Year 5 Home Grid Letter / Information
Our new TSU topic for the Spring term is WW2. We started the topic with our pre launch lesson where we looked at the time periods we have already studied (this helped us to place WW2 on a timeline). We briefly looked at the causes of WW1 which in turn led to the start of WW2. In our launch lesson we then collaborated as a class to formulate our 10 investigation questions that we are going to research this term. The first lesson in the topic was a Geography task where we had to look at a map of the world and identify the Allies and Axis powers and place them on our own map. We researched the capital cities and the leaders of the countries at the time of the war. We then investigated the main UK cities that were targeted in the Blitz and identified these on a UK map alongside areas that children were evacuated to.
We were also lucky enough to take part in a WW2 Home Front workshop with Matthew Bellwood where we looked at evacuation, the role of people who were still in Britain at the time of the war as well as rationing and propaganda.
Amazing home learning
Our World War Two session with Matthew Bellwood
Using maps to locate counties
Queen Victoria - Part 1
Queen Victoria - Part 2
Children in Need
On Thursday last week, Y5 went to Leeds Grand Theatre to watch the Northern Ballet performance of Merlin. We were amazed by the talent of the dancers and how brilliant the set and special effects were! On Friday in our weekly session with the Northern Ballet, we used what we had seen to inspire our dancing. We had to create our own version of the battle scene from Merlin and we are sure you will agree that our performances were fantastic.
Last week Y5 went to the Leeds Industrial Museum where we all got the chance to take on the role of a Victorian child. We experienced what life was like for children in the schools and also in the wool mills that were here in Leeds.
We have had a very busy week in Y5. On Tuesday we had the chance to work with Sam and bring our Victorian tile designs to life. We are now waiting for Sam to fire them in his kiln and then they can be glazed. We can't wait to see our final results!
We had another successful session with Keisha and the Northern ballet on Friday. We looked at the story of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and characterisation. We will then use this to inform our performance next week.
This week we also ran our school council elections. The children really gave it their all in their impassioned speeches. The eventual winners for each class were Kaiden and Leah.
Congratulations to all the new school council reps
Y5 have had a very busy week with a visit from Matthew Bellwood and also our first session with Northern Ballet as part of the RISE project.
With Matthew, both classes had the opportunity to learn about the leisure activities the Victorians used to take part in. We learned about how trips to the theatre, circus and events such as boxing and wrestling matches were all part of the Victorian lifestyle (for those who could afford to go). We watched a short video clip that was filmed in Roundhay Park which actually turned out to be the first-ever piece of recorded film! We also heard a few Victorian ghost tales and sang a traditional Victorian Christmas song.
During our ballet session, we talked about our feelings and what Mental Health means to us. Using a feelings thermometer we gave ourselves a rating before the session and after the session had finished. Keisha, who is our ballet teacher, taught us a few basic ballet positions to try and we all have 100% effort which was fantastic for our teachers to see! We then had the opportunity to act out the part of the Beast from the Northern Ballet production of Beauty and the Beast. A very successful first ballet session. We can’t wait for next week!
Welcome back, everyone! The children in both classes have made a superb start back to the school year. They have come back eager to learn and full of enthusiasm 🙂
We have started work on our Science topic Forces and have been investigating pull forces. We looked at Newton meters and explored how to use them to accurately measure a force. We are looking forward to learning more about this topic this half term.
We have also begun to read our class book Oliver Twist. We are writing a section of the book as a play script and then will be re-writing a section of the story later in the term. This book links to our new TSU topic: The Victorians.