Year 5 took part in a Reading Cafe which involved the children all discussing their reading book with their peers and giving a summary of the plot so far to encourage others to read their chosen book.
As part of our topic of “How do humans survive?” we have been studying the work of Charles Darwin. During our Charles Darwin experience we watched two animated documentaries showing his journey to the Galapagos. We noticed how the beaks of Finches were different depending upon what they ate. We conducted an experiment which involved using different shaped Forceps to investigate how many seeds we would be able to collect and then calculated the average to discover which shaped beak would be best suited for collecting and eating different seeds as this was how birds had adapted to suit their environment in the Galapagos.
As part of our topic of "How do humans survive?" Year 5 watched a documentary by Sir David Attenborough which showcased the rare and unusual animals and creatures which can be found on the Galapagos Islands. Year 5 recorded facts about these unusual creatures before creating questions of their own which they will be investigating during our core skills sessions this week!
Team Gecko thoroughly enjoyed working with a skipping coach as our pictures show! We were taught different skills and techniques for how to skip for enjoyment and to improve our fitness and stamina. We practiced skipping independently as well as part of a group before having the opportunity to showcase our talents during an assembly.
Year 5 spent a day working with Mr Pepper from Silverscreen productions to create our very own film using green screen about the plague hitting London during the 1600's. We used and applied our understanding and studied the lives of characters from the past and used these to inspire our own film. The children studied clips which gave them a historical understanding of this period and acted in the role of inhabitants of London from during this era whilst other children took the role of a modern day news reporter! We will be launching our film during January and we will invite you in to showcase our understanding!
As part of our topic about "What would happen if I got ill in the past?" Year 5 have studied the process of mummification and their excellent work is displayed alongside their canopic jars which the children designed and created.
The children from Team Gecko have been learning how to play the Djembe Drum which originate from Ghana!
Team Gecko were given the challenge to separate materials using sieving and filtering to remove sticks, stones and soil from water. The groups were challenged to create the cleanest water at the end of their experiment by removing the sediment.
Djanogly School Athletics Tournament at Djanogly City Academy.
Biome experience: The children were challenged by our Dora The Explorer learning leader to visit a range of different biomes and investigate how the plants and animals have adapted to live there.
In Year 5 we have been using place value counters from our new Maths Tool Kits to support us with our calculations for addition and subtraction, by making the calculation using practical resources.