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Hi and welcome to Year 5. We have got lots going on this year throughout the curriculum and have started fantastically! Below are our main focuses with regards to topics over the year which we intend to learn about and share with you (particularly in our World War Two class assembly, as well as Ancient Greeks class assembly!):

Autumn 1 - Children in World War 2 and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Autumn 2 - Children in World War 2 and Earth and Space;
Spring 1 - Ancient Greece and Living Things and Their Habitats;
Spring 2 - Settlements and Properties and changes of materials!
Summer 1 - Rivers and Changes of State!
Summer 2 - Current News/Children's Choice!

Please see below some of our learning focuses, but please come and see us if you have any questions about our learning and wish to find out more!
Year 5 Greek Vase Day 2018

On Friday 9th February 2018, Year 5 enjoyed a Greek Vase Day, where they began by learning all about the importance of Greek Vases, as well as what they tell us about the past (all the way back to the 3000’s BC). They designed their own Greek pots, with labels, captions and instructions, as well as shared ideas for what type of vase/pot they wanted to produce, and the purpose it would have had in the Greek era. Once their designs were finished, they made use of their carving knives, clay and water to create their designs- look below, what do you think?

The Year 5’s then reflected on their own and other’s vases and evaluated, thinking what went well, what could have been improved and what they would recommend to people if they were to teach them in the future.

Even though it required a lot of perseverance, planning and control, children loved their experience and have produced some top quality vases (that I’m sure you’d be proud to display at home!).

Here’s what some of them had to say about the day:

Imogen – ‘Our Greek Vase Day was really fun, but challenging at the same time. I think all of our vases look like Greek vases, we did great!’

Finley – ‘Our Greek Vase Day was very fun, I hope we do it again. It was very challenging!’

Hannah – ‘I really enjoyed making the vase, because I’ve never really made something out of clay before! I found it tricky, because I had to repair it several times and I found it challenging’.

Kerrieanne – ‘When I was making my vase, I didn’t need to start again, so I was proud.’
Year 5’s Greek Day!

Last week, Year 5 enjoyed a wonderful curriculum ‘Greek Day’. We were able to branch out in our learning and experience what it may have been like to transcribe and write in the Greek alphabet; eat Greek food and compete in Gem groups to win our very own Greek Olympics!

Here, you can see groups competing with the javelin throw, as well as the discus, where we measured the distances and were able to identify the winners from each Gem group.

Additionally, we competed in the ‘Legendary long jump, again resulting in overall winners for the event. We added in our own creative game, whereby we had to bounce the ball into the basket, which required estimation, precision and control, all of which the Greek Olympians required.

Overall, the points were counted and the overall winners were Amber, so congratulations to those members! Having said this, the children showed good gamesmanship, team work and ambition- all of which we’ve worked on with our Primrose Lane Learner Values.

To complete what was a fabulous day, all children helped prepare Greek food to eat and enjoy from a hard day’s work in the Olympics! It included the delicious hummus, feta cheese, olives and pitta bread.

Here’s what some of us thought of the day:

Mckenzie – ‘I enjoyed the Greek writing because it was challenging and fun!’
Kai – ‘I also enjoyed the Greek writing – it’s much different to ours! Also, I enjoyed doing the Greek Olympics!’
Libby – ‘I enjoyed the Greek food!’
Kerrienanne – ‘I enjoyed the Greek Olympics – especially the javelin!’
Megan – ‘I enjoyed the discus (but sometimes they got lost on the roof!’
Jasmine – ‘I enjoyed dressing up for the day, even though I fell over my tunic!’
Year 5 Fire Safety Session

