Week Beginning - 20/01/20
Year 5 took part in STEM day today and they loved it! Firstly, the children looked amazing dressed as engineers and scientists.
In the beginning of the day, the children were given a chemistry masterclass from a team of chemists from Pfizer's. Amongst other moments, there were explosions, colour changing liquids and rockets flying. It was very impressive and inspiring.
Today the children learnt all about the spread of bacteria and how we can prevent this with good hygiene. They learnt the importance of thorough hand washing, preventing cross contamination by using different utensils and chopping boards, as well as other hygiene rules. They implemented these when they made their medieval ginger sweets this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed their delicious delicacies.
Finally, the children made a prediction as to which areas of the classroom they believed would harbour the highest levels of bacteria. The children have taken swabs from these areas using bread and are going to watch the bacteria develop over the coming days.
It was a superb STEM day.
Week Beginning - 9/12/19
On Friday we wore our Christmas jumpers to school for Christmas Jumper Day to help raise funds for Save the Children in the UK. It was also a special French day and in Year 5 we had lots of fun taking part in a French quiz in the ICT suit; writing our Christmas list in French; writing a letter to Santa in French and learning the names of shapes in French. We also designed our own Christmas cards using shapes, then described the number of each shape used in French. We even wrote the messages inside our cards in French. Here are a few of our fantastic Christmas card designs (and Christmas jumpers).
Week beginning - 2/12/19
This week the winners of the semi-final for the ROAR project took their world changing idea to the final in Sussex. The children were absolutely amazing when pitching their product to judges. Our local Lions representatives, who attended the event, emailed to say, "A fabulous effort and brilliant presentation. Your school should be so proud of them..... Thanet Lions were proud to be associated with them." Well done girls, you really were a credit to the school and you are winners in our eyes!
Week beginning - 25/11/19
This week we had great fun at a special indoor athletic event that all children in Key Stage 2 participated in.
Week beginning - 18/11/19
This week, in our English lessons, we have been finding out lots of facts about gold as part of our quest to find gold and gems on Alchemy Island. We conducted research to answer our questions using ipads and texts. Later in the week, we used our research to plan and write non-chronological reports and next week we will be using Microsoft Publisher to redraft and present our reports for the Chief Alchemist on Alchemy Island.
Week beginning - 11/11/19
This week has been a very busy and exciting week. We started the week off investigating lots of mysterious samples sent by the chief alchemist on Alchemy Island. We tested the properties of each sample to learn more about them and try to work out what they were made from.
Week Beginning 4/11/19
This week the children enjoyed completing their ROAR project prototypes; writing a jingle and writing their persuasive pitch. We are looking forward to hearing their pitches as a year group on Monday next week and selecting our semi finalists. Mr McCarthy will be listening to the semi finalists' pitches next Friday and selecting our finalists. So watch this space to find out more next week
Week Beginning 28/10/19
This week the children have been creating their own inventions to solve a world problem as part of the ROAR project. The ROAR project is a schools idea competition created by Lions Clubs International and the ideas company 7billionideas. It aims to unlock the creative spirit in every child by giving them the time to imagine and develop ideas that could change the world! So far the children have designed their own invention; created a poster and slogan to advertise it and have started to create a prototype from recyclable materials. It's been great fun! Below are a few photos of children making their prototypes - more to follow next week.
Week Beginning 14/10/19
This week in DT we designed, constructed and evaluated our own drop rides using our knowledge of mechanisms and forces. We had great fun and nearly all the test people landed safely The children worked so well in their teams and demonstrated the Minster learning values fantastically well. We were particularly impressed with the children's independence and resilience.
Week Beginning 07/10/19
This week in Science we have been investigating the effects of water resistance, buoyancy and gravity on boats. We conducted investigations to find out how to make objects streamlined to reduce the effects of water resistance so they can travel through water quickly. We have also investigated how surface area affects buoyancy.
Week Beginning 30/9/19
This week we visited the book fair and enjoyed spending time reading the books. The children are also really enjoying reading our class book 'The London Eye' and have been sharing their own book recommendations in the mystery or detective story genre.
Week Beginning 23/9/19
Year 5 visited Dreamland today as part of their Scream Machine topic. They were given a talk by the Head of Operations, who taught the children so much about the history of the park and particularly the Scenic Railway. The children learnt about its construction and all the forces that can be felt on the ride, including potential. The children also learnt about potential energy and kinetic energy.
Year 5 the chance to talk to an engineer who taught the children about how the Dreamland Dropper works, as the children will be designing and making a prototype of their own drop tower ride. Did you know that the Dreamland dropper is 38m tall and the area you sit in is called a gondola? The children also enjoyed experiencing the gravity and air resistance on The Gallopers, The chair-o-plane andf The Speed Way.
It was an exciting day and the children will continue with their learning from this over the coming weeks.
Week beginning 16/9/19
In maths we have been learning about the place value of digits in 5-digit numbers, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 then comparing and ordering. On Wednesday we played a fun place value game with our learning partners to practise comparing numbers up to 100, 000.
Week beginning 9/9/19
In our reading lessons this week, we started reading a new class text called, 'The London Eye Mystery'. We looked at the front cover and read the first chapter then tried to make predictions about what might happen in the story. We also explored language features and how language choices impact on the reader's understanding.
We also started our new Cornerstone's topic, 'Scream Machine', which we kicked off by riding our very own Minster rollercoaster. In Geography, we located different theme parks in the UK and planned routes to get there.