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Year 5 are studying the topic of Tudors and how life was very different then compared to now. So far the children have looked for clues in portraits as to the type of person certain Monarchs will have been. They have also painted a Monarch and found out about Henry VIII’s six wives. Learning the Horrible Histories song: ‘divorced, beheaded, died, divorced beheaded and alive’ has helped remember the order of the wives fates. We have researched facts about the War of the roses and made a Tudor rose from saltdough. These are about to be painted then varnished. In PE, the children have learnt the ‘Pavane’ dance and are now creating their own version in small groups. In English, the children have written biographies on Henry VIII and newspaper reports on the execution of Anne Boleyn. Crime and punishment is another area we will be finding out about including the gruesome ways people were treated when they did something wrong.
‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for Year 5’………….who have the exciting new learning theme of ’Stargazer’ this half term. A visiting planetarium will help to engage the children in the formation of constellations and how day and night, seasons and years occur. To begin with we will learn the order of the planets using Mnemonics. A great strategy to help with remembering the spelling of tricky words too. The Solar System is a fascinating concept to explore and offers many writing opportunities; Postcards from the Moon, Biographies on Galileo Galilei, Poetry on planets using Adverbs and descriptive stories of Aliens visiting planet Earth. We will be listening to and reading through lyrics to well-known songs such as ’Walking on the Moon’ by The Police and ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John. In Design and Technology the children will be working in pairs to create Space vehicles, evaluating their work along the way and identifying what they could improve. There are a number of Science investigations linked to this topic; Can we track the Sun? How does the Moon move? How do rockets lift off? How do we know the Earth is round? Why do planets have craters?
So much learning and so little time.
Year 5 have gone back in time to Ancient Egypt. The journey started with Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun. Writing diary extracts and researching facts on the treasures of the tomb are activities to help learn more about this wonderful moment in time. Using Hieroglyphs and creating codes is another writing activity. In creative writing ‘Scarab beetles’ were the magical portal in stories to transport characters back in time. Year 5 have drawn and painted Tutankhamun’s Death mask for a display and made coffins with embalmed mummies. Maths has involved making nets of various shaped pyramids and challenging calculating skills in creating pyramids of maths. The children have discussed hierarchy in society and thought about the different people who was most important and what their role was. They have will also be creating timelines of Pharaohs and finding out about Egypt as a country; the flag, position in the world, capital, terrain, river, etc. All in all it’s another very busy and packed half term, filled with great learning ideas to keep everyone motivated and enthusiastic to learn.