In Year 5 Maths we have been busy measuring and calculating the perimeter and area of different shapes. Paper clips helped to remind us about perimeter while newspapers were most helpful with area. We made single square metres out of newspaper then used them as a benchmark to estimate the area of our classrooms. As you can see from the photographs, we employed various techniques with our newspaper squares to do this – some more successful than others!
We have done quite a bit of running around on the playground this week – mainly for Science and English. In Science our focus is Forces – and more specifically this week, air resistance. Having run around on the playground with large pieces of paper and raised the eyebrows of any on-lookers, we then came up with our own scientific questions relating to paper helicopters, for example ‘Does the length of the propeller blade affect the speed it falls?’. We then planned and carried out our own investigations in order to try to answer these questions for ourselves.
In English, the running around on the playground was to do with Tag – the context for our shared writing. We are developing characters and trying to show a changing relationship between them. Flashbacks are also a feature of this week’s writing. This will all help us next week with our independent writing.
Music from Vera Lynn and Glenn Miller has been heard floating down the corridors from both Year 5 classrooms. We appreciated some music by listening and comparing the two rather different styles – both popular during World War 2. Our next step is to modernise one of the songs and try to bring it right up-to-date in a 2018 style. We can’t wait to hear the final compositions.