Our topic began with a woodland walk to Barker’s Park where we observed, studied and listened in our local environment. From that experience, we created amazing woodland poetry including Haikus, Kennings and free verse poems.
The class story was The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo. We used drama activities to investigate the characters of Bertie and Millie. We also wrote our own endings to the story, using clues from the text.
In science we compared the life cycles of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and closely looked at the life cycle of human, discussing changes in detail. A visit from the School Nurse helped us to understand the changes that happen to our bodies during puberty.
We used ipads to research the life of the artist Pablo Picasso during our Spanish day and created amazing self-portraits copying Picasso’s unique style.
This half term, our learning journey began with an amazing discovery of Viking artefacts right here in Rotherham! We used our skills of historical enquiry to investigate, predict and determine what the artefacts were used for. From this we completed observational artwork and descriptive writing.
Using internet searches and atlases, we researched where the Vikings came from and to where they ultimately sailed and settled. This was complemented by our literacy work, which was an animated voyage called a Journey to England. This inspired our own narrative writing about a treacherous journey across the North Sea. We also had the opportunity to become journalists when we reported on the tragic events of the Viking invasion of Lindisfarne.
We enjoyed creating amazing collages of Viking longships using a variety of different media and a range of techniques.
In maths, our main focus was to consolidate formal methods of addition, subtraction and multiplication. We are now applying these skills to word problems and puzzles. As well as our number work, we have enjoyed learning more about 2D shapes and their properties also identifying coordinates and translating and reflecting shapes.
Our learning journey continued with an unforgettable visit to Murton Park. We became fully immersed in the Viking way of life, undertaking many activities such as making and baking bread, creating oil lamps, playing Viking games and collecting firewood. Our favourite Viking activity was guard duty especially when an Anglo-Saxon intruder tried to invade our village! A fabulous day was had by all.
Year 5 began our spring term topic with an amazing visit to Harry Potter Studios, near London. It ignited our creativity and we have produced some excellent learning from the experience.
The children experienced a magical day at the Harry Potter Studios looking at the films sets, props and costumes that appeared in the movies. They wandered down the cobbles of Diagon Alley, inspected the table settings in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, gazed at the bookshelves in Dumbledore’s office and peered through the windows of number four Privet Drive. The highlight of the visit - which drew gasps was the model of Hogwarts. Built to 1:24 scale, it was used in the exterior shots for the first six films. The attention to detail was incredible, with 3,000 fibre optic lights fitted inside and turned on as the night sky darkened.
The children also saw the fantastical creatures dreamed up by JK Rowling: an 18-foot wide Aragog was suspended from the ceiling above an animatronic Buckbeak, Dobby the House-Elf and the Gringotts goblins.
During the visit the children saw videos which explained how the films were made, from the Quidditch stunts to the visual effects which removed Ralph Fiennes’s nose for his role as Voldemort.