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Thank You DPA!!!

posted 11 Jun 2021, 03:06 by Sian Granville

It was a fabulous morning in Y5 as we got the opportunity to get our hands on the AMAZING playtime and lunchtime equipment funded by the Dore Parents Association. We carefully labelled things to make sure we keep track of our things then we split into groups to come up with inventive ways to use them to increase our activity levels and to come up with some collaborative as well as team games to 'mix things up'! We swapped ideas and showed our ideas to each other. As you can see from the photos, there were lots of really great ideas and I am sure more will develop as we use the equipment over the next few weeks. Thanks to EVERY parent who has donated to the DPA so we could get this fantastic and much appreciated equipment! 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Awesome Oakes!

posted 20 May 2021, 00:55 by Sian Granville

Yesterday the whole of Y5 spent the day at The Oakes and you can see from the photos below that we had a wonderful day! There were opportunities to do archery, craft, a ropes course with a zip wire as well as remote control cars and a climbing wall. Something for everyone - chances to challenge ourselves, support friends and just enjoy being together as a year group having fun, as you can see from the photos below! All the staff had a go on the zip wire (mysteriously, no photos are available....) and can you spot Spider Paterson somewhere??

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tremendous Trebuchets!

posted 14 May 2021, 06:11 by Douglas Paterson

This week the children have concluded a big project: making a working model of a trebuchet - a type of catapult used in the Middle Ages - as well as writing an explanation/instructions sheet related to the project, for next year's Y5s.


 
In her writing,Mia Roy Y5P described a trebuchet as follows: 

These weapons were used in Medevil times to catapult rocks and occasionally dead animals since they would spread diseases in castles. The largest throw on record was 300 metres!

Rosie smith has written: 

These massive inventions were first used in ancient china and appeared in many other European countries. They would fill the basket at the end with heavy rocks which would act as a counterweight. In order for the throwing arm to launch, you would need six men, but if it is a larger trebuchet then up to twelve men are needed. 

The children began by watching videos showing modern trebuchets and researching the structure of their Medevil ancestors, in order to work out what properties their trebuchets should have and what design choices they should make. They then built and tested various types of joins for the wood, in order to identify the strongest method to use. In groups, they completed 3d and component diagrams of the trebuchets, before deciding on their favourite design, to construct as a group.



    

The children worked well to measure and cut their materials, using hacksaws, workbenches and craft knives, before joining them with PVA and the hot glue guns. The children worked sensibly and responsibly and the standard of the build was excellent, with components fitting together well and joined securely, to create strong and stable frames on which to mount their throwing arms.



The children then experimented with various types of throwing arms, refining their designs as they went in order to increase the range of their model. Once completed, the teams took part in a "shoot-off" to see which ones performed the best, with a record of 2.5 metres being set by Alissia Raper and Milly Story in Y5G! 




The children then analysed the results and looked at the features on the best-performing designs, so that they could improve their own trebuchets further.

All the Y5 staff have been really impressed with the standard of learning done by the Y5s throughout this project. This was an ambitious task that we set for them and they did a fantastic job. Well done Y5!





Y5 Learning - Week 1 Summer 1 Term

posted 23 Apr 2021, 06:58 by Douglas Paterson

Our wonderful Y5s have gotten off to a flying start in the summer term. We have had a busy week back, with the children recapping and revising some past learning in Maths, developing their powers of description and figurative language in English, gathering knowledge for their Design and Technology project as well as learning more about Norman Britain.

The children have gone over their previous learning for a number of Maths topics this week, culminating in an exciting lesson out on the field in which they used their map-reading skills to take part in some place-value orienteering! The children had to identify coordinates on a map of the school grounds and use this information to locate challenges to solve. The children had a great time and were able to revise and extend their learning in the beautiful sunshine!




In English, the classes have been learning about different types of poetry in preparation for composing their own poems, inspired by their home town. The children have been improving their skills in using figurative language like similes and metaphors; concentrating on adding detail and excitement to descriptions.

For their first Design and Technology project of the topic, the children have been gathering information about Norman castles and what it took to defeat these mighty fortifications. They have looked at the design of trebuchets (a type of catapult) in preparation  for designing and making one of their own. They also researched various techniques for joining lengths of wood in order to make the frames for their trebuchets and made their own prototype joins. The children will test these next week, before deciding on the best constructions techniques to use, designing their own trebuchet base and beginning construction!

See spellings below for the test on 30/04/21

Y5 Learning - Week 5 - Spring 2 Term

posted 26 Mar 2021, 10:01 by Douglas Paterson

This week, Y5 have been going full throttle into 1066 and the Norman conquest! On Thursday afternoon, the classes were formed up on the field with military precision and issued their uniforms and arms - ready to do battle. The ranks of Normans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings were marched around the field - matching up to the movement of the real life armies over the weeks leading up to the Battle of Hastings - with Mrs Granville giving the children a narrative of events as they went. The Y5s assumed the roles of archers and infantry, as well as the three kings fighting it out for the crown. 



The Norman and Anglo-Saxon Armies finally came together to re-enact the battle, with the Anglo-Saxons taking an early lead, before carelessly letting their shield wall disintegrate and letting in the Norman infantry and calvary. Finally, one lucky Norman archer sealed the deal by firing an arrow that brought down the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold Godwinson, giving William the Conqueror the victory. Children were given thorough training on safe and respectful re-enactment and all battles were strictly non-contact!

 

The children had great fun and their learning over the next few days showed a great understanding of the battle and the events in the lead up to the Norman Conquest. 

Prior to this, the children had started to learn about news reporting and how to write and present a broadcast news report. They ended the week by planning out a script for a report on the Battle of Hastings which they will write up and record next week.

