Year 5HW: Blog items

Greek Workshop

Date: 22nd Jan 2020 @ 12:19pm

We are having the BEST day finding out all about the Ancient Greeks with a hands-on workshop led by Penelope and Andros. Penelope is trying to convince us that the city-state of Athens is the best place to live in the Ancient Greek world, whereas Andros is adament that Sparta is far better! 

We've found out that while the city-states all have a couple of things in common (like their belief in the gods, or their language), they're actually very different places. Sparta was famous for its soldiers, whilst Athens led the way in developing democracy and studying. 

Can you remember any other facts about each of the city-states? Where would you have rather lived?

Have a look at our photos to see the fabulous role-play and exploration we're doing!

Life Cycles!

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 12:51pm

Have a look at the amazing Science & IT work 5HW have been doing. We designed a poster using PicCollage to help us remember the different stages of a human's life.

Have a look at our 'life cycles' below!

CC Launch

Date: 16th Jan 2020 @ 10:15am

Our new question for this half term is, "Why is Dina Asher-Smith famous?"

This might seem like a strange question to be asking, but it opens the door into considering sport - the Olympics in particular - and why this competition exists. We'll discover that it goes all the way back to the time of the Ancient Greeks, although it was very different back then to how it happens today! 

To launch our new area of learning, we watched "Team GB Golden Moments" from the London 2012 Olympics (anyone remember "Super Saturday"?!), thinking about what we could see and how it made us feel watching it. We felt proud, emotional, inspired and amazed. Look it up on YouTube - do you feel the same as we did as you watch it?

We can't wait to explore the Ancient Greeks more, and have so many exciting opportunities for the children planned!

Is a balloon alive?

Date: 10th Jan 2020 @ 8:11am

Have a look at the science problem below that 5HW are currently discussing. What do you think? How do you know if something is alive?

Designing and building bridges!

Date: 17th Dec 2019 @ 10:12pm

We had an incredible morning putting all our D&T knowledge into practice as we designed and made a bridge, as part of our "Inventions" unit this half term. With Mark, from The Learning Partnership, as our guide, we worked in role as engineers who were comissioned to invent a prototype for a bridge over the canal - the design had to have a span of at least 1 metre and be able to move so that it opened for boats to still be able to travel along the canal. We used hinges, pivot points, counter balances, triangular beams, cantilevers...the language and skills applied were fabulous! We also really used our learning powers - lots of co-operation and resilience were needed!

Check out our photos (and a little video!) to see!

Anti-Bullying Workshop

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 5:03pm

As part of anti-bullying week all children in KS2 had the chance to take part in a drama workshop. Today, 5HW acted out the different types of bullying, and what we can do to 'make a change'.

We made a promise that in 5HW we will be brave and act with kindness and wisdom at all times. 

Have a look at some of our drama activities. 

Trying new things...

Date: 22nd Nov 2019 @ 4:45pm

Last week, the teachers at Ravensbury had an amazing training session. They talked about lots of different ideas which will help our learning.

Mrs Hodges and Miss Wendt have been trying out some new strategies with us. Have a look below at our new way of choosing learning partners!

Building Bridges

Date: 13th Nov 2019 @ 8:59am

We had so much fun yesterday morning building a bridge which would hold the weight of a toy car...out of marshmallows and spaghetti! After lots of teamwork (and mess!), we created some very successful designs! 

We're really excited for this new half term's topic - "Why does the world need great inventions?" - and will be finding out about lots of different inventions and the impact they have had!

Digital Wallpaper! (Part 2)

Date: 24th Oct 2019 @ 12:19pm many beautiful photos they couldn't all be loaded into one blog!

Can you find yours here?

Digital Wallpaper! (Part 1)

Date: 24th Oct 2019 @ 12:15pm

We have LOVED creating our digital wallpaper as our experience to complete this half term's Connected Curriculum unit of work, inspired by William Morris. Check out our designs - aren't they beautiful?

We used oil pastel and then felt to create our tile, then chose our favourite medium to use as the base of our wallpaper. We then used PicCollage on the iPads to duplicate and crop our images (many times over!) to create the repeated pattern. We think they're pretty wonderful!

Can you find yours? (if it's not here, check the next blog!)

Quarry Bank Mill

Date: 16th Oct 2019 @ 3:15pm

We have had SUCH a brilliant time learning about the Victorians this half term! We've learnt so many fascinating facts about what it was like working in mills and factories, and have been shocked at how poor the working conditions were for many...including children as young as five! 

We're currently busy completing our D&T project, where we are using textiles to design a repeated pattern in the style of the famous Victorian artist, poet, designer and manufactuer - William Morris. Keep your eyes peeled on our class page to see our fantastic designs!

In the meantime, check out the photos to get a peek into the wonderful time we had at Quarry Bank Mill this half term. 

Spanish Cooking!

