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Spellings Week 25

posted 15 Apr 2019, 00:30 by Lorren Henstock

Submarine STEM learning

posted 11 Apr 2019, 09:44 by Richard France

In the last week of Spring term, Y5 linked up with Encounter Edu - an online educational provider - to do some fantastic investigative learning about life underwater.  Encounter Edu have been collaborating with scientists on the Nekton II mission, exploring the Indian Ocean (  As part of their programme, they have produced some online learning opportunities for children to participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning about submarines and submersibles and how they work.  

We have investigated: 
how deep the ocean is and what the different zones are called
what materials to make a submersible out of
how the shape of the submersible affects the time it takes to travel to the sea bed
buoyancy and how to achieve neutral buoyancy
how samples are collected from the sea floor 
how pressure affects the submersible (and the people inside it)
how to build a crane with a working pulley system to raise and lower the submersible

Alongside this, we had some live links with scientists working on the Nekton II mission, and they answered some of the questions we had to ask.  Over 9000 children from 16 countries were involved in these sessions, so we were over the moon when we got some mentions by the scientists.


Great Citizens!

posted 29 Mar 2019, 07:19 by Sian Granville

Meet the latest Y5 recipients of the coveted Citizenship trophy. To win this, you need to be a shining example of all our school values: Resilience, Kindness, Creativity and Resourcefulness and these two boys demonstrate these every day in and out of school. Well done, you two!



Spellings- Week 24

posted 25 Mar 2019, 01:30 by Lorren Henstock

Submarine science

posted 22 Mar 2019, 10:17 by Sian Granville

This week, Y5 started a topic connected with the work on plastic in our oceans, because we wanted to find out more about the environments in seas around the world. We know they are changing and wanted to see impact that has on the wildlife as well as the people who live near them or rely on them for their livelihood. Mr France linked us to the Encounter Edu website where we have booked to be part of live streamed lessons looking at how scientists discover what is going on in the depths of the oceans and the challenges doing that research presents. In the run up to those sessions, we looked at the extraordinary animals which live under the sea, to huge depths, and how very little we know about them. 

Using string, we created a scaled line from the sea's surface to the very deepest trenches and plotted where the animals and life forms were to be found. It required teamwork and resilience initially because it was cold and windy on the yard (resulting in chasing our marine animals around the in the breeze!) but once we were indoors, it all became a lot easier. 

Needless to say, we have lots of questions for the experts and are looking forward to learning direct from the men and women who spend their lives adding to our understanding of the habitats and challenges to be found under water. 


Spellings- Week 23

posted 18 Mar 2019, 01:28 by Lorren Henstock

Sheffield Castle on Wednesday, Sheffield Flood Thursday!

posted 14 Mar 2019, 10:40 by Sian Granville

We are well into our Y5 Topic about Sheffield and its history this week. Yesterday we had a talk from Ron Clayton from Friends of Sheffield Castle who talked to us about the Norman origins of the castle and its significance as the prison for Mary Queen of Scots during the reign of Elizabeth I. We looked at why the castle was built where it is and what happened to it and why during the Civil War - ask a Y5 if you want to know more! 

Today we went to Kelham Island museum, supported by a huge group of fabulous volunteer parents (thank you again) who came along to help the children in all the activities. The Sheffield Flood which took place on 11 March 1864 was a huge local and national disaster when 240 people died and huge areas were flooded, damaging people's homes and businesses. We were told about what happened to the people unlucky enough to be caught in the flood's path and used drama to re-enact their stories. The man who tried to rescue his pig, the factory where a fire and a flood occurred as well as a family who were helped to safety by a neighbour. We also became journalists and information gatherers as we went around the museum galleries looking for more details about the flood. Lots of opportunities for us to think about times in the past when people needed to display resilience, resourcefulness, kindness and creativity.

Having been historians and journalists we became engineers and and problem solvers. We had to 'buy' the resources to make a dam which successfully held back the water. Enthusiastic discussions and great team work ensued and we discovered that the bottom of a dam is just as important as the materials used to build it - water is good at finding even the smallest crevice to creep through!

All this learning means we all have a much better understanding of the development of our fabulous city, the difficult times and world-leading industries which have made us the place we are today. 


Spellings Week 22

posted 11 Mar 2019, 01:21 by Lorren Henstock

Y5G reading with Y2G

posted 8 Mar 2019, 08:51 by Katy Godfrey

Spellings Week 21

posted 4 Mar 2019, 00:22 by Lorren Henstock

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