The theme of our first topic this year has been Journey into Space. This topic has really grasped the children’s imagination and through this they have engaged with the learning and produced some fantastic work. We have looked at the skills of pencil control and how to achieve tone and texture within our art work. We also looked at using and mixing paints correctly to achieve the perfect palette of colours for our work. This skill was then applied to create some fantastic abstract art work of images of rockets and space, which was inspired by the art of Peter Thorpe.
The Journey into Space topic, has also led to some fascinating scientific exploration and discoveries for the children. They have been exploring our solar system and finding out lots of amazing facts about the planets and moons within it. We have explored many different scientific concepts through investigations such as why we have gravity and who discovered it, how scientists eventually came to the conclusion that all the planets are spherical bodies, why it is we have day and night and also the different phases of the moon. In addition to this, the children have also used the geographical skills to explore what our planet looks like from space. They have used images taken by astronauts alongside atlases to identify were certain physical features are on our planet, such as continents, mountain ranges, rivers countries and cities.
Within literacy the children became journalists and their task was to report on the first moon landing. We watched documentary footage of the First Moon Landing on 20th July 1969, researched facts and completed drama hot-seating. From gathering all their notes the children wrote newspaper articles. Year 5 then wrote space themed poetry, exploring the patterns and language of free verse poetry and raps. Continuing with space as our inspiration the children wrote some fantastic sci-fi stories, exploring the language and discovering plots of stories set in imaginary worlds, following on to plan and write their own narrative of a sci-fi voyage.
We have also looked at diary writing from the point of view of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. Using primary historical evidence, the children planned and wrote, in chronological order, a diary entry for the 20th July 1969.
To further develop our research skills, in small groups, the children used iPads to research the work of the Scientist, Galileo. The children were then asked how they could present their research effectively resulting in some fabulous informative posters. The final task was to create and present a presentation about Galileo to the rest of their peers. The presentations were very informative and interesting to watch.
In numeracy we have concentrated on number and place value to partition, order and compare numbers with up to 6 digits. We have also been rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. We have focused on the addition and subtraction of numbers to 4 digits using column addition, rounding to check answers to calculations and solving multi-step problems. Every week we are continuing to work on multiplication facts (and linked divisions) up to 12 x 12. Using the TTRockstars login will help your child further develop rapid recall of their timestables.
Finally, we have entered a Nestle competition as the company were recruiting mini Space bakers to design a new range of Rice Krispie treat with a space theme. The children designed their own Rice Krispie treat, followed a recipe to create the treat, designed and produced the packaging and most enjoyably of all ate and evaluated one another’s designs.