Year 5HW: Blog items

Non-Chronological Reports

Date: 16th Dec 2020 @ 1:23pm

We have written some super non-chronological reports about an invention of our choice. We worked really hard on including additional information using parenthesis marked with commas or brackets, and making sure our ideas flowed well together using different conjunctions. We created our final versions using PicCollage so that they look like an authentic page from an information book! Check out some of our reports in the photos!

Bridge Building

Date: 16th Dec 2020 @ 1:14pm

It's clear 5HW are a class full of budding engineers and architects! 

We've had such a fabulous morning putting into practice all of the skills we've explored in order to create our bridges. Our design criteria was to make a bridge that was free-standing, had moving bascules and had a span of at least 0.5m. 

The collaborative and teamwork skills were exceptional as teams of 4 worked together to make beam and shell structures, and create pivot points using skewers and screw eyes. What a brilliant time, check out our photos to see us working on our designs and our finished bridges. 

You'll see EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US is on the Outstanding Star today!

CC - exploring beam structures

Date: 10th Dec 2020 @ 10:00am

It's an exciting morning in 5HW today - in preparation for our bridge building, we're exploring ways of securing cardboard to create strong beam structures. We already know that square and triangular beams are strong shapes, and we've worked out how many folds we need in order to create one side with two layers of cardboard so it can be secured. We're exploring using split pins, sellotape, glue and plastic screws to fix our beam structures into shape. We're also practising using a stanley knife (under extremely close 1:1 supervision!) in order to cut our cardboard neatly to size.

We're definitely feeling confident in knowing which way to turn a screwdriver to tighten or loosen a screw now...helped by the rhyme Mrs Hodges still says to herself: "righty tighty, lefty loosey". Does anyone else still say that?! 

Dance

Date: 2nd Dec 2020 @ 12:08pm

We're really enjoying our Dance this half term - the two main skills we're working on are 'mirroring' and 'retrograde'. We've explored mirroring side by side, facing each other (2m apart!) and in a line. It seems very easy when we talk about it, but making sure our movements are synchronised perfectly is much harder than we first thought! Retrograde is the dance technique of performing movements in reverse. 

Our the next couple of weeks we'll be putting the final stages onto our dance which incorporates these two skills, and is inspired by Victorian transport inventions. For now, check out this video of a perfectly mirrored step which is aiming to give the impression of a steam train. Well done girls!

CC Launch - Making Structures!

Date: 12th Nov 2020 @ 11:59am

We launched our new Connected Curriculum topic today, "Why does the world need great inventions?" 

We had an exciting (and competitive!) time creating structures which would hold the weight of a toy car. We could only use 2 pieces of A4 paper and some Sellotape. We had 15 minutes to create our structure - if it held the weight of a toy car for 10 seconds without falling, we won 5 house points each. The pair with the tallest structure were awarded an extra 10 housepoints each! 

We worked collaboratively and had some fantastic conversations about what makes a strong structure...which will lead us perfectly into looking at incredible bridge inventions which have had a huge impact on transport and the economy as part of our D&T learning later this half term! 

New CC Learning!

Date: 10th Nov 2020 @ 10:26am

We've started our new unit of learning in our Connected Curriculum today, exploring the big question:

"Why does the world need great inventions?"

We've had a great time designing our new front covers for our books, and some of us had time to make a start on some different Lego inventions! 

Our FABULOUS digital wallpaper! (2)

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 12:08pm

We have had the BEST time creating digital wallpaper today using our William Morris inspired artwork. We used PicCollage to duplicate our tiles and rotate them until we achieved a repeated pattern that we thought was most effective. We then repeated the duplication process until we had created stunning repeated patterns which are just as good as William Morris' wallpaper designs! (in our opinion...)

We hope you love our digital wallpaper and download it to create a background to your phone, tablet or laptop!

Our FABULOUS digital wallpaper! (1)

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 12:07pm

We have had the BEST time creating digital wallpaper today using our William Morris inspired artwork. We used PicCollage to duplicate our tiles and rotate them until we achieved a repeated pattern that we thought was most effective. We then repeated the duplication process until we had created stunning repeated patterns which are just as good as William Morris' wallpaper designs! (in our opinion...)

We hope you love our digital wallpaper and download it to create a background to your phone, tablet or laptop!

A morning of art!

Date: 3rd Nov 2020 @ 12:42pm

What a fantastic start to the new half term we've had - a whole morning to continue our William Morris inspired tiles, working first with oil pastel and then textiles. We've displayed wonderful concentration as we created our templates, cut out patterns and then used sewing skills to add additional colour and detail. Have a look at the photos to see how our art is progressing!

Home Learning!

Date: 19th Oct 2020 @ 12:21pm

Hello Year 5!

Please click on this link to access your learning on Padlet!

Mrs Hodges & Miss Wendt

 

https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

We are artists!

Date: 13th Oct 2020 @ 11:49am

We are having such a wonderful morning exploring the patterns of Victorian artist, William Morris. We're using his intricate, beautiful patterns to guide us as we create our own nature-inspired art using oil pastels. There's such concentration and creativity in our classroom today! We'll be continuing our art study of William Morris designs through textiles...keep your eyes peeled to see what we get up to on this blog!

