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Bridgetown Primary School

Caring, Learning, Succeeding

Year 5

Learning about the Planets

Today we learned about the relative sizes of and distance between the planets. We drew each planet to scale using a compass or string. 1cm=1000km. To do this we had to find out the diameter of each planet, then we halved the diameter to find the radius. We set our compass so that the distance between points was the radius. For larger planets, we measured a piece of string which was the same size as the radius. Drawing the planets to scale really helped us to appreciate the size of each planet. Next we worked out the distance from the sun, again to scale 1cm = 1 million km. Finally we went into the playground and measured the distances of planet from the sun and we all stood in the correct positions. We couldn’t believe how far along the field Neptune was!

 

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Lego Day

What a fantastic day of building, investigating and teamwork! Today we followed quite tricky instructions to make a space buggy. Then we changed the gears on our buggies to find out the affect it had in the speed and distance travelled. Some of our results were quite unusual but in general we found that smaller gears made the buggy go faster and larger gears made the buggy go slower. The buggy travelled further with larger wheels as they gave it more power. We also created craters to see if our buggies could travel over them.

 

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Topic Day- Astronaut Training

What a fantastic first day back we have had learning about what it takes to be an astronaut.

At the start of the day we were each given an envelope containing a letter inviting us to take part in the UNSA Astro Science Challenge. The program involves completing 6 challenges, which have been designed in partnership with the European Space Agency, the Science Museum, the MET Office and The Royal Greenwich Observatory.

Click on the link below to find out more.

The morning was spent taking part in lots of different challenges to develop the key skills astronauts need: teamwork, listening and communication, memory and problem solving.

In the afternoon we worked in teams to achieve the first UNSA space Cadet Badge; Build & Launch a Rocket.

We can’t wait to find out what our next challenge will be!

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Spring 2019

Welcome Back! We have an exciting term ahead, here is an overview of themes and topics for this half term.

 

Week

Maths

English

Science

Topic

Week 1

Perimeter

Creating information booklets about planets

Forces : Air Resistance

Astronaut Training day

Week 2

Multiplication & Division

Stories on a similar theme:

science fiction stories

Lego Day

Planets

Week 3

Forces: Water resistance

Earth Sun and Moon

Week 4

Forces: Friction

Day and night

 

Week 5

Fractions

Extended instructions: How to be an astronaut

The Space Race

Moon Phases , Seasons and eclipses

Week 6

Trip to National Space Centre, Leicester

Anglo-Saxon Assembly

We have been practising our Anglo- Saxon assembly this week and are very impressed by the speed in which children have learnt their parts. The performance is on Tuesday 18th December at 9:15am, everyone is welcome to attend. Please can any costumes be in school by Thursday 13th; children requiring costumes received a letter on Monday 3rd December explaining what they need to bring in.

Children need to keep practising the ‘Viking Rock’ song.

Many thanks for your support.

Viking Rock Words

Viking Rock Backing Track

Anglo-Saxon Homework

We have been bowled over by the amazing standard of homework produced for the POWer projects. Well done Year Five!

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Anglo—Saxon Houses

What a fantastic 2 days we have had working on our engineering and teamwork skills. We worked in groups of 3 to design and build Anglo-Saxon style houses. First, we drew a plan to scale and then carefully measured and sawed the wood for the frame. We had to be very precise when gluing our frame together to create strong and accurate joins. Team work was essential as we fixed the base and top in place. We persevered even when we found parts of the construction tricky; this was especially the case with the roof! Our final frames were very strong and sturdy. Even though our frames were constructed in exactly the same way, all of our houses look different thanks to their creative and imaginative exteriors.

 

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Topics

We have some brilliant topics in Year 5 which we hope will engage, enthuse and inspire pupils. Here is a brief overview of the topics; we will post more detailed topic trackers at the start of each term.

 

Autumn Term

Here, There and Everywhere

The Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

Spring Term

Space

Volcanoes

Summer Term

Shakespeare study and performance

Ancient Greece

Year 5 Autumn Term 1

 

Take a look at the exciting things Year 5 will be delving into this Autumn term! Our topic this half term is Here, There and Everywhere! We hope to develop our understanding of maps and map symbols before our trip to the Clopton Hills! More information about the trip date will be sent in due course.

 

Week English Maths Science Topic
Week 1 Descriptive narratives based on a journey on a magic carpet Investigation games    
Week 2 Non Chronological reports based on China Place Value Human development Continents, countries and capital cities
Week 3 Traditional tales from other cultures Class mapping
Week 4 The Vitruvian Man Grid references and ordnance survey symbols
Week 5 Narrative poetry: The Highwayman Addition and subtraction Human development investigation
Week 6 Clopton Hills visit
Week 7 Maps and aerial photographs

 

Welcome Back!

The Year 5 team are very excited about the start of term and all of the fantastic learning experiences which are ahead in the new school year.

The Year 5 team from L-R Mrs Warren, Mrs Luckhurst, Mrs Langford, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Element, Mrs Dale & Mrs Cockburn
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