Whaplode
Church of England
Primary School

Year 5

During the Spring term, our topic is the ‘Mysterious Maya’. Throughout this topic, we are going to be:

Design technicians

We are going to be compare some of the traditions and ways of life from the Maya with ours today by undertaking food tasting. Children will have the opportunity to try tortillas, guacamole, various vegetables, and chocolate. Further to this, they will design and make their own piece of Maya pottery.

Geographers

We are going to  understand geographical similarities and differences through the study of human and physical geography of a region of the United Kingdom and South America. We will locate South American countries on a map alongside rivers, mountains and famous landmarks.

Historians

We are going to use sources of evidence to deduce information about the past. We will look at Maya artefacts and decide what we can learn from them. We will also describe the social diversity of a past society by creating a comic strip of the daily life of a farmer/slave or noble. The children will also write a diary pretending to be one of these characters. The children will also create group recordings of TV reports based on one famous thing about the Maya. This may include their number and writing system. These will then be turned into a whole class documentary about the Maya. Whilst undertaking this activity, the children will have to select suitable sources of evidence to learn about the maya from and refine their lines of enquiry.  The children will describe the characteristic beliefs of people of the past by explaining the Maya's beliefs about gods.  Using iPads, children will have the opportunity to create a tourist information leaflet on the Chechen Itza.

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Science 15 January

Year 5’s topic is living things and their habitats. We have been learning about plants and their different parts and the specific function of each. We have also been looking at the way plants reproduce. We have taken some cuttings from a mother plan and are hoping to see them reproduce to make a new plant which will be an identical clone of its mother plant.

Gymnastics 12 January

Year 5 have been learning to complete paired balances.




Jaberwocky 8 January

Physical Education 24 November

This term, the children have been having dance sessions with Miss Cox on a Friday afternoon as part of a dance competition we have entered as a school. They have been creating a dance routine inspired by the Nutcracker. The children took on the roles of rats, soldiers and ballerinas.

Branching stories

The year 5 and year 6 children have been working together to create their own branching stories. We began by watching the short video clip 'Origins' and then the children decided on alternative middles and endings to the film shown. The children then planned and have written their own individual sections. They have then used Book creator to design and publish their stories.

Children in need

On Friday 17th November, we supported children in need through non-uniform and a cake stall.

Harvest Festival

World War Two

As our topic is World War Two, the children enjoyed a research session. They initially explored what sources of evidence are. They then found out the difference between a primary and secondary source. The children then used these sources to find out about their new topic.

Battle of Britain

The children have been learning about the Battle of Britain. They used the internet to look at results of dogfights during this period. The children then selected a day and used iMovie to create a news bulletin of the results of their battle.

WOW Day

On Friday 3rd November, the year 5 children enjoyed a WOW day to help them see what life was like during World War Two (our topic). When the children arrived into school, they selected a 1940’s style name and used this throughout the day. They created themselves an evacuation style name tag which they wore around their necks. They also created themselves an identification card and had to carry it around with them all day as this was the law during those times. Our first activity was to collect pinecones and sticks to help start a fire. When the fire was alight, the first group of children went to make WW2 pancakes using wholemeal flour whilst the others demolished an existing greenhouse and started to dig a trench. In the trench, the children helped to start to assemble a genuine WW2 Anderson shelter. After lunch, children helped to peel and chop vegetables for our trench stew. We cooked the stew on the fire and also enjoyed hot drinks using this a heat source. It was an enjoyable day!