Our topic for Spring Term is:
Linking into our Spring topic, Year 5 did some fabulous “unhomework” about Ancient Greece.
We had a really interesting and informative trip to the Ashmoelan Museum in Oxford, where we looked around the Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian galleries and were able to (carefully) handle and investigate real Ancient Greek artifacts.
In English we have been reading “The Ice Bear” by Jackie Morris.
We used the text to investigate the use of drama in exploring a text, including freeze-framing, hot-seating and role on the wall.
We have also been exploring using descriptive techniques to write in character as either Mother Polar Bear, who has just had her cub stolen away, or as the human parents, who find the lost child.
In Science we have been investigating Earth and Space.
We had a lot of fun getting dizzy in the hall acting out the moon orbiting the Earth, which was rotating while orbiting the sun.
We also made a model of our solar system using fruit and toilet paper and investigated the geocentric and heliocentric models of the solar system.
We had fun writing silly mnemonics to help us to remember the order of the planets:
My very educated mother just served us nachos.
My very excitable monkey just slid under Neptune.
My very enormous mouse just sat under Naomi.
My very excitable messy jellyfish sometimes uses napkins.
We were very lucky with the weather when we were learning about day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. The sun came out long enough for us to measure shadows in the morning and afternoon, allowing us to see the sun’s “movement” across the sky, the movement of the shadow and the change in length of the shadow.
Everybody worked really hard on their unhomework, enjoying some time with their adults stargazing and recording what they could see, as well as creating some amazing and informative Earth and Space themed projects.