Last week and the week before in sciencewe built a cardboard aqueduct!  We talked about the property of waterproofness as we wanted to find out which material would work the best to line our aqueducts.  We put the materials into our aqueducts and sent a cup full of water down them. Can you name the materials used in the photos and can you predict which worked the best?

Armpit Fudge

Last Thursday afternoon in science, we were looking at reversible and irreversible changes to food and ingredients.  We heated some items, such as egg, cheese, chocolate, popcorn and bread and watched how they changed.  

We then made armpit fudge (sounds disgusting but it is really delicious) changing the ingredients this time by mixing them, we decided that this was an irreversible change.  The children should have come home with a recipe so they can make more!
We talked about all of the ingredients and tried to identify if they were solid, liquid or gas and then predict how they would change.

Sportshall Athletics

The Y5s had a fantastic time at the sportshall athletics at Concord yesterday. Events were exciting and there were many close finishes. All of the children pushed themselves and had a great deal of fun in the process!

A day in Eboracum

…which is what the Romans called York!

On Tuesday, we spent the day at the York Museum finding out about the Romans. We marched like soldiers, found out about the recruitment process and tried on some extremely heavy armour.

In the afternoon, we dressed up as Romans and looked at their lifestyle, including the role of slaves, who made up a quarter of society!

Gymnastic balances

We’ve been jumping, rolling and balancing in gymnastics over the last few weeks and today we began putting a sequence of moves together. I was impressed by the different balances created and the sequences are coming along very well!

Dissolving Solids

In science today we were observing to see if different solids, such as wood shavings, flour and sugar, would dissolve in water.  We all agreed to use the same amount cold water.  We also agreed to do the same number of stirs and use the same amounts of solids.  We were shocked to find that the salt did not dissolve but were able to think of reasons why it had not done so.  

Handwriting success!

Well done to all of the children who have passed their handwriting this week!

We have started a new scheme as Mr Read is even stricter than ever in passing children to get their handwriting pen. We have had 11 passes so far and I’m certain there are lots more to come!

Descriptive writing

Despite it being the last full week of school and the same week as the carnival and other exciting activities, we still found the time to do some really high quality writing. Based around given images we generated adjectives, adverbs, verbs and a range of feelings. These were then used to generate and ‘free write’ a description of the images. The content of all the writing was amazing, and the children worked hard in Y5GE to include the given sentence. Mrs Dwyer and I were very impressed! Below are two of the amazing pieces of writing.



Dry Diving

We had a new and interesting experience in school today. Two people were in the hall all day, assessing each class against their diving skills! Odd, you might think,  especially as we were in the hall with no water! However, the children demonstrated a number of skills (many of which we had learnt and applied in our gymnastic sessions) from walking on tip toes with good posture to forward rolls. Everyone received a free diving session voucher, a certificate and a letter explaining the details. Some were even invited to come and complete the phase 2 testing because they were so good!

Here some of us are in action:


Our final block of maths for the year is volume. This involves the children understanding what volume is (the space that a 3D shape takes up) and how we can calculate it. We learnt that to calculate the volume of a cube or cuboid you need to multiply the length by the width and by the height (L x W x H).

Before we applied this process to a range of volume questions, of differing levels of difficulty, we used 1cm cubes to explore volume physically.  Here we are achieving just that. We were seeing how many different cuboids we could make with a volume of 8cm cubed.IMG_2599IMG_2600