Learning in Year 5

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!

Ancient Egyptian Day
Year 5 spent a very busy day this week celebrating all their learning about the Ancient Egyptians. During the morning they created spaghetti pyramids, decoded Hieroglyphic messages, made cartouches, made papyrus and cooked Cleopatra’s favourite sweets! Then, in the afternoon, they transformed the hall into a museum! All of the children’s fantastic projects were on display to see, and they themselves were the tour guides, explaining their research and creativity to their parents.
A wonderful day was had by all, and a special thank you goes out to all of the parents who came to share this experience with us!


As part of our science unit: reversible and irreversible changes, Year 5 have been mummifying tomatoes!
We considered different ingredients which could be used to preserve fresh food and decided to use water, salt, tissue, vinegar and a combination of tissue and vinegar.
We then debated how to make our investigation fair and decided the best way would be to try each ingredient in two ways: once with a whole tomato and once with a tomato which had been hollowed out (just like how the Egyptians removed the internal organs from their dead).
Finally, we predicted what might happen to the tomatoes in the different ingredients.
Now we are waiting to see what happens to each tomato. Miss Provost has noticed lots of people checking on them every day!

The Perse Rugby Trip
Year 5 spent a fantastic afternoon today at The Perse School where they were treated to a rugby lesson from a group of enthusiastic and skilled sixth form students. The children thoroughly enjoyed their experience and were keen to share their rugby techniques! They were extremely grateful for the opportunity and particularly enjoyed the cake at the end!


Becoming Cartographers
Year 5 recently spent time learning all about the challenges of cartography when they were tasked with creating a map of Egypt. Some people even managed to compare the scale of Egypt to the scale of Britain! They discovered how to navigate an atlas! 

“Before today I didn’t know how to use a key which had a disputed boundary” ~ Harmony 

“Before today I didn’t know how to identify the flat parts of a country.” ~ Ummayya

“I discovered that Sinai was the highest mountain.” ~Neaton 

“My amazing fact is that along the river Nile and it’s delta there are 10 cities!” ~Ravi

Making Mummies
This week year 5 have had lots of fun using sculpture to share their ideas about Ancient Egypt. First they sculpted ‘dummy mummies’ out of clay, as the Ancient Egyptians would have. Then they created a plaster Cartonnage, which would have been sewn together around the dead person. Finally they decorated the case with symbolic patterns and symbols, to show the dead spirits the way to the after-life. 

“A mummy is a piece of art because it has a lot of care dedicated to it and it is still a man made piece of art!” ~Evie 

“I used a knife to cut the clay body and squished the toes to make the shape. I made the hands by pinching it.” ~Hoi Lok


Put a price on it
As part of our class council theme of ‘respect’, Year 5 discussed the value of different things. At first they did this with objects (a pencil case, the school), then with people. As soon as they were asked to put a price on Maria, they replied that she was priceless because she is unique. Then, when they discussed how they would feel if someone tried to put a price on them, all replied that they would feel “hurt”, “empty” and soulless”, because they are worth more than money.
Afterwards, they were asked who they would choose to split a pot of money between if they were the government (police, fire services etc.) Some children suggested they would give all of the money to the poor, to hospitals, or to countries that are at war. Others stated they would keep it, since it is impossible to determine whether someone really needs the money or is only pretending out of greed.

“I think if you’re rich, I would just want the right amount of money so no one is rich or poor.” ~Isobel

“ If you put a price on a soul you’re a meany and you don’t show respect.” ~Louis

Web of kindness
In our class council this half term, we have been thinking about respect. One afternoon we had a brilliant time creating a web of kindness. As we passed the wool to different people, we paid them a compliment, until our whole class was tied together!

“I love how Adorn is a good friend on the playground.” ~Hoi Lok

“I chose Harmony because she’s nice to sit next to in guided reading.” ~Benjamin 

“Re’ah you’re really good at literacy” ~Maria

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