Welcome to Italy class. We are in Year 5 and our teacher is Miss Wild. Ms Barker is our teaching assistant.
Year 5 Blog
After completing some research, Year 5 had a good idea of the types of weapons and tools Stone Age people would have used and the materials available to them. Stones and sticks were gathered from the school grounds and then the making began! Miss Wild was impressed with the focus, problem-solving skills and teamwork of all the children.
We have written character descriptions of Stig, a caveman found living in a chalk pit, in our best handwriting and created a display. Please take time to read some of our descriptions, we have worked so hard on them.
Together, we planned an experiment to find out what happens if you mix different amounts of sugar with yeast and water. This was our most exciting experiment to date! As the yeast and sugar reacted it produced a gas which we learnt was called carbon dioxide. To show that a gas was present we had put balloons on top of the bottles. As we wrote up the experiment, we were able to watch what happened to the balloons and make comparisons. Watch the video to see our experiment.
We have been working hard with our writing in Year 5 and it is lovely to see how many children are writing at home too. Here is Maggie’s description of the boy, Barney, from our class reader ‘Stig of the Dump’. We were so impressed with her ambitious and creative use of language that there was a spontaneous round of applause when she finished reading it to us!
The setting of Stig’s cave really grabbed our attention. By reading extracts from the story and watching a clip from the TV series, we could begin to imagine being there. This helped us to write some lovely detailed descriptions. In our classroom we have a display showcasing everyone’s writing but here are a few examples.
Some of us were able to share the experiences of our own families. Everyone decorated their own poppy using a range of media.
In RE lessons, we are learning about Christianity. To help us understand what it means for Christians to be saved, we did some drama where we acted out scenarios of people being saved. Here are some photos of us in action!
We started creating this display on move-up day in July, when we first learnt about the artist Jackson Pollock. We discovered that he was an impressionist painter who liked to create art by dripping and splashing paint onto a large canvas. Using ready mix paint, we worked collaboratively to create a colourful piece of art which we have used to mount the labels for this display. Once we were back at school in September, we created these portraits in the style of Jackson Pollock. We hope you like them!
Today, we have been exploring Stone Age cave paintings. We started by creating a ‘cave wall’ using clay and then used our sketch books to try out some ideas. We used charcoal, pastels, paints and crayon. Everyone was very creative and at the end of the lesson we shared our work with the class.