Yesterday was a very exciting day for Year Five. We spent half the morning dancing and the other half drumming. We had two wonderful teachers: Paul and Thuba. Paul is Mrs Senior’s brother and he taught us the drumming rhythms and patterns on the African drums. Thuba taught us an African warrior dance.
We learnt so much about Africa and drumming. Drums are the most popular instruments in Africa, closely followed by the xylophone. There are many different type of drums – we had 4 of them in school! The most common one is the djembe (jem-bay). The top of the drum is made of goat skin – the other drums we saw had cow skin tops. Cow skin is harder and needs to be heated to be stretched across the drum. For the djembe, the sound comes from the hollow bottom of the drum, so we tilted them when we play.
When we went into our dance session with Thuba, as well as learning our amazing dance we also learnt a lot more about Africa. The type of dance we did would have been done by warriors, warriors are the ones who protected their tribe. Drumming, dancing and singing all go hand-in-hand. Drumming is learnt from a young age and used for different ceremonies such as weddings.
Across the continent of Africa many different languages/ dialects are spoken. Zimbabwe has 2 main languages, but there are many more. Thuba speaks 7 languages. The other facts we learnt were that from late November to February is the rainy season and it is dry the rest of the year round.
We had a fantastic time and then opened the carnival – it was boiling and a proper performance!
As it was the last lesson in the sequence for the below objective:
Convert between different units of metric measure [for example, km and m; cm and m; cm and mm; g and kg; l and ml]
we were working in groups to match measures, written in different units of measure, proving what we knew! There are so many different measure conversions for them to recall, metres to centimetres and to millimetres and grams to kilograms etc. We relied on a WAGOLL to check our answers. The trickiest part was succinctly writing how we proved it.
Last Thursday 21st June, WCM were lucky enough to have an author in for the day. AF Harrold (real name Ashley!) began the day with an assembly and performed some of his own poems. He was also known best for writing the book ‘The Imaginary’, which was a Sheffield Children’s Book Award nominee.
When he came into Year Five for the first workshop of the day, he had the classes in stitches. He added funny endings to words for nouns in rivers, and then how it changed when the same thing was in the sea. He also wrote a birthday poem for Emily in Y5GE.
Last week, we finished our maths block on shape. One of the lessons was based around the objective of recognising 3D shapes from their nets and different representations. Part of this learning involved taking the 2D shapes (in polydron form) and building their own 3D shape. Each group then used the shape to describe it’s properties. For example, those who built a cuboid were able to describe it had 6 faces: 2 square and 4 rectangles. I’d even say that some of the children didn’t even know they were doing learning!
As promised, here are further details of our follow-up science lesson on air resistance. Having previously learnt that the larger the surface area, the more air resistance would be present it was time to put our theory into practice. We began with constructing the parachute from the templates each group had drawn. Some of us had to go back to the drawing board in order to maximise the surface area – but we were very resilient!
Whilst some of us were cutting the shape out of the material chosen (bin bag was the favourite choice – lightweight and flexible) others of us were constructing the cuboid needed to hold our precious cargo. Soon, we had parachutes ready to test!
We braved the winds and had a jolly good time dropping our parachutes! Some of the semi-precious cargo was lost from the baskets – however a time of over 3 seconds was recorded for the longest drop. We had lots of fun being creative, more importantly we were able to reflect on the results and verbally conclude our scientific findings. In a couple of weeks we’re going to try again and we’re going BIGGER!
We are really enjoying getting more hands on with science, this half term, after moving onto forces. Our main science objective is:
– explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
Last week, we looked at what made some objects fall slower or quicker than other objects. The children picked two objects and challenged them to race!
We then linked what we knew about gravity to why one fell at a faster pace than another. Even more excitingly, we are going to create and make our own parachutes over the next two lessons. Next week, we will be setting our parachutes free over the balcony! More on this later.
Last half term, all Y5 worked hard during their indoor PE lessons. They were aiming to use a wide range of gymnastic proficiencies and combine them together. Each lesson there were three objectives for them to aim for and work through:
BRONZE – To work with a partner/ group to demonstrate a range of level 6, 7 and 8 proficiencies.
SILVER – To create a three-part sequence, mirroring or matching, that demonstrates a range of level 6, 7 and 8 proficiencies.
GOLD – To perform a three-part, mirrored/ matched sequence, which uses all gymnast behaviours consistently and a range of level 6, 7 and 8 proficiencies.
They did fantastically well – look at them in action!
This afternoon in Y5CH, the children delivered workshops to Miss Gibson’s class. They taught them about the Art of Being Brilliant and were able to pass on some key messages from what they learned when Andy Cope had delivered workshops earlier on in the year. Here are some pictures of the sessions.
We hope all those of you who came on the London Residential have recovered! Here is a piece of writing, that featured in the Green Un and some photos from one of the groups. The London film has also been done and will be shared in this week’s assembly.
2018 London Residential
On Friday the 11th of May, the Y5s set off to their trip in London. First, we walked down to the nearest bus stop (with our heavy bags). By the time we got on the bus the children had found their partners and split into their groups! Once we had arrived at the train station we told them their seats and luckily they found the right ones. A few minutes later the children had already started munching on their sweets. The train took 2 (whole) hours until we finally arrived in our destination LONDON!
2 hours later, the children got off their seats and walked off the train and started their long journey to the next tube station. All of the kids and adults got off on the 4th stop which was Westminster Tube Station. First we spent our money in the first gift shop we saw. All the kids had at least five pounds left for an ice cream on the next day! All of us enjoyed the sights that were found at Piccadilly Circus!
After we had seen all the views on Westminster Street we set off to see Buckingham Palace (the home of the Queen). After the kids had admired the home we set off to Hyde Park to have a rest on the grass and show others their gifts from the shops. After a long time of fun it finally became 5:30 when it was ready to eat. We all had a wonderful dinner at Pizza Express until it was time to set off to the Science Museum. We got given our badges and then we had a variety of activities to do until 11:00pm. Then we all got into our sleeping bags and tried to get to sleep. Some children didn’t get as much sleep as others did but at least they had a great day and a much harder one the next. And this was just the first day!
By, Elise and McKenzie, Y5GE J
After half term, Miss Eden’s new Golden Time activity will be dominoes! This is all due to a power cut and Y5GE! As many of you will know, there was a power-cut just before lunchtime on Friday. This meant that there could be no assembly so we all needed to do tasks in class. Miss Eden chose to teach her class dominoes and they loved it!
One child was overheard saying “This should be a Golden Time activity.” So now it is! Here they are in action!