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Plastic fantastic?

posted 21 Oct 2019, 06:55 by Nicola Evans

We've had a brilliant start to year 5 learning all about plastic through our "Plastic fantastic?" topic. 

We began studying the properties of plastic as scientists and considered why plastic is such a popular choice of material. We reflected on how it has so many useful properties, such as being waterproof, and ordered the processes involved with creating this material. Investigating over time, we have started an experiment to observe how different materials decompose over a long time period. So far we have observed changes to the bread, carrot, paper and metal, but the plastic remains unchanged.

As mathematicians, we have been developing confidence with the place value of numbers up to 1,000,000 and this has included rounding populations of different countries, recognising negative numbers and comparing numbers. We have also been adding and subtracting using a range of mental and written methods, focusing on developing our reasoning and problem solving skills.

As a class, we collected a week's worth of plastic waste and calculated the area and perimeter of these objects. We multiplied these amounts to understand the impact of our plastic waste and how much can end up in landfills in such a short period of time.

Further investigation led us to ask the question "is it cheaper to buy fruit and vegetables that are loose or plastic wrapped from supermarkets?" We used an online supermarket to compare the prices and we shocked to find that plastic wrapped items were cheaper than buying items with no packaging. Reflecting on the impact this has for the consumer, we debated the use of plastic packaging exploring both sides of the argument. 

Developing our skills as artists, we were inspired by the artist Mondrian who used bold colours and perpendicular lines to create his artwork. One child even realised that they had Mondrian artwork in their home but had never known the artist! We painted neatly and outlined each section. Continuing to be inspired, we created a whole class plastic piece of artwork and also collected natural resources to make artwork in the same style outdoors. 

A highlight of the half term was One World Week where each class focused on learning more about their class country and developing their skills as geographers. Y5E learnt steps for an Austrian waltz, used the boomwhackers to play Strauss's "the Blue Danube" and used ipads to research how Austria are contributing to reducing plastic usage worldwide. Y5G completed a TASC activity where we planned, created and evaluated posters all about France. We combined our own experiences of France with research online to produce excellent, detailed posters. 

Our French language learning across both classes has also been enjoyable and good progress is being made. We played memory games and sang songs to learn different clothing items. We are confident with naming different French sports and saying which sports we prefer and why.  

In PE, we have been displaying our school values of resilience and kindness well. We have enjoyed developing basket ball skills over the half term and then applying these skills and tactics to basketball games. We've also studied a range of dance genres and shown creativity with dance compositions that have been created in small groups. 


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Y5 Summer Walk

posted 12 Jul 2019, 07:30 by Julie Davison

This week the Y5's have been out on their Summer walk, which was thankfully less slippery underfoot than the Winter one back in December! We headed into Ecclesall woods where we explored the environment: identifying trees; pausing to listen to bird song and wondering why the stream was a such strange orange colour? We crossed to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet where we thought about how ,historically, it was such an important part of Sheffield's industrial environment. Back in the woods we were inspired by what we'd seen and created these amazing eco-images...

Y5 Cricket Festival at Sheffield Collegiate

posted 4 Jul 2019, 16:01 by Richard France

Every child in Y5 was given the opportunity to visit Sheffield Collegiate at Abbeydale Sports Ground.  The coaches from the R66T Academy providing a morning of skills sessions, working on batting, bowling and fielding.  In the afternoon the year group was split into teams and played a series of games.  As you can see, we had a great day!  Thanks to the R66T Academy for providing this opportunity for our children.

Y5 Cricket Festival.mp4

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