Welcome to Year 5 Swan Class!
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My name is Miss Smith, I am the Class Teacher of Swans Class and the Teaching Assistants are Mrs Davis and Mrs Duck.
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Our Learning Project this term is...
Roll up, roll up! You're going on a day trip to a theme park to soak up the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair.
Learn about the Science behind roller coasters and write poems that are shaped as a loop the loop. Design your own theme park and show your ideas on a digital map.
Testing, testing! Time for some mini investigations. Cam mechanisms, pendulums, pulleys and prototypes. Let's go behind the scenes to see forces at work.
Good news! The engineers at 'Scream Towers' love your work and want you to build a death defying new drop ride for a theme park. Make a working model and test it out with uncooked eggs. Cracking stuff!
Okay, ready to ride? Don't forget to scream if you want to go faster!
Term 5 - Pharaohs
Let's travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt. Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.
Find out about life on the river's fertile banks, discovering Egypt and it's fascinating culture.
Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts. Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods! Make yourself a nemes and you'll really look the part.
Become an apprentice and work for Ramose - he's the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife.
Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt - who knows what treasures you'll find?
Term 4 - Beast Creator
A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast! He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting!
Arachnids,invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks… Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out! How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it?
Build a bug hotel or a wonderful wormery – then watch them wriggle and burrow, mixing earth as they go!
Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest beasts – scorpions, ants and venomous spiders… Perhaps the Vespa mandarinia japonica is the one that you fear?
But... ‘There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly… Perhaps she’ll die?’
Term 3 - Peasants, Princes & Pestilence
Flee your fields, close your doors and pull up the drawbridge: the dreaded and deathly 'Great Pestilence' is here! Mount your steed and gallop through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain, sword and shield at the ready, pledging your allegiance to king and country!
Rouse your troops with promises of bloody battle and violent jousts. Read and write historical accounts, poems and tales and discover the grotesque effects of bugs and bacteria on the human body.
And if you smell a rat, my friend - get out of there!
If you would like to have a look at some more information about our current learning - have a look at these:
The Black Death - DK Find Out
The Black Death Plague - Ducksters History
The Plague - Medieval Europe
The Black Death - Bubonic Plague - History for Kids
The Black Death - Kids Konnect (Fun Facts and Worksheets)
The Great Plague - Children's British History Encyclopedia
The Great Plague - KS2 Reading Booklet
Term 2.... Stargazers!
Journey through space, the final frontier… Navigate beyond the Sun: the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system!
Investigate the 8 planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Take a look at the moon, a celestial body that orbits Earth.
Compare the time of day at different places on Earth and use GPS navigation systems to track hidden treasure! Get in a spin making simple models of the solar system and listen to the haunting sound of space-themed songs.
Then it’s three, two, one…. BLAST OFF! Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission.
Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or are there other forms of life out there?
See below for all of our amazing learning so far this term...
Term 1.... Off With Her Head!
What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife? Was she really that bad?
Travel back in time to the 1500 and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history.
Discover an opulent court where dancing and singing goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour – and even swifter falling of heads!
Develop your painting skills in miniature, solve riddles and remember to protect your precious neck with a large white ruff – if you want to survive at Tudor court!
Flex your detective muscles and become a criminal investigator! Will you find out the facts, or will the evidence from the past bemuse you? How will you find the accused… Innocent or guilty?
It’s your turn to take part in one of the most famous trials the world has ever known!
If you would like to have a look at some more information about the our current learning - have a look at these:
Planet Facts - Kidzone
Fun Space Facts - Science Kids
10 facts about space - Nat Geo Kids
Space facts - Space facts
Earth, Sun and Moon - BBC bitesize
Space facts for Kids - Soft Schools
Space facts - The Planets