Next Week

A reminder that our spring walk is next Tuesday and all children should come in suitable gear - as specified in the email sent this week. Also a reminder that the deadline to sign up for the Y5 cycle training is this coming Wednesday.

The spelling test next week will be held on Thursday and the spellings for it are now on Spelling Shed and attached below.


Y5 Learning - Week 4 - Spring 2 Term

posted 19 Mar 2021, 06:45 by Douglas Paterson   [ updated 19 Mar 2021, 07:02 ]

Our Y5s have really been working hard at their learning this week. We're back into the swing of things; the week has been more like "typical" week of learning and the children have taken it all in their stride.

We have continued our decimals learning and have been working on ordering decimal numbers and solving some challenging problems involving decimal numbers. Our English learning has focused on planning, writing up and editing our short stories, based on the format of Pixar shorts and using Pixar's writing rules.

Here is a chilling extract from one Y5's introduction:

"As the brown beast awoke, the night sky howled menacingly. He scratched his flaming eyes and yawned loudly. The gloomy, dark cave shoved him out into the nefarious, withered woods. He searched in all directions, hoping to find his supper..."

The children have also been using Spelling Shed to support them in learning words that they may have recently spelt incorrectly and this has led to bit of friendly class-rivalry. Y5 have been battling it out to see which class can get the most points, the result of which is that Y5P and Y5G are now first and second respectively on the school leader board and Y5P are (at the time of writing) 94th in the whole country! Well done Y5 spellers! Keep up the good work!

The classes have been working on their map-making and navigation skills this week: mapping out satellite photos of the local area and using six-figure grid references and points of the compass to describe landmarks and directions. Whilst the weather has again scuppered our plans for the Battle of Hastings, we are still determined for Y5 to take the field for our momentous re-enactment - watch this space!

This week's spellings are below and the list is now live on Spelling Shed!

Y5 Learning - Week 3, Spring 1 Term

posted 12 Mar 2021, 08:29 by Douglas Paterson

It's been great to have our fantastic Y5s back in school this week. We're really impressed with how sensibly and confidently they've come back into school and set a great example with their behaviour and learning.

This week, we have been branching out from the fractions learning covered during Lockdown and into the realms of decimals and percentages. Our English learning has continued on from what we were doing in the home learning and the children have now completed plans for short stories that could be filmed as a Pixar animation. 

We've conducted a science investigation examining the chemical reaction caused by adding baking soda to vinegar (see pictures below) and created artwork inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian. We will soon be starting our Normans History topic and, whilst our reenactment of the Battle of Hastings this week sadly had to be postponed due to the inclement weather, we are planning on sending the Y5s into battle on the field on Tuesday, so outdoor learning clothing is a must!

Spellings have been added to Spelling Shed for the next week and the list for this week is attached below.



Google Classroom

posted 13 Jan 2021, 08:42 by Douglas Paterson

A big well done to all our learners in Y5 for all the hard work you have put into getting on our Google Classroom to access the learning. 

As all of Y5 have now logged on, we will only be posting the day's learning on Google Classroom. If you have any trouble logging on, please contact the Y5 staff on the Y5 email address.

Y5 Learning - Wednesday 13th January

posted 12 Jan 2021, 07:47 by Douglas Paterson   [ updated 13 Jan 2021, 00:41 ]

Please see below the learning for today.

Active/mindful time  

Either:
- Today is the day for Joe Wicks! Get your heart pumping and your muscles working with this morning's workout! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBuS4UeyHMccVAjpWaNbGomt
- Try this meditation video from Mrs Wyatt. Clear your head and focus on having a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. https://www.loom.com/share/b72696b285c7419681e16dd84928e2f1

Maths


Today's Maths lesson continues to look at multiplication - increasing the difficulty of the formal calculations we are doing. Sheets attached at the bottom.


English

In this lesson, we will be looking at using modal verbs in a persuasive way. Miss Collins will guide you through this!




Reading

All Y5s should be spending at least 15 minutes reading independently or with an adult. Feel free to read more if you like! Remember to share recommendations for good books with your friends!


History

Check out Mrs Granville's History lesson. In this she will lead you through the idea of bias in history and we'll look at whether the vikings really were so bad.




Spellings

Mrs Granville has prepared a helpful Loom video to guide you through this week's spellings. Have another practice today.


Make sure to share any work that you are proud of or would like feedback on with your teacher by emailing the Y5 email account - y5@dore.sheffield.sch.uk

Y5 Learning - Tuesday 12th January

posted 11 Jan 2021, 07:46 by Douglas Paterson   [ updated 11 Jan 2021, 07:47 ]

Please see below the learning for today.

Active/mindful time  

Either:
- Try an Oti Mabuse dance lesson ( https://www.youtube.com/c/OtiMabuseOfficial/videos?view=0&sort=p&shelf_id=2 ). Loads of content here so we can "Keeeeeeeep Dancing!"
- Try Mr Paterson's challenge! You skippers: can you beat your personal best at a given skip? Can you learn a new skip? Backwards? Cross-skip? Record your results and let us know!

Maths


Today's Maths lesson continues to look at multiplication - increasing the difficulty of the formal calculations we are doing. Sheets attached at the bottom.


English

In this lesson, we will be looking at building up our arguments in favour of our Dragons' Den product.




Reading

All Y5s should be spending at least 15 minutes reading independently or with an adult. Feel free to read more if you like! Remember to share recommendations for good books with your friends!


French

Mrs Davis has prepared a French lesson, building on our learning from your last lesson. The sheets you will need are at the bottom of the page.




Spellings

Mrs Granville has prepared a helpful Loom video to guide you through this week's spellings.


Make sure to share any work that you are proud of or would like feedback on with your teacher by emailing the Y5 email account - y5@dore.sheffield.sch.uk

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