This term we have finished our dream catchers and have hung them up in our classroom. We made these dream catchers because the Yanonami (a Brazilian tribe) believed they keep out the bad dreams. We used feathers, beads, string and other fabrics and they ended up looking pretty good. They were supposed to take 1 hour but they ended up taking 3 or 4. Some people ended having trouble making their design. Overall we had a fun time making them.
By Joel and Zachary
Our Brilliant projects
In Topic Year 5 have been learning about Brazil and we have made some amazing projects so we have taken some pictures
We have found Brazil a very good topic to do and the boys have enjoyed learning about football history from Brazil and the girls
have enjoyed learning about fashion and clothing.
We have mainly been focusing on chocolate and cocoa beans because they are grown in Brazil.
Reported by Keiron Gorfin
This week has been extremely exciting as we had our class assembly. Unfortunately we didn’t have much time to practice, especially the choir (check out the school blog and see what adventures we had.) In the assembly we were explaining what we had done with all of our topics. In literacy we have been doing debating. Read next week’s literacy blog for more. We had some exhilarating quotes from the parents. We talked about our science and maths (also future blogs). Recently on Fridays for the past three weeks we have been having swimming lessons. In art we have been doing string printing when we draw a picture and glue some string on and then choose a colour and print them (unfortunately we have only got to the gluing stage.)
Keep up to date with more blogs coming soon!
By Zachary and Joel
This week on Thursday the 22nd of January year 5 decided to build their own native Brazilian huts. We made our huts out of natural materials like wood and bailer twine (as vines) sticks, grass, straw, and leaves. We also had some good fun using the saws and drills. Most of the drills weren’t as effective until Olivia’s Dad brought in an electric drill. Some people got really excited with their own design but some models broke when we tried to move them. It was enjoyable but frustrating if we did it again hopefully it did work out properly. Not all of the huts broke, but lots of people like Joel and Alfie wanted to change their plan right at the last minute. Here is our favourite hut.
By Joel and Zachary
As part of our WWI topic, the children have been designing and making Propaganda posters to persuade members of the community to do their bit. The children have been painting their final designs using bright and bold colours and they have put a lot of thought into how to make their slogans and designs persuasive.
The whole of year 5 went to a Tag Rugby festival on Tuesday 2nd December. 5 other schools took part and teams were created by mixing the schools together. The children really enjoyed their morning and all made new friends from other schools. Mr Hardee and Miss Bevan were very impressed with all of the children's attitude. It was fantastic to witness the children making new friends and encouraging one another whilst enjoying a friendly, yet competitive tournament!
Last week, we had a very exciting trip to the Tank Museum in Dorset. We took part in two amazing workshops:
One of the workshops used the Museum’s superb reconstructed trench system and items from the handling collection including uniforms, helmets, rifles, gasmasks and grenades to give us a real and immediate experience of what life was like during the war and why it was necessary to invent the tank. The other workshop included the chance to get inside a 1917 Mark IV tank, the opportunity to try on tank crew uniform, handle munitions and climb aboard a modern British Army Main Battle Tank.
On Wednesday this week, twenty four children from Years 5 and 6 were able to go to a Science and Technology fair at Plymouth University. When we arrived, we got blue caps to show which group we were in. We did lots of exciting things like going on a Segway. Our favourite things were: the oculus rift; making identity cards; playing beta video games; the dino walk; and standing inside a bubble. There were also lots of fascinating things to see including a man engine submarine and some optical illusions. We all had a great time and we wish we could do it again. Thank you Mrs Williams and Mrs Corkery for taking us! Click 'read more' for more photos.