

The children were amazing (as usual) and a credit to themselves and the school.