Date: 3rd Jun 2019 @ 1:29pm

To launch our new topic for this half term, "Why is Spain such a popular tourist destination?", we have been busy cooking a classic Spanish dish - patatas bravas! 

We all helped make the sauce to go alongside the potatoes, and (almost) all of us thought it was absolutely delicious!

Check out the photos to see what we got up to!

Trying Japanese Sweets!

Date: 3rd May 2019 @ 2:24pm

Miss wendt spent some of the Easter holidays in her favourite place - Japan! As a treat for 5HC she brought back some 'unusual flavoured Kit Kats' to try. 

Would you eat a green tea Kit Kat? Or a strawberry cheesecake one? What about a tomato flavoured one?!

Is there anything inside a flower?

Date: 3rd May 2019 @ 2:13pm

How many times have you wondered what the inside of a flower looks like? 5HC have! They've been looking very closely at the parts of plants and flowers, and were amazed to learn that plants can be male, female or both!

Have a look at the images below to see our investigations!

Amazing Maths Games!

Date: 3rd May 2019 @ 2:01pm

Year 5 were set a challenge - they had to invent a game to help other children develop their knowledge of shapes. As you can see from the images there were lots of brilliant examples!

4NS came in to test the games - and they thought they were fabulous!

Space Virtual Reality

Date: 1st May 2019 @ 3:24pm

We had an amazing time today exploring The Solar System using Virtual Reality! 

Using our own individual headsets, we went on a tour of our Solar System, finding out fascinating facts about the different planets and their moons. It was such a fantastic way of learning about space!

Raising money for Refugee Action!

Date: 4th Apr 2019 @ 9:51am

On Tuesday, we held an Art Exhibition to raise money for Refugee Action by selling framed prints of our Greek landscapes artwork, inspired by Nikolas Georgoudakis. As part of our study of Greece, we found out that many refugees go to Greece in order to find safety from their own countries where they may experience war or religious persecution. We watched some CBBC Newsround interviews with two boys who are refugees in Greece and found out a bit about their story. We thought it would be a brilliant idea to try and help refugees who are finding safety in Manchester by raising money for this charity.

We managed to raise a grand total of...

*** £231.12 ***

At the beginning of the Summer Term, we will have a representative from Refugee Action visit the school to meet the children and collect the donation.

Thank you SO MUCH for your support in helping us raise money for this brilliant charity.


Greek Food Tasting!

Date: 1st Mar 2019 @ 9:53am

To launch our study of Greece, we had an epic food tasting session!

We tasted 14 different food items which are made or produced in Greece - some we loved, some weren't to our taste!

Have a look at the plates - can you name the different foods we tried?

How does the body change when you get old?

Date: 26th Feb 2019 @ 5:02pm

Have a look at the fabulous scientific research completed by class 5HC!

A day finding out about all things Ancient Greek!

Date: 14th Jan 2019 @ 8:27pm

Sparta or Athens: which city-state would you rather live in?

We spent a fantastic day exploring this question with two fabulous Greek visitors, Andros and Penelope. We found out that the Spartans were amazing warriors, famed for their bravery and courage in battle. At just 7 years old, boys were sent away from home to train for the Spartan army...some of the things they had to do were awful! With no shelter or bed, and just wearing a thin tunic, the boys were encouraged to rub stinging nettles all over their face and body at night so that the burning sensation would keep them warm! We found out that Spartan women were treated well for the Ancient Greek era: they could own land, could wear their hair short and did not need the permission of a man to leave the house. We really enjoyed looking at and holding the amazing Spartan weapons!

The Athenians on the other hand, were the inventors of democracy and created the first ever theatre in the world. They looked after their poor much better, and liked to enjoy celebrations and festivals. We also got to play some different Ancient Greek games and created a Greek play in the afternoon where we got to dress up as lots of Greek gods and goddesses that we're learning about in Writing, such as Hades and Zeus.

Have a look at some of the photos of our fabulous day!

P.S. We voted (by a very large majority) that we'd have rather lived in Athens!!

Multiplication Mastery Challenge

Date: 11th Jan 2019 @ 2:52pm

Have a look at this tricky challenge involving multiples and factors - who can solve the problem?



Super Science!

Date: 11th Jan 2019 @ 2:37pm

5HC are starting to learn about life cycles and changes that happen as you get older. We introduced 6 different steps in the life cycle of a human and designed our own posters as a way of explaining what these steps mean.

Have a look at some fabulous examples of our science and ICT work!




Fractions fractions fractions!

Date: 4th Dec 2018 @ 5:06pm

Can you solve the problem Year 5?!



What is an irreversible change?

Date: 4th Dec 2018 @ 4:56pm

Year 5 have been looking at making changes in science - which changes are reversable and which aren't? Click on the link below to watch an explanation, then apply your knowledge to a game!






Challenge 5HC!

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:52pm

How long would it take you to complete the blank multiplication square? We are working on developing our multiplication fluency this year and this challenge is a great way to practice!

Have a go at home!



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