Welcome to Year 5
Mr Lancaster and Mrs O'Brien
Mrs Chaoui, Mrs Hay, Mrs Henehan, Mrs Ives, Mrs Norman, Miss Sloan and Mrs Snedden
The children in Year 5 have had a very busy start to their time in Upper Key Stage 2. On their first day back from the summer holidays they began their astronaut training. We found out about the range of skills that are required to become an astronaut and then we set about our day of training. Amongst a range of exercises we experienced what it might be like to repair part of the International Space Station (ISS) whilst working in a small space and under time pressure, we put our communication skills to the test in a paired drawing activity, we tested our reflexes and we designed our own mission patches. On Friday we completed our first piece of writing based on the view of Earth from the ISS and the teachers were all impressed with the children's focus. We also designed, built, tested and evaluated a Mars landing pod. We examined the impact of shock absorption and then used this knowledge to redistribute the force felt during landing. It was a lot of fun!
Keep an eye out for further updates on our learning about Anglo-Saxons, space and our writing and sketching based around our core text of The Lost Thing.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our art unit, which has been focusing on basic sketching techniques. See if you can spot our effective shading used to make our drawings more realistic. In science we have been learning about the phases of the Moon with an investigation involving a polystyrene ball on a stick and a torch! We lowered the blinds, turned out the lights and were able to see the waxing and waning of the Moon.