Welcome to Year 5
Welcome back! Year 5 will be taught by Mrs Young, Mrs Dowdeswell and supported by Mrs Ormond.
- PE kits will be needed every Thursday afternoon.
- Did you know we are now going to be studying French?
Please have a look at our exciting curriculum. There is the long term plan so you can see what we will be covering in each subject for the year.
If you look at the Autumn Topic Planner, it will give a more detailed view of what we will be covering this term.
On Tuesday 3rd December staff from crime investigation backgrounds including CSIs, detectives, and forensic scientists visited Year 5 at Well Lane.
Following an introduction to forensics Yr5 we kitted out in crime scene suits and taken them to a mock crime scene.
At the scene the children were invited to identify evidence. The CSIs gather the evidence and discuss how it may be helpful in the investigation before taking it back to the classroom where we conducted our analysis. This included the following:
- Fingerprints - developing and lifting using different methods for different surfaces, (porous and non-porous), rolling and identification. We were able to lift and roll our own fingerprints.
- Footwear marks - casting and lifting electronically. We each cast a tyre track which we were able to keep.
- Hair and Fibres – we looked at the morphology of hair using a digital microscope
Over the course of the afternoon we conducted the analysis and we able to eliminate suspects until we are finally left with one person who was the culprit (it was NOT Mrs Young!).
At the end of a very tiring but rewarding workshop we were able to keep our crime suits, fingerprint lifts and forms and tyre tracks to take home.
This was our introduction to how forensic science was used at crime scenes.
We were informed what crime had taken place.
We prepared by getting into our crime scene suits with our gloves and masks.
We began to survey the crime scene.
We were taught how to dust for and collect fingerprints.
We then made a set of our own fingerprints.
We had fun examining the evidence!
We also got to see how CSIs use powerful microscopes to examine single hair and fibres.
We invited parents and carers to come and work with their children on Wednesday 6th November. Mrs Young introduced Mrs Daniels, our new headteacher before handing over briefly to Mrs Hall who was able to share our new Read to Write scheme of work that is already having a very positive impact on our writing and Miss Fearon who was able to share Times Tables Rock Stars and the possibility of winning a 'pizza party'! The children are really excited about this!!
The children then came and joined us in the hall to share activities that we do.
We were delighted that so many of you could attend and were able to take part in activities with your children. I have included a few of the lovely comments that you so kindly wrote at the end of the session:
"I think the games were a great way to learn."
"WE LOVED IT! We'd enjoy other subjects too."
"We enjoyed playing the maths games and also liked the TTRS."
"Really enjoyed coming along to the parents' workshop. I think all work was good."
Year 5 Attendance
Each week we look to see which class has the best attendance. We are always aiming for 100%. We have won twice so far:
When we returned to school on Tuesday 5th November, we had introduced Hundred Paw Cent Bear. The teacher(s) of the winning class gets to take him home. Mrs Young was lucky enough to have him on Monday 11th November. Have a look at what he got up to when Mrs Young took him home...
We loved having One Hundred Paw Cent in our class!
Every week during Circle Time with Mrs Young, the Year 5 representatives on the School Council, have the opportunity to speak to the class about issues raised. We also use this time for our weekly THUNK. Our most lively debate so far has been... Is a tennis ball green or yellow? We were pretty much agreed that is was GREEN but there are adults in the school and some parents who felt it was yellow! What do you think?
During our SMSC sessions we have looked at Treasured Memories and Cyber Bullying
We've been learning to plan and carry out investigations and about life cycles, plant reproduction and forces.
We enjoyed creating parachutes and then using Lego men to test them!
Our favourite task - so far - has been creating boats out of recycled materials and racing them!
Can you remember who won?
We also predicted and investigated which material would cause the least friction.
As well as this we investigated levers using one Mr. Dowdeswell made especially!
The middle part could move, can you remember it's 'scientific' name?
Some of our working wall work (animal life cycles.)
We created our parachutes.
We created our boats in groups.
We sailed our boats in a boat race!
Our investigation into friction.
The lever Mr. Dowdeswell created
We are looking at a new book in English.
Can you remember what it is called?
We role played different scenes focusing on what the characters were doing and their emotions.
Can you guess how we are feeling?
Can you tell what the character is doing?
We also searched the text for phrases in order to understand their meanings better.