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Every child loves to wake up on Christmas day with a gift to make them smile - this is why some of our children at Crook primary have grouped together and decided to donate presents for some of our pupils at school. Thanks to Ebony for her thoughtful idea!
Over the last few week we have been really busy in Year 5. We had our termly parent reading afternoon, where parents came in to read non-fiction texts with our children. The children enjoyed having parents in to help find facts and new vocabulary to add to our class vocabulary. Thank you to the parents and family members that gave up their time to support this.
Our children have also had the opportunity to try a new sport. We had a local judo teacher come in to Crook Primary School to give children a 30 minute lesson on judo. The children really enjoyed the session, and if anyone did not receive the pamphlet about the opportunity to take your children to the local club, please contact Mr Askew.
The children have become scientists and tried to solve the problem of children not being able to access clean drinking water. This links with Sustainable Development Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation. The children had a pack of equipment in which they had to predict which would give us the cleanest water. From their results, they then tried to solve the initial problem by providing a step by step guide on using the equipment to have the cleanest water. Some children then used their previous learning and suggested that they could use evaporation to get water back from the solution.
This term we have been looking at the world of science and being scientists. In golden time we have focused on areas we find amazing, being inquisitive and how much of our lives is linked to science. First, we looked at the dangers of drinking too many fizzy drinks and not brushing our teeth! We left an egg in vinegar for a week and watched the shell being 'eaten' by the acid. We all made predictions about what we thought may happen and compared the results with an egg left in water and one left in air.
Next, we looked at what was left of the egg. We created what we called a 'bouncy' egg. The membrane on the inside of the egg was intact and light was able to shine through the egg. We could look at the yolk through the membrane. We talked about how this experiment had been linked to chemistry and that this is an area they could work in in the future.
Our next set of experiments looked at optical illusions. Some of them were totally mind-bending! Our eyes were seeing things that were not there. Movement in still pictures, flashing black dots, bent lines and changing colours. We thought about what is happening in our eyes and found out that our eyes flip everything we see after it is focused on the retina. This linked us to biology and how that investigates living things.
Finally, we looked at a 'Non-Newtonian Fluid'. Many of the children knew this as oobleck and loved getting their hands on some, made from cornflour and water. I posed them a question at the end - is it a solid or a liquid? We discussed who Newton was and why it was named after him, as it doesn't obey the laws of physics. It can be poured and drips, but when a force is applied to it, it turns hard and can be broken. Very strange stuff! The children have all been amazed with what can be done with the three strands of science and I think are looking forward to learning more in the future!
¡Hola! Today marked the start of our journey into all things Spanish. We started by looking at the world and identifying all places which use Spanish as a main language and were amazed how many were on the west coast of North and South America.
Next, we zoomed in on Spain - many of the children recognised places they had visited or had heard about, including Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. We found out about the small islands around Spain too. We even found Santander and now know it is not just the name of the bank!
We are going to be learning plenty of Spanish over the coming terms, so why not learn with us? Duolingo is an amazing and free resource to help you learn Spanish in small bursts. It would be great to hear what the children are learning with you at home too.
Just a reminder that the children have been set Mrs Lupton's Y5 mastermind challenge. It has both questions that support our topic and general knowledge questions on and there is a prize for one lucky winner drawn from the correct entries.
The Year 5 Team would like to welcome you all back for a new year. The children have settled in really well and are adapting to life in Upper Key Stage 2.
We have kicked off our Topic for the term, which is 'Who are the Ancient Greeks?' The children have already shown some good knowledge of the topic and are excited to learn more.
In Science, a mystery wreckage was found on the grounds of Crook Primary school leading to some great hypothesising and question development.
Why don't you ask your child about any new facts or vocabulary that they have learned?
Just a quick reminder, PE kits are needed for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This week has been a very exciting week for Year 5. We have been to King James to experience life in secondary school, and we have had a taster of some exciting lessons.
We kicked off the week by learning about possibility in math where we worked out the likelihood of something happening. After that, we had really interesting science lessons. In 5T, we had to solve a murder using the knowledge that we had acquired; 5A solved who had killed Dumbledore by testing different chemicals in over the Bunsen burner to see what colour the flame went.
In art, we were able to be very creative and used the wacky imagination of Jon Burgerman to inspire our art. We created our own characters and instagrammed them to get a like from the artist himself before showing the skills that we had learned in basketball earlier in the year.
Our favourite music teacher (Mr Smith from King James) taught us how to play the keyboard, which no other schools got to do, instead of the guitar as we have already done that at school with him. In Reporting from the front line, we had to write letters home from the trenches. Before we did that we learned about how disgusting the conditions were - especially the trench foot and dead bodies.
In religious studies, we did not learn about god or learn anything religious. We had to discuss who we would leave on an island if we had to save everybody else out of a group of people. Many people said the professional footballer because he had had a good life, which many of the boys who like football argued strongly against as he brought joy to people's lives.
At The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, we were able to make and eat their own pizzas before making a fruit kebab, which we enjoyed outside in the sun. On the final day, the lesson that stood out for everyone was drama. We got to play some warm-up games and then learned a dance with the 6th Form children from King James.
The children from Crook had a fantastic week and they were impeccably behaved.