Learning in Year 5

Science Day
Year 5 had a fabulous time on Science Day! From discovering the lify cycle of a zebra fish to extracting the DNA from a banana, the day was a complete blast! We would like to take this opportunity ti say a huge thank you to all of the wonderful parents who spent time inspiring our young learners. 



Bake Sale
As the grand finale to our mini-enterprise topic, Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic bake sale last Wednesday. They created fantastic presentations to display all of their work throughout the topic and then sold their creations. They welcomed their parents in and did a fantastic sales effort: raising a whopping £90 for our school charity, Addenbrookes!
Well done Year 5 and thank you to all parents for your support. 


Biscuit making
After deciding on their final designs, the children were very excited to create their final product. Excellent team working skills were in evidence, as groups worked together to bake, decorate and produce excellent product presentations. 


Prototype testing
After taste-testing a number of shop-bought biscuits and carrying out some market research into what is already available, Year 5 have developed their own ideas for new biscuits, which they hope will take the snacking world by storm! To test out their ideas, they invited their willing victims parents in, to taste and evaluate their prototypes. They will then use their feedback to inform the design of their final product. 


World Book Day
Year 5 really enjoyed World Book Day 2017! They excitedly took part in the sponsored silent read and were very proud that every single child managed to read in silence for a full 90 minutes! In maths they explored the average sentence and word lengths of a few of their favourite books. 


Later Years E-Safety Parent Guide
Following our successful E-Safety session with ‘the 2 Johns’ and Safer Internet Day (14.2.17), we have written a guide for parents who are unsure about apps and the internet. Please do read through this with your children. Please click here to see the guide.


Africa Day
As part of our Arriving in Africa topic, today Year 5 have had Africa Day! We first enjoyed an excellent introduction talk about what life is like in the Maasai Mara from Ben’s mum, who spent several years living in Africa. She bought in lots of fascinating artefacts and taught us lots of interesting and gruesome facts!

“I learnt that people who live in the Maasai Mara live in small troupes (around 10 families). The people there have very long hair if men and very short hair for women. They are famous for how well they know the land.” – Zoey

“I learnt that in the Maasai Mara they mix blood with milk and the people are very tall. They also don’t like sweets or chocolate!” – Shane

We also continued work on our safari animal mask projects, enjoyed reading and acting out a traditional Kenyan tale and practised a Maasai jumping dance! We hope you enjoy the photos and videos of our experiences!


Year 5 Africa

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Year 5 visit to The Scott Polar Museum and Botanic Gardens
Last week Year 5 enjoyed an excellent trip to not one, but two special locations in Cambridge. They explored the Scott Polar Museum and learnt all about Scott’s eventful adventure and how his team survived the harsh environment. They loved visiting the Botanic gardens and exploring the glass houses to find out how plants adapt to all sorts of environments.  

Mabel: “I enjoyed listening to the gruesome story at the Scott Polar. I also enjoyed learning in two different environments in one trip!” 

Aphonso: “I enjoyed both the Scott Polar museum (because of the fascinating story) and the Botanic Garden (as I learnt that the rainforest floor doesn’t have much light).”

Fatima: “I enjoyed learning how plants adapt to different countries.”


Wonderous Writing
This week Year 5 are having a wonderful time designing their very own animal encyclopaedia! Inspired by the beautifully illustrated Wonder Garden, they have written non-fiction descriptions of lots of different animals. They have also enjoyed an inspirational visit from a real-life children’s book illustrator, John, who showed them how to draw different types of contour lines!
We look forward to sharing the final product of all our hard work!

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