For the past couple of weeks in Year 5, we have been focusing on Explanation Texts. We have looked at some scientific explanations for technique ideas and some nonsense explanations for inspiration. We then tried to explain how a vacuum cleaner works (or at least what our imaginations might lead us to believe). There was talk of hedgehogs, tornadoes and even sucky monsters! The resulting explanations were informative, well organised and extremely creative – as you can see from the photos. You might never look at your vacuum cleaner in the same way again.
After all of the explanation practising, and combined with our newly attained knowledge from our Town Trail trip, we created our own ‘Kid’s Guide to Bishop’s Stortford’. They were full of interesting information explaining about some of the landmarks in our town. The drama activity we warmed up with certainly showed there are some budding tour guides amongst us!
Maths recently has been all about angles: identifying them, measuring them and drawing them. Using a protractor is challenging. We found out it requires particularly close attention to detail – and practise! Resilience was definitely the key Learning Power on display here.
We have been looking at ‘Growing Older’ as part of the human lifecycle in science, trying to deal in facts and not fall into the trap of stereotyping. This evoked some rich discussion and reflection by many of us.
Following on from our Town Trail, we came up with many ideas for how we could improve our local community. Taking into account both time and financial constraints we settled on a Local Litter Pick (equipment supplied by TUBS – Tidy Up Bishops Stortford) and we set about ridding the area around Summercroft of any pesky rubbish. This also seemed to link well with our STEM week focus earlier in the term. The local area definitely looked better after we had given it a good clean up.
Having fully committed to the ‘Walk a Mile’ programme this half-term we are pleased to announce
the total number of miles walked by Year 5 this half-term is 1363. Wow, that’s further than from one end of the UK to the other. The children have done exceptionally well, especially considering the unusually high temperatures we have experienced these past few weeks. Fitness and stamina levels have definitely increased and the children have risen to this challenge in a very positive fashion.
Well done Year 5 for your effort, mistakes, smiles, achievements, problem solving, determination and laughter throughout this past year, all of which will hold you in good stead for Year 6 & beyond.
Thank you, Miss Bryant & Mr Eaton