Friday, 6 July 2018

Ground Force Day!

Today year 5 helped Ms Hawkins to develop out outdoor learning area. And had great fun too!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Reproduction of flowering plants.

Class 5 studied the reproduction of flowering plants by dissecting daffodils and making careful annotated drawings.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Friday, 16 March 2018

Open afternoon

Just a few photos of parents sharing in the children's application of learning in class and their creative home learning projects. Thank you to parents for joining us to celebrate and share in our learning. A lovely afternoon was enjoyed by all.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Creative application of learning

Following on from our last blog which ended with a difference of opinion about whether aluminium foil is a conductor or an insulator, today we discovered the truth. If you want to know how, read on...
Today year 5 applied their learning about circuits, conductors, insulators, food chains and life cycles in one neat project. They made quiz games that light up when you get the answer to a question correct!
This project involved working collaboratively, problem solving, research using the Internet, persevering when things didn't go quite right AND meeting a tight deadline. What do you think the answer to the foil conundrum is?Fantastic learning year 5! I'm a very proud teacher today!!
Tomorrow we will test the games out on parents at our open afternoon and get some feedback about our circuit making skills and the quality of our quiz questions.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Long time, no blog!

Our blog hasn't been working for a while but I'm pretty sure we're back on track now, so here goes...
Today class 5 investigated which materials act as conductors and insulators by interrupting a simple circuit. After a few minor hiccups, such as forgetting to include a battery in the circuit(!!), we successfully identified which materials were insulators and which were conductors.
Here are a few comments from the children about their learning:
"I thought that the magnet was going to conduct electricity, but it didn't."
"I discovered that when I tested the scissors, the blade (metal) was a conductor and the handles (plastic) were an insulator."
"I was surprised that all of my predictions were true."
"I discovered that the foil was not a conductor."
"I found that the foil did conduct electricity,"

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Scientific enquiry continued...

Today Year 5 continued with their investigation following the 'Firework in a jar' investigation of a few weeks ago. The children thought of their own questions based on the results of the previous enquiry. They planned and carried out their own investigations changing the warm water to either milk, cold water or fizzy water, or changing the type of oil from baby oil to sunflower oil. They observed to see if a different reaction occurred and this is what they found...
Milk investigation: "When we poured in the food colouring, it went into little blobs and drained down into the milk and stained it green. There were no little 'explosions' of colour like before."
Cold water investigation: "This was quite a lot different. We think that the cold water was less dense than the hot water so the food colouring fell through the water more quickly than the first investigation. The blobs also started coming back up again."
Fizzy water investigation: "It looked a bit like the original investigation (warm water) except there was about a 2 second delay before the blobs sank. Also some of the bobs of food colouring stuck to the bottom of the jar."
Sunflower oil investigation: "It was all slimey and gooey. It turned green."