Tantalising, Terrific, Totem Poles!
These majestic, miraculous monuments were originally carved in the 1700's by six Native American Indian tribes such as 'The Bella Coola Tribe', 'Tinglit Tribe' and the 'Ojibwe Tribe'. Children have confidently transferred the knowledge gained in English research into their Design Technology lessons to create some awesome examples of personalised totem poles.
They have really excelled themselves, experimenting with 3D techniques, solving the problem of how to support giant wing expansions and furthermore, paying close attention to the use of traditional colours and story telling.
A special thank you to Mr Kane for donating the cardboard tubes for our DT lesson.
English - The Piano by Aidan Gibbons
Although this animation is only 2 minutes 36 seconds long, children in Year 5 have thoroughly enjoyed producing a variety of truly outstanding English work from this thought provoking animation. With no speech at all, just a haunting piano melody played by the central character (an elderly gentleman), children were taken on a sentimental journey back through his full, memorable and at times heart wrenching memories. We looked closely at using emotive language, empathy, dialogue, narrative, photography, editing, storyboarding and looking at the animation from another characters point of view. The work they have produced has been of a particularly high standard and has allowed the children to explore the depths of human emotions.
World War 1 Remembrance Day
To commemorate the hundred year anniversary of the start of WW1, we were privileged to welcome Mr Greetham to Year 5 at Weddington Primary School, who came to share with us his wealth of knowledge and memorabilia of this time of sadness and bravery. Children listened in awe as Mr Greetham retold the main events of the War and astounded them with facts, figures and examples of human experiences. And there was more to come ... children had a marvellous opportunity to handle many authentic WW1 artefacts which Mr Greetham had been collecting since the age of 12. Items such as: A Lee Enfield rifle, a deactivated hand grenade, a widows penny, a soldier's Christmas tin, bayonets, helmets, letters, postcards, medals and much more.
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
To complete our awesome space topic, Year 5 took to the road all the way to Manchester to visit 'Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre'. During the trip, children took part in exciting, hands on activities including 'Mars Rover Challenge' and the 'Inflatable Planetarium'. One of the highlights of the trip was being up close to the impressive 'Lovell Telescope' which collects radio waves from the stars in space and translates them into data. A fabulous time was had by all!
"Without doubt, Jodrell Bank was the most special experience I have ever had, I wish I could go again!" (Evie)
" I was thrilled and inspired by the fascinating knowledge of the people who work there, it was the best trip ever! Undeniably, the best part was the Inflatable Planetarium." (Isaac)
Science - Out of this World - Space
Our Science topic this term focuses on the Earth, Sun and Moon. Children have been learning about the relative sizes of planets in the Solar system as well as distances from the Sun. We enjoyed an afternoon outside measuring, to scale, with trundle wheels the distance between the Sun and the Earth and the Earth and the Moon. We also looked at how day and night is created by Earth's rotation on its axis.
Can you spot the Earth in the distance?
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