History Investigators!

Date: 22nd Sep 2020 @ 12:21pm

We're absolutely loving our Victorians topic, and have spent today exploring a primary source - a painting called "The Homeless in Victorian Britain", painted by Luke Fildes in 1874. We used our careful observation skills to notice every detail of the painting, and made inferences about what we thought was happening. It's quite a sad and shocking painting, showing a queue of people - men, women and children - waiting outside a police station to see if they would be given a ticket to stay in a workhouse for the night.

We're starting to realise that life for the Victorian poor was incredibly difficult, both through our primary source research in history, and through the themes that Charles Dickens includes in Oliver Twist, which is our current text in reading. It's provoking a lot of thoughtful discussion!  

5HW Outstanding Learners!

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 7:16pm

I had a wonderful time this afternoon being back in school for a special (socially distanced!) "afternoon tea" in the hall which Mrs Hughes, Mrs Thewlis and Miss Wolfenden organised for the teachers - although I've been in our classroom lots of times these past few weeks (it's looking very organised!), it really hit home today how strange a term this has been. I've so missed you all, and it's felt strange not saying goodbye before the summer holidays. I'm very glad we get to spend the first two days of term together to do some lovely activities and have a chance to properly say goodbye! I know you will have such a fantastic year with Miss Kenwell, Miss Fish and Miss Coulson in Year 6, but before we start thinking too much about that, let me just say...

Miss Wendt and I are so very proud of you 5HW. The way many of you have continued your learning from home has been fantastic, and you have shown such determination and resilience. I've loved seeing your work and reading your comments; you truly are outstanding learners.

Have a fantastic summer break, and I look forward to hearing all your news on Thursday 3rd September!

Mrs Hodges x

Reading Plus WINNERS (Week 15)

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 5:04pm

Good afternoon everyone! How has your Friday been?

I can't believe we've reached our final day of reading challenges! You have all worked so well, well done everyone.

Here are our winners:

Most Lessons Completed: Ganesa (with 10 lessons! Well done).

Most Words Read: Alissia  (with 13,113 words! Well done).

This week's challenge was to read 5 books, and share a new word you have learnt. The winners are:

Ganesa (with her new words: conscience, nuisance and puncture)

Victoria (with her new phrase 'rapid eye movement' (REM), she then shared that we have different stages of sleep - light sleep, deep sleep and REM). 

Well done you two!

A huge well done to everyone that managed to access reading plus this week: 

Ganesa

Alissia

Rhianna

Aden

Denico

Israel

Znaiya

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Well done to Ganesa and Victoria for completing today's 'famous person challenge.' The answer was: William Shakespeare, who was born in April 1564. They shared that he is a famous English playwright, poet and actor. They also shared that he was regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and that he was the world's greatest dramatist! 

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You have all worked so incredibly hard this year! We are so proud of the progress you have made, and your determination. 

Don't forget to ask your grown up to check their email, where they will find a 'transition booklet' from Year 6. It has some Summer activities in that you can do.

Enjoy the break, and we look forward to seeing you all in September.

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges. 

Friday 17th July

Date: 17th Jul 2020 @ 7:07am

Good morning, everyone!
You can find all of today's learning on: 
https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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We have finally made it to the end of the school year. What a strange way to end it. I find it hard to believe that we have been off school since the 20th March (with some of you staying in school and working super hard!). It feels like yesterday, when we were creating our Greek Landscapes.

We are so excited to get to teach you in those first two days of term - it wouldn't feel right, not spending some time with you before you enter year 6! We both loved speaking to you all on the phone this week - it brightened our days.

Well done to Ganesa and Victoria for completing yesterday's famous person challenge. The person was Marie Curie, and she was born on the 7th November 1876. She is famous because she was the first person to win a noble prize in both physics and chemistry. A fun fact they shared is that she was a World War 1 hero! 

I will post the answers for today's famous person, when I post the reading challenge results. Here is today's picture: 

 

Don't forget to email your answer, and all of your learning, to y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Remember to check your class blog this afternoon, where we will celebrate some of your outstanding learning.

Enjoy your Friday,

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges. 

Thursday 16th July

Date: 16th Jul 2020 @ 8:48am

Good morning everyone! How is it Thursday already? I hope we have some better weather today.

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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Well done to Ganesa, Jediah and Victoria for completing yesterday's famous person challenge. The person was Horatio Nelson. He was born on the 29th September 1758 (that's the day after Merlin's - my dog's - birthday!). He is well known for fighting in battles such as the Nile. An interesting fact that you shared, is that during his life he lost both his eye and his arm!

Today's famous person is a tricky one, so here is a clue - she is associated with science: 

 

Don't forget to email your answer, and all of your learning, to y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Enjoy your Thursday!

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges

Wednesday 15th July

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 8:35am

Good morning everyone!

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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Well done Ganesa and Victoria, for completing yesterday's challenge. The person was Martin Luther King Jr. He was born on the 15th January 1929, and is famous for being a leader in the Civil Rights movement from 1955 to 1968.

