Earthquakes and Natural disasters

As a part of the Volcanoes topic in Year 5 we looked at earthquakes and the effects on the people, as these often occur alongside volcanic eruptions. Here is some of our work:

Influence of Photoshop

During Year 5’s PSHE lesson last week we looked at the accessibility and frequency of photo shopped/edited images. Miss Hamilton took photos of her face without make up – one was natural (spots and all) and one was edited using phone camera software. The same was done with an image of Miss Hamilton’s body. The children were given the task of annotating the photos with adjectives of what they could see.

When the images were side by side the children were then able to compare the images and realised which had been changed.

Then we looked at images of celebrities and figures on Instagram side by side to compare the clean image against the edited one. This led to in depth discussions about why this was done, who was doing it and how often it is being done.

We also discussed scenarios where the editing was being done without the subject’s knowledge. We then focused on how people felt when others edited their pictures, how people might feel the need to edit their own. We looked at Meghan Trainor and Zendaya as examples of this.

We watched a clip of a talk show in which they were discussing Zendaya’s magazine shoot being edited without her knowledge and the hosts had differing views on why it was done (the female thought it was the media and the male thought that women were their worst critics).

A fantastic discussion about feelings, rights, opinions and peer pressure was then had – all in all a deep but enriching debate.

Model Volcanoes

Last week we used our clay sculpting skills to shape a volcano and detail the cross section from within the volcanic structure.

Here is our work so far…

New half term, new topic!

With the second half term in swing Year 5 are throwing themselves into learning all about volcanoes!

Over the half term children were given a project in which they could research and present information on the topic – most deciding to create models and even some working examples!

Below are some exciting pictures of us waiting in anticipation for a volcanic eruption!

National Science and Media Museum

Year 5 had a fantastic day at the National Media Museum today exploring their exhibitions and taking part in space themed tours and workshops. We cemented our knowledge of the planets and explored the solar system in an exciting and new way. 

Marbling with ink

After looking closely at the surface of the planets in our solar system and enjoying the range of colours and textures the children in Year 5 used marbling inks to create wonderful patterns that will be trimmed into circular planets and displayed in class.


Egg-cellent science

As part of our Space and Earth topic, year 5 learnt about the gravitational pull of the planets and that Earth also has gravity.

We used this knowledge to create a parachute and protection for our falling ‘astronaut’ as he crash landed to Earth.

We had to design and make a suitable layer of protection for our egg using only the materials available, predicting and commenting on the most successful.

Making heliocentric Solar System models

This week in Year 5 we made Solar System mobiles with the 8 planets hanging on string.

We drew the rings of each planets orbit on a paper plate and cut out and coloured in the planets. We had to make sure that the planets were the correct size in relation to each other and we even made the Sun for the center of the system.

We looked at the current position of the planets and, using string to attach them to the plate, placed the planets onto their respective orbits.

Below are the results.

New School Year

Year 5 have been busy back at work these first few weeks;

Creating class charters,

voting for Head Boy and Head Girl,

beginning a new class novel,

learning about the planets in our solar system,

and voting for our class representatives on the school council.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back and congratulate our class council representatives – Daniel and Isla!

Magna Science Adventure Centre

To round off our science topic on electricity we visited the Magna Science Adventure Centre today.

We explored the four different pavilions of earth, air, water and fire – completing hands on activities and discovering the science behind each activity.

The children then built their own circuits to power a fan and dry a piece of cloth.

Afterwards we enjoyed the outdoor park and water play area. It was a very enjoyable day!

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