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Spotlight on Year 5 - Spring Term

Welcome to the Wizarding World of Year 5. As you may have guessed, we have been studying Harry Potter in English.  We have been writing persuasive pieces, selling broomsticks and tickets to our very own Knight Bus; creating descriptions, of Hogwarts and the professors; producing our own narratives, finishing the Prisoner of Azkaban in the style of J.K Rowling; and writing a commentary for a Quidditch match. All these pieces of writing have been ‘magical’. The Professors have been stunned by the progress they have seen in our student wizards’ use of specific literary features.  To conclude our topic, we visited Harry Potter Studios and absolutely LOVED it! Seeing the sets and props up close was such a treat. The staff there commented on how polite the children were and, as teachers, we were incredibly proud of them.

In Maths, we have conquered fractions, decimals, and percentages. Not a small feat, as we had to use a third of our brain for fractions, 0.33 of our brain for decimals and 33% of our brain to work out the percentage! We are 100% sure, we could convert anything you asked us to.

Our Science has been out of this world! We have been focussing on Space and know the difference between a Geocentric Solar System model and a Heliocentric model; we currently believe in a Geocentric Model where planets orbit the Sun and Earth rotates on an axis. We know the order of the planets and have created some fascinating fact files.  Did you know the rings of Uranus are vertical?

A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Church for their wonderful Easter Journey Story. They had put on such a fantastic immersive retelling, that really engaged the children and made the story come to life. It was a super opportunity and we are so grateful to them for inviting us.

In Design and Technology, we have been practicing our sewing skills.  After this, we then designed and made our own cushions. Threading the needles was probably the most challenging part, but we were then able to join the material and add decorative interest. 

The epicentre of our Geography this term has been Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes. We got to make models of the tectonic plates using Oreos, and even better that we got to eat them after! We were lucky enough to take a trip to the Natural History Museum and experience what it would feel like to be in in a stage 4 earthquake – we all had wobbly legs after.

The excitement over our P.E sessions has been palpable as our focus sport was Football.  The children have participated well with this and enjoyed the skill-based work and the matches we have been playing.  We have some children who would be brilliant playing for England; they would give Beth Mead or Bukayo Saka a run for their money!

For PSHE we have been looking at ‘Healthy Me’ and exploring at the potential negative impacts of an unhealthy lifestyle.  We have also spoken about media influence and how these can have a detrimental effect on our attitudes and outlooks.  Learning how to put someone in the recovery position is a fundamental skill, that all the children now have. Year 5 have contributed well to the discussions and communicated their understanding of the importance of the topics raised.

All that is left to say is, “Mischief, managed!”