On Wednesday 24th January 2018, Year 5 had a visit from two Fire Fighters from Wetherby Fire Service. They came to discuss safety and precautions we must take with regards to fire and accidents. We began answering questions about what causes a fire and learnt about the triangulation of ‘Heat, Fuel and Oxygen’; as well as what we need to do and be aware of in an emergency. The whole of Year 5 were surprised to hear that there was only one fire engine in Wetherby and that they had over 500 - 600 emergency call outs per year! The Fire Fighters went on to discuss how serious a phone-call was and the unfortunate times where ‘hoax’ or ‘prank’ phone-calls have been made and resulted in serious consequences. The videos we watched were realistic and helped our understanding of how serious it is to prevent emergencies. The car crashing at 30mph was a shock – we definitely got the message about wearing a seatbelt! Additionally, we were told that fire alarms should be tested weekly……let’s hope the children take this responsibility for this in their households from now on!

Here’s what some of us thought:

McKenzie – ‘I’m wanting to send out a strong message, WEAR A SEATBELT!’

Toby – ‘If you ever have a fire, you need a ‘fire action plan’, so that you and others know where to go.’

Jasmine – ‘I learnt that a child can only take three breaths until they become unconscious in smoke.’

Stanley – ‘I learnt that just going at 30mph in a vehicle, can make you go flying and potentially have a fatal accident!’
Year 5 Cooking WW2 Pasties!

On Monday 11th December 2017, Year 5 made and cooked Cornish Pasties as part of our World War 2 focus on rations and making use of food that was available at that time. We used the recipe and ingredients below, ensuring that we were hygienic and safe in preparing the food.

Ingredients (Makes 2):
3oz plain flour
1oz margarine
1/2 carrot, finely chopped
2 small potatoes, cut into 1/8ths
2” piece of leek, finely chopped
2 pinches of vegetable stock powder
3” x 2” mature cheddar cheese, cubed
1 teaspoon oil

Preheat oven to 220c or gas mark 6
To make the pastry:
Rub the margarine into the flour
Use just enough water to bring together in to a ball
Set aside

To make the filling:
Place the leeks in a microwaveable bowl with the oil, cover with cling film and cook on high for 1min 30 seconds,
Leave the leeks to cool, be careful when taking off the cling-film as steam is released, add potatoes, carrot, cheese and stock powder and mix well.

To make the pasty:
Split the pastry in to two and roll each piece out about 1/4” thick,
Put half the mix in to the middle of each piece of pastry,
Fold up to enclose the filling,
Place on a baking tray,
Cook for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown and piping hot,
Leave to cool a little before serving.

We would like to thank Mrs Jude for helping us through this process and teaching us vital skills in cooking hygiene, measuring accurately and following a set of instructions.

See the pictures of us cooking and eating our pasties!
Year 5’s ‘Home Front WWII’ visit to Murton Park

On Monday 9th October 2017, Year 5 went on their ‘Home Front’ trip as part of their World War Two focus. We learnt lots, ranging from experiences of evacuees, women’s jobs and rationing, to general way of life during the war times, as well as various facts about the war itself. Throughout the day, the whole class represented the school impeccably, showing excellent behaviour, but also willingly showing to the leaders how much they already knew about World War Two. The leaders were very impressed at the knowledge the children were giving and the eagerness they had with answering and asking questions. Both Mrs T and the ARP Warden both quoted at the end ‘It was a true pleasure today with the children, one of the best, if not the best we’ve ever had here for the Homefront trip. It was great to extend these children with further knowledge and activities than what we usually do, because they were so knowledgeable and efficient with activities!’.

Children got right into character for the day, coming into school dressed as evacuees, with their identity cards, ration books and labels attached to them, showing who they were and where they came from. Throughout the day, children were straight in role conducting usual jobs expected from children and adults during the 1939-1945 era. The jobs ranged from creating rag rugs, cleaning and drying clothes, making flapjacks, putting out fire-bombs as fire-guards and putting up the blacks to ensure the Germans didn’t bomb us! Having said this, we did have a real life air-raid, where we ‘pulled together’ and shared Anderson shelters to keep us safe.