A fun fact that they shared, is that he went to college at the age of 15!

Here is today's person:

 

Don't forget to email your answer, and all of your learning to: y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges 

Tuesday 14th July

Date: 14th Jul 2020 @ 8:17am

Good morning, everyone!

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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Well done to Ganesa, Maddison and Victoria for completing yesterday's famous person challenge. The answer was, Queen Elizabeth II. She was born on the 21st April 1926. She is famous because she is the current Queen of England. Victoria also shared with us, that she is the 17th most admired person in the world! What an interesting fact!

Here is today's famous person:

 

Don't forget to send your answer, and all of your learning, to y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Enjoy your Tuesday!

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges

Monday 13th July

Date: 13th Jul 2020 @ 8:02am

Good morning everyone! How was your weekend?

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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Well done to Ganesa for completing Friday's building challenge! The answer was the Sydney Opera House, which is in Australia. 

This week, as requested, we are going to focus on famous people. I would like to know their name, their birthday and why they are famous.  

Here is your first famous person: 

 

Don't forget to email your answer, and all of your learning, to y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Enjoy your Monday! 

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges

5HW Outstanding Learners!

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 4:28pm

A big well done to the following who have emailed me their learning, or I can see have accessed it online, this week - you are all superstars! 

Ganesa

Maddison

Alissia

Aden

Rhianna

Check out some of the photos of their work below!

 

Thank you for all of the emails - keep sending them in! y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Have a lovely weekend 5HW, and I'll look forward to seeing some more super learning next week - our final week before the summer holidays!

Mrs Hodges =)

Reading Plus WINNERS (Week 14)

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 4:12pm

Good afternoon everyone! How has your Friday been?

Not as many of you participated in this week's reading challenge, maybe the rainy weather dampened your spirits? Hopefully I will see more of your wonderful reading, next week :) 

Here are our winners:

Most Lessons Completed: Ganesa (with 6 lessons! Well done).

Most Words Read: Rhianna (with 7,861 words! Well done).

This week's challenge was to read 5 books, and share a new word you have learnt. The winner is:

Ganesa! Well done, Ganesa! She discovered the word 'strenuous' and found out that it means 'hard.'

The following children all read 5 or more books this week:

Aden

Ganesa

Rhianna

Well done!

 

I think 5HW had more readers this week!

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Miss Brookes 

 

Friday 10th July

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:08am

Good morning everyone!

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

Don't forget  to email or comment a new word that you have discovered during this week's reading challenge. 

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Well done to Aden, Alissia, Ganesa and Victoria for completing yesterday's building challenge! The building was the Empire State Building which is in New York City, USA. Look at these amazing photographs Alissia's grown up has shared with us, from their visit in New York! This was the view from their hotel room window - how exciting! 

 

Here are some of the wonderful facts our challengers found: 

It is 1,454 feet tall

It was in the King Kong films.

It took one year to build.

It has 102 floors.

They began building it on the 17th March 1930.

Here is today's building challenge: 

 

 

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Don't forget to send your answer, and all of today's learning, to y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Remember to check your class blog this afternoon, to celebrate some of your outstanding work.

Enjoy your Friday,

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges.

Thursday 9th July

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 8:49am

Good morning, everyone!

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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Well done to Aden and Ganesa for completing yesterday's building challenge! The answer was the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which is in Italy. Here are some of the amazing facts they shared:

It has been leaning since the cement started to slip and wasn't strong enough. Eventually it stopped in a leaning position. 

It is in Pisa, in Italy.

It is a free standing bell tower.

It's 55.86 meters tall.

It has 296 steps.

Here is today's building: 

 

Don't forget to email your answer, and all of your learning, to y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Enjoy your Thursday,

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges

Wednesday 8th July

Date: 8th Jul 2020 @ 8:49am

Good morning, everyone!

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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Well done to AdenGanesaJediah and Victoria. The building was the Louvre Museum which is in France. Here are some of the amazing facts they shared:

It's in Paris.

It was built in 1793

The most expensive painting in the Louvre, was the Salvator Mundi by Divinis, which was sold for $450 million.

It has the Mona Lisa

Some of its items are from 190bc.

It's one of the most visited attractions in Paris, with approximately 17,000 visitors each day. 

It's one of the largest museums in the world.

Here is today's famous building:

 

Don't forget to email your answer, and all of today's learning, to: y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

Enjoy your Wednesday,

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges

Tuesday 7th July

Date: 7th Jul 2020 @ 8:49am

Good morning everyone!

You can find all of today's learning on: https://padlet.com/y5homelearning/year5

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Well done to Aden, Ganesa, Jediah and Victoria for completing yesterday's building challenge. The building was the Taj Mahal which is in India. Here are some of the amazing facts they shared: 

It is made of ivory white marble.

It is a tomb.

It is also known as the 'Crown of the Palace.'

It was made by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, to remember his third wife Mumtaz Mahai.

Here is today's famous famous building:

 

Don't forget to send your answer, and all of your learning, to: y5homelearning@ravensbury.manchester.sch.uk

 

Enjoy your learning!

Miss Brookes and Mrs Hodges. 

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