Life in Year 5
Life in Year 5
We have a fantastic curriculum in Year 5 and some wonderful opportunities to learn throughout the year. Even though you can't be in the classroom with us to experience it first-hand, we hope this page will give you a taster of what life is like in Year 5.
Before breaking up for half term, the Year 5 children visited St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School for an indoor athletics tournament. The children were absolutely amazing and their behaviour was truly excellent. A special mention has to go to the boys who were fearless with their approach to the event, particularly as they had to compete in every single activity because there were only a few of them. Well done Year 5 - we're very proud of you!
As part of our Forces topic, the children learnt about the different forces that affect our lives. They were able to use the VR headsets to explore about air resistance, along with having a greater understanding of water resistance and buoyancy. We designed an investigation to see the effect that surface area has on air resistance.
The children thoroughly enjoyed learning tennis at the start of the academic year and demonstrated an excellent understanding of how to serve, return a shot and take part in a rally.
Our second unit in Art, helped us to understand the Islamic world a little better. This was the perfect topic to explore after our History unit 'Baghdad' and we were able to recognise the different forms of architecture that we had learnt about. We were fascinated by the geometric and the vegetal patterns used in Islamic art and architecture and thoroughly enjoyed designing and making our own stars.
During our computing lessons, we have explored spreadsheets and how they can be used to solve problems. We understand the different types of careers that can use spreadsheets to help them, along with creating fomulas to solve different problems.
The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about the different styles associated in art through their first Art topic of Year 5. The discovered about different artists, different ways of creating art and about how art can simply be 'for arts sake'. During the topic, they were able to use chalk and oil pastels, sketching pencils whilst also creating their own abstract art piece. Have a look at the pictures below to discover more.
Our very first unit for the academic year enabled the children to think about the monitoring services that the modern world has available to us. They explored creating their own device using Micro:bits, along with designing their own case for a sensor to monitor the temperatures of different animals. Using Tinkercad, the children were able to design their case first, before creating it in Lego. We're looking forward to the other units that we can explore in DT this year.