It really was a pleasure to see such great learning first hand, with handling such artefacts as ‘gas masks’, different weapons used, helmets etc; as well as viewing what was a week’s ration for an adult would be…..we all agreed it was absolutely nothing- what do you think…?

Here is what some of us thought of the day:

Toby: ‘I really enjoyed visiting Murton Park, especially when we got to put out the bombs pretending to be Fireguards’.

Rhys: ‘I really enjoyed the trip to Murton Park. I liked putting the fire bomb out with the WW2 hose’.

Imogen: ‘My favourite part of Murton Park was doing the washing, because it was a different way of doing it, as we had to do it by hand’.

Sam: ‘My favourite part of Murton park was when the siren went off and we had to walk to our Anderson shelter. We had to stay really quiet’.

Hannah: ‘I really enjoyed baking flapjacks at Murton Park, because I love baking at home. Also, I liked making our rugs, because I never thought you could make a rug without sewing’.

Kai: ‘I really enjoyed Murton Park, because we got to put on a training gas mask, but not a real one’.

Tilly: ‘I enjoyed Murton Park! My favourite part was when we washed the dirty clothes. I also enjoyed tack cleaning, because it was very different to the way we do it today’.
‘Little Suitcase’- Judith Rhodes visits Year 5

On Friday 29th September 2017, Judith Rhodes visited Year 5 to discuss her mother’s (Ursula Michel) life during the 1930’s and 1940’s, before, during and after World War Two. Ursula was a refugee who came from Nazi Germany to England in 1938, on one of the last Kindertransports. Ursula’s parents and younger sister were unable to leave Germany, and they perished in the Holocaust. Judith shared her mother’s story, explaining why she was evacuated, the effect it had as she arrived, and events afterwards, including never seeing her sister/parents again. Judith also brought in her mother’s original suitcase, which she packed on departing Germany for England (as seen in the image below, as well as the visit name, it wasn’t the largest of bags for ‘all’ of her possessions!).

After watching a short clip, the children were able to ask questions about Ursula and Nazi Germany and compare it to their lives of today, as well as empathise with how Ursula will have felt. The children of Year 5 were enthralled, asking insightful questions such as ‘What did the children do for fun?’ (Megan); ‘Your film mentioned about your Grandfather and Auntie trying to escape to Switzerland from Nazi Germany- how far did they get?’ (Ben); ‘Are you the last Rhodes alive?’ (Daniel); ‘How did the Germans know if people were Jewish?’ (Jasmine); ‘How long was your grandfather in the concentration camp for?’ (Charlie C); and many more!

Judith left by thanking the children for a wonderful visit, expressing how impressed she was by the eagerness and enthusiasm of the children and the inquisitive questions they asked. Well done Year 5! However, it’s also thanks to Judith for sharing this story. This is what some of the children had to say about the visit:

Lauren- ‘I liked it where Judith showed all of her mother’s personal items, such as her little suitcase and her jumper that she came over to England in’

Toby- ‘I found it really interesting, because Judith told us about how her mother got evactuated and how she managed to survive (without her family around)’

Hannah- ‘I enjoyed watching the clip and asking her all of the interesting questions and finding out the answers’

Sam- ‘I liked listening to the questions and answers’

Stanley- ‘I was shocked to see how small the suitcase was, considering it was packed for a six year evacuation’

We have been learning various new strategies to add, subtract, multiply and divide, ensuring we can apply these to problems. Additionally, we continue to learn about time (along with reading and interpreting timetables), shape, area, perimeter, fractions, decimals, percentages and many more!

To learn and practise your timestables, use: http://www.transum.org/Tables/Times_Tables.asp

In Science, we have been learning about 'Earth and Space'. We have developed our own Powerpoints, learnt about the significance and phases of the Moon, as well as the solar system as a whole (with all the spherical planets, the Sun and much more!). Below are a selection of pictures which show our own measured out solar systems (relative distances - obviously!), as well as groups demonstrating that the Moon reflects light from the Sun.